Attn: Nintendo: This Must Happen

If you're not a complete wilting lily of a man (cough cough MOTTRAM cough), you love MMA and all that it stands for: technical skill, top-shelf conditioning, calculated brutality, and the nobility of a well-earned cauliflower ear. The Fight Night event last week featured one of the best displays of ground work I've seen to date -- the check-mate finishing sequence Joey Lauzon put on Jeremy Stephens. It had the inevitability of a well-executed endgame in chess; no matter what Stephens did, Lauzon had some rapid, brilliant counter. (Just like chess, in fact, but with way, way more blood.) ↵
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↵It was almost perfect. In fact, I thought it was perfect until I saw MMA remixed with the immortal classic Nintendo game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out today, and then realized the only thing that could improve MMA for entertainment value: power-ups, sound effects, and Super Mario doing the officiating. ↵
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↵The same genius who created this has a Street Fighter version, as well, but I'm more of an 8-bit man at heart. Nintendo, make MMA Punch-Out happen and I might actually think of buying a Wii.
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↵(Video via Offworld)↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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