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UFC 119 Breakdown

Main Card:

Frank Mir vs Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

Classic striker versus grappler match up……blah blah blah….Realistically, both these guys have been around long enough that they are both more well-rounded than their stereotypes. Frank Mir can strike now (maybe not as well as he thinks he can, but still pretty damn good), he rocked Cheick Kongo, he finished Old Big Nog and his footwork his pretty solid. His karate background means he has a decent kicking game which is complemented by his flexibility. Obviously his Jiu Jitsu is “top of the food chain” (to quote Joe Rogan). It’s not serious ADCC or Mundial medal winning Jiu Jitsu, but Mir is very creative on the ground and is effective in a ground scramble. Undoubtedly,  his biggest weakness is his wrestling and while Cro Cop is no Brock Lesnar in that department, he is undeniably one of the best anti-wrestlers ever to compete in the sport. This could make it very hard for Mir to take the fight where he needs to. If Mir chooses to pull guard he risks being in the bottom position against a man who has devastating ground and pound. Cro Cop is no slouch on the ground having studied BJJ for about 10 years and he has only been submitted by Noguiera. On the feet, where I think a lot of this fight will play out, Cro Cop still has the advantage. Mir is not Junior Dos Santos or Overeem and I don’t expect him to soundly outstrike Cro Cop or knock him out. Nonetheless it is still yet to be seen whether Cro Cop can corner anyone in the cage the way he could in the ring and I think Mir will be prepared for his vaunted left head kick by circling away. If Cro Cop wants to use his best tool he has throw right leg and body kicks at Frank Mir to stop his lateral movement. The truth about this fight like any recent Cro Cop fight is it comes down to whether he still has the mentality. Mir has probably annoyed him enough to take this seriously, but he needs to be brave to uncork fast kicks at the risk of being taken down. I could analyse this match up forever because I think in many ways it is a pick-em, but I’m tending towards Mir as there are too many doubts hanging over Cro Cop, especially with all the eye injury rumours lurking about and I think he has more ways to win. I’m not sure he can finish Cro Cop so I’m picking a decision.

Mir by not quite sure

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Chael’s Fail

(Pic Props: Edgat via MMATKO)

Damn! Heard about this on Sunday but wanted more info. Turns out Chael Sonnen tested positive (not for G-A-M-E) but for PEDs before his fight with Anderson Silva. What’s weird about this story is that he admitted it before the test! CSAC (the California State Athletic Commission) let him fight anyway, which is ridiculous. Surely this means the rematch on the New Year’s card is off and everyone should thank Anderson Silva for saving the UFC from having a roided champ. Chael had no medical reason to take these “natural” steroids and CSAC really should have called off the fight. It’s crazy CSAC let it go on when PEDs give one a competitive advantage that is dangerous to the opponent. I guess Chael rocking Silva in the first round is less shocking considering the power advantage PEDs would give him. This story gives me more respect for Anderson’s granite chin, which seems under-appreciated because he gets hit so little.

Was it in the UFC’s interest the fight went on? I know they didn’t know about it and would probably have cancelled it if they had, but imagine the fall out from losing the main event on what was a relatively stacked card with little name value. Likewise, Silva got his pay day and a career defining comeback victory in a dramatic fight that shocked the MMA world.

Pic props: Lookoutawhale (his take on Chael’s crazy denial of his Lance Armstrong comment)

Well there you go. The war on drugs is retarded because it seems to ignore outright any benefits from any of these banned substances. Most of them are banned for political reasons in the first place when some truly are help people learn and grow healthily. Mushrooms don’t always lead to some guy jumping off a bridge, and in those cases there are a lot of other reasons it happened, the mushrooms may have just accentuated some serious underlying mental problems. Now it seems scientists have found that the active ingredient (what makes you trip) in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, can actually help with depression and anxiety. Of course, more studies should be done (and would have to) before this becomes a treatment but these are promising results.

The patients (all with life-ending cancer) found that using psilocybin helped their perspective on their situation and made them feel closer to their family and friends. This effect seems relatively universal for recreational users, who can find it accelerates their growth as a human being and strengthens bonds. The FDA has apparently only approved very few studies using hallucinogens since the 1990s, but this should help break down the ridiculous “fingers-in-the-ears”, “la la la la” approach politicians and the general public have towards certain drugs.

DAAAMN SON!!

Stay out of the streets of Jinhua, Zhejiang province in China. An acid plant leaked an this picture below is 100% for reels!!

Oh Shit!

That’s gotta burn. Hope everyone around there is able to stay indoors and doesn’t lose to much in this disaster. It’s been like that since Friday.

Here is a video from Polish MMA promotion KSW who promoted a freak show fight between former multiple time World’s Strongest Man winner, Mariusz Pudzianowski and the winner of the fattest ever man willing to fight in any damn thing that pays, Butterbean.

Don’t you love how the unknowing crowd just generally cheer when he stops to think of the words, somehow thinking they are dramatic pauses. Could be they just really hate the song though.

I have respect for people who believe in whatever they want to believe in as long as it doesn’t hurt others. I don’t have respect for the Nazis, not that many people do. It’s interesting that whenever someone brings up that religion is a useful way to mobilise people into doing horrific things, the religious counter argument is that the Nazis were atheists and justified their disgusting eugenics program using Darwinist arguments.

Well it appears that “The Origin of the Species” was on their banned book list, and they were apparently not fans. In addition, any book that criticised religion was also banned.

So I guess the Nazis were neither Darwinist or evangelical Atheists.

ODDSAC by Animal Collective with the Filmmaker Danny Perez.

It’s a visual album….yeh….so the music is dope but it all fits in the visuals. If you liked Altered States, you’ll love this. If you though the trips in Altered States were dated, then you may prefer this. If you wish Altered States came without all the talking and weird apeman storyline you’ll probably love this too (One of the better trips). This film is not Altered States, it is ODDSAC and it is literally THE trippiest film I have ever seen!

There is a clip after the jump from the film to give you a taste View full article »

No, not the Muse song, I refuse to comment on that, but Sagittarius A* a humungous black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Physicists have known about it for some time, but there are recent developments. If you are not aware, it is over 4 million times the size of the Sun and is responsible for some strange observed orbits (video here, notice the sneaky stereotyping of Germans).

One problem with the observed stars is that they appear to be relatively young. It seems logical that the stars that have been drawn by the strong gravitational force permeating from the centre would be ancient in age. However, they appear to be rather young. The new possible explanation is that many of the stars that form at the galactic centre become truly massive (drawing on the large amount of matter there) and therefore end their lives as a supernova. This is suggested by the fact that the light from the stars in the centre is so faint that they are likely highly dense neutron stars or normal size black holes.

The normal stars that should form alongside these massive stars may have been devoured by these stellar-sized black holes or Sagittarius A*. There are various flaws with the theory and many other explanations. For a better explained more thorough analysis check out the New Scientist article here. The video at the top explains some uses for our knowledge of Sagittarius A*. Science!

Wow!

This is a crazy discovery. Apparently microbes have been found buried in frozen sediment on the island of Svalbard, North of continental Norway. The strange thing is that they have been hibernating for up to 100 million years, making them the longest living known organisms on the planet. They wait for the ice to melt and are actually thermophiles (meaning they like heat!). They peak in activity at around 20 °C and 55 °C.

Think of how much the world has changed in 100 million years. Homo Sapiens have only existing for tens of thousands.

The full story is here at the New Scientist website

A great video from the BBC, who undoubtedly make the best documentaries in the world.

Check out the maneuverability of the Peregrine Falcon and the Gos Hawk. Incredible. Imagine living life at that speed, literally a breakneck pace.

Check out the related video, Black Marlins moving at 80 mph!