After his loss to Ryan Bader in Japan, Rampage Jackson is contemplating his future. He already has some movie credits, and now he can add rapper to his already impressive resume. Here's a video of Rampage laying down the rhymes in Tokyo.
Ryan LaFlare is a UFC champion waiting to happen. He is currently under contract to fight for the UFC-owned Strikeforce organization, and I guarantee you, you will know his name well in the near future. I've been following Ryan's career for awhile now, throughout his first pro fight at Ring of Combat back in 2008, which he won by submission in the first round. Since then, LaFlare has rattled off five more wins, all by KO or submission, and he's ready to get it on at Strikeforce.
As LaFlare's record shows, he is just as dangerous on the ground as he is on his feet. He's a well rounded fighter with exceptional talent, and I expect big things from him at Strikeforce and eventually the UFC.
Here's a video interview (along with a bit of training footage) that I did with Ryan last week at Long Island MMA, where he trains.
During the NYC press conference announcing the Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz card, on which Josh Koscheck will be fighting Johny Hendricks, the man who knocked out Josh's good friend Jon Fitch, Koscheck was asked about avenging Fitch's loss. Before he could answer, a NY fight fan decided to let his feelings about Fitch be known...twice. Here's the video.
I had an opportunity to interview the UFC's Dennis Bermudez the other day at Long Island MMA. It's a great school where Dennis trains with many other MMA rising stars. In our interview Dennis, who started is career fighting at 155 and is now in the 145 pound division, talks about the difference between those two weight classes. He also talks about how he'd fight Jose Aldo, the Nick Diaz marijuana debacle, Chandella Powell, his upcoming fight with Pablo Garza, and other topics.
I have more videos from Long Island MMA coming up very soon, so stay tuned.
If you are trying to lose weight, this video could help because you may not feel hungry for a long time after watching it. An MMA fighter comes down wrong--and I mean wrong--on his leg and suffers a horrific knee dislocation. He's going to need someone who went to one of the sports medicine schools. If you thought Ronda Rousey's arm-twisting dislocation of Meisha Tate's elbow was brutal, you ain't seen nothing yet.
With the UFC back in Japan, it's time to take to reminisce about the old days, all the way back to UFC 29, held in Tokyo in December of 2000. This event was the last to be promoted by SEG before Zuffa took over. Tito Ortiz and Pat Miletich defended their titles, Matt Hughes lost in 20 seconds to Dennis Hallman, Matt Lindland made his UFC debut, and Chuck Liddell fought Jeff Monson, and a local ring announcer was used in place of Bruce Buffer. Ah , the good old days!
One of the funny moments was when Tito Ortiz explained how he lost his belt. Hey, it's only about 500 bucks!
This video comes courtesy of DOJO.tv, who is sitting on tons of great archival stuff. Check it out.
Anthony "Showtime" Pettis called out Joe Lauzon and got his wish. He'll be fighting Joe in Japan at UFC 144, and we'll see if it's a case of being careful of what you wish for. Lauzon is a very well rounded fighter, and he's got a great ground game, but Pettis feels that his ground game is good too, and that he has the tools to beat Creepy Joe. Here's his video interview from Japan.
Ben Henderson knows that Frankie Edgar is a very well rounded fighter and has great fundamentals, and that he's facing the toughest fighter of his career. Henderson, a former WEC champion, will be getting his first crack at the UFC LW belt at UFC 144, and he says he'll have to match Frankie fundamental for fundamental if he's going to succeed. Here's his video interview from Japan: