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Above is the trailer for Fighting Politics, a new documentary about Matt Lindland‘s path from collegiate wrestler to mixed martial artist, his questionable dismissal from the UFC over an unapproved sponsor, and his life’s second act as a politician in his home state of Oregon. Notable MMA journalists Loretta Hunt and Josh Gross appear in interviews, suggesting that Lindland was actually fired to make room for poster-boy Rich Franklin as middleweight champion, while Keith Evans (formerly of the UFC and IFL) says “Dana White is not the same guy that I knew back then.” The release date is still TBA, but I think it’s safe to say that Dana won’t be there on opening night.

Speaking of the Baldfather, Dana White was recently shot for ESPN: The Magazine, along with everyone’s favorite Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste and fighters Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, and Stephan Bonnar. Watch as the ESPN photo editor becomes visibly freaked out by Randy’s ear, Stephan is brought in just so Arianny can have something to sit on, and Dana has to keep his t-shirt on while entering the pool. After the jump: A fairly sick highlight video of PRIDE’s 2006 Open-Weight GP; props to CREzja1.

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KONGOS_DONG- February 18, 2013 at 6:59 am
da truth couldn't have been anymore wrong!
Aaron- April 2, 2009 at 12:37 am
Da Truth Says:
Tue, 11/25/2008 - 05:50
Da Truth says: VERY Soon we will see MUCH Less of D.W because the business ie the Ferittas realise this foul mouthed idiot is losing them revenue, respect and credibility. Bye Bye Man Tits.

Jimmy D- November 25, 2008 at 11:12 am
we'll see
Da Truth- November 25, 2008 at 4:50 am
Da Truth says: VERY Soon we will see MUCH Less of D.W because the business ie the Ferittas realise this foul mouthed idiot is losing them revenue, respect and credibility. Bye Bye Man Tits.
JimmyOzone- November 25, 2008 at 12:23 am
This photoshoot was actually espn's 2nd choice...the first, featuring todd beard in an affliction tankini was unfortunately scrapped : (
Jimmy D- November 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm
how would Lindland do against Rich?
bonnar rules- November 24, 2008 at 7:28 pm
I think he was fighting in Japan. At any rate I hope he gets a rematch from with Forest, there first fight was awesome. Did anybody else see it? It was from a while ago. But if anybody has the tools to beat Griffen it's definatly Bonnar.
daBaldguyIsAtool- November 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm
i guess he has man boobs
that is the only reason guys were a shirt in the pool
not sure who thought this was going to help business
daBaldguyIsAtool- November 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm
yeah i noticed my own typo
i typed "were" instead of "wear'
my bad, i was still laughing from watching someone trying to look cool with their clothes on in the pool
Jimmy D- November 24, 2008 at 4:21 pm
good read.
cr_trinity- November 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm
I'd like some of you TUF watching Dana Marks to define what boring is, just so everyone with a brain can see how you little weasels share more in common with the WWE Fanboys who enjoy "style" over athleticism and martial prowess.

If Lindland was in the UFCE he would be able to give Silva a decent run for the belt. But as many of you DAna Marks love to point out to NHB fans, you're more interested in parroting the ZUFFA Status Quo verbatim and entertaining the fantastical notion that if you too act like conceited pricks you might end up like Dana Fucking White and have a media persona based on lies, and have other snot nosed little fucks worshipping you like a god, giving you credibility when it hasn't been earned. Oh and you can appear on the front of magazine covers that have been photoshopped and keep your tshirt on when you're in the pool. You know, to shield everyone from your "manliness".

Jimmy D- November 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm old lady? do you know her name or something?

All I'm saying is that the doc looks well done. imo
Anonymous- November 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm
JIMMY D. what does the D stand for? douchebag? dickhed? dumbshit? or IS that your grades in school. i'll say hi to the fertittas for ya, say hello to your old lady for me. :)
Anonymous- November 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm
something is very different about this site. it looks the same but it's not the same. kind of like same same but different... i can't put my finger on it.
Summoner10- November 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Why were my comments deleted?
Jimmy D- November 23, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Does you name mean...Big Dana White? Sounded like you dana. Tell Fertittas hi from me.
Jugger- November 23, 2008 at 4:05 pm
That open weight Grand Prix was both awesome and a total joke. I'm glad that highlight devoted so much time to the Aleks vs. Barnett fight, as it was one of the best of the GP. However, the favoritism shown to CroCop was infuriating.

Barnett's road to the final: Nakamura (LHW), Aleks (HW), Hunt (HW), Big Nog (HW).
CroCop's road to the final: Minowa (unranked LHW), Yoshida (LHW), Wandy (LHW).

CroCop had previously lost to Hunt and Big Nog so how he got through without facing either for a rematch was baffling. Furthermore, having one HW fighter fight 3 HWs and one ranked LWH and another HW fighter fight nothing but LWH include one that it unranked is even more baffling.
pillow fighter- November 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm
did that dumb bitch confuse chuck with wandy?
b.d.w.- November 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm
ANONYMOUS: jeff sherwood is an idiot. the other writer from shitdog, loretta cunt, said that the ufc didnt want lindland b/c he is/was bald,tall and lanky. sound like another mw? oh yeah, anderson silva. nobody cares more about lindland than lindland himself. the ufc has a bout 95 % of the best fighters in the world, how are they not about having the best fighters and best fights.
Mescan_Judo- November 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm
Highlight video was pretty cool.
Jay Smith- November 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm
I'll be glad when "any" mma organization gets Fedor involved in some of these huge fight cards. I also can't wait till Kimbo pops back up somewhere to see if he's learned anything.
Jeff- November 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm
Documentary looks good.
mayhem420- November 23, 2008 at 2:53 pm
Dude Werdum got KTFO by a not really known fighter.
He came into the fight out of shape and has not looked exciting in any fight in the UFC.
He lost to AA in the most boring fight ever and beat Vera in a questionable stoppage.
So the UFC told him he needed to take a paycut. He said no so they said good bye.
Besides Lesnar already had his shot before this went down.
So I would say no the UFC did not get rid of him to make room for Lesnar.
Anonymous- November 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm
that's good to hear Mayhem thanks for the heads up Always liked Bonner he's always been a good fighter and I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say to Justin that Bonner will always have a job in UFC much like Griffin as essentially they single hand idly made the company wut it is today i think i heard Dana mention something to that extent before but im just throwing my 2 cents in I don't think those 2 will ever be looking for work im pretty sure they are taken care of for the rest of there lives! And to the other cat there that dosent think the UFC IS MAKING BILLIONS give your head a shake yes they are a multi billion dollar company just cause Dana tells you hes too poor to pay fighters wut they are actually worth dosent make it true you really need to stop didnt thatt DW Koolaid chump!
Anonymous- November 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm
makes me wonder if they got rid of werdum to make more room for cock chestner. Lindland would be a good fight for Silva but like that editor from sherdog hinted UFCs not about the best fighters, never has been.