Interesting video of Lyoto Machida doing his “signature moves.” I’m not sure why the crane kick is considered “signature.” He only did it once, although obviously, that one time was very cool to see. “It’s the crane kick from the Karate Kid!”
If you think about it, anything that talks about “signature moves” will always be about the cool-looking moves rather than the reliable and effective moves. I think it was Bruce Lee who said that a punch is a punch. The fundamentals are the most potent weapon in a fighter’s arsenal. It may not be as exciting to talk about one’s jab or roundhouse kick or double-leg takedown, but in terms of technique, the most frequently thrown techniques are the most significant determinants in whether a fighter wins or loses.
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Okami was cut. I don’t get it. Sure, the dude was not a lot of fun to watch, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a top ten fighter. He was 3-1 in his last four outings, losing only to Jacare. Man, no one has job security these days.
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis beat Benson Henderson by armbar last night and is the new UFC Lightweight Champion. In beating Ben Henderson, he dethroned the sole Asian American titleholder (which, in my opinion, doesn’t mean much these days since there’s no clear path to the title). Even though I’m sad to see Henderson go, I really like Pettis. Pettis is a class act, loyal to his family, and exciting to watch. He’s by far got the most exciting style of all the lightweights. I hope he remains champion for a long time.
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Chan Sung Jung will be fighting Jose Aldo in two days for the UFC Featherweight Championship. I’m happy he’s got the opportunity to fight, and while I think ring rust could be a problem, I think he has a chance. But I’m not excited about it, and most likely I won’t watch it.
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I was so shocked over Saturday night’s Silva loss that I forgot to comment on the lone Asian American on the card. Mark Munoz, after battling a year of depression, came back and put a hurting on Tim Boetsch. The Filipino Wrecking Machine was back in form. Props to Tim Boetsch as well. That guy’s tough to be able to take that kind of ground and pound from a dude who hits very hard.
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Sad news: Jim Kelly , the actor who played Williams in Enter the Dragon, has passed away from cancer at the age of 67. Enter the Dragon was an iconic movie, not only because it was Bruce Lee’s breakaway hit, but also because it served a big role in democratizing the martial arts and bringing martial arts to people of all races and backgrounds.
Rest in peace, Jim Kelly.
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Very interesting article in the NY Times: Japan Confronts Hazards of Judo. It’s about how kids are getting maimed or killed during judo class in Japan. Often these “accidents” take place under the eye of instructors, some of whom are champion fighters. In one case, an All-Japan Champion instructor choked out a 15-year-old boy twice and threw him. The boy, now 23, is now cognitively impaired. I had heard of such beatings in Japan in judo classes. The different training style in Japan is well-documented. Getting beaten in Japan is almost a rite of passage among Japanese judoka. It’s clearly a tradition that has had victims.
Matt Mitrione, the out-of-shape-but-always-entertaining UFC fighter, was suspended yesterday for comments about another fighter, Fallon Fox. Fox has knocked out both of her opponents in the first round. She’s got devastating power for a female fighter, and so far it seems no one can touch her. The problem…is that Fallon Fox used to be a dude. Some might argue that he/she still is a dude. After a brutal 39 second TKO in her last fight, she was outed as being a transgender female. Her opponent had no idea.
Matt Mitrione had comments:
Read the text of the interview here. This is probably THE best talk about the difference between wrestling and MMA wrestling that I’ve heard. As someone who has been a fan of MMA since UFC I, it’s interesting to see how they used to compare which discipline was the best, but now it seems that all disciplines have morphed and adjusted to the rules of MMA. Being a gold medalist wrestler doesn’t mean that you’ll rise to the top of MMA, nor does being a gold medalist judoka or jujitsu fighter. All disciplines have to adapt to the rules of the ring. When I did judo, the sensei always reminded us that a lot of what we did was sport rather than practical self-defense. It’s a good reminder.
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There’s a great writeup on Ronda Rousey here. The article is about Ronda and her family. I didn’t know that her mom was the first American judo World Champion. Her mom taught her the deadly armbar. I like Liz Carmouche, but I think there is no chance she’s going to beat Ronda. Sure, anything can happen in the cage, but I think Ronda is going to win by armbar in the first round.