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This year im gonna try and read more MMA/Boxing related stuff. Ive got into the habit of scrolling twitter and picking up news that way but at the same time neglecting decent full articles being posted elsewhere.

Here's one to start it off, its basically just a list of 20 potential starts for the 2020's. Couple of predictable names here, but theres some wildcards thrown in. Decent read for when you're on the shitter this:

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/01/20-fighters-who-could-become-stars-in-the-20s

feel free to post whatever you feel is worth reading.

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Jack Slack analyses Fedor's striking game - https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/5/31/3053056/fedor-emelianenko-striking-technique-pride

Only bit I slightly disagree with is that Fedor started to decline around the time he faced Sylvia. I think he may have declined a bit before that. He didn't look good against Hunt in late 2006 - a performance that Slack himself has been critical of in the past. 

But I am being petty. It's a cracking read overall. 

 

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Re-discovered this article while searching through my bookmarks - https://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/5/Pride-and-Glory-25240

It's a behind the scenes look at the 2000 Pride GP. It contains some very interesting quotes from the fighters.

The author of the article provides this gem :

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In April ’00, Miletich posted a message to mixedmartialarts.com that claimed Sakuraba would purposely lose the fight to Gracie. It was another indication Pride may have been getting uncomfortably close with the demands of the Yakuza and their penchant for gambling.

Any luck, Pat?¬†ūüėÉ

 

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Highly recommended interview with Billy Robinson from July 2012 - https://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Sherdog-Rewind-An-Interview-with-Billy-Robinson-66305

He talks about Sakuraba, Tamura, Ali vs Inoki, and lots more. 

This bit cracked me up. 

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Sherdog: What was your reaction watching Sakuraba conquer the Gracies in Pride Fighting Championships, especially submitting Renzo Gracie?
Robinson: Well, I chewed him out afterward because he had the double wrist lock and it took him too long to get into the right position. I chewed him out after the match. What he did was, he grabbed too far up the forearm with the double wrist lock instead of getting lower to the wrist to get more leverage. He would have got the submission a lot faster, but he learned it and did it good afterwards.

 

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In case anyone fancies a bit of reading:

Jack Slack on Cro Cop's decline - https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/7/27/3192110/judo-chop-the-curious-case-of-mirko-cro-cop-filipovic

Nate Wilcox on Couture's dark side - https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/4/20/2122649/the-other-side-of-randy-couture-part-1

                                                           https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/4/27/2136878/the-other-side-of-randy-couture-2-randy-vs-the-ufc

The Cro Cop article is some of Slack's best work. It offers the most convincing explanation for why Cro Cop's career declined after leaving Pride. 

The Couture articles cover his split from Team Quest and the circumstances in which he left the UFC in 2007. I adore Couture as a fighter. So much so, that I have been binge watching his instructional DVDs this week on Youtube. However, despite being one of MMA's greatest heroes and beloved by most fans, he probably is a bit of a dickhead. 

 

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