Back again with another blog after an excitement-filled week. As far as UFC 140, Chan Sung Jung?s knockout was very impressive, not only because of the time but who he knocked out. Mark Hominick is known for a great chin. He had a war against Jose Aldo and had a hematoma on his head but [...]Read More
UFC 140 marked the UFC’s second trip to Toronto this year, and like UFC 129, it’s another candidate for card of the year. The pay-per-view card alone would have earned that designation, but the preliminary fights had plenty of exciting moments from Igor Pokrajac, John Cholish and Jake Hecht.
Who stood tallest among giants? Here are Cagewriter’s picks. Tell us yours in the comments or on Facebook.
No. 1 star — Jon Jones: Did that first round make you doubt? Seeing Jones confused on how to handle Machida’s movement early in the fight made his win even more exciting. That was the first time Machida has ever been submitted in 20 fights. Jones’ tally for the year: three submissions, one TKO, one belt won, two title defenses, and a well-earned vacation.
No. 2 star — Chan Sung Jung: “The Korean Zombie” was the most unpopular man at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. He took advantage of Mark Hominick’s aggressiveness from the bell, and knocked him right out. That earned him the UFC record* for fastest knockout, but also angered the fans who had gathered to watch hometown hero Hominick. He quickly calmed them by finding the right words to say in English, a language he doesn’t speak. “I love Canadians!”
No. 3 star — Frank Mir: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had Mir in trouble early in the bout, but Mir stayed calm and took advantage of his position. He rolled into a Kimura that MMA fans — and Big Nog — won’t soon forget.
*Jung is now tied with Todd Duffee for a seven-second KO. Duane Ludwig is trying to get the time of his knockout of Jonathan Goulet amended by the Nevada Athletic Commission to earn him the record.Read More
He’s nicknamed “The Maestro” and “The Professor” for a reason.
Greg Jackson knows his mixed martial arts in and out of the cage. That’s why the producers of the movie “Warrior” leaned on the MMA trainer so heavily.
You can check out “Warrior” when it’s released this Tuesday Dec. 20 for digital download, On Demand and on DVD/Blue-ray.
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The movie sounds great and it certainly has the stamp of approval from Jackson.
The Albuquerque-based owner of Jackson’s MMA was an integral part of making the movie feel realistic. Jackson schooled the actors on the key moves and actions of the fight game, but he was on point in making sure everyone in the film knew how important it was to get across the positive messages of MMA.
“The biggest thing for me was how MMA and combat and martial arts in general can be a tool for good,” Jackson told ESPN1100/98.9 FM. “[The producer] wanted to come at it from a more artistic point of view, a more realistic point of view.”
Jackson thought “Warrior” was a true reflection of the game.
[...] It’s as accurate as any movie can get about MMA. It shows again how martial arts can be a healing thing not just a tool of violence. So there’s all these great messages in it that really resonated with me. I was excited to be a part of it,” said Jackson.
ProMMANow did a nice review of the film that features brothers, who meet in the finale of a $5 million MMA tournament.
The attention to detail for the MMA fight scenes and the training the actors had to undergo to make them look like authentic fighters on screen will be appreciated by MMA fans.
The most difficult thing audiences will have to deal with is their sympathy and alliance between the brothers. They’ll find themselves rooting for both guys, but for very different reasons.
Professional fighters Stephan Bonnar, Yves Edwards, Rashad Evans and Nate Marquardt all make appearances in the film. There’s even a bow-tied Josh Rosenthal playing the referee role.
The final preliminary fights from UFC 140 in Toronto Saturday night didn’t last a single round between the two.
Igor Pokrajac ran through Kryzsztof Soszynski, knocking him out in just 35 seconds. Pokrajac started the bout with several unanswered punches, landing left after right until K-Sos fell to the ground. Pokrajac followed him there, and landed more strikes until K-Sos was out and the bout was stopped.
That quick win was Pokrajac’s second in a row, giving him a record of 24-8. Soszynski fell to 26-12.
Earlier in the evening, Constantinos Phillipou won quickly, TKOing Jared Hamman in the first round with powerful strikes.
Philippou tagged Hamman early in the first round, countering a leg kick with a right hand. Phillipou followed up on the ground with more punches, then maneuvered Hamman into an awkward choke. Phillipou brought the fight back to standing, but kept landing damaging punches. Finally, against the fence, Phillipou landed three more shots that sent Hamman to the ground. The bout was stopped at 3:11 in the first round.
After the bout, Phillipou was happy with the performance, calling it the best day of his life. It’s also his second win in a row, putting him at 9-2. Hamman dropped to 13-4.Read More