UFC 144 – JMMA Will Never Die, Just Multiply Feat. Cruelty

Sup famron? Ya boys have taken a break from LINSANITY to hit you with that picks post on what is clearly a stacked goddamn card. I get a bit nostalgic thinking about when Cruelty wrote about the good ole days of MMA in Japan, when they had the best fighters, the best fights, the best cards, and roids filling the veins of all legendary fighters provided by the Yakuza! I’ve got a whole post to mark out tho, so let’s get moving. I’m italics, Cruelty isn’t, LETS GO!!

Issei Tamura over Zhang Tiequan – Rd 3 JD

I lost all faith in Tiequan when I saw him trying to work off his back against Darren Elkins. He has a terrible guard and his in-fight strategy is worse. He’s beaten guys who are inferior wrestlers, and Tamura isn’t bad in that one department. Tamura is not a great fighter but I think he can get on top, stay safe, and win a boring upset decision. FINALLY REVENGE FOR THE RAPE OF NANKING

Tiequan Zhang over Issei Tamura – TKO Rd 1
Zhang kind of impressed me in his debut fight with the UFC. He gave Elkins fits and Elkins aint a slouch on the mat. Tamura has a weird record. I think he gets overwhelmed. Also, no TUF on TUF opener? Welcome to Japan!

Takeya Mizugaki over Chris Cariaso – Rd 3 JD

Cariaso has been around UFC and WEC for years but I haven’t been terribly impressed. He does try to brawl a bit, though, so I like this matchup for an action fight. Mizugaki throws volume punches and Cariaso will play along. I think Mizugaki is a bit more accurate and should outpoint the American in a crowd-pleaser while we’re all trying to figure out what channel we’re watching UFC on THIS time.

Chris Cariaso over Takeya Mizugaki – Sub Rd 2
Mizugaki is a bit worn tho no? Cariaso is on my “Guys we should pay attention to” list, he’s still young, and has an interesting record filled with solid wins. I think he finds a choke on the finished TK later in the fight.

Steve Cantwell over Riki Fukuda – Rd 3 TKO

In Cantwell’s last fight Mike Massensio made his face into a bloody wreck, and Fukuda is coming back from a bloody wreck in a car. I think Fukuda actually might be more talented, but I don’t like picking him to win after such a long layoff. Cantwell is a decent brawler and wrestler. Fukuda will empty his gas tank trying for takedowns, and Cantwell will batter him late.

Riki Fukuda over Steve Cantwell – JD
Fukuda quietly has a solid ass record. Wins over Ninja, Villasenior, Sakura. Cantwell still does not impress me. I think Fukuda steals this fight via grapplefuck and shady Jap judging.

Norifumi Yamamoto over Vaughan Lee – Rd 1 TKO

Kid Yamamoto really hasn’t done much in years. At this point he’ll never live up to early hype, but he can still win a few fights. Lee is a well-rounded fighter who doesn’t seem to have good top control or KO power. He’s generally won by tapping non-grapplers and Kid is too veteran for that. Lee will have to come in close to dirty box and Kid will flurry on him in the transition.

Kid Yamamoto over Vaughn Lee – TKO Rd 1
Lee is brought in to job. Maybe he can grapplefuck Kid? I doubt it. I smell early KOTN fight.

Takanori Gomi over Eiji Mitsuoka – Rd 1 KO

Mitsuoka might actually be a less disciplined fighter than Gomi, and that’s saying a lot. Gomi is going to come and swing for the fences while Mitsuoka grabs desperately for a takedown. Two fights in a row, a washed up Japanese fighter gives the Japanese crowd an opportunity to remember the good old days of JMMA.

Takanori Gomi over Eifi Mitsuoka – JD
Shit I’m wondering if Mitsuoka can grapplefuck Gomi. Assuming we see Gomi use some decent footwork, stay away from takedowns, and score enough standing to win 2 of the 3 rounds.

Anthony Pettis over Joe Lauzon – Rd 1 KO

I was resisting the urge to join the Pettis bandwagon for a long time. I find his swagger irritating and that probably biased me, but he fucking dominated Jeremy Stephens and that white trash motherfucker is a good fighter. He showed that he has good jits and wrestling to go with his “showtime” standup so I’m thinking he’ll kill Creepy Joe. Joe is coming off a nice victory over a flawed fighter in Melvin Guillard but Pettis has an edge in every category.

Anthony Pettis over Joe Lauzon – TKO Rd 1
Fuck I love this fight. Can Lauzon get this fight to the mat? Can his weird Diaz-like stance fuck with Pettis? I’m guessing not. Pettis’ stand up is still next level, and J-Lau’s chin is shaky. Not going to end well for J-Lau.

Hatsu Hioki over Bart Palaszewski – Rd 3 JD

Bart is a tough guy but that’s about all you can say about him. He’s a good striker who – yes I realize he’s coming off a KO – doesn’t really have great power. Hioki is going to get takedowns and Bart doesn’t have great offense off his back.

Bart Palaszewski over Hatsu Hioki – TKO Rd 1
Again, I love this fight. This card really has a “Bushido” feel to it. All these great lighter guys in big fights with solid match ups. Think this is a toss up. If Hioki gets this to the ground Bart’s in a world of trouble, and we get the rarely seen CRAZEE JAP SUB!! If Bart keeps this standing, he probably finishes Hioki, and that’s rare. I’m leaning to Bart catching Hioki early, and finishing him with strikes on the ground.

Yushin Okami over Tim Boetsch – Rd 2 TKO

Anderson Silva is the best to ever fight at 185. I just wanted to point that out real quick because I’m picking Okami to win pretty convincingly, and Anderson just clowned in a couple months ago. Boetsch is still a long way from being a good striker or submission fighter, and his power wrestling game is not gonna work on Okami. Boetsch is slow and Okami will be able to land his boxing, which actually looked improved during the ASilva fight. He couldn’t hit Anderson but this is not the same thing.

Yushin Okami over Tim Boetsch – JD
Okami is going to give Boetsch fits once they grapple, and they will grapple. He’s going to give Boetsch a shitload of problems, but wont finish him. Okami is in the Fitch group of guys that are great fighters who cannot beat the champ. But majority of the guys at 185 are in that group so…

Jake Shields over Yoshihiro Akiyama – Round 3 JD

A female friend of mine once told me that she doesn’t mind if a guy is uncircumcised because, as she put it, “it’s more dick.” Using her disgusting yet technically accurate logic, I’m worried that Sexyama will be less sexy having cut down to 170. That’s 15 pounds less sexy, according to my MMA Nickname math. I’m not sure how the cut will help him, because he generally relies on speed and technique. Is he going to bring a power judo game to welterweight? Nah Jake Shields is going to take him down. Shields is also a big 170 and he won’t struggle with cardio like the Akiyama will after his first cut to this weight. Shields will take him down and ugly up Akiyama’s super tan face on the way to a loss to GSP in 2013.

Jake Shields over Yoshihiro Akiyama – Sub Rd 3
Will Sexyama finally bring sexy back? Did he lose his mojo like Austin Powers, or Rob Lowe? JK Rob Lowe still gets mad pussy on the reg. Shields is going to make this sloppy, use ugly striking and smother the sexy one, wear Sexyama out, and get an armbar later in the fight. Shields should stick around 170 as long as he can make the weight.

Mark Hunt over Cheick Kongo – Rd 2 KO

I love Mark Hunt for trying a sloppy armbar against Ben Rothwell. He’s definitely here for a paycheck only, but he actually tried to learn some grappling. These guys should probably both try to get takedowns to avoid danger, but I’m hoping they just kickbox because watching these two big guys show off their high school quality wrestling for 15 minutes while huffing and puffing is going to be very embarrassing. I like Hunt in the kickboxing match because Kongo let stumpy Pat Barry get inside so Hunt can do it, too. If it becomes a wrestling match I don’t give a fuck about the outcome.

Mark Hunt over Chieck KONGO! – KO Rd 1
Seriously tho, this is so throwback Japan. Mark fucking Hunt! If Kongo was smart, he would post Hunt up on the cage, try and take him down, smother him, make this a boring fight, and steal a W. I think he leaves his chin out trying to test Hunt and make shit interesting, and gets clipped something buck fucking nasty. This is probably my ZOMG PRIDE NEVER DIES moment of the night.

Quinton Jackson over Ryan Bader – Rd 1 KO

Bader’s standup is like a twitchy statue but he has big power, and he’s coming off a KO. This might give him some misguided confidence because Rampage is coming off a dismantling by Jon Jones. I don’t read too much into the Jones loss and I think Rampage is still sufficiently talented to hover around the top of the division when he’s motivated. That last loss was ugly, and he will be motivated to redeem himself with a quality win against Bader. Because he’s a twitchy statue, Bader will be an easy target for Rampage and this will be over quickly.

Rampage Jackson over Ryan Bader – KO Rd 1
So I’m seeing that Rampage had some weigh in issues, and told some people doctors in America told him he shouldnt fight. Built in excuses? Is Page having too much fun in Japan? At the end of the day I’m not sure it will matter. Bader is going to get swallowed up by the moment, not be able to get a takedown, and get throttled by Rampage hooks.

Frankie Edgar over Ben Henderson – Rd 5 JD

I really like Frankie Edgar’s style against Ben’s. Frankie will circle and box while Bendo is forced to chase him around. Bendo will stuff early takedowns but eventually he will be too distracted with the boxing and Frankie will hit a couple doubles. Even if Bendo is only on his back for a minute, it will still score a little bit. This should be fast paced but relatively one-sided.


Ben Henderson over Frankie Edgar – JD
Really tempted to pick Bendo via sub, but Frankie is so fucking game, trains with Gracie’s, FUUCCKKKKK this fight is sick. Mega props to Dana for this as the cherry on top of this card. There’s no way it sucks with this line up right? I expect a full out war, potential FOTY, both guys are equal standing and on the mat, even though they have different styles. I truly believe Bendo is Bones/Reem/Aldo level, and will prove it after this fight. He’s winning 3 of the 5 rounds, and we’re going to be lucky enough to watch this go down again.

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The Lethal Women Of Rasslin Tournament: Sweet Eight

Okay so the delay between the third round and the final four went on a little longer then it should have. Despite rumors to the contrary, I have an actual life now (well more then I did before) so I’m sorry if you were waiting on pins and needles for these results.

Anyway here are the results for round three.

Maria defeats Stacy Keibler 76.19% to 23.81%

Dawn Marie defeats Kimberly Page 71.43% to 28.57%

Aksana defeats Francine 51% to 49%

Christy Hemme defeats Traci Brooks 84.62% to 15.38%

A.J. Lee defeats Brook Adams 75% to 25%

Maryse defeats Lita 76.92% to 23.08%

Molly Holly defeats Melina Perez 92.31% to 7.69%

Trish Stratus defeats Tara 69.23% to 30.77%

So after a long and exhausting tournament so far, here is your Lethal Entertainment Women Of Rasslin Sweet Eight

To vote just click on the link below the pictures of each match and vote for your favorite.

Wrestler’s Bracket
Trish Stratus

vs.
Molly Holly

Trish Stratus vs. Molly Holly

Maryse
vs.
A.J. Lee

Maryse vs. A.J. Lee

Valets Bracket
Christy Hemme

vs.
Aksana

Christy Hemme vs. Aksana

Dawn Marie

vs.
Maria

Dawn Marie vs. Maria

All polls close on the morning of Feb 24th, 2012 so vote early and vote often.

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UFC 143: Nick Diaz Hates the Superbowl and Artificial Sweeteners Feat. Cruelty

Sup gordos? Ya boys have taken time from cutting jalapenos for our Super Bowl salsa to drop some knowledge on your domepieces. We’ve got a so-so card with an EXPLOSIVE main event that’s going to give you more firepower then both QB’s the following day. You want winners like Singletary? We got ’em. I’m Italics, Cruelty isnt, LETS GO.

Stephen Thompson over Daniel Stittgen – TKO Rd 2
When I’m trying to make a pick, I look back and my notes and picks for previous UFC fights. When the guys are new or they’re from a PPV that I was too drunk to write notes about, I go to youtube. Stephen Thompson has a common name but after a little sifting I found the gem: footage of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson fighting on Chuck Norris’s World Combat League. Yes. Fuck yes. Well I wasn’t too impressed by his performance. I didn’t see power in his Full Contact Ka-ra-tay, but karate kicks are hot right now so wtf maybe it works. Stittgen is a late replacement and he looks very unpolished. He’s basically a spaz who runs at guys winging punches and if he runs out of space he’ll turn it into shitty takedown. I’m going to bet that the guy from the more professional gym who had a legit training camp will have a big advantage. Thompson doesn’t have killer power but he can probably drop a guy who’s too tired to steady himself. No training camp equals you gas in the second round, so Stittgen gets dropped and he’s too tired to defend on the ground.

Stephen Thompson over Daniel Stittgen – JD
I know slim to nothing on either of these cats, but Thompson trains at Tristar, a pretty legit gym. I’m assuming he can use experience training with superior fighters to steal two of the three rounds.

Rafael Natal over Michael Kuiper – JD
Mel Kiper’s UFC debut is making me excited for the NFL Combine coming up in a few weeks, but his most recent MMA fight was not terribly impressive. Natal hasn’t impressed me either but I like him stylistically here. Natal will be the more patient fighter, who is willing to stand outside and leg kick. Kuiper will try to come forward and he doesn’t defend himself well. If the fight goes to the ground, I don’t believe in Kuiper’s judo based top-control that I dimly remember as “ne waza” from my judo days. Kuiper’s only hope is heavy hands but Natal will stay safe and win a decision.

Rafael Natal over Michael Kuiper – JD
I feel the need to make Rafael Nadal tennis jokes here. But I dont know enough about tennis, so I’ll move on. Kuiper has been tearing shit up on the lower level circuit, wonder if he’s going to be able to give Natal fits. Im assuming no, and locking Kuiper in for “1st time jitters” factor as well. After hearing what Lavar went through before his fight last week I’m beyond convinced in it. Nadal wins two of the three.

Matt Brown over Chris Cope – TKO Rd 1
Cope is a bit of kickboxer, but mostly he just sucks. Now that UFC has a different TV arrangement, I hope they will have more leeway for cutting TUF fighters who don’t deserve to be on the roster. Meanwhile, Matt Brown is just a small step above. He does just BARELY enough to keep his job with the UFC and Joe Silva gives him good matchups. **SPOILER ALERT** JAV describes it perfectly below. I just think even less of Cope than he does.

Matt Brown over Chris Cope – TKO Rd 2
Weird match up for Cope, not sure where he would have an advantage here. Brown is really well rounded and keeps a spot on the roster beating guys like Cope.

Edwin Figueroa over Alex Bruce Leroy – KO Rd 2
Figueroa is a good striker but I think his coaches have seen TV before and he’ll take this fight to the ground. If he can’t make it happen, he’ll be fine in a kickboxing match but I suspect he’ll eventually be able to get on top and throw punches. Leroy is here to bounce around and smile at the camera and cash a check, not get punched while he’s on his back. I’m not saying he’ll tap from strikes but I don’t predict a heroic effort either.

Bruce Leroy over Edwin Figureoa – JD
We all know Leroy cant defend chokes, but i’ve got a feeling Figureoa is going to keep this standing for the most part, and lose 2 of the 3 rounds. If Figueroa takes this down, its a whole different story.

Matt Riddle over Henry Martinez – JD
Christ this undercard sucks. Greg Jackson is Greg Jackson so he gets a phone call when there’s an injury and we get to see one of his random students into this card on short notice. Riddle is still very awkward striking, but he Martinez is not going to have much in the tank. Riddle with some gnp.

Matt Riddle over Henry Martinez – JD
Pulling for my fellow brown skinned bro but his back is really against the wall taking the fight on 2 weeks notice and its your first UFC go ever. Going back to what I was saying earlier, those first time jitters really fuck with your mental state, and Riddle is a solid grappler. Riddle wins via cage control.

Dustin Poirier over Max Holloway – TKO Rd 1
Max is another last minute replacement, and he’s way out of his league. Dustin may be a bit of a headcase, but he is pretty well rounded and fast. Way fast whitey. I expect a flurry of strikes and a finish. I worry about him a little bit, because he’s a serious prospect who seems overwhelmed by the moment sometimes. I’m interested to see how Dustin handles this from a sports psych point of view.

Dustin Poirier over Max Holloway – Sub Rd 1
Blowout fight. Poirier is the real deal and should be getting some run for a #1 contenders fight after this.

Ed Herman over Clifford Starks – TKO Rd 2
Someone who has lots of time on their hands should sit down and figure the Arizona Combat Sports record in the UFC. Clifford Starks is yet another clumsy grappler to come from that camp that apparently specializes in building beach muscle and convincing Joe Silva they can look cool losing on undercards. Ed Herman isn’t fantastic but he’s serviceable and veteran. He’ll outwrestle Starks and put some punches on him. I’m not sure Starks has spent much time on the bottom, and this is his debut, so I’m thinking Ed might get a finish when Starks panicks a little and gets himself in serious trouble from his back.

Ed Herman over Clifford Starks – JD
Never been a fan of Herman’s. Thought he was a little too cocky, boring, and average at best. Much like Brown, he wins fight like these and keeps his job. Poor Starks is undefeated and doesnt even get a picture at Sherdog. Maybe he can catch Herman with some solid strikes? They’re showing Starks no love, neither am I.

Renan Pegado over Scott Jorgensen – TKO Rd 3
Scott Jorgensen has been building a serious resume in the UFC/WEC but this time I think he’s outclassed. Renan Pegado last fought Brad Pickett, who is an alcoholic but still a decent fighter, and Pegado complete ran him over. In my notes I compared him to a great cat and said “awesome” three times. I’m rolling my eyes at my own hype so you must be questioning my sexuality right now. Pegado is for real and this is a fight of the night contender. Jorgensen is used to bullying guys with his wrestling but Barao has an athletic application of bjj that will counter it, IF this fight even goes to the ground.

Renan Pegado over Scott Jorgensen – Sub Rd 2
Here’s the fight everyone should be talking about but aren’t. This has the potential to have balls to the wall action standing and grappling. I’m wondering if Jorgensen is going to be the 135 version of Fitch. Really good, but can’t beat the champion, and just sits around the #1 contender spot for the rest of the year. I think Barao is the real deal tho, and is going to give Jorgensen a shit ton of fits on the mat, and catch him with a choke, giving us a new foe for Cruz.

Josh Koscheck over Mike Pierce – JD
I’ve liked what Pierce has done in the UFC so far. He’s a high workrate wrestler with OK boxing and he forces guys to bring their best game to get the win. After plenty of shuffling on this card, I think Joe Silva is using this fight to push Kos a bit. Pierce should be an inferior version of Kos, so Kos should just shut down his shots and kill him with AKA kickboxing. He started slow against Hughes but I’m thinking he’ll keep his momentum rolling and float back toward the top of this division.

Josh Koscheck over Mike Pierce – JD
This is what happens when you run 30 cards a year. You get Mike Pierce fighting in one of the biggest fights of the night. Kos has earned his spot, no doubt, but Mike Pierce? Does he have exciting KO’s that I missed out on? If he loses, will anyone care? Unless he beats Koscheck, it’s a head scratcher. I dont blame Kos for clowning dude. You go from fighting Matt Hughes, to potentially Condit, to this cat? The only upside for Kos is he gets paid right? Anyway Pierce’s only shot is at turning this into a grappling match, and hoping he’s better on the mat, which he isnt. Kos is going to turn this into a glorified sparring match.

Roy Nelson over Fabricio Werdum – JD
Werdum survived the fight with Overeem by pulling guard or buttscooting whenever he got into trouble. Overeem is a muscled up freak so he eventually gassed and Werdum continued to string the fight out. It was not exactly an impressive effort. Nelson is legit as a grappler and I think he could survive in Werdum’s guard in an MMA world where he’s gi-less and punching. Nelson is a smart fighter, though, and I think he’ll keep this standing. We’d all rather see a grappling match but Nelson is there for a win bonus, not to indulge the fans. Proposition bet: Joe Rogan will mention at least 2 times that Nelson should continue to lose weight and fight at 205.

Roy Nelson over Fabricio Werdum – UD
Two high level grapplers almost always equals weird stand up fight with ugly strikes thrown. HOWEVAH Nelson has some pretty solid stand up, so I think he uses his jab and overhand right to frustrate Werdum. This is going to look very ugly in the 3rd round when both guys have no gas and are throwing weak arm punches. Afterwards Werdum should be like “WHATEVA I SUBMITTED FEDOR BEFORE ANYONE ELSE.”

Nick Diaz over Carlos Condit – TKO Rd 4
As shitty as the rest of this card is, this fight has the potential to make us forget it all. I’ve been skeptical of Condit for a few years. I always felt he was facing inferior talent in WEC, but since he moved to the UFC he has gotten the job done. He found power from technique, and he killed a couple legit fighters in a row. Meanwhile, Diaz redefined what it is to be a volume striker in MMA. For years and years he’s been saying he deserved the spotlight and the money, and here’s his chance to prove it. I don’t see Diaz losing to anybody who isn’t dominant in a single area. He’s faced scarier strikers, and he’s faced scarier grapplers. Condit is impressive because he’s a bit of both but it won’t be enough. Nick’s crazy cardio is the perfect preparation for championship rounds, and more time means more accumulation of damage. By the fourth round, the fight will be close but Condit will be marked up and slowing down. Nick won’t let up, I don’t think Carlos will make it out for the beginning of the fifth.

Nick Diaz over Carlos Condit – Sub Rd 3
This shit is going to be dynamite. I’m once again torn on picking Diaz, because the one guy who I think can beat him will be standing in front of him. Condit is a fucking animal, I’ve been saying this for YEARS now. He’s really come into his own and EITHER of these guys gives GSP the bizznazz when they do eventually meet IMO. Condit is a great finisher and if he drops Diaz could get one of those flurry finishes. But we are talking about Nick fucking Diaz here. I need to mention that I’ve enjoyed Nick being able to halfass adapt to doing interviews. His rambling on with Ariel is some entertaining shit. At one point during the interview, Nick talked about his childhood, moving in with his brother, lack of sparring partners, and not having a photo I.D. And all Ariel asked him was “How was your flight?”

So I dont see either guy shooting unless they are in trouble, but I’m thinking Condit will later in the fight out of exaustion/desperation and that’s when Diaz locks in the choke after a great back and fourth throw down. When the Diaz Bros both have belts its really going to piss off the internet.

SUPERBOWL BONUS PICKS FOR EXTRA GAMBLING FUN:

New York Giants over New England Patriots – 35-30
The Giants will struggle to run at first, but when they switch to exclusively spread concepts and no huddle then the shootout will begin. The Patriots will create a few turnovers but the Giants will move the ball through the air. The Patriots offense is scary but Giants will make Brady a little uncomfortable and that will be the difference. Eli isn’t as good as Peyton, so don’t get that twisted, but he’s got a good supporting cast and he’s hot right now.

New York Giants over New England Patriots – 27-17
Brady will look bad because of that front 7, Gronk will be less Gronklike due to injuries, Eli becomes elite, and a hero to all NYG football fans. Who’s gonna stop those WR’s, Edleman? Also, take whatever the over is on “Times Payton is shown on television during the game” even if its at 100.

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We Are… a Sad State

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When the Penn State child sex scandal broke several months ago, I was very outspoken about the role of the university administration in the investigation. I guess the lack of role would be more appropriate, as further research revealed a complete disconnect in accountability all the way from assistant coach Mike McCreary up to the university president. Paterno leaves behind a family, friends, and thousands of supporters who mourn his death. He is without a doubt one of the most popular figures in the history of football, and is regarded as an institution in State College.

The question seems to be whether or not the firing of Paterno, and the unceremonious way that the winningest coach in college football history left State College will tarnish his “legacy”. Does one single black mark on an illustrious career negate 409 wins and over half a century of service to a university and its surrounding community?

When the one black mark involves the systematic cover up of child rape, the answer is an unequivocal yes.

It’s a controversial position, especially in Western PA where I live. “JoePa” is regarded as an almost mythical figure, and there will be a line for several miles at his memorial filled with people who have been touched (figuratively, of course) by the coach. To condemn him is to raise the ire of thousands of Penn State supporters – many of whom regard a PSU home game as a religious experience.

Maybe that is the problem: When a football program is elevated to that level of importance, it could cloud what is right and what is wrong. Paterno is a hero to many, so to even hint that he did something wrong is near blasphemy in Pennsylvania.

To the countless players, students, and families that benefited from an association with Paterno, I would expect nothing short of your undying support for his legend. My contention is that none of that matters to the families of the children who were victimized by Jerry Sandusky. None of that changes right from wrong.

And here is where it gets dicey: By Paterno’s own testimony, he was aware of the allegations brought forward by Mike McCreary in 2002. Jerry Sandusky was still permitted on school grounds, to interact with children, and even had access to the practice facility. By his own admission after his firing, Paterno “wished he would have done more” to protect the innocent children who were raped on his watch.

Harsh on the coach? Absolutely. Joe Paterno was bigger than the university, so the claim that he took the charges to the administration is laughable at best, and a blatant cover-up at worst. Paterno, like the rest of the staff who were made aware of the scandal, put the football program ahead of doing the right thing. Football was put in front of protecting children. Football was put in front of telling the truth. Football was put in front of what you or I would consider a moral obligation.

You don’t believe that Paterno was above the law at State College? The university did everything that they could to fire him back in 2004, and the backlash was so great that they had to acquiesce, and back off – basically letting the coach decide when to ride off into the sunset.

It’s a shame that 46 years of being a great coach is wiped out by one bad decision. Paterno could have done more – like not letting Jerry Sandusky within a mile of a Penn State facility from the SECOND that he heard about a young boy being sodomized in his locker room. He didn’t – and you can say what you want about Paterno as a coach, but I will not weep for his legacy in the wake of such an unforgivable lapse in judgment. I posed the question months ago: If it was YOUR child who was being raped, would you be satisfied with the way Paterno handled things? If it was Paterno’s OWN child being molested, do you think he would have responded the same way?

Consider this: You are in charge of a company, and one of your employees comes to you with allegations of sexual misconduct – how would you handle it? It doesn’t matter if you are managing a Burger King, or are the Executive Vice President of Apple – right is right. Even Paterno’s most staunch supporters can’t say that they think he handled things well.

To me (and I’m sure to the families of the children who had their lives destroyed by this) the “good” that Paterno did does not absolve him from being accountable. Jerry Sandusky was involved in charitable work for decades, and for some reason nobody seems to care about all of the “good” that he did. You know why? Because raping children cancels out just about any positive out there. MOST people lead generally good lives. If you kill ONE person, all of the sudden none of that matters in the eyes of the public. In prison, inmates who are locked up for crimes against children are regarded as the lowest possible rung on the totem pole. To put it in simple terms, even convicted murders look at a pedophile and regard them as worse.

Paterno and his staff picked his legacy, and protecting the reputation of a football program over protecting children.

I agree with you Joe. I wish you would have done more too. You know who else wishes you did more? Every single victim of Jerry Sandusky that happened after you were made aware of the situation.



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UFC 142 – Anthony Johnson Could’nt Stop Eating Tho Feat. Cruelty

Sup folks. Busy day that has included a trip to Wing Stop for mad beer and wings, but yet I’m still here, posting once again for you fucks. Cruelty is as well. You should follow him on Twitter. If I could remember his handle I’d include it. Just check my recent followers, clown ass. We got fights in between Tebow awesomeness, Brazil always has kick ass fans, let’s stop fucking around, I’m italics, Cruelty isnt, LETS GO.

Antonio Carvalho over Felipe Arantes – Round 2 TKO
Antonio was a prospect back in the day when he was fighting in Shooto and no American orgs had smaller weight classes. I think he was even top 5 at one point? He’s a smooth striker who throws clean crisp combos. He’s also a smart fighter and student of the game, but is a little on the chinny side and can spend too much time on the bottom. Felipe is not anything special as far as I can tell. I saw him fight a few years ago at a small event and was much more impressed with his opponent who won that fight. He put together some wins over randoms but I’m still sorta surprised he’s in the UFC again. Cheap local talent? I think Antonio should outclass him with superior kickboxing and put him away in the second.

Felipe Arantes over Felipe Arantes – JD
Two Brazilians to open the card? Makes sense. Neither guy has big wins over quality names on their record, and I’m kind of leaning slugfest. Arantes has a cowboy hat on in his Sherdog pic, making it impossible for me to pick against him. Brazilian Cowboy? WHHHAAAT? Totally buying this gimmick.

Rousimar “Toquino” Palhares over Mike Massenzio – Round 3 JD
Massenzio is high workrate, he’s tough, and he’s a decent wrestler who can brawl a little bit. Toquino is psychopath but he’s also a far superior grappler, and probably even in the striking department. Not a good matchup for Massenzio, but at least Mike showed decent sub defense so he should make it to the judges here.

Toquino Palhares over Mike Massenzio – Sub Rd 1
Who did Palhares piss off to get this low on the card? This dude’s still a borderline stud! Massenzio probably trained some heel hook defense, but not enough. Palhares will rip it clean because all Brazilians hate Americans thanks to Frank Mir.

Gabriel Gonzaga over Edinaldo Oliveira – Round 1 Submission (Arm Triangle)
Gonzaga sorta fell apart over the years. Or maybe he had a couple wins that made him look better than he really ever was? Well he’s fighting a crappy fighter so he should look decent in this one at least. Oliveira is small, wild, and not much of a grappler. Gonzaga hasn’t looked like an ADCC champion, but he might on Saturday. Easy takedown and submission.

Edinaldo Oliveira over Gabriel Gonzaga – TKO Rd 1
Didn’t Gonzaga retire or some shit? I’ve heard a ton of positive shit about Oliveira, and I’m buying into it. Gonzaga’s chin is glassy. Should we be preparing for a wave of HW’s from Brazil in the next few years?

Michihiro Omigawa over Yuri Alcantara – Round 3 JD
Yuri has a sweet win over Felipe Arantes who, if you recall, I talked shit about earlier. Alcantara is wild as a striker and grappler, and actually Omigawa might brawl with him. This could be fun for a few minutes but eventually Omigawa will get a takedown with his judo, and he’ll grind out a decision.

Michihiro Omigawa over Yuri Alcantara – UD
Dammit Omigawa has a mad weird record and this could be a spot where he randomly KO’s this cat. Yuri has a pretty crazy record so this could come down to a pick ‘em fight. Leaning Omigawa cause I still got love for JMMA, and I’ve been day drinking.

Carlo Prater over Erick Silva – Round 1 Submission (RNC)
Prater has been one win away from a UFC invitation for years. He’ll win a few, people will talk about him, then he’ll lose to a UFC reject (for example) and falls down a rung on the ladder. Happily for him, his UFC debut is against a guy who probably doesn’t belong at all. Erick Silva had a quick win in the previous UFC Brazil, but he is a bit too wild to survive for long. Prater will take him down and tap him.

Erick Silva over Carlo Prater – TKO Rd 1
Two points here. 1. Prater is one of these “Can’t ever beat really good guys but gives good guys fits and sometimes wins” cats. 2. Silva is ANOTHER “We better watch this dude, beat some solid guys, and trains with a top team” Brazilian. I think this will be Silva’s coming out party, highlight KO style.

Edson Barboza over Terry Etim – Round 3 JD
We last saw Barboza face another British striker, Ross Pearson in the last UFC Brazil, and I think the rabid crowd and white skin showing damage may have won him that decision. That said, he fought a great fight and don’t get it twisted here… he is a scary dude. Etim uses his length well as a striker, and he tempts people into grappling where he is surprisingly dangerous. Barboza won’t try to wrestle, though, and I think we’ll see another blood and guts standup fight with the Brazilian coming out on top.

Edson Barboza over Terry Etim – JD
Very interesting match up. Both are high level strikers, but the YO YOU DEALING WITH THE XFACTOR could be Etim’s very sneaky ground game/ effective lankyness. I think Barboza will feed off the crowd and throw a bunch of silly kicks that glance off Etim but are enough to win a close fight. Etim should REALLY consider testing Barboza’s ground game.

Thiago Tavares over Sam Stout – Round 3 JD
Tavares will sometimes scrap, but Sam Stout is pretty much a pure striker, and I can’t believe Tavares would be so stupid as to gameplan for kickboxing. Tavares will look for takedowns off punches, just like he did against Spencer Fisher. Tavares doesn’t have great wrestling, but judges will sometimes call the struggle for a single-leg “aggression.” When he does get the takedown, Tavares has great positional bjj and he’ll put Stout in danger right away. Stout is better from the bottom than Fisher, so he’ll survive the full 15 minutes.

Thiago Tavares over Sam Stout – JD
Always been a fan of Tavares style, he fights his ass off every fight, and I’m wondering if Stout’s southpaw style will give him fits. Again, I’m leaning towards all these Brazilians Hulking Up and using the crowd to help push them over with the crowd as well as the judges. Tavares does just enough to steal 2 of the 3 rounds.

Ricardo Funch over Mike Pyle – Round 3 JD
Pyle is a veteran who is going to act as a gatekeeper for mediocre grapplers with gay long hair. Funch has terrible wrestling technique, and terrible stand up. Pyle will actually be the superior striker in this fight, which is a sad statement. Pyle made his living by tapping out wrestlers, but Funch is bjj first, and Pyle won’t catch him. Funch will try for takedowns, and Pyle will strike. Eventually Pyle will spend some time on top and pile up points. Fuck that was an accidental pun I swear. I desperately want to delete it, but I’m leaving it in as penance. I deserve your ridicule for that sentence.

Mike Pyle over Ricardo Funch – JD
Seriously tho, this fight, this high on the card? It’s pretty terrible. Pyle is going to grapplefuck Funch for three rounds, the Brazilians are gonna get super pissed, and chant terrible things at Pyle. Hopefully Mir will be in the building and the Brazilians aim all chants at him. If I was Brazilian I’d be upset that this wasn’t lower on the card.

Anthony Johnson over Vitor Belfort – Round 1 KO
I see that Rumble missed weight by 12 pounds. Twelve pounds isn’t like “I’m so dehydrated I can’t cut the extra few”, it’s like “I can’t do it, so I’m not even going to try.” All anyone talks about with this guy is how he cuts down too far, and apparently moving up to 185 didn’t help him. His manager and trainers should be catching shit for this, just as much as he is. Those guys are responsible for getting him in the cage with all of the bureaucratic shit out of the way. Weigh-ins are a bit beyond filling out paperwork, but it’s still non-fight shit and someone should be in charge of making him have his shit together. A little research tells me that the co-fuckups are Rashad Evans and Mike Van Arsadale. Didn’t MVD go to the Olympic training center? These are guys who should know about weight cuts. There’s a story here that we don’t know. Allow me to float a theory: The last charismatic fighter who habitually missed weight is now staring in a Steven Soderbergh movie. (Note: I’m not talking about Sasha Grey.) Joe Rogan believes the moon landing was staged… what will he say about the conspiracy behind UFC 142: Too Much Dark Meat. Ok so the fight should be fun. There should be a bunch of hands flying, and Belfort falling. Rumble can win this fight with wrestling too, but he won’t need to. Quick knockout, and then he can work on convincing Zuffa not to fire him. The local crowd is going to be PISSED at Rumble so hopefully he doesn’t get knifed on the way to the airport.

Anthony Johnson over Vitor Belfort – Round 1 TKO
You all know how I feel about not making weight. Rumble should be fired regardless of the outcome of this fight. That being said he’s going to take Belfort down, and pound him out pretty easily. Belfort has done a good job beating guys that stand right in front of him and let him launch bombs, Rumble isn’t doing that. Belfort still has the Wandy fight, he’ll be ok. As far as Rumble, here’s a perfect opportunity for Dana to use the “Demote” cause here and send Rumble to StrikeForce, with the other alternative being the door.

Jose Aldo over Chad Mendes – Round 5 JD
I think some people expected Aldo to tear up Kenny Florian, and instead he looked human. He probably lost the first two rounds, but he impressed me in the last three. He didn’t gas, he showed decent takedowns, and he looked heavy when he was on top. Chad Mendes is going to try to wrestle Aldo, because Jose is at a much higher level in the standup department. I think Mendes is going to be a little surprised at how hard he has to work for a takedown. On the ground, Mendes is going to be in danger and when he’s been threatened in previous fights he’s had a tendency to stand up out of the guard. That won’t work this time because Jose will just stand up and put more damage on him. Leg kicks and short combos will wear Chad down and his shots will start to suck. Mendes will have better cardio but he’ll be hurt by the Championship Rounds and that will slow him down. This appears to be a decent style match-up for Jose, despite the equality in skill level.

Jose Aldo over Chad Mendes – TKO Rd 1
Actually torn on this fight. Wondering if Chad can put Aldo on his back for 3 of the 5 rounds. If he can get takedowns early and quiet the crowd this could get VERY interesting. Don’t see it happening tho, or at least don’t have the confidence in Mendes to do so. I think Mendes will be a BIIIITTT too flatfooted, and Aldo goes old skool Aldo and throttles Mendes with strikes, mostly knees. Team Alpha Male better hurry up and get on finding another 145er for Aldo to beat up.

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UFC 141 – Totally Legal And Steroid Free Feat. Cruelty WITH END OF THE YEAR AWARDS!!!

Sup scumbags, ya boys are back. On a Friday? You know shit’s about to get weird. So it’s NYE Weekend, and although Cruelty and I miss Pride FC wars with Zulu, Akebono, MINOWAMAN, and Tank Abbott, we’ll take what we can get. As always, I’m ITALICS, he aint, LETS GOOOOOO.

Diego Nunes over Manny Gamburyan – TKO Rd 1
Manny tends to get hit a little way too much for my liking because he’s on some “I’m tough cause I’m Armenian” shit. I’ve met a few nuts like this. It never ended well for them, and it won’t end well for Manny either. Diego has some solid stand up and I’m assuming learned to pace himself after the K-Flo fight. Diego will 2-piece him.

Manny Gamburyan over Diego Nunes – Round 3 JD
Nunes looked good against Kenny Florian, but only for a round. He has talent but his cardio is shit and I think Manny will force him to work. Maybe he trained his cardio between fights but that’s not part of the Brazilian culture, so I doubt it. Brazilian has a rich multi-ethnic heritage, but only the Japanese part is hard-working and anyway how great have the Japanese fared in the UFC? Let’s read from wiki: “This diverse cultural background has helped boast many celebrations and festivals that have become known around the world.” See? That doesn’t say a fucking thing about getting up early to go running. Nunes will pick Manny apart for the first round, and struggle through the next two. Manny will try for takedowns and wing punches for 15 minutes, and thus Manny wins by being more aggressive.

Matt Riddle over Luis Ramos – JD
I’m wondering when we bail on “Riddle is still young and learning” and go with “Dude that got a bunch of fights in the UFC because of TUF”. Ramos has a ton of unimpressive W’s and a KO loss in his only UFC appearance? I’m taking Riddle to grind out a JD.

Matt Riddle over Luis Ramos – Round 3 JD
Is the Riddler going to be in the next Batman? Will Matt Riddle wear shorts with question marks like that guy who writes books about getting government money for your bullshit small business? I actually met that guy, Matthew Lesko, when I was working at a restaurant in DC. He was wearing his question-mark suit and people were staring at him. He was loving the attention so I totally no-sold his bullshit, just to spite him. It was probably the most professionally I ever treated a customer at that job. Anyway, Matt Riddle is a mediocre wrestler and very awkward striker. I haven’t seen much of Luis Ramos, except that he looks a bit like a guy in the documentary “Waste Land.” That is an excellent, excellent movie for those of you who are willing to read subtitles AND watch a documentary. I think that movie is worth the trouble but I suspect our readership here prefers torture porn to inspirational stories about art and the human spirit. Meanwhile, my prediction for his last fight was totally right-on, so I will now quote myself: “Ramos stands up straight and slides around without moving his head, so I think he gets blasted.” That fight lasted 40 seconds. Well Riddle can’t box for shit so he’s not in as much danger. Riddle will take him down, and Ramos is Nova Uniao so he might have good jits. I’ll still pick Ramos to lose a decision, but I’ll be rooting for him to hit a quick sub so we can move on to a fight that matters.

Jacob Volkmann over Efrain Escudero – TKO Rd 2
Is Escudero the worst TUF champion of all time? Probably not statistically, but I cant think of a TUF champ that is this irrelevant. The kid finally breaks back into the UFC and he gets fucking Volkmann? Perhaps this should be the new way to treat TUF champs. Fuck building them up, let’s put them in there with beasts already. Volkmann’s going to use his wrestling advantage to give Efrain fits and finish with G & P later in the fight.

Jacob Volkmann over Efrain Escudero – Round 3 JD
Efrain looked good enough on TUF that I actually thought he had a bright future. So far he has been a disappointment. If we met in person, I would give him the slow headshake with a slight frown and he’d be like “Leave me alone bro.” Volkmann is awkward but his wrestling is effective and Efrain is not scary enough to threaten him. Volkmann with a little gnp and the win. Wow, this card is not looking very fun so far.

Sean Pierson over Dong Hyun Kim – TKO Rd 1
I’m wondering two things here. 1. Did Condit expose Stun Gun for having a bad chin? 2. Can Pierson use his great stand up to KO Stun Gun? I’m thinking yes, and yes. Pierson catches Stun Gun early after some failed take down attempts and drops him, then finishes with strikes on the ground. We will then sit back and try and figure out why it took guys so long to do this to Stun Gun in the first place.

Dong Hyun Kim over Sean Pierson – Round 3 JD
Pierson showed some good boxing in previous UFC bouts, but got caught in his last fight with Ellenberger. Kim is strong but he doesn’t have KO power as far as we’ve seen. Pierson will probably want to use his boxing advantage and Kim will want to clinch. Kim has dealt with good boxers before, and coming off a brutal TKO loss I think he’ll be conservative. Kim will clinch, hit a trip, and win with gnp.

Danny Castillo over Anthony Njokuani – JD
We should probably start keeping an eye on Castillo. Dude’s got great wrestling, works with a great team, and once he gets some solid stand up game, is gonna be scary. Njokuani is a guy that is exciting as hell to watch when someones willing to stand with him. That wont be Castillo, who’s going to swarm him and pressure him with grappling early. 3 rounds worth of takedowns coming up!

Danny Castillo over Anthony Njokuani – Round 2 TKO
This is classic grappler vs striker with two action fighters, and I’m hoping the pace will wake us all up after a string of very slow fights. Castillo trains with Team Alpha Male, but I don’t hate him like I hate the other guys. He has a great double, and throws serious volume from top position. Njokuani will try to use his kicks to keep distance, and sprawl when he can’t. I think Castillo will be able to spend most of this fight on top, and eventually Njokuani will get himself in trouble trying to get up. Castillo will get a dominant position in a scramble, and pound Njo out.

Ross Pearson over Junior Assuncao – JD
As bulky as Pearson is, he’s fighting at 145? Holy shit. Assuncao isn’t taking him down, and his stand up wont match up with Ross’ slick boxing. Pearson beats on Junior for 3 rounds.

Ross Pearson over Junior Assuncao – Round 3 TKO
Junior has a pretty good top game but his takedowns aren’t great. Pearson has excellent boxing and his takedown defense is good, and getting better fight by fight. I think we’ll see that Pearson is the more advanced fighter, though both have great tools. Pearson will pile up damage with boxing between stuffing takedown attempts. Eventually Assuncao will slow down and Pearson will work for the finish.

Nam Phan over Jim Hettes – TKO Rd 2
See this is how TUF guys build those records up. This should be an easy fight for Nam. Hettes is crazy inexperienced, will be dumb enough to trade with Nam, and Nam is going to break him down with body work and peppering punches.

Nam Phan over Jim Hettes – Round 3 JD
The experience deficit between these fighters is extreme. Phan has been in wars for 10 years, and Hettes has only been in 8 quick wins in small shows before one competitive fight against Bruce Leroy. Phan is not fantastic, but he is not going to get tapped in 2 minutes like the randoms Hettes beat in Northeast regional shows. Phan has great body shots that will overwhelm and demoralize Hettes. By the second round, Hettes will be desperate and things will get worse. Big third round by Phan and an easy decision.

Alexander Gustafsson over Vladimir Matyushenko – KO Rd 1
Initially I was taking Vlad via TKO, I don’t think Alex’s chin has been tested yet, but Vlad’s take down defense is terrible and Gustafsson was smart enough to take all previous decent strikers down and submit them, so I assume he’s going to do the same here. Janitor should consider training fighters from here on out if he loses this one.

Alexander Gustafsson over Vladimir Matyushenko – Round 2 TKO
Gustafsson has faced some decent opponents but how will he deal with someone UNDEFEATED IN THE IFL?? I love Vladdy but Gustafsson is a very promising fighter who should pick him apart. Gustafsson will use length and athleticism to outstrike and damage Vladdy. I was disappointed by Gustafsson’s low workrate in his fight with Hamill, but I think he’ll turn up the volume against this tougher opponent. This is an appropriate test to see if Gustafsson is going to continue as a prospect or stall out.

Johny Hendricks over Jon Fitch – KO Rd 1
Yes, my official “JAV DONE LOST IT” pick of the day. Here me out tho. Fitch is coming off a huge layover, and has only fought 3 times in the last two years. Ring rust will play a factor in this fight. Hendricks is a REALLY good wrestler, and I believe can stuff Fitch’s take down game, and force this into a stand up fight. This is where Hendricks will unleash that big right hand and put Fitch to sleep. I swear this isn’t me talking myself into this pick because Fitch is boring. SWEAR.

Jon Fitch over Johny Hendricks – Round 3 JD
Hendricks has risen to the level in the Welterweight division where it is his honor to lose to either Thiggy Alves or Jon Fitch. For whatever reason, he drew Fitch. What that means is that his loss will be a tough clinchfest, rather than a three rounds of leg kicks. Fitch’s grappling will really be tested, and Hendricks could always land a big punch because he has power that Fitch does not. The wildcard will be Fitch’s submissions, which could come in a scramble when Hendricks is in 100% wrestling mode. I’m picking Fitch to win a close and debated decision by scoring a couple brief takedowns, and winning the dirty boxing.

Donald Cerrone over Nate Diaz – JD
Egads am I really picking someone to beat Nate? I cant remember the last time I did this, if ever. Unlike everyone else, I’ve been a believer in Cerrone for a few years now. He always brought it in the WEC and I knew once he figured out the ground game would be a beast. Nate isn’t going to have a chance to use his BJJ, it’s going to be a stand up fight, and Nate’s gonna be getting clipped with kicks and straight punches all night. This has the blueprint for a war, and I think it becomes one rather quickly. Afterwards, Nick will call out Cerrone, and fight Condit and Cowboy in the same night.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone over Nate Diaz – Round 3 JD
I’ve become a Cowboy Cerrone believer. His muay Thai is brutal, and I like it over Nate’s boxing. Cowboy is gonna force Nate into a long kickboxing match and Nate is gonna get battered in a way that is pretty rare for him. Nate found his power recently and I think he’ll hurt Cowboy a bit too, but Cerrone edges out the fight. Leg kicks over jabs in the scoring? This time at least

Alistair Overeem over Brock Lesnar – Round 2 KO
These guys are scary, but they are also flawed. That’s how it goes in the HW division it seems. Both guys could potentially have cardio problems, both guys struggle to handle damage, and both guys are coming off personal problems. I wonder who was able to have a smoother training camp. With all of that nonsense, I feel damn confident this isn’t going 5 rounds. Either guy could land a big shot and it would be over. I was extremely unimpressed by his fight vs Werdum, but I’m still picking Overeem in the end because I believe a bit more in his accuracy. Both guys will likely be tentative, and in the brief exchanges I think it’s more likely Overeem will land. Brock will try for takedowns without really setting them up, and that will leave him briefly vulnerable each time. Alistair lands a big one as Brock tries to reset off a stalled shot.

Brock Lesnar over Alistair Overeem – TKO Rd 2
Goddamn I am so torn on this fight. I know I say that every card, credit to the UFC for making tough match ups. We finally get Reem, the haters can pipe down because he’s passed his tests, (For now at least) and they throw his ass right into the fire with Lesnar. This is pretty easy to break down. Lesnar is the best HW wrestler/grappler in the world (Suck on that Barnett fans) who doesn’t know how to take a punch. Overeem is the greatest HW striker in the world, but his grappling is suspect. And it has been for 10 years. Now he’s going to take on the best grappler in the world? This fight should go one of two ways. Either Reem knocks Brock out and looks dominant, or Lesnar grapplefucks the shit outta Reem and looks dominant. AS I’M TYPING THIS I AM LITERALLY CHANGING MY MIND FOR THE 79347546769 TIME. But I’m leaning Brock to bull rush Reem, grab a double leg, and pound out Reem and wear him and those big muscles out. Come the second round, Reem will be done, and Brock will smash him the way he did Mir. It’s gonna be brutal. Sherdog will explode. I will laugh.

END OF THE YEAR AWARDS:

Fight Of The Year: Shogun-Henderson
This may be the greatest fight I’ve ever seen. No bullshit. Two fantastic fighters beating the absolute crap out of each other for 5 rounds, and at the end most scored it a draw. It was like Rocky I but for real. As great as it was, these two should never fight each other again, because fights like that take time off of your career, and LIFE SPAN.

Fight of the Year: Edgar – Maynard II
This was Hollywood drama played out for real. I’m an Edgar fan, and this fight further solidified it. Coming back after getting dropped over and over was nothing short of heroic.

Fighter Of The Year – Jon Jones
You finish Bader, Shogun, Rampage, and Machida in the same year? This is just as good of a run Shogun had a few years back when he won the GP and we were all crowning his ass. And the real scary thing? He’s only just begun.

Fighter of the Year: Dan Henderson
I’m going against the Jon Jones grain here, and it’s not entirely due to my desire to be contrary. Henderson had wins over some very big names in the sport, and he was responsible for some of the best fights. His punching power was on serious display as was his heart. He’s an old man in this sport but in 2011, but my opinion of him went from “Wow ok, I guess he’s still relevant” to “This guy may be one of the best of all time.”

Round of the Year: Diaz – Daley 1st and only Round
I think Nick Diaz is now my favorite fighter to watch. I always loved him as a personality but his nasty body shots and cardio-as-a-weapon was perfected in 2011, and this round was a great example of it. Daley has power and hurt Diaz a few times here to make it even more fun to watch.

Round Of The Year: Chandler – Alvarez Rd 1
Just when you think UFC will dominate all of our awards BOOM BACK TO BACK NON UFC EVENTS. SUCK ON THAT MMA AWARDS. With this fight you could probably pick any round, but the 1st was a fucking barnburner Frye/Takayama level violence. Both guys getting floored, both guys throwing bombs, it was like a fucking video game.

Style/Technique of the Year: Kara-tay KICK
In previous years we have talked about the rise of certain weightclasses, or the rise of certain camps. This year I think the rise of Karate kicking technique in MMA deserves a mention. For a long time we MMA fans have mocked “McDojos” and katas and all of that bullshit, but last year we saw Steven FUCKING Segal in the corner of an MMA champion. ASilva and Machida each had shocking facekick knockouts in the first quarter of the year, and this is a copycat sport so it wasn’t long before we saw fights start to look a little more like kung-fu movies. We saw people start to use the sidekick as a jab, we saw people start using this semi-legal sidekick to the knee, and we saw the return of the frontkick as a viable finishing weapon. Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, and Jon Jones are all top 5 pound for pound fighters and they all use these types of techniques as a major component of their offense. For last year at least, the most effective modern fighters used some of the oldest techniques.

Technique Of The Year: H-Bomb
Can you remember the last time a guy was so predictable, but yet nobody could stop it? EVERYONE knows you avoid the Henderson right hand, and yet nobody could do it. NOBODY. Jones beats you with a toolbox worth of crazy shit, Hendo beats you with one thing, the H-Bomb.

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The Lethal Entertainment Women Of Rasslin Tournament Wrestlers & Valets Rd. 3

Christmas is almost upon us so what better way to celebrate then to decide what chick is hotter then the other. So far the tournament has had plenty of predictable results and some shocking upsets. But we’re getting into the home stretch now.

Christy Hemme defeats So Cal Val 80% to 20%

Traci defeats Terri 55.56% to 44.44%

Aksana defeats Ashley 66.67% to 33.33%

Francine defeats Ryan Shamrock 77.78% to 22.22%

Kimberly Page defeats Jackie Gayda 88.89% to 11.11%

Dawn Marie defeats Midajah 88.89% to 11.11%

Maria defeated Gorgeous George 88.89% to 11.11%

Stacy defeated Rosa 88.89% to 11.11%

These results are where I figured they would be, so I’m not complaining.

Wrestler’s Round Three

Trish VS. Tara

Trish Stratus Vs. Tara (Victoria)

Melina VS. Molly Holly

Melina Perez Vs. Molly Holly

Lita VS. Maryse

Lita Vs. Maryse

Brooke Adams VS. AJ Lee

Brooke Adams Vs. AJ Lee

Valets Round Three

Christy Hemme VS. Traci Brooks

Christy Hemme Vs. Traci Brooks

Aksana VS. Francine

Aksana Vs. Francine

Kimberly VS. Dawn Marie

Kimberly Page Vs. Dawn Marie

Maria VS. Stacy Keibler

Maria Vs. Stacy Keibler

All polls close on December 28th, 2011 around Midnight on the West Coast.

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UFC 140 – Karate vs. JESUS Feat. Cruelty

Sup folks, gotta fly, you know the drill, I’m italics, Cruelty isnt, SUPER MEGA LETS GO.

John Cholish over Mitch Clarke – Round 2 RNC
I was scouring YouTube to see some old Mitch Clarke fights to see if he’s anything more than a collegiate wrestler, and I came across a video interview with Mitch wearing an nWo black & white shirt. 4 life? Wow is Canada that far behind? I was in Toronto on Wednesday and saw no indication that it was in-fact 1999 there. Do you feel like you’ve learned anything from this preview thingie so far? Both guys are great wrestlers but Cholish is bringing extra hype for having a good submission game, and I’m really unimpressed with Clarke’s gnp. Cholish is also a good wrestler and I like that he’s a student to the game, and he’s a bit more explosive.

John Cholish over Mitch Clarke – Sub Rd 2
Damn you John for having one of those names that could also be spelled like “Jon” forever confusing the shit out of me. Clarke has a solid ground game, wondering if he can give Cholish fits on the mat? Potential cross each other out skillset? Still leaning Cholish.

Rich Attonito over Jake Hecht – Round 3 JD
How the fuck has Rich Attonito been in like 6 UFC fights and I can’t remember a single one? He was on TUF but sorta sucked right? Bald guy with tattoos…nope that doesn’t help. I’m not as hardcore as I used to be but still not a good sign, and he’s 5-1. Against bad talent, but still. Anyway Hecht is making his UFC debut against a guy who is apparently (???) a seasoned UFC vet. Remember that department store Hecht’s? Fuck that place.

Rich Attonito over Jake Hecht – TKO Rd 2
I hate leaning on Cruelty’s posts, it’s an advantage I get for posting, but holy shit is he right. I remember he was on TUF, but didn’t do anything memorable, and I remember he beat up Yager after Yager came out throwing crazy ninja shit. That’s about it. I didn’t even know he recently beat up Ninja Roberts. Here’s yet another example why we gotta start spreading these PPV’s out more. One every other week’s a bit excessive, even for me. Anyways Attonito drops him later in the fight, and we won’t remember.

Nik Lentz over Mark Bocek – Round 3 JD
Andy Dalton is having a helluva season. Last time Bocek fought I believe I talked shit about Dalton, and I was crazy wrong. I’m smart about football but I fucking suck at appraising QB talent. But I’m not bad at recognizing that Nik Lentz will make this a very boring slow fight. Nik Lentz is funny, but damn he will hold a fucker down and waste 15 minutes of our MMA-watching lives. Bocek is too easily held down by good wrestlers and it’ll probably happen.

Nik Lentz over Mark Bocek – JD
Love me some “Carny”. It really is the greatest nickname. I wonder if it was given to him because he kinda looks like one, or if it has some other hidden meaning. Bocek has a few decent W’s under his belt, it’s probably why he sticks around the undercard. Didn’t know his last fight was versus Bendo, that was a while ago. Nik will win two of the three rounds because Bocek can be suckered into trading and getting away from his bread and butter, grapplefucking you.

Yves Jabouin over Walel Watson – Round 1 KO
Wale’s “Chillin feat. Lady GaGa” is a great song. This statement probably destroyed both my Wale cred and my Lady GaGa cred, but if I can’t speak the truth on this website than the terrorists really have won. This guy has an extra “L” on his name, and I’m not sure how much less cool that makes him than Wale. Yves is going to beat guys who aren’t great wrestlers, so he’ll beat Walel. Yves uses big technique and actually lands it pretty often. In his recent Ian Loveland fight I noted the way he uses his sidekick like a teep or jab to keep grapplers at a distance. This was a step in evolution for him and I’m curious to see him continue his development. Not really in this fight, though, in this fight I think he’ll just fucking kick Walel’s face in.

Yves Jabouin over Walel Watson – JD
Shit Walel was some pretty decent wins under his belt as well, this has FIAHWERKS written all over it. Love me some Jabouin, classic “Thank you for lighter divisions Dana now I can get my shine on” dudes that’s got way too much experience and that’ll be the difference in stealing a close fight.

John Makdessi over Dennis Hallman – Round 2 TKO
This will be fun: Two fights in a row where guys are gonna throw spinning kicks. Hallman showed his balls in Philly, and I was there. True story. Makdessi has good takedown defense, and he should put a bunch of damage on Hallman before the finish. No guarantee on balls being displayed.

Dennis Hallman over John Makadessi – Sub Rd 1
When I hear a fighter say “My ground game is ok, but his wont matter when I punch him in the face!” My first thoughts are now “Oh so your ground game isn’t on par with his. That’s what’s going to happen here. And what happened to him being shitcanned anyway?

Jared Hamman over Constantinos Philippou – Round 3 KO
When Constantinos faces strikers, he apparently tries to make the fight into a terrible grappling match for a few minutes until he gases. That makes him awesome to watch. Jared Hamman will try to throw hands, get taken down, the crowd will boo, CP will get tired, then Jared will knock him out.

Jared Hamman over Constantinos Philippou – TKO Rd 2
Holy shit I remember Hamman used to be a HW fighting for EXC. I’m blown away by him being able to cut to 185 now. Philippou trains with Longo with his hands, probably the most slept on striking coach in this sport, so maybe he knocks Hamman out? Philippou has a funny tattoo on his chest of a pitbull with boxing gloves on. That’d be awesome if he was a boxer? And the gloves are so big it’s not like he can fix them to look like MMA gloves. Lesson to be learned kids, be careful when you ink yourself.

Krzysztof Soszynski over Igor Pokrajac – Round 1 Submission (Kimura)
Fuck they love putting Polish Kryz into fights with other guys who have crazy names. Bruce Buffer must be dreading this intro. Igor gets some love because he throws high-kicks and he’s Croatian, but he’s not a great fighter. Kryz is going to take him down and tap him.

Krzysztof Soszynski over Igor Pokrajac – Sub Rd 2
Initially wondering if Pokrajac can fuck up K-Sos standing, but remembering that K-Sos went toe-to-toe with Bonnar for a while before getting KTKO. K-Soz stands with him for a round or so before taking it to the mat and grabbing an arm.

Mark Hominick over Chan Sung Jung – Round 3 JD
This fight was put together to showcase Hominick’s high-volume striking, and Jungs high-zombie-strength chin. Hominick will be able to stay outside and land punches to impress the judges. Jung might have a small advantage on the ground, but Hominick is sound and won’t get tapped if it goes to the mat.

Mark Hominick over Chan Sung Jung – TKO Rd 1
Korean Zombie is Dana’s version over MINOWAMAN. He may not be as awesome as MINOWAMAN but he’ll fight anyone anytime, and it’s going to be exciting as fuck. Will the death of Hominick’s trainer factor in this fight, like Mick’s death obviously affected Rocky Balboa? I’m guessing no, and Zombie gets slept early, and Mark gets launched right back into a fight with Aldo.

Claude Patrick over Brian Ebersole – Round 3 JD
Ebersole is a Wildman but the time for joking is over. HE’S FACING A FORMER TORONTO DRAGON AND THOSE GUYS DON’T FUCK AROUND, EH? The Canadians I met with on Wednesday actually did say “eh” all the time, and random strangers struck up hockey smalltalk with me. Sometimes stereotypes are true. Next thing I’ll find out that black people are good at basketball. So Patrick is black (how about that segue??) and he’s a much better athlete than Ebersole. He will fight a normal fight and win by scoring with more strikes. Ebersole will prance around and never find the submission he needs.

Brian Ebersole over Claude Patrick – JD
In my best Joe Rogan voice, “EBERSOLE HAS 60 MMA FIGHTS!!! 60!!!” Patrick may be able to equalize the ground game, but I’m not sure. And if he does will he be able to trade with a guy with SIXTY GODDAMN FIGHTS? I aint buying it.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira over Tito Ortiz – Round 2 KO
Lil Nog just faced two powerhouse wrestlers, and now he’s facing a junior college wrestler who lost on The Apprentice. Will the results be the same? I say nay. Tito will not overwhelm Nog, and Nog will be able to land punches that Tito can’t take any more.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira over Tito Ortiz – TKO Rd 2
This is a cute way to send Tito out right? Does this guy fucking get it anymore? He should be asking to fight Mark Coleman. I don’t think he realizes this is the same way it ended for Chuck. A decent win (Wandy in Chuck’s case) in between a string of bad losses on your way out. I’d be BLOWN A FUCKING WAY if Tito could somehow find a way to choke out a Nog Bro. Nog keeps it standing and beats the crap out of Tito, and as much as I love Lil’ Nog, I’m going to be sad for Tito.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira over Frank Mir – Round 3 JD
Wow a pair of early-2000s dream fights in a row, starring two brothers that look like crumpled up brown paper bags with glue-on googly eyes! I like that. In his most recent fight, Minoauro went in looking fat at 245, but he wasn’t THAT slow. He probably got heavy before coming off hip and knee surgery so I expected him to look flabby and have no cardio, but that didn’t come into play against Schaub. He landed a long brutal combo and kept his career alive. He’s lighter for this fight and may be faster? In his recent fights Frank Mir has shown some flashes of kickboxing prowess, and his cardio only medium sucks now. He’s been powerlifting, and living as a vegetarian. I wasn’t 100% sure about that, and in researching to confirm it I discovered that peas are high in protein. Probably because they are seeds and need protein to grow the baby plant? SCIENCE! This will turn into another kickboxing match and I like Mir here because he is the better athlete at this point in their careers.

Frank Mir over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – TKO Rd 2
I’d fucking LOVE to sit here and lie to you guys, but I think Nog has no shot in this fight. His body is done. His chin is done. His reflexes are done. The Schaub KO came after Schaub got lazy on defense and let Nog fucking TEE OFF on him. And Schaub was catching Nog early in that fight as well, I’m not fucking bullshitting myself, or any of you. Mir’s body hasn’t been in half the wars Nog has, Mir’s done a better job of not taking excessive damage over a 10 year period, and that’s why he’ll win.

In 20 years from now our grandkids or nephews or fucking whoever are going to say “Mir must have been better then Nog because he knocked him out twice.” It’s our individual responsibility to slap those kids, tell them they don’t know shit, and that Nog was the second greatest HW from 2000-2010 when the sport was taking off, Nog fought EVERYONE, held belts all over the world, and was quite possibly the best ambassador that the sport has ever seen. And if you look at the overall records the fucking numbers don’t lie. And if you haven’t said to yourself “Jay is being a fucking Pride mark fanboy” I’ll fucking say it for you.

Jon Jones over Lyoto Machida – Round 3 TKO
This could certainly be a dynamic fight, or it could be another Bones Jones massacre. Machida’s crazy style seemed invincible before the Shogun loss, and dropping Randy with some ninja shit only did so much to restore his mystique. Machida is an interesting challenge for any fighter but his traditionalness is unorthodox in modern martial arts. That sentence was confusing to write. Anyway, I’m curious to see how he’ll handle Jones… who uses unusual technique himself. If Lyoto can solve that puzzle, then Jones will still have wrestling to fall back on. With a mix of standup and gnp, Jones will pile up damage quickly, and finish in the third.

Jon Jones over Lyoto Machida – JD
I can totally see Jon Jones pacing himself badly, winning the first 3 rounds, running out of gas going into the championship rounds, and Machida hulking up and grabbing the last two rounds similar to Hendo-Shogun. That’s what I think will happen. I know I questioned Bones mental toughness last time and he proved me wrong, and could very well continue to prove me wrong with the above thoughts, but I’m not hating on Bones as much as its my confidence in Machida being a very good fighter who studies tape, has solid game plans, and has been a champion before. Machida comes on late, but too late, and Bones continues to piss off half the MMA community for being too nice.

Enjoy the fights!

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The Lethal Entertainment Women Of Rasslin Tournament: Valets Round # 2 (Plus Wrestlers Round 2 Results)

After another extended break due to burnout from school, we are back with the Lethal Entertainment Women Of Rasslin Tournament. You the voting public ruined a lot of good potential second round matches by voting for people you shouldn’t have. But that’s the price we pay for democracy.

In any event here are the results for the wrestler’s round # two.

AJ Lee defeated O.D.B. 92.31% to 7.69%

Brooke Adams defeated Layla El 69.23% to 30.77%

Maryse defeated Kelly Kelly 84.62% to 15.38%

Lita defeated Michelle McCool 51% to 49%

Molly Holly defeated Candice Michelle 92.31% to 7.69%

Melina Perez defeated MsChif 83.33% to 16.67%

Tara defeated Cheerleader Melissa 76.92% to 23.08%

And Trish Stratus defeated Gail Kim 69.23% to 30.77%

Unlike the valets first round bracket, these results I can live with. Lets keep that streak going, shall we.

Battle Of The Firecrotches
Vs.

Battle Of The Giant Fake Boobs
Vs.

Terri Runnels Vs. Traci Brooks

Match Number Three
Vs.

Aksana Vs. Ashley Massaro

Match Number Four
Vs.

Francine Vs. Ryan Shamrock

Match Number Five
Vs.

Kimberly Page Vs. Jackie Gayda

Match Number Six
Vs.

Dawn Marie Vs. Midajah

Match Number Seven
Vs.

Maria Vs. Gorgeous George

Match Number Eight
Vs.

Stacy Keibler Vs. Rosa Mendes

All polls close on December 17th, 2011 after Midnight on the west coast. So as they say in Chicago…Vote Early and Vote Often.

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UFC 139 – Will They Mention Dan Hendo KO’ing Fedor? Feat. Cruelty

Sup folks? We’ve returned from the UFC On FOX, also known as “The Day Dana Shit His Pants On National Television”. We’ve got a stacked as fuck card headlined by two legends, a No. Cal legend, and THE Legend, Wandy Silva. Let’s stop fucking around with the oakie doke and get shit moving. You know the drill. I’m ITALICS, Cruelty is not, LETS GO!!

Danny Castillo over Shamar Bailey – Round 2 TKO
Castillo has been severely outwrestled in his previous two UFC fights, but both times he found a few openings to employ his wild striking game. Volkmann shut him down, but I don’t think Shamar is good enough to hold him down. This is a well-made fight because we’ll find out where the guys are in terms of skill: Shamar thinks he can wrestle and Castillo thinks he can sprawl-and-brawl. I think neither is UFC LW quality but this way we decide who to cut. Speaking of cutting, Shamar struggled and still didn’t make weight so he may not be in great shape. When Shamar slows down, Castillo will land a wild flurry.

Danny Castillo over Shamar Bailey – JD
Shamar came in like 3 lbs. overweight, this would be the PERFECT time for Dana to go into “You don’t wanna fuck around” mode and cut this kid, and show the future TUF fighters that weight cut is important and fuck excuses. Castillo got that Alpha Male camp pedigree so maybe he takes Shamar down? Shamar showed hella chin last fight, I’m torn, but going Castillo to win two of the three.

Matt Brown over Seth Baczynski – Round 3 JD
Brown spent a good deal of his fight with Doomsday Howard on the bottom, and the argument here is that Seth can win by getting on top earning a decision. Brown stays busy, though, and I don’t love Seth’s top-control. Brown will be the more active fighter on the feet and from the bottom, and that will sway the judges.

Seth Baczynski over Matt Brown – TKO RD 2
I’m all in on Baczynski as a solid addition to this division. Kid fights like a Mini-Fedor. Brown is game as fuck and I’m wondering if this turns in to an epic brawl and sprawl battle. Brown has been in more grappling matches recently and maybe he’s game for a brawl? I’m thinking he gets caught and dropped during a scramble and punched in the head until the ref steps in.

Miguel Torres over Nick Pace – Round 1 TKO
When I saw pace fight in Philly he was treated as a hometown fighter, coming from Team Tiger-Schulman which is vaguely local, and he proceeded to stink up the place. Menjivar worked him over pretty good, and Torres is a much more dangerous fighter. Torres is going to put volume strikes on Pace including some nasty leg kicks, and Pace won’t be safe even if he get take the fight to the ground. Both guys struggled to make weight but Pace isn’t even close. I don’t know the backstory but I don’t think the talent-level is close enough for the weight-cut to matter.

Miguel Torres over Nick Pace – JD
In two weeks we’ll be watching Torres on MMA Live talking about how he wanted to take more chances, saw spots, saw chances for sub finishes, but stuck to his game plan and won the fight easily. BTW Torres keeps falling further and further down the card. Sigh.

Rafael dos Anjos over Gleison Tibau – Round 3 KO
I love Rafael’s sideburns, but I’m only lukewarm on his chances for this fight. Tibau is pretty good at holding guys down for two rounds to win a decision, but he looks very slow and hitable on his feet. Tibau cleaned up his punches but his footwork is still garbage. I will be watching to see if this has improved, and if it hasn’t Rafael dos Anjos can put him to sleep. I’m splitting the difference with this pick, and predicting that RdA lands a big shot after Tibau tires from his trademark 2-Round Blanket Attack.

Rafael dos Anjos over Gleison Tibau – JD
RdA is back!! Fresh of the G-Sot SHOCKER, I’m concerned he’s going to be throwing more leather now and not working his strong sub game, this could be a bad thing. Shit Tibau is a grinder as well, this has the potential for GRAPPLEFUCK!! Any grapplefucking in San Jose will get hit with boo birds with the quickness. I say RdA out grinds Tibau in a match where Dana spends majority of the time reading Twitter.

Chris Weidman over Tom Lawlor – Round 2 RNC
Weidman is raw but very impressive. He’s a powerful wrestler who loves to grab for submissions because he’s a good enough wrestler to recover if he misses. He completely manhandled Jesse Bongwater in his last fight, and he’s facing another inferior wrestler in Lawlor. I enjoy Lawlor but he’s not technically proficient enough to catch Weidman or defend the wild subs for long.

Tom Lawlor over Chris Weidman – TKO RD 1
Weidman has 2 impressive W’s in the UFC, I’m wondering if he turns this into a GRAPPLEFUCK. Lawlor’s got a pretty strong wrestling base and is gonna test the kids chin. I think he catches him, the kid gets Stanky Leg with it, and Lawlor pounces on him for the finish. Goofyness will ensue.

Michael McDonald over Alex Soto – Round 3 JD
I already used up my “Michael McDonald the singer” jokes in a previous preview, so this fight brings me no joy. Both guys are ostensibly grapplers but they aren’t fantastic wrestlers. I’m worried they will stalemate in some lame clinchfest with neither guy willing to go to their back. There could be footstomps and other lameness. I can’t quite tell which guy’s mediocre bjj is better, so I’ll pick the UFC vet on the basis of “octagon jitters” messing up Soto’s footstomp game.

Alex Soto over Michael McDonald – Sub RD 2
Soto got mad wins in Mexico, so you know he’s the real deal. This could be less of a grapplefuck and more of a high paced grappling match with sub attempts and takedowns and guys giving up their backs, entertaining type shit. I think Soto catches an arm sometime in the 2nd and finishes.

Ryan Bader over Jason Brilz – Round 3 JD
These two good wrestlers are coming of back-to-back losses. Bader got the best of Lil’ Nog who is a recent common opponent, which is a fact that would matter in other sports and means very fucking little in this one. Bader is the better striker and wrestler. Bader should and may look to keep this standing, and that’ll win him the fight on points. Both guys will have shit cardio so don’t expect a ballet of violence in the third. It may look a bit more like 2:45am in the street outside a Vegas strip club… just wild swinging.

Ryan Bader over Jason Brilz – JD
Poor Ryan Bader. He had a solid run before getting caught in back-to-back chokes. Will he ever shake the “Ortiz’s last win” black cloud? The same pity could be felt for Brilz. People got excited over his close fight with Lil’ Nog, then he gets ETHER’D by The Janitor? Ay yi yi. Anyway, Bader is the better wrestler, and should be able to get more takedowns then Brilz. Wu-Tang said it best Bader, Protect Ya Neck.

Kyle Kingsbury over Stephan Bonnar – Round 3 JD
Bonnar has been injured and on the shelf for almost a year. If it wasn’t for the long layoff, I would give him a chance but coming into this fight rusty will doom him. Kingsbury will gnp while Bonnar tries to work his guard game. You can’t simulate getting facepunched in front of millions, and I think Bonnar will wear himself out trying to escape. Both guys will be gassed by the third (I’ve said that for like half of these fights… fucking bodybuilder wrestler types) and Bonnar will win the third with his standup. Close decision win for Kingsbury based on his earlier ground dominance.

Stephan Bonnar over Kyle Kingsbury – TKO RD 2
I’m just not impressed with Kingsbury. His best win was versus Romero, and the jury is still out on Romero. Bonnar is well versed and I’m not sure Kingsbury will be able to keep him hemmed up the entire fight. I think Bonnar catches him later in the fight and finishes with clinch knees and punches.

Rick Story over Martin Kampmann – Round 3 JD
The top four fights on this card are fucking awesome. Story and Kampmann have both been working their way up the Welterweight ladder, and they’re both fairly young. It’s good to have some new faces on the scene, because Fitch-Alves-GSP has gotten a little stale. Story relies on his athleticism more than technique with his standup, and Kampman will outclass him if that’s where the fight stays. I don’t see that happening, though. Story will get on top, and Kampmann will counter with attacks from guard. I was impressed with Story’s bjj in his loss to Brenneman, so I think he’ll keep himself safe. Three gnp decisions in a row, but I think this one will look slick. Both guys are gonna be hovering around the top of the weight-class for the next couple years for sure.

Martin Kampmann over Rick Story – JD
This fight is pretty awesome. Story was on a tear before getting caught by The Spainard in a Texas Switch due to injury fight. I still think Kampmann is in the mix of top 170ers, you could legit argue that he got robbed in decision losses to Sanchez and Shields. He trains with a top team, has CRAZY hands, and has developed some great grappling skills. I think Kampmann will be able to stuff majority of the takedowns, work his great hand combos, and steal two of three rounds in what could end up being a very close fight.

Urijah Faber over Brian Bowles – Round 3 JD
There was a time when I thought Brian Bowles was so well-rounded that he was going to enjoy a nice long title reign. Dominic Cruz beat him in the next fight and I felt like a bit of an idiot, but Bowles has floated back to the top of the weight class. Faber is pretty well-rounded himself, and he will enjoy a speed advantage. This will probably be a kickboxing match for the most part: Bowles will rely on a jab, and Fabe will try to move in and out. I think it will be about even. Bowles hasn’t faced a great wrestler in awhile, and Faber will take him down enough to impress the judges.

Urijah Faber over Brian Bowles – JD
Honestly I think Bowles could be prime to pull off a big upset. He’s got heavy hands, solid grappling, and great submissions. Could he use in and out footwork and outwork Faber? It’s very possible. I doubt it though. Faber does a solid job of taking guys down and doing enough work while down to impress judges, and he’ll do the same here. The Sactown Faber fans will be in the building, Faber’s a huge draw in No Cal. He’ll get his hand raised and the place will go nuts. Then Faber will ask for another title shot and we will all quietly giggle, but turn away so he can’t see us.

Wanderlei Silva over Cung Le – Round 3 JD
The judges will be tired from all of their watching, thinking, and adding… so they’ll be happy to put their cards away and watch some violence at the top of this card. Fucking Cung Le hasn’t fought in a year and a half. It feels much more recent than that, but maybe I saw Pandorum on Encore Action and that confused me. Wandy is a bit chinny these days, but Cung doesn’t really have great punching power. Cung Le will try to win this fight from the outside and Wand will charge in with those hooks. Cung will cover up and go down.

Wanderlei Silva over Cung Le – KO RD 2
This fight is beyond fucking awesome and I just hope Wandy’s chin can hold up ONE LAST FUCKING TIME. Maybe he can mix in some head movement? All of the experts picking Le point to Wandy’s chin, and rightfully so. His Leben loss was embarrassing and I think majority of the MMA fans want him to go out with one last great performance. Another thing folks aren’t realizing is Le is nearly 40 years old, and has 32 kickboxing/ San Shou fights as well. Mix in his MMA fights and he’s got 40 pro fights So he’s just as old, if not older! I think this is a perfect fight for Wandy if he doesn’t gas. Le withers, doesn’t protect his face as well as he used to, and fights from the outside using his kicks rather then hands, although he has a sneaky right hook that may ice Wandy. I think Wandy fights safe for a round, gets a clinch in the 2nd, and destroys Le with knees and punches. There will be A TON of angry Asians, because Le is a huge fucking draw in No. Cal.

Dan Henderson over Shogun Rua – Round 3 TKO
Shogun slept Forrest Griffin because Forrest got old and chinny, but never adapted his style. Hendo still has a good chin, and he has great natural power that will threaten Shogun in every exchange. Shogun will gamplan to stay outside and use leg kicks and jabs. It seems too far-fetched to think he can do it for 25 minutes on bad knees, so he’ll need to come in and land power punches at some point. When he comes in, Dan will be ready and land a big right hand. If I’m right about this fight, is Dan fighter of the year automatically? Knocking out Feijao and two former champs and Pride legends is a decent year’s work.

Dan Henderson over Shogun Rua – TKO RD 2
I’ll take Cruelty’s argument a step further, and say Henderson may be the greatest MMA fighter of the past 10 years and we just haven’t realized it yet. He’s bounced between three weight classes and been successful. That’s fucking unheard of in this sport. He’s beating future stars like Feijao and legends like Fedor and he should be at the tail end of his career. It’s fucking mind boggling. I don’t take Shogun’s win seriously. Forrest wanted no part of Brazil, or that fight. His mind was on having his first kid, and it was crystal clear as Shogun was dribbling his head off the mat like a tennis ball with hammerfists. The telling fight was the Bones fight. His legs were gone, his killer punches were gone, and when he got put in deep waters he fucking drowned. Henderson eats steaks with A1 sauce in deep waters. The Shogun era is over. Injuries wrecked his career and that’s how he’ll be remembered. Rua will make a mistake, the H-BOMB will once again detonate, and we’ll all scratch our heads, think of what I just wrote and say, “Fuck. Hendo really is the best fighter of the past 10 years.”

Enjoy the fights!!

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