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Posted 03-11-2009 at 08:50 AM by CupCake
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Hi Peeps,

Hope all is well with you guys and gals, lets cut to the chase...

...I feel bad that the UFC brings in marquee names and I watch the event for Wiman and Hardonk lol, I always root for the underdog I guess and because of that the preliminary fights always seem more appealing.

-I'm hoping Hardonk can...
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Posted 03-08-2009 at 03:22 PM by Screwaside
After watching the event last night I must say I was pleased with the result of the main event. I'm no Keith fan, but it's not like I hate the guy. The fact that he showed alot of heart and a good chin impressed me. There was one point in the fight I actually thought Jardine had Rampage nearly put away. I remember I'm yelling at the t.v. "GRAB THE ****A!"... After that Rampage pretty much got the best of Keith but not in the way I would of thought. Even though Keith looked to be being put away at the end of the fight I definitely don't think last night's Rampage can be Rashad.

Rampage is my favorite fighter but last night's performance kind of scares me. I don't really think Keith has the power to put Page away but I do believe Evans could. The whole unloading with you're head down hoping to catch a guy is not gonna work with Rashad. Rampage had quicker reflexes then Jardine but he will not against Evans so he definitely needs a different game plan. I think implementing more and more leg kicks would help for one keep Evans from getting inside. Is Jardine really that strong on the ground? This is the same guy in Rampage that pretty much controlled Dan Henderson on the ground but he couldn't even seem to keep Jardine off his feet. If he can't be effective with Rashad on the ground I really don't see him winning cause I think Rashad is more elusive then Rampage and nearly as powerful. I also believe the fact that this will be Rampage's 3rd fight I believe in less then six months will definitely hurt him.

All in all I was happy for the win but saw alot of holes in Rampage's performance. If we're under the impression that Evans is the tougher opponant Rampage may be in trouble. I'll be pulling for Page but him turning into a seemingly one dimensional fighter kind of scared me. Maybe it was just the gameplan the came up with for Jardine and the strategy would be different with Evans....
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Posted 02-21-2009 at 04:47 PM by Screwaside
O.k. so during the last Shane Mosely fight I heard a comment made by one of the commentators. Someone had mentioned that Oscar De La Hoya wasn't there then someone countered with the fact that he was paid five million dollars to appear at an MMA event. The other guy responded saying that's about how much they'd have to pay him to appear. Sorry I forget the names of which announcers it was but the fact remains this is the norm in boxing. Instead of respecting mma as a seperate and entertaining sport with it's own brand of talented fighters the boxing "historian's" and commentators continue to attack the spot. Meanwhile most mixed martial arts advocates I've pretty much heard always speak well of boxing.

Are they threatened? Surely MMA's climb in popularity has caused boxing to take a dive in popularity but alot of it is boxing's own fault truthfully. Numerous organizations make up the title scene (WBA, WBO, etc.) in every weight division and only the most hardcore boxing fanatics could probably tell you which champion holds which belts in the most popular divisions. This leads to title shots pretty much bought by promoters and mandatory defenses against unworthy contenders. Then you've seen it happen where a top contender finally makes it to a mandatory title fight and a guy will just sacrifice one of the two or three titles he holds in order to avoid losing all of his belts.

I enjoy boxing and honestly have been a boxing fan longer then an mma fan. That being said I find this era of boxing to be amongst the worst. You have you're best two heavyweights holding almost all of the belts and refusing to fight eachother because their brothers. Arguably the best fighter in the sport is retired in his prime. Some of the sports greatest and most popular fighters have ended or are nearing the end of their careers (De La Hoya, Hopkins, Calzage, etc). Then you have a controversy such as the Margarito hand wrapping incident.

I guess this came off as a boxing slam but I'm just tired of this bullshit. I respect boxers equally on the level of martial artists. Boxing skills are used in mma but instead of trying to compare the sports and argue which is better I respect them seperately and equally and enjoy them although not boxing as much in recent years....
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Posted 02-17-2009 at 01:59 AM by Steph05050 has been killing me. I guess this is what I get for being a History major. I'm reading 200+ page book every week and having to write a 10 page paper on it over the weekends. Thankfully this week I only have to read like 2 chapters and thats it.

This Spring might be the best yet cause I have so much planned. In March I'm going to Six Flags, in April I'm going to SticksFest which is this country thing where you camp out for 2 nights with bonfires and grilling while all day...
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Posted 02-12-2009 at 11:57 PM by Screwaside
I read as some of the announcements for the fighters who came along to Strikeforce from Elite XC in the buyout or whatever. First off of course I was pissed guys like Silva (obviously outside reasons there) and Rodgers were left without a contract but Kimbo Slice was still brought along for another ride. That aside I really began to think of what it would take in Mixed Martial Arts for there to be a legitimate number two to the UFC. After weighing the pros and cons I honestly think it's near impossible and I will tell you why:

First off I would assume any company who wants to rise to the UFC's heights would have to develop a loyal and respectful number of pay per view buys once per month or one every two months depending on how many events they put on. Now with the popularity of the UFC and the company pretty much being a sport brand meaning in essence MMA doesn't exsist without the UFC and vice versa the UFC's pay per view buys will remain constant. They may go up or down a bit but unless there is a drastic spike in popularity for some reason the same ball park they will remain. That being said with the state of the U.S. economy I honestly just don't believe dollars wise people have enough money to sincerly follow a number two along with the UFC. I'm going to assume most fans of the number two would remain UFC fans as well. That being said there may be one or two super fights a year this number two could pass of as can't miss events that people would buy. You compare that to the UFC holding an event on ppv every month putting up decent numbers and there's real no comparison or no real way to be successful.

I don't want to ramble on and on about this being my first blog back after quite a hiatus but in 2008 I purchased the Affliction event which featured Sylvia/Fedor. Now honestly such a stacked event filled with good heavyweight fights lured me in but how often would I do that or could I afford to do that while I order one UFC event per month? Maybe once or twice a year. I would assume I'm much like the MMA fan more the casual but not quite a fanatic. I just can't afford a number two right now....
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