Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This Week in Dumb MMA

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that’s less honest than Chael Sonnen.

Fights – Lots of dudes beat up some other dudes this past week.  Here are some of those occurrences.

UFC 150 was a fun event with some good moments to share.
Benson Henderson edged out Frankie Edgar with a controversial split decision victory to retain the Lightweight title.  It was another good fight, but Frankie Two-Times doesn’t get another rematch (Nor would Henderson have gotten one if he would have lost), instead Nate Diaz is the number one contender.  I’ll be honest, I really like Ben and I’m glad he won, but I don’t think he did enough to win that decision.  I could watch these two guys fight at least three more times.

Melvin Guillard was in trouble before the fight started, coming in overweight on Friday (Not even bothering to cut any further), and walking to the cage while wearing sunglasses.  He just needed to walk out to Eminem to trigger every fighter curse.  He did manage to hurt Cerrone early and looked close to finishing the fight, but Cerrone managed to survive.  Cerrone hit Guillard with a big headkick, and finished things off with a punch (Though he was diving for a rear naked choke before the fight was stopped), propelling “Cowboy” up the already clogged Lightweight rankings.

Tommy Hayden hurt Bermudez early on with a knee, but Bermudez managed to recover and simply over power Hayden.  Bermudez hits a nice front kick and finishes the fight with a standing guillotine.

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Shlemenko vs Ruiz

I will admit, this is a bit longer than I normally put up.  However, Alexander Shlemenko is a fighter I really like (Expect at least one of his past fights to show up on this blog in some form), and this is his first fight since being injured in a car accident.  Plus, it was a star-studded affair, with Vladimir Putin, Oleg Taktarov, Fedor Emelianenko, and Steven Seagal in attendance.  Also, Shlemenko totally ruins Ruiz’s nose towards the end of the fight.

This fight is unfortunately several weeks old, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it, so it counts!  This is a Light Heavyweight title fight from the EFC Africa promotion, and it’s a pretty good fight.  Wessels easily wins round one with some vicious ground and pound, but Joubert comes out strong for round two.  It becomes an exciting brawl, and Joubert manages to stop Wessels in round two with a TKO.  It’s a fun fight, but there’s nothing too impressive about it for inclusion, except for the fact that Joubert suffered a cracked skull during the fight (Reportedly in the first round)!

Baxter vs. Kristie

This is another “older” fight (from April) that features probably the worst referee I’ve seen in a long time.  Justin Kristie secures a triangle choke on David Baxter towards the end of the round, and it looks like Baxter taps out.  The ref might have thought they were palm strikes to the ribs for some reason, so Kristie tightens the choke as the round ends.  Kristie gets up, but Baxter stays laid out on the canvas, and actually starts to convulse as people scream “He’s out!”  The referee appears to stare deeply into Baxter’s eyes and feels a deep, soulful connection, so he allows the previously unconscious man to give round two a try.  Baxter comes out a lot better in round two and gets a TKO victory over I’m assuming an extremely pissed off Kristie.


Mayhem Miller Goes Nuts

Jason “Mayhem” Miller has been having a rough time.  His last two outings for the UFC have been awful, and after his performance (And perhaps some unfortunate extracurricular activities) at UFC 146, he was released from his contract.  He later engaged in a brief Twitter spat with Dana White, begging the UFC president to kill himself.  Now, he was found naked in a church, having broken in and spraying a fire extinguisher throughout the building.  Apparently he really lives up to his nickname.

Sarah Kaufman's Biggest Fan

Sarah Kaufman has a contest to win tickets to her fight against Ronda Rousey this Saturday for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight title.  The winner is whoever does the best Ronda Rousey impression, and Rousey seems to want to win those tickets.  Wait, I'm sorry, this is Randa Roozie.  This video is kind of excruciating to watch, with Ronda attempting humor and trash talk at the same time.  Ronda, please, don't go chasing comedy vlogs, just stick with the ippons and armbars you're used to.

Jon Jones Has Been Swooshed
UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones is now a Nike-sponsored athlete.  This is pretty big news for fans of the punch sports, since it’s a pretty big push into making MMA seen as more legitimate.  Finally, a top fighter, being sponsored by a real company, and not the Condom Warehouse or the Ammo Depot!  Of course, due to Jones’s past transgressions, it wasn’t long before someone came up with a hypothetical ad for the new venture.

Credit to Punch Sport Pagoda's TwistedNails

 That's about it for interesting things I want to talk about for this week.  Strikeforce:  Rousey vs. Kaufman (AKA Strikeforce Presents - TITS) is coming up on Saturday, so I might put up a primer on the main card at least since nobody cares about Strikeforce prelims.