MMA Thread (UFC, Pride, K-1, etc) - Page 63
Shogun never looked to get out fo the blocks after that big shot in the first round. Don't want to sound like I'm making excuses, cos Jones certainly came in and just took what he thought was his. But I really feel for Rua here - he just didn't look right from the start.
Shogun never looked to get out of the blocks after that big shot in the first round. Don't want to sound like I'm making excuses, cos Jones certainly came in and just took what he thought was his. But I really feel for Rua here - he just didn't look right from the start.
Yeah, he looked even sloppier than the last time he came back after a long recovery. But even though he was far short of the condition he came in to face Lyoto, when you see the ridiculous difference in the size and reach I don't know if even a Shogun at the top of his game could have beaten Jones tonight.
The kid deserves to be champion and maybe, finally, there's a champ at 205 who can hold the belt for more than two fights. He's been smart and really studied Anderson, who has a similar body type, and the way he launches those unpredictable spoiling front teep kicks and low side kicks is a nightmare for the other guy's timing. Jones is much more than just a gifted athlete physically, that guy is a very smart fighter and he has a very, very smart couple of coaches too.
Speaking of which, who trains Rashad now?
And not to forget, that was a nice night for Brendan Shaub too. I had him slightly down on the cards to Cro Cop but that was a very sweet knockout. I'm sure that extra 70k of pocket money will make getting smashed in the legs by Croatian tree trunks not so bad after all.
Excellent win for the guy, but I REALLY didn't like that punch on the ground. I got a real thing with professional fighters taking liberties that can potentially take away a fellow fighter's livelihood. I'm sure Damien Maia (post fight with Nate) and the guy that fought Mark Hunt last month (name escapes me right now) will back me up on that one. Rush of blood to the head, sure. But pro fighters have a pretty good idea of when another fighter has had enough. Mirko's head bounced off that canvas like a basketball. :(
lol Jones and Greg Jackson took down a car thief a couple of hours ago.
As for who will win the fight, it's a tough call. Jones has been rolling through everyone and there's a ton of hype around him, but he's never faced someone as good as Shogun. Shogun can be great, but he's been out for a while. I'm leaning towards Shogun because he's the more experienced guy, but I wouldn't be surprised if Jones takes it.
Yeah, those were great. Big Dady Dana actually shut down the Gracies' channel for a day or two until they took the fight footage out, but it still works fine without it.
A couple of nice Bellator highlights lately. First Rich Hale goes all Toby Imada, then Toby Imada goes all sleepy byes.
And as a bonus, in addition to regularly checking out the Gracies and Bravo, I recommend further brushing up on your ground game with the assistance of Brittney and Amanda, two of the finest instructors the sport - nay, the world - has ever known. North-south indeed.
Nick Diaz is the most entertaining MMA fighter in the world, this guy is fucking nuts.
Melendez wrecked Kawajiri. I wanna see Melendez vs. Alvarez more than Melendez vs. Edgar/Maynard.
Aoki worked Beerbohm.
And Mousasi got hosed with the majority draw call.
I hate the Diaz's and looking at Melendez bugs me for reasons I cannot explain.
What the hell was that fall Daley did?
Also: If Mauro and Shamcock don't reel in their biased bullshit, it's gonna force me to either a) stop watching or b) turn off the sound.
Rua vs Griffin II was a match up destined to happen, even though it's a winner vs a loser and they normally avoid that. Huuuuuuuuuge pressure for Shogun though, not just because he's coming in from that Jones nightmare, not just because he's only 3-3 in UFC, not only because a second loss to Forrest would suck on his record, but the hometown (or at least home country) pressure is a helluva burden in this case. And who knows what kind of shape he can get back in these days with his war-torn knees.
But that's for the future, we got an awesome UFC-129 to rock our socks in less than two weeks now. GSP and Jose Aldo are two champions who're considered in the top three pound for pound fighters on the planet and we see them defend their belts AND we get The Old Man taking on The Dragon.
And especially for Shaun H Rory MacDonald is going to muay thai Jake Shield's buddy Nate Diaz in the head.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC.
Rich Franklin will be fighting Antonio Rogerio Noguiera at UFC 133
And for the Pride FC fans...Akira Shoji's 15 year mma career came to an end last night at the hands of Kazuo Misaki at Deep 53 Impact.
Quasi-MMA related, has anyone been watching Ellismania on FuelTV? Funny stuff. It's the shows that Jason Ellis has been putting on. This week is his fight with Mayhem where Ellis gets his ass kicked (as stated by Ellis). The last few weeks have been funny--a six-man shock collar blindfold match, musical chairs fighting, hot chick fight (that ends with the two girls making out for 1:45), Raw Dog (Ellis' co-host) getting his ass kicked (again) by a girl. It's on Wednesday night I think at 10 PM.
I can't believe I'm going to have to miss UFC 129 this weekend. Off all the cards to miss (every fight available to watch!) in all the years I've gone without missing one, and it has to be this one. I have to go to a wedding (which I can't get out of; it's for one of my friends who is actually at all the fights we watch, so he'd know where I was) so I'm going to have to buy it, record it, then come home (probably close to midnight) and start watching it. If anyone spoils me at the wedding, I'll break a bottle over their head.
Ah man, you guys got your priorities fucked up.
One of my friends who watches about 75% of the cards with me is going to a bachlorette party for her boyfriend's sister. I will be updating her all night about how great the fights are.
Mine aren't out of order, man! Trust me, if I could stay and watch, I would do it. But since this is a guy who is at every PPV with me (as well as a core group of friends we share), I'd get my ass reamed and they'd take offense and it could make shit awkward.
But, yeah... weddings are dumb. I even made it a point to plan my own around the fight card schedule back when I got married. At least I have some consideration!
Two very nice finishes already on the Facebook card - flying triangle from Garza and sweeeeet spinning backfist ko from Makdessi. These undercard boys are going for some huge bonuses tonight.
Three more fights to come for free on FB right now.
Damn that was a pretty easy win for GSP. Jake Shields just had NOTHING he could do. GSP kept it standing, where he obviously has a huge advantage in any fight he goes into. Shields didnt have much of an answer.
If it doesn't involve eye trauma, I am pretty much never squeamish, but I couldn't even look at that fucking head lump. My god, terrible.
Same here. Not only was it his tooth, but it was in at least two pieces.
GSP is the best fighter in the sport right now, and he's not a cocky prick at all, which makes him way cooler in my book. I wondered why he was throwing so many "big whiffers" after round two(or the end of one, possibly), and it's because he had zero depth perception(and still won) due to his eye being fucked. What a badass.
Great show of skill and heart from GSP. It might seem odd to describe the performance of a P4P #1 or #2 who thoroughly controlled his fight as gutsy, but considering the pressure of fighting in front of 55k of his countrymen, fighting the consensus #1 contender at WW, and having little to no vision in his eye for several rounds (not to mention a nasty cut), he showed the toughness that he doesn't always get enough credit for. He's a great ambassador for the sport. The only real, reasonable challenge left for him is Silva at MW; honestly, with enough time to put on weight and prepare, I can't see anyone at MW besides Silva as having a shot at taking GSP out.
Sad to see Randy taken out in such decisive and spectacular fashion. It's certainly time for him to hang 'em up. Machida created the kind of buzz that he needed to get himself back in the title picture conversation. Now, a potential Machida-Jones fight is looking exciting again.
Solid wins for Henderson and Aldo, although Aldo looked surprisingly vulnerable late in his fight. Read he had a hard time cutting weight, accounting for his poor cardio in the later rounds.
Trying to remember the last card that had this many legitimately elite fighters. And the SF roster hasn't even been rolled in yet...
That's one of the reasons why it would be such a good challenge for him. He's beaten everyone there is to beat in his weight class, and he's dispatched fighters of every build and style. The only real challenge left for himself is to fight someone nearly as well-rounded as he is, and the weight issue just adds to that. This wouldn't be about him proving himself, he's done that over and over again, this would be about him testing himself and removing doubt as to who the defining fighter of this generation is. The win/loss of it may almost be secondary to the basic martial arts principle of testing your limits against the best competition. If he has no interest in that fight, that's no biggie. I wouldn't begrudge him that. But, I think GSP is probably wary of another WW retread at this point. It'd be reminiscent of Couture, Henderson, Penn, and others moving weight classes to find legitimate challenges.
Yeah, I'm curious what the prognosis on that is too. George's eye, I mean, not the nightmare of assholes.
I was stoked to see those early Facebook fights replayed on the main broadcast, not just Garza and Makdessi's but Ivan Menjivar's mean nose smashing elbow on Charlie Valenica. The only bummer was I didn't get to see MacDonald vs Diaz from the Spike card.
But what the hell happened to Jose Aldo? I guess Faber's the only guy who's been able to force him into the championship rounds but he seemed to gas way earlier than that. Whatever it was it was good to see him make zero excuses for it after the fight, not blaming flu or the weight cut or anything else, just paying respect to Mark "The Elephant Man" Hominick for being the elite mma striker he is and having massive heart.
Even so, if I look at Aldo, GSP and Anderson as the top three pound for pound guys then Jose Aldo is by far the most entertaining. There's never a dull moment with that boy.
As for GSP, the sooner they throw Nick Diaz at him the better. He seems like the only guy at 170 who can at least box at GSP's level. George is already solid and thick at 170 so if he packs it on to bulk up to 185 I'd be worried he'll lose some of the speed he'd need to hang with Anderson. But then Chael Sonnen stood with Silva he did fine and he isn't in GSP's class so it could still be an awesome match up.
Make no mistake about it, the MMA community is a very fickle, immature one. I would avoid most comment sections and message boards, as they're all filled with the same sort of garbage.
Regarding GSP's eye, Zahabi confirmed it was unintentionally poked in the 3rd by one of those half-committed, open-hand punches. No torn retina, going to be reassessed in 10 days. Also, no broken nose (in case you were wondering).
Give Hominick MAD credit for not only surviving those nasty ass injuries, but coming back in the fifth round & threatening Aldo in the end.
And what IS up with Aldo?!!
Yeah, he came apart at the seams a wee bit toward the end there, but MAN, when he fights, he does some SERIOUS damage to his opponents. He's brutal. Add Hominick's misshapen, bloodied head/face to Faber's leg & you've got some messed up individuals!
And honestly, I think it's only going to get worse for his opposition when he can stop starving himself down to make '45 & gain some strength by moving up to lightweight. Then we're liable to see him REALLY tear some people up!
All for the better (for me, not Brock's health), as I have a float trip that weekend and this makes me less pissy about missing fights. (Last year, I actually dragged the majority of people out to a bar from the campsite in order to see Chuck/Rich.)