Before he scored three consecutive knockouts at UFC 2 — and way before he harpooned Butterbean at Yamma 1 — Patrick Smith was busy smashing fools in the sport karate circuit. This video (posted on the UG) was just too ridiculous/amazing not to share. Watch as Smith breaks some boards to fire himself up for the match, then executes a perfect side-kick to the balls / reverse-roundhouse combo to knock his opponent off the fighting stage, Bloodsport-style. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ROBOTE IS THE STRONGEST.
After the jump: The full Torres/Tapia fight from last night.
In this video interview with Fighters Only, Chuck Liddell shoots down rumors that he may face Anderson Silva in February or Randy Couture in June, saying that a potential fourth fight with Couture, “doesn’t make sense.” He seems to have his sights set on a fight some time in March or April. The opponent sounds less important to him than the date, but then that story could change once he sits down with Dana White and looks at his options.
Liddell also makes the case for continuing his career after the knockout loss to Rashad Evans, pointing out that he was winning the fight (technically true, since not much had happened) before getting caught with Evans’ brutal right hand.
Fair enough, but he has to realize that the situation will only become more desperate if he can’t notch a win in this mystery bout in the spring. As long as he’s turning down interesting possible fights for himself, he might as well throw out a name or two of someone he would like to fight. And don’t say James Irvin. Just please, don’t.
Saturday’s episode of Strikeforce on NBC presented a countdown of the league’s all-time greatest knockouts, including KOs from Cung Le, Frank Shamrock, Kazuo Misaki, Duane Ludwig, and Paul Buentello; part 1 is above, parts 2 and 3 are after the jump. Watch as Joe Riggs finds himself on the happy and unhappy ends of two featured bouts, Buentello gobbles up the #2 and #3 spots, and color-man Ken Shamrock uses the "sack of potatoes" knockout metaphor twice.
From PRIDE Final Conflict (8/15/04), here’s one of Wanderlei Silva‘s nastiest finishes of all time. Soon after the fight’s one-minute mark, a sharp left-hook from Wandy knocks poor Yuki out, and the Axe-Murderer throws in six point-blank head-stomps just to make sure. Yeesh. Guest commentator Quinton Jackson got his wish to take another crack at Silva two months later — though we all know how that went. Will the third time be a charm at UFC 92 (December 27th, Las Vegas)?
Nothin’ like a good old vanity project. Here’s the first episode of The BJPenn.com Show, which follows "the greatest mixed martial artist in the world" as he does publicity appearances and chills with the fam. Picture Dana White’s video blogs but with much-higher production values and a bikini-clad host who looks like an off-brand Brooke Hogan. Good on Penn for having the resources to make an ego-stroking informercial for himself. (Between the chick narrator and the reverent tone, it kind of reminded me of the John Holmes documentary Exhausted, which was parodied to amazing effect in Boogie Nights.) Looking forward to that pretty Wahine contest!
After the jump: The first official trailer for UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn II.
If you’ve got 9.5 minutes to spare, check out this extended trailer for UFC 92, which runs down the event’s three marquee matchups. I have to say, I literally LOL’d at the 3:13-3:15 mark, where Dana White describes the Forrest Griffin/Rashad Evans fight as "the hard worker vs. the explosive athlete" — which, as every sports fan knows, is barely-concealed shorthand for "the white guy vs. the black guy." Later, the Nog/Mir bout is previewed, with Mir aptly describing Minotauro as "like a zombie…like Frankenstein. Every time you kill him, you think he’s dead, and the motherfucker rises again." Finally, we get another look at Rampage/Wandy III, which thankfully includes some PRIDE footage (which Zuffa seemingly only pulls out for very special occasions). Silva on Jackson: "I know he remembers my knee." And so do we, Wanderlei.
Speaking of UFC promos, the first episode of "UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Penn" will debut January 14th on Spike TV. Each 30-minute episode — there will be three in total, airing Wednesdays at 10:30 — will profile the UFC’s current welterweight and lightweight champions as they prepare for their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 94 (January 31st, Las Vegas). The shows will be modeled after the popular 24/7 series on HBO, which has helped publicize boxing matches like Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., and most recently, Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr.
Bonus, after the jump: Depending on the result of De La Hoya/Pacquiao boxing match on Saturday, either Roger Huerta or Brandon Vera will be wearing a chicken suit in a heavily-trafficked area.
Hey, welcome back! Did you have a nice holiday? Well, you didn’t come here to talk about your mom’s stuffing. Let’s start the work-week off right with some Rampage vs. Wandy video-hype. Above is an original HL by MMA Scraps, which shows how their first two meetings went down in PRIDE — including some great behind-the-scenes footage of ‘Page dropping multiple MF-bombs — and what the two fighters have been up to since then (i.e., destroying people). As you’ll see, Jackson blames his first loss against Silva on not being able to breathe because of a cold; similarly, he now blames his first PRIDE loss against Kazushi Sakuraba on being poisoned.
But in the Telegraph UK interview video below, Jackson acknowledges that his past defeats at the hands of the Axe-Murderer were only due to him being "a terrible fighter." Of course he believes that he’s improved a great deal since those two ugly losses — though we already know how Wandy thinks the third fight will end. Silva/Jackson III co-headlines UFC 92 (December 27th, Las Vegas).
Amazing find by Fightlinker: Here’s some footage of Sean Gannon and Kimbo Slice following their legendary fiasco of a fight that saw Slice eventually succumb to exhaustion. As you can see, both men are near-death after the brawl’s end, with Slice unable to get to his feet and Gannon too gassed to respond to "all the nuthuggas who didn’t think [he] had a chance." Kimbo would go on to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per fight as EliteXC’s marquee attraction (and the catalyst behind its sad demise), while Sean Gannon would go on to get tooled by Branden Lee Hinkle at UFC 55 and never fight again; which goes to show you never can tell.
CagePotato reader Facey sent us this rather sick-ass highlight video that he made, featuring some of the greatest MMA submissions ever, starring Shinya Aoki, Dustin Hazelett, "Jacare" Souza, Frank Mir, Rumina Sato, Anderson Silva (both giving and receiving), and both Diaz brothers. Easy-breezy soundtrack provided by Donavan.
In this promo clip for UFC 92, light-heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin discusses his opponent Rashad Evans and what challenges he might present. It’s clear that Griff isn’t underestimating Sugar whatsoever. As he says, "He’s got more knockouts than I do. And his knockouts have been impressive. Like, people-don’t-get-up-right-away knockouts." Speaking of Forrest Griffin, his September 2003 IFC fight with Chael Sonnen is after the jump, courtesy of MMA Scraps.
The Xtreme Couture blog posted this video of Kim Couture training (and looking surprisingly sharp) along with an interview in which they discuss her kind of sad fight against Lina Kvokov. Sounds like Kim was as weirded out by the whole thing as we were:
K. Couture: "I trained hard and really wanted to show the MMA fans a good show and let them know I was a 100% and ready to fight, I have the utmost respect for anyone who steps into the cage but felt disappointed that she just wouldn’t engage with me and turned her back on me. I was just dumbfounded.”
XC: “Do you think she shouldn’t of been matched up with you?”
K. Couture: “On paper it looked like a good match-up. We both had 1 professional fight with a loss. She was training with Matt Lindlands Team Quest so I expected she would be ready and I was ready for a stand-up brawl.”
XC: “Did you have a chance to watch the fight yet?”
K. Couture: “Yes, Lina just looked nervous from the moment she tripped coming out to the cage, she just looked like she didn’t want to fight that night.”
Ouch. Kim goes on to say she’d like to fight three or four times a year. Hopefully better opponents lay ahead, since Couture is bound to attract more attention than more experienced/talented female fighters simply because of who her husband is. That fight did nothing good for the credibility of women’s MMA. Probably didn’t help Kvokov’s reputation around Team Quest either.