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(“I’ve always wanted your autograph.” Alistair Overeem signs his new UFC contract in Lorenzo Fertitta’s office. Props: bawzzzz)

Some selected highlights from our friends around the MMA blogosphere. E-mail for details on how your site can join the MMA Link Club…

- Alistair Overeem Was Offered Immediate Title Shot Before Accepting Brock Lesnar Fight (MMA Fighting)

- UFC 135: Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck official for Sept. 24 in Denver (MMA Mania)

- Top 10 Worked Shoot-Fights in Japanese Pro Wrestling (TheFightNerd)

- MMA Comedy Gold: Interviewer ‘Skippy’ (AKA Ed Bassmaster) Discusses UFC 133 Experience, Shouts Out CagePotato (

- American Top Team Offering a Year of All-Expenses-Paid Training for Middleweights and Above (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto Meets Octagon Newbie Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on FOX 1 (5thRound)

- WWE Network coming in 2012 (MMA Payout)

- Dan Henderson Wants Jones vs. Rampage Winner, Says Rashad Evans Can Wait (LowKick)

- Your Cubicle Desperately Needs a Foot-Tall ‘MMA Alien’ Collectible (MiddleEasy)

- Lorenzo Fertitta on UFC Fighter Salaries: “All These Keyboard Warriors Have no Idea What They’re Talking About” (FightOpinion)

- Book Review: Stitch Duran’s ‘From the Fields to the Garden’ (MMA Convert)

- Ariel Helwani’s Official MMA Rankings (NBC Sports MMA)

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XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm
As for the Gay's around here, here's a joke I heard the other day.
"“If you can take a dick, you can take a joke." - Tracy Morgan
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm
ON Alistair Overeem
- some one tell Overeem his acting jobs will be scarce. Never before have we seen such a scripted effort to exit an existing contract.
As long as Glory Gays gets paid, I am sure they won't complain.
Alistair needs to find and focus at least 75% of his time to train in the USA. If he doesn't take advantage of the talent in the states before returning to the cage, he will not provide much of a roar based on seeing his last outing with Werdum.
Absent the time, my man Lensar may just give him the Heath Herring and Frank Mir repeat. It will come from a Lesnar supplied Atomic Elbow.
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm
ON Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck
- Hughes gets credit for breaking down Gracie. On the other hand, Almeida was a bit of a fluke. If he can dominate KOS, I eat crow.
If he can't it's time to think about renegotiating for a bigger paycheck before his next 2 fights, they might be his last.
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm
ON Skippy, AKA Ed Bassmaster
- Kendra, guest appearance as a ring girl, by demand! Would you to look at it? GRIN
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm
ON American Top Team helps fulfill American dream
- Some good talent, but absent Lombard-far from the top. Lets try and keep it real Richie Guerriero.
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm
- No word on how the other bouts on the card will be shown. = FAIL
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm
ON WWE Network coming in 2012
- WWE is not mixed martial arts, its mention does not belong in this portal. "D-"
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm
ON Dan Henderson wants Jones
- The article says it all. Does Hendo deserve to leap-frog Rashad Evans and the rest of the hungry pack at 205 or should he have to prove his worth against a contender first? Most will say let's see the proof!
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm
ON FERTITTA and Fighter's Salaries
- Sure Lorenzo is right, Dana has no filter. Although Dana is perceived as fresh, the problem is that he is completely phony. He has been since his days as a aerobics instructor, a small time trainer, and as he dutifully stands in front of any microphone. If one doesn't see it, look at how he carefully orchestrates his disjointed views of the truth. He is so good at it now, in believing his own bullshit, it's become second nature.
Lorenzo goes on to believe to fallacies. One that although MMA is global in reach for fan popularity, it is far from being the domain of the UFC alone. Even today Zuffa attracts only 1 million ppv's, while a relatively unknown One FC, commands 500 million viewers out the gate. Another sign of a disconnect from reality.
When comparing to two most important men inside Zuffa, the fact jumps out blindingly. The only thing that has carried these two men forward, is their ability to believe, then repackage for media spin, their own fucking bullshit.
Lorenzo's answer to critics of the lack of payment to the fighters, and I will quote:
"The reality is, they don't know, they don't know, what the reality is!" Nonesense!, and the interviewer is then easily misdirected.
Sure before Zuffa bought the UFC fighters earned on average less, at they purchased the UFC for only $2 million dollars in 2001. You do the basic fucking math!
Forget the sponsors Lorenzo, they are an individuals icing and don't count. Utter fucking bullshit, and amateur hour. He intentionally was allowed to redirect to talk about under card pay. Does Lorenzo think we do not know that the lowest paid fighter made $3,000 dollars a year. Even at 3 fights a year this less than $10,000 dollars.
What fuck can stand there and out of one side of their mouth make a claim that the UFC has all the best fighters in the world, and the immediately claim he pays 8 times too much out of the other side of his mouth?
More bullshit, different colored wrapper - under the rouse of " fighters don't want others to know what they earn." sure they don't, their ashamed of the company they were forced to sign and enter an all encompassing exclusive contract with.
Fraud 101.
He states it, "payment for being a fan favorite, not for performance in a transparent ranking of ones efforts. No wonder MASK from TapOut was given a hall of fame title by ZUFFA.
After the FED's removed the mafia from the casino's, the same ones Lorenzo's father has owned since 1976, the Culinary Union is were the mafia gravitated. It's only a matter of time before the mob gets their pound of flesh from those at greedy fucks at Zuffa.
I sure hope we don't hear that the pound of flesh doesn't come up missing from some hole in the Nevada desert.
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm
ON Book Review: ‘From the Fields to the Garden’
- Who knew that it "..Turns out that when someone is badly KO’d, snoring is not an uncommon reaction?"
I've seen many knockouts and delivered several, never once had I ever heard the snore.
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm
ON Ranking by HELWANI
- His suck-ass bias for the UFC makes people puke, and that said, his LIGHTWEIGHT rankings are all fucked up, all else is close.
C-Dong- September 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Word. But if he is waiting for Jon Jones he is in for the ass kicking of his life. And the Rampage fight might be Okay but he already loss to him so I would match him with either Davis or Lyoto KA-Ra-Tay!
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 10:51 am
That would not be a bad match-up, but I am thinking the UFC would not risk the Davis record when Bendo is much more well versed. I think Bendo would stuff Davis and his pure wrestling.
Sloppyspray- September 7, 2011 at 9:01 am
@Jimbonics - haha sorry. That does look strikingly similar to Grace Jones though. I was actually going to initially make a Wesley Snipes reference, but the painting isn't the right complexion. (read: its not midnight black). hah
C-Dong- September 7, 2011 at 8:53 am
Henderson shouldn't also Fight Silva thats was another bad idea...Damn he should fight Davis to see if he's even relavent in that division.
RwilsonR- September 7, 2011 at 8:42 am
How exactly does Dan Henderson deserve a title shot in the UFC? I could see them making him fight Rashad for #1 contender, which is a fight I actually do see HRT Hendo possibly winning. But at the moment, what has he done at 205 to warrant a shot?
C-Dong- September 7, 2011 at 8:38 am
Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck = Battle of the A-Holes! But which A-Hole do you want to see go down.....I'll pick the dumb christian A-hole...if he loses then we all know for a fact that God hates him.
arm chair cut man- September 7, 2011 at 8:27 am
I like how Reem is in a suit and Lorenzo has a t-shit on from the Dana White Chic Collection. - Stay Classy San Diego.
italia furia- September 7, 2011 at 7:37 am
extremely off topic, but I saw news of Josh Neer vs. Keith Wisniewski on MMAJunkie...has his nickname as "The Dentist"...

Wouldn't a MUCH better name be Josh "The End Is" Neer?

My people need to contact his people...
jimbonics- September 7, 2011 at 7:10 am
Damnit sloppy. I was gonna crack wise about Grace Jones.
Sloppyspray- September 7, 2011 at 6:58 am
Nice of them to put a painting of Alistair on the wall behind him. Make him feel welcome.
Machiavelli- September 7, 2011 at 6:17 am
Fertitta looks bigger than 'Reem!