“Be awed by what is possible”
Sorry to disappoint anyone expecting an anchorman tattoo.
Although I think you’ll agree that this amazing piece more than makes up for it.
Tattoo by Meehow Kotarski from No Regrets Tattoo Studio in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The Ultimate Fighter season 15 is set to be one of the most exciting seasons yet. For the first time ever, instead of recording the whole season in advance, each fight will be shown live on FX every friday evening (for you lucky chaps in America-land that is). The season will run for 13 weeks, starting on the 9th of March with a 2 and a half hour special, with all 16 live elimination fights on that first episode, then going back to the usual hourly slot.
The coaches this time round will be UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber. These two fellows have clashed fists twice before, with Faber handing Cruz his first and only loss back in 2007, and Cruz taking a unanimous decision win over Faber last summer. The third scrap will be at UFC 148 in July, and if it’s anything like the last one it’s definitely a must see.
Here is the list of the 32 fighters in with a shot of getting into the house. I’ll admit that outside of the few British lads in there, I don’t really know anything about these chaps. But with 16 fights to watch, and every fighter looking to prove themself, I think it’s safe to say we’re in for a treat.
Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista, Calif.
Al Iaquinta, Wantagh, N.Y.
Ali Maclean, Belfast, North Ireland
Andy Ogle, Tynemouth, England
Austin Lyons, Cordova, Tenn.
Brendan Weafer, New York, N.Y.
Chris Tickle, Bloomington, Ill.
Cody Pfister, Amarillo, Texas
Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba, Brazil
Chase Hackett, Littleton, Colo.
Chris Saunders, Long Beach, Calif.
Dakota Cochrane, Omaha, Neb.
Daron Cruickshank, Wayne, Mich.
Drew Dober, Omaha, Neb.
Erin Beach, San Diego, Calif.
James Krause, Blue Springs, Mich.
James Vick, Fort Worth, Texas
Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix, Ariz.
Joe Proctor, Pembroke, Mass.
John Cofer, Hull, Ga.
Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City, Hawaii
Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam
Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.
Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge, Mo.
Mark Glover, Liverpool, England
Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Myles Jury, San Diego, Calif.
Mike Rio, Miami, Fla.
Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Tattoo by Javier Rivera from Tough Luck Tattoo in Lewes, DE.
Ben Henderson had questions that Frankie Edgar couldn’t answer.
I wen’t into the fight liking both guys, Edgar for his professional attitude and his unrelenting drive to prove naysayers wrong, and Bendo simply because he seems to be a great person, nerdy as hell and with a fighting style I really respect. They frantically went to war and didn’t slow down. A main event like that really affects how a card stays in your memory – which is probably why some people are calling it their favourite so far this year.
UFC 144 is now over and it delivered. Yes, I was hoping that Rampage would slam Ryan Bader so hard that he blasted through the canvas of the octagon breaking the sides off the cage, only for a Pride ring that was hidden neatly underneath pops out ready for the title fight… but maybe that dream was a little bit too infantile of me. I was also hoping for Kid to return to his old form, but at least it was an up and coming British fighter in Vaughan Lee that hammered the nail in that coffin. Hunt and Gomi won with great finishes so that will settle my wishes of success for the old guard of MMA for now. The card delivered on its promises and here are my favorite bits from each fight:
Tamura defeated Zhang via KO (punch) at 0:32 of round 2
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision
Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
Fukuda defeated Cantwell via unanimous decision
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
Lee defeated Yamamoto via submission (armbar)
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Gomi defeated Mitsuoka via TKO (punches)
Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon
Pettis defeated Lauzon via KO (head kick & punches)
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Hioki defeated Palazewski via unanimous decision
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Boetsch defeated Okami via TKO (punches)
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Shields defeated Akiyama via unanimous decision
Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
Hunt defeated Kongo via TKO (punches)
Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
Bader defeated Jackson via unanimous decision
Frankie Edgar (c) vs. Ben Henderson
Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision
“Star Boards” charity project is probably one of the coolest ideas ever conceived.
Some of the best tattooers in the UK painting/customising skate board decks with Star Wars themed designs, which will then be auctioned off for charity at the Liverpool Tattoo Convention. Great idea right? I thought so. So did 70 artists from around the country, and they have been pulling out all the stops to make this something really special.
Check out some of these pics for examples of the pure awesomeness that these fine chaps have been creating. Look on the website and facebook page for further details, and if you want to have a chance to own one of these boards, check out the Liverpool Convention site.
If you haven’t seen any of the fights from UFC 144 yesterday then GET OFF THE INTERNET AND WATCH THEM FOOL!
But first watch this video of GSP in Japan, and witness him being brutally beaten by some tiny Japanese thugs. Poor fellow.
Tonight’s the night, the UFC’s big return to the land of the rising sun. To get yourself in the mood for violence, have a watch of Dana White’s video blogs leading up to the event. The first one has some behind the scenes footage of fighters after their UFC 143 matches, and the second video shows Dana exploring Japan, and more than a few of the fighters from tonight’s card make an appearance.
God damn it I want to go to Japan so much.