Friday, December 9, 2016

Tyson v. Gracie

Sitting at 10-0-1 in 1995 3 UFC tournament championships under his belt, Royce Gracie was far and away the most popular MMA/NHB fighter at the time. Royce fought to a draw at UFC 5 with Ken Shamrock and wouldn't fight again until a Pride match-up with Nobuhiko Takada at the Pride Grand Prix 2000.

Here is challenge against Mike Tyson that was pending on the Gracie family website in 1997. They had open challenges against those in other disciplines throughout the 1990's as seen below. (click to enlarge)

Here is the classic Gracie Challenge fight between Royce Gracie and Jason Delucia. Delucia turned in a solid NHB/MMA career going 33-21-1 with wins over Masakatsu Funaki, Chris Lytle, Minowaman and Takafumi Ito.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Video of the Day - Noons v. Bennett

Here is KJ Noons against Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett fighting in the short lived Elite XC promotion which took place on 2/10/07 in Southaven, Mississippi.

Noons, a former pro boxer, has career victories over Sam Stout, Nick Diaz, Yves Edwards and Conor Heun. He last fought in the UFC, dropping a decision to Josh Burkman. Bennett is also preparing for a comeback.

Bennett is coming off a 7 second KO of Minoru Kimura in Rizen FC. His biggest victory was a KO of Yoshihiro Maeda at Pride Bushido 7. At 30-30, Bennett always brings it, though he does get submitted fairly regularly.

*This is the best version currently available, others have been taken down. Starts at :48.

Morgane Ribout v. Nae Udaka

Here is a judo bout pitting Morgane Ribout against Nae Udaka which took place in Paris at 2010.

Morgane Ribout is a 28 year old world judo champion who retired in 2014. Competing primarily at 57 kg (125 pounds) it will be interesting to see if Ribout moves down to 115 when she begins her MMA career. Spoiler alert, awesome throw at 7:14.

Tim Elliot v. Jens Pulver

Here is former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver fighting TUF 24 champ Tim Elliot at RFA 1 which took place on 12/16/11 in Kearney, Nebraska.

Elliot, the current Titan FC 125 pound champ, won The Ultimate Fighter 24 earning himself a title shot against Demetrious Johnson this Saturday.

Video of the Day - Penn v. Ludwig

Here is BJ Penn versus Duane "Bang" Ludwig from K-1 Hero's Romanex which took place on 5/22/04 in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Penn (16-10-2) returns from a two year layoff to fight Yair Rodriguez (9-1) at UFC Fight Night 103 on January 15, 2017.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MMA Legend - Genki Sudo

Genki! How can you not like this guy? Thoughts by the MMA Blaster

With a flair for the dramatic, you just have to root for recently retired MMA star Genki Sudo (15-5), with many other fights in different disciplines. As soon as you notice something is getting a little too crazy in the arena, Genki is probably coming.

Genki was always an entertaining crowd favorite with his elaborate entrances including as a dancing baseball player, bucket head, geisha; energetic unorthodox striking skills, and awesome submission and grappling displays.

Genki fought mainly under Pancrase and K1 Hero's in Japan, with a brief two fight stop at the UFC. His big wins came over Nathan Marquardt, Royler Gracie, Butterbean, Victor Hunsaker, Mike Thomas Brown, Damacio Page, Leigh Remedios (awesome win at UFC 38), Kazuyuki Miyata and Hiroyuki "Streetfight Bancho" Takaya. He also had infamous kickboxing bouts and was a very creative grappler.
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fedor v. Goodrige Ref Cam

Here is the Pride ref cam footage of the Fedor Emelienenko versus Gary Goodridge at Pride Total Elimination 2003 which took place on 4/10/03 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Fedor (36-4) has signed with Bellator and will debut against former UFC fighter and NFL player Matt Mitrione.