Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Postponement of Lesnar vs Carwin by two months to UFC 108 will benefit Carwin

The Brock: Recuperating from a flu-like illness waits for UFC 108 after the New Year.

The Brock: Recuperating from a pesky flu-like illness waits for UFC 108 after the New Year.

The Brock: Recuperating from a flu-like illness waits for UFC 108 after the New Year.In case you haven’t heard, UFC 106 scheduled for November 11, 2009 has been postponed to UFC 108 on January 2, 2010 due to Brock Lesnar coming down with flu-like symptoms.  The pesky illness which has lasted for about a month has compromised his training schedule. No further details about it have been released beyond Yahoo Sports mentione of  “upper respiratory issues, fever and extreme fatigue.”

We hope he gets well soon for his own sake and for the fight. All things being equal, the delay should make for a more interesting  fight as it will give Carwin more training time and a chance to bring something more substantive to the octagon. The delay will more likely improve Carwin’s chances of winning  more than it will cement Lesnar’s grip on a guaranteed win. Watch the odds. Watch the odds which now stand about 68/32% for Lesnar. Two months is a long time and if Carwin uses it to improve his strength and mediocre stand-up skills, he may stand a chance. Will he pull a Shogun on Lesnar? Well, we certainly hope. But keep away those California judges, the ones who fumbled  UFC 104 at the Staples Center!

UFC 104 (Fight Video): Mauricio Shogun Rua beats Machida bloody, but senile judges (and God knows what else) rob him blind

Or if you like,  “Fuck the Judges: Machida succumbs to the fists and kicks of  fearless rock n’ roller named Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. ”

Yes, we said “succumb”, because that is exactly what Machida did. Noone has any idea which fight the UFC 104 judges saw when they scored it  48-47 unanimously for Machida when he was winded, beaten and bloodied by round 5, having been rocked not once – but countless times by a young tough who knew where the Machida’s stylistic bones were buried.  And he wasted no time in going right to it and drawing blood by the end.

In our scoring Shogun won all rounds with the possible exception of round 3 where Machida exploded with strikes and kicks that could have knocked Shogun out had Machida had the power to deliver the coup de grace.   How judges Cecil Peoples and Marcos Rosales could have given the first two rounds to Machida is beyond comprehension. And the judge who gave Shogun at least the first round inexplicably reversed himself and gave Machida the final one during which he was visibly debilitated by a dominant Shogun. This judging just boggles the mind. It boggles the mind when one sits down with pen and paper and replays the entire fight.

You can see the  fight video here, while it lasts.  The loading lags quite a bit, so your best bet is to launch it, place it on pause it and brew a nice cup of tea  for about 20 minutes  and then play the video when the graphic meter shows a full load of the entire 36:29 minutes. You will get a smooth play that can be paused and  replayed on the go.

The Mega-Video version which is twice as large as the standard mini-screen version can be seen at Just allow for adequate loading time which will depend on the speed and capacity of your connection. This one is much more fun to watch.

On the pictures side, you can check out the San Francisco Examiner page.

Rashad Evans is seating at home nodding his head like a  sage
As the veil parts and the cloud lifts from his head.
The Machida thrill is gone, and he now knows it can be done
Because a young tough named Shogun showed him how

Night-time Robbery at the Staples: We at Cyberaxis are pretty miffed about this.  There  is nothing anecdotal about this contention:  Mauricio Rua, who came in as the decided underdog, beat Lyoto Machida silly, then got robbed blind by three senile judges and God knows what else. Someone needs to investigate them, and while they are at it, get their blood and urine samples  because the fans deserve to know what the were on the night they plopped their fat asses in the judges’ chairs. The unanimous  48-47 decision for Machida should, in the name of on-going integrity of the UFC,  not go unchallenged because Rua beat Machida soundly in at least 3, if not more, of those the 5 rounds. MMA fans deserve to know what fight those judges were watching tonight. Seriously. Placing the burden on Shogun because he did not knock Machida out outright  is a convenient cop-out.

I see politics has made its way into the UFC. It was bound to happen, just like boxing. I’m seriously debating on not watching UFC anymore. That decision was absolutely FIXED. And I wanted Machida to win. F*## the money grubbing criminals. NOFYB,  Salt Lake City Headlines Examiner.

The release of the judges score card does little to shed any light on what went on inside their heads or what fight they were watching. Their defenders are gonna have an impossible time trying to explain this kind of UNANIMOUS scoring:

Here are the cards in all their stilted glory:

Marcos Rosales (Machida 48-47):
1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Cecil Peoples (Machida 48-47):
1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Nelson Hamilton (Machida 48-47):
1stRound: Rua 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Machida 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Scoring summary over 5 rounds:

Nelson Hamilton:  Shogun, Machida, Machida, Machida, Shogun.

Cecil Peoples:  Machida, Machida, Machida, Shogun, Shogun

Marcos Rosales:  Machida, Machida, Machida, Shogun, Shogun.

Judges Sch-mudges – Fuck the Judges! (They were scoring out of their asses): An impartial panel should review that fight frame by frame and re-score it and publish their results before the end of 30 days – with the power of some kind of redress, within or without the regulations.  This may have no precedent in UFC – but that is what the UFC should have to deal with when their judges return such a ridiculous verdict. Unanimous!? Give us a break. UFC adjudication runs the risk of being considered a bloody  joke, if not worse – if you get our drift here.

Aaron Glazer of the San Francisco Examiner is already questioning the integrity of UFC adjudication after two questionable calls within a short period of time:

“Lyoto Machida, the heavily favored light heavyweight champion took on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a five round title fight. During this fight, Machida got flat out beat. Of the five rounds, only one, the third, was even seriously debatable to going to Machida. He’s an undefeated champion who has beaten huge name Rashad Evans to a great buy-rate and the UFC clearly wants to protect him, but this is absurd. A man cannot clearly lose 4 or 5 rounds and likely have lost that fifth, then win the fight by decision. It’s simply not possible. To quote a certain famous dramatist: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” So, with this, so soon after UFC 101, Dana White, the UFC owner, has opened himself up for massive questioning and investigating. Wrestling, long believed real, suffered the same fate and became pure entertainment. Is that the fate of the UFC and MMA in general?” (Aaron Glazer, “What are the chances that Machida vs Shogun Rua was fixed?”,  San Francisco Examiner, October 25, 2009)

The Deconstruction of Lyoto Machina at UFC 104 by a fearless young gun: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua clobbers Machida in one of the barrages that drew blood and a cut lip towards the end. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

The Deconstruction of Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 by a fearless young gun, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Shogun's intermittent barrages hobbled Machida, in addition to drawing visible blood in the end. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Cyberaxis prediction: A professional and public relations firestorm has already erupted over this and Dana White and the UFC will have to fix this post haste. Did we say “fix”? That was totally cosmic!

This latest fiasco adds incredible  fuel to the bonfire of bad decisions that have been made in the UFC lately.  And a lot of fans, judging by actual and internet postings, “have had it with UFC”! Such shennanigans undermine the tenuous faith fans have in this nascent organization. It leads  the level-headed to wonder whether the UFC is just  greasy fight organization with the genes of other fight organizations that have gone before it. Boxing and wheeler-dealing ways of Don King come to mind.

“Shogun and Machida fought their hearts out, but anyone watching that fight knows Shogun won.

The UFC just lost a ton of credibility. It isn’t really a secret that Machida is one of their money makers now, but Shogun won that fight and I doubt I will pay for another UFC fight.

Hell, Mike Goldberg was advertising for the UFC constantly right in the middle of fights. I don’t pay $45 to hear that distracting garbage.

And I certainly don’t pay $45 to see the judges literally gift a fight.

Lyoto even knew he lost when the fight ended. He could barely raise his hands in victory, because HE knew he lost. When Lyoto was waiting for the decision, it was clearly written on his face that he lost. He was waiting for the announcement to take his title away.

UFC is cheap. No respect for their fighters. Shogun is the true champion and we all know it. Everyone who watched that fight knows it.

Between this and calling the Cain/Ben fight way early, I’d have to say the UFC screwed up. Uga Booga – Commenting on Aaron Glazer’s Post “What are the chances that UFC 104’s Machida vs Shogun Rua was fixed?”

The UFC clearly had a vested interest in a win by Machida because of the dire need  star luster in a division that hasn’t had it ever since Tito Ortiz or Chuck Liddel were dethroned. The musical chair circus of Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida within a short space of time has done little to build the potential for effective marketing and major Pay Per View bank.  Shogun Rua was not supposed to win tonight because it would have perpetuated the musical chair circus. But win in actuality he did. Now the question that remains is what fight were those judges watching? What is their history and background?

Mauricio Shogun Rua: The body English was very telling all round. This may be a game changer for Lyoto.

Judges Sch-mudges - Fuck the Judges! They scored out of their asses. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua clearly won UFC 104. Check out the body language. The fraudulent judges' ruling will taint the UFC for a long time. And Shogun's dominant performance was a definite game changer for Lyoto Machida.

There was nothing particularly esoteric about the way the fight progressed tonight. A 15 year old could have judged the contest equitably.  Shogun beat Machida’s butt black and blue.  No ifs ands or butts about it. Machida’s  body language, not to mention his face, said it all. He looked battered, winded and defeated. Compare that visual with that of  Shogun: He was energized, smiling and pumping up his fists following the final bell. And Shogun, a veteran  of brutal Pride battles of yore ain’t no dummy.  A five year old kid could have easily surmised the result of what had just happened; but the judges saw something completely different on top of scoring a fight that must have been  playing in their heads  prior to coming to the Staples Center.

“Dana joked that Strike Force should be called Strike Farce. I gotta say that with the judges decision last night the biggest farce right now is the UFC and anyone who says Fedor was foolish for not joining the UFC can eat crow because the same thing could have happened to him as it did Shogun. If Fedor is to join the UFC it has to be co-promoted to prevent the corrupt UFC judges from making incorrect rulings. Otherwise fighters should hop on the Strike Force band wagon because it may be the only legitimate American MMA fighting organization left right now. ( Neil Roger responding to Brian Oswald’s  ‘Does A Lyoto Machida vs Shogun Rua Rescue The Division?’ Bleacher Report, October 25, 2009)

Even Dana White had to admit to Shogun that he had him ahead of Machida  by his own reckoning. And a forlon Machida refused, even through his corner, to say whether he seconded the judges’ decision. He deflected the issue by pointing out that all three judges had scored the fight in his favor.  The fans responded to the announcement of the Machida win with boos that were heard around the world; which places both the UFC and the Machida camp in an unenviable position of partly defending the indefensible. The rematch concession doesn’t even begin to address the fact Shogun was robbed blind. It wasn’t a good day for the UFC,  or  the Machida camp. Lyoto doesn’t really  deserve to be booed over this, but that is what he is gonna get, especially for his post-fight reaction.

The P.R. Mess: The rematch idea is just another crazy sideshow in an organization that already has many crazy sideshows – this one coming on the heels of Quinton Jackson’s abdication (following what he describes as a series of crazy decisions by Dana White.) The UFC 104 judges should have gotten it right in the first place and not robbed Shogun Rua blind of the belt he clearly deserved. This mess is just not needed. And the rematch is not gonna please a lot of people.  And if it happens, the UFC needs to make it a free, televised event in prime time. Charging for such an event would be immoral and unethical.

Despite Rua controlling the octagon for a majority of the five-round battle (of UFC 104), the judges ruled unanimously (48-47) that Machida was the victor. FightMetric, the FanGraphs of Mixed Martial Arts, shows that Rua was far-and-away the winner of the bout, mostly on account of landing nearly twice as many hits as his opponent. Following the fight, the Internet was very quickly populated with claims that the fight was fixed. UFC President Dana White denied the fix, but did criticize the judges over the ruling and immediately scheduled a rematch between the two fighters.

White, of course, would never flat admit that the fight was fixed. He can feign anger at the judges, but look at what he gets out of it: profit from UFC 104 due to the Machida-Rua fight, and then a rematch that is already generating a lot of buzz, which leads to more revenue. What are we — including us skeptics — going to do when that rematch is televised? We’ll tune in! Of course we will! (Bill Baer, “What If It Isn’t Real?” Baseball Daily Digest)

As if the UFC needs this,  there are fans already vowing to never purchase Pay Per View for UFC events again. The alternative for hopeless addicts would be seeing UFC events at Hooters  or local neighborhood sports bars that show these events gratis or for a small cover charge.

The UFC should  start addressing its P.R. problem by releasing the full video of the Machida-Rua fight gratis in the name of transparency. Whether the  UFC management and its counterparts at all levels of gaming are gonna pursue this public  fiasco with true  reformist zeal or the weary old  “this-is-how-babies-are-made” attitude is gonna make a world of difference. But we are not holding our breath.

Screw the Muppet Show farts who scored UFC 104 for Machida when the Mauricio Shogun Rua had clearly outboxed and outkicked the reigning champion. In the minds of hard core fans, Shogun IS the new LHW champion.

Screw the Muppet Show farts who scored UFC 104 for Machida when the Mauricio Shogun Rua had clearly outboxed and out-smacked the reigning champion. In the minds of hard core fans, Shogun IS the new Light Heavyweight champion.

Stay tuned, because we are just clearing our throat here.

Meanwhile, the reaction to the judges’ decision runs the whole gamut from the cant and sophistry of the MMA Fanhouse article here (“Outrage in Machida-Shogun Unwarranted in Razor-Close Fight” by Mike Chiapetta) to the wholesale outrage expressed by most fans before the industry spin-meisters started spinning the the story. Here is a sample of the firestorm that exploded on Tweeter minutes after the results were announced. It does not matter which search terms you enter. The results are the same. Noone except the most die-hard urine-drinkers, believe Machida won tonight:

Beginning of sample tweets:

  1. ScottChuck UFC 104 thoughts…Shogun was robbed. Also Cain is a scary man and a fight with Brock would be great. 7 minutes ago from web
  2. Deeks_normal YounDk machida was disappointing.. shogun got robbed. #fb 9 minutes ago from Twitterrific
  3. Dancer_lifestyle_normal JRandallMusic Shogun was robbed 17 minutes ago from web
  4. Carnage_6_bout09-199_normal kellbailey shogun got robbed. I was rooting for machida, but he should not have won 20 minutes ago from web
  5. 4255_206174545234_692160234_7076772_4147778_n_normal justinburford Shogun was robbed! 25 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
  6. L_4a39f0aac9904e1c9c636601914c5778_normal Micfiends shogun was robbed 27 minutes ago from web
  7. Brickyard_logo_normal BrickyardGrill Shogun was robbed! #UFC was totally rigged! Machida got annihilated out there! I give up on any mixed martial arts competitions…. 29 minutes ago from web
  8. Me3_normal jamespoling @danawhiteufc How on earth could 3 judges score that fight for Machida? Shogun was robbed. Please avoid Cali if that’s the judges they have 34 minutes ago from Tweetie
  9. Frankenstein_normal the_sofa_king Shogun was robbed I say. I bet a parlay of all underdogs and was on my way to a 3000 dollar payday until that terrible decision 35 minutes ago from web
  10. Strongandfitpromo_normal StrongandFit @danawhiteufc Shogun was robbed. Get new judges. 40 minutes ago from web
  11. Default_profile_1_normal twitbenj SHOGUN WAS ROBBED! 42 minutes ago from web
  12. Default_profile_2_normal MadFlavas Watched UFC 104 today… shogun was robbed about 1 hour ago from web
  13. _mg_9343copyedit_normal trevorshirk Worst. Decision. Ever. Shogun was robbed. about 1 hour ago from web
  14. L2ec1e3d4a1213876702909_normal Jared8908 UFC was a joke tonight. Shogun got robbed! about 1 hour ago from web
  15. Default_profile_0_normal chriryan85ryan pissed shogun was robbed no more going too california stay in nevada about 1 hour ago from web
  16. __capitol_records_normal trustingdragon @KevinI I agree with you, Kevin. Shogun seemed to be the victor. He was robbed. about 1 hour ago from web
  17. Img_0798_normal Krysis_ I’ve said it once & I’ll say it again: Shogun was robbed. about 1 hour ago from twidroid
  18. Dsc00273_normal georgiepourgie @danawhiteufc u must be fixing up for a big fight down the line cause Shogun was robbed! I adore Machida but he didn’t deserve the win about 1 hour ago from web
  19. Default_profile_0_normal BeNeeZy Shogun was ROBBED!!!! Shogun IS THE REAL LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!! … about 1 hour ago from MySpace
  20. Me16_normal 916Chris Thought UFC 104 was a really good ppv with a great, tactical main event. That said Shogun won and was robbed of a victory by the judges imo about 1 hour ago from web
  21. ElBoberino @joerogandotnet Watched the game at my friends place. You could hear shouts from the other apts when Machida won. 2 minutes ago from Twitterrific
  22. Twitterprofilephoto_normal Prizzy11 O well everyone! Machidawon“,what can we do about it??? 4 minutes ago from web
  23. Rr_normal megatronshawn Its Over, Machida Won. And Everyone Is Pissed. Even Machida Knew he Lost. 5 minutes ago from web
  24. Img00827-20090607-2242_normal WhittniBubbles Machida won! Woot! Woot! 5 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
  25. Alt_head_shot_normal SimpleManJess Machida lost but won – Fightlinker – MMA, UFC, and other funny … 9 minutes ago from twitterfeed
  26. Ghost489 WoW that ufc fight was not what i expected….im a huge Machida fan but Shogun won that fight!! 9 minutes ago from mobile web
  27. N11505085_32995246_8851_normal TheKingOfZing Glad that Machida won… pumped for UFC 106 and 107… Going to bed now… Peace out. 11 minutes ago from web
  28. Photo_126_normal cscbmx rigged, I don’t want to see a rematch, shogun Won, machida does deserve that…………………. 12 minutes ago from web
  29. Moscow_normal Mikey2004 @Rachelle_Leah shogun won it. I fail to see how machida won 3 rounds 12 minutes ago from Echofon
  30. Republican-hip-hop_normal TheRepublican86 Says “evrybody knew who won 2nite,SHOGUN! Even da crowe expressed der opinion. Dey booooed Machida and applauded SHOGUN!” FACT! 13 minutes ago from txt
  31. Photo_2_normal sirshan Machida won. Lets face it…if the champ didnt get ko’d or submitted, he won. Punished him yes…win, not really. No belt, no win. LOL!!!!! 14 minutes ago from Tweetie
  32. Jake_normal Stehlik2 No way Machida should have won tonight! 15 minutes ago from web
  33. Default_profile_5_normal apsmithjr I watched the IFC fight, and rua got screwed. machida didn’t even think he won. How do all judges score the same? Something was rotten. 16 minutes ago from Twitterrific
  34. Music_normal HoneyPie440 And Machida won!!!!! 20 minutes ago from web
  35. Kai2_normal Karl_Tan_Ipong maybe shogun won that fight by score but i think he should knock machida out first to be considered as the champ.. 23 minutes ago from web
  36. August_25__2009_-_facebook_-_090_normal ryanglancy lyoto machida and cain velasquez both win. one called a little early and the other just a little lucky. either way, glad they both won. 25 minutes ago from web
  37. Alex_is_the_man_normal JamMasterAlex Machida won and so did I ; well five bucks about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter
  38. Me_4_normal naughty_nick @danawhiteufc #UFC104 Machida Vs. Shogun.. Possibly the best fight of the year!! What a screwjob decision, Shogun had that fight won!! about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
  39. Meg_me_and_em_normal DerekWinsick WOW Shogun really won the fight it was either 49-46 him or I can see 48-47 Shogun not 48-47 Machida he did nothing to win that fight about 2 hours ago from web
  40. 3059396017_fab02156e9_m_normal slaloms Wow…Machida…really? Shogun shoulda won that one. about 2 hours ago from Echofon
  41. Ghost489 WoW that ufc fight was not what i expected….im a huge Machida fan but Shogun won that fight!! 9 minutes ago from mobile web

End of sample tweets.


Machida Era Is Over: Shogun knocks out Machida at UFC 113 (Cyberaxis)

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Alistair Overeem (PRIDE 33, 2/24/07)

copyright© 2009

With 2 days to go, Machida vs Rua is still in the mental dead zone

And the reason has to do with the match-up itself (Uninspired and uninspiring.)  Ben Fowlkes of Sport Illustrated makes a compelling case for why the rationale behind the Machida/Shogun match is “a bitty fuzzy.” A casual check of Google will reveal an amazing paucity of links with stories about this match-up. This paucity of stories very much corresponds to the lack of searches about Machida or Rua as reflected in the hit statistics of this blog. (FYI: When Frank Mir fought Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, the  statistics  for the corresponding stories in this blog were off the charts and interest in  Mir or Lesnar  did not flag until about 4 weeks later.)

Machida vs Rua: An unspired fight in the mental dead zone. A surprise would be very much welcome.

Machida vs Rua: An unspired fight in the mental dead zone. A surprise would be very much welcome.

Some of us will still watch it more for what it will reveal of Machida than Rua. Machida will probably win this one, which will prove little beyond perhaps showcasing what else he has in the bag. But on the other hand, he may slip up and get rocked by Rua – which is why these fights always have something beyond the predictable.  Now THAT would be news – and so much for Joe Rogan’s “Machida Era.” So to make things a bit interesting here, we are gonna root for Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and hope that he presses Machida  and wins by a lucky TKO by round three.  We hope he will the little lucky break that Mir had with Lesnar in UFC 98. A long shot, but things have been known to happen.

The current odds are heavily in favor of Machida winning this at  -$500 for Machida vs +$350 for Rua. This means you have to put down $500 to win $100 if you are betting for a Machida win. If you are betting for a Rua win you only have to put down $100 for a chance to win $350 if he wins.

The UFC has a vested interest in a Machida win because if he loses the lack of bankable stars in the light heavyweight division will continue to reign supreme and that can’t be good for business. And Joe Rogan after proclaiming the beginning of   “Era de Machida” will secretly be pulling for him. A Machida loss would be a lose-lose proposition for Dana White who had a big hand, if not only hand in engineering the Machida-Rua match-up while elbowing Quinton towards the Jackson- Evans match-up.  If Machida loses, it means that the UFC lost at least one chance to make major coin on what would have been a Machida-Jackson MMA and PPV lollapalooza. And the fact of the matter is that Dana can’t afford to make half-assed decisions that fail to  connect with the fans. Machida is 30 …. Not exactly on the ascent side of the mountain (age-wise.)

The rest of our thoughts on the lack of interest in this fight are contained in parts of the following posts:

Lesnar vs Carwin in UFC 106: The next step in the ascent of Brock Lesnar

Why UFC 104 with Machida vs Jackson would have eclipsed UFC 100


Is UFC 104 Going To Be A Bust?

Machida era gets off to a bumpy start by Ben Fowlkes

Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze: An Old Chestnut Done In Technicolor

I never liked “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix until I heard a cover of it on “In From The Storm” – an all-star tribute  with good ol’ Buddy Miles flipping a vocal behind a trip-hopped beat and a full orchestra. If you are someone who never liked the thump-thump-chunk-chunk vibe of the original version, you should definitely check this one out. There is mercurial gold behind that ol’ chestnut,  thanks to good ol’ Billy and the genius of the conceptualizer/arranger who is not specifically mentioned in the CD liner notes.

Jimi Hendrix, trip-hop and strings. Who would have thunk?

The personnel features Buddy Miles on lead and background vocals – the man who distinguished himself with a free-wheeling vocal chants  on “Who Knows” and “Them Changes”.

The legendary Bootsy Collins is featured on bass, drum loops and effects as well as background vocal. Bernie Worrell play clavinet and D.D. plays rhythm guitar. Michael Hill plays guitar and Steve Lukather lights up this mother with his guitar solos. Dennis Chambers plays drums.

The cut was recorded at Jimi’s  Electric Lady Studios in New York by Eddie Kramer & Joe “Primo” Pirrera with additional recording at Bootzilla Productions. The lush orchestral arrangements were done by Bernie Worrell and the recording was done at the Martin Erskine Studio, in New York.

The full  “Purple Haze” clip that was at imeem has since been moved. We will post one as soon as we locate it.

Hendrix's "Purple Haze" in authentic technicolor: An old gem from an old master ... buffed and polished.

Hendrix's "Purple Haze" in authentic technicolor: An rough gem from an old master ... buffed, polished and left to glisten in the sun. A definite must listen ...

And for good measure, here is Buddy Miles, flipping a vocal on “Them Changes” like it was going out of style (Fillmore East, NY,  New Year’s eve 1969-70)

Cyberaxis Quest: In search of the Machida killer

The Machida era is a figment of Joe Rogan’s imagination because the idea that Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will reign supreme in the light heavyweight division for 10 years is a bit of a stretch, if not just plain silly.  With the attention that MMA and the UFC is garnering and endless waves of stronger fighters throwing their hats into the octagon, Machida will be lucky if he lasts five years. Machida’s style has already been decoded and it is not gonna take hungry young ‘uns ten years to incorporate counter-strategies into their style.

Anderson Silva already has the chops to beat Machida   (if he moves to the light heavyweight division and of course agrees to fight his former training compadre. The only problem with that is that it just doesn’t make for a very interesting fight. As much as Anderson Silva represents the apogee of MMA skill, he still lacks the stylistic and typological polarity to make a match-up between him and Machida a bankable affair, both in terms of the historical and psycho-dramatic bang for the buck.  Know-nothing dilettantes will clamor for this fight but it just ain’t worth the trouble it will take Dana White to put it together. Very few aficionados want to see this fight  because it proves nothing, one way or the other. So what if, Anderson edges Machida or Machida edges Anderson? Physiologically and stylistically they are cut from same cloth. They know each others’ flips and flops the way  Cheech knew Chong’s.  No this would just be another case of misdirected power if Dana listens to the peanut gallery and forces the two former compadres into busting each other’s “nutsacks”.

Absent Anderson Silva, the Machida killer is alive and well and no longer a figment of our pugilist imagination. And the good news is that he doesn’t necessarily have to drink piss toddies or stand on one foot Karate Kid style to beat the Belen wunderkind.  No, he just has to have a few qualities among which would be strength, quickness and devastating accuracy with his  punches and kicks. In addition, he has to be:

1. A south-paw or fighter who can adopt an effective south-paw stance to out- mirror Machida’s stance, thereby cutting down his effective striking distance. And by effective we mean someone who can actually kick and strike from that stance. (An Anderson Silva quality)

2. A fighter who can fire on the run to neutralize Lyoto’s Ginger Rogers routine. Those who have seen Lyoto’s fights know how quickly he moves back and sideways to avoid being hit. The Machida killer would have to hit him on the run, especially with fists. Rashad Evans in UFC 98 should have gone for broke and closed the gap with Machida, but then he probably didn’t have the quickness to chase him and fire on the gallop. (Anderson Silva can do this, but what is not clear is whether he can keep up with the speed and evasive quickness of Machida.)

3.  A great clinch fighter with Chuck Liddell  like takedown defenses. And the reason has to do with the fact that when Machida runs out of room, the fighters will probably  a clinch, at which point the Machida killer would have to defend a footsweep or take Machida down for the kill. (Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva quality)

4.  A strong ground and pound monster with near impeccable BJJ defense.

Stay tuned as we refine and add to this list in light of more Machida fights. Meanwhile watch this UFC 98 classic to see how our suggested strategies would have altered the outcome for poor old  Rashad Evans: His cardinal mistake?  Not closing the gap, thus reducing his arsenal to fighting devastating foot with fist. Machida’s foot did more damage, impact wise, than his fists. The fists were only effective when their impact multiplied by a cumulative effect. That is what brought Rashad Evans down.

5. Any crafty Muay Thai  rock-n-roller in the mold of Mauricio Shogun Rua. In an earlier article, we had overlooked the former Pride wunderkind, a Brazilian to boot, who knows where the stylistic bones of Machida Karate are buried.  Shogun Rua has, since UFC 104 of  October 24, 2009, proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he is a certifiable Machida killer. Why he “lost” at this event is beyond anyone’s guess –  anyone with two bits of fairness that is.  See the appended post at the end of this article.

O Novo Dragao: Lyoto Machida - The new puzzle in the light heavyweight division

O Novo Dragao: Lyoto Machida - The new puzzle in the light heavyweight division


UFC 104: Mauricio Shogun Rua beats Machida bloody, but senile judges rob him blind (video included) (Cyberaxis)

Why UFC 104 with Machida vs Jackson would have eclipsed UFC 100 (Cyberaxis)