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Since you people all suck at being good people (made painfully apparent because you read ignorant rants about inconsequential and borderline retarded content written by my worthless, self-absorbed ass) and are probably so shallow and angry at everyone around you, for sucking so damn bad in comparison to yourself, that you rarely take time to think about the people who are way more bad ass than you are. Like those who fight for their lives and the lives of others every day at cancer hospitals like St. Jude. It’s rare that I speak of anything of importance to you miserable fucking lowlifes but I figured, “Hey, lowlifes like hats and even shitbirds like my friends and readers probably hate cancer as much as Kenny Powers.” A friend of mine has set up a website that sells hats and benefits Pancreatic Cancer Research (PCR). HeroHats.com accepts donations for PCR and donates a hefty 20% of all proceeds to the cause. If that wasn’t enough for you black-hearted, cheap ass to buy a hat then check out the about us section of his page:

HeroHats.com was inspired by the passing of a great man.  My dad, Larry Turner, lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on December 24, 2007.  He was only 49 years old.  This company is designed to raise money for the treatment and early detection of pancreatic cancer as well as provide free hats for cancer treatment patients.  Our mission is to raise as much money possible and schedule an acoustic concert for a different in-patient cancer facility every 8 months. 100 percent of all donations and 20 percent of all proceeds will be donated to these organizations.  Every five hats sold will generate one free hat for a hero battling cancer.   We hope you enjoy our products and service.  Thank you for your business and support.

So get over to Hero Hats today and check out the selection. If you see a hat you like buy it. If you don’t throw a bit of coin their way anyway because you know you were just going to waste it on hookers, booze, and crystal meth you dirt bags.

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Don’t sleep on Jake Shields (26-4-1). You can bet your ass GSP (21-2) is not. He is up at Tristar right now working his dick off (Do robot aliens have dicks?). Shields has 4 titles to his credit and his resume is littered with former and current champions that have fallen to him.

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Quick rundown of some of Jake Shields’ marquee wins on his resume.

  • UD over Japanese legend “Mach” Sakurai (35-12-2) in ’02
  • MD over UFC’s current “#1 MW Contender” Yushin Okami (26-5) in ’06
  • UD over Carlos Condit (26-5) same night as the Okami fight.
  • Subbed Mike Pyle (20-7-1) in ’07
  • Subbed Paul Daley (26-9-2) in ’08
  • Subbed Robbie Lawler (18-7[1]) in ’09
  • UD over current Dream MW champ Jason Miller (24-7[1]) in ’09
  • UD over former PRIDE MW (205lb) Champ and current SF LHW #1 contender Dan Henderson (26-8) last year.

Not that GSP’s  record needs pointing out but here are a few of his.

  • UD over Karo Parisyan (19-6[1]) in ’04
  • UD over Jason Miller (24-7[1]) in ’05
  • Subbed Frank Trigg (20-8) in ’05
  • TKOd Sean Sherk in (36-4-1) ’05
  • SD over BJ Penn (16-7-1) in ’06T
  • KOd Matt Hughes (45-8) in ’06 [avenging his first loss]
  • UD over Josh Koscheck (15-5) in ’07
  • Subbed Matt Hughes in ’07 for interim UFC WW belt [closing the trilogy]
  • TKOd then UFC WW Champ Matt Serra (11-7) in ’08 [avenging only other loss]

Since the Serra fight, when he regained the title, GSP has successfully defended it 5 times against Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, and Josh Koscheck with 4 of those 5 wins coming via UD. I mention this because between Shields and St. Pierre I expect to see either one of the most boring staring contests ever or one of the most (relatively) exciting chess matches ever and it  going to judges’ decision. I don’t see anyone out-pointing GSP but don’t sleep on Shields.

If Georges does indeed go on to defeat Shields, he is supposedly set to make a permanent move to the Middleweight division where a “super fight” between himself and current MW Champ and fellow P4P constant Anderson Silva. GSP has many times stated that if he makes the move up in weight class it will be permanent and only when he feels there is nothing left for him at Welterweight.  Having already defeated all of the top competition (BJ Penn, John Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, etc.) in the division at least once and many of them multiple times, beating Shields seems like the last thing to do before setting sail for the new world. Shields plans to wipe his ass with GSP and D-Dubya’s plans and force St. Pierre to hang out at Welterweight just a bit longer. Current #1 contender Yushin Okami, the last man to “defeat” Anderson Silva, is likely rooting very hard for Shields to pull off the upset as a GSP win would most certainly wreck his title shot. So in a fight with title implications in two divisions, directly affecting no less than 6 fighters’ future fight plans, there is certainly a lot on the line. Jake Shields just might shake the world with a win but Vegas, the MMA community, and history all say that the Canadian Alien will do his regular thing  and pull off another win over a quality opponent. I’m sure Anderson Silva, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch,  and many many fans are rooting for a GSP victory. I’m also certain that Jake Shields’ friends in the “Scrap Pack” and the 209 and a few upset loving fans are probably the only people, aside from Yushin Okami and Jake himself, rooting for the Belt Collector to add more hardware to his trophy case.

MMAPlayground.com Fight Companion
Strikeforce – Fedor vs. Silva

SERDAFIED

Fight My Pick My Wager
– VS – Fedor Emelianenko

Fight ends in round 2

KO / TKO

[none]
Antonio “Big Foot” Silva
[Underdog]
Fedor Emelianenko
– VS – Sergei Kharitonov

Fight ends in round 1

KO / TKO

[none]
Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski Sergei Kharitonov
– VS – Ray Sefo

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Valentin Overeem Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo
– VS – Shane Del Rosario

Fight ends in round 1

KO / TKO

[none]
Lavar “BIG” Johnson Shane Del Rosario
– VS – Chad Griggs

Fight ends in round 2

KO / TKO

[none]
Chad “The Gravedigger” Griggs Gian Villante
– VS – John Cholish

Fight ends in round 1

Submission / Tapout

[none]
John Cholish Marc Stevens
– VS – John Salgado

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
John “Greco” Salgado
[Underdog]
Igor Gracie

 


Fight My Pick My Wager
– VS – Forrest Griffin 

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Forrest Griffin Rich “Ace” Franklin
– VS – Anderson Silva 

Fight ends in round 3

KO / TKO

[none]
Anderson “The Spider” Silva Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort
– VS – Jon Jones 

Fight ends in round 1

KO / TKO

[none]
Ryan Bader
[Underdog]
Jon Jones
– VS – Miguel Torres 

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Antonio Banuelos
[Underdog]
Miguel Torres
– VS – Jake Ellenberger 

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Carlos Eduardo “Ta Danado” Rocha
[Underdog]
Jake Ellenberger
HOT 

– VS –

BOUT

Kyle Kingsbury 

Fight ends in round 2

Submission / Tapout

[none]
Ricardo Romero Kyle Kingsbury
– VS – Mike Pierce 

Fight ends in round 3

KO / TKO

[none]
Kenny Robertson Mike Pierce
– VS – Norifumi Yamamoto 

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson
– VS – Chad Mendes 

Fight ends in round 3

Submission / Tapout

[none]
Chad “Money” Mendes Michihiro Omigawa
– VS – Gabe Ruediger 

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Gabe Ruediger Paul Taylor
– VS – Donald Cerrone 

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Paul Kelly
[Underdog]
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone


Dynamite!! 2009 Was an insanely awesome card and culminated with Aoki snapping Hirota’s humerus in half…

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the best part is that Aoki was Dream’s lightweight champ and Hirota was Sengoku’s lightweight champ. Just the idea of the two promotions coming together for such a monumental card is astounding.  There was a SRC HW title fight, a Dream HW fight, the finale for the Dream Super Hulk (open weight) Grand Prix, and several K-1 bouts but the fights between Dream and Sengoku’s guys alone would make up a robust and sizeable card.

  • LW bout: Aoki (Dream LW champ) vs. Hirota (SRC LW champ)
  • HW bout: Overeem vs. Fujita
  • FW bout: “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Kanehara (SRC FW champ)
  • LW bout: Kawajiri vs. Yokota
  • FW bout: Tokoro vs. Man Kim
  • MW bout: Manhoef vs. Misaki
  • WW bout: Sakurai vs. Gono
  • FW bout: Takaya vs. Omigawa
  • HW bout: Shibata vs. Izumi

Please, step into my FANTASY world where time and contracts and money mean nothing. The only thing that matters is the fans getting to see what they want. Let’s put together a PPV card worth $100, the greatest MMA card ever held.

Season’s Beatings 2011

Saturday December 24th 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

The UFC and Strikeforce execs have signed off to put a card together and each has agreed to send at least two champions each to the face-off. We have been asked to help assemble this card and as such I’ll get the conversation started. I’ll throw some names into the hat from each division of each promotion and list the champions from all the divisions. We’ll try to get 11 bouts. Nine UFC vs. Strikeforce (7 bouts with non title holders 2 bouts UFC Champ vs. SF Champ)bouts,  a title bout or super fight(i.e. Silva vs. GSP) for the UFC, and a Strikeforce title match or big ticket fight (i.e. Jason Miller vs. Nick Diaz), maybe the HW GP Final. I have left off the Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions of the UFC since Strikeforce doesn’t have those divisions. However, either division could be the division the UFC uses for a title fight. Let’s take a look at some of the guys listed here and start the debate… I’ll add some of your good cards to the post as well.

UFC

Champs

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  • Heavyweight – Cain Velasquez
  • Light-Heavyweight – Mauricio Rua
  • Middleweight – Anderson Silva
  • Welterweight – Georges St. Pierre
  • Lightweight – Frankie Edgar
  • Featherweight – Jose Aldo
  • Bantamweight – Dominic Cruz

Heavyweights

  • Junior dos Santos
  • Roy Nelson
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Shane Carwin
  • Frank Mir
  • Big Nog’

Light-Heavyweights

  • Rashad Evans
  • Rampage Jackson
  • Jon Jones
  • Lyoto Machida
  • Ryan Bader
  • Lil’ Nog’

Middleweights

  • Chael Sonnen
  • Michael Bisping
  • Chris Leben
  • Wanderlei Silva
  • Yushin Okami
  • Nate Marquardt

Welterweights

  • Josh Koscheck
  • Jon Fitch
  • Thiago Alves
  • Dan Hardy
  • BJ Penn
  • Diego Sanchez

Lightweights

  • Gray Maynard
  • Kenny Florian
  • BJ Penn
  • George Sotiropoulos
  • Jeremy Stephens
  • Clay Guida

Strikeforce

Champs

Strikeforce Belt

  • Heavyweight – Alistair Overeem
  • Light-heavyweight – Rafael Calvacante
  • Middleweight – Ronaldo Souza
  • Welterweight – Nick Diaz
  • Lightweight – Gilbert Melendez

Heavyweights

  • Fedor Emelianenko
  • Fabricio Werdum
  • Antonio Silva
  • Andrei Arlovski
  • Sergei Kharitonov
  • Brett Rogers

Light-Heavyweights

  • Dan Henderson
  • Gegard Mousasi
  • Muhammed Lawal
  • Renato Sobral
  • Roger Gracie

Middleweights

  • Cung Le
  • Jason Miller
  • Tim Kennedy

Welterweights

  • Paul Daley
  • Marius Zaromskis
  • Scott Smith
  • KJ Noons
  • ….

Lightweights

  • JZ Calvan
  • KJ Noons
  • (if they can get off their ass and pull him up) Eddie Alvarez
  • Lyle Beerbohm
  • Billy Evangelista
  • Justin Wilcox
  • Ryan “The Natural Light” Couture

Sufficient explanation…

Posted: December 4, 2010 in america, life
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Now that I have been made aware that the American Psychological Association has looked into it I don’t feel so bad about not writing sometimes. It’s a psychological issue. It’s not my fault. Sad to see that people were trying to make excuses for everything even way back in 1973, glad to see that even then people knew how to make fun of it.

I‘ve recently been giving a lot of thought to children training and competing in mixed martial arts (MMA). I’ve asked a few parents and insiders what their opinions are. Surprisingly many are for the training aspect of the different disciplines at a very early age but don’t want their children in the danger associated with the sport of MMA. I have even spoken with a few parents who feel that their children would be safer and ultimately better served, character wise, to train in martial arts than to pursue traditional contact sports like football or hockey. This is not meant to be a purely persuasive argument for children in MMA but more so as an informational source to help parents and society in general better understand the sport and its parts (Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Judo) before they demonize it.

(A shot from a youth class @ Dauntless Practical Martial Arts in DE.)

As with anything else relating to the rapidly expanding sport of MMA it has its pros, cons, and more than its share of detractors. More often than not these nay sayers are ignorant about the sport. They see the cage and the blood and their mind is made up. “Journalists” write articles like this piece on DailyLobo.com. I don’t write about fashion, figure skating, competitive cheer leading, ballroom dancing, ballet, or cervical cancer NOT only because all of them have nothing to do with American Manliness but mainly cause I don’t know a thing about it except that I don’t like it. Therefore I keep my lips firmly sealed. Some people are inclined to see MMA and take it at face value…

…these denouncers of all things violent only see the blood. They refuse to see the hard work, self discipline, and mutual respect involved in the sport. Most of them do not even know what MMA is. They know it as ultimate fighting or cage fighting, as it’s described in this horribly biased 2008 article from MSNBC NBC Sports. I’m not going to paint a sailboat on calm seas and tell you that MMA is the safest and best sport for people to participate in or that our children should or shouldn’t participate. I agree with some of the statements made in the aforementioned article, although no quote came with any context. Administrator of the Oklahoma Professional Boxing Commission, Joe Miller was quoted as saying,

“There’s too much potential for damage to growing joints,”

but there is no context and the quote used isn’t even a complete sentence. I agree that the danger to a child’s body is much greater than that of adults. I don’t think that there should be full contact bouts between 8 year olds but at the same time I do feel that training in the martial arts at such a young age helps to build character and a stern mindedness within our youth that is missing from our society today. The respect and self-confidence that is instilled through martial arts is a universal attribute that all kids need. Of course martial arts are not the only paths to having respectful and confident well mannered children, but it is an option. We, as Americans, have sent our children, myself included, to Karate and Tae Kwon Do classes at these ages for decades. I remember being 7 years old in Tae Kwon Do with full contact sparring. There were, of course, safety precautions taken such as head gear, mouth piece, shin and foot pads, and a padded flak jacket for rib and organ protection. If that was safe for me in 1992 then 18 years later what is the difference in allowing our children to do the same thing in other disciplines of martial arts?

In my home town of Memphis, TN there are multiple martial arts training facilities that offer youth classes. One of the more prominent gyms in the area offering a youth program is Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu. The Judo/Jiu-Jitsu program they offer is for ages 5-12 both male and female. When I spoke with an instructor he described the classes as focused on technique and discipline while serving to keep the kids active and healthy as BJJ is a great exercise. The drills are converted into a game format that helps to keep the kids interested and motivated. The children are paired together by size to keep the activities both fair and safe. Advanced (dangerous) joint locks like Americanas, Heel Hooks, or Omoplatas nor strikes are taught with the kids to prevent injury to their under-developed skeletal structure.  Their site describes the classes as:

The Judo & Jiu-Jitsu student learns: focus, goal setting, goal achieving, dealing with aggression without over reacting, rolls, falls, throws, pins, escapes, positional control, ground grappling and more. Best of all, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu provides an opportunity for fun, fellowship, thinking and exercising–all at the same time!

There are other gyms that don’t institute the strikeless, free-form learning technique that Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu, opting instead for a more direct training method. Gyms such as Mantis Boxing Factory in McAllen, TX, operated by Shifu Israel Flores, takes a graduated approach starting as young as 3 years old.  The 3 -5 year old classes are focused on improving motor skills such as balance and coordination while teaching “age appropriate self-defense”. The class also promotes life skills such as self-discipline, respect, and sharing. In the 6 – 13 classes the students begin to train in “complete self-defense” and  Mantis Boxing or “Ultimate Weapons training”. Next is a video of Shifu Flores presiding over a sparring match between a 7 and 8 year old students.

Even with all the padding and the trainer over watch is this too much? Similarly, is this video from a 2008 Pankration tournament show senseless violence or spirited competition?

So, again, I ask of you…Where are the lines when our children and MMA  cross? I have provided opinion and shared sources for training. If you are interested please contact your local gym and talk with the instructors. Maybe just sit in on a class and make a judgement for yourself. Maybe these ages are too young. There are high school MMA clubs. Would you allow your children to participate in that?