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January, 2008

Boring But Important: Magic Drinks and Teenage Girls


A lot of notable stuff happening this afternoon — none of which is interesting enough to warrant an entire post. Onward…

— HDNet Fights has formed a broadcast partnership with Canadian MMA outfit Hardcore Championship Fighting, and will air three of its events this year, starting with a February 22nd card featuring UFC vet Pete Spratt (17-10) against Ryan Ford (4-0).

— Zuffa has gone to some very shady lengths to rescue Xyience from bankruptcy. As Adam Swift reports on Sherdog, Xyience has stiffed fighters like Matt Serra and Rich Franklin to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, yet Zuffa remains its third-biggest share-holder (through a made-up company named “Bevanda Magica” — Italian for “magic drink”) and its biggest creditor (through another made-up company called “Zyen,” which gave the floundering company an additional $1 million loan last week). Are the Fertittas allowing an inexplicable personal loyalty come in the way of good business? Don’t ask me!

— MMA Agent/M-1 Global exec Monte Cox has convinced Jeremy Horn to use a cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” — sung by a 17-year-old girl — as his entrance music on Saturday. In other words, Horn’s dignity has a price, and Cox was able to match or exceed it.

— MMA Fever has the Fight Science: MMA episode in its entirety.

Nick “The Goat” Thompson has revealed that he’s close to signing with World Victory Road and HCF (see above). He would sign with the UFC, if not for two things: 1) The UFC pays dick. 2) Georges St. Pierre would kick his ass.

— We’re just going to close our eyes for like 15 minutes. Wake us up if we start snoring.


Fights of the Day: Frank Mir vs. Hardonk + Vera

Frank Mir’s last two fights in the UFC lasted just 77 and 69 seconds; one went well, one went not-so-well. Either tap your opponent early or get punched out just as quickly — those are pretty much Frank’s options on Saturday.

(Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk, UFC 74, 8/25/07)

(Frank Mir vs. Brandon Vera, UFC 65, 11/18/06)


The Top 10 Gracies of All Time

10. Roger Gracie In 2005, 23-year-old Roger Gracie won the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship by submitting all eight opponents, something that had never been done before. The son of Reyla Gracie, Roger has racked up numerous first place finishes in jiu-jitsu tournaments around the world, and won his first MMA match in December [...]



(From ESPN via BloodyElbow)

Holy, freakin’, crap. Looks like we already have a top contender for this year’s “10 Best MMA Photos” list.

By the way, Joe wants you to know that he was totally not crying at the end of that fight.


‘Big Change’ Revealed for TUF 7

(Coach Forrest Griffin, ready for war.)

When we first heard about the big changes Dana White had planned for the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, our minds raced. Would the Octagon Girls be living in the house? Would the coaches’ challenges be decided not by normal bowling, but by Cosmic Bowling? Would there be a revolutionary new pit-fighting surface?

No, nothing crazy like that. Instead, the first few couple episodes will just be a lot more action-packed. As MMA Junkie reports:

According to a source close to the show, “The Ultimate Fighter 7” will start with 32 cast members — not the usual 16 — and every one of them will have to fight as soon as the show begins. The 16 winners earn a spot in the house, and the 16 losers are sent packing for home…That’s a far cry from past seasons of the reality series, when the first fight of the season sometimes didn’t take place until a second or even third episode.

Of the rumored middleweight castmembers, two have Bowman-esque professional records of 0-0, which makes a little more sense given the new format — if they have talent, they’ll earn a bunk in the house, and if not, we get to see the inexperienced rubes get smashed right off the bat.


UFC’s Montreal Event Now ’83′; Tix Go on Sale Sunday

(GSP, comin’ atcha.)

According to MMA Mania, the UFC’s April 19th card in Montreal — which we’ve been referring to as UFC 84 up to this point — has been re-numbered as UFC 83 in light of the March 8th/Manchester event being scrapped. The Montreal event will still feature the welterweight championship fight between Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre, and is rumored to feature Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Rich Franklin, and Mac Danzig as well. Although UFC 83 isn’t yet listed on the UFC’s Ticketmaster page, the word is that tickets will be made available to UFC Fight Club members this Sunday (2/3), to newsletter subscribers on 2/6, and to the general public on 2/8. If you’re planning on going, please be a doll and bring us back some cheap prescription meds.

Additional note: According to the blog on George St. Pierre’s official site, the UFC will be holding a press conference on Monday to make a formal announcement about UFC 83, and St. Pierre will participate. Rush’s blog also tells us that he had a great time at the Affliction commercial shoot with “Rampage Jackson and Dave Mustang from Megadeth.”


‘Crazy Muthafucka Named Ice Cube’ to Launch All-MMA Internet Channel

(Cube, with the black version of SkySkrape.)

It was announced yesterday that rapper/actor Ice Cube‘s Internet television network,, plans on hosting a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week MMA channel called (wait for it) My MMA Network. Hmm…pretty bland by Cube standards; we would have gone with What They Hittin’ Foe?

The channel is a collaboration between Cube, writer/director DJ Pooh, and the International Fighting Championship, which will promote 10 events this year. Says IFC CIO Jeff Zimmerman:

“My MMA Network and UVNTV will not only serve as a platform for the IFC to market and broadcast their events, but allow for all MMA promoters, fighters and advertisers to showcase who they are to a worldwide audience. My MMA Network, like traditional TV, will have set programs, pay-per-view and On-Demand access right at your finger tips.”

Added Cube:

“Pooh and the guys wanted to create a platform for entrepreneurs to follow their dream, just as we did. We believe My MMA Network is on to something big here and we look forward to helping them get there.”

If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of the IFC before, it’s because the organization is only about 10 days old. It was recently launched by Rico White, the former Director of Sales and Promotions for the IFO, in the wake of that league’s implosion. IFO bigs Steve Oshin and John Stachofsky have since accused White of exploiting the IFO’s brand marketing and media relationships for the benefit of his new organization.

As for Cube, IMDb claims that he’ll be starring as Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus in a movie remake of The A-Team, which will be directed by Boyz N the Hood filmmaker John Singleton; Woody Harrelson is rumored to play Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock, a role made famous by the incomparable Dwight Schultz. I know, that’s a whole lot of WTF?! to take in all at once. But the question is — who should play Hannibal Smith and Templeton “Faceman” Peck? And shouldn’t the Mr. T role go directly to Kimbo Slice?


Palhares to See First Action at UFC 84

(Rousimar Palhares…future middleweight superstar?)

We recently told you that the UFC had signed Brazilian fighter Rousimar Palhares and now it looks like his first action is being slated for May. MMA Junkie is reporting that Palhares will pop his UFC cherry Mary 24th. His opponent will be Ivan Salaverry, who is 12-5 and has been spotty in the UFC against good fighters. He owns a notable win against Joe Riggs, but has struggled in the UFC since. Salaverry literally just received the fight offer and it’s expected to move forward.

Palhares trains with Brazilian Top Team and recently won Fury Fighting Championship’s 185lb Grand Prix tournament. He’s won five fights in a row and is a die-hard disciple of BJJ – he’s won five of his fights by submission. He’s never been knocked out and his lone professional loss was to Arthur Cesar.

This should be a good one for Palhares to get his feet wet in the UFC. Dana White and Co. are hoping he’s a future star in the lagging middleweight division and he looks to have the skills to fulfill their hopes. By the time the fight rolls around, it will be a year since Salaverry has fought – a loss to Terry Martin. An injury kept him away from the game for a while, but if he’s at full speed now, he’ll be a nice test for Palhares.

Their fight will be on the UFC 84 card – which was originally UFC 85 until UFC 83 was…what number are we on again? Anyway, you guys know that old chestnut by now. The possible heavy hitters on the card could be Tito Ortiz in his UFC swan song vs. Lyoto Machida and the Sean Sherk/BJ Penn fight-to-the-death match. With new blood like Palhares thrown in, too, I’m digging how this one’s shaping up.


UFC 81 Betting Odds

(Please don’t let Sylvia have a chance at another ‘sexual experience’.)

If you’re in a betting mood or – whatever the odds – you just want to bet against douches like Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar at this Saturday’s UFC 81: Breaking Point, here’s a peak at the current odds:

From Bookmaker:











Uncle! — *Another* Big Fight Added to UFN 13

(Y’all know who it is.)

Man, the UFC really, really, really wants you to watch the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter. You know how we told you that UFC 83 was canceled, and the Alexander/Irvin and Bisping/McCarthy fights would have to be re-scheduled? Well, it looks like Houston Alexander will be facing James Irvin at the UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night 13 on April 2nd, a live lead-in to the TUF 7 debut that’s also expected to feature the following bouts:

Kenny Florian vs. Joe Lauzon
Stephan Bonnar vs. Matt Hamill
Karo Parisyan vs. Thiago Alves
Spencer Fisher vs. Marcus Aurelio
Clay Guida vs. Samy Schiavo
Tommy Speer vs. Anthony Johnson
Josh Neer vs. Din Thomas

Jumpin’ Jesus on a pogo stick. Ken-Flo/Lauzon, Bonnar/Hamill, and Parisyan/Alves are already on the promotional materials, so they’re probably safe from being stuck on the undercard. But since Fight Nights are generally set up with only three or four fights scheduled for the live main card, UFC stars like Alexander, Spencer Fisher, Clay Guida, and TUF 6‘s Tommy Speer may be relegated to dark matches. Let’s hope for a lot of quick knockouts, UFC 80-style, so we can see as many of the fights as possible.

For real though, why can’t UFC 81, a pay-per-view card, have some action like this? “Breaking Point”‘s main event may turn out to be a boring disappointment, and the “co-headlining event” is getting by on hype alone. Quick poll: How many of you are psyched for Horn/Marquardt, Almeida/Belcher, or Tibau/Griffin? Those are freakin’ Fight Night-caliber matches. I’d happily pay to see Guida, Alexander, and Speer fight again — UFC 81′s main card, on the other hand, I’m not so happy about.