Friday, November 30, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
I’m expecting to see Sam Micale in the final. He’s beaten several of the competitors and is looking to avenge he some losses he has to other guys in the bracket. I’ve beaten two guys in the bracket, and having trained with Sam, I think it’s his event to win along with a few other experienced competitors.
I’ve got a Superfight at the event @ 145 lbs, EBI Format also.
Support Grass Roots JiuJitsu. Tune in Saturday evening 7pm on YouTube.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
He competed while serving his original two year ban (took them nearly a year to even confirm that one) and so they tacked on 3 more months of ineligibility time.
Double lapel choke from the back back when I still competed in the Gi:
These were my last 2 NoGi matches I did prior to moving to NYC:
Monday, November 26, 2018
BJJ Scout's BJJ Digest #89 - Roberto Jimenez, Viral Neck Man MMA Plans, White belt Armbars Thief....
Polaris 8 Announces Ross Nicholls vs Mansher Khera - Dec. 9th (Spoiler Alert - will look identical to the Gianni Match from Grapplefest 3)
This will look identical to the match Nicholls just had with Gianni where Gianni literally attempted ZERO submissions despite 20 minutes and plenty of time on top, in side control, et cetera.
Khera goes for about that same rate of submissions on a good day....anyone recall his atrociously boring Quintet match?
Real talk: why do promotions sign up guys who for sub only matches knowing full well that said athletes have shown time and time again they will virtually never concede any position or even use dominant position to attempt a submission?
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Nichols racked up some submission attempts to take the win while Gianni scored what would've been points. Alert the news media.
Grippo teammates Matheus Diniz put the pressure to Strauss and got to the back but did not finish and took the win.
Everyone give this guys a round of applause. God knows what the guy was weighing two weeks out from the fight.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
UFC TUF Finale: RDAnjos vs Usman, 2 TUF finale fights, Benavidez vs Perez, and Caraway vs someone
Bellator 210: NJokuani vs Salter & Rickels vs Vasconcelos
LFA: Johns vs Yanez
KSW: Khalidov vs Narkun
Bellator 211: Sakara vs Kauppinen
UFC Fight Night 142: Dos Santos vs Tuivasa, Mark Hunt vs someone, Yushin Okami, Wilson Reis, Nakamura, and Hirota
Wow. We used to get maybe one UFC PPV a month....back in my day.....what a time to be a fan
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Was a struggle to get up and get going afterward to watch the fights down in Argentina.
Calvillo missed weight then did a sob story about family and how important this was for her (but was lounging on a beach just recently instead of cutting weight according to social medai *ahem*). She got a submission win which is what you have to do to sorta break even after missing weight by 3 lbs over the weight class.
Lamas looked sharp in his fight with Elkins, Elkins looked a bit unable to get to the bodylock and cage (places where he did have success when he got there). Lamas' Octagon awareness did him in good stead here, and got him the win and an eventual stoppage after some heavy knees and shots had opened up the perennial bleeder Elkins. I would love to see Elkins get a title shot before he retires, but many a great man has been unable to fight for the belt in this division, and with the current holding pattern, who knows?
Heinisch did well in his debut. Was willing to take chances, throw up submissions, work, and land heavy elbows and other shots against Mutante. Tough fight but Heinisch looked largely unmarked after the fight.
Canetti took some heavy shots but the ole' block the knees from the Thai clinch with the forearms did not work, and was later finished after a torrid Tazmanian devil pace in the first round. Dunno how this 40 year old ish dude fights at this pace when other fighters do less in 3 rounds than he does in 1.
Johnny Walker absolutely starched his opponent Rountree, who himself, was just coming off of a starching of OG world class level kickboxer Saki. Those be the wages of fisticuffs, elbows, kicks, and knees man. Big dudes throwing heavy strikes and someone falls down. All in all, a solid card for a Saturday night and non-PPV. There's a lot of cards left to fill out -2 months of UFC programming in 2018. What a year it's been already though.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
BJJ Scout's BJJ Digest #85 - Barber Wants Dern, Ryan Wants Werdum, Royce and Son have story time with Ariel
Dern I don't think ever fights for the belt. She's too busy looking like she's walking around at my walking weight to fight and make weight again or challenge for a belt down the road.
I'm doing Advanced Adult division this weekend @ Grappling Industries. Anyone in NYC who's there, hit me up. Busy weekend with a Naga and the NY Open & Grappling Industries all in the same weekend and a UFC with Magny vs Ponzinibbio down south of the border et cetera. Darren Elkins returns to action, and Bellator brings a card to us tomorrow night. What a time to be a combat sports fan...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
I left before the Canuto vs Vagner match because if I'd waited around and had to take the express train home after watching Canuto backpedal and slap, and shuck and jive for nearly 6 minutes like last time they had a match, I would've been pissed. So I headed home after the conclusion of the grand prix matches. Lutes beat an outmatched opponent with a north-south choke.
Glad I was there to support east coast pro grappling/jiujitsu/whatever/this format, and the Hammerstein Ballroom is a legit venue for an event. I remember before the IBJJF events were even held every month, so to be in NYC at a venue like Hammerstein Ballroom, with UFC's on every weekend almost, and with Pro events held under a variety of rule sets now, it's pretty cool that this is the norm now for being a fan of grappling.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Friday, November 9, 2018
Hannette Staack talks brass tacks for Female BJJ Athletes (and thoughts on guys demanding pro athlete pay)
ACB was a canary in the coal mine. The boring ass Gi matches and 50/50 stall fests literally shuttered an event paging dozens of guys who’d hardly been ever paid by the IBJJF until the semi new Pro events. Dudes cry about the IBJJF and show up and put on boring AF Superfights more boring than two blue belts I coach on Thursday night. Spectator sport? Paid like a pro sport? Who are you kidding?
I tried watching the event and was literally bored and tired of the quality of the stream prior to even making it to the superfight where Werdum and Hulk both said the usual "I'm coming to finish him" and "it's going to be a war." Man, if I had a scoop of BCAA's for every time a guy said that then put on a *&^%ing snoozefest of a match, I'd be a lot less sore, that's for sure.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Calestine has withdrawn and Frank Rosenthal will step into his spot.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Miyao took a ref decision win over Jang who basically did less passing movement than Miyao did various lapel and feet/hook grips rocking him off balance. Alves in typical tongue half out and both feet tape cast wrapped nearly halfway got a submission win (armbar) over Iwasaki despite Iwasaki actually trying to pass and Alves never really putting him in danger of being swept. Iwasaki was up by an advantage with 30 seconds left and got lazy in an omoplata position he'd been in at previous points in the match, and Alves pounced and got the tap. Alves took out Miyao with a sweep, his only real points scored of the event.
I guess that's the sport in the Gi these days. Exciting, thrilling, sexy, beast mode stuff, I know.
Hugo scored a sweep, then a guard pass, then mount then additional points finishing at 16-0 against DJ Jackson for a dominating win.
Ferreira vs Duarte - Duarte scored a sweep, got to his feet, pulled guard....then stalled to ride out the 2 points....because I guess fighting for 7 full minutes then 7 more minutes in the final sounded like a lot of work.
Cho vs Shane - Shane locked his hands in a scramble, stepped around behind then hip heisted him up and put him down flat on his back. Cho hits a big bridge and almost gets kimura-triangled/back problems, but gets to closed guard with Shane still on the attack. Shane would go onto to rack up double digit points before taking the win. At this point I couldn't tolerate the laggy, jpeg level quality of the flograppling broadcast so I stopped watching.
So....Lawler gets the ole Askren "death by takedown then one thousand paper cuts" that is Askren’s style. Interested to see if a marginally more ground savvy MMA crowd will appreciate Askren’s *ahem* dominance in the form of smothering guys with mat returns and short punches now that they’ve grown accustomed to the level of savagery that is Khabib.
Monday, November 5, 2018
Sunday, November 4, 2018
I opted to play conservative during the first 3 minutes with no points, and my opponent let me come to top just as points came into play and I immediately went heavy on a pass attempt with some backsteps and hips floating, but he laced a leg and rather than commit to taking the back or splitting his feet to escape as he attacked an outside heel hook, I paused and committed to neither and was forced to tap. He would go on to lose to Keith Krikorian in the next round.
Some odds and ends throughout the day of guys I know and/or train with/have trained with in the past year or two: Jason Rau submitted each of his opponents until the finals where Satava scored a takedown then did the Cobrinha avoid any points or engagements to run down the clock now that he was up on points. Ethan Crelinstein laced the leg of the Ruotolo twin and locked in a tight kneebar which his youthful legs stretchy-ness wasn't enough to ride it out. Jon Calestine submitted his opponents up through the quarterfinal where he lost a ref's decision as his opponent utilized a disengage and reset plan to ride out the points portion with a few takedown attempts. ADCC's ruleset is tough where any smart player can ride out the initial points-less phase, then score or continue on to overtime and look to win a ref's decision knowing the opponent can't pull guard without getting penalized. It forces some interesting dynamics as the day wears on.
Initially I thought I'd hate training for the ADCC ruleset, but honestly, the gamesmanship and mid-match decision-making with the overtime scoring and penalties, reminds me a lot of when I competed in Judo and frankly, it's a lot more stress-inducing than the lackadaisical approach to points scoring and winning we often adopt in IBJJF or sub only grappling. Kasai is next weekend with it's insane Featherweight Grand Prix. Doing the NYC Grappling Industries on the 17th, headed to Boston for Grappling Industries start of December, then possibly doing the NoGi Worlds if I can swing the cost of the trip.