Movin’ on up…

As some of you may have already noticed, I’ve recently started writing for MMASucka.com, and as the Editors in Chief seem to enjoy what I do here, I’ll be moving many of the same concepts over  to there. “Battle Planning” will now become “Tactics For Suckas,” and I’ll be doing pieces that pique my interest in addition to my weekly UFC recap, “The Graveyard Shift.” As such, things here will be taking on a more personal nature, and will be less frequent. I really appreciate all of the folks who’ve taken time out of their days to read what I have to say, and I hope you’ll follow me over to MMASucka.com!

Team Alpha Male Vs. Nova Uniao: The Quiet War

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There are two premier camps for lighter weight classes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships: California-based Team Alpha Male and Brazil’s Nova Uniao. This should be common to knowledge to any fan with even moderate interest in MMA. However, what fans may not realize is that there is an unspoken feud between the two. It’s only natural, considering that two members of the Nova Uniao fight team currently have a hold on two UFC belts, and have defended them successfully against members of Team Alpha Male. So, let’s take a look at this after the jump.
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It Shouldn’t Be “Kid of the Cage”

Thanks to our friends over at Wombat Sports, it came to my attention on Monday that Australian MMA has dropped another pretty major ball. Yes, it’s major, and yes, it’s worse than that time the commission in New South Wales had that screw-up with the scorecards during the first Demetrious Johnson Vs. Ian McCall fight. However, this latest mishap can not be blamed on an athletic or combat sports commission because it happened in Queensland, where there is no commission. This latest mishap was a promoter in Gold Coast allowing fifteen year old Kaela Banney to compete in a professional MMA bout. You may ask, “So what’s wrong with that? She won, didn’t she?” Well, I’ll tell you what’s wrong with that after the jump.
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TUF 18 Tryout Preview Pt. 3: Let’s Bring On the Men

For the past two weeks we’ve been taking a look at some of the women who will be trying out for the Ultimate Fighter’s 18th season, so I suppose it’s in the interest of equality to turn the spotlight on to some of the potential male contestants. What makes this a little difficult is that while we may only see 50 or so women try out, there will likely be 5 or 6 times as many men vying for one of only 8 spots. However, I was able to track down 3 men who will make their case to fight for glory, honor, and a six figure on the reality show’s latest edition. Let’s take a better look at this trio of bantamweights after the jump.

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TUF 18 Tryout Preview Pt. 2: Sarah Moras & Laura Howarth

We are now just 12 days away from tryouts for the historic 18th season of the Ultimate Fighter. If you haven’t already heard, the reason this is historic is two-fold: It is the the first time women will be competing on the show, as well as the first time it has ever had two female coaches. While last week we looked at two of the legends of Women’s MMA who will be trying out, this week we’ll be previewing two of the prospects: Canada’s Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras and England’s Laura “Hot Head” Howarth. We’ll look at them both after the jump.

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TUF 18 Tryout Preview #1: Roxanne Modafferi & Tara Larosa

April 15th is just 19 short days away as I write this, and with it comes one of the most anticipated tryout sessions for a season of the Ultimate Fighter in quite some time. Why? Because this is the first time that women will be competing, and there is a lot of talent out there who will finally be getting a look from the UFC, including two who will be using this to hopefully jumpstart their careers: Roxanne Modafferi and Tara Larosa. We’re going to  look at this after the jump.

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March Musings

Well, we’re a little over a halfway through the month of March, and it’s been nothing if not interesting. I admit, there was one subject I’d initially wanted to look at this week, but unfortunately, I just wasn’t able to get the information I needed from any side involved in order to do it justice. It’s kind of silly, really, especially because it’s over something so minor that it shouldn’t have been an issue, but it was for me and a few others. So, since there’s actually been a lot of things that have gone down this month, I’ll just take a quick look at a few of them after the jump.

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Another Article on GSP Vs. Nick Diaz

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Let’s be frank: If there’s one fight everybody’s been talking about, it’s Georges St. Pierre Vs. Nick Diaz on Saturday, March 16th at UFC 158. Everybody has something to say on it, and being the opinionated man that I am, I’m no different. However, if you’re a Diaz fan, you probably won’t like what I have to say, so I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can leave now, with your dignity intact. After all, resorting to various 209-isms over the internet simply because you disagree with someone makes you look like a person who can only hold down a job sorting recyclables. So, with that disclaimer out of the way, we’ll continue this after the jump.

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Stupid Things That Fighters Say: The Miesha Tate Edition

Even if you didn’t watch the Facebook prelims for this past weekend’s UFC on Fuel 8 card in Japan, you’ve likely seen it mentioned somewhere on the internet. No, I’m not talking about the endless jokes related to Dong Hyun Kim’s smothering of Siyar Bahadurzada, as that was on the main card. I’m talking about the absolutely ludicrous piece of advice that was given to Brian Caraway prior to the start of the third round in his losing effort to Takeya Mizugaki. It was the worst bit of advice I’ve ever heard, and just another poor statement from a woman who’s becoming known for them: Miesha Tate. We’re going to take a look at this and more after the jump!

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