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May, 2010

Dana White Changes His Tune on Rampage’s Movie Career

The A-Team movie poster Quinton Rampage Jackson

Dana White last September, on the DAM Show:

"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…

"I’m mad at Rampage right now. Rampage is somebody that I consider a friend, and he put me in a bad position. I’m not happy about it. He hurt himself, he hurt us. Sometimes, seriously, you gotta save these guys from themselves. What he’s doing makes no sense whatsoever, so we’ll see how this whole thing plays out and what happens, but I’m mad at him, I don’t even want to talk to him right now. Lorenzo’s talking to him, not me."

DW yesterday, in the Miami Herald:

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Wednesday Morning MMA Link Club

Dana White t-shirt UFC six deuce
(Come on. Like you wouldn’t rock that. Props: Quik)

Rise and shine, Potato Nation. Here are some must-read stories to kickstart your bloodthirst…

- The Great Debate: Rampage vs. Rashad From a Technical Point of View (MMA Scraps)

- Dana White Thinks a Lot of UFC Main Eventers Are Nobodies (MMA Fighting)

- Dan Miller’s Back Is Against the Wall Against Michael Bisping at UFC 114 (BloodyElbow)

- Shaquille O’Neal is an unlockable character in UFC Undisputed 2010 (MiddleEasy)

– AKA and Greg Jackson look to expand their brands (FightMagazine)

– The Low Blow Episode 150: Takedown Town (Fightlinker)

- Gegard Mousasi Wants King Mo Rematch On New Year’s Eve (MMANews)

- Dominick Cruz: Champions will get younger and younger (FiveOuncesofPain)

– Don’t Mention Todd Duffee’s Dairy Queen Past (WatchKalibRun)

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Meet the UFC’s New Canadian Connection

 
(Wright is Dana’s antithesis: Quiet and unassuming, with a full head of hair)

In case you missed the announcement this afternoon, the UFC announced that they will be opening a Canadian office in Toronto in the coming months and that it will be headed up by former Canadian Football League Commissioner Tom Wright, who will step into his new role as the UFC’s director of Canadian operations, effective May 31.

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It Begins: GSP Honing His Knuckle-Game With Freddie Roach

Freddie Roach Georges St. Pierre GSP Wild Card Gym
(Photo courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)

Of the many things that set UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre apart from his competition, one of the most notable is his willingness to travel great lengths in order to improve elements of his game. While many fighters are content to hang out in one camp, GSP has traveled to Brazil for jiu-jitsu training, spent time learning from the Canadian wrestling team, and regularly leaves his Montreal home base to bang with the all-star team at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque or drill his Muay Thai at the Wat in New York. The latest piece of the puzzle is a familiar one: St. Pierre is now working on his boxing with legendary trainer Freddie Roach, at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. As he told Yahoo! Sports:

“It is time to focus on my boxing. When I get to the other side of my career I don’t want to be one of those fighters who have been hit too many times, so they keep getting knocked out. If you have the opportunity to work with someone like Freddy, you take advantage…I’ve only been here a few days with Freddie and each time I left feeling like I was better.”

GSP plans on spending a week with Roach before taking off to film TUF 12, opposite Josh "Booooooo!" Koscheck. As for Roach, the soft-spoken trainer is beginning to occupy a very unique place in the world of MMA.

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Reminder: UFC Press conference Live from Toronto at 1:00 ET

Will they be announcing an unlockable Harold Howard police chase sequence for UFC Undisputed 2010?

Has the UFC bought Ontario?

Will Kalib Starnes be the latest inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame?

Will Zuffa be holding an event in Toronto in the near future?

Tune in here live at 1:00 ET to find out.

(Video player after the jump)

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*UPDATED* Exclusive: Interview with UFC Undisputed 2010 Career Mode Coach Marc Laimon


(Dude, I told you I was wearing the green shirt today.)

To the average fan, Marc Laimon is the jiu-jitsu coach from The Ultimate Fighter 4 who got in a heated debate with Matt Serra about Royce Gracie’s loss to fellow TUF coach Matt Hughes at UFC 60.

You may recall, Hughes asked Laimon if he was disappointed in seeing Royce beaten like he was. Almost on cue, when the words “It was great,” barely escaped Laimon’s lips, Matt Serra, a Renzo Gracie black belt coincidentally happens upon the conversation and asks, “What’s that?”

Sure, Laimon’s reply of “Matt Hughes’ utter decimation of Royce Gracie,” may have been a bit inflammatory to a guy who runs a Gracie affiliated school of his own, but for Serra to fly off the handle and tell Laimon that he had no right to his opinion of Royce’s performance or fighting in general because he wasn’t a fighter was a bit asinine, considering Laimon’s background as a renowned jiu-jitsu trainer, MMA coach and cornerman. That’s like saying a cancer specialist doesn’t know anything about the disease because he or she has never had it.

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Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 114 Edition

UFC 114 poster MMA Quinton Rampage Jackson Rashad Evans
(Props: CagePotato reader Mitch C.)
 
After making a solid profit on Heavy Artillery, the Gambling Enabler is ready to let it ride on UFC 114. Are you ready? Or are you too chickenshit to claim what’s yours in this life? Seriously, if you don’t have the balls to make hypothetical online wagers on UFC fights, then LEAVE NOW BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT YOU. Odds are only being offered on seven matches from the #114 card, but that’s enough to make us a little cash, so lets take a look at the numbers courtesy of MMAMoneyline

Rashad Evans (-115) vs. Quinton Jackson (+105)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (-540) vs. Jason Brilz (+375)
Michael Bisping (-185) vs. Dan Miller (+160)
Todd Duffee (-430) vs. Mike Russow (+325)
Diego Sanchez (-220) vs. John Hathaway (+185)
Amir Sadollah (-130) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (+120)
Efrain Escudero (-400) vs. Dan Lauzon (+350)

Now then…

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Video: Aleksander Emelianenko Smashes Another Random European


(Props: rusquote via Fightlinker)

Just a month after he scored a first-round TKO over Eddy Bengtsson via mind-bullets, nomadic heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko was back in the ring this weekend at an Azerbaijan Pankration Federation event, proving absolutely nothing against another middle-of-the-food-chain European opponent. This time it was Miodrag Petkovic (29-12-1), a 40-year-old Serbian who holds wins over Igor Pokrajac, Tim Hague, and Travis Fulton. I wish we had a better video of this — perhaps, one that shows how Petkovic originally ended up on his back, and didn’t include another fight tacked onto the end of it, and didn’t look like it was edited together by Azamat Bagatov — but the basic gist is, Aleks spent the majority of the fight smashing Petkovic from the top until the ref stopped the fight at the 3:00 mark. It was Emelianenko’s eighth consecutive first-round victory. But of course, quantity is no replacement for quality. Did he forget about his plan to come to America and beat everyone in the UFC?

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Wanderlei Says He’s Hitting His Stride at 185; Wants to Fight at Least Six More Years


(Don’t look into his eyes, Wand. You’ll be paralyzed like thousands of ladies in the past have been before you.)

In a recent interview with TATAME, Wanderlei Silva said that he is progressively getting more comfortable with fighting as a middleweight and that he doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon.

“I want to keep on fighting for the next six years, at least until I’m forty. This division change was good, I had to change my diet and I’m feeling just fine”,

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Video: The Reem Episode 3 – Fight Night

(Video courtesy DailyMotion/TheReem.com)

Apparently the beginning of the video was shot in the parking lot of an open casting call for The Hills Have Eyes 4.

The production value of the latest edition of these series of mini-documentaries is stellar, as usual.

I never noticed them before, but check out the wicked stretch marks caused by Alistair’s growth spurt  (around the 6:20 mark).

As a bonus, we get to see Strikeforce commentator Mauro Ranallo doing his best Muhammad Ali impersonation with an impromptu freestyle rhyme counting the ways he loves Ubereem.

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