Quick Hits

Quick Hits

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SWEEP… THE LEG

“Chuck depends a lot on his rhythm, and we wanted to keep him from setting up. We knew that if we kept kicking him, he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.”

– Greg Jackson, on Chuck Liddell

 

PROMOTION KING

“I have nothing but love for Ultimate Fighting.”

– Don King on his feelings towards his biggest competitor

 

THE ULTIMATE TEST

“In a perfect world, I’d love to fight my clone.”

Anderson Silva when asked who he’d like to fight next.

 

SHO-GUNNED

Q: How many stitches did you get, Forrest?

A: I got all of them.

– Forrest Griffin commenting on the giant gash on his forehead after UFC 76

 

FULL STEAM AHEAD

“Unlike other organizations where they said, ‘if I can get a TV deal,’ well, I have my own TV deal. I have my own DVD output. I own my own arena. I can put it on in American Airlines Center. We have our own production company, so I don’t have to pay a third party to come in a truck and produce video so I can put out a DVD. These are all elements that we already control.”

– Mark Cuban, on entering the world of MMA

 

FREE BEATINGS!

“Well, the weird thing about me is that I grew up fighting. One of my friends introduced me to it [MMA] and I was like, ‘Whoa, you mean I can beat up white dudes and not go to jail?’”

– Rampage Jackson, on what drew him to MMA

 

MMA BALLER

“I’ve been doing a lot of fighting, a lot of swimming, a lot of hunting and a lot of school work and a lot of reading…” “UFC fighting, Ultimate Fighting, yeah, I’m serious.”

“….I’m a fan of the sport. I started doing it and then some guy challenged me!”

– NBA Superstar Shaquille O’Neal when asked how he spent this past off-season.

 

SPEAKING OF BASKETBALL…

“Of course. I’d be f—ng happy to sock his big basketball head all over the Octagon. (laughs) I’m only joking. You’re going to quote me on that, aren’t you?”

– Michael Bisping jokes with MMAJunkie.com about taking a fight with his TUF coach, Tito Ortiz.

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What’s next for Josh Barnett?
Not much right now. But really, I’m just planning to do the same thing I’ve always done. Crush my enemies, see them driven before me and hear the lamentation of their women.

 

If you could fight anyone outside of the MMA world, who would it be?
Alexander Karelin (former Olympic Gold Medal Wrestler for Russia).

 

What’s it like being a star in Japan?
I’m a star?

 

So we hear!
It’s great. I get to go on game shows where we get to guess how many pickles are in the jar while taking a pair of panties off a grown man…ya know, cool, weird things like that. If I didn’t get those kinds of perks from my star power…who knows where I would be in this life!

 

If you weren’t a fighter, what would we see Josh Barnett doing right now?
I’d probably be a poor imitation of Dolph Lundgren.

 

Beer or liquor?
What’s the saying? Beer is fine…but liquor is quicker.

 

I think it’s candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker…but I get your point. So, what’s your drink of choice?
Johnny Walker Blue Label. I’d like to try the Royal Salute by Chivas.

 

Animal House, Dumb and Dumber, or Old School?
Hmmm…Dumb and Dumber.

 

Who is the nicest guy in MMA?
Kind of a hard thing to pick. There are so many great guys out there… I’ll say Hiroyuki Abe.

 

What are some of your hobbies outside of the ring?
Muscle cars, anime, comic books, video games, guns…that pretty much sums it up. I have numerous things that I do to try and take up the spare time I have from fi ghting.

 

What’s the best muscle car ever made?
Holy crap, that’s a hard one. Gotta be the ’67 Shelby GT 500.

 

If you could be any comic book character?
Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star.

 

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People chewing with their mouth open.

 

And now for the FIGHT! Standard two. Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, or Jessica Simpson?
Jessica Biel. [for those scoring at home, that’s one vote Biel, one vote Alba]

 

What song do you jam out to that no man should be caught listening to?
Spice Girls, I think the name of the song is Spice Up Your Life.

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TIM SYLVIA’S CHRYSLER 300c

 

2006 Chrysler 300c

Hemi Engine – 350hp

Magna Flow Exhaust

K&N Cold Air Intake

22” Zenetti Wheels

Toyo Tires

Vertical Door Kit

Bentley Grill

Custom “Maine-iac” Decal

 

What else finds a home in Big Tim’s garage?

UFC Hummer

’08 Ford F-250

’04 Jeep Rubicon

’94 Jeep Wrangler

’86 GMC ¾ Ton

’05 Big Dog Chopper

– “The trucks are my workhorses but the 300 is my daily driver. It suits my style.”

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1BILLION +

The estimated worth of the UFC 

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

5-foot-9, 132-pound Ryan Shamrock, the 18-year-old son of UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, made a victorious MMA debut on Aug. 25 at a show promoted by Ken Shamrock Promotions. Shamrock, who trains with his father’s Lion’s Den team, defeated fellow MMA newcomer Josh Besneatte (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) by stoppage with a first-round submission (via choke) at the 1:51 mark
Source: UFCJunkie.com

RIDE’EM COWBOY

Josh Haynes, part of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 3 cast, returned to reality television in August. Haynes was a contestant on Ty Murray’s Bull Riding Challenge on Country Music Television.

 

MMA IS GETTING BIG… REALLY BIG

One card in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the most prominent men’s MMA organization, whose fi ghts are shown on Spike TV and pay-per-view, drew more television viewers than the baseball playoffs in the all-important 18-to-34-year-old-male demographic. The UFC surpassed HBO’s 2006 pay-per-view boxing take and is probably worth more than $1 billion.

Source: Time Magazine

 

SPOTLIGHT

He goes by the name Fig Mutant and he and his producer Joey T. are making noise in the world of MMA, literally. Fig specializes in producing custom Hip Hop tracks, specifically, custom entrance music for fi ghters like Mike Swick, Chris Leben and others. We asked Fig how he got into making fi ghter intros:

I workout at Vazquez Endurance Training in Northern California, and the Owner, Jesse Vazquez trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, with John Fitch, Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Phil Baroni, Cung Le, etc. And it just kind of hit me; that I should contact some of the fighters and see if they were interested in me doing a custom song for them. I emailed Mike Swick my song entitled “If These Walls…” and told him to give it a listen and to see if he would be interested in me doing a custom song. And sure enough he replied and said he loved that song and wanted to see what I could make for him. I emailed him a custom song called “Burn”, and within minutes he had it on his Website and on his Myspace page. I tried to incorporate some of his sayings, his sponsors, and work ethics into the song, so that people knew that it was meant for Mike Swick, without me even mentioning his name. Film maker James Hergott who is making a MMA movie titled Own3d (formerly Never Submit) contacted me about using the song for the movie’s soundtrack and website. And I’m supposed to make an exclusive song just for the movie as well, so I’m really excited about that. So that’s how it all happened, and now look at me, I’m getting interviews from an MMA magazine that is getting a huge buzz on sherdog.com, and ufcjunkie.com. So, I guess I’m kind of becoming the MMA music guy to come to if you’re seeking a customized entrance song, and I can’t complain.

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RANDY (THE NATURAL) COUTURE:

“Joe Gold called me that after I beat Vitor Belfort the fi rst time because I kind of adapted to his style and beat him standing up, which nobody expected. He said I naturally adapted to his style. He asked me if it was OK to call me The Natural and I said ‘I’ve been called a lot worse.’”

 

JEFF (SNOWMAN) MONSON:

Fighters in Brazil gave the pastywhite Monson his nickname in 1999. At Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Grappling Tournament he beat 4 Brazilians in a row to win the title. They said he was like a snowball gaining momentum with each fight.

 

(SUGAR) RASHAD EVANS:

“Mike Van Arsdale gave it to me. We were training and the way I was moving and sparring one day he was like ‘Man, you know you kind of like look, like Sugar Ray Robinson. And he just kept saying it and kept saying it, and it was kind of like – it kind of stuck”

 

CHUCK (THE ICEMAN) LIDDELL:

“I had a trainer who was amazed how I showed absolutely no emotion before fights. No fear, no hesitation, no anything. He said I was cold so he called me The Iceman.”

 

GEORGES (RUSH) ST. PIERRE:

“I got the nickname Rush because early in my career many of my fights wouldn’t make it past the first round. A TKO promoter at the time told me I was like a rush of adrenaline.”

 

ANDREI (THE PITBULL) ARLOVSKI:

“One of my trainers was breeding pit bulls and had two of his own. They are the best fight dogs!”

 

DAVID (THE CROW) LOISEAU:

“L’oiseau in French means a bird and because I am black, kids at school used to call me Crow. A black bird.”

 

RENATO (BABALU) SOBRAL:

His nickname comes from a brand of Brazillian bubblegum. Peers used to tease him with the name because he looked like the chubby kid on the wrapper.

 

ANDERSON (SPIDER) SILVA:

Through an interpreter, Silva explained that as a young boy, Spiderman was his favorite superhero.

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Liddell and Jackson started out at a methodical pace. Each fighter circled, cut angles, felt the other out, waiting to see who was going to make the first move or mistake. Suddenly, two minutes into the fight, Chuck threw a wild left hook to Jackson’s body. Rampage rolled with the punch, and landed a crushing right precisely on the chin of “The Iceman,” folding him to the floor. “Rampage” Jackson followed to the canvas, and landed three devastating rights from side-mount. Chuck didn’t know what was going on, and Rampage was howling in the center of the Octagon. “Big” John Mc- Carthy stopped the fight; the ending series of events had lasted only three seconds.

Referees in boxing, kickboxing, or just about any other combat sport have it easy when it comes to stopping a fight, compared to mixed martial arts. The rules in boxing and kickboxing allow time for a referee to make an informed decision about a fighter being able to continue. Boxing referees are able to count to ten. If a fighter happens to get up, a referee can evaluate the fighter’s condition, ask the fighter to put his hands up, and send him back into competition.

“In mixed martial arts, we obviously don’t have that luxury,” the veteran referee of the Octagon, Big John McCarthy says, “we have to make split-second decisions.” John made the decision that Chuck was out, and the fight was over.

“What you ought to do is have the education and knowledge of what the fighters are doing and what they are trying to do. It will help slow down the fight,” Big John explains.

Many referees in the sport today train as well as officiate. Understanding the complex nature of grappling and submissions, along with set-ups and transitions, helps an official see a much clearer picture.

A solid MMA education doesn’t end with grappling and submissions. Understanding the stand-up/clinching aspect of the game is equally as important. Knowing when a fighter is at a clear advantage from the clinch position can help put the referee in the right spot to see just how much damage a fighter has taken, to know who is in control of the fight, and possibly how much more a fighter can handle. A referee who is well educated in the stand up aspect of the sport is able to see who is more likely to score a knockout or knockdown, simply by observing technique.

Flash knockdowns are another big part of the sport. A fl ash knockdown is when a fighter is stunned for a moment, but comes back to his senses rather quickly, usually in less than a second. Due to the four ounce gloves worn by the fighters, this is a regular occurrence in MMA.

But just because a fighter gets dropped doesn’t mean he is out, and referees must be wary of prematurely stopping fights. A great example of a referee using his judgment to let a fight continue would be in the Herring/Nogueria 3 match. “Nog” was completely rocked by a vicious head kick that sent him to the canvas. Herring backed off, the referee made a decision that Nog wasn’t out of the fight, and Nog recovered to go on and win the decision.

Cam McHargue, a referee of over 450 fights throughout the Southeast and Midwest says it is necessary to be familiar with the fighters themselves and their individual recovery times in judging whether or not to stop a fight. . “If I am reffing a fight where the fighter has a history of quick recoveries, I tend to give a larger [recovery] window.”

In such situations, the referee’s decision comes down to the fighter’s ability to intelligently defend himself. Big John explained that he tells every fighter he will be officiating what they have to do in case they get caught with a punch. “If you continue on with what you’re doing, if you start to become damaged and your opponent’s shots are getting through and they are rattling your skull, you’re going to hear me tell you, ‘move get out.’ Understand that if I say those words and you do nothing different, I am going to be stopping the fight because you are not intelligently defending.”

Of course, there are times where a fighter taps, or is clearly knocked out. Those types of endings are much easier on a referee, although they still have to react quickly. In the blink of an eye a fight could end, so they have to be ready at all times.

 

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5. THE RUAS

(Brothers Mauricio “Shogun” and Murilo “Ninja”)

Impact on MMA:

The Ruas haven’t been around for very long (Mauricio is 25, Murilo is 27). That said, beyond their talent and participation in an influential training camp that has revolutionized the striking game – Brazil’s famed Chute Box Academy – the Ruas really haven’t influenced the sport all that much…yet.

Fighter quality:

Despite his shocking loss to Forrest Griffi n at UFC 76, Mauricio Shogun Rua, should still be considered one of the best 205 pound fighters in the world. He’s an overwhelming stand-up fighter that uses foot stomps, knees, and pinpoint punches to destroy opponents (he has already accumulated 13 career KO/ TKOs). Further, his submission skills are underrated.

Shogun has already defeated current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Ricardo Arona, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira during his young career.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua (14-7-1) is a solid fighter with well-rounded skills that has experienced his share of success. However, he often seems to fall short when he steps in with the big guns, although on June 22, 2007 he finally came through with a TKO victory over Joey Villasenor to become EliteXC’s 185 pound champion.

Length of participation:

These two haven’t been at the top of the MMA game for very long. Mauricio had his first professional MMA fight in September of 2002; Murilo started his career in May of 2000.

Final word:

It is quite likely that someday the name Rua will be even bigger in MMA, as these two brothers haven’t even entered primes yet. For right now though, they will have to settle for number five on the list.

4. THE EMELIANENKOS

(Brothers Fedor and Aleksander)

Impact on MMA:

This part is all about Fedor. He is the straw that stirs the family drink. The long-time PRIDE Heavyweight Champion has widely been considered the best fighter in the world for over four years now. Anyone that good is bound to have influence.

Fedor has also helped revolutionize training methods by proving that weight lifting isn’t necessarily needed in fighting. You see, Fedor doesn’t do any, yet he is still considered one of the strongest men in MMA history.

Beyond this, Fedor looks like an everyday guy and never talks junk. This style has won over huge numbers of fans in his homeland of Russia, as well as throughout Japan and America.

Fighter quality:

Obviously, Fedor (26-1) is as good as they come. He has defeated names like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mark Coleman (twice), and Matt Lindland.

He has the striking skills (ask Cro Cop) and the submissions (he’s taken out thirteen fighters that way). Oh yeah, and then there’s his power.

“Look, I’ve fought many people from around the world, so I’ve seen many strong fighters,” said Renato Babalu Sobral to GracieMag.com. “But like him, never.” Then he went on to add, “He’s got takedown skills, but sometimes (he) just throws you down, using tremendous strength that he just doesn’t look like he’s got.”

Fedor’s brother Aleksander (11-3) is a good, young fighter. He has succeeded in defeating solid opponents like Assuerio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov. However, he has also lost to the two best fighters he’s faced: Josh Barnett and Cro Cop.

That said, his career is still in its infancy. There is likely much more to come.

Length of participation:

Fedor has been in the sport since August of 2000 and has been dominating it since 2003. Aleksander has only been fighting professionally since October of 2003.

Final word:

The fact that Fedor’s brother is good ends up being icing on the cake.

 

3. THE NOGUEIRAS

Twins Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira)

Impact on MMA:

These guys are highly respected fighters that don’t talk a lot of junk. They are liked virtually everywhere they go, which has helped to bring in fans.

Their first camp, Brazilian Top Team with Mario Sperry, is one of the most innovative in the world when it comes to the ground game. Though the Nogueiras and BTT have parted ways, the skills the brothers picked up have stood them in good stead in MMA competition.

The Nogueiras also cross train with the Cuban National Boxing Team, bringing their striking ability to a new level.

Fighter quality:

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (30-4-1) is widely considered the best heavyweight submission fighter in MMA. His toughness is near legendary. The former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion has defeated Mirko Cro Cop, Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman, and Bob Sapp (350 pounds).

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (12-3) is also an outstanding fighter that is cut from the same cloth as his brother (remember, they are twins), although a major title has eluded him. He is the kind of fighter that has a chance to beat anybody at 205 pounds.

Length of participation:

Rogerio has been fighting in MMA since August of 2001; Rodrigo since June of 1999.

Final word:

Rodrigo’s legendary fights against Sapp and Barnett, plus their longer history in the sport, put them ahead of the Emelianenkos.

 

2. SHAMROCKS

(Adoptive brothers Ken and Frank)

Impact on MMA:

Ken Shamrock has been on the scene since UFC 1 (November 12, 1993). On that day, Ken left an overconfi dent striker by the name of Pat Smith screaming in pain with a heel hook on the ground. Thus, he helped usher in the truth (that submission and ground fighting were king).

Later in Ken’s career, he helped the sport grow. As Ray Hui, editor of MMAFighting.com said, “Ken Shamrock gave MMA the larger-than-life superstar presence needed to market the sport. He was a fighter who understood how to bring the story element into a fight.”

Ken also headed one of the first high level camps (the Lion’s Den), which set the standard for how MMA fighters would train in the future.

Frank Shamrock was perhaps the most dominant UFC Champion of all time, short of Matt Hughes. He is a freakishly talented athlete that left the sport early due to a lack of money and worthy adversaries (he recently made a victorious comeback against Phil

Baroni). Frank was also one of the first high profile players to bring in an elite fighter from a different discipline to work with in his training (kickboxer Maurice Smith).

MMA owes much of what it is to these two.

Fighter quality:

Ken (26-12-2) isn’t what he once was (he’s lost six of his last seven). That said, in his prime he was an outstanding fighter with excellent power and submissions. Remember, this is a guy that defeated Dan Severn, Bas Rutten (twice), and Maurice Smith.

In his prime, Frank Shamrock (22-8-1) was one of the best ever. He has defeated fighters like Tito Ortiz, Jeremy Horn, Bas Rutten, and Phil Baroni during his career. Frank has always demonstrated outstanding submission skills, underrated striking, and ridiculous cardio endurance.

Length of participation:

All the way back to UFC 1.

Final word:

As far as MMA families go, the Shamrocks are an obvious number two.

 

1. THE GRACIES

(Damn near all of them)

Impact on MMA:

About fourteen years ago, a 170 pound Royce Gracie, armed with a martial art that his father had in essence invented, won three of the first four UFC Championship tournaments (no rounds, no weight classes).

Thus, a legend was born.

“He (Royce) changed the way the general public viewed martial arts. It was no longer about how muscular a person looked or how dangerous traditional martial arts hypothetically were. Royce, with his slender physique, used his family’s technique to force his more imposing opponents into submission,” says Hui.

However, the Gracie family as a whole was completely dominant for years in MMA. In that way, they are about so much more than Helio (the inventor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and Royce.

Fighter quality:

Today several Gracies are still good mixed martial arts fighters, though none are currently top flight contenders. That said, Royce was once considered the best MMA fighter in the world. Rickson was always considered the best fi ghter by the family (undefeated at 11-0), Renzo is one heckuva fighter himself, and then there’s Ralph, Ryan, Rodrigo. . .

And that’s not even counting the Machados (five Gracie cousins that learned BJJ from one of the originals, Carlos Gracie himself) who then taught It to the next generation.

Bottom line is, that when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracies are it.

Length of participation:

Royce was the winner of UFC 1, and

his father was beating boxers like Antonio

Portugal back in 1932.

Final word:

There is no other choice. The name

Gracie will live on in MMA forever

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