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DanaVlog: Furthering the Myth that Everyone Should Vote, Plus UFC Fighters Love Them Some Cain Velasquez

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Big DW’s latest video blog finds him doing no shortage of totally weird shit leading up to UFC 121 this Saturday. First, we get a closer look at White stumping for senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) alongside – even weirder – Chuck Liddell at a rally in Reno. A bit later, Our Fearless Leader and a few of his faithful employees get dressed up like an R&B group out to shoot the cover of their Christmas album as part of a photo-op for Playboy. (Ed. Note: CagePotato will not, we repeat not, be publishing any poor quality digital stills of this spread. We’re still hoping to rollover at least a few of our weekend minutes.)

During the rallies, White makes sure to point out to the live crowd that he’s “not very political or politically correct” (No, really?) and that he’s just there to spread the word about the importance of voting. After all, there’s nothing more American than blindly appealing to all people to “get out there and vote.” This despite the cruel reality that people who are “not very political” and/or can’t be trusted to look after their own best interests actually shouldn’t vote. That’s how people like this win elections. To his credit, Dana advises us to “do our homework” before we take to the polls, so at least his heart is in the right place. Oddly, there is no footage here of “The Iceman” addressing the political rallies. His speeches much have been too long and too nuanced to edit neatly into a 12 minute blog.

Anyway, a few minutes later Dana slips out of Reno on his private jet, but not before getting permission from the freakin’ Vice President of the United States to use his airspace. DW also pockets some kind of commemorative coin from an unseen member of Joe Biden’s secret service detail. Even White, who you gotta think is pretty hard to impress with free gifts at this point, appears legitimately taken by this gesture.  

“I don’t want to see you jamming that in the vending machine later trying to get some Doritos,” quips Dana’s cameraman, in a rare instance of someone else handing out a sweet burn during one of White’s video blogs. Touché, sir. (Ed. Note: You’re fired.)

Then White and a group of UFC fighters show up at a suitably picturesque, rain-spattered rock quarry for their Playboy shoot and confirm one thing we’ve always suspected: Nobody really dresses like those dudes in magazine fashion spreads. During this segment, we learn a couple of interesting things. First, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader are both goddamn enormous, not to mention surprisingly friendly with each other. Second, pretty much every fighter in the shoot besides Bones Jones thinks Cain Velasquez is leaving Anaheim with the UFC title.

Vitor Belfort hems and haws a little before reluctantly settling on Velasquez. Bader, a former college teammate of Velasquez at ASU, doesn’t hesitate in tabbing his buddy. Oddly however,  Bader joins a growing number of people – Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani, to name a couple – who think this fight is going the distance, something that hasn’t happened in a UFC 265-pound title bout since 2007. Stephan Bonnar doesn’t agree, pausing from mocking White’s photo shoot threads to say he thinks Cain will knock Brock out.

“I just can’t take you seriously dressed like this Eurotrash,” Bonnar tells Dana first. They laugh about the absurdity of their outfits, then Bonnar pushes the gay jokes a little too far and you can see this look come over Dana’s face, like “Don’t get me in trouble again, you motherfucker.”

The one dude who actually has a stake in this weekend’s main event, Junior sos Santos, politely declines to pick a winner, saying he’ll be ready to take on either guy. Look at the journalism chops on Dana though, trying to press him a little bit: “But who do you think is going to win?” White asks. With his back against the wall, dos Santos says an early finish favors Lesnar while a lengthy affair tips the scales toward Velasquez. Well, thanks for nothing, Cigano.

Jones casts the lone dissenting opinion, picking Lesnar by third-round TKO:  “I think Brock is going to win, but I’m rooting for Cain,” he says.

So there you have it, three out of five UFC fighters (including one abstention) say Velasquez succeeds in becoming the “first Mexican heavyweight champion” at 121. But wait, what about Ricco Rodriguez? His Wikipedia page claims he is of “Puerto Rican and Mexican descent.” Does that not count?

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itsgalf- October 23, 2010 at 9:07 am

also fuck a Harry Reid.
Charming Charlie- October 23, 2010 at 12:11 am
Dundas for president.
DARKHORSE06- October 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm
What the fuck is happening with the UFC?

Dana White getting political? Particularly with that sack of shit Harry Reid? Dana White hanging with wimpy ass Dems?

And why is the UFC getting racial with the promotion Lesnar v CV? Its setting a horrible precident and threatening to weaken the color blind competition we've all enjoyed for all this time.

And whats with that gay-ass smedium shirt DW was wearing?
MediumRare- October 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Yes! Get out and vote you fuckers!

Get out there and choose one of the lying, corrupt self-serving puppets that smile at you while fucking you in the ass!

Shane Darwin- October 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm
There's bigger political issues in life than MMA legislation.

For example, do we really want to turn the United States into a Mexico/Greece hybrid? Seems like that's the path we're on now.

Obama and co seem to think our next generation of rocket scientists are going to come from Newark NJ public schools and San Antonio guetos. LOL
Gener- October 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm
I like the close to the vest political wisdom Dana was giving those Nevada potheads (read college students). I bet he voted for Angle.

RwilsonR- October 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm
@ budsellers - obviously you didn't notice the big fat (D) by Bob Reilly's name. I'm not turning this into an (R) vs. (D) debate in reference to MMA, since no matter what political party you support, chances are those politicians are uneducated in regards to MMA. But just to let you know, even if all the (R)'s in New York didn't support MMA, there are enough (D)'s in power there to get it legalized on their own. So your anecdotal evidence doesn't hold much water.
Shane Darwin- October 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Yeah, an IQ test to vote would be nice, it would slow the march of the welfare state.

Of course, disparate impact being the sacred cow that it is with liberals, that will never come about. So we just have to wait until national bankruptcy to right the ship.
budsellers- October 22, 2010 at 11:15 am
i do not want this to become a politically charged mma site because the truth is that career politicians are all the same and harry reid probably is not a very good senator or senate leader in the history of such things. i also do not live in nevada and my vote does not count there...

however, it's worth noting that it is usually the politicians with an (R) by their names who compare mma to human cockfighting or vote against legalizing its regulation it in new york.
DaltonSwayze- October 22, 2010 at 11:04 am
I can't help but wonder if it isn't just wishful thinking and this weird anti-Brock bias that pervades the MMA community. Maybe it's because he isn't part of that community in any way other than his participation in fights, or maybe people actually think Cain will win. I am a Brock fan, and I think he will win, but I'm not 100%.

This seems like a pretty evenly matched fight, so it would be pretty easy to root for the challenger, the smaller guy, or to pick based on the guy who's the "real" MMA fighter. In any event, Sherdog is going to blow up tomorrow and it will be hilarious
GILL-uh-TEEN- October 22, 2010 at 11:00 am
I live in Texas, we don't have a clue how to regulate MMA...

I am really surprised by all the Cain picks. I think his only good performance was against an ageing Nogueira. I honestly thought Carwin had a better shot than Cain. Carwin has similar tools to Cain plus size and minus the gas tank apparently. Since Brock rarely needs more than a round or two to finish someone. I think gas tank is irrelevant at this point... we'll see...
DaltonSwayze- October 22, 2010 at 10:54 am
@RwilsonR: are you trying to say vote for anyone "butt" Harry Reid?

I can't be the only person who's seen those signs, right?
RwilsonR- October 22, 2010 at 10:45 am
Wow! The first political statement on CP I agree with. Jackasses who have no interest in the political process or knowledge of what they are voting on should not be encouraged to vote.

Oh, and fuck Harry Reid! The asshole may support MMA, but that isn't worth selling your country down the shitter for.
BONGTAR- October 22, 2010 at 10:34 am