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HBO’s Tim Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov is early fight of the year candidate…

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This was one of those brutal (almost hard to watch) back and forth bouts where I’m now fearing each of the fighters will emerge in future contests as merely shells of their former selves. Just too much blunt force trauma to not have a lasting effect. In the early and late middle rounds, it had a Meldrick Taylor – Cesar Chavez likeness. Bradley was taking an absolute bludgeoning, but refusing to succumb. He impressed me not only in that he took the punishment he did and remained in the middle of the ring, but also having the gas left to respond. And respond violently he did. I understand making Rocky references in comparison to real prize fighting is a bit of a cliche. However, it would have been perfectly appropriate for Provodnikov to make his way  to the corner after the first couple of rounds and uttered the words “he is not human, he is like a piece of iron.” If you haven’t had a chance to check out the replay of this war, treat yourself.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Sports, TNell

 

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UFC on Versus 4: Barry vs. Kongo predictions…

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.

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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in MMA, Random Cool Shit, TNell

 

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Saul Alvarez aka ‘La Flama Roja’ fights on HBO tomorrow night…

Actually I made that nickname up. He’s really internationally knows as “Canelo.” But last time I checked cinnamon was brown. But he’s a redheaded Mexican. So his alias from this point on is La Flama Roja. You heard it here first. In all seriousness, Alvarez is a tough bastard. He fights like a bully and takes punishment as well as he gives it. Based on his looks and his fighting style, I’m pretty sure Micky Ward knocked up some Mexican puta and out popped this dude. He looks to improve his flawless 36-0 record tomorrow night on HBO. Tune in. He’s one of the most entertaining middleweights in boxing.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Sports, TNell, Videos

 

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I’m convinced Brian Stann and Guile from Street Fighter are the same person.

Ball don’t lie. Both massive, square-faced, flat-topped, american-as-shit, mean-as-hell-looking dudes with military roots that pursued a career in face smashing. I don’t have to say much more. Pictures speak louder than words in this case. Now all this man needs is some Guile theme music to walk out to and a finishing hammer punch we can entitle “sonic boom.” 

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in MMA, TNell

 

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