Friday, April 30, 2010

Rihanna on my mind

* Credit for photos used in this piece go to Island Def Jam

"Make no mistake about it. He's coming out to 'Run This Town' on purpose."

That's what UFC commentator Joe Rogan said during the WEC 48 telecast last Saturday night as WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo entered the cage to the Jay-Z/Rihanna/Kanye West banger "Run This Town".

The Brazilian dynamo proceeded to give challenger and former champ Urijah Faber a thorough five-round beating - in Faber's hometown of Sacramento.

Jose Aldo had already wowed the MMA fans of Sacramento with his knockouts of Alexandre Nogueira and Cub Swanson. When he successfully defended his WEC featherweight title by taking apart Urijah Faber, he ran the town - at least for a night.

Rihanna, Rude Boy video shoot

And after the dust had settled, I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to listen to some Rihanna.

("Umbrella" music video, hot Rihanna pics after the jump)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Unleash the Beast

Take the collar off Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s neck, hand him a dangerous opponent like Shane Mosley and watch him unleash the beast in himself, a la Danny the Dog.

from Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog)

Although some boxing fans may understandably find Money Mayweather's defensive, counterpunching style boring to watch, the bottomline is that the man can fight.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Business of a Beatdown

Jose Aldo with Urjiah Faber in mounted crucifix, pounding away
courtesy of WEC

From the moment the bell rang, the atmosphere tensed. Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber sized each other up, looking for the opportunity to pounce. Each fighter respected the other's power and skill.

Still, there was no doubt who had the advantage. The 24-year old Jose Aldo, taller, longer and even looking more muscular than Faber, looked sure of himself.

Before the fight started, Aldo had kept to himself. He'd glue his vision to the ground, not making eye contact with Urijah Faber during referee instructions.

But very shortly, Aldo would reveal the look in his face that betrayed his intention to destroy Faber. Like Elvira Hancock (from Scarface, played by Michelle Pfeiffer) had "a look in her eye like she hadn't been f***ed in a year", Aldo showed the hunger of a predator who hadn't devoured a large prey in six months.

In Scarface, Tony Montana (Pacino) knew Elvira Hancock (Pfeiffer) wanted him.

Eat Urijah Faber alive Jose Aldo did.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tres Leches of the Martial World

"Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)" is a medley of lyrical martial expertise. Over an ominous-sounding RZA track, Prodigy, Inspectah Deck and Big Pun take turns blasting, slicing and crushing the mic, resulting in a joint that is the equivalent of a kung fu masterpiece.

Last weekend's Shields-Henderson (Strikeforce : Nashville) and Pavlik-Martinez, and the upcoming Aldo-Faber (WEC 48 - April 24, 10 PM ET on PPV), has given me inspiration to serve a metaphorical plate of lyrical and sanctioned violence.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bitten by a Vampire

* Credit for UFC 112 photos used in this piece go to the UFC.

Matt Hughes kicking Renzo Gracie in the leg, UFC 112

Watching Renzo Gracie get kicked continually in the left leg by Matt Hughes in UFC 112 was like watching the opening of the kung fu horror film Encounter of the Spooky Kind, where Sammo Hung's character "Courageous" Cheung has a premonition about his becoming a victim of a voodoo murder conspiracy.

In his nightmare, Cheung, who prides himself as the bravest man in town, gets ambushed by two killer vampire zombies. The zombies tear chunks of flesh off his lower right leg and left butt cheek, and chomp another double portion off his right thigh.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

To kill a legend...

Before we start, I'd like to warn you that this piece contains spoilers from the kung fu classic The Prodigal Son. If you haven't seen the movie already, please proceed with caution.

When I look at some fights or sports events, the talent gap between the two competing parties is so vast that the only way I see the underdog winning is if the favorite is injured, out of shape or unmotivated.

April 3, 2010 - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - Boxer ROY JONES JR (L) is directed by the referee TONY WEEKS to the neutral corner as BERNARD HOPKINS lies on the mat after a low blow by Jones Jr. during their light heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Event Center on April 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins won the match by a unanimous decision in the 12-round bout.

For instance, what happened in the ring between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr. last weekend and in 1993 remind me of the dramatized story of Wing Chun legends Leung Jan and Leung Yee Tai in the kung fu classic The Prodigal Son.

Friday, April 2, 2010

I love The Five Deadly Venoms

I love The Five Deadly Venoms.

I love its spooky opening, with venomous kung fu masters in wrestling masks. It may not be as action-heavy as kung fu movie fans may want it to be; still, I love how another previously unnoticed element from its clever, suspenseful story catches my eye upon each successive viewing. What The Five Venoms lacks in quanity of action, it makes up for in quality and explosive timing.

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