There's only three weeks of "Bellator" left so if you've missed out on some of these insane fights, now is the time to check in as the finals of the lightweight tournament will be decided along with some other action packed bouts.
Daniel Straus and Marlon Sandro will slug it out to decide who will get the guaranteed featherweight title shot in the near future. Will it be the Nova União Jiu Jitsu black belt Sandro, who made it to the tourney finals only to lose to the recently crowned champ Pat Curran? Or will it be Straus, the emotionally charged wrestler looking to continue on after the death of his teammate Chris Smith? Both fighters come from totally different backgrounds which should result in a high octane showdown.
Elsewhere, Marcos Galvao will take on Travis Marx in a bantamweight tournament semifinal showdown. Not sure if Marx did something wrong to draw Galvao in the tournament but he better be ready. Also, the man who may best be remembered for derailing the Kimbo Slice hype train will also be featured as Seth Petruzelli takes on Carmelo Marrero in a catchweight bout. Finally, it is the battle of the "Are You For Real?" names as Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromski (the what-mare?) and Waachiim Spiritwolf (is he in the "Twilight" Wolf Pack) square off in a rematch of their Strikeforce showdown from 2010 that ended in six seconds after Spiritwolf was accidentally poked in the eye.
Springtime is a great time of year if you are a sports fan. It's even a better time if you are a fan of sports video games. You have your pick of several different professional sports leagues going on at the same time and all at different stages of their season. Whether it's baseball, soccer, basketball, MMA, hockey and of course your dad's favorite pastime, golf. With so many sports video game titles to choose from by just as many publishers, your good friends at MTV Clutch went to "work" to pick out the best video game in each sport. We figured that this is a good time of year to stop killing demon vampires, open the windows and give your thumbs something else to stay active with. So for those of you who would rather make free throws from your couch or eat sausage links rather than play on them, sit back and check out the titles we liked the best for the spring season.
Some asses definitely got kicked this weekend as "UFC on Fox 3" and "Bellator 67" both took place. We had some thrilling fights were guys had to survive nearly being finished and turn the tables on their opponents. We had a trash talking Nate Diaz put hands all over Dan Miller in a surprisingly one-sided affair and Bellator's lightweight champion utterly destroyed an MMA legend.
Break My Arm? I'll Break Your Face!
Nobody expected Lavar Johnson and Pat Barry to go the distance. Everyone assumed somebody was going to get knocked the f*** out. So we were shocked when the smaller Barry took the hulking Johnson down and applied a submission that appeared to have Johnson in tears.
It looked like it was all over for Johnson as Pat Barry was in full "tap or snap" mode as he locked in a vicious keylock and put all of his might into the hold. But Johnson is one big sonofabitch who refused to let a nearly broken arm ruin his night. Somehow, the monstrous Johnson got out of the hold and back to his feet. Then this happened...
Damn, a week without "Bellator" and we were already relapsing from not seeing people getting punched in the face. Thank sweet baby Jesus that we get the action back this week with an awesome card headlined by a lightweight fight featuring a rising champion and a legend.
The man who shocked the world by stopping Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight champion in a hellfire and brimstone "Fight of the Year" candidate, Michael Chandler, will take his craft to the next level when he faces 37-year-old UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran Akihiro Gono. No, Gono is not of Alvarez' pedigree, but Chandler cannot sleep on the well-respected Japanese veteran who holds victories over Gegard Mousasi and one of only two people to ever defeat former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard. Anybody who has fought Lombard and lived to tell the tale is either crazy or good. We'll go with both.
In an interesting welterweight showdown Ben Saunders and Bryan Baker both have something to prove against one another. Baker didn't look all that great in his welterweight debut against Carlos Alexander Pereira and looks to prove that he can truly be a badass at welterweight. Meanwhile, Saunders went to war with Raul Amaya but "Killa B" just couldn't get rid of his foe and may have wore himself down. When you have two guys trying to prove something, you better believe blood will be shed and somebody might get knocked the eff out!
"A Boy Named Sue" takes on his father in the Johnny Cash song and wins, but it's a lie. Anyone who has made the mistake of swinging at their father has learned an important lesson: "Don't fight dad!" Not just because you should respect him, but because you will knock you the f*** out. It seems like you can take him but dads have an inexplicable X-factor, "old man strength." They've been hardened by enough life that they don't care how strong you are kid, they will win.
While it wasn't his father, a 21-year old MMA fighter in Kankakee, Illinois learned a very similar lesson this weekend. "A Man Named Tim" offered to fight the young competitor when his opponent didn't show up. Beer-bellied and 53 years old, Tim doesn't look like much so the boy readily agreed. Unfortunately for him, no one had ever taught him about "old man stregth." Watch the shaky video below to see Tim teach this whippersnapper a lesson.
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Mixed Martial Arts is a sport that has brought together fighting styles from all over the world and all violent walks of life. In its earlier days, the styles were more defined. Now many fighters can fight standing up just as well as they can on the ground. There are few straight-up boxers versus grapplers. Everybody goes with a solid knowledge of everything.
If you're an MMA fan, you're aware the standard fighting styles that have become a part of the sport: kickboxing, wrestling, karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, etc. but there are a few powerful styles that have yet to make their appearance in The Octagon. They're just as effective as any popular style of hand-to-hand fighting, but they're slightly less glamorous and interesting to watch. Here are four examples:
If you're opponent is knocking the crap out of you, just fall to the ground and cry. The move confuses your opponent, as he watches your mascara run. This is a defense-heavy style that will minimize your injuries, but maximize your embarrassment.
Credit: Josh Hedges/ Zuffa/UFC
The UFC had a heated rivalry come to an end and Bellator had a superfight between two of the best lightweights not under the Zuffa umbrella. The result was an amazing assortment of knockouts, submissions and fights that were awesome to watch. Knowing that pictures don't really do the job, the good folks over here at MTV Clutch have decided that GIFs make this recap so much better. Luckily the internet provides. We found GIFs from the past weekend that highlight each of our Clutch MMA Awards. Enjoy!
Oh boy! Usually when you talk about the best mixed martial artists in the world squaring off, you automatically think of someone in the UFC. Not this time. Bellator 66 is headlined by two of the best lightweights in the world as former champion Eddie Alvarez looks to avenge his 2008 loss to super-duper submission specialist Shinya Aoki. These are two of the best fighters in the world that the Zuffa umbrella (UFC & Strikeforce) has yet to get their mitts on. When they last met on Dec. 31, 2008, at Dynamite!! 2008--the biggest MMA card in the country--Aoki swiftly submitted Alvarez with a nasty heel hook. It's been three years and now Alvarez looks to get his revenge.
Look, this fight is badass. Since losing to Aoki, Alvarez has gone an impressive 7-1 and was the Bellator lightweight champ before losing in a "Holy S***" showdown with Michael Chandler last year. He can punch your face off or submit you, and that makes Alvarez a lethal foe. Meanwhile, Aoki has gone 11-2 and his nasty assortment of submissions has nearly torn limbs off his opponents' frames. Seriously. It's tap or snap with Aoki, and most will choose tap because they know he will snap whatever it is he gets a hold of. We're grown ass men and just thinking about the fight gives us goosebumps.
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ActionFest 2012 just concluded in Asheville, North Carolina, and one of their guests of honor was Gina Carano. She got her start kicking ass as an MMA fighter, continued kicking ass in the recent action film "Haywire" and will continue to do so with her new movie currently in production, "In the Blood." Carano has made such an impression on the world in such a short amount of time that ActionFest presented her the first ever Chick Norris Award, naming her the best female action star. MTV Clutch contributor Action Flick Chick got a chance to speak with Carano about all of this and more at ActionFest. Check it out!
MTV viewers know Matt "Danger" as the overly humble, naturally gifted fighter from "Caged." Now he's taken on a new role as a zombie in a promo for Dustin Poirier's upcoming UFC on Fuel TV match against the ruthless "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.
After watching the new MMA documentary "Fightville" and chatting with the director, it's clear that the subject (and subsequent UFC breakout star) Dustin Poirier is a special talent. But on May 15, the Korean Zomibe will be his biggest challenge yet. So leading up to the fight, Poirier is doing what any star fighter does--immersing himself in the enemy's techniques. Which, this time, just happens to mean battling a horde of zombies (hey, there's a reason his trainer's name is "Crazy" Tim Credeur). But these aren't your lumbering "Walking Dead" zombies. These are MMA zombies, like Danger. See if you can spot the undead "Caged" fighter below, and catch "Fightville" in New York and Los Angeles theaters, as well as on iTunes, VOD and Digital Download starting this Friday.
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