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Fight of the Day: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Leben

Before he was the scariest man in the UFC, Anderson Silva had to make a name for himself at a lowly Ultimate Fight Night against Chris “Bed Pisser” Leben. Leben had put together five straight UFC wins by the time he stepped into the Octagon against the Spider at UFN 5 (6/28/06), but he was woefully outgunned by Silva’s laser-guided striking, and the match was called in less than a minute. Silva got a title shot against Rich Franklin for his very next fight.


Chuck Liddell on Conan O’ Brien: The Stripper Pole Is for the Guests

Here’s the video from Chuck Liddell’s appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien on Monday. The best exchange:

Conan: There’s an old adage in fighting…no sex before a fight. And when you’re training for a fight, no sex. What’s your feeling about that?
Chuck: I don’t believe in that, I never have. I actually go the opposite, I think.
Conan: Sex during the fight?

As Chuck explains, what’s harmful is going out and chasing sex all night, but he doesn’t have to chase it anymore so there’s no problem. Makes sense…

(Props: MMA Mania)


UFC Loses ‘Fireball Kid’ to Japan’s World Victory Road

(He’s got a little Captain in him.)

Though the UFC had been in talks to bring one of the best lightweights in the world to the Octagon, the two sides couldn’t come to terms, and it was announced today that Takanori Gomi has signed with Japan’s World Victory Road organization instead. Gomi will earn approximately $190,000 per fight, and makes his WVR debut at “Sengoku” on March 5th, to be held at the National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo. No opponent for Gomi has been named yet, but the card is expected to host fights between Phil Baroni and Sanae Kikuta, Kazuo Misaki and Siyar Bahadurzada, and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Makoto Takimoto; a bout between Roger Gracie and Hidehiko Yoshida has also been rumored.

So, this blows. With every botched high-profile negotiation, the UFC’s claim to having “the best fighters in the world” becomes even more suspect, and Gomi was a big one. In particular, we would have loved to see a potential re-match between him and B.J. Penn. Penn submitted “The Fireball Kid” at a Rumble on the Rock event in 2003, after which Gomi went on a ten-fight win-streak, plowing through the likes of Jens Pulver, Ralph Gracie, Luiz Azeredo (twice) and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. If the UFC can’t open their pocketbooks for guys like Sakurai and Norifumi Yamamoto and offer them what they’re worth, this is going to keep happening. Until then, we’re stuck waking up at six in the morning to watch Japanese fight cards on HDNet…


WCF Fishin’ For Attention

(Dan Lauzon as “Jigsaw”)

World Championship Fighting’s new season is set to kick-off on February 8th. Along with some okay fights, the WCF has already announced they’ll have Dana White’s bald head glaring under the lights that night. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve got another announcement on their website. Seems that “Tapout” – the Versus reality show made by the guys at Tapout that travels around profiling up-and-comers – will be filming at the event as well.

MMA Fightline has a portion of the press release:

World Championship Fighting announces the filming of the “Tapout” reality show at the February 8 event.

The Tapout Crew will be filming another episode of their self-titled reality show on the Versus network at the World Championship Fighting (WCF) event in Wilmington, Mass., on Feb. 8 where Brockton-native Dan Lauzon will be the featured fighter for the episode which documents the Tapout Crew’s quest to search for the best up and coming Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the Country.

As a testament to the phenomenal growth of Mixed Martial Arts, The Tapout Crew went from selling t-shirts out of a trunk in the parking lot at mixed martial arts (MMA) shows in California 10 years ago to building their company into the largest apparel brand in the sport. The Tapout Company now grosses millions of dollars per year, has their own magazine publication, their own television reality show and sponsors many of the top fighters in the world including those in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Shall we stroke each other a little more?


Fights of the Day: Frank Mir vs. Hardonk + Vera

Frank Mir’s last two fights in the UFC lasted just 77 and 69 seconds; one went well, one went not-so-well. Either tap your opponent early or get punched out just as quickly — those are pretty much Frank’s options on Saturday.

(Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk, UFC 74, 8/25/07)

(Frank Mir vs. Brandon Vera, UFC 65, 11/18/06)


The Top 10 Gracies of All Time

10. Roger Gracie In 2005, 23-year-old Roger Gracie won the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship by submitting all eight opponents, something that had never been done before. The son of Reyla Gracie, Roger has racked up numerous first place finishes in jiu-jitsu tournaments around the world, and won his first MMA match in December [...]


‘Big Change’ Revealed for TUF 7

(Coach Forrest Griffin, ready for war.)

When we first heard about the big changes Dana White had planned for the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, our minds raced. Would the Octagon Girls be living in the house? Would the coaches’ challenges be decided not by normal bowling, but by Cosmic Bowling? Would there be a revolutionary new pit-fighting surface?

No, nothing crazy like that. Instead, the first few couple episodes will just be a lot more action-packed. As MMA Junkie reports:

According to a source close to the show, “The Ultimate Fighter 7” will start with 32 cast members — not the usual 16 — and every one of them will have to fight as soon as the show begins. The 16 winners earn a spot in the house, and the 16 losers are sent packing for home…That’s a far cry from past seasons of the reality series, when the first fight of the season sometimes didn’t take place until a second or even third episode.

Of the rumored middleweight castmembers, two have Bowman-esque professional records of 0-0, which makes a little more sense given the new format — if they have talent, they’ll earn a bunk in the house, and if not, we get to see the inexperienced rubes get smashed right off the bat.


Video of the Day: Brock Lesnar’s Pre-MMA Workout

I just came across this video from Brock’s WWE days, where he demonstrates a few of the exercises responsible for his behemoth-like build and athleticism. In particular, watch how he picks up that 180-pound log like it’s a toothpick. Though his technique on the heavy bag may be questionable, he certainly makes up for it in sheer aggression.

Of course, Brock’s physical abilities once convinced him that he could land a shooting star press from 20 feet away. But as long he avoids this sort of thing on Saturday night, he’ll be fine:


The Newest MMA Player: YAMMA

(Meyrowitz is giving MMA another go.)

We already gave you the heads up about UFC founder Bob Meyrowitz’s plans to step back into the MMA business. And now the details are here thanks to a press release sent out this morning.

YAMMA Pit Fighting is the name of the new organization and they’re promising a “unique approach” to their MMA events. Intriguing for sure, but as we said already, is yet another MMA organization good for the sport? Especially one from a guy that ran his first organization off the tracks? Regardless, it’s going to happen – unless Yamma goes all WCO on us. Appears Meyrowitz’s new joint will be throwing a few events for Pay-per-View, with the debut event kicking off in Atlantic City on April 11th of this year.

Check out some of the press release:

Los Angeles, January 29, 2008 – Ultimate Fighting Championship founder Bob Meyrowitz and his company Rope Partners today announced the formation of a brand new mixed martial arts (MMA) league, YAMMA Pit Fighting (YPF). Continuing in his role as a trailblazer in MMA, Meyrowitz and YPF will take a unique approach to the sport by reviving the Tournament fighting format and unveiling a new fighting surface that promises to revolutionize the traditional MMA approach.

Trailblazer is a strong word. Someone who initially had good ideas and the gumption to keep the sport going after being banned in 48 states, but didn’t have the long-term vision to carry it past its rough years – thus kicking your own company in the balls – that would be a better term. Whatever term that might be.


Hot Potato: Amber Nichole Miller

(Would you rather have the girl or the car?)

Model and former UFC Octagon Girl Amber Nichole Miller is currently involved in a contest to be a cover-girl for 944 Magazine. We don’t quite understand it, but if you’re an Amber fan you should click here, sign up, and help her out with a vote. By the way, if you’re wondering why Amber decided to leave the UFC, there might be a scandalous story behind it. Drama! Check out more pics of Amber after the jump, and get to know her better at her MySpace page.