Archive for September, 2009

Kimbo fights on TUF

September 29th, 2009
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Love him or hate him, Kimbo Slice is one of the most captivating fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. So much so that an entire company (EliteXC) put all of its chips on his shoulders, hoping he could keep an entire organization afloat (OOPS).

Maybe that move didn’t work out, but the UFC has been right there to jump on the Kimbo bandwagon, inviting him to compete on this year’s edition of the Ultimate Fighter reality series. Tomorrow night (7 p.m. SPIKETV in Hawaii) he steps into the cage against probably the most accomplished heavyweight on the show in Roy Nelson, the former IFL heavyweight champion.

The debut episode of this year’s TUF was the most-watched in history, and tomorrow night will surely break that record as everybody tunes in. Has Kimbo improved enough in MMA to be more than a one-dimensional fighter or will this fight go just like the one against Seth Petruzellii that ended in 14 seconds?

I don’t like his odds, but if he knocks out Nelson, it’ll be 2008 all over again. The Kimbo hype train will be full speed ahead.

Back from vacation

September 21st, 2009
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Boy, I sure picked a good time to hit the mainland for a quick vacation.

Tons of stuff going on in the MMA world. Kailua’s Scott Junk is part of the new season of the Ultimate Fighter reality show on SPIKE, which can be seen every Wednesday night. Junk is looking to get back into the UFC after one fight with the company.

UFC 103 went head-to-head with boxing Saturday night as Vitor Belfort crushed Rich Franklin at roughly the same time Floyd Mayweather Jr. made a masterful return to the ring with a one-sided victory over Juan Manuel Marquez. The two big wins set up huge PPV fights. I don’t think there’s any question Belfort should be the next opponent for Anderson Silva for Silva’s middleweight title. And as long as Manny Pacquiao doesn’t suffer any serious setbacks in his upcoming fight, boxing will get its biggest payday ever when Mayweather and Pacquiao finally go toe-to-toe.

And has there been any faster fall from grace than Mirko Cro Cop, who was again beat up in a UFC fight, this time by Junior Dos Santos. It amazes me to see just how different Cro Cop is fighting in a cage compared to a ring, where he was one of the most feared strikers in all of PRIDE.

Can anyone come up with anybody else in mixed martial arts that has gone through as big and quick of a fall as Cro Cop?

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Penn/Sanchez on Dec. 12

September 3rd, 2009
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B.J. Penn posted a video link on his web site today showing Dana White confirming the Diego Sanchez fight will be Dec. 12.

The bout will take place at UFC 107 from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The card is also expected to feature Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Rashad Evans and Frank Mir against Cheick Kongo.