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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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You have fought thirty-six times in four countries in just over ten years. You have held championship titles in three organizations, never having a belt taken from you in the ring. You spent years at the pinnacle of your sport by fighting some of the very best to ever compete, while they were in their prime, and you beat them all. You tasted defeat early and spat it back out, refusing to drink from the cup again for nine years, six months and 4 days. Millions upon millions the world over have endeared themselves to you. You lit up the faces of children all across Russia when you carried the Olympic torch. You raised the pulses of everyone who laid eyes on you in the ring, rather they be an opponent or spectator. You are the G OAT and no one has a bad word to say when asked,

“What do you think of Fedor Emelianenko?”

 

 

Humble, fearless, focused, loving, spiritual, respectful, the GREATEST, these are the words associated with the Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor has always been a quiet, calm man who never pined for the big life. He had no interest in moving to America or Japan or England, Fedor just wanted to be with his friends and family and he wanted to support them. Fedor wanted to push himself to be better at all things and he found in martial arts what he did best. From Sambo to MMA, “the Last Emperor” rose from just another Russian citizen to the most revered man in the world of combat sports. His fan base spans the globe. Fedor has talent, drive, focus, and toughness but most importantly he had mystique. He was so quiet and humble you could never figure out what was he was thinking. If you got one of the rare opportunities to ask him, his answers were either too cryptic or perhaps just too simple and honest for you to discern any real information. Fedor wasn’t going to bad mouth his opponent to try to get inside the other man’s head to gain some advantage. Or did he do it another way? Was his quiet, reserved demeanor and almost inhuman calmness just a clever ruse to make people uneasy? No one can know but Fedor. We know it wasn’t the look of him that did it.

The undersized, Russian heavyweight was short, balding, and pudgy, not exactly wielding the average fighter’s physique. It didn’t stop him from quickly reaching stardom when he began to fight in Japan. Fedor was to be tested there; gone was the level of competition in RINGS, now he would be fighting in Pride. At the time Pride was the biggest name in the sport and as such had many of the best fighters in the world fighting in their events. Fedor would never lose a single match in Pride, defeating fellow legends of the sport like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Kazuyuki Fujita, Gary Goodridge, Kevin Randleman, Mirko “Cro Cop”, and Mark Coleman all in their primes. He didn’t always win with flash or superior skills. In fact some victories just seemed to be a battle of wills. Nothing epitomized this more than Emelianenko’s fights with Nogueira. He would take a beating if he had to but you could not break his will. Someone’s will had to break and you could be certain it would not be his. In his time in Japan he reigned as the heavyweight king of the world for three and a half years. It wasn’t just what Fedor did that made him the greatest, it was how he did it.

He wasn’t bigger and stronger than everyone. He wasn’t the greatest tactician to ever strap on 4 oz. gloves. He wasn’t the most prolific wrestler the world had ever seen. He wasn’t even the most technical striker to step into the ring. He was, however, as tough as they come. Fedor Emelianenko had a heart the size of Russia and a chin chiseled from quartz mined in the Ural Mountains, fists harder that could drive a coffin nail, and a will that would not be broken. Fedor lost a fight early in his career, his 5th fight, on a technicality. He was cut and if you’re cut you lose. It was nearly a decade before Fedor tasted defeat again. When Fedor walked into the arena in San Jose, CA no one in the world expected Fedor to lose. When Fedor found himself trapped in the guard of Werdum it looked like so many of his previous wars, all of which he has won. Even when you saw the leg come up and over to secure the triangle choke you just knew he was going to step into it and pull out, like he did against Nogueira so many times but . . . he didn’t. When his hand tapped in submission for the first time in his professional life the world sat, stunned. Everyone watching went silent. This was a fluke and it would never happen again, right?

That “fluke” took place in June of 2010 and The Emperor didn’t fight again until February of 2011. His first fight coming off of a loss in over a decade was the main event in the quarterfinal round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. He was a 5 to 1 favorite and was all but scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem, a highly regarded Heavyweight and the Strikeforce Champion, or get a rematch with the only man to truly defeat him, Fabricio Werdum. Everything was set up beautifully for maximum drama. Once Fedor defeated Silva and moved into the next round the world would be guaranteed a bout of epic anticipation that would reverberate throughout the world rankings.

As usual on February 12th, 2011 the smaller, older Emelianenko stepped into the ring as a heavy favorite, this time over the giant Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Fedor’s face locked in the same expressionless, determined gaze. The bell sounds. The fighters begin to circle and exchange blows. Silva moves about smoothly, towering over Emelianenko but, undeterred, Fedor charges in with punches landing some heavy shots and eating a few for his trouble. They engage one another in a clinch against the cage, Silva pressing on Fedor trying to tire him out. They are reset to the center of the ring and it begins again. Fedor striking . . . the fight going from standing to the clinch and eventually to the ground . . . twenty seconds . . . a flurry from both men . . . a right, a left, a right. Swinging wildly and connecting repeatedly are both fighters. DING DING! A close round, much closer than anyone expected. Fedor’s trainers speak to him in Russian, Silva’s in Portuguese. The bell sounds again. Fedor moves forward toward the center of the cage, unloading a huge overhand right and is met by the powerful, lowered shoulder of Silva. The GOAT on his back and cannot shake the bigger man from his perch. He begins to eat punishing blow after blow to the head but he defends himself and continues to try escaping his predicament. Emelianenko rolls over in an attempt to sneak out the back and the humongous BJJ black belt has the Emperor right where he wants him, but he can’t submit him. Fedor’s will shall not be broken again. He survives the rear naked choke attempt and he is again under Silva taking punishment. Another rear escape attempt and Silva tries again to choke him out. For nearly 5 minutes straight Fedor is being smothered, squeezed, choked, and pounded on by a 280 pound man whom has every intention of finishing this fight without the judges’ input. All this punishment, yet he’s still there, still fighting . . . twenty-five seconds . . . Silva has Fedor in a knee bar, but Fedor still has the capacity to reverse into a leg lock attack of his own . . . 10 seconds . . . both men attacking the other’s leg. DING DING! As Fedor rises to his feet you can’t help but notice that his right eye is completely swollen shut from the abuse but his expression is the same. His will has not been broken and he is prepared to go into the third and final round to finish this fight.

The referee and doctors call a stop to the fight. A good decision as Fedor was completely blind in his right eye due to the immense swelling. The facial expression now changes. I know that look, that’s sadness. He knows what we’re all about to hear but all hope we aren’t. This may very well be the last time we ever see him in the cage. If we never see Fedor Emelianenko fight again, we can all be proud to say we’ve seen the greatest and that we’re just fine with that.

You, Fedor Emelianenko, were the greatest heavyweight of all time, without a doubt.  Millions would say the greatest to ever step in the ring. For a decade you captivated millions and reigned atop the sport as a valiant, humble, deserving champion. In the end you went out the way a warrior should, in a blaze of glory. You took more punishment than any man should ever be able to take in a fight and you took it from a man 50 pounds larger than you and smiled, ready to go in for more. You owe us nothing, and we all owe you the immense respect you have given every opponent that you have faced. You are the GOAT. You are Fedor Emelianenko.

 

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

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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

 

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

Manly Men of the Motoring World

Posted: January 12, 2011 in cars, life, manliness, sports

Rather you drive a Fusion to and from work, have spent countless man hours in the garage turning wrenches on your own beater Civic, or own a 430 Modena you undoubtedly have heard of these men, or at least their contributions to the world of automobiles or even the world in general. Listed here in no particular order are seven men that have forever stamped their respective marks on society to be seen and felt by billions the world over even today. Of course I could sit here and list hundreds of men whom people in Japan wouldn’t much know or care about and the same goes for Europe and America. I have instead opted to be far more broad in naming these few brilliant bastards. These seven names alone are so engrained your everyday life that they are, in some cases, hardly noticed.

 

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Enzo Ferrari led anything but a trite 90 years. From WWI service in the Italian 3rd Alpine Artillery Division and loss of his immediate family during the Italian flu pandemic to the founding of Scuderia Ferrari and his continued pursuit of racing dominance his life was hardly a common experience. It has been maintained by many that Ferrari, by his own admission, purposefully overcharged for his cars solely to perpetuate his obsession with racing. His entire life, post war, can be traced back to that obsession. Racing was Ferrari and for many of his days Ferrari was racing. Citing many issues with Alfa Romeo in the 30s Enzo eventually left the company to, pursue his own ventures. During WWII his small parts company was relegated to war production, however following the war he quickly disrobed himself of the fascist cloak bestowed upon him by that relegation. In 1947 Enzo founded the manufacturing company we know and love today, the one baring his own name, Ferrari. The famous Prancing Horse badge that had been emblazoned on the fuselage of top Italian fighter pilot Francesco Baracca during WWI, given to Ferrari by Baracca’s mother, would now be proudly placed on the hood of his automobiles. The Ferrari name is now known the world over for opulence, speed, power, and elegance. Scuderia Ferrari became infinitely more successful since the founding of the Ferrari manufacturing company and has won in Formula 1 racing 16 Constructor’s Championships and 15 Driver’s Championships. Enzo Ferrari also indirectly contributed to the creation of, arguably, the greatest American racing car of all time in the Ford GT40. When financial woes hit in the early 60s, Enzo offered to sell Ferrari to Ford for $18 Million in 1963 (approx. $124,779,170 today) but withdrew the offer late. This sparked the desire within Henry Ford II to beat Ferrari at le Mans, a feat accomplished 4 straight years that decade with the Ford GT40. Racing is still as big a part of the company Ferrari as it ever was for the man himself. Some 14 years after his 1988 death his full name was mated to the Enzo Ferrari, a car designed for the company’s 55th anniversary.

Manliness Resume

  • Armed service is a manly undertaking. In WWI he helped defend his homeland in the Alps despite being underequipped and understaffed.
  • Rose to greatness as a “self taught” man.
  • Helped drive auto racing to new heights as a driver, manufacturer, and as an owner.
  • Designed some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring machines to ever grace the roads of the world.  A tradition his company has continued after his death.
  • A man of great self motivation and competitive drive.
  • Inducted to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • Look at that quote. It’s like he wrote the mantra for American muscle cars!

 

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Carroll Shelby could be used to define Americana in ways. Born in rural east Texas with heart problems that plagued him in to post-pubescence  in during the roaring twenties and coming of age during the great depression, Shelby undoubtedly knows the value of hard work. In 1940 he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps (precursor to the US Air Force) and served in WWII as a flight instructor and as a test pilot. From his Willys in high school to testing out P51 mustangs to racing for Aston Martin and Maserati to building iconic Mustangs of his own Carroll Shelby has led a dream life for any gear(petrol)head. Carroll Shelby has helped produce many of America’s greatest contributions to the world of motoring. With a hand in making the Ford GT40, Shelby GT500, Dodge Viper, and the 427 Shelby Cobra he has indeed set himself apart from the herd in the world of tuning. He brought the AC Motors roadster over from Britain and made it an American Icon by stuffing a “massive engine in a tiny, lightweight car”. That very ideal has been the modus operandi for super car manufacturers and tuners alike ever since. The man is not only a legend in the American automotive world but the world over. Stuffing a 7.0L V8 into a car that weighed in at 2,300 lbs. was unheard of before the 427 Cobra. Shelby is the only man on this list still alive today and while rapidly approaching 88 years of age he is still very much hands on with projects like the Ford Shelby Concept car and the Donzi Shelby 22GT speedboat. His iconic black cowboy hat is as recognizable as his trademark signature and smile. Carroll Shelby has made contributions to the racing world that have reverberated directly to the streets. With movies like Gone and 60 Seconds (and the eventual remake) his designs like “Eleanor” will live on forever, long after he passes into that special corner of heaven where they keep the holy versions Laguna Seca, le Mans, Silverstone, and the Nürburgring.

Manliness Resume

  • Served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII.
  • Helped build American cars for Ford to beat Ferrari on the world stage.
  • HE WAS AN ARMY TEST PILOT IN THE 40s!
  • Legendary tuner and hot rod enthusiast.
  • Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1991.

 

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Karl Benz gave us the automobile as we know it today. Was it the first mechanically powered means of personal transportation? Of course not. Was it the first practical means of personal transportation? Nope. Was it safe? Read the quote above. What made it better than Cugnot’s steam powered automobile in 1769 [Ed. note: Aside from Cugnot being french and crashing the first ever automobile. That’s right the first ever car crash was caused by a frenchmam.] or Richard Trevithick’s steam powered carriage in 1806 or any other numerous attempt as the modern automobile before it? Really, not much. After all there were electric cars well before the first gas powered vehicles hit the roadways. Daimler and Maybach were unknowingly working on very similar designs at the same time as Benz. In all honesty the one thing that sets his machine apart from theirs and puts Benz on the list and not Gottlieb Daimler is the simple fact that he got to the patent office first in 1886. Benz secured patents on the engine and the processes to make the internal combustion engine for his Motorwagen before the others could and thus he wins. Benz’ Motorwagen wasn’t perfect at first but by 1888 Karl Benz become the first man to design, build, and, perhaps most importantly, make an automobile commercially available to the public. the Motorwagen was a success and his business grew and grew as a result. Benz’ automobile was a novelty of sorts, a toy for the wealthy if you will. Eventually investors saw the need for an “affordable” car and Benz’ would consequently be credited with the creation of the worlds first production vehicle in the Benz Velo. He went on to create the first truck which would later be modified into the world’s first bus. Benz’ primary competition came from Daimler’s company, DMG, whom had a brilliant engineer name Emil Jellinik. Jellinik designed the engine for the Mercedes-35hp, named after Jellinik’s daughter, and Wilhelm Maybach built it before resigning from DMG. The two companies would eventually form the luxury and sports car manufacturing giant Mercedes-Benz. The rest, as they say, is history.

Manliness Resume

  • Found what he was passionate about and best at and put everything he had into it. You have to respect that.
  • Created the Boxer style engine that is still used to this day by companies like Porsche and Subaru.
  • His 1909 Blitzen Benz held the land speed record for 10 years.
  • Married a woman who herself was a pioneer in the automotive world, Bertha Benz. The man knew how to pick a bride.

 

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Ferruccio Lamborghini is proof that you don’t have to be what your parents are. He was born to grape farmers in Italy, a respected enterprise but far removed from his own. Or is it? When you hear the name Lamborghini, like most, you probably think of a raging bull breeds like Diablo, Countach, or Gallardo but that’s just the end of the story. Ferruccio began life on a farm and his tinkering didn’t start on Alfa Romeos like Enzo or Euro roadsters like Shelby but with what was around him, farming equipment. Unlike Enzo Ferrari, Lamborghini had a formal education but like his eventual rival he also served in the Italian military. Lamborghini was drafted into the Royal Italian Air Force in WWII where he became the supervisor of vehicle maintenance, but was captured by the British in ‘45 and held prisoner for a year. When he returned home to his wife, who died soon after in ‘47, he opened his first garage. He spent free moments much like the import scene guys in America do today, in his garage turning wrenches on his own car. he eventually modified his little Fiat enough to enter into the Mille Miglia but crashed out and gave up on racing. After building a new tractor for his father out of spare parts friends asked him to build one for them and so forth and so on. Eventually Lamborghini Trattori was born. The tractor business did extremely well and allowed Ferruccio to buy the expensive sports cars he coveted in his youth. Alfas, Lancias, Mercedes, Maseratis, and even Ferraris found there way into his personal collection. He wasn’t satisfied though. His Ferraris were too noisy and uncomfortable for a road car and required service too often and the Maseratis were beautiful but felt heavy and “didn’t go very fast”. After repeated repairs on his Ferraris clutches, legend has it, he installed a clutch from one of his tractors in his Ferrari (sounds like something my grandfather would do) and took it to Ferrari himself and told him, “There, I fixed your car.” The quote in his image above is in reference to Ferrari’s handling of that encounter. Lamborghini then went on to make his own cars, proper gran tourismo cars as he would tell you. Plush interior, luxury amenities, lightweight, big power, insanely fast but notoriously hard to control, basically death traps. Thank you, Ferrruccio Lamborghini. Since then his company has produced some of the most overzealous attempts at a supercar, so wild that a new term has been devised to describe them…the hypercar!

Manliness Resume

  • Armed service during WWII as a mechanic, and time spent as a POW.
  • Risen from  the poor to own every car he dreamed of until he realized even they weren’t up to his standards.
  • He “fixed” a Ferrari with his own parts and then TOLD Ferrari that he fixed it. Classic slap in the face.
  • Obsession with bullfighting led him to name several of his hypercars after bull breeds and even his friend a famous Spanish bull breeder.

So the only big promotion MMA left are the Dynamite!! 2010 and Soul of Fight cards in Japan. The cards have been fully updated on the SERDAFIED MMA Schedule page, but I’ll run through some of the names you guys should watch out for.Soul of Fight next Thursday will feature the exciting lightweight Marlon Sandro, top welterweights Kazuo Misaki and Mamed Khalidov, and the always thrilling Maximo Blanco.

Here are a few good reasons to watch Dynamite!! 2010 on HDNet next Friday (Keep in mind both will be in Japan and will take place during the day here.) on New Year’s Eve as usual. The Dynamite!! card will feature two DREAM title fights. The main event will be a rematch between current featherweight champ Bibiano Fernandes and Hiroyuki Takaya,who is coming off of back to back wins, followed by a bout between high-flying, limitlessly entertaining striker Marius Zaromskis and the Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba for the DREAM welterweight strap. Sakuraba, coming off two straight losses, is a strange pick for the title fight as I’d liked to have seen Jason Miller take on the Lithuanian but I suppose he is still hunting down Nick Diaz.  The card also boasts a “hybrid” K1/MMA bout between Shinya Aoki and Yuichiro Nagashima as well as fighters such as tough American Jason High vs former welterweight champ “Mach” Sakurai, the soon to be filthy-fuckin-rich Minowaman, and Caol Uno the, recently released, aging former UFC fighter looking to get his career back on track.

We’ll be back to action with American based promotions immediately though as the UFC 125: Edgar vs Maynard card is set for the next night, January 1st. The very next weekend Showtime will air Strikeforce Challengers 13 live from Nashville, TN on Friday the 7th. Then on January 22nd UFC Fight for the Troops 2 will go down at Fort Hood.