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How much would you pay for this hypothetical Bellator vs. World Series of Fighting PPV card?

So I had an influx of free time this Friday afternoon and I thought what would it take to really assemble a decent World Series of Fighting vs. Bellator card -- decent enough for people to actually drop cash on it. An hour and a few Photoshop layers later, I created this hypothetical fight card, complete with raging volcanoes and fire drakes.

Now the question that remains is how much would you pay for this Bellator vs. WSOF PPV card? Let us know in the comment section.

Relive Cat Zingano's KO over Miesha Tate in beautiful wood burned animation

It's Friday afternoon and this is the fourth article of what will undoubtedly be an interesting weekend. Something will happen in the next few days that will overshadow UFC on FOX 11, and unfortunately I can't tell you what it is. The only thing I can do is get the popcorn ready and enjoy the show. In the meantime, we'll try to keep your brains occupied with a fantastic blend of esoteric MMA news as well as the mainstream stuff you would expect from an MMA site. I'm not even sure why I'm giving you the itinerary for this weekend's news cycle this early in the afternoon. We don't plan this stuff, folks. MMA news is volatile so we just publish interesting tidbits as they come. Now that tax season is over, we'll bang out a Top Ten list for you. That's my official MiddleEasy guarantee. Consider it your reward for being such a loyal reader over the years. Heck, we'll even reward you right now with this beautiful wood burned animation of Cat Zingano's KO over Miesha Tate.

Let's watch 40 geeks transform into half-assed MMA fighters

My friend approached me today and said the sweetest combination is pineapple and pizza. The creator of that pizza must have tried to sabotage some other guy's pizza by throwing pineapples on top but it backfired, because pineapples on top of pizzas are amazing. I wonder where that guy is now. Maybe the creator of pineapple pizza and the other guy are friends now -- but that's just wishful thinking, maybe they still hate each other. It's hard to hate someone that inadvertently makes you a delicious pizza, unless they won't let you eat it. Then it's a different story.

In this scenario, the two guys didn't fight. Not sure if one would classify them as 'wimps,' unless there's a niche in our society for the term 'pizza wimps.' However, this planet is host to a potpourri of wimps. Now it appears that these wimps are angry with being considered a wimp and want to turn into a warrior, complete with stamina potion and iron helm. Alright, maybe not that extreme, but there's a show called 'Wimp 2 Warrior' that started airing last year, and they're debuting season 2 this week.

Also, heads up person in charge of marketing this show: It's not good when a highly popular MMA site, your target demographic, has to randomly come across this show in order to give you press. You guys should be sending this show to every combat sports news source and then try to forge partnerships with ones that are interested. I'm doing someone's job for free for someone that got paid for it. That's it, I'm going to bed -- can't take anymore of this nonsense.

Bjorn Rebney says calling Ronda Rousey the biggest star in MMA is disrespectful

Raise your hands if you remember when Bjorn Rebney went after me, stating that I live in my mother's basement and that MiddleEasy has no connection with reality. Well, the latter portion is right, but it's only attributed to our entire staff taking a massive amount of psychedelics throughout our lifetime. We know the truth about reality, and that even reality itself has no connection with reality. Now, marinate on that.

After reading this excerpt from a MMAJunkie interview with the head of Bellator, it's clear that Bjorn Rebney isn't exactly the biggest fan of Ronda Rousey.

I would never want to verbalize disrespect for a fighter … but to characterize her as the biggest star in MMA is, I believe, a little disrespectful to a lot of fighters who have put in year after year after year in this game,” Rebney recently told MMAjunkie. “If Ronda fights ‘Cyborg’ and she could beat ‘Cyborg,’ I think that would be a big statement as to where she is in the game. But to characterize her as the biggest star is a bit disingenuous. I think there are a lot of huge stars in MMA.

In my own personal opinion, it seems like a very forced marketing position that someone’s taking because she’s attractive and she appears on a lot of magazine covers, and I think we saw that once before at Strikeforce, and (Gina Carano) fought ‘Cyborg’ and lost handedly,” Rebney said. “No disrespect to Brock (Lesnar), but he was forced into a situation very quickly coming off very few fights to be positioned as a world champ because he could be sold on pay-per-view. Not because he beat the best fighters in the world, but because he could be sold. I think we’re seeing the exact same thing in Ronda, and anyone who would tell you differently is not speaking the truth.

The only question that remains is if Bjorn Rebney and Dana White get in a cage, who would actually win? This is a serious inquiry -- if Rebney can keep the distance he can pick him apart on his feet. White on the other hand will try to take him down, at least that what everyone would expect him to do.

Alexander Gustafsson believes Jon Jones is doing whatever he can to not fight him

Alexander Gustafsson spells his last name with three consonants in a row and it's not even grammatically incorrect. That's the power of the Nords -- they have the power to assemble letters however they see fit and no one will tell them if they're making a mistake. For all we know, Alexander Gustafsson is an ancient Nordic vampire, initially bit by some Swedish war lord hundreds of years ago. That would explain Alexander striking a strong resemblance to that Eric guy from True Blood. If this is true, we've yet to see Gustafsson unleash his vampire abilities inside the Octagon. Perhaps in the future, we'll see him use his 'glamor' skills to charm the judges the next time he goes to a decision. No one has ever witnessed Alexander Gustafsson walk around in the daylight, but we do have a photo of him -- which sort of collapses our entire vampire theory. Dammit, thought we were using science to investigate stuff.

Well, I guess you're just going to have to settle for this video of Gustafsson saying that Jon Jones is doing whatever he can to not fight him.

Wanderlei Silva injured his back in the brawl with Chael Sonnen, TUF Brazil fight is postponed

If Chael Sonnen injured Wanderlei Silva's back while wearing flip-flops in an impromptu fight in which he took a cheap shot to the head, just imagine what Sonnen will do to Wand when he's had a full training camp and is actually wearing fight attire.

After last night's TUF Nations Finale which resulted in a one-sided beatdown from Kennedy, Dana White commented on another one-sided beatdown, this time the brawl from the first episode of TUF Brazil. I'm sure all of you guys have seen it -- and if you haven't, exit your cave and click here. Check out the transcript of White's statement via MMA Junkie.

What happened was Wanderlei got hurt in that fight. He got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured.

He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight f—ing coaching a show. I’m done being angry now. I was angry when it happened. It’s just disgusting.

But seriously you guys, who has Wanderlei Silva winning that bizarre scuffle? It's clear Sonnen is the champion, now let's award him the friggin' belt already.

Shots Fired! The first episode of the new TUF is already ripping into Bellator

Technically the new episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Penn vs. Team Edgar can claim that not even former Bellator champions can compete amongst the ranks of TUFers vying to get into the fighter house. I mean they can say that, but it would be extraordinarily aggressive on their part and a senseless action since in Bellator isn't their competitor -- at least that's what Dana White has told us the past couple years.

Nevertheless, the editors of TUF made a conscious decision to include this clip of a contestant Ian Stephens calling out Bellator after he defeated former Bellator champion in a unanimous decision. Props to @DenisMMAManiac for the find.

Tim Kennedy defeats Michael Bisping in a raucous bout of wrestling and fisticuffs

Let me get this out of the way - America, eff yeah. There. Okay. Tim Kennedy has defeated Michael Bisping in 25 minutes of activity that would burn all of our calories for a week. Everyone. Now, Tim can go home, wrestle a pig and then deliver us the next episode of Cooking With Tim in the wake of the greatest victory of his career. Ah, it feels good. What is he making again? Pulled pork or something I think? Either way, it will be good, because it is a victory meal. There are few things better than victory meals.

With this knock down, drag out, scramblefest of a fight past us, and with Kennedy and Bisping finally punching each other in the face as hard as they can, now, and only now, can we eat in peace. Some may scoff at Tim's dominant top control despite Bisping's ridiculous cardio and ability to make it back to the feet, but Tim also rocked Bisping with some nasty overhand rights. The judges got it right.

Good ****. And now they are friends. Hugs all around.

Vid from Zprophet.

Dustin Poirier - badass, UFC featherweight wins record holder

It seems like just yesterday we were watching Fightville, marveling at the skills of this young up and coming fighter. He was the guy who went 1-1 in the WEC, but also derailed Josh Grispi's career on short notice. The guy who had one of the best fights ever against the Korean Zombie in 2012, and now a fighter who has the most featherweight wins in UFC history. That's nuts. What's even more impressive about Dustin being 8-2 in the UFC over the last three years is the fact that he fights so consistently fun no matter what. If the dude doesn't get it done at first, he bites down on his mouthpiece and gets it done however he can. He's the anti-Diego. He's as cerebral as you can get for being a human who gets punched in the head for a living. He's dangerous standing up and on the ground.

Damn, this Dustin Poirier is just destined for greatness. If not, he'll be a fan favorite for a long time.

Here's Dustin coming back in the second round and breaking Akira Corassani's nose after being rocked early on in the fight. Bravo.

KJ Noons obliterates Sam Stout's dome in this first round knockout then Stout taps the ref

These two men only had 2 wins via strikes in their last 22 fights, despite their monikers and backgrounds, but all of that came to an end tonight as KJ Noons starched Sam Stout with a slick right that put him on his butt long enough for KJ to knock his block once again. It was beautiful, it's not what most people expected (a good point battle was what was predicted). 

I'm happy to say that most all of us were wrong. Watch the replay from Zprophet that capped off a highly-entertaining FOX Sports 1 prelims before we head into FOX Sports 1 for the FOX Sports 1 main card on FOX Sports 1.

Of course, the most important part of this whole situation is Stout tapping the ref with the deadly guillotine maneuver after the fight. Incredible.

 

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