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Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

September, 2009

CagePotato Comments of the Week: The Debut of the ‘Devil Horns’

MMA CagePotato Devil Horns t-shirts
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Heads up, Potatomaniacs: Our new t-shirt design is being printed up as we speak, and we’re giving away the first four before they’re even available in CP’s high-tech online store. For the vision-impaired, the message on the back says "MMA Is Not a Crime." Wear it, and tell the world that you support the sport, and that you also love to party. Scoring the brand-new tees are…

GEE-yuh-TEEN on "Dr. Johnny Benjamin Sets the Record Straight Re: Piss-Drinking": You think Machida asks for his piss sample back from the NSAC after the drug tests are complete?

Brock SMASH puny human odour on "How Angry Does Quinton Jackson Get on ‘TUF’ 10?": Soon afterwards, that door had a miscarriage.

superflat on "Question of the Day: Does It Matter If No One Cares About a Fight Night’s Main Event?": Offshore barge means there’s the chance they fill-in the undercard with a monkey knife fight. And to answer your question, I’ve sat through whole episodes of "Sabado Gigante" thinking I was watching Bellator.


UFC 103: The New Guys

Paul Daley MMA
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With a full 13 bouts scheduled for UFC 103, fight fans are going to get their money’s worth tomorrow night in Dallas. Six fighters will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time, most of them trying to make the transition from hometown hero to big-time player. Read on to get acquainted with all the new faces, from Semtex to Tractor to Carny...

Experience: 21-8-2 record, with 16 wins by KO/TKO. Was the former welterweight champion of Cage Rage. Holds stoppage victories over Duane Ludwig, John Alessio, Jess Liaudin, and Xavier Foupa-Pokam.
Will be facing: Martin Kampmann (15-2, 6-1 UFC)
Lowdown: You should already know about this guy. He knocks dudes out, and has never been knocked out himself. Still, if Kampmann can get this one to the ground, it’s a wrap. tries to put a positive spin on the reality of the situation: "Chances are, when Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley is around, you’ll either witness a Knockout of the Night or Submission of the Night."

Experience: 12-1 record, primarily in Midwestern regional leagues. Holds a submission-via-strikes victory over The Gooch. Last competed in October 2008, when he scored a decision win over Alejandro Villalobos.
Will be facing: Jim Miller (13-2, 3-1 UFC)
?Lowdown: A South Bend native and member of the Bulldog Fight Team, Lopez comes to this fight as a replacement for Thiago Tavares. The UFC first noticed Lopez when he tried out for TUF 9 — and injured his shoulder in the process. The former wrestler was inspired to try MMA when he saw The Smashing Machine, and made his pro debut in February 2007 at a four-man tournament, which he won via two consecutive knockouts. He just wants to get in there and scrap: “Win or lose, I hope the fans say ‘man, this kid’s tough – he’s got heart and he don’t back down.’ And this fight is the type of fight I’m looking for – Jim Miller, Roger Huerta, Tyson Griffin – I’m looking for grinders. Those just have Fight of The Night written all over them. I’m not afraid to stand and bang, and I can take a whuppin’. We throw down hard in practice, I’ve never been knocked down, and these are the fights that interest me.”


Ben vs. Ben: UFC 103 Edition

(Big Dan gives Rich Franklin the old ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ speech.)

Listen up, all you gay skinheads.  With a big fight weekend coming up we have a lot of important stuff to get through.  So please put down the baby oil and the copy of Mein Kampf and let’s see if we can figure a thing or two out in this edition of Ben vs. Ben.

If he triumphs against Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin is clearly the man to beat at 195 pounds.  Will that mean anything at all?  What’s next for the winner and the loser of this one?

BF: At this point I have to assume that either Franklin is just happy to keep getting paid for stepping in the Octagon even if he’s fighting at a non-existent weight class, or else he figures that, with Anderson Silva bouncing between 205 and 185, the safest place to hide is somewhere in the middle.  But to answer the question, yes, beating Vitor Belfort, no matter what weight you do it at, still means something.

I’m not one of the people who is ready to say that Belfort is experiencing a career Renaissance just yet.  He knocked out a mediocre Terry Martin and an aging Matt Lindland, so I think we should temper our expectations just a bit.  Still, he’s a quality opponent on the upswing and it never hurts to beat a guy like that, which I think Franklin will do.

The problem is, after he does it he’s still no better off.  He doesn’t have much of a future at 205, where guys like Rashad Evans and probably even Tito Ortiz would block his path to a title.  He’s already tried 185 and we know how that story goes, at least as long as Silva is still around.  His best hope is to become the guy the UFC can count on for a good fight against whoever, whenever, for as long as he can keep it up.  As for Belfort, after losing to Franklin he drops down to middleweight and says those extra ten pounds made all the difference.  It’s an obviously bullshit line of reasoning, but that never stopped anyone before.

BG: You know, I hope Vitor Belfort knocks Rich Franklin into a living death so that we can end this 195-pound-division charade. The hope of a safe haven, away from Anderson Silva? It’s a pipe-dream, Rich. He’ll eventually hear about this "catchweight" business, and kick your ass again. You might as well balloon up to 240 pounds and test your fate against Cheick Kongo.


Most Misleading MMA-Related AP Headline Ever?

That headline is from an Associated Press story about a 25 year-old New Mexico man who died after being pushed through a third-story hotel window after he and someone else were, from the sound of it, drunkenly wrestling/screwing around in a hotel room.  You’ve been to this party before.  We all have.  You and some friends get drunk, decide to grapple with one another and possibly throw in a few knee strikes from the clinch, and it’s all fun and games until someone gets mad or takes it too seriously, which happens every single time.  Or maybe not.  Maybe it ends before that because someone gets pushed into a window, which then breaks, and suddenly you have a tragedy on your hands.

That’s a terrible story, but isn’t it just a little too misleading, even for the AP, to chalk it up as an "ultimate fighting" related accident?  Something tells me that MMA isn’t the culprit here so much as alcohol, cheap hotel glass, and bad luck.  If a guy dies while drunkenly racing his friend in his ’72 Nova, we wouldn’t say he was attempting to "re-enact" a NASCAR move, would we? 


Video: Dana White Ain’t Skurred About Strikeforce on CBS

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Maybe Dana White locked himself in a bathroom at some point after hearing that Fedor vs. Rogers would be broadcast on CBS, and screamed until he cried. But at least he’s putting on a brave face for the media. Following a UFC 103 press conference held yesterday, White told Steve Cofield that Strikeforce on CBS is not a game-changer:

It doesn’t matter, no. How many shows have to come and go…IFL was on network TV, EliteXC was on network TV. It doesn’t matter…I think CBS wants to be in the business. And we haven’t been able to come to a deal. With the right deal, we’d do it. We haven’t had the right deal yet. Neither does Strikeforce. You think Strikeforce is getting the right deal with CBS? You think they’re making money?

No, probably not. EliteXC reportedly hemorrhaged money during their run on CBS, because the license fee they received from the network wasn’t nearly enough to cover their expenses. Maybe Strikeforce was able to carve out a more satisfying deal than EliteXC did, but you have to assume that Strikeforce’s actual end-game is to build up enough interest in their brand on CBS that they can start putting on pay-per-view shows, which would theoretically be much more profitable. Until that happens, Dana White has enough problems of his own to worry about.


Cung Le Vacates Title; Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller for Strikeforce Middleweight Belt

Jason Miller MMA Strikeforce
(Hey, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. Image courtesy of kamipro.)

Strikeforce’s "Fedor vs. Rogers" card on 11/7 has locked down a co-headliner. According to MMA Weekly, Jake Shields and Jason "Mayhem" Miller will fight for the organization’s undisputed middleweight title — not one of those weak-ass "interim" belts. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker explains the situation:

“I had a conversation with Cung and he has a lot of respect for Jake and Jason, and he’s got another movie coming up, so he’s asked me if he could step down, which we’re going to honor his request. By no means does that mean he’s going to be retired, but he’s going to be unavailable for the next two months…With Cung, every six weeks we’ll be checking back with him. Now that he’s not going to be our title holder, we’ll put him in some big super fights and continue his MMA career, but not have the pressure of defending his belt when he has movie opportunities.”

TUF 10 Premiere Most Watched Episode in Series History

Ultimate Fighter 10 cast
(You’re entering a world of pain, Jay Leno.)

When we opened our inbox to find an email from Spike TV about last night’s "Ultimate Fighter" 10 season premiere, we expected the usual ratings chest-thumping where they point out how well it did in the 18-34 year-old male demographic that the UFC basically owns, while leaving out how it got smoked by some terrible network TV offering that plays to the very old, the very stupid, and the too-lazy-to-change-the-channel demographic.  But instead what we saw were numbers actually worth bragging about.  According to Spike TV, last night’s TUF 10 premiere "was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original."

Of course, the other network original that it beat out was the season finale of something called "The Joe Schmo Show" in 2003, which somehow garnered 3.4 million viewers.  It sounds less impressive that way, but the point is that the TUF 10 premiere got 4.1 million viewers, which crushed the previous TUF high of 2.8 million set by the season three finale.  And yes, in the 18-34 male demo it also beat out a bunch of network shows like "America’s Got Talent," "So You Think You Can Dance," "The Jay Leno Show," and something called "Glee," which we at first thought was a typo but turns out is an actual show.  God help us.

So does this mean that the drawing power of Kimbo Slice is now beyond question?  Or could it be that the silent, but fiercely loyal fans of Darrill "Titties" Schoonover helped push the TUF ratings to new heights?  It would be irresponsible of us to speculate (just kidding, it was "Titties"), but odds are the Spike TV execs are just glad that something finally pushed "The Joe Schmo Show" out of the top spot after so many years.  Now when advertisers ask them what their greatest ratings success was they don’t have to mumble the answer into the backs of their hands before quickly changing the subject by asking, ‘Who else could go for some chicken strips right about now?’


Seth Petruzelli Lodges Shucking and Ducking Complaint Re: Kimbo Slice

Seth Petruzelli knocks out Kimbo Slice
(That’s Seth’s ‘Holy-shit-did-you-guys-see-what-just-happened!?’ face.)

If you thought Seth Petruzelli had already done all he could to build a name for himself off his knockout of Kimbo Slice, boy were you wrong.  Petruzelli ain’t letting that thing go, especially not while Kimbo is getting all the attention on this season of "The Ultimate Fighter."  Earlier this week Slice appeared on ESPN’s "First Take," where he made some half-ass excuses about why he got knocked out by Petruzelli (who the ESPN host repeatedly called ‘Petruzooli’), and "The Silverback" didn’t take it too well. 

On his Twitter page yesterday he wrote "Kimbo can kiss my ass for his ESPN comments," and also posted this message to the UG (where his user name is "The Guy That KO’d Kimbo"):


‘Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers’ to Be Broadcast 11/7 on CBS

Fedor Emelianenko Brett Rogers Strikeforce
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According to a press release just sent out by Strikeforce, Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers will face each other on Saturday, November 7th, in a Strikeforce event that will be broadcast on CBS (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT). It was previously announced that the matchup would air on Showtime, which explains some of Strikeforce’s quietness over the last couple weeks — they were working out the details on this surprising change of plans. Now, Dana White won’t be able to crow about how his reruns outdraw Strikeforce’s live fights, and he probably won’t risk defeat by counter-programming Strikeforce with a live UFC event, especially considering the UFC already has events scheduled for the following two weekends.


Coming Attractions: ‘TUF 10′ Episode 2 Preview, Dos Santos vs. Cro Cop


I kind of figured Tiki Ghosn was dead weight on Team Rampage’s staff, but in this clip from next week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, he proves himself to be a very patient and encouraging teacher. Kimbo Slice is a sponge during his extra lessons on the ground-game, and you have to admit, his reversal at the -0:50 mark is as smooth as Country Crock. Rampage says he sees himself in Kimbo, and wants to show him a few things that worked in his own fights. Hopefully the extra attention proves useful, because his housemates are gunning for him in episode 2. As the narrator intones at the end, "is it time for Kimbo Slice to finally step into the Octagon?" No, probably not yet, but why else would you tune in?