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  1. Ke?poFist is offline
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    My thoughts on Yamma: Digest Edition

    In no particular order.....well...actually there is an order. First the bad, then the good.

    - It was 1993 all over again! Idiotic commentators! The same giant headsets for said commentators! Excessive smoke machines for fighter entrances! Cheesy early 90's synthesized guitar background music! Home video quality camera footage! And a roster of fighters who for the most part were too out of shape to be fighting in any reputable organization! Oh sweet memories. All it needed was Royce fighting in a gi, and a Kimo + Crucifix walk-in, and I woulda been compelled to bust out my VHS player so I could tape it and show it to all my friends back at the Kempo dojo so we could talk about how we'd totally kill those clowns if it was a street fight.

    - The Yamma itself: It FAILS. There is no other way to put it other than complete failure of an idea. A failed idea that COULD have been tested BEFORE they created an entire organization founded on this gimmick. They could have had fighters try it out and go, "ya know what....this is fucking stupid. We should just fight in a cage." Either that or just surround the Yamma with a croc-infested moat, and make the surface one giant slip n' slide. Every fight had some fighter trying to work some semblance of a clinch game, only to be backed up to the edge, where they promptly lose their footing and fall down. The edge doesn't keep the fight in a stand-up battle, it just makes them fall laughtastically to the mat, where they are now fighting for some half-mountish half-guardish position that no can capitalize on. I'd rather watch two blind dogs attempt to mate.


    - The announcer. Someone choke him with his pack of Parliament lights and put him out of his misery. I don't know which was worse, the sound of his voice grating at my ears, or the vibrant red ring around the cage burning my eyes.


    - The commentators. I don't know their names, so I'm gonna call them the names I made up as I watched the event; Donald Trump's stunt double, Quagmire, and of course, Dopey. Quagmire had some genius commentating throughout the whole night, which essentially constituted fighter bashing. Gems such as, in response to an attempted superman punch "I don't like that...jumping stuff" and in response to a fighter who had his back taken while standing, and was defending a suplex attempt "I don't respect a man who doesn't face his opponent."

    Dopey was the best though. His constant bashing of the event itself was perfect, as he spoke my mind time and time again. Such brilliance like (and I paraphrase from memory) "Oleg Taktarov versus Mark Kerr! Now this is a fight that we all would have dreamed about, say 10 years ago. But does this fight really matter at all now?" Que the awkward silence from his co-commentator, and they earned a smile out of me.


    - Oleg, you are better than this. Quit now, and never look back.


    - Bob Meyrowitz held to his promise to bring back that "UFC 1 Tournament feel." I coulda swore that this whole thing was filmed as a failed UFC prototype in 1992. Reminded me of the Chappelle skit where Tupac's songs were played, for those who know what I'm talkin about.


    - Seeing that fighter who tried to run up the edge of the Yamma to throw a big punch on Ricco Rodriguez was priceless. Good attempt to use the terrain to his advantage, only to overthrow himself, MISSING RICCO COMPLETELY, and then proceeded to spin in the air until he landed.....in Ricco's BACK MOUNT. That spot earned about 15 slow motion replays.


    - Production was horrendous. Very UFC 1-like with the wrong stats being displayed on the tale of the tape, the camera's filming fighters who weren't being introduced or interviewed. Awkward segments of dead air. Luckily though I didn't experience that as much, since I recorded the event, and was able to fast forward through much of that.


    The good that came with it? Was there any?....

    - There was no booing in the crowd. They all seemed to be passionate fans (though probably the majority of those there were from the respective fighters training camps...).

    - The fighters all came out swinging (even though some of them couldn't keep that up).

    - Pat Smith actually looked pretty decent, especially so for a guy in his mid-40's.

    - NO EARLY STOPPAGES. That is how fighting is supposed to look like. Maybe it's a Jersey and not a Yamma thing, but the refs let a few fights go on WAY LONGER than I've ever seen at any UFC event barring the first 5-10.

    Butterbean getting pummeled on the ground for that amount of time, and it only ending because he made the conscious decision to tap out was quite refreshing. Travis Wiuff bloodying Chris Tuscherer, only to knock Chris to the ground (which I thought to be an instant KO by UFC standards) but seeing Chris permitted to continue to try and fight and get pounded on really got me interested to see how the fight would end. From what I've seen in the UFC lately, they are playing by Street Fighter/Tekken rules, where all you gotta do is hit the other person unanswered 4-6 times and suddenly you get a KO/TKO. Good to see in Jersey they let the fight go on, as long as it should go on. If you're still conscious you're still fighting.
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    One question, why would you call the commentator that was echoing your thoughts, dopey?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon
    One question, why would you call the commentator that was echoing your thoughts, dopey?
    Because he looked like the dwarf? Why else?
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    Nice article. I also watched it and had many of the same thoughts that you did. Pat Smith did look good even though he was fighting someone who can't even roll over. I would like to see Pat Smith fight more "masters" of MMA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KempoFist
    From what I've seen in the UFC lately, they are playing by Street Fighter/Tekken rules, where all you gotta do is hit the other person unanswered 4-6 times and suddenly you get a KO/TKO.
    What games were you playing in 1995?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyd
    What games were you playing in 1995?
    I was a Turbo Grafx kid actually. Bonk's Adventure, Final Lap Twin, Gate of Thunder were some of my favorites. But I had friends and family with teh Genesis, so I was all about NBA Jam, Forgotten Worlds, Sonic, Primal Rage, Golden Axe, and of course the wrestling and Madden games among many others.

    At the arcade it was TMNT right off the bat, all the way. When we were done with that, we hit up 4 player X-Men and/or Simpsons, and then we blew the rest of our quarters on Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter II (which often left many questions unanswered until the next trip to Nathans).
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    Do you think there are any ways that they could spice up Yamma? Personally, I think the obvious first thing to do is to get rid of the cage-lips and try a new ring entirely.

    I've had a few new ideas regarding the subject, but I think I've finally nailed it with this one: The ring should be a giant hole in the ground made out of solid rock. 7.5 miles in diameter, and 800 feet deep. The Pit's floor should be a full-scale replica of the island of Iwo Jima (Complete with a volcano and miles of underground abandoned Japanese bunkers). Fighters start at opposite sides of the Pit and try to find eachother to do battle, probably somewhere in the center.

    Oh yeah, and bring back the muthafuckin' G-Man!
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    just had a thought. Anyone wanna speed up a recording of the entire event and set it to Benny Hill music?
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