Somewhere Chris Eubank And Nigel Benn Are Getting Warmed Up

If you’re a wrestling fan you know all about the term “cruiserweight.” It’s basically a glorified jobber (aka loser for the non-wrestling folks out there). Coincidentally enough, it kind of has the same connotation in boxing.

Basically, Cruiserweights have always been known as plumpy Light Heavyweights or tiny Heavyweights. You know, guys who just don’t belong in one particular weight class. But all that is beginning to change and a good example of this cruiser-revolution comes in the form of Saturday night’s David Haye-Enzo Maccarinelli tilt from the O2 Arena in jolly ol’ London, England.

Forget the fact that the WBA, WBO and WBC Cruiserweight titles are on the line. Forget that both men have only lost once in 20+ fights and are not big fans of going the distance. No, the real reason to watch this tilt is that it’s the most important boxing match in Britain history’s since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank fought to a draw in their famous 1993 rematch on the hollowed grounds of Old Trafford in Manchester.

It’s hard to say whether this battle of Britain will come close to generating the kind of interest Benn-Eubank II did because, after all, 18 million people watched it in Britain alone. However, something tells me that, given their history, Haye and Maccarinelli will put on a great show come Saturday night. Considering the lackluster state of the Heavyweight division (and, yes, I am aware Peter and Maskaev will also be fighting on Saturday – more on them later) who says this can’t be the Cruiserweights time to shine? At least for the time being of course – Haye does plan on moving up to Heavyweight in the near future.

Anyhow, to get you pumped up for Saturday’s fight, have a look at this tremendous video previewing Benn-Eubank I. I love hearing people trash-talk in British accents especially when they break out lines from Shakespeare.

Welcome To The New JarryPark.com

In the Spring of 1977, the Montreal Expos left Jarry Park and moved into the dreaded Olympic Stadium. This came after eight seasons of playing ball at le Parc Jarry.

Well, after six months of transforming Jarry Park into The Coliseum of Combat Sports, I felt that it was finally time to revamp this place. I wasn’t going to abandon it like the Expos but, you know, I had to clean up for the likes of Chuck Liddell and company.

So, here it is – the brand new JarryPark.com. The brilliant soul who re-designed the Park, Trevor Delamorandiere, tells me that you may need to refresh the page a couple of times upon your first visit to make everything work. Something about caches…or something.

Other than that we should be good to go. If you happen to stumble upon any bugs please let me know. This is a Park so naturally there will be some bugs (get it?) but we’ll do our best to fix it.

In the past couple of days we have experienced record amounts of traffic (for JarryPark.com – not in the history of the Internet) so I would like to thank all those that continue to visit the site and spread the good word about us.

Now that the new Park is up we have some other exciting features to roll out (hint: video interviews are a comin’) so please do stick around.

Much thanks to my main tag team partner, DW, as well. He is the silent brains behind the site and played a large role in the new setup. He’s kind of like my Kim Chee.

The Iceman Cometh With A Lot On His Mind

Chuck Liddell talks UFC 85 and his legendary exploits outside the cage

Joey Sports Fan: Yo, Chuck, what do you think about Shogun’s injury?

Chuck Liddell: It’s sucks man…Really sucks.

Joey Sports Fan: Yeah.

Chuck Liddell: Ya.

Joey Sports Fan: You know what? You should go to this cool-ass site called JarryPark.com and talk about having no opponent for UFC 85 and who you want to fight next.

Chuck Liddell: What’s JarryPark.com?

Joey Sports Fan: Well, it’s this…

Chuck Liddell: Just kidding. I know what it is. Duh. I go there everyday to hear all their great interviews. Great idea! I’ll call that Canadian dude who runs the site and we’ll talk a little Shogun, my future and other MMA news like the CBS/Elite XC deal.

Joey Sports Fan: Awesome! You should also talk about all your exploits outside the Octagon – if you know what I mean. I hear you’re the next Wilt Chamberlain.

Chuck Liddell: Ha. Not quite but another great idea! I’ll talk about the time I had sex four hours before a fight and the time I did an interview while actually doing it!

Joey Sports Fan: Really? That’s amazing!

Chuck Liddell: Yup, but for all the juicy info you’ll have to check out the interview…gotta run.


Chuck Liddell – 03/04/08

(P.S. That convo never happened but I sort of dreamed it would all go down like that at some point. I called him – he certainly didn’t call me – but, still, a really fun interview.)

Patrycja Mikula Plays A Good Ol’ Fashioned Game of ‘True Or False’

Patrycja Mikula Discusses Andrei Arlovoski’s Future & More

l_185cc634f2575bc88871cd0c19b899cb.jpgIt’s a question that has been on the minds of MMA fans for several months: Will Andrei Arlovski re-sign with the UFC or choose to fight elsewhere?

Obviously, “the Pitbull” has kept his lips sealed so I decided to bypass him and go straight for the person closest to the former Heavyweight champ – girlfriend Patrycja Mikula (photo courtesy of her tremendous MySpace page).

If you are fan of Playboy Magazine you might be familiar with Patrycja’s work. She’s the girl who tends to not be wearing much.

More importantly, she is also a full-time resident of Jarry Park and was kind enough to talk about her beau’s future and even play a special game “True or False.”

Some of the questions she answered in the game were:

* Was this Arlovski’s last fight in the UFC?

* Does Arlovski abstain from any kind of sexual relation before a bout?

* What’s his groupie situation like?

That’s just a taste. Plenty more fun from Patrycja down below.


Patrycja Mikula – 03/04/08

By the way, hope everyone enjoys the fruits of our improved audio system as well as the new JP.com intro.

Mornin’ Muesli: RAW, Mayweather, Coleman, Heyman…

Random thoughts while dreaming of a fourth installment of Marquez-Vazquez

* Nice to see MMA finally make it’s way to Monday Night Raw…except what was up with the boxing gloves? Does this mean we’re getting a Money-Show MMA match at ‘Mania? You know, of all the options out there, that would actually make the most sense because it would allow Show to use wrestling moves in the match. I fear that if it’s a straight boxing or wrestling bout it will surely bomb.

* Speaking of Mayweather, didn’t he sound like one of those dolls that repeats the same thing over and over again when you pull on a string in that first segment. If he really is making 20 million dollars I don’t understand why he’s not appearing in front of the live audience. The second one was a bit better but, still, where’s this Money May?

* Loved the ending. Orton definitely needs to be booked the strongest leading up to ‘Mania.

* I’ve been meaning to mention how much I hate the WWE title. Am I the only one who thinks the spinning belt gimmick cheapens the title? It just doesn’t seem prestigious enough with all that bling on it.

* I’ve always felt that three hours of RAW was a bit much (and that goes for Nitro as well) but next week’s super-sized edition sounds pretty cool. Wrestlemania Rewind? I vote for ‘Taker vs. Giant Gonzalez.

* Far be it for me to tell the editors of WWE.com how to run their site but, seriously now, what the heck is up with that Industry News feature?

* An update on Mark Coleman thanks to John Pollock of The Fight Network: The former UFC Heavyweight champion has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. Zuffa does have an option to end the deal after two fights, though. All things considered, it’s a great deal for both parties. If Coleman goes on a winning streak they have him locked up and, if not, they can send him back into retirement.

* I keep forgetting that tomorrow marks World Victory Road‘s debut show. Shame it’s not on HDNet but, nevertheless, plenty of interesting bouts in the form of Gomi-Ludwig, Yoshida-Barnett and Misaki-Bahadurzada. Although, I can’t help but think of a bad TNA pay-per-view when I hear that name.

* Anyone out there have any thoughts on the Heyman Hustle? I’ve always enjoyed Heyman’s work but something seems a bit off with these videos. I think it has something to do with the fact that I would much rather see him interviewing Balls Mahoney than Joumana Kidd.

* When you’re done spending time at the Park today here’s a couple of solid articles to check out: NY Times article on pro wrestling and an ESPN.com article on the history of boxers in wrestling. Always interesting to read the mainstream media’s views on the industry (thanks to Park resident B-Sei for the tip).

Pollock’s POV: “I Survived UFC 82”

picture-2-16-05-37.pngI’m sure most of the residents of Jarry Park have attended at least one UFC event at some point in their lives.

Not so for our weekly ranter, John Pollock. The producer of Fight Network Radio and Live Audio Wrestling popped his UFC cherry this weekend when he made a last-minute decision to drive down to Columbus, OH, to watch UFC 82.

You may be thinking: “Ugh, not another blow-by-blow diary of a UFC weekend!”

Au contraire, mes amis. Take a listen as Pollock recounts his memorable drive down to the Buckeye State in the midst of a snow storm and, most importantly, breaks down his top 5 observations from attending his first MMA event.

If you’ve ever been to a show I think you’ll agree that Pollock’s POV is dead on.


Pollock’s POV – 03/03/08

You can hear more from John Pollock (who is thankfully not shown above) weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on Fight Network Radio on Sirius channel 186 or via Hardcoresportsradio.com not to mention every Sunday evening at 11 p.m. ET on Live Audio Wrestling.

Arianny Celeste Brings “Peace” To The Park

Remember our last fireside chat with the lovely Ms. Arianny Celeste? Well, of course you do because it just reeked of awesomeness! Team ECK 4 Life.

Ahem, anyhow, one of the highlights of the interview was when Arianny promised she would show the millions upon millions of the Jarry Park faithful how much she loved our site by flashing the ever-classic Peace sign during UFC 82.

Truthfully, the interview was several weeks back and I actually forgot about our “deal.” However, loyal reader Xad reminded me of it yesterday and was even kind enough to send me some screen grabs of these historic moments – yes, she did it multiple times.

Part of me feels bad because the Peace sign may be deemed passe so, rest assured, the next time an opportunity like this comes up I’ll think of something a little more innovative.

It might not be as cool as bumping into Matt Serra at a 7/11 but it’s pretty damn cool if I may say so myself.

More peace, love and happiness from AC after the jump.

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A Few Precious Minutes With Mark Cuban

The super-owner weighs in on Money May in WWE

You’ll never guess who I bumped into in cyberspace over the weekend. No, it wasn’t “To Catch A Predator”‘s Chris Hansen. It was super-owner Mark Cuban! It’s strange meeting a billionaire in cyberspace and, as you can imagine, he doesn’t have much time for shenanigans. However, I was able to ask him a few interesting questions…

Ariel Helwani: What do you think of Floyd Mayweather’s involvement with World Wrestling Entertainment?

Mark Cuban: Love it. Floyd knows how to build a fan base he can take with him to
anything he does.

Ariel Helwani: Have you seen the clips of his work in the ring thus far? If so, what did you think of it?

Mark Cuban: Hysterical. (Ed. note: I told you he didn’t have much time.)

Ariel Helwani: Are you still talking with Floyd about competing for HDNet Fights? If so, how have the talks been going?

Mark Cuban: Yep. We have ongoing talks. He is talking to a couple of our partners about working on cross-training. He would teach striking/boxing skills and learn more about the sport of MMA.

Ariel Helwani: Has the WWE ever contacted you about doing a wrestling angle? If not, would you ever be interested in that?

Mark Cuban: We have talked about various things.

Ariel Helwani: Can you elaborate on that?

Mark Cuban: Can’t…sorry.

Ariel Helwani: In his blog, WWE announcer Jim Ross mentioned a rumor that there may be “a partnering of resources” between you and the McMahons? Any truth to this and if so can you explain?

Mark Cuban: See above (Ed. note: Damn.)

Ariel Helwani: Are you happy with the progression “Inside MMA” has made as well as the production of the HDNet Fights live events?

Mark Cuban: Yes. Inside MMA is unquestionably the leading show on MMA. And the combination of Inside MMA and our fight cards confirms that HDNet is the leading TV network for MMA. I do want to thank everyone who has been calling their cable and satellite providers to sign up for and ask for HDNet and to ask them to continue. Its definitely being noticed!

And just like that he disappeared…

Weekend Muesli: Spider, Kos, Marquez-Vazquez, Bute…

* I very much enjoyed UFC 82. It wasn’t the most action-packed UFC but if anyone missed it (and still doesn’t know what happened) it’s definitely worth watching. If, for some reason you don’t possess a working television, give Yahoo.com‘s feed a try. I checked it out last night and it was probably the best quality live streaming video I have ever seen.

* While I still refuse to compare Anderson Silva to Mike Tyson, one can not argue that he is the most dominant champion in MMA right now. What a masterful performance. So, who does he fight next? Well, unless the UFC has another trick up their sleeve (see: Coleman, Mark) it appears to be Yushin Okami. Unless, that is, Wandy decides to move to 185 if he defeats Jardine in May.

* While Okami looked impressive against former Middleweight champion Evan Tanner, I don’t think he will pose much of a threat to Silva (shocking, I know). Would I like to see Silva-GSP? Absolutely, but not now. If GSP defeats Serra next month, he needs to reel off at least three or four wins in a row before earning a shot against Silva.

* It’s strange to look back on the site of Henderson walking into the Octagon nine months ago following Rampage’s victory over Liddell while holding two Pride titles and now both are gone from his grasp. Last night officially ended the Pride-UFC battle and, just in case you hadn’t done so, I think it’s safe to award the victory to Zuffa.

* I haven’t seen the dark matches so I can’t comment on those but I was probably most impressed with Josh Koscheck. He’s had a lot of time to think about that devastating loss to St. Pierre in August and he certainly put it behind him because he looked like a different fighter. Koscheck has always been known for his tremendous wrestling skills but last night he showed the full arsenal while defeating Dustin Hazelett with a beautiful high left kick.

* On the flip side, not a good showing for Jon Fitch. Considering he was supposed to cement his place as the number one Welterweight this had to be deemed a disappointment. No disrespect to Chris Wilson – he should be proud of his debut – but Fitch didn’t look as strong as in the past. I blame the same issue that caused Andrei Arlovski and Rich Franklin to look tentative in bouts last year. Knowing that a title shot is yours if you win can play funny tricks on the mind (so I’m told).

* What can you say about Cheick Kongo other than I think he was officially exposed last night. His striking didn’t look pretty not to mention his jiu jitsu. I’ll tell you what did look impressive: Kongo’s build. I watched the show with non-MMA fans and they were mesmerized by his look. So, at least there’s that.

* The most interesting part of UFC 82 is where do the main fighters go from here? What becomes of Arlovski and Koscheck whose UFC contracts have now expired? Is Herring the number one contender all of a sudden? Does Fitch still deserve that title shot in the Welterweight division? Where does Silva go from here? Does Hendo stay at 185? And on it goes. It’s all very exciting.

* So, Mark Coleman vs. Brock Lesnar. Not sure about you guys but I didn’t see this one coming AT ALL. I love when we are legitimately surprised by upcoming bout announcements. Sort of like Show vs. Mayweather. By the time they meet in August, Coleman would have been out-of-action for almost two years (a loss to Fedor). I can’t imagine the UFC has signed him to more than a one-fight deal because he’s simply being served up to Lesnar as his first high-profile victory. However, this fight will be so intriguing because you have the first-ever UFC Heavyweight champion battling “The Next Big Thing” to prove he is still relevant. Beautiful.

* Saturday’s fight of the night? Well, I just might have to give the nod to Rafael Marquez-Israel Vazquez III. Once again, these two engaged in another fight of the year candidate and just like the rematch, Vazquez outlasted the hard-hitting Marquez. No real surprises there other than the fact that the fight went the distance. When discussing the greatest boxing trilogies of all-time, these two must now be entered into the conversation. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind making their rivalry a best-of-seven and I would also like to nominate rounds four and twelve for 2008 round of the year.

* Earlier this year, Allan Green was an in-studio guest on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. He was very brash, insightful and critical of fellow fighters – particularly Jean Pascal. He repeatedly said that Pascal was “a joke” and shouldn’t be considered a top-10 fighter. Well, at least Pascal never backed out of a fight. Meanwhile, Friday night, Green was supposed to be featured on FNF until he unexpectedly failed to show up. Obviously it’s hard to pass judgment without knowing the entire story yet but, still, there is no excuse for not showing up without giving an excuse. I expect Green to get suspended for this stunt while Pascal prepares for a huge showdown with Edison Miranda in June. Funny how that works.

* Obviously I didn’t see it, but it sounds like Lucian Bute performed just as expected in his bout against William Joppy on Friday. The Montrealer(!) stopped Joppy in the 10th round of his first IBF Super-Middleweight title defense. So, you know, bring on Pavlik!

* My heart goes out to Pele. Geez laouise that was one of the worst sports injuries I have ever witnessed.

* Finally, Friday night’s IFL event was probably the best produced telecast in their short history but the fights just didn’t do it for me. They all seemed to drag on too long. By the way, I know they love the ring but why is it so damn big? It looks at least 1.5 times bigger than a boxing ring and that makes the fighters seem less impressive in my books. Get rid of the ring all together but, if not, make it smaller!

Saturday In The Park: Ho-Hum Another Jam-Packed Saturday Night

It’s a busy weekend at the Jarry Park headquarters. Not only did we have the IFL season opener and Bute-Joppy last night, UFC 82 and Marquez-Vazquez III tonight, we’re also putting the finishing touches on our brand-spankin’ new website.

Remember those promises about a newer website? Dreams do come true my friends because it’s on the way.

So, I am going to keep things short and sweet this morning. Below are a few videos to get you all pumped up for tonight’s action.

First up, a nice piece of footage highlighting the beauty that was Marquez-Vazquez I & II. On March 3, 2007, in their first meeting, Rafael Marquez defeated Israel Vazquez in the 7th to capture the WBC Super Bantamweight title. Five months later, Vazquez snatched his title back with a 6th round TKO victory. They meet again tonight at the site of their first war – The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. I’m expecting Marquez to win another slug-a-rama.Thousands of miles away in Columbus, OH, Dan Hednderson and Anderson Silva meet to unify the Pride and UFC Middleweight titles. As I said earlier this week, I have been looking forward to this one for a long time. However, I am going against Sam Caplan’s prediction because I believe Silva will stand a little taller yet again. He will win the battle in the clinch and despite Hendo’s wrestling skills and strength I think Silva’s prowess on the feet will prove to be the difference. The man is an amazing fighter but let’s not get carried away with the Mike Tyson comparisons. That’s one of the craziest comparisons I have heard in a long time. He doesn’t look like Mike, act like Mike and even fight like Mike. Plus, Mike doesn’t possess ninja skills like this:

Enjoy the fights, friends. Take it all in and we’ll discuss later.