Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Ultimate Fighter Blogging.

One thing that most of you probably don't know about me, given that it never came up in the context of my other blog, is that I'm a great lover of mixed martial arts (MMA). It's something that I've been quite fond of since my childhood. When I was younger I studied kick-boxing and karate under a sensei who strongly believed (way before it became a common view) that the best fighters were generalists and not specialists. As such he used to train us in a wide variety of skills. Though he was primarily a kick-boxer (I think he was the Canadian light-heavyweight champ for a while), he was also versed in wrestling and judo, skills which he believed that we all should learn.

So before there was really a mixed martial arts scene in North America, my fellow students and I had already had a fair amount of training in MMA (it was that training that led us to sweep open styles Muay Thai tourneys such as the Battle of the Rocky Mountains, etc).

So when the scene broke with events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, I was hooked. I've been watching the UFC since it's inception and their new reality series The Ultimate Fighter, is one of the few shows that I actually follow (and I follow it religiously). So now that I have a new blog that has a more open format, I'm going to take this opportunity to have you all follow the show as well.

So far only the first episode has aired so I don't really have much to say. However, for the record, from what little I've seen I think there are several fighters to watch for. I think that this season Michael Bisping, Matt Hammill, and the lone Canadian/Noam Chomsky fan Kalib Starnes are going to do well (Starnes dominated his first fight against a rather lacklustre Mike Stine).


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