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On a day where Anthony Pettis revealed that he’s suing USADA for cutting his finger while post-urine collection, this is still my favorite headline. Mike Perry — the man best known for throwing haymakers and being hilarious (if controversial) — is set to compete at Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground 11 against Al Iaquinta … another bruiser who is not exactly known for his jiu-jitsu prowess.
The event will take place at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon on February 23, 2020.
There are some genuinely great match ups on there for my fellow jiu-jitsu nerds, but is there anything more hilarious than “Platinum” vs. “Raging Al?” Analytically, Perry has landed a few big takedowns and defended himself well enough on the mat, but I cannot remember him attempting a submission. Iaquinta is the more experienced wrestler of the two, but he only seems to go for heel hooks after getting dropped.
It should be a lot of fun, yet it gets even better.
Mike Perry’s wife, coach and corner-woman, Danielle Nickerson, will also be competing! Nickerson’s level of experience is completely unknown, which helps keep things entertaining. Love him or hate him, this seems like a brilliant publicity move from Sonnen — there’s little chance I would’ve chosen to write a headline about Submission Underground if it was anything less ridiculous!
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is feeling herself.
A birthday tradition in gyms around the globe:
Alexander Volkanovski isn’t impressed with the work of his Featherweight peers. I’d like to see Chan Sung Jung get a shot, but the champion has a point: no one’s win streak compares to the one that earned him his title shot.
“Go earn that spot, none of you are the clear number one contender right now, you are all one fight away!” UFC champion Alex Volkanovski has a message to everyone in the featherweight division. pic.twitter.com/3ALQrwOaIw
— Fight News Australia (@fightnewsaus) January 13, 2020
This throwback screams MySpace.
Another excellent throwback, and this one reveal that Kelvin Gastelum can actually get lean! It is possible!
Another inside look into the Tony Ferguson training camp:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Calf slicers are both very rare and very painful. If the trapped fighter resists for too long, the kneecap itself can pop out of place!
This is a particularly brutal KO, but it does serve as an important lesson: don’t attempt head lock throws unless great at them!
Frightening slam KO last night at Spar Star Promotions: FN 46 (Amateur show). Emon Baker def. Richard Trieu.
Fortunately he was back to his feet a couple mins later. pic.twitter.com/RYctfh3eOk
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 12, 2020
Gun violence is solved.
Midnight Music: I don’t want to feature this song, but to avoid doing so would be dishonest. It plays constantly here. In malls, in taxis, and live on the street, there is no escape from “Shape of You.”
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.