Japanese Lightweights Getting No Love from MMA Landscape

Cory Brady over at FiveOuncesOfPain.com has one of the most absurd articles I’ve read in quite some time that screams the sentiments that I’ve had about the overall MMA fanbase to this day. It lacks depth, knowledge, and the voice of the hardcore fan. It isn’t just blogs like FiveOuncesOfPain either or writers like Cory Brady, it’s the overall direction that the MMA blogosphere has pushed itself… to the Zuffa side.

No matter what the reasoning may be… more hits, more Google searches for UFC, the fact that people associate MMA with “Ultimate Fighting”, whatever you may want to push as the reason why the Japanese MMA scene gets no love from some of the biggest MMA blogs on the Internet, it’s clear that some of these writers need to take a historical course on Japanese MMA. More importantly, they need to stop the pro-UFC stance and give the fans of MMA a fair shake at all the action.  Read more “Japanese Lightweights Getting No Love from MMA Landscape”

How Enhanced is Professional MMA?

Professional MMA with steroidsImagine being a professional race car driver and you race with an illegal engine.

Imagine what that feels like to go flying through the straightaway and turn and after turn leaving your competition in the dust.

Would that essentially be considered a form of cheating? Most would agree that yes, in fact, that would be cheating. Why is it that in several sports from professional baseball to wrestling to football, steroid use is common?

If one is a professional athlete are they not to be considered better than the average Joe? Better naturally at their sport, indeed if anyone took a form of enhancement drug they too could become the next all-American Olympian, correct?

Whether you agree with steroid use or not, is not the issue that is causing so much grief in professional sports currently, the pressing debate is over steroid use in the world of professional mixed martial arts.While you may be pondering what is so unique regarding steroid use and professional sports, when you look deeper into the world of MMA you quickly realize there are some serious differences between MMA and baseball.

For example, MMA is not a point-fighting sport, not a sport for the weak at heart and without a doubt, not a sport for those afraid to get injured. It is full contact every second of every round, making it one of the most dangerous professional sports ever televised.

While a fighter’s skill level and previous training will certainly play a role in the fights, having a killer attitude can and has won several fights over competitors that are far more skilled on paper. It is the fierce demeanor that one can contract from taking steroids that can achieve such a fighting attitude to help increase their drive and their endurance during a fight.  Read more “How Enhanced is Professional MMA?”

DREAM 7 Post-Mortem: Bad Ratings, Good Bouts, and Big Bet winnings!

DREAM 7 wasn’t exactly the epitome of an entertaining Japanese card that would attract casual fans, but it did produce some interesting matchups in the Featherweight Grand Prix. The ratings, according to Japan-MMA.com, were a miserable. 2.4% with Aoki vs. Gardner pushing a 4%, which is apparently not good at all. Lacking some star power in “Kid’ Yamamoto probably hurt the television ratings, so I expect some better rating in the next FW GP round.

Overall, DREAM 7 did produce some interesting style matchups that were fairly even and pretty tough to pick. Most casual fans love a one-sided crushing, but these even matchups were exactly what I liked about the matchmaking at this event. It probably wasn’t the best thing in order to produce ratings though. Let’s take a look at what happened at DREAM 7.

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Referees Under Fire Once Again in The Aftermatch of UFC’96

It has happened once again, a referee’s judgment has been put into question, and the UFC’s Dana White isn’t too pleased with the outcome.

The controversial stoppage to the Aaron Riley vs. Shane Nelson bout can be seen in this week’s latest UFC 96 Dana White Video Blog. In the blog and from what I’ve read from the play-by-play’s, the referee stopped the fight after Riley was put down from a solid punch by Nelson, but was visibly on his back defending strikes from Nelson and was fully in control of all his actions. It looked like a standard exchange between a guy in guard and a guy looking to stay out of guard and pound his way to victory. The fight was suddenly stopped.  Read more “Referees Under Fire Once Again in The Aftermatch of UFC’96”

Lyoto Machida – The Hardcore Fan’s Champion

It’s about time. Lyoto Machida has been impressively moving up in the ranks of the Light Heavyweight division for quite some time, and while many fans such as FightLinker absolutely loathe Machida’s style, I can’t say that I feel the same way.

Machida’s dominating wins over all of his opponents (He hasn’t lost a round) are only the tip of the iceberg. After Saturday night’s main event bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith Jardine, an Evans vs. Jackson title fight was all but written down for UFC 98 after Frank Mir sustained a knee injury that will see his bout with Brock Lesnar pushed back a month. Today, there are confirming reports stating that Jackson does, in fact, need surgery to repair torn ligaments in his jaw, and he needs time to heal an elbow injury.  Read more “Lyoto Machida – The Hardcore Fan’s Champion”

UFC 84 Recap by Jack Hansen

In case you were one of the few MMA fans on the planet that didn’t catch last night’s UFC event, fellow MMA fanatic Michael Hans has provided some guest commentary for The Punch. His thoughts on UFC 84 (FYI, I wholeheartedly agree with points number 1 and 4):

1) Loved the Penn fight. He dominated and I would like to see him rule the lightweights for years to come. I know why he wants to fight GSP, but that’s for personal, not professional reasons. He wants to beat the one guy who is a true challenge for him and avenge his lost to George. If he stopped and looked at it from a professional standpoint, he should stay at 155 and have three to four title defenses a year. Read more “UFC 84 Recap by Jack Hansen”

Ultimate Fight Night 15 Preview

My friend Jonny T offered his seasoned MMA opinion on three fights for tomorrow night’s UFC Ultimate Fight Night installment 15.

Read his analysis below:

Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer

Josh Neer is a tough Militech Fighter with good hands and a solid ground game. He has submitted some very dangerous fighters in Joe Stevenson and Melvin Guillard. Unfortunately, has been decisioned by the bigger breed of fighters such as Josh Burkman. This has ultimately led to sliding down into the Lightweight division where BJ Penn is king (if he can stay away from the buffet). Read more “Ultimate Fight Night 15 Preview”