Saturday, October 4, 2008

Seth Petruzelli KO's Kimbo

Unheralded, unknown, and unannounced Petruzelli came into the cage as a substitute at the last minute and pulled off a huge popular upset against Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.

The fight was over in less than a minute as Petruzelli threw a straight kick to Kimbo's abdomen and waded in and was caught by a short right hand on the jaw.

He never recovered. As he fall face forward and landed on his hands, Petruzelli wasted no time and hit Kimbo with about 7 unanswered right hands before the referee stopped the bout. The former UFC TUF fighter, who went into the fight sporting an ambiguous 9-5 record is now going to be the new darling of MMA.

He crushed all street fighter's dream (including Ken Shamrock's) by stopping a fighter who had won a popularity match against no hopers on YouTube. All credit to Kimbo for being a good sport, though it will be hard to get back to the intimidating juggernaut he was expected to become, and now falls to a 3-1 record.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Quinton Jackson to face Bitter Rival Again

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Every now and then, some fighters are matched up and a sure pick seems easy. But then you start to analyze both fighters and what they have accomplished and at once, as easy pick is now clouded by your own judgment; and this is before the promotion and hype talk has even begun.

So is the case with a trilogy of two of the most dominant MMA fighters in recent memory. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will face Wanderlei Silva for a third time at UFC 92 on December 27, in Las Vegas, in the cage.

This would normally be an easy pick but so is every other upset in combat sports today. Silva already owns two devastating knockout wins over Jackson. Once as part of a tournament in 2003 and the other as a one-on-one match which was an even harder KO loss for Jackson. That knockout can be seen here.

Since that crushing KO loss, it took Jackson 2 years to fully get back on the confident winning track and against strong opposition. Silva, on the other hand, lost two devastating, back-to-back KO losses to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Dan Henderson, the latter whom was beaten by Jackson. Prior to a scintillating, first-round KO win against striker Keith Jardine, Silva lost a tough contest to Chuck "The Iceman" Lidell, a fighter Jackson has stopped twice.

So, who's it going to be? Muhammad Ali KO'd a prime George Foreman, the fiercely punching heavyweight who KO'd Ali conquerors "Smokin" Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Maybe Jackson has learned to defend against the Thai clinch, which was his Waterloo against Silva. Or maybe Silva will always have his number, especially in the mental department after handing him two KO losses.

Place your bets with FUNNY MONEY ONLY because this is a tough one to call.

And remember Quinton:

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Top 5 MMA Heavyweights

In two months, Randy Couture will defend his title against former WWE champion Brock Lesnar. A betting favorite, a win will make fans salivate for a match against consensus MMA favorite, Fedor Emelianenko.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia points out the obvious.

1) Fedor Emelianenko
Only Randy Couture can make a case for disputing this ranking, but with each passing day, "The Russian Bear," who looks more like a dock worker, keeps making talks of No. 2 a moot point.

2) Randy Couture
Only Fedor stands between MMA Heavyweight supremacy. But luckily for Couture, he has not been the reason for this match not happening; it's a $1 Billion pound gorilla named the UFC.

3) Antonio Nogueira
Once again Fedor makes an unscheduled appearance. If it wasn't for the former PRIDE champion, Nog would get the nod.

4) Andre Arlovski
His tenacity, along with the fact he has won his last 4 fights decisively, help him make it to the top 10.

5) Frank Mir
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion has come a long way since breaking Tim Sylvia's arm and recovering from a serious motorcycle injury. He has since submitted the powerful Lesnar and his future looks bright as ever as long as he avoids strikers like Brandon Vera and gets by jiu jitsu expert Nogueira, his co star on the 8th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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