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May, 2009

UFC 98 Danavlog: The Final Preparations

With "Evans vs. Machida" signaling the end of a five-week UFC drought, the anticipation and nervous energy runs high in this video-blog-recap of Wednesday and Thursday. President White is in good spirits, checking out the new, heavier version of the UFC championship belt, cruising around in the ultimate guidomobile, and torching some poor schmuck who had the misfortune of showing up in a paisley shirt. ("You and the Revolution have a good day. Say hi to Apollonia for me.") Later, he presses palms at Thursday’s press conference, and has a very cordial phone conversation with Chuck Liddell, who’s his usual lucid self. I hope you’re all re-hydrating, because it’s about to go down…


UFC 98 Weigh-In Results

(Who’s unconventionally elusive now, motherfucker?  Photo courtesy MMA Weekly.)

 Not to dash your hopes of big drama at today’s weigh-in, but everybody made weight for UFC 98.  Rashad Evans decided to go with the ‘I ain’t even got time to pose’ approach that you see above, but other than that there wasn’t much excitement to speak of.  Full results are after the jump.


Friday Link Dump

(Does it even matter why this picture was taken?)

- Everyone is just trying to help Chuck Liddell. (Fightlinker)

- UFC Undisputed is a solid hit. (MMA Payout)

- Machida talks urine drinking. (Ask Men)

- The pros pick Evans vs. Machida. (Sherdog)

- Check out the final Bellator tournament schedule. (Fighters Only)

- Rashad Evans talks Machida, being the underdog. (Ask Men)

- Video of Machida vs. Bonnar. (MMA TKO)

- Top 3 most frustrating teams to watch in baseball. (Scores Report)

- The celebrity gender switch experiment. (Holy Taco)

- 10 great war movie quotes. (Screen Junkies)

- 56 insanely hot Indy car grid girls. (All Left Turns)

- Fat kid ATV jousting nut shot. (Nothing Toxic)


‘Countdown to UFC 98′ Excerpt: Machida Explains the Inoki and Tito Situations

Lyoto Machida in Countdown to UFC 98 excerpt – Watch more Funny Videos

Last night’s Countdown to UFC 98 special on Spike put a lot of effort into selling Lyoto Machida as a star, running down his backstory and setting him up as a mysterious martial arts warrior with an ancient spirit. I just watched the first half, and decided to pull out a couple highlights for those of you who didn’t get a chance to see it. In the above clip, Lyoto explains exactly why Antonio Inoki slapped the shit out of him, and admits to the pressure that came with being set up as a bagman for Dana White during the Tito Ortiz mess. Also, he explains the historical precedent for his goal of never getting hit. 

Reminder: Our UFC 98 liveblog kicks off tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. We’d love to have you stop by.


Chris Wilson Out of UFC 98 Due to Unapproved Medicals

Chris Wilson UFC
(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Chris Wilson‘s month just went from incredibly awful to unbelievably terrible. As if getting home-invaded and robbed of all his valuables by Brazilian marauders wasn’t bad enough, the Team Quest welterweight now can’t even earn the money to replace what he lost. Bad, bad tidings from his blog:

After several months of training, tapering for the fight, dieting, traveling and even cutting half of my weight the day before weigh-ins my fight [against Brock Larson] has been canceled. The Nevada State Athletic Commission did not approve some of my medicals and we couldn’t hussle them all out in time despite last minute physicals, blood tests, international conference calls and even a little prayer. No joke, I really prayed.

Videos: UFC 98 Picks, Meditations on the Motel 6, + Lyoto Machida’s First Fight

Watch UFC 98 Picks From CagePotato.coms Ben Fowlkes! on

Oh, Christ.  There’s something really terrible about seeing yourself talk on video.  It’s a similar feeling to hearing your own voice on the answering machine, only much worse.  Anyway, this is me giving my UFC 98 predictions to and talking about what it’s like coming to Vegas to cover a UFC fight and staying at the sleazy Motel 6 across the street from the MGM Grand, which seemed to fascinate the Raw Vegas people for some reason.  Personally I prefer their work in the genre of girls kissing other girls for money in Vegas nightclubs.  That shit is art, yo.

Think of this video as a word of caution to all the kids out there considering becoming MMA writers.  It’s not cool.  In fact, it’s downright pathetic.  Just when you think it can’t get any worse some people with a video camera come in and make you pretend to type on your laptop, even as you are visibly mouthing the words, "type, type, type."  Congratulations to those of you who got the "Lawrence of Arabia" reference.  You are nerds.  And if you want to take issue with my picks, just check out who’s tied for first in the CBS Sports panel.

After the jump, Lyoto Machida‘s first fight, back when he was so young and so willing to come down to the ring in weird outfits.


(Mis)Adventures in Las Vegas: UFC 98 Scene Report

UFC 98 poster
(In the lobby of the MGM Grand, going mostly unnoticed.)

I’m not going to lie to you, Potato Nation.  There isn’t a whole lot of enthusiasm for this weekend’s UFC 98 event here in Las Vegas.   Maybe that’s not quite right.  Maybe it’s that there’s just not much awareness.  As great a presence as the UFC always has in Sin City, this week the reaction to the upcoming event from locals and tourists seems lukewarm at best.  But that doesn’t mean that MMA culture in general isn’t a pervasive force all around us.


Hong Man Choi May Literally Kill Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco MMA
(Don’t get used to it, buddy. By the way, those aren’t real tats — he’s wearing one of those queer-ass tattoo shirts. )

With his MMA debut coming in four days, you might be wondering what Jose Canseco has been doing to prepare for Hong Man Choi. After all, we’ve seen no photos or videos of him training at MMA camps, and he’s ignored every interview request from MMA news outlets (us included). It’s all a big mystery. Well, it seems like the real answer is the most logical one:

On today’s edition of Radio, co-host [Frank] Trigg said he "called around" and was disappointed to learn Canseco has apparently done little in the way of preparing for his May 26 DREAM.9 bout with 7-foot-2 kickboxer Hong Man Choi. "He hasn’t been doing anything," Trigg said. "Nothing. Nothing (MMA-related) for this fight. "He’s running on a treadmill."

Alistair Overeem Beats Up Five Nightclub Bouncers, Nearly Loses Hand

Alistair Overeem Strikeforce MMA kickboxing
(Just before the nightclub brawl, Overeem also reportedly negged eight women and kino escalated on six.)

When it was announced that Alistair Overeem turned down a Strikeforce heavyweight title fight against Brett Rogers due to an injured hand, we thought it was one of those phantom injuries that mysteriously arises when someone asks you to fight a comparatively unknown up-and-comer on a month’s notice. But it turns out Overeem’s injury is very real. And there’s a pretty interesting story behind it. Fighter’s Only has the tale


Martin Kampmann Won’t Fight T.J. Grant, Wants Someone Better

Martin Kampmann
(Kampmann does some of his best thinking on the streets, right around dusk, wearing his UFC sweatshirt.  You wouldn’t understand, man.)

You have to love it when an MMA fighter explains why he turned down a fight that the UFC offered him and begins with the phrase, ‘No disrespect to [name of fighter he is disrespecting], but…’  It’s as smooth a move as saying, ‘Don’t take this the wrong way,’ right before you say something that you know will be taken the wrong way.  That’s basically what Martin Kampmann is doing while explaining to why he turned down a fight with T.J. Grant that has been all over the internets the last couple days as if were totally official:

“No disrespect to T.J. Grant, but I don’t think it’s a fight that makes any sense for me at the moment,” Kampmann said. “I want to fight some higher ranked guys. I never even knew who the guy was, and he’s probably a tough guy. But I want to fight guys who make sense for me and who can escalate me up the ladder more, so I didn’t accept that fight. I don’t know what happened, but apparently some miscommunication somewhere because I saw it all over the internet.”