UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch videos

February 24th, 2011
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Here’s the UFC video vault where you can watch Countdown episodes, weigh-ins, and everything else available to get you ready for B.J. Penn’s fight Saturday against Jon Fitch in Australia.

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Visher, Faaloloto make weight

November 10th, 2010
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One of the final WEC cards before it officially merges with the UFC takes place Thursday on VERSUS. Urijah Faber and Takeya Mizugaki headline an event which features two local fighters on the undercard.

Edward Faaloloto, who was born in Hawaii, but grew up in California, now trains with Chris Leben at the Ultimate Fight School on University and will face Anthony Njokuani in a lightweight fight. Also, Brandon Visher takes on Yves Jabouin in a 145-pound fight.

I’ve only heard of Faaloloto recently, but Visher has been around fighting in the islands for awhile. He graduated from King Kekaulike and has competed in Rumble on the Rock, Up-and-Up, and X-1 shows before eventually making it to the WEC. At 13-1 overall, he’s coming off his first professional loss to Tyler Toner in April and is 1-1 in his two previous WEC fights. It’s obviously a big fight for Visher as he tries to stay with the company and eventually get a shot in the UFC. To do so, he’ll need a win badly here.

The event will be shown on VERSUS at 6 p.m. in Hawaii on a three-hour tape delay.

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Hose headlines Saturday X-1 card

November 4th, 2010
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If Kala Kolohe Hose has a fight half as entertaining as the one with Niko Vitale two months ago, fans will still get their money’s worth.

Fresh off one of the most entertaining MMA main events in Hawaii history, Hose headlines another X-1 event this Saturday at the Blaisdell Arena against Edwin Aguilar. In the co-main event, the finals of the 205-pound light heavyweight tournament will feature Poai Suganuma against Sang Soo Lee for the right to be called X-1′s first light heavyweight champion.

I don’t know much about Aguilar, but based on his 21-15 overall record, it looks like X-1 has found a guy for Hose to get healthy against. After the brutal war he went through with Vitale, this seems like a great opponent to get back on the winning track.

The one thing you can always expect from X-1 cards is a deep fight card, and this one is no different. As far as I know, Sadhu Bott, Bryson Kamaka, Mark Tajon, Lolohea Mahe are all scheduled to fight.

For neighbor island fans, the event will be available live on Oceanic PPV at 7 p.m.

For those interested in the weigh-in, it takes place Friday at 1 p.m. at the Blaisdell Arena.

Also, in a little boxing news, Brian Viloria fights in the Philippines some time very early in the morning on Friday Hawaii time. He headlines a Friday night boxing show at the Ynares Sports Arena against Liempetch Sor Veerapol. Viloria is currently the WBO’s No. 1 ranked fighter at 112 pounds, and a victory is expected to earn him a world title shot maybe in March of 2011. The fight is top billing on Friday night’s card, and the Philippines are 18 hours ahead of Hawaii, so my guess is it goes down some time around 4 a.m.

Giving it a second chance

October 28th, 2010
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For the last month, I have pretty much stayed away from MMA. With the exception of the KJ Noons/Nick Diaz fight on Showtime, which I already have and didn’t need to shell out 54 bucks on a PPV for, I haven’t seen a single MMA fight.

With today’s news that the UFC and WEC are (FINALLY) merging together and an 8-week period about to begin featuring many big-time fights for local guys, I figured it’d be a good time to give the sport a second chance.

I don’t know exactly where it went so bad, but I do know that at some point over the last three months, my enjoyment watching mixed martial arts fights disappeared. Maybe it was the disaster of UFC 118 in Boston, when not only did B.J. Penn look like he wanted no part of competing inside the Octagon, but the co-main event piting Randy Couture vs. James Toney was the single worst fight of that magnitude I’ve ever seen. Maybe it was the StrikeForce debacle on CBS, when Dan Henderson didn’t bother getting in shape for a main event on network television against Jake Shields, followed by an ugly post-fight brawl triggered by Jason “Mayhem” Miller that did the sport of MMA absolutely no good.

Am I the only one feeling like there’s just something missing nowadays? For close to 20 minutes, Niko Vitale and Kala Kolohe Hose put on a show at the Blaisdell recently that made me realize MMA can still be one of the most popular sports in the world. But outside of that, I have left nearly every other MMA show, whether watching live or on TV, feeling like I just wasted my time.

X-1 has a card coming up a week from Saturday. Penn steps back in the ring against Matt Hughes later in November. Kendall Grove is fighting Demian Maia later in December. StrtikeForce has a very good card scheduled for early December.

The next two months are going to go a long way in me deciding whether MMA has reached it’s peak, or if it’ll continue to grow and expand in popularity.

What say you?

Better weekend card: DREAM or UFC

September 23rd, 2010
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Two weekend MMA cards coming up, beginning with DREAM 16 on Friday night live on HDNet at 8 p.m. Hawaii time. The UFC follows with a PPV Saturday at 4 p.m.

As a big time PRIDE fan, you’d think UFC 119 would excite me as Mirko Crop Cop and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are in the top two fights of the card. However, if I had to choose between the two, I think I’m going with DREAM on Friday night.

Yes, it helps that local favorite Jason “Mayhem” Miller is fighting against Kazushi Sakuraba. As washed up as Sakuraba is, it’s intriguing to me because Miller has been talking about submitting the Japanese legend in the first round. I have no doubt that Mayhem could go in there, beat up Saku, and end it pretty quickly. But to submit the guy in his own country? That I would like to see.

Marcus Aurelio vs. Shinya Aoki, Hideo Tokoro vs. Joachim Hansen and Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno are three other very intriguing fights I want to see. You know what you’re going to get with the DREAM production value and there are four or five other fights that could turn out to be good as well.

Cro Cop vs. Mir would be exciting if both men are in shape, but what are the odds? Mir’s weight has been all over the place recently and Cro Cop suffered an eye injury in training that almost forced him out of the fight. At the pre-fight workout on Wednesday, his eye still looked pretty bad, so you wonder how much of an effect that will have on Cro Cop.

If you do check out the UFC PPV, don’t miss the beginning. Melvin Guillard and Jeremy Stephens are my pick for fight of the night.