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Quick Hits: Manhoef to Face Hunt, Maia to Face Sonnen, Atencio to Face Someone, + More


(‘It’s not a skirt, you assholes.  The Romans wore these. Read a book.’)

The surprises just keep coming for the New Year’s Eve K-1 Dynamite show.  Jerome Le Banner is sick with the flu and has been forced to pull out of his fight with Mark Hunt, and Melvin Manhoef has agreed to take his place.  Despite the incredible weight difference between the heavyweight Hunt and the sort of middleweight Manhoef, the two will fight an MMA bout under “Dream rules” for three five-minute rounds.  

Is it a good idea for Manhoef, a vicious striker with an almost non-existent ground game to face a much heavier and damn near impossible to knock out fighter like Hunt, who also packs a serious wallop of his own?  Short answer: no.  No, it is probably not a good idea.  Especially on short notice.  But unlike many of the other bad ideas on the Dynamite NYE show, this one I’d actually love to see. 

Dammit, Japan.  Just when I want to curse your lack of rules and regulations, you go and do something like this to leave me more conflicted than ever.  I just can’t quit you.

In other news…

Demian Maia’s official website proclaims that a bout has been signed to pit Maia against Chael Sonnen at UFC 95 in London.  Sonnen is coming off the bizarre fight with Paulo Filho and Maia is coming off his quick finish of Nate Quarry, so this should clear up some questions about who really deserves to be considered as a possible contender for Anderson Silva’s belt.  It also adds a little juice to a card headlined by the not-quite-main-event-worthy Diego Sanchez-Joe Stevenson bout.  At least the UFC is throwing you a bone here, British fans.

– Did you know that Affliction’s Tom Atencio fights?  Or at least he did once, at an event in Tijuana, and he won a decision.  Now he wants to fight again.  Don’t worry, he’s not going to put himself on one of his own Affliction cards, thank God, but he says he’ll compete for someone else despite his busy schedule.  Respect, Tom.  Whatever we might think of your t-shirts or your organization, we like to see a promoter who has the balls to get in there.

– And finally, Mike Whitehead still hates Rashad Evans.  After Evans’ win over Forrest Griffin, Whitehead lamented the fact that a guy who he sees as a bad ambassador for the sport is now the champ.  Watch below as Whitehead blasts Evans for “kissing his glove and touching his dick,” and says he knows that people will see this interview and think he’s “bitter” about Evans’ continued success.  And yeah, that is what people will think.  But in Whitehead’s defense, he is just generally an asshole, so it’s not as if this is an isolated incident.

Watch Mike Whitehead Rants About UFC 92 on RawVegas.tv

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ChucksRetirementParty- December 31, 2008 at 1:05 am
Try Tom "The Mexican Metrosexual" Atencio vs. Dana "Fuckin" White.
Da Truth- December 31, 2008 at 12:34 am
Ken it would be...
Tom "The T Shirt Guy" Atencio VS Dana "Worlds Most Obvious Closet Homo" White

and Manhoef is going to DESTROY Hunt...Hunt will come fat and out of shape and The Black Gladiator dude will smash his face in...
KeN- December 30, 2008 at 10:27 pm
I would absolutely LOVE to see Tom Atencio do three five-minute rounds in The Octagon with Mr. President, Dana White. What would their fighter nicknames be?
Baka Survivor- December 30, 2008 at 8:59 pm
I heard Tom Atencio and his life partner Lance practice taking each others back all the time to perpare him for his fights
rex quon dow- December 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm
dont worry people when brock lesbo gets beat it will be like the first time i did a round house kick on an emu.like a fine wine a bottle of lindbaje 83 or the first kumati i won forget about it.same goes for evans yaaa yaaaaaaaaa yaaaatzzziiiii
rex quon dow- December 30, 2008 at 5:41 pm
first of people manhoet needs to discipline his image you think i got where i am today looking like a cheer leader on roids forget about it.i hope i see him down the next kumati forget about it.
Scrambled Eggs- December 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm
Well, CP, looks like Manhoef's retirement was only temporary, you get your wish!
Mir needs a new arm for his mantle- December 30, 2008 at 1:28 pm
Let's hope he takes Brock's arm home!
ChucksRetirementParty- December 30, 2008 at 1:00 pm
@ Michael M. : Finally someone who enjoys making fun of people who butcher the english language as much as me. "I want to fuck, Chuck".

Pertaining to the news, Maia/Sonnen is hella interesting and actually makes me care about UFC 95. Stevenson/Sanchez as a headliner!??! COME ON! Wait...it's free on Spike? Oh. Wait a second, I see what you did there, UFC. I'm on to you now. *points finger*




Noise emitter- December 30, 2008 at 12:56 pm
lol...needed a good laugh and I thank you for this comment...someone give this guy a t-shirt
Biohazardone- December 30, 2008 at 12:51 pm
Rokabbe,
I forgot to tell you....as long as Mir does not get caught with those pussy rabbit punches, he will beat Lesnar. Lesner will eventually become a distant memory and real MMA fighters will again reign in the MMA world and continue to EVOLVE THE SPORT.

biohazard
Biohazardone- December 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm
Ohhh Rokabee,
You are probably right about the marketing part but dont for one second believe the sport has evolved. By allowing Brock to take and elevator to become a champion sends a bad message to other fighters that are setting the foundation of this sport's future. It sends a message that their skill is not good enough to take them to the top. Please be realistic. Do you actually believe that Prick Lesnar is an actual MMA fighter. He is using his massive strength to overcome individuals and as we all know (if you've been keeping up with the sport for the last 15 years) strength will eventually take you so far but skill will build you a long carreer. Analyze Lesnar's fight with Randy. All Lesner was doing is throwing little rabbit punches which give people the impression he is destroying a fighter. His little skill of throwing rabbit ineffective punches is pretty much the only thing he has going for him. Keep watching, he will fall sooner or later (I believe sooner).

peace out

biohazard
Mescan_Judo- December 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm
Dyn-O-Mite! Wish I could see this fucking event. Manhoef is one bad mofo. I love his entrances.

douechbaggery = Rashad "kissing his glove and touching his dick"



Michael M.- December 30, 2008 at 12:08 pm
I love Demian Meia's website:

"Even before the black belt, Demian already shining among the best fighters in its class, winning 5 world title, in Brazil and Sao Paulo. Even brown band, began his career as an mixed martial arts, winning in less than a minute his opponent in the tournament Tormenta in the Ring, in Venezuela in 2001."

I wonder, who was the opponent Demian won? How long did Demian get to keep the opponent? Can I still win an opponent in Venezuela, or have the rules changed?

Well, I understand it better than I'd understand the Portugese.
rokabee- December 30, 2008 at 11:46 am
kkkkkkk....every1 just shut up about evolving the sport your not actually doing anything if you think u really are. It has already evolved now its just a matter of marketing it to every1, not just mma fans. which is the reason why dana let brock lesnar fight for the title(i think it was dumb but numbers don't lie.) Show boating is apart of competition....some ppl take it as disrespect but in actuality some of the best athletes ever to live were show boaters, and really the ones that don't like the show boating that other people do are the ones who aren't good enough to show boat themselves aka mike whitehead. LOL @ rampage's scared left hook comment. That guy is so bitter!!!!!
tommy2tymes- December 30, 2008 at 11:25 am
ill listen to mike whitehead when he actually wins a meaningful fight
Jugger- December 30, 2008 at 11:23 am
Hunt by atomic butt drop. Seriously though, he managed to take Fedor down and slap on a mildly dangerous Kimura (or Americana; can't remember) so I doubt he'll have to much trouble dispatching of Manny once he get's tired of striking with him.

Rashad was simply asking Forrest, "How taste my pee pee?" It's all the rage among fighters these days.
Anton- December 30, 2008 at 11:18 am
Whitehead is right about Lesnar if not anything else. In no other sport would someone be able to fight 3 fights and even lose 1 and then get a title shot, it is obviously set up to make Brock a star. And to taunt Herring after not even being able to finish him, with such little experience in MMA, is a total dick head move. We are over a decade into developing this sport and all Dana still thinks about is raising cash...otherwise he wouldn't have given Brock this opportunity so quickly.
Douchebaggery- December 30, 2008 at 10:52 am
why is anyone even letting Mike Whitehead's massive dome emit noises towards a microphone?

shouldn't that guy be on a treadmill while Joe Stevenson molests his body like a rabid ferret
Sodak- December 30, 2008 at 10:25 am
To bad we can't actually watch the dynamite event, i'm all kinds of angry!
Anderson Silva who?- December 30, 2008 at 10:20 am
Everyone has it wrong!!!!! That was sign language Evans was showing meaning he can also suck his own dick on top of being a better fighter... boy has mad skills yo!!!
Perennial- December 30, 2008 at 10:14 am
Dandy news. Keep'em coming.
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