There are way too many UFC events to keep track of these days. Some will disagree and call me out on not being a “true fan” but with television ratings and pay-per-view buy rates on the decline, the results speak for themselves. After looking at the totality of events from years past, the problem doesn’t simply lie in the number of events, but the lack of stars. I think the reason why there are so many UFC shows is because they’re hoping to create new stars.
Until now, the UFC has always possessed a number of star attractions to attract an audience. Gracie, Shamrock, Severn, Abbott, and Coleman boosted the company during its inception to mythological proportions. During the dark ages, Ortiz, Randleman, Rizzo, and Miletich kept the company afloat. One reality show later and business boomed like never before. Hughes, Penn, Liddell, Couture, Griffin, Mir, Lesnar, GSP, and A. Silva ..click here to read more
On Saturday night the Octagon touched down in San Jose, California for the 12th installment of the UFC on FOX. The fight card was filled with exciting matchups including a main event where the winner would be next in line for Johny Hendricks welterweight championship. Here are my lessons learned from a fun night of fights on FOX.
Lesson 1: New Number 1 Contender
Robbie Lawler is the new number one contender to the UFC Welterweight Championship. That means we will get to see a rematch of the awesome fight between Johny Hendricks and Lawler from March. Since coming back to the UFC, Lawler has been simply dominant and I did not see this coming.
Lawler lost 5 of his 8 fights in Strikeforce, so there where not many expectations when he made his return to the UFC. In his five fights back, he knocked out Josh Koscheck, Bobby Voelker and Jake Ellenberger. ..click here to read more
Anthony Johnson, Matt Brown, Robbie Lawler
After letting BJ Penn’s official retirement settle in for a few days I came to the conclusion that an MMA fighter’s record does not always tell the whole story. Very much like Randy Couture, Penn had an impact on the sport that goes way beyond his fight record. Here’s a list of some of the things BJ Penn was able to accomplish in the fight game:
- Earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in three years.
- First non-Brazilian to win gold in the black belt division at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Brazil.
- UFC welterweight and light weight champion.
- Second fighter in UFC history to hold belts in multiple weight classes (Randy Couture).
- Headlined a total of 11 main-events.
- Defeated Matt Hughes twice.
- Fought former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in a catchweight fight where Machida weighed 225 pounds.
BJ Penn retires with a 16–10–2 record. To the young fans out there who did not have the opportunity to ..click here to read more
If you noticed in my EA UFC review, I sort of took a battle axe to career and kept hitting it in the head until there was nothing but blood, bits of skull and mush left. I was a bit harsh on the career mode overall, but to be honest, EA had it coming. When you put the team behind the Fight Night games in charge, you expect a damn good career mode.
The career mode here, well it’s not. It’s actually quite bad and most of all it’s repetitive with little to no variety. You also have to remember, by not adding another other modes of gameplay like I mentioned in my review, career mode would have to carry the game. Since it doesn’t do that, it deserves the criticism that has been leveled at it thus far. I’m not the only person who’s noticed this; many video ..click here to read more
4th of July weekend means the UFC is in Las Vegas for International Fight Week. Two titles were up for grabs when Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman took on Lyoto Machida, who had the opportunity to become just the third fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two weight classes. In the other title fight, Women’s Bantamweight Ronda Rousey put her title on the line against Alexis Davis. In what was a great night of fights, here are my lessons learned from UFC 175.
Lesson 1: Still Champion
I never questioned the skill or toughness of Chris Weidman but there seemed to be a lot of chatter before the fight that he hasn’t truly earned the respect he deserves as champion. Some believe that both wins against Anderson Silva were flukes. I wasn’t one of them. He did what no one else was able to do in the first fight, and he ..click here to read more
Alexis David, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey, UFC 175
MMA and video games haven’t exactly meshed well in the past. Sure, the UFC games for the THQ ranged from good (UFC Undisputed 2009), alright (UFC Undisputed 2010) and finally holy crap that’s amazing (UFC Undisputed 3). I even liked the old Pride game on Playstation 2 since it possessed the best create a fighter function until EA MMA. Then, we had EA MMA which was an excellent all-around game with solid gameplay; great create a fighter, and probably the best career mode for an MMA game. It sadly bombed out, killing any potential of a sequel. The early UFC titles that appeared on the PlayStation 1, 2 and Xbox weren’t that great and are generally forgotten for a good reason. When you can tap out Tim Sylvia with a 125 pound girl (Yes, you read that right), you are not doing your job correctly.
So, what can I say about ..click here to read more
This has been one of the busiest NFL offseasons in recent memory. Fantasy football players need to pay attention on all of the recent moves which is why I thought I’d break down 10 on offense that are likely to shake things up next season.
Most of the big moves have come on defense but for the sake of fantasy purposes, I thought I’d stick to offense. One thing I want to point out is that not all of this impact will be positive. There are a few shakeups that could have a domino effect on the studs around him.
Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles acquired Sproles this offseason in a move that surprised me as an Eagles fan and stunned me as a LeSean McCoy owner. Unfortunately more and more teams are utilizing the two and even three-back rotation and while us McCoy owners never had that ..click here to read more
Fantasy Football 2014
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has crowned a new champion, and is now preparing for another wild offseason, spearheaded by yet another LeBron James decision. This time, it does not appear that he has the type of options available to him as he had in the summer of 2010. It seems as if he really only has two: Miami and Cleveland. It is amazing to me that there are still a ton of pundits, fans, and league officials, who pine for the day that James returns to Cleveland and leads them to a title.
The Cleveland Cavalier (Cavs) organization and fan base do nothing to stifle the conjecture that James will, and should return someday. This is the same organization headed with Dan Gilbert – the man behind the semi-plantation owner-esque Cosmic Sands “How Dare You LeBron” letter he put on the Cavs website the night of James’ infamous “Decision” television ..click here to read more
Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, Miami Heat
On Friday, June 13, 2014, the National Football League lost a legend. Specifically, the entire city of Pittsburgh, PA, and Steelers fans all over (aka Steelers Nation) lost a hero Legendary Coach Chuck Noll passed away from an undisclosed illness at his Sewickley, PA (a suburb of Pittsburgh) home. Chuck Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969-91. He led the team to 4 Super Bowl victories. Noll leaves behind his wife Marianne, their son Chris, and legions of Steelers Nation members such as myself. Noll was 82.
Chuck Noll was born in Cleveland, OH on January 5, 1932. He played running back and tackle Benedictine High School. He became such a good player, that he received all-state honors. This earned him a scholarship at the University of Dayton. At the University of Dayton, he was a tackle and linebacker. He would be eventually drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1953, where he played ..click here to read more
Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has turned into arguably the greatest sound byte in all of sports.Today we celebrate Sonnen’s wit by looking back at his top 40 quotes. Why 40? Because anything less wouldn’t be enough!
Sonnen is an equal opportunity offender but appears to take more pleasure out of insulting his foreign peers. The bulk of his material has been directed to Anderson Silva yet Sonnen has had plenty of insults to toss the way of Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Cyborg Santos, Georges St-Pierre, and Lyoto Machida. In addition to the insults, Sonnen’s high opinion of Chael Sonnen also makes for fun fodder. Thanks to the wonderful archives of Twitter and You Tube, here is a look back at Chael’s greatest hits.
“I think everyone up here is grateful to be on Fox. They would probably say ‘Fox thanks’. Everybody but me. I would say ‘Fox, you’re welcome.’ ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brock Lesnar, Chael Sonnen, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva
The best promo in the history of MMA has called it quits. A day after revealing he failed he drug test, Chael Sonnen has announced his retirement. Sonnen ends a six-year run in the UFC and leaves another big void for Dana White to fill.
The news comes a day after it was revealed that Sonnen failed a surprise drug test prior to his scheduled UFC 175 bout against Vitor Belfort. The news appeared embarrassing on the surface after Sonnen spent the last two weeks ridiculing Wanderlei Silva for skipping out on his drug test. However, a more objective look at the story offers a much more polarizing view.
“There is a huge distinction between illegal versus banned. These are perfectly legal substances. These are not performance-enhancing drugs. These are not anabolics. These are not steroids of any kind. Look, they [the Nevada State Athletic Commission] changed the rules and ..click here to read more
This Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the famous Belmont Park racetrack, located in Elmont, NY, will be the 2014 edition of the Belmont Stakes. The race is also known as the Test of the Champions,” as it is the only 3YO race, where these young horses run the entire 1 1/2 mile circumference of Belmont Park’s oval. Belmont Park is known as “Big Sandy,” for its surface, and is also known for its wide, sweeping turns. The Belmont Stakes is also known as the “race for the Triple Crown,” when there is a possibility of a 3YO, who has won the first two legs (Kentucky Derby and the Preakness) of the Crown, entering the Belmont Stakes with a shot at accomplishing one of the most difficult things in not only in Thoroughbred Racing, but in all of sports- the elusive Triple Crown.
Eleven 3YO horses have won the Triple Crown. The ..click here to read more
Belmont Stakes, horse Racing