1. Andrei Arlovski and his best friend

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    Andrei ‘the Pitbull’ Arlovski has made quite the comeback in the MMA world as of late.  After years as a Heavyweight journeyman who fought in many different promotions, the Pitbull is back in the Big Show.  He most recently knocked out Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva at a UFC Fight Night in Big Foot’s home country, Brazil.  After a lackluster UFC re-debut against Brendan Schuab, it looks like Arlovski is ready for another run at the UFC Heavyweight title. 

    They say dogs are a Man’s best friend, and this is certainly true for Arlovski.  I’m a dog lover as well and have always fawned over pictures of Arlovski and his majestic blue Pitbull, Maximus.  Now there is finally a video out documenting their special bond.  Check it out:

     
  2. GGG HAS NO WEAKESS!!! #MMANERD (at The Barker Hangar)

     
     

  3. "I’m cocky in prediction, I’m confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat."
    — Conor McGregor
     

  4. Sunday Morning Hangover - UFC 178

    What’s up MMA nerds?  UFC 178 is in the books and maaaan, it was a good one.  This was my first UFC I watched as a West Coast resident and I must say ,it is pretty sweet to get done watching a PPV by 9:30 PM.

    The biggest story of the night to me was the Irishman, Conor McGregor.  He talked a big game, and backed it up by emphatically decimating Dustin Poirier in about a minute into the first round.  Poirier, who has been a contender at Featherweight for many years now, looked like a gazelle trapped in a cage with a hungry lion.  Here’s a classic Conor McGregor quote at the post-fight presser, “I’m cocky in prediction, I’m confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat.”  McGregor was very gracious towards Poirier after the fight and it was good to see that it really is just ‘all business’ with him.  Conor’s emergence reminds me of when Anderson Silva arrived in the UFC and took out Chris Leben and Rich Franklin in devastating fashion.

    The Ruler is baaaack.  The former UFC Bantamweight champion and a man many considered to be one of the pound-for-pound bests before his injury returned to the Octagon with a bang.  Dominick Cruz absolutely mauled #5 ranked Bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki in his first fight in 3 years.  Cruz earned his first finish in the UFC and looked stronger than ever.  When Joe Rogan stepped into to the cage to interview Cruz, he continued his beef with Urijah Faber by saying he can’t wait to beat up some more ‘Alpha Fails’. (Faber’s fight team is called Team Alpha Male)  With this win, Cruz earned himself a shot at the Bantamweight title against Faber’s protege, TJ Dillashaw.

    Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson dominated Chris Cariaso just as everyone expected, and finished Chris with a textbook Kimura.  DJ is looking unbeatable right now.  The only 125 lbs. fighter that seems to have the tools to beat him is John Dodson, but many claim that Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall should get another chance to fight the champ.

    Cat Zingano like Dominick Cruz made an excellent comeback from injury by beating Amanda Nunes.  This was a huge win for Cat because she was announced as the next opponent for ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey. 

    Eddie Alvarez showed some jitters in his first UFC fight by losing to Donald Cerrone.  Cowboy lost the first round by getting out-boxed Alvarez but quickly turned the tide with leg kicks in the beginning of the 2nd round.  Cowboy Cerrone continued to batter Alvarez with his Muay Thai strikes for the rest of the fight for an easy decision win.

    Yoel Romero scored a controversial win over Tim Kennedy due to stalling at the beginning Round 3 after being almost knocked out at the end of Round 2.  Other than that, Romero dominated the fight and finished Kennedy with strikes in the last round.  He should be trouble for anyone in the middleweight division.

     

  5. TUF 20 starts tonight!

    Ladies better be drinking free at the bars tonight because it’s the premiere episode of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 20. The show will consist of 16 talented ladies who are all vying to become the inaugural 115 lbs. women’s champion of the UFC.

    This season is almost a guaranteed to be ‘Must-see TV’ due to the fact that there are many legit female stars already. Household names like ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas, Bec Rawlings, Tecia Torres, Felice Herrig are just a few. Plus the coaches will be lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and his next opponent Gilbert Melendez. I can’t wait to see what kind of drama the Team Melendez assistant coach, Nate Diaz causes. We all know he is one crazy individual and already has had some Twitter beef with Coach Pettis.

    My prediction is that Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza will make it to the finale, and Rose will win it all. Oh yeah, and I used to train with Angela Hill who hails from NYC. I will be obviously pulling for her as well. She is a Muay Thai beast! Enjoy the show MMA nerds.

     

  6. Mousasi vs. Jacare predictions

    Happy Friday MMA nerds. It’s been awhile due to me moving from NYC to LA but posts will be coming more frequently from here on out. I am super pumped for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 50 on FOX Sports 1. By the way, FOX Sports 1 has had an amazing first year on cable TV and I find myself tuning in to the channel almost as much as I watch ESPN.

    Anyways, Mousasi vs. Jacare is truly a fight for the quintessential MMA nerd. Both pugilists have been on a tear, beating up their previous opponents in convincing fashion. Mousasi, who I call the Armenian BJ Penn due to his natural talent and lack of work ethic, is pretty much good at everything. If he played baseball, we’d call him a 5-tool player. Mousasi has high-level kick boxing, excellent grappling, and great transitions. Jacare on the other hand is a home run hitter because he possess Jiu Jitsu that is out of this world. On top of that, he has shown improvements in his striking by knocking out a very game Yushin Okami a year ago. Jacare has everything one needs to be a dominant champion, and is currently on a 6-fight win streak.

    Jacare is definitely the favorite but Mousasi is too crafty to count him out. I’m taking the underdog in this match and predicting a Mousasi TKO in the 3rd round.

    By the way, Alistair Overeem aka The Reem aka UBEREEM will be fighting Ben Rothwell on this card as well. This is a can’t miss free event! Peace!

     

  7. "I personally have a vision of myself as the world champion by the end of the year. And I’ve heard Dana say ‘he won’t be world champion by the end of the year,’ but who knows? I had a clear vision, like I had this vision that I was going to bring these [fight cards] back here when I first got the opportunity. Like I got the vision at UFC 93, I was going to be the guy to get in there and deal with. The same vision I had then, I have now. Who knows what can happen? Injuries happen in this game, and all I know is I stay ready. I’m looking to get as quick a turnaround as possible and climb that division, one by one. I will eliminate the whole division. When I am finished, there will be nobody left."
    — Conor McGregor
     
  8. Look who I bumped into at the mall, NJ’s finest, Franke Edgar (at Foodcourt @ Newport Mall)

     

  9. Farewell BJ Penn

    By PJ Chou

    “This is the end.” —- Those were the words of a somber BJ Penn after getting dominated by a prime Frankie Edgar last night. After the fight, many questioned why he came back; hell, even BJ himself questioned out loud why he came back for this fight after losing to Rory MacDonald. Based on the post-fight press conference, I think BJ needed to see for himself if he could beat an elite fighter that was closer to his size after losing to a much bigger and taller Nick Diaz and Rory Mac.

    Well last night we all got the answer…literally, “The Answer” Frankie Edgar. Proud Jersey boy, Frankie Edgar, destroyed BJ Penn with his typical ‘stick-and-move’ style and finished “the Prodigy” with brutal ground-and-pound in the 3rd round. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has officially lost one of its last living legends in BJ Penn. The days of an invincible Chuck Lidell, Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Hughes, and BJ Penn are long behind us. MMA is now truly a sport and only the young and highly-conditioned athletes can survive in this sport. I guarantee you will never see a fighter like Kashuzki Sakuraba smoking a cigarette and having a beer during a fight.

    It’s no secret that my favorite fighter of all-time is BJ Penn, and this blog was created partially due to my love for Mr.Penn (check the website logo). But BJ transcends much more than MMA, he represents the regular guy who loves eating burritos but could possibly know martial arts and whoop your ass. He’s the short, chubby asian dude who gets picked on by the jock and proceeds to choke the jock out.

    Well Father Time has caught up with him, just like it catches up with every legend of any sport. Last night was hard to watch, and deep down most BJ Penn fans knew it was coming. It still hurt though. I’m glad BJ went out on his shield and retired on his own terms.  The Hawaiian Icon will continue to symbolize something bigger than fighting though.  Hats off the greatest lightweight fighter of all time, and keep living that Aloha life bro.  Enjoy retirement and your beautiful family!

     

  10. "18 fights in the UFC, or 17, I don’t even know, and the motherf*cker couldn’t even get off Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg rang and tried to get that man off Facebook!"
    — Connor McGregor regarding Cole Miller