Monday, July 10, 2006

This means WAR!!

By far, the best thing about the boring UFC 61 fight card on Saturday night was the announcement that PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei "The Ax Murderer" Silva would be invading the octagon in November to fight UFC Middleweight champion Chuck Lidell.

The hardcore MMA fan has been drooling for years at the thought of an interpromotional dream match like this. Hopefully, it's just the tip of the iceberg. My head would probably explode if Fedor Emelianenko, pound for pound the universally agreed upon greatest fighter in the world today, decided to crash the UFC's party and show them how it's really done.

I was going to write about some of the possibilities and ramifications of the Silva/Lidell match until I came across the following post by Zach Arnold at Fightopinion.com. He's much smarter and more well spoken than I am so if this kind of topic interests you, hit the link below.

Exciting times to be an MMA fan. It's gratifying to see the public catch up with the most exciting sport in the world.

http://www.fightopinion.com/2006/07/09/ufc-vs-pride-2/

7 comments:

robskiles said...

I saw some Silva Pride fights last night on TV; he's an animal. Chuck Lidel is a solid fighter but I just don't see the same ferocity in him as I did in Silva.

You've converted me to a Pride fan. I would like to see more MMA then boxing but I guess if you give pro's the freedom to battle they are going to do what's most effective.

The UFC is very good at self promotion and hooking the viewer to a fighter by use of their "story". If Pride could do that in the US that would be great unless of course the UFC could step up - pay more - and attract the best international fighters. MMA Rules!

MrNinja said...

I caught Chuck's last fight versus the half breed super hero vampire 'Blade' and though he lost, he gave a good accord of himself. Had he gone for one of his patented eye jabs I think he could have pulled off a decision.

Hopefully it will be more like boxing in the sense that any fighter can challenge and fight any other fighter.

What ever happened to the rumor that Shaolin monks would step into the ring?
That would be sweet.

keith champagne said...

There are few weapons in martial arts so fearful as the Chuck Lidell thumb to the eye.

I never heard any follow up on the Shaolin Monks exhibition team competing in the ring. Disappointing. If it ever happens, I'm not betting against them. Those guys are super human.

robskiles said...

I say we forget promoting fights with fit skilled professionals.

The World wants to see fat, out of shape Joe Schmoes battle it out.

I'm first in line!

MrNinja said...

Perhaps we could have (FF) Fat Fighters, battle against exotic creatures. Creatures such as the newly discovered fanged killer kangaroo and what they describe as a "Demon Duck of Doom". Forget cute, cuddly marsupials. A team of Australian palaeontologists say they have found the fossilised remains.The species found at the dig had "well muscled-in teeth, not for grazing. These things had slicing crests that could have crunched through bone and sliced off flesh".

That sounds like an ass kickin' waitin' to happen.

We can call its MSMMA or Mixed Species Mixed Martial Arts.
Not sure about weight classes though...good luck Rob.

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Spellbound said...

Last night I saw Will Turner challenge Davy Jones in some crazy dice game. It was a fierce battle and Will'd Dad an over protective mollusk faced slave stepped in to help, dooming himself to an infinity of servitude. Davy has a natural protection to the rear naked choke so Young Will would have had to go toe to toe if Daddy had't felt the need to prove himself.