Friday, July 31, 2009
The orphan Mandy Lane is a beautiful, virgin and pure teenager raised by her aunt, desired by her schoolmates and a close friend of the outcast Emmet. After the death of their high school mate in a pool party, Mandy befriends Chloe, Marlin, Red, Bird and Jake. Red invites the group for a weekend party in the isolated ranch of his family, with all the boys disputing who would succeed in having sex with Mandy Lane. They meet the henchman Garth that takes care of the ranch and he asks the group to go easy on the drugs and booze. In the middle of the night, a stranger wearing a hood attacks Marlin in the barn; when Jake seeks her out, he faces the killer, beginning a night of bloodshed and terror.
This movie took forever to get going. And when it finally did there wasn't much to it. They tell you who the killer is half way through it and you don't really care. One of the major flaws with this film for me is the characters. None of them leave any type of lasting impression with the exception of Anson Mount who plays the ranch hand, Garth. To me he was the only believable character in this movie. It also does not help that Mandy Lane is supposed to be this beautiful girl that everyone wants and personally I believe her co-stars Whitney Able and Melissa Price are better looking than her. To be honest I didn't see the fascination with this girl at all and isn't that supposed to be the premise of this movie in the first place?
Very little gore in this flick. But as i've said before, horror movies don't necessarily need it but this film needed something thats for sure. There was no tension either. You knew when the killer was coming and what was going to happen when he did, that is except for the ending. I give this movie 2 Burning Skulls and the only reason its not a 1 or even a 0 for that matter was the twist at the end. I will not spoil it for you but it is a good one. Unfortunately that is the movie's only redeeming quality. Enjoy the trailer below and again, Pleasant Dreams
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Well I've been working off and on for the past 10 hours but I have my entire want list done. Tomorrow I tackle the doubles list. From there I can finally start contacting you all about the double I have for you all.
I was very excited to receive this one back in the mail. It's always nice when you can add a Hall of Famer to your collection. I give you....Paul Molitor.
Paul was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on August 22, 1956. He played 21 seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, in 2004, with 85.2% of the vote.
Molitor was selected in the 28th round of the 1974 free agent draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, but instead opted to go to college at the University of Minnesota. He was a three year starter for the Golden Gophers, earning All American honors as a shortstop for his sophomore and junior years. After his junior year in college, he was selected third overall in the 1977 free agent draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He signed with the Brewers and began his professional career in Iowa, playing for the Class A Burlington Bees of the Midwest League.
He played numerous positions with the Brewers including 2nd base, shortstop, third base and what he was most known for, the DH. Molitor played 44% of his career games as a DH. In 1987 he had a 39 game hit streak which still stands as the fifth longest in modern day baseball and is the longest since Pete Rose's 44 game hit streak in 1978.
Molitor signed with the Blue Jays as a free agent in December 1992. He was a key part of the Blue Jays winning their second World Championship as he batted .500 in the series and was named World Series MVP. He is also the only person in World Series history to have 2 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in an individual series.
In 1993, with the Blue Jays, he led the league in plate appearances with 675 and hits with 211. In 1994 he lead the league in games played with 115 and singles with 107. He also stole 20 bases that season without ever being caught. That is just one behind "Misunderstood Met" Kevin McReynolds 1988 major league record of 21.
In 1995 he left the Blue Jays to join his hometown Minnesota Twins. He acquired his 3,000th hit in Minnesota and is the only person to ever hit a triple for that milestone hit. In 1996, Molitor was the first 40-year old to have a 200 hit season. He led the league that year with 225 hits. Molitor also remains the last Major League player to drive in 100 or more runs in a season while hitting fewer than 10 home runs (9 HR, 113 RBIs).
Molitor's lifetime statistics include 2,683 games played, 1,782 runs scored, 3,319 hits, 234 homeruns, 1,307 RBI's, a .306 batting average, and 504 stolen bases. He batted .368 in 5 postseason series, and was an all-star seven times. Molitor recorded these statistics while missing nearly 500 games due to various injuries throughout his career.
Molitor is one of four players in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, a .300 lifetime batting average, and 500 stolen bases. The other three are Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Eddie Collins, none of whom played the game beyond 1930. Molitor is the only player ever to accomplish those feats and hit at least 200 home runs.
Words can't express how happy I am to add this card to my collection. It's not that I mind having a collection full of Gary Varsho's and Andy Benes', hell I'm just happy to get an autograph. I think we all are. We're all fans for a reason and getting that piece of cardboard with a sharpie squiggle means a lot to us no matter who it is. But adding a legend of the game like Paul Molitor means that much more. Thank you Mr. Molitor.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Metcalfe plays Jack, a man who pretends to be crazy in order to save his sister Lily (Sanchez) from being involuntarily hospitalized. Once inside the institute, the siblings discover that a doctor (Stormare) is using his patients like lab rats, forcing them to take a drug that turns them into flesh-eating psychopaths.
The thing is, the reason I don't think people like this movie is they don't notice that this movie is an homage to the entire horror genre in general. There is a killer in the film who is obviously a play on Hannibal Lector, Olivia Munn is a nurse named Nancy ala the Nightmare on Elm St series, a crazy guy named Loomis ala Halloween, hell the main characters name is Jack ala Cuckoo's Nest. I think the movie is actually genius. It is so simple and yet goes right over most people's heads. I definitely recommend it, if you've heard bad things don't believe them, check it out. 4 Burning Skulls. Enjoy the trailer, and again Sweet Dreams!!!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Boy did I suck tonight 2 for 8. With an average like that I could play for the Mets. Ouch! Well I need to find some humor in their season up to this point. Hey at least i'd be batting .250 Anyway here are the results. These are courtesy of WrestlingInc.com. Check them out for all your wrestling news and rumors. They also have a much more detailed results page that covers the PPV hold for hold.
Chris Jericho & ? (c's) vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase
A recap of Edge's interview was shown. Chris Jericho got on the mic and said that he made a mistake picking Edge as a tag team partner and Edge was selfish for leaving him without a partner. Jericho went on to introduce The Big Show as his partner. Big Show came out sporting a new outfit, it looked like he borrowed Jack Swagger's gear.
Show started the match overpowering Rhodes. After the initial moments, the match was more even, as both teams traded the advantage. Rhodes at one point hit Jericho with a moonsault, but Jericho was able to kick out.
As the match went on, the crowd got more behind Jericho and Show and Legacy wrestled like heels. Legacy looked good here. The finish of the match saw all four men in the ring and Jericho hit Dibiase with the codebreaker. Big Show followed it up with the colossal clutch on Dibiase for the win. Average opener.
Dreamer came out first to a good pop, but Christian came out to a better one. They exchanged slaps to start the match before Christan took control.
Striker and Matthews were talking about an autograph session that Dreamer was at, and Matthews jokingly asked how many people showed up, three or four? Way to bury your own champion. Striker went on to note that Dreamer had a lot of fans.
Both mean tried to make the match work, but the fans just don't buy Dreamer as champion or the ECW title as a real championship. Christian hit Dreamer with the kill switch to win the ECW Championship to a good pop.
Winner and NEW ECW Champion: Christian
It was announced that Primo Colon was replacing The Big Show since Show won the tag titles. That's stupid. There were a lot of cool moves in the match, but with six competitors, it was all over the place.
With Show out of the match, Swagger played the monster in the match. Primo and Carlito worked together for a little bit, until Carlito hit Primo with the backstabber. Kofi came in from behind and nailed Carlito with the trouble in paradise to retain the title.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: Kofi Kingston
This was one of the better Women's championship matches in awhile. McCool at one point hit a DDT on Melina on the security wall outside of the ring.
The finish of the match saw McCool reverse a pin attempt to pin Melina and retain the title.
Winner and still WWE Womens Champion: Michelle McCool
Fans were really booing Cena as the match went on, even getting quiet during Cena's offense. It came down to HHH and Cena at one point, and it didn't have the heat that you'd expect. They went back and forth for a bit before The Game hit Cena with a spinebuster and followed it with a pedigree. HHH went for a pin, which was broken up by Orton.
The match went outside the ring, and Orton and HHH battled on the table, but the table was spared. Cena broke it up and went for the STF on HHH, but Orton broke it up and he and Cena battled in the ring. They traded blows, with the crowd giving a 'YAY' for Orton, and a 'BOO' for Cena's punches.
The finish saw HHH get Orton in a sharpshooter. While HHH had Orton in the sharpshooter, Cena got the STF on Orton, so he was in the STF and sharpshooter at the same time. Orton tapped, but the referee didn't know what to do and didn't stop the match. Legacy hit the ring. Cena got Rhodes up for the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton nailed Cena with the RKO to a big pop to pin Cena.
Winner and still WWE Champion: Randy OrtonReally??? You put the WWE Title match, before the Divas title? You've gotta be kidding me!!!
The crowd was dead for this match after that last one. Finally, Maryse was going for her finisher, but James countered and hit a DDT to pin Maryse clean.
Winner and NEW WWE Divas Champion: Mickie JamesIf you would've told me Ziggler would be in the match before the main event I woulda told you you were crazy. This match should've been the curtain jerker
Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
The finish saw Mysterio hit the 619 and splash to get the clean win. The crowd was quiet until the end. Good match, hurt by the crowd reaction until the end.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Rey Mysterio
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Punk was working Hardy over with kicks late in the match when Hardy reversed it into a twist of fate. He went for a swanton, put Punk got his knees up. Punk was able to hit the GTS and smiled as he covered Hardy, but only got a two count. He kept going for covers, but Hardy kept kicking out.
Punk went outside the ring and grabbed his belt and started walking towards the back. Hardy attacked Punk in the aisle and got him back into the ring. He hit another twist of fate, followed by a swanton bomb to win the match and the championship!
WWE Woman's Championship
Michelle McCool (c) vs. Melina
Neither one of these women are very talented. But then again WWE doesn't really have many good female wrestlers. Mostly just eye candy. McCool is learning and does have potential though. The company seems to like her a lot to. I'm sure dating the Undertaker helps too.
Prediction: Michelle McCool
WWE Divas Championship
Maryse (c) vs Mickie James
Mickie is the best female wrestler on the roster, hands down. Unfortunately the company doesn't see her that way. They would rather have the belt on a bleach blonde Barbie look-a-like like Maryse, even though she has little, if any, in ring talent. Mickie should win but won't.
WWE Unified Tag Team Championship
Chris Jericho & ??? (c) vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase Jr
Edge should've been Jericho's partner, however due to possibly career ending Achilles tear, he is out of both this match and wrestling for quite some time. So Jericho will have a mystery partner. The question is who. Personally I really want Christian for the match but he has his own match tonight so that is unlikely. Stranger things have certainly happened but it's not likely. If I had to guess, something tells me it will be The Miz. Jericho is my favorite wrestler and has been for years so you would think I would be siding with him on this but I'm not. The plans we're to have Edge turn on Jericho and go face, therefore I believe they weren't gonna be holding those belts long anyway. With him not even in the match anymore there is no reason to keep the belts on them. Plus for some reason Vinnie Mac is pushing the crap out of Rhodes and Dibiase. I think Dibiase has potential but if Cody's daddy wasn't the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, he would have never even got a second glance.
Prediction: Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase
WWE United States Championship - Six-Pack Challenge
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Big Show vs. MVP vs. Carlito vs. Jack Swagger vs. The Miz
There is a lot of talent in this match. What bothers me the most is, the person I think will win, is the least talented of the bunch. Kofi is a great high flyer and the fans love him. He will never hold the World Title but has a great career ahead of him. The Big Show is one of the most under-rated wrestlers ever. Used properly he could have been bigger than Andre, and I do mean that but Vince blew it with him. MVP is finally getting over with the fans. He is a very talented guy who is making the most of his second chance in life. Carlito is not only a great wrestler but is very charismatic. Another guy that if pushed the right way could be huge but is unfortunately forced by the company into mediocrity. Who would've ever thought the Miz had it in him. He can actually wrestle. I'm shocked. And he's really good at drawing heat. So I've just made great arguments for all 5 of these men, the problem is Vince McMahon loves Jack Swagger. The guy is horrible. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying he doesn't have potential but he still has a lot to learn. He's still a kid and he's already a former World Champion, it's ridiculous. What happened to when you earned titles and they weren't given to you just to get over?
Prediction: Jack Swagger
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio (c) vs Dolph Ziggler
It pains me to even say that. Dolph Ziggler???? Really? The scary part is, with Mysterio having contract disputes and Jeff Hardy taking time off soon, they have to give the belt to Ziggler to try and create more talent for the talent starved Smackdown show. I repeat.....What happened to when you earned titles and they weren't given to you just to get over?
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler
Tommy Dreamer (c) vs. Christian
First and foremost, ECW SUCKS!!!! Ahhh I feel so much better. Vince took a great company and great memories from my childhood and wiped his ass with it. I am happy that Dreamer holds the belt though, he's the only ECW Original left. But as a peep i gotta go with Christian. This isn't really a prediction more like a wish
Prediction/Hope: Captain Charisma Christian
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
In case you are not aware. Jeff Hardy's contract is just about up and he is taking some time off when it does and I can't say I blame him. Another Vince screw up. Hardy could've been the next Shawn Michaels. Thanks again Vinnie Mac you scared another one away, just like RVD
Prediction: CM Punk
Randy Orton (c) vs Triple H vs. John Cena
Personally I think they should keep the belt on Randy Orton to help his push. He is way over right now and is the best heel I've seen in quite some time. Take that Triple H. You wish you had half Orton's talent. Oh wait that's right you don't need it, you married the bosses daughter.
Prediction: Triple H
Check back later for the results and feel free to tell me what you think. Also check out my want lists. I finished off the 80's and got started on the 90's today.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Here's a picture of me with Damien
Here's a pic of both my nephews Dominick and Damien
Been spending a lot of time with this little guy after I get out of work lately. Now if only I could find a woman dumb enough to have one with me. Ha! I'll be back tomorrow with a new post. And I will also be adding more to my want/doubles lists. Just started collecting the 09 A&G's and I'm excited about them.
Dominick is only two but we've already taught him to say METS!!! Gotta teach 'em young
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The epic event will be available on InDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Viewer's Choice and more!
Please enjoy the preview below:
Here is a full match breakdown, along with my predictions:
The "Blueprint" Matt Morgan vs Daniels
I see the Main Event Mafia sweeping this Pay Per View. I think they will win all of their matches. Not necessarily something I want but I believe this is the way they will go. And even though Morgan is not in the Mafia, his gimmick right now is that he wants to be so i see him taking the match.
Prediction: The "Blueprint" Matt Morgan
"The Monster" Abyss vs. Dr. Stevie
With Raven no longer with the company and this feud starting to run its course I see Abyss taking it to Dr. Stevie. As a matter of fact I see this as a squash match for Abyss all the way. However this is a normal match and Abyss will take it to the extreme which I believe will cost him this match and lead to a no DQ match next month.
Prediction: Dr. Stevie by DQ
Sharmell vs. Jenna Morasca
This will be the bathroom break match. I mean really, does anybody care? I'm really surprised that a company that prides themselves on their wrestling would even put this match on a PPV
Prediction: Everyone goes to get popcorn because they don't care!
New Japan Tag Team Championship: Team 3D vs. The British Invasion
This one should be easy to call. I don't believe New Japan Wrestling will have their Tag Champs lose their belts for another companies PPV. Team 3D keeps the belts. The 22-time tag champs, and arguably the best tag team of all time retain.
Prediction: Team 3D
TNA KNOCKOUT WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Tara vs. Angelina Love
Tara just won the title 2 weeks ago on TNA Impact on Spike. I don't see them pulling the belt off of her that quick. Doesn't make much sense. Then again I have seen crazier things. These two women are so hot!
TNA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The Main Event Mafia's Scott Steiner & Booker T vs. champions Beer Money, Inc.
Again I believe the Mafia will win all their matches tonight so I am going with the team of Booker and Steiner. I don't think they hyped them tagging together up enough. Booker, formally of Harlem Heat, and Steiner, formally of the Steiner Bros., are two of the best tag teams ever. The two of them tagging together is a big thing. I'm not even sure how many Tag Titles they've held. Dropped the ball a bit there. Beer Money is the tag team of the future, as long as they don't break up anytime soon. This should be a great match.
Prediction: Scott Steiner and Booker T
TNA LEGENDS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The Main Event Mafia's Kevin Nash vs. champion "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
I'm torn about this match. I'm giving it to Nash but AJ is by far the better wrestler. AJ is far better than Nash was even in his prime. But I have some issues with the match. As great as AJ is, he's still relatively a kid and therefore should never have been given the "Legends" belt to begin with. Nash has had so many knee surgeries at this point he can barely walk. I have no idea how he'll be able to keep up with AJ. As Good Ol' JR would say, "This match will be bowling shoe ugly."
Prediction: Kevin Nash
SAMOA JOE'S MYSTERY ADVISOR WILL BE REVEALED
Samoa Joe vs. "The Icon" Sting
With the way they have been pushing this feud Joe has to win. And anyone who doesn't know that Taz is Joe's advisor is an idiot. They show the orange and black, show his #13, show his FTW signs but then pretend to not know who it is? Really? After the match Taz and Joe will beat the crap out of Sting. Who, if anyone, will make the save?
Prediction: Samoa Joe
TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Mick Foley vs. champion Kurt Angle, leader of The Main Event Mafia
The Hardcore Icon vs. The Olympic Gold Medalist. I miss the Foley of old. I understand he cant do all the crazy stuff he used to but I love hardcore Foley. I pray Foley has one more "extreme" match in him. I want to see him and Abyss go at it. Foley will come close but Angle will take it and the Mafia will leave Victory Road with all the gold (minus the Knockouts Title)
Prediction: Kurt Angle
Check back after the show for the results.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Bobby was born May 13, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut. He attended both USC and Arizona State University. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1969. The very same year one of his future teams, both playing and managing, had their "Miracle" season. Over a 10 year playing career he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, San Diego Padres, New York Mets and the Seattle Mariners. In his first season with the Angels he immediately became an offensive star, hitting over .350 in his first month as a starter. Valentine was the Angels' shortstop, but in May temporarily shifted to center field. However, on May 17, 1973, Valentine was a victim of one of the most gruesome injuries during that era when he suffered a multiple compound leg fracture at Anaheim Stadium when his spikes got caught in the outfield's chain link fence while attempting to catch a home run ball hit by Dick Green. He missed the rest of the season and was never quite the same after that.
He began his managerial career in Texas with The Rangers. His most successful season with them was 1986 when they finished 2nd in the AL West. He was fired in 1992. In 1995 Valentine began his first stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. The team surprised all of Japan by finishing 2nd that year. However due to a dispute with the teams General Manager, Valentine was fired at the end of the season. From here its was back to the states and joining the Mets organization. He started by managing the Norfolk Tides but was "called up" to manage the big club in 1996. In 1999 he lead the Mets to a wild card berth which saw them defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks but then lose the League Championship to division rivals, the Atlanta Braves. 1999 was also the year in which he was discovered to have sneaked back into the team dugout after being ejected, by wearing a disguise consisting of a change of clothes, sunglasses, and a "mustache" painted on his upper lip with eye black. One of the funniest moments in Mets history. Here's a video of Bobby telling the tale, along with a picture.
He was fired by the Mets in 2002 and began his 2nd stint with the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2004 where he manages to this day. Thanks for the auto Bobby V, just wish it was a Mets card.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I've already had to update this 3 times cuz you tube keeps deleting it. Stupid copyright issues. Be back tomorrow
Steve over at the Easy Life has been posting some interesting You Tube videos lately so I thought I would capitalize on this.
I love the G4 channel. Well I did when it was all video game stuff all the time. Now I just watch those shows. Attack of the show recently celebrated their 1000th episode and for that Parry Gripp, front man from Nerf Herder, wrote a song for them.
The women of G4 are absolutely beautiful. They need a calender or something. I think I might do a future post all about them.
- Shannon Gugerty defeated Matt Grice via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:36 of Round 1.
- Tom Lawlor defeated C.B. Dollway via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:55 of Round 1.
- Dong Hyun Kim defeated T.J. Grant via unanimous decision (scores of 30-26, 30-26, 30-26).
- Jon Jones defeated Jake O'Brien via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:43 of Round 2.
- Jim Miller defeated Mac Danzig via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mark Coleman defeated Stephan Bonnar via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
Round 1: Belcher missed a couple of leg kicks early on before landing a nice kick to the body. Akiyama landed a nice high kick before getting low-blowed, causing a break in the fight. Akiyama landed some nice shots. Belcher connected with a nice shot that dropped Akiyama, but Akiyama was quick to get back to his feet. Akiyama landed a nice combo. They had a good exchange, with Akiyama getting the better of it, although Belcher did land some big punches. Belcher kicked Akiyama in the thigh, but Akiyama caught his leg and took him down. 10-9 Akiyama.
Round 2: Akiyama took the fight to the ground early. Akiyama landed some shots from the top and controlled Belber. With two minutes left in the round, Belcher was finally able to get back to his feet. Belcher connected with a couple of nice jabs. Akiyama landed a nice jab to finish the round. Akiyama looks pretty tired at this point. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Akiyama.
Round 3: Belcher landed a nice high kick. Akiyama landed some nice shots. Both men stayed standing. Akiyama landed a spinning back kick. Akiyama continued to get the better at the standup. Akiyama floored Belcher but Belcher was quick to get back on his feet. Belcher used his foot to push off the cage and nailed Akiyama with a blow to the face. Akiyama's left eye is swollen shut. Akiyama took Belcher down as the round comes to a close, but Belcher was able to get up. Fightline.com scores it 10-9 for Akiyama.
Winner via split decision (scores of 30-27 Akiyama, 29-28 Belcher, 29-28 Akiyama): Yoshihiro Akiyama
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
Round 1: Both men touched gloves to start the fight. Henderson rocked Bisping early with some big shots. Bisping looks hurt. Henderson continued to use his strength advantage to control Bisping. Henderson landed a big right just as the round ended. Fightline.com scores it 10-9 for Henderson.
Round 2: Henderson landed a big right hand a minute into the round that rocked Bisping. Henderson continues to be the aggressor but Bisping is dodging Henderson's shots. Henderson landed a huge right that knocked Bisping out, followed by another on the ground with just a little under two minutes left in the round.
Winner at 3:20 of Round 2 via KO: Dan Henderson
After the fight, Henderson noted that even with the win, he wasn't sure that Bisping would ever shut his mouth. Henderson went on to say that he feels like he deserves a title shot after this win.
UFC Welterweight Championship
Thiago Alves vs. Georges St-Pierre
Round 1: St-Pierre took Alves down early and got his back. Alves was able to scramble out and get up to his back. The rest of the round stayed standing, with St-Pierre getting the better. Finally with about 45 seconds left in the round, St-Pierre took Alves down. Alves was able to get back up to his feet as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for St-Pierre.
Round 2: St-Pierre was able to take Alves down early. St-Pierre almost mounted Alves but Alves was able to scramble out. Alves is bleeding badly out of the nose. St-Pierre dominated the ground game. With under 40 seconds left, Alves was able to get back on his feet, but St-Pierre pressed him against the cage as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for St-Pierre.
Round 3: Both men stayed on their feet. St-Pierre took Alves down yet again. With two minutes left in the round, Alves was able to get back on his feet. A swift kick took Alves down. St-Pierre pounced on Alves but Alves was able to hang in there. Another dominant round for St-Pierre. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for St-Pierre.
Round 4: St-Pierre took Alves down again to start the round. St-Pierre attempted an arm bar, but Alves was able to slip out and get on top of St-Pierre for the first time during the fight. St-Pierre was able to get back on his feet without much damage. St-Pierre went back on the offensive and took Alves down and got Alves' back. St-Pierre went for the rear naked choke as the round ended. Fightline.com scores it 10-9 for St-Pierre.
Round 5: St-Pierre completely dominated the round with take downs and superior wrestling. Another 10-9, maybe even a 10-8, round for St-Pierre.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 50-45,50-44,50-45): Georges St-Pierre
After the fight, St-Pierre was asked about moving up a weight class and facing Anderson Silva. St-Pierre noted that he's not big for his class and walks at 185 lbs., but didn't give a definitive answer either way.
UFC Heavyweight Championship
Frank Mir (Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)
Round 1: Both guys refused to touch gloves before the fight. Mir's left knee is taped up. Lesnar landed some early inside kicks then took Mir down and landed some short elbows. Lesnar is being very patient while in Mir's half guard. Lesnar is dominating Mir on the ground and landed some shots from the top to Mir's body. The round ends as Lesnar controls Mir on the ground. Fightline.com scores it 10-8 for Lesnar.
Round 2: To start the round, Mir's face looks in bad shape. Mir landed a flying knee and some good shots before Lesnar took him down to the ground. Lesnar kept dropped multiple hammer fists to the head, before the referee finally stopped it. Lesnar was roundly booed after the win, and promptly flipped off the audience for their reaction.
Winner via KO at 1:48 of Round 2 and still UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Champion: Brock Lesnar
After the fight, Lesnar told te UFC fans to keep booing him and that he loved it. Lesnar gave a dick-ish interview to finish the fight. Frank Mir was more complimentary, giving Lesnar props and saying the he still has stuff he has to work on.
They weren't sure there would be time for the Thiago vs Fitch match so since there is its our new Main Event if you will.
Paulo Thiago vs. Jon Fitch
Round 1: Fitch went for a takedown but Thiago was able to get Fitch in a arm-in guillotine. Fitch fought it and was able to get on top of Thiago's back. Fitch kept trying to control Thiago, but didn't do much damage. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Thiago.
Round 2: Fitch landed a right and shot in, and clinched with Thiago against the cage. Thiago got in a front face-lock. Fitch was able to get back up to his feet. Fitch maintained control, and was able to squeak out this round. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 3: Fitch dominated Thiago again and controlled Thiago the entire round. Towards the end of the round, Fitch tried to lock in a rear-naked choke, but was unable to secure it as the round ended. Another 10-9 round for Jon Fitch.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 29-28, 30-27): Jon Fitch.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Matt Grice Vs. Shannon Gugerty
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Both of these fighters are coming off tough losses in their last fights. Matt Grice to Matt Veach via TKO at Ultimate Fight Night on Spike and Shannon Gugerty to Spencer Fisher via a choke submission at UFC 90.
Neither fighter has a winning record in the UFC but their overall records definitely show the potential both fighters have. Grice came into the UFC with a 9-0 record so with 2 losses in his last 3 fights he needs a win to stick around in the UFC. Matt is a four time Oklahoma state wrestling champion in college as well as a three time outstanding wrestler. Shannon, however, is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and loves to choke his opponent out. This match should be chuck full of takedowns but where I think Grice would take you down and lay on you for 5 minutes, Gugerty will go for submission after submission with his BJJ background. I give the edge to Gugerty.
Prediction: Gugerty by submission
CB Dollaway Vs. Tom Lawlor
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These two men have a lot in common. And that's what scares me about this fight. Both Dollaway and Lawlor made a name for themselves on the Ultimate Fighter TV Series on Spike, both men were great collegiate wrestlers and both are coming off big wins. Dollaway over Mike Massenzio via TKO at UFC 92 and Lawlor over Kyle Kingsbury at The Ultimate Fight Finale. All of these things make it sound like it should be a great fight, so why am I scared? For the exact same reasons that should make it good. I see this fight going one of two ways. Since both men are great wrestlers they will try and stay on their feet the whole match and knock the other guy out, or each round someone will get a take down and just lay on their opponent like most wrestlers do. I've seen both of these men fight and I have to say Dollaway definitely has that killer instinct so I'm giving him the edge in this one.
Prediction: Dollaway by Decision
|Dong Hyun Kim Vs. TJ Grant|
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TJ Grant is coming off a huge win against Ryo Chonen at UFC 97 via split decision. That was his UFC debut and he wants to go out and show everyone it was not a fluke. Grant is another former wrestling champion and Brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu. However I give the edge to Kim in this fight. He brings something to the UFC that no one else does, a forth degree black belt in Judo. Now you may ask yourself, how Judo really helps in MMA considering many Judo throws and take downs involve using you opponents Gi which are not worn in the UFC? The answer is many UFC fighters have Zero training in Judo at all for that very same reason. You sick a fourth degree black belt on someone who doesn't know what to expect and you can almost guarantee a win. Besides his name is Dong, how can you not go with that?
Prediction: Dong via TKO
|Jon Jones Vs. Jake O'Brien|
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This could be the sleeper match of the night for me. This should be a very interesting match. We'll start first with Jake O'Brien. A longtime UFC fighter with a record of 5-2 in the UFC. O'Brien started out strong in the UFC winning his first four fights on his way to what seemed like an inevitable title shot. However injuries and two consecutive losses to both Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez took him right out of contention. He dropped down to a more optimal weight class and won his last fight via split decision over Christian Willisch. O'Brien is working to get back towards the top in a new weight division. Jon Jones however is one of the youngest fighters in the UFC at 21 years old and is undefeated not only in the UFC but in his career. He is 2-0 in UFC but he has not shown he can finish a fight. Both of his wins in the UFC have come via decision over Andre Gusmao and Ultimate Fighter 1 star Stephen Bonner in his last fight. This fight is very hard for me to call. Its too close to call, if I could push I would so instead I am going to give the edge to Jones because he's from Endicott, NY and thats where I live. Gotta root for the hometown boy!
Prediction: Jones via Decision
|Mac Danzig Vs. Jim Miller|
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Both of these guys are coming off tough losses. Danzig is actually coming off 2 in a row to both Josh Neer and Clay Guida both at Ultimate fight night matches on Spike. Jim Miller is coming off a losing effort to Gray Maynard. Both will be looking for the win here because the loser might well be out of UFC for a while. In the UFC if you aren't winning you aren't fighting. Miller is a Brown belt in BJJ and Danzig has held numerous MMA championships with other organizations. Another tough one to call but I think Danzig knows if he doesn't win this one its three strikes and your out. With that in his mind I give him the edge.
Prediction: Mac Danzig by Decision
|Mark Coleman Vs. Stephan Bonnar|
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This is another interesting match up. Coleman at 44 years of age is definitely past his prime in MMA. And prior to his last match, a loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 93 had not been in the octagon since UFC 18. Stephen Bonnar though, also coming off a loss has never really lived up to his potential. We've seen glimpses of greatness from him but he cant seem to get it all together. However with Coleman's age and lack of recent fights I give this one to Bonnar.
Prediction: Stephen Bonnar by TKO
|Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Alan Belcher|
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This will be Akiyama's debut in the octagon. He is a big name in Japan looking for stardom in the UFC. And what is his specialty? Judo. Thats right another Judo practitioner making his way into the UFC. Belcher however is no slouch. He is coming off two big wins in his last two fights over Dennis Kang and Ed Herman. He is a well rounded fighter with a Brown Belt in BJJ. I'm giving Belcher the advantage in this fight because of his experience edge in the UFC with 8 of his 17 career fights coming in the octagon.
Prediction: Alan Belcher by decision
|Dan Henderson Vs. Michael Bisping|
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Here we have the Clash of the Coaches. Experience vs Youth. And also a nice guy vs a total jackass. I absolutely hate Michael Bisping. He has a horrible attitude and is just a complete jerk. What he does have however are a lot of amatuer accomplishments including: 1995 Silver medal – world jiu-jitsu championships; 5 x British kickboxing champion; God knows how many times British Sport jiu-jitsu champion.
Accomplishments in pro competition? Cage Rage Champion, Cage Warriors Champion, FX3 Champion, TUF 3 Champion, Coach on TUF9. He's also coming off three straight wins, most recently against Chris Lebin at UFC 89. Dan Hendo Henderson has his own list of accomplishments though including: Former PRIDE Middleweight and Welterweight Champion (1st fighter in history to hold both belts simultaneously), 1992 and 1996 United States Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling team member, 1988 USA Junior Freestyle champion, 1988 USA Junior Greco-Roman champion, 3-time USA Senior Greco-Roman champion, 3-time USA University Greco-Roman champion, 1990 USA FILA Junior World Greco-Roman champion, 1990 Amateur Wrestling News Freshman All-American, 1990-91 U.S. Olympic Festival champion, 1991 and 1993-94 University Nationals champion, 1993-94 U.S. Nationals champion, UFC 17 middleweight tournament winner, RINGS 1999 King of Kings Absolute tournament winner, coach on season nine of The Ultimate Fighter. This match has a shot at fight of the night. I believe these two will put on one hell of a show. I'm giving the edge to Hendo for his experience and also because I really want to see Bisping lose.
Prediction: Dan Henderson by submission
|Jon Fitch Vs. Paulo Thiago|
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Jon Fitch is one of the best welterweights in the UFC today. He has 10 fights in the UFC and has lost only one and that loss was to Welterweight Champ Georges St. Pierre. His most recent win came over Akihiro Gono at UFC 94. He also has wins against Brock Larson, Diego Sanchez, Josh Burkman and Thiago Alves just to name a few. He is a black belt in BJJ and a former freestyle wrestler. His only downfall if any is inability to finish off his opponents. 6 of his 10 UFC bouts have had to go to the judges scorecards. Paulo Thiago is an undefeated fighter with one match in the UFC where he defeated TUF 1 fighter Josh Koscheck. He also has a black belt in BJJ and is still a police officer in Brazil. I think Paulo has a bright future in the UFC and a win over FItch would be huge for his career. Not knowing to much about him yet though I have to go with Fitch in this one.
Prediction: Jon Fitch by decision
|Georges St-Pierre Vs. Thiago Alves|
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This is the match that should be fight of the night. We have two of the best fighters in the world today in this one. Georges has wins over such fighters as Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, John Fitch, BJ Penn and many other big names in this sport. He is one of the best all around fighters in the sport. Just listen to him describe his training. "I started martial arts when I was six, doing Kyokushin karate. When I started training for MMA, I started wrestling with the national team and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Nova Uniao. I now train in wrestling, BJJ, Muay Thai, and boxing. When I first met Stephane Patry and his team I decided I wanted to become a champion in this sport." Thiago Alves has won his last 7 fights in the UFC. He is a purple belt in BJJ and a multiple time Muay Thai champion. If Georges takes him lightly the Pitbull will leave with the belt. I give the advantage to St. Pierre though. He took an opponent lightly once before, in Matt Serra, which cost him his title. Now that he has it back I dont see him doing that again.
Prediction: Georges St. Pierre via TKO
|Brock Lesnar Vs. Frank Mir|
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This is a rematch from UFC 81. It was Lesnars debut fight in the UFC and depending on who you ask he was screwed in that fight. Check out the fight below and tell me what you think. This time though, the belt is on the line and Lesnar not only wants to keep the belt but get revenge on Mir. Lesnar is a multiple time wrestling champion both amateur and professional with the WWE. Mir is an accomplished athlete who is looking to show Lesnar like he did before that he is the better man. Personally I want Lesnar to win and I think if it came down to a slugfest there is no question that Lesnar would win. But for some reason I see this fight going the same exact way the first one did. Lesnar will take control with his fists and go in for the kill and Mir will catch him in a submission.
Prediction: Mir via Submission
So there you have it. Those are my predictions for UFC 100. You agree? Disagree? let me know. PS, not sure why but some of the fighters photos wouldn't post which is really weird considering the worked just fine yesterday. Please enjoy the original Lesnar vs. Mir fight below and check back later this evening for results.
|Brock Lesnar Vs. Frank Mir|
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|Georges St-Pierre Vs. Thiago Alves|
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|Jon Fitch Vs. Paulo Thiago|
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|Dan Henderson Vs. Michael Bisping|
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|Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Alan Belcher|
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|Mark Coleman Vs. Stephan Bonnar|
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|Mac Danzig Vs. Jim Miller|
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|Jon Jones Vs. Jake O'Brien|
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|Dong Hyun Kim Vs. TJ Grant|
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|CB Dollaway Vs. Tom Lawlor|
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|Matt Grice Vs. Shannon Gugerty|
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