Friday, August 24, 2012

Tales from the Training Room: The 24-Hour Lock-In

Two weekends ago, New Jersey-based pro fighter Anthony Montanaro was stuck in hell.  He and over twenty other people were confined to the matted-space within the four walls of a massive gym, and every hour for twenty-four hours straight, all were subjected to workouts of varying length and composition.  There were seven-minute wrestling matches.  Rope climbs.  Box jumps and pull-ups.  The works.  No sleep was allowed, and men broke, both physically and mentally.  Yet, despite being driven to the brink of madness, Montanaro pushed through, and when the last workout was done and they were all permitted to leave, he was stronger because if it.  Such was the magic of the 24-hour lock-in.

 

"A 24-hour lock-in is your worst nightmare amplified by ten," says the 25-year-old Montanaro, who, with a shaved head and the tattoo of an armored pitbull on a chest, looks every bit the MMA fighter archetype.  "It's twenty-four hours straight of nonstop training, where every hour on the hour you have a different workout that could be five minutes to a half-hour long.  The whole purpose is to break you, to make you hit the wall as soon as possible.  It's all mental toughness.  It's a nightmare."

The Rhino Wrestling Club in Morganville, N.J., was where this nightmare unfolded; the day began Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and went until 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  It was rigorous, with the intense physical activity and sleep-deprivation aspects making it more akin to what a soldier would do for Special Forces training than anything else.  "I don't know if they stole the idea from Navy SEAL-type stuff, but it was ridiculous," says Montanaro.  "It was kind of like the whole Marine or Army crucible-type stuff, know what I mean?"

To prepare for fights, fighters go to great lengths to make themselves like steel.  There's roadwork, padwork, grappling, and as we've seen on "The Ultimate Fighter", conditioning drills that can involve things like flipping giant tires and swinging sledgehammers.  With a fight coming up in the next few months, Montanaro is no different.  But what benefits are derived from the lock-in?  Clearly, the limits of the conditioning of the participants are pushed, but is there something more? 

"Honestly, just complete mental toughness," says Montanaro.  "You get to a point where you don't think you can go anymore and then you have to go.  It's insane.  It's probably the worst training I've ever done.  I was more nervous for that than any fight I've ever had to do."

What of the necessities of human existence?  "They have a bathroom, of course," says Montanaro.  "Food's included… all the food you can eat.  After your workouts, even if you weren't hungry, they stressed that you drink and eat nonstop — just carb you up and keep you going.  Sleep, that's not encouraged at all.  They keep you awake, keep you zombified, keep you going."

Obviously, the whole endeavor was tortuous.  Was there any particular thing that Montanaro found to be the toughest?  "The toughest thing about the lock-in?  Where do I even start?  The whole damn thing.  Once you hit that first wall, that's when it's brutal.  Everything hits you all at once — you want to sleep, you try to lay down and it's time for the next workout.  I would say around two or three in the morning, that's when it's the worst.  You know you could just leave at any point you want, but it's just that whole mental aspect." 

If one could literally leave at any time, it sounds as if the name — a "lock-in" — is a bit of a misnomer.  "It was going to be a complete lock-in, but it was so damn hot, there was no way they could do something like that.  We would've kicked the doors down.  There was no way."

With door unlocked and retreat requiring only an exit through the door, did anyone quit?  "No, surprisingly enough, no one quit.  And the craziest thing was there was an 11-year old kid there.  Some parent signed their kid up to do it!  It was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.  So anytime someone wanted to quit, we'd look at this little kid.  He was our mascot."

What was the atmosphere like?  Was it all business, or was there at least some of element of fun to it?  "For the first probably like eight to ten hours, everyone was kind of feeling each other out — you know, like, is everyone in full serious-mode or are we going to have some kind of fun here?  Probably at night is when everyone started to get a little loopy.  Everyone started to get punchy.  The later it got into the night, everyone was just out there."

Would Montanaro go through it all again?  "Absolutely," he says without hesitation.  "In a heartbeat.  After it was done, I honestly just wanted to stay and keep going.  It's just nonstop training, no drama, no [expletive], everyone was just there to train.  If we could do it, I would love to do it every month."

A wise man once posed the question, "Do you want to be a [expletive] fighter?"  It's doubtful he'd dare ask that of Montanaro and participants of the 24-hour lock-in.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/tales-training-room-24-hour-lock-200930968--mma.html

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

UFC on FOX 4 Weigh-Ins Go Off Without a Hitch

Sometimes something interesting happens at the weigh-ins for a MMA event, like maybe there's a scuffle or someone misses weight badly or, as was the case with EliteXC's "Heat" show, Gina Carano has to strip down to nothing to get the scale where it needs to be.  But the weigh-ins for UFC on FOX 4, which took place earlier today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, went off without a hitch.  There was no bad blood, so after their staredowns, every fighter shook hands and hugged.  No one stepped onto the scale sporting excess baggage.  And alas, no Carano.  It all went smoothly.  Now everything is set for Saturday night's event on FOX. 

If watching emaciated dudes doff their duds while Joe Rogan and Dana White stand idly by holds any interest to you, a vid of the weigh-ins can be found here.  Otherwise, see you tomorrow!

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-fox-4-weigh-ins-off-without-hitch-011722633--mma.html

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White’s perfect 100 in X Games halfpipe

We’re not sure how this has been received elsewhere, but we must say the idea of a perfect score somewhat took us by surprise. Yes, we regularly see surfers score perfect 10s, but a 100 in snowboarding? It just don’t seem right, does it? Check it out for yourself; it’s proper playstation stuff, but if [...]

Source: http://snowboardaction.net/whites-perfect-100-games-halfpipe/

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Recent Images from the French Alps

Click once to enlarge. Click again to further enlarge.

Source: http://www.hikingcamping.com/blog/2012/07/recent-images-from-the-french-alps/

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Valentin Bauer For Vans France


Vans France has a rad new part from Valentin Bauer.

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Jon Fitch, Nate Diaz, UFC 150: The Morning News Roundup – 8.8.12

As the saying goes, it's all about the Benjamins — which, if my handy "Biggie Smalls Street Vernacular Dictionary — Volume 2" is accurate, means it's ultimately all about money.  Money is what fighters get when they take the biggest fights, sign the fattest contracts, and build up the most hype for whatever bouts they have scheduled for that week.  And hey, that's not a bad thing.  Fighting is a job, and the UFC is the top employer in the field, so why not make that wampum while you can?  Anyway, all this should clue you in on what today's morning news roundup is about: money.

  • UFC welterweight Jon Fitch really wants out of his rumored bout against Brazilian Erick Silva at UFC 153 — or at least, he would much rather have a rematch with Hawaiian fighting legend B.J. Penn.  Case in point: the disingenuous-seeming trash-talk Fitch is spewing.  I don't think Penn is a coward, most (if not all) of the world doesn't think Penn is a coward, and I seriously doubt Fitch truly thinks Penn is a coward.  But Fitch knows a fight with Penn could have a bigger bottom line, so here come the harsh words!

 

  • UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz is holding a pen, and the tip of that pen is hovering over a new contract that UFC president Dana White has unfurled and flattened on the table.  Seems like a no-brainer that he sticks with the UFC, no?  I mean, where else is he going to go?  The Strikeforce lightweight champ is his buddy, and for him to go to Bellator, he'd have to sit on the shelf for a while.

 

  • The media call for UFC 150 was yesterday and MMAWeekly's got the audio.  Personally, media calls are all the same to me — the same spoon-fed hype and storylines, the same questions, the same faux-excitement.  They're just something that's done to drive media (and, subsequently, fan) interest, which presumably fuels pay-per-view sales.  The only time media calls are interesting is when PRIDE FC champ Fedor Emelianenko and his manager Vadim Finkelstein are on the line and we hear goats and water splashing and all sorts of weird stuff in the background (which actually happened once).

 

  • The folks at the UFC are helping erect a LGBTQ community center in Las Vegas, N.V., which is a pretty altruistic thing to do if you ask me.  MMAJunkie's got the quote from UFC executive Reed Harris:

"The UFC supports many worthwhile causes, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center's goals of supporting human rights and offering programs for health and wellness are important causes that the entire UFC organization supports," Harris told MMAJunkie.com.  "We are pleased to be able to show support for an organization that offers health and wellness programs and seeks to better our community."

This little tidbit has nothing to do with money, but it's a good deed that deserves some recognition.

That's all for now.  Now, please, just leave me alone.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/jon-fitch-nate-diaz-ufc-150-morning-news-122124512--mma.html

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TheSHOOT! Gilbert Melendez - Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez talks his new gym, and his upcoming fight, only on TheSHOOT! For more, visit SHOOTMedia.com and follow us on Twitter @SHOOTMedia

Source: http://mmalice.com/gilbert-melendez/theshoot-gilbert-melendez-video_9a34ceccc.html

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Revisiting Controversy: Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar

“Business as usual” has become a phrase that we are all well-acquainted with in the MMA community, but for Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson, the night of February 26 in the Saitama Super Arena proved to be exactly that. With each man having competed in a “Fight of The Year”, fans expected non-stop excitement from [...]

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Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/29851/revisiting-controversy-ben-henderson-vs-frankie-edgar/

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Diego Sanchez, Don Cerrone, Cain Velasquez: The Morning News Roundup – 8.7.12

Any day when the news doesn't involve a fighter getting injured, a fighter failing a drug screening or a fighting going to jail is a good one, and hey, today looks like a good one.  A well-liked scrapper is switching weight classes again, a co-main event fighter has given his upcoming bout a thumbs-up, a heavyweight wants his title shot, and another fighter went to the doctor, but that's it.  No cuts requiring stitches, no marijuana metabolites and no 40-person brawls — as the indomitable Ice Cube would say, "It was a good day."

  • Winner of the inaugural season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and longtime fan-favorite fighter Diego Sanchez announced that he's moving down to lightweight.  Again.  If you'll recall, his last trip down to the 155-pound weight class ended with a showdown against B.J. Penn, and that match-up wasn't even competitive.  However, Sanchez's recent return to welterweight yielded mixed results, so you know how that goes.

 

  • UFC lightweight stalwart Don Cerrone says that he's cool with fighting Melvin Guillard this weekend at UFC 150.  Which is good because it's only the co-main event and Cerrone signed the bout agreement months ago and if he were to suddenly say he wasn't cool with it the UFC would probably sue him for breach of contract plus damages.

 

  • Who will be next to challenge UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos?  Will it be Dutch behemoth Alistair Overeem, who's currently serving a suspension for excessive horsemeat?  Or should it be former champ Cain Velasquez, who turned Antonio Silva into a Dexter-ish blood-splatter pattern on the Octagon floor back at UFC 146?

 

  • Brazilian light-heavyweight striker Wagner Prado reportedly saw a doctor yesterday for his eye injury, which he incurred via accidental foul at the hands (or fingers) of Phil Davis on UFC on FOX 4 Saturday night.  No word yet on the prognosis, but it's great that Prado is getting professional help.  Eye injuries are no joke. 

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/diego-sanchez-don-cerrone-cain-velasquez-morning-news-132037148--mma.html

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Ilja Maran


Iljan Maran goes from LA to NZ in this new clip from Kiwi skate shop, Arcade.

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Trespass Ready the Start Gates for the Snowboard Championships

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2012 Olympic Wrestling Results: Jake Varner Takes Gold Medal for U.S. at 96kg

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2012/8/12/3238036/2012-olympic-wrestling-results-jake-varner-takes-gold-medal-for-u-s

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Boxing Day 2011

Source: http://nedsurfshots.blogspot.com/2011/12/boxing-day-2011.html

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Golden hour and the green longboard - 14 July

Source: http://nedsurfshots.blogspot.com/2012/07/golden-hour-and-green-longboard-14-july.html

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Loucas Polydorou


Loucas Polydorou makes South Africa look like a rad place to skate.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MostlySkateboarding/~3/6YrEJT5WT_k/loucas-polydorou.html

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Wells Shaw Raw Footage


I like raw footage. Wells Shaw has some gnarly raw footage. Via: This Is Feel This.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MostlySkateboarding/~3/jMzl7yRPkVQ/wells-shaw-raw-footage.html

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Frank Mir, the Strikeforce Crossover, and Who Should Be Next

Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir has done us all a great service by agreeing to meet Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix winner Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce cage this fall.  After all, the other opponents rumored to have been under consideration — Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett (again), KJ Noons sitting on Ryan Couture's shoulders — weren't really options at all, and who else is there on the Strikeforce roster to challenge Cormier?  The answer is no one, and with Mir shucking the bonds of the UFC for a one-time-only crossover bout, we get to have a match-up that's compelling on paper and will likely be very fun to watch. 

However, the move doesn't address the other glaring holes that need to be filled in the roster of the House That Scott Coker Built.  Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez has beaten everyone that matters in his division, middleweight champ Luke Rockhold is without a worthy foe, and gosh darn it, you can only spread Keith Jardine so thin.  So who else should the UFC send over to fill Strikeforce's ranks?  Sure, the dough and exposure is nowhere near as great compared to what you get for fighting in the Octagon, but look at Nate Marquardt.  The ex-UFC welterweight waltzed in, put up a heck of a fight against Tyron Woodley, and is now the owner of a shiny new belt.  For the fighters, there is certainly value in crossing over.  Here, then, is a list of fighters on the UFC roster who could be prime candidates for taking the Strikeforce fieldtrip.  It is by no means complete — please, feel free to add to them in the comments.  And if you disagree with my suggestions… picture me sad.  So very sad.

 

  • Evan Dunham — At one time, the word on the street was that the brass wanted B.J. Penn to take on Melendez in Strikeforce.  But Penn is too much of a viable pay-per-view commodity, and it would've been senseless to waste him on the subscription-based channel Showtime.  Evan Dunham, though, is another story entirely.  The jiu-jitsu specialist had a pretty good win streak going before he was outpointed by Sean Sherk at UFC 119 and smashed by Melvin Guillard at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2, and his well-rounded skills could conceivably give Melendez fits no matter where the fight goes.

 

  • Clay Guida — Fast, frenetic, and fun when he wants to be (i.e., when he's not running away for five rounds), Clay Guida could definitely make Melendez miserable in the cage.  Besides, what's left for him in the UFC?  It would take Ben Henderson, Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz all slipping on banana peels and breaking their legs before Guida could come close to tasting championship glory.

  • Gray Maynard — As a former "wrestling man-blanket" turned "dangerous slugger", Gray Maynard could stuff Melendez's takedowns, squash his jiu-jitsu, and hit "El Nino" so hard his pet parrot dies.  Also, what else is the UFC going to do with Maynard?  If Edgar reclaims the lightweight championship from Henderson, watching Maynard and Edgar go at it once more is about as palatable as a plate of dirt. 

 

  • Thiago Alves — Once upon a time, Thiago Alves was in contention for the UFC welterweight title.  Those days are gone now, but that doesn't mean that Alves isn't skilled and dangerous enough to make waves among Strikeforce's welterweights.  Maybe, maybe Woodley could hold Alves down for three rounds.  Maybe not, though, and Alves is just capable enough to beat him and beat Marquardt and take the belt.

 

  • Jon Fitch — UFC welterweight king Georges St. Pierre mauled him, Johny Hendricks KO'd him, and he drew with Penn.  However, other than that, Jon Fitch's run in the Octagon has been flawless.  Boring, but flawless.  Do you think Marquardt can prevent Fitch from hugging him to death?  I don't.  And I'd wager that once Fitch stepped into the cage to face Woodley, the two would stare at each other for a full fifteen minutes, unsure of what to do.

 

  • Chris Leben — UFC middleweight stud Chris Leben is good for about two or three fights a year before his annual steroid suspension forces him to sit on the sidelines, so why not let him do those bouts in Strikeforce?  In terms of skill set, he's got enough grappling to keep Rockhold from really hurting him.  As for his striking… yeah, no way could Rockhold eat one of those concrete fists and survive.

 

  • Vladimir Matyushenko — Look, it's not like any of the Strikeforce light-heavyweights can hold onto the belt for any length of time, but it's boring watching the same three guys fight for it over and over again.  Put Vladimir Matyushenko in there against Mike Kyle, Gegard Mousasi and Rafael Cavalcante and let's see where it goes. 

 

Jim Genia gets his tweet on here.  Giddyup.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/frank-mir-strikeforce-crossover-next-191308784--mma.html

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We The Loons Montage #1


Tasmanian clothing company, We The Loons, has a rad new montage.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MostlySkateboarding/~3/PiOIUWu49PE/we-loons-montage-1.html

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North Coast - small and overcast 6 December 2011

Source: http://nedsurfshots.blogspot.com/2011/12/north-coast-small-and-overcast-6.html

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White’s perfect 100 in X Games halfpipe

We’re not sure how this has been received elsewhere, but we must say the idea of a perfect score somewhat took us by surprise. Yes, we regularly see surfers score perfect 10s, but a 100 in snowboarding? It just don’t seem right, does it? Check it out for yourself; it’s proper playstation stuff, but if [...]

Source: http://snowboardaction.net/whites-perfect-100-games-halfpipe/

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Ask A River God: Packing Tips

Long-time river guide Jeffe Aronson answers your questions before you ever hit the river. In this installment, gear advice that goes beyond the standard packing list.

The post Ask A River God: Packing Tips appeared first on River Currents.

Source: http://www.oars.com/blog/4-what-you-should-know-about-americas-most-endangered-river/

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Greg Jackson says if he will corner in GSP vs Condit? - Greg Jackson

With Inside MMA live from Jackson's MMA we thought it would be the perfect time to ask who he would be cornering when George St-Pierre fights Carlos Condit for the UFC welterweight belt. Fellow trainer Mike Winklejohn also tells us who he'll be backing.

Source: http://mmalice.com/greg-jackson/greg-jackson-says-if-he-will-corner-in-gsp-vs-condit-video_16aaed8ba.html

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Jon Fitch, Nate Diaz, UFC 150: The Morning News Roundup – 8.8.12

As the saying goes, it's all about the Benjamins — which, if my handy "Biggie Smalls Street Vernacular Dictionary — Volume 2" is accurate, means it's ultimately all about money.  Money is what fighters get when they take the biggest fights, sign the fattest contracts, and build up the most hype for whatever bouts they have scheduled for that week.  And hey, that's not a bad thing.  Fighting is a job, and the UFC is the top employer in the field, so why not make that wampum while you can?  Anyway, all this should clue you in on what today's morning news roundup is about: money.

  • UFC welterweight Jon Fitch really wants out of his rumored bout against Brazilian Erick Silva at UFC 153 — or at least, he would much rather have a rematch with Hawaiian fighting legend B.J. Penn.  Case in point: the disingenuous-seeming trash-talk Fitch is spewing.  I don't think Penn is a coward, most (if not all) of the world doesn't think Penn is a coward, and I seriously doubt Fitch truly thinks Penn is a coward.  But Fitch knows a fight with Penn could have a bigger bottom line, so here come the harsh words!

 

  • UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz is holding a pen, and the tip of that pen is hovering over a new contract that UFC president Dana White has unfurled and flattened on the table.  Seems like a no-brainer that he sticks with the UFC, no?  I mean, where else is he going to go?  The Strikeforce lightweight champ is his buddy, and for him to go to Bellator, he'd have to sit on the shelf for a while.

 

  • The media call for UFC 150 was yesterday and MMAWeekly's got the audio.  Personally, media calls are all the same to me — the same spoon-fed hype and storylines, the same questions, the same faux-excitement.  They're just something that's done to drive media (and, subsequently, fan) interest, which presumably fuels pay-per-view sales.  The only time media calls are interesting is when PRIDE FC champ Fedor Emelianenko and his manager Vadim Finkelstein are on the line and we hear goats and water splashing and all sorts of weird stuff in the background (which actually happened once).

 

  • The folks at the UFC are helping erect a LGBTQ community center in Las Vegas, N.V., which is a pretty altruistic thing to do if you ask me.  MMAJunkie's got the quote from UFC executive Reed Harris:

"The UFC supports many worthwhile causes, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center's goals of supporting human rights and offering programs for health and wellness are important causes that the entire UFC organization supports," Harris told MMAJunkie.com.  "We are pleased to be able to show support for an organization that offers health and wellness programs and seeks to better our community."

This little tidbit has nothing to do with money, but it's a good deed that deserves some recognition.

That's all for now.  Now, please, just leave me alone.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/jon-fitch-nate-diaz-ufc-150-morning-news-122124512--mma.html

Clemente Biondetti Pablo Birger Art Bisch Harry Blanchard Michael Bleekemolen Alex Blignaut Trevor Blokdyk

Smack

Source: http://nedsurfshots.blogspot.com/2012/03/smack.html

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11 9 2011

Source: http://nedsurfshots.blogspot.com/2011/09/11-9-2011.html

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Max Couling in Secky Presh

SLAM has Max Couling's part from Secky Presh. It is really good. 

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MostlySkateboarding/~3/-yjASKV91uI/max-couling-in-secky-presh.html

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UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II Play-By-Play

MMAFrenzy's coverage of UFC 150 continues with our play-by-play coverage and live scoring of tonight's fights. We will have full coverage of tonight's PPV main card culminating in the main event rematch for the lightweight title between champion Benson Henderson and former champion Frankie Edgar. Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy for our full coverage of tonight's card.

MMAFrenzy.com

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/29859/ufc-150-henderson-vs-edgar-ii-play-by-play/

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Surf Photographer - Shelli Bankier

Welcome to our latest featured surf photographer; Shelli Bankier from the Gold Coast of Australia. The beauty of the blue sphere…

www.clubofthewaves.com/surf-photographer/shelli-bankier.php

Teahupoo, Tahiti by Shelli Bankier

www.bluespherephotography.com

Source: http://surfingartculture.blogspot.com/2011/01/surf-photographer-shelli-bankier.html

Peter Collins Bernard Collomb Alberto Colombo Erik Comas Franco Comotti George Connor George Constantine

Autumn Swell #2

Source: http://nedsurfshots.blogspot.com/2012/03/autumn-swell-2.html

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TheSHOOT! - Gray Maynard Blog 1 - Gray Maynard

TheSHOOT! - Gray Maynard Blog 1 Video by Gray Maynard

Source: http://mmalice.com/gray-maynard/theshoot-gray-maynard-blog-1-video_3746a35f8.html

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Mo'Five


The Mo'Fo has a new full length video called Mo'Five. Lots of rad French street skating in this 35 minute video.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MostlySkateboarding/~3/B04xNZRV-Ns/mofive.html

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UFC 150 Press Conference Video - UFC 150

http://www.MMAWeekly.com/ was at the UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II kickoff press conference on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.UFC president Dana White, lightweight champion Benson Henderson, and challenger Frankie Edgar fielded numerous questions from the media and a throng of fans, talking about Henderson and Edgar's upcoming rematch, as well as many other topics.Henderson and Edgar square off in a main event rematch at UFC 150 on August 11 at the Pepsi Center.

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc-150/ufc-150-press-conference-video-video_da714c0f5.html

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Weddings and Events on the South Fork American River

Obviously our first order of biznass is rafting trips.  Fifty years doing it and all that.  But we love love too!  And our River Center Property!  If you’re “in the same boat,” so speak, and you’re looking for a place to make it all official, you should know that we host weddings here in the [...]

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Countdown to UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar

Fuel TV has made last night's "Countdown to UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar" free to view on their official youtube page ahead of both men rematching for the UFC Lightweight Title this Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Unlike their first meeting, which took place at UFC 144 in Japan this passed February, it is Benson Henderson who walks into the octagon carrying the championship. Frankie Edgar now looks to take revenge on the man who wrested the title from him in the "Smooth" one.

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Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/29816/countdown-to-ufc-150-henderson-vs-edgar/

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Daniel Cormier gets Frank Mir for his final Strikeforce fight

Daniel Cormier has his final Strikeforce opponent, and its a UFC heavyweight. According to USA Today, former champion Frank Mir will fight Cormier, the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champ, in a yet-to-be announced Strikeforce event in October or November. The fight will air on Showtime.

Mir's manager tweeted, "@thefrankmir just asked me to tweet for him "that he's very excited about this opportunity and is very grateful to the @ufc for making this fight happen."

Mir last fought at UFC 146, where he was knocked out by Junior dos Santos in the second round of a championship bout. Before the loss to JDS, Mir had wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Roy Nelson and Mirko Filipovic.

The match-up is an interesting one for Mir to take, as he has had difficulty with wrestlers in the past. Of the three losses in his last 10 fights, two came to fighters with significant wrestling backgrounds. Cormier is a two-time Olympic wrestler.

He was the surprise winner of the grand prix that started with Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem as the favorites. He beat Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett on the way to the championship. His record now stands at 10-0. After this bout, Cormier is expected to join the UFC, like every other heavyweight on the Strikeforce roster.

Who will take this bout? Speak up in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/daniel-cormier-gets-frank-mir-final-strikeforce-fight-125450289--mma.html

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Ben Henderson Retains Belt in Controversial Split Decision: The UFC 150 Main Card Rundown

When they first met, they went the distance and the judges gave it to Benson Henderson.  But this time, when former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and reigning champ Henderson scrapped, it seemed just a little more clear-cut, and it appeared as if "The Answer" had done enough in their five-rounds of hard-fought conflict to reclaim that precious belt that was once his.  But the judges — in their infinite wisdom, or lack thereof — disagreed.  That's the story of UFC 150 main event.  More after the jump.

 

  • The youngest man on the UFC's roster also just happens to possess a wicked body shot, as TUF veteran Justin Lawrence found out much to his dismay.  In the bout between 20-year-old striker Max Holloway and 22-year-old striker Lawrence, there was zero grappling on the ground and tons of lightning-quick exchanges on the feet, with both fighters dinging each other up throughout all of the first and most of the second round.  But Holloway was relentless in his pressure, and when he softened Lawrence up with a knee to the body, then followed it up with a pair of hooks to the ribs, Lawrence folded in pain against the cage.  The ensuing storm of punches had referee Josh Rosenthal stepping in and making the TKO official at 4:49 of Round Two.

 

  • Buddy Roberts established early on that standing and trading with him would be a very dangerous prospect — established with hard jabs, crosses and kicks that clearly hurt — so former middleweight contender Yushin Okami made every effort to make this match a ground war.  And he was successful, pulling Roberts down and punishing him with punches from back-mount at the end of the first round, and doing the same early on in the second.  The American had no answer for the predicament Okami put him in, and the referee was forced to end it at 3:05 of the round, giving the Japanese fighter the win via TKO.

 

 

  • For some odd reason, Ed Herman felt that his best chance at beating Jake Shields was to pretend the walls of the Octagon were a giant cheese grater and the former Strikeforce champ was a piece of cheese.  That was the uneventful story of Round One, and Shields avoided being the cheese in Round Two by taking the TUF runner-up down and trying to methodically jiu-jitsu him to death.  The third round was pretty much the same as the second, and though it was the farthest thing from an exciting, crowd-pleasing battle, for Shields, it got the job done.  He took the unanimous decision (29-29, 30-27, 30-27) when time ran out.

 

 

  • It was quick, but damn was it fun.  In the lightweight co-main event between former teammates Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard, Cerrone came out full of confidence and walked into a left hook that had him stumbling and in grave danger of going to sleep.  But even though Guillard pursued him and tried to land the coup de grace, Cerrone recovered — at least, well enough to clip the "Young Assassin" with a high-kick and finish him with a devastating right.  Guillard was out cold at 1:16 of the first round, and while it lasted, this one was a thriller.

 

  • Whenever Henderson and Edgar fight, they're destined to go five rounds.  No if's, and's or but's about it.  That's simply what they'll do.  Round One saw the former champ eating low-kicks to the calf that had him stumbling and falling, and though he scored a takedown in the late seconds of the frame, Edgar was caught in a tight guillotine.  He survived, and in Round Two, he dropped Henderson with a right and threatened with a guillotine of his own while sprawling away from the champ's takedown attempt.  With Henderson and Edgar picking and choosing their shots and neither really hurting the other, the third was extremely tough to score, but "The Answer" made it a little easier in the fourth by landing a takedown.  If we've learned anything from watching these two fight for so many rounds, it's that they'll never make it easy for the judges, and Round Five was true to form, as both pecked at each other and neither took the definitive lead.  However, when it came to scoring, his unerring right hand seemed to be at least racking up points, it did seem like Edgar took the round  The end result?  A split decision (46-49, 48-47, 48-47) in favor of Henderson, who retained his belt but was showered by boos from a crowd that thought Edgar had deserved the "W".

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ben-henderson-retains-belt-controversial-split-decision-ufc-050451883--mma.html

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Jamie and SCUK at Innsbruck Air & Style

Hoping Jamie Nicholls can top an impressive list of recent UK performances at the 6star Billabong Air & Style this weekend, SCUK Winter Bashers are heading out to the Bergisel Stadium in Innsbruck with a barmy army determined to be heard, possibly felt and most definitely smelt following 24 hours on a coach. Need a [...]

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

TheSHOOT! Gilbert Melendez - Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez talks his new gym, and his upcoming fight, only on TheSHOOT! For more, visit SHOOTMedia.com and follow us on Twitter @SHOOTMedia

Source: http://mmalice.com/gilbert-melendez/theshoot-gilbert-melendez-video_9a34ceccc.html

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UFC on FOX 4 Preview: The Undercard Breakdown

Thanks to years of research, countless probability models and a complex set of algorithms, I have developed a system that can predict the winner of an MMA bout with a stunning fifteen-percent level of accuracy.  I know, I know, it's a breakthrough that will most certainly make me rich.  But until the oddsmakers in Las Vegas make me an offer that I find acceptable, you all get to benefit from this nigh-infallible prognosticative method.  First up on the fortune telling schedule: the UFC on FOX 4 undercard!

  • Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan — American Top Team featherweight mean-mugger Miller had a rough time against "The Ultimate Fighter — Season 14" exponent Steven Siler back in March, but he's still a skilled and dangerous jiu-jitsu specialist capable of using his lanky limbs to tie people in knots.  TUF 12 veteran Phan, on the other hand, may be a jiu-jitsu black belt, but as we saw in his bout against Jimy Hettes at UFC 141, the Vietnamese warrior is very open to getting dominated on the ground.  The only gray area here is whether or not Miller can get Phan down.  If he can, expect Phan to survive to the final bell but lose via clear-cut decision.

 

  • Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado —Light-heavyweight Davis is to wrestling what Steven Seagal is to yellow-tinted sunglasses — which is to say, Davis is a bad, bad dude who can control almost anyone.   Prado is making his Octagon debut at UFC on FOX 4, and though he trains with the Nogueira brothers and is supposedly some kind of ace striker, he's going to get handled by the Division I All-American wrestler in a big way.  Takedowns, pins, tech falls — Davis is going to do it all, and earn the unanimous decision win in the process.

 

  • Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya — Two years ago, New Englander Grispi was one of the most promising up-and-coming featherweights in the WEC, and it seemed as if he was destined to battle champ Jose Aldo for the UFC's 145-pound division belt.  But the hype train got derailed in a big way — first by Louisiana-based fighter Dustin Poirier's knuckle sandwiches at UFC 125, then by George Roop's body-blow KO at the TUF 13 Finale.  Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and 2007 grappling champ Yahya isn't that dangerous on the feet, just on the ground, so Grispi just might have the skills to get the "W".  This one is also going to decision, with Grispi taking it by virtue of being on top more than being on the bottom.

 

  • Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson — In his UFC debut back at UFC on Fuel TV: "Sanchez vs. Ellenberger", Brit heavyweight De Fries got chewed up and spit out in a mere 43 seconds against Stipe Miocic.  However,Brit strongman Thompson faired only slightly better against Shawn Jordan at UFC on FX: "Alves vs. Kampmann", getting TKO'd in the second round, so the question here is who can pull it together more effectively for their second UFC appearance.  My algorithms are telling me it's going to be De Fries via TKO, but really, it's six of one and half a dozen of the other. 

 

  • Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa — Omigawa hails from Japan, sports a pretty decent judo background, and racked up some decent wins fighting in organizations like DEEP and Sengoku.  Unfortunately, in six UFC appearances he has won a grand total of once.  Yes, he's tough as nails and extremely hard to finish, but he lacks that special quality (which we'll simply call "ability to win").  Armenian fireplug Gamburyan is cut from a similar cloth; after taking second place in the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, he's fought in the UFC seven times and tasted victory twice.  He, too, is tough and lacks ability to win, but he's also been plagued by injuries.  For that, I see Omigawa winning either by decision or by Gamburyan's limbs inadvertently falling off and him not being able to continue.

 

  • John Moraga vs. Ulysses Gomez — Hey, it's two Octagon newcomers, making their UFC debut in a bout that will be broadcast on either Facebook, MySpace, Friendster or maybe even LinkedIn.  Who knows.  Either way, both men have worked their way up the regional circuits — Moraga through Arizona's Rage in the Cage and Gomez through California's Tachi Palace Fights.  Because Octagon jitters are going to be hanging over these men like an oppressive fog of lethargy, my algorithms are literally shrugging at me.  I guess I'll pick Gomez, but that's solely because I think I'd have more fun checking out a TPF show than a RITC show.  Arizona's got a problem with ants, you know.  They're everywhere.

 

Who you trying to get crazy with, ese?  Don't you know I'm loco?

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-fox-4-preview-undercard-breakdown-195725630--mma.html

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New paintings by Peter Pierce

Hope you're all having a great Christmas break and ready to celebrate the New Year! :) We've just updated Hawaiian based artist Peter Pierce's profile with a few new paintings, take a look…

www.clubofthewaves.com/surf-artist/peter-pierce.php

Surf Art by Peter Pierce

www.peterpierce.com

Source: http://surfingartculture.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-paintings-by-peter-pierce.html

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Autumn - Swell #1

Source: http://nedsurfshots.blogspot.com/2012/03/autumn-swell-1.html

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Ski Movie Trailers, It's Like February in July

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Wanderlust Tahoe 2012

Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more -- all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. Continue reading

Source: http://www.prana.com/life/2012/08/03/wanderlust-tahoe-2012/

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6 Absurd Things You Will *Only* See On A Rafting Trip

It's pretty easy to get in touch with your sillier side when you're afloat in the wilderness. It's a place that produces some unique laughable moments.

The post 6 Absurd Things You Will *Only* See On A Rafting Trip appeared first on River Currents.

Source: http://www.oars.com/blog/6-absurd-things-you-will-only-see-on-a-rafting-trip/

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One-Handed Fighter Nick Newell Scores Knockout (VIDEO)


While most of us had our attention focused on UFC on FOX 4 on Saturday night, Nick Newell was stepping into the cage at a minor league event called Xtreme Fighting Championships and scoring a knockout. While such occurrences are not uncommon at the smaller shows that happen every weekend across the United States, what makes this one remarkable is the man earning the KO: Newell's left arm ends just past the elbow. Newell, a Massachusetts native and former high school wrestler, is now 8-0 as a pro, and the win puts him line for a crack at the XFC lightweight title.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/one-handed-fighter-nick-newell-scores-knockout-video-125939041--mma.html

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Ferris Birthday Surprise

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Conny Andersson Mario Andretti Michael Andretti Keith Andrews Elio de Angelis Marco Apicella Mário de Araújo Cabral

UFC on FOX 4 Preview: The Undercard Breakdown

Thanks to years of research, countless probability models and a complex set of algorithms, I have developed a system that can predict the winner of an MMA bout with a stunning fifteen-percent level of accuracy.  I know, I know, it's a breakthrough that will most certainly make me rich.  But until the oddsmakers in Las Vegas make me an offer that I find acceptable, you all get to benefit from this nigh-infallible prognosticative method.  First up on the fortune telling schedule: the UFC on FOX 4 undercard!

  • Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan — American Top Team featherweight mean-mugger Miller had a rough time against "The Ultimate Fighter — Season 14" exponent Steven Siler back in March, but he's still a skilled and dangerous jiu-jitsu specialist capable of using his lanky limbs to tie people in knots.  TUF 12 veteran Phan, on the other hand, may be a jiu-jitsu black belt, but as we saw in his bout against Jimy Hettes at UFC 141, the Vietnamese warrior is very open to getting dominated on the ground.  The only gray area here is whether or not Miller can get Phan down.  If he can, expect Phan to survive to the final bell but lose via clear-cut decision.

 

  • Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado —Light-heavyweight Davis is to wrestling what Steven Seagal is to yellow-tinted sunglasses — which is to say, Davis is a bad, bad dude who can control almost anyone.   Prado is making his Octagon debut at UFC on FOX 4, and though he trains with the Nogueira brothers and is supposedly some kind of ace striker, he's going to get handled by the Division I All-American wrestler in a big way.  Takedowns, pins, tech falls — Davis is going to do it all, and earn the unanimous decision win in the process.

 

  • Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya — Two years ago, New Englander Grispi was one of the most promising up-and-coming featherweights in the WEC, and it seemed as if he was destined to battle champ Jose Aldo for the UFC's 145-pound division belt.  But the hype train got derailed in a big way — first by Louisiana-based fighter Dustin Poirier's knuckle sandwiches at UFC 125, then by George Roop's body-blow KO at the TUF 13 Finale.  Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and 2007 grappling champ Yahya isn't that dangerous on the feet, just on the ground, so Grispi just might have the skills to get the "W".  This one is also going to decision, with Grispi taking it by virtue of being on top more than being on the bottom.

 

  • Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson — In his UFC debut back at UFC on Fuel TV: "Sanchez vs. Ellenberger", Brit heavyweight De Fries got chewed up and spit out in a mere 43 seconds against Stipe Miocic.  However,Brit strongman Thompson faired only slightly better against Shawn Jordan at UFC on FX: "Alves vs. Kampmann", getting TKO'd in the second round, so the question here is who can pull it together more effectively for their second UFC appearance.  My algorithms are telling me it's going to be De Fries via TKO, but really, it's six of one and half a dozen of the other. 

 

  • Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa — Omigawa hails from Japan, sports a pretty decent judo background, and racked up some decent wins fighting in organizations like DEEP and Sengoku.  Unfortunately, in six UFC appearances he has won a grand total of once.  Yes, he's tough as nails and extremely hard to finish, but he lacks that special quality (which we'll simply call "ability to win").  Armenian fireplug Gamburyan is cut from a similar cloth; after taking second place in the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, he's fought in the UFC seven times and tasted victory twice.  He, too, is tough and lacks ability to win, but he's also been plagued by injuries.  For that, I see Omigawa winning either by decision or by Gamburyan's limbs inadvertently falling off and him not being able to continue.

 

  • John Moraga vs. Ulysses Gomez — Hey, it's two Octagon newcomers, making their UFC debut in a bout that will be broadcast on either Facebook, MySpace, Friendster or maybe even LinkedIn.  Who knows.  Either way, both men have worked their way up the regional circuits — Moraga through Arizona's Rage in the Cage and Gomez through California's Tachi Palace Fights.  Because Octagon jitters are going to be hanging over these men like an oppressive fog of lethargy, my algorithms are literally shrugging at me.  I guess I'll pick Gomez, but that's solely because I think I'd have more fun checking out a TPF show than a RITC show.  Arizona's got a problem with ants, you know.  They're everywhere.

 

Who you trying to get crazy with, ese?  Don't you know I'm loco?

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-fox-4-preview-undercard-breakdown-195725630--mma.html

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