Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This Week in Dumb MMA Stuff

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that’s less predictable than Genki Sudo.

Fights - As always, fights happened, and I'm here to give a brief synopsis of the cool parts, and whatnot.

Bellator 78 - As usual, Bellator Fighting Championships had a good event on Friday that was kind of marred by some bad refereeing in the co-main and main event.

McNally Beats Blattman

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Justin McNally made extremely short work of Dave Blattman, choking him into unconsciousness with a triangle in under 40 seconds.

Parlo Clips Combs's Beard

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Mikkel Parlo finished off Jared Combs in just under four minutes with a TKO.

Check out more Bellator fights, Super Fight League (BOOM, POW, PUNCH, KICK, WOW!), some more randomly grabbed fights, plus some fight news, including Halloween costumes after the jump.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

RIP Jeff Blatnick

“What do you practice for? What do you train for? To improve”

Blatnick had planned on wrestling in the 1980 Olympics, but the USA boycotted the games.  In 1982, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, had his spleen and appendix removed and underwent radiation treatment.  In 1984, Blatnick defeatedSweden’s Tomas Johansson for the gold medal, a feat even more impressive after Johanssontested positive for Methenolone, an anabolic steroid.  After his victory, Blatnick was chosen to be Team USA’s flag bearer during the closing ceremony.  A year later, Blatnick suffered a relapse of Hodgkin's, overcame it again, and officially retired by 1988.

 Jeff went on to work as a commentator for both Olympic wrestling and UFC 4 through 32.  He also spent some time as the commissioner of the UFC.  He constantly worked to get MMA legalized and accepted, and his work on the Mixed Martial Arts Council Manual was a precursor to the current Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.  He not just a MMA judge, but pretty much the best MMA judge.  His method for scoring rounds makes the most sense to me, and I wish it would get adopted across the board for all judges.

Here's a clip of Blatnick explaining that he never set out to become an Olympian, he just wanted to be the best each time he stepped onto the mat.

Blatnick Talks Wrestling, MMA, and Judging

In one of his most recent interviews, Jeff Blatnick speaks with Luke Thomas about wrestling and judging in MMA.

Jeff Blatnick Wins Gold

I'll finish with the last minutes of Blatnick's gold medal contest in the 1984 Olympics.  Full match, minus his emotional interview, can be found here.

This Week in Dumb MMA Stuff

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that’s sadder than Jens Pulver.

Fights - There are no UFC events until November 10, so we'll have to make do with B-league and lower level fights.

Bellator 77 - Bellator Fighting Championships had the opening round of their new Lightweight tournament on Friday, and once again helped to provide evidence that Free MMA is Best MMA.  A small highlight video courtesy of Bellator FC can be viewed right here.

Brett Martinez vs. Eric Albright

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Martinez and Albright traded submissions briefly before Martinez finished the fight with a guillotine.

Check out more Bellator and all sorts of other stuff after the jump.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This Week in Dumb MMA Stuff

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that’s emptier than Jason Guida’s gas tank.

Fights - A whole lot of fights from a lot of events to cover, let's jump right in with the biggest one of the This Week!

UFC 153 went down on Saturday, and it was one of the best events I've seen in quite some time.

Rony Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia

"Honey Jason" took on Sam Sicilia on the prelims, and there was lots of fun punches.  Rony hit Sam with some good shots and finished things off with some ground and pound.

Check out more fights and some VERY INTERESTING NEWS after the jump!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

UFC 153 Primer

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that’s more abrasive than Dana White.

Check out the UFC 153 Weigh-Ins right here.

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Lightweight – Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi

Middleweight – Luiz "Banha" Cane vs. Chris Camozzi

  • Cane’s Style –Muay thai, BJJ, boxing
  • Camozzi’s Style –BJJ
  • Prediction –Cane's got really good boxing, I'm taking him by knockout.
Check out the rest of the card after the break

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

These Weeks in Dumb MMA Stuff

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that’s less powerful than a Side Czech Kick.

 Sorry for the hiatus, I am a dumb, lazy jerk!  I'm going to try and recap as much of the stuff I missed from last week's nonexistent Dumb MMA Stuff, and also include the Dumb MMA Stuff that happened this week!  Let's get to it.

Fights - Oh, man, too many fights, all kinds of crazy, fun fights happened!

UFC on Fuel:  Struve vs. Miocic - UFC insists on airing fights on Fuel, a fake, made up channel that only six people on the planet get, and half of them are sasquatches.  The fights were good, though!

Robbie Peralta's a Busy Man

Peralta made very short work of Jason Young, finishing the fight in 23 seconds with a flurry of punches.  Man I love tinyweight fights.

Check out a bunch more fight recaps after the break!