The Fight Nerd

October 25, 2013

Tito Ortiz & Ken Shamrock join forces to bash Dana White on “Off The Record”

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:17 PM

This past Thursday, an unlikely duo joined together against a common enemy – who would have ever expected that? Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz, who have repeatedly beat the crap out of each other (and even had a whole season of “The Ultimate Fighter” to hype one of those bouts) appeared via satellite on “Off The Record” (OTR) with Michael Landsberg in a no holds barred interview. The pair talked about fighter pay and treatment, along with plenty of criticism on Dana White and how he takes too much credit for making the sport big, while Ken and Tito believe it was them and other fighters.

“(Myself) and Ken were probably the ones who sold the biggest pay-per- view fights to date.” Ortiz claimed during the interview, backed by Shamrock. “If Dana White didn’t have you (Tito Ortiz), Chuck (Liddell), me or Frank (Shamrock) – for him to be able to make the money off our back, our sweat, our blood. Where would he be?” said Shamrock.

“Dana White is an excellent promoter – He goes out and promotes the sport for what it is. But he’s not the one getting in the cage, that’s entertaining the fans who are watching and buying the pay-per views.” said Ortiz via satellite. “(These) fighters are the ones who are stepping in and putting our lives on the line and (providing) entertainment for fans to watch the fights.”

“When I came in,’ Shamrock added, “I told (Dana White) that I promise you that these (pay-per-view) buy rates will jump over 100,000 (purchases). He didn’t believe me. Then lied to me about what the buy rates were because he didn’t want to pay me what I was supposed to get. If anybody owes money, (Dana White) owes the fighters money.”

One topic brought up was the sport of boxing and how these athletes make far more money than MMA fighters. Ortiz believes UFC fighter salaries should be on par with boxers

“I look at a guy like Floyd Mayweather who makes 42 million dollars for a pay-per-view. What am I doing different that this guy is doing? I’m not just sparring, I’m going there trying to hurt a guy.

“I think you’re forgetting we’re the fighters, we’re putting on the show,” Ortiz added.

You can check out the full interview above, and you can catch Tito making his return to the cage at the first Bellator MMA pay-per-view on November 2.

September 22, 2013

UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 Edition coming out in November

Filed under: News — Tags: , — The Fight Nerd @ 2:19 PM

UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 3D cover

Timed for the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), fans are invited to relive action-packed, history-making moments with UFC®: Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 Edition, available as a 20-disc DVD set available November 5 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

UFC: Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 Edition comes in a collectable box and features over 200 epic fights and 50 hours of action that took place inside the Octagon® from July 2012 to June 2013. The collection is packed full of hard-hitting bouts featuring UFC superstars such as Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez and Georges St-Pierre. History-making moments include the crowning of the UFC’s first-ever flyweight and women’s bantamweight champions. The collector’s set showcases the best fights from every Pay-Per-View, FOX network, and The Ultimate Fighter Finale during 2012-2013, including all main event and championship fights.

We have been big fans of the last two collections that came out in previous years, and are greatly looking forward to this one. You can preorder it right now on Amazon, which I would recommend doing. It may look like a monstrous price tag, but when you consider how many events you are getting, it’s quite the insane bargain.

September 16, 2013

Early look at Overeem VS Mir – Loser Leaves Town

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

UFC 167 has been given a boost, with the announcement that Alistair Overeem will be taking on Frank Mir at the already jam-packed event. The fights will take place in Las Vegas in November, and while both of these fighters are former champions, they’ll both be entering the contest on somewhat of a career downturn, with both experiencing struggles lately. Overeem’s 2013 has included back-to-back major event losses by TKO to Antonio Silva and Travis Browne, whereas Mir lost to Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision and more recently by TKO to Josh Barnett.

Because the fight is newly announced, it will be a little while yet before official betting odds are released. However, if you take a look at the Betfair sports exchange, there are already UFC odds listed for November bouts. It won’t be long before the site lists backing odds that give us a feel for the general money line on the Overeem-Mir fight. In the meantime, however, it can’t hurt to do a bit of a preview of our own. After all, a match between two highly-touted fighters that have been on the losing side lately is very intriguining, especially when it looks like whoever does not walk out of the octagon with their arm raised will not be seen in the promotion again.

Most would agree that Overeem has to be the favorite heading into the fight, simply because his raw power and potential are still tough to deny. While Overeem has had a rough go of things since officially joining UFC, it’s hard to forget that brutal defeat of Brock Lesnar, and we know for a fact that Overeem is an extraordinarily powerful and skilled fighter. His failure to live up to potential is real, but it’s still more of a surprise than an accepted reality. His back to back losses against Antonio Silva and Travis Browne have exposed his arrogance and overconfidence that led to not taking his opponents seriously, perhaps more than a lack of ability, so it really does make sense for him to fight another man who has an equally high bravado.

Mir, meanwhile, is a recognized top-10 fighter with something of a steadier reputation and demeanor. An accomplished veteran who should never be taken lightly, this former UFC heavyweight champion has battled and beaten Brock Lesnar, Mirko Crocop, Cheick Kongo, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. However, we can never forget when Shane Carwin rearranged Frank’s jaw at UFC 111, a mistake that Mir has continued to make by leaving his head up and chin out there in perfect striking range. A skilled striker like Overeem is sure to notice such a cardinal mistake in Mir’s style and that will easily be the first thing he takes advantage of.

Worth noting is that this has become a desperation bout for both fighters. MMA Mania, a publication under SB Nation, elaborates on this dilemma with some clarity. Basically, while it’s tough to see either fighter actually being forced out of UFC – or quitting – after another loss, it’s also fair to say that whoever loses has at least started off on the trail toward moving on, whereas the winner may have a renewed shot at contention. Alistair Overeem has upped the ante a bit in this regard by specifically declaring that he’d “better start doing something else” if he loses to Mir. Language like this is sure to fire up both fighters, and that early smack talk combined with general desperation should make for a hell of a bout.

Again, official odds aren’t released yet, and this one could be tight. But we find it hard to pick against Alistair Overeem backed into a corner. In the meantime, why not check out this digital version of the fight, and let us see if this simulation is accurate after the fight is done.

- Editorial written by Brian Dowling

September 11, 2013

What are the Odds of Anthony Pettis Meeting Jose Aldo in a Superfight Next Year?

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:39 PM

UFC 156: Aldo v Edgar

Of all the hand-to-hand combat sports, MMA is one sport that probably has a very religious and patriotic fan-following. Regardless of whether one’s an avid combat video game fanatic, a sports betting enthusiast, or just a regular fan, MMA provides everything to quench their thirst for thrill, excitement and entertainment. The fan-following of MMA has been rapidly increasing with each passing day, and has made it one of the most widely betted sports in the world, with only casino betting being on the crest. Not to mention, betting on sports gives the fans an opportunity to get more involved into a sport.

Apart from fast-paced sportsbook betting, there are some other things that make MMA a widely followed sport worldwide; two highly skilled athletes physically fighting it out in the ring is one of those things. The proposed superfight between newly crowned lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, and the popular featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, was about to create some seriously heavy expectations within the MMA industry. With the UFC Lightweight Championship on the line, Pettis vs Aldo was to be one of the most anticipated matches between two of MMA’s rising stars this year, until UFC president Dana White regrettably announced TJ Grant as the contender for Pettis’ title.

With the news buzzing in the world of MMA, sportsbook betting sites such as Bodog88.com and several other online sportsbooks quickly took note of recent developments and published odds on the proposed superfight. A title turnover in the world of combat sports can be both a good as well as a bad thing for the fighters. Several well-established fighters, like Jon Jones, can surely become the popular face of the MMA. However, if these fighters continue to be associated with the league for a long time, people will tend to lose their interest and would start looking for something more interesting and engaging. In order to evade such a situation, it becomes important for the UFC to focus more on the actual organisation of the match, rather than announcing the dates and postponing them for trivial reasons.

However, the fight between Anthony and Jose Aldo is one encounter that the authorities must not rush towards quickly, especially when one considers the past and current situations. Pettis didn’t even pause for a second before announcing Aldo’s name, once he wore the title belt around his waist. Unfortunately, injury issues have forced both the fighters to postpone the bout all this long. Now, seeing this strange twist of fortune and the recent announcement about Pettis facing Grant in the next fight, there are very little chances of the fight taking place this year, which would definitely be a disappointment for online sports gambling enthusiasts.

The UFC should wait and think about scheduling this epic rematch until next year. For now, they need to focus on organising matchups. Since Aldo is already well set in the 145-pound category and has managed to defeat the top five contenders, except Ricardo Lamas, it becomes more important for the UFC to focus on matchups. If Aldo manages to defeat Lamas and proves his superiority, the featherweight division should get prepared for his inevitable switch to the lightweight division. As a result, the featherweight title will not be bound to superfights, and which will motivate the 145 fighters to put in their best performances. This would certainly keep the athletes, fans and the Bodog sportsbook bettors happy and waiting for new surprises.

In the meanwhile, Pettis should focus on pinning down TJ Grand before focusing or thinking about the fight with Aldo. A clean win over Grant will surely make Pettis the shining star of the lightweight division. Anthony Pettis is one of UFC’s best hopes of a star in the making; a win over Grand would only help Anthony get closer to the goal.

Ultimately, UFC must think of the Pettis and Aldo Superfight only after getting past the roadblocks. It is quite clear that the world of MMA hasn’t been able to put forward a superfight in recent years since BJ Penn vs GSP, until now. One attempt in this direction has already been missed, and the second move is not any farther. Therefore, it is important for the UFC to schedule it not only when the right time comes, but also for the right reasons. After all, the UFC is still an MMA promotions company, and in the end it still is a business. Sports fans and MMA followers will just have to simply be patient and wait and see if this proposed superfight materializes. It also helps that the Bodog payout for those who back the winning fighter will certainly be substantial.

August 7, 2013

Old School MMA Review: UFC 4 – Revenge of the Warriors

It’s time for another Old School MMA Review, with The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon. On this episode, we continue down SEG memory lane with an in-depth look at UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors”, and there will be plenty of revenging going on in this one!

Featuring the oldest fighter to ever compete in the UFC, Ron Van Clief, and the big return of Royce Gracie, this event also brought us tons of infamous and awful moments, including Joe Son’s one and only fight in the UFC, resulting in broken testicles via Keith Hackney fists, the debut of the first successsful wrestler in the UFC, Dan Severn, and the first appearance of proper MMA gloves. Plus, more WMAC Masters references the long flowing hair of Guy Mezger!

Support the official DVD release of UFC 5 from Amazon.com (so Zuffa doesn’t sue)!

TUF 19 open tryouts in Indiana for middleweights and light-heavyweights

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 2:05 PM

The Ultimate Fighter, The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s long-running reality series, which launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and produced champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra and season winners including Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and Nate Diaz, will be holding tryouts for its 19th season in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Middleweight (185lbs) and light heavyweight (205lbs) fighters are invited to attend the season 19 casting on Tuesday, August 27, ahead of Wednesday night’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CONDIT vs. KAMPMANN 2, also in Indiana.

Middleweights were most recently featured on season 17, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen, where Kelvin Gastellum emerged the winner; while light heavyweights were last featured on season 8, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir, with the victory captured by Ryan Bader.

This September, the series moves to its new home on FOX Sports 1 with the two-hour season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, featuring UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and fierce rival Miesha Tate, set to air Wednesday, September 4 at 11 PM ET.

The Ultimate Fighter 19 candidates must be between 21 and 34 years old, be able to legally live and work in the United States, have a minimum of three professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights, and hold a verifiable winning record. Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online at this link here. Tryout details are provided below:

Where:

The Westin Indianapolis

50 S Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204

*Tryouts will be held in the CAPITOL ROOM

When:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Registration begins at 7:00AM

Tryouts begin at 9:00 AM.

Fighters will be required to grapple & hit pads. Please bring appropriate gear.

Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to advance in the selection process. Successful candidates will be required to be present at final casting in Las Vegas on September 2, 2013.

July 13, 2013

Old School MMA Review: UFC 2

The Fight Nerd, Matthew Kaplowitz, and Zane Simon are back for another round of Old School MMA! This week, we continue looking at the SEG UFC period with UFC 2: No Way Out!

We break down the biggest one-night tournament that the UFC ever held and discuss why this might be one of the best early events they ever had. Featuring the debut of Big John McCarthy, we discuss the continually growing ego of Royce Gracie and his tendency to break arms after fights, Pat Smith’s road to redemption and insanely quick evolution of his fighting style, Pencak Silat and Ninjas, what happened to Fred Ettish, and plenty of other trivia along the way! Let’s get it on!

Support the official release of the UFC 2 Classics DVD in hopes that Anchor Bay will keep making more of these!

May 25, 2013

EA Sports reveals new UFC game at Xbox Reveal Event

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:06 PM

Reprinted from my original post on Bloodyelbow.com

Video game fans were watching dutifully as Microsoft held their big Xbox Reveal Event to debut their next-gen console. Named the Xbox One, this console is slated for a release later this year (with no exact date revealed yet) and features a blu-ray player, built-in kinect, 500 GB hard drive, and an appearance that looks like an overgrown VCR.

Some of the big news to come out of this Xbox One press conference was the announcement of a live-action Halo TV series backed by Steven Spielberg, racing game Forza Motorsport 5 being part of the 15 launch titles, and the new Call of Duty: Ghosts which will surely make fans of FPS’ happy.

In regards to the sports games, Executive Vice-President of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, took the stage to announce four new video games for the system, which include Fifa 14, Madden 14, NBA Live 14, and their first UFC title, UFC Championship. Their soccer game, Fifa 14: Ultimate Team, will be exclusive to the Xbox One system.

The new EA Sports Ignite engine will power these athletic titles, which feature four times the calculations per second, and an improvement of ten-times the animation and detail compared to the Xbox 360. As a result of this new internal system, not only will the graphics be enhanced and more realistic, but the intelligence of the characters will be more lifelike as well.

No actual gameplay was shown of any of the games, only rendered cinematics which do not show us how this new engine looks in the heat of the action, but did give us a preview of how the octagon looked, as well as Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis, executing Pettis’ fancy Matrix style kick from the final WEC event. A hype package was also aired before that featured several athletes, including UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Pettis, discussing the advancements that the new engine has and how that will affect your gameplay experience.

EA, who already create the popular Fight Night series of boxing games, tried their hands in MMA in 2010 with EA Sports MMA, which featured fighters from Strikeforce and Bellator, among other journeymen fighters that made their way into the roster, including Randy Couture, Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, Eddie Alvarez, and many more. While the game garnered good reviews from critics, financially it bombed. With the last developer for UFC video games, THQ, filing for bankruptcy in December 2012, EA moved in to scoop up the license and hopes to do better than their last outing in the MMA market.

Release dates for the games have not been released, with the only statement on the timeline being that this quartet of sports games will be released in the next twelve months.

April 23, 2013

Mike Constantino previews UFC 159

Head coach of AMA Fight Club, Mike Constantino, spoke with The Fight Nerd at Modell’s in midtown Manhattan, where Jim and Dan Miller were doing a workout for the fans to promote UFC 159.

Mike talks about Jim’s fight against Pat Healy and the implications of this match, as well as when Dan Miller will return to the octagon. Mike also looks back at UFC on Fox 7 to discuss the Nate Diaz VS Josh Thomson fight, and we also break down the other big fights on UFC 159 including Roy Nelson VS Cheick Kongo, Michael Bisping VS Alan Belcher, Sheila Gaff VS Sara McMann, and Jon Jones VS Chael Sonnen for the UFC light heavyweight title.

April 22, 2013

Jim Miller press-workout for UFC 159 at Modell’s

Filed under: Interviews,Techniques,Videos — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 7:04 PM

Jim Miller and his brother Dan Miller were at Modell’s in midtown Manhattan on April 21, 2013, doing a workout for the press and MMA fans, leading into his fight against Pat Healy at UFC 159 in New Jersey this weekend. Jim warmed up with Dan with calisthenics and pummeling and wrestling, then hit the pads to show off his strikes, ending with an MMA match against his brother.

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