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Quick Hits: Hazelett in For Condit, Tavares in For Stevens, + More

(Do yourself a favor, skip to the 4:15 mark to see Ariel Helwani ask Diego Sanchez about the Yes! Cartwheel.  It’s all cool until Helwani asks him to do it, and then it is suddenly not cool at all.)

Diego Sanchez believes it is his destiny to become a UFC champion, though there are a lot of other guys who think the same thing and will never get there.  What’s the difference between them and Diego?  A positive attitude and a willingness to look directly into the camera even when being interviewed by someone who is standing right next to him.  In other news around the MMA world:

- Paul Daley‘s rant about what a "big pussy" Carlos Condit is turned out to be oddly prescient, as the UFC has reportedly decided to give him Dustin Hazelett at UFC 108, as Daley suggested.  Hazelett got screwed out of his fight at UFC 106 when Karo Parisyan threw away his career pulled out of the bout, and now the submissions ace gets what is likely to be an easier style match-up against Daley.  Provided, that is, that he can get him to the mat.

- Jeremy Stephens, who was originally slated to face Nik "The Carny" Lentz at UFC Fight Night 20, was forced to pull out with an injury and has since been replaced with Thiago Tavares.  Lentz won his Octagon debut against Rafaello Olivera at UFC 103, and Tavares is coming off a win over Manvel Gamburyan at UFC 94, though he’s still a very dicey 4-3 in the UFC.  Sounds like someone might have just agreed to a win-or-get-fired match.

- Finally, in large-glove fighting news, that big Mayweather-Pacquiao bout may end up being almost comically big, as promoter Bob Arum is reportedly considering holding it at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium.  Other contending venues are said to be the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Superdome in New Orleans.  I guess the Death Star was all booked up that weekend. 

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degree- December 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm
is this bitch high? knockout?

El Famous Burrito- December 10, 2009 at 6:21 am
And Cheeto beats me to it again.
hammersquash- December 10, 2009 at 2:34 am
Diego strikes me as the kind of guy that when you are hanging around him you always have to be on your toes to make sure you don;t say the wrong thing or he will turn on you in a heart beat.
AussieJosh- December 10, 2009 at 2:15 am
Bj Better not ask him to do a cartwill or he will be dead!
Harry Russo- December 10, 2009 at 12:00 am
Either Ariel is sicker than Brock Lesnar, or is just an emaciated, sickly looking jew. He seem's to be a bit young to have just gotten out of Auschwitz. Come on Helewani, eat your pickles and latkes. Put some kosher meat on those bones.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- December 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm
The Death Star was Booked that weekend for the Blockbuster rematch known only as Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer II.
MMA42- December 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm
Boxing only has a couple big name fighters left. Once the Pac-Man/Money Mayweather fight happens, what's next? Klitchko (however you spell it) barely fights, and can anyone think off the top of their heads who the champs are in each class? Look, not to beef in boxing (Ward v Gotti trilogy was boxings best in a dogs age) But honestly, what do they have left?
cagefightmon- December 9, 2009 at 9:50 pm
UFC figures out a way to make the fight a draw which that sets up the next big money making match.
OR . . . God casts over Diego instilling the strength needed to knock BJ out with Jesus's holy punch.
NateGetsIrate- December 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm
Damn Helwani! Talk about close call. Good job on smoothing that situation out. Looked like you were gonna get your shit pushed in for a second.
SweetAfflictionShirt- December 9, 2009 at 9:12 pm
As an mma & boxing fan, I really feel like pacman/floyd will seriously be boxings swan song. I just do not see where they go from there. after this matchup, they pretty much have Kelly Pavlik and that is it.

war Pavlik btw. Northeast Ohio sahnnn.
skeletor- December 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm
I'm rooting for Penn. Ive never been much of a Diego fan but that mother fucker is so nutty I'm starting to like him.

Who booked the death star? That is a huge venue, must be Garth Brooks or something, maybe Celine Deon, or the Stones, either way that's huge money.
dlb- December 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm
Re: May/Pac

4 million buys? Can't even laugh at it. Going to be HUGE.
dlb- December 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm
Smitty- December 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm
Bens, yall some slick sumbitches. Watching the video makes the caption comment even that much funnier. Good shit.........good shit!
robthom- December 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm
Is it just me or does Diego look like a Mexican "banjo boy" in that video?

He really is the nightmare, banjo boys frighten me.
KillDozer- December 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm
Tavares in For Stevens??? --->wtf??

CP, change ur headline, it's Stephens not Stevens
Sabado Gigante- December 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm
"Yes!" Chants or no chance!!!

Either way, War Penn!!
Flotsam- December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm
He's like an enigma wrapped in a riddle shrouded in bat-shit crazy.
Orion- December 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm
@ 4:15 mark..."Back away real slow".

That reaction is completely normal...
exes.for.iballs- December 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm
I hope hazelett rips his arm off.
woah- December 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm
I like diego's chances.
He just seems so damn humble that makes me just wanna see him murder bj
Daddy_jeffy- December 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm
Diego is not a strange guy at all.