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April, 2009

Videos: UFC 97 Weigh-Ins, Friday Danavlog

CageWriter brings us this video of UFC 97‘s headliners weighing in yesterday in Montreal. Anderson Silva established his dominance during the face-off, coming so close to Thales Leites that the challenger had to take a step backwards (3:45 mark); he’s lucky the Spider didn’t give him two for flinching. Don’t forget to come back to tonight as we liveblog the action beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Below: Yesterday’s edition of Dana White’s video blog, in which DW finally loses his UFC Undisputed championship title to Georges St. Pierre ("I think there was Vaseline on the controller"), hangs some more with his Army vet buddy, and gives his fighters the traditional F-bomb-laced pep talk.


Friday Link Dump

(Artist’s rendition of the coming carnage.  Check out more illustrated UFC 97 predictions at

- Anderson Silva comes in at 182 for UFC 97 weigh-in. (MMA Fanhouse)

- Wanderlei says Leites will beat Silva with jiu-jitsu. (Tatame)

- UFC trying to crack down on streaming piracy. (MMA Payout)

- "Mayhem" Miller apologizes for the fakeness of "Bully Beatdown." (UG)

- Anderson Silva would like to fight his own clone one day. (AskMen)

- Vintage UFC video: Chuck Liddell vs. Kevin Randleman. (MMA TKO)

- Fighters are expecting an insane, loud crowd in Montreal. (The Score)

- "MMA Live" previews UFC 97. (ESPN)

- Cris Collinsworth will try and fill John Madden’s shoes. (Scores Report)

- The ultimate butterface contest. (Holy Taco)

- Kids’ letters to Michael Bay. (Screen Junkies)

- Daily market madness. (Wall Street Fighter)

- Mr. Ashley Judd discusses failed Nascar experiment. (All Left Turns)

- Paintball gun nut shot. It is what it is. (Nothing Toxic)


Chuck Liddell’s Revamped Game Plan: Avoid Right Hands

(Yep, still painful to watch.)

Want to know how Chuck Liddell’s going to beat “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97?  Simple: keep his eyes open and avoid right hands.  That’s essentially what Olympic gold medalist boxer Howard Davis Jr., who helped train Liddell for this fight, told  Davis said he spent a lot of time working with Liddell on “avoiding the right hand, slipping and blocking the right.”

That sounds almost so basic as to be stupid, but then you remember Liddell’s recent knockout losses to both Rashad Evans and “Rampage” Jackson.  The right hand counter did him in both times.  Now he’s got Davis helping him, so, problem solved?


Don Frye Don’t Know the Meaning of the Word ‘Retirement’, Goddamnit

Don Frye MMA Yoshihiro Takayama PRIDE
("And that’s for Pearl Harbor, you son of a bitch!" Photo courtesy of

MMA legend/advice guru Don Frye (19-7-1), who has been representing American masculinity in no-holds-barred matches since UFC 8 in February ’96, God bless him, has just booked his next fight. According to FiveOuncesofPain, the Predator will be competing two weeks from tomorrow at Shark Fight IV in Lubbock, Texas, against Rich Moss. Moss (7-2) is a former Judo champion who once defeated TUF 9 hopeful Ray Elbe — which remains his only win over a fighter with a winning record. He’s also a middleweight, and we all know Don doesn’t give a damn about a middleweight.

Frye has the size advantage, though that didn’t help him in his most recent fight against noted fatty-hunter Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa, at a DEEP show last August. Still, Frye has won three of his last five matches, so maybe the old bastard still has some spark left in him. The complete Shark Fight IV card looks like this:

Don Frye vs. Rich Moss
Rex Richards vs. Darill Schoonover
Shannon Ritch vs. TJ Wallburger
Jesse Taylor vs. Eric Davilla
Wayne Cole vs. Marcus Sursa
Phil Cardella vs. Johnny Flores
Louis Luna vs Douglas Frey
Brandi Hainey vs. Jessica Miramontes
Aaron Garcia va. Elmar Muller

Bonus "Dear Don" brilliance after the jump…


Video: Danavloggin’ Like it Ain’t No Thang

Dana White UFC 97 Video Blog – 4/16/09 – Watch more Funny Videos

Well, it looks like we’re back in the regular rotation for these things. In this 4/16 edition of the Danavlog, Dana swings by the the Bell Centre for a UFC 97 press conference, shoots the shit with an Iraq War vet who he hooked up for the event, and does some high-stakes rock ‘n’ bowling with employee Marty Cordova. "You know he’s Mexican, right, he’s gonna try to pay me in pesos," Dana says at the 11:25 mark. Man, it’s like he won’t be happy until everybody hates him. Though it wasn’t shown in the video, DW gave a fairly interesting quote at the press conference about the UFC’s continued campaign of global (and local) domination:

"Canada is the mecca for mixed martial arts right now. There aren’t too many places in the world we could go right now and sell 22,000 tickets as fast as we did here. I believe, as fast as we sell out here, maybe we could do 30 (thousand) in Toronto…We’re coming to France, there’s no doubt about it. We’re in Germany right now, and France is next…I’m pretty confident we’re going to do an event in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Boston Garden in November. Then, the first of the year, New York. I’m hoping we actually have Toronto done before New York."

Yesterday, Kenny Florian and Marc Ratner were at the Massachusetts State House fighting for the cause of MMA regulation, and things look promising. The battle continues in Ontario, and New York is still waiting for its MMA regulation bill to be voted on in the State Assembly. (Step on it, guys!)


Let’s Get a Little Perspective on Anderson Silva’s Title Reign

(Props: MMA Fanhouse. Skip to 4:44 for the good stuff.)

At yesterday’s UFC 97 conference de presse (that’s fancy talk for press conference) Dana White made the bold claim that an Anderson Silva win over Thales Leites on Saturday night would solidify him as the greatest champion in UFC history.  In other words, if the guy who is a 5-1 favorite according to some bookmakers does what everyone expects him to do, this will prove that he’s the best.  

This is a difficult line of reasoning to follow.  If Silva wins at UFC 97 he’ll be 9-0 in the Octagon.  That’s a record.  It breaks the previous streak set by Royce Gracie and tied by Jon Fitch.  But there’s a reason why, even before Jon Fitch tied that record, none of us (with the exception of that one dude who stopped watching MMA in 1997) talk about Royce Gracie as the greatest champion in the history of the UFC.

It’s not just how many people you beat; it’s who you beat.


Ben vs. Ben: UFC 97 Edition

(‘No, it isn’t funny. What happened to the dress I bought you? The one with an actual neckline? It’s like you want people to stare or something. Oh, now I get it.’)

You know what time it is.  Time to get serious about the important questions surrounding UFC 97.  Questions like, ‘What the hell are we getting for our money here?’ and ‘What’s up with your stupid face, stupid?’  That’s right.  It’s Ben vs. Ben time.

What exactly does Chuck Liddell have to do to prove that he’s still got it?  Is anything less than a devastating KO going to be enough?
BG: It’ll either have to be a knockout, or an incredibly dominant decision victory where all three judges score it 30-24 and Shogun Rua‘s face looks like hamburger afterwards. Here’s the deal: There’s no way that Shogun could have magically set the clock back to 2005 in the three months since he barely defeated Mark Coleman at UFC 93, and I think we all expect a shabby performance out of him tomorrow night. So Chuck basically has to prove that although he may no longer be able to hang with younger, more complete fighters, his skills haven’t deteriorated as much as Rua’s have.

If both fighters turn in mediocre efforts, the UFC will have a hard time figuring out what to do with them. (You can’t cut the winner and the loser. Can you?) That was probably Dana White’s motivation for calling out Liddell in public and demanding a dazzling performance — if Chuck fails again, there’s no obvious next step with him, promotion-wise. Do you throw him against talented up-and-comers like Luis Cane and Jon Jones, who might smash his old ass?  Do you try to build him back up against complete cans? Either way, he won’t be in important fights anymore, and that may not be an option for the UFC, or for Chuck himself.

BF: The only way a decision victory would be enough for Liddell is if a) Rua fights like it’s the 2005 Pride GP all over again, b) Chuck still comes close to finishing him several times, and c) after the fight all we can talk about is what amazing heart and conditioning Rua showed in merely surviving that assault.


Scandal of the Day: ‘Bully Beatdown’ May Be Totally Staged

(Remember him?)

Shocking allegations from MMATKO (via TheGarv) that could shake the foundations of an American television institution:

I knew from the beginning that the show advertised for tough guys to apply and they would be chosen based on some sort of bully mentality towards their friends. I did not find out until a few days ago that not one of the bullies had in fact, ever bullied the actors that have played the part of the victims.
I spoke with a friend that helped with the production of the show and was told that most of the bully/victim combo had never even met prior to the taping of each episode.
Take bully Jon from the last episode with Jake Shields. Last year he was on the Fox TV show Battle of the Bods where Jonathan proclaimed to be a professional stuntman as he judged the bodies of young women.
Even though Bully Beatdown is filled with actors the fights are mostly real. The stuntmen do try to fight back against the Pro MMA fighters but their payday comes not from the 10,000 prize money offered up but from the money guaranteed on the contract they signed going into the fight.

Look, I know you have to suspend disbelief to some extent whenever you’re watching a "reality television" show — we know that none of those women are really there for the love of Ray J , and Heidi and Spencer are actually cousins in real life — but was it too much to ask that real bullies would get their comeuppance on Bully Beatdown? How you gonna do us like that, Mayhem?


Win a DVD in the ‘Never Surrender’ Caption Contest!

Never Surrender MMA movie Echavarria Georges St. Pierre Quinton Jackson Anderson Silva BJ Penn

To commemorate the DVD release of Never Surrender on April 28th, LionsGate has given us five copies of the flick to give away to you wonderful people. Hit us with the plot summary, IMDb:

When an MMA world champion is lured into the illegal world of underground cage fighting by an elusive promoter, he quickly realizes that the only way out is to kill or to be killed. In a place where some fight for glory and some fight for the fight; he will fight for his life.

So it’s kind of like this, but with higher production values and a cast of actual MMA stars (Georges St. Pierre, BJ Penn, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, and Heath Herring). You know you want to see that. And to score a copy of the movie, all you have to do is come up with an entertaining caption to the photo after the jump…


The Unsupportable Opinion: Thales Leites Has a Good Chance at UFC 97

Thales Leites UFC
(He owns at least one working bicep.  That’s a good sign, right?)

Let me be real, son.  Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites is, on paper, the most one-sided UFC title fight since Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra I.  And yes, we know how that one turned out, but there’s still no plausible reason to believe that the Thales Leites we’ve seen in the Octagon could beat even the uninterested Anderson Silva we saw against Patrick Cote…or is there?

In the interest of trying to make UFC 97’s main event seem a little more competitive than the oddsmakers think it is, here’s our best attempt at making the very difficult case for Thales Leites.

1. Aside From His UFC Debut, He’s Never Lost an MMA Bout
Losing your Octagon debut is almost a rite of passage for young fighters, like getting screwed by a sponsor or doing something so cool it makes Joe Silva leap out of his chair.  Leites lost his first UFC bout via decision to the very credible Martin Kampmann in 2006.  Since then, dude’s been hanging nothing but W’s.  Okay, his win over Nate Marquardt was highly suspect, but his quick submission over Drew McFedries wasn’t. (Sidenote: how did he go from a win over Marquardt to a bout with McFedries, anyway?  Not exactly a step up in competition there.)