Friday, October 24, 2008

PPV Battle: UFC 90 vs. $45

Do you believe that Anderson Silva is so good that it is worth buying a PPV featuring him regardless of the rest of the card, even if he's fighting an oppenent that has roughly no chance against him?

Are you related to one of the fighters on the card?

If you answered, "yes," to either of these questions, then UFC 90 is worth your $45. Otherwise, save you money and look for video of Silva vs. Cote on the internet Sunday morning.

Shallow preview of the main card:

Silva vs. Cote

Arguably the best fighter in the world vs a good gatekeeper. It is Silva vs. Leben all over again, or maybe Silva vs. Irvin.

Koscheck vs. Alves

Best fight on the card in terms of matched talent and styles. Alves should be able to keep Koscheck from laying on him for 3 rounds.

Werdum vs. Dos Santos

Werdum is more of a favorite in this fight than Silva is in his. That should tell you everything you need to know about this one.

"King Lay'n Pray" Sherk vs. "Unable to finish" Griffin

If you could bet on whether or not a fight would go to a decision, what would be the money line of this going to a decision? -1000? -2000? (For non-gamblers, -1000 means that you need to bet $1,000 to win $100)

Possible undercard match because Silva vs. Cote finishes in the first round:

Best guess: Leites vs. McFedries because it is the undercard match least likely to go to decision.

To summarize:

2 squash matches
1 wrestler vs wrestler decision
1 competitive fight
1 undercard fight

Does that sound like $45 to you?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Overheard at UFC 89

Bisping vs Leben

"I haven't seen a Brit run that fast since Dunkirk 1940."

"Does Bisping owe Machida royalties for that fight?"

"Who knew Leben's cardio would ever be good enough to chase someone across the Octagon for 15 minutes?"

Jardine vs Vera

"I'm going go get a beer."

Sokoudjou vs Cane

"This is the best Sokoudjou we've ever seen," (2 minutes later) "never mind."


"Is Shane Carwin more Brock Lesnar than Brock Lesnar?"

Monday, September 8, 2008

Worst weekend for Free MMA Ever

On Friday, it was announced that Thiago Silva had to withdraw from his UFC 89 match with Machida.

So, much for getting to watch 2 of the top 5 light heavyweights in the world fight for free, and probably fight for a title show.

But, that's ok because there's a free WEC event coming up this week, right? Wrong, that event had to be delayed until November.

In two days, we lost one of the best free MMA fights of all time and had a WEC event pushed back 2 months. Fuck

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I didn't see that coming...

Damn, apparently Evans knocked Liddell way the fuck out of the title picture, or at least as out of the title picture as one of MMA's biggest names can be, and knocked himself off the "I won't pay to watch" list by Sean Salmon'ing Liddell.

Who now fights Forrest Griffin for the light heavyweight belt in December?

Liddell's out of contention, Machida has no name recognition & can't finish, Thiago Silva's injured (fuck, and more on that in a latter post), and Jackson isn't a viable champ until his criminal trial is over.

I'd say that leaves 3 people:

Evans who has the record and just gave himself some serious name recognition (fight could be billed as "UFC: Ultimate Ultimate Fighter")

Wanderlei has the history & is a decently sized name in the US (fight could be billed as "UFC: Generations")

Silva, assuming he beats Cote & doesn't get a medical suspension, has name recognition in the US & has the credentials. And, it is the easiest of these fights to sell, "UFC: Champion vs Champion."

Enjoy the real start of the NFL season tomorrow (1 game on Thursday night doesn't count as the start). Hopefully, it'll help ease the pain of today being the worst day in the history of free MMA (more on that later this week).

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September PPV Battle: UFC 88 vs $45

Do you like lay & pray fighting? Do you think the most thrilling thing in MMA is watching a wrestler lay on top of someone for 3 rounds? If so, you'll love UFC 88. Otherwise, save your money.

Main Event:

Liddell vs Evans

The counter-punching face of the UFC vs an "I won't pay to watch" wrestler. If Liddell's sprawl holds up, he'll most likely KO Evans eventually. If not, Evans will lay on top of Liddell for the whole fight.

Main Card:

Frankln vs Hamill

Hamill is Evans, only slower, deaf, and white. Franklin is a guy other than Penn or Silva that's trying to fight above his weight class. Franklin's screwed. I doubt he's strong enough to keep Hamill off him, and he most likely doesn't have the power to stop a light-heavyweight. So, Hamill's going to lay on Franklin, early & often.

Parisyan vs Yoshida

Parisyan hasn't been the same since an injury forced him to withdraw from his title shot against Hughes. He's still a decision machine, they're no longer entertaining decisions. They're slow, uneventful decisions.

Henderson vs Palhares

Henderson was one of the best in the world. Is his 2 fight losing streak the result of him being over the hill or is it because he was fighting two of the best in the world (Jackson & Silva)?

But, more importantly, why the hell isn't he fighting Franklin? Henderson and Franklin are the 2nd & 3rd best 185 lb'ers in the world. Why the hell aren't they fighting each other?

If Henderson beats Palhares, he's probably 1 fight away from a rematch against Silva. If Henderson loses, he should consider hanging it up.

Kampmann vs Marquardt

Best fight on the card. Kampmann has looked fantastc lately & Marquardt is extremely talented. Winner of this could easily get to lose to Silva next.

Hmmm... lay & pray vs counter punch, lay & pray vs undersized, boring decision machine vs I forget who, finding out if some one has anything left, & a good fight. That equals save your money. Besides there's enough free MMA coming this month (WEC, Ultimate Fight Night, and a new season of the Ultimate Fighter) that there's no need to waste cash on this one.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Is this legal?

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has decided joined Wolfslair. Jackson joining a gym/team is a good sign of him getting things back on track.

There's just one problem: Wolfslair is located in England and Jackson is currently facing multiple felony charges. I don't mean to imply that Jackson is trying to pull an Ira Einhorn and permanently flee the country, but aren't you not allowed to leave the country while on trial, or between arraignment and trail.

Are there any lawyers out there, who read this blog, that can explain the situation? Most of my knowledge of the US legal system comes from Jack McCoy and the oh so lovely Angie Harmon so I'm far from an expert.

Monday, August 25, 2008

World's Most Overrated Man

He hasn't won a MMA fight in 4 years.

He's an ex-professional wrestler.

He lost his last 5 MMA fights.

He turns his fights into embarrassing personal feuds.

He lost 8 of his last 10 fights.

If you complain after he cuts in front of you in line, he starts yelling about how you need to respect him.

He once tried to hide the fact that he tapped out after his opponent released the hold.

He hasn't made it out of the first round in 6 years.

He is Kimbo Slice's next opponent.

He is the World's Most Overrated Man.

"I don't always lose my fights, but when I do, I prefer referee stoppage followed by my complaining."