View Full Version : March Badness

03-20-2009, 04:28 PM
[event poster anyone?]

The event airs at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST) with a $29.95 PPV price tag.

Omar Sheika (27-8) vs. Roy Jones Jr. (52-5) [Boxing]

Roy Nelson (13-3) vs. Jeff Monson (27-8) [MMA]

BJ Flores (22-0-1) vs. Jose Luis Herrera (16-5-1) [Boxing]

Bobby Lashley (1-0) vs. Jason Guida (17-19) [MMA]

Din Thomas (23-8) vs. Gabe Lemley (13-8) [MMA]

Dennis Hallman (39-12-2) vs. Danny Ruiz (5-3) [MMA]

03-20-2009, 05:10 PM
Why is Roy Jones JR boxing a scrub on a MMA card??

03-20-2009, 05:15 PM
I think he is promoting this.

03-20-2009, 06:09 PM
He is.

03-20-2009, 06:29 PM
This is going to fail badly

03-20-2009, 06:59 PM
Jason Guida is going to fail bad...but Im sure he is used to it

03-20-2009, 09:34 PM
Jason Guida is going to fail bad...but Im sure he is used to it


03-21-2009, 08:57 AM
They actually got a few solid names at least...

Din moving down to 145 is interesting...

03-21-2009, 08:58 PM
This card so far is the opposite of fun.

03-21-2009, 09:24 PM
It would be kinda fun to watch RJJ smack around a scrub.

03-21-2009, 09:25 PM
its the next fight I think

Guida needs to freaking retire...that was pathetic...

03-21-2009, 09:57 PM
I dont guess Lashley looked good?

03-21-2009, 10:34 PM
not really...

I hate to compare him to Lesnar but that's what everyone will do and Lesnar was far more advanced in every aspect of MMA than Lashley in his second fight. He threw the worst looping overhand I have ever seen in my life and I hope someone makes a gif of it. Seriously it was a bad fight....

Guida was stunningly awful...he hooked his arm over the rope and clung on for dear life for like 10 seconds to not be taken down and I swear the ref had no idea against the rules so he only stopped Guida when people were screaming.

And the announcing crew must have said 50 times that Lashley has proven himself with this fight.

I QUOTE ---"Monsoon & Nelson are Submission wrestling specialists who are good grapplers" ........wut?......that's like saying Kobe Bryant is a "good basketball shooting point scorer man" It was such a clunky statement it made my head hurt and Tito's Affliction II commentary seem articulate.
They are doing such a horrible job explaining whats going on during the MMA fights and he keeps saying "I know you MMA fans get what I am saying trying I am trying to keep it basic for the Boxing fans who are new to this sport" He can't even recognize guard.

MMA does not belong in a ring...its terrible fighting conditions....

03-21-2009, 10:43 PM
"Monson is on the ground...definitely not where he feels comfortable"

This is 90 seconds after he talks about his Abu Dhabi accomplishments...clearly reading off a card and having no clue what he is talking about...:bang:bang

03-21-2009, 10:51 PM
Din Thomas fight aside...these boxing fans will forever hate MMA now...

03-22-2009, 01:33 PM
I haven't seen this yet but great comments all around Evan.. :toast

If you can't get a first class crew to cover the MMA fights in a combo boxing and MMA card like this, then don't put it on. You can't show so little knowledge of the product and properly sell it, ever..

03-22-2009, 03:18 PM
Just saw it and Lashley looked friggin awful. A decision over Guida, you gotta be kidding me.. Take the Brock comparisons and flush them, if you looked up CAN in the dictionary, there would be Guida.. He's horrendous..

03-22-2009, 05:32 PM
^right on

terrible fight...

03-23-2009, 08:50 AM
Sherdog's "Minute by Minute". Always funny.

Minute by Minute: ‘March Badness’
Monday, March 23, 2009
by Jake Rossen ([email protected])

This is how MMA has poisoned me: It’s been seven years since I willingly plunked down cash for a boxing pay-per-view. (I don’t think Foxy Boxing counts, but I’m open to arguments.)

Why bother? It’s an upturned file drawer of meaningless rankings, belts, corruption and -- most egregious of all -- boredom. Athletes paw and jab at each other expertly, but once you’ve seen a fight where all ranges of hurt are allowed, it’s tough to appreciate anything else. At 30 years old, I’m officially a UFC baby.

Roy Jones Jr., noted legend and mellowed trash talker, has addressed my disinterest by acting in collusion with MMA to present “March Badness,” a hybrid affair that beamed from Pensacola Saturday and reminded me why it’ll be another seven years before I make the same mistake three times.

Sure, mingling sports -- the combat sports equivalent of tofurkey -- cut my boredom level roughly in half. But that’s still a lot of boredom.

All aboard the train wreck.

9:00 p.m. ET We’re live from Pensacola, Fla., for a “historic night.” I think that’s how they described the Titanic’s maiden voyage.

9:01 p.m. For the boxing portion -- aka the ambient noise while I read a stray copy of O: The Oprah Magazine -- we’re informed that Jones will be taking on human speed bag Omar Sheika, while B.J. Flores will combat Jose Luis Herrera. I’ve heard of one of these guys.

9:02 p.m. The MMA main event: chiseled Jeff Monson and doughy Roy Nelson. Thematically, it’s a battle of Before vs. After in a supplement ad.

9:02 p.m. We’re told the action is set to take place in a ring. More interesting would’ve been for the boxing matches to be contested in a cage. Why am I never hired as a consultant? What, I’m going to somehow ruin it? These things come pre-broken, like cheap airplane models.

9:03 p.m. The broadcast team: Colonel Bob Sheridan, Seth Petruzelli and boxing’s Nate Campbell.

An unfortunate alumnus of the fairly maligned BodogFight, Sheridan was incensed the last time I mentioned his name and doubted his military credentials. I thought it was a nickname, but as it turns out, he’s an actual Colonel. This means he not only dwarfs Mike Goldberg in talent but out-ranks him, too.

9:03 p.m. On the subject of Jones’ stubborn presence in boxing despite some frightening losses, Campbell says, “If he [Jones] was a mechanic, you wouldn’t tell him to quit.” Well, you would, if he kept dropping concussive car parts on his head.

9:03 p.m. Petruzelli claims he’s getting “offers all over the place” since his knockout of Kimbo Slice in October. Mat Battle has made a very attractive offer, but the hours can be a pain in the butt.

9:04 p.m. A refreshingly honest Sheridan says the pioneering Ken Shamrock had to pull out of the card because of a “steroid issue.” He also apologizes to MMA fandom in advance for having to spell things out for the boxing contingent. I like him.

9:07 p.m. The evening opens with an MMA bout, Dennis Hallman taking on Danny Ruiz. Ruiz is taking forever to get to the ring. A cornerman yells at him to get in the passing lane.

9:10 p.m. Hallman enters in half the time.

9:12 p.m. Hallman is announced with a fighting style of “cowboy karate.” The audience boos the eccentricity.

9:13 p.m. Hallman nails a takedown, gets the back and cinches up a rear-naked choke. Academic trachea-crushing. Bert Sugar chokes on his novelty cigar.

Din Thomas had a big night.9:18 p.m. Din Thomas and Gabe Lemley are up next. More MMA? Boxing fans worldwide knock over their cans of Ensure in disgust.

9:26 p.m. As Thomas and Lemley waltz in the clinch, Sheridan points out the differences in stances between sports. He’s so wonderfully un-annoying that I fear getting spoiled by his professionalism. I know I’ll have to come back to Goldberg one day, and the dichotomy is going to hurt.

9:29 p.m. Thomas and Lemley begin using their feet to strike! I say, sir! Most unsportsmanlike! “Fancy” Tom Paddock would’ve given these boys a solid what-for on such an attempt! Pepper their porridge, he would!

9:30 p.m. Thomas lands a big knee for the win; Lemley cancels his upcoming wisdom tooth extraction. It’d be redundant.

9:35 p.m. A jovial Thomas offers to kick Chris Brown’s ass on behalf of Rihanna. The crowd cheers the idea of vigilante justice.

9:38 p.m. Shamrock replacement Jason Guida brays about former WWE rodeo clown Bobby Lashley having “no experience.” Yeah, a national champion wrestler with 260 pounds of lean body mass is training at American Top Team. What’s to worry about?

9:43 p.m. Lashley enters the ring. His physique defies description. Guida’s only chance is if his mood changes and he turns back into Bill Bixby.

9:47 p.m. Surprisingly, Guida is able to stuff Lashley’s takedown attempts. Lashley’s “scary prospect” status begins to slowly circle the drain.

9:51 p.m. The end of an uneventful round one. Clay Guida jumps on his brother’s back. “We’re Master Blaster!” he yells. The commission talks him down.

9:53 p.m. Lashley finally nails the big takedown. Guida ties him up, but some strikes still come through.

10:00 p.m. Round three: Lashley scores a single leg. Guida has a tight guillotine, but Lashley pops out. Lashley smash.

10:06 p.m. Lashley wins a unanimous decision.

10:10 p.m. Sheridan announces the transition from MMA to boxing on the telecast; I announce my transition from interest to complete and total catatonia.

10:15 p.m. Flores and Herrera enter the ring. They appear to be wearing some kind of leather-encased pillow on their hands.

10:18 p.m. The bout is announced as being for the “NABO Cruiserweight Championship.” Oh, that makes all the difference, then.

10:19 p.m. The fighters engage and are restricted to punching each other in the head. Who sanctioned this barbarism?

10:38 p.m. Despite what is clearly a sanctioned homicide attempt, this is a joyless, unexciting affair. I switch over to Telemundo, give it 20 minutes, then switch back. Flores and Herrera are in round five, stolidly jabbing and sticking each other. The only punishment sustained thus far has been by the viewer.

11:02 p.m. Unanimous decision victory for Flores, now the proud owner of a worthless title. He immediately dials Cash4Gold.

11:27 p.m. The telecast wraps up a six-rounder from the undercard; I‘m able to squeeze in an episode of “Los Kakucomicos."

11:30 p.m. More downtime, so I Google Sheridan. Interesting story: The night before he was to call the Tyson/Holyfield rematch in ’97, he suffered a heart attack, had an angioplasty, went to the arena, announced the bout with his doctor ringside, then returned to the hospital for another angioplasty. That’s a man.

11:36 p.m. It’s MMA main event time, with Nelson taking on noted political loudspeaker Monson. Sheridan explains to boxing fans why the portly Nelson looks like a fat Kevin James.

11:40 p.m. Nelson lands in half-guard and punches Monson. “It’s anarchy in here!” Sheridan bellows. Actually, he doesn’t, but Goldberg certainly would have.

11:48 p.m. Round two: Monson lands some nice knees to Nelson’s bulbous stomach, which quivers like agitated Jell-O.

11:54 p.m. End of fight. Monson snags the surprise decision, likely from his two big right hands late in the bout. Nelson exits the ring. If he couldn’t finish off Monson, he will, by God, finish off a breakfast plate at Denny’s.

12:13 a.m. Pensacola native Jones Jr. enters to a hero’s welcome. Trivia: Jones once had to rebuff a challenge made by Ralph Gracie during a press conference in the 1990s. Ralph was missing, oh, six or seven zeroes on the check he forgot to bring.

12:22 a.m. Jones is faster than Sheika, landing more with enough left over to showboat a little bit. The crowd goes wild: Their star is doing well in an irrelevant fight against an overmatched opponent. What’s not to like?

12:30 a.m. Roy is hit twice. Sheika might be going down, but not without hurting his hands in the process.

12:36 a.m. Jones is out on target practice. The referee steps in, though Sheika didn’t absorb any particularly hard shots, just lots of them. It’s a humanitarian gesture. I guess boxing isn’t so brutal after all.

12:38 a.m. Sheika greets his family with, “Who are you people?” Disregard previous comment.

12:42 a.m. A jubilant Roy promises to stick around for a while and lose a few million more brain cells in the process. “I can still enunciate too clearly,” he tells the crowd. “I ain’t gonna quit ‘til ya’ll need a translator to understand me.”

All in all, “March Badness,” an event priced at $29.95, was overpriced by about $29.95. But at least there’s still some truth in advertising. Badness was promised, and badness is exactly what we got.

03-23-2009, 09:26 AM
That's a pretty funny review. :lol

03-23-2009, 12:25 PM
All in all, “March Badness,” an event priced at $29.95, was overpriced by about $29.95.


03-23-2009, 03:42 PM
I've yet to see a fight, but I probably won't bother...might search for Din's fight...

03-23-2009, 05:03 PM
I've yet to see a fight, but I probably won't bother...might search for Din's fight...

Din's fight was the highlight of the night.

03-24-2009, 07:34 AM

Jeff Monson: $25,000 (win bonus was $10,000)
def. Roy Nelson: $30,000

Bobby Lashley: $40,000 (win bonus was $10,000)
def. Jason Guida: $15,000

Din Thomas: $10,000 (no win bonus)
def. Gabe Lemley: $5,500

Dennis Hallman: $6,000 (win bonus was $3,000)
def. Danny Ruiz: $2,000

James Freeman: $500 (win bonus was $250)
def. John Mowry: $300


Roy Jones Jr.: TBD (two-thirds of net profits of event)
def. Omar Sheik: $50,000

B.J. Flores: $12,500 (no win bonus)
def. Jose Luis Herrera: $12,500

Eric Clinton: $800 (no win bonus)
def. Richmond Dalphone: $800

Kieyon Bussey: $1,200 (no win bonus)
def. Robert DaLuz: $1,800

Kelvin Price: $1,500 (no win bonus)
def. Kevin Howard: $1,500

03-25-2009, 12:51 PM
I want to see Bobby fight.

03-25-2009, 01:24 PM