The Fight Nerd

December 29, 2013

Anderson Silva breaks leg at UFC 168, UFC releases official statement

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:02 PM

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UFC 168 was a great card, marred by one of the most gruesome finishes in UFC (and possibly MMA) history.

At the start of the second round in the Anderson Silva VS Chris Weidman rematch, Silva threw a low kick that Weidman checked, like you would with any other low kick. Unfortunately, Silva’s leg snapped in grizzly fashion, leaving him tumbling to the ground in agony as the Vegas audience gasped in confusion and disgust.

Silva was stretchered out of the arena and was unable to offer much in terms of updates at the post-fight press conference. Earlier today, Zuffa released the following statement regarding Anderson Silva’s injury.

“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s Orthopedic Surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.

“Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”

At the post-fight press conference, Weidman said that he was checking the kicks with his knees intentionally to hurt Silva so that he would stop kicking him (a common defense), but he had no idea or intention that it would break his opponents leg so badly.

Photo by Esther Lin on MMA Fighting

November 25, 2013

Old School MMA Review: Ultimate Ultimate 1995

After far too long, the Old School MMA Review has returned! This time, The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon of Bloodyelbow.com take a look at the UFC tournament to end all tournaments (in 1995), the first Ultimate Ultimate!

In the UU ’95, the best of the best were invited back to the octagon for a one-night tournament to see who was the most ultimate of the ultimates. Returning champs like Dan Severn and Oleg Taktarov battled the likes of Tank Abbott and Paul Varelans, plus Keith Hackney… for some reason. Polar bears, pit fighters, awkward interviews with Ken Shamrock & Kimo, and vampire hunters who are dragons, all in this episode and more!

Don’t forget to support the official DVD release of the Ultimate Ultimate 1995, which at this time is only available on DVD through the Silvervision release which also contains the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 (which we will review as well soon enough).

November 18, 2013

UFC 169 comes to New Jersey in 2014 with two title fights

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 2:16 PM

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Two world title fights headline UFC’s return to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. In the night’s main event, the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion will be crowned when reigning champion Dominick Cruz (19-1, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) returns to action after two years away from competition due to injury to meet red-hot interim champion Renan Barao (33-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Then, in the night’s co-main event, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (23-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) returns to the Octagon® to face proven finisher Ricardo Lamas (13-2, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.), a winner of four straight.

If that wasn’t enough, two former heavyweight champions collide when former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir battles former Strikeforce® champion Alistair Overeem.

“We put together a fight worthy of Super Bowl weekend,” UFC president Dana White said. “It’s the fight that everyone has been waiting for – champion vs. champion – Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao for the 135-pound title. Dominick Cruz is the reigning champion and hasn’t lost a fight in six years. He takes on the interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao, who’s been on a tear with a 30-fight win streak and hasn’t lost in eight years. Two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, two of the best 135-pounders on earth: the world is finally going to find out who is the undisputed 135-pound champion!

“Plus, the unstoppable Jose Aldo takes on the man everyone has been waiting to see him fight, Ricardo Lamas. Aldo has been the 145-pound champion since 2009 and he’s torn through the featherweight division. But Ricardo Lamas has heavy hands, great wrestling and will be the toughest test of Aldo’s career.”

November 11, 2013

“UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2013″ 20 Disc DVD Set Review

Filed under: Product Reviews — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 8:20 PM

In what is becoming one of my most anticipated products of each year, Anchor Bay has released the third edition in their Ultimate Fight Collection in a gigantic 20 disc DVD set. For the past two years, these DVD sets got some of my best reviews, so there was a lot to live up to with this years set, and I am happy to say that it lived up to the standards set by its predecessors, with a few changes that may make it better for some, worse for others. Let’s dive in and take a look!

This massive set includes all UFC events consecutively from July 2012 to June 2013, which is UFC 148 to 161, including UFC on Fuel, FX, and Fox events, as well as TUF finales. That adds up to 30 events total and hours upon hours upon hours of footage (around 3200 minutes of footage to be exact). You can now relive Anderson Silva VS Chael Sonnen 2, the rise of Chris Weidman when he knocked Mark Munoz out with an elbow that catapulted him to the number one contenders spot in the UFC middleweight division, Jon Jones decimation of Vitor Belfort (and Vitor’s armbar that almost ended the fight early), the UFC’s first trip to China with Cung Le VS Rich Franklin, Georges St. Pierre’s (arguably) most impressive title defense against Nick Diaz, and the first ever women’s MMA fight in the octagon with Ronda Rousey VS Liz Carmouche, among many others.

It’s hard not to write this review and turn it into one giant list of all the great fights you will receive, but that is the best highlight of these Ultimate Fight Collections. Instead of having nearly 30 separate DVD cases, you will have them all stored in one long book format that makes for an attractive display, especially when stacked up with the previous two releases. This set is also the only way to get all of the televised events like those aforementioned Fox shows, so if you want to relive the TUF finales and Henderson VS Diaz, Belfort VS Bisping, and Nogueira VS Werdum to name a few events.

Since this set crams 30 events into this format, there is a downside in terms of content. One of my nitpicks with the earlier two sets was the special features. Namely, I complained that some of these features were nothing too special (other than some of the backstage stuff) and took up room that could have been left for more fights. This year, there are absolutely no special features, which leaves room for more fights and events. Unfortunately, this set remained as a 20 disc set and has not added more events. Due to that, very few of the events contain any prelim fights (the majority of the events do not). This is the price we pay for more solid content, and I am fine with the lack of special features if it means more fights, but I am hoping that next year, we see a few more discs, especially with the sheer volume of fights there were in this time period.

Overall, this is a tremendous collection of action with the only downside being that I want to see more fights, in spite of the 150 bouts that already exist in this set. To be honest, that is hardly a downside at all when you look at the big picture. You can order the “UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2013″ on Amazon.com for around $80, which is the cheapest this set has ever been! At that price for that many events, all in one convenient box, this is arguably the best Ultimate Fight Collection that has been made so far. Granted, there are only three so far including this one, but with the amount of fights you get and at this unbelievably low cost, there is no reason not to buy this one. This will make the perfect gift for a fight fan this holiday season, or any time of year, so pick this one up right away!

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

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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

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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.

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