Rener Gracie and Brian Ortega decided to pull a prank at the Gracie Academy by dressing Ortega up as a Bubba Gracie dummy. Check out the video courtesy of Bloody Elbow:
Alistar Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum in Dallas Saturday evening as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The fight was a major disappointment because of Werdum’s strategy. Werdum tried to take the fight to the ground and tried to do it anyway possible — by going for takedowns, by flopping, or just by laying on the ground and begging Overeem to join him. Because of that, the fight was extremely boring and it resulted in a unanimous win for Overeem.
Overeem expressed his disappointment with Werdum’s performance, telling Fighter’s Only Magazine “It takes two to tango. I’m disappointed but I think Fabricio should be ashamed of his performance. Looking back on the fight, I don’t believe he came to fight and he was stalling a lot.”
“I’m just a little but frustrated he didn’t try do more in his stand up,” The Reem continued. “Because then it would have been a far more interesting fight and probably a knockout.”
This my friends, is how to throw a left hook. Towards the end of the first round in the fight between Sam Stout and Yves Edwards Saturday night, Stout delivered this clean knockout punch that was good enough to earn him the knockout of the night bonus. Check out the video:
Glove touch to ESPN Radio 1100 for the video
Former NHL enforcer Donald Brashear had his first career MMA fight Saturday evening in Quebec City. Brashear was facing joke of an opponent Mathieu Bergeron and won in only 21 seconds. Though the 21 second victory makes it seem like Brashear was dominant, this guy Bergeron was so out of shape he’d be jealous of Roy Nelson’s body.
Here are two videos of Brashear’s fight. The first one captures the whole thing from a distance, the second is a close-up but doesn’t catch the entire thing.
And here’s the other Donald Brashear fight video:
We see crazy knockouts in the MMA world at almost every event, but there’s something about the snap front kicks that just never seems to get old. Maybe it’s the element of surprise that comes along with a boot to the face, but we can’t help but get excited about knockout kicks like this one from Lyoto Machida and — better yet — this one from Anderson Silva, who happens to have learned the move from Steven Seagal. Former UFC fighter Justin Buchholz joined the party last weekend at Superior Cage Combat 1. Check out the Justin Buchholz vs. Steve Lopez fight video, courtesy of The Big Lead:
As usual, Lopez never even saw it coming. It seems like no matter what fighters do to prepare for those toes coming at them it’s impossible to expect it. That’s what makes it so great, and that’s while we’ll keep the videos coming as we stumble upon them.
Rampage Jackson is coming off a UFC 130 win over Matt Hamill Saturday, and he wants Jon Jones’ belt next. Before he gets to belts, he’ll have to unglue his face from chests. Continuing a pattern he’s long established of harassing females, Rampage got a little cozy with Karyn Bryant who interviewed him Saturday evening after his fight. At the end of the interview, Rampage mock motorboated her breasts. Here’s the video:
There are several aspects of this sort of behavior that needs to be addressed.
UFC 130 may have been a lackluster card Saturday evening, but there is little doubt MMA is surpassing boxing in many regards. This week we wrote that boxing lost the magic it once had and that it was surpassed by MMA. Not only does MMA put on compelling fights more frequently than boxing, not to mention cards featuring more fights of interest, but it’s also surpassed boxing when it comes to betting interest.
Mike Colber, the sports book director of Cantor Gaming, told the Las Vegas Sun this week “You’re talking to an absolute boxing guy here, and I will be the first to admit that UFC is more popular betting-wise. I never thought I’d see the day where it’s this popular.”
He’s not the only Vegas sports book rep who feels that way.