Monday, May 12, 2008

THE MMA WEEKLY WRAP UP for 5/12/08

Okay, it's almost Summer time and for fight fans that means lots of events. Every organization is eager to pull us away from the ball game and into some kind of cage or ring. So let's take a quick look at some of the excitement that awaits MMA fans this month... Starting with the biggie...


UFC 84 PREDICTIONS FROM EVERY ONE'S FAVORITE 'FIGHT DIVA'

UFC 84: Ill Will, heads back to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 24th. Like we mentioned last week, this might not have the most exciting matches of the season, but if Tito Ortiz manages to beat Lyoto Machida there will definitely be some fire works in the octagon. The following trailer will review the main card fights.

As per tradition, here's the beautiful and talented fight-diva-guru Joanne from MMA Girls to give us her predictions for next Saturday.



While I agree with most of her predictions (I'm also rooting for Ortiz, if only to hear what he'll say after the fight), I'm going to disagree with Joanne for the Jardine/Wanderlei Silva fight.

Although I really like and respect Silva's ability and training ethic, I just think that he's going to have a tough time against someone as unorthodox, and let's face it - as crazy- as Keith Jardine. Then again, if Silva throws caution to the wind and just lets loose against Jardine, this could certainly be the most entertaining fight of the night.


CBS PROMOTING GINA CARANO FOR ELITE XC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

With MMA coming to Prime Time television on Saturday, May 31st, CBS has released the following interview with female mma sensation and headlining fighter, Gina Carano...


CBS execs are probably wise to let Gina do the interviews. Kimbo (Kevin Ferguson) Slice isn't exactly the spokesperson you want for this already controversial sport. To her benefit, Gina is well spoken, smart, pretty, and disarming (everything Kimbo is not... but hey, we love him anyway.)

EXTREMELY LOCAL FIGHT ALERT FOR THE CHICAGO AREA

Okay, now I happen to live about 8 miles from the site of this next event, yet I hadn't heard anything about it until reading CagePotato.com (how humiliating!).

Anyway, Adrenaline MMA (whoever they are) is having a big event at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates Ill. on June 14th. At this inaugural event, the headlining fight includes a Chicago Police Officer, Mike Russow (9-1) against a "fighting veteran" Jeff Monson (23-7).

Cagepotato.com points out that it's probably a smart to have local talent (cheap) rather than well known outsiders (expensive) competing. While I can see the logic, I have to wonder if it was a good idea to hold the fights outside of the city. Although the Sears Centre is an excellent arena, I can't see people coming out to the suburbs to see a fight.

Also, since even the suburbanites who (like myself) enjoy mixed martial arts don't know about the event, they could have a tough time selling 'nosebleed' tickets for $42.00 ($175.00 ringside!)

Regardless, I hope they do well and still plan to check out the fights.


AFFLICTION FIGHT CARD SHAPING UP TO BE THE 'HIT' OF THE SUMMER

Despite the lawsuits and general hating from the UFC, the Affliction clothing-line-turned-fight-promotion has announced some excellent fight match-ups for their July 19th card.

Included for the event are:

Headliners; Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia

Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo

Renato Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead

Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao

CagePotato.com is also claiming that two other anticipated announcements will include Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello and... get this... Ben Rothwell (former IFL heavyweight) and Andrei Arlovski (former UFC heavyweight champion) !!!

Now all we have to do is hope Randy Couture somehow wins a court battle and enters the ring as well.


THE HOTTEST MMA MEMORABILIA FOUND AT 'ROUND 5'


Speaking of Randy Couture, it was only a matter of time before goofy sports dolls (err... figurines) made it to the world of Combat Sports. Well, thanks to Round 5: World of MMA Champions, they're here...

Sure, they're dopey, but at the low, low price of $16.99, the real question is "How can you afford not to have one?"

They come in four adorable varieties... Randy Couture, Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and just added, Matt Hughes.

My wife will be so happy that I plan to spend real money on these things. I'll just have to put them up somewhere high, so that my 3 year old daughter can't get to them... maybe the china cabinet.

-"No, honey put those down; you can't play with daddy's dolls... err... figurines!"

Anyway, that's going to do it for this week's edition. Check back again soon as we bring you everything you need to know (and a lot of stuff you don't) about the world of Combat Sports as found on the internet.

Respectfully,

Rick


2 comments:

the fight geek said...

I really like your Weekly Wrap-up series—

Concise, opinionated and well-written

Keep up the good work.

:)

Nathan Teodoro said...

I agree. Makes that other guy look bad. Amateurish and boring, really. On a serious note, I really enjoy reading TDA Training now.