Mark#32 – Ultimate Fighting

January 8, 2007

In the last couple of years I’ve become I huge fan of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). I’m quite lucky in that April encourages me to watch the events, whereas I think a lot of women would refuse to sit through a UFC event with their other half on account of the violence and brutality of it all.

But what makes Mixed Martial Arts an interesting spectacle for me isn’t the anticipation of seeing limbs get broken, heads get split open and guys taking 12 consecutive elbows to the head. What I enjoy is the precision of it all – the technique and the skill that is required in order to avoid defeat (or serious injury). It is a sport where a split-second can be the difference between victory and defeat (if you don’t believe me, CLICK HERE). 

Long gone are the days where they would put two guys in the Octagon who had no skill but would just beat the daylights out of each other. The fighters in the UFC are, by and large, extremely dedicated professional athletes who are well versed in boxing, wrestling, ju-jitsu, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian street-fighting, judo, or a whole host of other fighting disciplines. Many of them have been international champions are their preferred style, and have then looked to add other styles to their technique in order to compete well in the UFC.

Anyway, rather than giving a sermon on what the UFC is and why I love it, I just wanted to put a couple of highlight reels about the two latest fighters to join the UFC – neither of whom I know much about.

Mirko Cro Cop is Croat and, from seeing this highlight video, looks like his high kicks are going to be dangerous.

And Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson just looks explosive. Big slams, big punches, big aggression, big chain round his neck – exactly what UFC fans love to see. Rampage is the only guy who has beaten current UFC light heavyweight champ, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell, that Chuck hasn’t since come back and avenged – so this should be a great addition to the UFC.

Finally, CLICK HERE if you want to read my brief recap of the most recent UFC event, UFC 66 that took place on New Years Eve


Mark#31 – Micro Machines

December 28, 2006

The guys are round in force tonight to partake in some multiplayer PS2 Micro Machines action. We’ve had over 75 races so far in what is becoming a truly marathon session. It’s enough to test even the most staminous of stamini.

Bongo and myself have dominated proceedings and have run away with the title by so far that Bongo has been able to leave early to watch the cricket, leaving me to play by myself (but I still haven’t lost a race!).

But the real noteworthy observation of the night is that Jake continues to prove himself inferior at every possible competition. I mean, I love the guy, but he really is rubbish. Poor Nige will give him a good kicking outside I reckon, especially as Jake has cost him a hospitality ticket to the Bolton-Portsmouth game this Saturday.

Superfreaky: your age in chocolate

October 9, 2006

Just received this in an e-mail today. It’s worth a minute but you’ll need a calculator unless you’re some kind of crazy mathematical genius.

How do they figure these things out???


Do the maths as you read the instructions
Don’t read the end until you have done all the calculations

1. How many times a week do you fancy eating chocolate?
(Choose between 1 and 9)

2. Multiply that number by 2

3. Add 5

4. Multiply by 50 – go on, get that calculator out!

5. If you have had your birthday in 2006, add 1756. If your birthday is still to come, add 1755.

6 Now take away the year you were born.

You should have a three digit number. The first is the number of time you fancy eating chocolate in a week.

The other two digits are …


PS – in an extraordinarily eerie coincidence, right after I wrote the title for this post, the “Superfreak” music video started playing on the TV… I’m scared now.

Mark#16 – Let’s Get Quizzical

September 6, 2006

We took part in the Turks Head pub quiz last night. Although we improved on our last outing (a paltry 14 out of 30), we clearly still have room for improvement, having scored just 19.5 out of 30.


Our team, The Wernham-Hoggs, got off to a promising start. But we must have either lost concentration or just got too drunk during the mid-game drinks break, because everything fell apart after half-time.

Next week we aim to break the 20 barrier. But don’t hold your breath, we may very well have peaked.

Mark#8 – In Memorium

August 25, 2006


Mark#4 – Stag Hunting

August 21, 2006

Although the wedding isn’t until September 22nd, April and I are being whisked away for our hen and stag parties this coming Saturday.

Whilst April and her new pals will be indulging in delicious Japanese cuisine and the best cocktails in Manchester, I’ll be in the slightly less pampered atmostphere of a wet, muddy West Yorkshire field, having my ass pummelled by balls of paint travelling 206 MPH, courtesy of 30 or so of my so-called ‘friends’.


But I’m not afraid. Although it’s been a few years since I’ve stepped onto a paintball field, I’m confident enough in my expert infantry skills, after all I did win the ‘Player of the Day’ award the last time I played. Also, I think my pals are grown up enough now to take it easy on me and not just abuse me because it’s my symbolic last day of freedom. Yeah, it’ll be alright.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a dead man. And I’m starting to brick it.