Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Famous JiuJitsu Guys/Women Complain About $$$.....don't show up to do cash events

Hard to put much stock in their complaints when they a dearth of them live nearby and simply don't show up. 

Weekend MMA Round-Up: UFC Japan Friday, Bellator Saturday

Lots of good stuff this weekend. Despite Shogun's unfortunate pullout of the event, OSP will face Okami, Takanori Gomi (yes he still has a job) will face Dong Hyun Kim (once upon a time it looked like he'd fight for the belt), Saki will make his UFC debut after an insane kickboxing career, and given the short list of real contenders, Andrade faces Gadelha because a few wins is all it takes for a title shot in some of the women's divisions. 

Saturday we get some solid Bellator action with Benson Henderson facing Patricky Friere, Roy Nelson punching the clock, and for the 3 minutes it will last, shell shocked Paul Daley facing Lorenz Larkin....and Aaron Pico will try to not get guillotined sub two minutes.

All sarcasm aside, I'm sure the underwhelming rosters will still produce some stoppages as a number of these guys are shopworn or simply prone to getting stopped at those stage in their career. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Heather Hardy gets debuting Pro fighter with 3 amateur fight bkgrd

Gotta love watching someone with double digit pro boxing experience fighting someone with 3 amateur mma bouts to their credit. 

Seeing her struggle to put away her opponent in on the Bellator PPV last time around was a less than auspicious debut for mma pro level but at least she didn't get Aaron Pico'd. Fortunately she fought a woman with literally no wrestling acumen whose main gameplan was to walk forward I guess? 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Spoiler: almost everyone is cheating

ACB BJJ NoGi Grand Prix - Claudio Calasans vs Patrick Gaudio

Frustrating because other than a takedown and some footlock attempts, Gaudio did far less actual y'know...Jiu-Jitsu. Claudio jumped to guard and butterfly several rounds to leg pummel, get underneath and look to isolate the leg but after the first or second frame, Gaudio didn't do much but float on top and clear the leg triangle and disengage to extricate his leg. For all his work to get the...y'know, Jiu-Jitsu going, Gaudio was having none of it minus floating on top and clearing his legs of danger.

NoGi and JiuJitsu is going to have to come up with a solution to be more than a niche sport with the amount of fleeing, passivity, and lack of engagement plaguing some of these events. I fell asleep during that Lightweight 5 Grappling Grand Prix, and minus some guys with whom I train almost everyday at the upcoming ADCC I expect some atrociously boring counter wrestling matches playing out on the feet for 30 minutes plus. 

Spider Brand Putting on Invitational Event

Event: October 21st - 

I had noticed the Spyder patch/brand on several high level guys recently and it looks like their desire for visibility will line the pockets of some professional grapplers. Their event will feature a NoGi match-up between Keenan Cornelius and Dong Hyun Kim and some other match-ups listed below: 

Next Friday's UFC Japan Fight Night LineUp Set

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Eddie Bravo Releases Combat JiuJitsu XShips Divisions

Some solid notables on here overall. Anything that's a platform for guys to be treated as professionals, I'll support. 

Jesse Taylor Anti-Doping Flag

Sucks. Guy was a total Cinderella Man story/comeback. I actually rolled with him a few weeks ago in San Diego when I was out there/dropped in at Arena MMA. 

We'll have to wait and see how it shakes out. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ACB BJJ NoGi Grand Prix - Josh Hinger vs Hugo Marques

ACB BJJ NoGi Grand Prix - Arnaldo Oliveira vs Patrick Gaudio

Sometimes I guess you gotta respect the omoplata.....oops.

UFC Fight Night Countdown This Saturday: Rockhold vs Branch

A guy whom I see regularly at the gym, cross paths with in the locker room and who is always professional and cool to everyone he sees is Mr. Branch. He's returned to the UFC after his initial run, after collecting belts in 2 different weight classes in the WSOF, and picked up a win with a close fight over a top 10 ranked guy in his UFC return/debut. Rockhold for his part has been out of action since losing the strap in a last minute replacement Bisping turned KO then contract dispute and holding out for more money with the UFC from what I've read.

A win for Branch catapults him to a title shot contention and a win for Rockhold puts him back into the mix after a long layoff. 

ACB BJJ NoGi Grand Prix - Josh Hinger Submits Isaque Bahiense

Hinger counters the arm drag inside trip with a head and arm grip, then stays relentless on the control eventually cinching down the control to get the Darce finish without even having to go to mount or trap a leg, his squeeze must be mighty powerful even from there to get the finish like that. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mighty Mouse Chose Easier Fight Chasing Legacy: Got Bitten

We finally got a statement of sorts from Ray Borg, he said sorry and had a virus, still no details, and fired his weight cut nutritionist for issuing a statement that his withdrawal wasn't due to the weight cut.....guess it could just be coincidental....I had forgotten that Ray Borg had not only failed to make weight twice previously, but also pulled out of a fight with Ian McCall less than 48 hrs in advance at UFC 203. So much for DJ saying he didn't want TJ because he was afraid the fight would fall through, instead he went with a guy who two weight cut misses and a last minute withdrawal in his UFC run. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Mighty Mouse Was Worried Dillashaw Wouldn't Make Weight, Ray Borg Withdraws Due to Mystery Virus

I find the mystery illness thing bogus. Weird how with the new weigh-in rules and IV banning all these guys get sick making weight now (*ahem* Nunes, Khabib, et al). 

Lemme sum up this whole affair in a few images:

Thursday, August 31, 2017

UFC 215 Extended Video Preview: Mighty Mouse vs Borg

Knowing this could be versus TJ Dillashaw still leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, but y'know, this is where we are so this is what we get to eat for dinner. I expect another Mighty Mouse opponent to be overwhelmed in most areas of the game and get put away by round 3 or 4 (ala the Wilson Reis fight). We also get the Nunes/Schevchenko fight on this card which is what I'm equally excited for/have been looking forward to in this dry spell between the Money Fight and return to regularly scheduled mma combat sports programming.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sept. 9th - 2 UFC Title Fights

Let it wash over you. No more relevant or clickbait Money Fight Headlines to pull at your eyeballs. Combat sports are returning to whatever normalcy we can typically expect. There's a UFC this weekend in Rotterdam, with the standard Euro fighter fare to plug through, more importantly, a week from Saturday we get  two titles: 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Biggest Losers in the Mayweather-MacGregor Showdown

1. Boxing judges - the two guys who scored it 8-1 for Mayweather. Boxing has literally given itself a reputation for bad judging and shadiness. This did nothing to dispel that aura. Like Russia in the Olympics, it's hard to invest emotionally in a game you feel is overtly rigged 2/3 of the time as was this scorecard. 
2.  Gervonta Davis - misses weight/loses his belt. Back of the head/neck clubs his opponent to a dubious stoppage (yet referee was all over Mayweather for anything remotely illegal) and then comes off as anything but a future champ in the post fight interview. 

3. The fear in boxing - the legitimacy of boxing as the real deal in fighting kinda evaporated with the rhetoric - the referees' minute long diatribe on wresting and such, the penalty clause if Mayweather got kicked once. Mayweather turning away half bent over and looking/crying to the referee to protect him. 

4. The illusion of Floyd's invincibility - took him 10 rounds to put away a man with ZERO pro boxing bouts. Floyd didn't suddenly decide to take damage after a career benched on not doing that. His legs really are gone. His shots also just simply didn't have much sting. It was fatigue as much as it was anything Floyd was doing that put MacGregor away. A lot of money was made, boxing did what it does which is a long term end game losing bet, it showcased fighters and didn't even do much with that visibility other than affirm what we've all known or suspected of boxing all this time. 

5. That Interviewer. Put him in the hall of fame already because his time has come to be put out to pasture.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

So I Rewatched Tyron Woodley vs Andre Galvao and Here's Why

I had forgotten about this fight in the run up to his bout with Demian Maia. Galvao got stunned by that monster right hand in the first or second exchange of the fight but beyond that he also never committed to the shot the way Demian did at least early in that fight. Woodley at least in this fight punished Galvao for his half-hearted shot attempts which led to a stoppage early in the 1st round. At this point, due to who's coming off a loss and who's not strung together enough wins, Rafael Dos Anjos looks like the man to rescue welterweight from the boredom of death that is Woodley defending his title. Dos Anjos will never let Woodley dance around and backpedal for 5 rds and set a second consecutive record for fewest punches thrown in a title fight /as Woodley did in the Thompson rematch and the Maia fight. For a guy who complains of racism and lack of promotion as to why he's not popular, Woodley has done himself ZERO favors in his last two high profile bouts. His draw against Thompson in their first bout was only exciting for about a round and a half.

Yuri Simoes Collar Drags Travis Stevens

Well, it's a real move. 
If something worked on an Olympic silver medalist, who also cross trains JiuJitsu, then it's in the book. Kinda like seeing Marcelo's arm drag to inside trip he does. It works. It works against great guys. It's real. 

When guys I train with ask me to show them some Judo style takedowns or gripping I have to always preface it with explaining the paragraphs of rules in Sport Judo governing gripping, stalling, passivity, banning leg grabs and try to inculcate in them despite a lack of experience in Judo competition that what you see in Judo is a by product of the narrow range of throwing and gripping and deliberate use of penalties to produce a particular type of throwing and hyper-aggressive style. 

Bellator Returns from Vacation Friday

Coming off its biggest set of shows ever a few months ago, Bellator returns with fights this Friday. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Augusto Mendes Next UFC Fight Booked

It's not an amazing match-up, but he actually needs some polishing anyway: 

Does Mayweather understand weight cutting?

10 lbs out 2 days to go isn't much at all with 24 he weigh ins. 
5-6 lbs of sweat, shave off 4-5 lbs tonight and tomorrow. I've seen terrible weight cutting by boxers and fighters over the years, but 10 lbs frankly is nothing with 24 hrs to rehydrate, that being said, I always found MMA rounds far more taxing than amateur boxing was when I switched over. 

ACB BJJ Announces NoGi Grand Prix Competitors

They are not jerking around:

Leo Vieira to face Chael Sonnen at ADCC

2 time ADCC, world champion in the Gi, and multiple time ADCC runner up, Vieira will face a guy submitted by Anderson Silva, Demian Maia, and last but certainly not least....Tito Ortiz. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jon Jones Flagged for USADA AGAIN

So this is how it ends. I was holding my breath after noting during interviews he wasn't talking about being sober anymore. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cyborg Cries About No Fights, Not Interested in Nunes

Cyborg pulling a Demetrious Johnson: cries about no compelling match-ups then invents reasons to avoid the one remotely compelling fight in existence. 

Cyborg's career in 3 parts: Gets popped for steroids in Strikeforce, beats Gina Carano, & beats up bantamweights and ridiculously undersized Japanese fighters for years, yet not interested in a striker relatively close to her size. The guys fight fellow countrymen all the time. Put on your adults pants. Cyborg just wants them undersized non-striker, barely skilled grappler match-ups. 

Junior Dos Santos POS PeD Flag in a Nutshell

Supplement Companies (Again) to Blame for USADA Test Fail

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mayweather has a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you

Floyd has sung this tune before. Silliness. You don't get called the most gifted defense specialist of the modern era for starting fights off with a bang. Much like all access shows that have nice snippets of him saying family and kids are important but meanwhile he's got multiple domestic violence incidents on record, what he says versus does has a large gap between it. 

Guys! Polaris 5 Takes Place This Weekend!!

Some very cool matches on this card: Tonon and Danis rematch in an effort to settle the war of words and insults. Pickett makes his transition to pro grappling after a storied MMA career. Perennial lightning rod Agazarm has a match. TriStar/Renzo Gracie up and comer Olivet Taza sees action, Jake Shields also continues his competitive grappling work in addition to continuing his MMA career elsewhere. The legends portion of the appeal features Shaolin taking on Uno. Solid card and appeal from top to bottom.

Watching the prologue I heard Danis calling the DDS guys one trick ponies but if you've been the the blue basement/lab where they do work and train, or take class you'll know that's not true. The Squad guy are all ferociously talented in multiple areas apiece. I say that knowing and having felt it firsthand. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bader Defends Title/Bellator Cont. Wrestling MMA Prospect Push

Part of my appreciation for Bellator's rise to MMA Prominence is its multi-pronged approach to building their brand: 
freak show casual fan friendly match-ups
Faded UFC stars and legends
Solid B level fighters (and now A level poaches from the UFC)
Wrestling prospects 
Enough Int'l flare to keep it feeling global 
It comprises a compelling stew appeal when stirred into a few events. The PPV they did was amazing as was the preceding Cable TV card. I'm undecided if their several month hiatuses which occur are good for avoiding audience fatigue or damage their relevance overall, but currently they're doing so much right, I can't complain at all. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Icarus - Doping Documentary on Netflix

Watch this and tell me JiuJitsu's stars aren't jacked to the gills. 

Dudes get tested once a year if that. Only ones getting popped just aren't doing their homework. Testing is a farce. The UFC, sports, all of it. 

The only reason guys get caught is because they're half-assed about it. 

Elephant in the room is now a leviathan. Made no less enjoyable for me personally was the parallel they present to 1984 by George Orwell. The metaphor works exceptionally well and truly unveils an absurd level of collusion at a state-sponsored level aka Rocky 4. 
Grigiry, levels the statement that China was the largest manufacturer of Anabolics prior to 2008. He literally lays it all out, the history of the protocol for doping regimens, who and when and where how the game of cat and mouse played out between states producing steroids and Olympic athletes and the IOC from A to Z. And because it's Russia.....someone in the web of intrigue "unexpectedly dies," Federal investigations, and smear campaigns.

MacGregor Less Underdog than 5 Pro Boxers

Absolut Championship Berkut Announces Next Two NoGi Grand Prix Events

Absolut Championship Berket has announced its next two Grand Prixs