MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

February, 2010

Sickening Arm-Snap Video of the Day: John Gettle vs. William Kowalski

Before you click play on this Raw Vegas video, you should be warned that it features an arm being snapped like a pretzel stick in a fashion so nauseating you are very likely to throw up on your computer. Not trying to freak you out or anything. We just want you to be aware of what’s about to happen, so you don’t ruin a couple thousand dollars worth of electronics equipment and then try to blame it on us. Do we understand each other? Good, now go ahead and play it.

See, what did we tell you? What you’re seeing there is John Gettle, who is a student of Frank Mir’s, doing something terrible to a young man by the name of William Kowalski at a Tuff-N-Uff event in Las Vegas on Friday night. Somebody must have been filling Kowalski’s head with that ‘Jesus didn’t tap’ malarkey, because he held on in that kimura like he was waiting for his heavenly father to jump in and lend a hand. You can see for yourself how well that worked out.

Maybe it’s the sound of his arm cracking like a dry twig, or maybe it’s the way the limb snaps back like a rubber band that’s been stretched too far, but this is high in the running for the grossest arm break in MMA history.

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Video: BJ Penn Discusses Hawaiian Tsunami Threat on CNN


(1:44 — "You ever been involved in anything like this before, BJ, besides the havoc that you wreak?")

If you’ve been near a TV or radio anytime today, you probably heard about the massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile early this morning, which triggered tsunami warnings in Hawaii. Thankfully, Hawaii seems to have dodged a bullet, wave-wise, but CNN was following the situation closely this afternoon, aided by local correspondent (and UFC lightweight champion) BJ Penn, who provided the cable news channel with a live video feed from his website and helped describe the scene on the ground; video of his segment is above. For more updates on the tsunami-watch in Hawaii, hit up BJPenn.com.

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Strikeforce Challengers Results: Kaufman Routs Hashi to Win 135-Pound Belt, Prangley/Amoussou Ends in Eye-Poke


(Best finish of the night: Luke Rockhold vs. Paul Bradley)

Takayo Hashi may have been touted as the second-best 135-pound female fighter in the world coming into her title fight against Sarah Kaufman at last night’s Strikeforce Challengers event in San Jose, but for most of the five-round contest she looked woefully outmatched. Kaufman’s superior standup ruled the night, as the undefeated Canadian — and new "welterweight" women’s champion of Strikeforce — dropped Hashi twice in the first round, and spent the rest of the fight chasing the Japanese grappling specialist around the cage, landing punches whenever she was in range.

Kaufman successfully avoided the occasional takedown and submission attempts from her opponent, and outside of a teep kick that found its mark on her face in the final frame, she made it through all 25 minutes relatively untouched. After the fight’s conclusion — a 50-45 decision on all three judges’ scorecards — Kaufman apologized to the fans for her inability to finish Hashi, and generously credited Hashi’s constant movement: "It was really hard to get a lot of clean shots on her consecutively,” Kaufman said. “I would have loved to have finished the fight, but I couldn’t have done any more than I did.”

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Friday Link Dump


(See? This is why you can’t take Bader anywhere. Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

- Lesnar weighs in on Frank Mir, predicts July return to UFC. (The Rumble)

- Dana White’s Jose Canseco media nightmare continues on ESPN. (Cagewriter)

- Bellator’s welterweight tourney matchups are set. (Heavy)

- Strikeforce’s Luke Rockhold says fighting in the ocean isn’t fun. (Fight Magazine)

- Is HGH testing in MMA feasible? (MMA Payout)

- Tito Ortiz was so young once, and actually sort of made sense. (The Garv)

- Cole Miller out of March 31 Fight Night bout with an injury. (MMA Weekly)

- Vitor Belfort loves his wife’s feet. (Fightlinker)

- Three freak show fights that ought to happen. (Bleacher Report)

- Canadian women’s hockey team knows how to celebrate. (Total Pro Sports)

- Top 10 bad movie babes. (Ask Men)

- Police searching for avid ESPN fan who robs banks. (Asylum)

- Emergency airlift of condoms headed to Olympic Village. (Scores Report)

- Your possibly NSFW Spicy Gallery for the week. (Break)

- What your car really says about you. (Holy Taco)

- Dolph Lundgren does Elvis, karate. (Screen Junkies)

- The best stadiums in America. (Made Man)

- NASCAR crew member narrowly misses getting run over. (All Left Turns)

- The exact wrong way to use a hand grenade. (Nothing Toxic)

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Headkick Lovers Rejoice: Pat Barry vs. Cro Cop Being Targeted for UFC 115


(Proof that nobody looks cool when they’re about to sneeze. Photo courtesy of EdMulholland.com)

After his bloody win over Anthony Perosh at UFC 110, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will still be getting a Duke Roufus-trained striker to stand and bang with at UFC 115, only new reports suggest that it won’t be Ben Rothwell, as previously expected.  MMA Scraps is reporting that Cro Cop and Pat Barry have been offered a chance to try and kick one another’s faces in when the UFC visits Vancouver.  Do we have to tell you that signing this fight is about as close as you can get to guaranteeing a highlight reel caliber knockout finish without actually paying one fighter to go in there and leave his chin wide open?  We didn’t think so.

But if Barry is getting Cro Cop, what of Rothwell?  The rumor is that he may now be getting Barry’s original opponent for UFC 115, Gilbert Yvel.  So basically, the stand-and-bang quotient just doubled.  Join us after the jump as we go ahead and get ourselves hyped for the awesomeness that awaits us.

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Videos: Jones vs. Vera Fight Hype, GSP Protects This House



(Props: YouTube.com/UFC)

You know what sucks? We have to wait three whole weeks until Jon Jones and Brandon Vera headline the UFC’s first event on Versus (March 21st; Broomfield, Colorado). What the hell are we going to do in the meantime?(And don’t say "Volunteer at a soup kitchen"; this is no time for jokes.) In the above hype-videos, Bones promises fireworks against Vera, and says he’ll give the Truth a striking war if that’s what he wants. He also makes a dig at Vera’s well-known hubris, saying he’s not the kind of guy to call out Chuck Liddell after winning his first UFC fight; Bones has a black belt in humility, apparently. Brandon Vera is aware that Jones has been blowing through his opponents, but feels that he’s never fought anybody on Brandon’s level, and his chin hasn’t been tested yet. ("It’s really easy to be the hammer, but it’s hard to be the nail.") Anybody see Vera winning this one? Anybody?

After the jump: Georges St. Pierre sweats alongside Michael Phelps in a new ad for Under Armour. Let’s be thankful this wasn’t an ad for Reebok.

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Better Know a Fighter: Sarah Kaufman


(A black eye and the faintest hint of a smile. That’s our kind of woman. Photo by Esther Lin.)

Wednesday we tried to educate your ignorant asses on Takayo Hashi, the Japanese fighter who is one half of the 135-pound title fight on tonight’s Strikeforce: Challengers show (you made your FightPicker selections yet, by the way?). It’s only fair that we also shine the spotlight on her opponent in tonight’s main event, the undefeated Sarah Kaufman.

In addition to having a perfect 10-0 record that includes wins over the likes of Miesha Tate (one of MMA’s hottest women, let’s not forget) and Shayna Baszler, Kaufman also has the distinction of winning all but two of her fights via TKO stoppage. She may not win pretty, but she’s a gritty fighter who likes to stand and bang and will not give you a second to breathe once the bell rings. If you need another barometer aside from her record to tell you how dominant she’s been, just look at the odds on her fight against Hashi. She’s fighting the #2-ranked fighter in her weight class, and bookmakers still expect it to be a blowout.

Biographical notes: Kaufman was a dancer from age two, but transitioned to fighting because it is far more awesome. She’s from Victoria, British Columbia, and yet bravely missing tonight’s Canada-Slovakia hockey game in order to fight for a title. She’s more or less estranged from her family, who she says “weren’t bad parents,” but were not active or health conscious or terribly supportive of her fighting career. See her in action after the jump.

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Eddie Bravo Has a Story About Weed and Strippers That You Absolutely Need to Hear

Our friends at Fight Magazine have struck gold again with their Fight! Life video series (you haven’t forgotten all that stuff with Bas Rutten already, have you?), this time by talking to Eddie Bravo about one of his favorite subjects: weed.  Like many great romances, things were rocky between them at first, so much so that it even prevented Eddie from getting laid.  But just when you think this is going to be a sad, sad story, he starts a sentence with, "There was this girl at the strip club…" 

As is usually the case, that’s the point where the story starts to get interesting and doubtful all at the same time.  If that’s not enough to liven up your Friday, check out the latest effort from professional video editing lol-machine lookoutawhale after the jump.

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Strikeforce Confirms April Show in Nashville; Hendo/Shields In, Fedor Out

Fedor Emelianenko Scott Coker Strikeforce
("These barbarian Americans," Fedor thought to himself. "Worshipping laminated rectangles with names on them.")

Strikeforce has been laying suspiciously low lately, leading some to wonder if they’re having behind-the-scenes problems with Fedor Emelianenko or their broadcast partners; Gegard Mousasi‘s departure from M-1 two weeks ago added another wrinkle to the mystery. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker tried to shed what light he could yesterday, telling reporters that the organization would hold an event in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 17th, and that more announcements would come next week. No, it’s not much to work on. But recent reports have also clued us in on the following…

— The middleweight title fight between Jake Shields and Dan Henderson is a done deal for April. Said Shields: "I have a date (and) venue, but they told me to hold that back. Hopefully CBS. I think it’s CBS. There’s a slight possibility of Showtime because they’re still (working it out). I don’t know the rest of the card or any of that yet. But me and Dan’s on, and I’m hoping it’s on CBS."

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Chuck Liddell Works Out Naked in Most Disturbing Viral Ad of All Time


Antonio mckee highlights by Biodome10

Last night, many of us were shocked and saddened by a video floating around the ‘net that featured Chuck Liddell, completely naked, working out with his girlfriend, also completely naked. The video was notable for a number of reasons:

1) The girlfriend has been I.D.’d as Jose Canseco’s ex, Heidi Northcott. I will now pat myself on the back for my powers of observation.

2) Chuck didn’t wipe down the machine when he was done with it.

3) As CageWriter put it, “is the camera man a crazy, obsessed fan? How is this person still alive?”

4) After the video was originally taken off YouTube, it popped up on DailyMotion under the title “Antonio mckee highlights,” which is brilliant because nobody would ever think to search for that.

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