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June, 2009

Can The Internet Be Trusted to Make Important Career Decisions For Young MMA Fighters?

Recently Fight Magazine launched a contest on their website where they choose an amateur or low-level pro fighter and send him off to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for some personal training time with Shawn Tompkins (naturally the lucky winner will live in Shawn’s “fighter house” while he’s there, presumably playing a lot of Xbox with Chris Horodecki).  They’ve narrowed it down to four finalists and are opening it up for a reader vote to choose the winner.  

Looking at the video entries and the resumes, it seems like there’s one guy who could probably do the most with a week at Xtreme Couture, and it’s Drew Dober.  Dude is 6-0 as a pro and is 20 years old, which only serves to remind us that a) our lives are wasting away, and b) this sport is going to change drastically when kids who have been doing MMA since they were fourteen begin to take over.


This Just In: Bob Sapp Sucks!

Sometimes I think that Bob Sapp was sent to earth by the gods to teach us all that being scary-looking and talking tough means very little in a real fight against a real opponent.  And since the gods also have a sense of humor they forced him to appear in “Frankenhood.”  Judging from the betting lines, it seems like we all know by now that Sapp has nothing with which to threaten any decent heavyweight, particularly after the first two minutes of a fight.  So why even bother pretending that Sapp vs. Bobby Lashley is anything but a circus match?


Frank Lester, Mike Ciesnolevicz, Tim Boetsch Released From the UFC

War Machine Frank Lester UFC MMA
(War Machine, Unidentified Mayhem Monkey, and Frank Lester: Worst game of FMK ever.)

It seems that an insane amount of heart doesn’t necessarily guarantee job security if you can’t win fights. After being choked out by Nick Osipczak at the Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale — which followed a TUF 9 run where he beat Kiel Reid and Dave Faulkner and lost twice to James WilksFrank Lester has been cut by the UFC. The Team Quest fighter’s pro record dropped to 3-3 after his most recent loss. Godspeed, young shadow-boxer.


Hot Models Prevent Ugly Scene at UFC Photoshoot

(Props: via MMA Mania)

Man, don’t you hate it when you’re partying at Rehab, just minding your own business, and you see your next opponent by the pool and you need a bunch of hot bikini models to hold you back? Such is the concept behind one of the photoshoots in the UFC’s new magazine (on newsstands now), and we have a feeling that Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves won’t be complaining about this particular promotional assignment. To be honest, GSP doesn’t seem too worked up during his staged run-in with Alves — he remains seated in his deck chair, and only requires one model to kind of half-heartedly restrain him — but the brief nipple tweak at 0:48-0:50 tells the real story: It’s time for war, mon ami.

Speaking of the UFC’s welterweight champ and #1 contender, these guys are seriously huge right now. During a UFC media conference call yesterday, Alves said he’s walking around at 191-192 pounds, and could be as much as 195 pounds when he steps into the Octagon on July 11th. GSP currently weighs about 188-190 pounds, and expects to weigh the same on fight day. Said St. Pierre: "I truly believe that in our sport, skill and technique always beat strength and size, so the guy who will win the fight is the better fighter, not the bigger guy."

After the jump: Michael "GQ Smoov" Bisping and Dan "They Made Me Put On This Sweater" Henderson have a tense staredown of their own.


No Shirt, No Problem: Chuck Liddell Came to Party, Bitches!

Chuck Liddell
(Props: CP reader Ryan.)

Over at Barstool Sports a reader sent them an email in a misguided effort to show off how hard they’re partying at the bar where he spins country music as “DJ Big Boband" — seriously.  One of the pictures accompanying that email appears to show a shirtless Chuck Liddell bro-ing down with some enthusiastic patrons.  It’s no secret that Liddell loves to party, and he’s even been known to take his shirt off when the spirit comes over him, but it seems like when we saw a version of this same picture in the past it always involved a multitude of skanks.  Is this what happens in the twilight of your career?  Suddenly the skanks turn into one skank, then the one skank turns into a bunch of dudes, then the bunch of dudes turn into a couple of dudes who don’t even really want to be in the picture but are trying to be polite?  Guess you can’t blame a guy for wanting to hold on to the glory days for as long as possible.  Retirement is far too gay. 


Bisping to Pursue Worst Possible Strategy Against Henderson at UFC 100?

Michael Bisping and Rampage Jackson
(This night was going so well, and then Bisping just had to launch into a chorus of "Rule Britannia" and make everyone uncomfortable.)

Here’s a crazy idea for you: what if Michael Bisping decided that instead of making his gameplan at UFC 100 all about avoiding the takedown and keeping the fight on the feet, he went out and tried to take Hendo down?  You know, Hendo as in Dan Henderson.  The former Olympic wrestler who has lately been winning fights purely by holding people down and battering their faces until they look as bad as he does.  What’s that you say, it would be a ridiculously poor and self-destructive strategy?  Well maybe you should tell that to Bisping’s wrestling coach, Zach Light:

"He will take Dan Henderson down more than one time in the fight. He will, that’s how he is going to win the fight. That is how I see it. When they start trading I think Mike will win the scrambles. Dan is a great scrambler but in a scramble situation I think Mike is going to come out on top every time.”

Okay, there are two ways we can interpret this remark:


Update: Roger Huerta to Spend His Last 15 Minutes in the UFC Being Smothered by Gray Maynard

Roger Huerta MMA UFC

Remember Roger Huerta? Mexican guy, lightweight, used to bang a lot of hot chicks? "El Matador," as he was known, hasn’t fought since a unanimous decision loss to Kenny Florian last August, due to a falling out with the UFC over a perceived lack of respect and a desire to pursue acting and modeling. (How’s that going, by the way?) Though a previous rumor that he was going to finish out his contract against Sean Sherk at UFC 97 turned out to be nothin’ but wind-piss, the word on the street now is that he’ll be facing undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19 (September 16th, Oklahoma City).


Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva Score ESPY Nominations for ‘Best Fighter’

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(Click here to cast your vote for this guy. Or whoever you want. No pressure.)

Nominees for ESPN’s 2009 ESPY Awards have been announced, with two UFC fighters honored in the "Best Fighter" category. While Georges St. Pierre was MMA’s only representative last year — he was edged out by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who also won the award in 2007 — this time we have Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva going up against boxing champions Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao. Pac Man will probably take this thing in a landslide, but why not let your voice be heard by voting? Y’know, particularly for Machida, whose innovations in the sport and accomplishments over the last 12 months deserve to be recognized. The polls are open through July 11th, and the Sam Jackson-hosted awards ceremony goes down July 15th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

No other MMA fighters are nominated for any of the other categories, which is a shame: Couldn’t they have given us some love for Best Upset (Frank Mir over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira), Best Coach (Greg Jackson) or Best Team (Team Kimbo)?


“Rampage” Jackson Is Getting Sued

Though former UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was never charged with causing a pregnant woman to lose her unborn child after he struck her car in his harrowing run from the law last summer, he’ll now have to face a civil suit on the matter, according to  Holli Griggs claims that Jackson is responsible for “the stillbirth of her baby” after hitting her car while he attempted to evade police during his much-publicized hit-and-run episode.  

An investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s office concluded that the woman’s miscarriage was unrelated to the incident, and Jackson later plead guilty to evading the police and reckless driving in exchange for avoiding jail time.  Does this mean Jackson is going to continue to be distracted by his past exploits while also taking a hit to the pocketbook?  Hard to say, but it might be difficult to find a jury that’s sympathetic to pro athletes driving under the influence of "delirium."  Dana White might have been convinced that Jackson wasn’t to blame, but other people might feel differently after seeing the photos.


Lee Murray Breathes The Air of a Free Man For a Few Fleeting Moments

Lee Murray
(Everyone wants their picture in the paper, right?)

Former MMA fighter turned bank robber Lee Murray was released from a Morrocan prison yesterday, only to be rearrested soon after and have his hopes crushed by the cruel humor of the gods.  Things seemed to be going well for Murray when a Moroccan court ruled that he was legally a citizen of Morocco and thus could not be extradited to stand trial for the robbery in England.  His release seemed even more surprising, considering he was allegedly caught trying to escape from jail a little over a week ago.  But his freedom didn’t last, as Moroccan authorities arrested him again after a British request to have him tried for the robbery in Morocco, under Moroccan law.  Murray’s lawyer said he expected the trial to start soon.