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[VIDEOS] Dana White & Chael Sonnen Play the Blame Game on ‘America’s Pregame’

A lot of blame has been thrown around since word of Chael Sonnen’s failed drug test and subsequent removal from UFC 175 broke yesterday. Some are blaming the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their lack of foresight in banning TRT yet providing fighters currently on the therapy with no means or information on how to adjust to life without it. Some are blaming Sonnen for failing to disclose the banned substances he was on to NSAC prior to his drug test last month. There are even some MMA media members out there crazy enough to blame the UFC for rushing guys like Sonnen and Belfort into fights without first understanding how long their bodies would need to adjust to post-TRT life. Hope you enjoy getting blacklisted, fellas!

In order to help clear things up, both Chael Sonnen and Dana White appeared on FS1′s America’s Pregame last night, because Sonnen is not as expendable a fighter as say, Jason High and thus requires his boss’ assistance when putting out fires. While Sonnen opted to expand on his interview with Jay Mohr Sports that was published just hours beforehand, White fell back on his usual mix of finger-pointing and blatant lies delivered at just below shouting level.

Both are at fault. I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission could have laid it out better for how they were going to end this thing. What would be banned and what wouldn’t be banned for the guys coming down off of it. But again, it’s a matter of them not being very educated on TRT. It’s the thing that made this whole thing impossible anyway. And it’s Chael’s fault too, because Chael should have called the Athletic Commission and said, ‘This is what my doctor told me I need to do to come down off of this stuff, so here is what I’m taking.’ He absolutely should have done that. 

Just to clear the air here, nobody is on TRT. And, we only had five guys out of over 500 that were ever on TRT, and it was absolutely legal.

Well thank God the UFC isn’t to blame in any way, shape, or form for this (*wipes sweat from forehead*). Dodged a bullet there, boys. Also, the number of fighters who have ever fought in the UFC while on TRT is a lot closer to 15 than 5. No biggie.

Check out White’s full interview above, then head after the jump for Sonnen’s much lengthier defense. 

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Jason High Released From UFC After Shoving Referee at UFC Fight Night 42


(At least he’s taking it well. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

The axe has finally dropped on Jason High, following his regrettable shoving of referee Kevin Mulhall at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 42. UFC president Dana White confirmed High’s firing in yesterday’s installment of “The Download,” his weekly address on UFC.com. Though White didn’t watch the “Henderson vs. Khabilov” event live due to illness (more on that later), he acted swiftly as soon as he heard what happened:

“What I did find out is that I guess that Jason High kid got up and pushed a referee – he’s cut,” White said in disgust. “I’m going to cut him. I look at that the way (Paul) Daley put his hands on his opponent after a fight was over. You don’t ever, ever f****** touch a referee, ever. You’re done here. He’s been apologizing on Twitter, but he’s done.”

I feel bad for High. It’s not like he went full-Yvel on Mulhall, and yet he could be shut out of the UFC for life, for a single bad decision. On the other hand, an example needs to be set that you never put your hands on an official, no matter how much you think the stoppage sucked. On the other, other hand:

“Say that Chael Sonnen was the one that lightly pushed the ref and that Jason High failed the drug test. Does Dana instantly fire Chael and then go on TV to publicly defend High?

There’s some truth to that. Maybe High’s biggest crime was simply being expendable.

Dana also confirmed in the “Download” column that the UFC will be paying Ross Pearson his win bonus after Pearson was blatantly robbed against Diego Sanchez, and hoped that the judge who scored the fight 30-27 for Sanchez (Jeff Collins) never judges another professional fight. Also, he was struggling with allergies while relaxing in Maine and buying cars while drunk:

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The UFC Can Learn a Lesson From Bellator: How to Promote Bad Fights


(Photo via Getty)

By Matt Saccaro

The UFC said “Hey, did you hear there’s UFC FIGHTS™ on tonight? The finest athletes in the world are facing off and it’ll be action packed. Watch it!”

So we took their word for it, and watched. The athletes faced off, but they weren’t the finest in the world, and it wasn’t action packed. The athletes were green, regional-caliber competitors and there was more labored breathing and bouts of stalling than action.

Then the next event came. “It’s FIGHT WEEEEEEK! UFC FIGHTS™ are on again. The finest athletes in the world are doing battle in the Octagon™. Be sure to watch!”

We were skeptical, but being loyal MMA fans, we watched again. We were let down again. We voiced our concerns, only to be told we weren’t Real Fans if we didn’t appreciate the fights the UFC gave us. Not wanting to lose our MMA streed cred, we watched the next event that promised the top 1% of fighters battling in the Superbowl of MMA only to be disappointed.

This is what being an MMA fan has been like for the past year or two–especially since the UFC went full “World Fucking Domination” on us.

Fight cards are tougher to sit through because the talent levels are lower. Sometimes there’s two of these regional-level, star-sparse cards on the same day! And I’m not ragging on UFC Fight Night 42 specifically; on paper the card was pretty decent for a free Fight Night Card. I’m referring to the general lowering of the bar in terms of card quality that’s become undeniable as of late. The most insulting part is all these events are, for the most part, marketed the same way: Here’s awesome UFC Fights. They’ll be good. Watch them or you’re not an MMA fan.

And judging by the decline in interest (and PPV buys), lots of viewers decided they weren’t fans. And I’m not going to go on for much longer because I’ve written about the issue of over-saturation extensively on CagePotato, but the UFC can learn an important lesson from Bellator regarding how it promotes less-than-stellar fights: Be honest.

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Wednesday Links: Fedor Doesn’t Like Women Competing in MMA, Dana White Insists Jon Jones Will Fight Gustafsson, ‘Game of Thrones’ Strongman Deadlifts 994 Pounds + More


(If Jones vs. Gustafssson 2 actually ends like this, I swear to God, I will order Fight Pass. / Props: BinaryMasta via r/MMA)

Fedor Emelianenko Believes Women Should Be Feminine and Not Fight in MMA (BleacherReport)

Dana White’s Answer to Jon Jones: ‘Gustafsson’s Next in Line’ (MMAFighting)

UFC: Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale Sets New Low Ratings Mark for Nationally Televised Cards (BloodyElbow)

“Fighters’ World Tour” Promising UFC Stars Revealed to Be a Scam (MMAPayout)

Fernanda Hernandes Heats up the Octagon (BabesofMMA)

Dusty Exner Writes Open Letter to Her Childhood Bully, UFC Fighter Kajan Johnson; Johnson Apologizes in Long Letter, Exner Forgives Him, And the Whole Thing Is Kind of Heartwarming (trailerparkdusty)

VIDEO: The Mountain From ‘Game of Thrones’ Deadlifts 994 Pounds (Break)

Disgusting Video of Justin Bieber Singing Racist Parody of His Own Song Leaks (PopHangover)

Wisconsin Teens Claim They Stabbed Friend To Please Slenderman (EscapistMagazine)

Do You Even Lift, President Obama? (Guyism)

‘Watch Dogs’ Walkthrough (Gamefront)

36 Sexy Girls With Tan Lines (Radass)

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23 Things That Should Be Broadcast on UFC Fight Pass


(We’d include “The Dana White 24/7 feed — all Dana White, all the time,” but that’s kind of what the UFC is already. / Photo via Getty.)

If the UFC expects us to shell out $10 every month to watch local talent and foreign-language reality shows on the Internet, they’ve got another thing coming. Here are some suggestions for new Fight Pass content that would actually make the digital streaming service worth our time and money…

1. Live footage of fighter weight cuts (i.e., “sauna-cam”/”salt bath-cam”). Who wouldn’t want to see how brutal these things can get?

2. The complete library of TUF audition tapes.

3. Dana White bench pressing and doing pull ups.

4. Any existing video of Dana’s old boxercise classes.

5. Nicco Fertitta’s football highlights.

6. Random drug tests.

7. The first season of Keeping Up With the Koschecks.

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Will UFC 173 Force the UFC to Learn Its Lesson About Promoting Fighters?


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By Matt Saccaro

Regarding Renan Barao and the bantamweight division, the UFC had a promotion problem. Barao was one of the sport’s greatest fighters, yet he couldn’t fill a bar showing the PPV if they gave away free food and free beer.

Fans didn’t care about Barao, and there was nothing the UFC could do to change that. While Barao’s inability to speak English, rugged good looks, and total apathy regarding the salesman part of being a prize fighter certainly didn’t make promoting him easy, building Barao was still the UFC’s job. And they continuously failed.

MMA Junkie’s Ben Fowlkes analyzed this issue in the days before UFC 173 [Editor's note: Hilariously, Dana White grilled Fowlkes for the article but admitted to not reading it...]:

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Friday Links: Dana White’s Rich Guy Problems, WSOF Books Burkman vs. Fitch III, Every Face Punch From ‘Road House’ + More


(That Elliott dude is basically Spider from Goodfellas. He’s going to snap back at Dana one day and get shot for it. / Props: TheMMAMoguls)

UFC Embedded: In Which Dana White Is Banned From Gambling at the Palms (MMAFighting)

Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch III booked for WSOF 11 co-headliner (MMAJunkie)

Dan Henderson Feeling ‘Pretty Good’ Off TRT, But Doesn’t Think Banning It Solved the Real Problem (MMAWeekly)

Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Beat Up Two Huge Men so Badly They Filed Charges (BleacherReport)

UFC on FOX 12: Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal Booked for July 26 in San Jose (MMAMania)

When Road Rage Turns Into Street Fighting (Break)

Patrick Cummins Gets His Next UFC Fight Booked (Sherdog)

The Most Hilarious Things About the Lawsuit Filed Against Johnny Manziel (EveryJoe)

Disney Princesses With Steve Buscemi Eyes (PopHangover)

A Brief History of NBA Teammates Yelling at One Another (Complex)

Classic Crush: Betsy Russell, ‘Private School’ Superbabe of the ’80s (HolyTaco)

The 20 Most Amazing Railway Stations in the World (HiConsumption)

Every Face Punch From ‘Road House’ (FilmDrunk)

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The Officiating Was So Bad on ‘TUF 19′ Last Night That It May Have Literally Changed the Sport


(Props: TheUltimateFighter on YouTube)

If you’ve been skipping this season of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn, you’re missing out on some elite-level pumpkin carving and cross-dressing. Also, universally-reviled referee Steve Mazzagatti made another controversial decision during last night’s episode, and jeopardized his career in the process.

First, Mazzagatti deducted a point from Roger Zapata for an illegal “12-to-6″ elbow during the “Sudden Victory” round of his fight against Ian Stephens. Though Zapata was warned about throwing 12-to-6 elbows before the point-deduction, the shot that actually led to the penalty was verrrrry questionable. (Skip to 0:54-0:58 in the above video and tell us what you think, then brace yourself for Team Penn assistant coach Mark Coleman roaring gibberish in anger.)

UFC president Dana White stormed out of the gym rather than watch the fight continue. If only it ended there, guys. If only. Here’s what happened next, as described by FightOpinion:

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Breathe Easy Alert: Ken Shamrock and Dana White Squash Beef, Hug it Out, Bitch


(One feud down, so, so many feuds to go. Via Shamrock’s Twitter.)

Dana White’s list of beefs, rivalries, personal vendettas and blood feuds is a long and storied one, and one that includes (but is not limited to): former employees, journalists/websites, and of course, all major competitors of the UFC*. Easily in the top five of that list is UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, who in addition to owing White/the UFC a shitton of money, has been using every possible media appearance over the years to bash his former promotion on everything from its fighter pay policies to its rumored uniforms. Toss in a failed lawsuit back in 2006 and it appeared as if Shamrock would forever be on the outside looking in.

However, now that Shammy has achieved financial security as a bodyguard to the stars, it appears as if he has entered the “making amends” phase of his 12-step recovery, so to speak. TMZ Sports is reporting that, following a 45-minute phone conversation, White and Shamrock have finally ended their long-standing feud.

Dana tells us, “Ken Shamrock and I spoke and we have squashed our beef.”

As for Shamrock … he says the call wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows — they addressed some tough issues — but in the end, were able to come to an understanding and decided to bury the hatchet. 

“It’s bigger than us. It’s good for the UFC. It’s good for the fans.”

You hear that, guys? This means Shamrock can finally get that UFC fight he is owed! I am on pins and needles waiting for the UFC to announce UFC 180: Shamrock vs. Liddell — sponsored by Enzyte, Activia, and the Committee to Stop Those Punk Kids From Skateboarding on the Sidewalks. WHO YOU GOT?

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Is Gina Carano Training at Black House?


(via r/MMA)

This picture of Gina Carano has been making its rounds on the Internet this weekend. As you can see, it depicts Gina Carano either pre-workout or post-workout holding a Black House t-shirt within a Black House gym.

Carano, herself, hasn’t announced anything. It’s entirely possible that she’s just visiting the gym. If that’s the case, this photo will no doubt lead to tons of errant speculation.

However, it’s possible that Carano is starting to get back into fighting shape. After all, UFC president Dana White said that Carano in the UFC was simply “a matter of getting a deal done.” But Dana is known to be among MMA’s greatest prevaricators, so we won’t put too much stock in what he says.

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