Wednesday, May 18, 2016

UFC 199 - Bisping steps up.

Luke Rockhold has a new challenger after Weidman pulled out due to injury, and that challenger is UFC vet Michael Bisping.

The Count, Bisping, is coming off of his biggest career win, a five round decision versus Anderson Silva. A performance that comes with critique and admiration. While it certainly looked like Bisping was out at the end of round 3, the referee and judges saw differently and after two more rounds, the Count was able to secure a decision victory.

This fight for Bisping is his second against Rockhold, who won the first fight via a second round submission.
Bisping has long awaited a title shot at middleweight and he's finally getting his chance. I believe he'll be more motivated than he ever has in the ring, but will it be enough to dethrone Rockhold?

We'll find out on June 4th, in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

UFC 201 - Robbie Lawler has a challenger!

Robbie Lawler UFC 189According to BJPENN.COM Robbie Lawler is set to defend his title at UFC 201 against Tyron Woodley. Exciting fight to say the least, and long overdue for Woodley. Could we have another Lawler fight of the year with this match up?

I see this being a war, with Lawler winning by TKO in the 4th. What do you think?

UFC 201 is taking place on July 30th, 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

UFC 199 - Weidman out!

Chris Weidman is pulling out of the main event of UFC 199, according to BJPENN.COM, citing an injury. It's being floated around that Jacare Souza and Michael Bisping are on a short list of replacements to face the Middleweight Champ Luke Rockhold.

I personally think Souza v Rockhold would be the better fight, especially after the dominating performance Souza just had over Vitor Belfort. Belfort was Rockhold's most recent loss, which was three years ago.

Bisping would certainly be an interesting match up, I think he could absolutely give Rockhold a good fight with the cardio and skill set he has, but ultimately, I don't believe he has the tools to take Rockhold out. Rockhold is too big and too dominating in the ring, and I believe the champion is the more well rounded fighter. We'll see what happens.

UFC 199 is taking place Saturday June 4, 2016, featuring two Championship fights, as well as legend Dan Henderson fighting Hector Lombard.

Martial arts and the path of resistance.

What do you think about when you think of martial arts? If we break down the words, Martial, warlike, derives from Latin Mars, god of war. Arts, the application of human creative skill. Martial arts is the ability to crate art with violence. A lot of people do not like the idea of that, artful violence, but they view violence as a bad thing from the get go. I don't like to advocate violence, but being skillful at being violent is not a bad thing. I'd so as far to say that being skilled in violence should be a necessity in life, the same way you are skilled in language, and mathematics, and sciences. Violent studies do not make you a violent person, the same way that studying French doesn't make you French. 

Most of my friends probably go to karate kid, when they first think of martial arts. The crane pose, wax on and wax off. It's not a wrong view, it's just not mine. My views of martial arts stems from red and yellow bricked basement walls, low ceilings, bright lights, and a loud amount of musky slaps from heavy bags being hit. When I go back further into my memories it goes to a dim-lit school gymnasium and the two opposing basketball rims that were lower than ten feet. Shouts of 'hi-yah!' in taekwondo.

Today my views of martial arts are more to do with character, humility, and bettering myself. I mainly just train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which a lot of people don't know too much about. I usually say the same thing about bjj, it's chess with your body. I'm thinking four moves ahead and planning for his or hers counter moves. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a soft art, it's a combat sport; we're out to win. I typically don't leave the mats without bruises or some blood on me. I am in a constant state of no mind when I'm rolling in jiujitsu. I chase that feeling of no mindedness. Being in the zone. Flow state. Little do I realize it's there when I'm not thinking that I figure most of my problems out. Maybe I'm lucky, and my problems seem to dissipate their level of importance when I'm aggressively pursuing my passions, but jiujitsu always shows me the truth. When facing an obstacle of great size and strength, you must bear down using all of the skills you have, knowing that it will take time to slowly get yourself where you want to be. It's not easy, you won't always succeed, but every time you do not succeed, you're leaning. You never lose in life, the same way you never lose in jiujitsu. You win, or you learn. 

Martial arts, above all else, has taught me to me true to myself. That I need to win for me. In my opinion, being successful to yourself before anyone else is the only thing that pushes you forward in life. If addictions beat you, if you never have the courage to go for it, it means you do not have the self respect you should.

Over time I'll break down these topics that I think are most important in life, derived from martial arts.

Virtutues of a Warrior
  • Rectitude
  • Courage
  • Benevolence 
  • Politeness
  • Honesty
  • Honor
  • Loyalty 
Keys to Health
  • Rational Nutrition 
  • Sensible Exercise
  • Efficient Rest
  • Proper Hygiene 
  • Positive Attitude
States of Mind
  • Alertness / Awareness
  • Clear mind
  • Emotional Balance

Most recent post

Push and pull