Archive for May, 2008

Biggest Weekend In MMA History

May 31st, 2008
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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.

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All MMA Television Programming for May, 2008
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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!

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Man vs. Mild

May 30th, 2008
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Nope, that's not a typo. I meant to write Man vs. Mild, not Wild, cause that's exactly what this show has become to me.

Recently, the show's host Bear Grylls admitted that the situations presented in the show were sometimes not as intense as they were portrayed, but rather elaborate set ups by the production crew. Often times, Bear and his camera crew would even stay at hotels, while supposedly roughing it in the wild. WHAT THE?

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Before the news, you would see signs of this "set up" when Bear would over exaggerate certain actions like pretending his feet were stuck in the mud more than they actually were, or over-reacting to rain splashing in his face. The funniest thing is when, 5 minutes into the show, he says he's starving and that he has to hunt for food. He'll then nibble on a 1 inch worm, (purposely showing the guts explode in his mouth of course), and pretend to be full from it! LOL!

And then, there was the camera crew. If these were really that life threatening, the real hero is the camera person who has to go through what Bear goes through, with one hand and 20 pounds of equipment strapped on! The show should be renamed to CameraMan vs. Wild! Ya feel me?

I can't diss the show too much though. It does give you good hints on sheer survival, like telling time, starting fires and finding sources of water. For that, I give 'em props. And, like a train wreck, I can't resist watching it to see what crazy things he'll eat next.

New Shows Air Friday Nights on
Oceanic Time Warner Cable Discovery Channel 0333 @ 6PM or HD Discovery 1333 @ 3PM

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You Don't Mess With the Zohan Movie Pass - WINNER!

May 29th, 2008
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Congratulations goes to Miss Pris for being the lucky winner to my FREE (Advance Screening) to "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" Movie Pass Giveaway Contest. LOL! Woah, that was a mouthful. She follows JMAW as the 2nd winner to these self-proclaimed, super exciting giveaways. :) See, you readers get spe-sho kine treats for suffering through my blog! As we keep this going, I'll probably wanna keep a log of all the winners so here goes:

Please help me congratulate Miss Pris!


On a side, self-serving note, our Oceanic Time Warner Cable softball team took the 2008 Advertising Softball League Championships over Star-Bulletin last night (yeah, I'm still playing, loose teeth and all. Dumb yeah?). Below is our pic from the team "mom" for the 12 or so of you (pretty much just our team members) who are interested. LOL! TGIF tomorrow baby!

2008 Advertising Softball League Champs
2008 Advertising Softball League Champs!

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Colbie Caillat and Justin Young at Diversity Harmony Peace Event

May 28th, 2008
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Yesterday afternoon, local boy Justin Young joined platinum recording artist (and part-time Kauai resident) Colbie Caillat ("Bubbly," "Realize," "Magic") on stage for the Diversity Harmony Peace event put on by the Na Lei Aloha Foundation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Hawaii Ballroom. It was a star-studded event that also included local artists Keola Beamer, Raiatea Helm, Amy Hanaialii, and more, and was a follow up to the previous day's 10th Annual Lantern Floating event at Ala Moana Beach. Below are a few snaps from the event. Mahalo to Blaine Fergerstrom for permission!

Justin Young
Justin Young (Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom, © 2008)

Colbie Caillat
Colbie Caillat (Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom, © 2008)

Justin Young and Colbie Caillat
Justin Young and Colbie Caillat (Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom, © 2008)

Talk to me:

Do you love Colbie Caillat too? What's your favorite song of hers? Shouldn't a big record label give Justin Young a shot already!?

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BJ Penn Is Da MAN!

May 27th, 2008
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On Saturday, BJ Penn's flying knee knocked the living daylights out of Sean Sherk, making us reminisce about what he did to Caol Uno back at UFC 34. What impressed me more was not the victory over the former lightweight champion. It was his actions after the match.

As announcer Bruce Buffer proclaimed his victory, we saw BJ yell "Mahalo Kakou!" And as Joe Rogan interviewed him, he repeatedly sent love and thanks to Hawaii, even making a comment about how expensive gas was in Hawaii, but that he was still thankful for his fans who flew in to watch him fight. Talk about loyalty!

The best way I can describe it is that BJ Penn keeps it real. He never forgets where he came from and does his part to represent Hawaii with pride. You can see it in everything he does. From his entrance music, when he walks out to Israel Kamakawiwoole (a mix of "Hawaii 78" and "E Ala E"), to his clothing, covered in everything Hawaii, to the way he surrounds himself with our local people. He is always proud to rep our island home, and we are so very proud (and lucky) to have BJ Penn.

OK, I think you're convinced already that I'm a BJ Penn fan. Without further ado, here are scenes from my UFC 84 BBQ Parrrtay. Enjoy!

UFC 84
This is how I roll... *grin* (P.S. Welcome back Primo!)

UFC 84 BBQ
"Put me on the Advertiser!" LOL!

UFC 84 BBQ
Bacon-wrapped Scallops

UFC 84 BBQ
BJ making his way to the Octagon. Dig my official UFC poster?

What did you think of BJ's peformance? The card overall? And is it just me or is Penn's face made of metal? I've never seen him bruise or bleed. What the?

P.S. Don't forget to enter by this Thursday for your chance to win FREE Movie Pass Giveaway to You Don't Mess With the Zohan!

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