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President’s Day Special: Jardine/Silva Rumors, Liddell Talks Shogun & Gina’s Next Fight

Someone just mentioned it’s President’s Day – which is cool, I guess. So in honor of the day, here’s some news.

The Dayton Daily News is confirming what we all suspected: That a light heavy fight between Keith Jardine and Wanderlei Silva at UFC 82 will not be happening. The show is set for March 1st in Columbus, Ohio. The rumors for this match were given more fuel when ads for UFC 82 shown on Versus during WEC 32 straight-up promised that Jardine was going to be there. An editing snafu is being blamed, but the fight could happen this year. The DDN is saying a source close to Jardine has confirmed the fight is in the works and could go down this summer – MMA Junkie is saying UFC 84 could be the card for this fight.

— Chuck Liddell believes he’ll smoke Mauricio “Shogun” Rua during their fight on June 7th. And “The Iceman” also believes he should be fighting Rampage for the title…like NOW. Chuck had this to say to Brawl Sports:

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The Ten Ugliest Mugs in MMA

10. Trainer John Hackleman

Hack kind of looks like something Jim Henson might have sewn together while drunk and depressed.

9. Matt Lindland

A five-head that could cut glass…

8. Ben Rothwell

Don’t worry, Susie…those things will develop in a few years.

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Injuries Change the Face of UFC 81 & 82

Gono
(Gono won’t be doing the ‘airplane’ at UFC 82.)

As UFC 80 was the focus of the MMA world this weekend, UFC 81 & 82 saw some adjustments to their cards. On Friday, Akihiro Gono announced on his personal blog that a hand injury is forcing him out of UFC 82 against Jon Fitch. Here’s the message (unedited):

I have a pain in my righthand from November(UFC debut fight)
So I could not train enough
I wondered it,Doctor checked my hand again,and This condition was so bad,
Doctor ordered me to stop fight and all training.
And operation is done. maybe in Junuary
I am verry sorry,my fans and John Fitch……..
I will annnounce operation schedule and come back time

Gono, an eccentric welterweight, debuted for the UFC back in November when he beat Tamdam McCrory via a second round submission. It is not clear who will replace him against Fitch since many of the top welterweights in the division have fights already booked or have fought too recently to accept another so soon.

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UFC vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady

Well, it seems the NFL has had a change of heart about the NFL Network afterall.  Maybe it’s really for the fans, or maybe it’s the league’s love affair with Tom Brady and the Patriots, but we think it’s a conspiracy to keep MMA out of the mainstream. League Commissioner Roger Goodell made his ass-kissing statement yesterday that for the first time ever, an NFL game would be simultaneously broadcast on two networks, CBS and NBC. And for the less than 40 percent of fans that get the NFL Network, that’ll give them three options where to tune in. And in local markets around New York and Boston, local channels will give viewers a ridiculous four options. NFL fans are thrilled as pigs in shit – no offense to pigs. MMA fans, not so thrilled.
 
How does this hurt MMA so much, specifically the UFC? Check out the times. The Patriots-Giants game will be at 8:15 pm EST. UFC 79: Nemesis at 10 pm EST. By the time the UFC kicks off their broadcast, the soon-to-be 16 – 0 Patriots will be rolling into the second half and towards history. We’re not worried about die-hard MMA fans switching allegiances for one night just to watch the Giants get their asses kicked. We’re more worried about the posers out there that might prefer to get their entertainment for free this Saturday. Not to mention the IFL World Grand Prix will air live on HDNet starting at 9:30 pm EST on the same night. It’ll be the first IFL event on Mark Cuban’s channel and he’s promoting the hell out of it. The night includes the rematch between Chris Horodecki and Shad Lierley, plus the curtain lifting on the IFL featherweight division.
 
Will a free broadcast of the event split the votes between the IFL and the UFC? We hate to say it, but it’s likely. And with highlights and bouts being rebroadcast for free at a later date, some fans might decide to wait. We’re of the mind that we get everyone we know to cowboy up and get UFC 79 on PPV, Tivo HDNet and read about the Patriots game in the paper. That way, we all win. Screw the NFL and their mainstreamness.
 
And for an extra helping of kick ass viewing, remember Spike TV will air their countdown to UFC 79: Nemesis at 6:30 pm EST.
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UFC Weigh-In Details

Hughes/St. Pierre

Per UFC.com, here’s the scoop for Friday’s weigh-in:

UFC 79: Nemesis fighters will suck in their guts for their official weigh-in this Friday, December 28 at 7 pm (EST). It’ll go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and is free to attend if you happen to be in Sin City. If you want to check it out on-line, you can watch it live at UFC.com, Yahoo!Sports.com, FOXSports.com and NBCSports.com.

Event Time: 6 – 8 pm (EST), with official weigh-ins at 7 pm
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UFC 79 Betting Lines

Matt Hughes

Not that we’re enablers or even encouraging you to go out and get yourself a gambling problem, but throwing down a wager or two on UFC 79 just might make things more interesting. The early lines are shaping up like this:

Bodoglife

  • Chuck Liddell (-105) vs. Wanderlei Silva (-125)
  • Georges St. Pierre (-240) vs. Matt Hughes (+190)
  • Ryoto Machida (-125) vs. Sokoudjou (-105)
  • Melvin Guillard (-260) vs. Rich Clementi (+200)

BetUS

  • Chuck Liddell (even) vs. Wanderlei Silva (-130)
  • Georges St. Pierre (-240) vs. Matt Hughes (+190)
  • Ryoto Machida (-130) vs. Sokoudjou (even)

To get yourself good and educated about the whole process, MMA Betting Blog and MMA Junkie has some good info.

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LOLZ!

Hey guys. Sorry I got all serious and heavy with that last post. To make up for it, here’s a picture of UFC middleweight champ Anderson “The Spider” Silva wearing a ridiculous t-shirt.

He does

I wonder what’s more effective with the ladies — that shirt, or the pickup line “I can choke you out from any position, plus I have knockout power in both my fists, as well as my knees,” delivered in a totally incomprehensible Portuguese accent.

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