Twitch’s Top 5…and bottom 5 of 2015

2015’s almost done.  It’s been a whirlwind year.  There have been some awesome highs, and some indescribable lows.  Time to put it all out there, so to speak.

Let’s start with the lows.

1. Konami

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Wow.  Where do I even begin?  From the rumors of Hideo Kojima’s employment status, to the reports of their management skills and treatment of Kojima-sensei’s employees prior to the release of Metal Gear Solid V (being demoted to janitorial work, limited access to the company intranet, and even the removing of Kojima’s name from his magnum opus, Konami tops SSB’s list of 2015’s lows.  You can’t get much lower than they did.  They tried pretty fuckin’ hard.

2. Valentine’s Day

Going on a Valentine’s date with your arm in a sling due to an accident during MMA training sucks hard. And it’s pretty embarrassing. (Sorry E!)

3. Ronda Rousey

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Ronda’s place in the UFC hall of fame is pretty much guaranteed.  She’s blazed the way for all female MMA fighters in the public eye and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do to take away her legacy.  The legacy however, can be tarnished a bit.  And that’s exactly what happened to her.  It took 2 rounds for Holly Holm to systematically dismantle the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion.  2 rounds and a head kick.  She probably wouldn’t even be on the list, but since the fight was anything but close, here she is.

4. The San Diego Chargers

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Come on Chargers, you can’t be doing SD dirty like you are right now.  Then again, it’s kinda hard to argue throwin’ more money for a new stadium when y’all haven’t won a super bowl like ever.  I did learn that there are a bunch of loyal fans that are gonna be mighty sore if/when you do leave.  Fans including my legs.  My Muay Thai coach threatened leg conditioning days if they leave.

5. The UFC apparel deal with Reebok.

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From shitty designs to an apparent apathy for all things MMA-related, it’s hard to suck harder than Reebok these days.  How can they release a shirt for a fighter named “Anderson Aldo”?  Or a fight kit for a fighter named Giblert Melendez?

And onto the highs!

1. Conor McGregor

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He was riding on an 10 or 11 fight winning streak when he stepped into the octagon against Jose Aldo a couple weeks ago.  He’s proven every single naysayer wrong (hell, even me).  Now, after his 13-second dispatching of Jose Aldo Jr., nothing seems impossible for Conor McGregor.

2. ONE PUNCH MAN

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Saitama is a superhero for fun, and he’s capable of stopping most monsters-of-the-week in one punch.  Fucker’s gotten so strong that he’s bored.  ONE’s webmanga about a bored superhero spawned one of the most visually satisfying anime series ever seen in a good long while.  Props to MADHOUSE for animating this series, and you bet there’s gonna be a second season.

3. Metal Gear Solid V

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Sure the ending may have been rushed (thanks KONAMI), but this game really was Kojima-sensei’s magnum opus.  I loved every minute of this game, and I haven’t even started playing Metal Gear Online yet.  The way that the game ended was mind-blowing at best (especially for veterans of the series), but mind-scratching at worst (if this was your entry game in the series, you’ve got some lore to catch up on).  The FOX Engine really brought Afghanistan and Africa to life, and didn’t drop in framerate or lag during any portion of the game.  Yeah.  That’s how you do open world and not fuck up.  I’M LOOKING AT YOU BETHESDA.

4. Sony Computer Entertainment

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The PS4’s been kicking ass in the market, and they’ve left the Microsoft PR guy saying the classic “Hey we’re in it for the gamers” line.  Meanwhile, Sony’s helped SEGA bring the rest of the Yakuza game franchise to the rest of the world, helped Hideo Kojima relaunch Kojima Productions as an independent creative studio, and just been awesome all around.  Oh, and there’s that Final Fantasy VII remake too.

5.  Rooster Teeth/RWBY

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Monty Oum’s untimely passing earlier this year was a tragedy nobody could’ve foreseen.  The future of his brainchild was in question, but Rooster Teeth, the production company responsible for RWBY, Red Vs. Blue, X-ray and Vav, and a few other shows stepped to the plate and continued production of the series.  Worries of whether or not the series would live up to the standards that Monty put on the series were laid to rest when Volume 3 started earlier this year.  Not only has the animation quality vastly improved, the rest of the production also improved as well.  They scored some high quality voice actor talent and it shows.

I had a chance to go to the Rooster Teeth panel during comic con 2015 and my Lie Ren cosplay went over really well.  I hope to do it again next year.

And that’s my 2015 in a nutshell.  Bring on 2016!

Yoga pants should not be worn in an MMA cage. Ever.

Now I know squash matches are a reality in any fight org. But this is beyond a squash match. Beyond a tomato can. Hell, beyond those cups of applesauce that they give kindergartners before naptime.

Who let this match happen!? Who let Katie in the cage? WHO LET KATIE WEAR YOGA PANTS TO A FUCKIN’ MMA FIGHT?!

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That answers that.

(H/T to the peeps at cagepotato.)

My coaches…as manga characters?

As thanks for putting up with my shenanigans and turning me into the kickboxing-obsessed otaku that I am now, I decided to ask good ol’ lenejenius to whip me up a piece.

From left: Coaches Caine Gayle, Artem Sharoshkin, Joshua Vongsvirates, Shannon Gugerty, and Jessica Lopez. I'm the one that's beaten up.

From left: Coaches Caine Gayle, Artem Sharoshkin, Joshua Vongsvirates, Shannon Gugerty, and Jessica Lopez.
I’m the one that’s beaten up.

So if you’ve been wondering who’s responsible for what you see today, look no further.  It’ll be even better if you join the boxing club.  Serious.  Tell them I sent you.  And that you saw the picture.

 

5 years waiting for MayPac leave you feeling underwhelmed? Worry not, I’ve got the cure.

I watched all 12 rounds of the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight.  It went exactly as I predicted it.  Decision win going to Mayweather, due to his footwork, evasive movement, and superior defense.  Surprised?  Not at all.  Underwhelmed?  You betcha.

*PRO-MMA Rant incoming*

That’s why I prefer MMA/Kickboxing over plain boxing.  To me, it’s way more exciting and there’s plenty more ways to fight.  8 points of contact as opposed to 2 points.  Kicks.  Knees.  Elbows (Muay Thai rules).  What always gets my goat is when boxing fans always say, “Oh, if an MMA fighter went into a boxing ring he’d lose.”  Well no shit.  You’re taking away all the weapons an MMA fighter can use.  If a boxer were to go into the MMA ring or octagon, at least they can’t say that both fighters were nerfed in any way.  A boxer can go into an MMA ring with his fists.  The MMA fighter or kickboxer can go in with all their weapons intact.  And boy do I love watching boxers go into an MMA/kickboxing fights and getting their just desserts.

*end Pro-MMA rant*

Tonight just reaffirmed a few things for me.  One, it pisses me off to see boxers make that much money for a fight that was about as exciting as watching grass grow.  Two, I just can’t be bothered by any combat sport where only the fists can be used.  Three, screw the hype train.  For me, it’s MMA all the way.  Kickboxing and Muay Thai too.

I’ve taken the liberty of adding some fights which are my personal faves of recent memory.

 

And if you’re interested in learning some of the finer points of striking, I highly recommend Lawrence Kenshin’s channel.

And there’s always Jack Slack and the entire Fightland VICE series on youtube as well.

 

OtakuFighter: Twitch X Training Mask

I did adopt this mask.  I wasn't born into it.  That would be weird.

I did adopt this mask. I wasn’t born into it. That would be weird.

After seeing the ads at numerous UFC events, and eyeing the stand conveniently placed by OTM Fight Shop’s cash register, I decided to get myself a Training Mask.  Why?  Last week, I wasn’t able to train for most of the week, and I felt bad.  I figured that I had to throw myself back into the swing of things, and this was the best way to do it.  By simulating training at altitude.

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I’ll let the training mask description do the job of explaining what it is.  I’m actually pretty winded.

Training Mask will make your workout so efficient, you can actually cut the amount of time spent in training by as much as two-thirds. Simply strap it on and begin your normal work out. Within days, you’ll see the difference!

It’s really simple science. By conditioning your lungs and creating pulmonary resistance, your diaphragm is strengthened, thereby making your lungs work harder. When lungs work harder, the surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased, thus increasing your stamina and ability to go harder at your sport – or simply have increased energy for daily living.

Our multi-level resistance system uses our patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) “Resistance Training Device” flux valve system, forcing you to inhale fuller, deep breaths. While your body adapts, your lungs will be trained to take deeper breaths and use the available oxygen more efficiently. Increasing your alveoli’s surface area will transport more oxygen via your red blood cells and carry it to the extremities.

I’ve been using it since yesterday, and I can say that training with it is pretty damn tough.  The training mask makes you take really deep breaths when you train, and anything less than that doesn’t go through.  So if you have a habit of hyperventilating when you train, this might be the cure for it.  Or it’ll kill you.

In my next entry, I’ll do a follow-up on this training mask, with a more indepth look at the individual components that make it up, and how it can simulate breathing at 18,000 feet.  Not that you would.  Or maybe.

 

OtakuFIGHTER: Fight Night Spring 2014!! (Part 1)

Yesterday marked the first Fight Night event at The Boxing Club, and naturally, I was on hand to take pictures.  And that I did.

Mind you, I’m still getting used to this whole camera thing, so my pictures didn’t turn out so well.  Oh well, practice is practice.  I’m going to put a few of my fave pictures here, and at the end, there’s gonna be a dropbox link for the entire picture dump, so you can post the pics wherever you want, just as long as you keep the SSB logo intact.  Don’t be a dick and crop it out.

And in a few more days, Brian’s gonna have his pics from the event up, and they’re better than mine. 😛

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The entire dump can be found here MAKE WITH THE CLICKING FOR GREAT JUSTICE!  DO IT NOW!! 

Big ups to TBC for putting together an awesome show, and even bigger ups to the people that participated.  I’ll be joining you guys soon enough.

 

-Francis

Weidman vs. Machida for the UFC Middleweight Title!?

Earlier today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy in combat sports.  That includes MMA.  For some time, TRT was hailed as a safe alternative to steroid use, and its use was widely publicized.  Especially for the UFC’s resurgent star, Vitor Belfort.

Although as luck would have it, his supposed title shot against Chris Weidman that was supposed to go down at UFC 173, won’t happen.  The UFC just tweeted that the fight would go to the new middleweight Lyoto Machida.

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I wonder…why did Vitor Belfort lose the shot?  Was it the TRT ruling?  Or something else?  Like, Ninjas?  I bet it was Strider Hiryu.

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So, our loyal readers, what do you think of all this?  Did Vitor Belfort pull out because he could no longer drink that TRT jungle juice?  Did Machida drink some peepee and gain hadouken magic?  Did Weidman break someone else’s shin?

Sound off in the comments section!