31 Dec 2009 07:30:04 AM
31 Dec 2009 07:30:04 AM
29 Dec 2009 11:56:54 AM
K-1 recently uploaded some choice highlights from their MMA library onto their YouTube page, featuring early fights from current superstars like Brock Lesnar, BJ Penn, and Lyoto Machida. Above is Lesnar’s pro MMA debut against Min Soo Kim, which went down at Dynamite!! USA in June ’07. Odds are, you’ve watched this fight before — though it’s still worth a look if you’ve never seen the head-clashing faceoff and the fight’s aftermath, in which Lesnar triumphantly stalked around the cage while Kim was slowly brought back to life.
After the jump: Kazushi Sakuraba‘s rematch with Royce Gracie at Dynamite!! USA, BJ Penn’s grudge match with Renzo Gracie at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii, and Lyoto Machida’s fourth pro fight against Michael McDonald at K-1 Beast 2004.Read More DIGG THIS
29 Dec 2009 09:30:47 AM
(Bisping, Arlovski, Griffin, and Swanson: Four of the year’s most unfortunate victims.)
29 Dec 2009 08:14:34 AM
#6 (tie): Marius Zaromskis high-kicks Hayato Sakurai into a living death at the DREAM welterweight GP semi-finals; later that same night, Marius Zaromskis does the same exact thing to Jason High (7/20/09). Congrats, Jason, you’re on the wrong end of this list twice.
#1: Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio proves that Capoeira is MMA’s most effective style — at least for one night — against Keegan Marshall at North American Challenge 24 (4/4/09).
28 Dec 2009 11:33:50 AM
Gilbert Yvel’s UFC debut against Junior Dos Santos is only five days away, and Dana White is pumped. To introduce the infamous Dutch striker to any dumbass noobs who’ve never heard of him, DW brought his video-blog operation over to Modern Martial Arts to watch Yvel work out. The gym is run by John Lewis, Dana’s first (and only) jiu-jitsu instructor, who went 1-1 in the UFC about ten years ago. Lewis complains to Dana that all he ever sees on UFC Unleashed is him getting tooled by Jens Pulver. To make it up to him, Lewis’s nasty stoppage of Lowell Anderson at UFC 22 is at the end of this video blog. Anyway, Yvel looks to be in fine form, but Dos Santos can bang too, and if he can get Hurricane Yvel to the ground it might be a wrap, son.Read More DIGG THIS
28 Dec 2009 09:34:12 AM
10. Tom Lawlor sings CB Dollaway a lullaby
(UFC 100, 7/11/09)
Tom Lawlor was a 2-1 underdog in his bout with C.B. Dollaway at UFC 100. Conventional wisdom said that he’d be an entertaining guy to have on the card prior to the opening horn, but wouldn’t stand much of a chance against Dollaway’s dominant wrestling and smirking self-assurance. The entertaining part turned out to be true. Lawlor painted himself in homage to the infamous Just Bleed Guy for the weigh-in, and then used man-dog Seth Petruzelli as a prop in his entrance. That’s where the fun was supposed to stop, but just seconds into the first round he locked up an arm-in guillotine choke off a Dollaway takedown attempt and held on to it until his opponent’s lip uncurled and his eyes rolled back in his head. Maybe it wasn’t the most technically brilliant move, but he did choke C.B. Dollaway unconscious, which meant we didn’t have to listen to him talk for a little while. That ought to be worth something.
9. Jake Rosholt ruins Chris Leben’s hometown party
(UFC 102, 8/29/09)
UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon was supposed to be Chris Leben’s homecoming. Coming off a long steroid suspension following his loss against Michael Bisping, he drew the relatively inexperienced Jake Rosholt in his return. But early on in the fight it became apparent that Leben came to throw wild, looping bombs, while Rosholt came to fight a mixed martial arts bout. After trading on the feet for a little while Rosholt finally got smart and put Leben on his back long enough to lock up an arm-triangle choke. Leben considered tapping, but didn’t get around to it before his brain called it quits. Somehow, Rosholt got cut after losing his next bout, while Leben still has a job with the UFC. This crazy world.Read More DIGG THIS
27 Dec 2009 06:00:00 AM
It should surprise no one to learn that Matt Hughes did a lot of scrapping with his twin brother Mark as a kid. You put two country boys out on the farm with not much else to do, beating on one another is bound to become the primary source of entertainment. But just to remove all doubt on the matter, Hughes posted this video of a Christmas morning in the Hughes household circa 1976 to his website.
At first it’s just Mark and Matt and their older sister unwrapping presents in their pj’s, filled with all the bushy-headed amazement you might expect. But that’s before some genius gave them various types of boxing gloves, presumably to protect their little hands from damage during the many fights that began erupting as soon as the boys learned to make fists. The funny part is, watch how quickly a boxing match between the Hughes boys turns into a wrestling match. It’s like they can’t help it. Their parents don’t seem too concerned. They don’t even step in to stop those strikes to the back of the head from Matt’s older sister. Think of it as quality training for the hard years to come.
24 Dec 2009 12:02:24 PM
No longer a free agent, MMA living legend Dan Henderson is slated to challenge Jake Shields for Strikeforce’s middleweight belt at the organization’s next CBS card in April. Dana White may take full responsibility for Hendo’s exit from the UFC, but according to Henderson in the video interview above, the signing was the best thing for him, really: "The opportunity to fight on CBS is huge…and you just don’t get that elsewhere. To have the opportunities to still be able to fight the top guys in the world, that was one of my main concerns, and they have that here as well. There’s no red tape to go through with sponsorships. Clinch Gear‘s not banned from the organization. I’m just happy all the way around."
Responding to White’s recent claims that he’s permanently "done" with Henderson, Dan was his usual respectful self: "I think the fans know Dana White. Personally, as far as our relationship, he’s still gonna be alright with me, but business-wise maybe he has to put on a certain front for certain things. And either way I’ll say that he’s still fat and he needs to diet down a little bit. I’ve been telling him for a long time. Hes spending a lot of money on expanding those suits."
As for his next opponent, Henderson described Jake Shields as "bigger than me…I think he does cut quite a bit of weight to get to ’85" — which seems like an odd claim based on information he probably made up. And sure, it’s no Henderson vs. Silva II, or even Henderson vs. Marquardt, but whaddya gonna do: "I don’t know how excited the fans are gonna be about that fight," Henderson said. "But I think it’s a good matchup and I’m excited about it."Read More DIGG THIS
23 Dec 2009 15:23:16 PM
From all of us at Cage Potato to all of you in the wondrous land of the internet, Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/winter celebration in honor of whatever other weird belief system you cling to for meaning. As a gift, we made you this video. Thanks for sticking with us through another tumultuous year in the world of mixed martial arts. We’ll do our best to come up with even better smart-ass remarks about it in 2010.
To those poor bastards among you who are traveling this holiday season, stay safe and don’t forget that you can check out the mobile version of Cage Potato on your fancy cell phones. May the soft glow of our homepage bring you comfort as you pass out in an airport bar after your flight gets delayed.Read More DIGG THIS
23 Dec 2009 10:56:17 AM
As much as we were hoping that this Bas Rutten video thing was a 42-part series from Fight Magazine, they seem to have reached a zenith with this video. It’s titled "El Guapo Likes to Dance," after a song that Bas says he wrote. "Stairway to Heaven" it ain’t, but it’s catchy and the accompanying footage also proves that it’s true. Our prediction? You will mock this video at first and then go about your day thinking nothing of it. Then, about four hours from now when you’re doing the last of your frantic Christmas shopping at the dollar store, you’ll catch yourself singing it and bopping your head along with the beat. That’s when you’ll look up and see everyone watching you, horrified and yet transfixed.
For more of Rutten’s world, go here. After the jump, the Mike Goldberg
highlight reel that tells you everything you need to know.