Into The Badlands Season 1, Episode 6: “Hand of Five Poisons”
Original airdate December 20, 2015.
Sunny tries to buy passage for himself, Veil, and M.K. by bringing a false head to the River King. He’s supposed to kill M.K., but kills a lookalike instead. They have to leave that evening, but Veil confronts Sunny about her parents killing, confirming that Sunny stood by and did nothing as Quinn killed them. Sunny’s disloyalty is outed and Quinn locks him up, using him as a card to convince M.K. to be loyal to him, especially because Quinn has seen M.K.’s special powers in action in the previous episode. However, the Widow, Quinn’s son Ryder, and the skilled clipper Zypher move to kill Quinn and the other Baron Jakoby so they can take over. Quinn uses M.K. to fight them, but Quinn is killed by Sunny, who had been released by his old mentor from the jail. Also, a group of mysterious monks show up and collect M.K., making a mess of Sunny to get to him. In the end, M.K. is being taken away by the monks, and Sunny is kidnapped, too, but by the River King who plans on trading him into slavery somewhere down the river.
Nevertheless, as I attended the recent Invicta FC event at Los Angeles, I just couldn’t help but notice I was one of the very few Asian Americans and Asians in the audience of the whole event. This was also true when we went to the open workouts held for the event.
Now, granted, Americans of Asian descent only make up around 5% of the entire United States population. However, we are in LOS ANGELES. There are entire congressional districts that are Asian American down here, and LA has the largest population of Koreans outside of Korea, Taiwanese out of Taiwan, etc. There’s a Thai Town, a Little Saigon, (insert Asian heritage here)-town…you name it, we’ve got it. Koreatown, Little Tokyo, and Chinatown were only a 5 minute drive away from the event venue. University of Southern California (USC), a school known for it’s large number of international students, especially from Asia, was just across the street.
Probably a better measure of Asian American fans of MMA would have been UFC, the biggest MMA promotion, which I watched on broadcast from home instead of attending because the only tickets available were just way out of my price range.
I don’t attend many sports events in general, but it did make me wonder, what sports events in the United States would have a significant percentage of Asian or Asian American fans in the audience? ‘Cause there were barely any at the MMA event I attended. Thoughts anyone?
When Cung Le lost to Michael Bisping, UFC commentator and former fighter Brian Stann tweeted, “it didn’t pay to cheat for once, good start to the day,” assuming that Le’s ripped body shown at the UFC Fight Night Macau weigh-ins meant that he used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). A drug test found that he had unusual levels of Human Growth Hormone, resulting in a suspension by the UFC. Asian Americans have been accused of cheating in a variety of other areas, from academics to contracting to politics. Are Asian Americans all cheaters? Is Asian American achievement an illusion that stems from cheating, as some say? Did Cung Le really cheat? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no, as we will see.
Cung Le is a busy guy: he has been simultaneously been promoting The Man with the Iron Fists and preparing for a headlining fight against Rich Franklin this weekend at UFC on FUEL 6 in Macao. This video follows him as he tries to hold it together doing both. I think it’s interesting for a number of reasons.
Actor and Mixed Martial Artist Cung Le looks to get his first Octogon win at UFC 148 on July 7, where he faces Patrick “The Predator” Cote on the main card. As with his previous UFC match, Cote is a substitute, as Rich Franklin, Le’s original opponent, is substituting for an injured Vitor Belfort at UFC 147. Cote was once a contender for the middleweight belt but lost to Anderson Silva in a title match and left the UFC. Cote returns on a four fight win streak while Le was knocked out by Wanderlei Silva in his previous match.
The match between Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le at UFC 139 ended with a TKO in the second round. Cung Le knocked down Silva with a kick in the first round, but Silva came on strong in the second to finish him. This is Le’s second MMA loss, and Silva’s win keeps him fighting in the UFC. Le’s nose was shattered, and the Mercury News concludes that he will probably need facial repairs before he does any more movies. Three of the main card fighters, including Le, couldn’t attend the post fight press conference because they were sent to the hospital.