As you read this, ONE FC: Pride of A Nation has already taken place. It’s over. It’s done with. You’ve already watched Tim Sylvia get soccer kicked (illegally?) by Arlovski. You’ve enjoyed watching the “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni kick the face off of “Ximbica” Rodrigo Ribeiro. I’m not sure what “Ximbica” means, but I do know that Xibalba is performing tomorrow alongside Agnostic Front. Xibalba is one of my ex girlfriend’s favorite bands, and now I’ll probably never see them perform. I definitely don’t listen to them either. Shame on you Ximbica for reminding me of my ex girlfriend. That’s not cool, which is why Phil Baroni had to do what he had to do to get that victory. Thanks Phil Baroni for somehow making me feel better.
I didn’t get the chance to really watch ONE FC today, so I don’t feel qualified to tell you about the fights. What I did watch though were a number of Ariel Helwani interviews with Steven Seagal and Nam Phan (respectively) last night. They had me laughing pretty hard, so let me give you a little back story and I’ll even share the very same videos that brought a little joy into my life.
Steven Seagal claims credit for Anderson Silva’s victory over Vitor Belfort as well as Lyoto Machida’s win over Mixed Martial Arts legend Randy Couture. The Aikido master says that he taught both fighters a modified version of the front kick. Amazing. Not surprisingly, the MMA community has not taken lightly to this, as Seagal has absolutely no known fight record under his belt. Nam Phan is a critic and has even challenged the Sensei. Your opinion on Seagal will weigh heavily on how much laughter these videos bring your way. Seagal, above, explains how proud and happy he is, being that he taught Middleweight world champion Anderson Silva the front kick. Here Seagal explains how proud of Machida he is.
Steven Seagal tells Ariel Helwani that Jones wasn’t himself at UFC 135, and seems a little agitated when his opinion is compared to that of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Tae kwan Do Black Belt and Muay Thai seasoned, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan
Ariel Helwani interviews Nam Phan on the MMA Hour, only referring to Seagal as “Sensei”. A lot of people don’t understand Helwani’s tongue in cheek, smart ass humor. I appreciate it. Here Nam Phan challenges Steven Seagal after his victory over Cole Miller at UFC on FOX 4.
Enjoy those, and also enjoy this cool looking poster for UFC 152, where Jones feels ready to fight.- Ilyas