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?