Nice highlight reel featuring a great mix of old and new KOs. Love the Don Frye highlights!
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Let me first say that I love this card. Absolutely stacked. So stacked that the UFC probably should have considered watering it down to put some of the big names towards their UFC on FOX failure. I say failure because I felt the debut was awful. I was reduced to watching the prelims on a crappy stream while the one hour time slot was basically a hype show followed by a single don’t blink your eyes or you’ll miss it heavyweight fight. I hope they handle it better in the future.
UFC 139 is loaded with former champions. Faber, Cung Le, Dan Henderson, and Shogun are all former title holders in either the UFC, Strikeforce, or WEC. Stylistically, they all fight to please the common MMA fan and are battling for title contention. Wanderlei is just the icing on the cake. Guaranteed to see some brutal striking in every main card bout. Should be an excellent card and will likely be worth the $44.99 PPV fee.
Henderson vs. Shogun
Great match up and a worthy main event. Overall, I haven’t been impressed by Shogun since his switch to the UFC. Although he has won some key fights to stay in the picture, his cardio remains his downfall in my eyes. Hendo is getting older but he is still capable of pressing the action at an impressive pace. No way Shogun can keep up. Also keep in mind that Hendo has never been knocked out and has quite the chin. I like Dan Henerson winning via some type of stoppage.
Wanderlei vs. Cung Le
Wanderlei Silva is pretty much damaged goods at this point. As much as I respect the guy, he’s been knocked out in brutal fashion one too many times. He always comes prepared to slug, but it never appears that he has a gameplan. This entire fight will be fought on the feet and Cung Le is a more well rounded striker. He’ll emerge the victor in a fight that doesn’t last 3 rounds.
Faber vs. Bowles
Two top 5 bantamweights. Could very well win fight of the night honors. Faber is non-stop and Bowles will gladly exchange. I think it will ultimately come down to experience, and Faber has more. He knows how to win fights and will outpoint Bowles in a fight that does go the distance. Faber in 3.
Tito has had a brilliant career fighting nearly every one of his bouts for the UFC. Once regarded as a top dog in mixed martial arts, he has compiled a respectable 25-8-1 record. It took him five years to clinch his 25th victory, however. His five consecutive no-win decisions did not come against slouches. Chuck Liddell, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, and Matt Hammill are among the names Tito was unable to pull off wins against in a span of five years. If you weren’t keeping tabs, that’s four one-time titleholders and one of Tito’s understudies. He ended that losing streak just last month against fast rising LHW contender Ryan Bader. I was as surprised as anyone at how quickly the Huntington Beach Bad Boy disposed of the young Bader.
Now just over one month later, Tito has decided to step up and fill in for Phil Davis against Rashad Evans at UFC 133. You have to respect Tito for his willingness to fill the void, but I believe it was a poor career decision. We saw Rick Story make the same move just months ago. His plan backfired. I would have liked to see Tito get a full camp in, regroup, sort his personal life out, and mentally prepare for his next fight. Rashad hasn’t fought in over a year, will be fresher, and has looked better in every fight since his loss to Machida. Vegas has Tito at +350 and Rashad at -400. I almost think that they were too generous to Tito. Way too much working against him in this one. I’m fully expecting Rashad to have his hand raised at the end of the night.
With this being said, will a loss for Tito ultimately mean the end of this career in the UFC and/or MMA? He has had more highs and lows than anyone in the fight game. Has 14 years in the UFC been enough and will he finally hang them up after Rashad beats him tonight? Or will he prove resilient once again and give it another go at 36 years old?
Third straight loss for the former heavyweight king. At first glace I thought Herb Dean jumped the gun. After re-watching the slow mo replays it actually does appear that Hendo puts Fedor to sleep with the uppercut he lands upon taking Fedor’s back. The pummeling to the back of Fedor’s grounded head actually may have brought him back to consciousness. Tough call to make. You want to see fighters of this caliber given the benefit of the doubt. At the same time, no need for unnecessary punishment. Henderson throws bombs.
Caught this late last night on an extended Sportscenter segment. Pretty inspiring story. Instantly puts everything in perspective. Grab some Kleenex before you hit play.
Rick Story and Anthony Johnson were originally scheduled to headline this card. Johnson had to pull out with an injury, so the UFC replaced him with Nate Marquardt. Now earlier today Marquardt had to pull out because he was not medically cleared to fight. Finally in comes Charlie Brenneman who will hopefully be last name thrown in the mix.
Rick Story must have some set of balls on him. He begins training camp with plans to fight Johnson. Then he has to switch it up and train for Marquadt instead. Now here we are less than 36 hours away from the bout and Dana throws in Charlie Brenneman. Not only that, Story is bumped of the main event. He must be pretty desperate for a payday because training for three different fighters in one camp is no easy task. I hope for Story’s sake that it doesn’t come back to bite him in the ass.
Advances in wearable HD videography have really raised the bar on extreme sports and how they can be watched and filmed. No more 3rd-person-only shots now that you go POV and strap a Go Pro or ContourHD camera on your helmet, handlebars, chest, wrist, surfboard, kayak, etc… My personal favorite use of these is definitely backcountry and big mountain snowboarding and also kayaking. If you’ve ever been waist deep in powder your likely also a fan of these vids. I’m actually considering getting one of these this winter for some trips of my own; they both offer a myriad of accessories and they take some great photos. Plus crazy shit can happen at any time and getting it on film might be pretty awesome.
What I’m really interested in however is applying this technology to UFC and other MMA venues. An upfront view of highlight knock out replays would really be stepping it up from ringside cameras. Can you imagine seeing Anthony Petis’ ninja kick from Herb Dean’s vantage from inside the Octagon? Also after the fact, this would be a great way to judge the actually referee’s performances as their decisions would be closely scrutinized and I believe this could lead to much better reffing. Obviously the main draw back is fighter’s safety, you can’t be jumping on an unconscious fighter and smashing them in the face with the camera strapped to your chest… But as the technology gets better and smaller, I guarantee you will see this type of footage coming to live events, maybe even sports like football, hockey, or baseball where the camera could be integrated into the actual helmet design. Now that’s a reason to stare at the jumbotron!
What’s your favorite use of these cameras? What do you think about UFC and Pro sports using them?