Thursday, July 27, 2006

Pride FC News

More bouts announced for Pride Bushido. They just added 4 more lightweight fights in addition to the quarterfinal matches in the welterwight Grand Prix tournament on August 26th.

Lightweight Matches:
Tatsuya Kawajiri (17-3-2) vs. Chris "The Westside Strangler" Brennan (18-10-1)
Gilbert Melendez (10-0-0) vs. Nobuhiro Obiya (6-0-1)
Shinya Aoki (5-2-0) vs. Jason Black (20-1-1)
Hatsu Hioki (9-1-1) vs. Jeff "The Big Frog" Curran (23-7-1)

For the Welterweights, the fights are as follows:
Dan "Hollywood" Henderson (20-4-0) vs. Kazuo Misaki (16-6-2)
Ryo "Piranha" Chonan (12-6-0) vs. Paulo Filho (12-0-0)
Gegard Mousasi (13-1-1) vs. Akihiro Gono (25-11-7)
Denis Kang (22-7-1) vs. Amar Suloev (21-5-0)

And 1 other fight has been announced.

Eric "Butterbean" Esch (6-1-1) vs. Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa (33-24-8)

The last fight between the Punk and Butterbean ought to be interesting. If you remember back to K-1 Dynamite in 2003, Genki "Neo Samurai" Sudo submitted Butterbean with a heel hook. So we will see if Butterbean has worked on his ground game since then....

UFC News

Another fight has been announced for the upcoming UFC PPV, which showcase two middleweights. David "The Soul Assassin" Terrell (6-2-0) will face a Pride Veteran, Yushin Okami (16-3-0) who is also making his UFC debut. The other two fights scheduled are the Main Event, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral and the Forrest Griffin taking on Stephan Bonnar in a Ultimate Fighter Rematch. Other news on the card can be found here.

The upcoming Ultimate Fight 6 event to be shown on Spike TV on August 17th has been announced as well. Here are the fights as of now (with any sport, the card is subject to change)

Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez (15-0-0) vs. Karo Parisyan (15-3-0) in the Main Event. (Welterweight fight)
Chris Leben (15-2-0) vs. Jorge Santiago (11-5-0) (Middleweight)
Dean Lister (8-4-0) vs. Yuki Sasaki (20-12-1)(Middleweight)
Josh Koscheck (6-1-0) vs. Jonathan Goulet (16-6-0) (welterweight)
Jake O'Brien vs. Kristof "The Hurricane" Midoux (5-5-0) (heavyweight)
Pat "Bam Bam" Healy (15-9-0) vs Anthony "The Crush" Torres (3-0-0) (welterweight)
Crafton Wallace (9-1-1) vs. Kalib Starnes (7-0-1) (middleweight)
Jason Von Flue (11-5-1) vs. Joe "Diesel" Riggs (24-8-0)(welterweight)
Sam "The Squeeze" Morgan (18-7-0) vs. Forrest Petz (11-2-0) (welterweight)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Pride FC News

Two fights announced for the Open Weight Gran Prix Tournament aptly called Final Conflict Absolute on Sept 10th in Japan. The announced fights are as follows:

Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva (31-5-1) vs Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (19-4-2)
Wanderlei defeated Kazuyuki Fujita (13-5-0) to advance in the tournament.
"Cro Cop" defeated Hidehiko Yoshida (7-4-1) to advance in the tournament.

Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira (28-3-1) vs Josh "The Baby Faced Assassin" Barnett (18-3-0).
Nogueira defeated Fabricio Werdum (8-2-1) to advance.
Barnett defeated Mark Hunt (5-2-0) to advance.

UFC News

Another fight has been announced for UFC 62. Forrest Griffin (12-3-0) will face Stephan "American Psycho" Bonnar (12-2-0)for the second time. The first time was their memorable fight at The Ultimate Fighter 1 finale on Spike in which Forrest Griffin won by a slim margin (both Griffin and Bonnar were given UFC contracts despite Bonnar barely losing).

In other news, the main event for UFC 63 to be held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA will feature the UFC Middleweight Champion, Matt Hughes (39-4-0) will defend his title against Georges "Rush" St. Pierre (12-1-0. Interesting note is St. Pierre's only loss came from Matt Hughes when he submitted him in the first round with an armbar at UFC 50: The War Of '04.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

My Views

To clear up any confusion, I am not partial to either the UFC or Pride FC. I think they both have a place in the world of MMA and will not try to engage in petty bickering between which one is better. Granted there are differences besides geography, but both are very entertaining.

Now in no particular order here are my favorite fighters at the moment:

Renato "Babalu" Sobral (27-5-0)
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (19-4-2)
Jeff "Snowman" Monson (22-5-0)
Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva (31-5-1 and 1 No Contest)
Brandon "The Truth" Vera (7-0-0)
Genki "Neo-Samurai" Sudo (14-4-1)
Forrest Griffin (12-3-0)
Michael "The Count" Bisping (11-0-0)

The list isn't all inclusive, I am sure I forgot some too. One last thing, I am seriously experiencing some mixed emotions with the latest news from the UFC/Pride situation. First Babalu is scheduled to fight Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell for the UFC Light-Heavyweight title, but at UFC 61 it was announced that if Liddell successfully defends the title at UFC 62 and stays injury free and Wanderlei Silva stays healthy against his upcoming fight at Final Conflict Absolute against Cro Cop, the Iceman and the Axe Murderer will meet in the Octagon. That should bring cheers from any MMA fan except for big Babalu fans. Like I said, mixed emotions....

Welcome All

This is my new blog dedicated to the growing sport of MMA. I started watching with intrigue as they were showing the pay per view of UFC 3 at the sports bar at the Norfolk Naval Station. I was distinctly in awe of Royce Gracie being the smaller person and taking out the bigger person with takedowns and submissions.

Then for the most part in 1997, the sport that had been marketed as "No Holds Barred" with very few rules (the only rules at that point had been no eye gouging or fish hooking). By UFC V they had instituted a 30 minute time limit, and by UFC VI the started using judges. Sen. John McCain started campaigning to have the sport of MMA outlawed and effectively killed the PPV for the UFC, so by then you could only either buy or rent the VHS or attend one in person.

In 2001, the UFC was bought by the current owners, Zuffa LLC, owned by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta who sought to bring legitimacy to the sport of MMA. They instituted new rules and weight classes which allowed the sport to be sanctioned by athletic commissions and opening markets in places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Also in 2001 it marked a return to PPV for the UFC with UFC 30.

UFC has been growing ever since, and reached even higher with the addition of the Ultimate Fighter reality tv series which just finished there 3rd season which is shown on Spike TV.

I look forward as the sport grows here in the USA (unlike Japan that has Pride FC

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Site Under Construction

I will bring it up and start posting either today or tomorrow hopefully!