Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vladimir Mineev v. Xavier Foupa-Pokam

Here is Vladimir Mineev fighting 13 year veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam at Fight Night - Battle of Moscow 19 which took place on 6/11/15.

Mineev (5-0) is an interesting middleweight prospect with an extensive kickboxing record having won titles in WKN, WKA and WAKO-Pro heavyweight divisions. Kickboxing records not involving K-1 are notoriously sketchy, and while his is listed at 24-2, he likely has a few unrecorded bouts. Mineev's grappling will need to improve dramatically to make it to the next level.

Xavier "Professor X" Foupa-Pokam (32-21) has career wins over several legit MMA veterans, including a submission win over UFC vet Tom Watson, flying knee KO over TUF vet Kasey Uscola and decision win over BAMMA champ Jack Marshman.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Video of the Day - Hughes v. Hallman

Here is Matt Hughes fighting Dennis Hallman from Extreme Challenge 21 which took place on 10/17/98 in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Hallman (53-19) has had an interesting career with 41 recorded submission victories. He has career wins over Ben Saunders, John Makdessi, Karo Parisyan and twice over Matt Hughes.

Hughes (45-9) is a UFC Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever fight in MMA. While defeating plenty of elite fighters in his day and having some of the most iconic moments in the UFC, Hallman had his number.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Leg Scissors - Couture v. Bird

Here is Kim Couture fighting Sheila Bird at AX Combat 1 - Execution which took place on 7/8/11 in Calgary, Canada.

This fight is notorious for a late stoppage by the ref. Leg scissors are a rare but brutal submission. Bird hasn't fought since 2012, finishing 3-0 as a pro and 1-0 as an amateur.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Butterbean v. Bob Sapp Sumo!

Here is a bizarre video featuring Bob Sapp and Eric "Butterbean" Esch in a sumo match promoted by K-1.

Sapp recently got in the win column by defeating "Akebono" Chad Rowan in a Shootboxing match in Rizen FF on NYE.