They train hard at Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque, N.M., honing the crafts of champions and top contenders alike.
They also reenact famous scenes from movies. Take the below video as an example. In it, former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski pretends to be King Leonidas from the film “300”, and kicks micro-fighter John Dodson down an imaginary well. (Was Dodson an emissary from the great Persian army? We may never know now.)
It is about the level of goofiness you get when you put together a group of guys adept at causing other humans a great deal of harm. In other words, it is very goofy.
There’s a rumor floating around the MMA media ether, and as rumors go, this one is a doozy. Middle Easy was the first to speak of it yesterday.
Woah, Kimbo Slice signed with Bellator? That’s the rumor at least.
— MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) June 16, 2014
Let that sink in for a moment.
Yeah, that’s right, Kimbo Slice – the MOST popular MMA fighter of all time. The backyard brawler turned MMA star upon which whose shoulders EliteXC stood (and eventually stood no longer). The beloved slugger who garnered over three million viewers for the pre-recorded episode of The Ultimate Fighter in which he fought on. The man who headlined the first MMA show to ever air on network television.
Yes, that guy.
Kimbo was last seen in the Octagon back in 2010, losing via TKO to Matt Mitrione. He hasn’t been completely stagnant, though; the 40-year old has been boxing, winning his last bout back in January of 2013.
Why would Bellator want him? I mean, Kimbo would pose almost no threat to any legitimate heavyweight out there. The answer to that question is simple: MONSTER RATINGS. Of all the fighters on the planet, no one draws them in like he does. No one.
Looks like we’re going to have to wait and see if this rumor pans out.
Saturday night’s UFC 174 – which saw flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson deliver a sound drubbing to challenger Ali Bagautinov for five whole rounds – was very educational for those of us watching. For instance, who knew that a former UFC champ who’d been away from the Octagon for over six years was going to suck? Here then are some important lessons learned from watching UFC 174. Continue after the Jump ››
Duane Ludwig’s days as head coach of Team Alpha Male are complete, as the instructor finished up work recently at the California gym. Ludwig will be opening his own gym in his native home of Colorado, but plans to continue working with several members of the fight camp.
Ludwig will be cornering Chad Mendes for his featherweight title fight at UFC 176, and UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has stated plans to remain in close contact with Ludwig as he defends his belt.
Dillashaw snapped a picture of the entire crew before “Bang” departed, and even Urijah Faber got in on the action. Faber has previously stated in interviews that he did not completely agree with Ludwig’s coaching. He will be cornered by new head coach Martin Kampmann next month against Alex Caceres at UFC 175.
— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) June 12, 2014