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August, 2009

Video: Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers Have Their First Staredown

(Props: M1mixfight via MiddleEasy)

…and as you can see, the size difference is positively Couture/Lesnar-esque. Not that a size advantage helped Tim Sylvia against Fedor last July, but then again Sylvia is a clumsy oaf with doo-doo in his pants, and the Grim is an undefeated head-bussa with Ambien in his fists. Still no word on exactly when the Emelianenko/Rogers fight will go down, but the Strikeforce/M-1 crew is getting a head-start on filming promos for it, and arranged this face-off yesterday in New York. As for the Grim, he knows he’ll be The Man if he manages to score an upset against Fedor, telling MMA Fanhouse:

I’m God then. I’m the God of MMA. I’ll become the God of MMA, right? Isn’t that how it goes? I’m the soul snatcher; I’m the grim. I’ll take all his wins and put them under my belt, and then everybody can just hush up.

Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 102

(Between the Frank Mir fight and "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot," I’d say some apologies are in order. I’ll let you gentlemen decide who would like to go first.)

Gambling ain’t what it used to be in the city of Portland.  The dogs don’t run at the old Multnomah Greyhound Track anymore, so you’ll have to find somewhere else to get stabbed with a pocketknife.  The Oregon lottery just doesn’t give you that sweet, out-of-control feeling you crave.  Even the place where I used to go and watch the occasional cockfight has closed its doors.  Thankfully, UFC 102 is coming down this weekend and bringing plenty of action with it.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Betting lines come to us courtesy of

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+150) vs. Randy Couture (-160)
Keith Jardine (-140) vs. Thiago Silva (+130)
Demian Maia (+157) vs. Nate Marquardt (-160)
Brandon Vera (-190) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (+175)
Chris Leben (-135) vs. Jake Rosholt (+125)
Chris Tuchscherer (+301) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (-345)
Justin McCully (+249) vs. Mike Russow (-260)
Tim Hague (+145) vs. Tom Duffee (-150)
Ed Herman (-130) vs. Aaron Simpson (+119)
Mark Munoz (-200) vs. Nick Catone (+190)
Evan Dunham (+120) vs. Marcus Aurelio (-140)

The breakdown…


Fight of the Day: Ray Sefo vs. Mark Hunt

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You may have heard stories about Mark Hunt and his legendary granite chin, but unless you go back and watch some of his old K-1 fights, you’ll never truly understand. The Super Samoan’s decision loss to fellow New Zealander Ray Sefo at the K-1 World GP 2001 in Fukuoka, Japan, was a slugfest for the ages, in which Hunt repeatedly invited Sugarfoot Sefo to haul off at his face, and absorbed point-blank right hooks and axe kicks without so much as a flinch. Sefo may have gotten the nod from the judges that night, but Hunt was far from beaten. "You never got me down, Ray" indeed.

Part two of the fight is above. Click here for part one.


And So Begins Our News Ban of ‘The Sun’…

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(You know why that girl is covering up her cooch with her cell phone? Because she’s classy. Photo courtesy of picapp.)


Proving yet again that at least some of the folks at UK tabloid The Sun are lying liars, MTV has confirmed that UFC champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has not been cast as B.A. Baracus in the coming big screen adaptation of "The A-Team." I’m not even going to link to the story, as these jokers don’t deserve the traffic.
What I CAN tell you is that I reached out to Jackson’s publicist who checked with the fighter’s manager, as Jackson himself is currently on hiatus. The response? "His manager said it wasn’t true." Move along people. There’s absolutely nothing to see here…I pity the fool who believed this stupid rumor, given the source.

Ugh. Consider us pwned once again. The Sun — which has given us such stellar reporting as Chuck Liddell vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 95 and Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture at UFC 99 — is almost never reliable, and we’re going to take a break from believing anything they say until further notice. For example, this report about a 1-1 draw in a soccer match between Olomouc and Everton? Horseshit.

Unfortunately, this means that the role of B.A. Baracus will probably go to a rapper like 50 Cent or The Game, who just don’t have the same gruff, opinionated vibe as Mr. T. Not casting Rampage feels like a missed opportunity. Anybody want to launch a petition to convince The A-Team‘s producers to give him the role?


Ask The Potato

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(Nothing says, ‘I regret that gang rape now that I’ve been arrested for it almost two decades later,’ quite like this mug shot expression.)

Gather ’round, Potato Nation.  It’s question and answer time.  We’ve got some good ones and some positively awful ones this time around, and we’re equally excited about both.  But don’t just be a selfish consumer of questions.  Head on over to this forum thread and ask a query of your own.  If you don’t, we’ll never forgive you.  Sure, we’ll pretend to have forgiven you, but really we’ll just be holding on to that hurt, waiting for the right time to use it against you.

I’m sure this opinion question has come up before, but I’m too lazy to check past posts. Besides, I have a timely reason for asking…I like Florian, and I still think he has a good chance tonight [ed. note: Geez, we gotta answer these more often] against BJ. But whenever I watch Kenny’s "dressed as a samurai" entrance, I cringe. He looks like he bought the costume in the bargain box of the children’s section of Halloween Adventure.

Lots of fighters try to come up with outfits and special routines for their ring entrances. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. But I can’t think of any worse than Kenny’s.  Can you top it? What would you say is the most embarrassing ring entrance? – Horror Fighter 

It’s interesting that you use the word ‘embarrassing,’ Horror Fighter.  Seems to us that the best way for a fighter to embarrass himself after an elaborate entrance is to lose, while if he wins it usually comes off okay.  For example, when Dave Kaplan came bopping out to the sounds of “Tenderness” by General Public, that seemed kind of cool.  Then he got his ass kicked by Junie Browning and suddenly it seemed way less cool.  Of course, a really ballsy, well-planned, and clearly rehearsed entrance like Akihiro Gono’s Rockettes routine has the ability to surpass victory or defeat. 


Demian Maia Talks Marquardt, Silva, and Giving Fans the Submission Finishes They Paid to See

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(Yep, that’s about where most of those guys who said they were going to keep it standing usually end up.)

When I spoke to Demian Maia for an feature on his fight with Nate Marquardt at UFC 102 this weekend, he seemed resigned to the knowledge that everyone, including his opponent, knows exactly what he wants to do when he steps in the Octagon.  He also doesn’t really care, why should he?  It’s worked perfectly so far, and if he can extend his record to a perfect 11-0 in Portland, Oregon on Saturday night, he just might earn himself a title shot.  At least, he thinks so.

We haven’t seen you in the Octagon since your victory over Chael Sonnen back in February.  How has your training progressed since then and how has the preparation for this bout gone?

Training was perfect.  Can’t be better.  I’m working with the same guys I always work with.  Wanderlei Silva, my boxing coach, my wrestling coach, and all the guys who support me and help me for every fight.

Do you think Nate Marquardt will try to avoid going to the ground with you at all costs, or do you think he believes in his ground game enough to match up with you there?


Rumor: Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida @ UFC 106

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("He’s at that age where he won’t listen to a word we say. He’ll come home past midnight and tell us he was ‘out with friends.’ Which friends are these? The friends he used to have were good boys, who followed the rules. I feel like I don’t even know my own son anymore." Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

According to a tweet by Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith, Kenny Florian is likely to face off against Clay Guida at UFC 106. Sounds like logicial matchmaking to us: Florian previously expressed that he wanted to rebound from his loss to BJ Penn by fighting "someone tough" before the end of the year, while Guida once called out Ken-Flo as one of the UFC’s protected fighters. ("They hold him up on a pedestal, man, and I’m ready to kick that pedestal out from underneath him.") We wouldn’t expect the kind of once-in-a-lifetime brawl that Guida had against Diego Sanchez, but it would be a solid addition to a card that already features the heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, and a light-heavyweight co-headliner between Tito Ortiz and Mark Coleman. So what do you think — does Florian finish this fight, or does Guida win via Clay-n-Pray?


Video: Fedor Emelianenko Gives His Take on Brett Rogers Matchup

(Props: MMA Fanhouse)

Fedor Emelianenko doesn’t talk trash about his opponents, and he won’t be starting now. After his autograph session yesterday afternoon, Fedor told Ariel Helwani that he sees Brett Rogers as a great opponent with "very heavy knockout punch." And he doesn’t even get pissed off when Ariel brings up the argument that he signed with Strikeforce to duck the top competition in the UFC: "I do not read all the rumors and gossips which they publish on the Internet, but to tell the truth, the offer of the UFC was really not the worthy one, and if they are able to give us really good offer, we definitely would agree." Finally, Fedor rejects the notion that he has anything to prove against Rogers.

As for the Grim? He’s just enjoying the ride…


Exclusive Videos: Fedor Emelianenko’s Open Workout, Scott Coker Discusses Fedor/Grim Matchup

Fedor Emelianenko Open Workout in NYC – Watch more Funny Videos

As mentioned earlier, Fedor Emelianenko visited Fighthouse Gym in New York City today to hit pads for a few minutes and sign autographs for fans. The open-workout portion of the appearance was very brief: Fedor fired some punches at Fighthouse’s resident Muay Thai pro Brandon Levi, struggled with a bizarre piece of training equipment called a "jump rope," then threw more punches at a heavy bag before deciding to give it a rest and set up shop at a signing table. Video of the action is above.

Before the workout, Emelianenko took questions from the press in attendance. Some highlights, via his interpreter…


Alistair Overeem Makes “Rampage” Jackson Look Like a Gentleman

There was some discussion about this in the forums a while back, but here’s a video clip of Alistair Overeem proving that he knows how to treat a lady, assuming that lady is into being dominated and doesn’t mind a little pain.  This is from some weird Dutch website (a redundant phrase, we know), and we have no clue what they’re saying, but the general idea seems to be that Overeem beats up some cute reporter while she maintains a positive attitude and somehow only becomes more attractive throughout the assault.  Or at least she’s putting on a good front for the camera, just like our girl did when "Rampage" Jackson tried to put a baby in her

Christ, the things women have to deal with just to get an interview in this sport.  Really makes us glad that we’re too unattractive for anyone to want to touch us inappropriately.  Not that it wouldn’t be flattering if someone would at least give it a shot every now and then…