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Videos: UFC 93 Countdown + Danablog #1


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Though it won’t be televised in the U.S. for some inexplicable reason, the UFC taped a "Countdown" special for #93 that is airing in the U.K. on Setanta Sports and on UFC.com. Here’s part one, which covers the long-awaited meeting of Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson. 8:56-9:33 is pretty priceless; Ace seems to be taking interview cues from the Forrest Griffin school of deadpan humor. You can check out parts 2-5 on the UFC Direct Videos YouTube channel for more pre-fight trash-talk, as well as the origin story of Mauricio Rua and the improbable comeback story of Mark Coleman.   


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Even though TUF 9 still hasn’t locked down their Team U.S. coach, Dana White reveals in his new video blog that taping of the first two episodes is already kicking off at Wolfslair Academy. Also, this Wednesday will see the premiere of UFC Primetime, the hype-show for St. Pierre vs. Penn 2. (Also known as "The Baddest Motherfucking Countdown Show You Will Ever See.") Now that that’s out of the way, we can focus on the action — a wild, driving vs. walking race through the streets of Manhattan, Dana making an appearance at a SpikeTV conference (notice how unamused he looks when he’s introduced to the crowd with a highlight reel of him dropping F-bombs), editing of the aforementioned Primetime special, a visit to Pinkberry, and a glimpse inside Wolfslair before the elimination fights.

Bonus, after the jump: Mike Tyson’s ill-fated appearance as an MMA ref at a World Cage Fighting Championships event in March 2006. I have to say, that first stand-up due to inactivity on the ground might have been a little premature… 



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nate- January 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm
ROFL Rich Franklin... 8:56-9:33

FREAKING Hilarious!!
iamdaghost- January 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm
Rich is hilarious. Best quote, "He said shit? That's just mean."
agentsmith- January 14, 2009 at 10:14 am
It's pathetic the way Coleman talks about his "win" over Shogun. Any credible fighter would be disappointed and talk like "That's not the way I wanted the fight to end." You don't hear Dale Hartt bragging about how he broke Corey Hill's leg. Instead Coleman talked (and still talks) like it was a great victory for him, and as if he did some kind of intentional submission move that directly caused Shogun's injury, like "I call this the 'arm-breaker takedown'." He just NEEDS to feel like he kicked the shit out of a young star that was literally almost half his age... like he really taught that whippersnapper punk a thing or two.

I guess that tells you all you need to know about the state of Coleman's career both then and now.
AussieJosh- January 12, 2009 at 9:18 pm
Tyler........
Why is there to much shit on your dick from other males Bum Holes!?
Bootylam!- January 12, 2009 at 10:36 am
Get it right guys. Tyson was WAY overrated, ducked all the good fighters and fell apart after a TRUE champion beat him like he was his stepdaddy. Holyfield exposed him even worse than Douglas. Bowe would have beat him if Tyson had enough balls to fight him, Mercer probably could have beaten him, hell, he would've had a tough time against Tua or Tommy Gunn... I mean Morrison. Casual fans love him, but true fans know that Tyson isn't even on the top 20 list.
Old, Bald and Irish- January 12, 2009 at 7:10 am
@ Massiveamounts and Anonymous

I stand by my Tyson comments. I wouldn't say I'm "bashing" Tyson, it's more the sheer sad and riduculous place that he landed in life.

He is one of the best, if not the greatest, boxers to ever step into the ring. And he's reffin' a MMA match and whoring out product worse than that "ShamWow" guy?

Look, I know all about Tyson's history. And yes, after his mentor died everyone in his life took advantage of him and used him. But he also has to take responsibility for his criminal actions and decisions.

He squandered his talent and now, to me, he comes across pretty sad and pathetic.

I'ts cool if your still a fan. I am too and whenever his old matches are on ESPN Classic, you can bet that I'm staying and watchin'. But face it, the man's life has turned into an almost comical chaos.
Thor- January 12, 2009 at 5:20 am
Rich Franklin is my new hero that was the funniest shit I have seen in a long f'ing time. I mean that in a good way not like a look at actual shits and laugh or anything.
AussieJosh- January 12, 2009 at 2:13 am
DANA...........................
you said you can make the best fights happen right now! and I agree...you can! so lets make a deal... if Fador wins his next fight at Affliction then who ever wins out of frank and Brock shold face Fador!!!!
you know thats the right thing to do and if brock beats Frank....Then Brock fights Fador...That would be a Massive pay check in eveyones pocket!
So....Make it happen!
MMA fans the world over are looking to you for this!
Tyler- January 11, 2009 at 11:39 pm
ah NO! "Gangsta Lean" I can honestly say I wouldn't want my penis in my mouth! But if it sounds like a good idea to you. Give it a shot.
Gangsta Lean- January 11, 2009 at 9:37 pm
@ Tyler:


wouldn't we all?
Tyler- January 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm
Dana White would suck himself off if he could.
Anonymous- January 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm
Yeah I don't do well with Tyson bashing. Tyson got fcked over so bad by Don King. OBI fatal error... you phail...
TPark- January 11, 2009 at 7:41 pm
Plus boxing has always been kinda fck over when it came to picking bouts. I mean managers would onlypick fighters that they thought could be beaten. If boxing was a bit more legitamate, most notable boxers wold have shittier records
TPark- January 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm
Bill C. Out of 44 Knockouts, 24 came in the first round. I think thats pretty fcking sick regardless whether he fought notable fighters.
walrus- January 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm
@ Babcock

It's real easy to soil your argument when you claim that Dan Henderson is not a contender. C'mon, you could've done better than what you just said.

And as far as you "liking him too much" -- yea, seems aparent.
bold- January 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm
lmao i at rich franklin * thats just mean *
BigMark- January 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm
The only thing Tyson fights with now is his weight
Bill C.- January 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm
And I know that Tyson's knockouts were vicious, but when you're fighting guys who were literally human punching bags and had absolutely NO business being in a ring with him, the KOs are always going to be brutal.
Bill C.- January 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Mike Tyson Fight Record:
50 Wins, 6 Losses, 2 No Contest, 44 Knockouts

Other than Berbick, Holmes, and Spink, what other notable fighters did Tyson beat?

Most overrated fighter of all time, in my opinion.
Crittino- January 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Dana didn't like it when two fighters in their primes couldn't fight each other because people couldn't make it happen?
babcock- January 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm
Franklin is sweet. Let Hendo have 185 and let him have is rematch/re-asswhooping with Anderson Silva and lets see Franklin take on some real contenders at 205 and move up the ladder. Who really wants to see either of these guys beat up Bisping? and who nobody wants to see poor Rich get beat up by Silva again i just like him too much for that.
Justin- January 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Wow, let's drag two guys into this coaching crap who aren't even in this guys weight class to coach against him and then fight him. It would mean nothing to either of them to get that coaching spot in my opinion.
Sneaky Pete- January 11, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Point taken Knowitall. And, the information is appreciated. I knew a lot of info before, but it's easy to lose sympathy for Tyson after his antics, to say nothing of his criminal behavior.

In OBI's defense though, when Tyson acts like a D-bag, call him a D-bag. The man is still responsible for his actions and deserves the criticism he earns after a point.
Acrocerid- January 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm
When Tyson is raising the victor's hand that little voice in his head is clearly saying, "We could knock this little punk's head off right now if we wanted. One more punch Mike...one punch"
canadian hoser- January 11, 2009 at 12:36 pm
kill him hendo
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