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October, 2009

UFC 104 Aftermath: Machida/Rua Rematch Coming Up, Barry Makes Out Like a Bandit, Sonnen Moves Onward and Upward

(Dana White discusses the impending Machida/Rua rematch, and UFC 104′s other fighters weigh-in on last night’s controversial decision. Also, Steve Mazzagatti shouldn’t be allowed to even *watch* MMA. Props to MMA Fanhouse.) 

- Don’t ask us how two of the three judges who presided over last night’s main event gave the first three rounds to the champion. Just take comfort in the fact that there will be an immediate rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua. Dana White announced the news at yesterday’s post-fight press conference, saying "They won’t make the same mistakes next time. Each one will try to win decisively." For the record, DW thought Shogun won the fight.

- Anthony Johnson was basically fined $10,000 per pound for missing weight. After tipping the scales at 176 on Friday, Rumble scored a ferocious TKO victory over Yoshiyuki Yoshida in just 39 seconds. But because he came in heavy, he was ineligible for UFC 104′s $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus, which instead went to Pat Barry. (Barry picked up a second $60,000 award for Fight of the Night; his opponent Antoni Hardonk got a check for the same amount, while beanpole submission artist Stefan Struve was awarded the Submission of the Night bonus for his triangle choke of Chase Gormley.) Johnson was already giving up 20% of his purse. When asked about the botched weight-cut, AJ had this to say:


Dream.12 Quick Results and Videos: Overeem, Sakuraba, Alvarez and Zaromskis Rule the White Cage

(Overeem vs. Thompson. Props to DreamCageFights. And special props to Michael Schiavello for predicting that this fight wouldn’t last long. How the hell did he see that one coming?!?)

- Alistair Overeem def. James Thompson via submission (guillotine choke), 0:33 of round 1
- Eddie Alvarez def. Katsunori Kikuno via submission (arm-triangle choke), 3:42 of round 2 
- Marius Zaromskis def. Myeon Ho Bae via KO (head kick), 0:19 of round 1 
- Kazushi Sakuraba def. Zelg Galesic via submission (kneebar), 1:40 of round 1 
- Katsuyori Shibata def. Tokimitsu Ishizawa via TKO, 4:52 of round 1 
- Dong Sik Yoon def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision 
- Yoshiro Maeda def. Chase Beebe via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:36 of round 1 
- Kuniyoshi Hironaka def. Won Sik Park via TKO (eye injury), 5:00 of round 1
- Tomoya Miyashita def. Keisuke Fujiwara via unanimous decision

More fight videos after the jump…


UFC 104: The Liveblog

(Let’s all take one last look at Shogun and then call it a day. Photo courtesy of

So you missed Dana White by ten minutes when he was giving away tickets at the mall, and now you’re desperate for UFC 104 results coupled with pithy commentary?  We’ve got you covered.  From Lyoto Machida and "Shogun" Rua squaring off to determine which Brazilian guy with poor English skills is on the top of the 205-pound heap, to Ben Rothwell and Cain Velasquez‘s heavyweight tilt and maybe even the Yushin Okami/Chael Sonnen bout that the UFC is intent on protecting us from, we’ll be rolling right along and typing about what we see.  Won’t you join us and accuse one another of being gay, newbs, or both in the comments section?

The action gets underway at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST.  Remember to hit refresh often.


Ben Rothwell Made Some Unfortunate Fashion Choices at the UFC 104 Weigh-In

(Photo courtesy of’s weigh-in gallery.)

Ben Rothwell told us that he’d be unveiling a brand new body in his Octagon debut at UFC 104 tonight.  I guess he looks a little leaner and seems to have visited a body hair removal specialist of some sort, but dammit, the do-rag, even though it offers another opportunity to sell a sponsorship, is not working.  And as if that’s not bad enough, he also decided to sell a sponsorship to penis-pill maker Extenze directly over his groin?  The things people will do to make a buck these days.

Don’t forget about tonight’s liveblog, beginning with the prelims on Spike TV at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST and rolling right into the pay-per-view.  Stop by, have some lemonade, and let’s all take bets on whether Joe Rogan will be able to stop himself from commenting on Rothwell’s endorsement of dick pills.


Friday Link Dump

(The Danavlog makes some final preparations for UFC 104.)

- Machida comes in light; Johnson, Tibau, and Neer all come in heavy at UFC 104 weigh-ins. (Fanhouse)

- Paulo Filho is out of Dream.12 due to Visa issues.  This freakin’ guy. (Tatame)

- Chael Sonnen blasts "unmarketable" Yushin Okami. (Cage Writer)

- Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham at UFC 108. (MMA Weekly)

- "A-Team" cast stands around with guns in hand. (Fightlinker)

- Cain Velasquez answers questions in English and Spanish. (Fight Magazine)

- Anthony Johnson and the top young UFC prospects. (Bleacher Report)

- Showtime’s amazing photo set from inside Fedor’s home. (Flickr)

- 5 mental illnesses so bizarre you won’t believe they’re real. (Asylum)

- Isiah Thomas upset by allegations in Magic Johnson’s book. (Scores Report)

- Why can’t women be more like Amelia Earhart? (Ask Men)

- 25 famous completely unscary ghosts. (Holy Taco)

- 5 real world fails that need a movie. (Screen Junkies)

- Wreck of the Week: tailgating sports. (All Left Turns)

- You’re the worst man ever. (Made Man)

- Times Square badass takes on three dudes at once. (Nothing Toxic)

- 12-year-old Mark Benevento Jr. out-drives Tiger Woods. (Total Pro Sports)


Ben vs. Ben: UFC 104 Edition

(The suit may make your opponent feel like a bum, but we’ll see who’s laughing when the sponsorship money gets tallied up. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

With our technical problems now solved (for the moment), we bring you the UFC 104 edition of Ben vs. Ben in its entirety.  There will be no further interruptions.  We hope.

Realistically, what chance do you give Shogun Rua to pull off a major upset at UFC 104 this Saturday?  If you had to bet on him, what odds would it take before it seemed like a good idea?

BF: Here’s the problem with Shogun – when he was at his best in Pride’s twilight years, he was beating people thanks largely to his aggression and constant pressure.  He was like a Wanderlei Silva who threw straighter punches and didn’t have a flash chin.  But against Machida, being hyper-aggressive on the feet just means getting knocked out faster.  If you aren’t technically superior (and Rua isn’t), the only option left is to put him on his back and try to wear him out on the mat, which isn’t exactly Rua’s forte.  No two ways about it, he’s getting knocked out.  Whether it happens early or late-ish is up to him.


CagePotato Comments (and E-mail) of the Week

Nick Diaz t-shirt

Before we get to our favorite comments of the week, we’d like to give some love to CagePotato reader James W., who e-mailed us the photo above, and the story below:

You know what’s more badass than the Nick Diaz pic you just posted? My "I ain’t no bitch!" shirt, which my sister made for me. I wore it beneath another shirt at UFC 94 hoping to get Nick to sign it (Nate Diaz was on the card). I did run into them in the hotel lobby but, unfortunately, this homey got scared and chickened out, fearful that Nick might take offense and box me up or choke me with a go-go.

Thanks for sharing, homey. Hopefully a brand-new CagePotato t-shirt will ease the pain of that horrible missed opportunity which will likely haunt you for the rest of your life. Now, then…


Five MMA Fights That Happened Too Early


When it happened:
4/14/00, at UFC 25
When it should have happened: Spring 2003
Why: Ortiz vs. Silva was an entertaining scrap between two young contenders for the UFC’s vacant “middleweight” belt. If they met three years later, it would have been a superfight. By the end of 2002, Ortiz had defended his title five times — he’d lose it in September 2003 to Randy Couture — while Silva was PRIDE’s middleweight ruler, owning a 12-0-1 record in the promotion and two successful title defenses. With Ortiz at the end of his reign and Wandy near the middle of his, it would have been an ideal moment to establish bragging rights for one of MMA’s two leading organizations.
Prediction: Depends on where the fight was held. If Ortiz had home-field advantage, he’d probably still be able to grind out a decision win. In Japan, it would be Wanderlei via soccer-kick death.


When it happened: 4/9/05, at the Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
When it should have happened: Sometime next year.
Why: Kenny Florian had enough talent and heart to make it to the finals of TUF 1 as a 185-pounder, but it was only a matter of time before he was squashed by another talented fighter who was more experienced and better suited to the weight; Diego Sanchez just happened to be that dude. This year, there was talk — hope, even — that Florian could upset BJ Penn at UFC 101, then have a high-stakes rematch against his old nemesis, who had followed him down to lightweight after an impressive run at 170. Unfortunately, Florian succumbed to Penn’s trademark mata leon, and Sanchez was booked to challenge Penn for the title in December. Still, as long as Florian keeps winning, he’ll claw his way back to the Nightmare — and this time, they’ll face each other as two of the best lightweights in the world.
Prediction: Sanchez outstrikes Florian to a decision in a far more competitive match than their first meeting.


Interview: Bellator CEO Rebney Talks YouTube, Network TV Deals, + More

Bjorn Rebney Bellator

After a surprisingly successful first season that made great use of viral video and a time slot on ESPN Deportes, Bellator now seems poised to break through to the English-speaking MMA audience thanks to recently announced deals with Fox Sports Net and NBC.  A third deal with Telemundo also promises them a larger share of the Spanish-language demographic, but the question that remains is how will these new deals affect Bellator’s existing strategy, particularly on YouTube, as well as its long-term viability?  To answer those questions and more, we spoke with veteran boxing producer and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. You recently announced a slew of new TV deals.  It seems like a big breakthrough all at once for you guys.  How long did it take to set that all up?

BR: In terms of timing, it took a long time.  I’ve got a really clear vision of what I want to accomplish, so everything seems to take more time than I’d want, but there were two drivers that I had in the back of my mind with regards to this deal.  One was to dramatically expand our universe, bring it into English language broadcasts with a live, prime time two-hour show, and to have it available on a consistent basis.  At the same time I was trying to create a business dynamic that would allow us to become cash flow positive and balance our books. 

Judging by the carcasses along the side of the road in MMA, that isn’t always the focus that other groups have paid attention to.  I knew we had a good product and I knew we had something from a content perspective that people wanted to see.  It was just finding the right deal that would allow us to do this not just next year, but five and six years down the road.  Thank goodness we were able to do it.


Friendly Reminders: MMA Halloween Costume Contest Needs Your Entries, UFC 104 Liveblog Tomorrow Night

Kimbo Slice tomato can
(Clever, Kimbo…)

The MMA Halloween Costume Contest that we announced last week is slowly picking up entries, but we want more, More, MOAR. You have until next Thursday to throw together a makeshift MMA-themed costume and e-mail a photo of yourself to The winner will receive an extra-special prize, though we haven’t quite decided what it’ll be yet. Good luck trying to come up with a costume idea that’s as amazing as this.

Also: If you weren’t one of the 3,300 people who got free UFC 104 tickets from Dana White, be sure to swing by tomorrow night for our thrilling liveblog of the show. The Spike TV preliminary card broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and the pay-per-view broadcast starts an hour later.