Former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko now leads the opposition fighting martial law and oppression in the Ukraine.
Klitschko is clearly in the thick of things, but I dont think the authorities really know who they are messing with…
… looks like one of the wildest sports around. Before the rules came down in the middle ages that in Football (soccer) you could only kick the ball, there was this game where you could pick it up and run with it, and fight along the way. Calico Storico, which was revived in 1930 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Siege of Florence… a sport probably in line with Benito Mussolini’s world view, which has nonetheless become part of modern Florentine cultural celebrations. More after the jump:
Calico Storico was revived in 1930 from a sport whose official rules were first published in 1580. The sport was a revival of the Roman sport called Harpastum, which in turn was taken from a Greek game called phaininda, all have in common a ball, a place to deliver it at either end of an arena, and two opposing packs of guys that you have to fight through if you want to score a goal. And by fight, I mean something that looks like it would put NHL Hockey to shame, with bare knuckle brawls breaking out quite spontaneously, in an open weight class, with few rules if any.
Who needs the UFC? Who needs the Olympics? Who needs Euro Footy? NHL hockey? These guys have it ALL!
Youtube has one on it here, appears to be a trailer of a feature film:
This sport, whatever you want to call it, does not want to die. Its team MMA with a ball. The mind boggles. The Wikipedia page linked above explains it thus:
The modern version of calcio allows tactics such as head-butting, punching, elbowing, and choking but sucker punches and kicks to the head are banned.
WHAT? No sucker punches or kicks to the head? That is awfully nice of them. Something tells me that this sport could catch on. Its nice that they allow head butting, which makes me think of that a certain match up wouldnt have resulted in a red card and could have changed the balance of things:
All of this leads me to belive that if Dana White wants to increase the UFC fan base in Europe, all he need do is throw a ball in the octagon to fight over. Actually, I wonder why Brazilians didnt come up with that in the first place. But maybe they have and I just havent heard of it yet.
There have already been some modern versions of the beautiful game with a little spice that have emerged elsewhere for the ADD and easily bored. There is Ultimate Tazer Ball, where you play indoor soccer with a biiiiig ball, and, wait for it, yes, you guessed it, each player has a tazer.
Getting the nod for scorekeeper for World Series of Fighting 7 meant for once I could hang up my Nikon and do a different job for a change. Here are a few shots snapped off with my phone.
Notorious Nick Newell is a pro mma fighter that I saw at WSOF 7 to advance his record from 10-0 to 11-0. Nick has no left forearm. If it isnt obvious to everyone by now, he doesnt want anybody’s sympathy, he wants to fight you.
At WSOF I was there at the cage as scorekeeper for the new British Columbia Athletic Commission. I had probably heard something about Newell being on the card, but I obviously hadn’t paid attention. Watching the video on Newell on the big screen prior to the walkout, I was second guessing what I saw, did he really not have a left forearm? Once he was in the cage, I had to snap a pic with my phone.
To see a fighter lacking a limb and taking MMA fight skills to the pro level is astounding. Having done years of Jiu-jitsu, I know how hard the sport is, and how much better one fighter can be over another. Newell moves fast, and uses his legs and arms at the same time, and assesses his options continually. He is impressing and schooling all of us, because without the benefit of a limb he is out-grappling and outperforming fighters who are prepared to tear him apart.
Newell is proving one of the ideas that the Gracies always believed in: that a smaller weaker opponent applying their martial art could defeat a larger, stronger opponent. So if your game is shit, suffice to say it isnt due to the soap you washed your kimono with. You are going to need to train harder, smarter, and more regularly.
Here is a little more about Notorious Nick:
Aaand to finish off, some highlights:
Vancouver, BC: Night of Fights is set to rock the Italian Cultural Center on Thursday November 21, 2013. Once again, the Confratellanza Italo Canadese and the North Burnaby Boxing Club (NBBC) have teamed up to present another exhilarating evening of boxing at the Italian Cultural Center.
The evening’s card is stacked with 7 explosive bouts ranging from 135 lb champions all the way up to 250 lb Super Heavyweights. All will be trying to out skill, out-punch and most importantly, out think each other over the 3 and 5 round distance.
Former BC Lion star player and BC Hall of Fame inductee Sean Millington will be making his amateur boxing debut. After having an exhibition bout earlier in the year, NBBC’s Millington feels like he is ready for his 1st amateur bout. It will be no easy task for ‘Diesel’, as he is up against Graham Moore of Contenders Boxing.
Prominent BC athlete, Arjan Bhullar, 2010 Commonwealth Gold medalist and former 2012 Olympic wrestler will be making his boxing debut at the Italian Cultural Center on Thurs. Nov. 21st.
The main event is a BC Lightweight Title affair with Tylor Nicholson of Urban MMA & Boxing looking to defend his belt against NBBC’s Leo Sammarelli. This 5 round bout looks to provide fireworks!
This year the Confratellanza Italo- Canadese will give their Angelo Branca Sportsman’s Trophy to Port Alberni’s Gordy Racette. In his career, Racette fought twice for the Canadian heavyweight boxing title, had a record of 38 wins (28 KOs) and 6 losses, was managed by Sylvester Stallone and fought top fighters of the 1980s, Trevor Berbick, Jimmy Young and Conroy Nelson.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be going to The Boys Club Network run by Walter Mustapich and Jimmy Crescenzo of Templeton High School. The Boys Club Network provides mentoring and other services to at risk boys in Vancouver and has been a great success since it was started.
|1||Muay Thai||Super light weight||Lucas Taylor, Laroche Gung Fu Kamloops BC||Kurtis Waterson, Carlson Gracie Maple Ridge BC||Lucas showed great power and grit with less height and reach, and wins by unanimous decision.|
|2||Muay Thai||Middle weight||Landon Larson, Victoria Martial Arts, Victoria BC||Dominic Yeung, Budo MMA Burnaby BC||Referee Stoppage, 1:15 of round Yeung was rocked early and Larson took full advantage of his opponents loss of composure. After a knockdown after a standing count, Yeung was not allowed to continue.|
|3||MMA||Welterweight||Reece Wood, Posener’s Muay Thai Vancouver BC||Micah Todd, Yuen’s Martial Arts, Maple Ridge, BC||Reece almost fell victim to a guillotine which he otherwise ran into, managed a beautiful reversal of fortune and got Todd in a rear naked choke at 1:48 round 1.|
|4||Muay Thai||Light Heavyweight||Kody Smith Posener’s Muya Thai||Juan Castillo, Budo MMA Burnaby BC||Bigger fighters are slower, and round one was a cat and mouse game, taunting and checking with only a few notable exchanges of kicks and punches. Castillo played a defensive, range and taunt game with Smith, while Smith took patient advantage of Castillo’s game and bagged points for the majority decision win after the end of combat. I would have called it a unanimous win.|
|5||Muay Thai||Light Weight||Jessica Hanna Champions, North Vancouver BC||Soukaina Magdalena UFK Richmond BC||Hanna had the smaller Soukania early and after a standing count stopped round one, a nasty front kick sealed the win in round 2.|
|6||MMA||Middleweight||Shaun Dhillon Surrey Karate Club Surrey BC||Milad Abdulvali Kholqi, Independent, Coquitlam BC||Dhillon got the win at the end of the match by unanimous decision. Dhillon won on takedowns and mount and control time. We saw in this match how much an impact the new rule of no blows to the head while grounded has. While it looks as if something is missing, we see an effort for a more nuanced game, hunting for arms, control, body shots, and more turning and jockey riding to get best possible control.|
|7||Muay Thai||Super Middleweight||Michael Milosiewicz, Posener’s Muay Thai, Vancouver BC||Kyle Hanna, Champions, North Vancouver BC||Both fighters came out with high intensity and determination to make an impact in the first round. Milosiewicz rocked Hanna and action against the ropes. After a standing count against Hanna brought about referee stoppage at 1:56 Round 1.|
|8||MMA||Lightweight||Mike Crisp, Universal MMA, Vancouver BC||Aaron Chinn, WKX, Surrey BC||0:32 round 1 Kneebar submission, Crisp made the first takedown and then took the opportunity when he saw it to lock in the leg submission.|
|9||Muay Thai||Welterweight||Marylen Martin, Mata-Leao MMA & Fitness, Kamloops BC||Sia Kaskamanindis, Champions, North Vancouver BC||Matt Baker’s student Martin looked absolutely ripped and cut for the fight, and by the end we saw a very good match between Martin and Kaskamanindis. Martin did show well in round 1 with strikes and kicks, but round 2 put her on the ground when she raised her aggression level even further. Unanimous decision however would go to Sia Kaskamanindis.|
|10||MMA||AMA Featherweight Title||Dane Newell, MAMBA MMA Abbotsford BC||David Cunningham, Island Warriors, Campbell River BC||Newell got Cunningham with a right on the button punch which put him down. Newell actually thought it was over, but Cunningham bounded back quickly. It was not to last, as a perfect uppercut ended it early on in round 1 with the win for Newell by referee stoppage.|
|11||Muay Thai||Junior Welterweight||Shayan Azizbaeigi, Champions, North Vancouver, BC||Tylor Nicholson, Urban MMA Surrey BC||Nicholson attempted a flying spinning windmill kick and landed on his elbow. Fight did not continue into round two due to medical stoppage. Needless to say, this is why you dont pull hail Marys or other fancy dance moves in the ring.|
|12||MMA||AMA Lightweight Title||Nick Burnham, Crisis MMA, Olympia WA||Saeid Mirzaei, Universal MMA Vancouver BC||Most of the 5 rounds went like this: Saeid Mirzaei threw out a strike which Burnham slipped and went for a takedown, and then spent a considerable amount of time on Mirzaie’s back. While Mirzaie is known locally as one of the best new wrestlers in the local mma scene, Burnham’s own wrestling background came from his time in the US Midwest collegiate circuit, where love for the sport there is like soccer in Brazil. The championship match went on to the judges unanimous decision for Burnham, as either weren’t able to finish the other.|