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As a Canadian, I’m used to getting the shitty end of the stick. Crappy exchange rate. Double the taxes. No fucking UFC. But it finally looks like the tide is turning, because not only is the UFC coming to Montreal in April, it looks like they’re pulling out all the stops to make their arrival in Canada a monumental event.

First we have Georges St Pierre who will be fighting Matt Serra for the real WW belt, provided Serra is healthy enough to defend it. He says he will be, but who cares if he’s not? If Serra is nixed I bet we get GSP vs Karo, which is all right by me.

Now we have rumors that the Rich Franklin / Travis Lutter match that was initially proposed, denied, and then cancelled due to injury may now be held in Montreal as well!

Finally, Shogun Rua took some time off giving excuses for his loss to tell people his next fight will be … you guessed it! In April! Add Canadians Jason MacDonald, Patric Cote, and Jonathan Goulet to the card and you’ve got a card that’s already shaping out to be the best of the year! And in my own backyard to boot. Thank you Flying Spaghetti Monster! Thank you so much!

Those of you who tuned into the Low Blow this week have already heard, but we’re cooking up some big things for Montreal as well in the form of an MMA convention. Details are still sketchy at the moment since the Montreal show was only confirmed over Christmas holidays, but in the next week or two all of the details will be revealed and you guys will be blown the fuck away. For reals, if you live within 10-15 hours driving distance from Montreal, you DON’T want to miss this one.

We had a big discussion on what the fuck was up with ‘downward elbows’ a while back and came to the conclusion that it was a generally vague and stupid rule. But from whence did said rule come from? Well now we know:

Joe Rogan and Goldberg were discussing the fact a lot of people were wondering why downward elbows were ok to throw from the bottom, from the guard for example, but not from any of top positions. Rogan said that he spoke about this to “Big” John McCarthy, the UFC ref till he recently retired.

According to McCarthy when the state athletic commissions were reviewing various strikes during making of the rules for MMA, they, specifically banned them due to strong impressions from Karate and other Traditional Martial Arts (TMAs) “effectiveness” of downward elbows for brick and board breaking. Just like most of us, the state athletic commissions thought that if that’s what martial artists could do to a bunch of bricks, what kinds of terribly injuries could happen to a fighter getting with with one from the top.

Most of the Unified Rules came about from people watching hours upon hours of brutal no holds barred fights and rating attacks on a scale of “Tame” to “Brutal”. Headbutts, groin strikes, knees to the ground … all of these were culled from the repertoire after people saw them in action and went “Oooh … yeah, that’s a tad too much.”

So I find it simply awesome that the impetus for the downward elbow rule was based around those stupid board and brick breaking demonstrations by McDojo frauds. Of course, there’s always the possibility that there’s a generally unknown UFC or IVC floating around out there where some Kung Fu master used his thunderous downward elbow to crack his opponents in half like eggs over a frying pan.

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Sent in by a reader who shall remain anonymous due to possible South County style retribution, here’s some pics of Rob Emerson and his ‘gang’, the Lords of South County. As you can see, the first picture is in their pouty emo delinquent youth days and the second looks like some kind of reunion shot. Missing from these pics is the group prison shot complete with orange jumpsuits and bleeding anuses. Although considering the posing in the reunion shot, perhaps they were more willing than you’d think!

If you didn’t know already, Emerson was part of a ‘gang’ called the Lords of South County. They’re basically a pack of rich white kids who went around beating the shit out of random people. Suffice to say, jailarity ensued for several of the members including Rob.

Join us again tommorow for more insider looks into Rob’s life when we present pictures of his retardedly hot girlfriend. Naked? Maybe. We’ll see. But they’re definitely proof that being hot doesn’t mean you’re smart or have any taste whatsoever.

Happy birthday to Pete Spratt who turns ‘I don’t care’ years old! While checking out his Myspace page I found out a whole buncha things about him. Like the fact that he’s a fucking movie star! Above is the preview for the movie Repentance where Pete plays a guy who’s hellbent on killing Asians or something. Awesome.

Here’s the breakdown:

Lola, a beautiful, grief-stricken woman, seeks revenge when her baby brother is killed in a relentless Dallas gang war. She brings in Adrian Lincoln (UFC’s Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt), a martial arts expert and hit man from Los Angeles, to eliminate all those involved in the murder. By cleverly setting in motion a series of events that pits the Black and Asian crime families against one another, the assassin is able to go about his vengeful killing spree undetected in the middle of their bloody gang war. Loaded with masterful fight scenes and gun battles, this exciting action flick leads to an ultimate confrontation with Adrian set against his mentor, Daddy O, the head of the Black crime family.

Montreal ex-pat Ariel from Jarry Park has another interview up, this time with Arianny Celeste. I gotta hand it to Ariel, he manages to politely bully a lot of information out of people. Perhaps I should try his interviewing style because my style usually ends up with the person breaking down in tears and hanging up on me (that was Rory Singer). Of course, that’s still more polite than when MMAJunkie called Arianny ‘borderline retarded’ … oh, to think it was a mere year ago that Dann was letting his jerk flag fly. I miss that.

As for Arianny, the only questions she wasn’t asked was “Is Arianny Celeste really your real name for real? Because it sounds fake and porn-starish”. There were a few questions right at the beginning regarding the rules of fighters dating ring girls. Oh, and she said she was no longer dating Josh Burkman (old news), and went as far to say “Ew” when Ariel asked her if he was still a favorite fighter of hers. COLD.

Here’s a quote regarding all that shit:

“I’ve hung out with fighters, I’m friends with a lot of fighters, so I’ve broken that rule. I’m not with Josh Burkman and according to the internet I’ve dated a lot of people from Rampage to Henderson to GSP but it’s all rumors. I have a lot of friends and I’m not gonna stop hanging out with them because of what the internets say. I enjoy life and that’s it.”

I love how the new codeword for “I like sex and sleep with lots of guys” is “I enjoy life”. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with “enjoying life” … in fact, I think all girls should “enjoy life” more. Over here in North America we’re still pretty stuffy about that shit. I was over in Australia a few years back and that opened my eyes to what girls “enjoying life” is really all about. And let me tell you … it’s fucking AWESOME.

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