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December, 2008

“My wife, in so many words, called me a pussy, a failure as a man, and a bad example to my children.”

If you’ve got 9.5 minutes to spare, check out this extended trailer for UFC 92, which runs down the event’s three marquee matchups. I have to say, I literally LOL’d at the 3:13-3:15 mark, where Dana White describes the Forrest Griffin/Rashad Evans fight as "the hard worker vs. the explosive athlete" — which, as every sports fan knows, is barely-concealed shorthand for "the white guy vs. the black guy." Later, the Nog/Mir bout is previewed, with Mir aptly describing Minotauro as "like a zombie…like Frankenstein. Every time you kill him, you think he’s dead, and the motherfucker rises again." Finally, we get another look at Rampage/Wandy III, which thankfully includes some PRIDE footage (which Zuffa seemingly only pulls out for very special occasions). Silva on Jackson: "I know he remembers my knee." And so do we, Wanderlei.

Speaking of UFC promos, the first episode of "UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Penn" will debut January 14th on Spike TV. Each 30-minute episode — there will be three in total, airing Wednesdays at 10:30 — will profile the UFC’s current welterweight and lightweight champions as they prepare for their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 94 (January 31st, Las Vegas). The shows will be modeled after the popular 24/7 series on HBO, which has helped publicize boxing matches like Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., and most recently, Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr.

Bonus, after the jump: Depending on the result of De La Hoya/Pacquiao boxing match on Saturday, either Roger Huerta or Brandon Vera will be wearing a chicken suit in a heavily-trafficked area.


Add Another Name to Zuffa’s ‘Banned’ List

Booya Fight Girls
(The Booyaa Fight Girls: Voted most likely to lie to you about working their way through community college.)

Banning clothing brands as potential sponsors is so much fun, Zuffa is at it once again.  MMA Payout reports that the newest addition to the blacklist is Booyaa Fightwear, an apparel-maker whose loose affiliation with the King of the Cage organization was enough to torpedo their proposed sponsorship of Mike Budnik in his WEC bout this week. 

King of the Cage was part of the Pro Elite network of organizations, but is one of the few entities that can still promote fights and is still somewhat capable of scratching out a living as small-timers.  Apparently this makes KOTC, and by extension Booyaa Fightwear (if ever there was a company name more inspired by the mid-nineties, I’ve yet to hear of it), a perceived competitor of the WEC.  And we all know how Zuffa deals with competitors. 


MMA Live Says No Werdum in Affliction

In the most recent episode of ESPN’s MMA Live, Franklin McNeil says there’s no way Fabricio Werdum is going to join the Affliction roster like he hoped following his UFC dismissal, and the culprit seems to be his unreasonable financial demands.  Funny, his unwillingness to accept a paycut of his fairly bloated salary is what precipitated his release from the UFC to begin with.  Could it be that having your sister act as your manager isn’t such a good idea after all?

On one hand, you can’t blame for Werdum for trying to squeeze some cash out of Affliction.  They are the people who paid Tim Sylvia $800,000 to get beat up by Fedor Emelianenko, and that was just one of many ridiculously overblown payouts on their first show.  But since then Affliction has been forced to tighten their belts somewhat, with rumors that some fighters under existing contracts have been asked to take paycuts for the second show. 

Werdum has got to realize that it’s better to fight for some money, even if it’s not the figure he and his manager/sister had in mind, than to sit on the sidelines.  The only way he’s going to get the big money is to prove that he’s worth it, and that’s not going to happen if he prices himself out of potential fights.  The options for fighters are lean and getting leaner these days.  Werdum might do well to make his expectations match that reality, and to get a real manager who knows a thing or two about this stuff.


Hilarious Rumor of the Day: Kimbo vs. Badr Hari @ K-1?

(Kevin had made many trips to the pawn shop in his life, but this one was by far the saddest.)

According to Japanese tabloid Tokyo Sports, Kimbo Slice has joined up with K-1, and will appear at this Saturday’s K-1 show in Yokohama to introduce himself to fans; his debut match for the kickboxing organization will be in March, against K-1 heavyweight champion Badr "The Golden Boy" Hari. (You can see some of Hari’s work here and here.)

Look, I’ve never been a Kimbo-hater — the dude has unquestionably strong hands and may still develop into an impressive fighter — but if he could get knocked out by an off-balance jab from Seth Petruzelli, he may literally die in the ring against Hari, who is arguably the most devastating striker in the world right now. If I were Icey Mike, I’d be tempted by the surely-substantial payday, but the kind of loss that Kimbo could take against Hari might permanently relegate him to human-punching-bag status in the fight world. It’s choosing the short money over the long money, basically, and it’s a bad, bad idea. (Not to say that I wouldn’t watch the carnage if this freak-match actually came together, but still…)

In far more legitimate K-1 news, it has been announced that DREAM middleweight GP champ Gegard Mousasi will face four-time K-1 Japan tournament champion and two-time World GP finalist Musashi in a K-1 rules match at Fields Dynamite!! 2008 on New Year’s Eve. The NYE event, which goes down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, will be headlined by MMA fights between Joachim Hansen and Gesias Calvancante, and Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura.


Videos: Jackson vs. Silva (Then and Now)

Hey, welcome back! Did you have a nice holiday? Well, you didn’t come here to talk about your mom’s stuffing. Let’s start the work-week off right with some Rampage vs. Wandy video-hype. Above is an original HL by MMA Scraps, which shows how their first two meetings went down in PRIDE — including some great behind-the-scenes footage of ‘Page dropping multiple MF-bombs — and what the two fighters have been up to since then (i.e., destroying people). As you’ll see, Jackson blames his first loss against Silva on not being able to breathe because of a cold; similarly, he now blames his first PRIDE loss against Kazushi Sakuraba on being poisoned.

But in the Telegraph UK interview video below, Jackson acknowledges that his past defeats at the hands of the Axe-Murderer were only due to him being "a terrible fighter." Of course he believes that he’s improved a great deal since those two ugly losses — though we already know how Wandy thinks the third fight will end. Silva/Jackson III co-headlines UFC 92 (December 27th, Las Vegas).