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October, 2009

Gina Carano in ESPN: The Magazine — The Photos You Didn’t See (Unless You Bought the Issue)

Gina Carano ESPN the Magazine Body Issue
(Props: ESPN The Magazine via MMA Fight Girls)

We showed you the cover, and we showed you the smoky black-and-white shot from inside — but if you’re a Gina Carano completist, you’ll want to add these last two images from her ESPN: The Mazazine "Body Issue" shoot to the "STRONG, INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN" folder on your hard drive. The second image is after the jump…


Videos: Henderson Speaks, Natasha Wicks Sluts It Up For Halloween, + More

If you were hoping that Dan Henderson‘s contract negotiation breakdown with the UFC would lead him to abandon his patented understated, laconic style in favor of calling Dana White a stingy bastard and accusing Anderson Silva of shucking and ducking, you’re about to be disappointed.  In his latest interview, Hendo confirms DW’s characterization of the talks as having reached a stalemate, but says he still thinks he’s worth more and can get more than what the UFC is offering him, and dammit, come February he’s fighting somebody, somewhere.  Dan has a good point when he says he’s not too keen on seeing a guy who he beat, and who has never even fought as a middleweight in the UFC, jump ahead of everybody else for the title shot.  But hey, like Vitor Belfort already said, he’s just working from the neck down like everybody else in the UFC.

After the jump, Natasha Wicks tries on the five best/sluttiest Halloween costumes she can find, and "Rampage" Jackson puts in overtime busting Rashad Evans‘ balls on tonight’s episode of "The Ultimate Fighter."


Now Brock Lesnar Is Being Accused of Faking an Illness?

Here’s a situation that should serve as a microcosm of the MMA world for you: on Monday Brock Lesnar pulls out of his heavyweight title fight with Shane Carwin at UFC 106, citing a severe illness that Dana White is somehow certain is not the dreaded H1N1 virus.  Just two days later, the same guy who broke the Lesnar story is suggesting that he may be faking it, pointing to Lesnar’s appearance at a Vikings-Ravens game on October 18 and a conversation with White who said Lesnar didn’t sound ill when they spoke.  According to a mailbag response from Kevin Iole:

White further said Lesnar told him he is not sure if he could fight in January. I asked if Lesnar sounded ill when they spoke and he said no. White said he had breakfast with Lesnar in Las Vegas about a month ago and said Lesnar told him at that time he wanted to fight frequently. Something doesn’t add up here and this bears further watching.


Video: UFC 105 Extended Trailer

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After the controversial ending to Machida vs. Rua, the UFC is looking to bounce back hard in their next event (November 14th; Manchester, England), which features three very compelling bouts on the main card. Headlining UFC 105 will be Randy Couture‘s return to the light-heavyweight division against Brandon Vera, who describes the match as "what we’ve been training for since day one." A win for Vera may finally establish his legitimacy at 205; a win for Couture staves off retirement for at least one more fight and puts him on the path to a title shot.

Supporting the main event will be Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang. Bisping is looking to erase the memory of his knockout loss to Dan Henderson in July, while Kang wants to introduce himself to UFC fans in this fight (despite the fact that he’s already fought in the Octagon twice) and feels he can do everything better than the Count. Also, Mike Swick and Dan Hardy meet up in a classic U.S. vs. U.K. battle. Hardy has been training his boxing with Freddie Roach — could it be the advantage he needs to survive Quick’s onslaught?

The full UFC 105 lineup is after the jump…


Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson to Co-Headline UFC 106

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In their scramble to shore up UFC 106‘s lineup after the loss of Brock Lesnar, the UFC has booked a welterweight scrap between Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson for the November 21st event. Koscheck first announced via Twitter that he would be co-headlining the card, and Sherdog later confirmed his opponent.

It’ll be just a four-week turnaround for Johnson, who picked up his third straight win on Saturday night with a devastating 41-second TKO of Yoshiyuki Yoshida. (Our advice: Start cutting weight now.) Koscheck is coming off a first-round TKO of Frank Trigg at UFC 103 last month, and scored his own thunderous KO of Yoshiyuki Yoshida last December. Maybe it’s not worthy of co-main status, but at least Koscheck vs. Johnson will probably end with a highlight-reel knockout. Your predictions?


Well, There Goes Our Plan For How To Get UFC 106 Tickets

(What, you thought she was interested in your personality?)

Disturbing sports-related news out of Philadelphia today, Potato Nation.  It seems a hardcore female Phillies fan in need of tickets to a World Series game offered to get a little too hardcore in exchange for them, and wound up getting busted by some cops with no appreciation of what it really means to love a team.  43-year-old Susan Finkelstein allegedly posted a Craigslist ad rife with innuendo as to what she’d be willing to do to see the Phillies in the World Series, and when undercover officers responded she “offered to perform various sex acts in exchange for World Series tickets.” 

The first thing we did upon hearing about this was to delete our Craigslist ad in which we promised to do “n e thing” for UFC 106 tickets, as long as it didn’t involve taking our shirts off (don’t act like we’re the only ones who are self-conscious about back hair).  But the second thing we did was to stop and think about the serious ramifications that arrests like this could have on the MMA industry.  Anyone who’s ever been to a live UFC event knows that there are a lot of halter-tops on display, and they don’t all belong to wives and long-term girlfriends.  No, some of those women are friends or even acquaintances that male ticketholders are hoping to sleep with.  Sometimes they might even be friends of friends, or hot bartenders who mentioned in passing once how much they’d like to go to an event.  To punish these women for their opportunism is wrong, and it could cut live gate revenues in half. 

People perform sex acts for tickets to sporting events.  That’s just a fact.  Some may be more explicit about it than others, but that doesn’t mean they should go to jail.  It just means they need to learn a little subtlety.


UFC 104 Payouts: Win Money and Bonuses Keep Pat Barry Off Skid Row

Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell UFC 104
(Cain Velasquez works hard for his money, so you better treat him right.  Seriously, you better.  Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine’s UFC 104 gallery.)

The official reported salary figures for UFC 104 are in, and as usual they don’t necessarily reflect a final accounting of what each fighter took home, but they provide us with a good idea.  The event itself pulled 14,892 fans into the Staples Center (though one look at Dana White’s video blogs tells us that they weren’t all paying customers) for a net gate of $1,762,549.  As for how that was distributed among the fighters they came to see, well, check it out:

Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (no win bonus)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua: $155,000
Cain Velasquez: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
Ben Rothwell: $50,000
Gleison Tibau: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Josh Neer: $14,000
Joe Stevenson: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
Spencer Fisher: $26,000
Anthony Johnson: $30,0000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Yoshiyuki Yoshida: $12,000
Ryan Bader: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Eric Schafer: $13,000
Pat Barry: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Antoni Hardonk: $16,000
Chael Sonnen: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Yushin Okami: $18,000
Jorge Rivera: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Rob Kimmons: $9,000
Kyle Kingsbury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Razak Al-Hassan: $3,000
Stefan Struve: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Chase Gormley: $10,000

Some thoughts and addendums…


Videos: How to Punch Like a Russian, Vitor Belfort Just Does What He’s Told + More

(Props: TheFightNerd)

If you’ve ever wondered why Fedor Emelianenko throws his punches a little differently than the average dude, the above video should clear up some of the mystery. Combat Sambo’s "casting" punch is intended for easy transition into grappling, as well as flexibility in terms of range and impact area; as the host demonstrates, the Sambo puncher can make contact with anything from his wrist to the back of his hand. Hope you’re taking notes, Brett


‘EA MMA’ First Look: Fedor’s Ecstatic Armbar

EA MMA video game Fedor Emelianenko armbar
UFC 2009 Undisputed video game Forrest Griffin armbar
(Top image courtesy of via Fightlinker; for comparison, a similar shot from UFC 2009 Undisputed is underneath.)

The first gameplay image from the upcoming EA Sports MMA video game has been released, showing Fedor Emelianenko armbarring some poor, faceless opponent. Compared to the UFC joint that came before it, facial realism seems to be a priority here, though there’s something unsavory about Fedor’s expression. Basically, it’s the same expression that John Mayer gets when it’s time for his guitar solo. I don’t think Fedor has ever made that face in his life, maybe not even while in the throes of church-sanctioned marital passion. But other than that, we’re intrigued. A preview of the game will air during "Fedor vs. Rogers," November 7th on CBS.


1.4 Million People Watched UFC 104 Prelims on Spike TV

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The UFC’s latest attempt at broadcasting some of their preliminary fights on Spike TV went off much more smoothly for UFC 104 than it did with UFC 103.  That meant we all got to see Pat Barry wallop Antoni Hardonk for free without enduring any weird sound issues that might have interfered with our appreciation of the harmonious sound of a fist demolishing someone’s face/dreams.  According to MMA Payout, 1.4 million people tuned in to the UFC 104 prelims on Spike, which is around the same number that watched the glitch-plagued UFC 103 undercard.  But how many of those people heeded Joe Rogan’s aggressive exhortation to stop being a bunch of cheap bitches and pony up for the pay-per-view?  According to Payout’s estimates, somewhere in the neighborhood of 400,000.  

So the question remains, does broadcasting free prelims drive more pay-per-view buys?  If the estimates are accurate, it doesn’t seem like it.  That doesn’t mean the Spike broadcasts aren’t worth the trouble, though.  If nothing else, it exposes a wider audience to some of the UFC’s lesser-known characters, and maybe even builds the fanbase gradually.  And it exposes a lot of you people as cheap bitches, so there’s that too.