The days of Quinton Jackson being one of the UFC’s most dependable workhorses are over. After his second coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter (which premieres tonight at 10 p.m.), Dana White was going to reward Rampage with a fight against arch-rival Rashad Evans in his hometown of Memphis. But the lure of mainstream stardom was impossible to resist, and that fight has been pushed back to TBA. Now, the logic of hosting UFC 107 in Memphis has been lost, the light-heavyweight title picture becomes a little more complicated, and White, who feels like he deserves more loyalty after standing by Jackson during his mental breakdown last year, is pretty pissed off:
"I hate it. I hate it so bad, I can’t even tell you how bad I hate it. I’m so mad at Rampage over this. Rampage is a guy that we’ve obviously taken under our wing the last few years. We really like him and have done a lot of good things for him. For him to do this to me, and pull out and do this goofy A-Team movie, I’m not happy about it at all…You’re gonna be a huge bonafide movie star with one role? They’re not paying him jack. Okay? He’s giving up literally millions of dollars to play Mr. T. If you think he’s gonna go in and say ‘I pity the fool’ and he’s gonna become a huge serious actor off that role, give me a friggin’ break…
(This man has several advantages over you in a fight. One is that he has absolutely no concern about what you might do to his pretty face.)
We’ve already covered what might generously be called an ‘enthusiasm gap’ surrounding tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth talking about here.If our mothers taught us anything, it’s that the best way to deal with a problem is pretend there is no problem, pushing that anger and resentment way down inside until you can blow up over something that’s completely unrelated at a later date.With that in mind, we bring you some of the note-worthy storylines that are lurking in the sub-text of Wednesday night’s Spike TV event:
1. Is Brock Larson Getting the Shaft, or an Easy Payday?
On his second attempt, Nate was able to shed the half-pound, so consider this crisis averted.But do we need to point out that this is reason enough to wonder about the guy’s focus for this fight? And that, if combined with a horrible gameplan, he may be walking into an upset on Wednesday night?Nah, we didn’t think so.Full weigh-in results are after the jump.
Dr. Benjamin: I was wondering if you would share your opinion on the supposed nutritional value of fighters drinking their own urine. Fighters such as Lyoto Machida, who claims to swill his pee every morning, is one example. I’ve heard it said that pee is full of nutrients that the body could not absorb on the first pass. Other then sounding like a gross thing to do with one’s waste, is there any validity to this? -Mitch
Mitch, thanks for the question — I think. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve been asked this question. I’ve tried to ignore it. But I see that I cannot. So here we go. Damn.
Urine is 95 percent water, 2.5 percent urea, and a 2.5 percent mixture of minerals, salts, hormones, enzymes and non-toxic waste products.
The practice of drinking urine is certainly not new or limited to a few modern practitioners of combat sports such as world champions Lyoto Machida in MMA and Juan Manuel Marquez in boxing. China, India, the Middle East and Rome all have ancient and modern writings that discuss the willful consumption of urine.
Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh.I can’t say nobody cares about the Nathan Diaz/Melvin Guillard fight that is headlining tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night event.I’m sure in the Guillard and Diaz families there’s a lot of interest in this bout.Among casual fight fans?Maybe not.What we have here is a fighter who has lost two straight without losing any of his attitude or I-don’t-give-a-fuckness, against a fighter who has won three straight without really gaining in the ranks.And somehow, this fight is headlining over Roger Huerta’s farewell fight against rising lightweight contender Gray Maynard.
Obviously, there are some good reasons why this isn’t a blockbuster card. For one, there’s a pay-per-view on Saturday that’s hogging some of the available talent. Plus the UFC is going to Oklahoma for the first time since UFC 4, so they probably think they can rely on the power of the brand alone to pull a strong local crowd, and they’re probably right.
As you’ve probably heard by now, Patrick Swayze died at 57 of pancreatic cancer yesterday.Your girlfriend might remember him from “Dirty Dancing,” but the men among us who grew up in a certain time period most likely remember him for “Roadhouse,” the story of a philosophic bouncer who forever changed life at the Double Deuce.If you were an impressionable youth at the time, chances are you even learned a thing or two about fighting from the film, or at least you thought you did until your first actual tussle turned out to be much sloppier and featured less satisfying sound effects. Kind of like how when you saw "Point Break" you briefly thought you knew how to surf, only to later discover that you barely knew how to swim.
In honor of Swayze, here are the ten most important fighting lessons that you can take away from “Roadhouse”:
Roger Huerta may have an ill-advised acting career to turn to after tomorrow night’s fight against Gray Maynard, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t training hard for his last stand in the Octagon. In the video profile above, Huerta implies that his previous loss to Kenny Florian at UFC 87 was the result of moving away from his dependable coaching duo of Dave Menne and Justin Hagen. He certainly seems focused — though you have to wonder if Huerta should be drilling nothing but his smother-defense at this point.
(Ah, Nate Diaz’s salad days, when he was green in judgment and everybody who could hear the sound of his voice was a bitch.)
After a couple of weekends without any big time MMA, we begin an action-packed week of fighting on Wednesday night with UFC Fight Night 19 on Spike TV, and then we roll straight on in to season ten of “The Ultimate Fighter.”Sadly, there aren’t many opportunities to wager on who makes it to the finals of the show, who breaks what household item, or what percentage of the words said in arguments between “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will be fit for air on basic cable.The upside is, we still have some fights to bet on before we settle in for a season’s worth of ‘Oh, snap!’ moments.
Nathan Diaz (-220) vs. Melvin Guillard (+210) Gray Maynard (-278) vs. Roger Huerta (+285) Carlos Condit (-350) vs. Jake Ellenberger (+338) Nate Quarry (-245) vs. Tim Credeur (+250) Steve Cantwell (-290) vs. Brian Stann (+264) Chris Wilson (+115) vs. Mike Pyle (-127) Sam Stout (-185) vs. Phillipe Nover (+166) Jeremy Stephens (-240) vs. Justin Buchholz (+218) Brock Larson (-455) vs. Mike Pierce (+450) Steve Steinbeiss (+150) vs. Ryan Jensen (-160)
Golden Glory’s Bas Boon reportedly called M-1 "crooks" and said Overeem’s deal with Strikeforce was signed "before this bunch of robbers came along," implying that Overeem doesn’t want to fight on any co-promoted cards. Since the only Strikeforce fight that makes any sense for Overeem at the moment would be against Fedor Emelianenko, and since we all know Fedor won’t fight a traffic ticket unless M-1 gets a piece of the action, that creates a serious barrier for Strikeforce to work around.
(Jake Ellenberger vs. Jose Landi-Jons, 11/3/07. Fight starts at the 5:52 mark and ends a few seconds later.)
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard is set to pop off this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, directly before the TUF 10 season premiere, and as usual, we’ll be getting some new blood with our old, familiar faces. Only Jake Ellenberger is guaranteed TV time in his broadcast-opening bout against the Natural Born Killer, but if time allows, you may be seeing some other UFC newbies trying to make their mark in the Octagon. Get to know them below…
JAKE ELLENBERGER (WW) ?Experience: 21-4 record (15 wins by stoppage due to strikes), with multiple appearances in the IFL, M-1 Challenge, and Bodog Fight. Most recently knocked out Marcelo Alfaya in 42 seconds, at a Bellator event in June. Will be facing:Carlos Condit (23-5, 0-1 UFC) ?Lowdown: This 24-year-old Team Quest product has been fighting professionally for over four years, and is stepping in for the injured Chris Lytle against Carlos Condit. Regarded as a well-rounded fighter, Ellenberger is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. As he told UFC.com: “Having been through a Marine Corps boot camp, it makes you tougher mentally. Everything you prepare for in the Marine Corps is for war. We train for the worst case scenarios, and that’s an advantage I think I have mentally in a fight.” Jake employs his twin brother Joe Ellenberger as a wrestling coach and training partner.
Some heart-pumpin’ MMA compilations to chase away the Monday blues. Above is a tribute to GSP that’s so cool it almost makes us forgive the use of French rap music. After the jump, #4-ranked featherweightJose Aldo‘s greatest hits; Aldo takes on WEC champ Mike Brownin November. Also, a Gegard Mousasi career overview that features a bunch of early fights that you probably haven’t seen before.
(Ever since Roger Huerta "redefined intelligence," the makers of the SAT’s have struggled with incorporating a striking portion of the test, to no avail. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.com)
If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard a peep out of Roger Huerta in the lead-up to his UFC going away party bout against Gray Maynard at this Wednesday’s Spike TV Fight Night, it’s because “The Matador” has basically gone off the grid in order to focus.As he tells UFC.com, which presumably forced him to do an interview after he turned every other media outlet down, he’s turned off his phone and unplugged the TV and the internet in order to prepare for the last fight on his UFC contract.
But win or lose, Huerta is bolting the MMA scene for the acting one after this fight, so you have to wonder where his focus is right now.Obviously, the desire to not get beaten up, especially on live TV, is probably a strong enough motivating force on its own, but it seems pretty evident that Huerta thinks he’s going to be an actual actor once this is over, and not just another fighter who takes a movie gig every now and then:
Because we have no regard for his safety or well-being, Cage Potato sent freelance writer Brian Dermody to Kimbo Slice’s big media day at the Fighthouse Gym in New York City on Friday afternoon.He returned a little shaken and admitted that ever since his visit with Slice he now sits down to pee, but the point is he made it back and he actually remembered to conduct an interview while he was there.Since the last time we sent a freelancer out on an interview she ended up being sexually assaulted on film, this is pretty much the best possible outcome we could have hoped for.
CagePotato.com: Nobody’s seen you fight in over a year. What are you bringing into TUF 10 that we haven’t seen before?
You gotta watch the show, man, to really see anything about me. But anyone who knows me, knows anything about me, (knows) when I come to work I come to work. Fighting is what I do, and I come to fight.
We saw the preview and as soon as you walk through the door, Rampage Jackson says ‘That’s my guy”. How’d that make you feel?
In his first fight outside the USA in nearly nine years, legendary five-time UFC champion Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture will headline UFC 105 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, in a fascinating* light heavyweight collision with Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera on November 14. Tickets go on general public release this morning (Monday September 14) and are available via ticketmaster.co.uk and the MEN Arena box office from 10AM. Both Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy will be signing autographs at the MEN Arena box office from 5:30pm on this evening.
The most successful division-jumper in the history of mixed martial arts, Couture, 16-10** in MMA, has already reigned twice as light heavyweight champion of the world in addition to his three triumphs in the heavyweight category. Now the Hall of Famer will storm into Manchester to renew his quest for an unprecedented sixth world championship.
“I would love to be a six-time UFC champion, to set the bar very high in that regard, and that’s what I want to accomplish at 205lbs,” said the Natural. “That is my immediate goal. I am very intrigued by the current light heavyweight division, there are some great matchups for me here, and I believe I have to tools to win back the 205lbs title.”***
BITETTI COMBAT: NORDESTE 4 (9/12; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Ricardo Arona def. Marvin Eastman via unanimous decision – Paulo Filho def. Alex Schoenauer via unanimous decision – Pedro Rizzo def. Jeff Monson via unanimous decision – Murilo “Ninja” Rua def. Alex Stiebling via KO, 0:39 of round 1 – Milton Viera def. Luciano Azavedo via split decision – Fabio Maldonado def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision – Glover Texeira def. Leonardo Nascimento via submission (guillotine choke), 3:18 of round 1 – Luis Dutra Jr. def. Henrique Nogueira via TKO, round 1 – Cassiano Tytschyo def. Fausto Black via submission (guillotine choke), round 1 – Alexandre Pimentel def. Luciano “Izzy” Correa via unanimous decision
After weeks of scrambling for main events and coming up short, the UFC turned to Couture, who was willing to fight the best fighter they could find at 205 pounds. The UFC originally approached Couture with a bout against Rashad Evans, and Couture accepted, but Evans turned the fight down.
We’re guessing that Rashad refused the fight against Randy because they’re now part of the same unified monolithlic MMA camp, Xtreme Greg’s, and everybody knows that Xtreme Greg fighters don’t fight each other unless there’s a title on the line; it’s more than a team, it’s a brotherhood.
Like Couture, Vera last competed at UFC 102, where he scratched out an unimpressive decision victory over Krzysztof Soszynski. If this fight comes together, it will be Couture’s first match at 205 pounds since his knockout loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 57. Any predictions on the outcome?
So angry that he tears a cardboard door to shreds in the Ultimate Fighter training center. (It’s a reality TV show set — you can’t really expect quality construction.) We’re not sure what Rashad did to set him off, but judging from their performances against a common opponent, Rampage would easily beat Brock Lesnar.
(‘You call that a mustache? Shit, kid. My wife’s got that thing beat.’)
How can you tell that Don Frye is one old school son of a bitch? He keeps his watch on, which, when combined with his sweet ‘stache, means he now has two things in common with the dudes in low-budget porn movies. In case you were thinking that there isn’t any MMA popping off this weekend, Frye and Dave "Pee Wee" Herman would like to remind you that they’re squaring off at tonight’s Shark Fights "Stars & Stripes" event in Amarillo, Texas. Frye (20-7-1) weighed in at a svelte 235 pounds for this fight, while the 6’5" Herman (14-1) clocked in at 239.
Actually, for a card that takes place at the Amarillo Civic Center, it’s a decent line-up. Aside from the next stage in Frye’s ‘Something’s Got to Get Me By Until I Can Collect Social Security’ Comeback Tour, you’ve also got Gerald Harris vs. Nissen Osterneck in a match-up of guys who were briefly employed by the UFC. And that doesn’t even take into account the prelims, which feature this guy:
Poor Gray Maynard. Of all the times for Raw Vegas to show up for one of their video interviews, they just had to come to the gym while he was having a particularly nasty outbreak of herpes. Leave it to Dave "No Ground Game" Farra to bust a guy’s balls over it, too. The worst part is that Maynard says he’s had the herp since he was a kid (he should have listened to his parents and not let that slutty neighborhood dog lick his face), so he didn’t even get to have the totally-not-worth-it few minutes of fun that most people receive as a herpes consolation prize, and that’s just not fair. Catching herpes without getting laid is like going broke on a prudent financial strategy. It’s just such a boring way for something bad to happen to you.
The good news is, now he gets to go rub his face all over aspiring actor/model Roger Huerta for fifteen minutes next Wednesday. See you in hell, pretty boy.
"I was wrestling with Cris Cyborg, and she’s a tough chick, man — for a girl I expected her not to be so damn tough — and we were just wrestling around and I went for a guillotine, and she slipped out of it, and when she slipped out of it I traded off to a triangle, and I locked the triangle and she went to go pick me up and slam me, she picked me up and slammed me on the ground, and I had no pain, nothin’. I ended up choking her, but at the same time it was just a factor of one of those little small things that I notice like, ‘I’m good, I’m ready to do this and start working,’ but I feel great, man, I feel really good."
Good to hear it, Tito. If you didn’t end up choking out that 145-pound woman we would have thought you were a pussy or something…
After the jump: Brock Lesnar endures the notoriously brutal strength and conditioning training at Athletic Performance Inc. in Minneapolis. This might be your only chance to see what Lesnar looks like when he’s completely broken down and exhausted. Brock’s post-workout nutrition plan? Burgers and waffle-fries, bitch.
(Being a champion has its benefits. Props to caliphornia for the image, and props to imakeutap for the headline inspiration.)
Look, I gotta go catch a flight so let’s just get right into it…
agentsmith on "Phil Baroni Possibly Starring in MMA Werewolf Movie": I guess they wanted someone who had experience in rapidly becoming stronger and more muscular via unnatural means. My advice for his potential victims is to just run… he won’t keep up for long.
You asked for it, and now you got it. Cage Potato presents the 8 most impressive striking displays we’ve ever witnessed in MMA. Please note that "impressive" doesn’t necessarily mean the best technical displays or most dominant victories. Naw son, there’s a range. Some are brutal, some are smoove, and some are just nice all-around displays. All are impressive for one reason or another, and our hats go off to the purveyors of beatdowns featured below. Enjoy…
#8: Takanori Gomi vs. Jens Pulver: Pride Shockwave, 12/31/04
Going into this fight, the conventional wisdom was that Pulver would want to stand and bang and Gomi would look to get things to the mat.As you see, that ain’t how it happened.Instead they traded a pleasing mix of low kicks, body shots, and power punches in a contest to see who would fall down first.Turns out that someone was Pulver, who couldn’t stand up to Gomi’s deceptive power quite as well as he thought.Really makes you wonder what happened to that Gomi.He sure was something to watch once upon a time.
#7: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Gary Goodridge: Pride Total Elimination, 8/10/03
While several of Fedor’s fights could arguably make this list, his one-minute destruction of “Big Daddy” gets the nod simply because it’s one of the best examples out there of Emelianenko’s nothing-but-power-punches approach to striking.From the moment he first unleashes his offense, Fedor hardly throws anything that isn’t a cannonball with evil intentions.Just listen to the sound of the punches hammering Goodridge in the opening seconds and see if it doesn’t remind you of a Gallagher show.Sure, he’s beaten better opponents in his time, and thrown more devastating one-punch KO’s, but this one really gives you a glimpse of how terrifying it must be to find yourself on the business end of a Fedor assault.
#6: Wanderlei Silva vs. “Rampage” Jackson II: Pride 28, 10/31/04
What’s the best way to get an ancient boxing promoter to go off on a hilariously offensive rant about MMA? Send a young whippersnapper like Ariel Helwani to a press conference with a microphone and a shirt without a tie, then have him just mention the UFC and watch the bullshit fly. Following up on Dana White’s shot at the boxing world this week, Arum comes right back with his own attack on MMA, calling it a sport for skinheads who like to see homosexuals rolling around the mat together. That he said this to Helwani, an ardent MMA-lover who happens to have a shaved head but who also happens to be Jewish (and married, to some poor woman, no less), is what we’re going to go ahead and call poetic justice.
Arum goes on to level all the usual accusations against MMA. He says the fighters can’t throw a punch or take one, that the audience is all redneck white guys, that the UFC isn’t selling nearly as many pay-per-views as they claim, and that the Charleston will never go out of style (that last one may have just been implied, but you get the point). Basically it’s nothing you haven’t heard during Thanksgiving dinner at your grandfather’s house, only Arum stops just short of calling the internet a form of black magic.
Ali will shoot Casual, Fashion, Glamour, Swimwear, Lingerie and Implied Nude!! The shoot is broken into two days, she will be shooting fashion/glamour, all the way to implied nude!! Pending the weather, we may go to the mountains for it. Ali doesn’t have any mountain photos and YOU could be the one that takes a photo she puts up. Having Ali in your port will for sure move you up in the glamour world, hell, I’M EXCITED TO SHOOT HER!! Go to www.coloradosupershoot.com/ss.php to register.
Being a part of the full two-day shoot on October 3rd and 4th will set you back $449.95, but you can commit to just one day for $325.95. So if you’re a big Ali fan and don’t mind traveling to Colorado, here’s your chance to get up close and personal. I guess some photography experience is also a prerequisite, but you could always pretend that you’re an eccentric artist who will only shoot with a Canon Powershot. Now we just have to find out what Arianny Celeste and Logan Stanton will do for $400. Our guesses: Bikini boat companionship and babysitting.
TMZ founder Harvey Levin told FiveKnuckles.com exclusively that they had received the tip that Leopoldo had died from the fighter’s management. "We actually got a call from his reps," said Levin. He now, looking back on the issue, thinks that it might have been motivated by publicity.
The upside is, there’s really no other option, organization-wise, that makes sense for Henderson right now. He’s not about to go screwing around in Strikeforce while Silva waits in the UFC, so odds are he’s just trying to use the threat of departure to pry the UFC’s purse open wider. As I learned in those online business school classes, that’s what is known as ‘gettin’ that paper.’