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November, 2008

UFC 91: The Only Liveblog That Counts

(You ready for this? Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

We are live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for an extra-special, on-the-scene liveblog of UFC 91. What does that mean for your life? It means preliminary results, witty observations about crowd members, and constant updates as to what Arianny Celeste is up to throughout the night. At the same time, I don’t want to miss out on all your hilarious quips about the live broadcast, including but not limited to the banter between Joe Rogan and the century man, Mike Goldberg, so please fill me in with your comments.

Liveblog begins after the jump. Hit refresh often. If you don’t want the prelims spoiled for you…too bad. Just suck it up and deal.


‘Oh, Snap!’ Alert: Chael Sonnen on Couture/Lesnar

(He kids because he loves.)

Chael Sonnen not only has a prediction for the main event of tonight’s UFC 91 (which we’ll be liveblogging, just a reminder), he’s also willing to put a little something behind it:

I’ll bet 25 percent of Paulo [Filho]’s purse on “The Natural.”

Someone get Filho some salve. Because he’s just been burned.


UFC 91 Weigh-In Report: Strange New World

Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar
(Yeah, laugh it up.)

Welcome to MMA’s alternate universe. It looks like the MGM Grand the day before UFC 91, but something weird is going on. Junie Browning is getting mobbed in the hotel lobby while Roger Huerta sits in a bar quietly sipping espresso. Bruce Buffer walks by looking like he’s fresh from the gym and a drunk guy in an Affliction shirt almost loses his mind.

Fortunately for the UFC, they also have fans lined up around the corner just to see the weigh-in. At least two thousand of them fill the stands by four o’clock. Amazingly, the weigh-in starts right on time and is over twenty minutes later. Everyone makes weight. Brock Lesnar elicits as many boos as camera flashes. Joe Rogan interviews Randy Couture and compares Lesnar to the final boss in a video game. As much as I hate to admit, it’s a pretty good metaphor.

What’s worrisome for Couture is the cold hard numbers game. He weighs in at a svelte 220 pounds. Lesnar cuts to down to hit 265. By the time they step in the Octagon tomorrow night, Lesnar will likely be closer to 280, while Couture won’t be any bigger. It’s a sobering reality for Captain America. Or at least it ought to be.

Complete figures from today’s weigh-in after the jump.


Amir Sadollah Is Going to Be Juuuuust Fine…

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(Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

The TUF 7 winner recoups from his leg infection with the help of some berry-flavored Skoal, which he only enjoys ironically, we’re guessing. To see some photos of Amir and Arianny Celeste dressed up like pretty, pretty princesses, check out the rest of this set.


Todd Beard Calls Quitsies

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(Google Image Search result for “awful Beard.”)

Affliction put out a press release today announcing that loose-cannon/multiple-felon Todd Beard has left the building. Dig:

SEAL BEACH, Calif., Nov 14, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The board of directors of Affliction Inc. announced today that it received and accepted the resignation of Todd Beard as an employee of the company. Mr. Beard is one of the original founders of the clothing company based in Seal Beach, California. The resignation coincides with a public apology for comments made by Mr. Beard and directed toward Randy Couture and his wife Kim Couture regarding their business relationship.

Mr. Beard also disclosed that he will be seeking treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse.

According to Mr. Beard, “I would like to apologize for my comments that may have offended Kim and Randy Couture and Mr. Spira. I had a long-standing relationship with the Coutures and I was deeply and emotionally hurt by some of their recent business decisions. I have only the best of intentions for the success of the Affliction and Xtreme Couture clothing brands and understand that there are personal issues I must address.”


CP Comments of the Week

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(This is a totally undoctored photo, we swear.)

Picking up the free t-shirts this week are…

Gunny on “Urijah Faber Not Getting Taken Advantage Of?”: If I’m not mistaken, he is half ballchinian on his mother’s side.

MarMAr on “Efrain Escudero’s TUF 8 Blog: Episode 9″: Anyone notice how bad the editing can be sometimes? Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes Vinny’s hair is blonde, other times Tom is on top of Kaplan, and then Kaplan is on top of Tom.

Steve W. on “MMA Agents Unite to Block Pro Elite Contract Auction”: Conspicuous by his absence is the one and only “Icy” Mike.

Gunny, Mar, and Steve, please e-mail with your addresses and sizes, and we’ll get those “Hall of Fame” t-shirts out to you ASAP. As for the rest of you, there will be plenty of opportunity to creatively toss in your two cents during our liveblog of UFC 91 on Saturday. Don’t miss it!


MMA Live is Actually at a Live MMA Event

Check out MMA Live pretending to be College Gameday here as they preview the Randy Couture-Brock Lesnar bout. They may be missing the drunk, screaming, college students in the background, but they’ve got the headsets, dammit.

It’s great to see ESPN getting more serious about their MMA coverage. And since I am also in Vegas for the event, and since I want to help them out, I will now paint a Brock Lesnar penis sword on my chest and go down to scream in Franklin McNeil’s ear as a show of support. Also I will be drunk.

After the jump, the crew looks at Kenny Florian-Joe Stevenson, as well as the rest of the televised undercard.


Jets Beat the Patriots, Thanks to “Rampage” Jackson

(After a dramatic victory, the Jets returned to the locker room to find nothing but energy drinks and DVD’s of “The Secret.”)

If you watched the New York Jets beat the New England Patriots in overtime last night, you may have thought to yourself, ‘Damn, the Jets look good, almost as though they’ve been motivated by watching an MMA bout.’ You have no idea how right you were.

The NY Daily News reports that Jets coach Eric Mangini was looking to send a motivational message to his team the night before the game, and he turned to some UFC footage to do it:

ULTIMATE MOTIVATION: On Wedneday night at the team hotel, Mangini showed a tape of the 2007 Ultimate Fighting light-heavyweight title bout between Quinton (Rampage) Jackson and defending champ Chuck Liddell. The upstart Jackson stunned Liddell with a first-round TKO.

Mangini’s message to the team: Young and hungry defeats the established champ.

“A lot of his motivational stuff ends up coming true,” LB David Bowens said.

Will I point out that Jackson was not so much of an upstart, but rather an established fighter who had already beaten Liddell in their previous meeting? I will not. Because that would be nitpicking. Just like it would be nitpicking to point out that the Daily News misspelled Wednesday. So instead I’ll just say, Good work, Mangini. That motivational meeting must have been not only effective, but also brief.


UFC 91 Video Hype: “Get Up” and Press Conference Intros


The unholy union between the UFC and 50 Cent has spawned its first offspring — this promo video for tomorrow night’s Couture vs. Lesnar fight, soundtracked by Fiddy’s new single “Get Up.” I don’t know…in the words of Randy Jackson, this one’s just aight for me, dog.

MMA Rated brings us this video from yesterday’s UFC 91 press conference, in which Dana White announces that the winner of the Kenny Florian/Joe Stevenson fight will earn a shot at BJ Penn’s lightweight title. Florian, Stevenson, Brock Lesnar, and Randy Couture also take the podium to say a few words. Fun fact: 15 of Randy’s 18 UFC fights have been for a championship belt.

After the jump: something completely different…


Showtime Taking Over Production for Affliction; Lindland, Matyushenko, Buentello Confirmed for “Reckoning”

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Josh Gross at SI reports that Showtime Sports will be responsible for producing and distributing Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view card on January 24th; an official announcement will come Monday. Showtime Sports produced all the ShoXC and EliteXC broadcasts on the premium cable channel, as well as the EliteXC events on CBS and the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted “Shamrock vs. Baroni” pay-per-view in June 2007. So, expect a step up in quality from the bad lighting, bizarre camera angles, and poor pacing that plagued Affliction’s “Banned” show in July.

“Day of Reckoning” is still headlined by Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA heavyweight championship belt against Andrei Arlovski. Gross also confirmed the addition of three other bouts: First, Matt Lindland and Renato “Babalu” Sobral will meet in a middleweight match on the main card; both fighters won decisions at “Banned,” with Lindland getting the better of Fabio Nascimento and Sobral edging out Mike Whitehead. [Ed. note: FiveOunces is reporting that the match will be contested at light-heavyweight.]