Adesanya vs. Romero in UFC248 was mostly a stand-off. In round 1, Romero lured Adesanya in and tagged him. Adesanya said, “Okay, now I know I can take his worst punch.” Yet, Adesanya played an outside game, with Romero hoping to lure him in again. Repeat for 5 rounds.
Chess fights like these are normal in the streets. The opponents have their different weapons, ready to draw, but the rules of the game create conditions that don’t incentivize the contestants to ever use them. The opponents’ intent loads bounce off one another until they realize the risk of death isn’t worth it, so chess fights usually end with some “f*ck you’s” and a stand-down:
The audience hates these. We have our own violent intents loaded from resentments built up over the week, and we watch fights expecting the opponents to resolve these intents by mirroring what’s in our own brains. When the contenders play chess, our intent loads are left unresolved.
Sanctioned combat is not designed for the fighters. The rules are for the audience, except in the case of safety and liability laws. New rules are always introduced to urge the contenders in the direction of proper intent offloading. Otherwise, the audience leaves unfulfilled and the show loses tickets. That’s show business.
Romero vs. Adesanya is more representative of a real fight than most stuff in the UFC, but events like this in UFC248 may result in rule changes. We’ll see what happens.
The final day of Comic-con was one of the most hectic we’ve ever seen. The doors opened early and the floors were packed. People rushed about to make their final purchases. Nathan passed some SP shirts off to Rob Van Damme (at RVD’s request!) and was able to meet Randy Couture. Shaun Finney was included in the Sockbaby 4 panel alongside Jon Heder, Dan Heder, and Doug TenNaple. Shaun did stunts for the film. When they mentioned “The Stunt People” apparently there was a heaping amount of applause.
We left San Diego at 8pm and arrived in the Bay Area at 5am. Time to decompress. I’ll have a full gallery up later today.
Thursday was the official “first day” of Comic-con, and it was already insane. The crowd was so thick we could barely get through the front doors to our booth. It was so packed they actually let people in early because the lines outside were getting so huge, and now we know we’re going to have to get to the convention early so we don’t have an empty booth.
We played some more of Namco’s Soul Calibur and saw Bao Tran’s film “Bookie”. Some of the fine folks we met were William Katt, his stuntman, and Robert Culp of The Greatest American Hero and MMA heavyweight Muay Thai champion and American Gladiator “Crush”, Gina Carrano. *swoon*
The Stunt People’s Gavin Merrick has spent the past few years making his way into the world of mixed martial arts. Gavin studied Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, and Jeet Kuen Do until 2004 when he took interest in MMA. Now he’s embarking on a career involving cage fights, and we’re wishing him all the best. Then we can start putting big taglines on our DVD saying “Starring MMA World Champion Gavin Merrick”. Drop Gavin a line at his Myspace Page, but definitely check out one of his latest fights below.