Yes, my friends, we're resurrecting Bloody Wraps. This nightly run-down of news from the day on Bloody Elbow with a bit of editorial flair has been MIA for a few months as we tried to figure out how best to ensure it ran with regularity. So rather than being my personal pet project, some of the other editors will get in on the action.
- Jonathan Snowden took a look back at the diverse ways that Georges St. Pierre has finished opposition throughout his career. This led to some interesting discussion in the comments over the value of "fighting safe" vs. "going for the finish." While I can understand that it is much more appealing to see a fighter work for the finish I find it hard to fault any athlete or team in a sport to do what is best to get the win. St. Pierre has dominated an entire division through "fighting safe" and even in performances where it feels like he may have been able to take some more risks, he is leaving men broken and demoralized. More importantly, he does not have moments where he is ever avoiding the fight.
- Leland Roling found a way to compare Joe Warren to the Little Engine That Could (or at least Thomas the Tank Engine) in the wake of his Bellator fight with Marcos Galvao. I guess there really aren't too many books for kids out there where the hero fails miserably at his task but is rewarded in the end anyway.
- Matt Bishop teased us all with his plans to look at the magic moments from Randy Couture's career. As someone whose initial love of MMA started with renting UFC videos the day they hit the shelf at the hole-in-the-wall "Phil's Video" I'll always consider his original classic moment to be when he trounced Ludvig Borga at UFC 13.
- Kid Nate got all Judo Chop-y with a look at John Makdessi's Taekwando stylings. Then quickly got all Kid Nate conspiracy theory-y about the declining Ultimate Fighter rankings and Spike TV's part in the whole situation.
- I talked to Jeff Lacy's manager about the potential boxing match with Nick Diaz. In a moment of shocking honesty he admitted that he thought a 50/50 purse split would be fair. Isn't standard practice to set an unrealistic purse split to get negotiations going?
- Mike Fagan ran This Week in Quotes which led to more fun with Chael Sonnen. Fighter bashing, I say!
- JZ Cavalcante thinks a monopoly is never a good thing, but then again maybe it means he actually gets to fight...so maybe it is a good thing.