A great way to check if someone is a fair weather Wu-Tang Clan fan is to ask what their favorite Wu album is. If they reply with 'Enter the 36 Chambers,' then it's a clear indication they're only listening to Wu because it was probably trending on Twitter a week ago or they heard it referenced on their favorite CW show. Any Wu-Tang aficionado will say the double-album 'Forever' was by far the greatest Wu-Tang Clan album the world has ever witnessed. Just based on the eclectic topics covered in the album and the way it was executed showed Wu was destined to carve a very unique path in hip-hop -- a path that would be simply impossible to replicate.
But this article isn't about my undying appreciation of Wu-Tang Clan. It's about Uriah Hall. So perhaps you should watch this video of Hall talking about what he's learned since his season of The Ultimate Fighter instead of reading my Wu fandom.
With me living in Hollywood, I have so many transsexual jokes that I've heard over the years -- but Fallon Fox is such a sensitive topic that I'm afraid to use any in this article. Oh, I'll do one. So my transsexual friend has a real weight problem, so I told her to lay off the trans fat. That's a lot funnier when told around the vicinity of guys that never graduated high school. I don't have anymore transsexual jokes that I can recall. They're there somewhere, lost in the vortex of my thoughts. If you want to hear more, then just find me this weekend at UFC 160. AXS TV's Ron Kruck and I will be at the bar, talking about all of you guys behind your back -- like we always do. We'll also probably discuss his interview with Fallon Fox that aired on Inside MMA just a few days.
In the interview, Fallon Fox claims that she's actually at a physical disadvantage when she competes against women in MMA. With an undefeated record and all of her fights ending in the first round, she's a Frate Tran in the making. You can watch her fight on AXS TV this Friday at CFA 11: Kyle vs. Wiuff 2, but in the meantime check out this Ron Kruck interview of Fallon Fox talking about hormones -- and other girl stuff.
I keep reminding myself to watch Anderson's last few fights with the same level of intensity as Michael Jordan in 1997-1998. Like MJ back in those days, Anderson is consistently making me have to reach down and pick my jaw up off the floor with the insane level of rawesomeness he's displaying on a consistent basis. But, the bitter grump in me is asking when it's going to end. Ali went out with losses, so did Fedor, Chuck, Randy etc as most do, and no one has to remind me about Michael on the Wizards (even though those years weren't that bad). Still, when is it going to end? When will Anderson finally lose?
But hey, if Anderson feels confident about his abilities, I'll lay my cash down on a confident Anderson every time. To remind us that Silva/Weidman is but a few weeks away, the ironically named and perpetually faceless NickTheFace is here with a promo for the fight that will raise your heart rate and force you to wring your hands together in anticipation. Can't. Wait.
This fight. My god, this 'fight.' Sure, you could give the guy props for even getting in the ring, as that seems to be the watermark of success for so many keyboard warriors, but stepping into the ring and flopping around then tapping to a sprawl... That's like the most beautiful and disease-free human you've ever seen saying they want to kiss you and you pat them on their shoulder and sprint away. That's like getting handed the Xbox 720 controller at a secret event and kind of thumbing the analog sticks aimlessly then handing it back to the confused PR dude with the dirty glasses that's running the demo.
This guy tapped to a sprawl!
Why did this fight even happen? And how is MMeh finding these horribly one-sided fights? Remember 'The Beast' who got decimated by a headkick in mere seconds? Where is the Canadian Athletic Commission? We need to prove these guys are the same weight while we're at it.
2nd worst title shot this year.
When a real MMA journalist asks about Vitor Belfort's TRT usage, he calls for people to 'beat him up'
Look, Brazil is cool with the soccer, the giant statue of Jesus -- they even have the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, when it comes to Brazilian MMA journalism, caralho! This isn't the first time I've brought this up on MiddleEasy. When UFC 146 happened in Las Vegas around this time last year, I distinctly remember getting up from my cageside press seat and navigating through a labyrinth of camera phones and signed merchandise held by Brazilian media members. When I made my way back to my assigned seat, three people were in my seat and refused to get up even when I showed them my name matched the label on the table. Apparently they were friends of a Brazilian videographer that used his press pass to literally hop over the fence and get a closer view.
This isn't an isolated incident. It literally happens every time Brazilians fight in Las Vegas. During UFC 148 when Silva took on Sonnen, press row was such a chaotic mishmash of Brazilian media that I ended up watching the main event standing next to UFC Director of Communications Dave Sholler from the gate of the arena.
Let's get this clear, Brazilian MMA media. We're all fans of MMA. That's the reason why we cover it. However you need to separate your fandom from being professional. That's just a very round-about way of saying stop being morons. It's also important to note @mmabrasil is the greatest thing that's ever happened to Brazilian MMA media.
During the post-fight press conference when @MMAjunkieJohn asked a reasonable question about Vitor Belfort's TRT usage this happened, and it's pretty embarrassing that Belfort's response warranted applause from Brazilian media. Check it out.
This article would have have been written much sooner if I didn't get wrapped up in the world that is 'Mortal Kombat lore.' It's more confusing than the third season of Lost. I mean who even knows that Sub-Zero is the younger brother of Noob Sabiot, a throw-away character the designers created just by reversing the letters of their last names. However, according to Mortal Kombat mythos, Noob Sabiot was actually Sub-Zero in the first incarnation of the game. Apparently after the second game, Sub-Zero murdered his older brother that impersonated him and then unmasked himself to show that he was the real Sub-Zero. Folks, I'm not even making this stuff up. Here's a highly-confusing excerpt from Mortal Kombat's wiki page.
It is believed that Sub-Zero was unmasked in Mortal Kombat 3 to give him an identity of his own. Because Sub-Zero had a nearly identical appearance to his elder brother from the first Mortal Kombat, fans didn't necessarily buy that this new Sub-Zero was the younger brother of the first, and because the younger Sub-Zero had a storyline that depended on the elder Sub-Zero's, the fans felt that this was the same Sub-Zero all along and begun to believe that there was only one Sub-Zero in the series. Midway gave Sub-Zero a new appearance and unmasked him to simply give him a new identity and clear the beliefs that there were two Sub-Zero's and that the current Sub-Zero that exists today is the younger brother of the elder Sub-Zero.
A serious LOL if you think any of that makes any sense. Fortunately MMA has its very own Sub-Zero, and he's an enigma in an entirely different capacity. Check out this new micro-documentary of Gunnar Nelson discussing his philosophy on fighting and life in general.
So yesterday we published Invcita FC president Shannon Knapp's statement of a shady manager that has been intimidating her stable of Invicta FC fighters (and potential ones), with the claims that he/she would have the ability to get them banned from entering Invicta FC and Strikeforce when it was still around. Now we no longer have to ponder whether this person is a female or a male -- it's a dude. Bummer for all guys out there. Women, look we all don't act like this -- I can assure you.
According to MMA pioneer Tara LaRosa, that shady manager's name is Brett Atchley from Addison Sports Management. LaRosa published a follow up statement on Shannon Knapp's initial post naming the perpetrator. Well, there you have it. Mystery over. Now we can get back to our normal lives, which means I'll be hibernating indoors for the rest of the week.
It's pretty amazing how women are depicted in Soulcalibur. Just look at this concept art, it's like the line to get into Chateau Marmont on a Friday night in West Hollywood. Even though I haven't played Soulcalibur V, I know the art design. Basically throw voluptuous women in Victorian-punk outfits with a giant over-sized sword that would be completely functionless in real life. Throw some wings on them and voila, you have another female character that is ridiculously overpowered if you button mash.
Perhaps that's what Pancrase was thinking when they allowed (or insisted?) Rin Nakai to walk out to her fight against Brenda Gonzales last night in a ridiculous getup. We've been giving Rin Nakai superfluous coverage on MiddleEasy simply due to the outrageous nature of the Nakai videos that have been released on Pancrase's official YouTube page. We couldn't stop there, however. Something tells me you need to see Rin Nakai's entire Pancrase bout. Fortunately with the magic of technology, we have it right here at your disposal. Props to @WMMANews for the find.
The first time I met Shannon Knapp was at the EA Sports MMA launch in Hollywood, CA back in 2010. At that time, the MMA world was still fueled by the perpetual beef between Mayhem Miller and Nick Diaz in Strikeforce. Just after his second fight against KJ Noons in Strikeforce, Diaz was walking backstage on his way to the post-fight press conference and Mayhem Miller was approaching him from the opposite direction. Just after they crossed paths, Nick Diaz threw a water bottle at him and called him a fat [expletive] due to Mayhem not wanting to go under 185 lbs to fight him. Throughout all of this, a nimble videographer filmed the entire incident. During that time, there was a rumor LayzieTheSavage was in possession of the tape and he was holding out on releasing it so that no ramifications would come to Nick Diaz. Shannon Knapp was under the same belief, so at the party I vaguely remember Knapp and Layzie taking a shot and then Knapp telling him to be a man and release the video. It was a fun night. We even shot this video of a 'happy' Gilbert Melendez playing himself for the first time in EA Sports MMA.
Just minutes ago, Shannon Knapp laid the verbal smackdown on some clown manager that has been intimidating other athletes to sign with their management company or they may be blackballed from Invicta FC. When the Wu made 'Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to [expletive] with,' they were really talking about Shannon Knapp. Check out what she wrote on her Facebook page moments ago. Props to @pegson for the find.
MiddleEasy has been around for almost a half-decade now, and for those of you who have been with us since the old days, you know how important Genki Sudo is to us and to the multiverse. In terms of the site, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better feature than the Genki Sudo Invades New York piece. I remember Bauzen, Zeus, Cat and I all discussing Bauzen's bravery for sneaking inside Genki's sole US performance with New World Order and recording it under a table with a gin and tonic in his hand like it was yesterday. Those days were magical because Genki is magical. His aura rushed through Bauzen and his DSLR and flowed to everyone who saw those pictures, read those words and watched the movies with a grooviness only an explorer of the multiverse could execute.
Genki Sudo can guide your soul to tranquility by throwing a heelhook around Butterbean's tree stump of a leg, or by popping and locking in a suit with his troupe of fancy lads. Through Genki, we are reminded that we are all one... So let's dance.
Snatch up some of that chi of Genki's by watching his complete documentary here:
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