Saturday night’s UFC 111 is full of last minute changes and lots of excitement.
Dan Hardy, the British UFC fighter, is after Canadian Georges St. Pierre’s Welterweight Championship belt. Dan will try hard. He’s full of bluster and power, but I don’t think he can defeat the popular and constantly evolving GSP.
Georges is a Master and – like BJ Penn – it’s really hard to beat the master.
Dan will have all of England backing him up and hoping that he can capitalize on any mistake that GSP makes.
GSP is on a six fight winning streak and has been Champion since 2008.
Look for a lot of action in this fight. Hopefully, Dan’s been working on his takedown defense or it’s going to be a long night of heavy thuds as his body hits the mat over and over again.
I predict that Georges will set the pace of the fight in each round and take home the championship belt one more time.
Frank Mir needs to beat Shane Carwin in this Interim Heavyweight Championship fight to get back in front of Brock Lesnar.
Now, first of all, anyone who really wants to get in front of the nimble-footed Incredible Hulk sized ex-professional wrestler must be slightly nuts. Our Frank Mir is definitely nutty. He can’t wait to beat Shane and put himself at the front of the “I want to take Brock down” line.
I see this fight going to Frank Mir – a man on a mission.
Thiago Alves is out with a questionable cat scan result. This unfortunate turn of events presented Ben Saunders with the opportunity to step in and take on Jon Fitch. Ben asked UFC President, Dana White for this fight. That was quick thinking and a show of courage to not only see the opportunity, but to take advantage of it immediately. That’s the skill set of a seasoned fighter.
Unfortunately, that leaves Jake Ellenberger without a date for the dance. Tough luck and a real disappointment after many months of hard training.
Kurt Pellegrino and Fabricio Camoes will now be on the Pay Per View card. I’m excited to see that fight. My martial arts trainer, Keith Florian, is Kurt’s corner man. We’re hoping for Pellegrino to have his hand raised for the Win.
Meanwhile back on BlogCatalog
All this talk about fighting made me want to meet some BlogCatalog members who love mixed martial arts as much as I do.
I spent some time flipping through Mixed Martial Arts blogs on BlogCatalog to see if I could find something interesting, something different from what I’ve come to expect from MMA bloggers.
Several blogs had fallen asleep from being neglected by their owners. I kept looking until I figured out what I was looking for.
- current info about recent UFC or WEC events
- something exotic, like stories about Muay Thai (kick-boxing) fighters
- MMA workouts and nutrition
- stories about MMA and Muay Thai training
- posts about the different styles of mixed martial arts fighting – like Brazilian jiu jitsu, for instance
What I didn’t know when I started looking is that I was looking for a blog written from a fighter’s point of view, not a fan’s point of view. It took awhile, but I finally found one – FightPassport from Thailand.
I’m fascinated by Muay Thai fighters. This blog offers youtube videos and commentary along with fantastic photos.
And guess what! They’re looking for people to write guest posts. We’ve been talking about guest posting a lot lately. Here’s what they’re looking for:
“Videos to showcase your improvement, reviews of the camps you’re training at, new techniques you’re learning, the history of the art you’re studying – that’s the sort of thing we’re looking for here.
We’re also looking for your entries based on your experiences outside the training environment as well. The people you encounter, the cultural differences, the wild nights out – we want to read about it all. Basically, if you experience something interesting throughout your journey, we want you to use FightPassport.com as your platform to share your stories to the world.
We’re looking for writers to study the following arts in the following locations…
As for MMA as a whole, we would like to have a qualified writer training and writing out of one of the top MMA gyms in the United States. For example, American Top Team, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), Team Quest, Xtreme Couture in Vegas, Greg Jackson’s Camp, Sityodtong in Boston etc.
- Muay Thai in Thailand (unavailable)
- BJJ in Brazil (available)
- Judo in Japan (available)
- Pradal Serey in Cambodia (available)
- Sambo in Russia (available)
- Kung Fu in China (available)
- Kali in Philippines (available)
- Boxing in Mexico (available)
Boston? Did he say Boston? I don’t know about “wild nights out”, but maybe I could talk about my martial arts journey. I train with Keith and his brother, Kenny Florian in Boston. Kenny’s UFC fight is next week on Wednesday, March 31 against Takanori Gomi on Ultimate Fight Night. Kenny’s been training with GSP and his team up in Canada. We’ll be seeing something new, something different from Kenny when we see him next week.
I’ll be back with news about Kenny’s fight for sure. Until then, “Stay busy! Keep your hands up – shoot the jab and protect your face.”
Translation: “have a nice day and stay out of trouble”.
photo credit GSP
My name is Cheryl Ragsdale. You can find out more about me and my adventures on my blog called ThatGirlisFunny2. For more mixed martial arts action from my point of view, visit my Fight! page – more MMA info will be added on a regular basis.
About Cheryl Ragsdale
Blogging is an excellent platform for sharing my thoughts and observances on life with people who are willing to listen to me. I’m a creative writer combining her interests in Martial Arts and having fun to present lessons in living a healthy, juicy life! My adventures and wisdom are shared on my blog called ThatGirlisFunny2.
March 26, 2010 on blogcatalog.com