Sunday, August 8, 2010

Anderson Silva Beats Chael Sonnen in a Stunner

Once he got Silva in the cage at UFC 117, he backed the talk up for four and a half rounds, dominating Silva until the champion finally managed to sink in a triangle choke that forced Sonnen to tap out in the fifth round.

"Chael had a hell of a fight tonight," Silva said afterward. "I knew that I was losing the first four rounds."

"It was a tough fight," Sonnen said afterward. "He's a tough guy. I came in second. What can I say? They gave me my chance and I came up short."

Sonnen stunned Silva by landing a big punch in the first minute of the first round, and after that landed a few more punches to Silva's chin before taking Silva down and getting him on his back against the fence. At that point, it was the most trouble Silva had ever been in his UFC career. From there Sonnen continued with the ground and pound, landing punch after punch after punch as Silva did nothing but flail away and try to protect himself from the bottom. Silva managed to make it out of the first round, but it was by far the worst round Silva has ever seen in the Octagon. I gave the first round to Sonnen, 10-8.

Early in the fifth round Sonnen landed a punch and Silva slipped to the ground, and then Sonnen pounced. Once again, it was Sonnen on top, landing punches and controlling Silva. But this time Silva managed to sink in a triangle choke that got Sonnen to submit, bringing a shocking end to a brilliant fight. Although Sonnen briefly appeared to be protesting as if he hadn't actually tapped out, it was clear that he had.

Silva entered the fight with a UFC record 11-fight winning streak. The 12th was the toughest win of them all.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

NHL 2011 New Updates

Building up your own team and turning them into a bunch of superstars is what every Franchise Mode is about at its core. While traditionally the game mode presents you with a stable of established athletes, NHL 11 is putting a different slant on the popular feature by giving it the Ultimate Team treatment that both FIFA and Madden have enjoyed over the past few years (but this time it'll come with the retail release, not as downloadable content). For those that don't know, Ultimate Team lets players live out some of their childhood fantasies by collecting player trading cards and then using them in-game. NHL 11 is taking the idea a bit further by putting your Ultimate Team up against the throng of others that are out there in the new EA Ultimate Hockey League (EAUHL).

It's what EA Sports is touting as the largest dynasty mode to ever be featured in a sports game and, judging from the fact that it incorporates every other EAUHL team at least somewhat into your experience, I'm compelled to agree.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NEXT UFC 117 Silva VS. Sonnen

UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 7, 2010 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, United States

The winner will face Vitor Belfort in a matchup currently targeted for November.

Monday, August 2, 2010


The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations; in 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

The matches were played in ten stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These sixteen teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.

In the final, Spain, the European champions, defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time, with AndrĂ©s Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title, the first time that a European nation has won the tournament outside its home continent. Host nation South Africa, 2006 world champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.

THE BIG THREE Dwayne Wade, LeBron James,and Chris Bosh

"Miami Thrice," they're calling it, and it would be perhaps the most impressive collection of individual superstars ever assembled on a single team. What seemed incredibly unlikely at the start of the free agent period is actually looking more than possible now, as reports claim LeBron James is "leaning towards" joining Dwyane Wade and the newly-signed Chris Bosh in South Beach to create a megateam of historic proportions.

But here's the question: if this trio gets together, what kind of damage can we expect this wrecking crew to inflict on the rest of the NBA? ESPN's John Hollinger weighed in with a PER-based analysis a week ago (he said Wade + Bosh + James + 10 replacement level ballers = 61 wins), but his system also dramatically underrated what the 2008 Celtics would do (he said 51 wins -- and I said 48, btw, so he didn't have a monopoly on being wrong), and that's the most recent example of a similar 3-star amalgamation.