Underage Drink Fighting: Is training children how to fight drunk good for the sport?

Something that sometimes gets lost in our age of pragmatic MMA is the old cinematic beauty of the “less functional” traditional martial arts. On the other hand, there is obviously value in not deluding a young man with the idea that he’ll be able to tiger claw his way out of a bar fight with Renzo Gracie.

Somewhere in between those two ideas is the elegantly clumsy art of Drunken Boxer Kung Fu, a fighting style that was probably invented by an intermittently graceful wino who couldn’t stand still long enough to throw a proper punch. In this video, an 11-year-old student of the Dragon MMA Academy in Ephrata, Pennsylvania appears to take several invisible shots of high-proof rum. He performs some acrobatic kicks, then collapses, passing out face down like an unemployed samurai who spent his last government assistance check on a case of sake.

I don’t wish to make light of some really nice choreography that the young man really should be proud of. But in the context of “MMA training,” I imagine this stuff could get a fellow killed in the parking lot of a VFW.

Today in the world of odd Japanese PS Vita commercials...

It's no secret that I love Japan. Even before I got into MMA, I was always a huge gamer and growing up just as the arcade scene peaked, the idea of going to Japan was always something that lured me. Then I got big into MMA, specifically Pride. At that point it was all over, it turned into full blown fanboy mode. Japan is cool, I want to be cool and to be cool I need to go to Japan.

At this point though, I really don't. Not because I wouldn't have a totally rad time there, I would. It's just that I built it up so much that it can't possibly live up to my expectations.

I mean just look at this commercial, Japan can't possibly be like this. I mean... I don't want to go there to see young boys. It's just the commercial is weird that's all. I know it's weird but I don't want to go to Japan because of it. Listen, I'm not even going there so shut up. No I'm not gay or a pedophile. I should learn to stop while I'm ahead. I'm sorry.

MiddleEasy Presents: Cold Topic with Spilled Bag of Ice: MMA Superstars

@SpilledBagofIce and @DirectorPatrick sit down and talk about the fighters on the MMA fans' lips -or tweets. None other than rising superstar Conor McGregor and bona fide superstar Ronda Rousey. Cliche as it is: Love them or hate them, you can't ignore them. So, me and Patrick don't ignore them and rather discuss their potential both as fighters and marketing gold. Take a half hour and give it a listen and then feel free to add your opinion to the comments. Hashtag: Dickriders.

Conor McGregor is growing really, really fast. No, literally.

Rising UFC superstar Conor McGregor is on a trajectory to be six feet tall by October of next year.

According to UFC pre-fight statistics, he was just 5’9” when he knocked out Marcus Brimage in April, 2013. Last weekend, he measured 5’11’’ before his ginormous victory over Diego Brandao. His reach has also grown from 72” to 73” in just over one year.

McGregor is either the most physiologically-hyped fighter of the year, or he absorbed Max Holloway’s height Highlander-style during his decision win in August 2013. But he’s Irish, not Scottish. So that seems unlikely.

Perhaps he’s enjoying some magical symbiotic relationship between his height and his popularity. He gets taller, he gets more popular, and vice versa. So the question becomes, is he naturally like 6’4”? Or will he be throwing midget fights in Tijuana after a come-to-Jesus loss against a true competitor later this year?

For now, that reach advantage will come in handy when he’s patting himself on the back for growing in every possible way this year, at the height of his existence as a mixed martial artist.

Props to Reddit for the image find.

Joan Jett Thinks That It's 'So Cool' That Ronda Rousey Uses Bad Reputation

Last night was a weird night on AXS TV. Why? Because CM Punk was hosting the red carpet event for AXS TV during the Alternative Press Music Awards in his first big, public appearance since he left the WWE back in late January. He also used his gimmick name, CM Punk, as opposed to Phil Brooks like he has in other appearances. This is probably it, Punk is done with WWE, it’s over. He’s moved on, fans need to move on.

There was an interesting moment last night when Punk was with Joan Jett, the punk rocker known for empowering females for the past few decades. He decided to bring up the fact that Ronda Rousey uses “Bad Reputation” as her walkout song in the UFC, asking Jett what she thinks about it. Her response was great, with her saying that she always loves it when her music is used to help people express themselves.

Props to @WMMANews and @PanthersfanGP for the tip.

The Latest DNA Teaser From WhoaTV Captures UFC Dublin's Magic

It’s hard to deny that this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Dublin that there was something special in the air. That night just felt special, magical even. That is what a great crowd can do for an event; it can turn it from a night of good fights to one that will be remembered for ages because of how much emotion went into it. A good crowd can be everything, it can change the perception of an event.

We’ve all seen good events and good fights happen in front of empty seats before, we’ve seen good events happen in front of celebrity-packed Las Vegas crowds where there is no real interest in the action in the ring and it’s just a bummer. UFC Fight Night Dublin was different, there was a serious buzz going on and this teaser for WhoaTV’s latest feature, #DNA, really shows you some of that behind-the-scenes magic.

Fighting is in our DNA, bruh.

The latest EA UFC patch breathes new life into the game

This was really, really needed. After a month of a fun, but flawed gaming, EA UFC dropped a patch today addressing some of the most important issues in the game in our eyes. Vastly important issues such as touching gloves at the beginning of the fight and giving us the ability to throw in a few extra follow-up shots after the knockout and... and update to Gustaffson's tattoo.

Oh yeah, and we get Mizugaki, Dillashaw and Tyron Woodley. Pretty awesome for a free patch. Is this really EA?

Beyond that, we get a host of bug fixes regarding physics and a bunch of other ****. That's it. Read the rest below. I'm going to go play right now and I'll report back on how to touch gloves (it better be like EA MMA and not UFC 3's weird kitten pawing).

This came from AlcoholismIsForKids on Reddit. Strange, sad username.

It's nice to know that they're addressing the issues with this game. There is still hope yet. Now, if only they can add a way to skip training in career mode...


The game is more methodical. I really like the changes. Download this patch immediately. Woodley feels quite different from other fighters as does Mizugaki and Dillashaw.

A Lesson in Street MMA: The Taxi Driver Standing Arm Triangle Takedown

If there's one lesson to be learned from all the lessons in Street MMA that MiddleEasy has posted over the years, it's that there's no telling who tranes UFC (bro). All MiddleEasy readers should know by now not to mess with random people in the street because you never know whether they might turn out to actually have some skill in fighting.

For example; if you're vacationing in Romania and are lost on your way back to the hotel from the street horse race you just attended, don't hail a cab and then get upset at the cab driver for actually pulling over to pick you up. That is what you wanted him to do in the first place. If he pulled over, get into the cab and politely tell him the name of the hotel you are staying at so he can take you there. Pay the cab driver when/if he drops you off at your hotel. Now, if the taxi driver decided to perhaps rob you or took you to the opposite side of town instead, then you have the right to be upset with him. But don't just decide to bust out them sweet MMA moves you saw on the TV, because the taxi driver might just get you in a standing arm triangle, use it to get a takedown, and ground-and-pound your head and kidneys. If/when you get your head and kidneys ground-and-pounded, don't run after the taxi yelling at him that you still need to get to your hotel.

Retirement already? The weird and awesome contrasting persona of Rin Nakai

As a fan of novelty in MMA, one of the most delightful surprises in 2014 has been Rin Nakai. Even on a superficial level, she is a contrast of opposites. And contrast is the definition of what makes life so interesting. Love and hate. Bravery and fear. Lingerie and fight shorts.

Or as the sketchy translation of her most recent blog entry reads, “It is like light and day.”

Nakai compares herself to “a rare animal found on the Seto Island Sea, and [her] background music is that of a perverted erotic thong.” Have you ever put your ear right down against the whistling edge of a perverted erotic thong? It is weird and beautiful, just like Nakai.

But Rin was being silly just then, and she becomes serious, lamenting that she is actually a “poor person from the country side,” and that her training facility isn’t adequate for her new role as an elite fighter in the UFC. “There is no one to train with in my gym, the countryside is worn-out and the gyms are shrinking/depopulating.”

She fancies herself a Japanese version of Elly May Clampett, dreaming of “big pool parties with lots of famous people . . . mega-gyms with state-of-the-art facilities and top-class coaches who are always there . . . top-class fighters who have an abundance of sparring partners . . . [and] big sponsorships . . . .”

Nakai is so distraught, “retirement has entered [her] scope and [she has] started thinking about it.”

But Rin’s blog is a diary of sorts, a place designed for cathartic exaggeration, and again, she is a woman of opposites. I suspect she will appear enthusiastically in September. But what if I'm wrong, and this conflicted newcomer really does plan to retire? Is she so strange and unpredictable that she's capable of forcing herself awake just as her dream is starting to get good? In a way, it would be a poetic representation of her wild, parabolic existence. And I will miss her, one moment, a whimsical Seto Island sea creature, skipping to the music of a vibrating undergarment. The next, a somber girl from the countryside, mourning the loss of an international career that hasn’t yet begun.

Botchamania 254 is here and you'll watch it if you know what's good for you.

People always talk about how pro wrestling is "fake" as if the people watching it aren't aware of it. That'd be like a wrestling fan going up to someone who's watching Mad Men or True Detective, screaming how it's fake. Yes, of course it's "fake" that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it, just because it's fake doesn't mean the storytelling can't be good. It doesn't mean the matches themselves can't be visually appealing and create a sense of drama that's rarely rivaled.

Of course there are times when the curtain gets pulled back a bit on wrestling. When someone horribly botches a move in which case if it was during the pre internet era, it would've died and never been seen from again. Now we have the amazing technology that we know as the internet (thank you Al Gore.) So we can relive these botches in all their hilarity. For the millions reading this at home, I present to you, Botchamania. Or in the case you actually are a wrestling fan, you already know of Botchamania but whatever. 

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