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In Round #405 KNUCKLE UP host and that gadabout we're mad about EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SERPENTINE"] spends the vast majority of the show breaking down what he believes is safe to say the biggest fight of 2014: the JON JONES v. DANIEL CORMIER late September match up. From the genesis of RASHAD EVANS' genius creation of the "fake" narrative to its total failure as a defining issue to the specific skill sets set out by a resident team of experts -- COACH DREAMCRUSHER LEOPOLDO SERAO and EL MATADOR -- also known as guys who hung out long enough to not be able to escape when the show started, Robinson goes 360 degrees into the death match that will enter the history books on September 27th, barring injury or any of other act of god not having to do with cudgels. Add to this the laughable non-exercise of power spread out by the NSAC in regards to Issue SONNEN and how Robinson almost lost the sight in his left eye this past week.
Wait, in re-watching we see Blinky never got around to discussing what the hell blinded him in his left eye but until further notice we'll just say it was "masturbation" and leave it at that.
In Round #406 KNUCKLE HOST and hostile enemy force EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SLOW DIVE"], due in large part to repeat requests for explanation and on the occasion of a relatively dead cage week goes into some depth regarding the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and how his liver curdles every time he sees ANTHONY KIEDIS sitting in his seat cage side. Add to this a philosophical inquiry into the onus of authenticity in the arts, real fakes vs, fake fakes, why BENSON HENDERSON correctly pegged the PETTIS-MELENDEZ faux kerfuffle, the genius of ANDERSON SILVA-NICK DIAZ and why it's a fight NO ONE WILL EVER LOSE, and finally NATE'S fight to the death with The Bald Guy.
Plus he goes soft in interviewing the car lawyer from last show when he catches the guy sleeping in his car and his heart goes out to professionals and others of their ilk who have to live in convernments while at the top of their game.
In Round #407 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SPORTING LIFE"], KNUCKLE UP host and serial sex commenter, is high…on life...and the promised possibility that MMA really can change things -- perspectives, points of view, possibilities -- while displaying the irreducibility of the human spirit. And shit. But what MMA does well is what it does best: let you delight in the misery of others. Specifically losers that probably deserved to lose backed with your misery over winners that even if they deserved to win, you still hate them anyway. So it went on UFC on FOX 12 as Robinson breaks down why LAWLER is a genius, RUMBLE might be deserving of serious consideration, character flaws and all, BOBBY GREEN crushed when he needed it most and a whole raft of rip-roaring chatter about fights that were just about everything MMA is supposed to be. BACKED RIGHT UP TO the borderline outright hostility that only a man whose lawyer lives in a car can bring to MMA commentary.
In Round #408 KNUCKLE UP host and the fighter of giants EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SOPHISTICATEDLIKEHERBDEAN"] throws his hat in the air to celebrate the return of MMA to be Happy About, courtesy of aggrieved nation nonpareil IRELAND and the bandy-legged, shillelagh-toting Lucky Charms leprechauns that dwell therein. AND his love for them with or without their pots of gold and crescent moons. For? Singlehandedly showing an MMA-weary world what MMA at its most gutsy looks like. And this joy is doubled up on by the friend of KNUCKLE UP and Known Associate MIKE KOGAN doing battle with The Bald One over whether or not NATE DIAZ is a money-making needle mover. Plus how the JIM MILLER loss uncovers what is now emerging as a pattern in Robinson's fight picking with his score on undercards being damned near perfect while he's scratched on the last, like, three cards. Robinson blames society. We blame society's booze.
In Round #409 EUGENE S. ROBINSON, the KNUCKLE UP host and deadliest man in press row [with the "S" standing for "STUNNING"] goes pretty freaking far afield with a Socratic breakdown of the breakdown of morality as it commonly functions as margarine between slices of the societal bread of a sandwich no one really wants to eat. Like at all. Which segues perfectly into a spirited and completely un-ironic and "morally" consistent take on DUSTIN HOLYKO, the WHITE PRIDE tattoo sporting jeremiah whose future has been winnowed into nothingness by his past and finally some TOTALLY and COMPLETELY FREE and UNSOLICITED public relations advice for RAY LONGO, CHRIS WEIDMAN and JON JONES.
Or as Eugene himself likes to say "what's even better than having told you so is later telling you that I told you so."
In Round #410 KNUCKLE UP host and man with the mellow hair EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SILENCEOFTHELAMBS"] stumbles on the realization that fans and foes alike of the estimable CHRIS WEIDMAN have conspired to create of the man, whole cloth, MMA'S first LARRY HOLMES: supremely talented, significantly under appreciated. And if there's one way for the Young Mr. Weidman to avoid this fate? Robinson's got the answer and it rhymes with "legacy." Actually, the word was "legacy" so we kind of screwed THAT up.
And what can be said about RONDA ROUSEY fighting every fight but the one fight she should be fighting that hasn't already been said about the UFC getting every golden goose egg that can be gotten from that particular goose?
Plus LIVE interviews with AKA's bantamweight badass SHAWN BUNCH and in the spirit of discovering tomorrow's stars today, HECTOR "EL MATADOR" FAJARDO on the occasion of his MMA debut.
In Round #411 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "S-HASENFUS"], the one and only host of KNUCKLE UP and Panamanian Strong Man on the occasion of CHAEL SONNEN's quintuple drug bust brings it to you raw. Specifically: a point by point breakdown of what the hell just happened with the NSAC, and why Chael, despite the accidental exercise of some small amount of hypocrisy, is more than deserving of just a skosh of sympathy. But wait it gets better
But wait it gets better as he expounds on an Ur-theory of drugs, MMA, how DANA WHITE shit on MMA's Fourth Estate the first time around and how exactly all of this ties in to what we just saw when we saw the UFC's past weekend's double header.
In Round #412 KNUCKLE UP host and the 8th Wonder of the World, EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SURPRISE! JACK!"], score cards the recent hubbub, bub, about BELLATOR, the REBNEY outing, the COKER in'ing and a competitive MMA landscape that's shifting shapes sooner than your eyes can see. Aaaannnndddd…a re-primer on the ridiculous failed symbolism of our favorite ism: racism.
In Round #414 KNUCKLE UP host and unrestricted free agent of change EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Solid State"] sidesteps both an immediate breakdown of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, as well as the upcoming UFC 174, and goes right for the throat of the forest everyone else has been missing but for the trees, to mangle a metaphor: the JON JONES 360-degree trolling of ALEXANDER GUSTAFFSON.
Masterful without being moronic, mean without being spiteful, Jones, Robinson will claim, is playing THE MAULER, Mauler Nut Jumpers, casual MMA fans and all and sundry for the fools that the overly earnest are liable to be. All while training like murder was the case that they gave him.
And after that? He then delves deep into why ROSS PEARSON needs to man up, why DIEGO SANCHEZ needs to slow down, why BENDO's surprised no one who's been paying attention, the real reason BRYAN CARAWAY is hated and much much more. And less. A lot of less too.
In Round #415 KNUCKLE UP host and merchant of venom [sorry, Ricky Wayne] EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Stun-NAH"] lays out in no uncertain terms that to be a member of a Lost Battalion you must very clearly have been IN the battalion and with an eye toward the now ex-MARK MUNOZ, the very ascendant GEGARD MOUSASI, and a whole raft of those rocketing up the charts or plummeting down them, he holds no prisoners and will downright hurt your feelings. We mean if you had feelings. Which we know you don't because you're so hard and cool and all.
Add to this some ur-theory of steroids in MMA, new production value, some not-even-that-deeply-disturbing personal revelation and an open admission that the clusterfuck that was 2 fights on 1 night meant that he did not see ALL the fights but will only talk about the fights he DID see. And, yes, it's this level and kind of honesty that befits the MMA journalist of the year 2014.
In Round #418 KNUCKLE UP host and the prognosticator extreme EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Satisfied"], sings the praises of the most recent UFC Fight Night: Brown V. Silva while noting with a great degree of certainty that while MATT BROWN is not very SEXY he sure as hell can drive home a grudge and thereby kick ERICK SILVA right into PAST-ALMOST-BUT-NOT-QUITE-PHENOM status and off of the red carpet of contender standing. More than that and despite a slightly better than .500 pick rate Robinson puts it down why beyond any shadow of a doubt, hype or hyperbole this has been the best card of 2014 thus far for its sheer, possibly accidental, ability to get each and every person on the card to dig down deep to move themselves singlehandedly onto the CARE side of the killing equation.
Winners? Everybody who gives a good g-ddamn. Losers? SMOLKA (sorry, my man).
In Round #419 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Soul Leaving Body"], KNUCKLE UP host and the world's foremost authority on a whole raft of real nastiness, rips into the Matrix-esque shandeh (Yiddish word, look it up) that was Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. the Argentine Marcos Maidana and emerges still a fan of boxing but not so much a fan of how it's being whored to a Hollywood-esque narrative that's 100-percent sucker-based. Add this to his early stage pre-fight picks for May 10th's UFC FIGHT NIGHT, his breakdown of how and why MATT BROWN is not too sexy for his shirt and the still burbling baseline panic on JONES v. GUS and you have a show's worth of paranoia and paranoia-inducing anxiety.
The kind Mom used to make!
In Round #420 KNUCKLE UP host + Known Associate EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "See I Told You So"] warns against the irrational exuberance that marks JON JONES recent V for Victory moment over GLOVER TEIXEIRA and pisses all on the parade by noting with no lack of alacrity that the MAULER, a possibly broken approach to coaching courtesy of GREG JACKSON, continuing physical maladies and big giant holes in his striking game are reason enough to sound the alarms for lovers of his meteoric rise to the top and desire to stay there. Add to this the milk cartoning of PHIL DAVIS ["have you seen ME recently?"], the Eddie Haskelling of LUKE ROCKHOLD and the moving from the DON'T CARE column to the CARE column for a one MR. CHRIS BEAL and you have a genius night of fights to remember.
Oh, and did we mention our guest host GREG PUCIATO from DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN? We just did.
In Round #421 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Spiritus Sancti"], KNUCKLE UP host + man with frankly too much style for this planet, marks himself as a true fistic fan when even though his top of the card picks tumbled down to destiny, fate and ragged chance, he exults in FABRICIO WERDUM's full-blown ROCKY-realization and actualization of victory over yesterday's man of tomorrow TRAVIS BROWNE. Add to this more kudos for KHABIB, KJ NOONS, MASVIDAL and yawns aplenty for the spirit destroying debacle of BISPING v. KENNEDY/TATE-CARAMOUCHE and you have a bunker show to remember on this fine post-Easter Day.
In Round #422 KNUCKLE UP host + weapon of middlingly mass destruction EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Smiling"] has not been able to stop the strutting, gloating, preening and the nauseatingly self-satisfied tributes to his MMA acumen and incisive moves toward being the Number 1 Vegas Handicapper by completely crushing any and all competitors in the biz of fight prognostication even in the face of charges of "luck", "chance" and "your takes are grossly inconsistent and not in keeping with any kind of sensible or logical schema".
To which he says: balls.
Add to this an on-location interview with sports agent extraordinaire MIKE KOGAN and his up close and personal take [as his sometimes adviser] on ROY "BIG COUNTRY" NELSON's win, another guest appearance by the harbinger of crushing reality and KNUCKLE UP's favorite son SLAPPY and you have a show guaranteed to give you long and continuing nightmares.
In Round #423 KNUCKLE HOST + maker of the most sane men mad EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Spite"] forgoes his usual MMA meander and takes full advantage of MMA dead week to head to Truckee, California for the twice yearly, semi-super-secret Masters on the Mountain for a brush-up primer on SILAT, KNIFE WORK, AMERICAN PRISON FIGHTING aka JAILHOUSE ROCK, DIM MAK, SYSTEMA and a bunch of other stuff too heavy to even mention here. And in a tease to end all teases we'll tell you that much like Hunter S. Thompson and the HELLS ANGELS, ROBINSON mid-interview takes one for the MMA journalist team by taking one on the chin. If ever there was a GIF-worthy moment this was it and worth the price of admission alone.
And the quote that completely summed up the weekend best: "I have eaten maggots to live and I love you all."
In Round #424 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Sigillo"] KNUCKLE UP host and teller of tales terrible and even more terrible is overjoyed with malice and the glee that comes from that malice as he contemplates, now that about 4 of the outstanding debts owed him have been paid in cash, how exactly he'll enact various and sundry acts of revenge against the world that measures its contempt for him in richters. You'll feel dirty for participating, even if passively. Add to this the super-complicated historical take on why METAMORIS 3 was so great what with ROYLER v. BRAVO, LISTER v. our personal hero SOBRAL et al, and finally why PALAHARES, BRETT COOPER, and SCHLEMENKO were almost precisely what the doctor who is controlling each and every aspect of our sport ordered. If you've never seen him this…HAPPY? … well you might want to come back next week as we all find it a little disturbing.
In Round #425 KNUCKLE UP host and acknowledger of the fact that you can't spell HOST without HOSTILE EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Stevedore"] goes into the SHOGUN-HENDO to-do, the ramifications for a division virtually calcified under JON JONES, the MALDONADO + DOLLAWAY do-to's, the extra-special satisfaction that comes from seeing a man, a fighter dig down deep, EMMANUEL NEWTON, BJJ "belts-by-webcam" controversy and a surprise that will only be described here as quasi-epic and possibly totally underwhelming for anyone other than the erstwhile Mr. Robinson.
And just in case you were listening JUST for this: this edition is NAZI-mention-free. Well, outside of THIS mention. Which technically makes the show not NAZI-frei at all. And see what we just did there? Free = Frei?
Man, we are just THAT good.
In Round #426 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SkullGame"] KNUCKLE UP host and collector of lost sheep rediscovers his long-lasting love and affection for what MMA can be and was all while exulting in his financial windfall from putting his money where his mouth is and the fine-tooth comb examination of HENDRICKS v LAWLER, OSP + the VON FLUE special, SHIELDS v LOMBARD and most significantly why watching MILES JURY fight inevitably involves words like "technical" and "precision" which are really just other ways of saying you need a good accountant and that accountant is Jury OR you are going to get a beer. Add to this Tales from the Swinging Lifestyle why ANDERSON SILVA + GSP's sacrifice's are messianic in nature and other general threats and a few hard, hard friggin' truths.
In Round #427 KNUCKLE UP host, hero of the early Peloponnesian War + star of stage + screen EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Scotch"] uncovers that JON JONES is playing a head game par excellence toward the reshuffling of the division + the enrichment of everyone in the division, what THE MAULER has to do to further justify getting the hell out of Sweden and into a Rolls, why MANUWA is not finished and two new extra-extraordinaire features: the new "HOW YOU GET INTO FIGHTING?" with CHAD BAILEY, along with an interview with JESSE from KENmode! Must be seen to be believed to be seen.
In Round #428 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Stanozolol"], KNUCKLE UP host and irrepressible cut-up, expands his steroid symposium to cover precisely why the NSAC's total ban on performance-enhancing drugs is both a great idea AND the stupidest one ever, why The Bald One's heavy-handed ministrations of the UFC start to rankle vis a vis the ban AND the CYBORG-ROUSEY bout, how RAMPAGE v. KING MO surprised no one and will surprise no one and why JACK BLACK will get slapped out of every chair he finds himself in when next they meet. Plus: HOOKERS v. PORN STARS v. STRIPPERS.
In Round #429 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Spy Vs Spy"], KNUCKLE UP host and road rage-aholic goes all BOBBY FISHER on MMA and analyzes the only thing worth analyzing post-UFC 170 and that's the every possible permutation of how the RONDA ROUSEY, CAT ZINGANO + CYBORG inevitability plays out, the MMA CASTE SYSTEM, how we can help the bald guy who runs the UFC from destroying himself through OVEREXPOSURE, the GSP directive + why keeping loaded guns in your gym bag is a bad idea if your gym is not in Kabul.
In Round #430 KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Slappy"] tries to get out of the whole performance enhancement enclave and keeps getting dragged BACK IN much to his highly possible/probable delight so he can ferret out TRT/TUE bullshit, HGH + Mark Cuban's tireless advocacy of it, and pre-workout scammery. Add to this an ON-LOCATION interview with MMA fighter, LUTA LIVRE great, Coach DreamCrusher LEOPOLDO SERAO on his friend JACARE'S sleepy bow at UFC FIGHT NIGHT #36 + a total card breakdown and you have a glorious 57 minutes of sheer unadulterated madness.
In Round #431 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Spite"], KNUCKLE UP host and Known Associate, uses the occasion of him finishing out of the money at his first BJJ competition of the season and trundles headlong into a surgical examination of competitive sports' love of steroids and other generalized and general performance enhancement and how the THIAGO SILVA contretemps is all but inevitable from a biochemical perspective. Added to this he throws in a tearjerking addition from a Mexico City Olympian and of course, the obligatory blaming of society and everyone else for his failure to bring home anything other than a bronze.
In Round #432 KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SlapShot"] delivers a knockout slap, well, not even a slap really, more like a tap or a pinch, actually much like a goose, hmmm…OK: points a finger in the general direction of UFC 169 being exactly the kind of UFC that the UFC will deliver when the UFC is as ubiquitous as baseball and just as interesting. Questionable calls on a fight whose end was probably beyond dispute anyway, toe-to-toe slugging with the inevitable musical knockout chair in attendance and in general a good night of fights when really what you're used to is a great night of fighters. Hunh, what, eh? Nuance, baby, and philosophical sophistication and stories about porn stars, celebrity drug overdoses and what exactly would constitute a path past existential anxieties connected to long lingering championships.
And, oh: a show from The Bunker that was so cold that it started to freeze the camera.
In Round #433 non-MMA Journalist of 2013 and KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SuperSport"] does the unlikeliest of unlikely things and launches a spirited defense of JOSH "THE PUNK" THOMSON a man and a fighter whose politics he has been on record as saying are "pooperific". And this in light of the fact that he had picked BEN HENDERSON to win. And if that's not diabolically paradoxical enough he breaks down AKA's path to glory, DANA WHITE's interest in all things DANA WHITE, GONZAGA's confusion about sitting on the couch vs. the stair master, SERGIO PETTIS' minor league setback and a raft of not-ready-for-polite-prime-time viewing. And he does it all on three hours of sleep (don't ask).
In Round #434 KNUCKLE UP host and non-MMA Journalist of 2013 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Stampede"], does discursively for MMA what WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY did for table tennis: nothing. Outside of the discussing the finer philosophical points of another week of 100% correct fight picks, the RUMBLE v. KYLE battle of the pricks, ROMERO + POOPGATE, LUKE ROCKHOLD's rally for relevancy and the genius that CHAEL SONNEN wrought. This and some truly execrable jokes, stories not-fit-for-polite society and the best way for the UFC to have dealt with the now-noticeable GSP imbroglio.
And all for the price of that phone you stole that you're watching it on.
In Round #435 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "SS"], KNUCKLE UP host and non-MMA Journalist of 2013, makes an impassioned plea for the disappearing of ANDERSON SILVA and GSP from the realm of continued "Where's Waldo"-esque speculation in order that they might more effectively do what needs to be done vis a vis getting their freaking heads together even if that involves teaching senior citizen defense classes at the convalescent home. Which would be quickly followed with a brief round-up of lies and bullshit he's heard over the years attached to the Three Amigos: VITOR BELFORT-MACHIDA-JACARE…NATE DIAZ's continued greatness in confounding the gerrymandering, UFC FIGHT NIGHT 35 and a whole manner of infuriating detail and digression during this Dead Week.
In Round #436 KNUCKLE UP host, pompous prick, aggressively non-stop self-promoter and tango dancer EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Suspect"] dissects the week and the revelations following ANDERSON SILVA's dismasting, the nation's turn for the ugly in regards to the champion CHRIS WEIDMAN and the curiously conspiratorial silence on the nature of the UFC's failure to promote Weidman's "All American-ness" as well as his atrocious and addled picks for UFC FIGHT NIGHT 34. Add to this the fact that SAFFIEDINE v. LIM was probably one of the most perfect archetypes for a fight that neither ended by a knockout nor a submission and you have a roundly and soundly delivered shot to the head for fans of MMA and guys in their underwear talking about MMA.
In Round #437 Knuckle Up host EUGENE S. ROBINSON wades waist deep into the MGM Grand crowd at UFC 168 and is the eyes and ears for telling what the TV didn't show ...
In Round #439 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Sic 'Em"], KNUCKLE UP host and known associate, back from his international man of mysterying, goes micro before macro here in analyzing why and how a great night of fights and fighters could leave a hardcore MMA junkie as unfulfilled as this night did. Part psychological, part historical, part pedagogical, the KNUCKLE UP analysis veers between in-depth analysis of the New York heroin trade of the 1970s, LARRY HOLMES, jet lag, PAT BARRYISM, and much, much more. A-Level KNUCKLE UP shit. Which is to say: not for the casual listener.
In Round #440 KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Slice 'Em"], delivers a ragged-assed tribute to life on tour in the French military garrison in Bayonne (not New Jersey) with the estimable band L'ENFANCE ROUGE while meditating on the MARK HUNT v. BIGFOOT wheel of eternal justice, SHOGUN's continued relevancy, the BADER refusal to receive his LOST BATTALION commission and how he knew all along that despite his love for PAT BARRY that Barry's GICTA status would rule the day, and it did. Add to this copious amounts of red, red wine and you have a show that Robinson will be begging us to take down as soon as he wakes up. But we won't. No we won't. Because if there's one thing we learned from him it's this: there's no better time to kick a man than when he's down. Specifically passed out on his bed at the Best Western. So let's have at it.
In Round #441 KNUCKLE UP host with a knife EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Spirograph"], pays tribute to "I Told You So" by exulting in the NATE DIAZ win, correctly framing the GRAY MAYNARD loss, yanking back the covers on the proper parameters of how one joins THE LOST BATTALION and delighting in the fact that he's presently in a place called Dijon, France and keeps asking for Golden's Mustard. "You know…the GOOD kind." Add to that the discussion of the discomfort felt by some at how women's MMA fighters are fighting MMA and you have…um…a show from France? And oh yeah: he lambasts the KNUCKLE UP copycats.
In Round #442 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Sassy"], KNUCKLE UP host and now Bay Area Jiu Jitsu Championship Silver Medalist examines with a gimlet eye the continued Week of Creep wherein portends of events dark, dreary and unpromising litter the landscape of combat sports future. Occasioned by? The never-ending GSP brouhaha and the PACQUIAO-RIOS display of the Emperor's new clothes. Events that are tied in, together, down into a spiral of squandered promise. But this all occurs AFTER he exults in another almost-win, offers haters a hatred refresher and discusses why 22-year old women are as happy as GSP.
In Round #444 KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Sardonicus"] does a Socratic analysis of UFC Fight Night 32 while at first trying to ignore the stench of steroids coming off of it and then finally giving up the pretense and embracing the failure, in total, of what they represent: a fantasia of bullshit around athletic COMPETITION. Plus a breakdown of exactly how HENDERSON will ride out on his shield, how BELFORT still has dwindling options, why various elements of the U.S. military owe him an apology and why DANA WHITE's "accidental" invigoration of the UFC through strategic firings, while bad for certain fighters, is good for the sport in general.
In Round #445 EUGENE S. ROBINSON [with the "S" standing for "Stabbing You In The Neck With a Butter Knife"], KNUCKLE UP host and now IBJJF No Gi Worlds silver medalist [in addition to Gi gold medalist], burrows deep into the heart of how the fortuitously expected happened in EDDIE ALVAREZ v. CHANDLER, the propitiously pleasing occurred in the JOE "DIESEL" RIGGS win and the sadly sorrowful happened to KING MO in his loss to NEWTON up to and including joining The Lost Battalion, headed by JUNIOR DOS SANTOS, of guys who are too dangerous to fight but not presently good enough to win. Add to this the scene-by-scene remake of his triumphant victory over fat, explosive diarrhea and underwear and you have a show to remember when someone brings up fat, diarrhea and underwear.
In Round #446 KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON plumbs the depths of UFC Fight Night 30 and analyzes what exquisite hells MARK MUNOZ and JUNIOR DOS SANTOS now find themselves in while ANDERSON SILVA plans to sail off into the sunset listening to Christopher Cross and counting his cash. Add to this his special UPSIDE-DOWN INTRO [only 5 minutes for those who will inevitably be outraged by this neo-post-modern addition to the show] and a brief touch on the BURKMAN loss, the upcoming KING MO v. NEWTON scrap and you have a lazy afternoon show to remember.
In Round #447 EUGENE S. ROBINSON, KNUCKLE UP host and now winner of a silver medal at the U.S. Open, watches in wonderment and no small amount of smug self-satisfied belief as CAIN VELASQUEZ, DANIEL CORMIER and AKA, in total, have one of the winningest years ever. This plus the DIEGO SANCHEZ-ESQUE art of winning through losing, TJ WALDBERGER'S rapid dispatch, and one of the best cards ever as fighter folks figure out that eating begins with fighting great fights. And did he break down his U.S. Open win with the able assistance of BJJ great GARTH TAYLOR? He certainly did.
In Round #448 KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON, gives a deeply satisfied belly laugh at being so right so often in light of what just transpired vis a vis UFC Fight Night 29, ROUSIMAR'S INNOCENCE, JAKE SHIELDS bonafide win, the proper percentage of grandstanding to waking up on the mat unconscious and how DANA WHITE had to do what he had to do. But wait there's more: ASKREN's diaspora, FALLON FOX's loss at Knuckle Up Known Associate ASHLEE EVANS-SMITH and stories about all manner of blood and smut.
In Round #449 EUGENE S. ROBINSON, KNUCKLE UP host and WORLD CHAMPION, goes deep, ever so deep, into the altered reality that was/is the IBJJF WORLD MASTERS where he secured a Gold Medal and a #1 world ranking, be-yotch-iz. While ROBINSON is amusing in defeat, in victory? When you factor in the gloating, the bitter recriminations, the dark mutterings and the playing out of a variety of revenge scenarios well let us just say, he's easier to live with when he loses. On top of that he glides and rides through the masterful march up to WEIDMAN-SILVA, CHEICK KONGO and the UFC-BELLATOR Proxy War, and why VELASQUEZ-DOS SANTOS will have as its final outcome someone whose career is done.
KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON in Round #452 shakes off his existential malaise of last week and bathes himself in the briny waters of FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. v. CANELO ALVAREZ and a full-on professional boxing card plus ANDERSON SILVA, BIG JIM DANDY, AXL ROSE, and a bunch of crap connected deeply and thoroughly to the health and welfare of MMA and....YOUR VERY SOUL!!!
KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON in Round #453 warns off casual listeners as he delves into the deeper and darker recesses of the warrior mind, TRAVIS BICKLE, determinism, EVAN TANNER, JON JONES, GLOVER TEXEIRA, JACARE, JOSE ALDO and the realization that there's only one way to get to the grave: kicking ass and screaming.
KNUCKLE UP host EUGENE S. ROBINSON in Round #455 breakdowns the invisible war and the not-so-invisible warriors digging in for a thoroughly brutal and bitter engagement for the very heart, soul and wallet of the future of MMA.
Host Eugene S. Robinson, on the occasion of absolutely no MMA this past week, not unless you're counting that scuffle by the juniper bushes near the 7-11 over who drank the last beer, decides to stretch out a bit and do a show JUST for the haters and/or the near-haters that covers how best to hate him, who traditionally hates him and ANDERSON SILVA sobbing to save his ass.
Host Eugene S. Robinson goes socratically medieval on your asses and presents, for your consideration, and with the able assistance of early UFC fighter EUGENE JACKSON and BJJ great LEOPOLDO SERAO, a fact-based inquiry into the shonda that was UFC 162.
Host Eugene S. Robinson does a dead week dealie wherein he seeks out to destroy Thiago Veiga and Luis Claudio, Rickson's hit men, with painfully predictable results then gets them to review UFC champ Anderson Silva's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Host Eugene S. Robinson goes in for GIL MELENDEZ'S first fight promotion, chats with JAKE SHIELDS, teases the JON JONES interview + cogitates on the might of Anderson Silva. And shit.
Host Eugene S. Robinson augurs into the ENTIRE card for UFC 161 + uncovers a Frankenstein monster of varying motivations and reasonings for why the card sucked/didn't suck.
Host Eugene S. Robinson goes Zapruder on WERDUM v. BIG NOG and Oliver Stone on JON FITCH'S steam-building dudgeon regarding his UFC ouster + CASH. But mostly cash.
Eugene Robinson unpacks the real politik of Rampage's move to Bellator, the mechanics of the Silva V. Jones Inevitability & UFC on Fuel TV 10. Bitches.
Eugene Robinson talks UFC 160 and takes a real good look at the failed state of upper echelon Heavyweights, GICTA [Guys I Can't Trust Anymore] + almost breaking his neck.
Eugene Robinson talks UFC on FX 8 and looks ahead to Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva ahead of UFC 160. Among...other things.
Knuckle Up #470: Host Eugene S. Robinson does a phoner with Iron Lady GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE [since y'all were RIDICULOUS last time she was in house] about her crushing, killing + pending destroying of the great JULIE KEDZIE. Add to this a slack but spirited defense of LUKE ROCKHOLD and an exhaustive breakdown of UFC on FX8 with a special breakout on The HeadGame.
Knuckle Up #471: Host Eugene S. Robinson goes medievally medical on youse with DR. STEVEN G. BALLINGER, surgeon of the stars, about the raft of bullshit he's calling on others' contention that Jones' injury is anything other than an irksome annoyance. Plus: Chael, and Why, Mayweather, WHY?!?!?
Knuckle Up #472: Host Eugene S. Robinson returns to fine fu*k-you form with his stunningly almost-accurate takes on UFC 159 up to and including his ROY NELSON shot over the fence and his epic take on Footgate and how the UFC should be scared straight. For the time being at least.
Knuckle Up #473: Host Eugene S. Robinson on the sober rendering that was UFC on Fox 7 and what it portends for GIL MELENDEZ, NATE DIAZ & everyone else who came up short at one of the best cards of the year so far. Plus: stuttering + muttering.
Knuckle Up #474: Host Eugene S. Robinson on the gimme that was URIAH HALL'S most recent bow, DANIEL CORMIER v. FRANK MIR, and the rumored arrest of JOSH ROSENTHAL. And? Oh. Lots. Lots. More.
Knuckle Up #475: Eugene S. Robinson as "TrailMix: the cop with the groovy demeanor" covers Invicta, FC1, Bellator and UFC on Fuel TV 9 plus goes deep with Ref JOSH ROSENTHAL on HENDERSON vs. MELENDEZ and much more.
Knuckle Up 476: Host with Most Eugene S. Robinson expands on UFC sale rumors, the death of Mousasi-Gustafson
and the rebirth of MMAARP!
Host of Knuckle Up Eugene S. Robinson yanks back the cover on some well-founded rumors about the sale of the UFC as well as why this is really the LAST thing we need. Plus NY MMA correspondent HARLEY FLANAGAN talks about NYC's first sanctioned MMA bout this past weekend.
Eugene S. Robinson STAYS Mobile and goes heartily into his unofficial guide to WHAT TO DO TO NOT GET FIRED for MMA fighters, as well as TRANS-GENDERED MMA FIGHTERS, and all other of violent bitterness and insight.
In Round #481 of Knuckle Up, host Eugene S. Robinson goes Mobile and in full-on-rant mode as he declares once and for all that if the Nick Diaz-GSP fight is canceled again for ANY reason his time on this planet will soon come to a flaming bitter end.
In this installment of Knuckle Up, host Eugene S. Robinson goes a full 180 into the genius of Cyborg's move, the Rousey rondele, steroids unlocking the key to success, or failure, UFC 157 and his perfect willingness to kill anybody who thinks they're tough.
In this installment of Knuckle Up, host Eugene S. Robinson nut jumps on Joe Silva's great skills, the TRT boondoggle, the IOC idiocy and Randy and how he gave and he gave without taking, but we sent him away.
In this installment of Knuckle Up, host Eugene S. Robinson talks about Alistair Overeem conspiracy theories, Rashad Evans' last chance, and being attacked in Brussels.
In this installment of Knuckle Up, host Eugene S. Robinson talks about the pain of seeing King Mo win and Rampage Jackson lose as well as a Shaquille O'Neal story no one wants to hear. Eugene also talks about UFC vs. Bellator and the Eddie Alvarez law suit.
Knuckle Up episode 486 featuring host Eugene S. Robinson shooting from his car explaining how he got the boot from the Serao academy, his ranking as the #35 best blue belt in the world, and talks Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort.
Knuckle Up episode 487 featuring host Eugene S. Robinson and guest sports agent Mike Kogan who talks Bellator, UFC, Strikeforce, CBS-Showtime, Royce Gracie and more.
Knuckle Up episode 488 featuring host Eugene S. Robinson interviewing BJJ teacher Erik Koehne about his experience running a gym in Viet Nam. Eugene also editorializes about Neo-Nazi fighter Niko Puhhaka and Garrett Holeve, the aspiring MMA fighter with Down Syndrome.
Knuckle Up episode 489 featuring host Eugene S. Robinson talking to Leopoldo Serao about Cain Velasquez' win over Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 plus bonus video of Eugene rolling with Cain.
In this episode of Knuckle Up, host Eugene S. Robinson previews UFC 155 and gives his picks for the fight card.
Eugene S. Robinson talks to Leopoldo Serao about King Mo Lawal's training at Floyd Mayweather's gym for his Bellator debut in this episode of Knuckle Up!
Eugene Robinson reacts to the outcomes of UFC on Fox 5.
Eugene Robinson gives his picks for UFC on Fox and discusses a variety of other topics.
In this episode of Knuckle Up, host Eugene S. Robinson is joined by BJJ stars Sergio Costa and Leopoldo Serao to talk about which UFC fighters have the best jiu-jitsu.
Eugene S. Robinson, author of Fight!, interviews Jose "the Matador" Palacios in this edition of Knuckle Up.
Knuckle Up episode 496 featuring Eugene S. Robinson interviewing Strikeforce veteran Germaine de Randamie and the editor of Tank Abbott's new autobiography.
Eugene S. Robinson, author of Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking, is joined by Bellator Welterweight Daniel Straus to talk UFC, MMA, Strikeforce, World Series of Fighting, Dana White and more.
Eugene S. Robinson, Knuckle Up host and international man of leisure, dissects the recent MMA drug busts, the TRT boondoggle, weed achievers and why very possibly Jon Jones v. Daniel Cormier is the most dangerous game in town
In this video segment, Knuckle Up host Eugene S. Robinson talks to Luta Livre great Leopolodo Serao and Ryan "T2" Roy about UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar and Metamoris.
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