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November, 2007

HOLY CRAP! Fedor to Fight Hong Man Choi on New Year’s Eve

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The rumors are true — Fedor Emelianenko will be fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve, according to an announcement on Greg Savage’s Savage Radio Show. And now for the truly bizarre details…

— The fight will not be M-1 Global’s first event. Instead, the event is being organized by a Japanese outfit called Hustle Pro Wrestling. It looks like Fedor’s already taking advantage of the wiggle-room in his M-1 contract.

— His opponent will be Hong Man Choi. Choi is a 7’2″, 352-pound behemoth, who, according to MMA Junkie, “suffers from a rare disease that causes him to continue growing throughout his life.” Which must be really frustrating during weigh-ins.

— Choi built up a 12-3 record in the K-1 kickboxing league, but has only one MMA fight to his credit, a 16-second TKO victory over Bobby Ologun, who weighed nearly 150 pounds less than him.

— Choi was supposed to be Brock Lesnar’s first MMA opponent, at the K-1 Dynamite!! USA show in June, but the California State Athletic Commission wouldn’t clear him to fight, reportedly because of a benign tumor on his pituitary gland. Lesnar went on to cream replacement Min Soo Kim in 69 seconds, and we’re left to dream of what could have been…

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Anderson Silva To Defend Title Against Dan Henderson at UFC 82

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In an announcement that almost makes up for how weak “Validation” was, former PRIDE champ / current UFC contender Dan Henderson has decided to drop down a weight division and face Anderson Silva for the UFC’s middleweight title; the long-rumored fight will be the main event of UFC 82, which goes down March 1st at Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Arena.

Henderson’s last fight (and first UFC fight in nine years) was a unanimous decision loss to light-heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson. According to Henderson, “Dana wanted me to drop down to 185 pounds, so I’ll have a few fights in that division but I think I’ll eventually get back up to 205.”

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Did I Mention It Was Boring?: UFC 78 Full (*Yawn*) Recap

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You know a UFC card is dull when John McCarthy, Herb Dean, Steve Mazzagatti, and Mario Yamasaki all have better things to do. No knock on the reffing abilities of Dan Miragliotta and Kevin Mulhall — or the lovely state of New Jersey — but nearly everything about UFC 78 was substandard, and every fighter proved that they weren’t quite ready for the big show. Let’s get through it…

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Sugar Gives the Count His Lumps (ZING!!!): UFC 78 Quick Results

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[Lightweights] Frankie Edgar def. Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision

[Middleweights] Ed Herman def. Joe Doerksen via K.O. (punch, third round)

[Welterweights] Karo Parisyan def. Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision

[Light heavyweights] Thiago Silva def. Houston Alexander via TKO (punches, first round)

[Light heavyweights, main event] Rashad Evans def. Michael Bisping via split decision

Full report to come tomorrow, but here’s a sneak preview: This was the dullest and most disappointing UFC event I’ve ever seen. And that’s not just sour grapes because my prediction* turned out to be inaccurate. Name me one UFC card in the AF era that was worse than this one.

* If my dream wasn’t a foretelling, what do you think it meant? (There’s no “MMA” entry in my dream dictionary.) I’m open to all (most) suggestions.

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“Only one thing’s for sure…these guys *hate* each other.”

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“If you give me another hickey, I’ll choke the shit out of you.”

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I had a dream last night…

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…and in this dream, Rashad Evans beat Michael Bisping in the first round, via TKO due to strikes. So, that will be my official prediction for their fight tonight.

It’s totally healthy that I dream about this stuff now, right?

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Forrest Griffin Sez: “TGIF, Y’all!”

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See what I mean about the bruises?

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Strikeforce Update: Sean Salmon Replaces Yuki Sasaki

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Yuki Sasaki has been pulled from tonight’s Strikeforce middleweight tournament after a second-consecutive MRA exam raised concerns with doctors; his participation has been questionable since his original MRA and MRI exams revealed an unspecified neurological condition. Sean Salmon — originally scheduled to fight in the tournament’s alternate bout — will take Sasaki’s place, and the alternate bout will now be fought between Dennis Hallman and Jeremiah Metcalf.

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Fight of the Day: Cung Le vs. Tony Fryklund (6/22/07)

MMA fans talk about Cung Le like he’s the second coming of Bruce Lee — and when you see him in action, you’ll understand why. Le’s last fight was a non-stop demolition of Tony Fryklund at Strikeforce’s Shamrock vs. Baroni event in June. Why Fryklund didn’t try harder to take the fight to the ground is anybody’s guess — Le is possibly the most dominant striker in MMA right now, and the fight was a brutal showcase of his abilities. As we mentioned before, Le takes on Sam Morgan at tonight’s Strikeforce event, and Morgan should have a different game plan than Fryklund’s if he hopes to stand a chance.

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UFC 78 Press Conference Highlights

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If you need any more hype, get it here.

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