Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Poison Clan Reborn in UFC 111

For the boxing version of "The Poison Clan Reborn", check out "The Poison Clan Reborn in Pacquiao-Clottey".

Snake vs. Toad from The Five (Deadly) Venoms

Muhammad Ali may have floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, but Frank Mir constricts like a boa and strikes like a rattlesnake.

At 265 lbs, Mir effortlessly slithers the grounds of the Octagon and injects venoms into his opponents when on his feet. He even rattles warnings to his adversaries through the airwaves.

Although his fighting method came up short against Brock Lesnar in their second fight, the Las Vegas native has been deadly otherwise. Just ask Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo.

Mir's Snake Style will have to be in full effect against Shane Carwin on March 27 (10 PM ET, PPV), as The Engineer's Iron Hand has been dropping opponents like flies.

Carwin's wrestling or athleticism may not be on Lesnar's level, but the record speaks for itself : When Carwin's fist makes contact with the jaw, the fight is as good as over.

With his ability to throw strikes with knockout power and accuracy from long range, Dan Hardy is reminiscent of the Scorpion from The Five Venoms (WARNING : spoiler alert!) :

The Scorpion Strikes

In addition to his Scorpion-like abilities, there's much that I find endearing about Hardy's eccentricity. This is a guy who got into the martial arts because of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - and MMA because he was inspired by his time spent training with Shaolin monks in China.

However he may have developed his talent, Dan Hardy is now up against the biggest challenge of his MMA career : a title bout against Georges St. Pierre.

Simply put, GSP is the juggernaut of the welterweight division. He can punch and kick from afar like the Scorpion.

He may not be the fighter with a Thousand Hands like the Centipede, but St. Pierre's uncanny timing gives opponents fits. He has also built a Toad-like fortification with his invincible conditioning and wrestling.

Moreover, GSP glides through the ground game when he transforms into a snake, turning into a lizard when he flips in the air after a victory.

Without a doubt, "Scorpion" Dan Hardy will have his hands and feet full against "Juggernaut" Georges St. Pierre, but the Venom vs. Venom matchup will be a fight to clamor for at UFC 111 (March 27, 10 PM ET - PPV).

P.S. I'm also covering Pacquiao-Clottey in the Poison Clan tradition. The piece, first mentioned at the top of this post, is called "The Poison Clan Reborn in Pacquiao-Clottey".

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