Khabib is great. Unfortunately, being untouchable doesn’t necessarily sell merch. Just ask Mighty Mouse. He’s hilariously wooden when given the right counter point (ala polar opposite Conor) but who turns in to see the same interview where he praises God/country? Beating the guy who generates triple digit PPV sales doesn’t entitle you to that lion’s share money. This is prize fighting: not I am best so I make most fighting.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Minutes that atrocious Jake Shields match, Strauss has had some scraps at the last Quintet. We’ll see if he can stave off the top game of Ishii who himself hasn’t exactly been a thrill a minute whilst getting paid for grappling matches
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
It’s weird how it’s an ULTRA HEAVYWEIGHT saying this, right? Even in the male divisions, how often do you see anyone from even lightweight doing the absolute? Infrequent at best. Some guys got some social media buzz for saying they would at NoGi Pans but come gameday virtually all quietly withdrawn.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
BJJ Scout's BJJ Digest: Roughouse Vagner faces Dance Master Canuto, Drysdale (2 time PED fail) talks Roids in JiuJitsu....et al
Drysdale got popped for a Tes ration 3x what the NSAC allows and would in total fail 2 USADA tests before ending a short-lived UFC career. Vagner (the guy who Sparta kicked AJ off the stage is also Mr. Man of God blah blah blah, family man, blah blah, waxing poetic about his professionalism et cetera. Anyway, so much good pot calling the kettle black in this episode, dive in and enjoy, it's delicious.
The presidential candidate with a "problematic" view of a number of groups, got an honorary black belt. Given comments by Helio on women in JiuJitsu and their role in society, and the family's relationship to the dictatorship that ruled Brazil for decades, this shouldn't come as much surprise.
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Friday, October 26, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
The NoGi matches were largely wrestling + submission kinda affairs due to the styles of the competitors and the rule of penalizing guard pulls in the first minute which then leaves only 4 minutes of actual mat time. I don't know if the ACB format is good for procuring submissions or just forcing some wrestling by semi competent wrestlers with grappling skills? I'd rather watch actual mat time than aggressive collar ties, random foot sweep-kicks, and the occasional sprawl, but f*ck it, what do I know?
Saturday, October 20, 2018
BJJ Scout's BJJ Digest - Werdum on Roid Suspension, Kayla talks Participation Medals, Mighty Mouse now Black Belt....
Looks like Tanquinho gets some company as Werdum will do some competing in JiuJitsu while he's on Steroid suspension. Hope to see JiuJitsu in the Olympics so all these super hero comic book level exploits of guys at 40 years old and looking like the hulk can finally be popped and show that a lot of these super human feats are just that....super....human. You've got lower belts in the Worlds at feather and light facing Ultra heavyweights in the absolute after winning their weight class and winning, or guys doing 3-4 IBJJF events in Vegas the week of Master's Worlds doing both Adult and Master's, making weight, competing, and doing it for several days in a row. C'mon man. GTFO.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Hats off to OneFC.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Benson Henderson, Spare us the Soapbox if you’re a cage/glove grabber (and arguably went for an eye poke)
UFC Fight Pass is half the price and has far less technical difficulties.
No search function obviously accessible on Apple TV, rarely even works on my Apple TV. On my laptop, I have to close browser windows repeatedly and reopen if I try to skip ahead in matches or events.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
Kharitonov came out to a Rocky music selection and Big Countey came out to Bruce Springsteen. Nelson would almost be taken out of the fight by a clearly illegal knee while he had both hands on the mat: action would resume and with barely a second left in the round Kharitonov would punish Nelson with knees and get a falling tree-slump style finish. Kharitonov who has looked flat in recent outings came in with a very tight, crips jab to the chest/neck and really tied his knees/clinch work in to punish Big Country who has long shown a resiliency in taking punches.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
BJJ Digest - Gordon Ryan Calls out Orlando Sanchez, EBI Men's now Combat style, Women's EBI 18 Strawweight
Orlando Sanchez is the most boring ADCC competitor/champion of all time. If anyone can hopefully do something with him, it's Gordon Ryan.
Monday, October 8, 2018
BJJ Digest - UFC 229 Aftermath, Wardzinski Headed to ADCC, Dos Anjos Beefin' With Dillon, All the things....
Yes. Give me more. Own it. Lean in. Double down.
That early shot on Conor, I felt like he defended, then opted to stay on top a bit, instead of completing the scramble, and despite not taking punishment in round 1, allowed Khabib to begin to get comfortable and key his mind and body to the type of fight he wanted/expected. I knew in round 4 when I saw Conor leaning against the cage and Khabib lock his hands that the end might be near. Conor had kept Khabib's hands separated in the earlier rounds, and controlled Khabib's head positioning as a defense to how Khabib triangle the legs. The 2 year MMA layoff did Conor no favors, but TBH, not as a Conor fan, but as an assessment of skills and gameplanning, Conor fared far better on the ground than expected. Save the flurry of punches from a standing Khabib (most of which I think were deflected/blocked), Conor fared far better against Khabib having the fight where he wanted than virtually any of Khabib's other opponents. At any rate, Volkov let a faded, hurt, battered Derrick Lewis off the hook and paid for it. Waterson beat Herrig (Thank God). I hate watching Herrig's fights because I've never figured out what exactly she does even when she gets to where she's supposed to be good: namely the guard and in the clinch against the fence. She put her forehead on Waterson's tummy and landed ineffectual punches, got tossed for stepping around to do an outside trip and loading herself up, and was basically just ineffective from almost everywhere.
OSP has fought almost anyone in LHW it seems like and Reyes utilized amazing movement to avoid prolonged takedown/wrestling battles, and really showed off some crisp striking and movement in his bout. He definitely coasted in the 3rd round, playing matador to an increasingly desperate OSP, but got the biggest win of his career and now can really look for a top tier opponent at LHW.
Bellator Doubleheader & Heavyweight Bonanza this Weekend: Fedor, Kharitoniv, Miteione, Bader, Kongo, Roy Nelson...
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Friday, October 5, 2018
Quintet 3 - Most Entertaining Sub Grappling Event of all time (Miesha Tate Cringe Worthy Commentary nonstop)
Tokoro found himself in hot water as he elected to turn away/turtle during one of Nicky's first guard pass attempts. From the back take, he almost immediately got one arm trapped by Nickly and succumbed to an RNC that most people who visit Renzo's in NYC experience their first training session in live training.
Predictably: Urijah Faber can barely launch a submission attempt against Sakuraba who is probably my dad's age. Jaoude or whatever his name is the world class wrestler also predictably draws in his match with Nakamura.
Gordon Ryan triangles Josh Barnett after sweeping him from butterfly guard like a small child.
Ryan RNC's Marcos Souza.
Satoshi is in FULL defense mode and smartly runs down time and survives, but is the last of his squad so his team loses even though he gets some moral victory by simply surviving, I guess.
PJ Barch armbars Vitor Shaolin in what is his most legit win of his career thus far....leading to Team Polaris vs Team 10th Planet playing out like this:
Barch armbars Shaolin. Gregor kneebars PJ Barch. Geo kimuras Gregor. Held kneebars Geo. Boogeyman armbars Marcin. Craig Jones ankle locks Boogeyman. Craig Jones RNCs Sachnoff.
What a time to be a grappling fan. Reread that description above ^^^^. Mind. Blown.
The face cover nightmare face crush ala Vagner Rocha to set up the RNC was in full effect all night long.
Team Alpha Male vs Team Polaris
Predictably, Akbari and Strauss draw.
Predictably, Khera smothers and lays on top of Held for a boring draw. He semi goes for a kimura at the end of the match to pretend like he was treating this like it was sub only, but y'know, those of us who train know what we're watching.
Jones takes the high level wrestler guy's back and he literally does nothing to defend the RNC and taps almost immediately.
Then we get a Gordon Ryan vs Craig Jones rematch. Ryan survives a dangerous guillotine attempt from Jones to get the RNC then faces Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro whom he armbarred after some RNC strangle attempts. Gordon Ryan faces Gregor who’s the last on his team so he has to win by submission and then finish Urijah to pull it off for Team Polaris.
Ryan hits an arm drag to eventually pass then settle for top position with Gregor on his side underneath then flattened. Gordon steps over to mount where the end has begun for most of his opponents during the evening.
They reset for stalling with Ryan working for the strangle. Inexplicably.
Gregor and Gordon go to a draw and this knocks out Gregor as the last of Team Polaris competitors giving the title to Team Alpha Male takes it as this knocked out the last of Team Polaris’ competitors.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Some odd thoughts on the matches. Josh Neer found time to land some nice forearm blows against Greene. Chambers hit a textbook Deep Half Guard inversion to the guy flees to you get the heel hook (I think it was a heel hook, was hard to tell by the angle). Was also refreshing that because it was Combat JiuJitsu they didn't have to stop for his bloody nose. Chambers would finish Fogolin with a triangle+Kimura combo in the first OT round.
Dan Martinez looked slick throughout threatening triangles in his first match against the guy from Eduardo Telles' gym, then faced the grizzly Josh Neer. Martinez utilized sit up guard, to a outside half-guard/deep half sweep combo to come on top, smash pass, 3/4 mount, pass to mount, back take that kept him out of the way of Neer's heavy palm strikes for the majority of the match. Martinez ran up ride time in the OT rounds with back control and survived an armbar position round with Neer to take the win via fastest escape. Martinez would then have another match go the distance with Matt Secor who beat him via fastest escape time. Secor shut down a lot of Martinez's dangerous guard work throughout regulation to make his way through the semifinal match. Martinez was my dark horse pick to win the whole thing TBH.
Jon Blank was on a tear. I've seen him locally/live at the Kasai, Finishers Sub Only, and some other events in superfights et cetera. Quick, versatile submission wins as I've seen him win even prior to this event with all kinds of submission from various positions. Jesse Taylor (who I got to roll with at Baret Yoshida's gym a year ago in San Diego - after he won TUF but before he got popped for PEDs) won his first match by RNC, then got caught in a triangle in the quarterfinal by Matt Secor.
Jon Blank would finish Checco (who appeared to beat his opponent to injury or just a hellacious amount of palm strikes in his first round match). Checco had survived a leg entanglement in his first match, and a lot of Granby/turtle roll through entry attempts to the legs by his first opponent, but Blank wasted no time picking up a single leg, sitting back to single leg ashi garami, bringing the foot across to inside heel hook land and getting the tap. Checco never tried to hide the heel or flee or turn out, but instead opted to solely fight the hands (rookie mistake).
Blank vs Chambers for the other semifinal would see Chambers utilizing knee shield guard, and a lot of Blank on his knees tactically looking to pass. Was surprised by this approach as I would've figured a guy that transitions as much as he does at times would've looked to get past the long legs and hunt for the finish that way. Blank eventually rolled over/for a guillotine/kimura type pass, then utilized the kimura grip to transition to the back. He VERY quickly trapped an arm, used the Vagner Rocha/smother/nightmare/pinch the nose muffler choke, to which Chambers gave up the neck, and Blank was through to the final to face Secor.
Final - Secor vs Blank
Blank utilizing a whizzer in a stand-up/takedown battle, chopping Secor down, then rotating to lock up the head & arm at about 7-8 mins in, then transitioning to a high elbow guillotine for the finish, winning him the belt/title/bragging rights/bunch of money.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Yo. Can't. Wait.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018
My long term expectations of USADA are that it’ll be like the IBJJF. Guys will roid out while coming up and building a HL reel on their way to the UFC then cut back. Similar to all these IBJJF brown belts clearly juiced to the gills even as they come up on their way to black belt. Dudes are 17 years old and have grown man jaws and vascularity of Mr. Olympia. Bruh, please. Sure, you fought 7 matches at weight & did the absolute and beat ultra heavyweights and you’re 150 lbs?