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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Future of Fedor

Russian mma enigma Fedor Emelianenko does not consider himself to be a particularly good fighter, yet this authentic humbleness and related peace are probably of primal importance whenever he flips the switch on the proving ground to neutralize the rival. Emphasis on: neutralize. Make no mistake, Emelianenko does not go in there with the aspiration of putting up a fight to please the fans, it just - "happens". Fedor goes in there with the agenda of neutralizing the opponent as soon as a mistake and a consorting opening is offered for him to capitalize on via a pretty much scientific manner.

Fedor will not fight you, he will neutralize you when you try to fight him. There is an elegant equation circulating among mixed martial arts aficionados, stating Fedor really is the enigmatic "0". No matter who-, or what you multiply "it" with, you will get "it" as a result.

Fedor * Tim Sylvia = Fedor
Fedor * Andrei Arlovski = Fedor
Fedor * Brett Rogers = Fedor

The mutual history of the world's most prestigious and largest mma organization, the UFC and Fedor is already a relatively turbulent-, but promising one. UFC President Dana White put considerable effort into acquiring the Russian top predator, yet these negotiations gave birth to no desired results, as Fedor's current promotion, M1 Global, insisted at being a co-promoter of any events Fedor would be participant of in the UFC.

Here is the situation: every fervent and lazy mma aficionados know that the men worth colliding Fedor with, are indeed in the UFC. On the other hand, the numerous-, nonsensical assertions about how Fedor is reluctant to subject himself to top of the food chain UFC competition, still have a parched tendency of showing up. A proper mma fighter fears no man, that is why he is a proper mma fighter. Like Quinton "Rampage" Jackson have said: "In my mind, nobody can beat me." Fedor fights against whoever his current promotion puts in front of him, though he never refused to express openly how gladly he would fight against current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, for example.

Emelianenko currently has a co-promotion contract held by M1 Global and Strikeforce, for which The Last Emperor has two fights to deliver until released from the terms he accepted. Fedor already battled Brett Rogers in a titanic clash, and credit goes for Brett Rogers for putting up one solid of a performance against the man many regard as the baddest on the planet.

Who else though has Strikeforce to offer? Who else? Indeed: Alistair Overeem, the current Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion. And never forget - never forget who? There is no one left. There is no one left in Strikeforce you could pick against Fedor and wear poker face all the while and after. The co-promotion has plans of setting up a fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabrizio Werdum. Fabrizio Werdum, who, beside being as charismatic as a pair of lost socks from 1962, was forced to sign up to Strikeforce because of his release from the UFC. Interesting. Notice this: some go to Strikeforce because the UFC has no need for them anymore, while others sign up to Strikeforce because of the flexibility it is free to exhibit yet, a flexibility unacceptable for such a giant promotion as the UFC.

What one can expect from a Fabrizio Werdum VS Fedor Emelianenko fight? One can expect a short-, hopefully stellar performance from The Last Emperor, putting away solid-, yet far from spectacular mma notability Werdum as a magician hides a card and reveals but the shreds of it. Putting Emelianenko against Werdum is a waste, and here is why: Werdum has no noticeable charisma nor marketability, his UFC run was non-successful, and now he is hoping to establish himself as a force to be feared and reckoned with by taking out The Fedor Thing. The only aspect I find sympathetic about this agenda is that Werdum indeed thinks he could pull this off for real. In my mind, Fedor wins this bout 11 times out of 10 attempts.

Striforce offers this probable match because it lacks other heavyweight talents, expect for Alistair "√úbereem" Overeem, who is likely to defend his title against Fedor as the third match Emelianenko fulfills his current contract requirements by. Regardless of the outcome of this theoretic-, nevertheless highly probable bout, Fedor will be a free agent after the match, yet one should not forget that the myth surrounding The Last Emperor is better left unblemished if to stimulate the interest of the UFC in him further on. A Fedor who would come off a defeat against Overeem, is not the same Fedor the sport would have to reckon with if to defeat the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion. It is unlikely that Emelianenko would re-negotiate his contract with Strikeforce, as the organization simply has no competition to offer. The UFC will once again offer anything it can and THEN some more to acquire this unparalleled warrior, and thus the matches of paradigmatic caliber could be set up.

How about -

Fedor VS Mir
Fedor VS Velasquez
Fedor VS Junior Dos Santos
Fedor VS Carwin
Fedor VS Lesnar

These are the matches worth fighting an Ultimate Legacy for. Go for them, Fedor Thing!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

UFC 111 George St. Pierre VS Dan Hardy

Though many may consider men who enter an mma proving ground little more than hired human pitbulls ripping each other apart for massive money and radical amusement, I tend to reject this view via a yawn of black hole, concluding that professional level mma is the combat of highly disciplined human spirits, opposing each other for but the duration of the bout, probably ending up as unified in the process as we could conceive, simply through their magnificent shared experience of being in a cage where the damage one suffers is the wit one failed to exhibit. That is how, in my opinion, the mma fighter fights against herself/himself. The reaction of one's opponent is the reaction to whatever one could offer as offense.

Notice that the ultimately glorious moments of mixed martial arts are not of those of KOs and submissions. They are of those of hugging the formal rival at the end of the bout, circulating the most honest, pure respect spirit and related (?) intelligence may come upon, the limitless respect each fighter deserves simply by making an attempt of expressing themselves thoroughly, honestly on the proving grounds. The biggest respect one could give is the assumption that one needs every skills- and wits to neutralize the rival. A fight is nothing less than the expression of these skill sets, put though to the test utterly and completely, instead of infinitely theorizing about them. The most glorious moment of the bout emerges in the form of the ensuing peace between the fighters, a legit, palpable sensation, unifying the former enemies and the grateful audience once the collision reaches its conclusion.

This is a review of the latest UFC event to date, UFC 111 - George St. Pierre VS Dan Hardy.

Introductory thoughts about the more significant lineups
UFC 111 brings you two collisions of top caliber, as UFC Welterweight Champion George "Rush" St. Pierre renders his - logically - consecutive title defense against Dan Hardy, while undefeated heavyweight male-monster Shane Carwin collides with Frank Mir 3.0 for the undisputed right to meet reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.

As for the Welterweight Championship, it is easy to take Dan Hardy for the everyday average brawler, and it is even easier to pay dearly for this mistake. The Outlaw is a very intelligent, smart fighter who does not mind stating these attributes with two fists on the flurry, promising now that GSP will be invited to places uncharted for the reigning Champion. Hardy states that he is nothing less to GSP than what Kryptonite is to Superman, adding that the most blatant mistake one can commit against St. Pierre is to give his - GSP's - abilities way too much respect and feel the related fear. St. Pierre, while stating how he hoped Hardy would come up with some more original material than the "he never fought anyone like me before" rhetorics, suggests a strong possibility of finishing the titular collision as soon as the Challenger's game exhibits errors. George St. Pierre plans to stop his opposition, and openly expresses that he will not be satisfied if to leave the Octagon with anything less than The Outlaw's - metaphorical - ear under his - not metaphorical - UFC Welterweight Champion belt.

As for the co-main event of the night, fans are yet to see a man - or woman, for that matter - who is able to invite Shane Carwin into a second round inside the World Famous Octagon, as the hulkian prospect's fists pack raw dynamite power and are eager to test Brock Lesnar's chin. Brock has other Challengers on his trail as well, though. Most notably Frank Mir, of whom Brock made a new man, perhaps: a more dangerous one. After being utterly manhandled and consecutively destructed by Lesnar's hand at UFC 100, Mir had to endure Brock's hilarious post-fight antics. Lesnar approached the man he was just pummeling to a pulp, suggesting: "Talk all the sh*it you want, motherf*cker"!" While the gesture undeniably is of raw, radical, nevertheless strict entertainment value, it is understandable, in fact, it is just natural that Mir had such a hard time of swallowing this embarrassment that he decided to not do so at all. Instead, Mir shaped a new man of himself, The Mir 3.0, and speaks openly about the spiritual context of his rivalry with Lesnar. He wants to scar Brock on a psychic level,
something that suggests it exactly is what Brock did to Mir already, inviting the "Mir 3.0" into existence. If Frank Mir wants to do anything with Brock Lesnar in the Octagon though, - and let us hope that they will stick to bloody traditions - then he needs to state a radical verdict on the expense of Shane Carwin. Can Mir offer yet another spectacular finish like the one he delivered against Cheik Kongo, or, will he be stopped by the dynamite raw power Carwin brings to the Octagon?

Jim Miller VS Mark Bocek

This fight has rare moments of exchanges in the standup position, as its participants show constant willingness to conduct this meeting at close quarters, and, on the canvas. Though this here collision of average excitement - oxymoron? - has its memorable moments, - especially when Bocek traps the right arm of Jim Miller, making Miller look like an angry hedgehog, only angrier - the match fails to come to a conclusion other than that of the Judges. Miller by decision.

Ben Saunders VS John Fitch

Former Ultimate Fighter TV show contestant Ben Saunders meets experienced UFC veteran John Fitch, who has the reputation of being among the most tenacious warriors the Octagon have ever seen. Fitch's original opponent, Thiago Alves could not step on the canvas tonight, thus, Saunders has a precious opportunity to advance up the rankings.

And a precious opportunity it remains indeed, since the most precious opportunity always is the one you missed on. Saunders fails to offer any noticeable resistance to Fitch, who is able to dictate the style of fighting he is prime administrator of: the veteran commands Saunders to the ground with relative ease and will, unleashing constant ground and pound attacks that lack the stopping power to put the former TV show contestant away, but more than enough to leave zero doubt in the eyes of the Judges. A decision victory for Fitch, via outclassing the opposition.

Shane Carwin VS Frank Mir

The distance between the opponents is quickly closed, with Carwin rendering himself as the aggressor, pressing Mir up against the cage. Carwin can deliver stopping power even from a very short distance, as fans had the chance to see that against Gabriel Gonzaga. History and related traditions are repeating themselves tonight, as Shane bursts through an opening with a successive series of 4-5 solid uppercuts, causing Mir's knees to give out temporarily. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion shows exceptional tenaciousness, trying to survive when most men already would have fell, yet, the relentless ground and pound fury Carwin unleashes puts an end to this contest. Brock Lesnar is invited to the Octagon, salutes the performance of the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin, then accepts his challenge for their imminent title bout. Brock states that the fight was good, but the belt Shane is wearing is a make-believe belt. Carwin agrees completely, adding that this is the reason he is going for Lesnar's belt.

George St. Pierre VS Dan Hardy

GSP does what he does best: neutralizes his rival by crystal solid, crisp takedowns, performing these maneuvers of myriad variation at will. Hardy has nothing to offer on the ground other than his sound ability to defend himself from the persistent threats the Champion subjects him to without end. Regardless of the extreme stretching of the arms on two separate occasions, Hardy refuses to tap and remains in the fight. This five minute rounds Championship collision tolerates no moment the Challenger could claim to himself: George "Rush" St. Pierre defends his title in dominating fashion.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Serenade in Blue

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