9 Mar 2009 08:20:15 AM
9 Mar 2009 08:20:15 AM
9 Mar 2009 07:48:23 AM
Could it be? An MMA movie that doesn’t involve an "underground fighting league" or one-armed combat? And it stars the lovably grizzled Nick Nolte? Color us interested. MMA Payout passes along this Variety.com report:
Okay, so shades of Ken and Frank Shamrock, maybe, with the brother vs. brother thing. But here’s another sign that the movie could be worth a damn: Director Gavin O’Connor, who previously helmed Miracle and Pride and Glory, was the executive producer of The Smashing Machine, the landmark documentary about MMA cautionary tale Mark Kerr. So he knows the sport, and would likely bring an authentic point-of-view to his new project. Back in October, O’Connor gave a more detailed synopsis of the film to Premiere:Read More DIGG THIS
8 Mar 2009 10:00:02 AM
(Aoki vs. Gardner. Props to MMALinker.)
The opening round of DREAM’s featherweight GP is in the books, with tournament standout Masakazu Imanari advancing (just barely) over Atsushi Yamamoto, former wrestling world champion Joe Warren scoring a cut-stoppage victory over former WEC bantamweight champ Chase Beebe, and Korean judo champ Jong Won Kim losing his MMA debut to Hiroyuki Takaya.
The non-tourney bouts were all easy victories for the big names, as Mitsuhiro Ishida used his wrestling to dominate Daisuke Nakamura for 15 minutes, and Tatsuya Kawajiri was able to choke out BJ Penn student Ross Ebanez in the shortest fight of the night. The Shinya Aoki/David Gardner 163-pound feature started out exciting, with the American punishing Aoki with punches to the face after Aoki tried to pull guard, but once Aoki took his back it was only a matter of time before the submission came. Completely trapped, Gardner took a couple opportunites to wave to the audience. I don’t think I need to tell you what happens when you’ve got Aoki on your back and you decide to lift your arm to wave.
Full results are after the jump, followed by videos of the Warren/Beebe and Ishida/Nakamura scraps.Read More DIGG THIS
8 Mar 2009 08:27:14 AM
(‘Page vs. Keef. Props to MMALinker.)
After a wild, occasionally bizarre night of action which once again proved that weak-on-paper cards often turn out to be the most entertaining ones, the UFC released $60,000 end-of-night bonuses to UFC 96‘s standout fighters. Taking home the extra cash are…
Fight of the Night: Quinton Jackson and Keith Jardine, who put on a surprisingly competitive three-rounder in the main event; in fact, the fight was one of the few matches on the card that wasn’t a one-sided squash.
Knockout of the Night: Matt Hamill, obviously, for his Cro Coppian head-kick obliteration of Mark Munoz.
Submission of the Night: No bonus was given out, even though Tamdan McCrory did technically make Ryan Madigan tap due to strikes. We’ll let you know if he decides to file a complaint with the athletic commission.
UFC 96 drew a very-impressive 17,033 spectators to Nationwide Arena, for a gate of $1.8 million.
After the jump: The Hammer’s nasty KO, Carwin’s ownage of Napao, the Brown/Sell fiasco, and Kendall Grove’s job-saving beatdown of Jason Day.Read More DIGG THIS
8 Mar 2009 00:04:25 AM
(‘You…just ruined my vacation, Frank Mir.’)
Despite the heat generated by the post-fight face-off between "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans, the proposed title bout for UFC 98 in May isn’t guaranteed just yet. Dana White was upfront about the possibility that injury or simple fatigue could keep Jackson out of the fight, in which case Lyoto Machida would get the title shot.
Injuries or not, Rampage didn’t exactly sound thrilled about fighting again in just a little over two months.
"I want my belt back, but I got to talk to manager and talk some things though. Then I’ll tell Dana what’s up," he said.Read More DIGG THIS
7 Mar 2009 16:12:58 PM
(Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)
It’s a lovely spring day in Columbus, Ohio and the streets of the Arena District are teeming with fans eager to find out, can Keith Jardine really continue his streak of ruining every good plan the UFC has, or will "Rampage" Jackson save him from the ethical quandary of a potential future title shot against his dear friend Rashad Evans? We’ll be liveblogging all the action as it unfolds, so stick with us. And when I say stick with us I really mean it. God help me, if I find out you’re two-timing us with some other liveblog there will be hell to pay.
Before we get started, how about giving this a quick Digg. It only takes a second, and you’ll feel better about yourself afterwards. Remember to hit refresh often to keep up with the action. We’ll get started any minute now…Read More DIGG THIS
7 Mar 2009 09:51:29 AM
(I know, Joe. I have the same reaction when I get too close to the Cage Potato logo.)
It’s hard to be the Cage Potato sometimes. Partying with MMA royalty like Forrest Griffin and Urijah Faber. Drinking for free at an open bar while chicks in bikinis gyrate beneath a giant flashing sign that says “SEXY.” Giving out free Hall of Fame t-shirts to the pleading masses. Oh, wait a minute. That isn’t hard. That was just my Friday night.
If you can’t tell from the above paragraph, last night’s Fight Magazine/Cage Potato VIP Party was a complete success. I arrived with an all-star blogging crew that featured Fightlinker’s Ryan Harkness and MMA Frenzy’s Kris Karkoski precisely at 8:30 pm. It might seem a little lame of us to show up exactly when the party was scheduled to start, but in our defense: a) that’s when the open bar started, and b) Joe Stevenson had already been there for ten minutes by then. That’s right, “Daddy” knows how to party.Read More DIGG THIS
6 Mar 2009 14:22:36 PM
(Well, it didn’t really look like these two BFFs wanted to fight anyway.)
A follow-up report by MMA Mania called it a knee injury, not a back injury, but the situation remains the same — UFC 98′s headlining bout has gone from Lesnar vs. Mir to Hughes vs. Serra. Unless, of course, the UFC throws in a replacement for Mir. (The winner of Gonzaga/Carwin, anybody?) But with the rivalry and dual titles that Lesnar and Mir have accumulated in the last year, it’s hard to imagine that the UFC would risk giving Lesnar a loss and killing the heat behind the matchup. Stay tuned…Read More DIGG THIS
6 Mar 2009 13:30:38 PM
(Photo courtesy of myspace.com/scottthelionheartblevins)
We heard rumblings about this in the comments section of our recent interview with winless fighter Scott "LionHeart" Blevins, but we assumed it was just your average case of haters hatin’. Well dig this bombshell, courtesy of the Times-Union Online:
6 Mar 2009 12:25:04 PM
(Seems like a pretty good way to throw out your back.)
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Myles Kilometers on "Videos: Maia’s ‘Science of Jiu-Jitsu,’ Ken Shamrock’s Life Story + More": Before I "jumped" I assumed the "weak old man gets beat up by an MMA fighter" was just more recent Ken Shamrock footage.
The Carpenter on "Videos: Maia’s ‘Science of Jiu-Jitsu,’ Ken Shamrock’s Life Story + More": Close Call. Jesus of Nazareth could definitely take more punishment but his chin was suspect. However, Guida is tough enough to actually fight back, even if he just hugs his opponents. Jesus is tougher in a sense that he can take more punishment, but Clay could probably kick his ass.
In one way, Jesus was a better carpenter because he was more accurate and he took it more seriously. Clay on the other hand, participates in fighting and it is his main source of income so he doesn’t take carpentry as seriously. However, Clay has the better and more advanced tools, so I’d have to say he could build a better spice rack if he had to.
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