31 Jan 2010 07:03:08 AM
31 Jan 2010 07:03:08 AM
29 Jan 2010 13:05:35 PM
Like those helpful little video clips you sometimes see on Al-Jazeera or North Korean state television, Brock Lesnar‘s YouTube channel just put out some footage of a somewhat-healthy-looking Lesnar getting back into the swing of training, with the added claim that the formerly ailing UFC heavyweight champ is "ready to give Frank Mir another mauling, or to knock out Shane Carwin." Obviously he’s still in recovery mode — his punches and knees are thrown at a fraction of full strength, and this may be the first time we’ve seen him look fatigued in the gym — but at least he’s out of bed and heading in the right direction. Look closely at the 0:34 mark, and you’ll notice Chris Tuchscherer telling one of his campmates about this chick who just broke up with him over text message, that heartless bitch.
29 Jan 2010 06:19:22 AM
Of Robbie Lawler‘s 18 wins, 15 have come via KO/TKO; of Melvin Manhoef‘s 24 wins, 23 have come via KO/TKO. We may not agree with Lawler’s strategy going into tomorrow night’s fight, but sometimes you just have to say "fuck it, this is going to be a slugfest, and it’s going to be awesome." Genghis Con‘s preview compilation for the middleweight battle captures that spirit perfectly. Lawler vs. Manhoef is going to end with somebody staring at the ceiling, the owner of a brand-new concussion. The only questions are: Who will it be, and how long will it last?
After the jump: Wes Sims makes it very clear why he’s such an enormous underdog against Bobby Lashley, and Chael Sonnen takes a break from his homophobic Republican heel routine to speak candidly about his upcoming UFC 109 matchup with Nate Marquardt, which will very likely produce the UFC’s next middleweight title challenger.Read More DIGG THIS
28 Jan 2010 10:38:52 AM
(Props: MMA Scraps)
If the internet age has taught us anything, it’s that by the time you start posting videos of yourself pleading for someone to give you something, you have passed a point of no return. For whatever reason, people stop taking your requests seriously once they see you shouting into a cheap video camera while your boys mill around impatiently behind you. Bonus points if you pause your video rant to say hello to a "beautiful girl" off camera who may or may not actually exist, and may or may not actually be beautiful.
This is James Toney‘s second "UFC call out" video, and by far the more entertaining of the two. The fact that he’s pumping these out now probably means that negotiations have stalled after Dana White made an offer that Toney described as "a joke." So now he’s resorted to semi-coherent DIY video productions to get his big money fight in the UFC. Yeah, that’s probably been the missing piece of the puzzle all along.
If I could ask the internet to grant me one wish, it would be for someone to break into Brock Lesnar‘s home, tie him to a chair, force him to watch this video, and record his reaction for us all to see. I realize that’s a tall order, but maybe we could get Big Stacks there to do it. If he’s James Toney’s bodyguard, I’m guessing he’s done a lot crazier stuff for a lot less reward.
28 Jan 2010 09:08:07 AM
Earlier this week we speculated that oddsmakers were only giving Melvin Manhoef the slight edge over Robbie Lawler because they thought Lawler was foolhardy enough to stand and strike with Manhoef rather than take it to the ground, where he would enjoy a distinct advantage. Unless Lawler is doing a great big fake-out in this video interview with Ariel Helwani, the oddsmakers know Lawler better than he knows himself. Yes, he realizes that he’s probably much better on the ground than Manhoef, and he probably also realizes that he could get it there if he wanted to. But that’s not how Lawler likes to party. He wants to go toe-to-toe with a man who’s known for having vicious stand-up and very little else. He wants to play to his opponent’s one strength rather than exploit his easily exploitable weaknesses. So he says, anyway.
Honestly? As much fun as it would be to watch Lawler and Manhoef play Rock-em, Sock-em Robots on Saturday night, a part of me hopes that Lawler is smarter than that. He needs a win more than he needs to prove what a stone cold bad-ass he is. Knocking out Manhoef in a stand-up war would be entertaining and impressive, but that’s like investing your savings in lottery tickets. A 401k might not be as thrilling, but it is a lot less likely to leave you crying in the parking lot.
After the jump, part two of RawVegas.tv‘s series with Goran Reljic. In this episode, Reljic spars with Forrest Griffin and shares a candid conversation about the challenges both of them are facing in the near future.Read More DIGG THIS
27 Jan 2010 15:28:35 PM
George Orwell once said, “To see what is front of one’s nose needs a really good internet video editor.” Since he said this long before the invention of the internet, it probably confused the hell out of people. But as this new video from Lookoutawhale demonstrates, once more Orwell turns out to be right and everyone who doubted him feels like an idiot.
It’s not that we didn’t know how dramatically Dana White’s opinion of a guy can change once the opportunity to make money off of him presents itself. He’s a fight promoter. Hyping stuff, sometimes through gross exaggerations of the truth, is what he does. We knew this. But something about seeing the contrast between what DW claimed to believe about Kimbo Slice before he was in the UFC and what he had to say about him after he signed on for "The Ultimate Fighter" really slammed the point home. White is a salesman, and salesmen tend to value honesty less than they value sales.
Again, we knew this. It’s just probably a good idea to remind ourselves every once in a while.Read More DIGG THIS
27 Jan 2010 10:25:26 AM
Remember when Toby Imada pulled off that awesome inverted triangle choke in the Bellator tournament last year? Of course you do. Your brain isn’t so clogged with Snickers bars and "Golden Girls" reruns that you could go and forget a thing like that. It was by far the best submission of the year. Now that we’ve moved on to a new year and Imada no longer has to worry about all you jokers biting his style, he’s going to go ahead and show you how it’s done. Forget about Blanche and Sophia and the gang for just a few minutes and pay attention.Read More DIGG THIS
26 Jan 2010 15:39:53 PM
(Coenen vs. Yoko Takahashi I, 5/3/01)
After looking at the incredibly uneven betting odds on the "Cyborg" Santos-Marloes Coenen Strikeforce women’s lightweight title bout, we couldn’t help but wonder whether Coenen is walking into certain doom on Saturday night. Since she’s fought mostly in Europe and Japan, we haven’t gotten the chance to see many of her fights until now (except this one), but come on, she can’t be that outmatched against "Cyborg," can she?
In the interest of at least attempting to know what we’re talking about, we did a little research on Coenen. What we learned is that her stand-up is decent, though not without some defensive holes, and she really knows her way around an armbar. Seriously. The fight you see above was Coenen’s fifth professional bout, and one of three meetings with Takahashi. She won them all in the first round (two by armbar, one by TKO) and the fights only got more lopsided as Coenen improved over the years.
What’s interesting is that Santos also fought Takahashi at EliteXC: Heat in 2008, where "Cyborg" won a decision. So that’s got to be an encouraging sign, right? Coenen totally owned a fighter who took Santos the distance. Right? Guys?
More of Coenen’s fights are after the jump, including her second meeting with Takahashi, her loss to Erin Toughill, and a video of what appears to be Coenen abusing some poor girl from the local middle school. Seems more and more like either Coenen gets Santos to the mat early and submits her, or else she gets her lovely facial features rearranged.Read More DIGG THIS
24 Jan 2010 18:00:00 PM
When last we saw Goran Reljic he was knocking out Wilson Gouveia in his UFC debut to keep his undefeated record intact. He seemed headed for great things, but then a back injury forced him out of a fight with Thales Leites and he had to keep himself busy by heroically saving unfortunate travelers from the perilous Adriatic Sea. But after an almost two-year layoff and a little back surgery, he returns at UFC 110 to take on C.B. Dollaway. Fortunately our friends at Raw Vegas are around to follow Reljic through his training at Xtreme Couture, giving us a glimpse of what happens in the weeks leading up to fight night. Does it include a lot of sledge hammer and medicine ball work? But of course.
After the jump, get reacquainted with Reljic’s work in the fight that Gouveia says got a little too personal backstage.Read More DIGG THIS
24 Jan 2010 16:00:00 PM
The mere fact that he name checks Roy Nelson in this video is enough to support our suspicion that Jim Rome is an MMA fan, but a Brock Lesnar fan he certainly is not. Of all the possible reasons why that might be the case, Rome’s current issue with Lesnar seems to be that he was not sufficiently humbled by his brush with diverticulosis. It really seems to bug Rome that Lesnar could come so close to seeing his career ended and still come back firing pro wrestling-style one-liners at potential opponents. As if this isn’t the Lesnar we’ve all come to know and, if not love, then at least live with. As if a little hole in his stomach would be enough to turn him into Mr. Congeniality.
This is the same Lesnar who described his recovery as a miracle brought about by the power of his own mind. The antibiotics and dietary changes probably helped too, but that doesn’t sound as cool.Read More DIGG THIS