That’s two major Japanese fighting events over the last five days. For quality, Sengoku actually outpaced the circus that was K-1 Dynamite! Below are some of the headlines:
Archive for the ‘UFC’ category
MY FAVORITE NEW ATHLETE
The Sports Pig says: In one of the most appalling acts in Olympic history, Cuba’s Angel Valodia Matos kicked a Swedish referee in the face after losing his bronze medal match in taekwando. Matos attacked the official, throwing punches and kicks, after being declared the loser.
IT’S NO LONGER LESBIAN..NOW IT’S HETEROFLEXIBLE
This stupid song, “I kissed a girl,” now has fat high school chicks making out.
RICK MAHORN AT THE CENTER OF THE WNBA STORM
It’s funny how little criticism thug Delisha Milton-Jones is getting for punching a coach. Yet Mahorn is getting blasted for pushing Lisa Leslie.
IGNORANT AMERICANS CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY CHILDRESS BOLTED FOR EUROPE
What is the issue with former Hawk Josh Childress leaving the NBA? Let’s see: pay me $20 million, lead a team in scoring and live in Greece. You’re right, Childress is crazy!! Here’s a shocker, it’s a possibility that some people actually think living outside the country is better than living in Hotlanta.
Holy crap! We knew this Ashley Dupre was smokin hot. Now we know why. The ho didn’t fall far the tree. Which is the Mom and which is Ashley (pictured from behind)
ANTI-AMERICAN JOURNALIST POPPED FOR RUNNING OVER A PEDESTRIAN
Bob Novak, the 77-year old former host of CNN’s Crossfire, is in hot water for his driving. Novak hit a 66-year old with his Corvette. You’ll remember Novak was the “journalist” who outed CIA operative Valerie Plame back in 2003.
MLB PROSPECT SIGNS WITH A’S WITH THE HELP OF SPORTS BOOKIE
Edgar Mercedes has made a fortune taking bets. He is the owner of Out 27, the biggest sports book and bar in the Dominican Republic. Mercedes also owns 45 other bookmaking operations on the island. Mercedes is a top ”Buscones” or street agent who represents several baseball players (including Inoa.)
Ok, we’re back. Sorry for the hiatus. If you haven’t heard, we’re blogging MMA and some boxing for Yahoo. We will do our best to keep Mr. Sunshine current. Especially with the topics, pictures and videos we discuss on Cofield & Cokin.
NOW WE KNOW WHY RADIO/TV STAR WON’T CALL OUT BIG OIL COMPANIES
CAPT. LOU CAN STILL PARTY LIKE IT’S 1984
NFL HAS A HUGE DRUG PROBLEM
Huh, huge bombs on a body that’s not anorexic. Guys in their Mom’s basement are embarrassing sometimes.
NBA SUMMER LEAGUE HAD ITS SHARE OF STARS…THREE OF COFIELD’S PRE-DRAFT FAVORITES MAKE THIS LIST
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE IN LINE FOR ANOTHER FCC FINE?
POLICE ACADEMY STAR HAS BEDDED 600 WOMEN
Matt Hughes was excellent. He sounds super confident facing Alves He also chimed in on the fighers who are leaving UFC.
Mike Swick and Marcus Davis have a war of words going over what Davis feels is a lack of respect on Swick’s part. Davis also ripped Kimbo Slice to shreds on the notion that Slice could actually be a good boxer.
Bryan Burwell doesn’t like MMA
The live event drew 8,033 not quite the 19,000 Gary Shaw had mentioned a month ago.
The biggest test of success is in the ratings. CBSSports.com Sam Caplan has an early look at the ratings but says Tuesday is the day of truth. That’s when the late starting Kimbo fight will be accounted for….
The 9:00-11:00PM portion of CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS (2.7/05, 4.30m) was first in adults 25-54 (1.9/06), adults 18-49 (1.9/06), adults 18-34 (1.9/07), men 25-54 (2.6/08), men 18-49 (2.5/08) and men 18-34 (2.6/10).
GEORGE WILLIS FROM THE N.Y. POST wasn’t impressed with Kimbo.
He also reported that the folks at the Rock who bought expensive tickets got jobbed when Elite XC officiails allowed fans in the upper deck to fill in the empty spots in the lower bowl….
It was an unspectacular ending to a long evening. Just before going on the air, the fans in the upper-level seats were encouraged to move down and occupy the empty seats on the lower level. It couldn’t have made those who paid $1,000 for their tickets happy to see the $25 ticket-holders sitting next to them, but by then it was all about how it looked on television.
YAHOO’S KEVIN IOLE THOUGHT CBS DID A DISSERVICE TO MMA
There was more chatting than “The Tonight Show.” Fighters were introduced as they made long, slow walks to the cage, then were introduced again once they hit the cage. Given that the show went 45 minutes over its allotted time, what do you want to bet the ring walks will be eliminated if there is another show on CBS?
While it was mostly C-level talent on display, the fighters by and large held up their end of the bargain. Brett Rogers delivered a one-punch knockout of one-time Syracuse linebacker Jon Murphy in just 1:01 in the first fight of the night.
After glorifying loutish middleweight Phil Baroni as some sort of star – ignoring the fact he’d lost three of his last four and was just a decidedly mediocre 10-9 coming in – CBS looked bad when he was knocked out in 1:11 by Joe Villasenor.
As it was, Slice struggled his way to a sloppy third-round knockout of a complete tomato can.
You can’t blame Slice, because he had no business being in a main event of a mixed martial arts bout at this stage of his progression. It takes years of training and sacrifice to reach the main event in MMA and Slice was only there because of the notoriety he’d gained in his YouTube street brawls.
DAVE DOYLE TALKS ABOUT THE BOXING-LIKE CONFRONTATION AT THE POST-FIGHT PRESSER
Fellow heavy Brett Rogers though Kimbo tapped showed his displeasure during the presser…
And fellow fighter Brett Rogers wasn’t impressed. “I gotta be real,” said the unbeaten heavyweight. “I thought you tapped.”
Kimbo shot up out of his seat and said “that sounds like a challenge,” giving Rogers his trademark glare. A couple dozen people got in between the two fighters before the two could brawl backyard style.
Slice’s posse spent the next several minutes staring at Rogers, but Rogers wasn’t the only person raising questions after Slice took some time to beat his British opponent, who came into the night a loser in five of his seven previous fights.
KIMBO PART I
KIMBO PART II
GINA CARANO v. KAITLIN YOUNG
JOEY VILLASENOR v. PHIL BARONI
BRETT ROGERS V. JON MURPHY
Shaw got in his Dana White shots.
PHONY ARGUMENTS…WHAT’S WORSE WHITLOCK OR THIS ESPN “HEATED” DEBATE
Doesn’t it seem like Jason Whitlock only writes about race now. He also loves to go against the grain and side with whitey. I’m the first guy to admit many of the NBA’s popularity issues of the past 10 years revolved around white america and it’s biases. But Whitlock’s take that the NBA is back because it’s cleaned up its visual image is silly..
**No one wants to watch Delonte West or Larry Hughes play basketball. It’s uncomfortable and disconcerting. You don’t want your kids to see it. You don’t want your kids to think they should decorate their neck, arms, hands, chest and legs in paint. You don’t want to waste time explaining to your kids that some millionaire athletes have so little genuine self-confidence that they find it necessary to cover themselves in tattoos as a way to mask their insecurities.
**You just want to watch basketball and feel like you’re watching people you can relate to a little bit, people you somewhat respect.
**The dress code and the age limit have helped.
I CANT WAIT TO GET THE NEW WNBA VIDEO GAME!!!
WNBA Live 2008
WHY IS AMERICAN PIE’S JASON BIGGS HANGING AT REHAB?
Next week is the big one!!! Can you feel the excitement? Rick Reilly, the J.D. Drew of the media, starts his downspiral on The Leader. Reilly is a solid scribe but does he have any shot to actually earn his $3.4 million a year salary? Track his TV and radio appearances. I’m saying he’s somewhere between Roy Smalley and Howie Schwab. Who got a worse deal…ESPN or the Red Sox with Drew ($14 mill/yr)?
The only thing worse is the fact that CBS is on the hook for $39 million with Katie Couric. The savior just turned in the lowest ratings in network television.
Using the MMA expertise exhibited by Robin Leach, Abowitz writes this gem…
Of course, next time, I can always just buy a ticket and go blog about the UFC event. But that might not be necessary. UFC’s moment may be passing anyway. Ortiz, the league’s biggest star, now is done with UFC, and the league is facing increased competition.
On his blog, Leach also reports about speculation on the future of Ortiz and for White’s UFC: “Will Tito join a rival Mixed Martial Arts league or retire and how will White take on his more bitter rivals in the XC Extreme Sports league that starts its CBS TV network coverage next Saturday night from Newark, New Jersey. If a ratings success I am reliably told three further fights would be broadcast live from Vegas.”
And, of course, network fights on CBS are likely to get many more viewers than pay-for-view and cable fights. That would begin to make UFC obsolete even as it approaches mainstream status. When I first wrote about a UFC fight in 2006 that league was bringing unprecedented attention to mixed martial arts. But maybe now it is time for the next big sensation. I wonder if XC Extreme Sports requires select press to sign a credential application?
Wow, what a clown. Let’s start with Tito Ortiz is the league’s biggest star…really?
I do believe that Elite XC will do very well in the ratings on CBS. And that means more exposure on network TV. That’s if the organization can pull itself out of a horrible financial hole. Plus anyone, who’s followed this stuff knows UFC will get a network TV deal when it wants. It’s not a matter of, if but when.
If you’re wondering why Abowitz sounds like a vindictive pansy, apparently he got the run around in trying to get credentialed for UFC 84.
One local journalist who covered Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship card at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena wrote me an e-mail, offering this impression: “UFC attempts to be more controlling than other sports. UFC sounds like it’s trying to hem in media.”
We were discussing his experience as well as the credential application that UFC demanded that I sign to be approved to cover the fight. The application specified everything from the trivial, forbidding my wearing certain clothes, to the ridiculous, controlling where and when I was allowed to write about the event forever more. In explaining this bizarre credential application that most would call not an application but a contract, UFC events manager Diann Brizzolara wrote me: “We have the right to protect our brand and how coverage taken from our events is disseminated.” Actually, UFC does not have that right to control “how coverage taken…is disseminated” at all. This rather unique privilege in fact is what the credential application is trying to give them a back door claim to having. Brizzolara continued, “Other sports leagues, such as the NFL, have similar regulations printed on the back of their press passes.” Two points: Similar isn’t identical, and regulations on the back of a press pass are a wish list because they do not require my signature of agreement. Oh and the obvious, the UFC is no NFL.
Interestingly, in another e-mail, Brizzolara also wrote to me defensively that the UFC credential application was “actually reviewed by our COO (who also has a law degree).” Huh? Who is the COO’s client: UFC or media?