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Wednesday Morning Link Club: Bones Buys a Bentley, Florian’s First Fight, and an Anti-UFC Propaganda Website


(Jon Jones buys his first new car — a $190,000 2012 Bentley. For more pics of the UFC light-heavyweight champ’s new ride, head to MMAConvert.)

Some selected highlights from our friends around the MMA blogosphere. Starting today, we’ll be giving you guys short previews of each article we link to. We vouch for this stuff, so click, okay?

- My First Fight: Kenny Florian (MMA Fighting)
“Looking back, it’s crazy. The way that I trained, the way I ate, it was terrible. It was so far from what I do now…Ignorance is bliss, I guess, even when I was fighting on The Ultimate Fighter, weighing in at a chubby 178 pounds for a [185-pound fight], it was all kind of like I was just too dumb to know better.”

Culinary Workers Union Creates Anti-UFC Website (The Fight Nerd)
“Maintained by the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, the website uses the acronym of UFC to stand for “Unfit For Children” instead of the “Ultimate Fighting Championship.” Dana White’s many rants are listed in detail on this page across a series of sub-categories, including “Obscenities,” “Slurs” which features many of the comments DFW directed at Loretta Hunt among others, “Cheap Shots” which focuses on remarks about random people involved in entertainment and sports, and “Other $#@%!!!” which documents rude comments that UFC fighters have said about others, including Chael Sonnen’s negative thoughts on Brazil.”

Hired Hero: An Interview Exclusive With UFC 136 Fighter Brian Stann, Part Two (MMA Mania)
“The fact of the matter is, I don’t care who you are. If I hit you on the chin, there’s a good chance you’re going out. Anderson possesses that same ability. He’s only a man. I don’t put any fighter on a pedestal of being unbeatable. I train with guys like Jon Jones every day who is every bit as devastating.”

Dana White’s Hate List: 50 People Who Have Enraged the UFC Chief (BleacherReport/MMA)
39. Cage Potato (Ben Goldstein)
Certain MMA websites and publications have angered Dana White in the past, but perhaps none made him more angry than when CagePotato.com’s Ben Goldstein linked to leaked photos of UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste’s Playboy magazine photos.

According to Goldstein, he later received a phone call from the UFC President himself.

“What kind of scumbag are you?” Goldstein recalls White opening the call with. He then went on a verbal tirade, ripping Goldstein for releasing the pictures early and ended the call with a promise to “F— you up worse than you’ve ever been f—ed before,” and hung up.

To this day, Cage Potato and the UFC remain on shaky ground.”

- The Top Ten Alterations to MMA History That 100% Occurred in a Parallel Universe (MiddleEasy)
“Bas gets drunk one night and stumbles into a Swedish night club. Nothing about that sentence should surprise you. Rutten is known to occasionally get down in random countries. The story goes Bas was restrained by security guards and was told to leave the club because he was entirely too boisterous. Bas agreed, but wanted to find his friend who was still inside in the place. Apparently the bouncers were in the mood to pick a fight with El Guapo and begin to shove him around the hallway. Within seconds, Bas was throwing enough hooks to level all security personnel within the vicinity. After Rutten knocked out essentially everyone in the hallway he was trapped in, he realized that eventually the same guys he KOd would gain consciousness and continue to pursue him.”

- All Kinds of Messages Sent by UFC With Second Show on Same Day as Japan Event (Fight Opinion)
“There’s a reason every other major sport in the world has off-seasons. Fans need breaks and the product right now does not need diluting. However, Zuffa has so many guys under contract and in order to keep guys from floating away to promoters like Bellator, you have to run a lot of shows. So, UFC had a decision to make — contract the schedule and run less shows in hopes of making them more special or run every week ala WWE and just grind things out. We’ve seen how well (not) it’s worked out for WWE. I give Zuffa credit for going all-in and sticking their necks out on the line but I don’t think it’s a very good move in terms of eliminating the ’specialness’ of their product.

The immediate impact of this decision to run multiple shows in different locations on the same night is the amount of stress it will put on the UFC production teams. They are already overworked and stretched to capacity. The more workload you place on them, the less variety there will be in the way the shows are produced. Just like WWE shows today largely look the same as they did a decade ago, UFC could fall right into that same trap. This opens the door up for mistakes being made.”

- What’s Next for UFC on Versus 6′s Winners and Losers? (NBC Sports MMA)
Stefan Struve: Shane Carwin
Carwin needs to work his way back up the heavyweight ladder, and a fight against Struve would be a good test for him. Struve has been adding muscle to frame, so I would be curious to see how he would fare against a strong wrestler like Carwin.”

- Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson: Lighter Weight Divisions Struggle With Fans (LowKick)
“Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson both delivered solid performances on Saturday night during their main event, a fight that saw Cruz defend his bantamweight title for a fourth consecutive time. Cruz and Johnson, two of the fastest fighters in the UFC put forth a sustained pace that few fighters competing in the heavier weight classes could even dream about. Yet for some, the matchup between Johnson’s striking and Cruz’s wrestling, strength and tenacity wasn’t enough.

Are the more technical aspects of a fight such as Saturday’s main event lost on some fans or is it simply a matter of wanting to see two behemoths stand in the center of the cage and swing until one gets knocked out? Yes, this is an oversimplification of the issue, but when it’s all boiled down, there is a huge disconnect in fan appreciation between the heavier and lighter fighters.”

Top 2011 MMA Television Ratings (So Far) (MMA Payout)
“On November 12th, the UFC’s debut on FOX will no doubt break the television ratings record for 2011, and quite possibly the all-time record of 4.3 million viewers held by Elite XC on CBS, which is to-date the most watched MMA event in history. So far in 2011 (as of October 4th), the UFC’s March 26th Fight Night 24 broadcast on Spike TV featuring Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Phil Davis is the ratings leader with 2.2 million viewers. It was the highest rated event since the September 2009 broadcast of UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard, which had 2.5 million viewers.”

Dana White: “Melvin Guillard Was the Biggest Waste of Talent” (5th Round)
“I like Melvin and I like how he’s training hard. I always thought he was the biggest waste of talent and he really turned that around and I’m happy to see it…I’m excited to see him in there with Lauzon. If he beats Lauzon, it’s gonna be interesting to see who we end up pitting together to fight for the title next.”

Phil Davis Caught Off-Guard by Mistaken Announcement of Match-Up With Machida (Five Ounces of Pain)
“All of this is news to me. I’m still recovering and training. That’s pretty much the story. I guess the boss must have looked to book me…I’m just not a go yet. I would love to be in there putting on a good show and fighting, but my leg just does not agree with that. You put a timetable on it, it just may not work. You’ve just got to play it by ear. I don’t want to tell the fans I’m going to be back next week, and then that turns into two weeks from now or two months from now.”

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Austin3210- October 6, 2011 at 8:57 am
When a fighting career can end at any given moment and leave you scrambling for money, is blowing money on a 200 thousand dollar car the best idea just starting out...?
HandsofGold- October 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm
@ ReX13

Its because people don't understand MMA. They just want to see knockouts and they dont appreciate the fight game and all the aspects that come with it. What can you do man. .
NinjaVanish- October 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Only an idiot would spend almost a full fight check on a fucking car.
XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 11:37 am
@Shepard
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No this west coast honkey doesn't hate the negro, only that BONES posses holding a dainty sign like a fag that sucked too much cock. I don't care about his car, or if he did or didn't actually purchase it.
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You say he didn't so lets roll with that for a minute...He is a title holder and likely one of the toughest men inside a cage...take that pick out of the fro and tell me what the fuck he is doing - especially if that's not really his car?
El Famous Burrito- October 5, 2011 at 11:23 am
To be fair, I hate people who make less money than me too.
Shepard- October 5, 2011 at 10:59 am
So this is where all the broke ass white people hang out to hate on others who make more money than them. "He didn't buy that car", cause you can? Silly poor white people.
danomite- October 5, 2011 at 10:55 am
if my paychecks read $200,000 I'm pretty sure I'd buy some useless overpriced toys too. I'd buy something more original than a Bentley though.
XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 10:52 am
@RwilsonR
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Fucking Wilson, that's funny shit...this mornings best!
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...and he does look like he's sucked too much dick with those boot lips.
Stak40- October 5, 2011 at 10:37 am
This completely and utterly does not apply to Bones but the "duckface" as it has been deemed, originally was the "nigga please face" with the lips scrunched to the side of the face oppose to straight out. Slight difference but easily confused.
O Chan- October 5, 2011 at 10:05 am
What's with the kissy-face, Bones? You know you suck too much dick, your face will freeze like that.
fatewilltell1- October 5, 2011 at 9:45 am
He didnt buy that car.
RwilsonR- October 5, 2011 at 9:32 am
...Er, uh, excuse me... I was going to say, "Typical nice guy. Enjoy your new ride."
RwilsonR- October 5, 2011 at 9:31 am
Bones Buys a Bentley - gets his first big paycheck and blows it on a Bentley, with a cooler full of Cristal in the trunk, no doubt. Typical ni-...........
XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 9:09 am
Stefan Struve vs. Shane Carwin, I'd like to see it.
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As for Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson it was a great fight. Johnson has a canny ability to get back to feet...once he learns to rebuff so many take downs...his stick will rise 10 fold.
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The Union vs Zuffa, is now transparent to most. What is the unknown is if and when the Feds will raid Zuffa for a series of business and contractual manipulations. With the FOX brand in the mix, this may dissuade any Attorney General who wants to be reappointed - but the fact remains in the US, monopolies and how they are built and managed are close monitored.
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Guillard vs. Lauzon, as of now my monies on the black man?
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As for Jon Bones Jones - the photo, weak sauce. A man that has to flash the car he drives, isn't yet a man. Sure he can fight excellent, but he has a long way to go at less than 11 mpg.
Richard Fitzentite- October 5, 2011 at 8:54 am
The culinary worker's union has learned nothing from the mistakes of others (cp). I really doubt the "Unfit For Children" web site will work to deface the UFC or will ever be forgotten by Dana, Frank and Lorenzo.

Honestly I have never understood why businesses would ever have relationships with unions...aside from them being forced to, which I also don't understand.
ArmFarmer- October 5, 2011 at 8:52 am
Also, I'd rather have 4 $50,000 cars than 1 $200,000 car. A sick sports car, pimp suv, slightly more practical but still sick sedan, and maybe a motorcycle, camper, or pick up truck or something. Seems like that'd be a lot more bang for your buck, plus they would retain value so much better because the mileage and wear and tear would be spread out.
ArmFarmer- October 5, 2011 at 8:48 am
Making cry baby comment after the rampage fight that "rashad just ruined my night again. this is the second time he's ruined my moment"
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Posting a picture of him with his new car making the duck face
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Fuck you Jon Jones
ExpectJesusBro- October 5, 2011 at 7:36 am
Why is Jones making the duckface instead of fucking smiling? What. a. fag.
El Famous Burrito- October 5, 2011 at 7:30 am
"Unfit For Children"...unless Station hires the Union. Then it's, "Knock Yourselves Out, Kids"
Stak40- October 5, 2011 at 7:20 am
Fuck Rex, nobody wants to watch midgets fight for 15 min and nobody gets KO'd!

Kidding, that was for old time sakes. Real talk the first episode of TUF this season was the best one I have seen ever. Not sure any episode came even close.
k-onda- October 5, 2011 at 7:17 am
I prefer Guida's ride.
ExpectJesusBro- October 5, 2011 at 7:10 am
You're correct REX, on both accouts.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- October 5, 2011 at 7:07 am
I care ReX... I care.
ReX13- October 5, 2011 at 6:44 am
"Lighter Weight Divisions Struggle With Fans"
it seems to be the case, but i can't understand it ... i love the lighter weight classes. the bantamweight tourney in bellator was one of the best shows they've had.


not that any of you care.....
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