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May, 2009

DREAM Releases Fight Order for Epic 5/26 Card + More Japanese GP News

DREAM.9 Japan MMA Mousasi Yamamoto Jacare Sapp Choi
(Image courtesy of DreamOfficial.com)

Maybe the word "epic" is overused on the Internet. Certainly we’ve been guilty of using it vain when "totally sweet" would have sufficed. But I think "epic" really does apply to DREAM.9 (May 26th, Yokohama) which contains the quarterfinals of DREAM’s "Super Hulk Tournament" and Featherweight Grand Prix, as well as a great lightweight feature between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gesias Cavalcante, and the middleweight title fight between Jason Miller and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

The show will be broadcast in North America on HDNet Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT, and while I’m not really down with farmer’s hours, I might have to watch this one live (and maybe even liveblog it) — especially since it’ll also represent an emotional farewell to HDNet. Right, so DREAM.9′s official fight order will be…

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Good News, Phil Baroni Is Still Acting Totally Sweet

Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs Strikeforce
(Baroni was kind enough to take a break from filming the new "Miami Vice" movie in order to drop by the Strikeforce press conference.)

MMA needs characters just as much as it needs the stoic types who just bore everyone by doing nothing but winning fights and keeping their mouth shut.  But God bless Phil Baroni, who will make sure there is never a dull moment when he shows up to your party.  Looking over the quotes from yesterday’s Strikeforce presser it’s enough to make you wonder whether they didn’t open with a standup routine from Baroni.  Just check out some of the gems he dropped on the mic in St. Louis yesterday.

On fighting styles and management choices:

"I asked my agent – I said ‘hey get me a southpaw to fight.’  My agent’s pretty stupid.  He said ‘What’s that?  He didn’t know what a southpaw was.  So, I said "It’s a (expletive) left-handed fighter.  I’m real good at fighting lefties.  Lefties are made to order for me.  They eat straight right hands and I’ve got a pretty (expletive) big one.  I’m going to put it right on his kisser."

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The Unsupportable Opinion: Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida Is The UFC’s Best Title Fight in Nearly a Year

Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida UFC 98
(Ready to make some magic, gentlemen?)

Right off I’ll admit it: there isn’t anything glamorous about the Rashad Evans-Lyoto Machida title fight at UFC 98 this weekend.  A champion who until recently was known for his split decision victories facing off against a challenger known for being so “elusive” that his fights often resemble a ballet more than a brawl – that’s not anyone’s dream bout, least of all a promoter’s. 

But what this fight lacks in star power and fireworks, it makes up for with sheer, good old-fashioned quality.  In many ways Evans-Machida is the best, most legitimate title fight the UFC has put on in nearly a year.  Here’s why:

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Cheick Kongo Steps Up to Face Cain Velasquez at UFC 99

Cheick Kongo Mustapha Al Turk MMA UFC 92
(Kongo dodges Al-Turk’s ferocious breakdancing attack at UFC 92. Photo courtesy of boxinginlasvegas.com.)

From a new update on UFC.com:

When Heath Herring was forced to withdraw from his UFC 99 bout against Cain Velasquez, the search immediately went out for a replacement. Well, the UFC didn’t have to look very far, as highly-regarded contender Cheick Kongo has stepped up to face the unbeaten Velasquez on the main card of the June 13th event in Cologne, Germany.
 
Kongo is currently riding a three fight winning streak that includes TKOs of Dan Evensen, Mostapha Al-Turk, and Antoni Hardonk. In Velasquez (5-0), he faces one of the division’s brightest young stars in what promises to be one of the most exciting fights on the stacked UFC 99 card, which is headlined by the bout between Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva.
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Videos: UFC 98 Danavlogs, ‘Kingdom of Mayhem’ Part 2 + Machida vs. Ishii



(Props: MMA Fanhouse)

Dana White has been a busy little beaver during his New York media tour, promoting UFC 98 and 2009 Undisputed with a series of television and live appearances. Here are his video blogs from the last two days. Monday’s features the requisite Pinkberry visit, some fan meet-and-greet at a GameStop in Times Square, and Dana getting punked by a sidewalk chalk-artist at the very end. Yesterday, he did Opie and Anthony and ESPN First Take, pressed flesh at Nasdaq, and taught Jimmy Fallon how to punch. The vlog cuts off after that, but we’re guessing he went back to his hotel room, sat down in the bathtub, and cried for about a half-hour.

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Heath Herring Out of UFC 99, Nation of Germany Left Stunned and Reeling

Heath Herring
(Yep, that’s what it looks like about four hours before you acquire a nasty virus.)

Fresh off the news that the youth of Germany will be denied their chance to see UFC 99 in Cologne’s Lanxess Arena, the event has now received another blow: the loss of Heath Herring.  

Okay, so it’s not that big a blow.  Herring was scheduled to take on Cain Velasquez but is now reportedly sidelined with an unnamed illness (just to speculate irresponsibly, we’re going to say it’s either swine flu or whooping cough) and is unable to train, which has knocked him out of contention for the June 13 event in Germany.  The question now is, what happens to Velasquez?  And, to lesser extent, is Herring just faking it since he refuses to fight in front of a crowd without any children in it?

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WAMMA Now But An Empty Shell

Fedor Emelianenko
(Let’s cut to the chase.  Is Fedor going to have to give back the belt or not?  Because his family already ate off the damn thing and it is a bitch to clean.)

A press release sent out this afternoon announced that former UFC champion Pat Miletich and Five Ounces of Pain founder Sam Caplan have both resigned from WAMMA in what Caplan described as “not an amicable parting.”  Said Miletich:

"Throughout my entire time with WAMMA, I’ve been sincere in my belief that the sport needs undisputed champions in every major weight class.  To this day, I still feel that way and still believe in WAMMA’s basic principles. However, I no longer believe that WAMMA’s execution is where it needs to be in order for it to meet its full potential. Based on that and a growing difference of opinion with WAMMA’s board of directors, I made the decision that it is time to move on."

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Andrei Arlovski vs. Brett Rogers Added to ‘Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields’ (!)

Andrei Arlovski MMABrett Rogers MMA
("Pee-pee-pee" vs. "Wobble-Wobble": Who ya got!?)

Ho, baby. From a new press release sent out by Strikeforce:

ST. LOUIS (May 19, 2009) – SHOWTIME announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr., announced today that top-10 ranked heavyweight and former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski will face unbeaten heavyweight sensation Brett "The Grim" Rogers on Saturday, June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and LIVE on SHOWTIME. The announcement was made at a kick-off press conference for STRIKEFORCE: Lawler vs. Shields at the Atrium at Scottrade Center. The heavyweight showdown will precede the main event fight between two of the most highly regarded fighters in the world, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields.

The Fight Network (via FiveOunces) passes along these additional details:

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‘Behind the Octagon’ to Stream Backstage Video at UFC 98

UFC 98 MMA
(Image courtesy of UFC.com/BK. Click for larger version.)

The UFC has a special treat for those staying in to watch the fights on Saturday night. Starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, four live video streams will be available at UFC.com/BK, as part of a new Burger King-sponsored online feature called "Behind the Octagon." Viewers can switch between the red and blue corner dressing rooms, the fighter entryway, and a camera that will just be following Dana White as he makes his rounds. In other words, you’ll be seeing a lot of behind-the-scenes action that’s never been available before, aside from edited highlights in Danavlogs.

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Oppressive German Regime Bans Minors From UFC 99

UFC 99
(May contain scenes of graphic violence.)

Say you’re a German teenager and you were really looking forward to seeing Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva battle for relevance at UFC 99 in Cologne next month. Well, unless you’re over eighteen years old you are officially screwed.  An uproar over the UFC coming to town and an article calling for banning the “insanity” of “brutal cage fighting” appeared in the popular German newspaper Bild recently, prompting minors to be barred from attending the first German UFC event.  The article claimed that only biting and eye-gouging were against the rules, and described fighters as wearing “no protective clothing,” so just maybe there’s some bad information being passed around.  Regardless, the Lanxess Arena, where UFC 99 is going down, has agreed to ban ticketholders under eighteen years old from attending the event.

Dana White is adopting an ‘I’m getting too old for this shit’ attitude about the whole thing.

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