A recap of Caged Fury 17, presented to you by Storify

Caged Fury 17 brought a great night of fights back to Morgantown after the NAAFS‘ successful run at Caged Fury 16 in January.

Check out my storify of the event to see what went down.

Also, check out the work the Daily Athenaeum’s Matt Sunday did shooting the event; the pictures are phenomenal.

Here’s a little taste for ya; be sure to check out the links for more!

 

Need a laugh? Look no further.

I stumbled upon this video today and knew I had to share it.

It’s just that damn funny.

If you consider yourself an MMA fan on any level, you’re going to get a kick out of those impressions, I guarantee it.

Leave me a comment and tell me whose impression was your favorite/least favorite!

Caged Fury 17 update

Good news, everyone!

Tickets still remain for Caged Fury 17, the latest professional mixed martial arts event hosted by the North American Allied Fight Series. 

The event, which features undefeated middleweight Travis Clarke in the main event, will take place April 27 at the Mylan Park Expo Center

Also on the card are local West Virginia products Nathan Bryant and Ronell Green.

Stephen Simons, event promoter is excited to present this talent-laden card to the Mountain State crowd.

This Fight Card is absolutely loaded with talent.  MMA fans are in for a great night of action at Mylan Park.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at Kegler’s Sports Bar or online from the NAAFS website.  For VIP seating reservations or additional questions regarding ticketing, contact Stephen Simons at (304)-290-0291.

If you’re an MMA fan and have never attended a live event, don’t miss out on this great opportunity.  The NAAFS’ last trip to Morgantown resulted in a sold-out show packed with exciting finishes, and this one is shaping up to do the same.

Jon Jones speculation: Could he clean out the Heavyweight division?

He’s vicious and he knows it.

Jon Jones is probably the most intriguing fighter I’ve watched inside the UFC Octagon since I started watching the sport around UFC 63.

His strikes are dazzling, his wrestling is phenomenal, and his submissions have been unstoppable thus far in his career.  Along with this, he has arguably the best elbows from top position in the game and is a threat to end the fight anywhere.

Oh, and he has the longest reach in the UFC at 84″ (that’s even longer than Stefan Struve’s, who, at 6’11”, is seven inches taller than Jones and the UFC’s tallest fighter).

Heading into his light-heavyweight title bout on Saturday, April 21 against Rashad Evans at UFC 145, many people are wondering if Jones should move to heavyweight if he emerges victorious once again.

At 6’4″ and roughly 220-230 pounds before cutting weight, Jones has a decent heavyweight frame.  His height is perfect and, as mentioned before, his reach is the longest in the sport.

His weight, though, could be an issue.  Jones is very lanky and makes his money with precise and creative strikes.  He doesn’t have one punch knockout power (or hasn’t shown it yet), and nearly every top heavyweight DOES have this advantage.

Look at the list of my top five heavyweights in the UFC right now:

Junior Dos Santos

Alistair Overeem (if he’s clean)

Frank Mir

Cain Velasquez

Mark Hunt/Cheick Kongo/Matt Mitrione/Shane Carwin/Travis Browne/Roy Nelson/Stefan Struve…you get the point

That list is packed with heavy hitters, and that’s a problem if Jones can’t pose the same threat.  It allows Jones’ opponent to be more comfortable on the feet and throw with less worry of a powerful counter strike, and those are not dudes you want throwing heavy leather your way.

That said, Jones would still have his reach, his exceptional wrestling, his submissions and his all around creativity and athleticism to his advantage.  If he can pack on a little more muscle and add some go-to power strikes to his arsenal, I think he could be just as remarkable at heavyweight as he has been at 205.

He’s that special.

What do you think?  Could Jones hang with the big guys?  Leave a comment and let me know why he can or why he can’t.

Surprise, surprise…The “Reem” is on ‘roids.

Well, I guess we should have seen this one coming.

Alistair Overeem, who is was slated to challenge Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.  The results were found in a surprise drug test prior to UFC 146.

Per MMAWeekly and Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Keitih Kizer:

Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone with a 10 to 1 ratio for his T/E levels, which is the level of testosterone vs. epitestosterone. A normal, healthy adult male typically has a T/E ratio of about 1 to 1.

The pre-fight test was done in part because of Nevada’s out of competition testing system, so following the UFC 146 pre-fight press conference all six athletes there were tested.

The other five athletes – Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson, Antonio Silva, Cain Velasqeuz and Frank Mir – all had negative test results.

So what now?  Everybody speculated that Overeem was juicing, but nobody could prove it.

Oink.

Now we can.  An opportunity wasted, and a great fight ruined…*sigh*

Who would you like to see JDS fight now?  Mir?  Velasquez?  Me?

Let me know who you think the most worthy opponent for JDS’ strap is now that Overeem has found himself in a sea of hormonal sorrow and is likely out of UFC 146.