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New Blog: The Rumble

September 2, 2009


You may have noticed things have slowed to the point of stopping here at Blood, Booze and Bruises. It’s going to stay that way for the time being because I’ve started contributing on a new fight blog called The Rumble. It’s a partnership between The Sporting News and No Mas under The Sporting News banner. Go ahead, ask your dad about The Sporting News, he used to subscribe.

The blog covers the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts and I’ll be one of the guys writing about MMA. It’ll be just like here, but I’ll be doing it more often.

It’s pretty much the greatest and most violent sports blog ever written. I’ve been told I’m working with a very talented crew over there. The one thing everyone has in common is a love of combat sports. That means there will be no pointless The_Rumble_Iconishboxing vs. MMA arguments. They’re both special in their own way.

So in review, you can now read my MMA scribblings at The Rumble. I’ll be posting under my actual name at The Rumble so prepare for a culture shock. Oh, and fear not, old school CRM fans – I’ll still be putting in work at TBL. Until next time – Mahalo.

Anderson Silva Will Keep On With The Force

August 25, 2009

In case anyone forgot in the last couple weeks, Anderson Silva is awesome. Not only is he a devestating fighter that makes good guys look really bad (Really really bad in some cases.), but he also seems like a great guy. He acts a little goofy sometimes and he doesn’t seem to take himself seriously outside the cage.

This video is from his 2002 Pride debut against Alex Stiebling. Be entertained…

This is easily my favorite Michael Jackson song. Not that I like Michael Jackson. Its just that this song was used during the Seinfeld clip show. Other than that, I would have no reason to care about this song. Just like I’ll always love Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now because of its inclusion in Shaun of the Dead. And More Than a Feeling after the Air Band episode of Scrubs. What was I talking about?

Oh yeah, this is the kind of thing that would push Anderson to the next level of popularity in the US. Well, that and speaking English.

Anderson is one of the top 3 pound-for-pound fighters in the world – if not #1. He should be marketed as such. He needs to be made into a cross-over multimedia star. Maybe the UFC can get him on True Blood as some sort of Brazilian vampire. Or the next Twilight movie. Something with vampires. We get Anderson Silva associated with vampires and the sky is the limit. Until then, we’ll just have to settle for old videos and more ass-kickings.

[h/t: Bloody Elbow]

My Podcast Debut

August 20, 2009

JSFI “appeared” on the latest installment of the Joe Sports Fan podcast. Thought I’d break my vow of silence to let everyone know. That’s obviously why there’s been so much radio silence on my part this week. And if you were wondering – I mentioned Chuck Liddell on the podcast. Boom! The podcast was MMA-related. I’m good like that.

Preview – Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg – Who Else Is Ready For A Girl Fight!?

August 14, 2009

A couple weeks ago this was looking like a tremendous card. There were going to be something like 7 championship bouts. Then some people got hurt, some people had a bad trip and others decided they didn’t have enough time to flush drugs out of their system. Now we’re left with the titular title fight and some leftovers.

Where once we had a championship fight of Joe Riggs vs. Nick Diaz we now have Jay Hieron (17-4) vs. Jesse Taylor (13-3). Hieron is one of the Affliction castoffs. He’s on a 5-fight win streak and last fought at Affliction: Day of Reckoning in January. Taylor on the other hand has already fought 6 times this year including twice last month. He’s probably fighting right now. Taylor was one of the best fighters on TUF 7 and he’s been on a tear since getting kicked off the show and then dropped from the UFC. (Remember, those were 2 different occurrences.) I’d like to see JT-Money continue his streak because he’s a fun guy to watch. He’s a danger to himself and everyone around him, but from the safe viewing from my couch, he’s great.

The last fight added to the main card was Mike Kyle (12-6-1) vs. Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1). Originally, this was supposed to be a title fight between Werdum and Heavyweight Champ Alistair Overeem. The champ had to pull out though. That’s -2 championship fights if you’re keeping count.  Kyle went 2-1 in the UFC with a win over James Irvin a few years back. He’s won 3 straight after a rough stretch that saw 3 L’s and a D. Werdum is fresh out of the UFC. Werdum went 2-2 in the big show with wins over Brandon Vera (controversial stoppage) and Gabe Gonzaga. He lost to Andrei Arlovski and Junior dos Santos. I’m guessing Werdum pummels Kyle.

Hey, finally, a title fight! Oh, its an interim title? Who cares!? There’s going to be a big shiny belt on somebody’s waist at the end of the Mistuhiro Ishida (18-5-1) vs. Gilbert Melendez (15-2) fight.  Melendez has held the Strikeforce Lightweight Title and now the Interim Lightweight Title. (As the poster above shows, it was originally supposed to be a title unification bout.) He also once held the WEC LW belt. Ishida is fighting for the fake belt despite the fact that he’s coming off a loss. (What a challenger!) Though to be fair, he did win his last fight under the Strikeforce banner last year. Also, he beat Melendez back in 2007. I’m going to guess Melendez gets his revenge Saturday. He has fought for many belts (both real and make-believe) before so the harsh lights of Showtime shouldn’t bother him.

In the Light Heavyweight division, we get an actual championship fight. Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (35-8) was originally scheduled for Affliction: Trilogy, but that didn’t happen so Strikeforce scooped up the bout. Babalu won the Strikeforce LHW belt back in late 2008 and hasn’t defended it since. Babalu has gone undefeated since he was tossed from the UFC for holding onto a choke for too long. Like I said then, he needs to win and win a lot to get back to the UFC. With the new war, he could become one of Strikeforce’s tent poles. To do that he’ll have to beat the young, but experienced, Mousasi. He’s won 12 straight fights including 6 in 2008. His last 5 fights have come in DREAM. He already has his next fight scheduled for October against Sokoju. This will be Mousasi’s first fight on American soil. I’m guessing Babalu, one of the top 205-lbers in the world, give the younger Mousasi his first setback in 3 years.

Finally, we have the main event. The first female 145 pound title fight in Strikeforce’s history. It features the face of Women’s MMA and a truly scary woman. Gina Carano (7-0) vs. Cris “Cyborg” Santos (7-1) will be the first Women’s fight to headline a major show. Cyborg is favored in Vegas, but Carano is favored in the hearts of the fans. (The male fans at least.) The main concern for Carano might be ring rust. She hasn’t fought since EliteXC went under while Cyborg most recently earned a TKO in April. The most interesting part of the fight could be the weigh in. Both ladies have a history of not making weight. And not just missing weight. I’m talking around 5 pounds over. This could be the inaugural Welterweight Women’s title by Saturday night. My question – If only one woman makes weight, does she get the belt?

This will also be the first time either fighter could go longer than 15 minutes. (Cyborg once, Carano none times) Most women’s fights are 3, 3-minute rounds. This will be 5, 5 minute rounds. Who knows what happens if this thing gets to a 4th round. A double-pass out is possible. I’ll be rooting for Gina Carano as I always root for good looking people, but I think Cyborg wins the first ever women’s title.

Tonight: Watch Brian Bowles KO Miguel Torres Again

August 12, 2009

Tonight Versus will be showing the replay of WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles. I know I ruined the ending in the title of this post, but its still worth your time. Especially if you were doing something else Sunday night.

Torres was a tremendous champion and I can’t wait for him to get back to the top. He’s a tremendous fighter. If you’ll recall, last Friday at The Big Lead I correctly predicted that one of the top fighters in the world would lose that weekend. Boy was I right.

From what I remember Sunday, the entire card was decent. Someone said it was even better than UFC 101. I wonder if Forrest stood still long enough to watch?

Anyway, starting tomorrow I’ll be looking at the Strikeforce card and all the problems they’ve had. I think at one point Gina Carano was supposed to fight one of the Shamrocks. Crazy stuff.

WEC replay starts at 8pm.

War Escalates – SpikeTV To Air Replay of Lesnar-Mir II and Other UFC 100 Fights Saturday

August 12, 2009

Once Strikeforce signed Fedor, Dana White basically declared war on the UFC’s previous non-rival. White referred to the promotion as StrikeFarce. Now, it’s beyond words. SpiteTV will counter-program Showtime Saturday night by airing fights from UFC 100. Shit just got real.

The headliners will be the title unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir and the (spoiler alert!) highlight knockout of Mike Bisping by Dan Henderson. The 5-round bad-hammy take-down clinic of Thiago Alves by Georges St. Pierre will not be shown due to time constraints and potential boredom to casual fans.

Here’s the rest of the free replay:

Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Light Heavyweights
Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman
Shannon Gurgerty vs. Matt Grice
Light Heavyweights
Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien

I’ll have to DVR this because I want to see how Stephan Bonnar lost to Mark Coleman. I imagine during the replay I’ll be chanting, “Dusty old bones, full of green dust.” I’m also glad that the public will get to see Jon Jones. (Who!?)

Chuck Liddell As Gung Ho

August 11, 2009


Chuck Liddell makes a cameo in a new Funny or Die video called “The Ballad of G.I. Joe.” The Iceman has really been showing his acting chops lately. First with Mandy Moore’s latest video and now as Gung Ho. As you can see, the similarities are striking.

Of course, Chuck isn’t knew to Hollywood. Who could forget his incredible performance as “himself” in Bachelor Party Vegas?

Or as himself in Entourage? (Part 1 and 2) It’s nice to see Liddell finally breaking the mold and showing some range.

[h/t: clown via the MLJ Batphone]

Jesse Taylor, Welcome Back To Our Lives

August 11, 2009

JesseTaylorNoted knucklehead and TUF 7 castmember Jesse Taylor has been confirmed as a replacement for the main card at Saturday’s Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event. He’ll be taking Nick Diaz’s spot on the card because Diaz couldn’t be bothered to show up for a pre-fight drug screen.

That’s not suspicious or anything. I guess he learned his lesson from Josh Barnett. It’s kind of a selfless act if you think about it. Whenever the California State Athletic Commission says somebody’s dirty, a shitload of people lose their jobs. Taylor will be fighting Jay Heiron who replaced Joe Riggs. Riggs had to withdraw because he had an adverse reaction to a drug. Ironic!? (Not really.)

Apparently CSAC didn’t give Diaz enough time to flush the marijuana out of his system. What a freaking joke.

Jesse Taylor is 13-3 as a profesisonal. Since he lost to CB Dollaway at the Silva-Irvin Fight Night, he’s won 7 fights. That’s 7 fights since July 19, 2008. He fought and won twice last month in a span of 9 days.

This will be Taylor’s return to the spotlight. (Unless you count his DREAM debut a few weeks back.) Now he’s fighting at the 2nd biggest promotion in America. Maybe he’ll celebrate his comeback by kicking out the window of a limo. I hear that’s what the cool kids do. That and smoke weed and skip drug tests. That’s the new hot fiyah.

[via MMAjunkie]

This Would Never Happen To A Quarterback

August 10, 2009

Another part of UFC 101 that jumped out at me was the sight of Kenny Florian having his hat stolen as he walked in. KenFlo didn’t even seem to notice. Imagine what would have happened if someone had taken Forrest Griffin’s hat. He probably would have curled up into a the fetal position and had to have been rolled back to the locker room like a flat monster truck tire.

[h/t: @harlingtoxad]

The Silva-Griffin Fight Was Really Weird

August 10, 2009

Forrest_Silva_21Let’s be honest, the Forrest Griffin – Anderson Silva fight was very strange. From the moment I first saw the fight, I knew something weird was happening. The entire sequence of events from the entrances to the exits was almost surreal.

There were many moments that you’d never seen before at a UFC event. Things that either made me laugh or raise an eyebrow. Most of the raised eyebrows came at the expense of Forrest Griffin. I’ve put together some screen caps to help illustrate what I’m talking about. Read more…