A couple of things I should comment on.

I figured since I am partly an MMA blog, there were a couple of things that I should comment on. #1 being the major fight that is coming up this saturday. UFC 148 is headlined (if you didn’t know because you have been living under a rock for a month) by Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II. This fight has been talked about basically since Sonnen almost beat Silva at UFC 117. For those of you who didn’t see it, the short version of what happened was that Sonnen beat up Silva for four and a half rounds unlike he had ever been beaten up before. When all of the sudden, it was like something clicked in his head and he realized he was about to lose. he reached back and grabbed Sonnen’s leg and arm and made him submit with one of the wierdest arm bars that I have ever seen. Well, it became an instant classic and fans immediately started calling for a rematch. Well, fast forward to a couple weeks ago when Sonnen and Silva were doing an interview and some of Sonnen’s infamous smack talk finally broke through the icy facade of Silva. He responded by saying he was going to kick Sonnen’s ass so bad that he would leave the sport. All I know is that this has the potential to be an amazing fight, but on the other hand knowing that it has Anderson Silva in it does mean that it has the potential to be a complete waste of everyone’s time. Of course, Silva is always on thin ice after his few fights where he basically avoided fighting at all cost so maybe he will make it a good one. I guess we will see on Saturday.

Silva vs. Sonnen is not the only fight that I am looking forward to on Saturday. Tito Ortiz is saying farewell to the sport by fighting Forrest Griffin. These two men are known for making every fight interesting. These two are so evenly matched that I have no clue who might win this battle. It will be a bitter sweet deal though, because it will be great seeing these two legends go at it, but it will be kind of sad to see Ortiz fight his last match. I have also heard rumblings that this might be one of Griffin’s final matches, but I have no clue if this is true.

Finally, I wouldn’t be a great fan of the sport if I didn’t mention the injury curse that has fallen upon UFC 149. At last count 9 fighters have had to pull out of fights due to injury. I will post a link at the bottom to an article that will give you full coverage of everyone that has fallen out of the PPV. It is a great thing that UFC has become the giant company that it has because the last company to have this kind of curse fall on an event (Affliction), is no longer in existance. I just hope beyond all hope that these injuries stop soon and that the people that are being put in to replace those out are willing to put on a great show.

Well, that is all for me for now. TFC

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How dumb does he think we are.

Okay, I understand that Vince McMahon has changed tactics and instead of staying true to long time fans, he is bowing down to the way children can get their parents to pay for merchandice, but I believe the introduction of Lord Tensai has gone too far. I was so excited when his promos started being aired on wwe, but was greatly disappointed when he pulled his mask off last night and I realized hey thats A-Train. Don’t get me wrong, I loved A-Train when he was around, but bringing in someone that was sooo popular as someone who in storyline isn’t even American, is just dumb. I would have been much happier with A-Train’s return if he would have just come back as A-Train. Not some crazy character. It is just one more instance where Vince and the WWE are disrespecting fans that have been around for longer than the five or six years that their target audience is.

WWE Cutting Ties with Older Fans

I have been reading books buy guys who have been around since the territory days. Okay, because I know many of the fans that might be looking for blogs about WWE may be young so I am going to give a very brief history lesson about pro wrestling. Before the 1980’s the professional wrestling world was broken up into territories that had many different companies usually controlled by one promoter. Then it was Vince McMahon Jr. That decided he was going to start a company and take over the industry. In doing this he was breaking one major rule in Pro Wrestling of the day: never intrude on someone else’s territory. This brought an end to the territory system and a rise of the wrestling companies. While I think this was good for a little bit. It gave fans around the world to see guys like Hulk Hogan, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Andre the Giant along with tons of legends of the sport. But as these legends started to come to the end of their career, something happened. They left a void. Sure, new performers were coming to the forefront. These guys knew how to wrestle, but they didn’t have what the legends had, someone to learn from. Sure, guys like Ric Flair, Sting, Hulk Hogan, and a few others stuck around to kind of show the way for the young guys, but when the game has changed from what they grew up in. The new guys no longer had to worry about the stresses that the “old timers” had to worry about. So, the professional wrestling business has changed.

Having said all of this, the WWE has been pushing a storyline that is actually talking about the end of an era. For once, I actually agree with the WWE. I really do look at the Undertaker v. HHH match at WrestleMania 28 tonight to be an end of an era match. These guys have put their bodies on the line every night for years. I just hope that the guys in the back are watching tonight as these two giants of the sport have it out for possibly the last time. In a way it breaks this wrestling fans heart to see this match happen because I know that after tonight the WWE will have crossed a line that they may not be able to come back from. They are either going to let HHH or Undertaker or both retire, or they are going to have a string of WrestleMania matches between these two men that will be like shooting a dead horse. There really will not be a way to bring these men back for a nightly or even monthly grind. It really is like watching the end of the WWE that I been a fan of for many many years.

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

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.

Conflicted and Thank You John Cena and The Rock

Okay, here we go again. This is the third time that I have attempted this blog so let’s see how it goes. Oh, Tactix, I don’t know if you want to read this, because I am about to say some things you are hardcore going to disagree with. I guess that is what keeps our conversations interesting. During this blog I am going to explain to you why I am conflicted whenever I watch WWE. Following that I am going to explain the gratitude I have for Rock and Cena after these past couple weeks of Raw and I am even a little conflicted about doing that.

Okay, to start off, last week Raw started out with a long conversation between Shawn Michaels and HHH. Now here I where my first twinge of confliction kicked in. Don’t get me wrong; I have grown up watching these two Michaels always being trusty ol’ “Heartbreak Kid” and HHH going from “Hunter Hearst Helmsley” to “the Cerebral Assassin” and now “HHH”.  I have loved every minute of it. These two men are a huge reason why the Attitude era was so popular and they are so talented, but the irritation comes in when it take 22 minutes for the first bell to ring. That’s right, last week on Raw it took 22 minute for the first match to officially start. Unfortunately TNA was not much better last week. It took roughly 17 minutes for the first match to start. I remember the days where first impressions were important. Well, on a professional wrestling show wouldn’t you want your first impression to be, I don’t know, wrestling? I get the writers were doing something they are actually pretty terrible at, setting up a storyline, but there are better times for it.

My second bout of confliction comes with the placement of the main event in last week’s show. The main event included the top four talents that WWE has: Punk, Bryan, Jericho and Sheamus, yet they decided to place this match smack dab in the middle of the show instead of putting this at the end where you would expect a main event. Instead they had Cena and Rock talking at the end. I will get to them in just a minute. But, first I want to get a little into this pattern that WWE is getting themselves into of disrespecting their talent. First of all, you had the “Future Endeavors” t-shirt debacle, basically making fun of everyone that had been let go by the WWE. Then you had the article put out on WWE.com around Thanksgiving that was downright insulting calling people turkeys. If they were calling the characters turkeys it would have been one thing, but they went deeper than that and I totally understand why they had a few ex-employees that were a little pissed about their decision. I think having guys like the ones in last week’s main event and put that main event in the middle of the show is just as insulting.

Okay, there are plenty more reasons why I have a love/hate relationship with watching WWE every week, but I don’t stop now, it will go on forever. Instead, I am going to flip over for a quick explanation why I was actually happy to see John Cena and the Rock have their own moments on last week’s and this week’s Monday night raw. If you will remember back to the Attitude Era, one of the reasons it was called that was because of the almost raunchy way the performers were talking to each other. Well, last week the Rock told John Cena that he was going to rip out his throat and make him his bitch. Cena countered that by saying he was going to be the son of a bitch that was going to kick the Rock’s ass. Then this week Cena had a rap session, which when I first heard that he was going to rap, I almost changed the channel because as much as I loved his early raps, I have hated the last few he has done. This one reminded me of the early John Cena raps. It ended with something that I still can’t believe he said. It was something to the effect of “I don’t have balls, but I’ve got something in their place, I’m gonna beat your ass at WrestleMania and stick my nuts in your face.” I think the main reason this kind of stuff make me so happy is because if they keep on it, it will wear people down and it leaves open the possibility of something like the Attitude Era. I know it will more than likely never go back to the way it was during those days of enormous growth, but it would be enough, I think, to save the WWE from the crap hole it is going down now. I have been a fan of WWE for over 23 years and it crushes me to realize that I am slowly losing interest in it. But, to be perfectly honest, these last couple weeks have had enough going for them, it has kept me coming back.  

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