Last month, Your BFF chopped it up with Rich Franklin and asked him about the most random stuff on the planet. While some of it will be appearing on the pages of FIGHT! Magazine in the not-so-distant future, here is an excerpt where the former UFC Middleweight Champion talks about the types of books he loves and loathes, as well as some titles you might wanna check out at Barnes & Noble.
Bear Frazer: Alright Rich. I know you read a lot. So with that said, what is the last book you started reading and never finished?
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz II takes place from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend and, as usual, Your BFF returns with our monthly FIGHT! Picks. This time around, he rematches the three music artists he defeated the last time: Dan Kenny of Suicide Silence, Shaun Cooper of Taking Back Sunday and Armand Jasari of I The Breather.
Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
Shaun: I gotta go with Ebersole [by] UD. I was so impressed with his performance against Chris Lytle back in February. I am interested to see if his lack of chest hair arrow will have any effect on his performance!
With UFC 132 going down this weekend, Your BFF returns with UFC 132 FIGHT! Picks and makes predictions with rock music’s biggest MMA fans including Dan Kenny of Suicide Silence, Shaun Cooper of Taking Back Sunday and Armand Jasari of I The Breather.
Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman
Dan: I love this fight and think this will be fight of the night. I love Wiman and I know he learned a lot from Gilbert Melendez (the man).
Shaun: Really hard to pick as both have been surging lately. I’m going to take Siver by unanimous decision by crisp technical striking and his rapidly improving take down defense. Wiman is a beast though and I’d never count him out.
• I hope everyone missed me last week. I was at Disney with the family. Taking my 4-year-old daughter was one of the best experiences in my young life. In my humble estimation Disney is the happiest place on earth. Most people that know me would call me cynical (my mom calls me a Bastard, but she still loves me.) And I know exactly what is going on at Disney. BUT I DO NOT CARE. I will gladly pay $10 for a cheeseburger and $2.50 for water. As long as I leave Disney feeling that way I do, I will immediately plot my return trips. Note: They let you bring in a backpack with food and drink. The temperature was about 100°F so we saved mucho dinero by bringing in water.
It’s been a long whiles since I have blogged. While FIGHT! and other publications have kept me busy, I wanted to share with all of you a project I’m working on. I’m in the midst of fundraising to shoot my pitch film, The Bam Theory, and wanted to share with all of you what it’s all about.
So here’s the press release. I hope you enjoy it … I am over half fundraised, so I hope you all enjoy my vision. I’ll be posting up another blog early next week. FIGHT! has shown me tremendous support, and I hope you do too. Enjoy.
Instead of going head-to-head with someone on picks, I’m leaving it in the rockstar’s hands this time around. Check it out as they make their main event picks for Couture vs. Coleman.
Eugene Robinson: EASY: Couture. With more arrows in his quiver and Einsteinian level of attention being paid to not only the fight but training FOR the fight [vis a vis ENDURANCE], I’m seeing Couture smash Coleman. However the whole Cain-Abel nature of the match up should not be ignored. The kind of bitterness I’d bring to bear if I were Coleman would burn the arena down. However, I’m still picking Couture on this one. Couture won’t submit him because wrestlers just don’t do this but he will score steady points and win by decision especially after a third round that will see Coleman breathing deeply and looking like he envies the dead.
Unfortunately I’ve lost a mentor, brother, friend and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor in “Fast” Eddie Constantine recently. The great people who produced his “Biggest Loser” contest against MMA Junkie’s John Morgan put together this video in memory of our friend, who was that and much more to many, many people all across the world. I want to extend special thanks to WEC/UFC veteran Tim McKenzie and Victor Cheng because Eddie was a big fan of both. A quick note about how Eddie touched lives: Cheng came all the way from Europe for tonight’s services.
Kaci Battaglia might look like an innocent pop singer, but according to her Sirius Satellite radio smash, “Crazy Possessive,” the seductive brunette doesn’t have a problem kicking another chick’s ass if she got out of line. After all, the 21-year-old Florida native is a certified kickboxing instructor and a black belt candidate in American Martial Arts under kickboxing world champion Jim Graden. Sorry, Lady Gaga, but Kaci Battaglia is the toughest female in the music world.
FIGHT!: When did you get started in martial arts?
The main card of UFC 109 starts in about an hour and a half, so we’re short on time for lengthy extravagant predictions. Plus, I managed to get my “Jeezy” on, shovel myself out of snow and found the time to post some last minute fight predictions. The friendly rivalry between your BFF and Zoltan ensues, but it’s not as fierce as you’d expect it to be this time around.
Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman
What do you get when you put two Long Islanders with Italian heritage and heavy New York accents on the phone for fifteen minutes? A fist-pumping conversation between Bear Frazer and Matt Serra.
Bear Frazer: You’re an Italian-American and a lot of Italian-American groups have been protesting against MTV’s reality show, Jersey Shore. I’m not sure if you’ve heard about this show, have you?
Matt Serra: Yes I did! I hear it!
Bear Frazer: Have you watched any episodes of it or anything?
Matt Serra: Yeah, yeah. I saw a few episodes (laughs). How could you not?
In this edition of UFC 110 Celeb FIGHT! Picks, we ask a panel of five musicians, who are diehard MMA fans, to voice their thoughts on the co-main event between Wanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping. Evidently, they are all thinking the same thing.
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed): I’m excited about this fight. After losing to Rich Franklin, Silva has something to prove and he is a warrior through and through. “The Count” is hungry and knows how important this fight is, but I just don’t think his bark is going to match his bite. This is easily one of the biggest challenges of his career. Although It could go either way. I feel that when it comes to technical striker versus all out brawler, the striker usually wins. I just have a feeling Wanderlei is going to knock him out.
These “after thoughts” were originally supposed to be part of a “larger” collaborative piece, but that prototype failed. We’re still working on the kinks. So instead of wasting some thoughts, I’m slinging them here on the blog. Enjoy.
James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara
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