No sports of note last night, so here’s some video of Gina Carano working out outside of Madison Square Garden after the press conference to promote the upcoming Carano/Cyborg brawl on August 15. After those two got through mugging and promoting for the camera, our heroine took things outside and put on a little shadow boxing/light sparring exhibition.
Yeah, to say it’s a slow news day would be an understatement.
This little “female fighter choking out a male host” meme is proving to be an effective way to market upcoming MMA brawls, much like the Gina Carano/Cris Cyborg fight which takes place on August 15. The buzz surrounding Carano/Cyborg is growing exponentially, thanks in large part to the “choking out” videos popping up here, there, and everywhere. It started when Cyborg choked out Aaron Tru of MMAWorldwide.com.
Because of my previous employment, I’m still drawn to prominent ebusiness news, especially if it’s related to sports. That’s why I’m drawn to this Rashad Evans video. It looks like it could be an add for the new Microsoft Bing search engine, although, there’s nothing in the video that says “Bing.” However, considering Evans’ previous ties to Microsoft, the fact the video/commercial asks about search engines, which coincides with Bing’s launch, assumptions are pretty safe at this point.
Conversely, Bing has been so adamant and aggressive with their branding, it’s hard to believe they’d pass on the chance to let everyone know what it is that’s being marketed here. Seeing how the video has strong MMA ties, it has already made the rounds pretty thoroughly over in that part of the blogosphere. I found this one over at MMA Scraps.
Judging by the YouTube views, it’s safe to say some of you have seen this video before, but if not, it’s worth the time. What we have is a Kiai Master — the yell you give before a strike — who apparently has a high midi-chlorian count because in the preview portion of the video, it shows the Master striking his opponents without touching them. Yeah, the guy is billing himself as a black-belt Yoda. Anyway, Kiai Master de jour issues a challenge to any MMA fighter, saying if he can be beaten, he’ll pay the fighter $5000.
Apparently, his version of the Force was no match for a solid fist to the face, nor the knee that followed. In fact, the look of surprise on the Master’s face when he gets hit the first time is similar to White Goodman: “Nobody makes me bleed my own blood, NOBODY!!!”
If Kimbo’s kid was upset his dad got phantom punched the hell out, he’ll probably blow a gasket when he finds out his father’s bankroll is drying up. Because of a condition called “hemorrhaging money,” EliteXC is closing up shop and they have canceled all of their upcoming events.
After the failure of Kimbo Slice –beaten by this guy — EliteXC is trying to spin their sport in a positive; but after putting so much stock in their backyard brawler, the MMA company is threatening to fold like a house of cards, or worse, like losing their relevancy.
When ringside announcers are asking the public to give EliteXC’s “headline talent” a mulligan for a pathetic-but-it’s-all-good performance, the emperor’s lack of clothing becomes more and more obvious.
Oh please, please, please let this be true. There are some rumors going around Mike Tyson has been seen in Las Vegas and apparently, he’s been training and getting his body in shape. Although, no one knows what for. Sherdog.com has more:
A source, who asked to remain anonymous, informed Sherdog.com that Tyson has been quietly “training his ass off” with a prominent strength and conditioning coach in the area. The source also stated that Tyson “is not going to do boxing anymore,” but when asked if “Iron Mike” was going to try MMA, the source shrugged, “I don’t know, I can’t say.”
Please, please, please let this happen. I’m begging here. If you thought a name like Kimbo Slice could give credence to a UFC challenger — in this case, Elite XC — imagine what a presence like Mike Tyson would do. Now, imagine a Tyson/Slice fight. While a fight of this size would probably be reserved for the Elite XC PPVs, imagine if it made its way to CBS.
The marketing blitz and subsequent reactions from the media would be obscene. While a PPV match-up would get tons of coverage, putting Tyson back on network TV for fighting purposes would draw so many more viewers — and attention — it would make the Gina Carano/Kimbo Slice “event” seem like undercard scheduling.
Besides a nasty looking cauliflower ear that happened to explode on national television, the debut of Kimbo Slice and the Elite XC brand of MMA came off with more of a fizzle instead of the the desired bang. The Internet sensation that is Kimbo Slice was exposed as what most MMA experts thought he was — a hard-punching brawler with no discernible ring/octagon skills. His grappling ability is suspect and if he can’t score with his haymakers, he’s just not very effective MMA fighter.
If it wasn’t for that cauliflower ear stoppage, the rise of the headliner of Elite XC’s stable — and Elite XC themselves — was almost stopped in its tracks. While he might be able to beat folks like you and me up, it looks like Kimbo is going to have his hands full when he goes against any MMA technician. Here’s a video of the final round of the Slice/Thompson fight.
Gus Johnson does not agree with the stoppage.
The Ultimate MMA Video Blog has much, much more on this fight and the related fallout. In the other headliner, American Gladiator Gina Carano handled her business by stopping Kaitlin Young after a competitive second round. Again, the need for the stoppage is being questioned. Here’s the entire fight if you interested in forming your own opinion.
While it looks like the ring-side doctor made the decision to stop the fight, it does look like Young could have continued the match. Did the Elite XC borrow a page from the NBA front-office playbook, ensuring the biggest, most recognizable names are victorious?