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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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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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Go Pro HD and UFC & Professional Sporting events…

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?

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Extreme Sports, Mazz, MMA, Random Cool Shit, Sports, Videos

 

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How to beat Anderson Silva…

I was just playing the new Mortal Kombat at my buddies place and Scorpion has a bad ass flying scissor.  I didn’t realize til a few minutes ago its the same move Anderson Silva lost to Chonan by paired with a bad ass heel hook.  If this is what it takes to beat the guy, I don’t think anyone is going to do it anytime soon. Kind of reminds me of Oleg Taktarov’s Rolling Knee Bar, my favorite old school UFC move besides the “Tank Abbott Turtle”.  I wonder if Chonan learned that move from Steven Segal? heh

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Mazz, MMA, Random Cool Shit

 

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UFC 130 thoughts and predictions

I’m a little disappointed that the UFC didn’t scramble to rejuvenate this card with a few nice filler bouts. Maynard vs. Edgar was scratched. Thiago Silva was rumored to fail a drug test and was bounced from facing Rampage. In addition, at least three more fighters had to withdraw due to injury. If I copped tickets to see this event in a few months ago I would be pissed right about now. The main card has the looks of a free Spike show.  
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Author, MMA, TNell

 

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson…

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko

Currently this fight is having its contract worked out by Strikeforce and M1 to take place in July at an unconfirmed weight class.  As a Pride fan, I love this matchup.  Both fighters throw haymakers that could kill a man and both are equipped for a ground battle should it come down to it.  No BJJ in this match, should be pure standup. 

That being said, there’s a lot of talk about Fedor retiring after his last two fights which he lost by a Triangle to Verdum and a TKO by Antonio Silva.  Lately I’ve been trolling some threads where basically everyone has been discrediting Fedor and dismissing him as washed up and over rated.  I’m not sure where these people get off calling the greatest heavyweight in MMA history “over rated” but its kind of a knock on ignorant American fans that probably didn’t even follow Pride at any point or see any of his fights.  Its easy to erroneously state he fought no name guys in Pride, but statistically, a lot of these kids running their mouths didn’t even watch Pride back then as they were still being weened off WWF and suckling the teet of TUF and UFC by Chuck Liddell and Ortiz vs Shamrock rematches.

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Entertainment, Mazz, MMA, Random Cool Shit

 

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The face of robbery…

Yet another example of why the MMA needs to do away with the 10-point must system…

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Random Cool Shit

 

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“Fell from Top 10 to not mentioned at all”

Fedor Emelianenko…  Gonna be 35 this year.  Hasn’t won a fight since November of 2009.  Pretty sad actually.  It’s like 2004 Roy Jones all over again.  Dare I say Chuck Liddell vol. 2?  I can’t think of another athlete who has gone from being perceived as invincible and one of the greatest fighters of all-time to potentially never competing again in the span of a little over a year.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in MMA, TNell

 

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Once I was a Champion… The Evan Tanner Story…

Evan Tanner was always one of my favorites, his fights were displays of heart and passion.  Anyone who watched him saw that.  I can’t even really explain why I liked him so much outside of that.  Dude was just a fuckin warrior but he seemed like such a nice guy.  This feature length documentary looks great.  I’ve never seen or heard of TapOut Films but as it would appear they’ve put together a great team of producers and looks like they pretty much memorialized the true spirit and story of Evan.   RIP to one of my favs, who passed before his time.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Author, Mazz, MMA

 

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Steven Seagal taught Anderson Silva “that kick?”

“Steven Seagal helped me perfect that kick. That was a kick we were working on before I stepped in,” Silva said through a translator at the post-fight press conference. “This was a kick that I trained a lot.”

Is this Anderson Silva throwing Steven Seagal a bone to get him in the spotlight? Or is the best mixed martial artist of our generation really training with a dude who spent a good chunk of his life fake snapping the necks of actors in the late 80’s/early 90’s? I’d like to hear MMA fans shed some light on this story, because I don’t know much about Seagal’s fighting background besides the fact that he could tear through about 20 scrubs like no other in his movies.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2011 in MMA, TNell, Videos

 

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Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos – TUF 13 Coaches…

When this was announced on 1/11/11, I kind of got excited.  I find Brock hilarious.  He is so arrogant it kills me, but he generally has backed his shit talk up with bombs.  Also he is labeled “The UFC’s Biggest Draw” and referred to as their “Cash Cow” for obvious reasons, with his fights generally grossing the most.  His coaching abilities are being critiqued like crazy however since his stand up is meager.

Junior dos Santos?  I’m not a fan of his fighting style and his personality is questionable.  Also after checking Junior’s fight history, he hasn’t fought the level of competition that Brock has.  Also there’s no real rivalry and I don’t see how Brock gets top contention so soon after losing, oh yeah profits…  I don’t watch The Ultimate Fighter religiously but the Koscheck vs. GSP rivalry last season was great as was the Rampage vs. Rashad Evans.  Also Heavyweight TUFs are boring as all hell, hopefully they get some exciting fighters for this, usually they gas out in the 1st Round.  The video looks kind of promising, some nice grappling.

I think this was a poor choice for coaches, I’d rather see Frank Mir or Shane Carwin than dos Santos but he is the top Contender I suppose.  At least Brock will crush him quick when they fight, I’d love to see Lesnar vs. Velasquez II.  The UFC’s Heavyweight Class is too thin to even pick decent coaches…

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2011 in Random Cool Shit

 

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Dana White goes off on EliteXC…

And rightfully so. I share the same sentiments if it’s true that Shaw and Elite may have tampered with the fight. I love White for not holding back. RIP EliteXC.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2008 in Author, MMA, TNell, Videos

 

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Kimbo Slice Knocked Out in 1st Round…

Mad props to Dave in Manchester NH for throwing his cash on Pertuzelli on my advice.  I don’t know what’s worse, this fight or the horrible announcers.  I’m pretty happy Kimbo got dropped cuz he acts way to hard for someone thats totally unproven in MMA.  His entourage is silly, his past fights are pathetic and I’m totally sick of him.  He didn’t even tap gloves with Petruzelli at the beginning.  It must really suck being the King at barekuckle backyard fights and getting to the big leagues and looking like a loser. 

Kimbo got owned by a sissy punch too…

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2008 in Mazz, MMA, Videos

 

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UFC ring girl Rachelle Leah to do Playboy…

Rachelle Leah did a spread in Playboy back in 2006 but didn’t take it all off. This time around she’ll be bare assed. YES!!!  Her issue is scheduled to drop around November 2008 so be on the lookout. Also cross your fingers for Arianny Celeste to follow Rachelle’s lead.
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UPDATE!!! CLICK HERE to see Rachelle Leah’s Playboy pictures on MMA Daily Punch!

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2008 in Entertainment, MMA, Random Cool Shit, TNell

 

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UFC 87: Seek & Destroy…

One of the best cards of the year takes place tonight in Minnesota. GSP defends his belt against the multi talented Jon Fitch while Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta will face off in what will likely be fight of the night. Above, Luke Cummo and Tamden McCrory look to put on a show in the Revenge of the Nerds match. Haha, just clowning but I thought these weigh-in pics were a riot. My picks bolded:

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch
Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring
Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian
Manny Gamburyan vs. Rob Emerson
Demian Maia vs. Jason MacDonald

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in Author, Mazz, TNell

 

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