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Jake Shields challenges perennial champion and martial arts superstar Georges Saint Pierre this weekend in Montreal for UFC 129. This leaves the UFC with a distinct problem, Shields looked terrible in his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann and he is virtually unknown to the UFC’s casual audience. Couple this with Georges low finish rate and what is perceived to be a boring style and you have the makings of a real bomb at the box office.
To combat these two problems the UFC went out to the shed and started up the old hypemachine, oiled and gaged perfectly for these type of messy jobs. The Primetime series is the UFC’s main vehicle when selling the value of a fight, the other would be a coaching slot on the Ultimate Fighter, and has worked flawlessly in the past. Because both fighters have rather bland personalities and GSP is recently coming off of the show against Josh Koscheck, Primetime is the platform of choice to push this particular event. The Ultimate Fighter platform is used to boost appeal for a fighter who does not talk alot by matching him with a
over the top shit talker outspoken antagonist such as Hendo/Bisping, Penn/Pulver, Chuck/Tito. Jake Shields isn’t as clever or interesting in front of a camera and GSP will not even so much as mutter a fuck you when threatened and/or chastised publicly. Good for the sport, probably, good for TV..? Not so much. Enter Primetime, smooth camera angles, powerful voice overs, training clips, interviews with coaches and you virtually take the fighter out of it. This allows Zuffa to tell you what your seeing and control the environment with character/plot building and even strategies are laid out. This approach has a humanizing and equalizing effect and soon enough even the most assured are second guessing (including yours truly).
Gifs and instructions on how to use the machine in the full entry:
Here is a little known fact about me: I was once studying to become a fully certified astrologist. Yes, I was that guy that you should see sitting in the new age section of Barnes and Noble reading charts and horoscopes. Even though I eventually moved on to other more constructive and scientifically provable hobbies, I still retain in my head a great deal of knowledge about the concepts. One of them is the idea of an element and is characteristics. In my effort to always cross reference my experiences and juxtapose them against my fighting experiences, this piece was born as I been think for a long time, "How are elements expressed in the personalities of different fighters?" See, from an astrological stand point we have elemental traits that make our personalities, so it only made sense that fighters would have styles that reflect these traits. Read on to see some interesting insights I came to, and try to figure out which fighter you are. You will not be just one, but rather a mixture of many, with one or two dominating your personality in the ring.
There is not a weakness that can stay hidden in the dark when the light of a flame shines, nor is there is a substance that can not be reduced to ash with a fire hot enough. Fire is the most destructive natural force on the planet. If left to burn on its own naturally, it can reduce anything in it's path and make its wake unbearable for anything alive. If harnessed a force that is capable of leveling in a major instant can be developed. However, fire needs fuel and once this fuel is exhausted it is no more. The brighter the fire, the faster the fuel is used and the more of it is needed.
The fighter that fights like the element of fire is noted primary by his destructive capabilities. Words like “power” come to mind because that is exactly what fire is—pure power. This is the fighter that tends to get by the farthest on raw talent because while it is said that speed kills, power annihilates. Couple this with the fact that basic physics teaches us that to generate power you need speed, and you get a fighter that can win many fights on the merits of simple destruction.
The general rule of the development of weaponry in human civilization is that the more you can leverage power, the more destructive your weapon will be. There is very little power in an arm swinging a sword compared to the gunpowder firing a bullet. This gunpowder pales in comparison to a cruise missile and nuclear weapons could bring our race to extinction. As a result we fear them to a great deal and exercise the most caution with the most destructive weapons. This fear is analogous when dealing with fighters. Fighters who are weak in the fire element do not inspire fear of life and limb. Yes, no one wants to get outpointed and lose in front of everyone, but it's the actual losing you fear. Fighters with a high amount of fire in their composition can and have ended careers. This is the same as most people having a severely elevated sense of fear when staring down the barrel of a loaded gun compared to getting into a fist fight—no one wants to be on the losing end of either one, but the only thing that gets hurt in the latter is your pride.
What element are you? Find out after the jump:
So I know I haven't wrote about the pimp game lately and how it applies to fighting. I know some of you mark ass tricks out there might be thinking it's because my game got porn star loose, or maybe it's because I my idea tank has run dryer than your great grandmama's snapper. Ain't none of those the case, and if you thought it was then you'd be mistaken. The real reason is that I've been making some much needed scratch out there applying this pimp knowledge that I ain't had the time to put pens to paper on this shit. But I'm back now and I got something for all you scallywags to get hip to.
Since spending so much time on the track watching various macks make stacks to seeing future kings of the ring throw blows to get bling, I've noticed a lot of things about the methods to learning. At the deep dark core of these games is a need to get control. I'm pimping, you want control of a woman's mind and money. In fighting, you want control of another man's heart and mind. One could say--and this one will say--that the fundamentals of have you trying to turn someone into a bitch. But it ain't that simple. All pimps and fighters got different styles, tricks and ways to turn a bitch out. Different strokes for different folks. What's the best way to do it?
Turn your mack on after the jump:
This card overall was pretty good. Every fight was exciting in it's own way.
Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke was a decent fight, but both guys showed holes in their games that need to be filled. Noke needs help with his striking and amozzi needs help on the ground. All in all, it was just a case of two relatively inexperienced guys going at it. I don't think either's stock within the UFC will change much after this one, except for maybe niether will see a main card for quite a while.
Kyle Noke had an entertaining entrance. He came out wearing a gas mask to Down Under by Men at Work. It drew a rather rousing ovation from the Aussie crowd.
Brian Ebersole vs. Chris Lytle was a rather entertaining brawl. It was a battle of two very experienced welterweights with similar styles. Lytle came out throwing heavy leather and Ebersole came out with more of a funky, offbeat style (Think Keith Jardine, only even funkier).
Ebersole's entrance was even more entertaining than Noke's. He came out wearing headgear and had his body hair shaved into an arrow. His funky personal style totally matched his funky fighting style.
Lytle looked, well, kind of "off" from the beginning for his fight. He looked totally normal in his walk out and all, but was sluggish and too concentrated on his right hand once the fight actually started. I'm thinking he was jet lagged or something, because Chris always brings it in every fight.
More thoughts and results after the jump:
I don't watch a lot of television but when I do, certain things get me hooked like a basehead. One of my favorite shows of all time is the Starz series "Spartacus." Clearly the people at Starz network aren't paying me to say this, but if you fight and you're a man, then you NEED to check this out. It's like a television series of 300 except MORE violent and with more tits. While bored at work the other night, I decided to watch an episode or two that I have conveniently located on my computer, and I had an interesting bit of insight.
If you haven't seen the show or you aren't familiar with the life of a gladiator, the basic idea is this: These guys fight for a living. Literally. As in, if they lose, they die and they have no other engagements except an occasional jug of wine or a prostitute purchased for the night. Their entire lives are centered around training for the next battle which could easily be their last. What a fantastic concept: no win-loss record, close decisions or controversial stoppages. The mere fact that you're alive is proof that you are undefeated. If you have one loss, that's one loss to many to stay alive.
If you take all of this and put it together, you have the perfect environment to breed warriors that not only reach their potential, but more than likely exceed as each battle (and the training itself) could very well kill them. Between a combination of no fear and living the training completely they become--for all intents and purposes--immortal.
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