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January 10, 2015

Hot Toys teases new Ultron sixth-scale figure, we drool a lot

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 5:06 PM

Hot Toys, makers of gorgeous 12-inch figures that cost you an arm, leg, and a mortgage on your home, sent out an e-mail with the cryptic message of “”There are no strings on me.”The Age of Ultron is coming!” They also sent along the picture that you see below in an oversized pic, which is one of our first clear looks at the titular villain of the next Avengers flick.

hot toys ultron tease

While it is early to say much about it, I believe we can all collectively let out a nerdgasm over this one.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is slated for theatres later this Summer, and I am sure we will hear more about this figure well before that movie is out.

Mezco unveils details for “One: 12 Collective – Judge Dredd” figure

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 11:41 AM

Ripped from Rebellion’s award winning comic is Mega-City One’s most notorious Street Judge, Judge Dredd. Some time in the near future Mega City One is part of what is left of a dystopian society and the law is upheld by Judges. Charged with the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner Street Judges are on the front line of maintaining order in a post apocalyptic world.

Working closely with Rebellion and comic book artist Ben Willsher to design the most accurate figure possible based on the characters current look the One:12 Collective has crafted a finely detailed figure with some truly amazing features. The Judge Dredd figure has a comic accurate, digitally sculpted likeness, a specially silkscreened spandex uniform with a real working zipper to create a realism at this scale not seen before and numerous accessories as well as interchangeable parts.

judge_dredd one12 mezco

The One:12 Collective Judge Dredd features:

– Iconic helmet with translucent visor

– Real leather-like fabric uniform

– Equipment belt with working compartments for grenades and ammo magazine

– Boots with holster and knife sheath

– Boot knife


– Lawgiver pistol

– Lawgiver ammo magazine

– Daystick

– Two grenades

– One set of fists

– One gun/holding hand

– One open hand

– One pointing hand

– One choking hand

– Display base and posing post

Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.

Judge Dredd brings law to stores in 2015 and is available for pre-order at this link here

January 9, 2015

Mauro Ranallo & The Fight Nerd review NJPW’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9″

The Fight Nerd caught up with one of the busiest men in MMA, Mauro Ranallo, who was a commentator for Pride FC, Elite XC, and Strikeforce, and currently commentates for Glory Kickboxing and Invicta FC, as well as being part of the english commentary team for AXS TV’s New Japan Pro Wrestling show, premiering January 16.

In part two of this three part interview, Mauro and I break down and review NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9, by running through the show and the great matches there, and discuss why we think Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kota Ibushi stole the show. We also discuss what is next for Hiroshi Tanahashi now that he has retained the IWGP title and the threat that AJ Styles poses for that championship, and more on the differences between Japanese pro wrestling (puroresu) against the American product.

NJPW photos courtesy of AXS TV and TV Asahi Corporation

Moraes defends bantamweight title against Hill at WSOF 18

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:33 AM

Reigning World Series of Fighting ( world bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Brazil will put his coveted Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) title on the line for the first time against undefeated rival Josh Hill (10-0) of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the main event of a stacked, four-fight, live NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) telecast from the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Thursday, February 12.

“This is an incredible matchup between two of the world’s top 135 pound fighters that we have been looking to put together for the last several months and, now that it is finally here, we will see who the superior fighter is on February 13,” said WSOF President, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.

In the featherweight (145 pounds) co-main event, a red-hot Chris “Gritz” Gruetzemacher (12-1) of Scottsdale, Ariz. will square off with hard-hitting puncher Antonio “Pato” Carvalho (15-6) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
World-class striker Shane “Shaolin” Campbell (10-2) of Edmonton will make his debut in the WSOF cage against brutal finisher Brandt Dewsbery (13-3-1) of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in a welterweight (170 pounds) tilt, and unbeaten prospect Hakeem Dawodu (3-0) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada will battle Tristan Johnson (9-5) of Jordantown, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill

The 26-year-old Moraes, quickly becoming recognized as the top bantamweight fighter in the world, will enter the WSOF cage with eight consecutive victories under his belt, including a split decision over former world champion Miguel Torres, and devastating KO finishes of fellow stars Tyson Nam and Carson Beebe.

In his last effort, Moraes turned in another dominant performance – a second round (1:35) submission (rear-naked choke) of Cody Bollinger in a 140-pound catchweight contest at WSOF 13 on September 13, 2014. Moraes’ win streak dates back to December 2, 2011, when he earned a unanimous decision over Chris Manuel.

The versatile Moraes will attempt to become the first to solve the puzzle that is the 28-year-old Hill, unbeaten since he made his professional debut with a second round (1:42) TKO (punches) of Vito Attanasi on October 10, 2009.
After a 22-month hiatus, Hill, known for his superior wrestling base, made a thunderous return to action on June 7, 2014 at WSOF Canada 2, scoring a first-round (4:20) KO (punch) on Mike Adams.

Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Antonio Carvalho

The 28-year-old Gruetzemacher is riding a spectacular 11-fight win streak that began with his split decision win over Josh Gaskins on April 11, 2009. A power striker with considerable ground skills, Gruetzemacher has, to date, claimed 6 of his 12 career wins by (T)KO and 3 by way of submission.

On March 29, 2014, Gruetzemacher made his WSOF debut, earning a unanimous decision over renowned submission expert John Gunderson. The bout represented the first time in over four years that Gruetzemacher was taken the distance of a fight.

Carvalho will make his much-anticipated debut in the WSOF cage after an extended layoff from competition that began after the 35-year-old suffered a first round (3:06) TKO (punches) at the hands of Darren Elkins, as a result of what many believe was a controversial stoppage by the referee, on March 16, 2013. To date, 10 of Carvalho’s 15 career wins have come by way of (T)KO or submission.

Prior to the defeat, Carvalho reeled off back-to-back victories in the UFC over Daniel Pineda and Rodrigo Damm on July 21, 2012 and November 17, 2012, respectively.

moraes vs hill

Shane Campbell vs. Brandt Dewsbery

Over the course of the last nine years, the 26-year-old Campbell has distinguished himself as a force in both the MMA world and the kickboxing ring while competing all over the world.

In 2013, Campbell did damage amongst the ranks of kickboxers in three of the world’s top promotions, including K-1, winning five consecutive bouts. In both of his MMA starts in 2014, Campbell dominated with his superior striking, scoring a second round (:43) TKO (punches) on Jerrid Burke on May 9 and a second round (:29) TKO (punches) on Marcus Edwards on October 3.

With a proven ability to finish opponents both on his feet and on the ground, the 24-year-old Dewsbery arguably represents Campbell’s toughest challenge in the cage, yet. The 6-year veteran of professional MMA has, thus far, earned 6 of his 13-career wins by way of (T)KO and another 6 wins by way of submission.
Dewsbery will enter the WSOF cage for the second time in his career, in the midst of a three fight win streak that he began on February 21, 2014 with a first round (4:31) submission (rear-naked choke) of Mark Drummond. Dewsbery continued making a statement through the remainder of the year, scoring a fifth round (4:34) KO (flying knee strike) on Chase Maxwell on May 23, and a stunning, 38-second TKO (punches) on Tyler O’Brien on October 18.

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Tristan Johnson

Dawodu made his professional debut at the inaugural WSOF event in Canada on Feb. 21, 2014, scoring a thunderous first round (1:07) KO (punch) on Behrang Yousefi. The protégé of Muay Thai guru Mike Miles has since extended his unbeaten streak with two more dramatic victories, finishing Jake MacDonald by second round (:18) KO (punches) at the second WSOF Canada event on June 7, stopping Mike Malott by way of first round (4:13) TKO (punches and elbow strikes) at WSOF 14 on Oct. 11.

The hard-punching Johnson finished 2014 on a strong note, KO’ing Keven Morin with a punch in the first round (3:59) of their June 7 matchup. The 31-year-old is an eight-year veteran of the professional fight game, who ran to five consecutive victories in his first five starts before suffering his first defeat three years later, in 2010.

January 8, 2015

Glory 19 to feature welterweight tournament, Verhoeven VS Zimmerman

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 9:37 AM

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the co-headline bout and finalized the Welterweight Contender Tournament participants for GLORY 19, completing the card set to air live on SPIKE TV at 9/8c from Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on Friday, February 6.

The co-headline bout for GLORY 19 features an explosive clash between two top-10 kickboxers, as knockout artist and #1 ranked middleweight Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (18-6-0, 11 KOs) takes on 21-year-old Canadian prodigy Robert “White Dragon” Thomas (7-2-0, 5 KOs), ranked #9.

Announced last week on, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken (84-11-0, 44 KOs) returns to GLORY as a participant in the one-night, four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 19. Initially slated to face Murthel Groenhart, Holzen now meets relentless Russian striker Aleksandr Stetcurenko (49-8-0, 24 KOs) in the tournament’s first semifinal match-up.

Due to a shoulder injury that kept him out of action for the first half of 2014, Holzken’s most recent appearance for the organization came while conquering the Welterweight World Championship Tournament field at GLORY 13: TOKYO in December of 2013.

Also announced last week, the second tournament semifinal match-up pits American karate world champion and human highlight reel Raymond “The Real Deal” Daniels (25-1-0, 15 KOs), currently #7 in the division, up against Brazilian prospect, #6 ranked Jonatan Oliveira (20-3-0, 11 KOs).

The winners of each semifinal bout will then face off, fighting for the second and final time that evening, to earn the right to compete against reigning GLORY Welterweight World Champion “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini at a later date.

GLORY 19 is headlined by Rico Verhoeven (44-9-0, 10 KOs), defending the GLORY Heavyweight World Title against bitter rival and hard hitting veteran Errol “The Bonecrusher” Zimmerman (103-11-1, 44 KOs) in the rubber match of a trilogy that dates back to January of 2012.

glory 19

In association Veteran Operation Wellness (VOW), GLORY will host its first armed forces exhibition featuring one member of the US Navy competing against one member of the US Air Force under GLORY Rules.

VOW is a Spike campaign created to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country.

January 7, 2015

Royce Gracie: “Acting is harder than fighting”

MMA & BJJ legend Royce Gracie is back in action, but not inside an octagon or on the mats. This time, he is wearing body armor and carrying a sword.

In the first installment of this two-part interview, we spoke to Royce about his role as Aangar in the new movie, “The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power“, where he is featured along with other MMA fighters and action movie stars like Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Roy Nelson, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, and Lou Ferrigno.

The “Scorpion King” series has been a haven for MMA fighters trying their hand at acting, and previous films have included Randy Couture, Kimbo Slice, and one-time MMA fighter and former WWE champion Dave Bautista. For Royce, the BJJ master thought acting was much more difficult than fighting, “For me, it’s harder. I have fought all my life, that is easy for me… I’ve handled swords before but never choreographed fight scenes with a sword. So, that was challenging, and having to memorize lines and, man, I have a totally new respect for actors.”

In regards to his co-stars, Royce said there was plenty of goofing off during the filming of the movie with his MMA cohorts, and I would love to see the blooper reel for this film to see how much there actually was on set. “Scorpion King 4″ will be available on DVD & Blu-Ray starting January 13, 2015, and also stars Victor Webster, Barry Bostwick, Ellen Hollman & Will Kemp.

Stay tuned for part two of this interview, where Royce gives us his thoughts on CM Punk entering the UFC, Quinton Jackson joining with the UFC despite Bellator claiming he has a contract with them still, and more.

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January 6, 2015

OSMMA Review Awards, Volume 1 (1993-1996)

The Old School MMA Review returns with their inaugural edition of the OSMMA Review Awards!

After a month of voting on, The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon have tallied the votes and read the comments, and on this episode we reveal the winners (and sometimes losers) of the twelve categories that included nominees like champions Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, and Dan Severn, fan-favorites like Tank Abbott and Keith Hackney, along with other surprises like Fred Ettish, Joe Son, and Paul Varelans from the UFC events that we have watched on the series (UFC 1 through Ultimate Ultimate 1996).

The categories included obvious ones like best fight, best KO, best submission, and best event, along with other great old school MMA throwbacks like most memorable loser, best fake fighting style, and best mismatched opponents. Who will walk out with the coveted Golden Andy Anderson award? Watch the show and find out.

If you agree or disagree with the fans choices, or ours, let us know in the comments!

The OSMMA Review will be back soon to continue down memory lane as we tackle UFC 12 and everything in between, all the way up to UFC 22. It will be a long journey, but we are anticipating this one being very awesome as we dive into the forgotten dark age of the UFC.

Hot Toys teases “Hot Angel” figure inspired by “Aliens VS Predator”

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 5:10 PM

Hot Toys just sent out a press release that gave us a first look at a surprising new figure that has been in the works for some time.

The message is as follows:

Back in 2008, Hot Toys presented the first Hot Angel, the She Predator Machiko, which was well-received by fans and collectors!

Today, we are very excited to let you all know that we have been collaborating with a known Hong Kong designer for some time to bring you a new Hot Angel collectible figure and we are happy to share a backstage sneak peek with everyone on the progress of this amazing new original female character inspired by the aliens from Alien vs. Predator.

hot toys she predator

No further details have been announced for this figure, nor a price point, since it is clearly still in a developmental phase, but it looks pretty amazing already. Stay tuned for more announcements on this figure that I suspect to come out towards the end of 2015 or early 2016.

December 25, 2014

NECA releases new visual guides for Predator and Pacific Rim Action Figures

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 4:53 PM

Once again, thanks to our dedicated fans, NECA’s Predator and Pacific Rim action figure lines continue to go strong! As a special holiday treat for all you collectors, NECA has created brand-new visual guides for both lines and made them available to download. If you look close, you might even spot some teases for upcoming figures!

The guides are available as large or extra-large JPEGs on their website. See below for download links, and enjoy!




Plenty of new toys are certainly destined for 2015, and we can look forward to NY Toy Fair 2015 for those big reveals, but in the meantime, enjoy this homage to the famous Kenner toy catalogs and print out a full-size version for yourself to frame on a wall.

December 19, 2014

Top Heavy: Is Jones VS Cormier Enough To Carry UFC 182?

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:11 PM


By Jason Furness

Let’s start this by saying that the UFC 182 main event of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier is a huge fight. Stylistically, emotionally and promotionally it is all but perfect. The challenger is undefeated and the champion is equally as good, with his only loss coming via DQ when he was putting one hell of a beating on Matt Hamill. The storyline there writes itself.

Both men are phenomenal MMA wrestlers, with Cormier having a huge advantage in competitive mat experience but Jones showing us just how well adapted his game is to mixed martial arts. Though Cormier’s striking is basic, both men are a threat on their feet. Jones’ unorthodox array of punches, elbows and kicks are evident, but the AKA man’s power is not to be sniffed at. Admittedly, it won’t be a range where Jones will feel he’ll have too many issues but he also cannot write off his opposite number.

On the mat, if either man is on top of you then you can expect to be in for a long night. That is if you’re not lucky enough to have the referee pulling them off you quickly due to their ferocious ground and pound output.

The build­up has had unparalleled coverage following the infamous press conference scuffle, and champion and challenger are both massively invested in the emotional stakes off the back of that. As far as UFC main events go, this is genuinely huge.

However, since Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano was reshuffled to March, it looks like there isn’t too much backup on the typically bigger Vegas pay­per­views. Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury is a fight that will have any hardcore MMA fan salivating, but past that it begins to go downhill quickly.

After losing three in a row, Nate Marquardt got back to winning ways against James Te Huna, and Brad Tavares has back­-to-­back defeats. Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman holds some title aspirations, but not too many are predicting victory for the veteran Burkman. In poker terms, for example, if Burkman were to visit one of top­-rated online casinos, you’d struggle to find many giving him a reasonable chance of victory. The further down you go, the more obscure the names to the casual fan, and the less strength in depth the card professes.

If you put the undercard on any nondescript international Fight Night event, the fans would complain that they’re being shortchanged. Putting it on a Vegas PPV makes it look conspicuously worse. Yes, there are injuries. Yes, guys on the roster need fights. But it seems that the UFC are banking too much on an all­-or-­nothing payoff from the main event, rather than backing it up with the relevant star power to solidify ratings.

If Jones or Cormier were to fall injured from this point, and stranger things have happened, all of a sudden you’d have one of the weakest numbered cards in recent memory, and all because the back­up isn’t there. That problem will likely ­ and hopefully ­ not arise, but it’s a fragile piece of ice that is being walked on.

With such a huge pairing and a fan fervour for the light­heavyweight title fight, it’s likely to be brushed under the carpet if all goes as planned, but it’d only take one slip for things to be a catastrophe and the fear of another event cancellation to become a reality.

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