Yesterday I ripped on Japanese fight companies for their shitty engrish, but one thing I can’t rip on is their impeccable design ability. Here’s a bunch of computer wallpapers based off of PRIDE posters, and damn if they aren’t slick.
Eugh, not again:
During training for his scheduled Super Heavyweight clash with Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Stefan Gamlin suffered a knee injury that will require surgery. With Gamlin unable to compete, someone had to take on the unenviable task of going toe-to-toe with Butterbean on August 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Enter Ruben Villareal, better known as “Warpath”.
What the fuck is up with Warpath sneaking in the backdoor of half the events going on? Since when did he become the official backup for every heavyweight match out there? How the hell does he keep getting booked for this kind of stuff?
For those who don’t know, Ruben “Warpath” Villareal is apparently the official backup fighter for every single promoter out there. Every time a heavyweight fighter is injured / suspended / denied license / murdered / etc, Warpath steps up to the plate and takes their place. This would be pretty commendable if Warpath didn’t suck a yellow turd.
My issue with Warpath isn’t that he loses … it’s the way he loses. It seems like he lasts just long enough to earn his paycheck and then takes the first opportunity to tap. Perfect examples of this include his WFA fight against Bas Rutten and his K1 Dynamite bout with Siala Siliga. Against Siliga, Warpath lasted less than two minutes and tapped out to strikes while on one knee.
Sherdog’s Fightfinder has countless other questionable matches Warpath has ‘stepped up’ to fight in … first round losses to Justin McCully, Mike Whitehead, Antonio Silva, Ricco Rodriguez, and Dan Bobbish. Half of those fights didn’t even make it past the two minute mark. So why the hell do promoters still turn to him as a replacement? He’s proven time and time again that he’s not competitive at all, even in his loses.
Here’s a repost of an oldie but a goodie. We mentioned this on the last episode of The Low Blow … sometimes you show up to fight and they put you against a dude with no limbs. And sometimes they put you against a dude who’s a total badass … in World of Warcraft, that is.
Here’s a video of the IFL’s star heavyweight Ben Rothwell beating the living shit out of some young obese kid. Before everyone starts jumping to negative conclusions about this, I thought I’d throw out some possible scenarios in defense of Ben Rothwell:
- His opponent is actually Butterbean in disguise
- This was all just a big misunderstanding between Freestyle Combat Challenge and the Make a Wish foundation.
- This fat fuck talked shit about Rothwell on the interweb and Ben don’t back down from that, dog.
In the end, do we really need to pass judgment on Ben Rothwell? I say let he who has not beaten the shit out of a defenseless fatty throw the first stone.
Not a day goes by when our man Evan Tanner isn’t in the news. If this was a celebrity site, him and Ken Shamrock would be like our Britney and Lindsay. Today’s tidbit is an unfortunate tidbit indeed. According to pro-wrestling guru Dave Meltzer, Evan isn’t fighting Marvin Eastman at UFC76. He’s not even fighting on the card at all. To top it off, Meltzer says Evan isn’t even under contract with the UFC!
What a shitty way to start the morning. I’d like to say I didn’t see this coming, but really … I did. So from a fan’s POV I guess I should look at it this way: I’d rather wait a while and see Tanner come back in proper shape than witness his bloated ass get kicked by some TUF kid.
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