Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bittersweet Rewards of the Fight Game

Last night in San Antonio, TX, fight fans were reminded of the grim truth to the hurt business. In a fight featuring two up and coming fighter's, Oscar Rodriguez gave it all he had until his body could no longer keep on going. The amount of punches, primarily clean right hands, from power hitter Delvin Rodriguez.

It was after the tenth round that referee Bobby Gonzalez came to Diaz' corner and asked him how he was feeling. Diaz let out a loud, painful groan then wobbled and help onto the ropes to break his fall. Trainer Tommy Brooks then held him by the waist and sat him on the stool, before eventually placing him flat on his back as per the medical team and their emergency rescue.

What was hoped was a case of dehydration turned out to be the worse. Diaz was given emergency surgery to relieve bleeding from the brain. The final scene was fairly reminiscent of the truly great and tragic fight between Nigel Benn and Gerald McClellan.

For now, Diaz' career is over.Now the fight for a normal life will begin. As for Rodriguez, fighter's who are the victor's of tragedies such as this are never truly the same. Unfortunately, the risks and rewards in the combat sports will always be the same. Fans rejoice when fighter's put their hearts on display but can only look at the canvas with a somber stare when those same fighter's pay the ultimate price.

Jackson Held for Mental Evaluation

Following former light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's arrest for erratic behavior following a dangerous hit and run collision on Tuesday, Jackson has been hospitalized for a mental health evaluation.

And before the mainstream media jumps on its bashing bandwagon and blames Jackson's loss to Forrest Griffin let's look at the situation just a bit closer.

First off, if Jackson truly is guilty of the alleged charges, then all consequences must befall on him and not the sport. This is not Jackson's first loss. In his rematch with Wanderlei Silva, Jackson was brutally knocked out when a series of knees knocked him out and sent his limp body through he ropes head first, leaving an unconscious Jackson's body hanging on the middle ropes,his abdomen being his stabilizer.

Jackson followed that loss with a close win over Murilo Rua then was stopped when a series of kicks to his ribs collapsed him when he fought Rua's younger brother, and consensus pound-for-pound fighter, Mauricio.

Jackson followed those stoppage losses at PRIDE by slowly rebuilding his career with a close decision win fighting tough middleweight Matt Lindland. He did not follow those KO losses by going crazy. So what is different this time?

Well, the guess here (and it is a guess), is that the promotional obligations or desires went to Jackson's head. He was scheduled to have been in Nike commercial alongside NBA superstar LeBron James. If the loss slowed this down, his road rampage definitively shelved it for good.

Hopefully, the pregnant woman who was hospitalized following one of Jackson's alleged collisions will be fine. And hopefully for Jackson and the rest of MMA,this will remain solely an isolated incidence.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Silvia and Anderson Silva


It has finally happened.

After years of beating the best heavyweight, Antonio Noguiera, during the PRIDE FC years, Fedor (his legacy in MMA is so strong that he goes on a first name basis) will face former UFC Heavyweight champion, 6' 8" Silvia.

"The Maineiac" will finally have a chance to erase his losses and shortcomings against the man who has been widely regarded as one of the best MMA fighters, ever. Yeah, Fedor has been that good.

Silvia, on the other hand, has not been as good as he should. He's a big heavyweight who relishes a challenge. He also comes from the grizzled Pat Miletich camp. Success has been looming over Silvia's head since he burst onto the scenen with a battering performance against stone-head Wes "Cabbage" Correira. He followed that performance with a stunning, and emphatic, 1st round kayo of then champion Ricco Rodriguez. Then the losses came.

He had his arm broken against Frank Mir, and then it got goofy. He lost to Andre Arlovski then beat him then lost to 43-year-old Randy Couture. And most recently he lost a fight he was winning against Noguiera.

But what should be a spotlight on a much needed heavyweight MMA fight, has been a bit soured by the both organizations. Affliction, the t-shirt company who is now branching along to promoting, has not learned from the Elite XC broadcast in May, featuring Kimbo. In addition to the superfight and a strong undercard, some of the theatrics from Elite XC are still available, such as live music. The recording industry truly must be reeling.

Does anyone remember KO Nation? HBO Boxing used this same formula to a whopping failure years ago. It's the fights fans buy tickets to see, not only live dancers and mainstream music artists.

And how about adding lighter fighters with pizazz? Oh, wait,that's exactly what the UFC has done. When the most popular person suddenly feels threatened, they become huge attention whores. And so, Affliction has indeed perched over the MMA fence that has been lined by the UFC, MMA's juggernaut.

On the same day, MMA pound-4-pound king, middleweight champion Anderson Silva, will go up in weight to face dangerous striker, James Irvin. And to add insult to profitable injury, it's on SpikeTV,whereas Affliction:Banned is on Pay-Per-View. The UFC's undercard is also better than Affliction's.


This, however, are the obstacles and rewards in a free enterprise. The only problem is that unlike EliteXC's debut, Affliction now has to compete with a Don of MMA organizations.

Fearless Prediction:

> Silvia loses on a 2nd-round submission

> Sliva KO's Irvin late in the first round (now, Machida or Thiago Silva or Forrest Griffin in a Can't Miss Fight)

> And Afflcition is added to the UFC's headache by selling out their event and showcasing a legendary fighter

... And in Boxing, Klitschko Declaws the Tiger

(By Karl Freitag / Photos:

Heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko continued hhis uninspired march through the heavyweight ranks with a fairly 11th-round, boring ko of American underdog Tony "The Tiger" Thompson.

In what appeared as a fairly interesting fight with two big heavyweights who possess a decent wallop in their fists, turned out to be a fight where the more talented fighter just got past the lesser talented fighter in the end. Thompson started strong and won the first round. Klitschko used his jab and straight right hand and was landing at will in the second, and a round in which both fighters were cut by a headbutt.

Unfortunately, neither Klitschko nor Thompson went all out in their assault to take the other's heart. By default, Klitschko, who was landing the harder shots throughout the fight, eventually began to wear down Thompson.

Thompson made one last stand, both literally and figuratively, after tripping and having Klitschko land on him. Unfortunately it was not enough and Kiltschko landed a straight right hand on a Thompson who was looking for a soft spot on the canvas.

Next up for Dr. Klitschko is 2004 Olympic gold medalist Aleksander Povetkin. Hopefully, Povetkin can time Klitschko when he wades in with arms wide open to hold on the inside. Or maybe Klitschko size and strength continues to add to his dubious legacy.

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