Beyond The Fights: Books About MMA

July 21, 2012 · Posted in Sports · Comment 

These days, mixed martial arts is all over television, but if you can’t seem to get enough of the sport simply by watching bouts, there are plenty of well-written books to consider. Some will help you improve your own skills, and others delve into the history of this popular sport.

An MMA library would hardly be complete without at least a few books about Brazilian jiu-jitsu and its founding family, the Gracies. For a comprehensive, if somewhat idyllic, history of the family, Kid Peligro’s volume “The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Martial Arts Family,” is a must read. Another great choice would be “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique,” written by Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie and John Danaher.

Fighter B.J. Penn has written several excellent MMA books, but “Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge,” is probably one of his best and a great primer for anyone looking to really improve their MMA game plan. Penn’s philosophy incorporates the idea that you should create a strategy that is based around your strengths but be able to incorporate a fluid mix of striking, submissions and takedowns. You also might consider reading Penn’s personal autobiography entitled, “Why I Fight.”

“Blood in the Cage,” is another idea, a look back at the early days of MMA and the career of Pat Miletich, the first UFC welterweight champion. Written by Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim, the book is a great book for those who are just beginning to become hooked on the sport, as it basically traces the history of the sport from the early 1990s onward.

UFC heavyweight champ and Hall of Famer Randy Couture has written several books, from “Xtreme Fighting: The Fighter’s Ultimate Fitness Manual,” to the autobiographical “Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage.” His autobiography works as a decent history of mixed martial arts in general, as well as the story of this famed fighter’s rise to the top.

If you truly want to delve into the philosophy side of mixed martial arts, consider reading up on Bruce Lee, who was truly one of the first to bring the idea of combining multiple fighting styles to the forefront. His book, “Tao of Jeet Kune Do,” is a legendary work and definitely worth a serious read.

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UFC 92 Flashback: Mir Scores Knockout Win Over ‘Big Nog’

May 26, 2012 · Posted in Entertainment · Comment 

Two titles changed hands at UFC 92, with Rashad Evans defeating Forrest Griffin by TKO to win the light heavyweight title and Frank Mir knocking out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to claim the UFC interim heavyweight title.

While nominally taking subordinate status to the Evans/Griffin main event the most shocking result by far was Frank Mir’s second round TKO stoppage of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Nogueira was the overwhelming favorite coming into the fight and had never been stopped inside the distance during a career where hed faced the best of the best: Fedor Emelianenko (three times), Josh Barnett (twice), Semmy Schilt and Mirko Cro Cop among many others. In the matchup to fill the Interim UFC title vacated by Randy Couture, Nogueira had absorbed a punching barrage from Tim Sylvia before gaining a submission victory.

Mir, meanwhile, had been on the verge of a full time move to the broadcast booth before his victory over WWE superstar turned MMA fighter Brock Lesnar. The conventional wisdom concerning Mir was that hed never fully recovered from a serious motorcycle accident in 2004. He eventually returned to the octagon, and after two TKO losses in his first three comeback fights began to consider the possibility that he just didnt have it any more.

When the fight against Brock Lesnar was signed, the perception among most fans was that Mir was a high profile setup for the former WWE champ. The expectation was that after a one-sided loss to Lesnar that Mir would transition into the next phase of his career as a broadcaster.

For the first minute of the fight, it looked like the above scenario was going to play out”Lesnar manhandled Mir from the opening horn, taking him down and landing punishing hammer fists on the ground. That was rendered irrelevant, however, when Lesnar made a rookie mistake and dangled his leg in easy reach of the BJJ blackbelt. Mir locked in a deep knee bar and Lesnar was forced to tap.

There would be no such reprieve against Nogueira, according to many pundits, as he was too experienced and too good of a BJJ player in his own right. Mos gave Mir little chance to prevail in this matchup against a highly experienced veteran that had never been stopped inside the distance.

The fight was certainly one-sided, but it was Mir who was in control throughout. From the opening horn he demonstrated surprisingly sharp striking skills, and knocked Nogueira down twice in the first round.

Though Mir appeared in full control of the fight as the second round began, the end would come with startling suddenness and brutality. After a low kick attempt by Nogueira, Mirs counter tagged his opponent and he followed up with a big right hook that sent the Brazilian crashing to the canvas. Herb Dean jumped in to stop the fight almost immediately, awarding Mir an improbable TKO victory at 1:54 seconds of round #2.

In the light heavyweight championship match, Forrest Griffin got off to a good start in his title defense by using his superior height and reach and an impressive array of kicks to keep Rashad Evans just out of range for two full rounds. That changed dramatically in the third, as Evans ended the fight with a punishing punching attack.

The most highly anticipated match on the undercard also featured a lopsided TKO finish as Quinton Rampage Jackson dominated Wanderlei Silva in the third fight between the two men. It was Jacksons first fight since his well publicized hit and run incident in Orange County, California and he looked very sharp throughout before bringing the contest to a close with a perfectly placed left hook to the cheekbone. Silva immediately collapsed to the canvas and the referee started to step in before he hit the ground.

Ross Everett is a freelance writer and respected authority on Pay Per Head. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sports news and Price per head sites.

Coleman Send Packing By UFC

May 25, 2012 · Posted in Hobbies · Comment 

Not too long ago, Mark Coleman headlined UFC 109 facing Randy Couture. Several days later, he’s apparently no longer good enough to remain in the UFC at all. On Wednesday, following a lopsided loss to Couture the UFC released Coleman from his contract and cut the veteran heavyweight. Coleman is now free to sign with any other promotion, but at 46 years of age his most likely-and most advisable-course of action is retirement.

Coleman became the first UFC fighter to be cut immediately after headlining a PPV event. Others have left due to drug test failures or for other opportunities, but none have ever been cut from their contract. Sources close to the UFC suggest that it was a decision no one wanted to make, but that all felt was unavoidable due to Coleman’s age and deteriorating skills. Of course everyone knew of his age and deteriorating skills for awhile now, so the UFC’s baleful response is a tough act to buy.

While the fact that Coleman is a shell of the fighter he was at his prime, the UFC’s suggestion that they have his best interest at heart is somewhat duplicitous. He was kept around and booked into last Saturday’s fight–a fight that no one particularly had any interest in seeing in the first place–simply because he was a fighter that Randy Couture could beat. Were the UFC interested in the well being of their aging fighters there’s several others on the roster that should also be cut for the same justification as Coleman. Couture, Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are all well past their prime but they’re still under contract and will all likely fight again. No one really wants to see these relics fight, but the UFC has long had a policy that what their fan base wants to see is of minimal importance.

Coleman’s age has never been a secret and his diminished skill level was evident to anyone who has watched his recent fights. If the UFC was really interested in his physical well being, the main event against Couture should have never taken place. The fight itself wasn’t exactly one that UFC fans had been clamoring for and one that met with derision from the MMA media from the time it was announced.

While retirement would be in Coleman’s best interest, he may attempt to fight in a smaller US promotion or in Japan where he’s well known from his time in PRIDE. He’s already a member of the UFC Hall of Fame with a 26-10 career record and has fought the best in the world including Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mirko Cro Cop. He has a family and kids so his best future would be out of the ring but few fighters have been able to make a clean break from the sport.

Ross Everett is a freelance sports writer and respected authority on Pay Per Head. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sports news and Price per head sites.

UFC Veteran Kimo Leopoldo Alive Despite Media Reports Of Death

May 25, 2012 · Posted in Hobbies · Comment 

Retired MMA fighter Kimo Leopoldo is very much alive and well after mainstream media reports of his death. The New York Daily News was first to report the story that Kimo had died of a heart attack, and it quickly spread to other mainstream media outlets.

Not long after it broke, the story began to unravel. Shortly after 2:00 PM Tuesday, Kimo’s attorney reported that the fighter had been located and was alive and well.

The false death rumors are the latest twist to the utterly bizarre life of Kimo Leopoldo. A native of Munich, Germany, Kimo–he claimed later in his life that he had legally changed his name to simply ‘Kimo’–was the UFCs first over the top personality back when the promotions events were still in the single digits. He was also one of the sports first freestyle fighters in an era when most competitors were specialists in one martial arts discipline. He burst onto the scene at UFC 3 when”in his pro MMA debut”he gave the legendary Royce Gracie a brutally tough battle. Gracie had won the tournament style format at UFC 1 and 2, and managed to eventually defeat Kimo via armbar submission but took so much of a beating that he was forced to forfeit his UFC 3 final against Harold Howard.

Kimo compiled a solid record in the sports early years. By the end of 1997, he had compiled a 6-2-1 record with his only losses coming to Gracie and another UFC Hall of Famer, Ken Shamrock. He also earned a draw against a third UFC Hall of Famer, wrestling specialist Dan Severn. His career would go downhill from there, a result of increasingly better fighters entering the sport and the collateral damage of Kimo’s own often questionable lifestyle choices.

To early UFC fans, Kimo became known as much for his flamboyant personality as for his toughness as a competitor. He was a devout Christian, and sported many religious tattoos–most famously a large ‘Jesus’ inscription across his stomach. In an era characterized by low key ring walks, Kimo caused a stir when he entered the octagon at UFC 3 bearing a life sized wooden cross.

Kimo has battled drug and alcohol addiction throughout his life, and in recent years has reportedly became addicted to meth. Hes also tested positive for steroids at a couple of points during his career. In fact, he had been scheduled to fight MMA legend Bas Rutten in 2006 only to turn in a positive test for the banned steroid Stanazolol and several other drugs described as illegal stimulants. In one of his more recent run ins with the law, he was playing with a yo-yo in a parking lot–wearing an orange jumpsuit made for law enforcement disaster response. He was approached by police who questioned him about the outfit, and upon searching him he was found to be in possession of marijuana and subsequently arrested.

Ross Everett is a widely published freelance writer and respected authority on Pay Per Head. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sports news and Price per head sites.