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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 02-12-2009 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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Posted 02-21-2008 at 07:21 PM by Screwaside
[INDENT]This has long been a topic of discussion/arguement with a friend of mine and myself. Our main arguements consist of which sport right now is more exciting, which is more popular at this point in time. Of course I'm always on the side of mixed martial arts and him on the side of boxing. A little history on myself, I AM a long time boxing fan since probably about six. MMA or the UFC in general started when I was about thirteen. Ever since it's inception my interest in MMA has grown and grown and my interest in boxing has pretty much died to the point where I only watch Klitchko or PBF.[/INDENT][INDENT]First off right now how many hardcore boxing fans are out there? Sure you have you're degenerate gamblers and such who watch strictly to try and get the lights turned back on but the sport is in decline. As far as recognition by the general public you have an aging De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather. The heavyweight division is in sad shape but has potential to step up a little with the unification thing they have going. Besides that boxing has been tainted by gambling scandal and mob influence for years. I don't like watching a fight and not really knowing if it's legit. [/INDENT][INDENT]One thing my friend always insists on is there is entirely too much hugging and dry humping in MMA. (I guess he forget about the standing love fests in boxing)There was a time when the ground game kind of turned me off save the ground and pound. Now adays I see these ground artists who are so skilled the ground game is more like a chest match and I compare the banging stand up more to checkers. I am now a big fan of submissions almost as much as the stand up game. My favorite fighters are guys who excel at both or are dominant in one and still very good at the other. Though MMA as a whole doesn't share boxing's tradition (though many of the respective arts go back thousands of years) I feel it has surpassed it in terms of excitement and knowing to fighter's are putting it all on the line instead of a possible alterior motive. [/INDENT][INDENT]Taking a look at my channel guide on cable I see dozens of shows every week dedicated to the sport of MMA. I do not see nearly as many boxing shows (unless you count boring rematches on Showtime and HBO). This to me probably speaks in terms of popularity what's on top right now. I mean the networks want what the people are gonna watch right? Boxing will always have it's dinosaur purists but in terms of growth I believe MMA is booming right now. It used to be friends of mine back in the days meeting up at someone's house to watch a boxing pay per view. Now a days? It's the latest UFC, WEC, or Elite XC card. In closing with markatable stars like Lidell, Rampage, Fedor, Cro Cop, GSP, Anderson Silva, Kimbo Slice, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture I believe the MMA game has surpassed boxing in terms of big name marketability as well [/INDENT]
{Sorry guys if I'm a bit off, it's been a crazy week}
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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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