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Videos: MMA Live, Jones-Calzaghe 24/7

ESPN’s MMA Live talks UFC 91 (which they’ll be broadcasting from live, with three shows next week) among other recent topics in the world of mixed martial arts. As much as I enjoy this show, Stephan Bonnar looks so uncomfortable. At times he seems like a robot that has learned about human emotions and expression solely by watching daytime TV. If bringing him in was a ploy to make us miss Kenny Florian while he’s locked away in a gym somewhere, mission accomplished.

After the jump, something that is not MMA but is still both fighting-related and awesome.

If you’re like me, you’ve been watching HBO’s 24/7 series in the run-up to the Roy Jones Jr.-Joe Calzaghe bout this weekend for two reasons: 1) Roy Jones is totally sweet, even in his advancing years, and 2) you can’t stop thinking about how great it would have been in the UFC had inked a deal with HBO and gotten one of these series done on, say, GSP-Penn II.

The production values are second to none, the story-telling feels effortless, and it pumps up a fight so effectively I’d pay $50 to see my neighbor fight his wife if there was a 24/7 series done on them first. Plus, they’re always arguing anyway. They might as well settle it once and for all.

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jcp- November 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Jens Pulver needs to retire. And then he needs to fade into obscurity, preferably in some backwoods shithole in Montana where there is no cable, satellite or cell phone access. He was dropped from the UFC after BJ Penn destroyed him and his stupid haircut. He then used the last thing he had going for him, which was his name, to get into the WEC and he got destroyed all over the place there too. On top of that, he's borderline-retarded and unable to put together anything resembling a coherent sentence, much like Mike Tyson. So, if I never see or hear anything about this dipshit again, I'll be happy.
gvd- November 8, 2008 at 5:42 am
Franklin.. if Cael Sanderson's heart isn't into mma.. he isn't going to become an mma fighter now is he?
Ben- November 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm
I love HBO's videos in the run up to these major fights - they're so inspiring.
Silver- November 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm
Definately going to be a good fight.. you know Roy Jones Jr isnt lacking any confidence... guy always says what he feels: http://blogs.msg.com/gameon/2008/11/05/-calzaghe-and-jones-jr-set-for-big-bout-saturday/
Arsenal- November 6, 2008 at 7:24 pm
Im not sure Jones' head will fit into MSG. Man he sure does thing alot of himself doesnt he.

Being english i hope Joe wins, because he'll probably retire afterwards....and he deserves the recognition before he finally does retire
Ouch! That hurts- November 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm
Gotta agree with the comments here, I like Bonnar. His enthusiasm is great. K-Flo is a lot more polished on set but I still like Bonnar's energy level.

I used to like Mir, but the more I see him the more I dislike him. Between TUF and MMA Live I have had enough of him and his goatee.
sherman- November 6, 2008 at 6:02 pm
lol and i love how sometimes when franklin makes comments Bonnar looks in the camera like "wtf is he saying"
sherman- November 6, 2008 at 5:54 pm
Countdown to UFC is SO MUCH WORSE than 24/7...please have UFC make a similar thing for Penn/GSP 2
TEACHER- November 6, 2008 at 5:54 pm
I half agree with Kissenger. While I find the criticism of Bonnar a bit harsh, I prefer Kenny to Stephan in this role. If any member of the panel is wooden and stiff, it's Franklin MacNeil whose lisp I also find a bit annoying. Huge props to the show, though. It's the best of its kind compacting so much information in such little time with incredible pacing.
shitwhistle- November 6, 2008 at 5:40 pm
Roy Jones Jr. like a motherfucker. Love that guy.
Dr.- November 6, 2008 at 5:10 pm
CB "Launchpad McQuack" Dollaway vs Tim Credeur in your Top 5??!!!!! Are you fucking kidding me??

Both fighters looked like sloths and pieces of shit that couldn't finish. Credeur was a bag of crap in that fight.
justin- November 6, 2008 at 4:59 pm
Wait - we're neighbors?
captain asshammer- November 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm
joe calzaghe is a PIMP!!!
kissenger- November 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm
Ouch! Bit harsh on Bonnar there. I like him better than K-Flo.
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