The Fight Nerd

August 15, 2014

Old School MMA Review: UFC Ultimate Ultimate 1996

The Old School MMA Review returns with a huge milestone from the SEG UFC era – the Ultimate Ultimate ’96! The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon are back with more useless trivia and self-deprecating humor to educate and ridicule the past of our beloved sport.

Bringing you the best of the best (or whoever was available) from the past events, this epic tournament (also known as UFC 11.5) took place on December 7, 1996 in Alabama, and marked the end of an era for the company, as this event was their final one-night eight-man tournament. After watching this event, the reasons for doing this became painfully obvious.

Featuring the return of stars like Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, Gary Goodridge, and Tank Abbott, along with Kimo Leopoldo, Brian Johnston, Cal Worsham, and Paul Varelans, this show is a high point in terms of talent, but matchmaking… well, you will see. Huge slams, big brawls, high emotions, and more in this opening round of the tournament and the first part of our review!

In the second part of this review, after Zane Simon snores during The Fight Nerd’s display of bootleg DVD’s and official Panther Video collection, we get back to the epic one-night tournament that took place on December 7, 1996 in Alabama. Picking up at the start of the second round of the brackets featuring Don Frye VS Mark Hall in one of the most well-known and acknowledged fixed fights in UFC history, as well as Tank Abbott coining the term “Nelmarked” as he faces alternate Steve Nelmark in one of the most vicious knockouts ever. We also get lots of filler that Zuffa has hidden from the masses (an amazing Scott Ferrozzo promo in the style of Ric Flair and so much Dan Severn hype that I thought Jeff Blatnick might explode), plus the thrilling conclusion to this huge tournament, and the official end of an era as the UFC announces that they are done with the eight-man tournament format and progresses into the next step of their evolution – weight classes!

Plus, we say goodbye to many fighters that we have come to know and love, and make way for the next phase in the world of the OSMMA Review series. What is that next phase? Make it to the end of the video and see.

August 1, 2014

Michael Chandler talks Scott Coker in Bellator & wrestling

Filed under: Interviews,Lead Story,Videos — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 6:47 PM

The Fight Nerd had a chance to interview Bellator MMA lightweight contender, Michael Chandler, at a recent press event in NYC.

In part two of this interview, Chandler talks about the recent change in power when Bjorn Rebney left Bellator MMA and was replaced by former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, and what he would like to see Coker change and do differently in this role.

Chandler also tells us if he has any plans to ever return to amateur wrestling or if he will stay in MMA for good, and we ask him if the money was as good in wrestling as it was in MMA whether he would have stayed in the wrestling scene. Plus, we ask the age-old question – does Michael Chandler have a nickname?

If you missed part one of this interview, head to this link here to see why Chandler wants a rematch with Will Brooks first and not Eddie Alvarez.

Tito Ortiz: “If guys use TRT, they need to retire!”, + TNA Wrestling & Old School MMA

The Fight Nerd caught up with Bellator MMA light heavyweight Tito Ortiz at a recent press event in New York City, and Tito had plenty to say!

In part two of this interview, Tito gives us his thoughts on the UFC’s idea of giving uniforms to their fighters, if he has any plans to return to TNA Wrestling and whether or not he thinks that TNA will survive if Spike TV does not renew their contract, and how he squares up against Bellator MMA LHW champ Emanuel Newton.

Ortiz also comments on the trend of fighters using TRT and getting TRT exemptions, and how random drug testing should be used more in the sport, and gives us some old school MMA stories about “Tank” Abbott and Tito’s first fight in the UFC.

If you missed part one of this interview, head to this link here to check out what Tito had to say to critics of his Shlemenko fight and why he does not want to fight King Mo.

Will Brooks wants to unify Bellator titles but unsure of Eddie Alvarez’s plans

Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks spoke with The Fight Nerd earlier this week at the Bellator MMA Press Event in New York City about his newly won title and what is ahead for him in the promotion.

Brooks tells us about his excitement in becoming the champ and defeating Michael Chandler en route to get that interim title (and how fast it all happened), and comments on Eddie Alvarez saying that his belt is just a trophy and is not the real thing. Brooks also talks about plans to unify his title with Alvarez, but is unsure what is going with Eddie and whether or not he will stay in the company.

Plus, Will discusses the recent change in power at Bellator MMA with Bjorn Rebney exiting the company and Scott Coker taking over, and tells us a bit more about his personal struggles coming up in the world that helped drive him to succeed and keep moving forward.

Pat Curran talks Pitbull rematch and changes in Bellator

The Fight Nerd got some time with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran at a recent Bellator MMA Press event, where we talked about how his injury has been healing up and how his upcoming rematch against Patricio Pitbull in September for Curran’s title at Bellator MMA 123. We discuss the history between these two fighters, as well as how their Twitter war has been heating up the feud between these two more than Curran’s trilogy with Daniel Straus. We also talk about any potential plans for a fight with Frodo Khasbulaev, and his thoughts on Bjorn Rebney leaving Bellator and Scott Coker coming in to take over his role, and what changes Curran would like to see Coker implement in this new era for Bellator MMA.

July 31, 2014

King Mo: “I would not work for Bjorn Rebney again”, plus Rampage, Coker, & TNA Wrestling

The Fight Nerd got some time with “King Mo”, Muhammed Lawal, at a recent Bellator MMA Press event, where we discussed his thoughts on his next fight at Bellator 123 against Tom Deblass in Connecticut. Of course, you can not have an interview with King Mo these days without rehashing his thoughts on the fight against Quinton Jackson from Bellator 120, if he still wants a rematch with “Rampage” and what it will take to finally end their feud. Plus, does King Mo have any interest in fighting Tito Ortiz?

We also talk about the recent power change in Bellator MMA, which saw Bjorn Rebney suddenly leave the company and former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker come in to replace him. King Mo gives his less than positive thoughts on Bjorn (not quite as harshly worded as his diatribe after the events of Bellator 120, but still pretty strong against the guy) and what he wants to see happen with Coker in charge, and we also discuss his current role in TNA Wrestling, and what the future for the company will be if Spike does not renew their TV contract.

Quinton Jackson “saw the writing on the wall for TNA Wrestling”

The Fight Nerd had a chance to talk with Quinton Jackson at a recent Bellator MMA press event at Dave & Buster’s in New York City, and he had plenty to say in typical Rampage fashion.

In the second part of this interview, we discuss Rampage’s short-lived career in TNA Wrestling and why we did not see much of him there (or ever see him actually wrestle). A very sleepy Jackson also talks about his continuing plans to get in the ring and pro wrestle, what happened with his “Street Soldier” comic and what he wants to do with it, how he feels about his portrayal on his Spike TV reality show “#Rampage4Real”, and the general multi-platform plan that Viacom had for Rampage when he first signed the deal with the company and how it has not panned out much since then.

If you want to check out Rampage’s comic, you can get the special edition of Street Soldier (with the first four issues of the book) at this link here for $6.

Tito Ortiz on critics of Shlemenko fight & why he doesn’t want to fight King Mo

The Fight Nerd spoke with Tito Ortiz at a Bellator MMA Press Event in NYC, and gave us his thoughts on a variety of topics in the fight world.

In part one of this two-part interview, “The People’s Champ” gives us a little insight on his lawsuit with John Ibarra (as much as he is allowed to tell us without getting himself into any trouble), and talks about his comeback fight against Alexander Shlemenko and the negative criticism he took while fighting a natural middleweight in a light-heavyweight bout.

Ortiz also tells us that he still wants to fight Rampage and that he thinks Rampage definitively beat King Mo in their match at Bellator 120, and why he has zero interest in fighting King Mo. Plus, Tito talks about Bjorn Rebney’s departure from the promotion and what he hopes Scott Coker will do to make Bellator a better place for fans and fighters alike, and who he would like to see Bellator pick up to add to their growing roster.

Michael Chandler wants Brooks rematch, not Alvarez

Filed under: Interviews,Lead Story,Videos — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:23 PM

“Losing the close split-decision to Alvarez doesn’t sting as bad as losing to Will Brooks.” – Michael Chandler

The Fight Nerd had a chance to interview Bellator MMA lightweight contender, Michael Chandler, at a recent press event in NYC, where we talked about fighting, fighting, and more fighting!

Chandler updates us on his back injury and when fans will see him back in the cage again, and tells us that he wants to fight Will Brooks again under better circumstances for another shot at the belt. The former champ also talks about if Brooks surprised him at all in their title fight, and if he watched the fight again yet.

The big news from this interview is that Chandler is not as interested in fighting Eddie Alvarez as much right now, and wants the rematch with Brooks more! Chandler says he still wants Eddie, but since no one knows what is up with his contract – including Chandler.

Quinton Jackson: “Bellator didn’t pay for my knee surgery, I did”, + King Mo & Tito Ortiz

Filed under: Interviews,Lead Story,Videos — Tags: , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 8:28 PM

The Fight Nerd caught up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at a recent Bellator MMA event, and he had plenty to say about current events in the combat sports world. In the first part of this interview,we talked a bit about his fight with King Mo and if he wants a rematch, as well as if the two could ever bury the hatchet once and for all. We also discuss whether a fight with Tito Ortiz is still in the cards for Bellator fans, and if he has his eyes set on any other opponents in the promotion.

Rampage also talks about how he heard about the news that Bjorn Rebney was done with Bellator and was replaced with former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, and reveals that Bjorn did not live up to his end of the bargain when it came to certain big things, and what Rampage hopes Coker can accomplish in his new role in the company.

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