Your manager, Leo Khorlinsky, recently told me that when you were on the set of [Universal Soldiers: The Next Generation] in Bulgaria, people were asking for the "How’s taste my pee pee" T-shirt. That’s pretty wild. ARLOVSKI: (Laughs) Yeah. It was funny. Actually, it was a really popular T-shirt in Bulgaria. When Leo flew back to Chicago, I asked him, ‘Can you bring a box of these T-shirts because everybody wants that T-shirt, ‘How’s taste my pee pee.’
I heard that you actually didn’t mean to say what everyone thinks you said. Is that true? I know my English is not good, and I tried to, you know, like on TV when they tell bad words it [sounds] like ‘beep beep beep,’ but it sounds like pee pee … It’s all good.
Speaking of McFedries, he got himself in hot water with his Miletich camp teammates by claiming that none of them were supporting him in the run-up to his UFC 98 bout. Pat Miletich says that’s absolutely untrue, and it sounds like McFedries either needs to do some public apologizing or else find himself a new place to train. MFS is brutal enough without having those guys genuinely pissed off at you.
What are your thoughts on being offered this big step up in opposition? Rogers: Once I got the phone call and Arlovski was set in stone, I was excited. I remember watching this guy at a younger age and thinking, ‘man I get to take on someone like that?’ He’s an explosive guy; he likes to move around. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but nothing I don’t think I can handle. He’s big, slimmer guy. He likes to move, he likes to be quick and move his hands. I’m kind of mellow with the fighting stance, so it’s definitely going to be me taking my time and controlling the fight.’’
Ho, baby. From a new press release sent out by Strikeforce:
ST. LOUIS (May 19, 2009) – SHOWTIME announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr., announced today that top-10 ranked heavyweight and former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski will face unbeaten heavyweight sensation Brett "The Grim" Rogers on Saturday, June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and LIVE on SHOWTIME. The announcement was made at a kick-off press conference for STRIKEFORCE: Lawler vs. Shields at the Atrium at Scottrade Center. The heavyweight showdown will precede the main event fight between two of the most highly regarded fighters in the world, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields.
Pardon my language here, but what the fuck is Andrei Arlovski doing? The man was once the UFC heavyweight champion, and now he’s doing skits on "The Jerry Springer Show" that look like they were written by a tenth-grade English class? And not that it would have made any difference, but they couldn’t rehearse it once or twice just to work out some of the kinks? It just seems too coincidental that Arlovski is sinking to these new lows at right around the same time he’s preparing to make his pro boxing debut. This video settles it: boxing makes jackasses out of MMA fighters. And since Freddie Roach makes boxers out of MMA fighters…you can draw your own conclusions about him.
After the jump, I talk ring girls, unnecessary nudity, and more with Fight! Magazine photographer Paul Thatcher, and Martin Kampmann shows us how they do over at Xtreme Couture.
Here’s the explanation we were given to go along with this photo:
"Mixed Martial Arts star Andrei Arlovski is featured in the sequel of the iconic hit film UNIVERSAL SOLDIER. Stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren return as fight-to-the-death enemies in "Universal Soldier: A New Beginning." The film has just wrapped principal photography.”
But between us, we think that’s all a clever cover story. That’s what the government would like you to believe. But look in those eyes. See the despair? See the anguish? That’s a man who has grown disillusioned with the world of pro fighting and has traveled into the future to join some totally sweet army of motocross riders with machine guns who do battle with aliens or giant bugs or robots or something.
At least that’s our take. We’ll let you decide which explanation sounds more plausible.
(‘And what is deal with airline food? Is no good, am I right?’)
Want to hear something totally insane and probably not true? That was a rhetorical question. Of course you want to hear this. According to a Croatian newspaper article translated for us by Robert of betwwx.com, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s next bout will be this July in an Affliction/Dream co-promotional event full of all kinds of fights that only sort of make sense.
The article quotes Cro Cop as saying that he’d like to fight four times this year (he knows it’s already mid-April and he’s fought zero times so far this year, right?) and five times in 2010, so the credibility of this report seems strained to begin with. But then the article declares that the “only certainty” is a Cro Cop-Alistair Overeem rematch on a July 20 Affliction/Dream co-promotion in Japan. Also on that card, according to this report, will be Fedor Emelianenko taking on Jeff Monson and Josh Barnett facing off against Andrei Arlovski.
Whoa, let’s back up a second, Croatian newspaper. Now who’s this Fedor guy anyway and what has he done to deserve a shot at "The Snowman"?
"Here we go. Bloggin’ again." So says Dana White after he and Lorenzo sell some snake oil to a group of Stanford Business students, telling them that their friendship is what has kept the UFC successful. Plus, it’s all about the ride. You can pretty much skip past 2:19-4:44, in which Lorenzo tells a convoluted shaggy dog story (literally/figuratively) which doesn’t really go anywhere. You can also skip through 4:45-6:00 in which Dana plays Pac-Man in his garage. Man, I can’t imagine what landed on the cutting-room floor this time around. Then, Dana’s daughter shows up in an Ed Hardy shirt (LOL, what a douchebag) and his son disses his baldness. A lot of family time, basically, ending with Dana and Lorenzo reunited and heading to Germany. In a way, this vlog entry is much like UFC 96 itself — only interesting if you’re a hardcore fan.
Below: Rejoice! Genghis Con has created a sequel to his groovy Fedor Emelianenko-based film The Last Russian Emperor. Chapter 2 focuses on Fedor’s last five victories (Hunt, Lindland, Choi, Sylvia, Arlovski), with some great behind-the-scenes footage peppered in. The exchange between Aleks and Andrei at the 6:13 mark FTW.
When Ariel Helwani informed us that he was leaving MMA Rated – once the go-to spot for video interviews that often became instant internet classics, now an anemic shell of a website – amid hard financial times, we naturally assumed that this meant our Canadian friend would soon be reduced to selling fake Nikes and knock-off Affliction shirts in Times Square. Then he got the job working on “UFC Primetime” and it seemed like things might be all right until production shut down following UFC 94 and he was forced to get some sleep and go back on his all Ramen Noodles diet.
But lo and behold, “The Franchise” is back in business. We’re pleased to tell you that Helwani is now beefing up the MMA coverage at Versus.com. That’s right, as in the people who air the WEC events you enjoy so much. In other words, Helwani is working for The Man. The good news? The Man pays well, and on time.
He tells us that Versus.com will be covering the MMA world as a whole and not just the WEC, and we’re encouraged by the fact that they hired a real MMA journalist for the job and not some punk-ass corporate lackey. If you want to check out Helwani’s first effort – a recap of last night’s WEC – you can read it here.
Congrats, Ariel. The Potato Nation looks forward to reading your work until you are inevitably fired for stealing office supplies and sexually harassing interns. Should be a fun three weeks.