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UFC 152 Open Workouts Recap: Michael Bisping 1, Heckler 0 [VIDEO]

To say the we like to have our fun at Michael Bisping’s expense would be like saying that Muhammad Ali liked to have his fun at Joe Frazier’s expense. Bisping is a polarizing figure in every sense of the word and one who is not likely to back down in the face of adversity. Therein lies his appeal. So if we could offer any advice to the Bisping haters out there, it would be to stifle said hatred when in “The Count’s” actual presence. Otherwise, you could quickly find yourself on the wrong end of a verbal (not to mention physical) beatdown in the near future.

Take this guy for instance:

As one can deduce from a basic ocular patdown – Skull t-shirt? Check. Dyed hair/soul patch/spray tan combo? Check. A faux gold chain draped over said skull t-shirt? Chiggity check yourself before you wreck yourself, Cotton – this guy knows A LOT about MMA. Hence his decision to heckle Bisping from the crowd during his UFC 152 open workout.

It did not go well.

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Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 152 Edition


(Oh, jeez. Has Michael seen this poster yet? He is gonna be piiiisssed.)

By Dan “Get Off Me” George

You know that saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well, such is the case with UFC 151’s trash (which coincidentally resembles the remnants of a totaled Bentley) and UFC 152’s treasure. And those of us who were smart enough to recognize a curse when we saw one and purchase our tickets accordingly will reap the rewards of the 151 fallout by being treated to two title fights on the very same card. Suck it, over-saturation!

This Saturday night, the GAE will attempt to go where no other MMA blog/website/”professional MMA gambler”(my favorite) has gone before, a perfect 4-0 generating plus money dating back to UFC 148. So follow us after the jump as we try to navigate through the good, the bad, and the ugly betting lines of UFC 152: Jones vs Belfort (courtesy of BestFightOdds).

Charlie Brenneman (-225) vs. Kyle Noke (+185)

I feel that the Spaniard will be able to get this fight to the mat and establish himself as the dominant fighter. Hovering around -225, the line is appealing when you examine how Kyle Noke has lost his last two UFC bouts coupled with how Charlie has found victory throughout his UFC career (Ed note: Except here). This fight falls into the good category for betting lines and Brenneman will find his way into my parlay as the well priced favorite here.

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The Unsupportable Opinion: The Cancellation of UFC 151 Was Good for the Fans


(While 406 votes may not seem that significant, first consider that this screenshot was taken within an hour of the poll’s creation, and all 111 votes for Dana White were placed by one person. You know who.)

UFC 152 is still three days away, yet I already feel something churning within the deepest regions of my stomach, something I haven’t felt in quite some time when dealing with a UFC card: Excitement. Maybe even nervousness. While at least some of the mixed emotion can be attributed to a few names featured on the card that I always like to watch throw down (specifically: Stann, Belfort, Benavidez, and Hettes), I can’t help but feel as if the main source of my excitement is completely disconnected from the card itself, as if any card could bring me this kind of joy. I feel like I did in the days before a UFC event four or five years ago, and I guarantee that a good percentage of you are feeling it too.

And I imagine you know why you’re feeling it. It’s because the cancellation of UFC 151 was responsible for the largest gap between UFC cards in nearly two years, and was ultimately a good move by the UFC.

At the risk of retreading old ground, I’ll admit that I was quick to throw haterade on Jon Jones for his decision to not fight Chael Sonnen in the days that followed it, and still feel a little disdain toward the champ for doing so. But now that I’ve had some time to digest the situation in its entirety, I’ve come to at least appreciate both Jones’ and the UFC’s decision — as conflicting as it is to say so — and here are the main reasons why.

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Chael Sonnen is Training to Fight Jon Jones Next Week!

(What has 2 thumbs and can muffle a fart on the first date?)

By Nathan Smith

Dan Henderson’s knee injury and the refusal by Jon Jones to fight his chosen replacement, Chael P. Sonnen on 8 days notice, forced the first UFC event cancelation in history and the infamous Dana White conference call to announce the goings-on took the MMA world by storm. DW chastised and spewed vitriol towards JBJ’s unwillingness to step up to fight Sonnen which infuriated the UFC brass as a whole. Likewise, it enraged the Bones nuthuggers and haters who in turn inundated the CP comment section for more than a week with well-reasoned arguments but mostly sophomoric jabs involving nipples.

Now Lyoto Machida Vitor Belfort has been named JBJ’s next opponent but that is not stopping Sonnen from getting ready to fight the man that turned down his challenge. The American Gangster expects to walk to the octagon and go mano y mano with Bones next weekend.

Dana White told mmajunkie.com:
Chael Sonnen is in full training camp right now. He’s been training since he got offered the Jones fight. He said, ‘I’m in full camp right now because Vitor will get hurt and pull out, and it will be Jones vs. Sonnen, anyway.’”

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Vitor Belfort Surrounds Himself With Lions, And Lions Have the Courage to Go to the Jungle [VIDEO]


(Props: Fox Sports via MMA Convert)

Even if Jon Jones wasn’t doing everything in his power to make us dislike him, there’d still be part of us silently hoping that Vitor Belfort shocks the world at UFC 152 and knocks Jones the hell out. Belfort’s story is just so perfect: A former prodigy now nearing the end of a rocky career, who has fought on through countless professional and personal setbacks, is now given an unexpected chance at glory in a fight he’s not supposed to win, against a young “phenom” representing a generation of fighters that is leaving the older star behind. And everybody is counting Belfort out — except the challenger himself.

Everyone is beatable. You just gotta find the point when and how,” Belfort says. “I’m in a point that I’m ending my career. I made a commitment that I’m gonna finish as strong as I startedI’m testing [Jones's] chin, his liver, everything. We’re there to test each other, we’re there giving our full body to that competitionI believe in one thing: No sacrifice, no glory.”

Do you believe in miracles? And what happens if the light-heavyweight belt changes hands on September 22nd, and winds up in the possession of a middleweight nearing the end of the road? (Besides the obvious.) Personally, I think the UFC needs some chaos from time to time. The problem with “invincible” champs like Jones, Anderson Silva, and Georges St. Pierre, is that the outcomes of their fights are rarely in question. So…would a shocking upset victory for Belfort actually be a good thing for the UFC?

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Classic Fight: The Old Vitor Belfort Destroys Tank Abbott at UFC 13


(Phenom vs. Tank, 5/30/97. Props: UFCVitorVBelfort)

In their continuing efforts to convince you that Vitor Belfort has at least a puncher’s chance against Jon Jones at UFC 152, the UFC has just made the Vitor Belfort vs. Tank Abbott fight from UFC 13 available on YouTube. Just 20 years old at the time, Belfort had made his Octagon debut three months prior at UFC 12, winning the four-man heavyweight bracket in a combined fight time of two minutes. Belfort’s subsequent “superfight” against Abbott — still a somewhat legitimate competitor back then — turned out to be another blitzkrieg. In just 52 seconds, it was all over.

But even more so than the overwhelming striking performance from the Phenom, I think my favorite part of this video is 3:30-3:41, where Belfort calls out for his beloved trainer “Stankie,” and we get a glimpse at a younger (but still pretty old) Al Stankiewicz. Then, we see that Stankie’s hands are wrapped as if he was going to fight that night. Classic.

In a related story, betting odds for Jones vs. Belfort have calmed down somewhat, and the champ is being offered as low as -740. You can also turn $100 into $12,000 if you bet that the fight will be a draw, and the fight actually turns out to be a draw. I’m just saying. What were going to do with that $100 anyway, you know?

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[VIDEO] This UFC 152 Promo Dutifully Tries To Convince Us That Jones/Belfort Makes Sense


(The hardest thing to believe about this poster is that the photos of Johnson and Benavidez have not been scaled down whatsoever. True story though.) 

Ever since it was announced that Vitor Belfort would be stepping up to face Jon Jones at UFC 152, the MMA world responded with a mixture of confused apprehension and the outright fear of knowing that Belfort might very well get beaten into a living death before our very eyes. The bookies seemed to agree, listing Bones as high as -1500 over the former heavyweight and light heavyweight champ, which likely had something to do with the fact that Belfort had defected to The Blackzilians in preparation for the bout.

But putting aside the fact that Jon Jones is bigger, younger, and actually manages to show up for the majority of his fights uninjured, the UFC has steamrolled ahead with their promos for UFC 152, trying to convince us that this fight will be closely contested in any way, shape, or form (I really hope I eat crow for this statement), because what other options do they have at this point? Check out the first official promo for UFC 152 after the jump, and let us know if you have taken the bait.

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Daniel Cormier Says He’d Fight Jon Jones

Plenty of fighters publicly criticized UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones for not accepting a last-minute change-of-opponent fight with Chael Sonnen after Dan Henderson pulled out of their scheduled Sep. 1st UFC 151 title fight because of a knee injury but Daniel Cormier added a lil something extra to his. In a recent interview with BJPenn.com, the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion said that Jones owed it to the UFC to fight Sonnen and help keep UFC 151 together and also mentioned that he’d be happy to take Jones on himself.

“Right now no one wants to fight Jon Jones, but shit, I’ll do it. I’ll fight Jon Jones,” Cormier said.

“Guys are turning down the fight; you have to go to an old school fighter like Vitor Belfort to step up to the plate. That’s no knock on Machida or Shogun, but if those guys want to coach on The Ultimate Fighter and move off to the side and let me fight Jones, I’ll do it. If no one wants the title shot then give it to Daniel!”

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Gallery: 11 GIFs of Vitor Belfort Being Awesome


(Photo via Sherdog)

At the risk of using the word “bro” twice in one day, bro, Vitor Belfort is an old-school guy. From the day he beat the crap out of that pig-butt Jon Hess during his MMA debut in 1996, he’s been loved and feared for his lightning hand-speed, devastating power, and savage finishes. And next month at UFC 152, he has the opportunity to become the UFC light-heavyweight champion for the second time in his career — he’ll just have to get through Jon Jones to do it. Do you believe in miracles?

In honor of this historic upcoming fight, we’ve rounded up some of the greatest Vitor Belfort GIFs on the Internet. Note: Because some of your computers can’t handle it when we post multiple GIFs on the same page, we’re going to stick with one per page for this gallery. Use the “next page” links to advance through the gallery, and if you prefer the old setup, let us know in the comments section. Enjoy…

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Vitor Belfort Joins Blackzilians in Advance of Jon Jones Fight at UFC 152; Rashad Evans to Serve as Head Coach

Vitor Belfort‘s storied career has been marked by frequent changes in teams and training camps, and his nomadic journey has now led him to the South Florida super-team known as the “Blackzilians.” According to a statement released by Belfort’s management team, Belfort will prepare for his surprise title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 152 (September 22nd, Toronto) alongside the Blackzilian team, with none other than Rashad Evans as his head coach. The team was previously led by Mike Van Arsdale, who parted ways with the camp late last month.

This is the most important fight of my life, so the time is perfect to join [manager] Glenn Robinson and the Blackzilians and their world class training camp at JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach,” Belfort said in a press release. “I will have the best trainers and the top fighters in the sport including Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans helping me prepare for this title fight. I will run my whole training camp at JACO and will win the belt for my fans, family and the Blackzilians in South Florida.”

Belfort hasn’t competed since his submission win over (now) Blackzilian teammate Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in January. “The Phenom” went on to coach The Ultimate Fighter Brazil opposite Wanderlei Silva and the two were set to rematch this past summer before Belfort broke his hand in training and had to pull out.

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