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July, 2009

CNBC to Air Another UFC Report Tonight, This Time Without the Words “Blood Sport”!

(Props: MMA Scraps)

Just a programming heads up, Potato Nation.  Tonight when your grandfather falls asleep watching CNBC’s grim recap of the day’s activity on Wall Street, you might not want to steal the remote from out of his mottled hands and risk waking him up in the middle of a WW II flashback. 

Instead, keep it locked for CNBC’s second special report on the rise of the UFC.  After the apparent success of “From Blood Sport to Big Time,” CNBC returns tonight with “Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars” at 10 pm EST.  In answer to your question, yes, a computer software program is writing these titles.  It’s a slight variation on the one that writes those purposely ill-informed newspaper articles on the scourge of this new-fangled human-dogfighting business.  Ask your grandfather about it when he wakes up.  Maybe he can make sense of the twisted logic. 


Dana White’s Big News: UK ESPN Deal?

Dana White and Fertitta Brothers
(Those smiles could only mean one thing: Dana and the boys have cooked up a crazy scheme to steal the Westbury High School mascot…again.)

When Dana White announces his future intention to make a big announcement, it’s sort of like your girlfriend saying, ‘Can I ask you something?’  You have no idea what’s coming.  It could be something awesome and big, like ‘What would you think about having a threesome with the hot German girl who lives next door?’ or it could be something like, ‘Do you think I should get bangs?’  You just never know, but the endless possibilities make the moment of anticipation that much more exciting.

According to a recent report from The Sun, Friday’s Dana White announcement will be slightly more hairstyle than it is threesome, at least for those of us in the US of A.  The UK news outlet reports that the UFC will announce a deal with the newly formed UK ESPN channel to broadcast events across the pond, essentially replacing the deal the UFC had with the now-defunct Setanta Sports.  The UK ESPN channel is reportedly set to launch on August 3, and they could turn right around and broadcast UFC 101 on August 8.  


Beware: Anderson Silva Is Crabby

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(Ah, the good ol’ days. Photo courtesy of ESPN.)

In the last nine months, Anderson Silva has given us two title defenses marked by maddening stretches of inactivity, and fans have responded by giving him heaps of abuse. And the fact that he’s no longer considered the UFC’s thrilling golden boy who can do no wrong seems to have changed Silva in a fundamental way. Gone is the cheerful, lovable Spider, and in his place is a dude who has had it up here with the bullshit. Two examples, from recent interviews:

On the fans who booed during his recent fights: “At the end of the day, yeah, I’m there for the fans, but I’m the one who’s putting my body and my life in danger every time I step inside the Octagon. So, a lot of times when people aren’t as educated in this sport, it’s really hard for them to understand. I feel I went in there and did my job, and if people are booing, it’s from a lack of understanding of the sport, because I went out there and executed a good game plan, it was just unfortunate that my opponents didn’t fight back.”


UFC Picks Up Ben Rothwell vs. Chase Gormley From ‘Trilogy’ — Many More Affliction Fighters to Come?

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("Hey Lesnar, I heard you like guns. WELL HOW DO YOU LIKE THESE?!?" Photo courtesy of

Why let Strikeforce have all the fun in picking over Affliction’s carcass? According to Sherdog, the heavyweight scrap between Ben Rothwell and Chase Gormley that was supposed to be featured on the undercard of "Trilogy" will now happen at UFC 104 (October 24th, Los Angeles). Rothwell has won 14 of his last 15 fights, with notable wins over Roy Nelson, Krzysztof Soszynski (twice), and Ricco Rodriguez, and a sole loss to Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned. Gormley is a promising 6-0 heavyweight from Bodyshop Fitness Team who holds wins over Jon Murphy and Eric Pele.

But that could just be the beginning. hears that a whopping twenty Affliction fighter contracts have been snapped up by the UFC. The names haven’t been released yet — maybe they’ll be revealed at Friday’s "crazy" press conference — but considering guys like Vitor Belfort, Jorge Santiago, Takanori Gomi, and Paul Daley are still floating in the breeze, Christmas may be coming early for Dana & Co. We’d include Fedor Emelianenko on that list, but as long as M-1 keeps denying that their #1 asset is heading to the Octagon, there’s no reason to keep playing with your emotions.


Anonymous Source Says UFC and Fedor Will Announce a Deal This Week

Fedor Emelianenko and Jean-Claude Van Damme
(When reached for comment, a source speaking on the condition of anonymity also confirmed for us that "Bloodsport" was totally kickass.)

Don’t get too excited just yet, but a media outlet that is neither an internet forum nor a celebrity gossip site is reporting that a deal to bring Fedor Emelianenko to the UFC is being “finalized” and will be announced later this week.  Because, much like Jay Hieron, we’ve had our hearts broken too many times to get our hopes up, we’re remaining skeptical for the moment despite the L.A. Times’ assertion (via WKR) that negotiations have been “very civil.”

If you’re looking for reasons to believe this report, the UFC did send out an email to announce a conference call on Friday wherein Dana White “will break all the latest news and developments.”  Then again, Fedor has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.  If he’s signed a deal or is at least close to one, he’d have to either steal the UFC’s thunder by announcing it two days before them, or else say nothing of interest and generally waste everyone’s time.  

Of course there’s always the possibility that his press conference will have nothing to do with his MMA future at all and will instead be a forum for him to answer questions about his newest short story collection, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Stoic Russian Indifference,” but again, let’s not get our hopes up.


Is BJ Penn Going All Sarah Palin On Us, Now?

(Props: Cage Writer. Skip to the 2:15 mark to find out why is killing when it comes to breaking BJ Penn-related news.)

The highlight of today’s UFC 101 conference call, aside from a joke question about whether B.J. Penn has ever done gay porn, was Penn’s tirade against the MMA media, particularly MMA Weekly.  He said he was unhappy about how he was portrayed following the Georges St. Pierre fight, blaming MMA Weekly specifically for, at least in his mind, making his appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission seem extremely whiny rather than just annoyingly whiny.  What’s worse, Penn added, he did a lot to help the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund after the death of the MMA Weekly founder, and this should apparently guarantee positive coverage from them years later.


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Aleksander Emelianenko Still Chasing That UFC Dream

(Props: TSGIGOR)

We don’t speak the Russkie, but according to rough translations of the above shout-out video, Aleksander Emelianenko would just like to say thank you to all his fans, and vows to come to America soon to "beat everyone in the UFC." Yes, everyone — even the lightweights, we’d have to assume. And sure, Aleksander seems to pop up every few months to make similar proclamations, despite the fact that the CSAC’s Bill Douglas once stated that he’ll never be licensed to fight in the U.S. again. But things feel a little different now…and dare we say, hopeful.

Back in March, Aleks said he was pondering an offer from the UFC. At the time, we pointed out that his Affliction contract would get in the way of a UFC signing happening in the immediate future, but now that Affliction is toast, he’s basically a free agent again; remember, he no longer has any official ties to M-1 either. Just spitballin’ here, but could the UFC pick him up to put in European shows, thereby skirting his blacklisted status in the U.S.? (After all, the CSAC never came out and said "Hep B" — that was just the widespread rumor.) Or is this one of those pipe dreams that will never materialize, no matter how many ethical guidelines are bent?


Jay Hieron Isn’t Officially With Strikeforce Yet, But “Likes What They’ve Offered”

Jay Hieron

After an emotional rollercoaster of a week, Jay Hieron is still waiting to find out exactly where he’ll fight next, and he’s trying not to get his hopes up too soon. Despite reports that he has officially signed with Strikeforce, Hieron told us this morning that he hasn’t signed the contract, although he “likes what they’ve offered” and expects to have something finalized later this afternoon.  For reasons that ought to be clear to anyone who knows Hieron’s history as the IFL welterweight champ, as well as his recent disappointment with the Affliction cancellation, he says he’s trying to keep his expectations in check until the contract is signed.

“I’m tired of getting excited for fights and then it doesn’t happen,” said Hieron.  “I just trained eight weeks for a fight and then nothing.  I won’t believe it until I sign something, and even then you never know.”


Farewell, Josh Barnett. We Hardly Knew Ye

(Josh Barnett vs. Don Frye. Worth it for Don’s entrance music alone.)

What do you do when you’re an American pro fighter who’s been caught using steroids for a remarkable third time?  Easy, you go back to Japan where you can do pro wrestling in peace and never have to piss in a cup ever again, except perhaps when the urine samples of celebrities inevitably becomes a hot ticket item among Tokyo businessmen.  

It was just last week that Josh Barnett dashed the hopes and dreams of Affliction with his positive pre-licensing steroid test, and already he has a date with a scripted outcome in the Inoki Genome Federation back in Japan on August 9.  He still hasn’t addressed the issue of his alleged steroid use beyond that one somewhat strangely worded MySpace post, so his decision to head back to the safe confines of unregulated pseudo-sports will probably be interpreted as further evidence of his guilt.