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July, 2013

Great Dana White Vlog or Greatest Dana White Vlog?

UFC 162 takes place this Saturday in Las Vegas and organization President Dana White has released his first video blog of the week leading up to the event. It’s pretty good.

In it, UFC Hall of Fame fighter Chuck Liddell teaches TUF finalist Uriah Hall how to set up his deadly over hand right punch, as well as wrestles around with Mike Tyson and Royce Gracie. Liddell protege Glover Teixeira gets to meet Tyson, a hero of his and Uncle Dana personally makes the streets of Vegas safer.

Enjoy the vlog in between charred meat sessions today, all you American taters. For our Canadian friends – enjoy work, suckers!

Crap. I guess I’m working today too…and without that whole socialized health care benefit to boot.

Still, ‘Merica!

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UFC on FOX Sports 1:1 Loses Thiago Alves and Akira Corassani to Injury; Mike Pyle and Steven Siler in as Replacements


(On the bright side, my Thiago Alves Fathead is still in pristine condition.)

The run of awful luck for UFC welterweight Thiago Alves shows no sign of ending. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Martin Kampmann in March 2013, Alves was forced out of his UFC 149 return fight due to an injury. The Brazilian striker was scheduled to come back from his long layoff at UFC on FOX Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen (August 17th, Boston) against gritty* 170-pounder Matt Brown, but has now pulled out of that fight because of a tear in his left biceps tendon. FOXSports1′s twitter account broke the news yesterday, adding that Brown will instead face Mike Pyle.

From an competitive standpoint, I’d call that a fair trade. Matt Brown is on a five-fight win streak with all but one of those wins coming by KO/TKO, and Pyle has been victorious in his last four (with three of those wins via KO/TKO), and is coming off a split-decision win against Rick Story at UFC 160. Both fighters have griped about not getting enough respect from fans and media despite their recent success, so this is a perfect opportunity to see who really deserves it.

Also off the “Shogun vs. Sonnen” card is featherweight Akira Corassani, who we thought was already doing hard time for purse-snatching or something. [Ed. note: Different guy.] Corassani was supposed to face former WEC champ Mike Brown** on the card, but is now out with an undisclosed training injury, and will be replaced by TUF 14 vet Steven Siler.*** Unfortunately, Corassani has developed a bad reputation for pulling out of fights, after not being able to fulfill previous bookings at the TUF 14 Finale, UFC on FUEL TV 2, and UFC 156.

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“Fight for ALF” Update: One F*cking Thing at a Time


(Via Laura’s Facebook page)

Happy 4th of July, Potato Nation! Before you fire up the grill and start tossing around the bang snaps, please read the latest update from our dear friend Laura “angrylittlefeet” Nicholson, who is resting up before her next round of operations and chemo next week. Yeah, it’s a bummer, but that’s life. We’re proud as hell of our girl for hanging tough, under the circumstances. If you haven’t already, please kick in a few bucks to our “Fight for ALF” fundraising drive to help cover Laura’s medical expenses, and send her some love on twitter. Thanks a million, and enjoy the day.

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This week’s Alf update brought to you by Hodgkins Lymphoma……. Still NOT recommended as a diet aid.

Hi Taters! Alf here. Finally have a day between hospital visits to sit down and relax. And eat. At my last visit my Doc said I had lost entirely too much weight (I blame hospital food and boredom) and my job is to put some back on by any means necessary. Fast. Next operation is Monday, next chemo is Tuesday. He even went so far as to say he wants me eating cake and ice cream. Wait — Really? So now I have kind of a dr’s rx for cake & ice cream. Sweet! Now I just need my backwards-ass state to get on the medical weed bandwagon…..

Monday’s procedure is to have my chemo port installed. Somehow I don’t think a body was ever meant to have anything “installed” but what the hell do I know? Also they will remove this god-forsaken PICC line that has been driving my nuts and dangling from my arm since forever it seems. Oh I do hope I won’t need to be awake for all this festivity but I probably will. They seem to be pretty stingy with the sleepy time drugs.

They tell me that the second chemo is when the hair starts to go if it’s going to. Shit. shitshitshitshitfuckshitshit. Really, really bad girl-trauma on the horizon.

That’s it at this point. Just looking to get through next week and then go from there. One fucking thing at a time.

Hope you all have a great 4th of July. Have a beer for me and try not to blow off any goddam limbs or digits.

Alf
XO

Check out previous “Fight for ALF” updates right here.

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Fail of the Year Candidate #2: Another Dipshit Dares His Opponent to Test His Chin With Predictable Results


(Mad props to CP reader Dave W for the find. The logic-defying test of strength comes at the 4:27 mark, if you’re into that sort of thing.)

At this point, we’ve done all we can do to spare fighters the embarrassment of testing their unbreakable chins during a fight, only to receive a lesson in humility shortly thereafter. We’ve put out a PSA, we’ve relentlessly ridiculed those dumb enough to attempt the maneuver, and we’ve even bestowed one of these jackasses with the MMA Fail of the Year Award, the best worst CP honor of them all. But like Flickr’s obsession with bloody nipples, it appears that fighters daring their opponents to knock them out is a trend that is here to stay.

Today’s exercise in stupidity comes to us from a supposed “Shaolin Kung Fu Master” named Yi Long — we say “supposed” because one would think that a Shaolin Master would be a little more versed in the art of modesty – during a December 2012 fight with 10-2 Muay Thai wrecking machine Josh Pickthall. Not only does the fight feature some of the most blatant nuthugging from a ringside announcer that we have ever heard (not that we know what they’re saying, but scroll through the Youtube comments to clarify this), but it also features a falling tree KO so glorious that it seems to come right out of a Looney Tunes episode.

Perhaps what’s most perplexing about Long’s decision to expose himself to three straight punches (which, to his credit, he seems to hold up for two of) is the fact that the fight was relatively competitive until the last few seconds. If you’re Anderson Silva fighting Stephan Bonnar, sure, go ahead and get cocky. If you’re some dipshit who fancies himself the next Anderson Silva, however, maybe it’s best to hold off on the dropping of the hands. For your own sake.

-J. Jones

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Dana White: If Anderson Silva Loses to Chris Weidman, He Will Receive an Immediate Rematch


(Weidman watches and comments on Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar live, last year in Brazil. Video via YouTube.com/fueltv)

On Monday, UFC President Dana White told MMA Junkie that, should middleweight champion Anderson Silva lose his title defense against Chris Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, “I’d do the rematch the next fight.”

White went on to explain why Silva’s title defense against Weidman might just effectively be a warm-up match for the champion. “[Silva] hasn’t lost in the UFC ever, has beat everybody. He loses that fight, he’s the guy for a rematch if he wants it.”

While a decision like this could be perceived as indicative of the UFC desperately wanting to keep Silva champion and of their willingness to do just about anything to make sure that happens, immediate title rematches are not without precedent and are, in fact, becoming quite common in the organization. (These kinds of rematches also have a long tradition in boxing, where bout agreements often include automatic rematch clauses for champions.)

Silva certainly deserves one based on past accomplishments, as White suggested, but a rematch could also just be good business. For his part, Weidman is certainly not surprised by White’s announcement. The #1 contender has already says that he expects to have to face and beat Silva twice. Heck, his coach Matt Serra had to do the same thing when he beat Georges St. Pierre in 2007.

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Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt Welterweight Bout Booked for UFC 166, Oct. 19th in Houston


(Farewell, brick shithouse. / Photo via Getty)

Not only does does the UFC pay Hector Lombard an outrageous amount of money, the promotion also lets him do his own matchmaking, apparently. Two weeks after the Cuban slugger publicly called out Nate Marquardt for his first bout at 170 pounds, a fight between Lombard and Marquardt has now been confirmed for the UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 supporting card, October 19th at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Formerly one of the UFC’s top middleweight contenders, Nate Marquardt has lost his last two outings as a welterweight, including a first-round knockout at the hands of Jake Ellenberger at Marquardt’s UFC return fight in March. That loss was the first time Marquardt had been stopped since his TKO defeat against Anderson Silva six years ago.

Considering that Lombard is one of the UFC’s most expensive busts in recent memory — with only one win in the Octagon in three attempts at 185 pounds — this fight could be a must-win for both men, and you can bet that Lombard will be swinging for Marquardt’s off-button, at least until he gets tired in the second round. Got any predictions?

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Video Tribute: Looking Back at the Defining Moments in the Film (and Tennis) Career of Martial Arts Pioneer Jim Kelly


(Two legends in their primes, filming the greatest martial arts movie ever made.)

With surprisingly little reaction from the MMA blogosphere, martial arts pioneer Jim Kelly passed away over the weekend at the age of sixty-seven years old. Odds are pretty good that you recognize Kelly as Williams from Enter The Dragon, but his legacy is far greater than just that one role. Armed with his signature afro, one-liners and arsenal of kicks, Kelly broke the color-barrier for black actors in martial arts films at a time when the genre was almost exclusively reserved for Asian martial artists.

Aside from being one of the most instantly recognizable martial artists on the planet, Kelly also found the time to become a professional tennis player, an enthusiastic MMA fan, and a popular draw at conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con International. So in memory of Kelly, we’ve compiled videos of some of his greatest fights, interviews, and even some footage of him playing tennis. Enjoy.


Kelly and Lee working on fight scenes for Enter the Dragon.

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Total Shocker: Ken Shamrock Rips Off Another Promotion, Pulls Out of Ian Freeman Fight


(Having completed the Jiu-Jitsu portion of his seminar, Shamrock ended things with a lecture about using an old beef bone to get a stew going. Photo via Wikimedia.)

Ken Shamrock’s downward spiral just won’t. fucking. end. The former UFC/WWF star, who has made headlines in recent years for accidentally beating up a woman in a shopping mall, begging strangers to call him for $11.99 a minute and getting bent over a barrel by the Zuffa legal team, has apparently moved on to phase 3.5 of his fighting career: outright extortion.

You see, Shamrock was expected to face Ian Freeman at an Ultimate Cage Fighting Championship event on July 27th. A few days ago, however, Shamrock pulled out of the fight and claimed that the promotion was trying to shortchange him, resulting in the fight being cancelled altogether. We know, sounds familiar, right? Only now, a pissed off Freeman is accusing Shamrock of cheating the promotion out of $5,000 and skipping town (original story here) — what’s known on Broadway as “pulling a Harold Hill.” Freeman vented on his Facebook page:

Well, everyone including myself, knew this fight was too good to be true as we know what a coward Shamrock is.

Not only is Shamrock a coward but he’s also a thief. He accepted the fight, demanded $5,000 upfront as a deposit of trust, of which was sent, and now refuses to return the money.

Not only has he demanded that money up front but also ask for his purse and ticket deal to be paid “before” he fights and this money to be sent to an American bank.

UCFC bent over backwards to stick to your Diva demands but you bitched about everything. Even to the fact that they were advertising your name to sell tickets. That’s what every show in the world does [you] dumb fuck. The fight was confirmed, and you signed and made a video signing the contract. Idiot.

While this seemed like a simple case of “he said, she said” at first, it wasn’t until we revisited an old interview with Chael Sonnen, of all people, that this case was blown wide open.

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Win, Lose, or Draw at UFC 162, Anderson Silva Is the Greatest Ever


(“It is true greatness, to have in one the frailty of a man, and the security of a God.” – Sir Francis Bacon / Image via Stephen Torreno)

By Jason Moles

For as long as man has competed against one another, man has been keeping score. What was once recorded on a stone tablet is now saved on a laptop somewhere in the annals of sports history. A quick search for “greatest of all time” will reveal a list of several sports, both familiar and alien. Click on ‘Basketball’ and you’re redirected to a page for Michael Jordan, ‘Hockey’ for Wayne Gretzky. When you reach the ‘M’s,’ somewhere between ‘Marathon Running’ and ‘Motocross,’ you’ll find the sport that connects us all — Mixed Martial Arts. One more click of the mouse and you’re staring at the image of unequivocal excellence, and he goes by the name Anderson Silva.

The unassuming Brazilian stares back at you, championship belt draped over his shoulder. If you didn’t know any better, you’d never in a thousand years peg him as the guy who’s left a pile of broken bodies from multiple weight classes in the wake of his seven-year, seventeen-fight win streak. Among the casualties are five (current and/or future) members of the illustrious UFC Hall of Fame. Those battle-tested titans of the arena were no match for “The Spider.” How could they be? The UFC middleweight champion posses otherworldly skills and ability, and an uncanny penchant for violence. Which reminds me; one of the greatest things about modern record keeping is the ability to relive history through streaming video. Check this out:

During Silva’s sensational career, he’s amassed a spectacular number of UFC records. And while a summary of his accomplishments fail to do his legacy any justice, they’re too remarkable not to mention. The 38-year-old Muay Thai savant owns records for the most knockdowns landed (17), longest winning streak (16), and longest title defense streak (10). The São Paulo native is the most accurate striker in the organization, landing 67.8% of the significant strikes he hurls his opponent’s way. What’s more is that 63% of his opponent’s significant strikes touch nothing but air. Did you know he’s tied with Joe Lauzon for the record for most post-fight bonuses (12) and he’s been awarded Knockout of the Night honors (6) more than any fighter to have ever stepped in the Octagon? His numbers are outstanding, but they only tell half the story.

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Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II Slated for UFC 168, December 28th in Las Vegas


(“Hey, that woman might not be a bitch at all. That might just be her bitch-face, and…that’s okay.” / Photo via Getty)

MMA Junkie reports that Ronda Rousey‘s UFC title defense against her old pal Miesha Tate will happen at UFC 168, December 28th in Las Vegas. Yes, that’s a long friggin’ way off, but keep in mind that the two have been busy filming TUF 18: The Rashes, which won’t begin airing until September 4th. Rousey hasn’t competed since her first-round armbar victory over Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February, meaning that the champ will be carrying a full ten months of “cage corrosion” (as Mauro might say) when she has her rematch with Tate at the UFC’s year-end show.

Speaking of TUF 18, tensions on the set have been high, to say the least. Here’s Dana White with the hype-up we all knew was coming: “I’m telling you, they hate each other so bad,” he said. “You’re going to see a lot of blur marks. Every f—ing time [Ronda is] seeing her, she’s flipping off and getting in her face…It’s not reality bulls–t. It’s complete and total hatred. They hate each other.”

Careful, Dana, we’ve been hurt before. Meanwhile, Ronda’s original opponent/rival coach Cat Zingano has been busy getting her knee drained and stirring up shit on Twitter. So are you guys psyched for the Rousey vs. Tate rematch, or is this the most unnecessary do-over since Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2?

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