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Video Hype: UFC 104 + DREAM 11


After two consecutive knockouts over Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans, Dana White can finally start referring to Lyoto Machida as fighter who "loves to stand up and bang." Which is a good thing, because it might be hard to sell UFC 104‘s main event otherwise: Two Brazilians, one of them an elusive karate practitioner, the other a former PRIDE champ on the decline who got his title shot out of convenience and who will probably lose this fight. In the above preview, Joe Rogan makes sure to remind us of Shogun’s glory days, and Dana White reminds us that Rua most recently knocked out Chuck Liddell ["Chuck Liddell, Chuck Liddell"]. Still, Lyoto is impossible to hit and incredibly efficient with his attacks. Can Rua be a legitimate threat to his title, or will he be dominated and demoralized like everyone else the Dragon has faced in the Octagon? Also, Cain Velasquez gets props for the way he rebounded from abuse in his last fight against Cheick Kongo, but Ben Rothwell guarantees that Mr. Brown Pride has never been hit as hard as he’s gonna hit him. I mean, just look at those clips of Rothwell beating the crap out of Andrei Arlovski. (Rothwell won that fight, right?)


Above: DREAM 11 goes down Tuesday, and in addition to the Featherweight Grand Prix and Super Hulk Tournament fights, Joachim Hansen will make his first DREAM lightweight title defense since winning the strap last July. He’ll be facing Shinya Aoki for the third time in his career — Aoki won their first meeting by gogoplata at Pride Shockwave 2006, but Hansen evened the score by TKO in the DREAM Lightweight GP finals. It’s time for the rubber match, and if I’m interpreting the promo video correctly, Hansen gets to use a sword.

Below: MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, who most recently dropped a decision to Kiyoshi Tamura last New Year’s Eve, has been tapped as a late addition to the DREAM 11 lineup. This video is apparently promoting that fact; translations appreciated. According to Japan-MMA, Sakuraba will be taking on Rubin Williams, a pro boxer from Detroit who’s on a six-fight losing streak. What, Rodney King wasn’t available?

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Da Spied Her- October 5, 2009 at 8:20 am
Rothwell has a swollen head.
Savageleto- October 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm
Lyoto will win...
Bovice- October 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Zyx Zyx is too smart.
itsgalf- October 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm
also if it's not Pride, you refer to it as "other organizations"
Debacle- October 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm
no shit.

Now i shall translate Sakuraba for all of the Japenese inclined. "Unintelligable jibberish!" pause. More jibberish. "This might be funny if I knew Japenese!" More dialogue in desperate need of subtitles. "Our piss brings us strength!" Our piss brings us strength. "I'm not cockeyed, it's a cultural misconception when I get excited. Your a dick from the land of Kalib Starnes and Sean Salmon!"
Lets keep em above tha belt ole Sahk. We don't even claim them anymore. Zyz Zyx has them on speed dial though.
Machida's a no brainer and Rothwell might rattle some cages. Aoki's gonna remember he's not a kickboxer and special K Hansen. If you don't know what it is, it hurts. Holla.
itsgalf- October 4, 2009 at 6:34 pm
Machida is going to beat Rothwell, dude. You're soooo wrong
reddog- October 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm

dont do meth kids!
Zyz Zyx- October 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Mark my words, Rothwell is going to beat Machida. I didnt know dragons drank piss. LOL WAR Rothwell!

When did Dream start having sword fights? That is so coo.l
Bovice- October 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm
I'm going for Shogun, but won't be surprised if Machida takes it.
Chri534.- October 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm
So this one's going to be on ESPN? Why haven't I heard more about this?

EDIT: Dammit, apparently that's not for the U.S.
Clyde- October 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm
That was a great video package; it made shogun look credible and everything. Still, even in the form he was in in pride, I'd think Machida would still be the favourite. We've seen what happens when guys get agressive and chase him down and I don't think this will be any different.

I've also got to agree with reddog about Cain, at least to some extent. I don't think he's ready for Lesnar just yet. But the guy is good, he's young and has put in some impressive performances so far. No, he hasn't beaten anyone in the top 10 yet, but I get the feeling that he will soon. He's only had (check's wikipedia quickly...) 6 fights so I don't really expect him to have knocked off Coture, nogeuira, Arlovski and Fedor within that short career. And while there are bigger guys, they're not all exactly of a high caliber. Wes Shivers dwarfs him, but who would your money be on? That's what I thought. There's still plenty of time for this guy.
knee_strike- October 4, 2009 at 11:48 am
I'm rooting for Machida simply because he can speak English. And if Velasquez is so proud of Mexico, why doesn't he put his money where his mouthpiece is and move there? Oh, that's right - because Mexico's a shit heap. Go Rothwell.
Richard Tucker- October 4, 2009 at 11:07 am
The Japan-MMA report was mistranslated. Sakuraba will actually be facing *Robin* Williams. Hopefully Mork will be able to keep it standing.
mitchthemonster- October 4, 2009 at 10:31 am
rothwell does not hit as hard as kongo.
reddog- October 4, 2009 at 10:17 am
Machida by punch/kick rape. Shogun is no good without the roids he did while in japan. He looked like shit against coleman and liddel, even if he got the wins. Much slower than he used to be, near zero gas tank. he is gonna get pwned hardcore. Dont waste your $ on shogun.

Cain is vastly overrated. If you look at his win list: Brad Morris, Stojnic and Kongo. Not exactly elite competition. No Nogs, Coutures, Mirs on that list. Please dont tell me Kongo is elite. He is the French Kimbo Slice. All striking and horrid ground game. Cain needs at least 3 more fights before deserving a title shot. He is also small in the new world of +265 heavyweights. What would he have to offer Brock? Nothing, thats what. At least Carwin is closely matched. Carwin would have destroyed Cain.

I cant wait to torrent the dream tourney the next day. Good stuff each time. I love japanese events. Its like another planet.
steampunk22- October 4, 2009 at 9:17 am
Good fights. Diehard Shogun fans can make a fortune on this fight if he pulls it off as the underdog, the odds lines are ridiculous, I've seen shogun at like 400+, 500+.

I still think that Velasquez looked better than he actually is (does that even make sense?) in the Kongo fight because of Kongo's terrible ground game and average striking accuracy. I think that Velasquez would get just owned by a lot of the heavyweights above him on the list, getting a shot at the belt after beating rothwell would be kind of retarded.
Tai-Pan- October 4, 2009 at 9:15 am
Considering Jackson is retired, he's already beat Evans, He won't fight A. Silva and Griffins still in denial about his last loss, who exactly is a better contender than Shogun at this point?
UFC fan- October 4, 2009 at 9:01 am
Machida is a retarded piss-drinker, I hope Shogun rapes him.
on another note Rothwell your alligator mouth just wrote a check your hummingbird ass can't cash. Cain will KO this punk.
Emo Sux- October 4, 2009 at 8:49 am
Like, Poppey? The sailor?
Acrocerid- October 4, 2009 at 8:38 am
Could we please find a synonym for 'bang' already? Marcus Davis isn't even that good.
One Two- October 4, 2009 at 8:36 am
Shogun might have some trouble with machida but no way he loses.
Squirrelnuts- October 4, 2009 at 8:34 am
It looks like Gray Maynard: The Last Samurai, in the screencap for that video.
KillDozer- October 4, 2009 at 8:21 am
Machida has this one in the bag, first round!
4inch4skin- October 4, 2009 at 8:20 am
Joachim Hansen looks just like John Malkovich