Bruce Lee Gets the Criterion Collection Treatment!

Bruce Lee is getting the Criterion Collection treatment and his fans are going to love it.  The seven-disc Blu-ray box set will contain Lee’s greatest hits (The Big Boss / Fist of Fury / The Way of the Dragon / Enter the Dragon / Game of Death) and will be chock full of special features, including alternate versions of the films, interviews, documentaries and much more!

Here’s some of what the seven disc Special Edition will feature…

  • 4K digital restorations of The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Game of Death, and The Way of the Dragon, with uncompressed original monaural soundtracks
  • New 2K digital restoration of the rarely-seen 99-minute 1973 theatrical version of Enter the Dragon, with uncompressed original monaural soundtrack
  • 2K digital restoration of the 102-minute “special-edition” version of Enter the Dragon
  • Alternate audio soundtracks for the films, including original English-dubbed tracks and a 5.1 surround soundtrack for the special-edition version of Enter the Dragon
  • Six audio commentaries: on The Big Boss by Bruce Lee expert Brandon Bentley; on The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Game of Death, and The Way of the Dragon by Hong Kong–film expert Mike Leeder; and on the special-edition version of Enter the Dragon by producer Paul Heller
  • High-definition presentation of Game of Death II, the 1981 sequel to Game of Death
  • Game of Death Redux, a new presentation of Lee’s original Game of Death footage, produced by Alan Canvan
  • New interviews on all five films with Lee biographer Matthew Polly
  • New interview with producer Andre Morgan about Golden Harvest, the company behind Hong Kong’s top martial-arts stars, including Lee
  • New program about English-language dubbing with voice performers Michael Kaye (the English-speaking voice of Lee’s Chen Zhen in Fist of Fury) and Vaughan Savidge
  • New interview with author Grady Hendrix about the “Bruceploitation” subgenre that followed Lee’s death, and a selection of Bruceploitation trailers
  • Blood and Steel, a 2004 documentary about the making of Enter the Dragon
  • Multiple programs and documentaries about Lee’s life and philosophies, including Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend (1973) and Bruce Lee: In His Own Words (1998)
  • Interviews with Linda Lee Cadwell, Lee’s widow, and many of Lee’s collaborators and admirers, including actors Jon T. Benn, Riki Hashimoto, Nora Miao, Robert Wall, Yuen Wah, and Simon Yam and directors Clarence Fok, Sammo Hung, and Wong Jing
  • Promotional materials
  • New English subtitle translations and subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jeff Chang

Bruce Lee’s Greatest Hits: The Criterion Collection will be available July 14, 2020.

Justin Bieber vs Tom Cruise + Conor McGregor vs Mark Wahlberg – Craig’s Thoughts

So Justin Bieber issued a challenge to fight Tom Cruise in a cage match.

Any way you look at this…

If Bieber did it for free publicity…

If Bieber thinks Tom Cruise is a real fighter because of his movies…

If Bieber believes he is a tough guy and wants to prove it by fighting Tom Cruise, an actor who is more than twice as old as Bieber…

…it is just plain stupid.

If Bieber wants to prove he’s a tough guy, then he should challenge someone known for fighting like say, Nate Diaz.  Nate would probably show up at any location for free if Bieber called him out.

How could this get any dumber?


Oh, boy.  I shouldn’t have asked.

So Conor McGregor, the former UFC Champion and now also a sports and entertainment promoter has offered to promote/host the Bieber vs Cruise fight should it ever happen.  If it wasn’t for the fact that McGregor is already known for saying outrageous things and looking for free publicity where he can get it, I’d say he should know better than to get involved in something so stupid.

Well, at least McGregor didn’t go full on stupid and challenge an actor to a cage fight.

Are you kidding me?

So McGregor has upped the ante and challenged actor Mark Walhberg to a cage fight?  For my thoughts on this please refer back above to “Any way you look at this…” and substitute McGregor’s name for Bieber and Wahlberg’s name for Cruise.

I also offer the same suggestion as to an alternate fight — McGregor should challenge Nate Diaz to a cage match.  They’ve already fought twice with each man winning once, so a third time would make sense.

Hey!  I’ve got an idea: How about Bieber and McGregor fight each other?  McGregor could promote it and each of them would get what they want.  Bieber would get a chance to prove he’s a tough guy.  McGregor would get to fight a celebrity.

The reality is of course that Bieber would get knocked out.  McGregor would be ridiculed for taking the fight and hardly anyone would tune in.

You know I started by saying that Bieber challenging Cruise was stupid.  I still think it is, but I will say this, Bieber is sure getting the publicity.   The news of his challenge is blowing up everywhere.  Heck, in all my years of blogging, I’ve never mentioned Bieber even once.  Yet today I’ve devoted a long post to him.

Well played, Justin Bieber.  Well played.

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson – R.I.P.

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson died yesterday from heart complications at the age of 42.

Ferguson rose to fame after a series of videos showing him participating in one-on-one backyard brawls for money became an internet sensation.  Because of the popularity of the fight videos and his charismatic personality, Ferguson was able to become a professional MMA fighter (for EliteXC, UFC and Bellator), an undefeated professional boxer and even a movie actor.  People tuned in to see Ferguson fight and his bouts were always entertaining.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson’s family, friends and fans.

Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier on Instagram

Jon Jones, who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter of all time, has a real dislike for the current champion, Daniel Cormier.  

Jones beat Cormier when they fought, but Cormier won the title when Jones was relieved of it after some bad personal decisions resulting from drugs and run-ins with the police.

Cormier and Jones will fight for the title on April 23rd.

In an effort to get under Cormier’s skin, Jones posted the photo above.  Not to be outdone, Cormier responded with the one below.

In this contest, Cormier wins by decision.

Source: MMA Fighting.

Dana White & The Fighters: A New Boxing Series!

Growing up I was a fight fan.  That meant I was a boxing fan.

MMA as we know it today was decades away.  It was a time of tough guys.  Marciano – Liston – Ali – Frazier – Norton – Foreman.  Boxing appeared regularly on television for free.  ESPN had a weekly boxing show.  NBC – CBS and ABC regularly aired live boxing cards.

Later boxing became an event sport with all eyes on pay-per-view Super Fights.   Ali vs Frazier.  Hagler vs Hearns.  Duran vs Leonard.  The top tier of boxers became celebrities and were given mega paydays.  Of course the vast majority of boxers made little and often retired battered and poor.  There were fewer and fewer big name fighters and the popularity of boxing began to wane.

Then 20 years ago the UFC was born.  Although the company struggled at first the popularity of MMA, specifically the UFC took off.  The UFC was on tv with a weekly series and regular pay-per-views.  Name fighters began to emerge.  Fighters that fans loved or hated but would tune in or equally importantly pay to see fight.  Many thought the rise of the UFC would be the death of boxing.

Boxing fans had heard that before.  So had the folks in the video below.  Check it out and we’ll continue after you watch.

 

The Fighters  looks interesting.  Will it bring back boxing?  Who knows?  It could be the start though.  And the kicker is Dana “UFC President” White is one of the creative forces behind the show.

I know I’ll tune.  I’m a fight fan.

 

Source: MMA Fighting.

 

UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1 Results & Final Thoughts

UFC put on a great night of free fights on FOX SPORTS 1 last night.  Let’s take a look at the main card and my predictions…

  • Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon
    Prediction: Lauzon by decision.
    Result: Johnson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25) making me 0 – 1 for the night.
  • Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
    Prediction: Hall by TKO
    Result: Howard by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) making me 0 – 2 for the night.
  • Mike Pyle vs. Matt Brown
    Prediction: Brown by decision
    Result: Brown by first round KO (29 seconds) making me 1 – 2 for the night.
  • Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber
    Prediction: Faber by decision
    Results: Faber by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) making me 2 – 2 for the night.
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne
    Prediction: Overeem by TKO
    Result: Browne by first round KO (4:08) making me 2 – 3 for the night.
  • Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio Rua
    Prediction: Sonnen by decision
    Results: Sonnen by first round submission (4:47) making me 3 – 3 for the night.

Final Thoughts:

  • Conor McGregor, who fought in the prelims in his first UFC fight, is getting a ton of hype.  While it’s true that McGregor won via a unanimous decision, is the hype warranted?  Uriah Hall, anyone?
  • Michael Johnson beat the brakes off of Joe Lauzon.  I was really surprised that Lauzon looked so bad.  Here’s hoping Lauzon bounces back.  Perhaps this fight was the start of really good things for Johnson.
  • Uriah Hall has really failed to live up to his hype.  While Hall looked like he’d be a top contender when he was knocking everyone out and sending them to the emergency room while fighting on The Ultimate Fighter, I thought the talk of him coming off the show and fighting for the title was crazy. It was.  Dana White has even gone so far as to say, Hall is not a fighter.  My guess is that White will give Hall one more fight to turn things around.
  • Matt Brown has won six in a row and is calling for a title fight.  I’d say he’s earned it.
  • Yuri Alcantara took Urijah Faber down within seconds of the first round of the fight.  Alcantara proceeded to put a beating on Faber and it looked like the fight was on the way to a quick end.  Faber showed a warrior’s heart and continued to fight back until he reversed the situation.  For the rest of the round and the next two, it was all Faber.  Very impressive win for the California Kid.
  • Alistair Overeem came out and as expected started to put a beating on Travis Browne.  Hard shots to the head and knees to the gut rained down on Browne… but he wouldn’t quit.  Both men looked tired towards the end of the first round and as Overeem came plodding in, Browne unleashed a front kick that landed square on Overeem’s chin.  As Overeem fell to the mat, Browne followed dropping a couple of hard shots before the ref could step in.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out… will the win help Browne more than the loss will hurt Overeem?
  • Chael Sonnen chokes out Mauricio Rua in the first round!  Sonnen is one of the most entertaining fighters outside of the ring and he is competitive with the best fighters in two weight classes.  Sonnen has to be loving life. I know his fans are.

UFC Fight Night Live: Predictions

UFC has a live card on FOX SPORTS 1 tonight starting at 6pm with the prelims and 8pm with the main card.  Let’s take a look at the main card and my predictions…

  • Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon
    Prediction: Lauzon by decision.
  • Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
    Prediction: Hall by TKO
  • Mike Pyle vs. Matt Brown
    Prediction: Brown by decision
  • Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber
    Prediction: Faber by decision
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne
    Prediction: Overeem by TKO
  • Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio Rua
    Prediction: Sonnen by decision

UFC 160 Results

UFC 160 was last night.  Here are the results and some thoughts…

  • Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons
    Prediction: Decision victory to Cerrone.
    Result: Cerrone won with a unanimous decision making me 1-0 for the night.
  • T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard
    Prediction: Decision victory to Maynard.
    Result: TJ Grant won by TKO in the first making me 1-1 for the night.
  • James Te Huna vs Glover Teixeira
    Prediction: It will be Teixeira that ends it early with a TKO.
    Result: Teixeira won by first round submission making me 2-1 for the night.
  • Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
    Prediction: Decision win to JDS.
    Result: JDS won with a 3rd round KO making me 3-1 for the night.
  •  Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
    Prediction: Cain by TKO victory.
    Result: Cain won by TKO (ref stoppage) in the first round making me 4-1 for the night.

Final Thoughts:

  • Cain’s win sets up the rubber match between him and Junior dos Santos.  That should be a very good fight.
  • Hunt is tough and a fight between him and Roy “Big Country” Nelson would be a crowd-pleaser.
  • Next up is Dan Henderson vs Rashad Evans on June 15th!

UFC 160 Tonight – Predictions!

UFC 160 is tonight on pay-per-view.  That means it is time for predictions…

  • Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons
       Thoughts: I think that Cerrone is the tougher/better fighter.  Simple as that.
    Prediction: Decision victory to Cerrone.
  • T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard
       Thoughts: Maynard hasn’t fought in a year and is 34 years old. Is there such a thing as
    cage-rust?
    Prediction: Decision victory to Maynard.
  • James Te Huna vs Glover Teixeira
       Thoughts: This fight has a good chance of not going the distance.
    Prediction: It will be Teixeira that ends it early with a TKO.
  • Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
    Thoughts: Mark Hunt has a 9-7 record but the KO power to take out anyone. JDS is 15-2 with
    similar KO power but is a better grappler, better conditioned fighter, etc.  So why are fans split
    pretty much down the middle on this one?  Because Hunt has the comeback story on his side.
    Unfortunately, comebacks don’t end well.
    Prediction: Decision win to JDS.
  •  Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
    Thoughts: They fought before and Cain won.  Some things never change.
    Prediction: Cain by TKO victory.

UFC 159 Results


UFC 159 was held last night. 

Here are my predictions and the results:

  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
    Prediction: Miller with a decision win.
    Result: Healy defeated Jim Miller with a rear-naked choke submission in the 3rd making me 0 -1 for the night.
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
    Prediction: Davis with a decision win.
    Result: Davis won by Unanimous Decision making me 1 – 1 for the night.
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
    Prediction: Nelson wins via KO.
    Result: Nelson won with a first round KO making me 2 – 1 for the night.
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
    Prediction: Bisping wins via decision.
    Result: Bisping defeated Alan Belcher by Technical Decision after an accidental eye poke in the 3rd. This made me 3 – 1 for the night.
  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
    Prediction: Jones wins via stoppage.
    Result: Jones won by TKO in the first taking me to 4 -1 for the night.

Final Thoughts:

– As expected, Jones was the dominate fighter.  Although Jones won, during the post fight interview Jones looked down and realized his big toe had been badly broken.  If the fight had made it to the second round, there is no doubt that it would have been stopped due to the injury’s severity.

To his credit Sonnen had this to say: “If they would have called the match [in Sonnen’s favor because of Jones’ broken toe], I wouldn’t have had any illusions. I knew in those first five minutes who the better fighter was.”

– Jones will need some time to heal before his next fight, but who can challenge him?  Anderson Silva?  I don’t think so.  I think Jones will have to move to heavyweight if he really wants to test himself.

– Sonnen hinted at retirement.  I don’t see that happening.  He enjoys the challenge of a good fight too much.

– Roy Nelson is back in the title hunt with his third straight KO.  Who doesn’t love Big Country… well, except for Dana White?

 

UFC 159 Predictions


UFC 159 takes place tonight.

Starting at 8pm EST we have the UFC Prelims on FX.  This portion of the card includes:

  • Erik Perez vs. Johnny Bedford
  • Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux
  • Sara McMann vs. Shiela Gaff
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros

Then at 10pm EST we move over to pay-per-view for the main event fights.

  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

While I’ll be watching the prelims, my interest is in the main event.  So, let’s take a look at my predictions:

  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
    Thoughts: 
    I give the edge to Miller in both striking and grappling.
    Prediction: Miller with a decision win.
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
    Thoughts:
    Davis is the better striker.  If it goes to the mat it will be Davis’ wrestling vs Magalhaes bjj.
    Prediction: Davis with a decision win.
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
    Thoughts:
    Anything can happen when heavyweights bang.  Nelson has a better chin and one punch KO power.  You do the math.
    Prediction: Nelson wins via KO.
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
  • Thoughts: This fight has generated the most trash talk and should be a very interesting and competitive fight.  I give the edge to Bisping’s grappling, and he may need to rely on that.  Belcher has KO power and Bisping may discover that if they stay standing.
    Prediction: Bisping wins via decision.
  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Thoughts: If Sonnen wins it will be the greatest upset in MMA history.  After tonight Matt Sierra will still hold that record.
    Prediction: Jones wins via stoppage.