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“UFC 142″ Danavlog: Chewing Towels & Weigh-In Fouls

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Dana White’s latest vlog walks us through the behind the scenes drama at yesterday’s weigh-ins. Before the action unfolds we get to tag along with the multimillionaire fight baron as he soars over the slums of Rio in a private helicopter. Poetry.

Things get interesting when Vitor Belfort checks in at the arena. Watching “The Phenom” gnaw away on a towel of crushed ice like a starved animal as he learns that “Rumble” is nowhere in the vicinity of 185lbs makes Johnson’s massive failure all the more unforgivable. Vitor had the option of stopping his cut and fighting at a catchweight, but ultimately chose the path of the professional and made the contracted weight. That 20% of Johnson’s purse probably didn’t hurt his decision.

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KaneThePhoenix- January 17, 2012 at 12:45 am
Yeah really bad day. As far as tragedies go one fighter missing weight is not so huge. I really feel for you Uncle Dana, you pencil neck pecker head.
dranokills- January 15, 2012 at 7:14 am
MediumRare Says:

Sat, 01/14/12 - 04:29

Someone please tell me why he Vitor is chewing on the ice in the towel (or whatever the fuck that is)
when you chew the ice up into smaller pieces in the towel, and the heat of your mouth all melts it down, and the towel is very porous.
He is sucking the water out of that towel. It keeps him from having dry mouth, which is extremely uncomfortable. It isn't enough water to hurt his weight, but it keeps him from suffering anymore than he already is.
I use to box when I was younger, we all did this to keep from going apeshit crazy during training and weight cutting.
ccman- January 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm
What year is the penny?
frndlylion- January 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm
Whoever the assclown is that has the green laser pointer needs to be kicked the fuck out. Shining that thing in someones face is bullshit!
HandsofGold- January 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm
Chewing on a towel full of ice is a way to keep the saliva glands wet and helps you from feeling as thirsty. Tricks you body.
orka- January 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm
You'd want to be chewing on anything, too, if you're extremely starved and dehydrated.
ClinchthatstoleChristmas- January 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm
Can someone explain the ice chewing?
XENOPHON- January 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm
hahah "...bad shit happens every fucking day..." Classic, more CEO's need to be up front like this ....
But let's stop the drama at CP over Johnson, sounds like Johnson had some medical problem we are sure to hear about the day after the fight. He will be excused then, and not fired. Betting my Wheathead penny on it if there are any takers?
This said from his mouth direct to Dana was clear, all that talk about un-professionalism now is hype to build the fight.
AndyInflammatory- January 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm
tweeting fighters with your little whiney opinions is the opposite of chicken salad - you have no idea whats going on over there
amsterdamheavy- January 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm
If I didnt know anything that happened already, just seeing Johnson after he weighed in makes me say "fucking liar, you fuckin liar".


Im wondering if this was all planned and intentional - make Vitor cut the hard weight while he lays up, and then comes in fresh from no cut to boot. Seeking every advantage and whatnot. I tweeted Rumble's punk ass earlier too, told him I hope Dana fires his fuckin ass win or lose (among other things). Thats the one thing tweets are good for, a direct line to a motherfucker you want to give a piece of your mind.


I hope Vitor puts him in a coma.
MediumRare- January 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Someone please tell me why he Vitor is chewing on the ice in the towel (or whatever the fuck that is)
Anhonestmoose- January 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm
You can tell that the cut to 185 is pretty brutal for Belfort. The way he gnaws on that ice is just painful to watch.
Cryptococcus neoformans- January 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm
@ Prometheus. That sounds unpleasant
Anhonestmoose- January 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm
Good point. I guess it just speaks to Belfort's professionalism.
Prometheus- January 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm
Hey ladies, I eat pussy the way he chews ice. Jus' sayin'
ccman- January 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm
Belfort makes 300-320 a fight.
Johnson makes 70.
20% is 14k, do you really think belfort got all gigady over 14k to give up probably 20 #'s come fight time?
Prometheus- January 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm
I agree Spicymeatball, it's like a kid trying to explain to his teacher why he didn't do his homework, when they both know he just didn't do it.
Puntoklup- January 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm
I hope Vitor tears up his lazy unprofessional ass worse than that ice!
Spicymeatball- January 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm
You can tell by Johnson's body language and the way he says You heard what happened right? That he's full of shit. Dude's a complete joke.