New Mixed Martial Arts Game!
I wanted to tell everyone that for the first time, there is a mixed martial arts board game. You can play matches with the greatest fighters from around the world using Japanese, American, or Vale Tudo rules. We have been selling it for just a couple of weeks and we've been getting very good response. The game sells for just under $20 (including s&h). You can read all the details about it at: <A href="http://strikeorsubmit.tripod.com./" target=_blank>http://strikeorsubmit.tripod.com.</A>
Here is a sample match played with Strike or Submit:
Josh Barnett vs. Randy Couture (American Championship Fight Rules)
Our final fight of the evening would be a rematch from an earlier championship fight in America that resulted in a storm of controversy. The first controversy came from the finish of the fight, where many claimed the referee intervened to end the bout in Barnetts favor too early. The second controversy came after the fight, when Barnetts pre-match steroid test came back positive, yet the result of the fight was never changed to a No Contest. Both fighters still held bitter feelings over the match and the events surrounding it, so there score would be settled in S!O!S!
Barnett started the payback match off with a tactic employed by many of our fighters tonight: attempt to surprise an opponent who is thought to be a better wrestler with a takedown. And like most of the other attempts, this one failed as well. Barnett did not let it discourage his attack, however, as he launched a high kick against Couture that, unfortunately for Josh, Randy caught and took him down off of. on the ground, Couture exhibited his strength by pushing the larger Barnett up against the cage and beginning to pound him. Barnett tried to defend, but Coutures punches were getting through; in fact, they were scoring so well that Barnett was soon sporting a nasty cut on his forehead! The doctor checked the cut, but Barnett pleaded with him to be able to continue and assured him that he could see fine, which probably was not true. Restarted in the guard, Couture mixed elbows with his punches. Barnett tried to escape to the up position, but Couture blocked his effort and continued pounding as the round ended.
Round one Scoring: 10-8 Couture
Couture began the second round by copying the approach that had worked so well for him in his previous fights. Knowing that Barnett was looking for the takedown, Couture hoped to surprise him by punching first, then shooting the takedown. The strategy worked to perfection; Couture scored with a right cross and followed it with an immediate takedown. Trying to avoid Randys ground and pound, Barnett attempted a triangle choke. Couture worked through the hold, got in close and began butting Barnett with shoulder rams. Barnett, however, showing much more vigor than he had in the first round, pushed Couture away and escaped to the up position. Back standing, Couture moved in and was successful with another cross, but Barnett struck back with an assault of big punches! Couture looked wobbly, but he managed to defend against a follow-up Barnett takedown attempt and hold on until the conclusion of the round.
Round Two Scoring: 10-9 Barnett
At the start of the third, Couture seemed to have shaken off the effects of the previous round and perhaps mentally strengthened by the fact that he had been hit by some of his foes biggest blows and survived, he showed no hesitancy in throwing and landing another right hand. Surprisingly, Barnett responded to the punch with another takedown attempt, and even more surprisingly, it worked! Barnett now had a chance to punish Couture with his own ground and pound, the same tactic he had employed to beat Randy in the first fight. Couture, aware of the danger he was in, wrapped Barnett up and refused to let go until much to Barnetts chagrin, the referee stood them up. Barnett attempted another takedown, but lightning would not strike twice, as Couture blocked it and retaliated with yet another right cross. Couture then shot in with a takedown of his own and succeeded. Now it was Barnett turn to play the stall game, as he clinched with Couture until the referee was forced to once again restart the fighters standing, with an admonishment for their lack of ground activity. With the final seconds of the phase ticking away, Barnett tried to steal the round (and possibly end the fight) with another attack of punches! While the crowd cheered for the heavy shots being thrown, Couture was able to block all of them until the sounding of the horn.
Round Three Scoring: 10-9 Couture
In between rounds, the appearance of the fighters in their corners was a stark contrast. Couture still seemed relatively fresh, while Barnett looked like the proverbial damaged goods. Barnett may have fought better as the fight went on, but the effects of the beating he took in the first round seemed to linger, and Coutures continuous right hands were doing nothing to help him.
For the beginning of the fourth round, Couture sensed that his opponent was almost finished, and moved in for another right hand that snapped Barnetts head back. Barnett dove in at Coutures legs, but like he had been doing for much of the fight, Couture blocked the takedown. Couture then tried a takedown of his own in the version of a slam, but Barnett managed to keep his feet; the effort Barnett exerted in doing so, though, seemed to sap strength from his already nearly empty reserve. Valiantly, Barnett fought on, but saw another try at a takedown and a clinch that was followed with knees blocked by Couture. At this point, with a nearly fresh opponent staring him down and stopping everything he threw at him, Barnett bravely made one last stand, motioning for Couture to, Come on! and then recklessly charging forward while throwing punches. Couture, in a bit of gallantry of his own, did not give ground to Barnett, eating Barnetts desperate punches before responding with his own shots. Couture then clinched Barnett behind the head and began to dirty box him, feeding his adversary a steady stream of short uppercuts until a bloodied, battered, and exhausted Barnett slumped against the side of the cage. The referee interjected himself to stop the fight, and with no controversy to speak of, Couture had avenged the biggest loss of his career.
WINNER: Couture via TKO (Punches) in Round 4
Once again, you can order the game by clicking here: <A href="http://strikeorsubmit.tripod.com./" target=_blank>http://strikeorsubmit.tripod.com</A>