Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway (UFC 212 Promo Vid)

Bellator NYC: Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (video countdown)

Can Dan Hendo Make History?

danoAt the ripe old age of 46, Dan Henderson has done a LOT for and in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Saturday October 8th, 2016, he attempts to do three things; win a UFC title at 46, (the oldest for any fighter besting Couture’s win at 43), repeat the blockbuster knockout of Michael Bisping, who is coming off wins over Anderson Silva and former champ Luke Rockhold, and retire, on top, gaining belts in the biggest three modern mma organizations, PRIDE, STRIKEFORCE, and the vaunted UFC.

If Dan wins, and that’s a BIG if, as he’s been on the downhill rapidly as of late since coming off TRT, he’ll retire the most decorated champion in MMA modern history, overtaking all others in having won the open Brazil Vale Tudo Tournament in his debut in 1997, defeating Brazilian Vale Tudo legend, Jose Landi-Jons, UFC 17’s four man tournament defeating Allan Goes and Carlos Newton in closely contested contests to earn his 2nd MMA tournament championship, the Rings: King of Kings belt in 1999, TWO Pride Belts, in different divisions, Strikeforces belt, and the UFC belt. Having wins over Wanderlei Silva in his Prime, Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce while being outweighed by over 30 pounds, and now entering his final bought, for UFC gold in enemy territory.

Look up. See that resume? That is the mark of a warrior, a man who’s sporting career has crossed three decades, and began when MMA was a tournament, with bare knuckles, and will end with it being a sport on par with soccer and baseball.

As a fan of MMA, I am not generally over-sentimental, however in the case of this fight, I can cheer both fighters on and hope that Dan “Hendo” Henderson goes out on top, with the title in his hands. It would be a fitting end to an amazing career.

UFC 200 Info

ufc 200

Main Card Pay-Per-View: 10PM/7PM ETPT

Prelims: 8PM/5PM ETPT

Early Prelims: 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

UPDATE – Jon Jones has committed a potential USADA violation and has been pulled from UFC 200. The new Main Event will be Lesnar vs. Hunt. More updates to come as this unfolds. On a personal note, “Thanks Jon”.  SMDH.



Why I’ll Be Cheering for Bisping over Silva


It’s been a long road to haul for Anderson Silva lately. What with him turning 40, having not won a fight at middleweight in nearly 4 years, (yup he hasn’t won a fight since July 2012 at middleweight) and having broken his leg and so forth. But he’ll come back right? He’s the legend? The greatest?

I am cheering for Michael “the count” Bisping in this fight folks. I am a biased mma fan, who loves most Brazilian fighters, who has a Brazilian wife and lived in Brazil for quite a while. I train BJJ, (Brazilian Ju-Jitsu for those of you without an MMA IQ) and have always supported “the boys of chute boxe” and “the boys of Pride”, but not this time.

I can’t. You see the reason is simple for me. The two men squaring off in the Octagon this Saturday, February 27th at UFC Fight Night 84, have both been UFC Fighters for the exact same amount of time, give 4 days. Michael Bisping’s debut came at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale, June 24th, 2006, and 4 days later, at UFC Fight Night 5, Anderson Silva crashed into the UFC by knocking out Chris Leben.

Bisping was 11-0, and Silva came into the UFC with an 18-4 record. Bisping was seemingly destined for greatness after winning his debut and subsequent bouts, and Silva, was an overnight success earning an immediate title shot after besting Leben.

Both fighters went on a tear through the light-heavyweight and middle-weight divisions. Then came the losses. Not for Anderson, he was too busy beating huge named opponents like Travis Lutter, and James Irvin, (really?) while Bisping was also beating fighters such as Leben, he was fighting guys like Rashad Evans, (also his first loss). Rashad would be a challenge for anyone, as a former champ, and especially in his prime, but he comes from the Dan Severn camp, which was notorious for PED abuse, and his camp, Blackzillians have had THREE high profile fighters pop red for PED use in the past. Just sayin’, where there’s smoke, there is fire.

The next loss for Bisping came against Dan Henderson, then Wanderlei Silva. See the pattern? Both legends  from Pride FC, both are known for PED use or fled PED testing. Bisping’s next two losses came against the UFC’s two most notorious steroid users in Chael Sonnen, and then Vitor Belfort, (or TRT Vitor as Joe Rogan liked to say). In the Belfort fight, Bisping was clearly fighting a man abusing PED’s and was permanently disfigured in that fight after getting knocked out. Vitors flagrant abuse of steroids and the UFC attempting to seemingly cover it up for him or give him fights in Brazil where testing is either predictable or less strict made me and other hardcore fans sick.

His final two losses were against Luke Rockhold, the current champ, and Tim Kennedy, (who hasn’t won a fight since the Bisping fight and hasn’t fought since the new UFC Drug Testing became policy).

All of this happening while people are making fun of Bisping for his loudmouth taunts, and quirky English mannerisms, calling him arrogant and so forth.

This Saturday Bisping will fight yet ANOTHER UFC fighter who has tested positive for steroid abuse, in Anderson Silva. I know the excuses, “he broke his leg”, or “he only used one time”. Bull. The man flatly denied this very week that he ever put any PED’s in his body. Period. Never. We know from NSAC hearings that he popped BEFORE his fight and was dirty AFTER his fight with Diaz. In that fight he couldn’t beat a welter-weight Nick Diaz, who was outweighed by 15 pounds, while he, Anderson Silva had steroids in his system. This shameful denial is part of my indignation against Silva and all PED users. I lost a lot of respect for him. I have very little for Wanderlei since 2014, and none for Vitor Belfort. None.

I think the new PED policy is going to be great and terrible for MMA. The reason is we will finally see who are the best, natural fighters in the UFC. There will be a lot of money lost because of the testing, and fighters getting caught.

I think now is the prime time for BJ Penn to come back, never-mind the naysayers because he just might win a belt again since he’s not fighting over-sized Welterweights who were probably all pumped up on HGH and EPO while using I.V.’s to re-hydrate.

I think Bisping will come in Saturday night, 80 UFC fight nights later, after the rise of “Ando” and I really do believe the count will beat Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. I have to say, it’ll be a sweet victory for a man who has played fair, and never cheated in his career to finally get the chance to send Silva off into the sunset. Perhaps after besting Silva, and having three wins in a row against top competition, Bisping will finally get the title shot many believed he earned back in 2011, and perhaps he’ll get the respect he’s been chasing for the past 10 years.