MMA Favorites: My 200th B/R Article
Being that I post a bazillion articles a day, I realized that in the 199 that have come before this one, not once have I delved into a list of my fighting favorites.
I know. How is that possible, right? After all, with all the nonsense I get my trained staff of monkeys to churn out on a regular basis, you would think at that least once I would have pushed my personal favorites on everyone.
Anyway. What better way to rattle them off with a celebratory slide show?
Please enjoy responsibly.
Favorite Fighter (Skills): Georges St-Pierre
While his nemesis BJ Penn is quickly climbing the rankings, Sportsnet's two-time, defending Athlete of the Year and the pride of Ste. Isidore, Quebec has the complete package inside the cage.
We've seen him submit guys, knock people out, and thoroughly dominate top-level competition, torn abductor muscle and all.
Hopefully, 2010 will yield a healthy return to action and more impressive performances.
Favorite Fighter (Entertainment Value): Quinton
As talented as he is inside the cage, "Rampage" is easily the most entertaining fighter in the business when he's not fighting.
From his numerous appearances on Dana White's first series of video blogs and his recorded verbal sparring with "King Mo" to the hilarious commentary and unintentionally funny coaching direction on TUF 10, 'Page is entertaining as hell.
Favorite Fight: Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher (Parts I & II)
One is a Canadian who I've shared a hometown with, and the other is a dude named Spencer...
On top of that, these were a pair of wars.
Some people will argue that it was two guys who couldn't finish each other, but I would counter that these battles were between two guys with granite chins, throwing bombs for 15 minutes on two different occasions.
I could honestly watch these fights on a loop and never get bored.
Favorite KO: 'Page Powerbomb
From left to right, top to bottom:
- Ricardo Arona had "Rampage" locked into a tight triangle
- Still "triangled," Rampage lifts Arona into the air
- And drives him to the ground
- Night night, Ricardo
Still the best ever...
Favorite Submission: Dustin Hazelett Armbars Josh Burkman
This is the end result: a hunched over Burkman who eventually tapped, with Hazelett tugging hard on his right arm.
What the picture doesn't show was the execution, as McLovin' went over Burkman's back "Flying Armbar" style, locked it in and dragged "The People's Warrior" to the ground.
Besides, you have to have a McLovin' shout out...
Favorite Interview (Fighter): Kenny Florian
This was my first big name interview. Looking back at the transcript or listening to the recording, you'd never know I had about an hour to throw it all together.
Though he's offered up some amusing sound bytes over the years, "KenFlo" was engaging, intelligent, and accommodating, which is why we're going to sit down for Round Two sometime soon.
Favorite Interview (Personality): Ryan Loco
In this photo by the always terrific Ms. Tracy Lee, Loco is the chubby dude on the left sipping a beverage. Mark Doze, one of the many heterosexual life partners in Loco's life, is the better-looking guy in far better shape on the right.
Interviewing Loco wasn't an interview; it was equal parts conversation with a guy you feel like you've known forever and surreal experience. No one has ever (or will ever) come close to topping the 76 minutes we spent on the phone and more than 5,000 words that resulted.
Favorite Organization: World Extreme Cagefighting
As much as I love the UFC—and I LOVE the UFC—their little brother the WEC puts on killer event after killer event, and this week's WEC 45 is no different.
Without fail, each event delivers either a shocking upset, a title change, an incredible knockout, great submission, or some combination of these all in one.
For the record, my 2009 Fight of the Year is a WEC fight, but you'll have to wait a couple more weeks for that announcement.
I like putting pen to paper...and thank those who have made my first 200 articles here at Bleacher Report an enjoyable experience.