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Dana White Confirms Kimbo vs. Meathead in Montreal, Calls Tito Ortiz a Liar…Again

(Former internet brawler vs. former NFL bench-sitter. Who ya got?)

UFC head honcho Dana White got down to business with reporters after today’s UFC 109 press conference and told them, among other things, that Kimbo Slice‘s next opponent will indeed be fellow TUF 10 contestant Matt Mitrione.  According to White, the fight is going down at UFC 113 in Montreal, and you know what that means, right?  The Miami Pound Machine is finally going international, playa!

From where I sit, which is on my front porch whittling away at a stick and keeping an eye on those no good neighborhood kids, it’s a matchup that makes sense.  It pits Slice against another foe who can throw them things, so to speak, and hopefully without any weird catchweight stuff to try and tip the scales in his favor.  It also lends him the appearance of fighting a credible UFC heavyweight, because at least Mitrione was on TV acting crazy quite a bit and is coming off an impressive KO win over Marcus Jones on the finale.  The fact that it was his first professional fight and now he gets Kimbo, well, what did you expect?  They aren’t feeding ‘Ferg to the wolves until they’re sure he’s served his purpose.

Speaking of guys who have served their purpose but continue to hang around, DW spoke about Tito Ortiz‘s claim that Chuck Liddell had recently licked alcoholism thanks to an intervention by White himself.  You’d better sit down for this one, because it sounds as if Tito might have been fudging the truth just a bit:

It’s not true. I never stepped in and had an intervention for Chuck Liddell, and he never went to rehab or anything like that. Tito says some crazy stuff sometimes, you know? Chuck Liddell is not drinking. He stopped drinking to get ready for this fight.
Chuck hates Tito. He doesn’t understand why I brought him back. He doesn’t think he belongs here.

First of all Dana, when you make the statement "Tito says some crazy stuff sometimes" and you are talking to a group of MMA reporters, it is completely unnecessary to follow it with "you know?"  Trust me, they know

Second, if Chuck had had an intervention, I’d like to think you would have had the good sense to use it as a co-promotional opportunity with A&E.  And that you would have requested Candy.  She’s the best.

Lastly, everything was going very smoothly until you followed the sentence about Liddell not drinking with a sentence about how he had stopped drinking to prepare for this fight.  That implies that he was drinking up until very recently, and also maybe hints that he’ll start up again as soon as the fight’s over.  Just saying, when we’re talking about a supposedly non-existent drinking problem, sometimes less detail is the way to go.

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AussieJosh- February 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Just because Chuck drinks does not mean he has a "problem" Fuck it! If i was chuck id keep drinking right up untill 6 weeks before the fight!
Big Jumpin Dad- February 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm
@ Spidey Sense

My Spidey Senses are tingling. hehe lolz:)
robthom- February 5, 2010 at 11:18 am
What else is there to say about tito?

As somebodies momma always said, if you really must say something at least try to say the nicest thing that comes to mind.
ReX13- February 5, 2010 at 11:14 am
To paraphrase Spidey Sense:

Pics or it didn't happen; tits or GTFO.

As for the fights, i really have no problem with either of them. I'll take my fighting entertainment where i can get it.

Tito and Liddell are future HOFers--funny how some seem to have forgotten--and they're fairly well matched up considering Chuck's recent decline. Having them as coaches on TUF was a great call, i thought. The only problem i see is the probability that older fighters will tend to engage in slower, less exciting fights. Looking at you, Couture v Coleman.

This fight is important to Kimbo. He needs to be exciting if he wants to stay employed, because his mystique is gone after TUF. Hopefully he and Mitrione will get in there and launch missles at one another until someone sinks the other guy's battleship.
Spidey Sense- February 5, 2010 at 8:49 am
I think that Dominic guy from the Sopranos could do a good job. Not because he's effective or anything, but because Tony, Paulie, Syl and Bobby will kick the living shit out of anyone who doesn't comply.
Then, Tony will send Patsy Parisi to sit outside the rehab building in his Cadillac, just itching to put a slug into your head if you make one wrong move. Capisce?
gavinslayer- February 5, 2010 at 8:22 am
Whatever, guys. Ken Sealey is the best interventionist ever. He played Kyle Reece in The Terminator, after all. All he has to say is "Come with me if you want to live," and the intervention is over.
Fiction- February 5, 2010 at 6:41 am
Look chuck, these guys are just here because they love you like crazy and they miss the great guy you used to be. They are going to say what they have to say, you're going to say what you have to say, im just here to listen.

-Jeff VanVonderen
ChuckLiddellsMohawk- February 5, 2010 at 6:33 am
i dont see kimbo winning this tbvh
Spidey Sense- February 5, 2010 at 6:13 am
Also, I wonder if phate65 the drug therapist communicates with people by bellowing in their face all the time.

It's almost petty of me to mention it, I know, but that's not a Commodore Vic 20 you're typing on, and it does have lower case functionality.

BTW, saying you're a drug therapist means what, exactly? Are you an addictions counsellor, do you work at a halfway house, are you on staff at a hospital for OD victims, are you a social worker...? If you're going to trot out the fact that you're a "drug therapist" (which is one of the vaguest job titles I've ever heard) and expect that little tidbit to impress upon readers that you're the resident expert, you've got to know that now we all want to know what, exactly, are yor qualifications?

Seriously, I want to know the full extent of your education, what kind of work envrionment you're in now, what is the duration of your employment, what kind of tenure you have there, and what, if any, is your relationship to the medical profession?

Keep in mind that using the term "drug therapist" sounds like you talk to drugs to help them feel better.
Spidey Sense- February 5, 2010 at 6:00 am
I call shenanigans on this whole thing. People care about what Tito is doing/saying like they care about what the Honkey Tonk Man is doing/saying.

Chuck needs to retire, for real this time. Maybe take up coaching somewhere to fill up the empty space in his day before he hits the clubs and ends up having his picture taken without a shirt on.

Related to the shirtless picture thing: when Chuck was a big star, he was surrounded by hot girls and porn stars in these pics. Lately, he's surrounded by college-aged guys. That's the sign that someone's star has fizzled out right there.

Kimbo and Matt - who gives a shit. De fans in Montreal will not be eempress by is performans.

J-Dog- February 5, 2010 at 5:57 am
Odds for Meathead v. Kimbo:

Meathead: -336
Kimbo: +323

rlh61- February 5, 2010 at 5:55 am

There's the next CP chest-shaving art! Kimbo's one creative mofo when it comes that. It's different every fight. I'm still waiting to see the man-o-lantern a la '40 Year Old Virgin'.
ktfo- February 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm
mma samurai- February 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Not to insult your intelligence doc and I don't know how long you've been an MMA fan but, Chuck is def a chip off the old trailer park and has been for some time. It's never been a secret that he likes the booze. In a way it's almost a testament to the fact that he kicked ass as much as he did despite all the partying. Truth be told though Chuck has def been hitting the bottle a lot lately. He's never been the model of fitness or had a "fighters body" but if you've seen him and all his weight gain lately it's pretty evident that he hasn't been taking care of himself. Dana himself talked about Chuck easing off for a fight. I'm just saying no disrespect intended to you or your knowledge of alcohol and drug abuse but, Chuck isn't in the shape he's in because of too many twinkies.
phate65- February 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm
ghostboner- February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm
@rlh61 - I'm glad someone else noticed Kimbo's awesome chest shaving routine. It is truly a work of art. I am temped to copy him. Or maybe I will do your idea with the viking cock sword-sword cock hybrid. I wonder if CP would post it if I took a photo of that and photoshopped Kimbo's head onto my body...
Dizzylittlelord- February 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm
Unless meathead gets kimboplexed im taking him on this one

NealTaflinger- February 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm
I'd like to step away from my capacity as an MMA journalist for just a moment to say that Mitrione is going to fuck Slice up on the for real. He's bigger, freaky athletic, and hasn't really shown what he's capable of. Slice is pretty much what Slice is going to be. Now I'll put my professional hat back on and say that it's a good test for Slice, a legit fight at heavyweight if they want to build him, and a real star-making opportunity for Meathead. A+ for Joe Silva, would do business again!
Big Jumpin Dad- February 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm
@ PingPong

Do you mean physically hit her? with his fist? Cuz the cops are being called the second you give me the thumbs up
PingPong- February 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm
+1 VanVonderen

Candy pffft, Chuck probably already hit that...
LargeMidget- February 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm
Meathead just fought an even bigger, scarier black dude that had a better overall game, and he smoked 'em.

Kimbo is gonna get KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT!
mma samurai- February 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm
This article could have stopped at the anouncement of the Kimbo fight. Chuck being a washed up drunk, Tito making up some bullshit and Dana refuting said bullshit is not new. It's an every day occourance and is about as note worthy as the goings on of the cast from Jersey Shore
Titos Head- February 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Big Jumpin Dad- February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Are you guys talking about that stupid bald headed thick white moustached guy?
JiMMA- February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm
I agree, Jeff Van Vonderen is an absolute beast!

P4P greatest interventionist, hands down!