Monday, November 17, 2008

Why the heck didn't he stop the fight sooner?

If you were rooting for Couture during UFC 91, I am with you as a disappointed supporter.  A majority of people said Coutre was the underdog going into this fight at 6' 1", 220 pounds vs the bull that is Lesnar standing at 6'3", weighing 275 pounds.  And with the 45-year-old's abscence from the ring for the last 15 months, you know most people were betting in favor of the youner (31), stronger and faster Lesnar.  

If you missed the fight, catch some good footage here.   After watching the fight, I could not help but wonder why Steve Mazzagatti didn't stop it sooner.   Prior to the fight being called, Brock was  pounding Couture's head like a basketball.  After the series of hammers throws, I was pretty sure Couture was not defending himself and that the fight should have been called, but noooooo.  Then Lesnar switcheed to straight punches, and at the point Mazzagatti finally stopped the fight.  Why the heck did he take so long to stop the fight and why didn't he stop it sooner?  After doing a little digging, I guess Lesnar didn't want Mazzagatti to referee this fight due to a "controversial ruling" in the Mir-Lesnar fight.  Huh?  Controversial ruling, ummm I think not.  Anyway, maybe Mazzagati was trying to appease Lesnar and his lawyers, who knows.  Any ideas?

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Can anyone beat Anderson Silva?

Some people were born to do certain things, or so they say.  If you have followed Anderson "The Spider" Silva over the last few years, you could probably say he was born to fight.  Anderson Silva is ranked as the number one middleweight in the world, as well as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.  Having competed in the PRIDE Championships, Cage Rage, Shooto and Rumble Rock, the UFC announced in late April 2006 that Anderson had signed a multi-fight contract to compete in the UFC.  Silva made his debut at the Ultimate Fight Night 5 and wowed the crowds with a win over Chris Leben.  Well he has continued to wow UFC crowds worldwide with an undefeated record in the UFC.  So with his announced retirement coming up in 2009, who the heck is going to beat him?

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Friday, November 7, 2008

So are you going to watch UFC 91?

This Saturday @ the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, 3-time HeavyWeight Champ Randy "The Natural" Couture will be fighting for this titles against "the biggest opponent of his career,  "wrestling freak-of-nature Brock Lesnar.

UFC 91, in-person on November 15 or on Pay-Per-View? For me, Pay-Per-View is going to have to do.

So who am I rooting for?   "The Natural" Couture of course!  Dude, just look at Lesnar, I swear he is on roids or something... not cool.  

Couture is a stud.  Did you know he is one of only two UFC fighters to have held a championship title in two different divisions?

Yeah, it's Couture all the way.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Looking forward to next week

There are just a couple of things I would like to say after watching episode 7 of the Ultimate Fighter, Team Nogueira vs Team Mir:

  • Junie's poor attitude is getting real old, real quick.  Someone explain to me why Dana kept him on the show.  Anyway, he has a blog if you want to check it out (doubtful he is the one actually writing it though).
  • Can Team Nogueira please win the next fight, then dominate for the rest of the season?I can't help but root for the underdog, plus I don't really like Frank Mir or his team.  
  • Some of the guys on Team Mir's team were making smart-ace comments about Team Nogueira being tight and what knot.  Sounded like a bunch of those guys were just jealous.  They probably come from broken homes and don't really have any stable relationships.  I thought the show of affection between Team Nogueira for the coach's b-day was pretty sentimental.
  • Wonder what nasty pranks will take place in the next episode. The pee fiasco was definitely over the line though... animal.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

True Life: I'm an MMA Fighter

Back in 2007 there was a lot of talk about Mixed Martial Arts being one of the fastest growing sports in America and that talk has not died down.

What may have been perceived as brutal and barbaric is now thought to be skilled and technical.  MMA is quickly moving mainstream with attendance of corporate big wigs, young 20 something females and even the elderly.  I had a conversation with the President of the Ultimate Combat Experience a couple months ago and he said that he gets people coming up to him all the time saying how much they love the show.  He said he was in the grocery store once and a lady (old enough to be his grandmother) came up to him and said she loved the show.  Who would have thought?!

Last night I was watching MTV and was intrigued by the True Life segment focused on the world of MMA.  The show featured three guys:
  1. Frankie "The Answer" Edgar: One of the top lightweights fighting in the UFC
  2. Kit Kope: Muay Thai champ looking to rebound into the UFC
  3. Ian Stonehouse: A college student at Fort Collins breaking into the MMA scene MMA is defintely mainstream.  All of it... from cutting weight, to the grueling training schedule,hardcore mental stamina,  constant dedication and supreme focus.  Wow, love the world of MMA.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Spike TV in HD

With the recent move and purchase of our TV, we have been researching television packages.  One channel and feature we are looking for: Spike TV in HD.  Looks like Dish Network doesn't offer this, but lucky for us Direct TV offers the Plus DVR package for $49.99 a month.  This sweet package includes:

  • Spike TV in HD (duh)
  • Over 200 networks
  • All the best HD channels
  • Free DVR HD upgrade
  • And free installation and equipment
Sound too good to be true?  Nope, it's acutally not.  The problem, we can't have satelite tv here, which blows.  So now we are going to have to pay a lot more to get what we want through Comcast.  Lucky us.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MMA terms and techniques

In case you aren't incredibly familair with the MMA scence, here are a couple terms and definitions used frequently in mixed martial arts:

  1. The Triangle choke is by far one of my favorite positions.  Also known as the Sankaku-Jime in judo, this figure-four chokehold strangles the opponent by encircling the opponent's neck and one arm with the lets in the shape of triangle.  This restricts the blood flow from the carotid arties to the brain.
  2. The Guard.  This is an essential position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other grappling martial arts. In this grappling position the fighter wraps his or her legs around the opponent for control. The guard can be closed, with the ankles locked together behind the opponent.  It can also be open with the ankles loose. (Note: There are several other variations of the guard, with multiple uses.)
  3. Upa. Also used in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the upa aka "bridging," is the quick and forceful raising of the hips to escape from the mount.
  4. Arm Bar.  A commononly used  joint lock used in judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, etc.  The arm bar is a super sweet move for getting your opponent to tap out.  The arm bar is executed by hyper-extending the elbow while holding the opponent's arm between your legs, and the wrist held close to the chest.
  5. The Clinch indicates when two fighters are leaning in on each other either for defensive reasons, to domniate the other fighter or to catch their breath. While commonly used as a defensive position, certain offensive techniques are very effective from a clinch: knees, short punches, elbows and various locks.  Using the clinch is advantageous if you are taller than your opponent.
  6. Tap Out.  Submitting or giving up in a match in order to avoid further pain or injury.  Can be done physically or verbally.

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