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Monday, March 28, 2011

FIGHTS x 3 & (KOREAN) ZOMBIES - Bute/Magee, Gamboa/Solis, UFC FN 24


Lucien Bute and Brian Magee threw down in Canada this past weekend, and it was a great boxing match.  Magee was a game competitor, but Bute picked him apart with devestating body shots.  I swear I could hear the cornerman from the old school "Punch-Out" arcade game yelling "Body Blow!  Body Blow!" as I watched the fight.

Too young to remember the glory days of coin-op cabinet video games.  Here's a MAME version of "Punch Out" with the call for "Body Blows".

Piston Hurricane - Arcade version of Punch Out!

If you've ever been hit with a body shot, you know how bad it feels.  The fact is, the gritty Irishman stuck around to the tenth round after repeated body blows in the previous rounds that took him to the mat.

I have to say, its always great to see science used with such ferocity.  Bute is a boxer to watch.

"Someone will not be smiling when its all over."

The Gamboa/Solis fight was short and brutal.  These two guys threw down something fierce.  In the end, Gamboa, with a combination of science and sheer power, leveled Solis.  It was a good fight, and there's a lot of good matchups for Gamboa in his weight class.

"Right foot Green.  Left hand yellow.  Wait.  Wrong Twister."

UFC Fight Night 24 was a great card highlighted by two pretty good main events.  Anthony Johnson scrapped it out with Dan Hardy, beating the englishman.  And Phil Davis made Antonio "Lil Nog" Nogeuria look stupid.  In my opinion, especially after CroCop's most recent defeat, the days of the old Pride FC fighters are over.

However, for me, the highlight of the night came early in the Leonard Garcia VS. "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung fight.  Nearing the end of the third and final round, after a see-saw battle, the clock was ticking down as the fighters were on the mat.  Zombie had Garcia's back, and as Garcia was trying to get out, The Korean Zombie wrapped one of Garcia's legs with his, then positioned himself under one of Garcia's arms and cranked Garcia's body with "The Twister", a cruel spine lock that had Garcia tapping in the (literal) final second of the fight.

Check out the video of him applying The Twister

Pretty good for a zombie!


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Friday, March 25, 2011

ZOMBIES - "Z-Day", the Rebecca Black parody...

"Its... Fruuuuggghhddd... Fruuuuggghhhddd..."

Well, you've probably heard about the internet sensation Rebecca Black and her simple song, "Friday".  I saw it, and thought it was ... a music video.

Which made me decide to make a music video parody as a tribute to my zombie story fans.  Check it out!

Special thanks to John Flores and the McKnight brothers for helping put it all together.

Oh, and thanks for the inspiration, Rebecca Black!

"If I were a zombie, I'd go to the mall."

It's a Cold War Fantasty come to life in the Zpoc.  ZombieBloodFights takes a closer look at
'The Walking Dead' - Cherokee Rose

Book reviewer Wenj talks fights, books, and what a good story is made of


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

FIGHTS - ACW Chain Reaction of Evil...

It was a long Sunday.  Hell, a long weekend.  Double Friday.  Work Saturday morning.  Book signing Saturday afternoon.  Then a trip to Houston with my girlfriend, Anna, to pay homage to her deceased uncle.  A great highlight of the trip was picking up a picture of the von Erich brothers before three out of four of them died.

But then it was back to San Antonio as ACdub brought their special brand of pro-wrestling anarchy to Hooligans.  We missed several bouts featuring stars as KASH, Amanda Fox, Lillie Mae, Sky Rider and Jason Silver, Athena vs. LaMotta, Berry Breeze, Super Electro, The Takeover (BOO!) beat up Ref McLovin, who put up a fight, among others.  Even "The Father of Pain" Darin Childs and 8-Bit Wrestler Skylar Skelly threw down in a friendly grudge match.  My camera was in the car when I arrived, so I missedout on some pics.  But I did catch these.

"Really.  There's an invisible slide."

Shawn Vexx vs. The Son of Anarchy Matt Palmer (Champ)

These two threw down in what was a great match.  Vexx brought it to Palmer.  But the champ prevailed.

"The Mysterious Madwoman returns"

Joshi Title - Lillie Mae vs. Lady Poison (champ)
The match was originally slated to be south Texas stalwart Claudia del Solis' chance to walk in to ACW and grab the Joshi title.  But she missed out on it for a reason never revealed.  In fact, I was looking forward to this match up.  Solis is an animal, and I thought her beast-like style would compliment and compete against the unorthodox cruelty of Lady Poison.  But it wasn't to be.

"A country girl can surv... aaaggghhh!!!"

Instead, Lillie Mae was thrust into Championship contention.  She was very fearful of the Green Death, running in fear.  Also, spent from her previous match that night.

"The Kiss of Death"
In the end, perhaps from fatigue from earlier, Lillie tried to finish the fight with a power bomb.  Instead, Lady Poison reversed it with a kiss.

"Green Death"
Here's a shot of Lillie Mae choking on the Kiss.  Evil.


"Wolves picking their prey"

Summers/Masada vs. Vega/Jay vs. Tozawa/ACH vs. Submission Squad

Then things got crazy.  These six guys threw down in what was a big finish to the evening's festivities.  I was just glad they entered to one theme.  Especially Summers and Masada.  Love watching Masada wrestle, but Jesus Christ.  I will kill a cat, already, if he'll just stop playing that music.

"Cool ankle.  I think I'll take it home with me."

"Elbows can be fun... and educational!"

Tozawa and Summers went at it with elbows.  Man, it was ruthless.  Tozawa came out on top after the exchange with a little science.  Then Summers responded to me and the crowd by saying, "What do you expect?  He's a ninja."

"Gary Jay.  C'mon, now."

"One way ticket to O'Shitville, Texas"

Summers and Masada dominated, setting up a cruel finish for Vega, who was the last one left to finish.  It was ugly, and Vega was yet again punished by Masada.  The two had mixed it up months earlier in a deathmatch that made me sad for Vega.  But that's what you gotta do to be a better wrestler.  Take the loss and learn from it.

The Submission Squad took issue with Vega losing, and got in his face.  But Summers and Masada came in for the save.  As much as they made clear to Vega what happens in the ring is business, they respected him for his toughness.

The Submission Squad snatched Vega away.  They are not going to part with Spitfire that easy.

It was a great night of wrestling.  To all of the wrestlers I cheer and jeer, thank you.


Beer, Prom, Wrestling, and Beer.  ACW Prom 2011 was awesome!

Wrestling, Science, and a chick vs. a dude having fun in barbed wire!


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FIGHTS - Mayorga vs. Cotto


If you truly enjoy combat sports, and have Showtime on Demand, you need to go ahead and dial up the Ricardo Mayorga/Miguel Cotto fight.  Pure action from start to finish.

Mayorga has, and always will be, a brawler.  Cotto is strong and disciplined and can bring the science.  I remember how exciting the Mayorga/DeLaHoya fight was.  But also how DeLaHoya picked him apart with science and put him away in the early rounds.

I figured it might be the same here, considering Cotto has been in the ring with vicious technicians like Pacquiao. 

Cotto seemed a little tenative, though it looks like he was willing to take his time and take Mayorga into deep water.  Mayorga brought the brawl, even going as far as to back himself into a corner, trying to draw Cotto into a metaphorical boxing phone booth to swing.

Without spoiling it for you, the fight was great.  Boxing isn't going anywhere.  When you have warriors like this who will throw leather from bell to bell, that's the heart of combat sports.

Monday, March 21, 2011

FIGHTS - Bones and MMA

"Nothing personal, but I'm going to pwn you later."

"Bones" Jones is yet another exciting phenom that is taking the UFC by storm.  On the rise, he seems to be on the way to join the ranks of those non-traditional type of fighters like "Spider" Silva and GSP.  Saturday, he trashed Rua, a guy with a massive amount of experience and skill.  But Bones made him look stupid, early and often.  It was a great showing by what Rogan called "The Future of MMA".

Well, I wouldn't go that far.  I just think his unorthodox attack supplements his body shape.  He has long limbs like Nick Diaz which sets up attacks from weird angles.  And he throws people.  I like people that throw people.

Like this kid.