Thursday, June 28, 2012

Video of the Day - Ortiz v. Kondo

Here is a classic UFC fight pitting a young Tito Ortiz against Yuki Kondo at UFC 29 which took place on 12/16/00 in Tokyo, Japan.

Ortiz will have his retirement fight at UFC 148 against Forrest Griffin. Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at the UFC Fan Expo at noon on July 7th. The fight starts at the 7 minute mark.

Video of the Day - Sonnen v. Stann

Here is Chael Sonnen fighting Brian Stann at UFC 136 which took place on 10/8/11 in Houston, Texas. Sonnen next went on win a decision over Michael Bisping to force a title rematch with Anderson Silva.

Silva v. Sonnen II will take place at UFC 148 on July 7th. Fight starts around the 7:00 minute mark.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Video of the Day - Silva v. Barreto

This could be Anderson Silva v. Jose Barreto in Meca Vale Tudo 2 which took place on 8/12/00 in Curitaba, Brazil.

Anderson will meet Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on July 7th.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Coolest Martial Arts Villians

As I told the Reverend, the MMA Blaster site has always been about telling the story of mixed martial arts. One of the major influences has been the movies that have attracted youngsters such as myself into martial arts. Here are some of the martial arts villains I enjoyed.

"Johnny Lawrence" played by William Zabka- The Karate Kid- Johnny was the best of the 1980's jerk. He played the punk rich kid to perfection in Back to School and Just one of the Guys as well. He made Daniel Son mad, and in the end a crane kick to the face sealed his fate.


"Chong Li" played by Bolo Yeueng- Bloodsport- Bolo broke necks of all the men he faced in the kumite. Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds almost beat Chong, but Chong was only playing possum, sending Ogre to the hospital with several blows after Ogre was KO'd. Chong met Frank Dux, played by Jean Claude Van Damme, in the final Kumite. Though Chong blew toxic powder in Frankie's face, multiple flying kicks and punches eventually ended Chong's reign on the kumite.

Chong Li

"Tong Po" played by Michel Qissi- Kickboxer- This time Jean Claude's bro is put in a wheel chair by Tong Po, additionally Jean Claude's love interest gets violated by Tong Po. Jean Claude actually gets drunk in a bar in this one and still kicks some major ass. The crowning scene is the wraps that are dipped in wax and then sealed by glass shards. Tong Po licked the glass, now that is crazy. 360 spin kicks by Jean Claude follow.


"Han" played by Kien Shih- Enter the Dragon- Han organizes a martial arts tournament and invites the best around. He also has a sweet island with his legion of fighters and a missing hand. The missing hand is actually an advantage as Han uses various attachments to brutalize Bruce Lee. My favorite is the end scene when he is brawling with the four knife blade attachment.


"Sho-Nuff" played by Julius Carry- The Last Dragon- Sho-Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem who possesses the red glow. Sho-Nuff wants to defeat Bruce Leroy to prove he is the baddest in all of New York. "Bow down and kiss my Converse.." In the end, Bruce Leroy gets his glow going with matrix style moves to prove he is the baddest.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Video of the Day - Siler v. Bias

Here is Steven Siler fighting Shawn Bias at Throwndown Showdown 4 in West Valley City, Utah.

Siler, a veteran of TUF 14, is fighting undefeated Joey Gambino at UFC on FX 4.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Video of the Day - Keith v. Arreola

Here is undefeated prospect C.J. Keith fighting Fernando Arreola at TWC 7 at the Eagle Valley Casino in California which took place on 5/7/10.

The super lean Keith (8-0) makes his UFC debut against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FX 4.

UFC on FX 4 takes place this Friday in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The prelims will air on Facebook and Fuel TV.


Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard
Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout
Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson


Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
C.J. Keith vs. Ramsey Nijem
Brock Jardine vs. Rick Story
Joey Gambino vs. Steven Siler
Matt Brown vs. Luis Ramos
Chis Camozzi vs. Nick Catone


Ricardo Funch vs. Dan Miller
Dustin Pague vs. Ken Stone

Video of the Day - Monson v. Komkin

Here is Jeff Monson fighting Denis Komkin at M-1 - Fedor v. Rizzo which took place on 6/21/12 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Just Say No to Olympic MMA

By: MMA Blaster

Mixed martial arts should not be added to the Olympics as it would be chewed up and spit out in a watered down version of the sport we know and love. The rule restrictions would be impossible to ignore. Compound that with possible headgear, sponsors not wanting to see blood, and the fact that the best in the world wouldn't be allowed to compete would scare most away.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have a field day with the rules of MMA. In a perfect world, MMA should be as close as possible to a no holds barred fight. The Olympics would probably take out knees and kicks to the face while standing or grounded. Next, they would ban elbow strikes of any kind.

I wouldn't be surprised if punches to the face of a downed opponent found there way to the ban list. Heel hooks and other leg locks would fall victim to the Olympic rulebook. Then comes the bout duration, which would probably consist of three, three minute rounds or less.

In Olympic boxing the competitors wear headgear to prevent injury. Anyone who has seen Tae Kwon Do knows the amount of padding that they wear. The Olympic commission would likely mandate MMA fighters to wear headgear, shin guards, and lord knows what else. The most difficult aspect of the Olympic format is participants staying injury free with three to four matches over a two week and a half week time frame.
On that same note, Olympic scoring in Boxing and Tae Kwon Do give points to effective techniques in cumulative fashion throughout the bout. You can essentially win a fight if you have one big round. If a boxer lands far more punches in the first round he could be up 6-1 in the first, leaving him to coast and stall for the final four rounds and win 8-5.

Another problem would be finding quality fighters to be involved in the event. The UFC holds exclusive contracts over most star fighters. The exclusivity restricts fighters from competing in other MMA organizations as well as any other combat art. The MMA amateur circuit is pretty barren and fraught with corruption.

Rather than having the Olympics butcher MMA, why not an MMA World Grand Prix held outside the Olympic banner?

A World Grand Prix could consist of eight countries competing over three events that are spread out over six months. The rule-set would be the unified rules without elbows to the face of a downed opponent in an effort to reduce cuts. You could have weight classes from 125 up to heavyweight and a women's competitor.

The biggest challenge would be getting the best fighters in the world. As such, the competition would probably have to be co-promoted by the UFC, Strikeforce, One FC, M-1 and Bellator. If each promotion would be able to make money from the event, promoters might be agree to the idea.

We could see teams from Brazil, Japan, USA, Canada, Russia, United Kingdom, South Korea, and Australia(New Zealand). Or Team North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Or you could take the top eight fighters from each weight division regardless of country. It is very fun to think about. What country would win it all?