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Boring But Important: UFC Bookings, Gina Carano, and Affliction Live Gate Trickery

(“Conviction” returns in October.)

Thales Leites and Dean Lister will reportedly meet in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 15 (September 17th; Omaha, NE), while lightweights Thiago Tavares and Kurt Pellegrino are slated to fight at UFC 88 (September 6th, Atlanta); both Tavares and Pellegrino are coming off losses in their last fights, to Matt Wiman and Nate Diaz, respectively. The UFC has also confirmed widely rumored UFC 88 matches between Rich Franklin and Matt Hamill, Dan Henderson and Rousimar Palhares, and Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

Gina Carano will fight next at an EliteXC event on October 4th. According to Sherdog, the event is likely to be televised on CBS, and her opponent may be Kelly Kobald, a Minnesota Martial Arts Academy product who started her career on a 16-0-1 tear before dropping her last two fights to Tara LaRosa and Julie Kedzie.

This may help explain why Affliction’s attendance was so good: All tickets in all sections were discounted to $39.95 on the day of the show.

Sengoku’s lightweight grand prix — which will go down August 24th in Saitama, Japan — will include IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz, King of the Cage lightweight champion Clay French, Cage Force lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota, and former DEEP lightweight champion Kazunori Yokota. Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg will also be fighting, in separate non-GP bouts.

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Anonymous- July 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm
150 body weight another 50lb all from the chestal area =P
the fucin man- July 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm
why wasnt i born a lesbian cage fighter.
carpetMuncher- July 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm
id eat that
ana ur an idiot- July 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm
dont attach 420 to ur name ur not good enouhg for weed
Matthew Polly- July 24, 2008 at 8:40 am
That's not true what Iole was saying about the ticket prices being reduced to $39.95 on the day of the fight. I was standing next to the ticket booth for an hour before the gates opened, and they were still charging the full price. I know because everyone in line was double-checking that they hadn't been screwed. [Insert sarcastic comment about Iole's reporting skills here.]
xupacabra- July 24, 2008 at 5:36 am
Lol clue-by-four.. just admit that she is DAMN SEXY :P
Clue-by-Four- July 24, 2008 at 2:08 am
Everyone who has never been with a real woman, please post above me.

Thank you.
shitwhistle- July 24, 2008 at 12:20 am
I can almost see chipped ham
natureboy- July 23, 2008 at 10:40 pm
I'm actually really good at telling how heavy something is if you put it on my face so I'd suggest they check in with me before weigh-ins.
lx- July 23, 2008 at 10:11 pm
but will Carano make weight?
steak_knife- July 23, 2008 at 9:50 pm
Fellas, that's an old picture of Gina. And I agree that she'd look hot even at 200 lbs.

CJ- July 23, 2008 at 9:47 pm
I want to bite Gina's legs.
Affliction - Can't say I agree or understand the reasoning of paying Matt Linland (the ugliest guy i've ever seen) $300k and while Andrei is an amazing fighter $750 was way over the top too! Also discounting these tickets are going to make a lot of fans who paid top dolla really mad! Hopefully they work out the kinks -- cause i'd love them to put up a fight w/ them greedy UFC mongrals!

Gina - Superstar, shoot she's look good at 200lbs!!!

natureboy- July 23, 2008 at 9:09 pm
Creamy Alabaster Thighs. WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Magicmatt- July 23, 2008 at 7:45 pm
@Anon and than:
Heyy guys. Please dont talk about my future wife Gina like that!
Fedor Emelianenko instructional DVD- July 23, 2008 at 7:14 pm
Uhoh! They should've kept quiet about last minute ticket price discounts: now no one except for two rows of celebrities will buy those tickets before hand.
Than- July 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm
Gina always looks like that, she has big thighs...
ANON 420- July 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm
Affliction seats for 40 bucks!!! fuck that. I was going to go to the show until I realized how expensive the seats were.

What's next, Affliction T-shirts at Walmart for 10 bucks?

And is it just me or is Gina looking kind of ... uhh ... big?
Anonymous- July 23, 2008 at 6:22 pm
I find it kind of hard to believe that they were selling $500 and $1000 tickets to random schmoes for $39.95, and there haven't been any of "HOLY SHIT I GOT A $1000 TICKET FOR $40" threads on sherdog and the like. If they were selling tickets for that cheap to get people in the gate, the only tickets left were probably nosebleed tickets (if the arena has any).