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Above: Shock N' Awe ring girl Poppy Thompson. (Cage Potato)
Like MTV's reality show "Caged," the new documentary "Fightville" looks at small-town cage fighters in Louisiana to uncover the next generation of MMA, as well as the sport's struggle for legitimacy. While MMA is no longer underground, it's still met with confusion by many in the over-35 set. Movies like "Fightville" and "Warrior" are helping propel the sport into mainstream acceptance though. MMA's ever-growing list of celebrity fans, including everyone from Rihanna to Justin Bieber, certainly helps, too. By following Dustin Poirier's rise from backwoods brawler to the UFC, "Fightville" is the type of movie MMA buffs will eat up and non-fans will find as the perfect introduction.
MTV Clutch sat down with Michael Tucker, who co-directed the film with his wife, to get his take on MMA's evolution and seeing Poirier fight before he became Dustin "The Diamond."
Finally, a full weekend of MMA as Bellator 65 took place on Friday night and the UFC came back from a long hiatus and held its first event in Sweden on Saturday. Both cards were entertaining as hell. The UFC perhaps found it's next big star in Alexander Gustafsson, who looked impressive in earning a unanimous decision against Thiago Silva. But that isn't even the biggest highlight of the weekend. Check out who received our most recent Clutch MMA Awards.
After last week's snoozer of a "Bellator" (yes, we can all admit that it was our visual NyQuil), Bellator 65 looks to knock some sense into us all. You just know this list of combatants will be throwing haymakers at each other all Friday night long.
Leading the charge is the Bellator Bantamweight champ Zach Makovsky as he defends his title against Season 5 Bantamweight tourney winner Eduardo Dantas. Yes, Makovsky may have the non-threatening nickname "Fun Size" and his diminutive 5-foot-4-inch, 135 pound frame may not strike fear in your heart, but he'll rip your arm from your torso and beat you with it. Dantas has a six inch height advantage and will look to use it to pry the title from Makovsky's waist. Read More...
Yawn. Bellator 64 was certainly not the greatest mixed martial arts event of all time. Hell, it wasn't even in the top 50. Rather than have a slew of dynamic submissions and highlight reel knockouts, we got a bunch of relatively bland decisions capped off by Ben Askren's dominant, yet not even remotely barbaric, welterweight title defense. Look, we know that we sound like a bunch of savages who have an endless thirst for blood, and all that we can say is that you are right! Nevertheless, we still have to give out awards for the best moments from a ho-hum event.
We've got the perfect Friday night pregame for you: Instead of taking shots like some fancy boy, watch a couple of MMA beasts dole out shots of their own in the Bellator 64 welterweight world championship. You might learn a thing or two about surviving in this brutal world.
We're in for a treat as last year's Bellator tournament champion Douglas "The Phenom" Lima takes on undefeated champion and former Olympian Ben "Funky" Askren. OK, so Ben's nickname isn't too intimidating. But do you know how badass you have to be to have a non-scary nickname? It's like how Little John is actually huge, that sort of thing.
Bellator 63 kicked off the welterweight tournament to see who would get the next shot at the title and a sweet $100K added to their bank account. So you pretty much knew that these guys would be fighting their tails off. Well, almost all of the guys. A "Caveman" turned in a dominating performance and a "Psycho" lived up to his name. As for "The Beast," well, let's just say he was pretty tame on this night. See who took home the lauded Clutch MMA Awards from this weekend's action after the jump.
After Bellator 62's heavyweight debacle, the lightweights made it up to fight fans by delivering some exhilarating action. This means that the welterweights have a lot to live up to when they begin their march through the season six welterweight tournament on Friday. Unfortunately, the fight card took a gut punch when former UFC fighter Brian Foster wasn't medically cleared to participate. Rats. But despite his removal, there are some fights that should give us enough blood, sweat and tears to keep us engaged. Let's take a look at what we have in store Friday night.
The lightweight quarterfinals of "Bellator"'s Season 6 tournament was quite the entertaining spectacle. Despite Eric Prindle winning 100k and a title shot without fighting (thanks to Thiago Santos coming in as a fat boy), the lightweights provided just enough fireworks to have us totally forget that there was a heavyweight fight on the card. So what did we get instead? A "Cupcake" whooping a "Pitbull," the world's bravest referee and a submission move that had us all wondering what the hell to call it. Read More...
After what was quite possibly the worst time to recreate "South Park"'s version "Rochambeau" in the middle of a fight, Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos will finally settle the score to see who will face Cole Konrad for the Bellator Heavyweight Championship this weekend at Bellator 62. You see, last November the two gargantuan fighters were expected to slug it out Thing vs. Hulk style at Bellator 59. Instead, what we got was Santos obliterating Prindle's family jewels with a kick that had every man in American wincing in pain. Unfortunately, Prindle couldn't continue. The $100,000 prize and the opportunity to face Konrad was put on hold until the season six started. Well, now is the time (finally) and the two will meet on Friday, March 23 at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX. Go ahead and insert your "Everything is bigger in Texas" joke here. If you can't make it to Laredo, you can watch live on MTV2 at 8p/7c.
But that's not the only rumble going down on Friday night...