B.J. Penn Returns?

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday it was announced that Dana White is planning a future UFC event in Hawaii and hopes B.J. Penn will headline it. After Nick Diaz put a beating on Penn at UFC 137, Penn announced his retirement. I’m thinking a date in Hawaii will bring him back to the octagon.

I’m hoping he’ll take a fight at lightweight. At lightweight we have such memories as Joe Stevenson covered in blood tapping out to a rear naked. Kenny Florian who claimed he was going to take out the master also fell to a rear naked. At UFC 107 Penn drove a shin into Diego Sanchez’s forehead, opening a gash that bled everywhere.

Penn did not have the same success at welterweight. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget the crucifix George St. Pierre put Penn in where Penn just looked like a giant baby. Penn did surprisingly give Jon Fitch a hard time before gassing out in the third. I couldn’t believe when Penn rushed for the takedown in the first.

So assuming he does the right thing and fights at lightweight who would it be against?

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Inspiration: How Bad Do You Want It?

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment

I came across this video a few weeks ago and figured that it was worth sharing. Though not directly relating to mixed martial arts there is the idea of working hard for what you want. The speaker in this video is Eric Thomas and the music is an Explosions in the Sky track titled “Your Hand in Mine.”

For me this is the type of video where you feel it in your gut. Hope you enjoy it as well.

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Stand Up!

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Backyard training

Though I’m mildly ashamed to admit to following a show on MTV, I can’t deny that I have continued to watch Caged. I’m another victim of mindless, trashy television. But it does air on Monday nights and I’m not sure there’s much else to be done on a Monday Night.

So this week we see Wes (mentioned a few weeks ago) being overweight by six pounds. He said he could have sworn he had lost eight pounds the night before. He does manage to drop the weight wearing a trash bag on the treadmill, but I was surprised he had this problem in the first place considering we never saw any footage of him training in the gym. Oh, there was one clip of him sparring with someone in an open field

There was a study group happening in my apartment so I couldn’t entirely make out his dialogue but I believe he said something about being proud of his lack of training and being able to get in the ring and still “do his thing.”

More on him “doing his thing” and something that deeply bothered me after the jump…

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The Battle to Legalize MMA in New York

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Sadly New York is one of the few states where mixed martial arts events are illegal. New York legislators apparently are looking to send a message to young people that the “brutality of the sport has no place in a civilized society.”

I’m finding it difficult to put my frustration with this statement into words. I think for some the sight of two men locked in a cage is unsettling, but this is where education is needed.

Ignorance is truly what is keeping New York from housing MMA. The issue now is that because at one point there was a “rational” for banning the sport there is still a basis to have it banned. This is simply insane.

I had to write an op-ed piece for a journalism course last fall and am going to include a few excerpts.

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Another Perspective on Diaz vs. Condit

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

(This is a guest post by Jon Pellegrini.)

Diaz vs. Condit

I’m a fan of Carlos Condit. Let’s just get that out of the way now. The man won me over with his epic last minute victory over Rory MacDonald at UFC 115. It may sound like a cliché, but in today’s age of “lay and pray” fighters, Condit truly is a fighter that comes to fight. But what exactly does that mean?

To me, it means that he comes into his fights prepared to do anything he can to finish his opponents. His record stands as a testament to this mentality. At 28-5, only two of Condit’s victories have come by way of decision. Of course as we all know by now, he won one of those decisions the other night at UFC 143 in his highly controversial bout with Nick Diaz.

For many of the same reasons I always tune in to watch Condit fight, I’m also drawn to Nick Diaz. Over the years he has put on some very exciting fights (many of them ending by knockout or submission) and his perpetual “gameness” really is a spectacle. This “gameness” is a trait that both Condit and Diaz share; so needless to say like most fans I had been eagerly awaiting this fight for weeks. As Steve Walsh wrote earlier though, high expectations can be a dangerous thing.

More thoughts after the jump…

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A Look at Last Nights Main Event

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Condit and Diaz

I was surprised looking at Bloodyelbow today and seeing the many comments about last nights main event being boring. The people were outraged. I didn’t feel the disappointment that many others seemed to feel last night, and I thought the main event had plenty of satisfying action.

Now I understand that there were high expectations for a fight between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. These expectation of course were created when looking at each of these fighters past few performances. Condit had quickly disposed of both Dong Hyun Kim with a flying knee and Dan Hardy with a left hook. Diaz put a beating on B.J. Penn that sent him into retirement and was in an absolute brawl with power puncher Paul Daley.

But expectations can be dangerous. Expectations can easily lead to disappointment. Bringing a fighters past accomplishments into the cage with them may not lead to the results you want because every fight is an entirely unique situation.

Now a look at the fight after the jump…

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Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum

February 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Neslon and Werdum at the weigh-ins

In tonight’s co-main event we have Roy “Big Country” Nelson taking on Fabricio Werdum. For both of these men this match may be considered a fight for redemption. In Nelson’s case he had an incredibly lackluster performance against Frank Mir at UFC 137, (though he was cited as having walking pneumonia) and though he did take out Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 137; these days that isn’t considered a huge feat.

For Werdum this marks his return to the UFC after getting knocked out by Junior Dos Santos at UFC 90. His last fight against Alistair Overeem this past June didn’t excite too many viewers. Much of the fight was spent with Werdum on his back begging Overeem to jump into his guard.

Analysis after the jump…

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