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June, 2009

UFC Cracks Down on More Fighter Sponsors

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(The American Kickboxing Academy team poses during a Dethrone Royalty photo shoot. Yes, that is Josh Thomson’s mean-mug. Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

In the future, UFC fighters will only be able to wear Xyience t-shirts and Burger King hats before and after their fights. At least that’s how it seems with the way the UFC has been banning sponsors from the Octagon:

Five Ounces of Pain was able to obtain an e-mail distributed by the UFC’s legal department that now lists Dethrone, One More Round, and Rolling Stone as a list of sponsors that will not be approved for UFC 100 on July 11. Unacceptable sponsors for UFC 100 also online Poker sponsors Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet, and Party Poker.
Clothing sponsors that are approved for UFC 100 include Cage Fighter, MMA Authentic, Familia Gladitoria and MMA Elite. The source added that several clothing sponsors have indicated that they were contacted recently by the UFC and informed that in order to have the ability to sponsor a UFC fighter during a UFC-promoted event that they would have to pay a $100,000 fee to the UFC for the right to sponsor a fighter.

Rumor of the Day: Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin This Fall?

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"I’m not his father, okay, he can do whatever the hell he wants to do. I’m his friend, and I care about him a lot, and I’d really like to never see him fight again."

So said Dana White on the TUF 9 Finale edition of "Inside the Octagon", perhaps loosening on his stance that Chuck Liddell will never fight again. Could it be that one more go-round for the Iceman is in the works? According to an Inside Fights report on potential main events for UFC 103 (September 19th, Dallas), yeah, maybe:

Another fight that has been discussed internally is Chuck Liddell facing Rich Franklin. Dana White has seemingly accepted the idea that Chuck is going to want another fight, and he would much rather have Liddell inside the UFC cage than to have him go and be a huge drawing card for Strikeforce or Affliction.

Will Fighting At Lightweight Again Remove Doubts About BJ Penn’s Conditioning?

In his latest video blogging effort B.J. Penn proudly shows off his 166-pound frame more than a month out from his lightweight title defense against Kenny Florian at UFC 101.  Penn looks pretty lean at that weight and even has the suggestion of abs, but he certainly doesn’t look a man who has cut every ounce of expendable weight off his frame.  This makes me wonder a) what made him think he could give up so much size and strength to GSP, who is at this very moment preparing to fight a 200-pound Thiago Alves? and b) is fighting at 155 pounds enough to ensure that Penn will show up in shape this summer?


Guess Who’s On The Cover of the Commemorative UFC 100 Magazine?

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(Props: CageFighterMike on Twitter, via MMA Payout)

Yep, looks like the UFC has decided to go the O Magazine route and put the boss on the cover.  We’re assuming that the reason he’s posing like a fighter is not because he’s trying to act like something he isn’t, but rather as a metaphor for how he runs his business.  Next month, Dana White surrounded by a bunch of puppies!


Bob Sapp Re-Evaluates Life After Breaking Toilet

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(Photo courtesy of Frankensteinia.)

From ProMMARadio via CageWriter:

"During my career, I’ve been as heavy as almost 400 pounds…to say honestly, after I sat down on my toilet and [it] started to crack, I knew that it was time to lose a little bit more weight, and I started doing more running and conditioning and things like this. So I got down to 350, then to 340, and now I’m training with a conditioning master in the name of Antonio McKee down here in Califonia at the Body Shop gym…You may see me at that pro football weight of the 320′s…and I did it by eating primarily nothing but sushi toro, which is the tuna [Ed. note: But specifically the most fatty part, right?], and ramen, straight, that’s all I ate, and pretty much just doing that and running and training, it took it off…it’ll be interesting to see if I still have that power that I had [at] 380." — Bob Sapp

Are you saying that the originator of the Beast Beat workout system needed extra help with his conditioning? But for real, it’s good to see that Bob’s working on more than his standard gong-and-dash-and-wheeze routine for this training camp. He’s still going to lose to Bobby Lashley on Saturday, but hey, kudos for making healthy choices.

Bonus, after the jump: If you think pro wrestling looks fake in the U.S., wait until you see how it’s done in Japan, particularly when Bob Sapp is involved.


Videos: The Definition of Being ‘Knocked Retarded,’ TUF 9′s Coaches Get Some New Wheels

(Props: MMA Scraps)

Not sure who these dudes are, but good Lord, check out the expression on the loser’s face after eating that kick. All he needs is some cartoon birds chirping around his head to complete the scene. Seriously, he’s lucky the winner didn’t run over and draw dicks on his face.

After the jump: Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson get a first look at the tricked-out Range Rovers they’ll be getting as rewards for coaching TUF 9. Both fighters say that they’re having great training camps in advance of their meeting at UFC 100, and are ready to get after it. Bisping actually feels like he could take on anyone in the world right now. He’ll need that confidence next month when Henderson is on top of him, covering his mouth and nose with one hand and punching him with the other.


Tim Sylvia “Too Young” To Retire, Says Man Making Money Off Tim Sylvia

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(‘Oh, I should not have eaten that last chili dog.’)

After the Adrenaline MMA debacle in Birmingham, Alabama that saw promoter/manager Monte Cox try everything in his bag of tricks to get Tim Sylvia and Ray Mercer in some form of a fight together, people are starting to ask one very appropriate question: what the hell is going on?  And not only with Sylvia’s career, which was unquestionably damaged by the knockout loss to Mercer.  What’s up with Adrenaline in general, which went from trying to hold a boxing match in Atlantic City to a boxing match in Alabama to an MMA bout in Alabama?  

According to Cox, it was all a learning experience and he knows “what needs to be done in Birmingham now.”  And as for Sylvia’s career?  He’s going to keep battling because he’s too young to give it up:


Amazing Backflip Breaks Fighter’s Spirit

(Props: Druskee27 on the UG)

So it’s late in the fight and you haven’t been able to break your opponent down mentally?  No problem, dog.  Just bust a backflip to start the third round, making sure to stick the landing perfectly, and he’ll instantly lose his will to fight.  Then you go on the attack and wait for the referee to get bored enough to stop the fight.  Looks like someone may have finally discovered the secret to beating Fedor.  Better start drilling those flips, Josh Barnett.

Of course, if you can’t pull it off during the fight, it’s bizarrely more impressive to do it after you’ve been choked out.  See what we mean after the jump.


Tom Atencio Is a -160 Favorite Against Randy Hedderick

("After I’m through with you, your face is going to be as stylishly distressed as our premium denim." Photo courtesy of

Betting odds have been posted for some of the key matchups at this Saturday’s Ultimate Chaos show (props to BloodyElbow for the tip), and oddsmakers have labeled Affliction VP/occasional fighter Tom Atencio as the favorite in his fight against Randy Hedderick, who is 4-3 as an amateur and will be making his pro debut against Atencio. Hedderick welcomes the attention that comes with fighting The T-Shirt Guy; in a recent Ultimate Chaos press release, he was quoted as saying:

“So many people have come up to me saying, ‘Beat his ass,’ and that’s what I’m going to try and do…I must admit, I do have a few Affliction T-shirts, but my girlfriend bought them for me. [Ed. note: SNAP.] I’m enjoying this and can’t wait to get in the cage with Tom. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for me.”

So let’s peep those odds, shall we?


‘angry little feet’ Wins Lyoto Machida’s ‘Karate for MMA’ DVD Set; Round 3 of Pickoff Contest Starts Now!

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With 32 total points — thanks to a dominant run during UFC 99 where he correctly picked the winners of every fight — CagePotato reader ‘angry little feet’ has come out on top in the combined UFC 99/TUF 9 Finale rounds of our Lyoto Machida pick-off contest, and has won the Dragon’s "Machida-Do Karate for Mixed Martial Arts" DVD set. Way to go, alf! If you didn’t get the e-mail we just sent you, hit us up at

Now for the rest of you losers: Our second set of the DVDs can be yours if you can outpick everyone else for UFC 100. The lineup is…