Mayors in competing cities often place bets when there sports teams face off. Quite often, they offer the city’s signature foods and gifts. For this year’s Super Bowl, the San Francisco mayor spent a day in service in Baltimore after the Ravens won. But two mayors in south Florida are upending that tradition. They’ll be the ones competing.
Carlos Hernandez, the mayor of Hialeah, and Michael Pizzi, the mayor of Miami Lakes, plan to square off for charity. It started as a discussion over dinner — and a few drinks — over who could beat each other up. It snowballed from there.
Hernandez, 52, says he has trained with the Gracies, one of MMA’s most important families. Pizzi has another plan.
“Carlos is an athlete into aerobics,” Pizzi said to MMA Junkie. “I’m of the Tank Abbott (and) Roy Nelson school of training, which is have a six-pack of beer, get off a bar stool and knock the guy out in the first three punches.”
While Nelson does like to show off his belly, he’s in a bit better shape than Pizzi says.
The two mayors haven’t set a date for the bout yet as they are still looking for a promoter. The Miami Herald reports the fight will take place in Hernandez’s home turf of Hialeah. Money they raise from the bout will go to programs benefiting children in each mayor’s city.
Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus has the pace to match the single-lap speed of rival Mercedes in Monaco following the first two practice sessions on Thursday. The Finn finished the morning session over 1.3 seconds off pacesetter Nico Rosberg, but reduced the gap considerably in the afternoon , finishing seven tenths behind the Mercedes driver. Rosberg, who has started from pole in the last two grands prix, was the only man to lap in the 1m14s in the second session
It seems that the bad blood between James Thompson and Maruisz Pudzianowski wasn’t ended with the over turning of the ridiculous “victory” for the Pole in their last battle. With that fight being changed to a no contest and James winning their first battle it seems that far from leaving Pudzianowski alone James want to end their trilogy by beating the former worlds strongest man one more time and has some strong words for the Polish hero.
James has surmised that Pudz may have been too scared to show due to the presence of the Collossus but it seems that the promotion that were holding the fight failed to meet the terms that Mariusz and his team had agreed to and as such he pulled out.
The UFC 159 picks are in. Check out how Kevin Iole and I picked the fights, and who Cagereaders said will win. Thanks to everyone who weighed in on Cagewriter’s Facebook page. Want to join in on the fun? Like Cagewriter on Facebook.
Kevin Iole — Jon Jones TKO2 Chael Sonnen: I’ve been on a terrible run with my picks in 2013, so my choice might be the thing that helps produce one of the UFC’s greatest upsets. But looking closely at the bout, I see no way Sonnen can win it. I expect Jones to get a takedown at some point, cut Sonnen open with an elbow and finish it that way.
Maggie Hendricks — Jon Jones TKO3 Chael Sonnen: When you cut through the smack talk and look at their actual skills in the cage, Sonnen is moving up in weight to meet a fighter who is younger, faster and more skilled.
[Also: The secret of Jon Jones' success]
Cagereaders — 68 percent of Cagereaders said Jones would win:
I believe that Jones has more of an arsenal and can keep sonnen guessing as to what is coming next. – Fred Mull
Sonnen never deserves this title shot. Jones by KO in 2nd by GNP elbows, or Sonnen simply quits before getting knocked out when he realizes he has no business in the octagon with Jones. – Chris Dryden
Kevin Iole — Michael Bisping TKO3 Alan Belcher: Both men are inconsistent and both badly need a solid win. I think Bisping gets it by staying on his feet and going back to his kick boxing background.
Maggie Hendricks — Alan Belcher W3 Michael Bisping: This is a tight fight, but Belcher will take it by bringing the fight to the ground.
Cagereaders — 50.8 percent of Cagereaders said Bisping will take this bout:
Belcher is more well rounded than Bisping — Trampas Lee Fleming
Kevin Iole — Roy Nelson SUB2 Cheick Kongo: Roy has the power to knock Cheick out. I think he’ll hurt him with one of those big windmill right hands he fires and then finish him with a choke.
Maggie Hendricks — Roy Nelson W3 Cheick Kongo: Nelson has an iron chin, and will be able to withstand Kongo’s power.
Cagereaders — 81 percent of Cagereaders say Nelson will take this fight:
Nelson has a heavy hand and stronger chin than Kongo. — Pinkie Aman Suarez
Kevin Iole — Phil Davis W3 Vinny Maghalaes: Davis will have to be careful on the ground with Maghalaes, but I believe he’s the better overall fighter and that he’ll score a convincing decision victory.
Maggie Hendricks — Phil Davis W3 Vinny Magalhaes: It may not be thrilling, but it will be a wrestling-filled win for Mr. Wonderful.
Cagereaders — 84 percent of Cagereaders said Davis will take this bout:
Potential submission of the night. Phil is too quick and talented, will submit the submission expert — Marvin Ishmael
Kevin Iole — Jim Miller W3 Pat Healy: This has the potential to steal the show. It’s an excellent bout and I see Miller with a very slight edge.
Maggie Hendricks — Jim Miller SUB2 Pat Healy: It’s been three years since Healy was submitted, but Miller has the skill to do it.
Cagereaders — 92 percent of you said Miller will win:
Miller had a war against Joe last time out and will come out strong as usual — Mike Terry
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When a staph infection recently caused an ensuing skin infection for Jake Rosenbaum, it wasn’t hard to spot.
“Big and nasty looking,” Rosenbaum told MMAjunkie.com.
The remedy was also unpleasant. The infection was near his belt line, and doctors produced what appeared to Rosenbaum to be a needle about the size of a bazooka. Even more, the mixed martial artist from northwest Indiana is scared of needles.
Fedor Emelianenko just had an amazing weekend at Affliction's Banned event completely overwhelming Tim "The Lame-iac" Sylvia with some vicious punches and winning WAMMA Heavy Weight title. He made a big splash with his win at the event and various MMA news media, took pictures with Donald Trump and other celebrities, wore Affliction shirts all around Las Vegas and as Dave Meltzer said he "turned into an undisputed reality" the myths of his skills and might.
You know though, he's already been there, done all that numerous times. Who hasn't been thinking for a while now that his streak just has got to end!? Everyone. He's looked vulnerable so many times, not against Sylvia obviously, but yet his opponents just can't seem to be able to take advantage of those opportunities to beat him.
Anyways, back to my point. He's been there, done that – winning big titles, beating dangerous fighters and proving many wrong. But what Fedor's also done recently, while training for Sylvia, is join the ranks of well educated MMA champions. Just a little over a month ago he defended his Physical Education diploma with "Methodology for developing of strength abilities in training samboists of 13-15 years of age" at Belgorod State University. What usually happens at the "diploma defense" is the student reads their final work on a selected topic in front of a panel of professors and then answer their questions on anything at all that has to do with the topic. No multiple choice here, you have to know your stuff!
Also same little tiny write up mentions that Fedor may get to use his education and experience at the still in construction Academy of Fedor Emelianenko in Belgorod to coach professional fighers. It'll be a really hot MMA training spot for sure.
It's amazing how Fedor managed to keep true to himself and still live in a tiny city, a little aparment and with how rich and famous he is, still finish a Physical Education degree. Congratulations to Fedor and his achievements outside the ring. More Pictures from his "diploma defense".
Check out and learn Fedor's MMA style from his book: Fedor: The Fighting System of the World's Undisputed King of MMA