Everyone’s favorite MMA video mastermind, Genghis Con, has done it again. This time he delves into the redemption plot, as we see the highs and the lows and then the highs again of being a pro fighter. Like with any Genghis Con joint, there’s also tons of great music, slick editing, and rare footage. Enjoy.
Remember the guy who took us on a pleasant walk down memory lane with his GSP/Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! video? Well he’s followed up with a Street Fighter II-type look at GSP’s win over Mayhem Miller. Seems like a natural progression. We now wait patiently for the Tekken 2 version of his most recent beatdown of B.J. Penn.
And just in case you’re waiting for some mention of greasing, because you can’t go fifteen goddamn minutes without hearing about it, we got you covered after the jump.
The boys from “MMA Live” break down UFC 94, which, of course, includes a thorough look at LubeGate (or as some of you would rather call it, LubriGate). Franklin McNeil is quick to dismiss it as no big deal, but Kenny Florian makes mention of a “select few” who do make use of greasing agents. It’s almost as if he has someone specific in mind. Someone he’s personally faced, who was “slippery,” and who had also trained with one Georges St. Pierre at various points. Hmmmm….
In this MMA Fight Weekly clip, MMA journo Mike Chiappetta takes a closer look at the specific rules that the govern the usage of vaseline and other lubricants in MMA competition. The verdict? The rules don’t actually exist — or they’re so vague that they don’t have any punitive teeth. At the risk of infuriating BJ Penn fans, Chiappetta characterizes the no-lube rule as "an agreement between fighters, kind of an unwritten law, so to speak," and says that no fighter would be punished for putting Vaseline on his back until the athletic commission more specifically addresses what’s legal and what isn’t. So that settles it, I guess. Later, Mike C. talks about GSP’s eventual move up to middleweight and marks out hard over Lyoto Machida.
Hey, look who’s getting into the video blog act — it’s Joe Lauzon, who lets us into his world as he flies from Boston to Tampa to take on Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 17. Him and his crew gawk at Tiffani Amber Thiessen, visit Gracie Tampa, do a news spot with Rich Clementi…and that’s about it. Maybe he’ll have a shock pen in tomorrow’s episode and things will really get interesting. Below: New UFC signee Jake Rosholt gives RawVegas.tv a tour of his house in Las Vegas, which contains about as many live animals as dead ones; watch to the end and you’ll see the most amazing pet trick ever.
Though most UFC fans think of Jon Jones as a guy who tends to put his opponents through three rounds of body-slamming, reverse-elbowing hell, he actually finished most of his pre-Octagon fights in short order. Above is his 15-second knockout of Parker Porter at a WCF event in Massachusetts last June. Just another reason to keep your hands up around this guy.
Our boy Matt S./"Facey" just sent us the second installment of his brilliant MMA highlight reel project, where he complies the best moments from each month into a single, convenient video. January ’09 had more than its share of killer moments, from Jose Aldo‘s knee-knockout and people’s-champ celebration at WEC 38, to the string of near-lethal KOs at "Day of Reckoning," to Jon Jones’s utter tooling of Stephan Bonnar, to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal’s call-and-response bit at Sengoku 7. You can check out more of Matt’s work at FightFace.blogspot.com.
Below: A fan-shot video of Akihiro "Oh No" Gono‘s legendary ring-entrance at UFC 94. After the jump: The latest video trailer for UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. Man, they’re really playing up the "London is rainy" angle…
Originally scheduled for the undercard of Affliction’s Day of Reckoning show last Saturday, the welterweight bout between IFL/UFC vet Jay Hieron and 6-0 prospect Jason High had to be postponed to the very end of the lineup due to time constraints — as in, directly after Fedor vs. Andrei, when 80% of the audience was out the door, the pay-per-view broadcast had cut out, and nearly everybody with a videocamera had already moved over to the post-event press conference. Fortunately, Inside MMA was able to show the fight on their Friday episode. And it looks like Emelianenko’s mid-air knockout of Arlovski wasn’t the only KO from Day of Reckoning that you’ll eventually be seeing on "Best of 2009" lists. After about a minute of settling in, Hieron dashed in with a crushing right hook which floored High, then landed three or four uppercuts while High was already dead asleep. The Thoroughbred lets out a battle cry after being pulled off his opponent, which we’d imagine is partly joy over the highlight-reel victory, and partly relief that he finally gets to go home.
Other moments worth seeing here: Dana consoles a distraught Stephan Bonnar, Joe Rogan and Eddie Bravo gush over Jon Jones, and Dana watches Akihiro Gono and his camp rehearse their elaborate Octagon entrance, which was truly a thing to behold. When Gono and his boys walked out in those matching evening gowns, pausing every few steps to get their dance on, you could feel the crowd going through a range of emotions. First came shock, then slight amusement, then genuine appreciation. Honestly, it was the best entrance in the history of MMA.
In the post-fight press conference a reporter asked Dana what he thought of a guy who came out in drag and got his ass kicked. Dana pointed out that a) a lot of people are going to get their ass kicked against Jon Fitch, and b) he loves Gono and what he brings to a UFC event. Then he conceded: “But if you’re going to wear a dress you probably better win.”
I know some people will make the argument that Gono would have been better served focusing more time and energy on his preparation for the fight than on his entrance, but let’s be real. Gono was going to get beat up with or without the awesome, cross-dressing entrance. Might as well have some fun before the pain begins.
Upon first hearing this story of the genesis of the best intro ritual in all of MMA – I speak now, of course, of the Buffer Turn – and learning that it came about by accident, I admit I was stunned. That’s like learning that the invention of the telephone was all just a screw-up, or that For Whom The Bell Tolls was written on cocktail napkins during a three-day drinking bender. How can something so beautiful be the product of mere happenstance?
But it’s true, fight fans. The Buffer Turn (and please, can’t we all call it that? Buffer 180 sounds like a skateboard trick) may have been an accident, but it’s part of our lives now. And thank God for that.
All this, and more, in Raw Vegas‘s talk with the man behind the microphone. You may be asking yourself: does he ever take off that suit? To which he would reply: does Superman take off his cape? Not while he’s working. And as long as he’s talking, Buffer is working, son.
This is a Pepsi commercial that will air during the Super Bowl. From the looks of it, the goal is to show that each generation continues doing things that previous generations before them did, like drinking Pepsi!
Gina Carano comes in around the 0:18 mark, right after Bruce Lee. Before you get too worked up about the comparison, remember that this fun little SAT analogy game started by going from Bob Dylan to will.i.am, as if to prove that this generation is more superficial than every other one. Still, MMA fighter in a Super Bowl ad. Hooray.