MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Fight Booking Smorgasbord: Davis vs. Hamill, Rampage vs. Thiago Silva Reportedly On Tap


("I’ll take Gilbert Godfried for the win, Joe." PicProps: UFC.com)

Those of you who were paying attention to Phil Davis’ Twitter account this week (and really, why wouldn’t you be?) already knew that the light heavyweight up-and-comer recently inked a bout agreement he was just dying to tell us all about. Now, it seems he won’t have to. Those damned internet websites are at it again, citing “sources close to the event” saying that Davis will take on Matt Hamill at the already stacked UFC 129 in Toronto. And why not? Hamill’s the dude the UFC traditionally likes to run up against its 205-pound prospects (and sometimes, its 205-pound graybeards) to see what they’ve really got in the tank. Makes sense to us.

Also on the horizon, it’s reported that fresh off showing his lack of social skills against Brandon Vera at UFC 125, Thiago Silva will step in the cage against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130. Both guys are coming off wins and it’s conceivable that the winner of that bout could be added to an ever-growing list of title contenders at 205-pounds.  But wait, that’s not all. After the jump some other alleged upcoming dates in the Octagon.


With Chan Sung Jung  injured and out of his scheduled featherweight meeting with Rani Yahya at the UFC’s Fight for the Troops show in two weeks, former WEC champ Mike Brown could be stepping in on short notice. Brown is just one week removed from his disappointing split decision loss to Diego Nunes at UFC 125. Once the king of the division, he’s now lost three of his last five fights and is in desperate need of career-rekindling win. Yahya is pretty much in the same boat, with back-to-back losses to Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki in his last two performances.

In news deserving of a slightly lower slot on the marquee, welterweights Sean Pierson and Brian Foster have also reportedly been added to UFC 129. Furthermore, middleweight Daniel Roberts announced (also via Twitter, naturally) that he’ll be facing Claude Patrick at that show AND Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen is being targeted for it, too. Basically, if you’re Canadian and not on this card, it’s safe to say you’ve made a mess of your life.

Four more fights have also been made official for UFC Live on Versus 3 in March. You can read about those right here. Tickets for that show in Louisville go on sale this week as well.

And finally, as reported in yesterday’s link dump, Roy Nelson appears on the verge of meeting Frank Mir at UFC 130. That means Nelson has apparently been freed from the legal bondage of his previous shady contract with Roy Jones Jr. It also means we have no idea what the UFC is planning to do about the upcoming season 13 of  “The Ultimate Fighter” which – last we heard – still needs coaches.

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jeanclaudetransam- January 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm
I hope Mir comes in with his old soggy gut so we can have a gut-off between him and moon-belly nelson. Bonus points if big country shows up at the weigh-in dressed like kamala.
Lysol- January 9, 2011 at 11:24 am
All these fights sound great. My only concern is what happens if Hamill wins? He's on a win streak against solid competition...does that earn him the loser of Rampage vs Silva?
DARKHORSE06- January 9, 2011 at 7:30 am
I have it on good account that Vera is a bit of a party animal in Chula Vista and this is the reason his fights are hit and miss (pun intended). He has talent but his focus is for shit.
glassjawsh- January 9, 2011 at 6:42 am
am i the only one who sees that picture and imagines Davis saying "see...what had happened was...."
Buff Frank Mir- January 9, 2011 at 1:58 am
I understand Vera talks but that's why people love or (mainly) hate him. but he is not boring. maybe not the best but not boring. you shouldn't be disrespected for building a fight up. im sure im looking into it too much lol, but i just think respect the sport.
Buff Frank Mir- January 9, 2011 at 1:51 am
@ blood
like i was saying smack talk is always great before fights but i believe after and during there should be some respect. not like a Hughes who never gives credit.
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Buff if they talk smack they should expect the embarassment when they cant back it up,,,,Vera has done that way too much lately he talks smack and cant back shit up... so maybe he should lay off the lip and get the fists working in the gym. whatya think ?
Buff Frank Mir- January 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm
still waiting for Maia, Nog or some other bjj ace to bust out the forbidden move in legit mma.
Buff Frank Mir- January 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm
@ mykloey
cannot argue that one, Thunder Lips wrestling is on the levelof other American legends. Kurt Angle, Rulan Gardner and Bob Backland! i just dont think he had the flexibility to pull off the CROSS FACE CHICKEN WING!
myklhoey- January 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm
1st i love rampage, and wile most geeks who watch this stuff rote him off years ago afta he fot jardean, i neva have, and beleve he will win the belt again,
shogun cant do his socca kiks and rampage has im sure by now learned to defend the clinch, he will rekem, and destroy evans if givin the chance again.
now mite i jus say that if terry bollea eva got into mma, he wood hav ran threw everyone in every weight class,
Construction King- January 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Daniel Roberts is a welterweight not a middleweight.
PERPATRAITOR- January 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm
Mir loses to Roy just like their grappling match :)
RwilsonR- January 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm
I will say this - this is the 3rd NCAA National Champion wrestler that Matt Hamill will have fought in the UFC. I can't think of anyone who has faced that many NCAA National Champion wrestlers. I think Davis will more than likely win this fight, as he is improving pretty quickly, but that says something pretty damn amazing about Hamill's level of wrestling for MMA if he is able to stop Davis from taking him down. And it says even more about Jon Jones unorthodox style of wrestling that he was able to have his way with Hamill.
fatbellyfrank- January 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Big Roy's gonna take Mir out and even tho Hamill probably had bigger plans, he'll always have a job, and Rampage v's Silva = Slobberknocker
acemace- January 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm
No way. A black belt does not give you agility. Mir by armbar in the first, cranked against his struggling, immovable barrel of cellulite.
RwilsonR- January 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm
"Mr. Wonderful" vs. "Mr. Special"
mmanimal- January 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm
I'm as much of a fan of Mir as the next guy--but he's gonna’ get belly-flopped by Big-C.
DARKHORSE06- January 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Phil Davis v Matt Hammill is gonna be Bones Jonesesque for the Hammer. I feel bad for the dude but/maybe he will win and steal all that momentum from Davis?....naw! No fucking way! Team Lloyd Irvin Yeah Yeah !

Mir v Big Country will be interesting, Im a fan of both but Mir is a more complete package. Mir wins by decision!

Thiago v Rampage will be the most exciting. If they could get Tonto, Frankenstein, or Tarzan to interview those two we will get to hear some really intelligent smack talk. Both those stupid fucks have a combined IQ of 36...with Thiago holding about 23. At least they can fight.
ghostboner- January 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm
It was lame for the same reason that Anderson Silva dancing is lame, only 10 times worse because he wasn't nearly as dominant as Anderson, he wasn't evenwinning the exchanges on the feet. If you're so damned awesome then how about you finish the fight and leave tambourine practice to Ian Astbury.
southern brawl- January 8, 2011 at 11:53 am
i dont understand why people are so bothered about what Silva did against Vera. How is it disrespect when its a fight? There is all kinds of taunting in mma, and there was is no rule against slapping. maybe Vera shouldn't of let himself get into a situation where he would get embarrassed like that. I for one was entertained. and im not even a Silva fan....btw rampage ftw
Buff Frank Mir- January 8, 2011 at 11:31 am
I hope Rampage beats the crap out of Silva for two and a half rounds then brutally ko's him with some extra hammer fists for what he did to my boy Vera. I was starting to really like the guy but I dont like that kinda disrespect! Smack talk is always great not that stuff tho.
Joe-Say Aldo- January 8, 2011 at 11:28 am
PD: "This is where I hit him in the face with an elbow and then I..." (Cut off)
JR: " Great performance, we look forward to seeing you again! Phil Davis ladies and gentleman!"
Buff Frank Mir- January 8, 2011 at 11:24 am
I feel bad for The Hammer he is just set as a gate keeper. I dint think he will ever get past that no matter who he beats.
WAR MIR!!
torxxx- January 8, 2011 at 11:23 am
lookin forward to Roy Nelson/Frank Mir. That should be a good fight. Mir wins, but it goes all 3 rounds since Roy can take such a beating
Get Off Me- January 8, 2011 at 11:22 am
Silva v. Rampage has classic written all over it.
Roberts v. Patrick should be a great fight, really interested to see who wins this and how.
I think Mr.Wonderful is going to have a wonderful year in 2011.
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