Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
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There will be 23 fights in total! That is a lot! I heard that Anderson Silva and Chuck Liddell could possibly be in attendance as well! Not confirmed but that is what D Wizzle's World is hearing!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Friday, May 15, 2009
The show just started on Showtime and the first fight is Tito Jones vs. Bao Quach.
Jones trains out of Sacramento, California, and fights out of Ultimate Fitness, Urijah Faber's gym. He is 4-0 as a featherweight.
Quach is a very tough fighter and is the favorite to win this fight.
Jones is taller but they both have a 68" reach.
Fight will get underway soon as they are both in the cage now.
Nothing happened in round 1. Jones did not let his hands go and Quach did not go for any takedowns.
It was a very boring first round. Faber told Jones to "unload" but he did not. The crowd booed a lot in this round.
All Quach is doing is low kicking Jones. This match is a huge disappointment so far.
I would give both rounds to Quach right now.
Wow, Tito Jones finally unloaded in round three on Quach and knocked him down twice. This could be a 10-8 round in favor of Jones.
Jones had Quach in trouble but could not finish him off. He had a lot of chances in this round but he did not finish the job. It must have been very frustrating for all the fans of Jones' because Quach was dizzy and could have been had.
All three judges gave the fight to Quach 29-28. The crowd is booing the decision as Jones was the more explosive of the two fighters.
Quach tells the fans he does not care that they are booing him since he won and that he would give Jones a rematch anytime, any place and anywhere.
I believe this fight could have been a draw but Jones did allow Quach to recover in the last round. Jones may have been tired but Quach admitted that Jones allowed him to recover and did not capitalize on him being hurt.
Aaron Rosa vs. Anthony Ruiz is next.
Rosa wins by rear naked choke in the first round.
Lavar Johnson is now going to fight Carl Seumanutafa. This should be a slugfest I believe.
This is a heavyweight fight and Seumanutafa is coming off two losses.
I will be watching this fight but the Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook fight is also on right now. Lashley is fighting Cook at MFC 21 in Canada.
Ok, this fight is over before it basically started. 18 seconds and the fight is over as Johnson hits Seumanutafa with an uppercut to end it. Seumanutafa was going for a takedown when he got punched.
Miesha Tate vs. Sarah Kaufman is next. Kaufman is the heavy favorite to win but if Tate can get her down, all bets are off.
They are both in the cage now. The fight is about to start.
Kaufman won round one with her good stand-up and she threw a lot of punches that landed. Tate had one takedown at the end of the round.
Tate wins the second round by taking Kaufman down and working her ground and pound.
Winner of round three wins the fight!
Kaufman wins round three and should win this fight. Tate looks like she has a bloody nose.
The judges all give the fight to Kaufman 29-28. Tate tried to take down Kaufman in the third round but Kaufman stuffed them all with a great sprawl.
Tate seemed tired and probably had a hard time breathing with a bloody nose. This was a very solid fight.
This is the first time Kaufman has ever had an opponent last all three rounds with her. She is now 9-0.
It is now time for the main event.
Billy Evangelista vs. Mike Aina. Round one was a competitive one and we are headed to round two. It was a stand-up fight in the first round.
This isn't a great fight by any means. The best fight of the night was the women's fight between Kaufman and Tate.
This fight is over in the second round due to an illegal knee by Evangelista. Aina's knee was down and he was against the cage, and he hurt his jaw.
Herb Dean, the ref, stopped it after the doctor said Aina could not continue.
The winner of the fight is Aina by DQ. Aina said he hurt his jaw and ear. There should be a rematch between these two.
The show is over. Good night everyone!
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
D Wizzle talked to Tito Jones, a MMA fighter representing Team Alpha Male, about his upcoming fight for Strikeforce this Friday night on Showtime, and also about his career. Jones has a 6-2 MMA record and his last four fights have been in the PFC (Palace Fighting Championship).
How's it going Tito? Are you ready for your big fight this Friday against Bao Quach on Showtime?
I still consider consider myself a rookie in the game, and know I have so much more to learn but ever since I moved to train with Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male, I know I've improved immensely and have acquired a lot of tools to have at hand to prevent this fight from going the distance but either way, I'm ready for whatever. I'm ready for five rounds if needed.
As for him in MMA, I think he would be able to get by some due to his natural athletic ability, I mean look at Kimbo Slice! It's just when he runs into the more legit fighters is where he'll definitely run into some issues. I think at his age now, things for him could be a little more difficult, but I'm not one to say he can't do it because I know the sky's the limit and anything is possible. I feel I'm a clear example of that (laughs). On the note of Roy vs. Silva in a boxing match ..Roy for sure! I wouldn't go challenge Tiger to a game of golf! Boxing is Roy's world and it's a completely different monster than MMA.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here is a good interview with "The Fight Professor" Stephen Quadros. The Fight Professor is one of the most respected and popular MMA analysts around and he will be a part of the broadcast team on the Showtime ShoMMA Strikeforce Challenger series. For more on The Fight Professor, go to http://stephenquadros.com
I am thrilled to be back on Showtime for the debut of the new Strikeforce Challengers series on May 15th. This is a great kickoff main event with Billy Evangelista versus “Iron” Mike Aina, but the female fight between Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman has a very good chance of stealing the show! And I always enjoy working with Mauro Ranallo in the broadcast booth, but I am also looking forward to working with my old pal Pat Miletich, who will join us.
I saw a lot of the EliteXC/ShoXC shows in the past and although most of the fighters were very unknown and new, there were a lot of good fights on those shows with lots of knockouts. What can we expect on Friday's show?
I expect more of the same. The competitors on Strikeforce Challengers know that this is their shot, their chance to make an impression on the public which, if they really create a stir, will cause them to move up in the game.
I’m glad Bao Quach is back. He is a solid featherweight who is really coming into his own. He’s facing a really tough guy in Tito Jones, who is a bit of a showman and a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion. The Aina/Evangelista tussle is self-explanatory: light the fuse, sit back and wait for the explosion. I can’t picture anything in that fight other than a mutual display of fistic fury. I’ll be surprised if it goes the distance.
And what card would be complete without the classic old school throwback fight pitting the grappler, Miesha Tate, versus the striker, Sarah Kaufman. Back in the day, smart money was always on the pure ground expert, but the sport has evolved and things have changed. At the risk of sounding optimistic, I believe this fight will be one of the greatest representations of female mixed martial arts that the sport has ever seen.
What are your thoughts on this grappler vs. striker match-up and are you a fan of women's MMA?
I am definitely a fan of this fight. These women bring so much skill into the cage. Kaufman is undefeated, with all eight of her fights ending by TKO. There is something beautiful about the combination of fast foot movement combined with heavy hands. But Miesha has the right skill set to throw a monkey wrench into the punching display Kaufman hopes for. Tate is a highly skilled wrestler who is becoming very well rounded under Dennis Hallman; I can’t wait for this one.
Can I get a prediction from you on the Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida fight in a few weeks?
First off, Rashad Evans against Lyoto Machida is logically the best match at light-heavyweight in the world. Those two guys are the best fighters in the division, both undefeated, yet they are underrated in many ways. Although their styles are different, I believe that they share a few similarities. Both like to counter and have faced criticism in the past for being a bit too little defensive. But ironically both are coming off big knockout wins – Evans knocked Chuck Liddell out cold and Machida annihilated previously unbeaten wrecking machine Thiago Silva.
A lot of people feel that Rashad possesses a higher level of pure athletic ability. While I won’t argue that point, I will emphasize that this is not a track meet. To beat Machida you have to do what no other fighter has done, figure out his style…and find his chin. And I do not believe that Rashad Evans will do that. I pick Lyoto Machida to win the title by decision and am also bracing myself for what may NOT be fight of the year.
What about the Strikeforce main event on June 6 in St.Louis between Lawler and Shields?
Jake Shields definitely has his work cut out for him against Robbie Lawler. Lawler is the best version of himself at this point and unquestionably top ten and maybe even top five in the world in the same division as Anderson Silva. Jake cannot stand with Robbie. That would be suicide. He needs this one of the floor where he must establish back control.
Chuck Liddell is contemplating retirement and is facing a lot of pressure from the UFC in regards to that. In my opinion, I think he should fight one more time in the UFC and then head to Strikeforce to fight with Tito Ortiz, Babalu, and Kevin Randleman again. What do you think of my plan for Liddell?
Hmm… on paper, I understand what you’re saying. Chuck was one of the greats in the UFC for sure! But he has been knocked out bad three times in his last five fights. It seems that other fighters have finally figured him out. The writing is definitely on the wall. I agree with the UFC’s stance and think it’s time for him to hang up the gloves.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me and answering a few questions. I look forward to the show and your expert analysis on Friday night. Do you have any final words for everyone out there?
Thank you D! It’s always a pleasure! I’ll be back on Showtime for the second Strikeforce Challengers on June 19th from Washington. Check it out! And thank you to all fight fans around the world! The best is yet to come!
The Giants are in a 4-4 tie with the Dodgers right now in the top of the 11th inning. This would be a huge victory for the Giants if they can pull this one out. They have a better chance now with Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton out of the game.
The problem is that their offense is so pathetic that they usually make a bad pitcher look good and a good pitcher look like Cy Young.
I am so tired of Bruce Bochy as most of you guys know. Why does he insist on batting Fred Lewis first in every game? Lewis is a strikeout machine. Whenever he gets two strikes on him, I know what will happen next. We will see either a swing and a miss or a called third strike by the umpire.
Randy Winn would be a better leadoff hitter. For example, today they could have had Winn bat leadoff and Lewis bat fifth right after Bengie Molina.
Why is Rich Aurilia still on this team? Because Bochy loves veterans. Aurilia came up with the bases loaded late in the game and struck out as a pinch hitter for Travis Ishikawa. I would have liked Bochy stick with Ishikawa even with a lefty pitcher on the mound, but Bochy has no confidence in Ishikawa against a lefty.
How can Ishikawa gain any confidence when he never bats against lefties?
The Giants have a two out rally going on right now. Pablo Sandoval is now the batter with two men on base. Sandoval is due for a big hit so let's see what happens. Sandoval often swings at the first pitch and has no plate discipline at all. It can be very frustrating as a Giants fan to watch him hit especially with runners on base.
He is now in a 0-2 count. This does not look good for Sandoval. He is 0-5 so far today. Molina is 0-5 as well.
Aaron Rowand had two hits in the game but his best contributions today were in the outfield as he made a few nice diving catches.
Sandoval just got the third out of the inning and he is now 0-6. This game is going to be four hours long and counting.
Emmanuel Burriss is a legit major leaguer. I had my doubts about him earlier this season but he has been very solid of late. He has had a great road trip and now his batting average is .283 after having three hits so far today.
Bob Howry is on the mound now for the Giants. He had a scoreless inning in the 10th.
The Giants had bases loaded with no outs in the eighth and only scored one run. This team is just pathetic on offense.
Mike Krukow just said that the Giants and Dodgers have no home runs by any of their first basemen this season. Wow.
Somone has to be the hero in this game. If the Giants win, my pick would be Big Money Molina.
The Giants are now up 5-4 after an Aurilia sac fly with the bases loaded. Molina got the inning going with a base hit to start off the inning.
Brian Wilson is in for the Giants now to try and close the game. He got the first batter out but he just threw an inside pitch to Casey Blake who belted it into the stands in left field to tie the game once again.
This game is now going to the 13th inning! Steve Holm replaced Molina in the bottom of the 12th inning.
The Giants finally win in the 13th inning when Randy Winn hit a double with the bases loaded and one out. Final score is 7-5.
The Giants are now four and a half games back of the Dodgers who now go on a road trip to the East Coast. The Giants begin a homestand starting tomorrow against the Nationals.
The Giants can't afford a letdown tomorrow night and they need Randy Johnson to go deep into the game because their bullpen was used a lot this weekend.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Zito only gave up one run in six innings and struck out five batters. He got his first win of the year and is now 1-2 with a respectable 3.57 ERA.
Travis Ishikawa is now batting .191 and is basically an automatic out. How hard is it to play first base? Of all the infield positions, isn't first base the easiest position to play? Time to bring up Jose Guzman from Fresno!
The Dodgers are starting a lefty today so Ishikawa will more than likely get the day off. Bochy loves to play Rich Aurilia against lefties in place of Ishikawa.
Merkin Valdez has a great fastball but he won't succeed as a setup man if he continues to walk batters and get into hitter's counts. It seems like every batter is in a 2-0 count before they see a strike from Valdez.
The at-bat by Casey Blake last night against Brian Wilson in the eigth inning last night was fun to watch. Blake had a 13 pitch at-bat until he got called out on strikes on an inside pitch by Wilson. Blake kept on fouling off great pitches by Wilson throughout the at-bat.
The Giants have a great chance to sweep the Dodgers who are without Manny Ramirez for the next 48 games. They are 0-2 without him already.
Jonanthan Sanchez and Tim Lincecum should be able to shut down this Dodgers lineup this weekend. Sanchez is prone to giving up walks and having control problems but if he is able to throw strikes this afternoon, he has the stuff to pitch a quality game.
Fred Lewis should not be batting leadoff since he is a strikeout machine but he has looked a lot better the last two games.
The Giants bullpen will be much better when Sergio Romo returns from injury.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I am ready!! I'm very excited about it the closer it gets. At first, I wasn't sure what to make of it, but now I'm just really happy for the opportunity, and I can't wait for the fight to happen, I think it's a total blessing in disguise! I know she likes to strike a lot from all positions, and all I can say is sometimes your best defense is offense so I'm sure you can expect to see a lot of punching. (laughs)
Both Kim Couture and Sarah Kaufman are stand-up fighters. Does this help out in preparing for Kaufman since they both like to stand and bang instead of taking it to the ground?
Yes, although I think Sarah is more developed in her striking ability.
It looks like Kim's reason in pulling out of the fight was because she has marital problems with her husband, Randy. How disappointed are you with not being able to fight Kim? I know you were excited about fighting her.
I was very excited to face her and I should have known it was too good to be true! (laughs) When I called Kim out, we had almost similar records. There was like only one fight difference I believe, but I stayed so active that eventually I grew to be 6-1 and thought she'd never want to fight me, but she took the fight and then disappointingly backed out.
If the roles were reversed, and you were the one having relationship problems with your significant other, do you think you would pull out of the fight too, or do you think you would be abled to stay focused and train for the fight?
Well, I still don't know if that is her reasoning 100% because there has been a lot of speculation, but if I were in that situation, I think I would be more apt to fight because it is an outlet, but if it is true, I would imagine it would be different because of the business end of it.
Everyone expects Gina Carano and Cyborg Santos to fight eventually at a future Strikeforce event. Who do you think would win this fight?
That's such a tough one. I think Gina has more technical standup, and she picks people apart well, but Cyborg is so athletic and fights so wildly, it's hard to have time to pick her apart, and she is very conditioned and explosive on top of that. I also think Gina's ground is underestimated, but I still think Cyborg is better on the ground; makes for a great fight! I'd love to watch it and find out!
You have been working with a new personal trainer. Are you working on a specific area such as your core or are the workouts geared toward every part of the body?
Thanks Miesha for your time. Good luck next Friday. Any final words for everyone out there?
Thanks for everyone's support, I can't stress how nice it is to know that people are backing me through everything. A big thank you to my family, friends, trainers, and sponsors for the everyday strength and motivation they provide me with. You guys rock!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell has had a great MMA career and many people feel he should retire after losing his last match by knockout to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97. Dana White, the UFC President, is one of the many who has insisted on Liddell retiring.
White is a good friend of Liddell's and does not want his friend to suffer any more punishment inside the Octagon.
I feel that The Iceman still has a few fights left in him, and I hope he does not retire. Lidelll reportedly has one fight left in his UFC contract, and the UFC should grant him that fight instead of trying to force him into premature retirement.
Liddell may be 39 years old and he may have lost four of his last five fights, but his opponents that he lost to were all tough opponents. Not many fighters would be able to pull out a win against Rua, Quinton Jackson, or Rashad Evans. Evans is now the current UFC light heavyweight champion.
Liddell's lone victory in that span of five fights was a great win over Wanderlei Silva.
If Liddell still has the enthusiasm to train hard, I don't see why he should retire.
I think the best scenario for Liddell would be to have one last fight in the UFC and then he should join Strikeforce.
The UFC should let him try to go out in style with a win. Some opponents that could face Liddell in his UFC finale are fighters such as Stephen Bonner, Houston Alexander, Kyle Kingsbury, Krzystof Soszynski, and James Irvin. All of these fighters would probably jump at the chance to fight a legend like The Iceman.
Liddell would have a good shot at a title shot in Strikeforce. There are also a lot of interesting fights that could be possible with Strikeforce. For example, he might be able to fight opponents such as Tito Ortiz, Renato "Babalu' Sobral, and Kevin Randleman again.
I would even like to see a fight between Lidell and former Strikeforce champion, Bobby Southworth. These possible future fights could be main events on not just Showtime, but also on pay-per-view.
I was never a big Liddell fan but he was always entertaining because he always came to fight and had some great knockouts. If he his heathy enough to continue to fight, he should be allowed to fight.
White can insist to everyone that Liddell is done and that he will never fight for another MMA organization, but Liddell is the only one that will determine that. What is Liddell going to do in the UFC if he does not fight? I don't think he will become the newest accountant for the UFC.
Liddell loves to fight and losing to four tough fighters does not mean the man is done. No one will say he is done if he goes on a big win streak.
If Liddell decides to retire, I would like to see him fight one more time and come out victorious. I want his last fight in the UFC Octagon to be a victory. Liddell should leave a winner and fans should not remember him for his last few devastating knockout losses in the cage.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I thought that the Giants would have a better offense this season than last season but I was very wrong. This 2009 lineup of the Giants is just plain awful.
I figured that the young players such as Fred Lewis, Pablo Sandoval, and Travis Ishikawa would boost the offensive production of this team, and that the veterans such as Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand would also help out.
Rowand is only batting .233 and Renteria is not doing that much better with a.253 average.
Lewis seemed to have regress and strikes out too much for a lead-off hitter. He has only one RBI this season and no home runs. Sandoval slumped during the beginning of the season but he has picked it up of late.
Ishikawa, on the other hand, is batting only .217 and has had some terrible at-bats of late. He looked terrible with runners in scoring position yesterday afternoon against the Rockies pitchers.
Ishikawa should be sent down to Triple A and the Giants should bring up Jesus Guzman to take his place. Guzman has six homers and 20 RBIs with the Fresno Grizzlies, and the Giants really need his bat right now.
The Giants are last in the majors in runs scored with only 82 runs in 23 games. They have no power hitters at all, and have only 13 homers this season. Barry Bonds is still not retired but we all know that Brian Sabean, the Giants GM, has no interest in Bonds.
So far this offense has made average pitchers like Jason Hammel, Eric Stults, and Shawn Hill look like Cy Young.
If the Giants continue to struggle at the plate, they should fire their batting coach, Carney Lansford. I don't know if Lansford is a good batting coach or not, but someone has to be accountable for the offensive struggles.
This team has some solid starters like Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain but they have to almost be perfect in order to win every time they are on the mound.
Fans enjoy watching runs being scored and powerful offenses, but the Giants are right now a very boring team to watch.
I am certain that I am not the only one who misses Bonds and also wished that the Giants signed Manny Ramirez last winter.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The Bay Area is filled with plenty of sports media personalities due to its many sports teams, radio stations, local channels, and newspapers.
Some of these people I find very interesting and knowledgeable, but there are plenty of others who I find annoying and ignorant.
One of my favorites is Damon Bruce (pictured above)of KNBR. Bruce does the Sportsphone 680 show in the evening from 7pm to 10pm, and he is also on after every Giants road game. Bruce has great knowledge of all the sports teams and leagues in the Bay Area, and also nationally.
Bruce is ready to talk about the local teams as well as the teams and players in conferences such as the Big 10 or the Big East. Unlike a lot of local sports personalities, Bruce will talk about non Bay Area teams.
But what separates Bruce from everyone else is that this guy is genuinely funny. I think he could be a good stand-up comedian if he wanted to be one. I find him especially funny after a tough Giants loss, or when the Giants or another Bay Area sports team is doing poorly.
Bruce makes you laugh but he is also very logical and sensible. He has a lot of loyal listeners who probably would vote for him to be the next Giants or 49ers GM.
Another good local sports personality is Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Kawakami writes about the local teams such as the 49ers, Sharks, and Giants. He has a very good blog in the Mercury News, and it is updated almost daily with his thoughts and opinions. Kawakami's best posts on his blog are probably during basketball season where he often writes about the Golden State Warriors.
Mike Krukow is one of the best color commentators in baseball. Krukow has been working on Giants broadcasts for many years. He is a very knowledgeable and as a former major league pitcher, he knows the game very well. Krukow is one of the best broadcasters in helping explain what is going on in a game to viewers.
There has been many times where he has anticipated a pitch by a pitcher before it happened. Stuff like that makes me like to watch Giants broadcasts even if the Giants are not a fun team to watch.
Some of the worst Bay Area personalities work for the San Francisco Chronicle. Writers and columnists such as Bruce Jenkins, Gwen Knapp, and Nancy Gay are just terrible.
Jenkins and Knapp seemed to make a living bashing Barry Bonds. Gay is a NFL writer who has made many mistakes in her writing. One time she wrote a preview for a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Carolina Panthers last season and she said that Larry Johnson would have a big game because Carolina's offensive linemen were injured.
Johnson is a running back so why would the Carolina offensive players affect him in the game? Stuff like that makes readers like me laugh and not take her or the Chronicle seriously.
Knapp is one of the worst writers I have ever read. I stopped reading her columns because they were just horrendous to me. Knapp might have a good article once every six months, but usually her ramblings just make me want to cancel my subscription to the Chronicle.
I still continue to read Jenkins' columns because his views on things are always opposite of my opinions, and reading his columns actually makes me laugh at times. I remember a few years ago when he said that Bobby Crosby of the A's would be a great shortstop.
One of the worst talk show hosts on KNBR is former Golden State Warrior, Tom Tolbert. Tolbert received criticism and jeers from Warriors fans during his playing days but now a lot of fans have turned on him because they have accused him of racism.
Tolbert once used a racial slur to make fun of Asians on the air last year and he also defended Shaquille O'Neal when O'Neal made fun of Yao Ming a few years ago with his "ching chong" comments.
The Asian community did not take his comments lightly in both situations and many KNBR listeners have vowed not to listen to his afternoon show anymore. Nevertheless, Tolbert's show with Ralph Barbieri is still one of the most popular shows on KNBR.
Another sports personality in the Bay Area that fans are not very fond of is Amy Guiterrez, the in-game reporter for the Giants. Guiterrez doesn't seem to have much knowledge of baseball at all and she often makes many blunders on the air.
She never asks a tough question to any Giants player, and there was a time when she did not know she was on the air and started counting down from five before beginning her interview with a Giant.
One time this year she interviewed Bengie Molina after a victory, and after asking him one question, she quickly ended the interview by saying "The game speaks for itself."
I am sure Amy G, as she is called, means well but the Giants should have hired someone better. I am jealous of the Boston Red Sox fans who get to watch the sexy blonde, Heidi Watley, every game. Why can't the Giants have her or Clarissa Thompson, the gorgeous former in-game reporter for the Colorado Rockies? I guess I am asking for too much.
While there are a lot of good sports media personalities out here, there are also a lot of bad ones, but the good thing is that a lot of the bad ones are old and hopefully they will retire soon so we won't have to hear from them ever again.