Archive for November, 2008

Jeff Ulbrich to MMA?

November 29th, 2008
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My good friend Dave Reardon sent me this link a few days ago and after watching a couple of intense high school football games tonight, it made me think about which football players would make good MMA fighters.

The story is about former UH linebacker Jeff Ulbrich being a UFC fan from the start and thinking about training for a MMA fight down the road. Remembering how much of a beast Ulbrich was on the field, I can only imagine how intense he’d be inside a cage.

It’s something more and more football players have been talking about doing. I know current UH linebacker Blaze Soares has said he’s into it, and I’m sure a lot more are as well. I’ll take a couple of days to think about it, but what do you guys think? What football players, or athletes in any other sport for that matter, would make good MMA fighters?

Brian Urlacher is the first guy that comes to mind for me.

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X-1 at the Cirque Hawaii

November 25th, 2008
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X-1 might not be holding events at the Blaisdell, but you’ve got to give them credit for coming up with some pretty cool fight venues.

Only got word of this last night, but it will be holding a show tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Cirque Hawaii. The fights are a mix of kickboxing, XMA and MMA. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event will include an intermission show by the Cirque performers. Should be pretty cool. Fight card is below:

MAIN EVENT
165 (kickboxing): Richard Bernard vs. John Vistante

CO-MAIN EVENT
205 (MMA): Makana Vertido vs. Pele Fonotie

205 (XMA): Austin Figueroa vs. David Vasques

185 (MMA): Brandon Naleieha vs. Kevin Agliam

185 (MMA): Kelii Aiwohi vs. Tilis Sionesini

155 (MMA): L John Borges vs. Travis Berandes

155 (kickboxing): Travis Shimioka vs. Frankie Tano

HW (kickboxing): Britain Kanoa vs. OJ Uiliata

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Plenty of UFC stuff

November 21st, 2008
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First of all, in case you haven’t seen it, we have two stories on the UFC in today’s Star-Bulletin.

THE FIRST is a short piece with quotes from both Dana White and BJ Penn about the suddenly not-so-good chance the UFC holds an event in Hawaii:

And then we also have a story HERE about the Jan. 31 fight between Penn and George St.-Pierre that could draw the biggest buy rate in UFC history based on the markets the two fighters come from.

You can only fit so much into one newspaper article, and yesterday was a great chance to pick the mind of Dana White. Before this sport exploded in the last few years, he was always in Hawaii, checking out all the fights. He mentioned that he found guys like Josh Thomson and Robbie Lawler here and saw Penn/Gomi and Kid Yamamoto and could have gone on and on.

He didn’t pull any punches, he said it like it is. Said he thought the Penn/GSP fight SHOULD be in Hawaii, but what can you do with the regulation laws apparently killing any chances of coming here thanks to licensing fees on just about every revenue opportunity they have.  He was also quick to point out just how big of a star the winner of this fight will be. If Penn wins, he’ll be the first champion in two different weight classes at the same time, while if GSP wins, he would face Thiago Alves next and then possibly a superfight with Anderson Silva at 185.

BJ was his normal self, very polite, yet you can tell he’s sick of this media circus. He’s ready to get back to Hilo and train.

Met GSP over breakfast and can’t say enough good things about him. Very respective, very polite. I asked him all the questions, but his only one for me was where’s a good club to go in Hawaii. Sorry GSP fans, he’s leaving after today’s presser and won’t be out on the town tonight. Maybe next time. Was interested to hear him say BJ may be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world even though GSP beat him. I think both guys have thrown that fight out the window. They’re both completely different fighters, and both know this will be the fight everyone remembers.

Penn/GSP rally moved

November 20th, 2008
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Tomorrow’s rally to promote the BJ Penn/George St.-Pierre fight has been moved from the Waikiki Shell to the Blaisdell Concert Hall because of the threat of rain. The schedule remains the same with the festivities set to begin at 4 p.m. Because it’ll now be at the Concert Hall, there will be a lot less room to accompany all the fans, so to be sure you get a seat inside, you may want to try to get there a little early. There’s a good chance people will be turned away at the door once it fills up.

Check out the link below for a video on how the press tour went earlier this week in Canada.

http://video.ufc.tv/94/94_TORONTO_CLIPS.mov

Lesnar rolls, UFC in Hawaii

November 19th, 2008
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So much for Couture/Fedor being the biggest fight out there. Brock Lesnar showed just how bad Couture may have looked against Emelianenko, stopping the 45-year-old in the second round by TKO to become the new UFC heavyweight champion. Lesnar will unify the title in his next fight against the winner of the December bout between Ultimate Fighter coaches Frank Mir and interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Quick notes on the DESTINY event. I was not sent any official results, but from what I heard the setup was nice. Chris Cisneros wound up taking on Kalib Starnes, with Starnes winning in the second round. The big upset of the night was Yancy Medeiros getting a third-round TKO of Poai Suganuma. Also, Kaleo Kwan defeated Zack Rapal by first-round submission.

And finally, don’t forget, the UFC will be in Hawaii for a pep rally Friday at the Waikiki Shell featuring BJ Penn and Georges St.-Pierre, as they hype the big fight JAN. 31 in Las Vegas. We’ll have more in the days ahead.