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UFC Quick Notes: ‘Octagon’ Publicity Assault, Velasquez, Escudero + More

— Those of you who bought the UFC photography book Octagon when it was in its $2,500 limited-edition form are going to be kicking themselves right now. The coffee-table tome is now selling in a scaled-back trade edition for just $40, and UFC fighters will be making appearances this evening at Barnes & Noble locations in 20 cities to sign copies. The full list of cities/guests is here. Biggest name: Chuck Liddell representin’ in his hometown of San Luis Obispo. Smallest name: Eddie Sanchez holdin’ it down in Irvine. Sanchez still has a job? Irvine has bookstores?

— Despite the recent drama between his camp American Kickboxing Academy and the UFC, heavyweight up-and-comer Cain Velasquez will fight next at UFC Fight Night 17 (February 7th; Tampa, FL) against an opponent to be named later. Velasquez is currently 4-0 (2-0 UFC), with all wins coming via first-round TKO.

Royce Gracie will appear as a playable character in the UFC’s upcoming 2009 Undisputed video game (Man, they’re really stretching to find guys who will sign that video game agreement.) Hopefully, other unlockable players in the game will include Art Jimmerson, Bruce Buffer, and the Just Bleed guy.

Efrain Escudero on who he’s looking forward to fighting in the UFC: "If I had to pick an opponent within a year, I would say Roger Huerta. I think me and him would make a good match up, just because I’m a gamer. I go in there and I study guys. I stick to my game plan from one end to the other. When he fights, he’s ready to give war.”

Dave Chappelle on who he’s looking forward to fighting in the UFC: "It doesn’t really matter to me man…It would be pretty fun to fight Rogan though. I know he trains and is a badass. He is pretty big, but it would still be fun. I’d like to fight Kat Williams too. Yeah, I’d really like to fight him." Apparently, Chappelle trains at Xtreme Couture and ATT whenever he’s in the area. Who knew?

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TwinCityTapout- December 16, 2008 at 9:09 am
Sherk signed my book and gave me some pointers...then under the table he gave me a needle and syringe.
Whisper- December 15, 2008 at 11:10 pm
Anybody notice that Escudero practically called out Roger Huerta? He won TUF fair and square, but if Nover had just a little bit of take-down defense, we'd be talking about the Filipino Assassin. Huerta may like to brawl, but he's got a wrestling background. If Huerta becomes his first real UFC opponent, Efrain would get pummeled. Then the real pronunciation of his name would remain a mystery, as even he wouldn't remember.

Well, until someone gets a hold of a friend or family member....
Scar Tissue- December 15, 2008 at 5:31 pm
The 'JUST BLEED' guy gets outta jail the day the Mayan calender ends/end of the fucking world... Coincidence? I think not!
Tpark- December 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm
When I heard the fighters were gonna be doing book signing I was hoping from someone worthwhile to hit NewYork. Since NY is huge. Then I look over at the UFC website and realize it Matt Sera?! That's retarded and whats even more gay is that there's no spot for NY but Long Island?

How about the big ass B&N in the freakin city?Screw that, I dont want Sera's autograph. It'll probably decrease the face-value on my copy of Octagon
SixPackAttack- December 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm
Yeah it's called tapering and maybe some promoting wouldn't be so bad.

Get a grip
Hammer- December 15, 2008 at 3:03 pm
"Irvine has bookstores?"

Yeah, in a wide variety of asian languages.
Piss in my own fruit tray- December 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm
Yeah sure SixPackAttack...I can really see the UFC telling Rampage to forget about training for your upcoming fight in a week and go sign some books at a Barnes and Nobles in Irvine....makes sense....nice job.
SixPackAttack- December 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm
ChinBo said it -- Irvine has bookstores as it is also home to a university... and notably contains more college graduates than most cities in the nation.

More importantly, the signing is actually taking place in Costa Mesa. I'm surprised Brandon Vera will be there since he represents City Boxing (SD). From other reports, they list Eddie Sanchez. Too bad they couldn't get more notable fighters who call OC home (e.g. Rampage)

It is rather disappointing that no fighters are coming to Manhattan.
ChinBo- December 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm
Yes Irvine has bookstores thank you. Considering Irvine has a population of 200,000 and OC has a population of over 3 million, we have a couple bookstore.

Oh and Bruce Buffer was a secret character in a previous UFC game, I dont remmebr which one but I think Tito was on the cover of the game.
Kadumel- December 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm
He was finished, watch the fight again. Even Rogan and Goldie said it was over why didn't he just attempt another punch. Watch the ref get ready to jump in.
mma-pro- December 15, 2008 at 1:44 pm
herring knocked him down with that head kick , not out, he would have been a lot easier to finish if he was knocked out unconcious
Sancho- December 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm
Herring didn't knock Nog out, Nog fainted.
Kadumel- December 15, 2008 at 1:33 pm
I have said this before and I will say it again. Nog is not unstoppable like everyone keeps saying. Heath Herring knocked him out. I don't care who got the W on that card Heath Herring definitely knocked out Big Nog.
Tyrone Biggums- December 15, 2008 at 1:12 pm
Joe Rogan...this is not the first time I've tasted penis in my line of work.
drewplate- December 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm
You fucking said it man. If a fight breaks out, someone will have to yell "is there a proctologist in the house?!" b/c some asshole's gonna get hurt.

How can you not have anything in Manhattan or NJ? Ricardo Almeida has a school in the metro area. What is this? Some punishment for not picketing outside the statehouse in Albany to get MMA legalized?
Shagen- December 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm
Now we know what really happend to the third season of The Chappelle show. Dave wouldn't sign a three fight contract and the UFC started pushing there weight around.

I think Chappelle should fight as Tyrone Biggums!

vrane- December 15, 2008 at 12:17 pm
I never understood why that damned photo book was so expensive.
Piss in my own fruit tray- December 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm
As long as Kat Williams goes in the cage with some training From Eddie Murphy he should be fine....You saw how Eddie man handled Dave in the Nutty Professor.....
B- December 15, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I'd have to go all the way to Schlong Island and all I would get for my troubles is Matt Serra? Fuck that.