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.”
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.
In this episode of The Elite Life, get a behind the scenes look at Alden’s knee surgery. Alden also discusses how things only get better with age.
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!