While in Las Vegas for UFC 100, I was invited to Wanderlei Silva’s gym for an open media workout. Usually what that means is the fighter will work out in front of the media while we all sit around and sip coffee. This time, however, it meant that Wanderlei wanted to get us on the mat so he could show us a few things. The thinking on Silva’s part was that if we were going to cover the sport, we should actually know a little about the techniques involved. Some of us came in with a working knowledge, some of us learned on the fly, and then there was Ariel Helwani (edit: just busting his chops. I’m only jealous because he’s more comfortable on camera than me).
The highlight of the evening was the Cage Potato vs. Raw Vegas grappling match between me and Dave Farra. In all fairness, Dave knows a little muay thai and absolutely no jiu-jitsu. While I have never in my life kicked anyone above the mid-thigh region, I do have a few years of mat time under my belt.
I tried to take it easy on him, and in return he attempted to gouge my eyes out. Nice guy. Helwani, however, complained like an old woman in a cheap nursing home the whole time (“Should I wash my hands?” he said at one point. “I think I got ringworm,”).
The rest of us were very grateful to Wanderlei Silva for caring enough about the sport to make sure its reporters know what the hell they’re talking about. And I was particularly grateful to him for helping me work on my clinch game, which is admittedly substandard, and for repeatedly suggesting that I “accidentally” break Dave Farra’s nose. I would have done it too, but the bulk of the guy’s career is based on video. Without his looks, what has he got? Definitely not intelligence or jiu-jitsu.
(Props: The UG)
We love us some zany entrances around these parts, and Tom Lawlor delivered at UFC 100. After dressing up (or down) like the "Just Bleed" guy for the weigh-ins, and then coming to the cage with Seth Petruzelli on a leash, he really gave fans a reason to remember him. Oh yeah, then he choked C.B. Dollaway out cold.
And finally, Chaplinshouse gives us a video entitled "This Right Here Is Revenge" — a fun remix of Dan Henderson‘s brutal/unnecessary final blow on an unconscious Michael Bisping. This comes from the co-creator of "Bisping’s Island," so it’s no surprise to see him delighting perhaps a bit too much at Bisping’s misfortune.