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A New Zealand news show put together a great look at the return of Mark Hunt

We've been rallying for Mark Hunt since it was #RallyForMarkHunt. But those were different times. He may be 1-1-1 in his last 3, but damn it, he deserves a shot at one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division, if not a title shot. Sure, we could see Hunt vs Miocic, but that doesn't create a burning in my belly. Not the burning I'm looking for at least. Travis Browne would be straight violence, and that could work, but still, there's a spark lacking. While the JDS fight was amazing, we don't need to see that again, and I have absolutely zero interest in seeing JDS fight Cain again, so it's pretty simple. Give the Super Samoan a shot at the title. He should get the winner of Cain vs Werdum. It just makes sense.

Or he can rematch Barnett, which both are down for doing next month. That would be fine too. I'd prefer the title shot scenario though now that you're asking. I also prefer black socks to white socks and I don't like deep dish pizza. 

Tagata Pasifika put together a great little segment on the return and rise of Mark Hunt, and you should watch it below. Yes, black socks. **** white socks. Only fools wear socks that are white.

This Uncharted 4 screen shot... it's... it's real life

I like most people, purchased an Xbox 360 before a PS3. I knew eventually I'd own both in due time, but at launch the 360 was more appealing to me.

Fast forward to 2009, or... rewind? Well regardless in 2009 a little game called Uncharted 2 Among Thieves came out. This was the game that made me buy a PS3. This was the game that made me stay up to 5:30 AM to play it. At the time, I never played a game that was so, tight. Everything in that game was forged in the fire, by skilled men of their craft.

Uncharted 4 is a big reason why I purchased a PS4. While it isn't out yet and won't be out for a while. It's the game I'm looking forward to (sans Last Guardian, it's still real to me dammit.) I can't wait to see what Naughty Dog does with the extra power and Whoa Nelly, this scene sure has my toes cracking.

Nik Lentz Claims That Conor McGregor is Ducking Him

I guess, in a way, it kind of makes sense. A lot of fighters at Featherweight are going to feel like they were passed over, cast aside and caught up in the hurricane of hype that is Conor McGregor. You see, Conor McGregor is a bit of an exotic mixture for the UFC; he’s a fighter who is both talented and can talk, which is something that the UFC desperately needed to offset their roster of homogenous fighters.

Conor McGregor stands out in the crowd, which is something that we can’t say for a bulk of the UFC’s roster. There are going to be a lot of upset Featherweights when Conor McGregor gets a title shot, all claiming that they’ve done more, worked harder and are more deserving than he is. First up? Nik Lentz.

Nik Lentz is claiming that Conor is ducking him and calling him out. The thing is, with UFC 179 just a matter of weeks away featuring Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes, everyone is going to want to see Conor McGregor vs. the winner of that fight, nobody wants to see Conor McGregor vs. Nik Lentz. But Nik Lentz can call Conor out, knowing full well that Conor is going to move on to bigger and better things, then when he gets no response he can continue to claim that McGregor is ducking him. Brilliant, right?

Michael Bisping Weighs in on #StoolGate with Some Help From superCalo

This weekend’s fight between Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero has caused quite a stir among the MMA community. Was #StoolGate a real thing? Was it just a commissioner wiping off vaseline? Were there ulterior motives? Did Tim Kennedy grab the gloves and cheat himself, thus canceling out any cheating Romero did?

These are the tough questions and these are the things that Michael Bisping is addressing on Twitter. With some help from our own superCalo, Michael Bisping has formed a final opinion on the case of “Tom” Kennedy and Yoel Romero.

UFC Halifax: Just Don't Get Hit in the Bird, Ricky

So the UFC will be making its way up to Nova Scotia in Canada on October 4th for Rory MacDonald vs. Tarec Saffiedine and, well, Nova Scotia is kind of a weird place. How weird of a place? That’s where Trailer Park Boys is set in, so I’ll always imagine Nova Scotia as a place featuring trailer parks, hash and the winds of shit. Maybe that is unfair to Nova Scotia as a whole, but that is kind of the way it has to be, boys.

To compound this matter, there are apparently some really wonky rules in place for Nova Scotia’s commission and they don’t really regulate MMA like everywhere else does. Oh no, it’s all somehow considered “boxing.” Pretty much everything that Nova Scotia oversees is considered boxing and contains wonky rules, like the fighters and promoters having to sign a contract stating that a bout won’t end by a low blow and that the fighters are wearing sufficient protection against low blows.

So no hitting anyone in the bird, boys. Let’s now look at what we assume this UFC event will look like. You hear that, Bubs? It’s the sounds of the whispering winds of shit.

We spoke to Luke Rockhold about Bisping, Scott Coker, and Tinder romances

Luke Rockhold is the closest thing MMA currently has to a So-Cal James Bond. He's dashing, can kick ass in a manner of ways, and considering he's on Millionaire Matchmaker, the women he pursues are heiresses that may or may not be deadly pawns in a global game of espionage and intrigue. 

That's why we had to talk to the former Strikeforce champion who is shooting up the UFC ranks and will face Michael Bisping on November 8th at UFC Fight Night 55. 

Read our interview in which we discuss Scott Coker, his hatred for Bisping and why Luke has fallen away from Tinder.

You seem to have come out of, I guess a shell recently. Are you more aware of having to sell the fight or are you just more comfortable in front of the camera now?

First of all I was quiet for a long time and I realized it doesn't get you anywhere. So I decided to just be more vocal and speak my mind about fights I want and things I want. Just being more myself, tired of holding back.

That said, do you genuinely dislike Bisping or would you say you know he's just a good opponent?

Truly, I truly dislike Bisping. I don't like people that run their mouth. I wasn't sure of him in the first place, and then he tried to be cool with me and then just ran his mouth on TV. Pretty much everything I hear about him, he's a dick to everyone behind the scenes and just, not... Not my people. I really don't like him at all and I look forward to smashing him for running his mouth.

How do you feel about Scott Coker taking over Bellator?

Scott Coker is a great promoter and I wish him the best with Bellator. He's... If anyone's going to save Bellator it's going to be Scott. I've got nothing but good things to say about Scott.

After you cupped that tiger's balls, did you buy it dinner?

I didn't by him dinner but I enshrined him on a cellphone case. He was a good sport about it so I gave him his little tiger shrine haha.

Would you be willing to fight Jacare again? What do you think of his evolution?

I would gladly fight Jacare again, he's a tough guy and he's evolved I guess a little bit. I think he's just gained more confidence in his striking. That's everything in fighting. The more confidence you have and the more technique you have. So, I don't think he's grown technically that much. I think he's gotten a lot more confidence to throw that right hand more and he's not so scared to stand. I think that's the real big difference with Jacare. I'd definitely be down for that at any time.

Where does the bad blood between you and Bisping come from?

Come back from about 2012, a sparring session. He just ran his mouth when I actually helped him and switched my stance. It's a story I've told many times you know, when you go out of your way to help somebody and then they go out of their way to throw you under the bus, it's funny. I was on his turf, I held back. I did a lot of things that... I love it. See, he's got this false sense of confidence from some sparring match where I helped him and he's gonna take that into this fight. I respect Bisping, he comes to fight to the best of his abilities, but he's in trouble in this one. I'll put it that way.

What problems do you think he'll present in your fight?

Problems, eh, I don't really see any "problems" with Bisping. He's fairly technical in his striking, I just gotta be smart, play my game and be patient. The holes will present themselves. I believe that I'm better than him everywhere. I just gotta relax and be myself. He has decent footwork and a jittery style, but you know, I just can't laugh at his pitter patter. I think that's the biggest thing. I have to keep my composure and just not laugh when he hits me.

Do you miss Strikeforce?

Strikeforce... Strikeforce was fun. It was a great time. It always brings a smile to my face remembering where I came from and what we did. But then, the past is the past and I'm happy to be where I am. This is where I dreamed of being and I'm right there. I'm gonan get the title and it's going to be a good 2015. Maybe even earlier.

Does a fight with Anderson Silva interest you? Would you rather fight him while he's around or get a title shot? If you had to choose...

The fight with Anderson interests me very much. If I had to choose between a fight with Anderson and a fight for the belt, it's pretty obvious - I would take the title shot. It's about being the best in the world. Fighting legends is fun and all, but it's all about being the best and getting paid and retiring, and that comes with the championship money. So, you gotta get paid, get that shot.

Some people say it's wrestling, but is surfing the best base for MMA?

Surfing is by far not the best base for fighting. Wrestling is by far the best base for fighting. But... It all helps (laughs).

Are you disappointed Bisping turned down your bet?

Not disappointed. Bisping did what I expected him to do, which is bitch out. And he's gonna come to fight but I'm gonna make him my bitch come fight time.

Who does better on Tinder, you or LayzieTheSavage?

I'm glad to say that I've been Tinder-free, two months now. I'm going strong. I feel powerful. I feel empowered. Layzie, I wish you the best. You may need to check yourself into a clinic, but, good luck, buddy.

Why have you fallen away from Tinder? Do you require romance? Are you looking for true love?

Tinder... Tinder, Tinder, Tinder. Yeah, let's turn this into the Millionaire Matchmaker... So, why have I fallen away from Tinder? I don't know, focus time. I have to focus in on my boy, Bisping. He's my bitch to be. I have to put the other bitches on hold for a little bit.

Dustin Poirier is heartbroken, but John Kavanagh, McGregor's coach welcomes him to Ireland with open arms

The best thing about Conor McGregor's rise to stardom has been the re-globalization of MMA. With Conor, Gunnar and Alex Gustafsson's continued badassery, we can move past the domination of Brazil and the US as far as MMA domination. Sure, we had a few Japanese stars that were mostly relegated to greatness in Japan, the Korean Zombie, Mustafa Al Turk... But now the sport truly feels global. We have contenders rising up from all over the globe, and that is very, very good for the sport. It was starting to get stale with us scraping the bottom of the barrel in the US and Brazil, frankly.

Perhaps there's something we can learn from these other cultures. Maybe instead of moving camps from San Jose to LA, or Florida, or NYC, fighters will consider the surprisingly short flight to Ireland for a camp or three. 

John Kavanagh has his dangerous and wise arms wide open for such an occasion.  

 

Mark Hunt is one of New Zealand's top paid sport stars, and he's befuddled

Mark Hunt could take Leonardo DiCaprio's place in the UN to discuss the intricacies of climate change and boil his speech down to, "it's hot, stop messin' around, yeah?" Mark Hunt is not a man of many words, just a man of many strike totals. A declarative statement from Mark Hunt is, "yeah." 

And can you blame him? Why say in a hundred words that you can say in two? He's a busy guy. If he stops to be loquacious, he can't be playing Left 4 Dead or knocking people out. It's a matter of priorities. 

However, you can get Mark Hunt communicating en masse if the stars align and the medium is correct. Get him talking about cash on Facebook, and you'll get the longest quotes from Mark Hunt you've ever read, mixed with a healthy amount of improvised onomonopia.

Take Mark Hunt's surprise that he's one of New Zealand's top-paid sporting stars. According to the NZ Herald News, Hunt is making $350,000 per fight on his new deal, which puts him in the top 20. For him, that's still not that much, considering taxes, costs of training, food, etc, etc, etc. I don't need to tell you guys, you're educated in these matters, and you're very intelligent. 

 

 

Dear UFC, Just Give Fans What They Want, Give Them More Conor McGregor

The UFC is in a bit of a strange place right now when it comes to developing new stars and presenting them for the world to see. It has been easy to argue that post Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture they really haven’t done much to create new stars. Sure, Georges St. Pierre and Brock Lesnar happened, but you could easily argue that the UFC did nothing to “create” a star in Brock Lesnar, they just found some crossover appeal with modern wrestling fans who hadn’t already switched over to the UFC, or had, but weren’t buying PPVs until then.

Last night at UFC 178 Conor McGregor made a big impact with his win over Dustin Poirier. Sure, there was some mild controversy over it, but nothing to really detract from the win for McGregor. In fact, Dana White is being as bold as to say that Conor McGregor is a bigger deal than Brock Lesnar or Georges St. Pierre. Yes, he absolutely said that. While I’m not really sure that I agree with his assessment of McGregor being bigger than those guys here in North America, I think that it’s fair to say that he’s a huge deal in Europe, especially in Ireland.

UFC is still a company that bases most of its business upon PPV sales, which you can still argue that GSP and Brock Lesnar were the kings of for the UFC. If the UFC ever decides to pivot away from reliance upon PPV, I think that having a guy that you can put on television and fill stadiums with is an important thing and that McGregor might some day be that guy for them. For now, though, it is unclear.

Part of that lack of clarity comes from the somewhat baffling decision to toss Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson into the main event at UFC 178 after the Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier fight fell through. It’s difficult to really pinpoint why, but fans are just not into Mighty Mouse, in fact, reports from inside of the arena last night were that the arena was emptying out before Might Mouse vs. Chris Cariaso. This wouldn’t be the first time that Mighty Mouse has seemingly turned fans away, nor will it probably be the last. I’m not sure that it is his fault, though.

Some will say that it’s the entire Flyweight division that nobody cares about, but I’d probably wager to say that it has a lot to do with UFC’s marketing. The fight that just about everyone wanted to see at UFC 178 was Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier, especially after Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier fell off of the card. That was the fight that fans cared about, so why not make it the centerpiece of the show? If anything, the decision to place Johnson vs. Cariaso as the main event over McGregor/Poirier soured more fans on the Flyweight Title fight than it did endear them to it.

The UFC’s marketing of this division has been placing it as an equal to other championships while fans have yet to really see the value in the championship thus far. In part it might be because of the perceived lack of depth in the division, the size difference or the lack of star power. But all of those things wadded up together while the division is being pushed as just as important as Jon Jones and the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship isn’t sitting well with fans.

If the UFC decided instead to make McGregor and Poirier the main focus of the event with Johnson vs. Cariaso as the co-main event there would be less pressure and less of a focus on the Flyweight division. Mighty Mouse put on a great show last night, but it fell upon deaf ears after the fans were still coming down from the McGregor win. In pro wrestling events they carefully place matches to where there is a “cooldown” before main events, especially if there was a very entertaining match that just happened. Otherwise the main event is brushed off and fans really don’t care.

The fans wanted to see Conor McGregor treated like a big deal so just do it already, give them what they want. Live up to this hype that the company even feels for him and treat him like the star of the show. It won’t sit well with everyone, sure, but it also won’t take the wind out of other fighters’ sails like it did last night at UFC 178.

The Hangover: UFC 178

UFC 178 was everything I could’ve hoped for and more. It was a fun-filled card that left the same feeling in my soul that a shot of Jameson does. In other words it left me warm, fuzzy and just a smidge buzzed. If you missed it, I hope your excuse was good. If you didn’t, let’s take a trip down memory lane. 

Let’s Start Giving Demetrious Johnson Some Love

I’d like to start this off by saying Demetrious Johnson is one of the 5 best fighters in the entire UFC and last night was another example of that. Watching Johnson against Chris Cariaso was like watching a master at work. We could talk all day about how Johnson should probably improve his post-fight interview so we get some soundbites that make the casual MMA fan say “OOOHH DAMN! THAT DUDE IS AWESOME!” But why? He’s put down everyone in his way and has the 3rd longest active winning streak in the UFC. That should sell itself. He should have to wear an ”elephant trunk ivory suit” or resort to trolling to get people to care. HE’S THE CHAMP! Between that and reports of fans filing out before the Johnson/Cariaso fight started, the UFC’s gotta do something different. One of the best fighters in the world shouldn’t be struggling to sell PPVs or keep asses in seats.

Donald Cerrone Finally Gets His Big W.

Eddie Alvarez came out ready to scrap and I thought he was going to end it in the first, but Donald Cerrone had other plans. Those plans involved turning Alvarez’s quads into ground beef. Cerrone finally gets a W in a high profile fight and now we can start the chatter about who’s next. I’d instantly salivate at the thought of a Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Donald Cerrone fight. Who says no?!

All Aboard the Conor McGregor Hype Train!

Conor McGregor talked a big game this week and he would talk to anyone who would listen to him and he backed it up. Dustin Poirier is no slouch and he was disposed of rather quickly in the 1st round. Afterwards McGregor kept up the chatter and made his star shine even brighter. There’s no question he’s the next big marketable star the UFC has. McGregor could probably sell him fighting a Hefty trash bag and it would get 100k PPV buys.

 

Let’s Keep It Real, Yoel Romero’s a Cheater.

Yoel Romero took his sweet ass time getting his ass off of the stool and his team took their sweet asses going in to get the stool and wipe vasoline off of Romero. John McCarthy took his sweet ass time being more assertive in the situation. Lots of sweet ass time going on here. Anyway, Tim Kennedy has a real beef here. It probably won’t get heard and who knows if it would have changed Kennedy being KO’d but a lot of people dropped the ball allowing Romero to get somewhere around 90 seconds of rest time rather than the allotted 60. 

I’m Truly Happy For Cat Zingano.

Cat Zingano is tougher than a $2 steak bruh bruh. Amanda Nunes was giving her the business in round 1 and it started to bum me out because I really wanted to see Zingano take this one. Zingano did and you could see it on her face that this W meant A LOT to her. She gets Rousey next and I don’t think she has anything for her, I do think it could be a fun scrap.

GIVE DOMINICK CRUZ HIS BELT BACK!

You guys ever watch wrestling growing up? Remember when a big star would come back from injury and he’d just CRUSH whoever was in the ring? This was the MMA equivalent of that.  Cruz ran through Takeya Mizugaki like this was a squash match. To keep the wrestling theme going T.J. Dillashaw & Dominick Cruz are MMA’s Razor Ramon & Shawn Michaels. There can only be one true champion at 135. Dillashaw plays the role of Razor (the current “champ”) and Cruz plays the role of Michaels (“former” champ who was never defeated for his title and wants it back.)

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