We Got Patches, Yo!


We Got Patches, Yo!

12166687_10103135138973390_194942255_nWelcome to everyone watching today's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, We've got great news to announce today, we finally have patches! In honor of our third anniversary next month, we are about to put these on sale.  But, because there is only a limited supply available, we wanted to give you guys the chance to know first when they will go on sale.

To be one of the first to find out when these sweet new patches go on sale, simply send an email to VerbalTapCast@gmail.com and place "PATCHES" in the email subject setting.

You will then be notified several days before they go on sale to the public.

But if you're thinking about just waiting till they go on sale, just know that we only ordered a limited supply, so you'll want to act fast.

We can't wait to share these with you and keep an eye here for more word about our 3 year anniversary!



Around The Mat: Polaris Pro Special

SUPPORT THE STREAM: To order Polaris 2 this weekend, head to this link.

SUMMARY: In this installment, PAUL MORAN (Open Mat Radio), JOHN EVANS (Metamoris, BJJ Breakdown), and KEVIN PHILLIPS (Verbal Tap) review the events that took place at the very first POLARIS PRO jiu-jitsu competition. Using a set of clips and first-rate commentary, the team walks through their favorite parts of the event and even talk with Polaris organizers MATT BENYON (Scramble) and CALLUM MEDCRAFT (Jiu Jitsu Style) about some of the struggles they faced putting the event together (and even preview what we can expect from the upcoming Polaris 2).

Hosted and Executive Produced by RAF ESPARZA (Verbal Tap, Newaza Challenge).



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Thank You for a Successful #wwebjj week!


Thank You for a Successful #wwebjj week!


Kevin Taps OutWe just wanted to take a moment to thank all of our friends for helping us out with our very first #wwebjj week. We had such a great response, we thought we'd make a post where you could find all of the videos we featured throughout the last week.

I mean damn, even this happened.

11098663_244747329029013_1522450417_nSpecial thanks to everyone who either participated, made, appeared, directed or even liked our videos.  The response was so great, we've already decided we'll be doing this again (next year, if not earlier).  So start thinking about what move you might want to contribute or send in for next year's #wwebjj week!

So check out the videos below, or head on over to the Verbal Tap Podcast Facebook Fan Page and check out the higher resolution videos on our playlist here (for whatever reason our Instagram has been pixelating some of our videos, so sorry in advance for any disruption to your viewing friends).

Without further ado.

My Trademark Finisher

Where the #wwebjj Concept Originated


Just an Ordinary Roll During Open Mat


UFC Fighter Christos Giagos Shows Off his #wwebjj Skill


Everything I Learned, I Learned from Ken Shamrock

RFA's Terrion "Flash" Ware Shows Off a Sick Guillotine Transition

Our pals over at @systemstrainingcenter decided to up the ante (and the production value) in our latest #wwebjj video. @ufc fighter @cgiagos and @rfafighting's very own @flash_mma join in on the fun and show a unique transition from standing. But the real star of this show might be @vcachero who's @_manamade production shingle makes Jason Statham movies look dull by comparison. Btw, you can listen in to Terrion and Vince's last appearance on our podcast right here: http://verbaltapcast.com/verbal-tap-episode-109-terrion-flash-ware-and-vince-cachero/ #wwe #wwf #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu #bjj #jiujitsu #submission #wwebjjweek #grappling #submissionwrestling #catchwrestling #wrestlemaniaxxx #roadtowrestlemania #wm31 #guillotine #guillotinechoke #teamsystems A video posted by Verbal Tap Cast (@verbaltapcast) on


BJJ Breakdown's John Evans Demonstrates His Favorite High Mount Escape

Douglas James Pays Tribute to Daniel Bryan


Karl Penn Shows Channels Sting  

I Hate My Training Partners Sometimes


Bubba McDaniel Gets His Inner-Mick Foley On


Brandon McCaghren Breaks the Walls Down

How Jimmy Quinlan Rolls

For my friends @verbaltapcast training with @strikedash #wwebjj #roadtobjjmania Video credit: @pqmma   A video posted by Jimmy Quinlan (@jqcrash25) on


EBI 3 Review


EBI 3 Review

ebi3.0.0It’s a shame that the headlines leading out of the third incarnation of the Eddie Bravo Invitational had more to do with the behind the scenes business dealings of the sport, rather than the actual practice of jiu-jitsu itself. But such is jiu-jitsu.  We all want the sport to grow and the players to be compensated accordingly—and, as it turns out, still have a ton of differing opinions on how all of that should be carried out.  As a result, statements about statements, rampant speculation about dealings pretty much no one has any real clue about, and continued rhetorical nonsense sadly divert the attention away from a series of matches (and the very talented athletes involved in said matches) that truly merit some attention.

Because if we’re talking about EBI 3 on it’s own merit, there’s plenty to talk about.

Days before the event, invitational namesake—and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu founder—Eddie Bravo hit the rounds and made the intentions of his current passion project very clear: the goal of the Eddie Bravo Invitational is to get jiu-jitsu on network television.

It’s a bold declaration and one that the sport seems to be inching closer to each day (or so the optimistic of us keep telling ourselves).

Still the question at hand seems to be: is EBI ready for network television?

If we’re basing this purely on demonstrated athletic talent and the display of an alternative to the norm of sport jiu-jitsu, then yes.  EBI has carved out a niche unto itself that takes the difficult task of staging a 16 man tournament and making it feel fresh.  Utilizing a unique format and overtime ruleset (a tiebreaker system again designed to culminate in a finish), the event manages to extract a set of performances out of its competitors that you actively do not see at other invitationals/simulcast jiu-jitsu events.

Then again, that might also be because each submission in regulation can potentially net them $2,500, but incentive is hardly a bad thing (especially for spectators).

At the very least, EBI sets itself apart from other organizations through a few critical avenues.

For one, the athletes seem game to keep the action fast and submission-oriented.  While a lot of organizations talk about putting a premium on a “finish,” EBI is one of the few formats that delivers on it in record time.  Many of the submissions came within the three to four minute mark, as competitors showed they were less concerned about finding a position to stall or safely sit in and more about initiating the chase.  And when it works, the exchanges are nerve-wracking (if you’re a participant and haven’t worked your heel hook defense, you should probably stay home).

The accelerated effort by the athletes also seems to lead to an accelerated pace for the event.  To put things in perspective, eighteen matches took place during this three hour plus event—which is nearly three times the amount of matches for roughly the same price as Metamoris, with approximately forty percent more submissions (those are just the facts).

Additionally, EBI is also not short on star power.  People like Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez, Eddie “Wolverine” Cummings, Nathan Orchard, and Josh Hinger are certifiable rock stars who thrive in fast-paced formats like this (while EBI 3 standouts Darragh O’Conaill and Karen Darabedyan were given a great avenue to show off their considerable skill).  Their precision for attacks and ability to transition are truly things of beauty.

Which is why even a bold move like adding a “starring” credit to the marquee pays off in dividends.  Giving Garry Tonon top billing is a move that, frankly, you don’t really see too much from rival organizations.  In a 16 man tournament where anyone can have a bad day, it’s logistically a risky endeavor to single out one person.

However, in Tonon’s case, the placement of his name in bold letters comes with good reason.

Garry puts on a show.

As the past few months have shown, it doesn’t matter if he has a match against a relative newcomer, a seasoned pro or even a current teammate (thank you, Garry and Eddie for giving us more than a gentleman’s agreement to the next round), Tonon will make a match worth your while.  Now a two-time welterweight champ, it is easy to see why he has become the epicenter of all things exciting in jiu-jitsu.  With a mix of definitive finishes and matches that showed a gritty resolve in the toughest of spots, Tonon earned every bit of having his name on the marquee.

That said, you know your bench of talent is deep when your champion doesn’t even get the biggest ovation of the night.  That honor went to the stars of one of the kids super fights, Grace Gundrum and Alyssa Wilson, whose matches alongside Demian Balderrama, Jacob Harris, Jessa Kahn, and Cora Sek prove that not only is the future of the sport in good hands, but that it also looks terrifying.  If this is how good their jiu-jitsu is now, just imagine how much better these kids are going to get as they progress.

The inclusion of three kids super fights ended up being one of the highlights of the evening’s festivities, as the stars of tomorrow proved they were capable of putting on matches that were equally (if not more) entertaining than their adult counterparts.  If you haven’t already, please take a look at the very fun match between Gundrum and Wilson right here:

Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

However, going back to our earlier prompt of being ready for network television, there are a few considerations to explore:

I am a huge fan of the organization’s commitment to showcase new talent.  EBI is one of the few jiu-jitsu tournaments that puts new talent (of varying degrees of skills and specialties) on the same mats with established names to create interesting, if not sometimes unexpectedly entertaining stylistic match ups.  Nonetheless, if we’re talking network level sports, we’re going to need narratives.  The introduction to the athletes is an important tool in describing their own journeys to audiences who often have little understanding or comprehension of the sport.  The more audiences understand the athlete, the more they’ll tune in.

Additionally, in terms of venue, while the Orpheum Theatre put jiu-jitsu front and center of a large stage, the set up really seemed to limit the number of angles that the camera could capture the action.  While simplifying the set up, it also makes it harder to get the angles that compliment the ridiculously fast and furious style displayed by many of the athletes.

Finally, for the love of everything holy, would it kill one organization to know how to properly sign off on a broadcast?  The commentating team did a just fine job talking us through the matches, but at the end of the evening a wrap-up to close out the show seemed more like an afterthought—as the three members of the commentary team struggled to find the words to sum up the experience.  Moreover, while the live audience seemed thrilled by the matches, they jumped out of their seats rapidly thinking the show was over.  By the time someone came out to give finals participants, Tonon and Hinger, the opportunity to talk about their experience, only a fraction of the audience seemed aware this was part of the protocol.  If the live audience’s evacuation is any indication for spectator interest (it is), it’s a good indication they want the close of a show to be directed by the commentary team who have their short soundbites ready to encapsulate their experience.

That last one might not seem like a major consideration to the everyday jiu-jitsu fanatic, but—if we’re talking about getting this on TV—presentation is everything.  Though it should be noted, EBI is hardly alone of being guilty of this.

Nonetheless, watching the progression from EBI 2 to EBI 3 is one that signals hope.  While EBI 2 had a night club vibe that staged not one, but two sixteen man tournaments to an occasionally rowdy audience (that seemed to wane as the event made its way into the early part of the next morning), EBI 3 demonstrated that the organizers are ready to make adjustments to improve the overall audience experience.  And for it’s first time airing on internet television (thanks to the folks at Budo Videos), it’ll be interesting to watch as they continue to adjust for the experiences for those watching at home as well.

While we wait for the next EBI, several other tournaments and events will come and go.  With more options will come more dealings, as competition will breed more changes to the headline narratives.  Even though it’s fun to entertain the headlines from time to time, for those of you already sick of the politics dominating your newsfeeds, I offer you this following consideration:

As more competition will enter the fray, your voice will hold more sway than ever before.  If you care more about actual matches than gossip, then seek out those matches.  And whatever it is that you do support, do so boldly.

Because people and organizations will be watching the numbers as they tinker with formats and presentation—and as the crazy turn of events this week has proven, we are no longer in same era of competitive professional jiu-jitsu anymore.

Our thanks to Blanca Marisa Garcia and Ryan Drexler from DrexPhotos.com for allowing us to use their photos for this article.


Video: AROUND THE MAT (Episode 1)


Video: AROUND THE MAT (Episode 1)


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Around the Mat, Episode 1 | Like many of you, I don’t feel jiu-jitsu gets the credit it deserves.

Sure, it’s made incredible leaps and bounds in popular culture over the last two decades, but it seems like most sports media outlets don’t really know what to do with the sport.

At times, it can be frustrating, sickening, downright criminal that our athletes don’t get the proper respect or acknowledgement for the performances they give on the mat.  With our training partners and in our gyms, we talk a good game about how it’s truly a shame this happensas the cynics among us argue “maybe the sport isn’t right for mainstream sports coverage?”

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We, however, respectfully disagree.

As a student of media, I've ingested my own fair share of sports media and talk shows. Which is why you can't convince me that for all the pomp and circumstance cable shows ascribe to a ten second video clip of Tom Brady throwing a football during the off-season (“OMG guys, Tom Brady threw a football today—and it looked GOOD; they going to the Super Bowl this season!”), we can't find a way to talk about some of the cool things going on in a sport like ours that doesn't even have the luxury of an off-season.

It was with that concept in mind, a collection of like-minded folks from the BJJ community decided to pull their resources together (and form like Voltron) to create our own little jiu-jitsu panel talk show we like to call Around the Mat.

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In it, we have clips from some of your favorite matches at this year’s IBJJF’s Worlds, an interview with the winner of the submission-only winner of the brutal Dream Jiu Jitsu Baddest Brown tournament (Brian Carlsen), and all the panelist trash talk you can handle.

Not only do we talk about current events in the sport of jiu-jitsu, but we also do our best to shine a light on the BJJ competitors who are doing extraordinary things on the mats around the world.  It's our hope to spotlight athletes who are household names and up-and-coming bad ass jiu-jitsu competitors

This week we chat with Brian Calrsen who, through his major win at Dream's Baddest Brown, helps us understand the mindset of a grueling submission-only format, the differences between sub-only and competing two weeks earlier at the IBJJF Worlds, and even the mental mindset needed to compete in a 51 minute match against Sebastian Brosche (and still have to compete in a no time limit, semi-final and final match).

Kevin trying the whole photo thing.

The video above marks a true labor of love among a collection of jiu-jitsu enthusiasts and practitioners.  As we go on, we'll bring on new panelists and modify the format (based on any feedback you might be willing to provide).  But, the group of us here are truly passionate about the sport and hope we can help contribute in a positive way.

We're proud of the product and we look forward to hearing what you guys think about it.  Thanks for watching and we hope you enjoy it!



Vulkan Pro Eco Training GI - Verbal Tap Review

Welcome to Verbal Tap's version of a gi review. Today I take a closer look at my Vulkan gi. It's less than 2 minutes, it recaps how the gi has held up over 5 months, and it even has some production value! Please take a look, subscribe to VerbalTapCast on youtube, and thanks for watching!


Shouldn’t You Be a Blue Belt By Now? or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My White Belt


Shouldn’t You Be a Blue Belt By Now? or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My White Belt


Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 12.51.45 AMShouldn’t you be a blue belt by now? I get asked that question quite a bit.  A lot actually.  Usually by new people I meet (and am about to or have just finished rolling with) or people I’m attempting to spread the gospel of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to, and typically more often than I enjoy answering.

It’s a question that, quite frankly, perplexes me—especially when asked by fellow jiu-jitsu practitioners.  I feel the paradigm in a sport where most gyms adapt a “ranks are earned not given” makes the answer pretty clear:

I do not have a blue belt because I am not at that level yet.

I'll get there, I'm just not there right now.

It's not life ruining, nor is it a travesty.  I trust in the judgment of my instructors and, no, I don’t think they’re out to get me.  As a guy who spent the better half of two years trying to find the right the right gym and BJJ mentors, I have a great deal of respect in my instructor's assessments of my skill.  They’re not the type to set an alert on their Google Calendar and say, “shit, it’s time to advance Esparza.”  They also are not the type to sandbag.  If they say I’m a white belt, that’s what I am.

Of course, that never makes the follow up question any easier to swallow:

Well, how long have you been doing this?

The cliff notes version of my background reads something like this:

- Two years of consistent training at the same gym (occasionally supplemented with cross training at other gyms).  The first year averaged training about 2-2.5 times a week, with the second year averaging about 3 days a week.  Most of my training taking place in a gi. - Prior to my current two years of training streak, there was a period of highly inconsistent off-and-on no gi training for a little over a year (that was nothing to write home about). - And before that, there was an eight-year layoff of regular athletic activity during college (I affectionately refer to as my “age of lethargy”), where my metabolism slowly lost all of the work 11 years of soccer and other sports worked so hard to establish. - I never received any martial arts or wrestling training while growing up or in school.

It’s the two years training part that always seems to catch most people’s attention.

That’s about the time the average person starts to progress, but I am not the average person.  I’m not a naturally gifted athlete, I don’t pick up things naturally, and I don’t compete (and have zero desire to do so).

When I get asked these questions, it’s hard not to get embarrassed or feel ashamed like a kid who realizes he’s getting held back a grade or three.  Which is why my most consistent answer is: Well, have I mentioned I’m terrible at jiu-jitsu?

This is probably the point where I should mention I write comedy for a living.  As a comic, my deadpan delivery and timing tends to get a laugh and elicit an “aww, that’s not true,” but I’m never quite sure how one seriously answers a question inadvertently designed to remind you of why it’s so fantastic to advance way slower than everyone else.

It’s also a reason why I constantly have to remind myself: My journey is my own and unlike others around me.

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I didn’t get in this sport to be the best, win Mundials or because I wanted to prove I was some thirty one year old BJJ prodigy who the world has been sleeping on.  My rationale for doing BJJ is quite simple: I want to become a better person.  I want to feel healthy as I ease into an older age and do something that feels a thousand more times fulfilling than being cooped up in a gym for hours.

I have no interest in doing any other sport, nor do I get excited about the prospect of things like long distance running or crossfit to compliment my training (muscle confusion?  The only reason my muscles would ever get confused is wondering how in the hell they picked up a weight in the first place).

For me, just getting on the mats is a success.  One that literally keeps me from being obese or substantially out of shape (as opposed to my current condition of “grossly out of shape”)—and, perhaps most importantly, one that forces me to face a great deal of my own anxieties.

I do, however, think it’s important to note, I’m not a crazy advancement person.  I don’t hover around my instructors and pester them with questions like “how long do you think it’ll be until I’m ready?”  I’m a pretty patient person and know that all good things take time, drilling, and a great deal of trial and error.  There’s no substitute or shortcut for that.

So when people like to politely remind me I’m behind the learning curve, I don’t tend to get fixated with the color of my belt.  If anything, I sometimes get down about the following two items:

1) I constantly fail at remedial things.  As any fan of math, I know there's nothing wrong with being outside of the norm.  It is, however, discouraging when you find your self consistently struggling with the remedial (especially when you know just enough to recognize it).  Stupid things like sidewise shoulder rolls and putting pressure on my neck always look and feel terrible (I carry a lot of my stress in my shoulders).  I’m not very flexible or mobile (my back is all shades of screwed up), so I often have to do things as best I can.  While small movements feel like mini-accomplishments, I never feel like I have full control over my body—which makes it feel difficult implementing simple movements into my repertoire.  Couple that with being a guy who often feels jiu-jitsu dyslexic and struggles to even demonstrate the the basics while rolling—and often who watches a number of people (new and old) get and implement those same techniques at a much faster rate—that’s the stuff that stings way more than the need for a different colored belt around my waist.

2) The stigma that’s associated with being a white belt.  This never really feels bad during years one and two, but when you’re getting into your third year of training, it’s not so fun being categorized at this level.  Some of it is self-imposed (you feeling stupid about everything), some of it is implied (shouldn’t you be a white belt by now?), and some of it is deserved (frankly, white belts haven’t put in the years of mat time others have).  It’s this very stigma that’s often prompted me not to talk at great length about my own training and, sometimes, even to feel ashamed of displaying my white belt around others who train in public.


So I guess now is as good a time as any:

My name is Raf Esparza and I am a three stripe white belt (it feels good to say that out loud).  I’m a perfectionist who’s often too hard on myself and consistently makes self-deprecating comments how terrible I am at jiu-jitsu, but only because I have a great deal of confidence in my work ethic and potential.  I don’t care how long it takes to get any belt, I will always go the gym and ask myself the same question every day: How do I get better?

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When my friend Amechi Akpom unveiled his new project BJJTrainingJournal.com—an online website designed to track your progress in BJJ through the use of stats, charts, and online videos—I realized I might finally have a tool that can help me improve my game.  So after months of contemplating, I’ve decided to finally pull the trigger on an open online training journal (the idea of me writing a training journal actually predates our podcast).

I’ve gone back and forth on doing this for some time—a great deal of my trepidation coming from the stigma of being some no name white belt with nothing to offer and a nervousness of documenting how much I struggle with it.  But much like you find the older people in your life who stop censoring what comes out of their mouth, there comes a point where a two year white belt stops caring what others think.  Maybe I’m already hitting old man status a little too early, but I’d like to think I’m at a healthy place in my life where I don’t care if others see or read how truly bad I am at jiu-jitsu. I own it (and wear it quite well, actually).

I truly believe my time in jiu-jitsu has started to make me a better person.  I’ve lost close to 20 pounds, I feel healthier and more alive than than I have in over ten years, and I’ve seen a dramatic shift in my own philosophical approach to life that’s made me a happier person in the process.

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I think that may also explain why I’ve stopped seeing my white belt as a limitation as of late.  What’s often a rank that provokes eye rolls on the faces of some advanced practitioners actually presents a great deal of freedom.  You get a free pass to mess up and make all the mistakes you need to grow.  It's kinda a chance to change things up, experiment, and modify your game without any major consequence.

It took me a long time to think of it in that context and, ever since, I’ve been way more open at discussing my own struggles, without care of how it makes me sound.  I’m a white belt, I’m supposed to say and do dumb things.  What of it?

I think what’s ultimately helped reshape the way I look at my training is this simple concept: I’m not going to get any better just obsessing over the negative.  Off the mats, I'm good at finding the humor in the struggle and enjoy facilitating conversations with my friends about the trends we see in the sport.  More specifically, the humor is cathartic to me and is a fantastic reminder that the journey is bigger than just the one I face.

So it only makes sense to lend one of my strengths (writing silly narratives) to something I constantly feel not so great at.  By doing so, I also get the chance to chronicle the beginnings of an experience that's already made me a better person in the process.

I’m a storyteller at heart and hope to share some observations that even the most seasoned of jiu-jitsu practitioners can laugh at.  If you’re one of those people who feels stupid for being on the outside of the curve, this is also for you.  If you’re entirely new to the sport, hopefully this thing will let you know that your struggle is my struggle.  And if you’re one of those people who just naturally gets things in jiu-jitsu… well, you can go straight to hell.


Yeah, I suppose this blog’s for you, too.  If you’re a BJJ prodigy, you still face a great deal of challenges that are completely different than mine.  We all share the same desire to get better at the sport and a shocking number of parallel experiences, and that's good enough for me.

It’s my hope that this journal also serves as a tribute to the good people who help me achieve my goal of getting better every day.  I have an exceptional team, great coaches, and a ridiculous amount of support within the jiu-jitsu community through this podcast.  I still can’t believe so many within the community have taken me in as one of their own.  I’m truly lucky to have that in my favor and want to do something positive to reflect that feeling.

So in response to the question at hand, I’m well aware it’ll likely take me at least another year to get near my next belt—and even longer to move my way up to any further advanced rankings down the road—but I’m pretty ok with that.  It just means I’ll have plenty of material to write about as I continue my journey.  I hope you all will come along for the ride.

You can find me and friend me over at Raf Esparza on BJJTrainingJournal.com for more.

And to listen to our podcast interview with Amechi Akpom about the BJJ Training Journal website, head on over to this link.



Reprint: The Ghost of UFC 151

A commentary article I wrote for Studio MMA about the first cancelled UFC under the Zuffa banner.  Interesting to see how much has changed in just a short time--especially the redemption of Jon Jones since rejecting a fight that would essentially collapse an entire UFC event.

STUDIO MMA – NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – If you’re anything like me, you are going into this Saturday’s UFC 152 with a bit of an odd feeling. Almost as if something’s… missing.

About this time last month, we learned that Dan Henderson had been sidelined from his title fight against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. And while injuries have been known to send previous cards into disarray, this was the first time the UFC publicly admitted that a suitable replacement could not be agreed upon.

In fact, even the attempts to find a replacement for Jones at UFC 151 are now the thing of legend: Jon Jones has an opponent, Jon Jones loses opponent, Jon Jones comes under scrutiny for rejecting a fight on eight days notice and becomes a scapegoat for the cancellation of UFC 151 (which, as it turns out, is a pretty big deal).

Not only does this weekend mark the longest hiatus between UFC events for the calendar year, but this event also now comes with a ton of baggage (of which, only a fraction will be settled by the conclusion of Saturday’s PPV). For a closer examination of the ripple effect of the UFC 151 cancellation, one need only look at the title branding for this Saturday’s promotional poster.

Upon cancelling the September 1st event last month, the UFC announced plans to refer to this Saturday’s event as UFC 151. However, those plans were quickly scrapped and the UFC decided the September 22nd card would remain labeled as UFC 152—meaning the event once referred to as UFC 151 would now be disavowed and referred to as a “lost event.”

Yep, a “lost event.” Just take a moment to think about that. Would the NFL ever jump from Super Bowl 46 to 48 if Super Bowl 47 were never played? Apples and oranges, I know. But there’s something about the sequencing and, more specifically, the UFC’s knee-jerk reaction to the branding that suggests a pivotal moment in the organization’s history.

For one, it’s the first time under the Zuffa banner that the UFC was forced to outright cancel an entire event. While debate over the past four weeks has ranged from accusing the UFC of oversaturation to vilifying Jones as a full-fledged “heel,” there are a few questions based on this alternate timeline that I think merit consideration:

1) Can Vitor Belfort really pull this off?

2) What about the other fighters from the UFC 151 card?

3) Was Chael Sonnen merely a genius ahead of his time?

I’ve got thoughts on all of these, but allow me to start with the later of the three.

Chael Sonnen: Genius or Ingenious?

Earlier this year, Sonnen made his way into a UFC press conference wearing Anderson Silva’s “championship belt,” saying he had stolen it from middleweight champion “like a gangster in the night.” The action, which was taken in jest and chalked up to Sonnen’s borderline WWE-persona, may have helped to hype the fight, but ultimately fell flat when the two-time middleweight contender failed to beat the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter on the planet.

But that’s Anderson Silva and he’s practically a jedi, right?

Now imagine, if you would, if Sonnen had pulled this same stunt with Jon Jones?

After volunteering to step in as Henderson’s replacement for the September 1st event, Sonnen was able to reframe his reputation as a trash-talking contender to a hero acting in the best interest of the fans. But, as per Greg Jackson, Jones apparently wanted nothing to do with that.

Never mind the fight making absolutely no sense for Jones or the fact that Sonnen would arguably be an easier fight than Henderson, the mere act of offering to step in provided a win-win situation for Sonnen after a year of public and personal tribulations. And if the public could be persuaded to forgive him for trying to save the day, just imagine what a free pass like a “lost event” would have given Sonnen?

Justification to show up with a “stolen” light heavyweight championship belt? Completely. Reason to make appearances on TV and sports radio calling out Jon Jones at every turn over the next six months? Yep. And (most valuable to Sonnen) the ability to rewrite the history of UFC 151 however he deemed fit? You betcha!

He still might. Time will tell. But if he does, I’m going to demand a HUGE royalty.

Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Undercard?

As for the other fighters, the disruption is one that’s especially heart breaking given the amount of time and training allocated for these kinds of fights. I, however, applaud the UFC’s stance of reallocating all of the fights to other cards and publicly stating that fighters on the undercard will be compensated.

While what exactly is meant by “compensation” is still shrouded under the UFC veil of secrecy, it’s my great hope that UFC President Dana White does the right thing here and gives the fighters ample pay for their efforts.

And, finally, I believe that the UFC and Jon Jones now have something in common going into this Saturday’s PPV. Despite all of the hoopla and bad PR surrounding the UFC and Jones during the past six weeks, UFC 152 offers a unique opportunity for the pair: a chance for them to show how they respond to pressure.

Walking into this fight, Jones has stood firm, almost defiant, in the way that he has carried himself throughout this debacle. And although turning down the Sonnen fight may be unpopular to fans now, it will likely be perceived as the right decision (for him) in due time.

At today’s press conference, Jones seemed slightly irritated that he has to actually defend himself. He even claimed that he didn’t know at the time UFC 151 would be cancelled if he didn’t agree to a fight against Sonnen. But sadly, with only hours before his matchup against Belfort, whether that statement is true or not is almost irrelevant right now and certainly not the fight the light heavyweight champ needs to be concerned about.

After this weekend, Jones will have plenty of time to reassess his response, the way that he communicated that message, and the manner in which he allowed others to reframe the argument (which really is the reason Jones is taking the brunt of the criticism here).

Jones, like the UFC, can counter all of this bad publicity simply with a great fight. Something I think Belfort and Jones are capable of.

But Seriously, Can Belfort Really Pull This Off?

Stylistically, Jones has a significant advantage in this fight. His elusive fighting style and athleticism easily put him as a favorite. I see him needing to stay away from Belfort’s punching rage, but given the champion’s reach advantage and experience avoiding other opponents in the Octagon, I don’t see it as something Belfort can overcome lightly. Overall, I favor the incumbent based purely on the amount of weapons he has in his arsenal.

And while it may not be the fight we were all clamoring to see, I think at it’s one that’s worthy of your time on a Saturday night. But, maybe that’s just me. What do I know?

What about you: Will you be willing to forgive the UFC and/or Jon Jones this weekend?



Reprint: Support Nampa Nogi: A Non-Profit Grappling Gym

This is an article I hope helped do some good for a group of guys who basically wanted to help out others who couldn't afford jiu-jitsu in one of the lowest income per capita regions of the US. I haven't had the chance to catch up with these guys lately, but I'd love to hear how their story has progressed since the time of this interview.

Many fans of the UFC freely admit they may never be the next Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin or Rich Franklin (at least the sane one’s do), but for a healthy number of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts, MMA is more than just a spectator sport.

For every professional fighter who spends hours in the gym trying to diversify their fight game, there are hundreds of amateur practitioners hitting the mats to stay in shape, improve their confidence or stay focused outside of school.

And for those weekend warriors—who aren’t necessarily looking to end up in the Octagon—the long term commitment to regularly practice Mixed Martial Arts is not just time consuming, it can also slowly chip away at one’s disposable income.

Enter Nampa Nogi. A donation-based, not-for-profit organization, spearheaded by three MMA practitioners, that aims to create a space for like-minded individuals in Nampa, Idaho who are struggling to make ends meet, but don’t have the money to train at a gym.

And what would be the total cost per month to join said proposed gym: absolutely nothing.

“We’re looking to fund a non-profit, volunteer-based grappling gym. We know lots of people in the area who do martial arts… like [UFC fighter] Scott Jorgensen who’s doing some videos with us,” said Nampa Nogi co-founder Samuel Lang.

Through the use of the website, Indiegogo.com (think kickstarter, but more different), Lang and two of his fellow MMA enthusiasts Shayne Yetter, and Austin Hanzlik are asking for fellow fight fans, martial artists, and, yes, even famed MMA fighters to give what they can (donations as small as $1 on up) to help fund their community gym.

“Just on our Twitter campaign we’ve got a lot of re-tweets from people, even UFC fighters who ask ‘where is this,’ ‘oh man, I wish this was in my area.’ I have multiple notes in my inbox that say ‘maybe this’ll start a trend.’ Hopefully,” said Lang.

According to Yetter, the idea to open a gym came about after the trio interacted with a number of individuals throughout their community who had an interest in MMA, but who couldn’t afford to take classes with them.

“All gyms are expensive, but MMA gyms are sometimes even twice as expensive as that. I think a lot more people would enjoy doing if they had more opportunities. And there’s not that many opportunities for the casual, non-professional fighter,” said Hanzlik

While the three guys were able to teach many of the fundamentals to their friends (even drawing upon Lang’s ex-military training and experience rolling at Jorgensen’s Combat fitness), they found themselves without a permanent place to roll for the growing number of individuals who expressed interest in training.

“I think the main difference between using an established space as opposed to organizing a large group of people at a park or getting some mats and rolling somewhere else is: 1) it’s not weather specific and 2) that you have a permanent place that’s inviting to others to basically come and train when they can—that’s what we’re going for,” said Yetter.

The trio, who have received shout outs from UFC fighters like Jon Jones, Urijah Faber, and Brian Stann for their cause on twitter, state that their ultimate goal is to utilize willing mixed martial arts experts and blackbelts in the community who have expressed interest in teaching at their space.

“Right now we’ve got more than a few dozen people interested, but I think that’ll change as we get closer to our goal. Mostly, because the physical place isn’t ready yet and we can’t promote it until it’s done. I think people are skeptical that this could even happen, but we’re pretty much putting everything we can into it.”

And yet, despite a flood of positive responses and well wishes from supporters on the interweb, the group’s is currently $2,300 shy of its $3,000 goal going into the home stretch of the campaign (the campaign ends at 11:59pm on September 14th).

With a designated training space already accessible and ready for renovation and a partner with a background in construction (Hanzlik), all of the money raised from the campaign to be used to purchase mats and lumber.

“The construction is to physically raise the floor up a little bit, put some plywood on it, give it a little bit of spring in it, put mats on top of that. Mats are the main thing that we don’t have in our space. But that’s goal, getting the space in a place that makes it safe and we can get people to come,” said Hanzlik.

But what happens if they don’t make their goal?

“We’re putting a lot of sweat equity into it already, I’m currently covering a lot of construction and tools out of my own pocket. We all work and we all have families, so we’re not going to be able to put in thousands of dollars, but we know a place like this could help,” said Hanzlik.

A sentiment that’s echoed by Lang.

“If we don’t make our goal, we’re still going to try and find a way to get something going for the community, but that’s in addition to everything else—time, promotion, organizing, and maintenance—once we actually get the gym up,” said Lang.

And what do they have to say to charitable donors who may be concerned they’re merely funding a recreational fight club for three guys and their friends?

“I think our best appeal to potential donors is this: the people who do train know how it makes them feel. It gives you a sense of belonging, a sense of team. It’s all about martial arts and sharing it with others. And to know you can give it to someone else—knowing they might not be able to afford it in the same way you can—its really an amazing feeling,” said Lang.

For more info on where to donate, visit their Indiegogo site or follow their Twitter (@MovementMMA).



World Jiu-Jitsu Expo - Five Grappling Interview

There's been a lot of talk lately about Five GrapplingIf you're like me, you've seen dozens of mentions of it on Facebook with a five man round robin (and a mysterious jiu-jitsu practitioner known as "?").

Which is why it was so great when the CEO of the company, Dayan Henson took some time out of his schedule at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo to talk with us about his big event this weekend in Anaheim.

If you live in LA, they still have some limited tickets available.  But if you want to catch the action, Five Grappling will be airing the fights live on their website (FREE!!!) at FiveGrappling.com.  Be sure to give them a look.

And, also, please don't mention to them that I still have the belt.  Thank you.



World Jiu-Jitsu Expo - Interview with Keenan Cornelius

Keenan Cornelius is good people.  In the following video, he talks about how he ended up beating Lucas Leite via arm bar at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo.

Annnnd... if that's not enough.  He also demonstrates a brand new choke (we've dubbed "The Mic Choke") on Kevin.  That, my friends, is worth watching.  Just look at the fear on Kevin's face.  It's real.  It's damn real.

For more on our coverage of this year's World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, check out our podcast about the event right here!


One More Time: Isaac Doederlein Demonstrates a "Flying Leg Drag"


One More Time: Isaac Doederlein Demonstrates a "Flying Leg Drag"


Isaac John Me

One of the benefits of knowing BJJ Breakdown’s JOHN EVANS (and there are many) is that the guy knows good people.

Not just people who are good at jiu-jitsu, but a number of elite individuals who share such a passion and reverence for teaching the gentle art.

Isaac Doederlein is one of those people.

After receiving a number of requests asking for a breakdown of one of Isaac's competition techniques, John asked Isaac to show us his "Flying Leg Drag" in the very first installment of BJJ Breakdown's technique demonstrations.

If you're not quite familiar with Isaac just yet, I'd highly encourage all of you to take a quick look at the following examples below to get an idea of the intense game this guy brings to the table.  It shouldn't take long to understand how this very talented featherweight recently captured double gold at the 2013 American Nationals.

And here's a video of Isaac using the very technique he demonstrated with John up top.

I have to say, watching Isaac break down the "Flying Leg Drag" was truly something awesome to see in person.  While the movement may seem very chaotic, there is a systematic process to it all and Isaac does a great job of explaining for both the jiu-jitsu competitor and layman.

In fact, as a true credit to Isaac, I walked away from this demonstration feeling like I actually understood it.  And as someone who suffers from an extreme case of "jiu-jitsu dislexia"™, that's truly an achievement (just don't expect to see me trying this any time soon, I'm far too slow and dumb to pull this one off).

Nonetheless, my thanks to Isaac for taking the time to show us this truly cool technique.  Dude's a class act and I can't wait to see what lies in store for him.

And I think John's got some more footage with Isaac that will be up in the coming days, but if you can do us a solid and give the "Flying Leg Drag" video a LIKE on YouTube it'd be greatly appreciated.  The more likes we get, the more likely you are to see even more techniques with a few friends from our collective rolodexes (side note: Do people even use rolodexes anymore?  Is that a thing?)

Moral of the story: Share the video with your friends and let us know what you think of it.  We'd love to hear your feedback!




27 Things We Learned from UFC Fight Night 27

UFC Fight Nights come and go so fast you miss the story behind the story.  Don’t worry, Raf’s got you covered. In honor of this being the 27th installment of UFC Fight Night, please enjoy the 27 things that we learned from last night's card.

1.  Sometimes a weigh in photo op is indicative of the kind of fight you will see on a UFC card.

2.  Sometimes not.

3.  Sometimes Brad Tavares just can't choose which hand gesture he wants to pose with.

4.  We're pretty sure we discovered the real identity of Rey Mysterio Jr.

5.  According to Dana White, this is not an illegal knee.

Not an Illegal Knee

6.  According to Jon Anik, Ref Gary Copeland refers to himself as "Mini-Brock." We prefer to think he looks more like a retired and suburbanized Duke Nukem.

7.  Ben Alloway seriously named his son after Chael P. Sonnen. 

8.  And while he didn't come up with a victory, at least he can tell his son he was beaten by a guy who was trained by the man he was named after.

9.  Try as we might, a fighter has yet to tap to a figure four leg lock while inside the octagon (yet).

10.  This kind of knock out never gets old.

11.  During a post-fight interview, it's ok to grab hold of a strand of hair from your mullet to help you maintain your composure.

12.  There's no way around it, Dylan Andrews always looks confused when he's fighting.

13.  Brad Tavares and Bubba McDaniel totally made out during their fight.

14.  Bubba might have gotten distracted when he saw his own reflection on one of the monitors.

15.  Takeya Mizugaki is either really happy about his split decision win or really adamant about doing the Pledge of Allegiance.

16.  Do NOT give Kelvin Gastelum a second to take your back. EVER.

17.  Gastelum does a pretty good Robert DeNiro impression.



18.  Court McGee and Robert Whittaker hit each other so hard during their fight they ended up looking like two drunk people trying to help each other walk home from the bar.

19.  Rafael Dos Anjos really distrusts the people sitting in the cheap seats.

20.  Before every fight, Carlos Condit likes to pretend he just kicked a game-winning field goal.

21.  Carlos Condit is famous for having some of the bloodiest matches in the UFC.

22.  And last night was no different.

23.  Naturally, when my Verbal Tap Podcast co-host, Kevin T. Phillips, heard Condit started bleeding in his match against Kampmann he was all like...

24.  And just in case some of you aren't sure if Kevin is serious about his Carlos Condit man-crush (and that it's just a running gag we do on the podcast), please allow me to submit Exhibit A:








25.  Yes.  Those are all Kevin's real tweets.  No, he has absolutely no idea I just did that (#SorryImNotSorry, Kev).

26.  Condit continues to pray his restraining order against Kev will go through.

27.  Meanwhile, Kampmann's just kinda bummed Kev has no love for him!

That'll do it for our "analysis" of UFC Fight Night 27.  If you guys see photos after an event that you feel teach us a lesson, be sure to send 'em are way so we can write some shitty jokes at their expense.

Thanks for sticking around, we'll see you again after UFC 164!  If you like our jokes here, don't forget to check out our podcasts right here at VerbalTapCast.com!



UFC Fan Expo Interview with Bubba McDaniel

We know, we know. It took forever to get up. But literally every computer problem that could go wrong did. Nonetheless, here is our interview with the man himself, Bubba McDaniel, from last month's UFC Fan Expo.

This is just Part 1, we've got some other fun bonus footage we'll be putting up in the coming days as well, so stay tuned.

And if you like Bubba's appearance here, don't forget to check out our latest podcast with "The Menace" himself right here.



28 Things We Learned from UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1

Sometimes a UFC Fight Night comes and goes so fast you miss the story behind the story.  Don't worry, Raf's got you covered.  Check out the 28 things that we learned from the premiere of Fox Sports 1 (a.k.a. "Fox Sports Juan"). 1.  Sometimes you can have the best guillotine of the evening and still lose the Submission of the Night bonus to some other guy.

2.  Never let Ovince St. Preux inside of your guard.

3.  This is what Ronda Rousey would look like if she starred in a sequel to a Nicholas Sparks movie. #TheNotebook2


4.  Sometimes if a fight is too close to call the judges will side with the person who took more time to put on their shirt.

5.  It's never impolite to ask the ref, "do I have to hit this guy anymore?"

6.  Try as we might, fights are not "Best 2/3."

7.  For whatever reason, Conor McGregor was really over with this crowd. #Boston #Irish #Drunk

8.  The best offense does not involve letting your opponent tire out his fists by hitting you multiple times in the face.

9.  Turns out, Wet Willies have no effect on Max Holloway.

10.  Sometimes Conor McGregor thinks he's the Irish Batman.

11.  Maybe everyone deserved a Submission of the Night bonus?

12.  Yeah, basically jiu-jitsu is pretty awesome.

13.  Brad Pickett does a pretty sweet impression of a Picasso painting.

14.  A knuckle sandwich is a real thing.

15.  This is the last time Uriah Hall ever takes a page out of Chun Li's playbook.








16.  Uriah might have lost the fight the minute he got caught trying to complete the maze in John Howard's hair.

17.  Uriah's pretty much over this decision. But in all fairness, Howard did throw more high fives during the fight.

18.  Matt Brown was probably a little more inspired to knock out Mike Pyle after getting the bird flipped at him inside the cage.

20.  Whoa, whoa, whoa, how the shit did this happen so fast?

21.  "Oh, pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease work, I'm so losing..."

22.  "No way, that worked!"

23.  "Oh my God, everything hurts BUT THIS IS AMAZING!"

24.  Best Belly-to-Belly guard pull ever.

25.  "Is Chael Sonnen gonna have to choke a bitch?"

26.  Seems Chael is one of the few lucky enough to know "levitation guard."

27.  Joe Rogan has no problem being called "a middle-aged comedian", as long as it comes from the Don Rickels of MMA.

28.  "No, but seriously... can someone explain what just happened?"

That'll do it for us.  If for some reason you missed some of the highlights, here are a few Fox Sports Juan put together for everyone to enjoy.  It's perfect for the person who's said, "you know, I like my slow motion replays, but I just wish they were shown at a much slower frame rate."

Good night and good fight, golks.



Things We Learned from the UFC 163 Weigh Ins

1.  Try as he might, Ednaldo Oliveira cannot hold his breath for "infinity."

2.  Rani Yahya's favorite joke is "Guess who's got two thumbs and just made weight?"

3.  Ian McCall answers the age old question, "but what if Salvador Dali was a UFC fighter?"

4.  Iliarde Santos can grow a mustache faster than any man in the world.

5.  "Uncle Creepy" should always pose like an old-timey boxer.

6.  Sergio Moraes just discovered he has a tattoo.

Moraes: "Very funny guys. You fall asleep for one minute at a party and next thing you know you have a tattoo.  Least it's not a penis!"

7.  Sergio Moraes and Neil Magny may not like each other, but they have a mutual appreciation for backwards caps.

8.  Vinny Magalhães gets distracted very easily.

Magalhães: "Wait, there's a sale on hot wings going where?"

9.  Joe Silva never passes up an opportunity to get a peek at "the merchandise."

10.  John Lineker and Jose Maria apparently had no clue they'd both pick the exact same day to pay tribute to Jean Claude Van Damme.

11.  Tom Watson had no problem telling Goldie what he thought about Joe Rogan not being there.

12.  Tom Watson also apparently finds Thales Leites' culture to be hysterical.

Watson: "You guys spell combat with an 'e'!"

13.  Thiago Santos has a tattoo of The Ultimate Fighter on him just in case he ever forgets what season he was on.

14.  Lyoto Machida doesn't have brothers, just clones who silently judge you when you least expect it.

15.  Phil Davis can always find a TV monitor whenever he needs to look at himself.

Davis: "Yup, I'm still awesome."

16.  Brian Stann can take or leave Jose Aldo's showboating.

Aldo: "Aww, shit son, guess whose got some protein shake to drink in this bitch?!"

17.  Korea just barely got the 1968 Olympics.

18.  The Korean Zombie was really into one of Aldo's sponsors.

Korean Zombie: "I think I may have to go visit CondomDepot.com after all."

That'll do it for us.  Check out @VerbalTapCast on Twitter for coverage ALL DAY!



Kev Watches Bellator 97

People ask us all the time (us being myself and my slightly Mexican-ier Verbal Tap cohort, Raf) what it's like for us when a guest and a friend of the podcast fights?  As some of you may know, David Rickels was a guest on the show recently and talked with us about this very fight on our podcast.  And as a subjectively unobjective viewer, I decided to show you what that viewing process looks like. So here, for your viewing pleasure, is a complete GIF and Photo Review of me (Kevin) watching fellow Kansan, David "The Caveman" Rickels take on Michael "I'm drawing a blank right now... what's his fight nickname again?" Chandler at #Bellator97.

In case I wasn't clear enough earlier, I think it's easy to tell who I'm rooting for here just based on nickname recognition. (And spoiler alert: things didn't go great).


Bellator 97

And the night begins... First fight I watch: King Mo vs. Jake Noe. Or "MoNoe" as I like to call it.

Noe was not prepared for this beast

Fight over.  King Mo makes Noe... NoeMo' (get it?). 

As in: This fight ends when King Mo hits Noe so hard, he can't take "NoeMo!"

Pun work aside, time to restock for Rampage's announcement.

And now, a glimpse into my mind: What was I thinking when Rampage Jackson made his "special announcement?"

Rampage vs. Ortiz

“Rampage has to be high right now!  But I can appreciate this pro-wrestling style call out.  Oh wait, he's literally CALLING OUT his opponent.  So we all have to wait and see!  Who is it, who is it?!  I hope I’ve heard of him!  AHHHH, I can't see shitmaybe I need to get my eye's checked, it has been two yearsHOLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BALLLLLLSSSS ITS FUCKING, wait, is that Tito?! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLY BALLS it is Tito Ortiz!!! GO BELLATOR!.....Must.  Call.  Raf!”

(...and Scene!)

Get Excited!

Askerin vs. Koreshkov

NEXT FIGHT! Lets go Askren! I'd like to ASKren if you can end this quickly, please, so we can get to the main event!  

[Seven Minutes Later]: Well, the fight is technically still going on....

"Please end this fight" Said EVERYONE WATCHING! "No" said the Referee, "he's intelligently defending the floor!"

UHH! FINALLY this thing over.  Now bring on the Beast!


"Too the windows, too the wall"

Time for a little double fisting good luck ritual! ("Double Fisting" is hard to write with a straight face)

and.... here we go!

oh uh...





now please be respectful as Kevin goes through the five stages of grief....

1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression Not quite ready for acceptance.... 5. Back to Depression 6. Acceptance

On a serious note: Congrats to Michael Chandler.  That was a really amazing performance.  And I have no doubt Caveman will be back.  And so will I.  Until next time, fight fans.



Tomorrow Night: David "The Caveman" Rickels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuxUYHbjjrg Major props out to TABLEAUX MULTIMEDIA for this awesome video highlighting David "The Caveman" Rickels. Verbal Tap fans should remember The Caveman when he stopped by to add some much needed strip club dialogue to the show (episode below). He is also a fellow Kansas native (Kevin is obviously writing this) and is not to be fucked with inside the cage! Make sure to tune in tomorrow night on Spike, when David "The Caveman" Rickels takes on Michael "(Either) No Nickname or Kevin Can't Do Research" Chandler for the Bellator lightweight championship!

Visit Bellator.com for more information!

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BJJ Breakdown Breaks Down Kevin

As some of you may recall, last month Kev competed in a no gi, BJJ tourney over on the other side of the world (Virgina).  Turns out, we found video evidence of it.  And our pal, JOHN EVANS, was nice enough to give that match the royal BJJ Breakdown treatment.

Not only does John do a nice job of analyzing Kev's technique (or occasional lack thereof), but he's also nice enough to ignore the fact that Kevin's shirt makes him look like a slightly slimmer Kool-Aid Man.

On a serious note, we'd like to thank John Wiseman Franklin for allowing us to put the match up on our website and BJJ Breakdown to analyze it.  We hope it's an educational tool for all those who enjoy BJJ and who enjoy making fun of Kevin as much as I do.

And props to the always excellent BJJ Breakdown.  Hopefully we'll have more of these in the future for you to analyze.  My only request is that next time there be more jokes at Kev's expense (like this, "I'm glad to see they settled on a catch weight for this match.  And by catch weight, I mean, Kev 'caught' a case of being fat."  That's just off the top of my head; I'm happy to refine it).



Burr v. Hamilton 2!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDOgve_KjsQ Missed the live Pay-per-view airing of histories famous duel? Catch the replay right here as Verbal Tap's own co-host Kevin takes to the stage (ring?) in an epic clash of historical titans! See here as Aaron Burr defeats Alexander Hamilton after a brutal first round bout.

Thanks to Verbal Taps friends over at The Encyclopedia Show DC for the video.