The Fight Nerd

April 22, 2013

Jim Miller previews UFC 159 fight against Pat Healy

UFC lightweight Jim Miller spoke with The Fight Nerd at Modell’s in midtown Manhattan to discuss his fight at UFC 159 against Pat Healy. We discuss what he thinks of his opponent and what he brings to the table, as well as what implications there are in this match. Miller also talks about some UFC on Fox 7 fights, including Nate Diaz VS Josh Thomson and Benson Henderson VS Gilbert Melendez, and who he thinks won that close title fight and which of the two he would rather face for the belt.

July 25, 2012

Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy Healines Strikeforce in September

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Peter Lampasona @ 5:00 PM

Zuffa-owned MMA promotion Strikeforce announced earlier today that its next card, scheduled for the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California on September 29, will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between champion Gilbert Melendez and last remaining Strikeforce lightweight Pat Healy. Additionally, the promotion announced that heavyweight superstar Daniel Cormier will finish out his Strikeforce contract in the co-main event with an as of yet unnamed opponent. What was not officially announced was that all the name value of the card will likely be fleeing the promotion after the event.

The lack of available opponents for both Cormier and Melendez has been palpable for some time. Cormier’s biggest claim to fame, five dominant rounds over the heavily-favored Josh Barnett at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals, came after the organization began to disband its heavyweight division so that the UFC could cannibalize it. It has been no secret that the end of Cormier’s contract marks the end of his time at Strikeforce before being called up to the big show.

However, a huge upset victory for Healy might be the only thing that can keep Melendez in Strikeforce for practical reasons. With a five-fight winning streak going against the organization’s best, Healy is as worthy a challenger as any in Strikeforce from a technical perspective. But Healy’s name recognition placed him firmly on the undercard at the last Strikeforce event earlier in July. If a fighter that the promotion has spent precisely no time building up in the public eye is the most promotable opponent for Melendez, then the pickings are pretty slim.

Melendez has been expected to make the jump to the UFC since parent company Zuffa purchased its shiny new Strikeforce last year. But, when questioned about the potential move, Melendez has repeatedly said that he was happy in his current promotion. UFC president Dana White has confirmed this sentiment.

But with Melendez clearly being a top talent that can not be correctly turned into ticket sales against unknown opponents, the amount of business sense in leaving Melendez in Strikeforce is falling apart in a hurry.

May 18, 2012

Friday Link Party- May 18, 2012

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — Peter Lampasona @ 9:00 AM

MMA Mania brings you an exclusive interview with Bellator 115 pound women fighter Jessica Aguilar.

I think that his problem is he’s a businessman. Obviously, he feels like, how’s he gonna put together a division if there’s no depth to it. “There’s not enough females out there” has been his take but now when you look at these cards like with Invicta and he sees that there’s depth out there with females and I really think that Ronda Rousey is sparking his interest. He sees something with her that he really likes and she’s done some promotional things and she’s gonna open up the doors for females to get into the UFC.

Again, I think Dana’s gonna look at it and say, “Am I really gonna have enough females to put together competitive fights?” We’ll see what happens but we’re at such an infancy stage of MMA for the females and I think if we’re having this conversation five years from now, we’ll definitely be seeing females on the big stage for MMA. There’s no doubt about it. The girls are coming out now and they’re training and it’s just a matter of time before there’s a ton of competitors out there. I’m excited to be a part of it.

Zach Arnold takes a crack at the Pacquiao PR fallout on Fight Opinion.

According to Bleacher Report, Jon Fitch doesn’t care if you think he’s boring.

Oklahoma PPV tax declared unconstitutional, read all about it on MMA Payout.

Miss the Bellator 69 weigh-ins? Fightline has you covered.

Cyborg looking to drop to 135 after her suspension is up. Read more on MMA Convert.

Clay Guida breaks down the upcoming Melendez versus Thompson fight on Lowkick.

Fedor set to retire, Five Ounces of Pain reports.

April 3, 2012

Strikeforce returns to San Jose to conclude their Heavyweight Grand Prix

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 11:00 AM

The much-anticipated conclusion of the Strikeforce HWGP tournament has been announced for Saturday, May 19, as Strikeforce returns to HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Former UFC title holder Josh Barnett will meet two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), to determine the eight-man tournament champion.

The fight card will also feature a rubber match for the Strikeforce lightweight championship between two long-time rivals when champion Gilbert Melendez defends his title against number one contender Josh Thomson. Additionally, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael ‘Feijão’ Cavalcante takes on the heavy-handed Mike Kyle and Bobby Voelker clashes with Nah-Shon Burrell in a welterweight tilt.

This event will air live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), while preliminary fights will be shown live on Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Additional fights scheduled for the event are expected to be released shortly.

Currently riding an eight-fight win streak that includes tournament victories over Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov, Josh Barnett (fighting out of Fullerton, Calif.) is hoping to conclude his run in the heavyweight tournament with an exclamation point by finishing his third opponent and claiming the trophy belt. At 31-5, the catch wrestling expert has proven he possesses a complete MMA skill set to compete with anyone he stands across the cage from. Now known as “The Warmaster”, Barnett owns career wins over legendary veterans including Randy Couture, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Pedro Rizzo and Dan Severn, and will look to add Daniel Cormier to his long list of conquests.
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March 5, 2012

Fight Nerd Cinema: “Supreme Champion” movie review

Three years ago, a charismatic kickboxer and low-budget producer Hector Echavarria came up with the idea to make shoe-string budget action movies with rehashed plots from the 1980’s featuring known MMA athletes in both cameos and lead rolls. The resultant films, virtually all of them straight to DVD releases, were almost universally panned. However, the movies featured so many top-level fighters that fans of the sport were almost forced to watch them on general principle.

The small, independent productions were niche, but turned notable profits compared to how little was spent making them. The legacy of stuffing real mixed martial artists into laughably bad 80’s action homage now makes up most of TapOut’s film arm. In 2010, “Supreme Champion” starring UFC staple Stephan Bonnar was thrown together slapdash by writer/director Ted Fox to mimic every aspect of Echavarria’s films: making a quick attempt to cash in on the trend of other quick attempts to cash in on the trend of MMA.

Spoiler-Free Synopsis:

The movie opens in an Above the Law-esq fashion of showing real home movies and photos of Bonnar growing up and training martial arts. The sequence is actually really good at establishing the character, Troy Jennings, and a realistic connection to the actor portraying him. It’s a succinct and clever way to bring the audience up to speed on a stock character and would really be very neat if Above the Law hadn’t done it about a quarter of a century prior.

The opening home movies transition to some of Bonnar’s early fights and then cut to the start of the movie, where Troy, Bonnar’s character and surrogate, is fighting a traditional Capoiera stylist for an MMA championship. This is the exact moment where “Supreme Champion” castes off the bitter shackles of reality and never looks back.

After his opening credits victory, Troy is visited by an ex-girlfriend, Jenny, played by Marieh Delfino. Jenny is also introduced to Troy’s two friends, Clu, played by writer/director/producer/possible caterer Ted Fox and Mick, played by B movie angel George Saunders.

Clu and Mick gush about Troy’s outstanding service record in Iraq, which totally clashes with the home videos seen in the opening credits that gave no mention of a military background, but since all the 80’s action heroes were soldiers than so is Troy. Jenny then reveals that she has left Troy and the whole of her past behind after accruing some massive gambling debts.

Jenny’s creditor and the primary film antagonist, Lucien Gallows, played by Daniel Bernhardt, arranges her kidnapping and it falls on Troy to get her back.

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October 25, 2010

Bjorn Rebney on Bellator 33, Roger Huerta’s future & Bellator VS Strikeforce

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney spoke with The Fight Nerd after an exciting night of fights at Bellator 33 in Philadelphia. Bjorn discusses the outcome of the event, thoughts on the fighters performances including Lyman Good, Ben Askren, and Eddie Alvarez, who also spoke at the post-fight press conference to talk about how they felt and what is next for them in MMA. Rebney also tells us about what the future holds for Roger Huerta and what the next step is in the evolution of Bellator FC. Lastly, Bellator VS Strikeforce – could it happen?

Don’t forget to check out our massive photo gallery from the event to see all the action inches away from the cage!

October 23, 2010

Bellator FC 33 post-fight press conference video

After a great night of fights at the Licouras Center in Philadelphia, PA, the fighters at Bellator 33 joined CEO Bjorn Rebney to discuss the event and their future. Fighters included Eddie Alvarez, Wilson Reis, Ben Askren, Lyman Good and Levon Maynard. The main question on everyone’s mind was what is next for Roger Huerta and will Eddie Alvarez VS Gilbert Melendez ever happen, and if so where, Strikeforce or Bellator?

Don’t forget to check out the full photo gallery at this link here to see all the knockouts, submissions and warriors in action!

September 1, 2010

EA Sports MMA announces welterweights & lightweights roster

The final two lists of fighters have been revealed! EA Sports has been releasing their roster of fighters each week for the past month, starting with their heavyweights like Fedor, Randy Couture, & Brett Rogers and light-heavyweights such as , followed by their middleweights including Cung Le, Jake Shields, Frank Shamrock, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and now concluding with the welterweights and lightweights!

Above is the official lightweight roster, which includes Lyle Beerbohm, Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melendez, Mizuto Hirota, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Gesias Cavalcante, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki, Saturo Kitaoka, Hayata “Mach” Sakurai, Billy Evangelista, Kron Gracie and Joachim Hansen.

Rounding out the roster is the welterweights, which includes Joachim Hansen, Pat Miletich, Shinya Aoki, Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Matt Lindland, Kazuo Misaki, Joe Riggs, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Jay Hieron, Mariuz Zaromskis, Lyman Good, Frank Trigg, Nick Thompson, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and Tyron Woodley.

Now that we know the entire roster, plus the various exclusive downloadable characters you can get upon launch, who is this roster missing that you wanted to see?

April 17, 2010

New EA MMA Pics have leggings

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 7:49 AM

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EA has released some more pics in honor of tonight’s Strikeforce event on CBS. This time, they are featuring the faces of the main events, including Dan Henderson, Jake Shields, Gegard Mousasi and the first appearance of Shinya Aoki. Much to the delight of many fans, Aoki will be wearing his awesome tights, but from this set of pics, they will just be plain black and not his typical colorful ones (here is hoping for some downloadable content or alternate costumes).

We are not seeing anything too new with these pics other than the characters, some blood and the conclusion of a match, but EA is supposedly airing another video at tonight’s event of the game, so look forward to that during the live telecast.

Hit the jump for more pics!
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April 9, 2010

Strikeforce Media Call with Jake Shields, Dan Henderson, Gilbert Melendez and Scott Coker

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Moments ago, the conference call to promote Strikeforce’s CBS card on April 17 from Nashville, TN wrapped up, with guests Jake Shields, Dan Henderson and Gilbert Melendez. Shields and Henderson will be meeting for the middleweight title while Melendez will defend his lightweight title against Shinya Aoki. Also on the call was Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. The group answered questions about the event including the mainstream growth of the sport, fight strategy, and more!

Featured on the card as well is Gegard Mousasi defending his Light Heavyweight Title against “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal and Jason “Mayhem” Miller taking on Tim Stout. My apologies for the audio being kind of wonky in the beginning, it sounded like every fighter was driving through a tunnel for the duration of the call. Either way, enjoy the entire audio uncut, which is just short of one hour!

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