The featherweight division has a new king and his name is Jose Aldo. His take down defense and fierce striking were all he needed to wrestle away the WEC crown from the very game Mike Thomas Brown. The Brazilian sensation, at only 23 years old, has shown the poise and maturity of a grizzled veteran. Like many before him, Aldo has been labeled a “can’t miss prospect” by fans and media. Is Jose Aldo any different from the other fighters who have carried that tag? Jose Aldo has only been a professional fighter for five years and with a record of 16-1 he has gained a reputation of finish first, asks questions later.
It’s official folks. Hulk Hogan has signed with TNA wrestling and will be invading your television screens on Thursday nights. This, without question, is the one move TNA needed to make an attempt at becoming a serious player. Hogan is the biggest name in the history of the business. He is the first name people think of when they hear the term “professional wrestling”. TNA wrestling over time has developed into a not so quality product. I know there are some hardcore TNA fans that love the product with a passion. Some have even told me their pay-per-views are “equal to Wrestlemania in every PPV”. TNA has some of the best wrestlers in the world but their booking is awful. I compare it to SNL. They have some great talent on their cast. But the show hasn’t been funny in years.
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UFC 104 from start to finish was a great night of fights. It’s sad that the event will mostly be remembered for the horrible judge’s decision that gave Lyoto Machida the nod to retain the Light Heavyweight Title. Every time I watch a close fight I always get nervous when you hear the play by-play team keeping repeating “If you want to be the champion you have to beat the champion.” It right away tells me that winning on points is not enough. You better destroy the champ if you want to win the title. I don’t know how all three judges scored the bout 48-47 in favor of Machida. There is no way Machida won three rounds. I scored the bout 49-46 for Shogun. The only round I scored for Machida was the third. The second round was very close and could have gone either way however I thought Rua did just enough to edge it out.
Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed movie “The Wrestler” has wrestling fans and movies goers alike talking up a storm. Randy “The Ram” Robinson, played by Mickey Rourke, is a down on his luck independent wrestler who is looking to re-capture the glory he reached as one of the sport’s top attractions in the 1980’s.
Saturday’s UFC 88 event is headlined by Chuck Liddell as he takes on the undefeated Rashad Evans. Rich Franklin will also compete as he moves back to light heavyweight for one night only and fight wrestling power house Matt Hamill. One fight that is not getting much attention is involving former Pride welterweight & middleweight champion Dan Henderson. Henderson’s opponent, Rousimar Palhares is getting less attention despite the hype on his potential in the division. Palhares made his Octagon debut at UFC 84 in May as he dominated the highly regarded Ivan Salaverry and is looking to impress once again and take out the war tested veteran in Henderson.
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Thanks to my good friend Ticketmaster, I will be in attendance for the IFL’s New Blood, New Battles show at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Friday’s nine bout card has hardcore fans interested not only because of the three title fights, but the changes announced by the IFL has fans wondering is it too little to late? With the IFL’s stock currently at $0.05 a share and their shows not drawing strong attendance figures, one has to wonder if the International Fight League is on it’s last leg? For now though, lets look at the fights that will be on hand this Friday night. If your unable to attend this Friday you can watch the event live on HDNet Fights at 8:30pm EST.