Strikeforce Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament: Overeem vs. Werdum – Prognose

Diesen Samstag ist es soweit. Die Pride Erinnerungen an große Turniere werden wiederbelebt und der Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix geht in die 2. Instanz. Die Fight Card hat es in sich, treffen doch ein paar der besten großen Fleischberge aufeinander, die unser Planet zu bieten hat. Hier meine beiden Picks für die 2 kommenden Turnierkämpfe:

ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS FABRICIO WERDUM
Werdum hat Overeem schon geschlagen. Leider in einer anderen Zeitrechnung, vor dem Pferdefleisch Alistar, der als light Heavyweight nicht annähernd so dominant war wie als Heavyweight. Wenn Dos Santos den Herrn Werdum schlafen schicken kann, dann wird Alistar das auch schaffen. My Pick: Alistar durch K.O. in der 2. Runde.

BRETT ROGERS VS JOSH BARNETT
Rogers hat in seinen letzten beiden Kämpfen gegen Fedor und Overeem nicht gut ausgesehen, leider hat man auch keinen Plan, wie es um Barnett steht, da seine letzten Siege nicht unbedingt gegen große Kaliber war. Rogers hat seinen One-Shot und ist, wenn er nicht so zurückhaltend wie gegen Overeem agiert, jemand der jeden ins Land der Träume schicken kann. Trotzdem sollte Barnett durch ein besseres All-Around Game diesen Kampf in 85% der Fälle nach Hause schaukeln. Ganz davon abgesehen, trotz seiner Fehltritte kann Barnett MMA mit seinen Promo Skills weiterhin gutes tun, und so wäre eine Finale vs Overeem sehr medienwirksam. My Pick: Barnett via Decision.

Josh Barnett fixes broken Nose after Bad Snatch [fun short video]

Josh Barnett helps someone to fix his broken nose after he had a bad snatch experience. With two pens! On the WTFometer this gets a 7 out of 10.

Andyconda Luta Livre Summercamp 2011

Luta Livre ist brasilanischer Freikampf und wurde von Daniel D. Dane hier in Deutschland rund um Köln etabliert. Andyconda ist der Headcoach vom Andyconda Luta Livre, das wir bei den Paderborn Wombats trainieren. Jedes Jahr wird von ihm ein Summercamp veranstaltet, welches in Urnäsch in der Schweiz stattfindet. Für jeden der ein paar Tage Grappling, MMA und Teutonic Lifting sucht, und dabei eine gehörige Portion Spaß haben will, genau das richtige. Hier ein paar Impressionen vom diesjährigen Event.

Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort – the Staredown

Anderson, aka “the mask”, before known as “the spider” entertains before the fight and offers one of the best prefight staredowns of this young year in the dawn of UFC 126. Hopefully it will be an equally entertaining fight as his last one against Chael Sonnen, but maybe a little . In this matchup Anderson has to be the favorite as there are plenty of factors in his favor: being the better counterstriker, winning his last 11 fights and not having as much ring-rust as Vitor has, besides fighting better opponents than Vitor has in his last fights. One could argue that Anderson was outmatched in his last fight, but as they say: “Styles make fights.”, Chael Sonnen taking performance enhancers and Anderson being injured, wanting to make a statement for the Nogueira brothers with a submisson all factor into the last fight.
I can see Vitor winning this fight, especially the early Vitor, but on the average Anderson should take this fight 8 out of 10 times. Enjoy the staredown:

Simply the Best ain’t a music compilation

Wondered who is the best pound for pound in the world? Listen to this guy Grandmaster Jim Kelly, he made movies with Bruce Lee, so he gotta be right, right Dana?

So sad that there is no MMA in Germany

The last months have been sad for the german MMA community, as the politicians worked against the TV company broadcasting the events. I am glad that I can at least read about what’s going on over the ocean in the biggest league for my favorite sports show. CBS will broadcast the first live MMA show, a feature fans have been waiting for a long time. The sport should get some recognition for the amazing and entertaining fights it has, yet all the people complain how violent it is. Those people love to fight. It’s their job, if you stop them from competing and get in the way of broadcasting and an increased fanbase those guys will be underpaid for a long time. There have to be some changes, the fighters need more sponsors and more money, especially the guys who are not the top5 in the world. It’s a joke what they are making compared to boxers, even though those guys put on boring shows compared to that. It’s all about lobby work. There were at least 3 people who died from boxing last year, but no fighter ever died in the octagon, so what do you call a dangerous sport? Oh man I am really hyped for the next fight of Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin at UFC 116. Brock Lesnar is a guy that is very popular in the US and draws a lot of media attention to the game. Yet he only fought 5 times, won 4, lost 1, is the reigning UFC Champ and fought through a life threatening illness. Carwin on the other hand is an engineer who is 12:0 knocking never seeing a second round so far, because he knocked them all out in the first. Those guys are giants and I really look forward to see those titans of MMA fighting in the Octagon. But hey, wait, there is no way that we will see that here in Germany, as there is no more UFC broadcasting… MMA is not a crime, it’s a sport with rules, where people fight. It might not be about flowers and rubberduckies, but it’s entertaining Entertainment for adults and there is no reasons why they should disallow broadcasting after 23.00, while they allow Boxing to be broadcasted. It’s a freaking joke if you ask me, but you obviously don’t.

Grappling looks easy (III) Grappling for Dummies

Pretty cool stuff from some European guy living on the island of Europe and training in Japan every once in a while. Fear the martial farts.

Grappling Dummies 2.0 BJJ in Japan from martial farts on Vimeo.