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]

Mike Tyson says He’s a Vegan now

A lot can happen to a man in 14 years. At one moment you find yourself biting off another man’s ear, you get a tattoo on your face, allegations of domestic abuse, and then maybe you decide to mellow out a bit and see how vegetables work out for you. Kinda not what you expect from Mike Tyson, but then again, I didn’t really expect him to be such a big fan of Phil Collins either. Tyson broke the news about his new lifestyle choice on a YES network CenterStage show slated to air on May 26.

Even though Tyson doesn’t fight much these days, there are actually vegan athletes in many competitive sports. One, for example, is UFC champ Mac Danzig. Mac has been interested in animal rights most of his life, and has been a vegan since 2004. Danzig made the decision to go vegan after reading about a vegan diet that was conducive to his training regimen. You can read all about him in an article by Mike Mahler, who helped inspire him to adopt the lifestyle.

MMA Fighting – Georges St. Pierre Victorious over Dan Hardy

On Saturday, March 27th, 2010 Georges St. Pierre battled Dan Hardy in a UFC 111 welterweight championship battle.  St. Pierre won by unanimous decision after going the full five rounds.  The consistent takes downs by St. Pierre were not enough to retire Hardy early, leaving fans slightly disappointed in the outcome.  However, St. Pierre took the win home and told fans he’d be looking to improve before his next fight.  The story is below:

Source: MMAFighting.com

URL: http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/03/27/ufc-111-georges-st-pierre-beats-dan-hardy-by-unanimous-decisio/

Author:Michael David Smith

Georges St. Pierre retained the welterweight championship of the world on Saturday night, defeating Dan Hardy by unanimous decision at UFC 111.

It was a takedown clinic from St. Pierre, who slammed Hardy down to the ground over and over again and was never in any trouble — but it was also a fight that St. Pierre wasn’t able to finish, which left the champion disappointed.

“It’s a win, but I’m not very happy with myself,” St. Pierre said afterward. “He’s a lot better than I thought he was. I just want to apologize to my fans. I’m sorry. I want to come back better next time. I’m very sorry — I wanted to finish this fight.”

St. Pierre looked laser-focused on the task at hand from the outset, while Hardy was laughing, grinning and jumping around in the Octagon before the fight started. It was only half a minute into the first round when St. Pierre took Hardy down and got on top of him, executing his game plan exactly the way he wanted to. After a minute on the ground, St. Pierre got into side control and then took Hardy’s back on the ground, having Hardy in all kinds of trouble on the ground.

Hardy showed good composure and actually got to his feet briefly, but within a few seconds St. Pierre was picking Hardy up and taking Hardy back to the ground. St. Pierre is not just the most skilled fighter in the 170-pound class, he’s also one of the strongest. He demonstrated that with the effortless way he took Hardy down and controlled him on the ground in the first round, a round that ended with Hardy somehow escaping from an arm bar that St. Pierre appeared to have locked in.

Said St. Pierre of the arm bar, “I thought he was made of rubber.”

Hardy managed to stay on his feet for the first minute of the second round, but eventually St. Pierre managed yet another takedown, and he effortlessly got into side control on the ground. Hardy did manage to get back up and have an even exchange of strikes on the feet, but then St. Pierre took Hardy down again at the end of the second.

The third round started with — surprise! — a St. Pierre takedown. St. Pierre continued to completely control Hardy on the ground, not coming close to finishing Hardy but certainly dominating the fight and basically making Hardy look hapless against a much better opponent.

It was only 10 seconds into the fourth round when St. Pierre took Hardy down again, and only 30 seconds in when St. Pierre achieved full mount. They stayed on the ground for about three minutes before St. Pierre sunk in a kimura that appeared close to forcing Hardy to tap out. Amazingly, Hardy refused to tap and survived the round.

In the fifth and final round, St. Pierre waited until 20 seconds had passed before he took Hardy down, and some fans started to boo, as if they were disappointed at seeing the same old thing and wanted something different. St. Pierre continued dominating on the ground, and then, just for good measure, let Hardy up one more time and slammed him down one more time before the fight ended with St. Pierre the clear winner.

The judges scored it 50-43, 50-44 and 50-45 in favor of St. Pierre, who improved his record to 20-2 with the victory.

Hardy, who fell to 23-7 with the loss, talked plenty of trash before the fight. But he was classy in defeat.

“It was an honor to fight him,” Hardy said. “I can see now why he’s the champion. He’s just a very, very strong athlete. Very, very technically skilled.”

The fight was the main event of the UFC’s biggest card so far in 2010. In the co-main event, Shane Carwin knocked out Frank Mir to win the UFC’s interim heavyweight title, setting up a huge showdown with Brock Lesnar this summer for what will likely be the UFC’s biggest fight of the year.

In other UFC 111 action, Kurt Pellegrino submitted Fabricio Camoes, Jon Fitch won a fairly dull decision over Ben Saunders, Jim Miller earned a close decision win over Mark Bocek, Nate Diaz had one of his most impressive victories to date in defeating Rory Markham, and Ricardo Almeida choked out Matt Brown.