Redbelt movie review: One part anti-hollywood, one part MMA
I once said of Syriana — labeled as one of the smartest films of the last decade — “Just because it’s hard to follow, doesn’t mean it’s smart.”
Something similar can be said of David Mamet’s Redbelt. Just because it’s vague, doesn’t mean it’s Zen.
Redbelt follows jiu-jitsu master Mike Terry (Chiwetel Eliofor), who is down on his luck financially and forced — because of a strange series of events — to enter a mixed martial arts tournament run by manipulative, crooked promoters. Fighting for competition goes against Terry’s philosophy and integrity, but he must do it to save his dojo, as well as to satisfy several other debts he incurs during the course of the film.
Writer/director David Mamet (best known for writing the stage and screenplays for the brilliant Glengarry Glen Ross) spins a complex web of plot points — probably too complex for the length of the film. But Eliofor is outstanding as the lead actor, which makes the film interesting until the end.
It costars Tim Allen (who is surprisingly good as an aging action film star and boozehound), Alice Braga (Terry’s hardnosed, opportunistic wife), Max Martini (Terry’s prize pupil/police officer), Emily Mortimer (a frazzled lawyer whose inability to deal with a recent tragedy launches this entire series of events), Rodrigo Santoro (Terry’s corrupt brother-in-law), Joe Mantegna (a crooked Hollywood producer) and Ricky Jay (a crooked fight promoter).
UFC Quick Quote: Wilson Gouveia ‘going in blind’ against Goran Reljik at UFC 84
“I’m kind of going in blind for this fight. I just trained everything for this fight. For [Goran Reljik], there is no information at all. I just have to be 100% for everything. He’s supposed to be a very good jiu-jitsu guy. Every Croatian guy is supposed to be a very good striker. I’m not taking him as just being a jiu-jitsu fight…. To be honest, I pulled four wins in a row. My last fights I won by submission or knockout. I was expecting a real tough (opponent). It’s no problem. I fight anybody they put against me. I want to fight a big name. If I could pick the fights I want right now, I would like to fight Chuck (Liddell) or a rematch against Keith (Jardine). They are the two guys that are in my mind right now. I’m taking this fight very seriously though. I trained very hard. I’m training very much to be the next UFC light heavyweight champion.”
Wilson Gouveia tells MMAWeekly.com that he does not know much about his upcoming opponent at UFC 84: “Ill Will,” Goran Reljik. It sounds as though Gouveia — who has four straight wins and just one loss (Keith Jardine) inside the Octagon — would have been happier with more noteworthy opponent. His fight with Reljik will be televised on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, which means that he might just get his wish next time out with a win or exciting fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Blaisdel Arena to host June 14 EliteXC
Blaisdel Arena, a 9,000-capacity venue located in downtown Honolulu, will host EliteXC's June 14 event in Hawaii.
The main card of the "EliteXC: Hawaii 2," currently headlined by a fight between EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons (6-2) and Yves Edwards (34-13-1), airs on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw today confirmed the event details, including the hosting venue and latest fight card, with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Noons will return to action for the first time since November, when he defeated Nick Diaz for the first-ever EliteXC lightweight title. Noons excelled as an underdog and battered his veteran opponent with a number of blows that caused multiple facial cuts. A doctor intervened after the first round, which prompted a TKO victory for Noons.
He puts his title on the line against Edwards, a former UFC and PRIDE fighter. Edwards had suffered three straight losses, with five defeats in six fights, before bouncing back for a current three-fight win streak in EliteXC and HDNet Fights. He most recently defeated James Edson Berto via flying knee. The first-round TKO came back in February at "EliteXC: Street Certified."
The latest confirmed card for the June 14 event now includes:
* Champ K.J. Noons vs. Yves Edwards (for EliteXC lightweight title)
* Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey
* Tony Bonello vs. Murilo "Ninja" Rua
* Dave Herman vs. Ron Waterman
* Wayne Cole vs. Rafael Feijao
Although unannounced and unconfirmed, "The Ultimate Fightert 7" cast member Paul Bradley, who was sent home in the season's third episode because of a contagious skin condition, could also be booked for the event. He recently inked a deal with ProElite, Inc., after the UFC declined to sign him to a contract.
Three title fights at May 30 American Fight League event
The American Fight League has announced its full card for May 30's "AFL: BULLETPROOF," the first-ever mixed martial arts event to take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
Three titles will be on the line as AFL lightweight champ Diego Saraiva meets challenger Josh Cate, and AFL welterweight title-holder Douglas Lima takes on Brent Weedman.
Additionally, George Lockhart and George Allen meet for the AFL's first-ever AFL middleweight title, and UFC veteran Dan Christison takes on Sam Holloway.
The full card includes:
* Junior Assuncao vs. Torrance Taylor
* Champ Diego Saraiva vs. Josh Cate (for AFL lightweight title)
* Dan Christison vs. Sam Holloway
* Champ Douglas Lima vs. Brent Weedman (for AFL welterweight title)
* George "Loaded" Lockhart vs. George Allen (for first-ever AFL middleweight title)
* Robi Ramey vs. David curby
* Todd Duffee vs. Steve Banks
* Ethan Garrison vs. Willy Smalls
The AFL has also confirmed that two marquee signings will be revealed during the May 30 event. Both fighters will be in attendance.
Up until the AFL secured Phillips Arena, the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission had never approved MMA for the 21,000-capacity arena. The card features a number of Atlanta-area fighters, including Saraiva, a UFC veteran.
Tickets for the event, which range from $27 to $202, are now on sale at Ticketmaster.
Ben Saunders on UFC 86 fight, roster cuts, and upcoming video game
Ben Saunders (5-0-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who last competed in December at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, is best known for his Jeet Kune Do style -- and his constant smiling during fights. Don't let the smile fool you, though; the American Top Team member is very serious about fighting.
MMAjunkie.com (www.MMAjunkie.com) recently had a chance to speak with the 25-year-old as he prepares for a fight against fellow "TUF 6" alumnus Jared Rollins.
Saunders spoke about a number of topics, including the recent UFC roster cuts, the upcoming UFC video game, his future in the welterweight division, and his upcoming fight at UFC 86 on July 5.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: Can you officially confirm that you will be fighting Jared Rollins at UFC 86?
BEN SAUNDERS: <laughs> I 'm never sure when it's OK to say something. I never want to make a mistake and say something I'm not supposed to say, but yeah, I can confirm it now. I'll be fighting J-Roc in July.
In Bisping, Day Gets What He Wants
The day after his surprising dismantling of Alan Belcher (Pictures) at UFC 83 in Montreal last month, Jason Day (Pictures) told Sherdog.com that he wanted Michael Bisping (Pictures) as his next opponent.
Now, three weeks later, he has gotten his wish.
The UFC officially announced last week that the Canadian middleweight will be replacing Chris Leben (Pictures) as Bisping's opponent in London on June 7.
Leben was sentenced to 35 days in jail last Thursday following a probation violation that stemmed from an old DUI charge. With his release scheduled for less than two weeks before the June 7 bout in London, the UFC pulled Leben from the card and inserted Day. v The 29-year-old, who holds a 17-5 record, told Sherdog.com that he feels all of his hard work over the years is finally paying off.
"Everything is falling into place," Day said. "It's just clicking, and I'm loving it."
Lol at the meeting with Eddie Bravo.
Think American MMA Is Brutal? Check Japan
Mixed martial arts has a perception problem in the United States. From the guy who runs CBS saying it was a mistake to sign a deal with EliteXC to athletic commission officials saying there's more drug use in MMA than in boxing to negative stories in the Washington Post and Associated Press, a lot of casual American sports fans are left with the impression that the sport is savage and dangerous.
But the reality is that MMA in the United States is far more advanced than MMA in other countries in terms of taking the health of fighters seriously. Take this from Dave Meltzer's piece about this weekend's Dream.3 show:
Japanese MMA is still a completely different animal than the UFC, because the former has no governmental regulation. There is no steroid testing. Many of the matches are made at the last minute, and in one case, a fighter, Melvin Manhoef, was in the ring just two weeks after taking a knockout in a kickboxing match, something that would never be allowed in a major U.S. commission state.
ProElite.com Introduces MMA Video On Demand
ProElite.com, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) social networking and entertainment Web site, today unveiled its online offering of video-on-demand (VOD). Leveraging their industry-leading library of MMA events, ProElite.com’s VOD features high-quality streaming, top-notch competition, and world-class fight brands.
MMA fans will be able to purchase VOD at ProElite.com on a fight-by-fight and full-event basis starting as low as 99 cents and $4.95, respectively. Fighters include Kimbo Slice, Anderson Silva, BJ Penn, Gina Carano, Jake Shields and more going toe-to-toe in events produced by EliteXC, ShoXC, Cage Rage, ICON Sport and Rumble on the Rock. ShoXC’s undercard footage, featuring the up and comers of MMA, will be offered free of charge.
Additionally, ProElite is introducing the “ProElite Fight Pass,” which provides unlimited access to the entire VOD library and any future PPV event streams for an introductory price of $7.95 per month. Fight Pass is regularly priced at $12.95 per month.
Gouveia expects a step towards title at UFC 84
“I'm kind of going in blind for this fight. I just trained everything for this fight. For him, there is no information at all. I just have to be 100% for everything. He's supposed to be a very good jiu-jitsu guy. Every Croatian guy is supposed to be a very good striker. I'm not taking him as just being a jiu-jitsu fight.”
Since Reljik is stepping up in competition and exposure, Gouveia feels that can only put more pressure on his upcoming opponent. “I think it's going to be a shock. His fights were in small shows. That's a factor that will be in my favor.”
When Gouveia knocked out Lambert, most would believe that his next fight would be against a top ranked opponent. While Gouveia is slightly disappointed about not getting a top ranked contender, he does not take Reljik lightly. However, he would like to get a really tough fight following this one.
“To be honest, I pulled four wins in a row. My last fights I won by submission or knockout. I was expecting a real tough (opponent). It's no problem. I fight anybody they put against me,” said the American Top Team fighter. “I want to fight a big name. If I could pick the fights I want right now, I would like to fight Chuck (Liddell) or a rematch against Keith (Jardine). They are the two guys that are in my mind right now. I'm taking this fight very seriously though. I trained very hard.”
Winner of Four in a Row, Wilson Gouveia Makes His Move
Light heavyweight is known as the glamour division in the UFC, with the most recognizable fighters in the sport, such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin campaigning in the 205 pound weight class. Just as these three and a few others are household names in the mixed martial arts world, Wilson Gouveia of Brazil is not, but if he keeps dominating fights the way he has been, he will soon join them.
Gouveia brings a four fight winning streak into his May 24th fight against unbeaten Croatian fighter Goran Reljic as part of UFC 84: Ill Will, with his last win a spectacular knockout over Jason Lambert. Although that impressive victory inched him closer to a title shot, Gouveia admits he’s in better shape for his fight against Reljic than he was for the matchup versus Lambert.
“I feel better than when I fought Jason,” Gouveia said. “In January everyone was away from the gym. They were out traveling for Christmas and New Year’s. Now everyone’s back and my training has been more intense. I know this guy (Reljic) is a tough guy and if I beat him big things are coming up for me.”
Gouveia (10-4) knows he can’t take Reljic (7-0) lightly. The 24 year-old will be making his UFC and United States debut when he fights Gouveia, but the native of Fortaleza, Brazil isn’t looking past Reljic to the “big things” that are right around the corner for him. He knows a loss to Reljic sets him back, and that’s something Gouveia knows he can’t afford to let happen.
CAGE RAGE 26 REVIEW: RESULTS & PICS
BIRMINGHAM, England – Cage Rage 26: Extreme played out to a new audience as part of the promotion’s 2008 jaunt around the country, and the crowd was not disappointed. The main card of the evening provided the highlights we were all looking for and was supported by an undercard full of fighters laying everything on the line in order to impress.
Crowd attendance fell somewhere into the region or 5,000 people. They appeared to really enjoy themselves, including “The Ultimate Fighter” season three winner Michael Bisping.
didnt wanna spoil it for anyone so the link has all the major info
SANTIAGO LOOKING TO FINISH SASAKI AT SENGOKU
American Top Team fighter Jorge Santiago will take on Yuki Sasaki on May 18 at World Victory Road’s Sengoku II in Tokyo. These two were supposed to square off in Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament last November. Sasaki, however, was pulled from the fight after failing to get medical clearance. Now, Santiago is ready to finish what he never had the chance to start.
MMAWeekly Radio had a chance to speak with Santiago amidst his final preparations for the fight. “I'm so excited,” exclaimed Santiago. “I've been training harder than ever. I'm prepared to put on a big show for the Japanese crowd.”
Since they were previously scheduled to fight, it wasn’t much of a problem to adjust to Sasaki’s style. “I studied him before because we were supposed to fight.”
While Santiago had mixed results in the UFC, he has rebounded well since then. After finishing Andrei Semenov in Bodog, he submitted the always tough Jeremy Horn in Art of War 3.
Brain behind it all: MMAmania.com exclusive sit down with Marc Laimon
Coaches are literally a dime a dozen in mixed martial arts, but one stands quietly among the handful of elite teachers in the sport: Brazilian jiu-jitsu guru Marc Laimon.
Laimon has proven himself to be one of the more intelligent coaches in the sport of MMA. Laimon’s been in the sport for more than 12 years, when he went to his first jiu-jitsu class at the Gracie Academy. His desire to fight got Laimon interested in learning more about the discipline … the rest is history.
“I always wanted to know how to fight and I didn’t really know what was the best,” Laimon told MMAmania.com. Laimon saw his first MMA event (UFC 4), which featured Royce Gracie defeating Dan Severn in the finals to win his third tournament.
Laimon was impressed and knew that jiu-jitsu was what he wanted to do.
“I saw UFC 4 and I saw Royce fight and I was like wow,” Laimon said. “What he did made sense to me.”
At the time, Laimon was going to college and looking to be a chiropractor, but he dropped out to practice jiu-jitsu full time. Laimon had a 3.87 GPA when he dropped out.
“I immersed myself in college and I wanted to succeed in that,” Laimon said. “I pretty much did the same jiu-jitsu. I immersed myself in trying to be successful and understanding as much of it as possible.”
Laimon views jiu-jitsu as much more than fighting. He views it more as a science.
a lot more to read & a small video @ the end of the article
Dream III Results
Caol Uno, Eddie Alvarez and Tatsuya Kawajiri Advance-Alvarez will face Kawajiri and UNo will face Aoki or Katsuhiko Nagata.
Also winning last night Nick Diaz by corner stoppage in the first. Katsuya Inoue team threw the towel in.
A much needed win for Diaz and in impressive fashion.
WEll Hansen out so now I'm going for Alvarez.
Roger Huerta readies for UFC 87
Well rested from what will end up being an eight-month break from competition, UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta is poised for his return to the organization and an upcoming August fight.
Fighters Ready for Dream
May 10, 2008
by Stephen Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TOKYO -- Several thousand fans will pack the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday for Dream's third installment, which features the lightweight grand prix quarterfinals.
On the eve of the event, the 16 participating fighters gathered at Tokyo's Hotel East 21 to share their thoughts with local and international media.
Nick Diaz (Pictures) expressed some discontent in how his fight against Katsuya Inoue (Pictures) has been handled. The bout was cancelled earlier in the week and then restored, which forced Diaz through a rigorous weight-cutting and travel schedule.
The Cesar Gracie (Pictures)-trained fighter acknowledged Saturday that he also knew little about Inoue.
"I'm glad to fight in Japan again," Diaz said. "I will fight here tomorrow to represent EliteXC. I haven't watched a fight video of my opponent and don't really know about him. I checked the Internet and couldn't find any information. Please send me his fight video if you have it."
The always charismatic Jason "Mayhem" Miller did his usual job to recruit more "Mayhem Monkeys" in Japan. He labeled himself a new pro wrestler who is going to beat an old pro wrestler in opponent Katsuhiro Shibata.
Asked about the meaning of the enormous gold chain he was wearing, Miller said it was "a symbol showing how Americans waste their money."
The most heated words came from lightweight tournament participant Luiz Firmino (Pictures), who expressed his dislike of Japanese lightweight Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures).
Firmino said he had waited three years to fight Kawajiri again. Kawajiri outpointed the Brazilian in July 2005, but Firmino said Saturday that he had found Kawajiri's weaknesses both on the ground and standing.
On the other side, Kawajiri limited himself to stating his dislike for trash talking and his personal dislike for Firmino.
the link has a couple press conference pics
DREAM Elite: Dream & ProElite Announce Partnership
At today's DREAM 3 pre-fight press conference in Japan, DREAM and ProElite announced a working relationship between the two promotions that will include sharing of fighters and referees, as well as co-promoted shows in the future. This could also result in both promotions running more shows in Europe, Korea, and elsewhere.
Affliction: Banned" July 19 debut card
As we mentioned in Friday's "Inside MMA"/MMAjunkie.com preview clip, Affliction Clothing has officially released details of its debut card, which takes place July 19.
The event is set for the Honda Center ("The Pond") in Anaheim, Calif., and features a previously announced main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia. The main card airs live on pay per view.
The organization has also confirmed a number of former UFC and PRIDE veterans for its event, entitled "Banned," which is a knock at the clothing company recently being banned as a sponsor of UFC and EliteXC fighters.
Company executives report the following line-up:
MAIN CARD (PAY PER VIEW)
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
Ben Rothwell vs. TBA
Paul Buentello vs. Aleksander Emelianenko*
Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Nascimento
Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead
Ray Lazama vs. Justin Levens
Mark Hominick vs. Savant Young
J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight
Brett Cooper vs. Mike Pyle
* - not signed
Tickets for the event go on sale May 20.