Welcome to a new year, ladies and gents. Thought I’d pull the plastic wrap off of 09 with another edition of Brainmush Approved!

Doug Benson

You like movies, you say?

Doug Benson is probably high…right now. He is also one of the top comics around today. You may recognize him from VH1’s Best Week Ever. Punchline magazine (the only real legit comedy magazine) named his latest album “Professional Humoredian” the #1 comedy album of 2008 and on a less relevant note, he was named High Times 2006 Stoner of the Year. His new comedy central presents special premiered recently and he scored the number 4 spot in the Stand Up Showdown.

Benson also released the very interesting movie “Super High Me” where he abstains from marijuana for 30 days and then smokes for 30 days straight and logs the differences in his weight, SAT scores, and even psychic abilities (OooOoOOOOoooooh!). It’s worth a rent at the very least. It’s available in Netflix instant stream.
And if you don’t think that you have enough Benson in your craw after all of that, you’re in luck. Doug Benson has a hilarious podcast on the iTunes called “I Love Movies” where he shoots the shit with funny guests and talks movies. It’s completely free so stop fuckin around and give it a listen. Benson links below!

Doug Benson On Twitter
Doug Benson on MySpace

Arj Barker, Doug Benson, and Tony Camin doing The Marijuana-logues on Real Time with Bill Maher.

The Gus Chiggins Band

Jake Coady, Jeff Shinrock, Mike Upah

Left to right: Jake Coady(bass), Jeff Shinrock(vocals, guitar), Mike Upah(drums)

This is the Gus Chiggins Band and they aren’t fuckin around…well maybe just a little bit.
Before anything else, we need to dive skull first into the Gus Chiggins mythos.
Take a look at this sketch, starring Will Ferrell that didn’t see the light of day until The Best of Will Ferrell Volume 1 was released on dvd.

Gus Chiggins Sketch

This band is based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and have adopted Gus Chiggins as their “mascot”. They don’t take themselves too seriously but they’re crammed full of talent and you’re guaranteed to have a good time at one of their shows. . So check out their page, add them as a friend, and let em know where you heard! Booyah!

Gus Chiggins on MySpace Music


Kimbo Slice isn’t the best heavyweight in the world and he’s not in danger of even being in the top ten. He never was. I kept hearing people talk about how Kimbo was unbeatable and how he’s a top fighter. This annoyed me to the point where I decided that I wasn’t a Kimbo fan. I disliked Kimbo until I asked myself why I dislike the man, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and I came up empty. Kimbo is a hard worker and a humble fighter. I’m not a fan of street fighting but I can’t get upset that it made him famous. He is all about being professional and he made sure to stress that when CBS tried to hype up the last minute shuffle in the card by comparing it to Kimbo’s old days of street fighting and throwing hands with whoever stepped up at the last minute.

Kimbo is just a victim of EliteXC’s incredible Hype Machine. It saw Kimbo and made him out to be unstoppable. With a status like that comes a lot of money and for a man trying to support a family, he can’t be blamed for utilizing such an opportunity but on the other side of the coin is the large amount of scrutiny. Whenever Kimbo doesn’t live up to his image of baddest mma fighter on the planet, most criticize.

As of Saturday, that facade has crumbled. Kimbo was set to fight Ken Shamrock who most would agree, should have bowed out a long time ago. Ken sustained an injury warming up and had to back out. In steps Seth Petruzelli. Petruzelli ended Kimbo’s night in 14 seconds by way of TKO. You may remember Petruzelli from season two of The Ultimate Fighter (but probably not). I had to slap my forehead when I heard that Kimbo was the heavy favorite.
Just to lay everything out on the line, here are the facts:

  • Kimbo’s first MMA win was against Bo Cantrell who has a record of 10-11. Before he lost to Kimbo, Cantrell was riding a 4 fight losing streak.
  • Next for Kimbo was the 43 year old David “Tank” Abott. Abott holds an MMA record of 9-14. Before Kimbo, Abott won 1 of his last 9 fights and was also riding a four fight losing streak.
  • After Tank was James Thompson who was arguably decent competition. He won 2 of his last 8 and was coming off of two losses. Thompson has a very questionable chin but he still beat down Kimbo in a very ugly back and forth battle that saw Dan Miragliotti stop the fight in the third round in favor of Kimbo. It was called a TKO and Thompson was still on his feet punching.
  • Then he was slated to fight Ken Shamrock who lost 8 of his last ten fights. His two victories were over MMA’s running gag Kimo Leopoldo and Sam Adkins who has a record of 7 wins with 20 losses.

Petruzelli hadn’t been fighting top competition either but he had a welth of experience over Kimbo. Petruzelli was 9-4 and was coming off of a TKO win. He fought UFC up and comers Matt Hamill and Wilson Gouveia.

In what world was Kimbo Slice favored to win this fight? I actually heard one of the commentators say “The most incredible win in the history of mixed martial arts!”

Really? Seriously? This is a sport scratching and clawing for legitimacy and YOU Elite XC are shitting all over it

I’m sifting through the bullshit so you don’t have to. Don’t hate on Kimbo. Don’t put him on a pedestal. If you’re a fan, keep an eye out but if he is to be a a fighter rather than a sideshow, he needs to escape the hype.

There’s a few people out there in the public eye that are about to blow up like a World of Warcraft Paladin’s forehead zits (deal with it). Check em out and remember who you heard it from.

Bobby Moynihan

Bobby Moynihan is a fresh recent player on Saturday Night Live and it’s already apparent that he is going to be a star. In every sketch he has been in, he has had big laughs, great deliveries, and has done a great job.
With Maya Rudolph playing hard to get and Amy Poehler getting K.U.ed (knocked up) and leaving, Saturday Night Live can’t afford to let a potential major player leave the show and Bobby Moynihan will surely be filling the gap that two tiny women left (you fatass).
Since NBC has Secret Police keeping their clips offline and Super Deluxe and WordPress refuse to play nice I have a classic video featuring Moynihan and your favorite bros. It’s Bro Rape by Derrick Comedy.

Wilson Gouveia and Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino

Wilson Gouveia (left) and Kurt Pellegrino (right)

Wilson Gouveia (left) and Kurt Pellegrino (right)

Pellegrino and Gouveia have been nothing but impressive in their respective UFC runs. They both only have two losses (to top competition) in their UFC careers and have beat down top competition as well (Thiago Tavares and Jon Fitch for example). With Gouveia’s recent drop down to middleweight, we can hope to see him eventually fight the middleweight champ who is sure to still be Anderson Silva and Pellegrino is well on his way to being a main event fighter for his tough as nails fighting style and his incredible technique.

Kurt Pellegrino Highlight

Wilson Gouveia vs. Jon Fitch

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon is made up of Caleb Followill (vocals, rhythm guitar), Jared Followill (bass), Matthew Followill (lead guitar), and Nathan Followill (drums) who happen to be three brothers and their cousin.
Kings of Leon have been around for about 5 years and are just recently clawing their way into the limelight with a recent performance on Saturday Night Live and their latest album “Only By The Night” and with a single like “Sex On Fire” it’s hard to not at least give em a chance.
Take a listen and prepare your gaskets to be blown.

“My belt holds up my pants and my pants have belt loops that hold up the belt. What the fuck’s really goin on down there? Who is the real hero?”

Mitch Hedberg’s last and latest album “Do You Believe In Gosh?” recently dropped.
It was recorded a couple months before he died. It’s a little rough around the edges but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a really fun album to listen to and the laid back feel to it works in it’s favor..
His performance on this CD has the great delivery and style that Mitch Hedberg was known for.
Even when a joke falls flat, he manages to make it funny which is a mark of a great stand up comic.

Hedberg thinks out loud on stage (he is confused by his own notes when he reads “Tea ski? What the fuck kinda joke is that? I have no clue…”) and engages in plenty of hilarious audience interaction which gives the CD a personal feel.

He drifts back and forth between ridiculous and hilarious which manages to be funny either way.
This isn’t the finished product but it’s all we have. It’s an excellent performance to go out on. Fans of Mitch Hedberg or stand up comedy in general should head out and pick this one up.
I give this CD four broken escalators out of five.

"Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

"Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard has been arrested on a probation violation. Details have not been released yet but this is probably why he had to withdraw from a UFC 90 bout with Spencer “The King” Fisher.
This all coming in the wake of Guillard’s recent proclamation that he has grown up as a fighter and a person.
More details when they are released.

Strike Force Does It Again

Strike Force (kinda) held their show, Young Guns 3, on September 13th in San Jose, California.

I say kinda because they never got to finish their show because the gate to the cage was broken and it couldn’t be fixed. If this all sounds familiar to you, let me direct you to an earlier Strike Force show which featured a bout between James Irvin and Bobby Southworth.
Southworth locked up Irvin and tried to press him up against the cage as a man standing directly on the other side thought “There ain’t no way they’re gonna push through. Oh shit!”. This resulted in Irvin sustaining an injury and the bout was declared a No Contest.
I chuckled when I heard this and thought “I bet someone got fired for that.”
Apparently not.

James Irvin vs. Bobby Southworth

“So, Mr. Machine. What Makes You Want To Work At This Particular Packing Plant?”

Koppenhaver's attire for a night out.

Koppenhaver's attire for a night out.

Koppenhaver oughta start job hunting. What could have surely turned out to be a career ending in the Hall of Fame </sarcasm> has come to an end.
War “Jon Koppenhaver” Machine has been cut from the UFC. War Machine has long been more “fuck up” than “success” in his short career in the UFC.
He got together with his shirtless bros and beat up on a guy at a bar.
He was about to get sued by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for using the name War Machine when they had a wrestler named War Machine so Koppenhaver legally changed his name to War Machine.
He turned down a fight with a relatively unknown opponent.
And finally he thought he had to right to speculate on Evan Tanner’s death and claim that it was a suicide because Tanner “had nothing” and continued on to pity a man who accomplished more in his 37 years than Koppenhaver could ever accomplishing in 100. Finally, Senor Machina said
“I for damn sure guarantee you that if I’m in my 40s and I didn’t make enough money and I don’t have my own gym to support myself or whatever, I’ll probably kill myself too.”

As if that wasn’t enough Conflict Robot seems to have a bit of an ego. He was offered a fight with tough fighter, and new UFC prospect, Brandon Wolff.
Skirmish Apparatus fills us in:

“I said, ‘Who in the hell is [Brandon] Wolff?’ So, I looked him up and made some phone calls. I’ve got a lot of friends in Hawaii — ‘Rude Boy’ (Troy Mandaloniz), Kendall Grove, my trainer. I got the same thing from everybody. They all said the guy is savage, sick, tough as hell, a really tough fighter and a really tough fight. Basically we all came to the conclusion that I have nothing to gain from the fight. He has no name, no fans other than the guys in Hawaii, and I thought that if I beat him, then no one is really going to care because I beat someone with no name. And if I lose, everyone is going to say I lost to a guy with no name, so I said [expletive] that.

“I want to fight someone with a name. I said, ‘Give me Josh Burkman. Give me Dustin Hazelett. Give me someone with a name.’

“They went back to the UFC, and Joe Silva said, ‘No. That’s the best fight I’ve got for him; take it or leave it. It was kind of threatening — like if I didn’t take it, they’d kick me out of the UFC. So, I was kind of pissed off and decided to play hard ball too. I said I’d wait for another opponent.

“Joe Silva — he was pretty much on a power trip. He was like, ‘I already told you that I already have Wolff for War Machine. I don’t know who he is thinking he’s negotiating with me. You know what? I’m sick of this guy.’ Then he brought up the Evan Tanner thing. ‘He made a dumbass comment on Evan Tanner. He’s not supporting the UFC. You know what? War Machine is cut.’ And they cut me.”

So Mr. Machine believes he can just skip the whole “working your way up” part of MMA stardom and skip right to the good stuff! Well luckily for the fans, he found out that it doesn’t work that way.

Unless of course, you’re Brock Lesnar.

More hilarious shit talking from Shamrock. More greasy beard from Kimbo.

Ken and a buddy catch The View while breaking a sweat.

Ken and a buddy catch The View while breaking a sweat.

If you haven’t already heard, Ken Shamrock will be facing Kimbo Slice on October 4th in Elite XC and Ken is pissed.
There have already been threats of leg breaking and names thrown around such as “jabroni”.
Shamrock seems to be hyping a fight like only he can.
Ken has said that he is insulted, having to fight a guy that hasn’t proved anything and who is as inexperienced as Kimbo Slice but it’s hard to say that they aren’t in the same league.
Shamrock’s last win of note was against Dan “The Beast” Severn at UFC 6 in 1995.
With that being said, there is no reason that Ken shouldn’t beat down Slice. His experience has to count for something. He even dropped Tito with a hard right in one of their encounters. If Slice’s cardio problems are still a factor, that and his lack of experience should tell the tale of his first MMA loss.
Keep an eye on this pre-fight hype because this bout is bound to produce a book full of hilarious quotes.
Look for Ken to get worked up and accidentally call Kimbo “Tito”.

Evan Tanner 1971 – 2008

Posted: September 14, 2008 in Mixed Martial Arts

This is not an original post.
Any MMA website, forum, or blog will have a tribute to Evan Tanner.
But he deserves it so I’m going to pay homage to a champion and a truly unique man.

Evan Tanner fought so that he could express himself. It shined through in his style and his heart that he showed. His striking was incredibly unorthodox and remained effective. He picked up scraps of technique here and there and pasted it all together to make the Evan Tanner fighting style.  He started out completely self-taught. When he started training in camps, he never stayed stationary. He moved from camp to camp, never really calling one place home. You could describe him as restless because he was always seeking new experiences and knowledge.
Tanner was one of the first fighters I watched that really impressed me. I immediately became a fan. His bouts with Phil Baroni, Rich Franklin, Robbie Lawler, and Dave Terrell were very impressive and entertaining. He’s always been a fighter that I’ve rooted for. He had incredibly interesting outlooks on life and was always expressing his philosophies, whether it was in the cage or in his writings.
He always had time for fans and he personally responded to MySpace emails.
It goes without saying that he is sorely missed.
Tanner for Hall Of Fame.