18 Aug 2014 12:11:15 PM
18 Aug 2014 12:11:15 PM
18 Aug 2014 06:34:03 AM
“BKB is designed for fight fans who crave action, intensity, and most of all — big knockouts. Fights are furiously fast with up to 7 two-minute rounds. There’s no time for hugging or dancing. In BKB, it’s fight or lose.”
That’s the sales pitch on the official site of Big Knockout Boxing, a variation on the Queensbury Rules that has fighters square off in a circular pit with an inclined edge. The purpose of the non-traditional surface is to force the fighters to engage, and if this whole thing sounds a little familiar, it’s because YAMMA tried to do the exact same thing for the MMA world in 2008.
Oddly enough, BKB might not be the embarrassing one-and-done sideshow that YAMMA was. While several of the YAMMA competitors responded to the shortened rounds and tournament format by laying-and-praying their way to victory, Big Knockout Boxing delivered pretty much what it promised during its debut event in Las Vegas on Saturday, with four of the eight bouts ending by KO/TKO.
According to this preview feature on ESPN — which tells you a little more about the ruleset, if you’re interested — none of the BKB fights will count on the fighters’ official boxing record. Also: “BKB put on a pair of events last year in New Hampshire, but then BKB stood for “Bare Knuckle Boxing” and fighters used smaller gloves with a portion of the padding removed from the area over the knuckles. But to gain a license in Nevada, that had to go and the name was changed.”
So here’s the main event of BKB 1, a middleweight title fight between Bryan Vera and Gabriel Rosado, which Rosado won by ref’s stoppage in round 6. After the jump: The BKB welterweight title fight between Javier Garcia and Darnell Jiles. Check ‘em out and let us know what you think: Is boxing better in a bowl? Is “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but with humans” a positive development in combat sports or not?Read More DIGG THIS
17 Aug 2014 09:01:54 AM
Another weekend, another Martial Arts Fail of the Week.
Instead, we have an example of the kind of shoddy martial arts techniques being taught in dojos across the country. This is the kind of stuff Martial Arts Fail was originally started to expose: Techniques of dubious validity practiced on partners that are totally compliant. How is that kind of stuff supposed to teach a person how to fight and defend themselves?
So anyway, this week’s example is from a San Soo Kung Fu school. If you’re an MMA history buff, you’d recognize that name. UFC 2‘s Thaddeus Luster was a representative of the style (and he got dominated by a Sambo practitioner). This school in particular belongs to Bill Hulsey, the instructor in the video, who’s been running the school for 39 years.
To us, the video typifies martial arts. An old, deified “master” with a huge beer gut makes himself look like a Mortal Kombat character by beating up a compliant student.
The guy has tons more videos. Have a look at some of the highlights:Read More DIGG THIS
15 Aug 2014 11:50:26 AM
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The 100 Greatest Celebrity Yearbook Pictures Ever (WorldwideInterweb)
Nicky Whelan Vintage Micro Bikini Shoot…My Goodness (DrunkenStepfather)Read More DIGG THIS
15 Aug 2014 10:28:30 AM
Just like American Ninja Warrior is the latest evolution of jogging, so is Arena Combat the latest evolution of fighting. Formerly the Russian enterprise known as Hip Show, the 2-on-2 obstacle-course fight league made its U.S. debut last Saturday in Bristol, Virginia. As you can see in the above highlight reel, a good time was had by all.
Check out the press release below for more information on what exactly is happening here, and stay tuned for news of Arena Combat’s impending TV deal and upcoming events.
ARENA COMBAT FASCINATES VIRGINIA CROWD WITH IT’S UNITED STATES DEBUT; CURRENTLY IN TALKS WITH NETWORKS FOR AIRING OF ARENA COMBAT 1: SOUTHEAST TRIALS
Miami, Florida, August 15th, 2014 – Forty fighters entered THE ARENA, and 20 emerged victorious. Saturday, August 9th, ARENA COMBAT 1: SOUTHEAST TRIALS, the first American ARENA COMBAT event was held in Bristol, VA. The sport was introduced to a rowdy studio audience in the Bearcat Den gym, and the crowd was captured from the opening fight to the main event.
Amenities exclusive to ARENA COMBAT bouts such as the padded obstacles, team based maneuvers, and the 2-on-1 Sudden Death round were on display from the beginning of the night. Undefeated bantamweight “JABBAWOCKEE” JOSH SMITH propelled himself off of “The Table” obstacle with a flying kick and dove off of an obstacle into a takedown; one of two teams of brothers, TEAM LUDUS, used group tactics throughout en route to a victory; and fans were in awe of the 60 second 2-on-1 round, cheering a number of sole survivors to a 1-on-1 final round.Read More DIGG THIS
14 Aug 2014 14:19:56 PM
I could not disagree more with Santino DeFranco’s assertion that Bas Rutten is the *worst* commentator currently working outside of the UFC. Honestly, it’s the most ludicrous statement I’ve heard in recent memory outside of “smear shit on yourself to prevent rape.”
Sure, Rutten may go off on his own tangents and botch a fighter’s name every now and again, but at least he isn’t force-feeding hackneyed catchphrases like “Goodnight Irene!” or “There is a cut on my anus” down our throats. And even if he was, Rutten’s a goddamn legend and one of the funniest sumbitches to ever strap on the 4 oz. gloves, so he’s earned the right to flub a line every now and again. I watch his street defense videos at least once a week, not just because they offer more plausible self-defense options than, say, smearing shit on yourself to prevent rape, but because they are good for a laugh every. single. time.
In any case, Rutten has decided to upload 1 fight from his illustrious 31 fight career to Youtube each day for the next month, along with his own commentary. From his early days in Pancrase to his brief run as UFC Heavyweight Champion to that time he fought Ruben Villareal for the title of “King of the Streets,” the fights themselves are sure to be only overshadowed by Rutten’s always insightful and hysterical commentary.
We’ve compiled all the videos that Rutten has released so far (along with a couple of our personal favorites) after the jump, so check them out and bask in the greatness of “El Guapo.”Read More DIGG THIS
13 Aug 2014 11:00:12 AM
Thanks to CP reader Lutkus for passing along this incredible footage from Talent MMA Circuit 10, which went down Sao Paulo, Brazil last weekend. Taken from a flyweight tilt between Chute Box’s Felipe Efrain and Marcelo Bispo, this is one of the most on-point flying knee knockouts you’ll see all week within the next two hours. Guaranteed.
After the jump: The far-and-away nastiest spinning back kick knockout you’ll ever see in this article, complete with a Dropkick Murphys soundtrack.Read More DIGG THIS
11 Aug 2014 07:36:37 AM
(Props: GrapLandTeam Nalchik. Get it while it lasts.)
From the opening seconds of the match — when Sonnen took Galvao to the mat with a virtually undefended single-leg takedown — Sonnen’s strategy was to remain in top position and defend whatever Galvao was throwing at him from below. Outside of a cut that Sonnen sustained near his right eye, possibly due to an early clash of heads, the American Gangster did well to keep himself out of danger for the first ten minutes of the match.
Eventually, Galvao gets tired of playing around, and sweeps his way onto Sonnen’s back (see: 13:38-14:44 in the video above). From there, Galvao is relentless in his attack on Sonnen’s neck, looking to sink a rear-naked choke despite Sonnen’s game defenses. But it’s only a matter of time before Galvao advances to checkmate, and Sonnen taps at the video’s 17:28 mark, while a pleased Anderson Silva celebrates in the crowd. Watch until the end to hear Sonnen cut the obligatory pro-wrestling style promo before exiting the building.Read More DIGG THIS
11 Aug 2014 06:32:11 AM
With six consecutive first-round submission victories to her name in amateur and pro competition (five via armbar), featherweight prospect Marina Shafir was expected to cruise through Amanda Bell during their match at Chaos at the Casino 5, Sunday night in Inglewood, California. Instead, the fight turned out to be the latest blow for Ronda Rousey‘s “Four Horsewomen” stable, as Bell knocked Shaffir out in just 37 seconds. Video of the finish is above.
Bell came into the fight with a pro record of 1-2, but had previously TKO’d Jessamyn Duke during an amateur bout in 2011, making her the only fighter to hold wins over two of the Horsewomen. (Is that an impressive stat? Not really. But Bethe Correia has the opportunity to match it when she faces Shayna Baszler at UFC 177 on August 30th.) Anyway…
- The 16 Buffalo Wild Wings Sauces and Their UFC Fighter Equivalents, in which we compare Jessamyn Duke to Sweet BBQ. #SHOTSFIREDRead More DIGG THIS
10 Aug 2014 08:44:42 AM
Rape prevention is a serious topic and a noble endeavor but the guys in this video have pretty much no clue about it.
Many of the techniques are “street” techniques that simply assume someone is going to let you eye gouge them or hit them in the balls without doing anything–like they’ll just stand there and let you do it. To quote Daniel Cormier, “Do you think I’m just gonna sit there and let you kill me?”
Anyway, these guys are basically peddling martial arts snake oil–or snake excrement. That’s right, shitting and pissing yourself is among the techniques they advocate. They also suggest rubbing shit on your arms and on your face, a Martial Arts Fail of the Week first.
Get a rundown of who these guys are (and what popular movie one of them was in) after the jump.Read More DIGG THIS