Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday Night Lights.........Out! Featuring Travis Wiuff, Braulio Estima, and more.

Travis "Diesel" Wiuff vs. Attila Vegh
More of the best finishes from a big Friday night in MMA after the Jump!

Rampage and King Mo Squash their Beef, and talk Chael Sonnen, Greg Jackson

King Mo and Rampage Jackson had a verbal rivalry dating back years but in the above video the two light heavyweight battlers appear to squash their beef, while Rampage pivots his shit talking to Chael Sonnen, Greg Jackson, and the UFC.

Check out Braulio Estima making his MMA debut.

Watch esteemed grappler Braulio Estima make his MMA debut against Jessie Holland from last nights Titan Fighting Championship show in Kansas City, Kansas.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Was passing on the Sonnen fight the right move for Jones and Jackson?

Frasier Cofeen of Bloody Elbow thinks so
"Chael Sonnen may be coming up in weight, and he may be coming off a loss to Anderson Silva, but he remains a very dangerous opponent. More importantly, he presents a completely different stylistic challenge than Dan Henderson. Against Hendo, Jones's primary concern was avoiding the H Bomb KO punch; against Sonnen, it would be a complete change in training with a focus on takedown defense. That's a significant change, and 8 days is not much time to make it. That shortened time frame becomes an even bigger factor when you consider the amount of press Jones, as champion, would be expected to do fight week, leaving him less than 8 full days to adjust."
While Jack Slack argues that the fight was maybe too easy
This should be obvious to almost everyone: Chael Sonnen is not a light heavyweight, not a striker, and not likely to be able to give Jon Jones any trouble on the feet. This is clearly a hilarious mismatch and it's actually understandable that Jones would not want anything to do with this fight when it could lower his credibility immediately after signing with Nike. No-one wants to fight enormous mismatches when they are supposed to be proving that they are the best fighter in the world.
 But that Jones should have ultimately taken the fight
What it all comes down to, however, is that almost two dozen fighters on this card have made huge sacrifices, many of them living fight to fight on tight cash, for a card that is now cancelled. Jon Jones directly affected their livelihood and the lives of their families and children by refusing to fight a 185lbs wrestler. It's understandable that Jones wouldn't want to risk losing to a middleweight, but that's exactly what he was risking against Dan Henderson. Jon Jones trained a full camp for a 185lbs wrestler with a huge right hand, and he was asked to fight a 185lbs wrestler with little striking skill or punching power to speak of. When you boil it down to those facts, it's hard to side with Jon Jones.
I think for Greg Jackson advising Jon Jones against fighting Chael Sonnen was the right play. Chael Sonnen is almost as good at wrestling as he is at talking, which will always make him a tough fight. But he's not going to beat Jon Jones not for 25 minutes. The risk of losing isn't why I think Jackson's adviced Jones to pass on Sonnen, it's because Greg Jackson gains nothing from Jon Jones going out there and beating Chael Sonnen. As how much would Greg Jackson have had to do with the victory, having had so little time to study and tailor a fighter specific game plan for Sonnen?

For Jones on the other hand turning down a fight with Sonnen was a terrible decision and whoever is giving Jones managerial advice on this is crazy. From a business perspective "the Jones brand" just turned down a lucrative PPV opportunity against one of the top draws in the company, who also just so happens to be an extremely favorable match up. All while just recently complaining about his PPV #'s from his fight with Lyoto Machida. How is that good business? He's just alienated the fans who bought tickets and invested in traveling to Las Vegas for the show, not to mention those who provide the PPV numbers he's after. He's let down his employer who've invested a significant amount of money promoting him and the event. But most importantly he's let down 20 plus other fighters who were relying on him to anchor the card and as a result will not be getting paid, despite having invested considerably in their own training camps preparing for UFC 151, (Zuffa shoulders a huge chunk of blame for this as well). Simply put Jones took a serious opportunity to build up a ton of good will with his employer and his fans by taking a relatively low risk fight that would have had a huge upside for him personally, and professionally. But rather then realize that opportunity Bones Jones decided for what ever reason, to take his belt and go home.

Machida turns down title shot, Vitor Belfort to face Jones at UFC 152

After a wild and wooly Thursday saw Dana White cancel UFC 151, Once a partial tear in Dan Henderson's MCL left the UFC with out a main event, after Jon Jones refused to face a late replacement in Chael Sonnen. At which point a "disgusted" Dana White was forced to cancel UFC 151 and move Jones to UFC 152 where it was announced that Bones would be facing Lyoto Machida. Only to have Machida turn down the purposed title fight with Jon Jones later that evening! Enter Vitor Belfort who will step in on one months notice to face one of the best fighters in the history of the sport and challenge Jon 'Bones' Jones for the light heavyweight title. Belfort was originally scheduled to face Alan Belcher in a middle weight contest at UFC 153 now it looks like that assignment will move to Wanderlei Silva. UFC 152 also features Demetrious Johnson vs Joeseph Benevidez as well as Brian Stann vs Michael Bisping and goes down on September 22nd live from the Air Canada Center in Toronto.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chael Sonnen destroys Jon Jones on ESPN.

Dana White Conference Call, Dan Henderson Hurt, UFC 151 Canceled.

Dana White pulls the plug on UFC 151 after Dan Henderson was forced out of the main event with a partially torn MCL, and Jon Jones turned down a fight with late replacement Chael Sonnen. Jones will now face Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 er.... I guess it's UFC 151 now.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gracie Breakdown: Rousey vs Kaufman

Renner and Rorion Gracie break down the fantastic arm-bar that Ronda Rousey was able to employ against Sarah Kaufman on Saturday night's Strikeforce card.

Gray Maynard vs Joe Lauzon on tap for UFC 155.

Joe Lauzon will take on Gray Maynard in a light weight tilt at UFC 155 in Las Vegas. Lauzon is riding high off his F.O.T.N. performance, that saw J-Lau tap Jamie Varner with a highlight reel triangle to also secure himself submission of the night. A feat that would see Lauzon replace Chris Lytle as the fighter with the most disclosed post fight bonuses in UFC history.

 Gray Maynard is 1-1-1 in his last 3 most recently winning a snoozer over  Clay Guida after having fought to a draw at UFC 125 against Frankie Edgar before eventually losing to "the Answer", getting KO'ed in their UFC 136 Lightweight title fight. UFC 155 is headlined by Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos and Chael Sonnen vs Forrest Griffen and will go down December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Frankie Edgar happy to help Nate Diaz get ready for Ben Henderson.

"If Nate would need my help or would ask for my help, I would love to help him out, We got some work in last time that was really good. If I could help him out, of course I would."
Team Renzo Gracie's Frankie 'The Answer' Edgar recently offered on Sherdog Radio that he'd be willing to help Nate Diaz get ready for his UFC lightweight title fight with 'Smooth' Ben Henderson at The UFC on Fox 5. The Former champion Edgar has locked horns with Henderson twice before, most recently getting absolutely robbed in a split decision at UFC 150, a fight which most observers had him winning. Making "The Answer" a potentially valuable resource to Diaz and team Ceasar Gracie as they prepare for their shot at "Smooth".

Watch Eddie Bravo break down Ronda Rousey's arm bar technique.

The creator of the Rubber guard, the man who tapped Royler Gracie, Mr. Eddie Bravo took the time to break down some of the things that make Ronda Rousey's arm bar so effective. Specifically the version Rousey used to put away Sarah Kaufman on Saturday night.
photo: Eddie Bravo

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Take Away Service - Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman

Welcome to another edition of It's Fighting Stupid's Take Away Service. Where we, do you, the service of letting you in on all the key take-away's from Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. First up on the menu....
Can Ronda Rousey be Stopped?
Strikeforce bantamweight Champion Rowdy Ronda Rousey is now six and o as a professional mixed martial artist winning all six of her pro bouts via first-round arm-bar needing a total of just 7 minutes and 39 seconds to do it. With her most recent 54 second victory over former bantamweight champ Sarah Kaufman, Rousey has essentially "Jonesed" her division. With the only real challenger left for the Olympic Bronze medalist being former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cris 'Cyborg' Justino and a scrap between the two would undoubtedly replace  Gina Carano & Cyborg's '09 bout as the biggest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history. But Justino is A) still serving time on the steroid suspension that cost her the Strikeforce title and effectively shuttered the featherweight division. And B) made it clear that she can only safely cut down as far as 140lbs. That said, Rousey has no plans on making it easy for Cyborg calling out "Cy-roid" in her post fight interview:
First off I need to send a challenge out to miss "Cy-roid" out there... People want to see you have the first fair fight of your life. I'm the champ now, and the champ doesn't go to you, you go to the champ. Come down to 135lbs and lets settle this.
Making it very clear that if the biggest fight in Women's MMA is going to go down it'll be on the champions terms.

Biggest Winner: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza

Adding the wrinkle of knock out power to his already top flight grappling arsenal, Jacare put the division on notice with this masterful counter right hook against Darren Brunson last night. Next up for Souza, Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold in a rematch of their classic five round war from September that saw Rockhold win the belt from Souza in a hotly contested decision.

Biggest Loser: Derek Brunson
Getting starched in the first thirty seconds is never a good look, no exception here. Next up....
A dream about an exceptional mustache and a rematch with Kendal Grove.

How did Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie not make the main card?
This was easily fight of the night with all facets of mixed martial arts on display and lots of great back and forth action, plus it was relevant to the main event, yet it was relegated to the prelims by some foolish producer.

Get it together Showtime! You don't have enough proven winners with drawing power to leave your budding stars off TV.

Photos: Showtime
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Strikeforce Highlights: Tate vs. Kedzie

Check out Highlights from Saturday Night's F.O.T.N. between former 135lbs Strikeforce Champion Miesha Tate and perennial contender Julie Kedzie.

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman Post-Fight Press Conference Highlights

Following a great night of action featuring a title fight between Rowdy Ronda Rousey and Victoria, B.C's Sarah Kaufman. The fighters faced the Media

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman Post-Fight Interviews with Rousey, Tate, OSP, Saffiedine, and more

Post fight Interviews with all the main card winners from Saturday night's Strikeforce card from San Deigo, including Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Tarrec Saffiedine, OSP, and more.

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman Highlights featuring Jacare, Ovince St Preux, Tarec Saffiedine, Anthony Smith

Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman headlined a scintillating night of MMA action Saturday, from San Deigo Ca. Check out the highlights featuring Ronda Rousey, Jacare, Ovince St Preux, Tarec Saffiedine, Anthony Smith and more.