Thursday, August 29, 2013

Event primer - UFC 164

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that's eagerly anticipating the day when Tito and Rampage take over Bellator's commentary booth.

Prelim Card (Facebook/YouTube)

Middleweight - Jared "The Messenger" Hamman vs Magnus "Jycken" Cedenblad
  • Hamman's Style - Striking
  • Cedenblad's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Hamman by TKO

Lightweight - Ryan Couture vs Al Iaquinta
  • Couture's Style - BJJ
  • Iaquinta's Style - Striking, BJJ
  • Prediction - Iaquinta by KO
  • Thoughts - I still don't care for Randy's dumb wiener kid.

Heavyweight - Soa "The Hulk" Palelei vs Nikita "Al Capone" Krylov

Prelim Card (Fox Sports 1)

Bantamweight - Chico "The King" Camus vs Kyung Ho "Mr. Perfect" Kang
  • Camus's Style - Kickboxing
  • Kang's Style - Grappling
  • Prediction - Camus by TKO

Welterweight - Pascal "Panzer" Krauss vs Hyun Gyu "The Ace" Lim
  • Krauss's Style - Grappling
  • Lim's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Krauss by decision

Flyweight - Louis "Goodnight" Gaudinot vs Tim Elliott
  • Gaudinot's Style - BJJ, kickboxing
  • Elliott's Style - Muay thai, wrestling
  • Prediction - Elliott by decision

Lightweight - Jamie Varner vs Gleison Tibau
  • Varner's Style - Wrestling, excuses
  • Tibau's Style - Grappling, cutting weight
  • Prediction - Tibau by decision

Main Card (PPV)

Featherweight - Erik "New Breed" Koch vs Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier
  • Koch's Style - Kickboxing
  • Poirier's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Koch by KO
  • Thoughts - Does Poirier have a new contract that says he can only fight similar-looking bald headed white guys? Also, this fight should be really fun.

Heayvweight - "Big" Ben Rothwell vs Brandon "The Truth" Vera
  • Rothwell's Style - Kickboxing
  • Vera's Style - Muay Thai, BJJ
  • Prediction - Rothwell by KO

Featherweight - Chad "Money" Mendes vs Clay "The Carpenter" Guida
  • Mendes's Style - Wrestling, Brozilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Guida's Style - Wrestling, hopping
  • Prediction - Mendes by TKO
  • Thoughts - Post-fight, Mendes should Dougie.

Heavyweight - Frank Mir vs Josh "The Warmaster" Barnett
  • Mir's Style - BJJ, SMUG MUG
  • Barnett's Style - Catch wrestling
  • Prediction - Barnett by submission
  • Thoughts - I hope this fight is a fun grapple-fest and not a tedious kickboxing match.

Lightweight - Benson "Smooth" Henderson vs Anthony "Showtime" Pettis

Monday, August 26, 2013

Event Primer - UFC Fight Night 27

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that's more ridiculous than X-Arm.

Preliminary Card (Facebook/YouTube)

Lightweight - "Relentless" Roger Bowling vs Abel "Killa" Trujillo
  • Bowling's Style - Kickboxing, wrestling
  • Trujillo's Style - Striking, grappling
  • Prediction - Trujillo by KO

Welterweight - Zak Cummings vs Ben "Benny Blanco" Alloway
  • Cummings's Style - Grappling
  • Alloway's Style - Striking, grappling
  • Prediction - Alloway by TKO
  • Thoughts - I will never not think that "Benny Blanco" is the name of a drug cartel member. Or a trap-rapper.

Welterweight - James Head vs Jason "The Kansas City Bandit" High
  • Head's Style - Muay Thai, BJJ
  • High's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Head by decision
  • Thoughts - Loser has to get a new set of initials. 
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 2)

Featherweight - Darren "The Damage" Elkins vs Hatsu "Iron Broom" Hioki
  • Elkins's Style - Wrestling
  • Hioki's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Elkins via decision
  • Thoughts - I like both these dudes, but Elkins is like a featherweight Fitch (From a few years ago, so non-terrible).

Welterweight - Justin "Fast Eddie" Edwards vs Brandon "Rukus" Thatch
  • Edwards's Style - Sanshou, BJJ
  • Thatch's Style - Striking, BJJ
  • Prediction - Edwards by submission

Middleweight - Dylan "The Villain" Andrews vs Papy "Makambo" Abedi
  • Andrews's Style - Boxing, wrestling
  • Abedi's Style - Judo, BJJ
  • Prediction - Andrews by decision

Bantamweight - Takeya Mizugaki vs Erik "Goyito" Perez
  • Mizugaki's Style - Grappling
  • Perez's Style - Grappling
  • Prediction - Mizugaki by decision
  • Thoughts - Another fight betwixt two fellows I really like, but I want to see Mizugaki keep winning and crying. 
Main Card (Fox Sports 1)

Middleweight - Brad Tavares vs Robert "Bubba" McDaniel
  • Tavares's Style - Striking
  • McDaniel's Style - Submission wrestling
  • Prediction - Tavares by KO
  • Thoughts - Nobody likes you, Bubba. Go eat a whole barrel of worms.

Welterweight - Court "Crusher" McGee vs Robert Whitaker
  • McGee's Style - Boxing, BJJ, returning from death
  • Whitaker's Style - Striking, grappling
  • Prediction - McGee by decision

Welterweight - Kelvin Gastelum vs Brian Melancon
  • Gastelum's Style - Wrestling
  • Melancon's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Gastelum by TKO

Lightweight - Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vs Rafael Dos Anjos
  • Cerrone's Style - Kickboxing, BJJ, GETTING SOME
  • Dos Anjos's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Cerrone by TKO

Welterweight - Carlos "The Natural Born Killer" Condit vs Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann
  • Condit's Style - Striking, BJJ, spinning shit
  • Kampann's Style - Kickboxing, BJJ
  • Prediction - Kampmann by submission
  • Thoughts - This fight is going to be at least twelve different kinds of rad.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Event Primer - UFC Ultimate Fight Night 26

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that's more off the rails than a Mayhem Miller apology.

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Lightweight - "Stripper" Ramsey Nijem vs James "The Texecutioner" Vick
  • Nijem's Style - Wrestling
  • Vick's Style - Grappling
  • Prediction - Vick by submission

Light Heavyweight - Cody "Donnybrook" Donovan vs Ovince "OSP" St. Preux
  • Donovan's Style - BJJ
  • St. Preux's Style - Boxing, wrestling, football
  • Prediction - St. Preux by KO

Featherweight - Manvel "The Anvil" Gamburyan vs Cole "Magrinho" Miller
  • Gamburyan's Style - Judo
  • Miller's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Miller by decision

Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)

Featherweight - Diego "Cerea" Brandao vs Daniel "The Pit" Pineda
  • Brandao's Style - Muay Thai, BJJ
  • Pineda's Style - Muay Thai, wrestling
  • Prediction - Brandao by KO

Featherweight - Mike Brown vs "Super" Steven Siler
  • Brown's Style - BJJ
  • Siler's Style - Grappling
  • Prediction - Siler by decision

Featherweight - "Notorious" Conor McGregor vs Max "Blessed" Holloway
  • McGregor's Style - Boxing
  • Holloway's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - McGregor by KO

Bantamweight - Brad "One Punch" Pickett vs Michael "May Day" McDonald
  • Pickett's Style - Boxing
  • McDonald's Style - Kickboxing, Yah Mo BJJ There
  • Prediction - McDonald by submission

Main Card (Fox Sports 1)

Lightweight - Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon vs Michael "the Menace" Johnson
  • Lauzon's Style - BJJ
  • Alternate Lauzon Nickname - "Creepy" Joe Lauzon
  • Johnson's Style - Wrestling
  • Prediction - Lauzon by submission

Middleweight - Uriah "Prime Time" Hall vs John "Doomsday" Howard
  • Hall's Style - Striking, apologies
  • Howard's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Hall by KO

Welterweight - Matt "The Immortal" Brown vs Mike "Quicksand" Pyle
  • Brown's Style - Striking, grappling, scrapping, returning from death
  • Pyle's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Brown by TKO
  • Thoughts - Argh, I don't want either of these cool dudes to lose. Dang you, Joe Silva!

Bantamweight - Urijah "The California Kid" Faber vs Yuri Alcantara
  • Faber's Style - Wrestling, Brozilian jiu-jitsu
  • Alcantara's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Faber by submission (BROLLOTINE CHOKE)
  • Thoughts - I say, I sure wish I knew how to Dougie. What's that, Team Alpha Male? You can teach me? Wow, you are the best shirtless dude-bros around!

Heavyweight - Alistair "The Reem" Overeem vs Travis "Hapa" Browne
  • Overeem's Style - Muay Thai
  • Browne's Style - Muay Thai, BJJ
  • Prediction - Overeem by KO

Light Heavyweight - Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs Chael Sonnen
  • Rua's Style - Muay Thai, BJJ
  • Sonnen's Style - Wrestling
  • Prediction - Sonnen by decision
  • Thoughts - I am really enjoying Chael's The Genius/Lanny Poffo poetry schtick.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Technique Appreciation Station - Guillotine choke

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that's been learning takedown defense from a Weeble.

This time on Technique Appreciation Station, a fairly standard choke with a couple of interesting variations, the guillotine choke.

Protect Ya Neck!

Before we can fully explore the wonders of the guillotine, we must first learn how to apply a simple, basic guillotine choke. Pretty straight forward, just grab a neck and do a squeeze thing and bing, bang, boom, guillotine.

Standard, in-guard guillotines are all well and good, but there are enough variants to keep things interesting:

There's the arm-in guillotine, or what I sometimes call the "whoopsie d'arce-aconda".

Also fun is the standing guillotine.

Wonderful, terrible things

 Especially if you are like Dan Miller or Scott Jorgensen and can do terrible things to your opponent.

If you combine the arm-in and the standing, you get the B-League Special, and it's always fun watching Bellator prelims, trying to guess which fights will end with a standing arm-in guillotine.

A slight modification to the standing guillotine is the power guillotine, done with a grip similar to a rear naked choke, and made famous by Team Alpha Male, which is why I call it the Brollotine.

Similar to the Brollotine is Tim Kennedy's Oswald, which I've only seen once, but it was horrifying and cool at the same time.

Some weird people in England have really goofed up the entire concept of the guillotine and "invented" something they call the "Grobbit". Do not ever attempt the "Grobbit", it is dumb and so are those weird Britishers.

The ultimate in guillotine variations, though, is the devastating McKenzietine. Perfected by Cody McKenzie he utilized to hilarious effect on The Ultimate Fighter.

Fear not, friends! Should you ever find yourself ensnared in a guillotine, you do have one avenue for salvation: the Von Flue shoulder choke. It's not going to work all the time, and I believe it is pretty much useless against the McKenzietine, but it's not bad if there's nothing else. Plus, it's a weird, wonky, rarely used submission, and I'm all about those.

What Did We Learn?

  • Gurgle
  • Blurble
  • Bleargh
  • *unconscious*

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Event Primer: World Series of Fighting 4

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that's less articulate than Tito Ortiz, of course.
Prelim (
Featherweight - Isaac "High Risk" Gutierrez vs Victor "Joe Boxer" Valenzuela
  • Gutierrez's Style - Grappling
  • Valenzuela's Style - Boxing
  • Prediction - Valenzuela by TKO
Bantamweight - Jared "The Jackhammer" Papazian vs John Robles
  • Papazian's Style - Muay Thai, boxing
  • Robles's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Robles by KO
Light Heavyweight - Lew "The Titan" Polley vs Hans Stringer
  • Polley's Style - Wrestling
  • Stringer's Style - Striking, grappling
  • Prediction - Polley by decision
Lightweight - Antonio "Mandingo" McKee vs Lewis "Lethal" Gonzalez
  • McKee's Style - Wrestling
  • Gonzalez's Style - Grappling
  • Prediction - McKee by decision
Welterweight - Gerald "Hurricane" Harris vs Jorge "The Sandman" Santiago
  • Harris's Style - Wrestling, Muay Thai, comedy
  • Santiago's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - Harris by KO
  • Thoughts - Hey, it's the first fight where I've heard of both fighters! Neat.
Main Card (NBC Sports)
Lightweight - Keon "The Black Assassin" Caldwell vs "Notorious" Nick Newell
  • Caldwell's Style - Striking
  • Newell's Style - Wrestling, being inspirational
  • Prediction - Newell by submission
Bantamweight - Marlon Moraes vs Brandon "Hot Rod" Hempleman
  • Moraes's Style - Muay Thai, BJJ
  • Hempleman's Style - Grappling
  • Prediction - Moraes by KO
Heavyweight - Ray "Sugarfoot" Sefo vs Dave "Bad Man" Huckaba
  • Sefo's Style - Kickboxing
  • Huckaba's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Sefo by KO
Lightweight - Tyson Griffin vs Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante
  • Griffin's Style - Wrestle-boxing
  • Cavalcante's Style - BJJ, Muay Thai
  • Prediction - Griffin by decision
Light Heavyweight - Tyrone "The King of the Ring" Spong vs Angel "The Dream" DeAnda
  • Spong's Style - Kickboxing
  • DeAnda's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Spong by KO

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Event primer - UFC 163

Welcome to Leg Kick TKO, a MMA blog that's still laughing at Tito Ortiz versus Quinton Jackson being the main event for Bellator's first PPV.

Prelim card (Facebook/YouTube)

Light Heavyweight - Ednaldo "Lula Molusco" Oliveira vs Francimar "Bodao" Barroso
  • Oliveira's Style - Boxing
  • Oliveira's Translated Nickname - Ednaldo "Squidward" Oliveira
  • Barrosos's Style - Punching
  • Prediction -  Oliveira by TKO
  • Thoughts - I hope "Bodao" is Portuguese for "Bo Dallas" which would make Barroso the best fighter ever.

Welterweight - Viscardi Andrande vs Bristol Marunde
  • Andrande's Style - Punches
  • Marunde's Style - Wrestling
  • Prediction - Marunde by decision

Featherweight - Rani Yahya vs Josh "The Gentleman" Clopton
  • Yahya's Style - BJJ
  • Clopton's Style - Wrestling
  • Prediction - Yahya by submission

Prelim card (FX)

Flyweight - Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall vs Illiarde Santos
  • McCall's Style - Wrestling, mustaches
  • Santos's Style - BJJ
  • Prediction - McCall by TKO

Welterweight - Sergio "The Panther" Moraes vs Neil Magny
  • Moraes's Style - BJJ
  • Magny's Style - Freestyle
  • Prediction - Moraes by submission

Women's Bantamweight - Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes vs Sheila "The German Tank" Gaff
  • Nunes's Style - Striking
  • Gaff's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Nunes by KO

Light Heavyweight - Vinny "Pezao" Magalhaes vs Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh
  • Magalhaes's Style - BJJ
  • Perosh's Style - Grappling
  • Prediction - Magalhaes by submission

Main card (PPV)

Flyweight - John "Hands of Stone" Lineker vs Jose "No Chance" Tome
  • Lineker's Style - Boxing
  • Tome's Style - Grappling, being a really long book
  • Prediction -  Lineker by KO
  • Thoughts -  If Tome doesn't walk out to "No Chance in Hell", he's an idiot.

Middleweight - Thales Leites vs Tom "Kong" Watson
  • Leites's Style - BJJ
  • Watson's Style - Striking
  • Prediction - Watson by decision

Middleweight - Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs Thiago "Marreta" Santos
  • Ferreira's Style - BJJ
  • Santos's Style -Kicking
  • Prediction - Santos by TKO

Light Heavyweight - Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida vs Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis
  • Machida's Style - Karate, sumo, monkey hugs
  • Davis's Style - Wrestling, grappling, triangle body
  • Prediction - Davis by submission

Featherweight - Jose "Junior" Aldo vs Chan Sung "The Korean Zombie" Jung
  • Aldo's Style - Striking, buying suits
  • Jung's Style - Striking, grappling
  • Prediction - Aldo by TKO
  • Thoughts - This is an insanely hard fight for me to pick. I really like both dudes. ARGH.