August 8, 2009

UFC 101 and WEC Torres v. Bowles Picks

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Finally some fights, here is who you should take:

BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian

young bj penn

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin

anderson as mj

Money Miguel Torres (the best fighter in the world) vs. Brian Bowles – Don’t forget this one is Sunday on VS.

cutest pic ever

Also, from UFC 101 take:





Barncat..wait..we’ve gotta have a picture of the Barncat, Tamdan McCrory


Continuing on….take




Don’t forget to make your mmaplayground picks and remember to watch the WEC card on Sunday night!


August 5, 2009

MMA Thoughts

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The Association of Boxing Commissions held its annual conference, and announced some clarifications regarding striking the back of the head.

“Strikes are not permissible in the nape of the neck area up until the top of the ears. Above the ears, permissible strikes do not include the Mohawk area from the top of the ears up until the crown of the head. The crown of the head is found where the head begins to curve.

In other words, strikes behind the crown of the head and above the ears are not permissible within the Mohawk area. Strikes below the top of the ear are not permissible within the nape of the neck area.”

I can dig that, no problems there.  Also, making me happy is that they are not going to screw with weight classes.  There was clarification regarding 5 minute periods after accidental low blows and regarding downward elbow strikes, but I’ll jump into that discussion when it is relating to a current event.

Shifting gears into high comedy:


In the picture on the shirt, he’s wearing the t-shirt too…

There’s a storm brewing between the UFC and Strikeforce, first the Fedor signing and now issues with Gegard Mousasi (was he really misled about contract options), my interest lies in seeing if the UFC goes into full on competition mode with Scott Coker.  I would expect them to utilize countermeasures such as counter programming against Strikeforce events, escalating salaries to lure away talent and pricing Strikeforce out of the ballpark, and by pushing harder for a network deal of some kind.   The general perception among most casual fans is that the UFC is the major leagues of mixed martial arts, has the best talent, and offers the biggest star exposure.  Dana and co. will be more than happy to leverage their advantages here…

Speaking of Strikeforce, they’ve done a good job lately of being aggressive in acquiring talent and trying to shore up weaknesses by co-promoting with DREAM.  My concerns with the organization previously have been that they were riding closer to the event end of things by putting on more fights that lacked organizational background and seemingly throwing things together.  Currently they seem to be pushing more towards being a cohesive league with a background lineage in their divisions.  A weakness that needs to be addressed is their champions, Cung Le is making movies, Overeem is hurt, and Diaz and Shields are jumping around all over the place.  An aggressive organization that can take Diaz and Shields would really hurt Strikeforce (though they still have some solid competitors).

I leave you with one of the all time great entrances….

August 3, 2009

Redundant Post Discussing Fedor Going to Strikeforce

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Well, it’s time for another episode of “Beverly Fedor 90210”.   The announcement today of Fedor going to Strikeforce is huge, and not something I would have expected to happen so quickly.  The Fedor saga has cast a shadow on the scene and been the discussion topic of choice for most fans.  I definitely do not want this event to overshadow some of the other happenings lately…

-All the Affliction signings (Vitor, Rafello ‘Tractor’ Oliveira, Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley, etc)

-Tito Ortiz’s return

-This weekend’s WEC/UFC cards

Sengoku IX coverage

Fedor going to Strikeforce is huge news because of the potential matchups with Brett Rogers, Fabricio Werdum, or of course Alistair Overeem (the true heavyweight king, discuss).  Outside of those fights, what more do they have to offer?  Paul Buentello or potential rematches with Tim Sylvia and Arlovski.  There’s no interest for that.  Strikeforce has been very slick in how they’ve positioned themselves to not draw any ill will from the UFC.  They had been growing in a profitable manner, and now they’ve  painted a bullseye on themselves.  Signing Fedor makes all of the MMA hardcores happy, but can anyone point to any true evidence of him being truly worth the risks of copromotion, a leading edge compensation package,  and the ire of a competitor?  We need to face facts and realize the best heavyweight MMA fighter of all time also has the status of being a financial loss leader.  We’ll see how it turns out….

July 29, 2009

Obligatory Fedor Post

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Fedor had his little PR conference today, and to the dismay of numerous fanboys who had their little hopes up yet again Fedor has not stepped in front of the machine that is the UFC.  It doesn’t even look like it will happen either.

Fightlinker’s commentary and quote from Dave Meltzer

Actually all of Fightlinker’s commentary is worth a read here.

Bloody Elbow’s excellent work

I’m about over this Fedor stuff, if it happens, then I’m totally stoked (maybe the UFC is playing us on an emotional rollercoaster here…), but if he doesn’t make it, then it doesn’t really matter.  I would love to see the matchups, but the UFC has compelling matchups at heavyweight to still make.  Also, Fedor is in a limited position with regards to new homes.  Japan is not financially what it once was, and Strikeforce probably doesn’t want to get mixed up in the M-1 copromotion business, whatever it may be exactly.  Let’s see what happens this Friday….

July 27, 2009

News and Notes 7/27/09

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has a few items on its agenda –  The terms currently proposed for instant replay appear well designed at first glance.  They are limited in scope and minimize bloat by referring to other existing regulations.  The only item that I’m unsure of is the potential to have 5 round nontitle fights.  The intended design appears to be to increase the number finishes versus judges decisions.  Hardcores also argue that this provision gives nontitle fights more time to flesh out towards an appropriate outcome citing bouts like Henderson/Franklin and Guida/any other lightweight.

I’d rather keep things asis for right now.  Let the commission and promotors focus on doing a few things correctly, and doing proper integration of new rules.  Adding 2 rounds to nontitle main events means we’re going to see more gassing, increased chance of injury,  and title fights might lose a little luster.  One intriguing proposal has been that number 1 contender matches could be the target of championship round additions, but there isn’t a viewable ranking system in place for most promotions.  Moving on…

-Babalu vs. Mousasi has been moved from the Affliction III card to the Strikeforce Aug. 15th event. This is great news, a high quality fight getting saved from the mayhem of last week is welcome news.  My questions will come down to conditioning…wasn’t the Affliction bout a 3 rounder?  If so, and this is for the Strikeforce LHW title, then what role will conditioning play?  What kind of contract has Mousasi signed?  This was a great play by Strikeforce.

July 24, 2009

And I, For One, Welcome Our New MMA Overlords

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Play me while reading (preferably in a new tab or window)

The UFC’s grip on the sport is tightening.  This has been a crazy week first with the Barnett drug test results coming out.  From there here’s what else has transpired:

Affliction gets canceled

Affliction folds up their promotion, and will return as a sponsor the UFC.  There were earlier rumors of a merger with Strikeforce.  It’s not known how the contracts transfer, if at all.  There’s a lot of unknown details at this point.

Dana White has a press conference coming up this week.  What will be announced?  Fedor?  ESPN/ABC?  Affliction contract details?  Fight additions to upcoming cards?  There are may possibilities to explore, and I will have commentary on what transpires over the next few days…

July 22, 2009

What Were You Thinking?

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So, I went to bed last night, wake up this morning, and very nearly fell out of my chair.  Josh Barnett tests positive for a banned substance? This puts Affliction in a really crummy spot.  The CSAC issues a statement.    Affliction is now on their heels and scrambling for a replacement.  Strikeforce rules out Brett Rogers or Fabricio Werdum.  The word is that Bobby Lashley has refused the bout on short notice, so Affliction is looking at possibly breaking up what could possibly be fight of the night by pulling Vitor Belfor out of his bout with Jorge Santiago. Other conjecture is Jeff Monson.  I’m eagerly awaiting who the replacement will be:

Here’s some of the rundown so far:



Logistical changes aside, what does this do for Josh Barnett?  He’s going to appeal.  That will be a huge time and financial expense, especially for a guy who has 1 strike on his record.  This very well could spell the end of Barnett fighting on American soil.  Even if he rides out a suspension, he is compromised as a top-tier heavyweight for any promotor who needs a competitve heavyweight (UFC, Strikeforce, Affliction) in the US.  He’s going to have a long road to redemption, and this means we may see him jump into more pro wrestling or fight exclusively in Japan (which if he does while suspended will really piss off CSAC).  Hopefully, he’ll get some better news tomorrow….


July 21, 2009

Light News Day

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Not much happening today:

– Kimo died and then came back to life.

-Overeem out of his Aug. 15th title defense due to complications with a hand injury.  This really hurts the Strikeforce card for me.  I might be the only one, but Carano and Cyborg aren’t dealmakers for me yet.  Not until they can reliably make weight.

Since news is so light, I’d like to also remind everyone of the greatest fighter alive and his upcoming bout (this will wake up the haters):

It’s free on Versus, there is no excuse to miss this one.

July 20, 2009

News and Notes 7/20/09

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Lots of surprise, speculation, and some frustration.  Also, I’ve started training BJJ recently, and I have to say that I regret not starting sooner.  Every bit of is wonderful.  Now here we go:

-Hendo vs. Franklin II – Call me unexcited.  I really enjoyed the first fight between the two, but I thought Henderson proved himself with his takedowns, passes, and close to call standup.  Franklin used to be my favorite fighter, but from the interviews that I have seen, he seems a little bitter about this loss.  It’s been a bit of a disappointment, and I hope he has used the experience for positive motivation.  Right now, I’m going with Henderson.  He’s got knockout power, the better ground game, and his clinch work speaks for itself.  Franklin has been working with Matt Hume trying to become a more complete MMA fighter, but he looked uncomfortable on his back in the last fight between the two.  That said, the rematch is a bit underwhelming for the UFC 103 main event, and Tito would’ve been more interesting.  I can’t believe that I just typed that, let me try again:  Rich Franklin vs Luis Cane would’ve been the best match possible.

–  Well, I managed to work Tito Ortiz into the last paragraph, and I think that may be the first time I’ve ever mentioned him on the blog.  I was doing so well….  Joking aside, the man is polarizing, puts people in seats, and is a solid test for any contender.  I’m not even touching the crazy talk and financial issues.  That’s a post by itself.

– Hellboy Hansen vs. Aoki III – The rubber match.  Anytime Hellboy fights is a good time.  ‘Nuff said.

– Dream 10 was a little nuts with all the head kicking and all.  Filho looked flat, I still need to watch all the fights.

-GSP not needing surgery is great news.  I was worried about the prospects for cards at the end of the year, not to mention that some guys aren’t the same after surgery.

July 16, 2009

Thank You Internet

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Just another reason to be thankful…


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