It’s Victoria Day today in Canada City which means it’s still technically the weekend here, but I figure now is as good a time as any to go over all the wacky MMA action that happened over Saturday and Sunday.
Referee almost kills Dan Severn
It’s a good thing the guy he was fighting decided to stop punching Dan Severn in the face because the ref didn’t seem like he was interested in ending the fight. This was supposed to be Dan’s 100th MMA win – which he’s accrued via fighting .500 and green opponents, but whatever … the dude is 52 – but someone didn’t tell Ryan “The Vanilla Gorilla” Fortin (yes, really) that he was supposed to lose.
Ninja Rua retires
It must be hard watching your little brother living the dream in the UFC, competing for the belt, and getting paid lots of money. Especially when you are currently losing fights in local promotions. A two loss skid in Nova Scotia and now Britain was enough to make Ninja declare his retirement this weekend at the ripe age of 31. That might seem young, but word is his brain might be a little scrambled from all the punishment he’s taken, so perhaps this isn’t a bad thing. If I had a nickel for all the times an MMA fighter decided to retire gracefully, I’d have around 30 cents, so good for Ninja for making it 0.35
Mariusz Pudzianowski blows his pud again
Yeah, James Thompson is a can, but as we learned from his Kimbo fight, cans compete quite well against jokes. The Pudz once again gassed out by the end of the first round and James Thompson landed his first submission since 2003, an arm triangle choke. Yep, it was Carwin / Lesnar all over again … in Poland!
Matt Lindland goes to sleep
Perhaps it should have been Matt announcing his retirement this weekend … he’s 1-4 since 2009. At least the people he’s losing to are no joke, but getting taken out in 1:35 is never good. It’s also starting to get creepy watching Matt Lindland flip out after regaining consciousness and struggling with the ref.
After the jump: Ninja Rua vs Tom Watson, Matt Lindland vs Mamed Khalidov, and Mariusz Pudz vs James Thompson.