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June, 2008

MMA Fighter Devin Cole Arrested For Rape

Former IFL fighter and Team Quest member Devin Cole was arrested for rape in Oregon over the weekend. Sherdog reports that Cole was picked up at 7:40 am on Saturday morning and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual penetration and two counts of first-degree sodomy and is being held on $5 million bail.

Needless to say, this is very bad news for the MMA community. The former All-American wrestler at Southern Oregon University left Team Quest recently and defeated Vince Lucero in the Palace Fighting Championships in May.


‘Don’t Be Scared, Homey’

(Nick Diaz makes the most of the one comment allotted him by Bill Goldberg.)

Here’s what seems just a little disingenuous about this situation in Elite XC over the weekend: you don’t invite/allow Nick Diaz into the cage here if you don’t want trouble. If you truly want to let KJ Noons have his moment and enjoy his successful title defense, you keep Diaz and his brother out of there altogether. The fact that Elite XC went the opposite direction really only tells you that they were probably hoping for a WWE moment such as this one.

Judging by the past couple of Elite XC events, it’s starting to seem as if they are interested in putting on a certain kind of fight. They either want the type that is entirely one-sided, or they want the kind that stays standing for the entire fight and ends in a knockout. Of course, getting both is ideal, but they’ll settle for one or the other.

Perhaps this is what Gary Shaw meant when he said he wanted only “action fighters” and not guys who would lay on the mat and have a love fest. As we’ve all seen, there’s nothing that endears you to MMA fans so much as suggesting that ground fighting is gay.

But when you combine that with the post-fight antics they encouraged this weekend, it makes you wonder what’s going on over at Elite XC. Are they trying to out-sensationalize the UFC? Do they think that a reputation for mismatches and quick knockouts and post-fight brawls will help them siphon off some the UFC viewership that has been slow to embrace MMA outside of the Octagon?

Maybe the better question is, could it work? Maybe. It might not be the best thing for the sport in the long run, but it might be effective for a little while. If people start tuning in to see what crazy thing will happen on Elite XC rather than coming just to watch the fights, it still equals ratings in the end. That might be all Elite XC wants, however they have to get it.


UFC Learning That The New York Media Spotlight Can Be Uncomfortable

(The Fertitta brothers doing their best to look upstanding.)

With their efforts to get MMA legalized in New York, the UFC has drawn a lot of attention in the Big Apple recently, and not all of it is positive. New York Magazine published its own piece on the legislative push and the UFC itself recently, and they aren’t afraid of a little implied character assassination in their articles:

Frank Fertitta III and his brother Lorenzo made the cover of Forbes last month for what the magazine dubbed their “Ultimate Cash Machine.” The Fertittas come from a long line of casino entrepreneurs. Their grandfather, Anthony, ran gambling halls in Galveston, Texas, where he was convicted for beating up a Life reporter who came to town to investigate the scene. Frank Jr., the brothers’ father, was running Las Vegas’s Fremont Hotel when the Feds busted up the place to break a money-skimming operation (he wasn’t charged); the ordeal is said to have become the basis for Martin Scorsese’s Casino. He later opened a local-friendly casino miles away from the Strip, and he passed that business to his sons.

Now that’s how you suggest that someone is an immoral crook without ever explicitly saying it. You just mention that they come from a long line of crooks, and then let the reader come to their own conclusions after that. I hope you’re taking notes, journalism students.

The article also adds some insight as to the obstacles the UFC faces in the New York legislature, and it doesn’t seem as if the Elite XC event on CBS helped them any.


Get Ready To Be Counter-Programmed, Affliction

(‘Little Wanderlei and I are ready to do our duty for Mr. Dana White.’)

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the UFC, it’s that if you invited them to your birthday party and they didn’t like you, they wouldn’t just not show up. They’d throw their own damn party on the same damn night, and it would have a petting zoo and “Rampage” Jackson would make balloon animals and even your closest friends would be tempted to go check it out. It ain’t nice, but that’s just how the UFC do.

They employed this strategy against Elite XC with their ‘Ultimate Iceman’ special on Spike TV, hoping to steal a few viewers. Apparently they’ve decided that simply repackaging old fights isn’t enough, so they’re taking their counter-programming efforts to a whole new level to try and stop Affliction in its tracks.

Sherdog reports that the UFC is trying to put together a live event on July 19, the same night as Affliction’s MMA debut, and they plan to offer it free on Spike. Both Wanderlei Silva and Brandon Vera have been approached about fighting on it, possibly against each other.

Heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez has also been approached about fighting on the show, according to MMA Mania.

This means the UFC is trying to put together a show on about five weeks notice, which isn’t easy, all just to screw with Affliction. Of course, they’ll probably also have it in Las Vegas, where maybe they can steal some would-be ticket buyers from southern California. Affliction almost has to feel pleased that the UFC hates them this much already.

Maybe in the future this will become a yardstick by which to measure how seriously the UFC takes a competitor. If they throw together a last-minute live show to rival yours, then you’ve got them a little worried. If you’re only kind of on their radar, they’ll settle for a Spike TV highlight show of some kind. ‘Ultimate Iceman’ means you’ve got their attention. ‘Ultimate Koscheck’ however, means you’re really a nobody.


DREAM.4 Quick Results

Kazushi Sakuraba (left) and Melvin Manhoef
(“The goggles…they do nothing!”)

Melvin Manhoef def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (strikes), 1:50 of round 1
Ronaldo Souza def. Jason Miller via unanimous decision
Zelg Galesic def. Taei Kin via TKO (injury), 1:05 of round 1
Gegard Mousasi def. Dong Sik Yoon via unanimous decision
Hideo Tokoro def. Darren Uyenoyama via unanimous decision
Ralek Gracie def. Alavutdin Gadzhiev via submission (armbar), 3:02 of round 1
Alistair Overeem def. Tae Hyun Lee via KO, 0:36 of round 1
Shinya Aoki def. Katsuhiko Nagata via submission (gogoplata…FROM THE TOP!![?]!), 5:12 of round 1

(Shinya Aoki vs. Katsuhiko Nagata)

(Melvin Manhoef vs. Kazushi Sakuraba)

(Alistair Overeem vs. Tae Hyun Lee)


Noons Beats Ass, Diaz Talks Trash at “Return of the King”

Nick Diaz EliteXC MMA

If you’re a fan of quick, one-sided demolitions, last night’s EliteXC: Return of the King card didn’t disappoint. In the main event, lightweight champ KJ Noons and top contender Yves Edwards sparred for the first thirty seconds of their bout before Noons caught Edwards with a jaw-punch that sent him to the mat. Noons leaped onto Edwards and started raining down blows like a man possessed by both Satan and PCP; the ref called it at the 48-second mark, and a dazed Edwards was left wondering what the hell had just happened.

Following the match, Nick Diaz — who weighed in a full nine pounds over his 160-pound limit for his earlier match against Mushin Corbbrey — stepped into the cage to confront the man who’d handed him his last loss at EliteXC: Renegade last November. In an apparent attempt to hype a re-match with Noons, Diaz (along with his brother Nate) mouthed off to Noons and stuck his middle fingers into the faces of Noons and his father. The Noonses lunged at the Diazes, but security intervened before things got out of hand. Amid a chorus of boos, Nick and Nate left the cage, their beloved middle fingers extended toward the crowd.

Diaz certainly had no reason to be cocky. Besides coming into the fight a full weight-class over Corbbrey (which Diaz is trying to blame on the ocean),
Diaz needed nearly all of the three scheduled rounds to put away an outmatched, outsized Corbbrey, which he finally did via strikes from the mount.

In other action, Murilo “Ninja” Rua made Tony Bonello pay for a seriously ill-advised guard-pull at the beginning of their match, dropping elbows and punches from the top until the fight was called, while Icon Sport middleweight champion Kala Kolohe Hose was quickly choked out in a non-title match by King of the Cage/Freestyle Cage Fighting vet Robert “Bubba” McDaniel. Full results are below, and a couple vids are after the jump, courtesy of MMAScraps.

K.J. Noons def. Yves Edwards via TKO, 0:48 of round 1
Nick Diaz def. Muhsin Corbbrey via TKO, 3:59 of round 3
Murilo Rua def. Tony Bonello via TKO, 3:16 of round 1
Dave Herman def. Ron Waterman via TKO, 2:19 of round 1
Rafael Feijao def. Wayne Cole via TKO, 2:47 of round 1

P.J. Dean and Dean Lista fought to a draw
Mike Aina def. Kaleo Kwan via unanimous decision
Mark Oshiro def. Chris Willems via submission (triangle choke), 2:12 of round 1
Robert McDaniel def. Kala Kolohe via submission (rear naked choke), 0:41 of round one


Fedor-Sylvia to Fight For WAMMA Heavyweight Title

(Now there’s hardware at stake.)

MMA Rated is reporting that the Fedor Emelianenko-Tim Sylvia bout on the July 19 Affliction card will be for the WAMMA heavyweight title. For those that don’t know, WAMMA is the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (In the interest of full disclosure, I’m on the rankings committee, as is Ariel Helwani, Sam Caplan, and a bunch of other guys). This would be the first title put up by WAMMA, and in a fight with two men ranked first and fourth respectively in the heavyweight division.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio confirmed the report, and while it might not yet be the most meaningful title in the world, it does add a little extra interest to the Fedor-Sylvia bout.


Dana White’s Announcement Grows More Mysterious

Dana White seems surprised that people are so interested in his “big [expletive] announcement”. I mean, all he did was talk it up to ESPN, then go on CNBC and deny a bunch of rumors, then change the day altogether and keep telling people how absolutely huge it was. Can’t imagine why that stoked people’s curiosity.

Now White is changing his tune, saying he never really planned to announce it to the media. Even though he told a member of the media about it. Here are his recent comments to The Baltimore Sun:

I’m doing it Tuesday. Let me tell you how out of [expletive deleted] control that thing is. I was talking to ESPN and [the reporter] was talking about competition and I said, ‘Let me tell you what. People have been trying to compete with the UFC for years, even before we bought it. The last big one everyone thought was a big threat … was the IFL. They went public, raised 800-[expletive deleted] million dollars, then they were talking about doing fighter benefits and stuff. They got the first network deal and those other guys weren’t the first on. They got time on 60 Minutes with us when 60 Minutes did their piece on us, and now the IFL is gone. They are [expletive deleted] down, their stock is worth half a cent (Editor’s note: IFLI closed today at $0.02). That’s what we were talking about that day and I said I’m going to make an announcement to my employees that shows everyone exactly where this business is going in the next couple years.

I said I wanted to make the announcement to my employees, so it’s not even like I was making a big announcement to the media. If I was doing that I would’ve had a big news conference and then gone off to London. I wanted to wait until I was back to do it.

It’s a big [expletive deleted] announcement, it’s a big [expletive deleted] deal but I got a lot of other stuff we’re working on right now. It was never anything I said I was going to announce to the media.

So, he told ESPN about an announcement that he didn’t intend to announce to the media? Because that seems…odd. Or stupid. I’m not sure. It’s such a thin line between those two.

(Props: Five Ounces of Pain)


Why The Videos of Genghis Con Are Awesome

Natural Born Killers – Watch more free videos

If you’re like me, you probably spend way too much time watching MMA videos on the internet. You probably also have this thing on your neck that everyone says you should go to a doctor about, and you say you will, but you know you won’t.

Anyway, in the brief time you have to live you should really check out Genghis Con, who is single-handedly the greatest creator of MMA highlight videos. You may have seen his stuff already. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and check it out.

How can you tell he’s good? He makes a video about guys like Drew Fickett, Jorge Masvidal, and Jay Hieron into something that’s completely riveting. Anybody can do something great with a Fedor video. Well, not me, but anybody with video editing skills. But it takes talent to pull something like “Natural Born Killers” off.

Respect the skills, people. That’s all.


Trying To Make Sense of the Dream Betting Odds

(We know he can take a beating, but can he still give one?)

I admit it, I was shocked to see the betting odds for Dream.4 list Kazushi Sakuraba as a favorite over Melvin Manhoef. In his time, Sakuraba was a beautiful phenomenon. And yet, all things come to an end. He’s old, he’s banged up, and Manhoef plays to all his greatest weaknesses (crazy strikers with a hankering for blood).

Then I remembered Guy Mezger’s comments about the shenanigans that have been known to happen in Japan, and I thought twice. Could that be it? Could enough people be putting money down on Sakuraba as a sentimental favorite? Maybe. Or maybe all they remember are the good old days.

After going back and taking a look, I admit it, Sakuraba’s good old days were pretty good. Refresh your own memory with this fun highlight. After the jump, take a look at Manhoef’s. Should be an interesting weekend.

Kazushi Sakuraba Highlight Video – Watch more free videos