(Video) Bellator 97 Weigh-ins: King Mo and More

Bellator 97 takes place tongiht at 7pm ET on SpikeTV!!! King Mo takes on Jacob Noe in the Summer Series finals. Tension in the air! Time for War!! Don’t miss it!!

Other fights include Ryan Martinez vs Vitaly Minakov, Michael Chandler defending his lightweight title against David Rickels and Ben Askren defending his welterweight title against Andrey Koreshkov.

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(Video) King Mo on Wins and Losses

King Mo, Reuben Duran, and other fighters talk about winning and losing fights in MMA. They talk about finding the positives in a loss. King Mo also describes why Fabricio Werdum beat Fedor via triangle choke.

King Mo fights Jacob Noe tonight at 7pm ET on SpikeTV! Don’t miss it!

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(Video) King Mo’s Favorite Video Game

King Mo fights Jacob Noe tomorrow, July 31st, at 7pm on Spike TV! But first, we had a little fun with King Mo and asked him about his love for fighting video games. Let’s hope Mo goes Double Dragon on Jacob Noe tomorrow.

Comment below with your favorite video game of all time!

Also, in case you missed it, MMA Elite CEO, Steven Jolna, talks about the upcoming fights in this video. Steven says that King Mo “has been training on his stand-up, but he also knows his core skills are as a wrestler – a world class wrestler. He’s going to mix it up, and he’s going to give Noe a difficult time. If I’m giving you a prediction today…King Mo, 1st round TKO.”

Fighting Smart vs. Fighting Scared

Rory MacDonald

Heading into Fox’s 8th UFC broadcast, I was most excited for the welterweight tilt between Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger.  This fight turned out to be the most disappointing of the entire card.  MacDonald’s strategy produced multiple jabs, minimal action, and mundane results.  Although my expectations were all for naught, I can’t be mad—at this stage in the game, victory weighs much heavier than style.  Such logic may seem intuitive, but it’s not always the case.  Classic wars often carry careers much further than deserved.  Just look at Stephan Bonnar’s first defeat to Forrest Griffin—has another fighter ridden a loss to greater lengths?  Action fighters like Dan Hardy, Marcus Davis, and the recently released Leonard Garcia have traveled similar paths.  In a related story, none of these fighters have ever, nor will ever, hold UFC gold.

One fighter fans are particularly keen to pick on is Georges St. Pierre.  I’ll admit, his lack of finishes is exceptionally unspectacular, especially when you compare him to the likes of Cain Velazquez, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva (win or lose), and Jose Aldo.  Does this make him a scared fighter?  Not one bit.  Ironically, an excess of fear is precisely what makes Pierre so smart.  If you’ve never seen GSP interviewed (I suggest watching this interview with Joe Rogan), he routinely talks of an overwhelming fear that must be managed each and every time he steps into the cage.  That’s what makes Pierre a great champion—he never lets fear get in the way; he merely uses it as a roadmap to victory.  Weaponizing fear into strategic fuel does not make a scared fighter; allowing fear to paralyze does.

This brings us back to MacDonald’s performance against Ellenberger—did he fight smart or scared?  I say he fought smart.  Extremely smart.  Extremely cautious, but smart nonetheless.  Ellenberger, on the other hand, fought scared.  He fought like a fighter wanting to keep what he had instead of a fighter clawing to claim what was his.  Rashad did the same against Lil’ Nog in route to a similarly disappointing decision.  Rory’s lackluster win likely pits him against Demian Maia or the winner of Condit/Kampmann in a title eliminator.  Rory could still get an immediate crack at GSP if Hendricks loses, but if that’s the case, I don’t think stopping Ellenberger would have mattered either way.  If GSP loses to Hendricks, you can guarantee MacDonald will stay active while the inevitable rematch of GSP/Hendricks plays out once, if not twice.  MacDonald is a fantastic fighter who’s yet to reach his prime.  On Saturday, he needed to take care of business and did so in calculated fashion.  He neutralized his opponent’s advantage—in this case, power—in route to an easy unanimous decision.

Sounds awfully like another welterweight MacDonald knows all too well.

Rules Change: Kicking/Kneeing a Downed Opponent

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Hi sports fans.  On July 31, during the 2013 annual meeting of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), members of the Association are expected to discuss changing the rule that you cannot kick or knee an opponent in the head when that opponent has intentionally downed him or herself.

The rule change as it is written was co-authored by Nevada’s Keith Kizer, Ohio’s Bernie Profato, and New Jersey’s Nick Lembo, and attempts to address such instances when a fighter is attempting to benefit from drawing out a foul from his or her opponent.

The rule reads as follows:

Referees should instruct the fighters that they may still be considered a standing fighter even if they have a finger or portion of the hand (or entire hand) on the canvas. In the discretion of the referee, a fighter who has a finger or hand on the canvas may still be legally struck in the head with knees and kicks. The referee may decide that the downed fighter is placing his or her finger or hand down without doing so for an offensive or countering maneuver in an attempt to advance or improve their position. The referee may decide that the downed fighter is instead simply trying to draw a foul. If the referee decides that the fighter is “touching down” simply to benefit from a foul, the referee may consider that fighter a standing fighter and decide that no foul has occurred.

If a referee decides that a fighter is “touching down” to avoid getting hit in the head, then that ref, at his or her discretion, may choose to penalize said fighter with a warning or point deduction for timidity.

A recent example that comes to mind of the “3 points” rule is Mighty Mouse Johnson vs. John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6 earlier this year, where Johnson had standing side control against the fence of Dodson, and Dodson, bent over, continually placed his fingers on the canvas so as to not be kneed in the head.  A knee did occur, however, and ref Big John McCarthy allowed Dodson time to recover.  Under the proposed new rule, such a strike could be ruled legal, allowing action to continue.

What are your thoughts on this?  I am particularly concerned that this is all up to the discretion of the referee, and not a stead fast rule, like “you cannot kick someone in the groin.”  Leave your comments below!

Losses

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
–Jackie Robinson

The music hits the speakers, and like a mythical hero of old, the fighter begins their slow lonely walk to cage. The crowd erupts, either in cheers or boos, as a modern day gladiator makes their way to ring alone. Most of the lights in the venue are dimmed, with only a few spotlights still on. The fighter is all alone in their own head. A thousand thoughts bounce around like toddlers given a Redbull. Confidence.Their gameplan. Remembering what their coaches have drilled into their minds, despite the chaos that has erupted mentally. Whether any fighter might admit to it, a small amount of doubt quietly chimes in among the hundred other thoughts fighting for attention.

In the midst of the internal commotion, fight fans have worked themselves into a frenzy. Maybe it’s the main event pitting two of the most well known and most accomplished fighters on the card against each other, or maybe it’s two relatively unknowns trying to step over one another as they climb up the ladder of success in the world of MMA. Either way, the fans cheer or they boo,thinking only of the violence that is about to be unleashed in front of their eyes.

As the fighter’s team joins them in the cage, unfurling their fight banner and giving last second advice, the crowd thinks little of what it took for the athlete to get to this point. Most fans would assume the athlete trained for the fight, and that the training was probably a little bit of work, but few truly comprehend the sacrifices made by these competitors for their enjoyment. The fans have come here for entertainment, not for appreciation and respect. Those are mature emotions that generally get in the way of a good time.

When the fight begins, the crowd waits with baited breathe. They erupt for punches or kicks that land, and lose their collective minds if someone is violently beaten. The more vicious or sudden the better. After the fight is over, and one fighter has their hand raised, the loser slips out of the cage unnoticed. Months and months of training and grueling work down the drain.

No one cares about the loser, they are too busy basking in the shared glory of cheering for the winner. After the card is over, fans might begin to think of the first person out of the cage, but when they do, it’s usually not pretty. Fighters receive vitriol and venom spewed at them from all angles. The advent of social media has increased access to our heroes and heroines, but it’s not always a pretty sight. Fans do not hesitate to insult and badger athletes.

This is not to say that all fans are blood thirsty vampires, but rather that most fans do not appreciate the sacrifices some athletes make to compete. MMA pays great to those on the top of the mountain, but the majority of fighters simply do not make enough money to support themselves and their families to train full time. Many have full time jobs to keep the heat on, and they train as much as possible around said job.

While many of us exercise after work, comparing twenty minutes on the treadmill to a fighter’s workout is like comparing your run on a treadmill to running a full marathon. Athletes train for hours on end, in multiple disciplines in order to stay competitive. Many train multiple times a day, each workout harder than an entire week’s worth of your average fan’s workouts. The amount of mental and physical energy it takes to work a nine to five job, and then go through a grueling two hour wrestling practice fifty or sixty times over the course of a fighter’s training camp is lost on the average fight fan sitting in their seat hoping for a knockout.

Once some level of success is achieved, the athletes can afford to go and train at gyms and training centers other than ones located in their hometowns. The process becomes even more grueling when you consider living on the road, away from your family for weeks on end as you prepare for the next bout that you might lose in your first thirty seconds in the cage. How would you feel if after months and months of preparation, your goal evaporated in front of thousands of fans in just a few seconds?

The harsh reality is that every fighter that enters the cage is not destined to become one of the all time greats. They aren’t all going to get their faces carved into the Mt. Rushmore of fighting. Fight fans do not need to cheer for every fighter that enters the cage. But they do deserve our respect for doing things that most of us do not possess the discipline or drive to do. It’s easy to boo a fighter who has just lost from the comfort of your couch, but you could also your silent respect for an athlete that put their body and livelihood on the line for your entertainment.

Some might say that, a lackluster effort can deserve booing, but a second on contemplation might change your mind. While it’s impossible to categorically state that all fighters give it their all in the cage, we can assume that in all likelihood that they are. There are a small percentage of fighters that seem to drop at the first hint of violence, impishly wilting under fire as soon as the proverbial match is lit. But the large majority of fighters have trained for months on end, grinding away from the public eye in some gym in a strip mall in the bad part of town. What possible reason could they then want to give it anything less than their all in the cage? Who in their right mind would train for months just so they could jump in the ring and let themselves get knocked out or arm barred in the first round?

It might be easy for you to recognize bad technique on a leg kick, or that an athlete should flip their leg over to get out of that triangle choke. But until you have kicked a bag a thousand times over the course of your three month training camp, and then stepped into the cage with another athlete ready to take your head off, you decide to give the fighter the benefit of the doubt for a second. If every fighter performed every move perfectly, and every defense perfectly, we would never have a winner. Fighters are human as well. They make mistakes, they get nervous, they get distracted.This doesn’t always mean they aren’t great at what they do, and more importantly it doesn’t mean they should be booed for attempting to entertain you.

A loss is a devastating event for a fighter. These athletes train under the premise that they are world destroyers. That no one can hurt them. When that façade is suddenly and violently smashed to pieces, it takes quite a bit of mental energy to overcome and move forward.The next time you watch a fighter lose, take a moment to consider all these things. You don’t have to be a fan of the fighter to respect them.

Dizz Rants; Who’s not paying their fighters?

 

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It seems recently that some weepy eyed nostalgics have put the UFC under fire over fighter pay issues.  There are constant complaints on how much money UFC President Dana White and company are making, and not paying the fighters.  However, in order to build a brand, you have to put money back into the business for it to expand.  Everyone’s so aware of UFC’s numbers, but what about Viacom?  Well, since Viacom MMA wants to legitimize themselves as competition, here’s some numbers that you’d find interesting in regards to Viacom.

Viacom’s Salaries in the last Fiscal Year of 2012:
CEO, Phillippe Dauman: $33.45M;
COO, Tom Dooley $26.3M;
Chairman Sumner Redstone: $20.4M.

Viacom’s Chairman, Sumner Redstone is also Chairman to CBS and hold controlling interest there. Viacom splits his travel pay with CBS. If Dauman is banking $33.45M/yr and writing himself $60M (according to UFC President Dana White in a post fight media scrum) in bonus pay last year. I’d like to know how much Dooley and Redstone get in bonuses. If you take Viacom’s salaries + bonuses paid out to Dauman, Dooley, and Redstone, that’s more than of their annual network profits.

According to Indeed.com (http://www.indeed.com/salary/Viacom.html), the average salary at Viacom is $92K and they have some 10,500+ employees. Using avg salary + guess-timate # of employees, Viacom’s round about pay roll is $966M + Dauman/Dooley/Redstone’s Salary + Bonus = $3 billion?  That’s to the employees…..not the fighters.

Viacom’s chairman Sumner Redstone’s networth (as of 2012 reports) is $4.1B…which is more than what Viacom profit in 2012’s fiscal year. Just punching in Viacom’s numbers, think about it. Bellator has the #1 125 WMMA’ist on the planet and she doesn’t make $10k/fight.  That’s just one example.

People talk shit about UFC pay. UFC was supported by the Fertitta’s casino’s for many years before it was able to stand on its own. At one point, they were even $40 million+ in the hole.  UFC alone doesn’t have the networth Viacom does. But Viacom’s issue with shitty pay is because it’s so spread out with other shows. Bar Rescue, Cops, Ink Master, Bellator, Impact, Auction Hunters, Blue Mountain State, Fight Master, Tattoo Rescue, and that’s just on Spike. That’s not including what they have running on MTV Networks.  With the money being so spread out, Bellator fighters who get paid the best are the ones who take the “Company Tag” with it.  All the rest of the fighters have to work regular blue/white collar jobs or find other ways to make ends meet.

If you look at the salaries that are paid out in the UFC, who has a solid performance based pay scale, it works for those whose name is being spoken about the day after each event. It’s all up to each individual and the sacrifices they make.

Now tell me, who’s  not paying their fighters.

 

*All numbers posted are courtesy of Hollywood Reporter, NY Post, and Indeed.com*