2010 Fight of the Year

On December 11 2010 Middle Weight Competitors Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana faced off for the WBA Light Welterweight Title . The fight offered fans a truly high stakes match up in addition to a highly competitive, stylistically varied fighting display, held at the famed Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan, 24 years old born in Bolton, Greater Manchester is a former Olympic Gold Medalist. His record includes 23 wins out 24, 17 of these wins won by knock out. Marcos Mardiana, 27 years old born in Santa Fe, Argentina has a record of 29 wins out of 30 total fights since the beginning of his professional career in 2004 with 27 of his 29 victories being knock outs.

The results of Saturdays fight was the synthesis of a dramatic and highly entertaining 12 rounds, that ended up elevating both competitors and earned the title of Fight of The Year For 2010. In the first round, Maidana suffered greatly, a left hook to his body that pushed him onto the canvas. It appeared as if Khan’s speed, style, and height advantage would present too much for Maidana to overcome. Yet, in the third round Khan lost his footing and Maidana successfully pressured his opponent to overexpose himself, as seen in the ninth and tenths rounds. In the ninth round Maidana seemed to have become re-energized. In the tenth round Maidana landed a few right hands on Khan’s face. However, this was not enough. Khan connected 273 out of 603 shots, while Maidana lagged behind with connecting punches of 156 out of 767. After 156 punches were thrown and twelve rounds passed Amir Khan emerged as the victor having successfully defended his title as the WBA Light Welterweight Title holder.

The Fordham Flip Goes Over The Top For Baseball Plays Of The Year

The Major League Baseball season is more than half over and there have been many great web gems and plays over the year (some say the best play of the year was captured on Opening Day when Mark Buehrle flipped the ball between his legs using just his glove). However, I would argue that the best baseball play of the year didn’t even take place in the Majors but rather took place in college. If you don’t believe me check out the play that many are calling “The Fordham Flip”:

When Fordham baseball player Brian Kownacki leapt over the play at the plate he not only avoided the tag and became an Internet sensation but he may have captured the baseball play of the year.

Your Source 4 Sports Book Club: Romeo Barnes

The following is a post from my friend Romeo Barnes. As a member of the blogosphere, in no way do I want to discount the credibility of online journalism. However, something can be said about the increased level of difficulty involved with self-publishing your own book. Romeo has put himself out there with this newest book, and I commend him for it.

Promotional post:

Emotions: Better Days is the second volume in the poetry series Emotions. The first volume titled Emotions: The Beginning of Turmoil was released April 24, 2009 and is available on amazon.com you can find it here. The Emotions series is about me growing up. From the ages of fourteen to eighteen I was a troubled and lonely person. It was a very unhappy time. Many people ask me why release this now; as it seems out of place as it appears to be written by a 23 year-old. However, the truth is I finished writing the Emotions series when I was eighteen. I’m releasing it now because I feel it’s important for people to see my growth not only as a writer, but as a person.

If you are interested in contacting Romeo, you can visit his “My Many Faces” blog, email him, or follow him on twitter @Rblostpoet.

James Toney, Randy Couture Ready to Settle Boxing-Mixed Martial Arts Debate

I rarely do re-posts here, but seeing as how I am the original author, I think it’ll be OK. Below is an excerpt and link to an article I wrote for NESN.com, one of the finest sports sites out there (especiallly if you are a New Englander ;)).

UFC and boxing aren’t the two most disparate sports in the world, but for years, fans of the two pugnacious pastimes have argued over which sport reigns supreme.

Boxing is one of the oldest of the modern sports, but mixed martial arts has seen an explosion in its fan base over the past few years.

Boxing has never quite enjoyed the same cultural influence which MMA is currently experiencing.

The argument has bubbled up to the highest parts of UFC, as seen when UFC president Dana White discussed boxing and boxing fans (as usual with White, there’s “colorful” language in that interview). As much as bickering between fans served its purpose of extending the debate, there really haven’t been many opportunities to make a definitive distinction regarding which sport produces the better athlete.

That is, until now… [read more on James Toney at NESN]

Poignant Discussion on the Differences Between Boxing and MMA

A lot of people like to criticize Joe Rogan. I’m not personally one of his biggest critics, but usually when he tries to make a point, all I can think of is him forcing contestants to eat elk testicles on Fear Factor. Despite his history with that masterpiece of television programming, over the years Joe has made a name for himself in the MMA/UFC world. With his years of experience both as a fighter and a commentator, I would consider him to be a qualified advocate of the sport.

I feel that boxing- the sweet science- might not be “dying” as Rogan describes, but it is important to respect the long history and following that the art has. Arguments about whether or not an MMA fighter could match up against a boxer are folly; they are indeed very different sports with different rule-sets and training regimens.

Having said all that, it definitely appears as if MMA fans are more accepting of boxing as  a sport than the other way around. I have seldom- if ever- heard MMA supporters discount the validity of boxing. What do you think though? Please take a look at the video below and share your thoughts.

Everyone Hates Chris- Including Phil Jackson

This is hilarious, and it’s not a Chris Rock punchline this time. Obviously, what celebrities think about sports is more important than actual analysis, but Phil doesn’t appreciate the intrusion.

Did you see the look on Chris Rock’s face? He looks like he just got scolded by his mother! Too funny.

Strikeforce Los Angeles Results

What an exciting night for Strikeforce and MMA! I wanted to wait until the official scorecard came out for the main event before making this post, and without further delay, here are the results:

By a unanimous decision, the judges gave the win to Babalu Sobral, and I would have to agree. After a frenzied three rounds, the scorecard came down to 29-28 for Sobral. The first round found Babalu grappling off the bat, with Robbie Lawler focusing on throwing calculated strikes. By the end of the first round, Lawler was able to avoid any serious holds, and took his minute to recompose himself.

At the start of the second round, Babalu appeared to be switching strategies, and landed some excellent blows to the body, including a tremendous body kick. Lawler came out with a decidedly more aggressive tempo, throwing more jabs, but not connecting as many solid hits as he would have liked. Towards the end of the round, Babalu’s landed a devastating strike to Lawler’s ribs, and despite Lawler looking shaken, he manages one more direct hit to Babalu’s chin before the conclusion of the second round.

The start of the third round had Sobral and Lawler trading throws evenly. As the round dragged on, Lawler seemed to realize that Sobral was gaining the upper hand. Lawler struggled to land a knockout blow, but to no avail. While “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler made a valiant effort towards the end, it is eventually clear to the judges- and the crowd- that Babalu fought the better match.

While the main card was a true contest of endurance for the fighters, it was not the highlight of the evening. Prior to the showdown between Lawler and Sobral, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos decimated Marius Zaromskis with an explosive knockout just minutes into the first round. Despite this post being rushed, it looks as though Zaromskis’ fall stemmed from a failed head kick, which gave Santos the opportunity to land a head kick of his own, followed by a few punches, and finally the blow that knocked Marius to the ground.

Other results from the night had Tim Kennedy submitting Trevor Prangley via rear naked choke in the first round. Kennedy had an impressive performance tonight, he was clearly hungry for the win. The Conor Heun/ K.J. Noons fight ended with a bit of a twist, with one of the judges scoring a perfect match for Heun. It was close, but there was definitely at least one round of the match where Noons dominated Heun, and he ended up edging out Heun for the victory by split decision.