King Mo gets fired and the fans get their way!

Strikeforce took a step in the right direction today in the fight against illegal substances in MMA. They fired Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs after a January 7th fight with Lorenz Larkin that he won. It wasn’t just the failing of the drug test that got him fired. After finding out about being suspended and being fined, he took to twitter and ranted against one of the Nevada State Athletic Commission members. What had happened was during questioning, Ms. Pat Lundvall asked King Mo if he had filled out and signed an application and if he could read and understand English. Well, upon leaving the meeting, King Mo went to twitter and called Ms. Lundvall a certain word and said she was racist. It was announced Tuesday that Zuffa, the company that owns UFC and Strikeforce had released King Mo from his contract.

I applaud Zuffa for releasing such a big name from their roster. For many years steroids have been a concern in MMA and yes they have been doing well about cracking down on people taking substances that they know are illegal. King Mo’s excuse for why he did it was because he had bought this concoction at a local nutrition store and didn’t realize what was in it. The Commission came back that it was his responsibility to know what put in his body. Mo seemed alright with the Commission’s decision to fine him $39,000 and suspend him for 9 months (he was probably okay with the suspension because he knows it is going to be a while before he can fight due to a knee injury anyway). But when he got home, he went on his Twitter rant that pushed things over the edge and got him fired. More companies need to take the stand that Zuffa took and maybe their fighters will start thinking again about what they put into their bodies and on Twitter.

 

In other news, the biggest rematch in UFC history has been announced. That’s right Chael Sonnen will have another crack at Anderson Silva. Their last meeting was in 2010 and Sonnen almost did what nobody has done in a very long time in taking down The Spider. That’s right for four and a half rounds Sonnen was crushing Silva and then it was like something clicked in Silva’s head and he was able to catch Sonnen in a triangle and make him tap. Fans have been begging for this rematch ever since and now it is finally going to happen June 23 in Rio. It is going to be one heck of a fight. We will see if Sonnen was just lucky or if he has found something in Silva that most of his previous opponents haven’t been able to find. We will also get to see if Silva is willing to fight or if Dana will be disappointed like he has been after a few of Silva’s more recent fights.

Well, that’s all I have for now. As always, thanks for reading.

-TFC

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Who made the UFC what it is today?

Today I was searching the web, trying to find something I thought I could write a little bit about and I wanted it to be about MMA. My last few posts have been about Pro Wrestling and while that is one of my passions. I also have a major passion for MMA. Well I fell upon an article about the hard feelings that Ken Shamrock still has against Dana White. He talks about how Dana basically takes all the credit for where the UFC is today. I will post the link to the original article at the bottom of this page. But I totally agree with Jeremy Botter the author of the original article that was posted on bleacherreport.com. He basically says, you know, Dana has a point. If he hadn’t taken notice of the UFC back in the day, where would the sport be right now? I kind of look at MMA as having two phases. First there was the no holds barred MMA. That was entertaining at first if you let it tap into the blood thirsty maniac in you. The second phase is the Ultimate Fighter phase. Now I know there are more things than The Ultimate Fighter that has made MMA popular, but even the least dedicated fan would have to admit that Griffin vs. Bonnar is one of the first fights of this new phase where people really started to say, “wow these guys are beating the crap out of each other and neither looks like they were thrown to the wolves.” This is when people started to realize that there are rules and it is not the street fights that it started it out as.

Who was a major part of putting rules to MMA? Dana White. But, he is not the only reason MMA is where it is today. I can also see Shamrock’s point that maybe he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves. He is a legend in the sport, back when it was the blood sport. He is one of the reasons why the UFC exists. One of the first matches that I remember watching was Shamrock vs. Gracie at I believe UFC 1. That was the match where Gracie choked Shamrock out with his Gi. I was a huge fan of Shamrock, but I had to admit that that was one of the coolest things I had seen.

Pride Fighting Championship is another reason why MMA is where it is today. I mean look at the guys that have come out of Pride! You have guy like Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, Wanderlei Silva and many many more. Guys at companies like Strikeforce and Bellator also are doing their part for the sport. Lets face it, there practically wouldn’t be women in MMA without Strikeforce. Not in the USA at least. I think I have made my point, while Dana has played an invaluble part in where MMA is today, he is by no means the only reason why MMA is where it is today.

Survivor Series, Chael Sonnen is kind of a not so stable guy and UFC 139 Results

Ok, so I know I am a little late talking about this, but life has been a little busy and I haven’t gotten the chance to post in a while. As I start writing this it is 2:27 in the morning. I got off work at midnight picked up some stuff for home then came home. I clicked around for a bit checking the news and decided I should post. So at the very least you should respect my dedication. I only have a few things I want to talk about today  but we should jump right in anyway.

First of all, I didn’t get to see WWE’s Survivor Series. I had to work. But, even if I had the night off and the money, wouldn’t order a WWE pay per view right now. This is coming from a die hard pro wrestling and WWE fan, The storylines are boring and the talent they have either aren’t that good, or they aren’t being used to the best of their ability. So, like I do after most wwe pay per views I went to the internet to find the results. Most of it, you could have guessed the outcome without knowing what was going on behind the scenes. The Glamazon Beth Pheonix won her match C.M. Punk beat Del Rio to win the title blah blah blah. The only match that you had to know a little bit about what was going on behind the scenes to really predict was the Dalph Ziggler vs. John Morrison. See, John’s contract is up at the end of the month and it does not look like the WWE is going to be resigning his contract. Knowing that, it is not hard to predict that he was going to lose his fight to Ziggler. The one question my buddy Tactix and I had was why even give Morrison the shot in the first place. Our only guess was to humiliate him while he is heading out the door by having him lose to Ziggler. I find that a little low, but look who it’s coming from.

The match that the Pay Per View is named after was also a disappointment this year. Well, not the match itself, like I said, I haven’t seen it, but the fact that it didn’t really stand for anything is what is disappointing. I remember the days where the two teams were created because each man had a bone to pick with a member of the opposing team. This one, not so much and the few feuds they tried to inject into this match were weak at best. It was aweful to see Sin Cara get hurt for real. His brother reported that Sin Cara had surgery today on his knee and that everything went well, but he will be out for many weeks.

Finally, the Main Event of the evening was Awesome Truth vs. The Rock and John Cena. Now, if you are reading this there is a possibility you were first brought to my site through Tactix site and have read our thoughts on this match. For those of you who are here and don’t know what I am talking about the short version is that both of us believe that had  John Cena attacked The Rock after the match, it could have ended the PG era, brought back the attitude era or something like it, and changed the dismal path that the WWE has been going on for a long while now. But since that didn’t happen and The Rock did the attacking, WWE is going to stay on this boring path for the forseeable future. It’s irritating, I know.

The next item on the agenda is an interview that Chael Sonnen did with a Canadian reporter named Michael Landsberg. Basically what happened was Landsberg started the interview out by showing the clip of Sonnen calling out Anderson Silva and saying that he wanted to fight, if Silva won the fight he [Sonnen] would leave the UFC forever. After watching the clip Landsberg asked Sonnen if he was saying he wasn’t going to own up to that challenge. This made Sonnen irate and he started to head off the deep end. Now I admit that Landsberg should have said something to the effect of “There are some reports that you are stepping down from this challenge, is that true?” This may have caused the interview to go a little differently, but none the less it got worse from there. Sonnen didn’t really want to answer any of Landsberg’s questions and so he kept calling them stupid questions. Then, Landsberg caught Sonnen contradicting himself about his thoughts on George St. Pierre and that was pretty much what ended the interview. Sonnen got up took off his mic and walked out. I thought the whole interview was very unprofessional on Sonnen’s part, but he has never been known to be a real classy guy.

Last but not least, I thought I should touch on UFC 139…briefly. Most of the matches went down just like they should have, the better more experience fighter got the win. The closest fight was the main event between Dan Henderson and Rua. This fight went all three rounds and Henderson won by unanimous decision. A couple fighters put on perfomances that may have saved their jobs for a little longer. Wanderlei Silva won his fight against Cung Le and Urijah Faber won his fight agaisnt Brian Bowles. Both of these men have not been doing anything amazing as of late so winning over some impressive opponents definitely had to have made White reconsider any thought he may have been having of letting them go.

Well, that’s all I have for tonight. I won’t be able to post tomorrow because it is Thanskgiving and I will be busy all day and night. I may not post on Friday either because I work in retail and it is Black Friday. So it most likely won’t be until at least Saturday before I post again. Sorry, if you want, you can always go back and read my older stuff.

Thanks-TFC

Oh So Much to be Excited About!

Right now is an interesting time to be an MMA Fan. Upcoming fights and an awesome surprise in a video game are all going to be topics for this post. Let’s get down to business.

First of all I saw the commercial for UFC Undisputed 3 last night and was overjoyed to see that PRIDE is going to be featured. Now, I don’t think anybody can understand how excited this made me. I love the UFC the way it is now but the more hardcore rules of the PRIDE days and the Legends that came out of this era of MMA are near and dear to my heart. For those of you who are fairly new to MMA PRIDE was one of the first organizations that ZUFFA, the company that owns UFC, bought up when buying up their competition. It was an organization from Japan and some of the rules that you may never see in the USA include head stomps, soccer kicks, and knees to the head. I know, I know, it sounds like a flash back to the more barbaric times of MMA and this may be, but sit down and watch a couple of classic matches from PRIDE and I swear you will be hooked. PRIDE is the organization that brought you Cro Cop, Dan Henderson, Fedor Emelianenko, and Chuck Liddell. I have heard rumblings about a recreation of PRIDE but I am not going to get my hopes up until I see some better proof.

Ok, there are a few different fights that I am excited for so I will run down the list one by one and tell you why I am excited. The first fight I shouldn’t have to explain Hendo v. Rua. I mean, come on. This is a fight that true fans have been wanting for years. I love seeing a wrestler with fists of stone take on a Jiu-Jitsu fighter with unnatural strength. This will be an interesting fight because Rua is very aggressive and could come in trying to take Hendo down right away. On the other hand Hendo is a more methodical fighter who doesn’t mind standing and throwing punches. I don’t know, pretty much everything about this fight makes me happy.

Next is, of course, Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem. I was so excited when Brock Lesnar went from pro wrestling to MMA. Here was a guy who was breaking innocent wrestler’s necks and on one occasion, almost his own, moving to a sport where he will be paid to actually try and knock people out. I think Lesnar is one of the strongest men in MMA, but I think he is totally outmatched here. Overeem is looking stacked for this fight and he has way more experience training, and common sense. Sorry, I get a little irritated with Lesnar after his stupid rant he did at the one UFC event. You know the one where he talked about going home drinking a competitors beer and climbing on top of his wife. Who, if you don’t know is the woman who by now I am sure is completely plastic, ex wwe Diva Sable. Yuck.

I’m actually pretty excited for the Bisping vs. Miller fight for the Ultimate Fighter Finale. Bisping, I will admit can be a cocky jerk sometimes, but he is also one of the most entertaining fighters out there. I don’t think I have seen a fight of his that I didn’t like. The same can be said for “Bully Beatdown” host Jason Miller. There is a reason why they call him Mayhem. I think both men will come out swinging and it is going to be awesome.

Those are the fights I am most excited about coming up soon.

As always thanks for reading! -TFC

Oops. I made a mistake…and other stuff!

Alright, in the last post I made a mistake. I said that the UFC Heavyweight title fight lasted 55 seconds on Saturday. I meant to say it lasted 64 seconds. I don’t know where 55 came from. The point remains that UFC having one hour for one fight, no matter how important, was not the brightest idea. That brings me to my first topic.

Dana White was furious with the way the media was responding to the quick finish and the way the Fox show was centered completely around one match. He also seemed irritated with fans who were also disgusted with the way UFC 138 was handled. Unfortunately he has very few people to blame besides himself and maybe the Fertitta brothers. “You should have bought tickets if you wanted to see all of the fights and you don’t like to watch it on Facebook”, White said during an interview Sunday. The thing that amazes me is how he went from having action packed Pay Per Views that had more than 3 or four fights to cutting it down to showing the undercard on Spike and now this. Having one fight for the premiere of UFC on FOX. I know he said that this show wasn’t part of the initial deal with FOX but if you are going to go through all of the trouble of creating a respectable card like the one this Saturday, and you are trying to bring in more fans by having a deal with FOX, then by all means show all of the fights on Fox. It is just common sense to me.

Enough of that, I promise I will not talk about this stupid mistake made by UFC for a while. Now on to another questionable decision. Ben Henderson has been confirmed as Frankie Edgar’s next opponent for the Lightweight Championship. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that he deserves this opportunity. The part of the equation that irks me is that before Saturday the possibility of the winner becoming the number one contender for the championship, was only a rumor. Maybe this is just me being paranoid or something, but I find it a little interesting that this decision was only made after the winner had been declared. Not only that, but Guida had built a better winning streak of four in a row before fighting Henderson. When Henderson beat Guida that only brought his winning streak to 3. I don’t know, just something I find a little interesting.

UFC 139 is going to be Hendo vs. Rua. This is one fight that fans have been asking for for a very long time. I am more excited for this fight than I have been for a while. Well, that’s all I’ve got for now.

Thanks for reading-TFC

First Time for the UFC and Overeem issues a lawsuit. Plus is Clay Guida getting screwed?

Hello everyone! First of all I want to let you all know that right now I am in the middle of a two to three day tag team blog with my good friend Tactix. The link to the first posting is www.tnaenforcer.blogspot.com. I would love it if you would hop on over and give it a read through. I want to thank Tactix for the opportunity to team up and give my thoughts on the professional wrestling world right now. But there are fish to fry on my own blog so lets jump right in.

This weekend marks a first for UFC. Saturday, Nov. 12th UFC on Fox will have the first ever Heavyweight Championship match live on Network TV. The Champ Cain Velasquez v. Junior Dos Santos. This is going to be a fun fight because both guys are machines. Cain Velasquez’s best bet would be to use his superior takedown ability and ground and pound as much as possible. This is a five round fight so cardio is going to play a major part in this fight. Any championship fight has the heightened chance for the fighters to gas out. Because these are heavyweights, I think there is a bigger chance of this happening, but one of the things Velasquez is known for his his amazing gas tank. Santos is kind of a fast fighter and usually attacks right out of the gate. This is something he may want to stay away from doing on Saturday. He needs not to worry about ending the fight quickly and worry more about what would happen if he can’t. The only thing that I am worried about is that UFC is putting this as the only fight to air on FOX. This may screw them over since they are giving the event a whole hour. I think if UFC wanted to really impress people, they would show fewer prelims on facebook and foxsports.com. This show should be pumped full of big names and great fights, not one fight, as great as it may be.

In other news, TMZ is reporting that Alistair Overeem is suing his management team because he made a bad business decision and signed a….let’s just call it a shady contract. Evidently he was supposed to give his managers 35% of his income. Plus he says they are refusing to pay him the bonus he was supposed to earn from joining the UFC. I think the real issue is that he realizes how much he could potentially earn from his fight next month with Brock Lesnar and doesn’t want to give any of that money to his managers.

Finally, I ask the question, “Is Clay Guida getting screwed?” Here is what I am thinking. He has won his last four fights and is still not in the running for the title shot. Plus there has been rumors that the winner of his next match may still not get the title shot. I am wondering why is Clay Guida not getting the push that he so deserves. Yes it is true that he has had his difficulties in the past, but he always has entertaining fights. I am really pulling for the guy and I hope he wins this fight because it would be a shame for him to lose his job.

Well, it’s getting late and that’s all I’ve got today. Thank  you all for reading.- TFC

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