The Fight Nerd

August 1, 2014

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.

July 27, 2014

Art Davie on how Chuck Norris almost worked for the UFC

In 1993, the UFC held their first event in Denver, Colorado, planting the seeds for an entire sport to begin growing out of this barely legal event. The mastermind behind the concept was Art Davie, who held onto an idea for years until he was finally able to turn it into a reality. Davie has just released a book explaining the history of the first UFC and all of the tumultuous events leading up to it, and I had a chance to chat with him about damn near everything!

In the second episode of this two-part series, Davie discusses some of the fighters that he was trying to get to compete at UFC 1, including Tae Kwon Do Olympian Herb Perez, Shoot fighter Bart Vale, K-1 kickboxer Peter Aerts, and many others that will surely shock and surprise you (hint – pro wrestlers and more Olympians).

Davie also reminisces on how UFC commentators Jeff Blatnick and Don “The Dragon” WIlson were looking to fight in the UFC and why it never happened (even though Wilson talked extensively about it during many old UFC events), and the tale of Chuck Norris and how he almost became involved with the very first UFC event, and what went wrong.

If you want to check out Art Davie’s new autobiography and uncensored tell-all about the first UFC event, head over to this link here to pick up “Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It”. It comes with The Fight Nerd seal of approval as a must-have for MMA history fans!

July 26, 2014

Art Davie explains why Rickson Gracie never fought in the UFC

In 1993, the UFC held their first event in Denver, Colorado, planting the seeds for an entire sport to begin growing out of this barely legal event. The mastermind behind the concept was Art Davie, who held onto an idea for years until he was finally able to turn it into a reality. Davie has just released a book explaining the history of the first UFC and all of the tumultuous events leading up to it, and I had a chance to chat with him about damn near everything!

In the first installment of this six-part series, Davie discusses the early origins of how the UFC began, which go back much further than the 90′s, and into an idea he had a decade earlier that took years to come together. We also discussed Davie’s early relationship with the Gracie family, including Rorion Gracie who became business partners with Davie in the first UFC, and the all-important question – why Rickson Gracie, arguably the best fighter the family had at the time, did not compete in the first UFC or in any UFC events. Lastly, we learn why Rorion and his family pulled out of the company after UFC 5 and what led up to the departure that resulted in no Gracies ever competing in a UFC event again until Royce Gracie returned at UFC 60.

If you want to check out Art Davie’s new autobiography and uncensored tell-all about the first UFC event, head over to this link here to pick up “Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It”. It comes with The Fight Nerd seal of approval as a must-have for MMA history fans!

July 17, 2014

Art Davie explains UFC history in “Is This Legal?” – Book Review

Filed under: Product Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:36 PM

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Old School MMA is kind of our thing here on TheFightNerd.com. I was not a TUF bandwagon fan, but I was also not one of the people who was watching the first event when it aired in 1993. With that said, my fandom began with the debut event of “The Ultimate Fighting Championship” on VHS, and 90 minutes later I was hooked. Many years later and I am doing a video series all about the old SEG UFC events from a historical and comical perspective. There is a ton of info out there, but finding it all in one spot has always been tough, as well as being able to read between the lines and find the truth of hearing the same story told from different people. Today, we are checking out a book about the origins of the biggest MMA promotion in the world from the man that was responsible for making that happen.

Written by Art Davie (with help from Sean Wheelock), “Is This Legal?” tells the inside story of how the first no-holds-barred martial arts fighting show made it to pay-per-view, and all of the struggles along the way. It’s hard to review this book without giving away too many spoilers that make the experience so enjoyable and informative, and that sentence right there should give you an idea of where this review is headed.

Davie holds nothing back, whether it is about himself, the Gracie family, the business side of setting up this event and who he worked with, and the fighters themselves. Some of these are stories we have heard tidbits of before, such as the tumultuous rules meeting at the first event and how the structure of the fighting surface was initially formed, but now we have the deeper stories behind them from the man that witnessed and influenced these things. There is little time spent on autobiographical details preceding the first spark that set Davie on the path to the UFC, but it’s not all a behind the scenes of UFC 1 book, but a real origin story that sets the pace for the future of the sport.

Did you ever wonder why Royce fought in the first UFC and not Rickson? How movie director John Milius first met Davie and became involved in creating what would eventually become the familiar octagon shape that we all know and love? Or how Bob Meyrowitz and SEG came in, and all of the drama between Davie’s company, WOW, and Bob’s SEG? There are so many stories in this book, many of which I never even knew about until after reading it, that even the most hardcore know-it-all fans will learn something new by the time they finish it. Learning about how Davie recruited fighters and advertised the show was extremely interesting, as well as the contract negotiations between WOW and SEG that cut it close to the time of the actual pay-per-view airing live. Seeing all of the rejection letters that Davie received while trying to sell the event was also pretty amazing, when you consider how many of these people passed up on the sport that years later, they would cover or be interested in exploiting in some way or another.

This is a book that I want to discuss with people, but much like reading “Game of Thrones”, you can not talk about it until the other person has read it. There are few books about MMA history that I can say that about, but this is one of them. Much like the old UFC slogan, “Seeing is Believing”, this book is very much the same. I thought I knew a lot about the first UFC event, and this book taught me far more than I ever expected to know about it. Fight fans and history buffs need to pick this up right away!

You can order Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It as a hardcover book from Amazon.com for under $20, and is a 100% must buy for knowledge-seeking MMA fans. The worst thing about this book is that it ends, so Art Davie – if you ever see this review – make a sequel! I want to hear more about the good ole’ days of NHB fighting and would definitely buy another book like this one.

July 16, 2014

Fighters Source “Kings of New York” Amateur MMA Returns for National Championship

Filed under: News — The Fight Nerd @ 10:59 AM

Fighters Source, an International Amateur MMA League, announced today that their US National Competition will be the main event of the 5th Annual MMA World Expo at the Javits Center on Saturday, July 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Amateur fighters from New York City and across the country are currently competing for a chance to fight at the Fighters Source Nationals in which the victors will advance to represent Team USA at the Amateur MMA World Challenge in London, England.

“This is an exciting time for all these athletes,” said Anthony Medina, CEO of Fighters Source. “New York City will be the city to determine their fate and whether or not they will have the opportunity to represent the US in the World Challenge.”

These 8 bouts will determine the six men and two women who will earn their chance to represent the USA in the World Challenge. This tournament has brought the best male fighters at 135lbs, 145lbs, 155lbs, 170lbs, 185lbs, 205lbs and females fighters at 125lbs, 135lbs from across the county to lay it all out on the line and show why they are the best in their weight class.

This tournament will be commentated by former UFC fighter Seth “Silverback” Petruzelli, and MC’d by combat sports announcer Chris Geraghty.

Tickets are available at http://mmaworldexpo.com/fighterssource/. Ticket prices start at $45. Additional facility fees and taxes may apply.

These athletes’ journeys as Amateur MMA fighters have been documented for the United Fight Alliance (UFA) Network which airs in 100+ million homes nationally alone, and a combined 130 million homes, nationally and internationally. This is the first time an amateur sports league will be broadcast into homes worldwide.

Fighters Source plans to produce and broadcast amateur Mixed Martial Arts events from around the country, giving fans an opportunity to watch this major step for amateur fighters as they prepare themselves for the pros.

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