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Videos: Not Another Fighting Movie Written by Hector Echavarria; Big Nog Talks UFC 110 Matchup With Velasquez


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As the story goes, Thomas Edison was once asked about his thousands of failed experiments in developing the storage battery, to which he replied: "I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." That quote has always reminded me of the cinematic output of action-movie auteur Hector Echavarria, who has directed, written, and/or starred in such movies as Confessions of a Pit Fighter, Never Surrender, and Death Warrior, all of which are about retired martial artists forced to compete in underground fighting leagues.

Hector’s latest effort is Unrivaled, which goes directly to DVD later this year. As you can see from the trailer above, there’s the requisite mob-shakedown angle, the cameos by UFC stars, and the Superman punches — my God, so many Superman punches — but Unrivaled breaks with tradition by being about an above-ground fighting league that the main character enters by choice. Has Echavarria finally created an MMA movie that’s actually worth renting? Much like the desperate fighters he plays in his movies, the odds are stacked against him…


UFC 110 (February 20th, Sydney) will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and undefeated contender Cain Velasquez. While Big Nog respects Cain’s wrestling ability and relentless pace, he’s confident in his vast experience advantage and says he’s still improving all parts of his game. As we saw in his last fight against Randy Couture, a healthy Nogueira is still a dangerous adversary. How do you guys see this one playing out?

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Randy Pan- February 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm
This is a great match-up. It might tell a lot about each fighter. If Cain's wrestling proves too much for Big Nog, Lesnar's wrestling probably will be too much for Nog, as well.

I would love to see a Cain-Lesnar match-up. I'd also like to see a Lesnar-Nog match-up. They're both top-tier grapplers in the 230-240 range.
for the love of mma- February 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm
i have a feeling big nog is going to expose holes in cains wrestling that only jui jitsu pro's can expose!! but cain does have power can we all know how fedors ground and pound confused nog so we'll see!!
thurmonator- February 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Forrest how could you do this to me?
agentsmith- February 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm
"Never Surrender" was still more watchable than "Transformers 2", but mostly due to excellent use of tits.
WeTheCecilPeoples- February 10, 2010 at 11:36 am
Did anyone else get a pre-roll commercial before the Big Nog training video? Did anyone else notice that the doctor in that IBM commercial was also the bearded Scotsmen who whips people with a dipstick in those Penzoil commercials?
No? No one noticed that? OK, see you guys later. Thanks for thinking with your dipsticks.
CheckHisPee- February 10, 2010 at 11:19 am
@doctorfunk: You seem a little miffed. Beat you to the punch did I doc?
By the way, what community college did you acquire your PhD in douchebaggery from?
peckawoodd- February 10, 2010 at 10:09 am
And Nog by submisssion.
peckawoodd- February 10, 2010 at 10:05 am
Do these made for DVD movies make any money whatsoever? Who the fuck buys them?
Smitty- February 10, 2010 at 9:29 am
I think Big Nog is back....and with a vengence. I say he subs Cain, and ends up with a shitle tot with beef jerky head.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to earl from watching the clip of that movie.
Goat- February 10, 2010 at 9:21 am
How do I see this one playing out? Well, his track record displays some terrible meltdowns, where things start out fresh, but soon tire into the same old tricks and dependence on long established, almost archaic ways to pull it out in the end. So, no, I don't think Unrivaled will be any good.
Killa-K- February 10, 2010 at 9:12 am
I will never bet against a fighter who has made a ton of money yet opts to not have something done about the massive hole in his back. Now that's tough.
ubidoob- February 10, 2010 at 9:03 am
Healthy Nog? You mean the one who didn't even have enough strength to punch a decrepid Couture in the head hard enough to finish him and scratched out a decision instead?

Although I don't think Cain is much for finishing a fight- he's strong. Stronger than Nog. And since Nog isn't strong enough to actually test out Cain's suspicious chin- I think Cain will use his wrestling to manfondle Nog up and score a UD.
iDestroy- February 10, 2010 at 8:50 am
@Lonewolf


That's a lot of penis and only one vagina.
Are you the hog gazer?
LoneWolf- February 10, 2010 at 8:47 am
I hope Nog pulls this one off. Its going to be a very tough fight for him though, Cain is a beast.
LoneWolf- February 10, 2010 at 8:46 am
I would rather watch Jenna Jameson get Bookakkied by 9324723428 dudes than watch that horrible film.

iDestroy- February 10, 2010 at 8:42 am
@Checkhispee

I thought it was funny.
Lysol- February 10, 2010 at 8:40 am
I think Cain should win, especially if this one goes the distance. But if Big Nog submits him, I won't be surprised at all.
iDestroy- February 10, 2010 at 8:39 am
Big nog isn't that old. He can outstrike or sub this guy. As long as he doesn't let Cain turn this into a wrestling match he should be ok.
doctorfunk- February 10, 2010 at 8:36 am
@Checkhispee-- Good one, you sure told us. How did you get so witty?

I think it's going to be senor velasquez via GnP.
Steffmeister- February 10, 2010 at 8:09 am
As dangerous as Big Nog might be, I'm puttin' my patato chips on Cain Velasquez. Younger, faster and a smaller off buttons.
flrrrhoffpauir- February 10, 2010 at 7:50 am

I think Nog will win with a submission, but it seems like Velasquez has a better shot at winning the title because of his wrestling

I guess that would be a pretty long time from now though...
CheckHisPee- February 10, 2010 at 7:50 am
I see this one playing out inside the octagon for 0-15min, with one of them winning by KO/TKO, submission or decision.
Yer welcome.

Professor Choas- February 10, 2010 at 7:48 am
i think nog will get smothered for a while but cain wont be able to put him away...nog will be winning on the feet for a moment in the second before getting smothered more, and repeat in the third frame with a close sub finish but no cigar for nog

I hate this cause i love big nog but i see a decision win 29-28 x 3 for cain

ben u gotta hook me up with like 200 potato chips if this is right
halfbreed23- February 10, 2010 at 7:48 am
Nog by TWISTER!
Harry Nips- February 10, 2010 at 7:38 am
Pretty much like the Sylvia fight. Nog will take some shots to let Cain get comfortable and lock in a guillotine late in the fight.
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