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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Greg Clark's fight predictions are almost here

Many MMA Fever regulars such as Adam Pattenden, Michel Dubuc, Anthony Bastone, and Augustus Amul have been itching for Greg Clark's UFC 67 fight predications.

Don't worry MMA Fever Fans I have it on good word that Greg is finishing off his predictions and you will see them very SOON!.

We appreciate your patience and your continued support.

Colonel Balz

Dana White to fight Tito Ortiz


Everyone knows that Tito Ortiz and Dana White don't like each other but did you know that in Tito's contract he is guaranteed a 3 round 3 minute boxing match against Dana White which should occur in the next few months?


Listen to Dana White's predication on the Fight care of NBC sports.

Pride Fighters are Better than UFC Fighters

I said it because it's true. Pride has real fighters with more skill than the UFC. The UFC is still a young organization that is yet to match the talent that Pride has in its ordinary fighters.

Why is it that Dana White is desperate for fresh skilled hired guns from Pride... because his current crop of UFC fighters need a real dose of reality and I don't mean another season of The Ultimate Fighter which, has diluted the UFC with mediocre to average fighters in comparison to Pride fighters. GSP excluded of course ;)

Last summer, the Pride Boss said his Pride fighters will devour the UFC fighters well, we will see when Cro Cop and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson show us on Saturday for UFC 67.

Dana White is smart to inject the UFC with a little Pride. It's about time!

Don't believe me? Check this out.

The Worst MMA Fighter of All Time

I thought it would be fun to determine who is the worst MMA fighter of all time and boYz its not Heath Herring.

My research consistently pointed me to:

Joseph "The Ho Bag" Bochenek.

Sites such as Sherdog and Subfighter pointed to the "Ho Bag".

Who is this "Ho Bag" and why was he the worst MMA fighter of all time????

The only thing we know about the "Ho Bag" is his record in which he was submitted in every single fight! What a fawking champ.

I coundn't even find a picture on this dude.

Well here is the Hobag's Record:

0 - 10 - 0 (Win - Loss - Draw)
Losses: 10 Submissions (100.00%)

More to the point the Hobag was submitted on average in 46 seconds.

The longest the Hobag has lasted in a fight was a 1 minute and 26 seconds at RITC 8 - Rage in the Cage 8.

Reality check - Travis Lutter

Travis Lutter could go from Ultimate Fighter TV star to champ








Travis Lutter speaks out with Mike Chiappetta of NBC about his upcoming fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 67.

Q: Anderson Silva has obviously looked dominant in his two UFC matches so far. How do you go about beating him?
A: Shoot in, take him down, beat him the in head until he gives up.

UFC 67 Fight Predictions – Colonel Balz


UFC 67 Fight Predictions – Colonel Balz
January 31, 2007.

Anderson Silva Vs. Travis Lutter

Anderson Silva is a Brazilian professional MMA fighter and the current UFC Middleweight Champion. He is also the current Cage Rage World Middleweight Champion. The spider has a record of 17 wins (10 by knockout, 5 by submission), and 4 draws.

Travis Lutter is an American MMA fighter who we remember from Ultimate Fighter 4. Travis has a record of 12 wins (1 by knockout, 7 by submission) and 3 losses

Anderson’s striking skills will surely “Franklin” Lutter. The 185 Pound Brazilian superstar whose hero is Spiderman should have his way with the out classed Lutter. Anderson will knock out Lutter in the second round.


Mirko Cro Cop Vs. Eddie Sanchez

I was watching the pre fight hype shows on Spike last night and its hilarious how little video Spike had on Mirko. I have heard that Pride is being stingy in providing Video on Cro Crop and I don’t blame them. The UFC website does not even have a picture of Cro Cop yet. Mirko joining the UFC was a huge loss for Pride as Mirko is the second best Heavyweight in the world. Fedor of Pride is the only other contender in Mirko’s class. UFC Dana White is a smart man and he is bringing in the talent. See a recent post where Dana White responds to questions about the possibility of Pride fighters crushing UFC champions.

Mirko has an MMA record of 21 wins, 4 losses, and 2 draws. Mirko is a Croatian killer with the ability to knock your head off with either his hands or his legs.

Eddie is a decent fighter with heavy hands however he is fodder for the Hammer.

I believe Mirko will knock Eddie out in the first round. Mirko and spike will be looking for a big splash. If you felt last nights Spike TV showing of Mirko was lacking have a look at a recent post provided from MMA Fever’s contributor Greg Clark where you see both Mirko and Fedor GET IT ON!.


Quinton Jackson Vs. Marvin Eastman

Marvin "The Beastman" Eastman is mixed martial arts fighter with a background in collegiate wrestling and muay thai. Marvin has a record of 13 wins (4 by knockout, 2 by submission), six losses, and 1 draw. One of thoses wins came against Quinton Jackson in a decision back in 2000.
Quinton Jackson is a heavy hitting mixed martial artist who also has a backgrond in collegiate wrestling. Quinton has a record of 25 wins , 6 losses, and 0 draws. Quinton has fought some of the best figthers in the Pride organization and has won against the likes of Kevin Randleman and Chuck Liddell.

Eastman is 38 years old and is a part time fighter at this juncture of his career.

Rampage who is 28 years is a full time fighter who is hungry for revenge. Rampage has spent most of his career in Pride and has fought a better caliber of fighters.

Look for the younger fighter Quinton in his UFC debut to knock out Eastman in the second or third round. Rampage will prove to be too strong and will have his revenge over Eastman.


John Halverson vs. Roger Huerta

Roger “El Matador” Huerta is coming off a win against Jason Dent in UFC 63 Penn vs. Hughes. Roger has a record of 17 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw.

John Halverson has a record of 13 wins and 4 losses. John is known to be heavy handed and well rounded.

Huerta should put on a good show and will take this fight.


Patrick Cote vs. Scott Smith

Patrick Cote is a Canadian MMA fighter with a record of 8 wins (3 by knockout, 3 submission) and 3 losses. Patrick currently repertoire includes Kick boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jui Jitsu.

Patrick is friends and trains periodically with GSP. GSP and Patrick Cote train out of Quebec City in the newly formed nation of Quebec. Patrick is a favorite of MMA Fever regular Michel Dubuc.

Scott is an American MMA fighter who recently appearred in the Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback where he lost to Travis Lutter in the quarter finals. Scott has a record of 12 wins, 2 losses, and no draws. Scott has a background in Wrestling and will attempt to take this fight to the ground which will be a mistake against Cote who is versed in submission.

Patrick is a well rounded fighter and he has faced some tough opponents like Tito Ortiz over his career. Patrick took a beating from Ortiz and lasted the entire fight showing his toughness.

Look for Patrick to dominate this fight and win in the second round.

Here are the rest of my predictions:


Terry Martin Vs. Jorge Rivera
Jorge recently came off a win against Edwin Dewees in Nov 2006 with a TKO.
Jorge Rivera will be winner against Terry who?


Frankie Edgar Vs. Tyson Griffin
Winner: Tyson Griffen


Sam Hoger Vs. Lyoto Machida
Sam recently has lost to both Rashad Evans and Stephan Bonnar. The loss to Rashad was a split decision.

Look for the 8-0 Lyoto Machida to take this fight.

Diego Saraieva Vs. Dustin Hazelett

Look for Dustin to take this fight.

Cro Cop Brings Pride to UFC 67

MMA fans who are down with the sickness are eagerly anticipating the debut of Mirko Cro Cop in the UFC at UFC 67 - All or Nothing. I went over to the UFC website to see Cro Cop's profile and I was disappointed that they didn't have a picture of the K1 Kickboxing and Pride superstar.

That's OK, MMA Fever fans can get their fill right here to catch up on the MMA phenom and crowd favorite. Cro Cop has fought the very best in the world in the heavyweight divisions such as Fedor Emilianenko, Aleksander Emilianenko, Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Kevin Randleman, Heath Herring and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to name a few.

Cro Cop last fought September 10, 2006 and dropped Wanderlei Silva with a devastating left leg kick to the side of the head. I've also added below, another highlight in Cro Cop's career that shows the immediate defeat of Fedor's brother, Aleksander Emilianenko at Pride Final Conflict 2004.

UFC fans will see a very different style of fighting that I predict will leave them wanting more from Cro Cop and also other fighters. Cro Cop will change the landscape of UFC fighting much the same as Anderson Silva has with his Muay Thai skills and Royce Gracie before him with the introduction of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which is now a mandatory staple in every UFC fighter's arsenal.

Get ready for UFC 67... Hey Eddie Sanchez, duck!


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

UFC 67 Predictions by MMA Girls

Colonel Balz and I will have our own UFC 67 Picks posted soon, so in the meantime, we would like to bring to you another installment of the MMA Girls giving us their UFC 67 predictions.

Adam Pattenden, MMA Fever fan, this one is for you...



If you want to see more of the MMA Girls, be sure to check out their MMA instructional videos and let the MMA Girls Show You How.

I am sure that you will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Ultimate Fight Night 8 Payouts

The Florida State Boxing Commission has released the fighter payouts for the Ultimate Fight Night Live event held at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida on January 25th.

It amazes me how little the fighters receive especially those who lose their bouts like Sean Salmon who only pulled in 3 grand for becoming a UFC highlight reel and wetting the taste of new UFC fans because of The Kick Heard Round the World. There's got to be a better way to make a living, ya think?

Some of this will shock you...

Rashad Evans — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Sean Salmon — $3,000

Jake O’Brien — $18,000 ($9,000 to show, $9,000 to win)
Heath Herring — $6,000

Hermes Franca — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Spencer Fisher — $13,000

Nathan Marquardt — $44,000 ($22,000 to show, $22,000 to win)
Dean Lister — $11,000

Josh Burkman — $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Chad Reiner — $3,000

Ed Herman — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Chris Price — $3,000

Din Thomas — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Clay Guida— $5,000

Rich Clementi — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Ross Pointon — $5,000

UFC President Dana White responds to questions about the possibility of Pride Fighters coming to the UFC and crushing current UFC champions.

Dana White says: "Let's see if they run wild..."


UFC 67 Fight Card Set


Finally, the UFC has confirmed their fight card for UFC 67. I've been holding off on my UFC 67 predictions because fight cards are notorious for changing at the last moment.

I am disappointed that the UFC had not done its homework like MMA Fever and its fans. Apparently, the Machida fight will not be broadcast. Instead, it will be replaced with a couple of lightweights in John Halverson Vs. Roger Huerta

Huh? Why would the UFC bump a Light Heavyweight bout for a Lightweight bout? More to the point, why would the UFC not showcase Ryoto "Lyoto" Machida who happens to be the first person to lay a serious beating on Rich Franklin to record Rich's first MMA loss in his career?

Did I mention that Ryoto "Lyoto" Machida was the first to KTFO Rich Franklin?


I am not impressed with this decision by the UFC however, it will not deter me from watching UFC 67 because I have to see Anderson Silva, Cro Cop and Rampage Jackson.

Here is the finalized UFC 67 fight card:

Anderson Silva 17-4-0 Vs. Travis Lutter 12-3-0
Middleweight Championship bout

John Halverson 13-4-0 Vs. Roger Huerta 17-1-1
Lightweight bout

Mirko Cro Cop 21-4-2Vs. Eddie Sanchez 8-0-0
Heavyweight bout

Quinton Jackson 25-6-0 Vs. Marvin Eastman 13-6-1
Light Heavyweight bout

Patrick Cote 9-4-0 Vs. Scott Smith 12-2-0
Middleweight bout

Sam Hoger 6-2-0 Vs. Lyoto Machida 8-0-0
Light Heavyweight bout - May not be broadcast


Terry Martin 16-2-0 Vs. Jorge Rivera 14-5-0
Middleweight bout - May not be broadcast


Frankie Edgar 5-0-0 Vs. Tyson Griffin 8-0-0
Lightweight bout - May not be broadcast

The UFC is taking over the UK




UFC Launches UK Website

To bolster its expansion efforts overseas in the United Kingdom, the UFC has created a dedicated microsite for British fans.

With UFC 70 planned for April 21 at the Manchester Evening News Arena (M.E.N.) in Manchester, England, as well as the increasing effort to sign European talent, offering a dedicated site is a logical next step.

Promintently displayed is the UK favorite Michael Bisping who recently won against Eric Schafer in UFC 66 Liddel Ortiz.

O Canada, We Stand on Guard For Georges St.Pierre

Yes we do stand on guard for the most dynamic MMA fighter in the UFC. Georges St.Pierre is going to stay with the UFC for a while due to a recent contract extension that commits him to a 6-fight deal and a lot of bank to go with it.

Published: Sunday, January 28, 2007 3:50 PM ET
Canadian Press: NEIL DAVIDSON

(CP) - Canadian mixed martial arts champion Georges St. Pierre has signed a new six-fight deal that will make him one of the top-five earners in the UFC, his manager confirmed Sunday.

While the UFC only has five champions, it boasts some high-priced talent without a title in the shape of heavyweights Mirko (Cro Cop) Filipovic and Randy (The Natural) Couture, light-heavyweight Tito (Huntington Beach Bad Boy) Ortiz and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes.

St. Pierre had two fights left on his existing contract when he dethroned longtime title-holder Hughes at UFC 65 in Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 18.

Both St. Pierre's camp and the UFC were keen to sign him to a upgraded long-term deal in the wake of his championship win.

The 25-year-old from Montreal is already one of UFC's most popular fighters. At 13-1, with an impressive all-round set of skills, he is exciting to watch inside the cage. Outside, he is well-spoken and classy.

"(He's done) very well. We're very happy," manager Stephane Patry said about the new deal.
UFC fighter pay is hard to gauge, since the privately owned organization does not share financial details.

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, St. Pierre's purse for beating Hughes was US$58,000 - $29,000 plus a $29,000 win bonus. But for marquee fighters, the purse only tells part of the financial story, with contracts containing other lucrative bonuses and clauses.

St. Pierre was to defend his title Saturday against Matt (The Terror) Serra at UFC 67 in Las Vegas but the bout was postponed after St. Pierre hurt his knee wrestling in training.

St. Pierre is back training but he has not yet been cleared to spar. He is due to see a specialist on Feb. 8 to have his knee checked out.

"We have seen specialists now and then and they don't think he will need surgery, so that's why we are very confident," Patry said from Montreal.

St. Pierre sprained his posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.
Patry says St. Pierre will now meet Serra on April 7 at UFC 69 in Houston if his health permits.

Champion and manager are both slated to attend UFC 67. Montreal middleweight Patrick Cote, another of Patry's charges, fights Scott Smith on the undercard of the middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and Travis Lutter.

Lutter defeated Cote in November in the middleweight finale to Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show.
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Expect many women to be wearing T-shirts with the graphic below:


Wendel Clark Tribute

Hey, I'm from Toronto and the Leafs have not been the same since Wendel Clark left. Clark was the most feared grinder in his day and even goons like Bob Probert of the Red Wings wouldn't venture near him and when he did, he ducked and covered.

This belongs in MMA Fever because it stands as a reminder to MMA fighters to stop playing safe because you'll eventually meet your maker when you encounter another Wendel Clark-like fighter. Tough as nails.

A tribute to my namesake!

2.3 Million People Affected with MMA Fever


UFC's live "Fight Night" earned a rating share of 1.7

PRESS RELEASE - From PWTorch.com

ONE-TWO PUNCH OF SPIKE TV'S "PROS VS. JOES" AND "UFC FIGHT NIGHT" KNOCKS OUT THE COMPETITION ON JANUARY 25

More Men 18-34 Tune Into Season Premiere of "Pros vs. Joes" Than Anything Else on Television From 10:00-11:00pm

Second Most Watched UFC Fight Night Ever With 2.3 Million Viewers

New York, NY, January 29, 2007 – Spike TV's original programming one-two combo of the season premiere of "Pros vs. Joes" (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT) and a live "UFC Fight Night" (8:00-10:00pm) on Thursday, January 25 was a knockout victory for the network. "Pros vs. Joes" drew 900,000 Men 18-34 (3.3 rating) more than anything else on television (broadcast or cable) in the timeslot. The premiere tallied a total of 2.4 million viewers, the third most watched original series premiere in network history behind "Blade" and "The Ultimate Fighter 3" last year.

"Spike TV originals bring the kind of distinctive hard-hitting action that resonates with our young male audience, as evidenced by the ratings from Thursday," said Kevin Kay, General Manager, Spike TV.

Overall, "Pros vs. Joes" drew 1.89 HH rating, with a 2.57 in M18-49, a 1.63 in P18-49, a 3.32 in M18-34, and a 3.73 in M25-34. Compared to the timeslot last year, the show was up triple digits in every key demo including +340% in HH, +498% in M18-49, +462% in P18-49, +849% in M18-34, +767% in M25-34 and +374% in average audience.

Along with Men 18-34, the telecast was #1 in its 10:00-11:00pm timeslot in all of television in M18-24 and was #2 behind NBC in M25-34 and #3 in M18-49. The telecast was easily #1 in its timeslot vs. all cable competition in all male demos.

Leading into "Pros vs. Joes" was a hard-hitting "UFC Fight Night" that featured exciting victories by two of the sports' rising stars – light heavyweight Rashad Evans and lightweight Hermes Franca. The fight card drew 2.3 million viewers, the second highest "UFC Fight Night" ever behind Tito Ortiz-Ken Shamrock III last October. As usual, the UFC fight defeated the NBA (Mavericks vs. Bulls) on TNT (1.4 million viewers) and NCAA College basketball (Duke vs. Clemson) which tallied 1.5 million viewers on Thursday night. Also by comparison, the NHL's star-studded All-Star Game the night before on Versus drew 691,000 viewers, less than a third of Spike TV's UFC fight card audience.

The telecast was #1 in its 8:00-10:00pm timeslot in cable in the key demos of M18-34, M18-49, M25-34, and M18-24.

Overall "UFC Fight Night" drew a 1.70 HH rating, with a 2.00 in M18-49, a 2.25 in M18-34, and a 2.73 in M25-34. Compared to the timeslot last year, the event was up +43% in HH, +122% in M18-49, +181% in M18-34, +190% in M25-34 and +58% in average audience.

About Pros vs Joes

"Pros vs. Joes" features regular guys competing in a variety of sports against an incredible array of sports legends. Season two features many of sports' biggest and most talked-about athletes over the last twenty years including Michael Irvin, Eric Dickerson, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Darryl Strawberry, Dave Winfield, Bruce Smith, Roy Jones Jr., Andre Reed, John Starks, Vince Coleman, Kordell Stewart, Andre Rison, Tim Hardaway, Grant Fuhr, Rob Dibble, Rik Smits, Will Clark, Spud Webb, Kevin Willis, Randy Couture, Mark Jackson, Claude Lemieux, Robby Ginepri, and Cobi Jones.

"Pros vs. Joes" is produced by Mess Media and MY Entertainment. Serving as executive producers are Scott Messick, President, Mess Media; Michael Yudin, President of MY Entertainment; and Joe Townley. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Executives in Charge of Production for Spike TV.

About 1/25 UFC Fight Night

Spike TV's latest edition of "UFC Fight Night" from The Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida featured four live bouts with some of the UFC's rising stars. In the main event, Rashad Evans knocked out Sean Salmon with a devastating kick that sent a message to the entire light heavyweight division that the undefeated Evans is for real. Lightweight Hermes Franca looks to be headed for a title shot after an impressive 2nd round TKO over Spencer Fisher in the co-feature. Heavyweight Heath Herring shook off some rust to win in a decision over Jake O'Brien and Ed Herman posted an impressive victory over Chris Price in the other televised fights.

Spike TV is available in 91 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.

UFC 67 - UFC's New Superstars??? Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Mirko Cro Cop













In preparation for this Saturday's UFC 67 here is something to get you going.

Enjoy and turn up the volume for the Cro Cop video.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson



Mirko Cro Cop - Don't call this a come back.


Monday, January 29, 2007

MMA Girls Show You How

Dudes, are you lost with understanding all of the various moves that MMA has to offer? Well, the MMA Girls are here to show you what they are and how to do them.

For more instructional video from the MMA Girls, check out their site... no, really, check out their site :)

Colonel Balz, this one is for you.



An Insider's Look at the Business of the UFC

A very telling insider's report on the state of the UFC and the growing popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts in America and the world. If you want to know how we got here today, check out CNBC's video about the business of MMA and the UFC.



*** Be sure to click on the volume tab in the player next to Dailymotion to activate sound ***

Travis Lutter Will Lose at UFC 67

That's right, I said it, Travis Lutter will lose at UFC 67.

Why am I the only one who has a lead vest on that repels the strong marketing kryptonite that the UFC dishes out to us? When The Ultimate Fighter 4 - "The Comeback" first aired and the prize was a $100,000 contract with the UFC and the same amount in sponsorship monies from Xyience, I thought, "Alright, that's a nice chunk of change to give to a fighter to devote the next year on improving his skills".

Then, Dana White drops a bomb and says the winner of TUF4 in the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions will take on the UFC champions of those weight divisions in their first fight back into the UFC.

As Joe Rogan said at UFC Fight Night after Rashad Evans snapped his foot in Sean "smoked" Salmon's face, "WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!". I have a Personal Video Recorder from my cable company and I had to replay that over again just to make sure I heard it correctly and sure enough, I did with mouth dropped straight down to the floor.

I mean, come on, this is called "The Comeback" which, implies that they were once UFC fighters who didn't cut the mustard in the first go round and now they have a chance to fight other B-rated fighters to vie for a title shot with the respective champion of that weight division within the UFC. Are you kidding me?

Anderson "The Spider" Silva is a journeyman fighter born from the mean streets of Brazil. You see, there are only two sports in Brazil worth a damn and they are soccer and fighting. Just so you know, Silva doesn't play soccer. Here is a piece of Anderson Silva's Wiki page and could someone let Travis Lutter know that Silva is a Black Belt in BJJ.

"Although known primarily for his skills in Muay Thai, Silva is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he earned in 2005 from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.[2]"

What makes anyone think that Travis Lutter has a hope at all against someone who is solely responsible for Rich Franklin, the deposed Middleweight champion, having to resort to reconstructive facial surgery following his fight with Silva.

If Silva never fought Rich Franklin would you think Travis would have chance with him too? No way Jose! These guys aren't champions 'cause someone tapped them on the shoulder and asked if they wouldn't mind wearing the championship belt for a while until someone better comes along. No, they earned it by being the very best in their weight class. The VERY BEST.

I have seen and heard the hype that Travis Lutter has solid Jiu-Jitsu skills. Fine, but so do many others and didn't I mention that Anderson Silva was born and raised in Brazil where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was born also? People, this is going to be another highlight and quick feather in the cap for Silva.

The only real reason why people would be interested in the fight is to see the devastating effect that Silva will have on another human being 'cause we are tired of watching the same two clips of him laying a beating on Franklin and Leben and hungry for more. Anderson will satisfy our thirst for blood and do what he does best, over deliver.

Here are two quotes from Travis Lutter on his upcoming fight with Silva:

"I don't see this fight going that long. I'm going to go in there, take him down and beat him up," said Lutter in a matter-of-fact tone that belies his confidence. "I don't like to fight that long. Hopefully, we'll get him out of there in two rounds."

'Hopefully', is the only word I took away from that quote. Why would Lutter inflate his chest, pound on it by stating that he will, "take him down and beat him up", then go on to use the word 'hopefully' which shows a lack of confidence. Hopefully?

Here is the other outrageous quote from Lutter:

"His takedown defense is probably the weakest part of his game," Lutter said. "I think his stand-up is incredible, and his jiu-jitsu's okay, with his wrestling being the biggest hole. My game plan is to get him down and beat him up just enough so he gives me something (for a submission)."

Anderson's take down defence exists at the end of his knee. Travis Lutter isn't quick enough to shoot on Silva. He's called the Spider for a reason you know? Lutter is projecting his own fight style on Silva and calling his wrestling the biggest hole. Well, Silva could tell Lutter that his Muay Thai is non-existent and that's HIS biggest hole.

I would be surprised if Lutter could get The Spider on his back. Shocked would a better word for it as I feel that Anderson will keep the fight standing with Lutter lying on the canvass in a stiffened state when Silva is done with him.

This isn't a comprehensive prediction of their upcoming fight at UFC 67 on February 3rd, it's just "the way it is and the way it's gonna be".

UFC 67 Middleweight Championship prediction: Anderson "The Spider" Silva!

Ultimate Fighting is a Pussy Cat Sport

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Kick Heard Round the World



If you missed the full version of "the kick heard round the world", check out Rashad Evans KO's Sean Salmon Video. Also, if you want to see Mirko Cro Cop chop down the Axe Murderer in the same fashion, check out Cro Cop Drops Wandy.

One more nuggett for you MMA Fever fans, The Best UFC Fight of 2006 with Matt Hughes dropping to the new Welterweight UFC Champion, Georges St.Pierre (GSP).

This is gonna be one hellava year for MMA!

Women in MMA - Warrior Nation

Gina Carano
Warrior Nation: Inside mixed martial arts

MSNBC has a new documentary series that takes a look inside the world of MMA. So far, there have been three episodes broadcasted. Most think of MMA as a man's world however, it is interesting to see how much influence and participation women have in the sport.

If you haven't seen any episodes yet, you are able to view the segments of the first two from the MSNBC site. The third installment focuses on Gina Carano, who fought in the first ever women's mixed martial arts bout in the state of Nevada.

Part II: Warrior Nation

Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are profiled before their bout at UFC 66 on episode 4 on Tuesday, Jan 30.

Watch Warrior Nation on MSNBC, Tuesdays @ 10&11pm EST and Fridays at 11pm EST.








Warrior Nation Episode 3 Trailer:

Ultimate Fight Night 8 Predictions Aftermath

Well, there was a couple of stingers in the bunch however, I came out of Ultimate Fight Night 8 with 5-3 on my picks. My losers were at the hands of Din Thomas, Hermes Franca and Jake O'Brien and that's where this commentary will guide me.

Hermes Franca Vs. Spencer Fisher (Lightweight bout - 155Lbs)

Hermes Franca surprised me, the viewers and most of all, Spencer Fisher with the awkward right-handed haymaker thrown from below the side of his waist and landing squarely on Fisher's forehead. The Liddellish punch rocked Fisher as his legs instantly turned into rubber and looked to Franca for support except, that's the worst guy to help you stand up. Franca finished the semi-conscious Fisher with a flurry of finishing punches pinning Spencer up against the fence until the fight was called off by the referee.

The good news for Hermes Franca is that he now has a shot at the Lightweight title which currently resides with Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk. What can I say? Any fighter has a puncher's chance and Hermes proved the theory right on this night and it was his night to shine. Franca owned Fisher on the ground with his Boa-constrictor like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu moves. It was an exciting fight with lots of action that myself and the fans at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida surely appreciated.




Heath Herring Vs. Jake O'Brien (Heavyweight bout - 206-265Lbs)

Booooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Come on! What was that? That was the worst display of MMA that I have seen since Dean Lister last fought. It appears that the UFC has joined forces with the WWE and now promotes wrestling matches. Now, don't get me wrong, wrestling is a tough sport and all and if you are into two sweaty dudes lying on each other for 15 minutes then you definitely got your fill with this cheesy bout. I'm just not into that, never was and never will be. Where was the 'mixed' in the mixed martial arts?

Heath Herring looked like he was out of shape and looked more like a dude who just strolled in from the Taco Bell with his ten gallon hat, long flowing coat and bloated appearance that some must have mistaken for an Elvis sighting. I couldn't believe with my own eyes that Heath couldn't sprawl or defend the takedown in anyway shape or form. He simply gave into the takedown like a fat kid gives into a pound of ice cream. I definitely blame Heath Herring for the loss and also his ignorance of the UFC rules when he was looking to Big John McCarthy and begging him to stand the fight up because Heath thought Jake wasn't showing any aggression.

Well Heath, welcome to the UFC and get this you Texas Lazy Horse, this isn't Pride you know? The UFC doesn't have yellow cards and the penalized fighter isn't docked 10% of the purse monies. The rounds are 5 minutes, not 10 minute rounds Heath so conditioning is the most critical factor in the faster pace of the UFC simply 'cause you have less time to get shit done. Come prepared next time or go and serve me some of those delicious Tacos from Taco Bell.

Jake "Irish" O'Brien, you epitomize the worst style of fighting that the UFC currently likes to showcase - Lay and Pray. That shit you pulled would have earned you a red card in Pride and you would have been kicked out of the building by the hoards of booing fans that salivate for action between the fighters and Pride rules give them exactly what they paid for.

Jake, you put the Irish to shame with your pussy fighting err... wrestling, duck and cover style of fighting. Your undefeated record is a joke and any Irishman would slap the green snot and bejezus out of you for fighting like a pufta panzie. Here's a tip, when you take your opponent down... DO SOMETHING! Be creative like ohhhh I don't know.... throw a punch? Stop hanging around Josh Koscheck and Matt Hamill. I hope you get KTFO by someone with real Irish spirit 'cause you suck. You deserve a beating for being a pussy and I hope Dana White (who you completely embarrassed on national TV with your boring fight style) sets you up with Mirko Cro Cop. I will pay to watch that and you become part of his human highlight footage.



Clay Guida Vs. Din Thomas (Lightweight bout - 155Lbs) not televised.

Unfortunately, I didn't see this fight because Spike did not televise the bout however, UFCMania was there and shared some interesting feedback on this fight to his readers:

"As expected, this fight was nonstop action. I mentioned last night that I thought Guida got robbed. I’ll backpedal on that statement a little bit, because the fight could have gone either way. It was just clear to me that Guida won two of three rounds. He pushed the pace, scored takedowns and drilled Thomas with a few hard shots.

Thomas, on the other hand, let Guida come to him and defended very nicely from his back. He attempted some tricky submissions from the bottom that would have most likely worked on a lesser fighter. “Dinyero” did pick Guida apart when standing, especially during rounds two and three. Guida fought a more complete fight, however, and he should have had his hand raised at the end. I have no idea how that was not at least a split decision. It was the fight of the night."




Final note to Dana White:

Dana, I am sure that you were embarrassed by the Heath Herring fight as I was too. There is a way to prevent this sort of wrestling match from happening again and it goes like this:

If the fighter with top control is not pressing the pace or being the aggressor within 3 seconds, have the referee stand the fighters up and give the fighter who was in top control a verbal warning.

If this should happen again, another verbal warning. A third occurrence and subsequent occurrences should result in losing a point for the round. You see, because you are using Nevada State Athletic commission, 10-9 scoring, this would act as a deterrent instead of a strategy for all Lay and Pray fighters. The LnP fighter would simply disappear and that would be good for the fans and good for the business of the UFC especially nationally televised events whose sole purpose is to promote Ultimate Fighting and bring in a wider audience and more future PPV buys.

Just a thought, please take it into consideration for us, the fans.

Randy Couture Vs. Sloppy Joes

Randy Couture is on the Spike TV series Pros Vs. Joes 2 which aired immediately following UFC Ultimate Fight Night 8 this past Thursday. Here is a video clip showing three ass clowns getting tossed around the octagon by a man 10 years their senior.

I was impressed with Randy's stamina after taking on three fresh Joes in a row. He looked like he could still continue. There is no way that I would ever do what the unsuspecting Joes did. I like my joints where they are, thanks!



Randy Couture shows Kevin James of King of Queens fame what reality programming is all about.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Anderson "The Spider" Silva Highlight

Not much is known about Anderson Silva in North America aside from the fact that he knocked the red out of Chris Leben's hair and took away Rich Franklin's sense of smell after he crushed his nose with his knee. Here is an Anderson Silva video clip that gets us up to speed with "The Spider".



This is my favorite Anderson Silva clip. It's short but impressive!


King of Queens MMA Special

Kevin James plays the lead role in the hit comedy series King of Queens and is also a huge MMA Fever fan, ah..., MMA fan. Kevin can usually be seen ringside at all the major UFC matches and we are happy that the modern day Jackie Gleason is an MMA nut just like us.

Here is an episode of King of Queens with a few familiar faces like Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Frank Trigg (with hair) doing what they do best to Doug and his gang.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Joe Rogan Verbally Submits a Heckler

Joe Rogan shows how to handle a heckler. Most know Joe as the Fear Factor guy and the UFC commentator guy but most never knew about his sharp stand-up comedy career. Joe should give lessons to Michael "Cosmo Kramer" Richards 'cause he knocked this one out of the building and had fun doing it too.

Warning: If you are offended by foul language, please leave the fuck'n' site now!

UFC 67 Preview

The UFC 67 site is updated and full of goodness.

Check out UFC 67

UFC Recognizes MMA Bloggers

Maybe it was just me but I noticed something very special in last night's UFC Ultimate Fight Night event between Rashad Evans and Sean Salmon. What I noticed was the prominence of the little guy fighting hard to spread the word about MMA and sponsoring an up and comer like Sean Salmon for the world to see.


That little guy isn't so little in the MMA blog scene and they are UFCJunkie.com. As you can see from the picture to your left, UFC Junkie is prominently displayed on the front right panel of Sean Salmon's fight shorts on an internationally televised (it showed in Canada so it's international aight) event on a major U.S. network.


This sort of attention should not go unnoticed by the MMA community and MMA Fever officially tips its hat to UFC Junkie and to Sean Salmon for their hard work in preparation for the fight last night. Unfortunately, the fight did not go in Sean Salmon's favor however, he did impress the UFC fans in a hard fought first round that I had scored him as the winner (10-9).

What really makes this special is realizing that this wouldn't even be possible without the support of the fans who support UFC Junkie's site and also Sean Salmon and that kind of loyalty is to be commended.


Another picture caught my eye today which is similar to the promotion of the little guy blog that covers MMA, not unlike this little blog. It's a picture with the UFC President, Dana White pointing to the owner of UFCMania.com while he was in attendance at the Hard Rock Seminole in Florida for last night's fight.


These are huge wins for the little guy blogger and the little guy MMA fan who supports these great UFC blogs through their loyalty and participation and encouragement to carry on even though there isn't any money to be made in doing so... it's for the love of Ultimate Fighting and MMA as an emerging sport. This kind of passion simply doesn't exist in any other sport today which, makes the MMA sites and the MMA fans so special.


To UFCJunkie.com and UFCMania.com and also FightOpinion for recognizing MMA Fever by linking to us in your Friday News Flash today, MMA Fever and its fans formally thank you for adding value and staying true to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts... for the sake of the fans!

Rashad Evans KO's Sean Salmon Video

One of the best roundhouse kicks you'll ever see.

Fortunately, Sean "Smoked" Salmon is fine after having his lights turned out by Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 8 last night.

UFCFight Night Live Rashad Evans vs Sean Salmon Results and Insights

Spencer Fisher Wha Happen?

Hermes Franca came out of the gates throwing bombs. Clearly Hermes was trying to knock off Fisher’s head off. The king knew the bombs were coming and defended well during the first round.

Spencer looked like a whore most of the fight as he was on his back defending against the relentless throws of Hermes.

Hermes ended the fight when he landed a crazy right hand to the King’s right temple.

Sean Sherk "Muscle Shark” should be next for Hermes and my money is riding on the Muscle Shark who should keep his title. Sherk won his last two fights over Kenny Florian (unanimous decision) and Nick Diaz (unanimous decision).

After the fight Hermes went on to say a few words which I could barely understand however I could make out a few points:

“I am getting down on my knees”….. “For Dana White”….?????

Little concerned after hearing this….



Heath “Texas Crazy Horse” Herring losses horribly to young and upcoming Jake O’Brien.

Jake fought a smart fight taking down Herring “AT WILL”.

Joe Rogan commented well on Heath’s effort and was all over the favorite during this fight.

“O’Brien is beating his ass”…. “Heath has zero defense”…..”Again he’s mounting him”

Kudo's to Rogan's commentary. :))))))

In my opinion Heath was too hyped and he should go back to Waco Texas where he was born and train with David Koresh.

Heath went off after the fight saying that he was trying to give the fans what they wanted by offering a stand up fight and a knock out however all O’Brien wanted to do is wrestle on the ground. This is MMA and a big part of MMA is ground and pound and that’s exactly what O’Brien did to Heath.

O’Brien trains with Team Punishment and practiced GROUND and Pound. Good job Jake and Heath stop crying you big baby.





Ed Herman "Short Fuse" wins using excellent Technique over Chris Price "The Exorcist"

The fight started off well both fighters throwing a lot of knees at each other.

Ed has some scary moments though and seemed very slow as Chris Pace tried applying several Kimura which Ed was slow to escape.

The fight was ended when Herman showed excellent technique applying an Arm bar to the exorcist forcing Chris to tap almost immediately.

Great job by Short Fuse and its good to see him win won after two recent losses. His recently losses were to Jason MacDonald and Kendall Grove.




Rashad Evans Wins by Knock Out at 1:06 in the 2nd round by kick.

The first kick every landed by Rashad Evans during any fight and guess what he knocks out Salmon cold.

The kick landed square on Salmon’s chin and Salmon dropped like rock, out fawking cold. Great end to the fight. How many times are we going to see that kick on replays? :)

Salmon won the first round and took Rashad down several times. Salmon has a wrestling background so this was expected.

It was clear by the second round that Salmon was winded so I believe conditioning was a factor in this fight. Salmon started to drop his guard.

Unfortunately for Salmon Rashad went over the lowered guard and kicked him in the chin which caused him to go black. :)))))

Rashad followed up with two punches which added insult to injury to an already knocked out Salmon.

Salmon was laying on his back his body stiff as a board for several minutes after the fight.

Great job Rashad, who’s next for this undefeated warrior.




Here are the rest of the decisions courtesy of UFC.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

"It's not that big anyway" - IFL Weigh-in Fiasco

Every guys worst nightmare...

Ross Pointon's Last Stand Tonight

MMA Fever fan, Gorman Wu caught Wu-ping it up at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale with "The Gladiator" Ross Pointon.


Ross is scheduled to fight tonight at the UFN8 event against Rich Clementi and I predict that this will be the last we hear from Ross in the UFC simply because the only successful brawler that ever set foot on the canvas was the one and only David "Tank" Abbott and Ross isn't even close to Tank's class (if Tank even has any class :)

Although we may never see or hear from Pointon again after tonight, I still think he was the most colorful fighter in the house of the The Ultimate Fighter 3 series and I miss his off the wall brainless sayings that were often unintelligible.



Personality and Quotes

Pointon was portrayed on the show as a confident, serious fighter with heart. He was also shown as a fun loving man who loves his daughter and has pride in his home country. Pointon was also a source of culture-clash humor and many memorable moments inside the house. Though losing both fights, Pointon remained classy and respectful of his opponents.

"I'm a fighter, man, I'm here to fight."
"Y'know what I mean?"
"Craziness."

Bisping: "What are you going to do if he [Kendall Grove] catches you in a submission?"

Pointon: "Gonna smash his face in, man."

"I'm gonna knock you out with me breath, Kendall." (Said before eating a piece of garlic bread.)
"How's your wild thing."
"I'm a Gladiator."
"He [Michael Bisping] has 10 straight wins, he's one of the best in the country, but so am I."
"Bring the Fucking pain!"
"You know what i Mean!"


Ross Pointon's MMA Record:

It was nice watching you on camera Ross... it's just that part when you had to fight that you need to seriously work on.


"You know what I Mean!"

MMA Fever Knocked Feedburner Out Too

WOW!

Blogger goes offline yesterday and now Feedburner.com today. My apologies to those who are trying to access MMA Fever content at this moment.

You see, Feedburner code is embedded into this template to allow you to subscribe to our feed and also email a post to someone or add it to your list of favorites on Del.icio.us and also, a link for you to Digg our posts.

As Feedburner tries to revive itself with smelling salts, MMA Fever will continue to rock its server with our Feverish fans.

In the meantime, check out Colonel Balz' much anticipated and controversial UFC Fight Night predictions

Stay tuned!

US MARINES SAY 'NO' TO TITO AND PORN STAR GIRLFRIEND

Courtesy of the New York Post:

THE Marines may like to look at Jenna Jameson- but only in private. The porn star's boyfriend, ultimate fighter Tito Ortiz, was scheduled to give a speech as a guest of honor in front of 800 men in uniform at a "birthday" ball at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego on Nov. 12. But the pugilist was disinvited after the Marine brass found out he was going to bring Jameson as his date.

Ortiz received an e-mail from Maj. Jason Johnston stating, "There is some serious consternation here about having your girlfriend attend our ball. Of course I, and a lot of Marines, are very excited about it, [but] many of our commanders feel it might be inappropriate for the type of event we are having . . . it is professionally embarrassing for me to have to possibly retract our invitation, especially when I am such a big fan."

Ortiz and Jameson are making other plans.

For those of you like me who don't know what consternation means here is the definition courtesty of The free dictionary.

Noun
1. consternation - fear resulting from the awareness of danger

Colonel Balz Fight Night Picks and Weigh-in Results for UFC Fight Night


Here are my picks:
Rashad Evans (205.5) vs Sean Salmon (206)
Winner: Rashad
Although Salmon is a newcomer on the UFC scene, Evans feels his superior conditioning and preparation will allow him to emerge with another victory.

Heath Herring (250) vs Jake O’Brien (234.5)
Winner: Texas Crazy Horse

Hermes Franca (155) vs Spencer Fisher (154.5)
Winner: The King
The Fisher-Franca fight has been widely anticipated as a possible show-stealer of the night. Fisher is 20-2 over his career and has won two in a row following a close split-decision loss to Sam Stout at UFC 58. Franca is 17-5 overall (4-2 in UFC) and has won six matches in a row, including a submission win over Jamie Varner at UFC 62.

Dean Lister (185) vs Nate Marquardt (185.5)
Winner: Nate The Great

Chad Reiner (171) vs Josh Burkman (171)
Winner: The People's Warrior

Ed Herman (186) vs Chris Price (192)*
Winner: Short Fuse
* Herman agreed to face Price despite the Indiana fighter being seven pounds over the middleweight limit of 185 pounds. When Price thanked Herman for still agreeing to fight, “Short Fuse” responded, “You weren’t getting off that easy.”

Clay Guida (154) vs Din Thomas (154.5)
Winner: The Carpenter

Ross Pointon (168.5) vs Rich Clementi (169.5)
Winner: The Gladiator