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


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 139 thoughts and predictions

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.

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in MMA, TNell


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Cotto vs. Margarito lives up to hype…

All I can say is damn! I rank Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto as fight of the year easily and definately in my top 5 of best fights I’ve ever witnessed live. Tony Margarito is an absolute machine! Cotto landed clean, hard ass punches all night that didn’t phase Tony one bit. He just kept coming forward until the pressure finally got to Cotto.  To watch the full fight, use this link:


Posted by on July 28, 2008 in Author, Sports, TNell


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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski announced…

Affliction just confirmed that Arlovski and Fedor will headline their October 11th show in Las Vegas. I like how their organization has a 3 month break in between events. Gives them time to stack the card and give viewers some time to get excited rather than to have events one or two times per month. Both and Andrei made some serious bank at Banned.

Fedor Emelianenko: $300,000 (no win bonus) (Rumor is he earned $1.5 mill)
def. Tim Sylvia: $800,000
Andrei Arlovski: $750,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Rothell: $250,000

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Posted by on July 24, 2008 in Author, MMA, TNell


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Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez II…


Four years after their featherweight championship bout resulted in a split draw, Manny “Pacman” and Juan Manuel Marquez finally meet again tonight in Vegas for the junior lightweight belt.  It’s sure to be another exciting matchup (I don’t know if it could possibly top their first fight). Pacquiao fights are almost guaranteed worth the price of the PPV, but you can usually find a live stream on the net too. I’ll be tuning in to this one.


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Posted by on March 15, 2008 in Author, Sports, TNell, Videos


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The Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik Prevails…


Kelly Pavlik was a power shot or two away from being stopped in the 2nd round by Jermain Taylor. He weathered the storm and showed a champion’s heart by hanging in and fighting his way to a nasty 7th round KO of the now former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor. Congratulations to the new middleweight champion Kelly “the Ghost” Pavlik. Click the gif image to check out highlights.


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Posted by on September 30, 2007 in Author, Sports, TNell


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Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor…


Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik could quite possibly become the new middleweight champ on September 29th when he faces off against current WBO/WBC champ Jermain Taylor on HBO. Taylor has caught tons of bad criticism for his painfully hard to watch bouts against Cory Spinks and Kassim Ouma. He has no choice two weeks from today as Pavlik is the epitome of a slugger who presses the action. He’s coming off his biggest career win against Edison Miranda and in my opinion would make a better overall people’s champ then Jermain Taylor with his fan appeal. Click the poster to check out some of “The Ghost’s” knockout wins.


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Posted by on September 15, 2007 in Author, Sports, TNell


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