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July, 2011

Pic of the Day: It Looks Like Fedor Laid Off the Ice Cream While Preparing for Hendo Fight

(Video courtesy of Dan Henderson/Twitter)

If there was any question as to what kind of shape Fedor Emelianenko would be in for his upcoming Strikeforce fight Saturday night against Dan Henderson, this photo should answer it.


Video: Chael Sonnen Responds to Creepy Robot’s Questioning

(Video courtesy of YouTube/SNETCF)

If we didn’t know better, we’d say that the folks at Sportsnet commissioned an AI robot from Round 5 in the “likeness” of Dana White to put the fighters he interviews at ease. But sadly, it’s just Canadian MMA talking head “Showdown” Joe Ferraro asking Chael Sonnen questions in an unnatural radio announcer timbre and inflection in the videos above and below.

Even Chael seems taken aback by Twiki’s voice at first, or maybe it was just because the interviewer’s opening of, “Talk a bit about your next opponent Brian Stann,” left “Showdown” open for a predictable Wikipedia-worthy account of Stann’s fight bio.


Mark Pavelich Is Not Fond of This Rebney Character

“…and I also understand that he always takes a penny, and never leaves one. He once killed a puppy with a kitten. He wears black all the time. He’s a malefactor, a villain. I don’t really know him from Adam, but f*ck that guy.”

Mark Pavelich, the owner/CEO/Gran High Poo-bah of Maximum Fighting Championships, is not the kind of guy who holds back his feelings. He’s an expressive, gregarious type who uses Twitter like he was getting bonuses for followers, and describing him as “outspoken” would be like saying Amy Winehouse liked to get high.* And right now, he’s feeling pretty pissed off at the Son of Winnebago Man.

It seems that recent moves by Bellator, particularly acquiring top MFC talents Douglas Lima and Ryan Ford, has worked the Pav’s nerves to the point that he had to go on Twitter to air his grievances, and then follow that up with an interview so he make sure that everyone understood the words that were coming out of his mouth. Pavelich insists that Bellator has signed unspecified fighters that are currently under contract with MFC, and Bjorn is an idiot. Furthermore, Pavelich doesn’t even know who this Bjorn guy is.


Video: Gray Maynard’s Only UFC Knockout (And Three More Quick Ones)

(Props: UFC)

It’s kind of hard to believe now, but before his current streak of eight consecutive decisions — and directly after his oddball no-contest against Rob EmersonGray Maynard actually knocked somebody out in the UFC. This went down at UFC Fight Night 11 back in September 2007, and the victim was Joe Veres, a wrestler from Columbus, Ohio who was making his UFC debut.

As you’ll see in the above video (starting at the 0:57 mark), Maynard catches Veres with a lead left hook almost immediately, and makes it official with some gnarly shots from the top. Total time expenditure: 9 seconds. Since that night, the UFC lightweight contender has spent two hours and 10 minutes of fight time without a stoppage. But hey, there’s always next time


First World Problems: Tito Ortiz Smashes Up His Rolls Royce Phantom

Tito Ortiz Rolls Royce Phantom
(Photo courtesy of TMZ)

Just three months after he wrecked a Toyota Scion while preparing for a celebrity race in Long Beach, Tito Ortiz was involved in another vehicular misadventure this weekend. The UFC light-heavyweight contender — man, it’s weird to write that again! — was involved in a three-car collision near a Denny’s in Costa Mesa that left his beloved Rolls Royce Phantom with a busted grill.

Nobody was injured, and Ortiz didn’t even seem that pissed off afterwards. But the Huntington Beach Bad Boy later confirmed that he cried a little, since the Rolls was his favorite car and repairs won’t be covered by insurance.

And so, Tito Ortiz narrowly dodges the UFC 133 curse, which makes us wonder: Is this like a Final Destination kind of thing where Tito now has to injure somebody on the UFC 133 card himself since he escaped a violent fate that was clearly intended for him?


Video: Chael Sonnen Gives a Roundabout Explanation About Where His New Swagger Came From

(Video courtesy of YouTube/ChaelSonnenTV)

Chael Sonnen gave this recent interview in which he sort of explains why he developed his new cocky persona that was born some time after his fight with Yushin Okami. Prior to that bout, Chael was praising upcoming opponent Paulo Filho for working through his mental and substance abuse problems to get back into the cage to compete, going as far as to say that he “admired” the embattled Brazilian who had beaten him a few months prior.

It turns out that Sonnen consciously began forcing himself into “walking the walk” as well as “talking the talk” after coming to the realization that he was selling himself short psychologically.


UFC Vet Gerald Harris Signs Multi-Fight Contract With DREAM

(That’s what we call ‘marketable skills’.)

It’s been a strange, at-times painful trip for our good buddy Gerald Harris. After being released by the UFC after his first loss in four appearances, Harris dropped a decision in a rebound fight against James Head at an Xtreme Fight Night event in February. Head earned a ticket to the UFC while Harris secured his place on the outside looking in. ‘Hurricane’ finally got back to the win-column with a decision over former Strikeforce contender Anthony Ruiz at Tachi Palace Fights 9 in May, but broke his hand in the process.

Luckily, things are about to get a lot better (we hope). Harris announced on his Twitter page today that he’s signed a multi-fight deal with DREAM:


Exclusive: Mike Pyle Talks Upcoming UFC 133 Bout With Welterweight Wunderkind Rory MacDonald

(Pyle partaking in MMA’s newest training craze: coffin planking.)

By CagePotato Special Contributor Mike Schmitz

Our friend Mike Schmitz  from TapouT VTC caught up with UFC welterweight fighter Mike Pyle Monday morning and hooked us up with an exclusive interview for The Potato Nation ahead of “Quicksand’s” upcoming UFC 133 bout with 22-year-old Canadian phenom Rory MacDonald.

Check out what Pyle had to say about a variety of topics, including his training, his upcoming fight and what he thinks about being an underdog against MacDonald, after the jump.


UFC 133 Cursewatch: Alessio Sakara Pulls Out of Jorge Rivera Fight — Again! — Due to Torn ACL

(Shouldn’t have trusted him in the first place, Jorge.)

As first leaked by Mike Chiappetta, UFC middleweight Alessio Sakara has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 133 main card bout against Jorge Rivera due to a torn ACL. If you were just struck by an eerie sense of deja vu, here’s why…

Sakara and Rivera were originally paired up for UFC 118, but Rivera was forced to withdraw due to a broken arm. (Sakara was quickly matched up with replacement opponent Gerald Harris before bowing out himself due a knee injury.) The two fighters were re-scheduled for UFC 122 last November, but Sakara pulled out on the day of the fight after experiencing flu-like symptoms that were either weight-cut related, or tuna-related.


Video: Check Out Gina Carano Talking About ‘Haywire’ In Her First Interview in Two Years

(Video courtesy of YouTube/GinaCaranodotorg)

Last Friday at Comic-Con Gina Carano made a rare media appearance to promote her upcoming starring role in the Steven Soderbergh blockbuster film “Haywire,” which is set to be released in theatres in January 2012.

The interview above with was apparently her first since losing to Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos in 2009.

Check out the full transcription after the jump.