Monday, April 13, 2015

My reaction to Bellator 136 (Main Event)

Bellator Lightweight Champion Will "Ill Will" Brooks defended his title for the first time this past Friday at Bellator 136. Brooks successfully defended his belt against MMA veteran, and former WEC and M-1 Global competitor, Dave Jansen. This was Brooks' first MMA bout of this year, and he definitely had a impressive performance. He achieved his victory by pressuring his opponent, landing combinations, and overall being the busier fighter. Here is a breakdown of the bout:


Dave Jansen had a fast start in the opening round. He started the round with a push kick, and continued to push the pace by landing a series of kicks. Jansen utilized his clinch game by pressing Will Brooks against the cage, and landing knees to the body.


Brooks opened the second round by landing a roundhouse kick to Jansen. Brooks did a great job defending Jansen's shots, and landed combinations to the face and body. Throughout most of this round, Brooks successfully got out of the clinch, and continued to land combinations. Toward, the end of the round, Brooks scored a huge takedown during the last minute. Brooks landed fifty out of seventy-two strikes.


Brooks started round three in the middle of the cage, and pressed forward. He landed a spinning back kick to Jansen's body. Brook's combinations eventually busted Jansen open underneath his eye. Jansen seem tried in the third round, and attempted less strikes compared to the previous rounds.


Jansen attempted a takedown but failed to capitalize. He kept Brooks pressed against the cage until the referee broke them up. Brooks defended another takedown from Jansen. He then pressed Jansen against the cage, and continued to land shots to Jansen's body and face. Brooks was definitely the busier fighter.


Brooks stuck to what worked for him in the previous rounds by pressuring his opponent. He was the aggressor throughout this round. Through the entire round, Brooks kept pressing  Jansen against the cage, and landed combinations of punches, kicks, and knees.

Dave Jansen opened the fight by pushing the pace, but didn't kept the same pace throughout the fight. Will Brook utilized his striking ability, defended Jansen's strikes standing up and in the clinch, and won the last four rounds. Great job champion!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The countdown until Mortal Kombat X

My first Mortal Kombat experience goes all the back to Mortal Kombat II (MK II) on the SNES. It was one of the few games I owned for the console. I recalled playing this game repeatedly, either against my brother, my uncle, or friends. I loved MK II so much that I even watched both of the series' films, Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. The MK series has been around for about twelve-three years, and the tenth main installment of this popular series (MKX) is slated for release on April 14, 2015. Here are three reasons why I'm excited:

1. The character roster (familiar and new faces)

My MK favorites such as: Sub-Zero, Raiden, Johnny Cage, and Scorpion are all here. Along with that, there are new faces in MKX that instantly grabbed my attention. I'm really excited to play new characters, Ferra and Torr. This duo consists of Torr, who's a giant armored brute who carries Ferra, a small armored female with claws on his shoulders.

2. Original story line

It was announced that MKX will include a original story line which sounds refreshing for the series. The game's story will pick up exactly where the previous game ended. This game's story line will occur during a twelve-five year period.

3. New mode

MKX will include a new original mode, Fraction Wars. This mode allows the player to choose one of five fractions: Lin Kuei, Special Forces, White Lotus, Black Dragon, and the Brotherhood of Shadow. After picking a fraction, the player can compete against other fractions, win points for his or her fractions, and even have the chance to earn a prize by the end of that week. Pretty cool!

I can't wait to play MKX against my family members, friends, and the online community.

Game On!