10 Essential Items for Your MMA Man Cave
The man cave is a necessary retreat for every man.
Sometimes you just need to escape from the world of the wife and kids, or just the wife, or just the kids. Other times, the stress of work and everyday life can take its toll, and you just need a little place of your own to get away from everything for a little while.
The man cave is also a great place for all the activities that men like to do that some women think are dumb, like watching football, playing video games and watching mixed martial arts.
If you are planning on putting together your own little slice of heaven that you can retreat to for fight night, here are 10 things that you need in order to declare your man cave as "complete."
Hi-Definition LED TV
This is the most important item to have in your man cave.
CRT TVs are so not cool anymore. Can you even buy one anywhere but Craigslist anymore?
And forget about LCD—a nice 240HZ, 1080p LED TV is where it is at. With one of these bad boys, motion blur becomes a thing of the past that you surely won't miss.
Choosing between an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3 is like choosing between Pepsi and Coke, or being a Republican or Democrat. But the Xbox 360 is the way to go.
Many UFC fighters can be found on Xbox Live, playing games like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Halo Reach.
Also, without it, you could not get the robust online gameplay features of the best MMA game out there.
EA Sports MMA
There is nothing more gratifying that kicking your opponent right in the head when they are down. You can't do this in UFC Undisputed, so EA Sports MMA is the way to go.
Not only can you relive the good 'ole Pride days, but there are also regular tournaments held online where you can test your skills against some gamers who lack lives.
You will more than likely get owned, but it is cool nonetheless.
Your Favorite Beverage
Personally, I prefer Coors Light.
Why? Because Bud Light ain't paying me nothin'!
But whatever adult or non-adult beverage you choose, make sure you have plenty of them. Everyone has that friend who "forgets" to bring over their own refreshments.
So you have the hi-def television. You are all good to go when it comes to watching live events in stunning detail. But what about older fights?
Today's blu-ray players can take all those old Pride DVDs and upscale them to near hi-def quality. Plus, if you don't have one, you can't own another essential on the list.
UFC Ultimate 100 on Blu-Ray
Yes, the blu-ray player will make all those aging DVDs look better than they ever have, but you still have to own this.
While no subjective list is perfect, the UFC did a pretty good job putting together the greatest fights in the promotion's history.
And now, you can watch nearly all of them in 1080p. All you need are about four days off of work, some Hot Pockets and you can watch all seven discs in their entirety.
An Awesome Sound System
What fun is watching the fights in stunning clarity if you can't hear the sound of leather slapping against flesh?
A good surround sound system is always the way to go, but some of us have little ones who we don't want to wake up at odd hours of the night.
In that case, there are plenty of companies that make some really good Dolby 5.1 headphones. But be warned: They can cost just as much per pair as a good surround sound system. But they are worth every penny.
Some Really Cool MMA Artwork
Photo by shomanart.com
Flowers and pieces from Salvador Dali just don't cut it for a man cave. If you are an MMA die hard, you need to get some solid fighter prints to hang on the wall.
UFC posters can be found on the cheap at any nationwide retailer, but we're building an epic man cave here. You need to check out ShomanArt.com.
Evan Shoman makes the best MMA portraits, hands down. Go to his web site, and for $25 a pop (or $30 for an autographed print) you can get the best prints of your favorite fighter you will find anywhere.
You can pick your poison on this one. Since the release of the iPad, there have been plenty of other tablets to hit the market by Blackberry, Samsung, Asus and others.
But the iPad still, and will always, reign supreme.
So why do you need a tablet? Well, sometimes hauling your laptop around everywhere is a pain in the butt. With one of these bad boys, you can get all the latest and greatest from BleacherReport.com/UFC without having to leave your seat or burning your lap.
A Big, Comfy Couch
So now that you have all these awesome man toys, now you just need a place to relax and enjoy them all.
Don't be skimpy when it comes to the seating for your man cave. A cheap couch will break down quickly as much as your butt will be planted on it.
My recommendation: a big three-piece sectional. With one of those bad boys you know that you and your boys will have plenty of room to lounge around while watching the latest MMA event.