Saturday, June 14, 2008

Elite XC Return of the King

Well here we go. Ten PM Pacific time, the show begins. Every time I see Mauro Ranallo I think that he's going to talk SO HARD he'll just fuckin break up like an x-wing heading for the womprat-sized opening.
Feijao-Cole to open. Cole is the guy who unexpectedly armbarred Mike Kyle back to anonymity, thank you so much. Feijao leaves the already-rotting corpse of the IFL for greener pastures. Goldberg just revealed that Feijao studied for veterinarian science, and that he (Goldberg) is an animal advocate. Stats for the fighters are identical except age. They don't show reach on the EXC "tale of the tape" graphic.
Yamasaki is the official.
All the judges are from Hawaii. Cole looks nervous, Feijao looked eager coming into the cage. They're doing the "official" announcement and Cole still looks nervous. Feijao looks a lot more nervous now that he's in the middle of the cage. Anderson "The Spider" Silva in his corner...oh my. I'd be worried if Silva was within a hundred miles of me, frankly. I'm glad he's in Hawaii. He's scary.
Fight's ON.
Feijao with some kicks, then a takedown, Cole gets back up, impressively.
Clinched against the cage. Knees to the leg against the cage, a little striking clinched up. Yamasaki separates them, apparently a groin strike. Cole has his five ref fuckups PLEASE. Good, we're starting. Homerun kick from Feijao...missed.
Leg kicks & knees are viscious. Cole grabs a leg out of the clinch but Feijao tries a standing knee, Cole is rocked, Feijao follows with strikes and sends it to the ground. Cole is rocked and taking strikes, Half-eye-el hits him in the back of the head a few times after spinning to the back. Yamasaki watches with little interest seemingly. After a few more strikes Mario stops it. The replay shows that it was a knee out of the clinch that started Cole's problems.
So I guess they're going to desperately hope they sign Tito Ortiz for a Feijao-Ortiz LHW matchup. Cole didn't show a lot of resistance once Feijao started throwing strikes from the clinch.
Goldberg tries to interview, Feijao doesn't hear a lot of what he's saying. He understood "Anderson Silva". Disses Feijao's english, what a dick. They replayed Feijao hitting Cole square in the back of the dome. Nice.
Well, this is off to a roaring start.

They're replaying the CBS EXC title bout between Scott Smith and Robbie Lawler, which was stopped due to doctor retardation. They're going to rematch it, thankfully. Scott Smith is possibly a pathologically insane person. I love that guy.

"Pee Wee" Herman vs. Ron H20 Waterman. I'm going to see if the fightlinker chat channel is up. I'm getting bored with the whole liveblogging thing. I always do.
No one home. Waterman with a takedown after some exchanges. Waterman keeps trying the canopener...weird. Herman brings the roundhouse kick, then takes waterman down and elbows him in the back of the head fifteen times, then spins to mount and punches him out to a stoppage. What's with the blows to the back of the fucking head? At least Feijao only had one, Herman dropped like 20 elbows to the back of Waterman's head. I'm sure they'll say "It was slightly to the side!" Meh. Herman wins. The mouse on Waterman's eye is really gross. So who's Bigfoot Silva going to fight, Bret Rogers or PeeWee Herman? Either one is OK. PeeWee is undefeated, Rogers is solid. A win by Silva over either would be a legit reason to give him the belt.
Fuck, please, never let Goldberg do a "walk us through the fight" interview again...god didn't they learn anything from UFC? Nothing sucks worse than the in-ring "walk me through the fight" interview. Dave Herman's sucked just that bad. Do it in the lockerroom later. meh.
Stephen Quadros is interviewing Yves Edwards. They're not saying anything interesting. Quadros even looked a little confused by the interview. Ninja Rua- Tony Bonello coming up here. Ninja looked like shit against Robbie Lawler to lose his EXC MW belt, can he change that up? So far the fights have been a little uninteresting, hopefully these next three will be good.
Bonello has had an insane life, Ninja looks eager to get it on. He's grinning a lot. Bonello looks nervous but not scared. Yamasaki has some crazy earpiece thing in his ear...not sure what that's for. Doesn't look like the kickass RefCam that Pride had.
Apparently Bonello is undefeated. Ninja's sure fought a high level of competition. 15-8-1. I can't tell who's in his corner, It looks like it might be Shogun. Bonello is yelling at Ninja during the staredown.
Bonello and Ninja throw a little, clinch, then Bonello pulls guard of all things. Ninja passes and works side. Elbows from side. Ninja looks heavy on the side...Ninja is dominating. Ninja is delivering elbows like mad. Now mounted. the elbows are ferocious. Ninja goes to knee on belly and knocks Bonello out. All of Bonello's posturing seems hollow, he had zero on the ground. Looks like a can thrown to Ninja. It is indeed Shogun in the corner. OK, so far, three fights, three basic mismatches. No strikes to the back of the head at least. Apparently that WAS a ref cam, and the ref cam showed Ninja with the full-on rape-choke on Bonello's neck, thumb in throat and everything. Neat!
More in-ring interview retardation, he's got a kid coming, good for him, hope it's got all its bits. The crowd sounded like it reacted well, I'll have to ask Esther what really happened. I haven't seen her anywhere yet, but I've been looking up and down from my laptop so who knows what I missed.
Quadros interviews Noons. Gay. Karl James looks pretty calm. He never really looks worried, even right before he gets KTFO. Gotta give him that. I'm rooting for the kid.
Next up Mushin Corbbrey vs Nick Diaz. Diaz is lookin good after his plastic surgery. He doesn't sound as retarded as his little brother. Corbbrey looks solid, yetanother guy shorter than Diaz.
Both guys stand for the first round, and more into the second. Lots of standing trades, nothing on the ground so far. Good shots landed by both guys, Diaz probably won both rounds so far. Takedown to side control with ten seconds left in the second to seal that round. I'd say two rounds to none, Diaz. Corbbrey needs to KO or submit Diaz this round. He's looking at a split decision loss at BEST.
Diaz shoots to start the third, Corbbrey defends. Standing and trading, Diaz gets the best of it. Another Diaz takedown to halfguard. To side control. Diaz is dripping blood. Working the kimura. It's close. He's almost there to get stacked up on the cage. Nick landing blows from the top. Falls to side. Crossface. Working the arm again...Muhsin needs to stand up to do something with 120 to go. Mounted...It's going to be stopped in a second. It's over. Diaz shows some class grabbing Corbbrey as soon as its stopped to give him a hug. Ranallo mentions that Diaz sparred with Andre Ward, who was featured in Sam Sheridan's "A Fighter's Heart". Diaz and Corbbrey obviously like each other. Here comes the shitty in-cage interview. I think Diaz is stoned. He's getting booed right now. Goldberg tried to get him to call out Noons and he wouldn't do it.
There's Anderson Silva in the crowd.
OK! Main event, Noons Edwards. Let's fuckin do this.
I keep looking for Esther on the apron of the cage and I'm not seeing her. I'll have to figure out where she is later.
This event feels kind of lame so far, the production isn't really making me crazy or excited. Yves looks like he's got a crazy scar or cut on his nose. Funny comment from Yves: I was happy to see KJ win that belt, he's my boy...then I thought, crap, he's in my weight, I'm going to have to beat his ass.
Should be a fast fight.
The announcer (not the official announcement, just the one where they're walking into the ring. not the one before the ring entrance either. announcement I guess.) calls Yves a "Cage-master". Like a Moon Master?
OK! "Official ring introductions" happening. I'll trade four or five more pre-fight introductions to NOT have to sit through a post-fight in-cage interview with Goldberg. Seriously.
They're introducing Yves as fighting "Thugjitsu". Oy. I wonder if American Top Team offers a Tugjitsu course to overweight suburbanites in Florida.
Noons has 5 KO wins, and one KO loss in six fights. That doesn't apparently include the stoppage against Nick Diaz. That's a TKO, not a KO. Stupid EXC graphic. Yamasaki looks like he's on crack. Ear camera.
It's on.
OK, Noons comes out fast, throwing straight hands, then they trade, and KJ catches him, drops him and throws insane retard strikes til the ref stops it. Fast as hell. Big cut on Edwards' nose. Let's see a replay. OK! Big fat right uppercut from KJ dropped Yves, and he followed into the guard with intense strikes. The weirdest part was the casual stoppage from Mario could tell he'd decided to stop it, but he moved in very slowly and gradually. Weird.
The post fight interview is funny, Noons keeps trying to escape, Goldberg just asked "Do you have someplace to be?"
Yves really looks bummed. He hit KJ hard, and followed, but got caught himself. Fast but good fight.
Yves gave props, said he didn't remember any of the stuff after he got popped.
Ah, they brought Diaz into the ring. Stupid. Noons asks the fans if Diaz deserves a rematch. They boo. Diaz says "don't be scared homey. Now a fight breaks out. Whoa.
Looks like Nick or Nate was flipping off Noons' father and he took exception to that. Both Diaz boys stood on the ramp and threw retarded gang signs and postured. I hate them more now. Someone on Noons' side threw blows. Noons' father looked like he was going to do some damage. The crowd is definitely pro-Noons.
Noons still has the belt. Decent event, B- or C+

PS, don't overlook the possibility of shit going down afterwards. If the Diaz boys are anything it's stupid. Remember the hospital fight between Nick and Diesel Riggs? So shit could still go down in the tunnels. Who knows. Looks like a little bad blood.

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