I guess Roy Jones Jr. isn’t the threat to Mr A-Bomb as we were maybe led to believe by boxing nut huggers.I would have loved to see Anderson smoke Roy like this Aussie guy did.
Some screenshots from the upcoming EA MMA game. Will THQ be able to improve their graphics enough for next year’s UFC offering to compete visually? We’re used to everyone the UFC tries to bully around business-wise being weaker than them … this is not the case with Electronic Arts.
It’s no secret that the UFC’s momentum has faltered since UFC 100 and doesn’t look like it’s going to pick up until Spring 2010. How could it not considering the following factors?
- Georges St Pierre’s torn groin
- Brock Lesnar’s guts leaking shit into his body
- Big Nog’s neverending staph infection
- Anderson Silva’s elbow surgery
- Lyoto Machida’s hand surgery
- Wanderlei Silva’s face surgery
- Chuck Liddell taking a break
- Matt Hughes taking a break
- Rich Franklin taking a break
- Quinton Jackson being a baby
- Shane Carwin having a baby
and so on and so on. Considering all this, I’m surprised that things are still rolling as well as they are. But that’s not to say we shouldn’t be concerned. The UFC is really putting to the test the theory that the brand is enough to keep people coming back for all their shows. And Dave Meltzer uses worrisome vocabulary like “burnt out” to describe the vibe he experienced at UFC 106, even going so far to compare it to “going to WWE live events of late: the idea of seeing a once popular entity that felt like it was past its peak.”
I don’t think the UFC is going out of style, but paying 45 bucks (or however many hundred per ticket) for an endless stream of non-title events might be. And it’s extra hard not to feel ripped off when you think about how things could have been if bad luck hadn’t bitchslapped the UFC:
105: Penn vs. Sanchez, Couture vs. Vera
106: Lesnar vs. Carwin, Tito vs. Forrest
107: Rampage vs. Evans, GSP vs. X
108: Silva vs. Belfort, Machida vs. Shogun II, Nogueria vs. Velazquez
Let’s also not forget UFC 109 which again was supposed to have Silva vs Belfort. Instead, here’s how things have played out:
- 105: Couture vs Vera, Swick vs Hardy
- 106: Tito vs Forrest, Koscheck vs Johnson
- 107: Penn vs Sanchez, Mir vs Kongo
- 108: Evans vs Silva, Condit vs Daley
- 109: Couture vs Coleman, Serra vs Trigg
The next title fight after UFC 107 doesn’t come until FOUR MONTHS FROM NOW at UFC 111 on March 27th, and it’s that bullshit Georges St Pierre versus Dan Hardy one. How Dana White and Joe Silva looked at the above schedule and decided that was the best use of GSP’s star power is beyond me. Thank god a lack of big fights doesn’t mean a lack of good fights, but it’s still gonna be a cold winter, far away from the salad days of summer where big fights came together with ease and the mainstream media was lining up to endlessly suck the UFC’s cock.
One of the reasons why you don’t wanna stick up a restaurant is you never know who’s gonna be eating there when you do it. The further south you go, the better chance there is that some hungry fat dude with a concealed weapon will blow you the fuck away. That’s not the only threat: MMA fighters are apparently so numerous nowadays that there’s always a chance one might be in the restaurant like Benji Radach was one fateful day. In that instance, Benji took the gun wielding criminal out and smashed his face in good.
But it doesn’t always end like that. Here’s what happened the time Yoshihiro Akiyama (called Chu Sung-hoon in Korea) was in America and was confronted with a good old fashioned restaurant register robbery:
While training in the U.S. last month, Chu was eating at a restaurant with no other customers. Two men approached the cashier at the counter and said something upon entering.
Choo initially thought they were customers, but sensed trouble after seeing the cashier grow afraid. Soon after, the fighter realized the two men were trying to rob the restaurant.
From then on, Chu said so many thoughts entered his mind. He tried to remember the faces and attire of the robbers as much as he could, and then thought about what to do if threatened.
Despite the nerve-wracking moment, he decided and concentrated on two options. If the robbers had guns, he thought, he would beg for his life despite being a professional fighter. If they had knives, however, he would fight and try to knock them down.
He then readied himself to fight in his seat, only to have the situation come to an unexpected end. The robbers just left the restaurant without incident.
“I thought that they left the restaurant out of fear after seeing my face, but I was mistaken,” he said shyly. “The cashier told me that when he flatly denied having any money on him, the robbers just left.”
While Benji Radach’s story wins on an entertainment level and is much more badass, it also could have ended with several people lying in pools of blood. Barring a few inches of bullet proof glass between me and the robbers, I’d rather be in the restaurant with the MMA fighter who chills the fuck out and doesn’t do shit. A day’s worth of hamburgers, pancake, and coffee money isn’t worth risking anyone’s life over.
The more and more i look at Cyborg the less and less he looks human.