Jens Pulver may have said that there would be no trash-talking leading up to his WEC featherweight championship match against Urijah Faber on June 1st, but Faber’s implication that Pulver has stopped evolving with the sport certainly comes close. Our favorite part: Jens punching out the cadence of his words at 1:58. This fight is going to kick so much ass…
Also: Check out this teaser clip for the upcoming first episode of Outside the Ring, hosted by Marika Taylor; for more Marika, go here.
Here’s Gina Carano’s segment from yesterday’s ESPN E:60, in which we learn that “Crush” got into kickboxing after one of Kit Cope‘s trainers called her fat, she’ll be appearing in EA’s new Command and Conquer video game, she’ll never do Playboy, and Tara LaRosa still can’t stand her.
Related:MMAPayout reports that ESPN is launching an online MMA news show this Thursday, which will be hosted by Kenny Florian for the first two weeks. Said MMAPayout: “The program’s launch was apparently delayed by the UFC’s insistence that it be exclusive to the UFC.”
What are the high points of this video from NBC Sports? It isn’t the footage of BJ Penn and Sean Sherk delivering various beatdowns, though that’s pretty awesome. Instead it’s lines like this from Joe Rogan: “Sean Sherk does not like being belittled, he does not like being insulted.”
Which makes him different from every other human being I’ve ever met? I guess there are those people with some weird fetish who like to be told how worthless they are, but even they must get sick of it from time to time.
Don’t worry, though. Dana White has a gem of his own in here: “B.J. Penn will fight you for free in your backyard if you think you’re better than him. And if by some crazy chance you beat B.J. Penn, he’ll show up and knock on your door every day to fight you again to prove that he’s better than you.”
Man, that must get annoying for Matt Hughes.
Oh, and the “fight for free” part? Yeah, Dana. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it will come true.
Heads up, “Crush/Conviction/Beautiful Disaster” fans — Gina Carano will be featured on today’s ESPN E:60, which airs at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. A sample clip is above; after the jump is a recent American Gladiators promo where Crush reveals she prefers pizza to sushi, and can’t watch love scenes because she’s single and it’s hard to see other people in love. Awwww! :’ (
“Ross Pointon by heel hook” sounds like an MMA forum punchline, but on Saturday night it became all too real as Pointon put on a ghetto jiu-jitsu clinic against the dumbfounded Ross Mason. Here’s the video, which ends with the 6-10 Pointon requesting — nay, demanding — that he be given a championship belt. After the jump: Badass middle-aged man Ian Freeman’s three-round domination of Paul Cahoon.
Whoever’s in charge of video editing at Triumph United has incredible taste in music (though we would have probably chosen this jam for the soundtrack instead). If you’re not interested in seeing Kimbo Slice and Bas Rutten do some synchronized striking drills during a recent meet-and-greet at Elite MMA, we’d suggest skipping to the 1:54 mark to get your first taste of Kimbo workin’ it on the ground. Props to BloodyElbow. Also…
(James Irvin prepares for his UFC 85 fight against Rashad Evans at Fairtex Bangplee in Thailand. Props to MMAMania.)
(Jason Miller keeps ‘em laughing against Katsuyori Shibata.)
DREAM.3 went down today in Saitama, Japan, with two upsets pulled off in the lightweight grand prix, while Nick Diaz, Jason Miller, and Melvin Manhoef all scored first-round TKOs. The night’s biggest surprise was the defeat of top-ten lightweight Mitsuhiro Ishida at the hands of Caol Uno — who had received a bye into the GP’s quarterfinals — by way of rear-naked choke early in the second round. Eddie Alvarez also took an unexpected win, grinding down Joachim Hansen over 15 minutes en route to a unanimous decision. The card’s other marquee names didn’t disappoint, with K-1 vet Melvin Manhoef demolishing Dae Won Kim, and Nick Diaz getting the better of Katsuya Inoue in a slugfest. But Jason Miller did his best to steal the show, entering the ring in Zubaz-esque tights for his fight against the completely outmatched Katsuyori Shibata, and repeatedly posing for the camera. Full results are below, and videos are after the jump.
Lightweight GP Quarterfinals
Caol Uno def. Mitsuhiro Ishida via rear-naked choke, 1:39 of round 2
Eddie Alvarez def. Joachim Hansen via unanimous decision
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Luiz “Buscape” Firmino via unanimous decision
Nick Diaz def. Katsuya Inoue via TKO (towel thrown), 6:47 of round 1
Middleweight GP Round 1
Jason Miller def. Katsuyori Shibata via TKO, 6:07 of round 1
Middleweight GP Reserve Fight
Melvin Manhoef def. Kim Dae Won via TKO, 4:08 of round 1
Daisuke Nakamura def. Jung Bukyung, 1:15 of round 2
Takeshi Yamazaki def. Shoji Maruyama via unanimous decision
(Props: Fightlinker. If you make it past the :20 of this video, you’ll never be the same.)
Brazilian fighter Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons deserves a spot among the founding fathers of MMA. He’s been in the sport since 1993, he’s taken on everyone from Pat Miletich to Matt Hughes to Chuck Liddell, and he is as fierce a competitor as you’re likely to find. That said, someone should stop him, because he may be on the verge of doing something terrible to himself.
Many of you will recall the horrifying leg injury that “Pele” suffered in February. While attempting a leg kick against Brian Gassaway, his tibia essentially snapped in half, leaving the lower part of his leg to flop uselessly beneath him like an empty tube sock. It was the kind of injury that spectators probably needed therapy to get over.
You’d think after that, his biggest concern would be walking. But since “Pele” is obviously no normal man, his only focus is getting another shot at Gassaway. When does he think he might be ready to fight again, considering this grotesque injury happened just over two months ago? About a month from now. At least that’s what he told GracieMag.com:
“I’m training light in Jiu-Jitsu and boxing, but I’m limited due to this serious injury. I think my recovery has been coming along well, but I have to be careful. It’s still recent, only two months now, but I think in one month I’ll be able to fight again.”
“You could see I actually broke it before kicking. You can see right after the second round begins I did a front kick that didn’t connect and then when I put my foot down the peronio was already broken, then after that my tibia breaks.”
“I wanted it considered a ‘No Contest’ and them to grant me a revenge match. He (Brian Gassaway) was losing. I hope TKO re-watches the fight and does what’s right. I think if the referee had seen it he wouldn’t give my opponent the win.”
Two things: 1) where I come from, the guy who crumples to the ground with a severely broken leg at the end of a fight is always declared the loser, and 2) if you just had your lower leg snapped in half two months ago, the issue of whether the fight is ruled an ‘NC’ or a loss is not your biggest problem right now.
I respect “Pele’s” warrior spirit. I really do. But doesn’t the man have any friends who could step in here? Isn’t this the right time to stage some sort of intervention? I don’t know what kind of doctor he’s seeing, but if it’s a medical one I have to assume that “Pele” has been warned against fighting in a month. Somehow, that advice isn’t sinking in. This could end badly.
Check out 1:53-2:04 for Mir’s literally tight-lipped response. Here’s the general rule: If a person can neither confirm nor deny something, they’re confirming it. We’ll just have to wait for a public announcement to see if we actually scooped the MMA blogosphere on this one…