You are currently browsing the posts tagged: mma

Gina Carano Gets Physical with a Hottest Guys in Hollywood

Gina Carano Gets Physical with the Hottest Guys in Hollywood

Gina Carano Gets Physical with a Hottest Guys in Hollywood

Gina Carano

Evan Agostini/AP

Don’t disaster with Gina!

That’s the doctrine Gina Carano’s costars schooled while they were filming Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. After all, Carano isn’t just another new face in a Hollywood movement thriller. She’s a former churned martial humanities star, who is making her film entrance in Soderbergh’s latest flick, which opens Friday.

“I got to be earthy with some of the hottest guys in Hollywood,” Carano, who tussles with Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender in the film, told PEOPLE at the BlackBerry-sponsored Cinema Society screening this week.

Fassbender, in particular, was the target of a vase to the face when the dual were filming a quarrel stage and he incidentally KO’d Carano.

“When Fassbender slammed my conduct into the wall, that’s the only time we went black,” Carano, 29, said about the shoot, during which she also reportedly knocked out a stuntman. “And then we slammed a vase right into his face when he wasn’t awaiting it.”

“He didn’t get cut,” Carano clarified, before adding, “maybe a little bit.”

McGregor, for his part, said he also emerged “sore” from his scenes with Carano but called the quarrel scenes “good fun.”

But Tatum, whom she describes as “like a bro,” is one actor Carano says she wouldn’t wish to quarrel in genuine life. “I’d substantially wish to throttle him out genuine quick,” she said. “Because he’s indeed unequivocally athletic.”

Return to MMA?

Carano has strictly late from MMA but says she hasn’t ruled out a return. To ready for the purpose as a Black Ops representative in Haywire, she worked with a Hollywood attempt organisation and attended a two-month training stay with a former Israeli comprehension operative.

According to Soderbergh, it was his goal to have Carano – who is a 5-feet 8-inches high and 143 lbs. – rather than one of her masculine costars, be the toughest impression in the film.

“There was something transgressive about carrying the lady being the one who is pounded first,” Soderbergh recently told Sports Illustrated.

“There’s arrange of, in film terms, a popular source that women are weaker than group and that the only approach that they can delight in a hand-to-hand conditions is if they somehow have an advantage from the beginning. … [Carano’s character] is pounded in an unprovoked demeanour and has to work her approach behind into winning the fight. With someone like Gina, you can lift that off and have it be believable. She can unequivocally break you in half.”

Brittney Palmer Latest Hot Photos At The Official MMA After Party In Las Vegas

Brittney Palmer Latest Hot Photos At The Official MMA After Party In Las Vegas

Source: Brittney Palmer Latest Hot Photos At The Official MMA After Party In Las Vegas

Incoming search terms:

Fedor Emelianenko: The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Favorite

By Luke Thomas

MMA Senior Editor

Read More: Urijah Faber (MMA), Fedor Emelianenko (MMA), Alistair Overeem (MMA), Antonio Silva (MMA), Fabricio Werdum (MMA), Brett Rogers (MMA), Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva

Most fans, experts and oddsmakers have Fedor Emelianenko as the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament favorite.

Follow @sbnation on Twitter, and

Like on Facebook.

Bookmark and ShareTweet

Feb 10, 2011 –

Should Fedor Emelianenko, “The Last Emperor”, be the prohibitive favorite heading into not only this weekend’s bout with Antonio Silva, but the entire grand prix? Even after looking flat against Brett Rogers and losing to Fabricio Werdum, does he deserve to be the top contender? It depends who you ask.

The video above gives you the general sense that most fans believe Fedor and Alistair Overeem are neck and neck to win the entire tournament, although Fedor likely edges him out ever so slightly.’s own Mike Fagan sees it Fedor and Overeem as essentially even in the contest, but worries about their bracket placement. Obviously of the two only one can advance to the finals:

Fedor Emelianenko +250 – Still the most talented fighter in this tournament. He’s in the “Group of Death,” but I have him penciled in as a significant favorite over everyone in the tournament not named “Overeem.” Emelianenko does have a few intangibles that could come into play against him here: his paper-thin facial tissue, brittle, old-man hands, and a management company that never passes on the chance to utilize negotiating leverage.

Alistair Overeem +250 – Winning the K-1 World Grand Prix and following that with the Strikeforce‘s MMA version would be one of the most impressive accomplishments in combat sports. Like Fedor, I have Overeem as an ample favorite over the other six tournament entrants, including his opening round opponent, Fabricio Werdum, who defeated Overeem before his horsemeat days.

Notably, fighters have their own take on the tournament. UFC bantamweight contender Urijah Faber told MMA Fighting that, “I think it wasn’t a fluke, because Werdum’s very good, but it’s not something that would happen very often…It’s one loss. Fedor is a world champion in combat sambo, a national champion. He’s grown up being a fighter, and he’s the best fighter in the tournament. But [Josh] Barnett is also a really tough dude. So I think it’ll be up to [Alistair] Overeem, Barnett and Fedor, and Fedor will win.”

Bookmaker has also played out a full tournament scenario and actually has Overeem slightly ahead of Fedor.

For my money, Overeem is too simple a play. He’s struggling with persevering. He’s a George Foreman type and there aren’t any instances in the second half of his career where he’s battled back from adversity. He’ll win one or two fights that way, but in a three-fight tournament that tendency will cost him. There are obviously issues with Fedor as well. Will he have the requisite speed that’s enabled him to compete against natural heavyweights at his age? Has he properly prepared? Getting past Antonio Silva should be relatively easy, but Overeem – provided he gets past Werdum – is the true test. There again, though, is where speed will kill Overeem. Or so I am betting.

Follow @sbnation on Twitter, and

Like on Facebook.

Luke Thomas

MMA Senior Editor

Luke Thomas is the former Editor in Chief of Bloody Elbow, one of SB Nation’s MMA blogs. He’s also the host of the MMA Nation radio program on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C.

SB Nation Profile

Subscribe to Luke Thomas

Other features by Luke Thomas

Continue reading here: Fedor Emelianenko: The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Favorite

Will Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Tournament Resurrect Andrei Arlovski’s MMA Career?

By Luke Thomas

MMA Senior Editor

Read More: Fedor Emelianenko (MMA), Alistair Overeem (MMA), Fabricio Werdum (MMA), Tatsuya Mizuno (MMA), Roy Nelson (MMA), Sergei Kharitonov (MMA), Andrei Arlovski (MMA), Brett Rogers (MMA), Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva

Will former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski rise to the occasion at Strikeforce to resurrect his MMA career?

Follow @sbnation on Twitter, and

Like on Facebook.

Bookmark and ShareTweet

Feb 9, 2011 –

What’s the beauty of any tournament, MMA or otherwise? It elevates the winner – and those who ably perform – to new heights. Tournaments are crucibles and those who slug through the process make indelible impressions on fans and their respective sports. Given where Andrei Arlovski has been, a tournament is precisely what he needs to reclaim all of the ground his career has lost.

Andrei Arlovski has wowed us. He’s impressed us. He’s produced highlight reel knockouts. He’s accomplished a considerable amount during his career, earning the UFC heavyweight title. Yet, he very rarely – if ever – rises to the occasion.

He was knocked out by Pedro Rizzo. Hell, he was knocked out by Viacheslav Datsik. He defeated Aaron Brink in his UFC debut, but only after holding the fence – something the referee never saw. He was knocked out back to back by Pedro Rizzo and Ricco Rodriguez. He did defeat Tim Sylvia, but in his rematch, Arlovski knocked the Maine-iac down early only to be stopped with strikes mere minutes later. In his third fight with Sylvia, he turned in one of the most boring performances ever for a UFC main event. While he stopped Ben Rothwell in dramatic fashion during the days of Affliction’s run as a promoter in MMA, he jumped out to an early lead against Fedor Emelianenko only to be put to sleep in one of MMA’s most thrilling knockouts. He lost to Brett Rogers in 22 seconds and was bested in a three-round beating by Antonion Silva.

It’s easy to inventory a fighter’s losses and create false narratives. Arlovski’s accomplishments far outweigh his failures. But there’s enough of a stain on his wins to raise doubts. His victory over Marcio Cruz came as a consequence of holding the fence to keep him balanced. Arlovski isn’t a cheater, but he often fails to win cleanly enough to inspire confidence.

Arlovski has redoubled his efforts and aligned himself with trainers who can help to maximize his talents. But this illustration by striking coach Mike Winklejohn underscores what ails Arlovski’s career:

“Andre’s that guy that’s an incredible athlete that for some reason his last couple fights he has stopped using his athleticism,” Winkeljohn says. “And he was standing in front of his opponent. He’s got some great quickness, so we’re definitely working on a lot of footwork drills, working on his speed and getting him to attack the angles. If Andrei gets his head on straight, he can go with just about anybody out there.”

As both Wineljohn and Arlovski have mentioned, sometimes the 23-fight veteran lacks the focus necessary for sustained success. When his mind centers on performing in the cage, the returns can be fruitful. Before his current losing stretch, Arlovski knocked out Roy Nelson; it remains the only time “Big Country” has been finished by strikes in his career.

That’s true, except Arlovski was put in a position to stop Nelson only after referee Troy Waugh incompetently stood the fight up while Nelson had the Belarussian in side control. That decision by Waugh is almost universally decried as not only deeply unfair to Nelson, but the turning point of a bout that was headed in Nelson’s direction.

And that’s sort of the point, isn’t it? It isn’t that Arlovski is a fraud. The heavyweight is certfiablty talented and often his deficiencies are exaggerated. Arlovski’s central problem is that fortune has awkwardly smiled upon him, advancing his career while covering for his foibles, not always correcting them. Arlovski pushed himself into positions that certainly benefited his career early, but he often attained them without the requisite skills to stay. And given that falling in combat sports is always easier than climbing, we find Arlovski here today: a former champ recognized for branding as much as legitimate accomplishments riding a three-fight losing streak into a much ballyhooed tournament, but without a scintilla of fan fare.

I’ve included a video at the top of this post of Sergei Kharitonov‘s last fight in K-1. After this bout, Kharitonov fought a MMA-rules bout in DREAM on New Year’s Eve against Tatsuya Mizuno. It wasn’t much of a contest and Mizuno isn’t much of a challenge especially considering the Matt Hume-trained Japanese fighter needed superior size and the ring post to submit Melvin Manhoef, his best win to date. The point to understand here is that while Kharitonov has defeated both Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem, he did so in a different MMA era under different conditions and frankly, as a different fighter. His performance in the last few years can charitably be called inconsistent, except he lacks the highs of Arlovski’s careers and has equally, if not worse, lows. Arlovski should be favored over him.

Yet, oddsmakers have him as either even with Kharitonov or as the underdog. If history is any indication, the underdog role is not one that naturally suits Arlovski.

Is Arlovksi capable of winning on Saturday, especially with a Greg Jackson-camp behind him? There should be no doubt. But ultimately, his participation in the tournament is understandably drawing little attention. He can be fun to watch and has skills to put away most serious heavyweight contenders, but can’t ever seem to elevate himself when the need is most pressing. He doesn’t rise to the occasion and the occasion of the moment won’t let serendipity be sufficient for any fighter to win it all.

More on Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva here.

Follow @sbnation on Twitter, and

Like on Facebook.

Continue reading here: Will Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Tournament Resurrect Andrei Arlovski’s MMA Career?