Ultimate Fighter – The Aftermath, October 27, 2010

Stefan Bonnar hosting the Ultimate Fighter - The Aftermath

This week from the AKA Gym [American Kickboxing Academy], Stefan Bonner goes over the latest episode of the Ultimate Fighter with Sako / Psycho, Dane and Crazy Bob [Koschek’s training partner].

We like this Aftermath series – the show about the show – because the fighters who were in the Ultimate Fighter now have a better perspective on what they did, how things went down and what they’d do different next time.

Crazy Bob is a good trainer; good observations and astute insights into the fighters he trains and the sport of MMA.

We don’t know where Brad Tate came from either.

LaTasha Marzolla pops her elbow *ouch!* in slo-mo

Latasha Marzolla - MMA fighter and former Playboy Pin-Up

LaTasha Marzolla is a former Playboy pin-up and now a mixed martial artist [great combo] who in her last fight on Saturday lost her match when her elbow snapped like a winter twig.

The slo-mo is the simultaneously the worst and the best part of this video.

It just looks really, really painful. Get better soon – we wanna see you ‘bounce’ back 😉

The New UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez on Lopez

Velasquez on Lopez talking about the new UFC Heavyweight Champion's win

Velasquez is already making himself a great champion – humble, funny, with tons of integrity thrown in. He plays well with the media. It also helps that George Lopez is damn funny too.

Love the bit at the end where they both eat peanut butter and jam sandwiches, drinking glasses of milk in honor of the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar.

BTW – we’d love to George Lopez fight at Best Buy on Saturday.

Cage Wars – Another Screaming Vid by a Local MMA Promoter

Cage Wars MMA video

Not quite sure what’s supposed to be going on here but from screaming goth/metal soundtrack and the scrappy fight footage we gotta believe that this is a local promoter doing his best to get the word out.

OK, OK – but really, these guys gotta up their game if they’re going to get on the MMA radar. The business end of mixed martial arts is growing more sophisticated every day and they’ve got to find some way to stay relevant.

Kimbo Slice Knocked Out by Seth Petruzelli – Full Video

Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson at Elite XC MMA

This really was a classic moment in MMA history and the evolvement of the sport. Kimbo Slice, web-famous street fighter goes up against Seth Petruzelli, a perennial contender and standard MMA fighter go-to-guy when a card spot needs to be filled, in a fight league run by stock market scammers who took Elite XC public with alot of fan-fare and made out like bandits, on a broadcast network that still to this day doesn’t understand MMA, MMA fans or how the fight game works.

And Kimbo the main card draw gets knocked out by a nobody in 14 seconds. What a mess. What a defining moment. And how absolutely fitting for the entire circus sideshow of that event.

Elite XC, like Bodog, like alot of others, never knew what to do in MMA. And neither did Kimbo.

The MMA Fight Debut of Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin at a UFC weigh-in

Brock Lesnar’s MMA fight debut against Min Soo Kim at Dynamite USA. Sure they put him in with ‘softer’ competition, but Lesnar was Lesnar right from the get-go. He gets Kim to the ground and then starts dropping those ‘canned hams’, as Randy Couture once called his fists.

Brock dominates. Brock wins. But Brock is rarely tested in the sport of MMA. When he does meet someone with real fighting skills, Brock Lesnar loses. Who knows what’s in store for Brock Lesnar, but he’ll hang around mixed martial arts for a while yet.

MMA FIX – Wanderlei Silva

Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99

RawVegas speaks with Wanderlei Silva at his home gym, Xtreme Couture, amidst the controversy surrounding the UFC and Randy Couture.  This is an old school clip from back in the day when Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture and the UFC were going thru a rocky part of their relationship. And Wanderlei – he had the perspective. He knew that everyone would come back around eventually and work things out.

That’s why Wanderlei Silva is one of the most beloved fighters in all of MMA – he’s human. That’s a bizarre comment on a fighter who was known as the ‘Ax Murderer’ when he fought in Pride FC in Japan, but its true. Wanderlei is a wise fighter. He’s been in all the battles and he’s seen what really happens between people.

And yes, he’s a legend – so he’s on our “gotta getta foto with him” list.

MMA – The Knockouts of 2009, Vol.1

MMA - The Knockouts of 2009,Vol.1

Who doesn’t love knockouts? Its the crowing achievement in a fight. Its a badge of honor sported by fighters everywhere when they brag about their records. And the fans – the MMA fans- go absolutely wild when they see a great knockout happen right in front of their own eyes, in a cage, anywhere.

This is a stunning compilation of MMA knockouts for 2009. Caposa did a heckova job putting this one together. Its one of those videos that you can watch again and again, and see something new each time. Very cool.

Georges St. Pierre vs Ivan Menjivar – The First MMA Fight of GSP

GSP in his first MMA fight

Georges St. Pierre vs Ivan Menjivar at UCC 7 Bad Boyz January 25, 2002, in Montreal, Quebec. It was the first MMA fight for GSP, and even then he looked good. Great striking, good action. He even man-handled Menjivar, out wrestling the wrestler a few times. Not hard to see that even in the early stages of his career he had taken the approach of working with his opponent’s strengths.

The stoppage sucked. The ref just didn’t know what was going on and he listened to the fighters instead of following the action. But its an entertaining bout and a solid MMA debut for GSP.