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Mauro Ranallo invades the blogosphere

mauro.jpg Hide the woman and children (and no, I’m not referring to the picture, but they might want to find a new one): Mauro Ranallo has invaded the blogosphere.

I’ll give full disclosure in that I’ve been a Ranallo fan for quite some time. I realize he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I believe the addition of his blog to The Fight Network web site is a huge upgrade.

In his debut blog, Mauro says the following…

Regarding last Sunday’s DREAM lightweight Grand Prix match between Eddie Alvarez/Joachim Hansen: and

  • DREAM held its third event on Sunday May 11th and it featured a fight of the year candidate in the second round of the Lightweight Grand Prix as Eddie Alvarez defeated Joachim Hansen in a thrilling battle that went the distance. I think Alvarez has all the tools to carry a promotion and it would behoove ELITE XC to maximize his marketing potential.

It looks like I wasn’t the only one who felt HDNet should have handled their commentary assignments for DREAM differently last week:

  • A lot has been written about HDNet’s coverage of Dream 3. I think in hindsight, having Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten do the commentary in a Los Angeles studio over the live feed from Japan was a mistake. Mark Cuban has very deep pockets. He should have sent the crew to Japan earlier in the week to properly prepare and deliver the broadcast Rice and Rutten are capable of doing. Rice was in Edmonton the night before doing an HDNet Fights card and was reportedly feeling under the weather during the DREAM broadcast. They should have let Ron Kruck handle the play by play in Canada so Rice would have been well rested for the all night broadcast.

In regard to the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter“:

  • The Ultimate Fighter has officially “jumped the shark”. As someone who would be labeled a hardcore if I weren’t involved in the sport, I don’t mind the fact that this season has been heavy on fights and light on the histrionics in the house. After all, I don’t know about you, but I can only see a group of guys suffering from cabin fever, get drunk and trash a house so many times! However with ratings continuing to drop, I agree with Bloody Elbow’s Luke Thomas that the next step should be to do the show live a la “Big Brother.”

Overall, I found it to be a strong debut for Ranallo. But you can decide for yourself by clicking here. Welcome to the blogosphere, Ranallo!