Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva was originally scheduled to face Vitor Belfort for the UFC middleweight title. Due to a shoulder injury Belfort sustained not too long ago, Demian Maia was called in as a replacement to fight Silva as part of the upcoming UFC 112 main event in Abu Dhabi.
Maia is known for his expertise in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, acquiring 8 of his 12 wins via submission. Silva is well aware of Maia’s dangerous ground game, but the current middleweight champion points out a very important aspect in this sport. Silva vs. Maia will be a mixed martial arts bout, not a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match. Although Silva is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he continues to train both the ground game as well as his stand-up skills.
Again, anything can happen when it comes to MMA competition.
From Anderson Silva via Tatame.com:
“This isn’t jiu-jitsu, it’s MMA, a sport that involves many techniques and elements. It’s hard to say that I would beat him standing up and he would defeat me on the canvas. Logically, each one of us owns a specialty but a fight is always a fight. MMA is a new sport and there’s no precise gameplan so we keep training and studying. I’m going to study for the rest of my life. It has been going correctly but it can happen that I won’t give my best showing and it’s over. We’re training and if it’s God’s will to have me stay as champion, I’ll stay. I don’t feel pressure to fight with Demian or any other fighter in this division. I’m worried about how I’m training each day.”
Props to BloodyElbow.com for the pics:
Knockout (2011) is a new spy thriller movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. Check out Gina Carano and Antonio Banderas after the jump.
Date: March 22, 2010 (aired on HDNet)
Location: Yokohama Arena inYokohama, Japan
Main Fight Card:
- Champ Bibiano Fernandes vs. Joachim Hansen (for DREAM featherweight title)
- Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Katsunori Kikuno
- Andre “Dida” Amade vs. K.J. Noons
- Ryo Chonan vs. Andrews Nakahara
- Jimmy Ambriz vs. Ikuhisa Minowa
It has been a long 17 years since the Gracie family decide to put on the most successful infomercial the world has ever seen. For many, the early UFCs were inspiration for new endeavors, business ventures, and opportunities. This is especially true for collegiate wrestlers that did not have a league to go to after their collegiate career was over. It started out as a small show and was billed as a “blood sport.” Senator and later Presidential candidate John McCain called it “human cockfighting.” In some aspects, he may have even been correct. After that first UFC hit Colorado like a brick in the face, cages and bar room MMA events popped up all over the country. It took a lot of work and visionaries like Dana White and the Fertita brothers to bring the sport to where it is today.
The first event that I myself competed in was promoted by a very well known MMA fighter who shall remain nameless. It was an awesome evening for me as I was young, confident, and ready to hop in the cage and test my skills. As incredible an evening as it was for me, I realize now just how shady the entire situation and evening was. There was no sanctioning body, no one checking the hand taping jobs, no one inspecting the gloves that were being used, and most importantly, no medical staff on hand. Back then I did not give a second thought about any of these things because I was young and eager. Now that I am older and wiser, I realize that what I was doing was really stupid. As stupid as it may have been, I was one of the many that would show up at a hotel, pizza place, or bar, hop on a scale and go to war. Dumb as it was, people like myself helped pave the way for where the sport was heading. Many of us had dreams of how big this thing called MMA could get, but were never really sure if it would reach that point. Think back to the first UFC event that you watched. Did you ever think that it would be where it is today?
MMA today is a huge global enterprise. Ticket sales are at an all time high and pay-per-view numbers are through the roof. There are more MMA websites than are men drooling over Arianny Celeste. ESPN has a show devoted to MMA and Roger Huerta has even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. MMA apparel and gear is a whole new frontier. It has afforded many people new careers and brought a whole new market to the global economy. It seems as though everyone who can make a dime off of the sport is doing so. The question remains, is this a good thing? Is the growth and explosion just setting the sport up for failure and a trip back to the obscure? It is dangerous territory that we are now in and we as consumers, fans, competitors and people on the inside should tread very carefully before we become the reason behind a downfall.
The sport of MMA and its community of supporters have come a long way in the past two decades but there is still a lot of work to be done. We have not reached our destination, we have actually only begun to fill up the tank to begin the journey. In some states the sport is still illegal. In others it is legal but they have no governing body. Each state that has legalized the sport and has a governing body is allowed to make their own rules and guidelines. This has led to uncertainty and confusion. I will be the first to step up and say that things have to change! Amateur fighters are not required to submit to blood testing. This is dangerous and should be illegal in itself. The risk of being cut by an elbow, a knee, or a glancing blow is way too high to not test every competitor for communicable diseases. There needs to be a nationwide or even worldwide governing body that can institute a standard set of rules and guidelines and enforce them! There should be a group to say who can host and promote MMA events. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry that thinks he can make a buck in this industry are putting up cages and promoting events at the fighters’ expense. This is not a game, there are people’s lives at stake and it is time we started respecting that fact.
The year is 2010 here in Louisville, KY. Things are not a lot different than they were when I first competed in my first MMA event. There is now a governing body (The Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority) and pro fighters must adhere to blood testing regulations, there is more organization and that is where the improvements stop for the most part. Amateur fighters still do not have to submit to blood testing, no one checks the tape jobs, no one inspects gloves and you don’t have to be licensed to work as a cut man. You don’t even have to be licensed to be a referee. Promoters put fighters in the cage and risk their lives and limbs with referees who in some cases have no experience and then give the fighters a medal that looks like it came out of a gumball machine. There have to be proving grounds for amateur fighters and I realize this but there needs to be new parameters set. There should be an established feeder system set up to keep these shady promoters from preying on untrained fighters. At some point we as fans and competitors of this sport must realize that we are in the infancy stages of this sport and need to make these changes now before everything implodes around us. This is not bungee jumping. This is not something you do for fun on vacation. This is a serious, legitimate sport with serious, legitimate athletes and we need to start treating it that way.
The sport has come a long way and the sky is the limit as long as WE don’t put a roof on it. Fighters need to recognize that they have the power. Without shady promoters, there will still be fights but without fighters there will be no shady promoters. All of the hard work and dedication that has been put into this sport could be easily undone. We are one tragedy and disaster away from being relegated to underground shows in bars, pizza places, and back alleys like the old days. Make the changes while we have a chance and before it is too late. There is a saying that goes, “Crisis precipitates changes.” Don’t let a death, debilitating injury, or spread of disease be the downfall of our beloved sport. If you are a fan, congressman, promoter, or fighter use some common sense and wake up before MMA gets tapped out for good.
About the author:
Chris “The Buzz-Saw”Bowman is a mixed martial arts competitor, school owner, and judge with over 15 years of combative experience.
He owns and operates Louisville Elite Combat in Louisville, KY. He holds a Yudansha rank in the Japanese art of Bushi Jutsu Ryu and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cain Velasquez does the worst fake moves against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira:
Cain Velasquez knocks out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in slow motion:
Cain Velasquez with one of the fastest and most accurate knockouts in his MMA career:
Watch how Michael Bisping does some sort of dance move, but he gets hit on the chin right after by Wanderlei Silva:
Michael Bisping dents Wanderlei Silva’s face with a straight left jab:
Check out Wanderlei Silva’s face as he attempts a very close guillotine choke submission on Michael Bisping:
Wanderlei Silva with two beautiful sweeps which make Michael Bisping land straight on his ass both times:
Wanderlei Silva catches Michael Bisping with a straight left jab (DOINK):
Epic! Wanderlei Silva shakes hands with ultimate rival Rampage Jackson:
Weak side control by Michael Bisping, which creates a super easy escape by Wanderlei Silva:
Wanderlei Silva shaking off his balls after getting hit by one of Michael Bisping’s kicks:
Keith Jardine and the return of the nipple tweak:
Watch how Keith Jardine bounces off of his face (Funniest UFC 110 GIF)
Joe Stevenson’s worst Superman punch attempt:
Joe Stevenson’s weakest kick ever:
George Sotiropoulos trips up Joe Stevenson:
Joe Stevenson does some fancy dance move, but George Sotiropoulos catches him with a straight left jab:
Chris Lytle throws a wild left hook that lands right on Brian Foster’s face:
Props to Justin over at uofcombat.com for all of the GIFs
UFC welterweight fighter Paulo Thiago has won three of four fights since inking a fight deal with the UFC. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert holds notable wins over Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and Jacob Volkmann. Although Thiago continues to rise in the 170-pound division, he admits that he is not yet ready for a title fight against high caliber champion like Georges St Pierre.
From Paulo Thiago via Tatame.com:
“The UFC guys said I’m starting to shine, but I have to continue. My division is big. I don’t know if I have to wait for another fight. I’m not worried about (the title) yet. On the right time the UFC will give me the chance. I’m getting experience, feeling more comfortable. I’m not ready yet. St. Pierre is very smart, it’s going to be a chess game. Who gets calmer to annul the game of the other, takes it. He works a lot of takedown defense, the ground, the guard… You have to exchange with him, be aggressive. There are a lot of ways to prepare.”
Toney refused to fight for the UFC because Dana White offered him a “chump change” 5-fight deal and he could no longer participate in any boxing event.
Fair deal or not? Hmm, here’s what James Toney had to say:
“Dana White is a straight up ho! He makes me a 5-fight offer for chump change and said I can’t box anymore if I accept it. He must have lost his damn mind. I’m the best of both worlds. Anyone in either sport that wants to come see me, we can do this.”
UFC Undisputed 2010 Video Game pics (check out GameSpot.com for more pics):
The current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields will be putting his belt on the line against former UFC fighter Dan ‘Hollywood’ Henderson.
Shields holds 13 consecutive MMA wins, meanwhile Henderson is on a 3-fight winning streak since leaving the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Shields is a former Rumble on the Rock 175-pound champion, former Shooto World Champion and whats the first/last EliteXC Welterweight champion
On the other hand, Henderson was the first fighter to hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion (PrideFC). He is also is the UFC 17 middleweight, Pride 2005 welterweight and 1999 RINGS King of Kings tournament champion.
From Jake Shields:
“It’s a go now. We finally worked it out a few days ago. It’s a done deal, it’s been agreed upon by both parties as far as I know, and I think it’s set to go. I have a date (and) venue, but they told me to hold that back. Hopefully CBS. I think it’s CBS. There’s a slight possibility of Showtime because they’re still (working it out). I don’t know the rest of the card or any of that yet. But me and Dan’s on, and I’m hoping it’s on CBS.”
A must-see fight for all true MMA fans, expect fireworks!!!