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(“It was a big, white, semi-truck. The license plate was JACKLINKS.”)

“The ref [Mario Yamasaki] was going, ‘Eh, is [Couture] OK?’ Mario was trying to give him time [to recover]. There’s a fine line between that and [allowing] too many punches. When I saw Randy go back down, I thought we had crossed that line.” — Dana White on the stoppage in UFC 91′s Lesnar/Couture fight, which some questioned as dangerously late.

“He came in a couple days ago and I introduced him to Manny and the other trainers. We picked out a time…and he’s gonna come in and start training with me. I hear he’s a great striker and I hope we can help him improve even more.” — Beloved boxing trainer Freddie Roach on his new protege, Anderson Silva.

“I’d fight him. The thing about a Machida fight that isn’t appealing to me is that stylistically, Machida is kind of a boring fighter. That’s not a putdown. He’s very, very effective. He’s good at what he does. He’s constantly backing away and forces his opponent into mistakes, and that’s how he catches you. In order to beat him, you really have to fight an intelligent fight, and I think that by not overcommitting yourself on things, it’s going to create a situation where you’re not putting on a fight that’s really exciting for the fans.” — Rich Franklin stating the obvious regarding a potential rematch with Lyoto Machida. Machida gave Franklin his first career loss via TKO at the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye Festival in 2003.

“I’m looking for top competition. I want to prove I’m the best fighter in the world. Georges St. Pierre, it’s an opportunity to fight him and show I’m the best. I think I’m gonna be the top 170-pounder there. I wanna be the best. I wanna go there and take the belt. I wouldn’t be happy with anything less.” — Jake Shields on his desire to join the UFC in the wake of EliteXC’s collapse.

“It’s just gonna take some time to get the new ideas and game plans down, if I could learn it all and have it second nature in five weeks then damn that would be sweet but I assure you I am getting it all dialed in pretty quick and I know the final outcome will be worth it. I never had the ability to have amateur fighting and all that, I came into the sport and just started throwing. It’s tough cause I have that legend status and there’s no real way to lay low and go unnoticed while I try to learn. So I just get out there and keep every fight exciting and hope at the end of the day I will still have a job. This fight hurts to lose cause I feel I let my new coach and team down. My life has always been an up and down roller coaster, but sometimes I want off the ride and just hang at the top once again.” — Jens Pulver, coming off two straight losses in the WEC’s featherweight division, assesses his present as well as his past.

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Whip Wilson- November 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm
I have a copy of the 2003 Inoki-Boom-Ba-Ye event and lol @ Franklin saying you can't have an exciting fight with Machida. It was a very exciting round fight with a huge knockout!

@CAGE POTATO- Please post this as a fight of the week!!

@Half Amazing - Franklin's loss to Machida was at lhw. Fyi.
sdfsd- November 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm
shields was ducking fickett...and now he wants GSP. hahahahhahahha
TopAthlete- November 17, 2008 at 2:03 pm
LMFAO the picture's caption.
Jeffro- November 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm
How about Lyoto vs. Brock. Lyoto is amazing, yet unmarketable. If they want to build Lyoto, have him move up to heavyweight, and challange Brock.

Scratch that. Minotoro will will be that guy.
Fenix- November 17, 2008 at 1:46 pm
Safe to say Fedor would tear Couture up. After seeing him get pummeled by Lesnar the Randy/Fedor fight means nothing to me anymore. I'd rather see Fedor/Lesnar.
C-Bus Allstar- November 17, 2008 at 1:40 pm
LOL JACKLINKS

HAHAHAHA
Jugger- November 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm
I don't want to see Rich fight Lyoto. Rich doesn't need the loss and Lyoto doesn't need the win. Lyoto can beat anyone (ANYONE) in the LWH division, but Rich is right, his style is as affective as it is boring.

Props to Shields for being hungry. He'll be stepping into a stacked division if he comes to the UFC (I hope he does) but it sounds like he's ready to make an impact. All the haters just need to realize that he's got to sell himself. He's unemployed. Should he be telling the UFC, "I think I'll do OK against some of you mid-tier fighters."?
Ape- November 17, 2008 at 1:30 pm
I'm a machida fan!

No one can say his fight with Tito wasn't action packed, I loved see tito get annoyed and get lured into a big knee or a takedown.

Machida should have a title fight after his next fight...

I think Damien Mia (can't spell his surname) should fight Rich and then Silva for the title.
natureboy- November 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm
Anderson Silva is training with Freddie Roach? May the lord have mercy on his enemies souls.
pd- November 17, 2008 at 1:22 pm
couture: "fedor would tear brock up"
Anonymous- November 17, 2008 at 1:14 pm
shields is full of himself
Half Amazing- November 17, 2008 at 1:04 pm
I feel bad for Rich Franklin, he's in an awkward position where at 185 he literally destroys everyone put in front of him (24 wins with only 2 going to decision, and only 3 losses, 2 to Silva and 1 to Machida), besides Anderson Silva who just seems to have his number. However he's bad for the weight class because technically no one "deserves" a shot at Anderson Silva because no one can beat Rich, but at the same time no one wants to see Rich get mauled by Silva a third time.

So he's being phased out and forced to fight at 205 where he has no shot at the title, which is a shame because he is an exciting fighter (like I said, out of his 24 wins, 21 were either tko's or submissions (1 no contest)) and is a great representative of the sport, as he's humble, well spoken, and likable.
krh195- November 17, 2008 at 12:51 pm
If Rich Franklin dosent want to be a gatekeeper for the ufc he better quit(jk, dont leave), lyoto will be on the top and he will have to fight him again.(whats next moving up to HW??)
Jason- November 17, 2008 at 12:50 pm
A shot to the back of the head?! and didn't the ref call it?
Derly- November 17, 2008 at 12:49 pm
Well test his chin, and if he's got a solid one feed him to GSP. Just so we can see GSP give someone a beating like he gave to Fitch.
Bizzo- November 17, 2008 at 12:28 pm
LMFAO @ Jake Shields. Who the F does this guy think he is? He has absolutely no stand up and can only win a fight on the ground! Why is this guy even mentioning GSP? He would get absolutely eaten alive in the UFC. "I think I'm gonna be the top 170-pounder there". WTF!?

Feed him to KOS, Diego, Alves, Fitch first.....doubtful he'd beat anyone other than Diego maybe...GSP!? Come on man....smoke some of that FLA ish that Kimbo likes.....
Derly- November 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm
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