The Fight Nerd

June 27, 2014

Awesome Stuff I Saw at CE Week 2014

Filed under: Features,Lead Story — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 6:25 PM

You can’t be a nerd and not have some interest in the latest technology. This past week in New York City, CE Week happened (the consumer electronics mid-year convention), showcasing the latest tech across multiple markets. Ranging from big-name companies to small start-ups, 2014 marked my first year attending this show, and it may have become one of my favorite industry conventions of the year.

Located at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Buildings on West 18th street in Manhattan, I set my eyes on electronics related to smartphones, computers, cameras, audiovisual devices, games, toys, accessories, and tons of other things that were both exciting and a grim reminder of the impending robot takeover. Over 180 attendees from around the world showed up, and while I did not get a chance to talk with every single booth there, I talked to more than half of the exhibitors in attendance, so here is quick rundown of some of the favorite stuff that I saw, and a few duds as well. Take a look and embrace your inner geek!

Olloclip – I reviewed the Olloclip for another site about two years ago, and after that I liked it so much that I ended up buying two more to give out to friends. The Olloclip is a highly affordable lens adapter for iPhones and now iPads that gives you four lens in one attachment. Easy to snap onto your smartphone, the classic Olloclip offers you the ability to shoot through a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, and both a 10x and 15x macro lens.

The only problem I ever had with the Olloclip was how easy it was to lose it, since everyone I know who has one lost in after not too long. The Olloclip currently comes with a small pouch to put the lens in, but it’s so small that it does little to help. The company showed me they are developing a new larger pouch with zippers that looks promising and should definitely solve the issue of misplacing the lenses like I have in the past.

The company also has an amazing telephoto lens that doubles the optical zoom of your iPhone, and still allows you to use the digital zoom as well to give you a high-quality zoom that has not been possible at this price point before. The iPhone and iPad 4-in-1 lens costs $70 while the telephoto lens costs $100, and was one of my favorite smartphone products before this expo, and continues to be one of them today.

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Mimoco – We have reviewed Mimoco products before, and I am personally a big fan and collector of their USB flash drives and other products. At this show, Mimoco unveiled their Mimo Power Bots, a rechargeable backup battery for all tablets and mobile devices. The company has a few different styles including their own original designs and licensed characters like Darth Vader and R2-D2 from “Star Wars” and Finn and BMO from “Adventure Time”. You can currently pre-order these and get a discount of $10 from these already well-priced chargers on their official site (licensed characters cost $60 each, and original characters cost $50).

Also on display was the Mimo Power Tube, a designer rechargeable backup battery “with personality”. These chargers are a little bigger than the average glue stick, making them very portable, as well as stylish with very cool designs. We got one of these so expect a review soon, but my early thoughts are very positive on them. I also got a world exclusive first look at some future designs for the power tubes, and I am not allowed to tell you anything other than that. All I can really say is that they will be a hot item when they come out in the fall (hopefully in time for NY Comic Con).

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Bell’o Digital Headphones – Bell’o Digital has been in business for over 25 years, making high-quality audiovisual gear at economic prices. I had the opportunity to try several of their headphones and was quickly impressed with their audio quality, and then blow away after I heard the absurdly low prices. Ranging from basic earbuds to high-end headphones meant for editing and professional music production, this company stood out from the rest at the show for having excellently designed gear with amazing audio integrity.

I tried a few of their different headphones, and all were very comfortable to wear, featuring a 24K Gold-plated plug that is removable and replaceable (a great feature since that is what always breaks first on my headphones) that features a controller for your music playing device, lightweight, and they just sound great. The company also unveiled their BDH851 line, which is the higher end headphones that include changeable covers for the ear pieces and hi-def sound great for audio mixing as well as jamming out to some tunes. There were a lot of good headphone companies at CE Week, but Bell’o had the best priced models that did not skimp on sound quality. I got a pair of their BDH821 headphones to review, so stay tuned for that as I go more in-depth on just how good this fairly-priced headgear was.

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Rocki – One of the products that got me very excited was the Rocki, which reminded me of a Rupee from the Legend of Zelda. The ROCKI is a portable and rechargeable wireless speaker that fits in the palm of your hand, and lets you stream music wherever you go.

By connecting a Rocki to your average pair of speakers, you then connect on the Rocki app, and can stream music anywhere you want. Very well-designed both internally and externally, this tiny speaker (which lasts four hours on one charge) costs a mere $50, and offers a mountain of versatility and customization to your music. With one Rocki, friends can download the free app to connect to your Rocki at parties and play their music from their devices without physically connecting to your device. A cost-efficient cloud speaker that looks great, the Rocki is going to be a force to be reckoned with for music lovers that they will not want to be left out of.

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Gunnar Computer & Gaming eyewear – Hardcore gamers may notice that after late-night binge gaming, they might have some trouble falling asleep. The same goes for TV watching or computer viewing, due to the light that these screens emit which mess with your sleeping patterns, as well as causing your eyes to feel fatigued and worn out. Along came Gunnars, who have developed eyewear to help solve those issues.

Available in general lens like sunglasses, as well as prescription specific, Gunnars are fashionable eyewear for people that spend a lot of time in front of a screen. Comfortable to wear (indoors and out), these are not some cheap plastic glasses with a tint to them. Durable, scratch-resistant, stylish, anti-reflective, and offering the ability to filter artificial light and improve constrast, Gunnars are very useful glasses across the spectrum. They also come available in sunglass form for viewing digital screens outdoors, as well as glasses made for graphic designers and digital artists who need to see true color rather than one altered on a screen. I got a pair of these and will be reviewing them soon, but my initial reaction from the show was very positive and I look forward to giving them a serious test.

Ztylus Revolver Lens Kit – One of my new favorites from CE Week, was the Ztylus Revolver Lens Kit. This smartphone case/attachment does what the Olloclip does, but offers the additional protection of a case that also keeps your lenses in one easy to find place.

Resembling an actual film camera once you attach it to your phone, the revolver easily snaps on and off and offers you four different lens for your camera. The case, which is made from polycarbonate and aluminum, includes a kickstand for hands free shooting and better stabilization when using it, and gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of using it. Whether you are shooting macro, wide angle, or fish eye, this gorgeous lens & case makes quite a statement and works like a charm.

The company also showed off a new hotshoe attachment for DSLR’s, which is an innovative screen cleaner that is meant for wiping off the dirt and oil on camera LCD monitors, as well as computer screens, smartphones, and televisions. I fell in love with the Ztylus revolver lens kit when I saw it and highly recommend checking this product out.

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Steadicam Smoothee & Curve – Created by trusted camera accessory manufacturer, Tiffen, the company has now released a Steadicam accessory for iPhones and GoPro cameras. This is one item I can not wait to get and try out myself, as I got to try it out at the booth and immediately wanted to bring this to an MMA gym and see how it worked.

Making an affordable steadicam for a GoPro is something I can get behind, and this accessory, which comes in two types (one that is for only GoPro and the other for both iPhone and GoPro cameras), utilize a counterweight system to stabilize and balance the camera while in motion, eliminating shakes from the human hand while you film. It also has a quick release mount to easily remove and put it onto the stabilizer, which also can double as a stand or be mounted to your standard tripod. This is a product I have been waiting for and my limited time with at the booth was very positive, so much that the booth rep had to wrestle it out of my hands as I tried to run away with it. This is a tool that filmmakers should definitely look into if they use GoPro’s, as it adds a big boost to creating great looking footage at a high level without an expensive rig.

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iStick – Finally, a USB flash drive for iPhones and iPads! The iStick was recently funded through kickstarter, with a goal of $100,000 that was met and reached over $1.1 million by the time the fundraising period concluded.

Available in three colors (silver, gray, and gold), the iStick allows you to transfer data seamlessly through computers, smartphones, and tablets without using internet or wifi where hackers could have a chance to nab your info. This tiny storage device works with both PC and Mac, and also comes with a universal music & movie player, photo & document viewer, easy file management, and is generally super easy to use. The iStick will come in sizes starting at 8 gigs, with the largest at 128 gigs, and starts at $129 for the smallest size.

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Margaritaville Audio Headphones from MTX – Combining great audio with the power of Cheeseburgers in Paradise, MTX has partnered with Jimmy Buffett to release a designer line of headphones and ear buds. MTX, who has been a notable sponsor of UFC fighters in the past as well as other extreme sports, is going the more laid-back route this time with these colorful headphones.

Compatible with iPhones 3G and newer, as well as iPads and iPods, the headphones feature a device on the wire to let you play, pause, and cycle through your songs, as well as a bass driver in each ear to pump up the volume when you are rocking out. Extremely plush and comfy to wear, the coolest feature about these is that they come with a plughole in the opposite ear that allows your friend to plug their headphones into yours so you can listen to the same music on the same device at the same time! The large headphones, which come in some crazy tropical colors including the ones above that look like Shinya Aoki’s famous rainbow tights, will cost $200-250, and the buds will run you $100-130.

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iLuv Selfy – Innovating on the trend of “selfie” photos around social media, iLuv has created the Selfy. This smartphone case doubles as an easier way to shoot a selfie wherever you are, which features a bluetooth remote camera shutter (which was cropped out of the photo to the left). This controller slides into the groove you see in the picture easily, and allows you to press the button to take the selfie, eliminating the awkwardness of your hand placement when you shoot the pic.

The Selfy also has a bunch of attachments, including a mini-tripod with flexible legs, a tripod head to sit on full-sized tripods, a strap for bicycle helmets, a suction cup powered car mount, and a few other mounts which all cost $20 each. The Selfy is available for iPhones and Galaxy phones, as well as iPads, with the smartphone versions costing $50, and the iPad mini costing 70 and iPad Air for $80.

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Laundry Puppy – One of the smaller (but rapidly growing) start-ups that was at the show was “Laundry Puppy”, a company with a cute name that offers a valuable service. Laundry Puppy allows you to simply a text the word “Pickup” to them, and they send a local credited cleaner on their way to pick up your dirty laundry to be taken care of for you (which they have all ran background checks on before having them join their group).

This free to use service is currently invite only as they continue to grow and test things, so if you live in the five boroughs of NYC and parts of New Jersey, you can give them a try. They also plan on moving into other areas later this year, so keep your eyes on “Laundry Puppy” and let’s see how they transform a heap of messy clothes into a business.

Miggo – My friends gave me the heads-up on this company since they thought it would be something I was interested. Alas, it was not meant for me, but might be useful to other people. With the tagline of a “Camera’s best amigo”, Miggo makes camera straps that double as a protective wrap for your DSLR. This means you can wrap your camera up to protect it when its in your backpack or bag, and when you take it out to use it, you can unwrap it and it doubles as a comfortable camera strap around your neck.

I definitely like the comfort and protection it offers, but it does not do much for anyone using a higher-end camera. Made for mid-size DSLR’s or smaller point-and-shoot cameras, it does the job for those but would not fit a Canon 5D for example, or cameras in that size, so professionals are left in the dust. It’s a cool product for mid-level shooters, but offers nothing for pros.

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FOREO electric toothbruses – Swedish-based FOREO recently launched a skincare line called LUNA, and are now expanding into the dental world with the ISSA. This electric toothbrush uses a nonabrasive, ultra-hygenic soft silicone bristle area that attaches onto the electric base to offer superior flexibility while cleaning your teeth and massaging your gums.

The design of this product looks a bit… “adult” in nature, especially with the color palette they chose, and the reps at CE even joked about that a bit, but once you actually saw the toothbrush in action, you forgot about any snide remarks you wanted to make about vibrators. The rechargeable battery gets a big enough charge to last you a year without needing to be charged again, and the silicone material is super quick to dry and helps reduce bacteria that would grow on your average toothbrush. It’s a fairly expensive product, costing around $200, but it’s a toothbrush that is meant to last for years instead of the plastic one you replace every six months.

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Whoosh! Screen Cleaners – While walking around CE, I got a live demo of Whoosh! My iPhone and the Otter case I house it in have been through a lot, and the screen is a mess of dust, lint, natural oils, and God knows what else. Whoosh offers an affordable solution to cleaning off your smartphone and it actually works!

Squirt the sprayer, which comes in two sizes, onto your smartphone, tablet, computer screen or TV with their clear and odorless magical potion, and use the anti-microbial, microfiber clean cloth to first wipe the screen, then flip that over to use the other side to polish it. Moments later, all the bacteria and filth on your screen is gone, and you will instantly feel the difference as your smartphone screen suddenly operates smoother and faster than it did before. Starting at $6 for a 0.3 ounce bottle and cloth that holds about 100 sprays, this is a very useful accessory that is priced perfectly, and a great solution to a problem that nearly everyone has.

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“Pencil” by 53 – The aptly named “Pencil” from 53 is exactly what it sounds like, but more. A digital pencil that connects with their app, conveniently called “Paper” to let you channel your inner artist on your tablet devices. The Pencil, which has a removable tip and eraser (for replacements and potentially new tips and other attachments), connects via bluetooth to iPads 3 and newer, costing $75 for a fun and attractive digital drawing tool.

Their app, “Paper”, allows you to draw, ink, or paint using a totally customizable palette of colors and brushes to create art that you can save, share, export, and even print out on paper into a customized book. I use a Wacom as my man digital drawing tool, but the Pencil has an organic feel that I liked using and want to definitely get my hands on to try some more. At the event, Georg Petschnigg, CEO of FiftyThree, announced that the pencil would be gaining pressure sensitivity, making it much more useful to serious creators and putting it closer in line to compete with other products similar to them. I look forward to the company continuing to develop further on the idea, and continuing to expand into a more professional direction with more tools in their clever app.

“MiP” from WowWee – Have you ever wanted the robot from Rocky 4? You know, the one that came at the beginning of the movie to say “Happy birthday, Paulie!”, and was then somehow reprogrammed by the fat slob to have a female voice, and then who knows what happened with those two after that? Yeah, how could you forget. Anyway, here’s a really cool robot toy that reminded me of that, without the awful implications of how Paulie may have defiled his cybernetic counterpart.

MiP is controlled via a free app on your smartphone, and is able to roll around with your commands from the device as well as hand motions, or it can move autonomously on its own. This robot toy can dance, drive, make sounds, stack, fight, hold objects without falling over, and play a variety of games on it – all for around $100. One of the coolest parts about this particular toy is that it can easily be hacked to create new games and functions, giving this a big boost in terms of playability. This little guy costs $100, a very fair price for a robotic electronic toy, and was a lot of fun to play with at the show.

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SLXTREME Solar Cases – Another product I really liked that is taking smartphones to the next level was the SLXtreme Solar Case from Snow Lizard. Designed for iPad 4 and iPhone 4 and 5, this very rugged case is also a portable charger, waterproof and designed to keep your phone safe in hostile environments and use the battery more effectively.

Available in solid colors as well as camouflage, this case has been dropped out of buildings and survived unscathed, while also being able to be dunked into six feet of water and still be able to operate. The best feature of this is the solar panel on the back which lets it stay constantly charged using nature, and also has different accessories to allow you to mount the phone to different objects (including yourself). This easy to use polycarbonate case (which is practically bullet-resistant, but I would not recommend testing that out) costs around $150 for the iPhone 5 case and $200 for an iPad 4 case.

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A-Audio Headphones – Based out of Miami, Florida, A-Audio brings innovation in look and function with their high-end headphones. These bluetooth noise-canceling headphones were made for playing music the right way, using noise-isolating technology that allows you to change how the device operates by flicking a switch on one of the earpieces to modify the amount of bass and sound depending on the music you are listening to. Extremely comfortable to wear with solid construction, the headphones have rich tones that make listening to music an immersive experience.

The designs look like an expensive Italian wristwatch, classy and stylish, and uses gold plating and a control panel located in the right ear for hands-free functionality. With a lifespan of 12 hours on one battery charge, these are priced starting at $200 and go as high as nearly $400, and were made with the serious music lover or DJ in mind.

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Pocket Tripod – Everything you need to know about this item comes from its tagline – “The world’s first 360 degree articulating iPhone stand that fits in your wallet”!. The image shown here demonstrates some of the flexibility of the Pocket Tripod, which conveniently folds up lickety-split to put in your pocket or wallet for safe keeping.

This ultra-thin smartphone holder, which is no thicker than two credit cards sandwiched together, can be used both vertically and horizontally, and can turn angles to move in any direction you want it to be in. With custom-designed hinges and locks to keep the tripod and your phone in place, this nifty accessory costs $25 and was built to last.

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“GameSmart” Mobile Gaming Devices from Mad Catz – Last but definitely not least, Mad Catz was in the house with their “GameSmart” line of gear. I have known Mad Catz for a long time (if you are a serious gamer and are not familiar with the brand, we need to have a talk). The company was at CE Week in full force, displaying a bunch of new tech for PC, Mac, and Smart devices including tablets and phones.

From their super thin and lightweight S.T.R.I.K.E. wireless keyboard, to their F.R.E.Q. headsets with amazing live-sound capabilities, Mad Catz knows what gamers want and how to deliver high-quality products that meet and exceed those needs. I really liked their R.A.T. wireless mouse, which looks like a Transformer and practically is one with how it operates. This tiny mouse has an adjustable palm rest with a dozen action buttons, and their M.O.U.S. version is able to operate on any surface, including glass, making PC gaming that much easier to do.

I was very interested in their C.T.R.L. gamepad, which you see in the picture above for Androids and another version for iPhones, this controller makes it much easier to play games on your smartphone, offering pressure sensitivity with the controller and removing the element of fingers blocking and scuffing the screen. I also liked checking out the M.O.J.O., the company’s version of a micro-console that connects with Androids to bring the mobile experience onto big screens. The M.O.J.O. works with all of the Mad Catz GameSmart products for one complete Android experience, including gaming, writing, surfing the web, streaming videos, and anything else you could want.

So that was CE Week in a nutshell for me! I could not talk with everyone, but this is what I personally saw that caught my attention, and I am genuinely looking forward to coming back again for more next year!

June 18, 2014

Scott Coker announced as new President of Bellator MMA

Filed under: Lead Story,News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:28 PM

Veteran combat sports promoter Scott Coker has been named President, Bellator MMA, effective immediately, thus replacing former CEO Bjorn Rebney. The announcement was made today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, to whom he will report. In his new position, Coker, will oversee the day-to-day management of the emerging mixed martial arts franchise. Coker was Founder and former CEO of Strikeforce, which began in 1985 as a kickboxing league and developed into an MMA league in 2006.

“We are excited to have Scott Coker lead us in a new direction as we evolve the league format from a tournament-based organization to a more traditional model with big fights,” said Kay

Coker will be introduced on a conference call on Wednesday, June 18 at 6pm ET/3pm PT. Expect more coverage later today with updates.

June 17, 2014

Topps “UFC Knockout” 2014 Trading Cards Review

Filed under: Features,Lead Story,Product Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 9:58 AM

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Topps has been producing UFC cards for a few years now, with every line topping the last one. Whether it be special inserts, contests, or just re-designing the ordinary cards, Topps has proven why they are the leading trading card manufacturer in the industry. I got my hands on an early release of the company’s next batch of UFC cards, titled “UFC Knockout”, and am sharing with you what I saw to see if the cards still live up to the hype or not.

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This year, the cards are not packaged in shiny wrappers, but come in small cardboard boxes shaped like a long octagon. This parallelogram packaging makes these cards stand out on shelves, and they look pretty cool too. Each pack contains only five cards, which is the smallest amount ever seen with this line. The reasoning behind that is that the paper stock of the cards is now a much thicker stock, twice the size of the older cards, and every pack guarantees either a signature or memorabilia card, which were rare in the previous releases.

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Inside the box, the cards are still wrapped up in a silver package to prevent people from peeking into the cardboard to see what they are getting before purchasing. If you buy these in stores, make sure your boxes are sealed to prevent yourself from scooping up a pack that was rummaged through, or worst off, cards were removed and you get screwed.

Let’s tear into a few packs and see what the cards look like!

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As I mentioned, the cards are all on very heavy stock, and remind me of the Marvel cards that Flair released in the mid ’90′s. This heavier card allows for some fancy new printing techniques, with some of the best resolution photos of fighters we have seen in this line. No pixelation or grain, these pictures are crystal clear and the printing helps make that possible.

Below are a few other cards I got, including a horizontally aligned card so you can see what that looks like.

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Here is the back of the cards, which feature succinct bios and stats for the fighter on the card. There are 100 cards total in this line, not counting the special inserts or the sub-lines, which are also included in each pack and are numbered (something that still puzzles me to this day). So, the breakdown for each pack is three normal cards, one numbered normal card, and one special insert – guaranteed for every pack.

And below are some of the special cards I got!

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These are the memorabilia cards AKA relic cards, which include either a piece of fight-worn gear or a piece of the cage the fighters battled in. I lucked out and got a GSP card, which made me extremely happy. Back in the older lines, the super thick card stock was used solely for these specialty cards, but now they are all thick (although Soa’s card was a bit thicker because of the material from the mats).

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And above are two types of signature cards, one of which includes some fight-worn gear. The signatures are all hand-signed, and every card is individually numbered to drive hardcore collectors insane. Worth noting, in the four packs that I got, I only got single fighter cards and these special cards. Gone are the famous fights cards that featured a fight in action rather than a shot focused solely on one fighter, as well as all other special cards. The focus has now become the signature or memorabilia cards, and since I got no other types of cards, it’s safe to assume that those other types have been cut from the line. There are some other rarer special inserts, but I can not comment on those since the luck of the draw gave me what you saw above.

A big part of the new launch will be the 2014 UFC Knockout Golden Ticket Promotion. There will be ten Golden Tickets randomly inserted into boxes of these cards. Those ten will have a chance to be selected for a meet-and-greet session with UFC Ambassador, Chael Sonnen, and a chance to train with him, while the nine runner-ups will receive a piece of training equipment signed by Sonnen.

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This is definitely Topps’ strongest line in terms of targeting card collectors or very serious UFC fans. However, because of this, these cards are not really the type or card just anyone is going to pick up. With a sealed box of these holding eight mini-boxes costing around 80 on Amazon.com
, that means a single mini-box will cost around $20. That is a HUGE price to pay for only five cards, but you are guaranteed a signature or a relic card, which makes them worth the price if you are an autograph hound.

The cards are all extremely nice and great to look at, made from some high quality paper, and the special cards are definitely some of the best Topps has made, so if you can afford them, dive in and pick them up today.

 

March 26, 2014

OSMMA Review: UFC 9 – Worst UFC main event ever?

After a long delay, the Old School MMA Review returns with a look at one of the worst (if not worst of all time) events in the history of the UFC.

From the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan on May 17, 1996, “UFC 9: Clash of the Titans” was the first UFC event to bypass the one-night eight-man tournament format, and replace it with a card of single fights with essentially no meaning whatsoever, aside from the main event, a rematch between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn for the UFC Superfight Title, which featured 35 minutes of stalking around the ring and nary a strike thrown.

Also on UFC 9, the underwhelming octagon debuts of Amaury Bitetti, Matt Anderson, and Rafael Carino, the return of previous losers Zane Frazier and Cal Worsham, new up-and-comer’s Don Frye and Gary Goodridge showing us more about themselves, and the one-time appearance of arguably one of the greatest athletes that has ever graced the UFC, Mark Schultz. This is an event for the ages, stuffed to the brim with internet polls, filler, and all sorts of other irrelevant nonsense as Zane Simon and The Fight Nerd do their best to survive this awful event, and make you suffer in return for making us have to sit through it! Enjoy!

You can check out my article on what really happened during the Severn VS Shamrock 2 fight with quotes from Severn, Shamrock, Big John McCarthy, and Bob Meyrowitz at this link here!

If you want to torture yourself, you can order UFC 9 on Amazon.com at this link here , which has since been renamed Motor City Madness (because you would be mad to want to watch this).

March 2, 2014

Alvarez VS Chandler 3 will headline Bellator’s first Pay-Per-View (again)

Filed under: Lead Story,News — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:45 PM

MMA’s greatest trilogy will occur on Saturday, May 17th as Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against Michael Chandler in the most highly anticipated fight of 2014, live on Pay-Per-View. Location and ticket information will be made available shortly.

The main event is the third installment in this epic MMA trilogy (which Bellator is calling “MMA’s Greatest Trilogy”) that has featured a spectacular submission victory for Chandler at Bellator 58 and a dramatic 5-round split decision victory for Alvarez at Bellator 106 this past November. Both of their previous fights were considered for “Fight of The Year” by the MMA media and fans.

“These two warriors have produced the two best fights I have ever seen, and on May 17th, two of the greatest lightweights on the planet will close out the best trilogy in MMA,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said.

“I’m excited to be headlining the first Bellator Pay-Per-View, and just excited to get back in there,” Chandler said. “I’m going to bring the fight like always, and I’m not going to leave any doubt that I’m one of the best lightweights in the world. Whenever you suffer your first loss, you want that chance to avenge that defeat, and I have that opportunity on May 17th.”

“Like every fight, you are only as good as your last performance,” Alvarez said. “I always go out and try to put out the best performance possible, and that’s what I’m going to do May 17th. Mike and I have a long history together, and everyone knows what type of battles we’ve had, but I’m training in a manner that should end the fight quickly. I want a fast, quick fight that is going to keep me as Bellator Champion.”

More fights will be announced leading up to the event.

February 27, 2014

NSAC bans use of TRT, UFC is okay with that

Filed under: Lead Story,News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 7:24 PM

Earlier today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned testosterone-replacement therapy, AKA TRT, from all combat sports in their state. NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar was quick to note that he hoped the Association of Boxing Commissions would take notice of this and make this a universal change.

“I would encourage the ABC to look at this issue for all commissions in all states across the country,” Aguilar said. “I think it’s important that there be a standard and I think [the NSAC] is not afraid to set that standard.”

UFC President Dana White issued a statement regarding the decision:

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.”

This announcement comes two months before Vitor Belfort is scheduled to face Chris Weidman for the middleweight title at UFC 173 on May 24 in Las Vegas. Belfort previously has been approved to use TRT in his past three fights, all of which took place conveniently in Brazil.

Currently, the UFC has six fighters that are approved for TRT use in Nevada: Dan Henderson, Shane Roller, Todd Duffee, Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin.

November 25, 2013

Old School MMA Review: Ultimate Ultimate 1995

After far too long, the Old School MMA Review has returned! This time, The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon of Bloodyelbow.com take a look at the UFC tournament to end all tournaments (in 1995), the first Ultimate Ultimate!

In the UU ’95, the best of the best were invited back to the octagon for a one-night tournament to see who was the most ultimate of the ultimates. Returning champs like Dan Severn and Oleg Taktarov battled the likes of Tank Abbott and Paul Varelans, plus Keith Hackney… for some reason. Polar bears, pit fighters, awkward interviews with Ken Shamrock & Kimo, and vampire hunters who are dragons, all in this episode and more!

Don’t forget to support the official DVD release of the Ultimate Ultimate 1995, which at this time is only available on DVD through the Silvervision release which also contains the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 (which we will review as well soon enough).

November 22, 2013

“Glory 12: New York” Weigh-ins

Filed under: Lead Story,Random Fun,Videos — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 8:19 PM

All the fighters made weight on their first try for Glory 12 in New York City. The event, which will be aired live on Spike TV tomorrow night starting at 9 PM EST, will take place in the historic Madison Square Garden, and will feature a lightweight championship tournament, as well as a headlining bout of Joe Schilling VS Wayne Barrett.

You may have read about the results of the weigh-ins on other sites, but now you can see them for yourself. Want to see Jamal Ben Saddik strip out of a full suit to hit the scales, Brian Collette and Warren Thompson’s intense staredown, or Andy Ristie get in Giorgio Petrosyan’s face and talk some smack? Check it out for yourself in the video above!

November 18, 2013

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on first win in Bellator MMA, Tito Ortiz & what’s next

Filed under: Interviews,Lead Story,Videos — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:26 PM

After his company debut and first knockout victory in five years at Bellator MMA 108, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson conducted a media scrum where he answered questions about his comeback fight against Joey Beltran, Tito Ortiz, his treatment at Bellator as opposed to the UFC, what is next for his career, and more. It looks like the old Rampage is back with a new pair of knees, so listen to what his plans are for the near-future and why he is enjoying MMA and fighting again.

Bellator MMA 108 Post-fight Press Conference

All main card fighters were in attendance for the Bellator MMA 108 Post-fight Press Conference, along with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. Fighters like Quinton Jackson, Joey Beltran, Patricio Pitbull, and the newly-crowned heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov answered questions from the press about the fights that evening, as well as looked ahead to future challenges. Plus, plenty of Tito Ortiz bashing!

“Rampage” was glad to be back, and discussed his journey from a knee injury that crippled his career to his successful rebirth in Bellator MMA, while Rebney discussed what is next for Jackson, as well as informing us of a pending featherweight tournament and the plans in terms of who fights champion Daniel Straus next – either Magomedrasul Khasbulaev or Patricio Pitbull.

When asked about what some were calling early stoppages that evening, Rebney was happy with Dan Miragliotta’s performance, although the former champion, Alexander Volkov (who was off camera while this was being said), was shifting his body language and clearly disagreed with what happened to him that night.

If there is one key thing to take away from this press conference, it’s that both Joey Beltran and Rampage guffawed a bit at the mention of Tito’s neck injury. Beltran is ready to fight Tito Ortiz immediately, and while he was grateful that Ortiz withdrew from the card, he is ready to jump back in and fight “The People’s Champion” at a moment’s notice.

Pleny more tidbits and info in the video (and tons of laughs since it’s a press conference with a happy Rampage), so sit back and enjoy the show!

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