Welcome to OWW Radio! Each week hosts David (@dlb19338) and Alex (@AlexGoff84) will provide perspective to the WWE, TNA, and everything else making news in the world of professional wrestling. A new episode will be posted each week. This week Alex is joined by one of the show’s favorite guests, Todd Martin of the Wrestling Observer and LA Times. Alex and Todd cover all of the recent MMA action, including the UFC’s 20th anniversary, plus the current state of the WWE and TNA. Don’t miss this entertaining interview!
TNA’s Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson appeared on the 8/28 edition of SI Now to hype their 11/2 Bellator fight. When Ortiz was asked what it was like to fight for Dana White, who was his boss when he worked for The UFC, Ortiz said, “I thought slavery was over a long time ago.” Ortiz also said, about White, “One of the biggest things now is bullying. And he’s one of the biggest bullies, I’d say, in the business. He’s a big bully.”
Tito Ortiz and Quinton Jackson everything!!!!
Tito Ortiz and Quinton Jackson are two of the biggest names in the history of MMA. They previously made names for themselves in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and headlined some of the biggest pay per views and television specials that company ever produced. Spike Television, Bellator, and Impact Wrestling are swinging for the fences, bringing in two former UFC stars of this magnitude to help gain interest to their product. Last night on Impact Wrestling we saw both of these men make appearances in the same segment. The night before the two men faced off in the cage of Bellator Fighting Championship. This is the type of synergy Spike TV wants between Bellator and Impact.
This past Saturday UFC presented the eighth installment of fights for the Fox network. Demetrious Johnson showed why he is a champion getting an armbar finish in the 5th round at 3:43 seconds which set a record as the latest finish in a UFC fight ever. John Moraga delivered one strike that seemed to break the champion’s nose but the two fighters were seemingly on different levels the whole fight. The 125 pound weight class doesn’t have a ton of contenders ready so the landscape is open. Demetrious Johnson brought up the idea of a super fight against the 135 pound champion, I like the champs swagger but we saw that fight and the champion Dominick Cruz always seemed one step ahead. I like seeing Demetrious at 125 and I look forward to his next defense.
This Saturday UFC presents its eight special on FOX television. The main event is John Moraga vs Demetrious Johnson for the 125 pound championship. John Moraga may be an unknown to most of the crowd as he hasn’t had a televised fight as of yet with the company. He faces Johnson who was a top contender at 135 though when he had his opportunity at the champion Dominick Cruz he fell short. He found himself then competing in the newly created 125 pound weight class and becoming its first champion.
Huntington Beach, Ca – Mark April 13 on your calendar and make sure you tune into MavTV for the LIVE return to the cage of David “TANK” Abbott, the world’s most famous cage fighter, in a world championship match against Reuben “Warpath” Villereal at Gold Country Casino in Northern California for the King of the Cage Superfight title!
Alex Goff’s ‘Punch in the Face’ – February 25, 2013
Three things we learned this weekend:
- It is possible to have a signature finishing hold in the UFC. Ronda Rousey again showed she is a virtuoso of the move called an armbar last night in her win over Liz Carmouche. Liz showed heart and toughness going against the champion but not unlike the other seven professional and her two amateur fights, Ronda ended it quickly with her armbar. Seemingly Ronda has a business opportunity beating down her door as I think we would all like to know how to defend ourselves with one hold that is impossible to defeat. 1st step encounter an attacker, 2nd step armbar: An instructional guide to the mastery of the only irreversible submission by Ronda Rousey. This is a book just waiting to be written.
- People like fights. I believe you had a vocal minority of internet fans and writers try to test the limits of this argument. Without the use of real data or facts, they built the argument that Ronda Rousey and women in general did not earn or deserve the opportunity that was presented to them last night. We learned back in 2008 with the introduction of Gina Carano to the national stage that she was able to attract viewers and last night’s sold out crowd in the Honda Center shows that fight fans have respected women for a while. Ronda securing the attention from many major news outlets to include Time Magazine cements to me that people enjoy fights. There is a logical and responsible threshold to this. Weights and Sexes shouldn’t be tampered with. I don’t think we will ever see a responsible governing body allow a man vs. women fight, but we know within our current confines of weight and sex, fighting works. Women fighters will be respected and interest will be garnered for their fights. Women will face the same limitations that men face as you will see matchups that won’t be as interesting as others but it appears that Women fighters are okay in the American public’s eye.
- Last night we may have just learned how stable the road can be for an athlete to come out as a homosexual. A Marine who did three tours in Iraq, Mixed Martial Artist Liz Carmouche also happens to be a lesbian. Leading up to her opportunity of a lifetime to fight in the main event of UFC157, some writers and media coverage went very far to discuss this aspect of the story. I don’t want to downplay the significance of any of the events that took place last night including the fact that we saw the debut of the first openly homosexual fighter. We learned that in the world of fighting a person’s sexuality isn’t a factor when determining who can beat the other up. What we will come to learn is that a person’s sexuality isn’t a factor in who can run faster or catch the ball better either. Being openly gay has less impact on performance than someone’s dietary choices. Hopefully Liz will inspire and pave the way for other homosexual athletes in other popular sports to come out.