Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Masakatsu Funaki - MMA Legend

Masakatsu Funaki (39-13) is one of the original pioneers of mixed martial arts, even though many in the United States have never heard of him. He along with Minoru Suzuki started the Pancrase organization. It was one of the first mixed martial arts organizations, debuting after Shooto, but before the UFC.

Funaki won the King of Pancrase title on two occasions being the first fighter to do so. During his illustrious career, Funaki defeated top fighters Bas Rutten, Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Guy Mezger, Jason Delucia, Semmy Schilt, Minoru Suzuki, Yuki Kondo, Vernon White and various others. Masakatsu beat Ikuhisa Minowa at Dream 6 with an inverted heel hook in his last match.

He is credited with increasing the popularity of mixed martial arts in Japan when he triumphed over Bas Rutten with a toe-hold. In addition to his success in MMA, Funaki is a legendary Japanese pro wrestler.



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shlemenko v. Balschmieter

Here is Alexander Shlemenko fighting Andre Balschmieter at the Bratsk Combat Sport Festival which took place in Russia on 2/24/07. The match was conducted under odd rules with a standing 8 count which is uncommon for a fight after 2002.

Alexander will be fighting Brian Rogers at Bellator 54 in the semifinals of the middleweight tournament.

Bellator 54 will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Boardwalk Hall and will be broadcast on MTV2, Epix and Spike.com.

MTV 2 Card

Brian Rogers v. Alexander Shlemenko - MW GP
Bryan Baker v. Vitor Vianna - MW GP
Zach Makovsky v. Ryan Roberts
Jacob Kirwan v. Rene Nazare

Spike.com Card

Duane Bastress v. Daniel Gracie
Karl Amoussou v. Joey Kirwan
Tim Carpenter v. Ryan Contaldi
Andria Caplan v. Adrienne Seiber
Brian Kelleher v. Claudio Ledesma

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Video of the Day - M'Pumbu v. Hale

Here is Christian M'Pumbu fighting Richard Hale at Bellator 45 for the light heavyweight Bellator season 4 tournament title.

M'Pumbu will fight Travis Wiuff in a non-title bout this Saturday at Bellator 55.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Video of the Day - Beltran v. Pendergarst

Here is Joey Beltran fighting Sherman Pendergarst at Bellator 5 which took place on 5/1/2009 in Dayton, Ohio.

Beltran will return to the UFC to fight newcomer Stipe Miocic at UFC 136 on October 8th.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Video of the Day - Hioki v. Sato

Here is Sengoku FW tourney semi-finalist Hatsu Hioki versus grappling legend Rumina Sato. The fight took place in Shooto on 11/29/08.

Hioki makes his UFC debut against George Roop at UFC 137.

Video of the Day - Penn v. Gomi

Here is BJ Penn fighting Takanori Gomi in Rumble on the Rock 4 which took place on 10/23/04 in Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii.

After the fight, BJ would go on to defeat Matt Hughes taking the UFC welterweight championship. Gomi would go on to become a Japanese MMA legend, winning 15 of his next 16 fights including the Pride lightweight championship.

Penn next will next fight Nick Diaz at UFC 137 which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Here is the full line-up for UFC 137:

PPV CARD

Nick Diaz v. B.J. Penn
Cheick Kongo v. Matt Mitrione
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic v. Roy Nelson
Hatsu Hioki v. George Roop
Jeff Curran v. Scott Jorgensen

SPIKE TV CARD

Donald Cerrone v. Dennis Siver
Tyson Griffin v. Bart Palaszewski

FACEBOOK CARD

Eliot Marshall v. Brandon Vera
Danny Downes v. Ramsey Nijem
Chris Camozzi v. Francis Carmont
Dustin Jacoby v. Clifford Starks

Video of the Day - Cro Cop v. Fujita

Here is Mirko Cro Cop against Kazuyuki Fujita at the K-1: Andy Hug Memorial Fights from 8/19/01. This was Mirko's first MMA fight after having a succesful K-1 kickboxing career.

Mirko fights Roy Nelson at UFC 137. Replay at 1:10 is awesome.

Video of the Day - Sparks v. Holata

Here is Ron Sparks fighting Mark Holata at Bellator 52 which took place on 10/1/11 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Video of the Day - Khabilov v Duran

Here is Rustam Khabilov fighting Akin Duran in the M-1 Challenge 18 which took place on 8/16/09 in Hilversum, Netherlands.

This fight is not for the squeemish, as it features on of the most brutal belly to belly suplexes I've ever seen.

Video of the Day - Phan v. Awad

Here is Nam Phan fighting Saad Awad from Gladiator Challenge 74 which took place on 2/16/08 in Los Angeles, California.

Phan will fight Leonard Garcia at UFC 136 in a rematch of their TUF 12 fight. Phan was absolutely robbed in the last fight as he landed far more strikes in the fight, losing a split decision.