Monday, March 29, 2010

UFC 111 - Recap & thoughts

UFC 111 Results

Georges St-Pierre def. Dan Hardy via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45) - retains welterweight title

Shane Carwin def. Frank Mir via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 3:48 - wins interim heavyweight title

•Kurt Pellegrino def. Fabricio Camoes via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 4:20

Jon Fitch def. Ben Saunders via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jim Miller def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Nate Diaz def. Rory Markham via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:47

Ricardo Almeida def. Matt Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 3:30

Rousimar Palhares def. Tomasz Drwal via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 0:45.

•Jared Hamman def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Matthew Riddle def. Greg Soto via disqualification (intentional illegal upkick) - Round 3, 1:30

My thoughts,

- I picked 8 out of 10 winners correct, round & method correct 3 times. I'm pretty happy with those picks even though this was a very easy card to pick.

- UFC 111 was super fun to watch. I don't know about in the U.S. but GSP fights are quite the event in Canada.

- Every time I see a GSP fight I am not surprised at how dominant he is but more impressed with his opponent for staying in the fight.
After St. Pierre blasted Fitch on the feet and had a 10-8 first round I thought Fitch was done but he proved very durable and made it all 5 rounds.
Everyone (myself included) thought that if Thiago Alves cant finish St. Pierre in the first or second that he would gas and be out of the fight by the 3rd but Alves, although he wasn't winning, kept getting back to his feet.
This time, I thought Hardy was really outmatched. He was, and he didn't have anything to threaten GSP with but I was very impressed that he did not tap from the armbar and that deep, painful kimura. St. Pierre tried his best to finish that fight and a lot of people say that he's boring because he doesn't finish his opponents in spectacular fashion but I love to watch him dominate and grind guys out.

- Carwin is a beast. He did exactly what I thought he was gonna do. It made me especially happy since everyone around me at the UFC party I attended was trash talking Carwin because they didn't know him & I kept telling them to watch Carwin's power. I was even getting text messages telling me Mir was gonna smoke Carwin because he's so much bigger now. After the knock out in round one, combined with the 8 beers I had, I did some tash talking of my own.

- I can't wait for Lesnar vs Carwin in July.

- I really underestimated Mark Bocek against Jim Miller. I thought that this should have won the 'Fight of the Night' and not Hamman vs Wallace. I actually scored it 29-28 in favor of Bocek, but that's what happens in close fights that are only 3 rounds, we don't always get a chance to see who the better fighter is.

- Jon Fitch is another guy, like St. Pierre, that people don't like because his fights always to go to the scorecards, but he dominated Saunders the entire fight and he tried to finish. I like Jon Fitch. I really hope we get to see Alves/Fitch 2.
- I'm not sure if Palhares should get a suspension for his 'slightly-too-long' Achilles lock of Drwal. Yeah sure, it looks bad in super slo-mo but I've now seen it 3 times at regular speed and it happens so fast, and you can see in his face that he is in the 'zone'. I didn't look like he was trying to intentionally hurt Drwal.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

UFC 111 - St. Pierre vs Hardy

UFC 111 - St. Pierre vs. Hardy
March 27, 2010 ,

Prudential Center,

Newark, New Jersey

Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy - I like GSP pretty big in this fight. The UFC is trying hard to sell the 'punchers chance' but the truth is that Hardy isn't a big 'one-punch' knock out guy &
St. Pierre is just on another level.
I mean, Penn has better power, striking, take-down defence than Hardy and we all know how well he did against GSP.
Hardy got hit repeatedly by Mike Swick's jab and he's gonna be in for a rude awakening when
St. Pierre brings the double & triple jab. Add the takedowns & grappling skills of the French Canadian and it just doesn't look good for 'the Outlaw'. I am really feeling a GSP by submission, rd. 3.
I think St. Pierre didn't want to give up dominant position against guys like Alves, Fitch, & Penn so he didn't really go for submissions, but against a guy like Hardy, who isn't great on the ground, I can really see him reaching into his 'tickle trunk' and pulling out an armbar or a rear-naked choke.

Heavyweight Interim Championship
Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir
- This is the fight I'm most excited about, I really don't know how this goes down. Mir is obviously better on the ground than Carwin, but that didn't help Gonzaga when he got hit by Carwin's power. Mir has looked to be in the best shape of his life lately but I really think he is overlooking Carwin in his obsession with a rubber match with Lesnar. Mir has improved in his striking game and more importantly, his strategy, but I don't think he's durable enough to handle Carwin's big shots. Carwin hits like a Mack truck. I believe Carwin can get back to his feet if Mir gets him down & when he does he is gonna hit Mir hard. Either way, I don't think it takes to long. Carwin by KO, rd. 1

Fabricio Camoes vs. Kurt Pellegrino - Another good, tough fight. I feel like it'll go to the cards but I wouldn't be surprised if Camoes pulls off a submission. Camoes by decision.

Jon Fitch vs. Ben Saunders - I was super excited about the Thiago Alves/Jon Fitch rematch but a last minute medical problem with Alves took him off the card & Saunders stepped up. This is still a great fight but I think its too much too soon for Saunders. Fitch is a great wrestler and he's gonna grind Saunders to a decision. Saunders looked lost on his back against Mike Swick and Fitch is better than his A.K.A. Teammate. Saunders could clinch up and land a big knee but I think Fitch is too experienced. Fitch by decision.

Mark Bocek vs. Jim Miller - Bocek is a solid fighter but Miller is a top lightweight and should be too much for the ginger Canadian. Miller by submission, rd. 1

Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham - Nate Diaz by submission (standing kimura, anyone?), rd 3.

Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown - This is a tough fight to pick. Almeida is the better grappler but Brown has some ground skills as well, and I think he'll be able to defend Almeida's submissions. Brown has the advantage in the stand up but tends to run out of gas by the 2nd round. I think Almeida will clinch up and if he can't sub Brown he'll dominate where the fight takes place and sway the judges. Almeida by decision.

Jared Hamman vs. Rodney Wallace - Wallace by decision

Tomasz Drwal vs. Rousimar Palhares - I like watching Toquino in action & I really hope we get to see this fight. Palhares by submission, rd. 1

Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto - Riddle by decision.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Hey ya'll,

this weekend is the first Wizard World Toronto Comic Con (formerly Paradise Comic Con).

I will be there fri-sun with my Awesome Marcus Ninja writer, Joel Buxton, Lezley Davidson of Peeling Onions, & the infamous, Phil McClorey of Furious Comics. I believe we're at table 528.

Even if you're not into comics there is all kindsa shit going down, TV show stars, Pro Wrestlers (including my nemesis Iron Sheik), & even some dude from the Brady Bunch. check out all the info right HERE.

see you there.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

warm up sketch - monster face

UFC on Versus 1 - Recap


Jon Jones def. Brandon Vera via TKO (injury) - Round 1, 3:19

Junior dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:53

Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello via TKO (elbow strikes) - Round 3, 1:16

Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin via TKO (punch) - Round 1, 3:01

Clay Guida def. Shannon Gugerty via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 2, 3:40

Vladimir Matyushenko def. Eliot Marshall via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

•Darren Elkins def. Duane Ludwig via TKO (ankle injury) - Round 1, 0:44

John Howard def. Daniel Roberts via knockout (punch) - Round 1, 2:01

Brendan Schaub def. Chase Gormley via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 0:47

Mike Pierce def. Julio Paulino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

•Jason Brilz def. Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
My thoughts on UFC's first card on Versus.

- I got 8 of 11 picks right.

- I chose method of win correct 5 times

- Jon Jones looked good but didn't really show us anything that tells us he's improved. He looked really good but I really hope they don't rush him into a title shot. Machida, Shogun, or any of the top 5 light-heavyweights would most likely capitalize on his defensive liabilities. Jones should've been armbarred a million times

-Vera will remain a 'gatekeeper' for the 205 lb division. The UFC won't cut him because they don't want Strikeforce to have any name guys for Gegard Mousasi to fight. It was pretty stupid for Vera to try double wrist control on a long fighter with big elbows. I can't wait until Vera's next fight when he tells us again that he's a new fighter and now he's taking his training seriously.

- Gonzaga did exactly what I thought he would. He stood and traded strikes with Cigano, who is a better striker, & he got hit in the face. Why would he go for a low kick standing 12 inches from dos Antos? It sounds funny but the way to beat Gonzaga is to punch him in the face.

- I still need to see what dos Antos is gonna do against a high caliber wrestler but I am very excited because they will most likely match him up against Cain Velasquez for a title eliminator

- Mike Pierce is gonna be a top welterweight real soon.

- I wish we would've gotten to see a more relevant match up than Sakara/Irvin

- This was a very good night of fights, especially for free

Sunday, March 21, 2010

UFC on Versus 1 - Jones vs Vera

UFC on Versus 1
March 21, 2010
Broomfield, Colorado, United States

While I don't think this is a super great card (lot of 'lay & prey' fighters), I am so happy with the Jones/Vera & Gonzaga/dos Santos fights that I am peeing my pants in excitement.


Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera - I am super excited to see 'Bones' Jones back in action. Vera is his stiffest test yet but I think he'll come out with the 'w'. Vera is tough and durable so I think I'll take Bones by a decision but I won't be surprised if he gets a TKO on Vera. The hype on Vera has definitely worn off and he's turned into a gatekeeper for the 205 pounders. Vera seems to have all the tools to be a great fighter but seems reluctant to 'pull the trigger', & has turned into a weird counter striker that doesn't counter. Vera went to decision against Keith Jardine, Krzysztof Soszynski, & Randy Couture, all guys that I think Jones would rip up. Like everyone else, I do think that Jones is the next big thing in the light-heavyweight division & can't wait for this fight.

Junior 'Cigano' dos Santos (No. 7 HW) vs. Gabriel 'Napao' Gonzaga - I am a huge Gonzaga fan & I am very worried in this fight. 'Napao' seems to have all the tools to be a great fighter but he seems to forget how to fight once you punch him in the face, something that dos Antos is gonna do, very hard. We don't know what Cigano's ground game is like and I'm pretty sure that Gonzaga will school him if he can get it to the mat, but I see this going more the way of the dos Antos/Werdum fight. I hope I'm wrong but I'll take dos Santo by TKO, rd. 2.
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello - I don't see how Buentello wins this. Maybe if he hits rocks Kongo and can get a guillotine, but I think it'll more than likely go the other way. Both guys are stand up fighters and while Buentello may be the better technical boxer Kongo has a better chin and more power. I think Kongo will hit 'the Headhunter' hard and get a TKO, rd. 1.
Daniel Roberts vs. John Howard - Roberts is a good upcoming prospect that will look to submit the wrestler Howard but I think 'Doomsday' will stay out of trouble, get top position and grind out a win. Howard by decision.
Clay Guida vs. Shannon Gugerty - I'm not really sure what to think of this fight. Guida will most likely get top position and lay on Gugerty for 3 rounds and convince the judges he won. I hope I'm wrong, but I'll go Guida by decision.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Eliot Marshall - Another fight that should be very boring. 'The Janitor' Matyushenko by very boring decision.
Duane Ludwig vs. Darren Elkins - 'Bang' Ludwig by KO, rd. 1.
James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara - This fight should be short. Both guys have big defensive liabilities but I think Irvin will land something big and hopefully knock Sakara right out of the UFC, because he doesn't belong there. Irvin by TKO, rd. 1.
Brendan Schaub vs. Chase Gormley - So far I have not been impressed with Gormely. I think Schaub has the most potential out of all the TUF 10 cast (including Roy Nelson). This should be short and violent. I'll take Schaub by TKO, rd. 2.
Eric Schafer vs. Jason Brilz - Again, a guy that is good at getting top position and doing nothing, Brilz is a good wrestler and nothing else. I'll take Schafer by submission, rd. 3.
Mike Pierce vs. Julio Paulino - Pierce is gonna make waves in the UFC and I think he's gonna get a win using dirty boxing from the clinch. Pierce will wear on the less technical Paulino and get a dominant decision.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

warm up sketch

Superman , ink brush

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Warm up Sketches

Here's some warm up head shots of Marcus Ninja characters

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Krang Sketch

I've been wanting to draw some Krang from TMNT for a while. this one's not great but I still kinda like it .

Friday, March 5, 2010