Iron Mike Tyson, one of the most exciting boxing heavyweights of all time says that MMA is on the rise while boxing is in the doldrums. He also talks about Fedor, who he admires greatly. Check out this video interview.
Once was not enough for a fan who asked Alistair Overeem to punch him in the gut. Overeem went easy the first time, but the fan wanted more, so Overeem gave him what he asked for. The guy then doubled over in pain and joy. Time will tell if his spleen appreciates all the attention. Hey, at least he knows how Brock Lesnar feels now!
Chael Sonnen barely squeaked by Michael Bisping in their fight last weekend, and before the decision was read, he says he did not know for sure if he was going to win. But after the decision gave him the victory, Chael broke out into his best Superstar Billy Graham impersonation. Sonnen used almost word for word lines from a post-match speech Graham gave back in the day. It was entertaining and somewhat funny, but after such a close fight, Chael's heart just didn't seem as into it as it would have if he'd stopped Bisping.
Still, this shtick by Sonnen has raised his profile enormously among many fans, and his victory on Saturday assures him a second opportunity against UFC MW champion Anderson Silva. Many hardcore MMA fans find Sonnen's WWE theatrics too over the top, but trash talk is encouraged and rewarded by the UFC, so be prepared for more of these kinds of post-fight antics.
I've got back to back videos for you to compare Sonnen's speech with Grahams. Chills will run up your spine at the similarity. Enjoy!
First up is Sonnen, followed by the original with Superstar Billy Graham:
Rich Franklin says it would take him less than a minute to beat any "average guy on the street" but he only needed 10 seconds to neck crank the guy in this video. Rich follows that up with a 4 second achilles lock, which just shows how nice of a guy Rich is. He could have turned that into a Palhares-style heel hook and crippled this guy for life. Funny video, check it out.
There's an axiom in boxing that you never "hook with a hooker" but in Jim Miller's case, that does not apply. Although people see him as primarily a grappler due to his wrestling background and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, he has done quite well on his feet in fights with guys known for their striking. He "tends to shock" strikers with his strikes, before taking them down and going for the submission.
Tomorrow night, in the UFC on FX 1 card, Miller headlines the card in a bout against Melvin Guillard, a fighter who is very well known for his striking prowess. This fight is guaranteed to be explosive. Both Miller and Guillard are coming off losses and both have something to prove. It's a fantastic match up style-wise and it's a perfect fight to headline the inaugural show.
My analysis of the fight is that Miller, who fights out of the AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, will get in Guillard's grill and push the pace as hard as Melvin does. He will eventually take Guillard down, and then work him over on the ground before subbing him out. Still, it's going to be exciting while it lasts, and will put the winner back in the title hunt.
Here's a video interview of Jim by Damon Martin of MMA Weekly, where Jim talks about striking with strikers and his plans for Melvin Guillard.
Edson Barboza made history tonight in Brazil at UFC 142. His spinning wheelhouse kick KO of Terry Etim will forever be replayed on MMA highlight reels. It was an absolutely amazing kick, timed perfectly and executed with precision and destruction. Etim went stiff, his knees locked up and fell back, planking face up on the mat, out cold. Edson knew it was over the instant his heel caught Etim's chin, and so did the crowd who went wild. Commentator Mike Goldberg exclaimed that the kick resulted in "maybe the most spectacular knockout in UFC history." Hard to argue with him there.
Edson Barboza is a serious contender for the 155 pound UFC title. Tonight, he sent a message to the UFC's most stacked division: Beware the power of Edson Barboza.
Here's a video of Edson warming up earlier today, hours before his fight.
There is a rift between boxing and MMA, and it's kind of silly if you ask me. They are two very different sports and both are great. Guys like Bob Arum constantly try to diminish MMA, but it's usually sour grapes. In the case of the boxers themselves, however, it's a different story. Many great boxers are fans of MMA, including Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr., Oscar De La Hoya and the list goes on and on. Added to that list now is Wladimir Klitschko. In this video, Klitschko gives props to MMA fighters and admits that MMA involves too many different skills for him to even contemplate fighting in a cage. It's nice to the boxing's HW champ showing respect to the sport of mixed martial arts. Here's the video.
After his big win over Big Nog, Frank Mir was on the set of UFC Undisputed, where he was doing motion capture exercises for the game. The director thought he was pranking Frank by making him do silly moves, but Mir turned the tables and pranked the director so bad that the guy has started wearing Depends to work. Yes, Frank Mir is a scary dude when he's mad--or pretending to be mad. Check out the video.