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Insane Sh*tshow of the Day: Ariel Gandulla vs. Mike Bernhard

Few people love the old ‘bad blood’ storyline in MMA more than we do. Truth be told, if it wasn’t for intense hatred, we’d hardly ever feel any emotions at all. But there’s a point when the blood just gets too bad, and the fight at last weekend’s Action Fight League “Rock n Rumble 2” event between Ariel Gandulla and Mike Bernhard is a prime example of why we need to maintain some semblance of civility in organized combat. As the announcers let us know at the start of the video, these two have a history together. They used to train at the same school, but a dispute over money has since driven a wedge between them, and now they’re trying to hurt each other for real.

You know the fight’s going to be a mess, because it doesn’t even make it through the first thirty seconds before someone takes a shot to the pills. In all fairness, the knee from Bernhard in the clinch seems like it was probably unintentional, or at least it does if you aren’t Gandulla. A few minutes later Gandulla finds himself stuck in side control, and his response is to just go ahead and put his fingers in Bernhard’s eyes. Not a good idea, because Troy Waugh is all over that stuff. He pauses the action, takes a point from Gandulla, and now we’re even. Now we can have ourselves a nice, orderly brawl, right?

If only we could be so lucky. Gandulla hits Bernhard with a shot to groin of his own after the restart, and then things really get ugly. See what we mean after the jump.  Trust us, you’re going to want to see this.

That’s right, after intentionally poking Bernhard in the eye once, then kneeing him in the groin almost immediately after the restart, Gandulla pokes him in the eye a second time.  Not only is this dirty fighting, it’s a baffling inability to learn from experience.  It’s not like he got away with it the first time. 

Just to make things more bizarre, Gandulla responds to the disqualification by trying (and failing) to jump out of the cage, possibly to attack his former trainer and teammates.  After that doesn’t work and he jumps back down, Bernhard cheap shots him with a right hand and they very nearly resume the fight on their own terms right then and there, which nearly incites a total riot at cageside.  Come on people, did we learn nothing from the Renzo Gracie-Eugenio Tadeu fiasco?


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Fried Taco- March 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm
No chair thrown into the cage = FAIL
2phresh- March 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm
looks like scenes from a movie!
Ninjanate- March 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm
@jimbonics One for the 202 fans?
jimbonics- March 10, 2010 at 8:00 am
ghostboner- March 10, 2010 at 7:55 am

@skeletor - lol
robthom- March 10, 2010 at 6:54 am
Was that a bitch commentator?

Meh, must be a hollywood thing.
provrorsbarn- March 10, 2010 at 6:12 am
wow wish i was there :D
k-onda- March 10, 2010 at 4:42 am
The commentating was the most entertaining part, "Over there, put the camera over there, we'll call that fight! Huah huah huah!!"
MMAINMYBLOOD- March 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm
Crocop Just got burnt the fuck up.!!
NateGetsIrate- March 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm
@ Cro Cop's Ass:

Actually, I did mean NWO. It's a reference to the WWF/WWE. Good job being stupid and a douche.

Second... Cro Cop's ass? Recockulous? You are a Gay.
CroCops Gluteus Maximus- March 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm

first of all its N.W.A; fail

and that fight was recockulous, we couldn't even see the replays on whether there were real illegal blows, to be honest it seemed like that white boy was taking any opportunity to be pussy instead of tuffing it out, if there was anything to tuff out in the first place

Seoul Brother- March 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm
That's nothing. Remember the first Riddick Bowe - Andrew Golota fight at Madison Square Garden? Now that was a fucking comedy of errors. I especially loved it when Larry Merchant cried like a little bitch about his li'l girl being in the audience when all Hell broke loose.
NateGetsIrate- March 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm
Everyone's being unfair to Bernhard here. I only saw one fighter being a punk bitch during and after the fight. Guilty by association, I guess, but Gondulla shoulda got a folding chair or ladder to the back of the head with those N.W.O.-like antics.
cecils_pupils- March 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm
Absolutely horrible commentating. Horrible.
fiveforfive- March 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm
But this is awesome because it opens up a whole slew of interesting FIGHTPICKER questions for ROCK n RUMBLE 3.
fiveforfive- March 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm
Don't know if anyone else noticed this, but when he jumps up on the cage he kicks/punches a dude on the other side of the cage who falls off and lands in the arms of the crowd. Thats why he had to get cheap shotted. Is that color commentator a woman or a 12 year old boy?
Contraband- March 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm
The only part I see wrong with the cheap shot is that it wasnt a gouge to the eyes followed by a kick to the nuts, then a pull a stone cold steve stunner move on him
Yeti Stomp- March 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm
^^^^ Buahahahahaha. Well played, Sir.
DazedNConfused- March 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm
What a bum ass fight. Way to solidify yourselves in the record books as some of the two dumbest motherfuckers in MMA. Right behind Porn Machine and Junie Browning that is.
ihateemo- March 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Those commentators are so fucking retarded.

Disco-Platypus- March 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm
It was after cheap-shotting a completely unsuspecting opponent, only to have absolutely nothing occur, that Bernhard realized working on his strength and conditioning may be a good idea.
skeletor- March 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm
That was entertaining. The worst thing about that whole situation is that female announcer. Even when women have some sort of idea what's going on in MMA, it's still pretty fucking annoying to hear there opinions.
Carl Sagan- March 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm
1st. Idiots! I can't believe that they didn't just go nuts and swing for the fences. They had the opportunity to finish it when Troy Waugh was shaking his head and walking away...
Ganja Man 10- March 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Complete FAIL trying to jump over the cage lol