So it looks like EliteXC has passed on putting together a Baszler / Kobald rematch in favor of Baszler fighting rough and tumble striker Cris Cyborg Santos, the wife of rough and tumble striker Evangelista Cyborg Santos. Cris has a short and brutal 4-0 history with MMA, but that doesn’t really show her experience in muay thai fights or jiu jitsu. Plus she’s absolutely HUGE.
All in all this is going to be a very interesting fight … will Baszler be able to get this to the ground and sub Santos out? Or will Santos be too big and strong? As a big fan of women’s MMA, this fight gets me pretty excited for the EliteXC show. If ya wanna see Cyborg in action, check out her MMA debut against Vanessa Porto. It’s fucking off the hook.
This weekend’s Cage Rage features some interesting bouts for those of us who aren’t hardcore into the UK scene … Phil Baroni fighting at 170 and the return of Buzz Berry. These two bouts kinda tie together in a funny way … Buzz Berry was supposed to end up losing to Ken Shamrock when that fight was set up, and now you’ve got 3-2 Scott Jansen who’s been lined up for Baroni to smash. These kinda squash matches are pretty much par for the course with Cage Rage lately … there isn’t a star that EliteXC wants to build back up that they don’t send over to the UK to pound on some local guy.
Funny enough though, that’s not always the way things turn out. Buzz Berry knocked Ken Shamrock the fuck out. And I’d say Phil Baroni is ripe for another loss too … he’s on a three fight skid that included a ‘rebound’ fight against Kala “Kolohe” Hose. No matter how mediocre Scott Jansen is, I’d give him more than a decent chance of pulling off the upset just because Baroni has been fighting like a gas bag lately.
As for Buzz Berry, he’s going to be fighting a guy he was beating before an infection nearly killed him in the ring:
For those of you who do not know the history, Berry came out with all guns blazing and exposed holes in his opponent’s skill set. Despite a tremendous onslaught, Berry was unable to breathe after round one. He was subsequently taken to hospital and was in a terrible medical state as his body had started to shutdown and draw blood to protect his internal organs. Neil Grove was declared the winner.
More info on that incident here.
In the interest of being ‘fair and balanced’, I will now present to you Big John McCarthy’s reasoning for more weight classes (followed by a short counterargument on why his reasoning is stupid). Hmm, does that still make it balanced? Hey, it works for Fox News.
McCarthy, whose days in MMA lead back to nearly the birth of the sport in the U.S., said that type of reactionary attitude could eventually lead to currently unforeseen issues within the sport.
“(UFC President) Dana White’s a guy who’s saying … that this is going to be the biggest sport in the world,” McCarthy said. “So do you wait until that point, or do you say, ‘Hey, you know what? We’re getting more and more athletes getting into this sport all the time.’
“Why should you wait until you have too many people with these few weight classes? It’s silly; start to look at things from the beginning.”
McCarthy also said he considers the new weight classes the next logical step in the evolution of a sport that began as an open-weight affair.
I don’t understand how having more fighters in the same weight classes means anything to anyone. It sounds like Big John is saying there needs to be more weight classes so more guys have the chance to be champions. Personally, I think that’s flawed logic. After all, just look at what happens in boxing: you get guys bouncing around weight classes collecting different belts.
So in the end you don’t give more guys chances at different weight classes, you just have more weight classes and more fighters moving betwen classes at the drop of the hat. Which leads to confusion and to people thinking that weight classes in general are fucking dumb.
I think we were all pretty excited about the prospect of Anderson Silva sticking around at 205 and causing some mayhem up there. But in a recent interview with Tatame, Silva denies that he plans on fighting regularly at 205 or that he’s gunning for the light heavyweight belt:
I don’t have intention to fight on this category and Im only doing this because they (UFC) asked me and I think I can do it. I don’t intend to fight for this belt, this belt belongs to Lyoto (Machida) and he already proved that. I’m going to fight because I like to fight and because I like challenges.
Well cock shit fuck. Is there anything Machida doesn’t ruin?
Guess we can flip the sign back to zero. After 201 days of squeaky clean testing across the UFC and WEC, we’ve got another juicer in our midst. This time it’s Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira, who tested positive for Boldenone after getting KO’d by Jose Aldo on June 1st. This just continues the trend of ‘users being losers’ – remember, kids: there’s no substitute for hard work!
Overall, I’m pretty impressed that Zuffa’s fighters have managed to stay so clean lately. Athletic Commissions are working overtime to try and catch users, with the NSAC (and soon CSAC if they can get their shit together) randomly testing fighters whenever they feel like it to prevent cycling. I figured that would send drug suspensions skyrocketing, but so far it hasn’t.
There’s been a few close calls – Tim Credeur would have been collared for amphetamines if he’d fought at the TUF 7 Finale, but he disclosed his Adderall medication and was simply barred from fighting. But ya can’t deny that this has been a much better year for steroid testing, considering the double-clusterfuck of Sherk/Franca last July.