By Zach Arnold | November 12, 2011
Junior dos Santos blasted the hell out of Cain Velasquez in the R1 in 64 seconds, made me look foolish, but awesomely did so. That was so great. That’s the kind of story-book ending UFC & Dana White needed.
A lot of factors in the MMA business are changing, including what’s happening in the media world. Predictably, we are seeing the inevitable outcome of a field that had ‘no there there’ as far as independent cash was concerned. You either take a paycheck from Zuffa & their business partners or you get consolidated & bought out by a big media entity to work for them. Jon Anik left ESPN to work with Zuffa & FX. Replacing Jon at ESPN will be… former WWE commentator Todd Grisham. Larry Pepe is now handling radio duties for UFC events on Fox Sports Radio. SBNation bought out MMA Fighting. On Friday, MMA Junkie announced that USA Today purchased them. Middle Easy has purchased ad space on the trunks of Damarques Johnson. Scott Hastings of Rebellion Media is building his own empire as well.
Kids, they grow up so fast.
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Five Ounces of Pain: UFC on Fox Breakdown of the main event
Dos Santos often mixes things up by going to the body during his combinations, and does so with remarkable efficiency. However, he has a nasty habit of throwing a single jab to the body with very little set-up, which in turn leaves him exposed to counters. Moreover, he generally tends to drop his left hand whenever he throws, making him quite the hittable target. And while the sheer volume with which he throws can often mask those defensive deficiencies, a gifted striker with good counter-punching skills could make him pay dearly.
To hear Velasquez’s teammates at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose tell it, simply surviving sparring sessions with the high-energy heavyweight is tough enough. That’s why those who are familiar with Velasquez’s pace say it could be the difference-maker in the UFC on FOX bout with Junior dos Santos — especially if the fight makes it to the later rounds.
Mauro Ranallo thinks that JDS will win tomorrow.
Cage Potato: Gambling addiction enabler for Saturday’s fights
The Easy Bets: DaMarques Johnson, for starters. He’s never been one for consistency, but he is way too seasoned, and has more ways to win than Clay Harvison, who got absolutely dominated by Seth Baczynski in his last outing. Also, “Kid” Yamamoto is going to go
apeshiton Darren Uyenoyama, who we’re not sure is ready for UFC level competition to begin with.
Keyboard warriros. Check out our own odds guide for Saturday’s fights and for the Bellator action on MTV2. Speaking of Bellator…
Brian does a great job with the various interviews he conducts. Give him some love on Twitter right here.
How much of an impact has Omar Henry had on Nick’s stand-up game?
Bleacher Report: UFC is selling out by working with Fox, but you should embrace it
For years, the haughty members of mainstream media turned up their noses at the UFC. So the UFC circumvented them: They credentialed bloggers when nobody else would. They created a community around a fanbase that wanted something different, and packaged it around their likes. Now, they’re working for the same people who once wrote them off as a barbaric fringe sport. Selling Out 101. But you can’t hate. Every organization that rises up eventually does this. It’s not a sign of being weak or ditching your ideals; it’s a signifier of wanting continuing success. Every thriving enterprise has to change and adapt as it gets bigger, and this is no exception.
This is where the fight scene is now in Japan. UFC may have a free roll with a sold show at Saitama Super Arena, but Frankie Edgar vs. Clay Guida or Ben Henderson ain’t going to draw unless they’re fighting an Ologun in the cage.
A lot of people think JDS will win and do so relatively early. I think part of this is because people are hoping to see Ben Henderson/Clay Guida air on the show.
The Fight Nerd: Review of ‘UFC Ultimate Fight Collection: 2011 edition’
Being a set as large as it is, no conventional DVD box could hold this many discs and not look like a concrete brick. Instead of going with the typical boxed set approach, Anchor Bay has opted for a more creative means of holding the discs. Measuring 11 3/4 inches long and 7 3/4 inches wide, the discs are held in a long rectangular book that holds two discs per each side of a page. It comes in a sleeve with the design you see above to keep the book safe, but even without the extra protection, this structure is sturdy and built to last. Anchor Bay has gone out of their way with their past UFC DVD releases to be creative with their packaging, but this one takes the cake. Rather than adding a bulky stack of DVDs to your collection, you instead have a nice centerpiece on your bookshelf, which saves space and just looks cool.
Eight events since the beginning of September and now Bellator’s fifth season winds down. Thus far, we’ve seen a featherweight champ try to gain entry into the bantamweight mix and get smoked like a Cuban cigar, a light-heavyweight champ lose some of his luster, and enough heavyweight leather thrown around to kill a yeti. So, while the UFC on FOX prelims are playing out on whatever Internet outlet Dana White has lined up for the evening (MySpace? Tumblr? The Knot.com?), Bellator 57 will be giving us the finals of the current welterweight tournament and middleweight tournament. Who will earn a shot at 170-pound champ Ben Askren and be the next person to be planked upon? Who will be the next dude to be beaten stupid by champ Hector Lombard? I don’t know, but here’s a preview of the action.
I still can’t believe he paid 35% of his pre-tax salary (allegedly) for each fight to his management team. Or does that figure sound about right as standard operating procedure?