According to undefeated Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers in the above video, you can usually tell how a fight is going to go down by the pre-fight faceoff. And so, three brave online editors decided to test their staredown might against the Grim, with decidedly mixed results. First up is cherubic Asylum.com writer Jordan Newmark, who nearly poops his suit-pants when Rogers penetrates deeply into his soul. But in round two, Asylum editor Jake Goodrich holds his ground despite his significant height disadvantage. (Jake was also standing on a milk crate when this was filmed.) And finally, Lemondrop.com editor Laura Gilbert evens the score with a set of Manson lamps that earns Brett’s full respect and discomfort. Also worth watching:Jordan asks Fedor Emelianenko what he really thought of Rocky IV.
We’re less than two months away from the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, and it’s hard not to get excited about the first brief shots of Kimbo Slice walking out to the TUF cage and pacing around before a fight, with Rampage Jackson possibly in his corner (see the -00:09 mark). Plus, the fact that Jackson and Rashad Evans will hate each other’s guts from day one could bring back some of the Tito vs. Ken magic of season 3. So far, everybody involved is playing it very close to the vest in regards to how the fights played out this season. But the interview after the jump may suggest that Slice shook off the haters and did, at the very least, aight.
("Yeah, the sushi did taste a little funny. Why do you ask?" Photo courtesy of theLas Vegas Sun.)
Some choice quotes from recent interviews promoting The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights, which premieres September 16th…
Kimbo Slice on piss-soaked fruit trays: "(If someone pulls a prank on him similar to stunts from past shows) there’s gonna be gun play, but fortunately for them I couldn’t bring my pistol. That’s a whole another level. Silver bracelets (handcuffs) if you feel me."
Zak Jensen – standout wrestler at Augsburg College Marcus Jones – former 1st round NFL draft pick who had a six-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Scott Junk – Division II All-American football player at Southwest Oklahoma State and fought in UFC 76. James McSweeney – former international kickboxing and Muay Thai champion John Madsen – defeated Brock Lesnar in a high school wrestling match Matt Mitrione – played for New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings Roy Nelson – former IFL Heavyweight Champion Demico Rogers – high school football and wrestling star Brendan Schaub – played for Buffalo Bills and Arena Football’s Utah Blaze Darrill Schoonover – decorated Army veteran Wes Shivers – former member of the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons Wes Sims – fought two heated battles with former UFC champ Frank Mir at UFC 43 and UFC 46 Kimbo Slice – former EliteXC heavyweight contender and YouTube sensation Abe Wagner – played linebacker at Michigan Tech and has a degree in mechanical engineering Mike Wessel – UFC veteran and former strength and conditioning coach at University of Arkansas Justin Wren – All-American high school wrestler
MMA matches: Jeff Monson def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) Bobby Lashley def. Jason Guida via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) Din Thomas def. Gabe Lemley via TKO, 4:13 of round 1 Dennis Hallman def. Danny Ruiz via submission (rear-naked choke), 1:50 of round 1 James Freeman def. John Mowry via KO, 2:38 of round 1
Boxing matches: Roy Jones Jr. defeated Omar Sheika via TKO, 1:45 of round 5 B.J. Flores def. Jose Luis Herrera via unanimous decision Eric Clinton def. Richmond Dalphone via unanimous decision Kieyon Bussey def. Robert DaLuz via majority decision Kelvin Price def. Kevin Howard via majority decision
— The Lashley/Guida bout didn’t live up to the pre-fight trash-talk, and Lashley proved that he’s not quite ready for prime time. The first round was spent mostly in a clinch against the ropes after Guida was able to stuff Lashley’s takedown attempts. The next two rounds saw Lashley on top of Guida and working some ground-and-pound, but Guida never took much damage. In fact, a guillotine choke attempt that Guida put on Lashley in the third round was the closest that the fight came to being finished. It was a moral victory for Guida — though his record now drops to 17-20, while Lash increases to 2-0.
— Roy Nelson got straight-up robbed by the judges. Though Jeff Monson did win the third round via striking exchanges, the first two were controlled by Nelson, who scored takedowns and was able to achieve mount in both rounds. But it seemed that all three judges credited the second frame to Monson due to some knees he threw in the clinch. After the fight, Monson admitted that the fight "could have gone either way," while Nelson immediately stormed off in anger.
— After beating Gabe Lemley with a ferocious punches-and-knee combo that put Lemley out cold, Din Thomas told the crowd that it’s not cool to put hands on a lady, and if Rihanna needs someone to kick Chris Brown’s ass for her, she should holla.
More videos from "March Badness" are after the jump…
But does he really have a shot? Of course not. Lashley may be a newcomer to MMA, but he was a national wrestling champion in college. In addition to that, he’s also a superb athlete and is not really old, slow, and suffering visible effects from years of beatings. In other words, he has several crucial advantages over Shamrock.
Former greatest pound-for-pound boxer in the world Roy Jones Jr. is testing the waters of MMA promotion with a hybrid boxing/MMA card to be held March 21st in Pensacola, Florida. Jones’s company Square Ring Promotions, Inc. is hosting "March Badness" at the Pensacola Civic Center, featuring RJJ himself boxing in the main event against Palestinian-American journeyman Omar Sheika. Jones, who has held titles in four different weight classes during his career, is coming off a high-profile decision loss to Joe Calzaghe in November. Of greater interest to MMA fans is the event’s supporting card, which will feature three fairly compelling MMA matches.
I have to say this for AOL Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith, when he sinks his teeth into something he doesn’t let go until he gets what he wants. While the rest of us have been stuck on this Seth Petruzelli situation, he was focused on a different aspect of Saturday’s EliteXC event. Seems that the odd stand-up in the Andrei Arlovski-Roy Nelson bout (see above, the stand-up comes at around the 4:27 mark) bothered Smith. So he kept after referee Jorge Ortiz until he got an answer:
“When I’m working a fight, they’re told in the locker room before the fight to keep working, continue the action moving,” Ortiz said. “Nelson did attempt the kimura. When he lost the kimura, at that point they had spent a good part of the round on the ground and I felt there wasn’t a reasonable attempt at a submission, at a finish. At that point I decided: Let’s get them up. Let’s see if he can improve the position, because in my opinion there wasn’t a reasonable attempt at finishing the fight.”
“In my opinion he wasn’t active enough,” Ortiz said. “I thought he needed to be more aggressive on the ground to attempt to finish the fight, and when I feel the action is at a point where it’s stale and it’s not going anywhere, at that point is where I decide to change it up and get something going here.”
Of course, what he “got going” was a stand-up fight that was most definitely more in Arlovski’s favor than Nelson’s. That’s not to say that Nelson would have won without the stand-up, but he had achieved a dominant position on the mat with plenty of time left in the round.
“Big Country”, as you might imagine, was also none too pleased with the stand-up when I called him earlier this week to ask what he was thinking when Ortiz brought the fighters back to their feet.