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So, UFC 168….

That was gross. 

A lot happened on this card, but all anyone can (understandably) talk about is how Anderson Silva broke his leg while kicking his opponent, Chris Weidman. Granted Weidman wasn’t entirely innocent, as he was defending against the kick…and just… Yeesh. I wouldn’t wish that sort of injury on anyone. 

Well, anyway, before everyone swears off Muay Thai, if you so happen to practice, check out this video from “El Guapo” himself, Bas Rutten as he explains how to properly kick…and not shatter your leg.

Have a great day everyone! 

 

 

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Nice Triangle Submission During UFC 163

Sadly, I wasn’t able to catch the prelim fights for UFC 163 on Saturday and only watched the main event. Fortunately however, DSTRYRsg has been kind enough to post a video of fighter Sergio Moraes submitting his opponent with a triangle.

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UFC fighter Rhonda Rousey Talks About Likelihood of Competing in BJJ Tournament

In a recent interview someone asked if female MMA fighter Rhonda Rousey would be willing to enter a jiu jitsu tournament. Not to spoil the video for everyone, but she basically says she just doesn’t have the time at the moment, but would be interested in the future when she retires from her MMA career.

Interesting note, she does mention that what she currently does, fighting in an MMA setting, is closer to the true heart of the self defense/martial art aspect of judo and jiu jitsu and you know, she does have a point. Also, I really don’t think people should take her ne waza (groundwork) experience quite as lightly. Women in jiu jitsu, barring Gabi Garcia and a few others, tend to sit into open guard and begin their work from there. And having a judo player on top is putting them in the first, last and only place they want to be: you are pretty much playing into their strengths and I feel it would present a problem for a lot of Rousey’s competition.

Check out the video and let me know what you think.

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New(ish) Bjj Scout Video: Rhonda Rousey Takedowns

BJJ Scout put this video out on Saturday of former Judo Olympian/female MMA fighter Rhonda Rousey’s takedown strategy: I think the uchimata to kouchi combination is pretty sweet.

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Gabi Garcia’s Gi Competition Dilemma

Gabi Garcia, from Bloody Elbow

 

Black belt Gabi Garcia recently reported that she was going to move away from competition in the gi and focus more one tournaments such as ADCC and her MMA career. According to Garcia (and totally borrowed from Megan at Tangled Triangle):

“I want to fight MMA now. I don’t know when I will fight on a GI again. I’m unmotivated, not because I think I’m invincible, but we need to find another challenge. Many people is not fighting the absolute class, focusing on the weight classes, and I need another goal in life. If I am able to get down my weight, and if UFC or other events begin to have bigger weight classes, I will get down my weight as much as possible. Now I am going to train to defend my title in the ADCC.”

While I can’t really blame her, there are a whole lot of “if’s” in that remark and I do question the possible jump to MMA, especially in the near future. Yes, fight organizations such as the UFC and Invicta are beginning to include women’s divisions, but even if/when she goes into MMA, her opportunities to fight at the moment (and I feel for a while) will be limited at best. Let’s be blunt, Gabi’s a whole lotta woman- at 6’2, and reportedly about 235lbs, she’s really in a size and weight class all her own, male or female. Her chances of finding competition that can come close in size are very slim. Personally I think her chances of competing are better in ADCC, where due to their weight and skill criteria for women, and she probably has more people potentially her size to compete against, even if they are at a lower belt/skill level. I also think she shouldn’t give up just yet on gi tournaments- more women are becoming black belts, and they are coming up in all shapes and sizes, and so hopefully sooner rather than later she will have some new competition to go against. Again though, we’re depending on a very big “if”, which can be frustrating.

Also, personally I think it would be interesting to see Gabi compete against MMA fighter Cris Cyborg. Cyborg is a brown belt, but I also think she would give Gabi the fight she has been looking for in these different competitions. That’s just my personal opinion.

What do you guys think? Should she pack the gi away? Will she have the competition she is looking for in MMA? Or do you think there are just too many unknown variables and there’s really no way of predicting what will happen? Let me know!

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!

This weekend the UFC is holding a pretty interesting fight card, with the main event being Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, but also includes a match between Tim Kennedy and BJJ black belt Roger Gracie. I think everyone has high hopes for the Silva and Weidman fight, but we’ll see: sometimes a highly anticipated fight can be a huge disappointment, a fact MMA fans know all too well.

I’m planning on watching the fights tomorrow night: anyone else? Whether you are, or cannot (or hey, simply will not)- still have a great weekend!

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Anderson Silva Not Sure if He Could Beat Jon Jones…Wha?

So,  Anderson Silva states that he is not sure he can beat Jon Jones. Both long, leggy competitors have pretty impressive records, and I am not sure if  Silva is offering a realistic summary of their strengths and/or talents, or really what the overall game plan is here. .

I’m mainly surprised because while you should never underestimate your opponent, I do feel you should maintain the mindset that you will do your best, impose your will, play your game and emerge victorious. Maybe Anderson was favoring brief comments due to the fact he was speaking without an interpreter for this interview.

What do you guys think? Was this an approximate summation by Silva, who oddly referred to himself in the third person as “Spider”? I guess if you have Steven Segal (loosely) affiliated with your camp, you’re open to all sorts of crazy ideas, even the idea of losing.

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The Transgendered MMA Fighter Dilemma

I’m in the middle of running around getting ready to fly off to California, so to be perfectly honest I haven’t done that much writing, here or creatively (it feels wrong not to, so that’s a good sign the routine is taking hold).

However, here’s an interesting article for you to read though: it’s about a transgendered MMA fighter who underwent surgery to become a female in 2006 and now wants to fight other females. One fighter is saying she will not fight her, due to the unknown element of what has changes in concern to the fighter’s body composition versus what has remained from her time as a male.

It’s uncharted territory, and just when I think I know what side of the fence I am on, something else comes up and I’m unsure again.

I have to admit I am not well versed in how gender reassignment affects the body in a long term sense, and I think not many others know either, and that’s what bothers people. From what I can tell, transgendered male to female patients receive hormone replacement therapy treatments for up to 10 years to fully go through their change. Fox has her gender reassignment in 2006, so she may (or may not) have been taking hormones up until now. We tell women all the time that they can lift a bunch because their bodies can’t produce the amount of testosterone it would take to bulk up, so theoretically shouldn’t that be the same for Fox? She no longer produces that key hormone which I feel would give her the  strength advantage over her opponents. Men also tend to be stronger in the upper body than the lower, but again I don’t think there would be much of a difference to consider it unfair.

I know in some ways I am simplifying the matter, but again, I don’t really know that much about gender reassignment. I’m more of a Shakespeare, sci-fi, comic book kind of gal (which btw Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming out on June 7th! Squee!) so this isn’t really something I have interest in reading into.

I think with time this issue most certainly can be resolved. Rules will be made, regulations will be put into place in concern to transgendered females and males (hey, it could happen. Maybe.) when it comes to competition and proper testing. In the meantime we here in the peanut gallery will continue to scratch our heads and hope someone out there has a better idea of how to handle the situation.

 

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Rousey and Carmouche in the UFC: A Win-Win

Well I have to say I am definitely surprised ladies are technically now in the UFC. I thought for sure we would have to wait forever for this day to come. It makes financial sense, in a way: Rousey is an exciting fighter, talks smack and has the skill to back it up. I really don’t know much about Carmouche, just that her fans are called Lizbos. Really, that’s about it: which is totally my fault and I will amend later, but at this very moment I’m going to chug along.
Either way, I think it’s going to be a win-win for both UFC and women’s mma. Rousey puts on a good show, and I am sure Carmouche is probably sleeping, eating, breathing nothing but training in her camp if not this very second, definitely in the near future.

Either way, I’m sure it’ll be a pretty interesting fight, and I will look forward to watching it and what comes after.

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday, 5.9.12

I have to admit, I frequently look at what posts people visit most, and what search terms readers use to get to my website. While the reigning champ is still “how to cover a black eye” and variations of such, recently there has been an uptick in readers in regards to UFC Fighter Alistair Overeem. Overeem, for those who have no idea what I am talking about, failed a drug test after his win over Brock Lesner, apparently having over twice the allowable amount of testosterone in his system. There was a hearing in April and the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to issue Overeem a license, and instructed to wait 9 months to reapply.

When I saw the increase in Overeem queries, my first thought admittedly was, “oh no, what did he do now?”

But apparently, UFC President Dana White thinks Frank Mir will take up the spot left by Overeem. Oh, so good news.

Mir is not my favorite fighter for some reason or another (I can’t recall why at the moment), but it’s nice that he has another match. Good for him.

And now, here is a large photo of Mir. Just because.

 

 

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