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The Enigma That Is Kimbo

Posted 02-14-2008 at 03:39 PM by Screwaside
[INDENT]I'd like to begin this blog by saying I'm am not really a Kimbo fan. Though I am intrigued by this man as a competitor and will definitely tune in to his fight with Tank Abbott I think his headlining position on the card has somewhat turned me against him which is no fault of his own. In my last blog I touched base on the fight between this internet video street brawler and Tank who hasn't won a fight in damn near ten years. In it I stated that the very fact this headlines an event in a federation that could arguably be looked at as the number two in mixed martial arts to the UFC is a bad thing for the sport. I can't really fault the fighters. Offered the money and the spotlight what are they gonna do say "no give the slot to someone else more deserving, keep me on the undercard?" Not likely. I blaim people like Gary Shaw and honestly the casual fans of the sport. Though I will watch I am not super amped about this fight as some friends of mine who I'd call casual fans are. They were more excited for this fight and the Brock/Mir side show then they were for GSP/Hughes or Lidell/Silva. Sad I know. That being said I would like to give reason for why I AM intrigued with this battle and definitely won't miss it.
[/INDENT][INDENT]In 1995 the world was introduced to a fighter by the name of Tank Abbott. He was in an instant crowd favorite in the UFC with his wild haymakers that alot of times found they're targets and did alot of damage. I was one of those fans. That's right at one time Side was a Tank fan. Though I was about fifteen and a bit greener about the ins and outs of the sport all I seen was a guy knocking people silly in a way I hadn't seen since an in his prime Mike Tyson. Those days have long since past. Even though while writing this I did some more research on Mr. Abbott and found that he was victorious in 2007 over Kim Jihoon and in 2005 over Wesley Correira he is still little more than dead weight past his prime in the cage. I view his opponant with Bas Rutten's training as a younger, stronger, quicker Tank. I believe this will be Tank's farewell match so if you're still a fan make sure you don't miss it! [/INDENT][INDENT]I first came across Kimbo Slice in about 2004. I wasn't on the internet, actually a friend of mine had bought a bootleg copy of the brawlamentry "Ghetto Brawls" and while barely being able to sit through the horrible quality and bad camera angles on thing was different. The camera got more steady and a tad clearer and here we were two big men (one though decidingly bigger) going toe to toe in a back yard. Kimbo gave out some nasty punishment then demanded the other man hit him. Kimbo took that punch and kept punishing the man after. The man wanted to quit but Kimbo refused. Finally the beating was over with Kimbo winning the purse. Now when watching a video like this the first thing that caught my attention was Kimbo looked HUGE. Maybe it was because the cameraman was shorter as I've latter found out that he's about 6'2 250. When first watching it I thought who is this monster? Years latter watching Elite XC I see him matched up against Bo Cantrell. All the early memories I mention rush back to me and I think wow this guy's actually trying to go legit? Damn Bas Rutten's coming to the ring with him and training him? I look on interested as Kimbo disposes of Cantrell in quick though controversial fashion. I'm left actually wondering if this guy can be legit or not. Can Bas really mold this guy into anything other then a haymaker throwing side show freak? I still don't know. Even if he defeats Abott soundly which I expect what is it really proving? Abott's standing in the sport is pretty much a joke these days. [/INDENT][INDENT]I won't miss this fight but at the same time would this not have served better on the under card of Le/Shamrock? Does this fight deserve top billing? A network giant like Showtime showcasing this to the entire world is kind of a slap in the face to the sport. People who don't really know MMA or aren't fans who catch this fight could see this fight and think this is what MMA represents, this is the best of the best. And the boxing critics of MMA? Don't let me get started there. I can hear them now. If Kimbo had decided to go the boxing route though those same guys would worship him as the second coming of Tyson or Hopkins. In closing this is like a train wreck. This is bad for the sport and pretty much most people involved but for some reason I just can't look away. Let's just hope the casualties are minimal. [/INDENT]
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Pro Wrestlingisation of MMA

Posted 02-14-2008 at 07:35 AM by MalkyBoy
Every now and then I here about the Pro-Wrestlingisation of the UFC by Dana White and how, this is generally a bad thing. In aspects I believe and Iím not alone that there is too much hype less substance. I watch UFC Unleashed on Bravo a lot which is an hour long highlight show which contains two to three fights, sounds sweet? However once you go by the adverts and shoot interviews you generally only get 20-25 min of pure MMA action, in an hour long show? Pfft.

There is one aspect...
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Acceptance is the First Step...

Posted 02-14-2008 at 01:15 AM by Onganju
Oh my God... One word of warning folks, save your Blogs before you post them, and download that ieSpell checker before you use it. One click and all the stuff I spent the last hour writing is gone!

Alright, let me try to compose myself and get the gist out for you. I was reading an article posted up on Yahoo titled: Arguing the Upside of Being Down. In it it sited the book Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric G. Wilson. Wilson suffers from being in a state...
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UFC, Professional Wrestling, Boxing, Dollars and Sense....

Posted 02-12-2008 at 08:34 PM by Screwaside
[INDENT]There's been alot of speculation on MMA forums as of late (cheap plug, can't mention MMA forums without mmaforum!) that this wrestler or that boxer will make the cross over to the MMA world. It's gotten to the point where the name's involved are not even realistic (Undertaker? Isn't this guy drawing social security in a few years?). Now true certain stars such as Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather have expressed interest but things have gotten a tad out of hand. The UFC debut of Brock Lesner though I feel as a whole was good for the sport of MMA because of added exposure has fueled this feeding frenzy. It's gotten to the point where every star released from the WWE instead of speculation of a defection to TNA is now according to casual fans the next big thing in MMA.[/INDENT][INDENT]Are these casual fans really under the impression that any Tom, Dick, Harry, or Harry Dick with a decent build can just walk in off the street and compete with atheletes who have trained in they're disciplines five years or more? Sad. Now true any fan or MMA in my opinion is a plus for the sport the miseducated need to take notes. Brock a top flight amateur wrestler years ago actually put his all into training and though he was on the verge of victory a more experienced Mir exposed his inexperience and got a quick tap out. That should teach these casual fans something. Guys like the Undertaker who have no training except that in professional wrestling would run the risk of serious injury if this fuel to they're egos made them believe they could compete in this sport. [/INDENT][INDENT]Casual fans also need to realize that though it may be good for the sport's immediate exposure it can be bad for the sport's long term future. Quite simply the fact that a wrestler or boxer taking up a slot on the card is another fight that a guy who's trained at becoming an MMA fighter for year's may be left off. This is a disturbing trend and I for one hope this trend does not continue. Brock may in fact continue training and turn things around. That being said I feel he is the minority and others who come around will merely turn the MMA world into a side show circus. You have guys like Kurt Angel considering the jump who has had a broken neck in the past and this speculation by the uneducated public could very well lead this guy to re-aggrevate the injury to the point where he could be in a wheel chair for life (though that would help my quest to slip Karen his wife the high hard one). I believe it's a bad thing long term for all partys involved. [/INDENT][INDENT]This Saturday an internet video street fighter will battle a glorified bar fighter who hasn't won an organized fight since 1999. This fight headlines an event by an organization which features such talent as Shogun, Robbie Lawler, Chun Le, Frank Shamrock, the list goes on and on. This is who they've choosen to put the spotlight on. How do you think the other guys on the card feel? How do you think these men who have trained in they're discipline for years feel? What about the thousand other guys in a thousand other MMA organizations waiting to get they're shots who are subjected to a side show circus head lining an event by one of the biggest MMA companies in the world? This is a sad day. I don't think people realize the long term ramifications of these things happening. It's possible the negative effects on the sport could continue for years to come. Thank god we are fans of such a great sport which through this and other storms will always persevere.[/INDENT]

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Silva vs. Henderson

Posted 02-11-2008 at 11:33 PM by MLS
I'm going to start putting my thoughts on how main cards will go in my blog.

Now with this Silva/Henderson fight I see Anderson using the same tactis as he did in his fight with Lee Murray. Now Lee Murray is no where near the wrestler that Dan is, but he has got some heavy hands and Anderson knew that. So he used his reach and kicks to keep Murray at bay for a lot of that fight. They did clinch and go to the ground, but it wasn't a big deal. I think Silva should use the same approach against Dan, especially the low kicks to take his legs away and limit Dan's abiltity to shoot/take Anderson down from the clinch.

Now for Dan, I don't think he really want to trade with Silva because of how accurate Silva is with his striking and also the reach advantage that Silva has. Dan is going to have to close the distance and clinch with Anderson and quickly take him down that way Anderson doesn't have time to get the muay thai plum. Once it hits the ground Dan is going to have to be careful in how he attacks. Silva has an underated ground game. So Dan is going to have to take his time and be smart about his ground and pound. Dan is also going to make sure his conditioning is on point because if he gets tired and sloppy, Silva will pick him apart. And if Dan does shoot in for a takedown, he is going to have to watch out for the knee's.

So all in all I think that Silva will take this one with a 4th round TKO. I just see Henderson getting tired and Silva just picking him apart. Dan has an iron jaw, but I think Silva's knee's will test it....
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