K-1 Grand Prix: Musashi vs. Mirko CroCop – 1999 FINAL

K-1 Grand Prix: Musashi vs. Mirko CroCop - 1999 FINAL

We don’t make distinctions here between K-1, MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, etc. Sure its called “Cool MMA Videos” but for us a good fight is a good fight. And we assume that the people watching these vids are fight-educated enough to know styles, leagues, fighters, etc.  That said – this is a good fight. A classic fight between two bangers – Mirko Crocop and Musashi in a K-1 Grand Prix bout from 1999.

Crocop takes charge of this fight from the get-go and thrashed Musashi. Its a little surprising how ‘sensative’ Musashi is. For a K-1 fighter you’d think he’d suck it up a bit more. No matter, really. This fight is proof why Crocop is Crocop. He dominates and he wins. End of story. Beginning of legend.

Fedor Emelianenko vs Hong Man Choi

Fedor Emelianenko vs Hong Man Choi

First off, Fedor Emelianenko is a big guy. So when you see him in this MMA fight against Hong Man Choi, and he appears alot smaller than Hong Man Choi – then you realize how effing big Hong Man Choi is. And how the heck do you defeat a goliath? Well, you do what Fedor did and grab a limb.

Look at Fedor’s face though – he has to eat quite a few of those canned hams thrown at him before he can snag an arm and the win.

This is another in the long series of mixed martial arts fights that made Fedor the MMA legend that he is. He is such a badass.

Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela vs Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett

Victor "Joe Boxer" Valenzuela vs Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett

Another classic performance by Charles Krazy Horse Bennett where he scrambles, throws wildly but unfortunately gets caught by an opponent who isn’t interested in clowning in the cage. Bennett fought the way he fought because of his own personal demons – not because it was effective. Entertaining? Effing right, he was entertaining. For a guy who never even came close to having a belt, he’s got more highlight reel footage of him floating around mixed martial arts than any other MMA fighter out there.

Valenzuela got a nice win here, but then what happened? Do you hear about Victor Valenzuela anymore? No. But you will hear and see MMA fights with Charles Krazy Horse Bennett for years to come. And love him or hate him, Bennett’s the one with the legacy.

Charles Krazy Horse Bennet vs Urijah Faber

Crazy Horse Bennet vs Urijah Faber in King of the Cage

King of the Cage and other MMA fight organizations like it are where the champions of tomorrow get their start. Case in point, Urijah Faber’s fight here against Charles Krazy Horse Bennet. And its always interesting to see that the style of the fighter doesn’t change that much from when they start out in their career to when they’ve got a belt and fought in the big shows.

Krazy Horse Bennet never failed to entertain when he got in the cage. Problem was – he was nuts, in the cage and in his life. As a result, he had a few brushed with the law and some tough times. Too bad really because fans love that kind of character – a fighter who will leave it all in the cage no matter what. Bennet had skills, no doubt.

Those small, local shows are what MMA is built on.

Tachi Palace Fights 7 – John Alessio vs Phil Collins

Tachi Palace Fights 7 - John Alessio vs Phil Collins

The crowd got a bit restless in this one – and rightly so. For a few moments it turned into a “stand and stare”. But give Phil Collins [no, not that Phil Collins] credit for constantly banging away at John Alessio – keeping him at distance and catching him every now and then.

Tachi Palace put on a solid card of fights. Hats off to them.

But it’s Alessio’s left out of nowhere that makes this end. We had to watch the replay because we never saw it the first time. Good work and good win.

Erick Silva vs Julian Jabá

Erick Silva vs Julian Jabá

This fight was brought to our attention by Leland Roling at Bloody Elbow who is doing a great job of putting out solid scouting reports on MMA fighters from around the world. These are the kind of fighters you’ll see [hopefully] coming up through the ranks over the next couple of years.

So watch out for their names – this fighter is Erick Silva, he’s out of Brazil and fights welterweight. He throws a terrific body slam at about 45 seconds in the video and finishes with a solid knockout. That’s exciting stuff. That’s the kind of fighter we need alot more of in mixed martial arts.

So which organization in MMA will give him a shot?

Warning : Winning, Puking MMA Fighter

Edar Jones, puking MMA fighter

This MMA fighter just couldn’t hold his excitement in – really. It literally comes spilling out of him before his hand is held up in victory and after. So much for the pre-fight energy drink. This could’ve been part of his weight loss regime if he had done this BEFORE the weigh-in.

“Bring me a bucket. I think I’m gonna puke.” – that was Mr. Creasote. Should’ve been this guy.

Well, at least he’s on the highlight reels forever. MMA fighter Edar Jones, you are now immortal.

Bernard Hopkins ‘psyches out’ Jean Pascal

Bernard Hopkins at the Pascal-Hopkins Press Conference

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.  Pavlik. 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.

Renato Babalu Sobral : Natural Born Fighter, Episode 1

Renato Babalu Sobral, MMA Fighter

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.