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Video: UFC on FOX 2 Danavlog (Episode One)

We have really grown to appreciate the behind-the-scenes direction these Danavlogs have begun to take over the past few months. The simple, objective look at these fighters in either their finest hour or their most vulnerable says more than any Hollywood film ever could, and transcends even that of the sport in its ability to make us empathize with the highs and lows of life as a professional athlete.

One facet of the fight game that becomes glaringly evident in today’s episode is the fact that a fighter rarely walks away from a battle unscathed, win or lose. Take Mike Easton for instance, who suffered a slightly torn left hand ligament in his majority decision victory over Jared Papazian. Or Melvin Guillard, who, despite throwing more flying knees than actual punches, has possibly added a TFCC tear to the list of chronic injuries in his hand. Needless to say, if you fear going under the knife, then a fighter’s life is not for you.

Anyway, TO THE HIGHLIGHTS!!!

-In case anyone is still wondering how to catch the UFC on FOX prelims, they will begin at 5 p.m. ET on FUEL TV. For those of you who don’t have FUEL TV (myself included), I will try and find a perfectly legal *cough* bullshit *cough* means of viewing for y’all, and will post a link in one of the comment threads on Saturday.

-Episode two of Primetime: Diaz vs. Condit airs this Friday on FX at 11 p.m.

-Joseph Sandoval didn’t feel a thing when he was elbowed into oblivion by Nick Denis. When he receives his walking papers, however…

-Khabib Nurmagomedov may only know four words in English, but they are the only four words any up-and-coming fighter needs to know, “Thank you, Dana White.”

-Jorge Rivera. That is all.

-Perhaps Eric “Red” Schafer’s nickname is derived not from the color of his hair, but the color of the welts that seem to cover his face after most of his UFC appearances.

-Mike Easton is like a bantamweight version of Clay Guida. The only difference between the two is that Guida, like Bender Rodriguez, runs on alcohol, whereas Easton seems to run on pure hate.

-I remember seeing a thread pop up on MMALinker immediately after the Barry/Morecraft fight claiming it was fixed. I think Morecraft begs to differ.

-Jared Papazian’s trainer should consider letting his fighters at least get their gloves off before he begins to berate them for their performances.

-God dammit, it never gets any easier to watch Duane Ludwig lose.

-Say what you want about Melvin Guillard, but any fighter who will pose for photos literally minutes before he is supposed to fight is a cool dude by our standards. Now ditch the sunglasses and Dubstep.

-Speaking of Guillard, it took him longer to explain his attempt to escape Jim Miller‘s rear-naked choke than it took Miller to sink it in.

-Jon Jones still attests that “Rashad’s chin sucks,” and that he could see Phil Davis winning by knockout. If Rashad were to win, Jones expects it would come via lay-n-pray. Not to disagree with the champ, but that is about the exact opposite of how we see this going down.

-Danga 

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Fletch the V Stretch- January 25, 2012 at 5:49 am
@ Xeno - I changed my diet but only minimal changes. I basically started eating Subway more for lunch, cut out fried foods as much as possible, would have like a friend chicken salad rather than a chicken tender platter, etc, even ate healthy choice things for lunch, and minimized soda intake. I would do the work outs immediately after work, so I would eat like a horse when dinner time came around. You will burn so many calories doing these work outs you can eat one big meal a day and it won't make a difference. Now when I say big meal, I am not talking 2 double whopper meals X-Large side with a coke. I mean like a steak and potato with a beer or something. It was not hard to make these changes, I just started enjoying eating healthier foods. Now if I ever have to eat fast food I feel like a worthless piece of shit and I used to live out of those bags in college. You will only have to do one workout a day but they range from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Worth it though, by the middle to the end of the second month you will be much stronger and will feel like a monster after every workout. Ab ripper is 365 core/ab exercises packed into a 15 minute DVD. yeah, you read that right.


@Wilson - haha, noted. I fully expected him to get slaughtered as well. Arlovski used to be my favorite fighter. I still like him but can't really enjoy watching him fight anymore due to his losses. It isn't that he is losing, it's that he is continuously getting KTFO'd. Still hope he can turn it around some day.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm
@ Fletch - in my defense, this was before Sylvia shit himself. Also, I fully figured he was going to get slaughtered by Arlovski, so I kinda felt sorry for him. Little did I know...
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm
RWilsonR - deal.
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Don't worry Wilson, I got enough work from school to keep my ass around here for another year.
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Only blip would be if I lined a some work (which I am not looking for now) or decided the "family life" was always what I expected - fold shop, pop smoke, and get back to my gypsy ways.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm
@ XENO - that would actually be pretty fun. If we're still sparring back and forth on CP next year, I may well take you up on that.
Lesnarischamp- January 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm
easton is a lot more bark than bite.
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Fletch - you sold me. I think your up there with my favorite infomercial guy, Vince. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwRISkyV_B8

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My ex's over the past 10-15 years all kicked me to the curb. Fucking bitches. At least they left thinking they did... GRIN
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I turned down 3 proposals (what man says NO to woman begging, only to remember in the morning and have to call Yellow to take her home)
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Anyway the ones that lived with me - they got mentally damaged, and moved out each time. The other one just straight out socked me in the eye too often, and she kept my god dam Queensland Blue Heeler - named Gunner. I tried to steal him back, and last time the fucker growled at me - true~
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As for the rest of the pussy I lined up in-between those main tramps, either they couldn't suck a dick to save their life, or they belonged at the back of the line for only those reasons a man could understand - mostly around just to keep the bed warm.
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But I will take your word on the 30 pounds over 90 days. (sound like a good hydroponics season)
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I haven't opened the P-90x, or read anything on it. Are you saying that the work out is twice daily, or once a day?
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Also, did you change your diet at all when you used the P-90x workout?
Fletch the V Stretch- January 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm
@Xeno - Yes, without a doubt P90x works. If you really will do it and not cheat for 90 days, you will completely change your body. After all, you are only cheating yourself. The results photos you see on the infomercials are not doctored. My results were the exact same. I went from 195lbs to 165lbs. Not to mention I got abs for the first time in my life. Gotta say, p90x was a bitch and hard as fuck but ultimately the best decision I ever made.

You absolutely have to love rubbing it in all of your exes face's and everyone else who has ever been a hater. I GUARANTEE YOU THAT IF YOU DO P90X FOR THE 90 DAYS YOU WILL COMPLETELY CHANGE YOUR BODY ENTIRELY. It will be night and day. NO FREAKING SHIT.
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm
@Fletch the V Stretch Says: - Yeah, no shit. I sit in the fucking POS $400 chair girlie go me, made out of weaved fucking banana leaves all fucking day - instead of my studies.
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So the P-90X works, home girl heard me bitching about not being able to go surfing anymore (ocean is about 110 miles now) and so she got me the P-90x. Says she's gonna turn me out and roll me up, as she tried it a few ago. CRINGE So it works, or what?
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@WilsonR - I get free passes to SHOT. Family friends own about 6 guns brands - so that have some of the bigger booths. If your ever planning on going again, and its in Vegas let me know - I can either grab a flight or drive in. It's the least I can do since we spar here so often. OK...
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Mandalay is the only place I have not been too, ever. That's a good story to hear from someone I know. UFC 57 days, good times them as much was growing so fast then. hahaha, like or dislike the dumbass Diaz's, at least they keep what they preach real.
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Out of those fighters who was cool...vs a moron. I always liked hearing Syliva during odd-ball interviews, until one day out of the blue I say him on a dating show. He got shot down by some skanky broad who out drank his ass. Maybe some of you saw that episode. Anyway, who did you think had his shit together?
Fletch the V Stretch- January 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm
@Wilson - Yeah I know what you mean. You get certain images of what you assume guys look like and then meet them and they are nothing like you imagined. When I said how big do you expect a WW to be I was referring to Charlie not Nate though. And I would think Nate would be a pretty big guy as well. However, Nate Diaz is a tall guy too.

Crazy story. I can't believe you cared enough to sit around and listen to Tim Sylvia. That guy just annoys me.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm
@ Fletch - Nate was fighting 185 most of the time, and I'm about 6'0" 200lbs. I was just surprised how small he looked, considering he looked about the same size as Nate Diaz in person. Just saying he struck me as one who seemed particular small compared to the image of him I had in my head.
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XENO - I've only been to SHOT once about 4 years back, but it was pretty cool. Most of the time when I've met fighters like that it's on a fight weekend and I'm just kicking back at a bar in the Mandalay or something. I've been to so many fights, hard to remember which one it was for.
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One story - I was sitting in a bar at Mandalay after a fight, and Tim Sylvia walks up with Hughes, then Hughes keeps on going, and Sylvia plops down right next to me and a couple of guys. He was fighting Arlovski for the first rematch in about a month, so I was making small talk with him. Then Joe Riggs comes running up all frantic and bewildered. He had fought Nuck Diaz earlier that night. So he starts going off about how he just got back from the hospital, and how after they checked on him he went to the room next door to just tell Diaz it was a good fight, and out of nowhere Diaz just sucker punches him and then they were rolling aroubd the hospital room on the ground until a couple of nurses and security broke it up. So I got to hear firsthand Joe Riggs story about Nick Diaz being a little thug in the hospital right after it happened.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm
Yeah I am about 5'8" or 5'9" tall and around 175. I would certainly be cutting down to 155 if I was gonna be at fighting weight.

I used to be 195 after college. Funny when you go from playing travel hockey and soccer to the most competitive thing you do is beer pong and halo that the pounds will pile on fast. I had to make a change though. Did p90x for all of 2010 and literally got in by far the best shape I have ever been in. Since then it has been all about maintaining. After all it is easier to maintain than obtain.
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Fletch the V Stretch Says:
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Your absolutely right. I am about 15-20 pounds too fucking fat today, but then - a couple years ago....I was in peak shape for my age and size. I am about Hughes size...but with a much larger frame. He is just built more lean.
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All I was trying to convey was that he would not intimidate me off the street. From what I saw was a nice guy (I was at the show for firearms interests) and I am sure he was there by design because they had a section of the convention that was non-military, but hunting related. I am sure he was playing kiss ass for his sponsorship.
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Fletch the V Stretch- January 24, 2012 at 11:58 am
@Xeno

Don't let the guy's size fool you. Plenty of smaller guys out there that will lay the smack down on a much bigger dude.

Also, these guys look tiny bc they are extremely lean. They are not these huge bulked up HW's.

On TV, you get close ups of the fighters in hi-def and it makes them appear to be huge.

@Rwilson: How big do you expect a 170lb fighter be?
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 11:33 am
Bisping - HA, that fucker - stole the show during the first few seconds of his comment! LOL Fucking Great!
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Alright I hate that cocksucker, but I have now pulled all monies from Chael for getting punked like that, and will be in a holding pattern.
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On other personal matters...
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Hey Ryan, quit ducking me, wheres my fucking penny - god dammit! At least send me a coupon to Subway you tight bastard...GRIN
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@Danga - "...but they are the only four words any up-and-coming fighter needs to know, “Thank you, Dana White.” Are you really buying into what you wrote to the public. Damit boy, remember you got a pair! Do you want the "V-"?
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Yeah, that's right, vasectomy! Its next if you keep that kiss ass shit up.
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PREDICTION - If Jared Papazian can learn to engage (which means he get his big girl panties on and make the hard switch to a new gym) he has what it takes to climb the ranks.
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Somehow he didn't look all that in his last fight, but instinct, speed, and accuracy is there laying latent. And I don't even like Armenians.
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@RwilsonR Says: - what were you doing in Vegas when you ran across these guys? Last time I was there I walked into Hughes at the SHOT Show...I had the exact same impression.
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Matter of fact as I side stepped the stable of wannabees wanting autographs and pictures with Hughes, I was surprised how much smaller he was than most of the crowd building around him.
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Left it at that as a few seconds later some younger Spec Ops (Army) guys walked up to him, and he didn't seem like he carried their same machismo, when compared to what we see in the octagon. He actually looked like a average mid aged guy you wouldn't blink an eye at if he got out of line while standing next to him at a bar good ole rowdy bar.
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I am guessing TV distorts much....I will say he seemed like a fairly good guy to his fans.
DangadaDang- January 24, 2012 at 11:02 am
@Sum Dum Guy
I know, so was The Artist. I agreed with those.
SumDumGuy- January 24, 2012 at 11:00 am
@danga: Money ball was nominated for a bunch of Oscars i. a. best picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODy4Z2Lp_jE&feature=player_embedded
Dog Dicks Magoo- January 24, 2012 at 10:40 am
@RWilson Ha ha wow!! That's funny because I would have always thought that Nate was huge. I'm 6'1 188 lbs (5 lbs of that is cock mind you) but Charlie was tiny and he was wearing shoes. My wife took a picture with him and she's 5'7 and I think she may have been slightly taller.
Super_Sayin- January 24, 2012 at 10:34 am
Does anyone else realize that at the end of the Vlog, the date says Saturday, January 20th? The 20th wasn't on Saturday* And Jon Jones was in Brazil and now Nashville... he sure is taking his training lightly these days.
DangadaDang- January 24, 2012 at 10:15 am
@Rwilson
Check out I Saw the Devil. It's about a South Korean SS agent who repeatedly tortures the man who killed his wife as a means of revenge. Boring, it is not.
And on Davis/Evans - my thoughts exactly.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2012 at 10:10 am
@ Danga - I did like your comment on Jon Jones assessment of Evans vs Davis. If anyone is not gonna test Rashad's chin, it's gonna be Davis. I say Davis wins by submission late in the fight when Rashad's lazy ass gets tired out from being on the bottom too long.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2012 at 10:08 am
The only one I've seen on your list Danga is Moneyball. Why can't you artsy film fucks stop fetishizing boring faux emotion in some indie movie, and get behind movies the rest of us actually watch?
dim mak- January 24, 2012 at 10:03 am
can't help but feel bad for Morecraft. he gives his all, and has a lot of potential. he seemed pretty out of it backstage, but i hope he makes a full recovery and that the UFC remains patient with him.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2012 at 10:00 am
@ Dog Dicks - I know what you mean about fighter size. When I met Nate Marquardt in Vegas when he was just wearing normal street clothes, he looked almost... petite. I'm not a huge guy either. I was also struck by how small Dana looks in person when he's not wearing a blazer with shoulder pads.
DangadaDang- January 24, 2012 at 9:59 am
@Drew
I Saw the Devil (Imdb says it's 2010 but it wasn't released in America until 2011.)
Take Shelter
We Need to Talk About Kevin
I've heard Drive is amazing by all counts, have yet to see it.
Moneyball
Kill List
The Artist
The12ozCurls- January 24, 2012 at 9:57 am
I think Nick Nolte earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role in 'Warrior.' It is not like 'Warrior' is up for best picture or anything. I liked the movie and I thought that Nolte's portrayal of the tortured soul father was pretty damn good. I hope he wins.
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