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October, 2009

Is Strikeforce Going to Get Screwed Out of Overeem-Fedor?

Alistair Overeem
(Overeem, pictured here shortly after eating the 2003 version of himself.)

After winning his second meaningless fight via standing guillotine choke in as many weekends, Alistair Overeem voiced his desire to fight Fedor Emelianenko in April of 2010.  Beyond just the specificity of that request, what’s interesting is that he followed up by saying that if he had his choice he’d rather do the fight in Dream than in Strikeforce.  Not surprisingly, Dream’s Keiichi Sasahara would prefer that too, saying, “I’ll do what I can to make that happen in the near future.”

Wouldn’t that just be a kick in the pills for Scott Coker and his crew?  They go to all this trouble to sign and then promote Fedor through their CBS connections, and they spend over two years waiting for Overeem to come back and defend his heavyweight title, and then Strikeforce’s new partner threatens to swoop in and steal the fight. 

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Brock Lesnar’s Camp Confirms That He’s Been Sick as Hell

Brock Lesnar Minnesota Vikings
(Good job, Brock, now the whole stadium’s sick. Photo courtesy of Vikings.com via MMA Mania.)

Look, we’re all disappointed that Brock Lesnar isn’t fighting Shane Carwin next month. But it’s not like he’s battling a case of the sniffles here. Reports coming out of the Lesnar camp suggest the withdrawal was sadly necessary. First, Chris Tuchscherer (from the Las Vegas Sun via Cagewriter):

Lesnar said he was feeling better from a three-week flu as recently as Sunday before announcing to his team in Minnesota that he was going to pull out of the fight. “He actually practiced (Sunday) and thought he might be feeling alright. He said, ‘Wow, I think I’m doing OK today,’” Tuchscherer said. “(Monday) he got here and it was the same old stuff — fatiguing right away, not being all there. After practice we were all sitting around, we were actually going to come back later at night to work out again, and he basically told us, ‘Hey guys, I’m going to pull out of this thing.’”
 
Tuchscherer said Lesnar began feeling flu-like symptoms about 25 days ago and didn’t practice last week in the hope that rest would end the illness.
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Rampage Jackson: ‘The UFC Looked Like A-Holes This Weekend’

Quinton Rampage Jackson A-Team UFC
("…I, on the other hand, look like a very intelligent and compassionate person." Photo via joblo.com.)

Most longtime fans have gone through some variation of the following experience: You spend months trying to convince your co-workers that MMA is the baddest sport ever invented, and they need to give it a chance. So they come over to your place one night to watch a UFC event, and what they see instead is sloppy brawling, boring ground-hugging, and inexplicable judges’ decisions. "It’s usually a lot better than this," you say desperately as they slowly file out the door. But it’s too late; they’re gone, they won’t be back, and you’ll be eating most of your lunches alone from now on. It’s a humiliating feeling. Now imagine if those co-workers were Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson and The Hangover‘s Bradley Cooper, and you’ll have an idea of what Quinton "Rampage" Jackson had to endure on Saturday. Sour grape warning begins now:

I was watching the fight this weekend with the director of the A Team movie, the movie crew & a couple of actors & I never been ashamed to be a part of MMA till now. The UFC looked like assholes this weekend. The main event was boring. I anticipated that because let’s be real.. Machida is a boring fighter. But Shogun getting robbed like that was pretty cut throat. Then you hear Joe Rogan say you "you have to beat the champ to be a champ." & that made me think the UFC are full of shit! Not to be whiny here but I still don’t feel like I’ve been beat in the UFC.. but I’m not champ anymore. If the UFC gives Shogun an immediate rematch because of the controversial loss then that would validate everything I have said about the UFC in my recent posts & why I’m pissed at the UFC. But yet he deserves one & so have I deserved one against Forrest.
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UFC Website Wastes No Time Rebranding UFC 106

Last week UFC 106 was headlined by the heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, and this was a very big deal.  Also on the card, Tito Ortiz would be rematching Forrest Griffin.  Not bad, but not enough to make your head explode either.  Only with Lesnar out due to illness and the fight tentatively rescheduled for January, Ortiz/Griffin II just got a bump up in status on UFC.com.  Does the UFC really believe that a fight between Griffin (who’s coming off two straight losses) and Ortiz (who has a loss, a draw, and another loss in his last three outings) is main event caliber, or is this just a temporary fix?

After taking a look at the rest of the confirmed card for UFC 106, let’s hope it’s the latter.  Right now, the best undercard match-ups the card has going for it are Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan, Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni, Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis, and probably Luis Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.  There’s also reason to expect Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann, but unless the UFC adds something big (perhaps that all-ninja tournament we’ve been hoping for) they could face a real pay-per-view letdown. 

If ever there was a time for Ortiz to prove to the UFC what a huge draw he still is, whether he has any meaningful wins in his recent past or not, it would be now.

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Lesnar/Carwin May Be Postponed Until January

Shane Carwin has updated his Twitter page with some info from his manager, and now it seems as if his heavyweight title bout with Brock Lesnar could take place on the UFC’s January 2 event.  Carwin also seems to be under the impression that Lesnar is suffering from H1N1, also known as the Swine Flu, which Carwin has apparently had (and which he presumably beat the hell out of).  I’ve spent all weekend telling myself that what I have is just the regular flu, so I find all this H1N1 talk a little discomforting, but as long as Lesnar doesn’t turn out to have the immune system of a ninety-pound pipsqueak he should pull through this thing and provide the UFC with a huge event to kick off 2010. 

Now can we all just agree to stop talking about the Swine Flu and instead go shiver under a quilt while watching old episodes of "Law & Order" for the rest of the afternoon?  

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Lesnar Out of UFC 106 Fight Due to Illness, UFC Still Hasn’t Told Carwin?

Well, this is terrible news.  According to Yahoo! Sports, Brock Lesnar has pulled out of his heavyweight title defense at UFC 106 due to an illness that has sidelined him for "more than three-and-a-half weeks."  Lesnar reportedly told Dana White that he’s never been this sick before, but White, who is not in any way a medical doctor, says he does not believe it’s the Swine Flu, though the Yahoo! article doesn’t say what prompted that diagnosis. 

Judging by Shane Carwin’s Twitter, he heard the news from the MMA media and still hasn’t received any official confirmation from the UFC.  There’s no word yet on exactly how the UFC will reshuffle the lineup for UFC 106, or when Lesnar might be ready to make that title defense.  Right now, all we have is a sick heavyweight champ and a disappointed challenger.  This is why you have to wash your hands, people.  Especially after handling dead woodland creatures or sharing shotguns with strangers.

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Cecil Peoples: Leg Kicks “Certainly Don’t” Finish Fights


(Pat Barry vs. Dan Evensen @ UFC 92. Somehow Barry skates by on those useless leg kicks.)

Everyone’s favorite maverick judge, Cecil Peoples, supposedly explained the rationale behind his scoring of the Machida/Rua fight at UFC 104 in a talk with CageReport.net.  He begins with the usual defense, pointing out that he has a different perspective on the fight than the fans do, and then launches into an explanation of why Machida’s strikes counted for more than Rua’s:

“Mauricio Rua was being aggressive but it wasn’t effective aggressiveness which is what we as the judges look for when scoring a fight. The way I saw it, Lyoto was landing the more cleaner and damaging strikes throughout the fight – if you take a look at the judging criteria clean strikes are valued more-so than the quantity of strikes landed. Although Rua threw a lot of low kicks they were not as damaging as Lyotos diverse attack in the earlier rounds which is why I scored the first three rounds for Machida. You have to keep in mind we always the favour the fighter who is trying to finish the fight, and leg kicks certainly don’t do that."

Of course, sometimes leg kicks do end fights.  It just doesn’t happen all that often.  And even when leg kicks don’t serve as the knockout blow, they still damn well hurt and frequently end up making the difference in a fight.

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Paulo Thiago Gets a Tough UFC Rookie Instead of Alves at UFC 106


(Jacob Volkmann vs. Travis McCullough, 7/19/08)

Paulo Thiago may have lost his opponent in the Battle of the Thiagos at UFC 106, but at least he didn’t lose the chance to fight in November altogether.  With Thiago Alves pulling out to rematch Jon Fitch, Thiago will instead face UFC newcomer Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann at UFC 106 on November 21.  Aside from being the owner of an inscrutable nickname, Volkmann also has a perfect 9-0 record against a bunch of guys you’ve probably never heard of.  He fights out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, so odds are that he has no problem riding a stationary bike while wearing a blacked-out gasmask.

But Thiago, who’s 1-1 in the UFC, must be feeling like his life just got a little easier.  Instead of facing a bigger, more powerful striker in Alves, he gets a newbie in Volkmann.  That is, until someone informs him that “Christmas” was a three-time All-American wrestler in college.  Then he’s going to start to wonder if there is anyone in the UFC’s welterweight division who doesn’t have a bunch of wrestling trophies at home.  And there is one guy who comes to mind.  His name is Thiago Alves.  Maybe you’ve heard of him.

A couple more Volkmann fights are after the jump, just to help you get acquainted with the guy.

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The People to Blame For Rua’s Loss Are…Rua’s Cornermen?


(Neckpunch! Photo courtesy of UFC.com)

In the scramble to figure out what went wrong and exactly how wrong it went in the decision that allowed Lyoto Machida to keep his title at UFC 104, opinion seems to be mostly split between the people who feel it was a terrible decision, and the people who simply feel that it was the wrong one in a very close bout, so it’s not worth getting upset over.  The group you don’t hear much from this morning is the one that thought Machida won.  Probably the closest you’ll get is someone who thinks it could have gone either way, like Yahoo’s Kevin Iole.  He says that the title was "Shogun" Rua’s for the taking on Saturday night, but he didn’t finish the job because he has a bunch of sycophants for cornermen:

The men who should be facing the wrath of those who felt Rua had won should not be Hamilton, Peoples and Rosales, who rendered their opinions in a very technical, taut affair. Rather, Rua supporters should be angry at his corner men, who continually told him he was well ahead.
Rua said he didn’t press the action in the final two rounds because his corner had told him he was in control. If that’s true, it’s that advice that cost him the fight. And it’s always the worst kind of advice to give a fighter in any match, but particularly a technical fight like Machida-Rua.
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Even ESPN Thought Rua Was Getting That Belt at UFC 104

Cage Potato reader B.J. sent us this screenshot of ESPN.com shortly after the main event at UFC 104 concluded.  Either they didn’t wait to hear the official decision before writing their headline, or else their overpowering sense of justice simply would not allow them to believe it at first.  I admit that I have some sympathy, because I almost made the same mistake myself when I was writing our liveblog.

In the light of the events of Saturday night, some of you have asked us if we’re going to apologize to "Shogun" Rua for insisting that he had no chance against Lyoto Machida.  Our answer to that is, if we apologized every time we made fight predictions that didn’t pan out, where would we find the time to do anything else, like making fun of fighters’ tattoo choices or ogling ring girls?  Okay, so Rua surprised us.  He very nearly surprised the oddsmakers, too.  He came in with a great gameplan, he stuck to it, and in fair universe he’d be the champ right now.  But as that unanimous decision and the fame of Tila Tequila have both proved, ours is not a fair universe at all.   That’s why the gods of pro fighting invented rematches.


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