Nick Diaz vs Chris Lytle – from back in the day

This is a classic grinder, back and forth, between two MMA fighters who have become stalwarts in the sport; guys who always deliver no matter the expectations.

Nick Diaz and Chris Lytle are contenders, champions and tough guys. They scramble and bang with the best. And they don’t mind bleeding for the cause.

Even though this fight isn’t that old, it sure seems like we’re watching something from the early 80s. I mean, really – look at Nick’s haircut. What’s up with that?

And so who wins… according the ref. Both guys. Bizarre. But then there’s a jumpcut to Diaz with his hand raised.

Bernard Hopkins ‘psyches out’ Jean Pascal

Yes, we know – Bernard Hopkins is not a MMA fighter. He’s a boxer. But he’s a legendary fighter. He’s a smart fighter. And he’s a fighter that other fighters can learn a heckova lot from.

Just listen to his ‘psyche out’ of Jean Pascal when Hopkins says that Pascal may not be the same fighter AFTER he fights Hopkins. ┬áPavlik. Taylor. They were not the same fighters after they fought Hopkins.

Its a brilliant mental move that would make any opponent question whether they were fully prepared to meet Bernard the Legend in the ring.

We’re huge Hopkins fans and have been since before he was the first fighter to put Golden Palace on his back. Smart.

Manny Pacquiao Training Video + Interview

OK, OK – its not MMA. Its boxing. But come on! Its Manny Pacquiao! 7 -time world champion. Pound for pound the best boxer on the planet no matter what Floyd Mayweather pouts about. Manny Pacquiao!

We’ve been fans of the Pac Man for a long time now. We watched him come up thru the ranks and beat just about everyone who ever dared to stand in front of him. And hell, he is looking really good right now for the Margarito fight.

Our prediction: the Manny Pacquio vs Antonio Margarito fight doesn’t go beyond round 9 with the Pac Man getting his hand raised in victory.

Fedor Emelianenko Training with Jacare and Mousasi

Heavyweight Champion/Contender/Legend Fedor Emelianenko training with BJJ ace Ronaldo Souza “Jacare” and Gegard Mousasi.

Nice when he knocks the gloves off his sparring partner. That’s some power. The guy can throw – guess that’s why he’s a heavyweight champion. And damn, he’s fast!

But its really his technique and the efficiencies in his technique that have made him #1. You can see it come thru in the training, how he’s positioning his body and speaking about fighting so that you don’t get tired. Very smart and very wise. His throws are short and powerful, always from his core, giving him the most bang for his buck.

And yes, we’d have paid $150 bucks to hang with him. Absolutely.

Renato Babalu Sobral : Natural Born Fighter, Episode 1

Renato Sobral is an interesting MMA fighter. A while back he was a force to be reckoned with. Then, all of a sudden, you couldn’t find him anywhere. He was just gone. And now he’s back.

The mental game is the most difficult side of mixed martial arts as it is in any sport. We gotta question what went on in Babalu’s mind that he just left MMA and didn’t fight. And what is it that brought him back – really. And lastly, is he strong enough mentally to get back to where he was, or to accelerate his career.

Guess we’re gonna find out when we see him fight again.

Magno Almeida vs Mike Campbell : CES – First Blood

Magno Almeida is one of those skilled up-and-coming fighters who grinds out the wins with jiu jistsu, fight after fight after fight. Either his opponents don’t take him seriously or just don’t know what he’s capable of.

Granted, on this outing it took him a while to sink in the rear-naked choke, but he kept at it and he does finally take the win with it.

We’re keeping this guy on our “Fighters to Watch” radar. We believe he’ll be leaving his mark, and his defeated opponents, all over the mixed martial arts world in the next 5 years.