As for that catapult - I'm not trying to sell Attila's arsenal short (far from it, when you consider the relative superiority of the metal in his weapons and the fact that he's fighting with a bow that can be used from horseback) - this is the first time we've had a weapon of this size and scale available to use on the show. I don't want to give away too much, but this is the sort of beast where there's so much power in play that if you make a mistake while firing it, you don't lose a finger, you lose an arm.
Finally, Rashad Evans was nice enough to show us what MMA looks like when you take off all the brakes that keep it a sport, making it probably the closest you'll get to seeing ancient Pankration in today's world. For some of those tests, we had to break out a ballistics gel simulant of a full human body, complete with skeletal system.
Which leads me to this: Rashad, I'm sorry you had to wrestle a full-sized gelatin man on our show. It was weird, I know. You probably did not wake up that morning and think to yourself, "I'm going to tear a man made of gelatin apart with my bare hands today," but when the time came to tear said gelatin man apart, you were a consummate pro. On behalf of Messrs, Dorian, Desmoulin, and myself, thank you.
There's a lot more to look for in tonight's matchup, and as always, we look forward to hearing from you during the show on twitter. You can find Geoff, the Doc, and myself there as @GeoffDesmoulin, @DrDorian, and @MaxGeiger, respectively. Shoot us your questions, or leave them as comments here (or on Facebook!) for The Aftermath. While you're online, check out Geoff's sweet website http://www.geoffdesmoulin.com/, or the game I'm working on: http://giantsparrow.com/games/swan/
Until next time, morituri te salutant and all that,
P.S. Stick around after Deadliest Warrior and for the premiere of Crash Test. Our showrunner last season (and all around awesome dude), Tim Prokop, is helming it up and he gave me a sneak peak. I would say Crash Test is "solid," except way too many things onscreen wind up smashed to bits, burst apart, or hurled around at hurricane speeds for "solid" to really be appropriate. Give it a shot, and it will rock you and possibly your face as well.