Luis Santos has 57 fights in the past 11 years, often fighting twice a month. His first three professional fights were on the same night and he won them all. Obviously, this was before the athletic-commission, doctor-at-ringside MMA we know now. "Sapo" is from the anything-goes days in Brazil where men were men, and head butts, punches to the spine and kicks to the balls were legal. We prefer not to know more of his personal history because "City of God" gave us nightmares. For Bellator 53, live this Saturday, Oct. 8 10/9c on MTV2, Sapo must summon his entire history of violence to defeat Ben Saunders on his road to the $100k welterweight tournament prize.
"Killa B" Saunders is a strong, tall, skinny striker--good enough to beat all but the very top tier of welterweights in the UFC. At 28 years old, his formative years were spent watching the comparatively gentlemanly bouts of modern MMA. He's fought about once every six months for seven years, trains at American Top Team, drinks protein shakes and goes to bed early in an air-conditioned suburban Florida home. Santos vs. Saunders just feels like a great "Rocky"-esque matchup.
Which two fighters beat Anderson Silva for more than one round in the UFC, plead guilty to money-laundering charges and were banned for a year from fighting for doping.
Sorry, trick question. There is only one. The undisputed king of "Is this guy joking or insane?" Mr. Chael Sonnen. Unfortunately, most of the promos for Sonnen's UFC 136 fight against Brian Stann have been, "Nice guy, we're friends, we're professionals, blah blah." Luckily, you can still get him going on Silva, like this gem from last week: "You tell Anderson Silva I'm coming over and I'm kicking down his back door and patting his little lady on the ass and I'm telling her to make me a steak, medium-rare just how I like it."
Sonnen seems like a personality from '80s pro-wrestling. In fact, if you watch Ultimate Warrior's promotional videos, the two seem oddly similar. Is Sonnen this generation's Warrior? We believe the rigorously researched, peer-reviewed Venn diagram above answers that question insanely well.
Gray Maynard has a love-hate relationship with MMA judges. Over his five-year career, judges showered him with decisions as he amassed a 10-0 record. But on New Year's Day 2011, the judges turned their backs on him. After pummeling poor Frankie Edgar into dust for the first five minutes of their UFC lightweight title fight, Edgar somehow survived and earned a questionable draw. Clearly unhappy with the decision, "The Bully" will have five rounds this Saturday, October 8th, to prove once again that he's a champion.
"I still think I won the fight back in January," the 32-year-old sneers as he prepares to face Edgar a third time on October 8th in Houston at UFC 136. "But the three people that counted, they didn't."
Maynard's nickname, "The Bully," started out as a joke and comes from his likeness to the bull terrier he rescued several years ago. Asked if his intensity switch has a snooze button, he says, “I'm a nice guy." The former Michigan State wrestling standout promises that he'll only intimidate the hell out of you when it's time to fight. The man who owns a nine-second knockout assures that he won't rip your face off if you ask for an autograph while he's shopping at Wal-Mart.
Big. Ass. Mo-fos. Bellator’s heavyweight tournament quarterfinals happened on Saturday night, resulting in one awesome slobber-knocker, one sweet KO and one really nice choke.
Mark Holata vs. Ron Sparks
From the chin up, Mark Holata's pompadour makes him looks like he's auditioning for John Travolta's part in the remake of "Grease." Below the chin, his jacked shoulders and the tendons bursting from his neck make him scarier than John Travolta in "Battlefield Earth." Ron Sparks is flabby in that "cute Fedor Emelianenko way" that lulls jacked-up dudes like Holata to sleep.... Oh, wait, sorry, that's Sparks' pinpoint left hook landing square on Holata's jaw in the mid-first round. Dang. The brain in that pompadour-skull switched off as Holata fell to the canvas, well before Sparks went in with the angry hammer fists. The ref mercifully dove in and saved Holata's face from being turned to ground chuck.
Sparks defeated Holata by KO (1:24 of Round 1)
The saying "good things come in small package" was in full effect Saturday night as the lightest weight class in "Bellator Fighting Championships" took to the cage to open their own tournament. Live on MTV2 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, Bellator 51 hosted the four quarterfinals’ fights of the BFC bantamweight tourney. The participants of these caged fisticuffs are fighting for a $100,000 check and to get a crack at the first BFC bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky. In the shadow of the NFL Hall of Fame, these 135 pounders put on two well-fought decisions and two hair-raising knockouts. Let’s get a recap of these frenzied free-for-alls.
A pair of older fighters with roots in wrestling top the Bellator 51 fight card tomorrow night in Canton, Ohio. Thirty-four year-old Joe Warren (pictured) "The Baddest Man on the Planet" (7-1) will face off against 40-year-old Alex "The Exorcist" Vila (9-0) in the bantamweight tourney opening round of Bellator Fighting Championships. The rest of the card includes other bantamweight tourney openers Wilson Reis vs. Eduardo Dantas, Ed West vs. Luiz Nogueira, and Marcos Galvao vs. Chase Beebe.
But the most intriguing matchup is Warren against Vila. Warren, Bellator's current featherweight champion, is seeking to become the first MMA fighter to simultaneously hold belts in two divisions for a nationally televised U.S. promotion. The first man who will attempt to stop him, Vila, has in his trophy case an award that Warren used to covet: an Olympic wrestling medal. Vila won a bronze in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Vila will certainly have his hands full--Warren added Muay Thai to his repertoire this past summer.
LADIES Kat Von D did a nice spread for Bizarre magazine [Guyism]
Time to get WEIRD!
SMOOTH Plies feat. Jeremih & Ludacris "Just (The Tip)" [The Urban Daily]
Just to see how it feels.
GLOVES 8 local show KOs you probably haven't seen before [Cage Potato]
Help bring humiliation to a larger audience.
DUMPED How to find out who's unfriended you on the new Facebook timeline [BuzzFeed]
Get cyberslapped in the face.
SCARY 25 bizarre medical instruments [Holy Taco]
We'll take some anesthesia with that, please.
FAILS The 25 funniest dumb blonde photos of all time [TruTV]
But they have more fun, right?
THAT TIME Track women's periods so you can avoid them [WGRD]
Although some of you may have another problem if you receive no alert.
THE TUBE Shows to geek out about [MTV Geek]
Get some geek for every genre.
LADIES Boom plays with a hose and gets wet in the pool [Suicide Girls]
Enjoy it while you can--today is last day of summer.
RAMPAGE 20 GIFs of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson being Rampage [Cage Potato]
He's part of that rare class of guys who can only be described by his own name.
UNSUNG Ice-T and other hip-hop legends talk hip-hop [The Urban Daily]
Hear from Big Daddy Kane, Eazy-E and more.
QUEEN Freddie Mercury lives on--cover band audition [BuzzFeed]
Complete with a dirty 'stache!
DRESSED 25 epic "Lord of the Rings" cosplay pics [Holy Taco]
Celebrate Hobbit Day with several horrifying non-CGI renditions of Gollum.
TAILGATE Grandma takes a beer to the face [WGRD]
This ain't the antiques roadshow.
BOX OFFICE This week in movie posters: now with more "Rum Diary" [Film Drunk]
Jonah Hill gets in on the "chicks' legs shot from the rear" poster cliché.
DUMBER LEARNING 30 dumbest universities in America [TruTV]
Emory's "longest line of tacos" probably didn't boost applications.
Photo: Suicide Girls
On Saturday night, live on MTV2, "Bellator Fighting Championships’" second tournament of four for this fall got under way. At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the middleweights, 185ers, got their turn in the spotlight as they took to the cage in four quarterfinals matchups. Bellator 50 had just about everything a fight fan could ask for: a knockout, a submission, a decision and a pair of particularly attractive WAGs (wives and girlfriends) who have become household faces to the BFC faithful. Let’s get a recap of these fierce flurries:
The Bellator Series returns this Saturday the 17th with eight epic matchups in the middleweight quarter finals. Jared Hess battles Bryan Baker, Zelg Galesic takes on Alexander Shlemenko, Victor O'Donnell goes head-to-head with Brian Rogers and Sam Alvey hits the octagon with Vitor Vianna. Be sure to watch live in HD on MTV2, this Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7/6 Central.