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Fave Friday: Hawaiian Treat (Desert Island Edition)

April 23, 2010

It’s been a while, but let’s take a stroll back on memory lane and buss’ another Desert Island game/survey. Y’all know how it works so I won’t get into too much detail explaining it, but fast kine, these are things that you just can’t live without if stuck on a desert island, like, for-EVA.

Today’s Desert Island item: “Hawaiian Treat”.

You can interpret “treat” howevah you like cause it could be anything from food to a foine female (or handsome hunk), but the rule is that it’s gotsta be “Hawaiian”.

* Poke would be the easy/expected answer from me, but after 5 straight months of non-stop poke-ing, as well as yesterday’s news about salmonella poisoning, I’m gonna mix things up and not be so predictable (for once). 😛

Hmmm… I really like Haupia and Kulolo, but I think I’d get large (and in charge) eating that errry day. I LOOOOVE Lau Lau, but I wonder if I’d get tired of it after a while… I guess then, I’d choose:

* Chicken Long Rice.

It could pass as a soup dish, a noodle dish, AND a chicken dish… enough to keep me interested at least for a little while I think. Oh yeah, and

* Primo Beer and an ukulele

Those count as “Hawaiian” right?

Holla!
* What are the “Hawaiian Treats” you’d bring to our Desert Island?  If you say a “Hawaiian” genie in a bottle with three more wishes, I’m gonna die. 😛
* Thoughts on yesterday’s NFL Draft? How did your team do? Thoughts on Tyson Alualu at #10? Am I the only one who thinks Tim Tebow will prove his doubters wrong?
* Thoughts on the NBA playoffs? Isn’t Kevin Durant just a beast!? Feel sorry for Portland? (First Jordan, now this?)
* Thoughts on Roy Halladay’s even-better-than-expected, awesome start for the Phills?
* Thoughts on Jeremy Lay leaving the UH Men’s Basketball program and all of the other activity coach Gib Arnold is up to?
* Gonna order WEC’s first PPV event: Aldo vs. Faber? Who you pickin’? I say Aldo still. Also, not sure if they’re gonna air it, but don’t forget to root for local boy Brandon Visher on the undercard.
* Any exciting plans for the weekend?
* Did you see Brian Kownacki and his Fordham Flip?

I think we’re gonna be helping wifey’s friend with wedding stuff as well as possible house hunting/browsing this Sunday. If you own or know of anyone who owns a reasonably-priced crib in town (Oahu), holla! WWE special discount? 8)

Happy VHO7V Friday! Have a good weekend y’all!

MMA Television Programming for September 2008

September 1, 2008

MMA Television Programming for Hawaii – September 2008 (All shows are in HST on Oceanic Time Warner Cable):
Info may be updated after original post date so keep checking back.

  • Wed, September 3 @ 4PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HGOLF Channel 1216
    TapouT: John and Julie:
    On this episode of TapouT, the guys head to Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque, NM to check out fighter John Dodson. While there the guys see another amazing fighter, Julie Kedzie, and decide to also see if she has what it takes to be the first female TapouT sponsored fighter.
  • Wed, September 3 @ 5PM on Spike TV Channel 0559
    UFC 88 Breakthrough Countdown:
    Watch UFC® legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell in training while he prepares to face undefeated light heavyweight contender Rashad “Sugar” Evans. See how he came back from the terrible hamstring injury that originally put this match on hold. Go behind-the-scenes with Rashad Evans as he gets ready to take on his most dangerous challenge in hopes of getting a title shot.
  • Fri, September 5 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    MMA Legend Bas Rutten, Fight Master Kenny Rice, and Combat Correspondent Ron Kruck provide all the latest news, highlights, interviews, in-depth analysis, and fighter rankings. Guests include actor Michael Jai White and former IFL Middleweight Champ Matt Horwich.
  • Fri, September 5 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Tomorrow’s Champions, Vol 2:
    A showcase of future Mixed Martial Arts stars who have fought on HDNet Fights. You may not know all the fighters now, but they have shown the ability to one day be champions. Fighters include Rory Markham, Clay French, Johny Hendricks, Mike Budnik and Dave Jansen.
  • Sat, September 6 @ 4PM on PPV Channel 0701 or HDPPV Channel 1700 (preshow starts at 3:30PM)
    UFC 88 Breakthrough: Liddell vs. Evans:
    In his first fight since a stunning victory over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79, UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is back to face undefeated light heavyweight contender Rashad “Sugar” Evans. Will Evans plow through Liddell to jump to the top of the 205-lb. rankings? Or will Liddell successfully continue his crusade to regain the UFC Light Heavyweight Title? [Fight Card]
  • Sun, September 7 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Wed, September 10 @ 3PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HGOLF Channel 1216
    WEC Live on Versus:
    Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown, Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen, Jens Pulver vs. Leonard Garcia, Danillo Villefort vs. Jake Rosholt, Rob McCullough Vs. Donald Cerrone, Jose Aldo Vs. Jonathan Brookins, Alex Schoenauer Vs. Steve Steinbeiss, Ed Ratcliff Vs. Danny Castillo, Johny Hendricks Vs. Alex Serdyukov, Rani Yahya Vs. Yoshiro Maeda. [Fight Card]
  • Wed, September 10 @ 4PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HGOLF Channel 1216
    TapouT: Pat Curran:
    On this episode of TapouT, the guys head to Lakemoor, IL to meet up with UFC fighter Jeff Curran who has been training his cousin, Pat Curran for the past few years. Pat has just turned Pro MMA and TapouT believes he might have what it takes to go far.
  • Wed, September 10 @ 4PM on Spike TV Channel 0559
    UFC Unleashed:
    The best fights in the Octagon. UFC Unleashed is a themed hour of the best fights, legendary fighters and previews of upcoming battles.
  • Fri, September 12 @ 2PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, September 12 @ 3PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Ring of Combat XXI:
    Mixed Martial Arts returns to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey with two championship belts on the line. In the Main Event, undefeated Ricardo Romero defends his Light Heavyweight title against Glen Sandull. In the Co-Main Event, undefeated Charlie Brenneman goes up against John “Doomsday” Howard for the Ring of Combat Welterweight title.
  • Fri, September 12 @ 5:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 6 Middleweight Grand Prix Finals Preview:
    Ron Kruck is joined by top middleweight Nate Marquardt to preview the Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Finals scheduled for DREAM 6. Semifinal match-ups on the September 23rd card are Gegard Mousasi vs. Melvin Manhoef and Zelg Galesic vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, with the winners squaring off that same night for the title. Each fighters first two 2 bouts in the tournament will be analyzed, and predictions will be made for will become the champion at DREAM 6.
  • Sat, September 13 @ 4PM on ????
    Strikeforce Young Guns III:
    Mike Davis vs. OJ Dominguez, Gennaro Strangis vs. Alex Trevino, Hussain Rasouli vs. Jonathan Arce, Eric Castile vs. Adam Antolin, Yohan Banks vs. Dave Ashkinaz, Chris Bostick vs. Jorge Interiano, Daniel Hernandez vs. Ron Keslar, Evan Esguerra vs. Gabby Solorio, David Barrios vs. Andrew Valladares, Brandon Michaels vs. Luke Rockhold, Alvin Cacdac vs. Jose Palacios.
  • Sun, September 14 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Wed, September 17 @ 1PM on Spike TV Channel 0559
    UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer:
    Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer, Clay Guida vs. Mac Danzig, Houston Alexander vs. Eric Schafer, Ed Herman vs. Alan Belcher, Joe Lauzon vs. Kyle Bradley, Jeremy Horn vs. Wilson Gouveia, Drew McFedries vs. Mike Massenzio, Jason Brilz vs. Brad Morris, Dan Miller vs. Rob Kimmons. [Fight Card]
  • Wed, September 17 @ 4PM on Spike TV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir:
    The eigth season of The Ultimate Fighter® features Lightweight and Light Heavyweight tournaments. Interim UFC® Heavyweight Champion ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira and former UFC® Heavyweight title holder Frank Mir are coaches of this seasons’ fighters.
  • Wed, September 17 @ 4PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HGOLF Channel 1216
    TapouT: Travis Marx:
    On this episode of TapouT, the guys make their way to Salt Lake City, UT where they have heard of a Utah Highway Patrol Officer, Travis Marx who has been making quite a name for himself in the MMA world.
  • Fri, September 19 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, September 19 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    HDNet Fights Presents: SportFight XXIV: Domination:
    Enoch Wilson vs. Brian Geraghty, Michael Pierce vs. Mark Miller, Mychael Clark vs. DJ Lindermann, Mike Joy vs. Cody Stevens, Aaron Stark vs. Ron Fields, Damian Dantibo vs. Joey Guel, Dave Jansen vs. Sterling Ford, Cody McKenzie vs. Ian Loveland, Tyson Jeffries vs. Will Courchaine, Colt Tombs vs. Colin Porter. [Fight Card – PDF]
  • Sat, September 20 @ 5PM on ????
    Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion:
    Joe “Diesel” Riggs vs. Kazuo Misaki, Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Anthony “El Roro” Ruiz, Josh “The Punk” Thomson vs. Ashe Bowman, Cory “The One” Devela vs. Terry Martin.
  • Sun, September 21 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Tue, September 23 @ ???PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    HDNet Fights Presents: DREAM 6:
    Ronaldo Jacare vs. Zelg Benkei Galesic, Melvin Manhoef vs. Gegard Mousasi, Hideo Tokoro vs. Atsushi Yamamoto. [Fight Card]
  • Wed, September 24 @ 4PM on Spike TV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir:
    The eigth season of The Ultimate Fighter features Lightweight and Light Heavyweight tournaments. Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira and former UFC Heavyweight title holder Frank Mir are coaches of this seasons’ fighters.
  • Wed, September 24 @ 4PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HGOLF Channel 1216
    TapouT: TJ Cook:
    On this episode of TapouT, the guys travel to Ocala, FL to meet up with their old friend Tommy Trauma Sauer and check out up and coming fighter, TJ Cook, who he trains.
  • Fri, September 26 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, September 26 @ ???PM on Showtime Channel 0633 or HD Showtime Channel 1633
    ShoXC Challenger Series:
    Abel Cullum vs. Wilson Reis, Shane Del Rosario vs. Carl Seumanutafa, Monkhon WiWasuk vs. David Douglas, Erik Apple vs. Matt Makowski.
  • Sun, September 28 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!

Ongoing/repeat shows include UFC Unleashed (UFC) on SpikeTV (0559), Various Specials on HDNet Fights (1355), World Extreme Cagefighting and WEC Wreckage (WEC) on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), TapouT on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), UFC Wired (UFC) on KFVE (0005), Strikefoce on NBC on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL 1008, EliteXC or ShoXC on Showtime (0633) or HD Showtime (1633), and ICON Sport TV on KFVE (0005). See also: Sherdog.com., Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, MMA Weekly, MMA Mania.

If I missed anything, send it on over and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!

Recap of UFC, Affliction, Dream Weekend

July 21, 2008

Happy Manic Monday Errone. Another big weekend in MMA. Did y’all catch it? Let’s recap shall we?

UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin (Fight Card)
Rory Markham continues his success with a Rashad Evans-esque roundhouse knockout of Brodie Farber. CB Dollaway tricks us all with a unique (but self-proclaimed favorite) Peruvian necktie choke on Jesse Taylor (I wanna try that one!). The latest rumor is that Taylor is close to being kicked out of the UFC (again) after disparaging remarks he made about Quinton Rampage Jackson’s latest troubles. Good for him if that is the case. Two strikes and you’re out if you ask me. I was surprised that Kevin Burns lasted as long as he did against a beast like Anthony Johnson, let alone win by TKO over him. Granted the eyepoke caused it, but like Johnson said in his post fight interview, give it up for Burns. Cain Velasquez put Jake O’Brien in a crucifix arms to stop him, while Frankie Edgar showed that he only has one gear (forward) over his decision win over Hermes Franca. Brandon Vera looked very unimpressive over a decision win over Reese Andy (I thought he would walk through him), and finally… the main event! Anderon Silva does it again! We all knew his technical skills would pick apart the brawler in James Irvin, but 1:01 in the first round? WOW! That straight right after catching Irvin’s kick was so short and compact, but the fact that it had enough power behind it to knock Irvin down, woah! I can’t think of anyone who will be able to beat Silva besides Silva.

Affliction Banned (Fight Card)
Paul Buentello looked unimpressive yet again against an out of shape, last minute addition in Gary Goodridge. Was really looking forward to seeing watching Aleksander Emelianenko too! 😦 Vitor Belfort looked like the Vitor of old and really impressed in his decisive knockout of Terry Martin. Edwin Dewees was overmatched, as expected against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Mike Pyle impressed against a green JJ Ambrose. Renato Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead and Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao were snoozers. I didn’t expect that from Lindland. Until this point, it looked like Affliction was a bust (boring as heck). And then… Josh Barnett surprised with an uncharacteristic knockout (jumping left hook) of Pedro Rizzo. Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell was a snoozer until the Andrei of old showed up at the end of the second and then into the third when he knocked out Big Ben. And then… HOLY COW! Fedor Emelianenko answered all questions about his #1 ranking when he just ran through Tim Sylvia with a flurry of punch combinations and then a modified rear naked choke using his forearm! W-O-W! Bring on Couture!

Dream 5 (Fight Card)
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto’s injury was unfortunate, but the show sure did go on. Eddie Alvarez impressed again in a gritty knockout of a tough, game Tatsuya Kawajiri, but suffered an eye injury (from a right cross) in the process. He almost made a critical mistake by thinking Kawajiri was done, but jumped in to finish the job after the referee told him to keep going. Did you see that insanely quick triangle lockup of Caol Uno compliments of Shinya Aoki! Jeez! That was lightning quick and I just had to rewind that like 5 times to watch it carefully! It almost looked like he let Uno out of the guard to set that up. But how about Uno’s heart? That triangle was TIGHT! I cheered when he got out of it! LOL! Joachim Hansen‘s arm-bar submission victory over the Black Mamba (Kultar Gill) set the stage for his path to the final. Urijah Faber’s protégé Joseph Benavidez made quick work of Kodo, while Hideo Tokoro stopped Takeshi Yamazaki in the second. That Tokoro guy impresses me with his speed and athleticism. Kuniyoshi Hironaka split open Motoki Miyazawa‘s forehead with a straight right, causing the doctor to stop the fight, while Yoshihiro Akiyama used his gi to his advantage to choke out Katsuyori Shibata from the top. Alistair Overeem proved he is a star in the making with an impressive arm lock over an out of shape Mark Hunt. Hansen’s straight left from the top found it’s mark on Aoki’s chin as he jumped on to finish the job. Aoki cried as usual, but you could really feel the pain from Alvarez’s tears during his speech. You know the Alvarez Hansen 2 matchup will be a good one. As a fan, I also want to see the Alvarez Aoki matchup some time in the future.

Talk to me!
Whatchu think? Were my observations pretty accurate or ya got something to say? Holla atcho boy! 🙂 Have a good week all!

And finally… For those non-MMA fans out there, here’s a snap from yet another Acai Bowl I’m enjoying on this Acai quest, this time from Diamond Head Cove Health Bar off Monsarrat. Look for the first in my two part series on the first of the month at AroundHawaii.com!

Da Cove Bowl from Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
Da Cove Bowl from Diamond Head Cove Health Bar

What Happened to Kimbo!?

June 2, 2008

On Saturday, I, oh, only spoke of the biggest night in Mixed Martial Arts history, when MMA finally went prime time to the masses on network television. Problem was, I had a previous engagement (benefit dinner). D’oh! So I set my trusty DVR to record the blessed event, and even recorded half an hour of the news that followed in case it went long. That’s an extra half an hour of buffer zone yo!

At the dinner, I frantically looked up the results of the fights on my phone and read that there was some controversy in the Slice/Thompson fight. I salivated even more at the fact of coming home to watch it with my own two eyes. So I get home and study my Real Estate book for a couple chapters (highly recommend Abe Lee Seminars by the way) and decide to reward myself with the fight. I “Skip to end” and rewind.

WHAT THE!

They’re still on the Lawler/Smith fight. I’ll watch that later. So I fire up the 1/2 of buffer recording and start to get upset. Knowing it went three rounds, the meter on my bar was quickly approaching the end by the time the first round started.

!#$%

It got cut off! I couldn’t even watch the most anticipated fight on this historic MMA card. Double D’oh! I’ve since frantically searched all channels at all times for a re-airing, but didn’t find anything. If anyone wants to invite me to their house to re-watch it, let me know. LOL! I can’t believe I missed it. I wanted to see the controversial tap dammit.

What was even more amusing was how outspoken UFC President Dana White talked smack on ESPN about his rival organization, saying “What happened on CBS was horrendous.” Check it out.

Talk to me:
* Are you a Kimbo fan? Do you think he needs to be tested more on the ground and deeper into the rounds (cardio) to legitimize his game?
* Do you think EliteXC is using Kimbo strictly as a marketing tool? Shouldn’t they put him up against good comp soon already?
* Is Brett Rogers hating’ (jealous of Kimbo’s coverage) or does he have a point?
* What do you think of Dana White? Love ’em? Hate ’em?
* How ’bout that Faber vs. Pulver fight eh? I gots new found respect for Pulver man!

MMA Television Programming for June 2008

June 1, 2008

MMA Television Programming for Hawaii – June 2008 (All shows are in HST on Oceanic Time Warner Cable):
Info may be updated after original post date so keep checking back.

  • Sun, June 1 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Sun, June 1 @ 3PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HDGolf Channel 1216
    WEC (Faber vs. Pulver):
    Former UFC Lightweight Champion, Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver returns to 145 pounds, a weight at which he has never been beaten, as he looks to defend his legacy against the #1-ranked featherweight in the world – WEC Champion “The California Kid,” Urijah Faber. A win for Pulver secures his spot in MMA history. A win for Faber takes him one step closer to becoming the greatest featherweight fighter ever. [Fight Card]
  • Mon, June 2 @ 8PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC 85 Countdown: Hughes vs Alves:
    Go behind the scenes as the fighters prepare for their bouts. See how they train, eat and live in their home towns.
  • Wed, June 4 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Wed, June 4 @ 11:35PM on KITV Channel 0006 or HD KITV 1006
    “Rampage” on The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show:
    Quinton “Rampage” Jackson makes an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show.
  • Fri, June 6 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, June 6 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Best of DREAM 2:
    The best fights from the second event from DREAM, a new mixed martial arts promotion from Japan. Featured fights include a rematch of the Gesias Calvancanti vs. Shinya Aoki fight from the first round of the Lightweight Grand Prix tournament, as well as the opening round of the 16-man Middleweight Grand Prix tournament. The Middleweight first round is highlighted by a match-up of Top 10 fighter Denis Kang vs. rising star Gegard Mousasi, plus fights from other top Middleweights Ronaldo Souza and MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • Sat, June 7 @ 9AM on PPV Channel 0701 or HDPPV Channel 1700 (preshow starts at 8:30AM)
    UFC 85 BEDLAM: Hughes vs. Alves:
    Former two-time UFC® welterweight champion MATT HUGHES begins his run for an unprecedented third title against a young gun eager to take his place near the top of the 170-pound ladder in Brazilian slugger THIAGO “PITBULL” ALVES. Plus, exciting bouts featuring Michael “The Count” Bisping, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, Mike “Quick” Swick, and Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis. [Fight Card]
  • Sat, June 7 @ 1PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 4 Preview:
    Ron Kruck previews the Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal match-ups scheduled for DREAM 4. Fighters on the June 15th card include Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • Sun, June 8 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Wed, June 11 @ 6PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC Unleashed:
    The best fights in the Octagon: UFC Unleashed is a themed hour of the best fights, legendary fighters and previews of upcoming battles.
  • Wed, June 11 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Fri, June 13 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, June 13 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Best of DREAM 3:
    The best fights from the third event from DREAM, a new mixed martial arts promotion from Japan. Featured fights include the final match-up from the Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament first round as Jason Miller takes on Katsuyori Shibata, Nick Diaz and Melvin Manhoef making their DREAM debuts, as well as the three Quarterfinal fights from the Lightweight Grand Prix Tournament. The Lightweight Quarters are highlighted by a fight of the year candidate in Joachim Hansen vs. Eddie Alvarez.
  • Fri, June 13 @ 6PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Strikeforce All Access:
    An all-access look at Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson as they prepare for their fight for the Strikeforce Lightweight title June 27th on HDNet. Cameras follow both fighters as they train for the biggest night of their career.
  • Sat, June 14 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Adrenaline MMA:
    Adrenaline MMA premieres on HDNet and the LIVE action will make your heart race! Jeff Monson, one of the top submission grapplers in the world, will square off against Mike Russow, who was last seen on HDNet after a submission victory at HDNet Fights Presents: Fedor Returns.
  • Sat, June 14 @ TBAPM on Showtime Channel 0633 or HD Showtime Channel 1633
    EliteXC Lightweight World Championship: Noons vs Edwards:
    KJ Noons vs. Yves Edwards, Jake Shields vs. TBA, Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole, Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey. [Fight Card]
  • Sat, June 14 @ 10PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 4:
    See the second round of the DREAM Middleweight tournament LIVE on HDNet! Jason “Mayhem” Miller entertains the crowd with his colorful antics and a fight with rising star Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba squares off against Melvin Manhoef. Shinya Aoki battles Katsuhiko Nagata in a Lightweight tournament match. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, June 15 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Wed, June 18 @ 6PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC Unleashed:
    The best fights in the Octagon: UFC Unleashed is a themed hour of the best fights, legendary fighters and previews of upcoming battles.
  • Wed, June 18 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Fri, June 20 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Mon, June 20 @ TBAPM on HDNET Channel 1355
    HDNet Fights Presents: SportFight XXIII: Heated Rivals:
    TBA.
  • Mon, June 20 on Oceanic PPV (TBD)
    King Of The Cage: Twisted Metal:
    King of the Cage returns to the San Manuel Casino in San Bernardino, California with its one hour special, “Twisted Metal”. Welterweight World Champion, Aaron Wetherspoon returns to the cage and defends his title once again against John Mahlow. Watch Paul Arrs put his undefeated record of 4-0 on the line against Reggie Orr. Also, witness the exciting slams of Rick Legere against Gabe Lara. Along with five other matches, this show promises to be a fight lover’s dream. Which one will reign? Which one will be the one left standing? Who will be the King of the Cage? Order on Events iN DEMAND Pay-Per-View.
  • Sat, June 21 @ 3PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Tanner vs. Grove:
    Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove, Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti, Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens, Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett, Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries, Jeremy Horn vs. Dean Lister. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, June 22 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Fri, June 27 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Mon, June 27 @ TBAPM on HDNET Channel 1355 (or KHNL 0008 or HD KHNL 1008?)
    HDNet Fights Presents: Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson:
    Following a year of anticipation, Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 lb. limit) Champion, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (14-1), will put his coveted title on the line against number one contender and Bay Area arch-rival, Josh “The Punk” Thomson (14-2), in the main event of a Strikeforce mixed martial arts mega-card at San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Friday, June 27th.
  • Sun, June 29 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Sun, June 29 @ 6PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    Countdown to UFC 86 Jackson vs. Griffin:
    Now that latest Ultimate Fighter® series has determined a winner, it’s time for the coaches to get ready for their own test of skills. Go behind-the-scenes with defending UFC® Light Heavyweight title holder Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin as they train in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, respectively.

Ongoing/repeat shows include UFC Unleashed (UFC) on SpikeTV (0559), Various Specials on HDNet Fights (1355), World Extreme Cagefighting and WEC Wreckage (WEC) on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), TapouT on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), UFC Wired (UFC) on KFVE (0005), Strikefoce on NBC on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL 1008, and ICON Sport TV on KFVE (0005).

If I missed anything, send it on over and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!

Biggest Weekend In MMA History

May 31, 2008

Get ready for history in the making folks. Tonight, EliteXC, in a partnership with CBS, will bring the first-ever Mixed Martial Arts fight card to the mainstream when EliteXC Saturday Night Fights makes its debut on CBS (KGMB 0007 or KGMB HD 1007 on Oceanic Time Warner Cable) at 8PM HST.

A HUGE step for a renegade sport that was once completely banned from TV just a few, short years ago.

Headlining the card is Internet legend, turned MMA manchild Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson). His Youtube exploits were so popular that they eventually led to a contract with the then startup Showtime EliteXC organization. Now training with retired MMA fighter and trainer extraordinaire Bas Rutten, Kimbo’s career has reached a new high. He will be facing James “The Colossus” Thompson, a 6’5″ 265 pound giant.

But in what will probably turn out to be the more competitive/exciting fights, former UFC and ICON fighter Robby Lawler will defend his Middleweight title against The Ultimate Fighter alum Scott Smith, while the most popular female MMA fighter in all the land, Gina Carano, who also moonlights as Crush on the American Gladiators, will take on future up and comer Kaitlin Young.

EliteXC Saturday Night Fights

And… Tomorrow!!!

Former UFC legend Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver drops down to featherweight (145lbs) to take on the man who’s been dominating that division, WEC Featherweight champion Urijah “The California Kid” Faber. The rest of the card looks suspect, but it’ll also be on free TV: VERSUS Channel 0210 or HDGOLF 1216 at 3PM on Oceanic Time Warner Cable.

Check out
All MMA Television Programming for May, 2008
All MMA Television Programming for June, 2008 (coming soon)

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In other news, check out “Pho Fantasy – A Tour of Hawaii’s Favorite Pho Restaurants,” my June AroundHawaii article, where I visit three of Hawaii’s favorite Pho Restaurants (coming June 1, 2008).

Pho Fantasy - A Tour of Hawaii’s Favorite Pho Restaurants
Pho Fantasy – A Tour of Hawaii’s Favorite Pho Restaurants

Have a great weekend y’all!

MMA Television Programming for May 2008

May 3, 2008

MMA Television Programming for Hawaii – May 2008 (All shows are in HST on Oceanic Time Warner Cable): [Updated 05/28/08]
Info may be updated after original post date so keep checking back.

  • Fri, May 2 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, May 2 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 1:
    The exclusive debut of DREAM on HDNet! From the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, Mirko “Crop Cop” Filipovic returns to the country that made him an MMA icon. And Gesias “J.Z.” Calvancante, one of the top fighters in the world, takes part in the first round of the lightweight tournament. [Fight Card]
  • Sat, May 3 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 2:
    A classic rematch and the middleweights highlight DREAM 2, from Japan! Lightweights Gesias “J.Z.” Calvancante and Shinya Aoki rematch after their bout at DREAM 1 ended in a controversial no-contest. Legendary middleweights Dennis Kang and Kazushi Sakuraba participate in the opening round of the middleweight tournament. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, May 4 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Tue, May 6 @ 1PM on ESPN Channel 0222 or HD ESPN Channel 1222
    Kimbo Slice on E:60:
    Correspondent Rachel Nichols updates an E:60 exclusive report on Kimbo Slice as he prepares for the first ever primetime mixed martial art fight Saturday, May 31.
  • Wed, May 7 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    Both teams are rooting for Matt Brown to beat down Jeremy May, and everyone is shocked when two nice guys transform into savages in the Octagon.
  • Fri, May 9 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Panelists include fighter Josh “The Babyface Assassin” Barnett, Dan “The Beast” Severn, and clothing company vice president Tom Atencio.
  • Fri, May 9 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Maximum Fighting Championship – Anger Management (LIVE!):
    Fight fans love to see heavyweights throw down, and two of the largest in the weight class will clash when Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge and Eric “The Big E” Pele climb into the ring at MFC 16 LIVE from the River Cree Resort and Casino. Also fighting on this loaded card is undefeated welterweight star Ryan “Real Deal” Ford who puts on the gloves for the first time since his controversial win over Pete Spratt on HDNet at MFC 15. Ford will attempt to keep his record unblemished against C.J. Fernandes. [Fight Card]
  • Sat, May 10 @ 9PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 3 (LIVE!):
    Catch the second round of the DREAM lightweight tournament exclusively on HDNet! Eight fighters will enter the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and four will advance. Four of the participating lightweights ranked in the top ten in the world by Inside MMA. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, May 11 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Tue, May 13 @ 1PM on ESPN Channel 0222 or HD ESPN Channel 1222
    Gina Carano on E:60:
    ESPN’s E:60 newsmagazine show will feature Gina Carano.
  • Wed, May 14 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Fri, May 16 @ 1:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, May 16 @ 2:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    The IFL, from the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena, CT (LIVE!):
    LIVE on HDNet not one, not two, but three championship belts will be on the line when the IFL invades the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena! Ryan McGivern puts his middleweight title on the line against talented IFL newcomer Dan Miller. The heavyweight belt will be at stake when Roy “Big Country” Nelson steps into the ring against Branden Lee Hinkle. Ryan Schultz, who grabbed the title from Chris Horodecki and ruined his perfect record on HDNet in December, will defend his title for the second time in three months. This time it will be the Lithuanian terror Deividas Taurosevicius attempting to snatch his lightweight crown. [Fight Card]
  • Fri, May 16 @ 7:30PM on Oceanic PPV Channel 0260 or Oceanic HD PPV 1260
    X1 Legends:
    For the first time in Hawaii television history, this locally produced MMA event will be aired LIVE on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in both high definition (Digital Channel 1260 – $39.99) and standard definition (Digital Channel 260 – $29.99). There will also be a LIVE Internet stream available at x1ppv.oceanic.com for $19.99. The Friday night live broadcast starts at 7:30pm with a replay to follow immediately. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, May 18 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Tue, May 20 @ 5PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC 84 Countdown: Penn vs Sherk:
    Go behind the scenes as BJ Penn (Hilo, HI) and Sean Sherk (Oak Grove, MN) prepare for a lightweight championship battle. See how they train, eat and live in their home towns.
  • Wed, May 21 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Fri, May 23 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355?
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Sat, May 24 @ 4PM on PPV Channel 0701 or HDPPV Channel 1700 (preshow starts at 3:30PM)
    UFC 84 ILL WILL: Penn vs. Sherk:
    The fight game can get very personal and the war of words between UFC Lightweight Champion “THE PRODIGY” BJ PENN and former champ SEAN “THE MUSCLE SHARK” SHERK has taken personal to a whole new level. The talking stops and the real competition begins as these two men step into the Octagon to determine the undisputed king of the 155-lb. division. (See trailer and ordering information) [Fight Card]
  • Sun, May 25 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Sun, May 25 on Oceanic PPV (TBD)
    King Of The Cage: Opposing Force:
    King of the Cage returns this May with the premier of its 3 hour show “Opposing Force”. Superstar Welterweight World Champion Aaron “Slam” Wetherspoon returns to the cage after a one year hiatus to excite fight fans and again defend his 170lb World Title Belt. Also, watch Paul Arras put his undefeated record of 4-0 on the line and be there to witness the amazing slams of Rick Legere. Combined with another exciting eight fights, direct to you from the San Manuel Casino in San Bernardino, California, King of the Cage, “Opposing Force” promises an action packed night to remember. You don’t want to miss this, on Events iN DEMAND Pay-Per-View.
  • Wed, May 28 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Wed, May 28 @ 7PM on on Versus 0210 or HGOLF 1216
    TapouT:
    The TapOut crew revisits some of their favorite fighters from season one with a look back at some of the best fights and most outrageous moments. New fight footage, where are they now interviews and a sneak peak at what’s ahead for season two – It’s all part of this very special Tap Out extravaganza.
  • Fri, May 30 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355?
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, May 30 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Best of DREAM 1:
    The most exciting fights from the first event from DREAM, a new mixed martial arts promotion from Japan. Featured match-ups include the long-awaited return of Heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic to Japan, Hayato Sakurai fighting as a Welterweight, as well as the opening round of the 16-man Lightweight Grand Prix tournament. The first round is highlighted by a controversial fight between Top 10 fighters Gesias Calvancanti and Shinya Aoki, plus fights from other top Lightweights Tatsuya Kawajiri, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Joachim Hansen and rising American star Eddie Alvarez.
  • Sat, May 31 @ 3PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    Ultimate Iceman – Chuck Liddell
  • Sat, May 31 @ 5PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC Unleashed Special Presentation:
    Featuring Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva.
  • Sat, May 31 @ 8PM on CBS Channel 0007 or HD Channel 1007
    CBS/EliteXC Saturday Night Fights:
    MMA’s history making debut on network television. Scheduled fights include Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson, Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith, Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young, Phil Baroni vs. Joey Villasenor and Brett Rogers vs. John Murphy. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, June 1 @ 3PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HDGolf Channel 1216
    WEC (Faber vs. Pulver):
    Former UFC Lightweight Champion, Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver returns to 145 pounds, a weight at which he has never been beaten, as he looks to defend his legacy against the #1-ranked featherweight in the world – WEC Champion “The California Kid,” Urijah Faber. A win for Pulver secures his spot in MMA history. A win for Faber takes him one step closer to becoming the greatest featherweight fighter ever. [Fight Card]

Ongoing/repeat shows include UFC Unleashed (UFC) on SpikeTV (0559), Various Specials on HDNet Fights (1355), World Extreme Cagefighting and WEC Wreckage (WEC) on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), TapouT on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), UFC Wired (UFC) on KFVE (0005), and ICON Sport TV on KFVE (0005).

If I missed anything, send it on over and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!