24 Feb 2009 13:52:52 PM
24 Feb 2009 13:52:52 PM
23 Feb 2009 09:08:39 AM
(Photo courtesy of SI.com)
Another UFC event is in the books, which means it’s time again to see who’s up and who’s down according to the Potato Index’s arbitrary numerical rankings system. It’s kind of like Bob Reilly’s poll, only we admit it’s total bullshit. And at least this particular brand of bullshit is more fun.
Diego Sanchez +123
“The Nightmare” proved he can cut almost forty pounds and still go three rounds at a steady pace. That could be bad news for some other lightweight contenders, though it would still be interesting to see how he stacks up against one of the better wrestlers in the division. Sean Sherk’s not too busy, is he?
Joe Stevenson -88
Another disappointing performance for Stevenson leaves us wondering where he can possibly go from here. He just doesn’t seem to have enough in his toolbox to hang with the top fighters, and secluding himself in Victorville, which is not known for its elite training facilities, certainly isn’t helping.
Demian Maia +204
If you’re going to do only one thing, you’d better do it extremely well, and Maia does. He forces another quality opponent to fight on his terms and puts him away with impressive ease. Is there any middleweight not named Anderson Silva who can pose a significant threat to him at this point?Read More DIGG THIS
22 Feb 2009 09:46:40 AM
(Props: MMA Scraps)
Diego Sanchez engages in a kickboxing bout, while Joe Stevenson fights a boxing match. When that happens, you can usually guess who’s going to win. A strong debut at lightweight for Sanchez. As for Stevenson, instead of considering your own drop in weight, as you may be tempted to, how about getting with a good camp and learning some new tricks?
More videos, including Maia-Sonnen, Koscheck-Thiago, and more are after the jump.
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21 Feb 2009 17:45:45 PM
("Look, I’m not saying you have to touch your foreheads together like some of the other guys, but you have to understand how retarded this looks right now." Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)
Like the light from a distant star that died out millions of years before it can be seen from Earth, here we are about to watch the transmission of a UFC event that already happened, hours away and across an ocean. If you were able to avoid spoilers up until this point, pat yourself on the back. And I’d just like to take this opportunity to warn you that if you want to keep this experience totally pure, maybe stay away from the comments section for a while, because there’s always gonna be some sad loser who takes perverted joy in ruining things for the rest of us, when they’re not masturbating in their own feces. (No offense to "COOL!" or the guy currently pretending to be "Kadumel." You seem like a couple of interesting dudes and I’d love to get a beer and a burger with you sometime. Please get in touch with me here.)
Live Tape-delayed results and commentary for UFC 95 are after the jump. Refresh the page every few minutes to see all the latest…
20 Feb 2009 09:01:04 AM
(Diego will try anything to get to 155. Anything.)
With UFC 95 (which we’ll be liveblogging) just a day away, we took some time to berate one another regarding some of the more pressing issues surrounding the UFC’s trip to London. Okay, so there’s essentially no main event here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun with a night of free fights on Spike. Plus, there are Chael Sonnen’s ridiculous claims to discuss, and so much more…
What are Diego Sanchez‘s chances as a lightweight contender? Who has the skills to beat him?
BG: His chances are freakin’ excellent. Sanchez was already the fifth best welterweight in the UFC by my count (after GSP, Alves, Fitch, and Koscheck), and he’s looked incredibly dangerous in his last two wins over David Bielkheden and Luigi Fioravanti. I was particularly surprised to hear that he was dropping to lightweight because it seemed like he was gathering steam for a title shot at welterweight. Think about it: Fitch and Kos have already been dominated by St. Pierre, and if Alves can’t beat the champ this summer, who else is ready?Read More DIGG THIS
19 Feb 2009 14:59:24 PM
As UFC 95 approaches you may find yourself itching to do some prognosticating, but whither the pick –em contest? Have no fear, Potato Nation. Thanks to user Contraband, bragging rights are on the line in the (Un)Official Cage Potato UFC 95 Pick-em Contest, now jumping off in the forums.
Why not head over there and prove to the rest of us newbs how much you know about MMA by slamming down your picks for Saturday night’s event? While you’re there, might as well comment on your favorite and least favorite MMA techniques, and take a look at Edith’s ass. I mean, it’s right there.
If you’re curious as to how we see UFC 95 going down, our picks are after the jump. And don’t forget about the liveblog on Saturday night. Seriously, just don’t.Read More DIGG THIS
18 Feb 2009 15:13:22 PM
(You call that a mean face? Shiiieeeet.)
Betting odds are out for this Saturday’s UFC event on Spike TV, which we’ll be liveblogging as usual. If you’ve still got the disposable cash and the devil-may-care attitude necessary for online gambling in this bleak economic climate, allow us to steer you in the right direction for this one.
The juiciest lines on the internets come to us courtesy of BestFightOdds.com:
Joe Stevenson (+281) vs. Diego Sanchez (-295)
Dan Hardy (even) vs. Rory Markham (-108)
Nate Marquardt (-258) vs. Wilson Gouveia (+250)
Demian Maia (-256) vs. Chael Sonnen (+236)
Josh Koscheck (-450) vs. Paulo Thiago (+450)
Terry Etim (-220) vs. Brian Cobb (+205)
Junior Dos Santos (-260) vs. Stefan Struve (+240)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (-115) vs. Neil Grove (-105)
Per Eklund (-160) vs. Evan Dunham (+140)
Paul Kelly (-290) vs. Troy Mandaloniz (+290)
Thoughts…Read More DIGG THIS
26 Nov 2008 11:46:08 AM
"After holding the welterweight title once, I was like, I need it again, I need that welterweight title one more time, and look, I get to beat one of the best fighters of all time to do it. The opportunity is just trememdous…I’m going to crush him, don’t worry guys." — The ever-confident BJ Penn predicts the outcome of his UFC 94 superfight against Georges St. Pierre during a couple of recent Hawaiian TV appearances.
"Sean Sherk, that’s a fight I would love to take. That fight is one of the ones I really want to show everyone how far I’ve come. My wrestling’s a lot better than that and I’m going to continue to get better at it…[A rematch] would be ten times better and I believe with a different result." — Kenny Florian gives MMA Weekly the old "I’m not the same fighter I was back then" line. Ken-Flo is content to wait for BJ Penn as he chases his welterweight championship dream, but if Penn’s hiatus goes on for too long, Florian would be open to avenging a past defeat.
"A [Rich] Franklin vs. [Michael] Bisping fight would be amazing. I’d love to fight him. But I’d love to fight Henderson too. They’re household names and legends of the sport and it would be an honour and a privilege to fight one of them. I think I stack up well against them…I think I can beat both of them. It wouldn’t be easy, but my confidence is growing with every fight." — Michael Bisping talks to The Sun about who he’s eyeing for his next match. For the record, Bisping thinks Franklin will have the edge on Henderson during their fight in January.
After the jump: The gloves come off and the talk gets trashy.Read More DIGG THIS
10 Sep 2008 13:30:12 PM
In this interview done after Rashad Evans’s knockout of Chuck Liddell at UFC 88, trainer/strategist Greg Jackson discusses what he told Evans between rounds 1 and 2, Mike Winklejohn and Kieth Jardine’s contributions to the gameplan, and Nate Marquardt’s victory over Martin Kampmann. Props to Sherdog via Fans of Team Jackson’s.
Courtesy of MMAMania and MAR Clothing, here’s a video of Josh Koscheck interviewing Diego Sanchez and Chris Leben in a car while in Las Vegas for the taping of the Ultimate Fighter 1 reunion — which will air in segments during Saturday’s TUF 1 marathon on SpikeTV, beginning at 9 a.m. ET. The guys discuss their upcoming fights, a possible rubber match between Diego and Josh, Thiago Alves’s mysterious growth spurt, and how Chris Leben wants a rematch with Anderson Silva more than anything.Read More DIGG THIS
7 Sep 2008 13:03:07 PM