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!
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:
The Westin Indianapolis
50 S Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
*Tryouts will be held in the CAPITOL ROOM
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The following quotes are from the UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW ON FUEL TV for UFC ON FUEL TV 9: MOUSASI VS. LATIFI. The show was hosted by Jay Glazer, with former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and UFC middleweight Brian Stann offering analysis. Gareth A Davies conducted fighter interviews on-site.
UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW ON FUEL TV Analyst Brian Stann on what set Gegard Mousasi apart vs. Ilir Latifi: “He controls his range very well and he’s a sniper. He waits for his opening and then unleashes his hands very quickly. He continued to back Latifi up. If you’re the fighter with the shorter arms and you’re backing up, you’re going to have a hard time reaching your opponent.”
UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW ON FUEL TV Analyst Rashad Evans on Mousasi vs. Latifi: “The story of the fight was nothing but that jab. The jab was surgical and on point. When Mousasi kept backing him up with that jab, it made Ilir loose a little bit of faith and he stayed on his heels. A wrestler cannot get a takedown or even set up one if he’s not moving forward, and Gegard did a very good job of setting him on his heels.”
Stann on if this fight helped Mousasi in the standings: “He didn’t help. I don’t think this is going to be something to see him move up in the rankings to go from the number ten light heavyweight in the world to number seven. But looking at the matchup he got, and how little time he had to prepare for this specific opponent, it was a disadvantageous spot for Mousasi. I think he’ll still get a big name fighter in his next fight and he’ll have more to gain.”
Gegard Mousasi on if he had a knee injury going into the fight: “Yeah, I had a knee injury and a cold, but I trained for a fight so I wanted to fight. It was a risky fight. I tried to be precise and was slowly breaking him down. Maybe if we went five rounds I would have finished him.”
Mousasi on how he beat Latifi: “I trained on the jab and we stuck to the game plan. The distance was good. He’s a shorter guy. If you keep the distance, and you stuff a couple of their takedowns, then the wrestlers don’t want to shoot. I didn’t take a lot of risks.”
Mousasi on who he wants to fight next: “Next fight, I’m willing to fight anyone.”
Stann on what’s changed with Ross Pearson with his victory over Ryan Couture: “He made the move to Alliance and we’ve seen the improvements to his game. This was a tough fight. He was losing and had to overcome it. He saw an opening and took advantage of it. He sent a message to all the other lightweights that he’s here and can finish a fight. It was a violence of action. He got violent right away when he got an opening and took advantage of it.”
Pearson on getting the victory over Couture: “The first round was about figuring him out. He’s unorthodox and it took me a while to figure him out. But they say: ‘pressure and patience.’ I found my range and distance and I made it work.”
Stann on Matt Mitrione vs. Phil De Fries: “We all knew this was an athletic mismatch going in. And Matt Mitrione came out very mobile and well prepared. He was too powerful. He sprawled, hit him with his hips and got just one little opening and finished with that devastating power. As a former NFL player, we know he’s got heavy hands. He just ended the night quickly and got a much-needed victory after a two-fight losing streak.”
Mitrione on his emotions after the fight: “I was out for 14 months, and I’m coming off of two losses in a row, so it was a really emotional victory. Everything about it was really emotional. I was so elated. It was just a beautiful feeling.”
Stann on Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton: “This was the best fight of the night. We had striking. We had takedowns, wrestling and the clench game. These guys came out and they poured it all on the line. It was really the wrestling game of Brad Pickett that earned him a very close decision. It was a closer fight than the judges’ scorecards showed. It was back and forth. Mike Easton had his moments, but it was Brad Pickett diversifying his strikes and using a much-improved wrestling game who pulled off the win.”
Pickett on his fight: “The last fight everyone said I was one-dimensional. This time, I looked to change and mix things up. I think it went well for me tonight.”
Pickett on who he wants to fight next: “I actually would like to fight someone ranked above me for once. I always get people below me. Maybe somebody like Michael McDonald would be a good fight. Anyone above me, give me somebody above me.”
UFC President Dana White on his impression of the card after the changed main fight: “These guys delivered tonight. I’m proud of everyone who fought on the card. There were some fans out there who were talking smack about the card, but you can’t judge it until it’s over.”
White on if he was happy with the Swedish MMA commission: “The commission did a horrible job with this fight. Gegard knew his knee injured before the fight. Thank god he didn’t see the doctors here. I don’t want to smash the commission, but they’re very inexperienced. This isn’t Las Vegas or New Jersey or California where lots of fights happen. They did a great job the first time we came here, so hopefully they’ll get back on the wagon.”
White on Conor McGregor: “He did some good for getting himself on the Boston card. His first fight in the UFC, he came out calm and smooth, cool and collected. I love this kid. The hype is real.”
“The Fight Professor” Stephen Quadros continues his three-part conversation with The Fight Nerd, this time discussing the new gameplan for Bellator MMA on Spike and what they are doing right, as well as learning from the mistakes of companies that have crumbled in the past. We also discuss the rise of women in the UFC and if WMMA can continue to draw numbers with casual fans.
Stay tuned for part three when we discuss classic fights from Pride FC with stories that have never been heard before!
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion and UFC MW contender, Cung Le, spoke with The Fight Nerd recently about what has been going on these days with the explosive San Shou warrior. Cung talks about fighting on the historic first UFC event in China, his future against Anderson Silva and what he thinks of Chris Weidman, and all of the movies that Le has coming out this year.
NOTE: This interview was done before the announcement that Silva would meet Weidman at UFC 162.