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Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Subject:On GSP and "Fight Entertainment"
Posted by:tashiro.
Time:6:21 pm.
Mood: contemplative.

I have seen, scattered across the internet, complaints about GSP not finishing his fights (via knockout or submission).  I have heard complaints that he is not entertaining enough as a fighter - as if his job was to entertain the public, rather than to succeed at winning his fights and keeping his title.  There are suggestions he should go up a weight category to fight Silva, the champion of that weight division.  Personally, I consider all of this a load of short-sighted bullcrap.

GSP is currently fighting some of the best the UFC has to offer him.  He trains harder than I think any human being has the right to train, keeping himself in superb shape and honing his skills for each opponent he has to face.  Where a lot of fighters have 'down time' to relax, he doesn't - he keeps training and refining himself, even after the fight.  Watching him fight, I study how he faces his opponent, expecting him to pick apart his opponent through exploiting their weak points, and I've yet to be disappointed.

The thing is, GSP is a technical fighter.  Yes, he has crushing moves in his toolkit, but those are moves with a high risk-to-benefit ratio.  He's more inclined to look for weak points, take advantage of these weak points to open up the opponent's defences, and then use more powerful tools as the situation demands.  Is this exciting?  Well, that depends on your perspective - I actually enjoy watching this kind of fighting.  Sure, it isn't Oh My God dramatic, but I enjoy it because I can study the tactics he uses, and see how he thinks.  GSP takes his martial arts and turns it into a technical science, and I appreciate that.

Some of the people he's battled are the best the UFC has for him.  If he were to push forward and leave himself vulnerable, he'd probably not remain the champion.  The best way to keep your title is to close up any holes in your game, and only leave openings that you want your opponent to go for.  If you know the weak points to specific techniques and attacks, and you know your opponent can exploit these weak points, you just don't use them.  Don't throw a punch against a counter-puncher.  Don't leave limbs / neck exposed to someone skilled at submission defence.  Don't throw a kick against someone who will catch your leg and pull you down.

GSP fights smart.  Smart isn't 'exciting' usually.  But the thing is, entertaining the fans is only a small part of the job.  And yes, that's the point.  This is a job.  His job is to fight and win - and that is of higher priority than putting on a flashy show and risking the loss.  Those fighters you see that you're usually entertained by?  They're flash in the pan.  Sure, you'll remember their fights, and they have awesome knockout reels - but notice that they have a much different win/loss ratio than GSP has, and they're not currently champion.  Now, mind you, I'd be a lot more critical of GSP if he didn't push forward with his fights.  He actually engages his opponent, trying to score hits when he's standing up, and takedowns and submissions when he's on the ground.  Compare his fights with those of Tim Sylvia when he was champion - the guy wouldn't engage his opponents, and would try to keep them at bay until the timer ran out.  If someone pressed for him, he'd try to hurt them and go for a win, but he was content to keep his distance.  GSP doesn't fight like that - he moves forward and tests his opponent's defences.  He fights like someone wanting to win the belt, not like someone wanting to keep the belt.  This is a very important difference, I think, when it comes to fighting.

Now, as to changing weight categories.  I think there's no reason for him to shift weights.  He's the champion, and has earned his position.  If he loses the belt, and doesn't feel he's suitable for his weight category, then sure - change.  But as it stands, his weight division is perfect for him, and it isn't his fault there's very few people left in his division to challenge him.  That's the price for being the best.  He chose this division, and he's dominated it, I don't think he should be punished for it.

Yes, I am a fan of GSP, but I think this applies to any fighter in the UFC - if they dominate their division, that's awesome.  If they engage the opponent and fight smart and safe, that's cool - that's being intelligent.  I'm sick of people complaining that it is the 'job' of these fighters to entertain - that's only one aspect of the sport.  The point is to win and take as little damage as possible when doing so.  These fighers have a very short life span, and they need to do as much as they can before their bodies give out.  At least give these guys the respect and understanding they deserve.


Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Subject:An awesome, awesome night.
Posted by:tashiro.
Time:1:07 am.
No spoilers, but damn, that was a good card.  :)  Right from the first fight on, a number of surprises, and well done!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Posted by:tashiro.
Time:2:20 pm.
Mood: content.
GSP versus Kos
I think, GSP, first round, knockout.

(And is it me, or is Kosh a douche first-class?)

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Subject:ATTN: UFC fans with a .edu email address
Posted by:backstabber.
Time:8:17 am.
Amazon is offering a free 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime (Free 2 day shipping, $3.99 overnight shipping): http://amzn.to/bSH8jP

This is being marketed towards college students but all you need is a valid .edu email address, so teachers and alumni can benefit from this too!

Now is a time that I wish I was still in college. Oh well, what can you do?

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Subject:Rich Franklin
Posted by:tashiro.
Time:12:36 am.
Mood: impressed.
Is now my hero. Just. He's freaking amazing.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Subject:Happy Cinco De Mayo!
Posted by:thebolt.
Time:12:40 pm.
Some pics of top guys in UFC putting their drunk faces on!


Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Subject:Regarding Silva and GSP
Posted by:valkyri.
Time:1:40 am.
There is something deeply disturbing about this to me.

When a kid is scoing 5 goals a game in Atom, you don't move him to Novice. The league steps in and makes him go to Peewee.

I don't begrudge the several welterweight fighters who weren't successful in the WW division cutting and moving to LW. It's made a helluva LW division, and left the bigger fighters in WW to take on GSP.

I didn't begrudge BJ coming up and challenging GSP either. I think LW is a good fit for BJ, though with his height and frame, straddling the two weight classes is something that he can do.

I don't care if any fighter wants to go UP a weight class and fight. I don't care if a figher who is not succeeding well in a weight class drops DOWN to fight either. However, when a fighter is being more than successful in a weight class, then moving down should not even be an option AT ALL.

Silva is defending his MW belt, fine. However, I think he'd be a better fit at 205 amd would prefer to see that being his permanent home. I think he'd be more competitive and he'd have a more difficult time with his opponents at LHW. Going down to WW should provoke a very sharp NO FUCKING WAY by White and company. I'm sure if GSP cut to shit, he could go beat the crap out of BJ in LW, and take his belt. GSP has some measure of respect, and wouldn't do that... but he could. We know he can beat BJ readily. (I know it's Edgar now, but I'm confident that he'd have no problem with him either simply due to the immense size difference).

At 6'2 with a 77.5" reach - Silva is not in the dimension range of your average welterweight even if he could - but could and should are two different things, when he's only doing it for greed.

Arguably, GSP is more likely to go up a class than go down due to his dimensions. Now, if Georges wanted to go fight Silva at MW - I would have no issue whatsoever because that's GSP's choice to move UP.

The UFC should tell Silva to shove it if a drop to WW is even suggested. If GSP vs Silva is to happen, then let it happen at MW, or at least catchweight, where GSP's belt is not on the line, but Silva's is - or no one's is. (Though I hardly see the point of a catch weight fight because I'd rather see title fights in both weight classes)

So - fire away.

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Subject:More on Silva
Posted by:tashiro.
Time:10:47 pm.
Mood: amused.
Silva's antics caused White to threaten to relegate the 35-year-old to defending his title on the non-televised prelims, while at one point the UFC boss was ready to dump the Middleweight star.

"If he ever acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him," White said in an interview with ESPN this week. "I don’t care if he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

"I don’t care if he is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely."

I like that, "I will cut you!"  Just imagining Dana saying that amuses me.

Subject:Re: UFC 112
Posted by:tashiro.
Time:2:00 am.
Mood: contemplative.

I think Dana is fully justified in being upset with Silva's antics.  I think Silva doesn't want to lose his belt, and I think Silva doesn't want to do anything 'risky'.  That's not the signs of a champion, that's the signs of someone who wants all the benefits, but doesn't want to work to earn them.

GSP put it best:  You need to go into each match as if you were trying to win your belt, not keep your belt.  Silva needs to engage more, fight hard, and finish the fights quickly.  Each time he's in the Octagon, he needs to re-earn that built.  I firmly believe BJ Penn lost for exactly that same reason - he wasn't fighting to win the belt.  How many times has Penn lost a title?  Each time, it was because his performance was 'eh'.  But when he's challenging the champion, BJ Penn puts on an incredible show of skill and determination, and that's why he wins.

(For the record:  I do not like BJ Penn at all.  But I will give credit where it is due -- when he tries, seriously tries, he kicks a lot of butt)

Silva, I think, isn't looking to 'win' his belt, he's just looking to keep it, and if he doesn't have to work to keep it, all the better for him.  That, though, is lazy thinking, and some day, I'm certain it is going to bite him in the rump.


Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Posted by:tashiro.
Time:1:43 pm.
Mood: annoyed.
Oy!  Anderson Silva says he doesn't owe the fans an apology for his act last night.  Are you kidding me?  GSP apologized for his fight, and he actually fought.  Silva really needs to put his ego in check.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Subject:Re: Brock Lesnar
Posted by:tashiro.
Time:4:21 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
In addition to mononucleosis, it was revealed that Lesnar was suffering from a serious case of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder, which would require surgery. After further diagnosis, on November 16 Lesnar underwent surgery to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking fecal matter into his abdomen, causing pain, abscesses, and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar's system, the surgeon estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year.

My gods.  That would explain quite a lot, yes.  Just... gah.
In other news, I loved UFC 108.  :)


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Subject:UFC 104
Posted by:lady_assassin21.
Time:4:00 pm.
Mood: okay.

Okay I know I'm a little late with wanting to know what happened with UFC 104. I heard from my dad that Lyoto won but people were saying that the Shogun was robbed the fight, is that true? 

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Subject:Dream Match Up
Posted by:blue_moons169.
Time:3:38 pm.
Mood: thoughtful.
  My father and I were talking the other day about what our dream match ups would be regardless of weight class. His pair was GSP vs. Anderson Silva, I agreed with him. He also said Brock Lesnar vs. Fador. So I was wondering what would be your dream match up. 

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Subject:Dan Henderson is my HERO!!!!
Posted by:blue_moons169.
Time:12:52 pm.
Mood: chipper.

UFC 100 made my night!!!


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Posted by:___closetome.
Time:2:26 am.
Mood: high.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Posted by:sain_er.
Time:12:48 am.
Mood: cheerful.
Shotokan Karate vs. Jungle Kung-Fu

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Subject:Is anyone else more excited about UWC Man-O-War than UFC 95?
Posted by:20thlvl_rogue.
Time:3:46 pm.
Sherdog is streaming another event free the same night as the free UFC on Spike.

I'm so glad they're doing this because I hate watching the free UFCs on Spike due to the constant barrage of commercials but I usually end up watching anyway since I love MMA so much.

But now I can distract myself by watching commercial free UWC Man-o-War and download UFC 95 later with all the commercials cut out.

I think the UWC Man-O-War card isn't that much worse than this UFC card too, Stevenson vs Sanchez as the main event? This is like a Fight Night.

The only fights on the main card I'm interested in seeing is Sonnen vs Maia and Hardy vs Markum. Sanchez, Marquardt, and Koscheck will probably put one-sided beat downs on their respective opponents. So great, 2 hours worth of commercials to see 10 minutes of one sided beatdowns.

UWC while not having as big names has more good, competitive looking fights. On that card I'm really interested to see how Antwain Britt will do. He was the guy from TUF 8 who beat the crap out of Ryan Jimmo in the elimination round but sustained a broken hand so couldn't get onto the show. That really impressed me because before that happened I thought Ryan Jimmo was going to win the whole show. Jimmo was also on my top ten list of fighters I wanted to see lose, so I instantly became a fan of Britt. I think Jamal Patterson is a great opponent to answer the questions that remain about Britt as well.

Full UWC fight card:


Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Subject:UFC 91 Aftermath
Posted by:20thlvl_rogue.
Time:4:40 pm.
I went 6-3 on UFC 91. I changed my pick from Quarry to Maia after seeing the weigh ins and how Maia looked slightly bigger. Before that I had thought Quarry was a lot bigger than Maia.

UFC 91 was one of the best events I've seen because

the so called "legend" is finally dead.

Instead of remembering a perpetual underdog who won against the odds, Couture will be remembered as this:

Thank you Brock Lesnar! I was only disappointed that Lesnar didn't do any disrespectful gestures afterwards.

Despite getting his ass kicked Couture still seemed to think he was all that. His post fight comments blamed his loss on Brock's size. "That's just a big son of a bitch, that's all there is to it".

Whatever happened to how Lesnar was so inexperienced and only a WWE wrestler? The UFCs version of Kimbo, a lot of people said.

I hope the UFC matches Couture up with Cain Velasquez next. He obviously needs to be brought down to Earth a little bit more.

Kenny Florian is still a douche and I can't wait to see him get destroyed by BJ Penn. That's one fight where I actually hope Penn wins. And Mark Dellagrotti is the most annoying cornerman in MMA, worse than Matt Serra.

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Subject:Matt Brown vs Ryan Thomas
Posted by:20thlvl_rogue.
Time:9:04 pm.
I think this is one of the more interesting fights for UFC 91.

I thought Matt Brown vs Dong Hyun-Kim would show which of the two belonged in the UFC, but it was inconclusive, leaving questions about both. I though Matt Brown would win not so much because I thought he was good, I just didn't buy into the hype of Kim and he didn't pose a submission threat to Brown which is where he's most vulnerable.

Ryan Thomas looked ok against Ben Saunders so this is like the same situation as the Kim fight. Niether Brown or Thomas will ever be top ten but this will at least show who belongs in the UFC.

I think this entire fight will be decided on can Matt Brown defend Thomas' takedowns or not. We saw that Brown's cardio has improved greatly since he was on TUF, this will show if his ground game has. Matt Brown is obviously not that bright because he uses dip and the ground aspect of MMA is more cerebral. He may be a fighter who lacks the intelligence to ever get good ground skills.

I'm also really looking forward to Gurgel vs Riley and McCrory vs Hazelett.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Subject:Kenny Florian is a douche
Posted by:20thlvl_rogue.
Time:11:09 pm.
I don't like Kenny Florian. I don't really like his personality, fighting style, or the fact that everyone thinks he's so good.

The entire foundation his career is built on is getting doctor stoppages. If Florian hadn't got cut stoppages against Chris Leben and Alex Karalexis he would have lost those fights and probably wouldn't be in the UFC right now and no one would know who he is.

People think he's good because he beat b-level fighter Joe Lauzon, who won the first round against Florian and only lost because he gassed.

The way Florian fought Roger Huerta annoyed me. He knew that was the only way he could beat Huerta and Huerta could have done the same but then it wouldn't of been a fight at all. The fight was in Huerta's home town so he felt an obligation to actually fight.

On youtube Johanne of MMA Girls has been putting up a lot of interviews with Kenny Florian. In the interviews he seems like he's starting to believe his own hype and getting soft, and I think in the back of his mind he's worried about Stevenson's wrestling.


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