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Posts from — September 2009

Rampage Jackson likes to shoot Rashad Evans in the face

Now I’m just going to post stuff that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson says just because I think it’s funny. This is from an interview with MMA Bay:

“The bottom line is I’m thinking, ‘What should I do?’ My family is standing behind me 100 percent and my kids are too young to even care. All my kids know is I’m always gone and I’m not spending much time with them and I even asked my dog how does he feel and my dog said, ‘Who the hell are you, I don’t know even know you no more. I don’t even know you, why you even talking to me?’ My dog just looked at me, licked his nose, lit up a fart and walked out my room.

“Everybody knows I’m doing this A-Team movie and now I’ve got a lot of other movie offers and it’s for big money. So I’m thinking, ‘What should I do? Should I let an organisation disrespect me, tell me what I can’t do, make loads of money off me and call me a baby?’ I love the fans. I really do love the fans and I’m thinking, ‘Should I go out there and give them what they wanna see?’ The fans buy the pay-per-views, they give you the strength to go out there and put on a show because they’re cheering for you but I’ve grown to like making movies. This movie is really fun, I get to shoot people and that something I’ve never done before because I’m too nice of a guy. But every time I shoot somebody I see Rashad’s face over and over, like I get to shoot Rashad thousands of times and it’s fun. I get to beat people up. I can put anybody’s face on them and beat the hell out of them.

“People are coming up to me with all these other movies and I’m thinking, ‘Man, do I really wanna bust my ass in training every day, have all these injuries, worries about whether I look good and whether I’m going to win?’ I don’t have that with the movies, I already know what’s gonna happen, it’s scripted so there’s just no worries. At the end of the day I go home, I can just kick back and enjoy myself. But I can’t lie, my heart is with fighting. When I meet my good fans on the street and they say, ‘Oh man, you’re the reason why I got into the UFC’ or I see a fan wearing my t-shirt it, means a lot to me. It means a lot to me that the fans like me and my fighting style and I really respect that. That’s a part of fighting that would keep me there and keep me motivated.”

September 30, 2009   1 Comment

ADCC 2009 highlight video

September 29, 2009   1 Comment

Kimbo Slice brings a gun to the gym


There’s no denying Kimbo Slice has a thug image. Bareknuckle backyard brawls and a face like the ugly end of a wild boar don’t help. Neither does that stocking on his head like he’s about to pull it over his face and stick up a liquor store. And neither does his very real arrest record.

Slice (real name: Kevin Ferguson) was arrested by Miami Beach cops in May 2002 on gun and open container charges. The felony weapons rap against Slice, 28 at the time, was eventually dismissed. He entered a no contest plea to the booze charge and was ordered to attend an alcohol education course, which has nothing to do with learning about hops and barley.

Well, now Ultimate Fighter contender Justin Wren is telling a story that Slice told him about how he once brought a gun to the American Top Team gym where he’s been training after he was armbarred by a training partner. “Kimbo really doesn’t like to tap. He didn’t tap and the guy hurt his arm so he came back in there with a gun,” Wren told TapouT Radio. “Cops were called and everyone went nuts.”

Did that really happen? I believe it’s possible. It could also be a bit of Slice myth-making. Doesn’t matter either way. He’s got a rep and he’s stuck with it and so is the UFC, because whether or not he wins tomorrow night against Roy Nelson – and I’m pretty sure he loses – he’ll get at least one fight in the UFC to prove himself.

And as a heavyweight he should fight right in alongside Brock Lesnar, another gun nut whose dial gets cranked up pretty high on the idiot meter.

Update: Fighters Only Magazine has asked Slice about the gunslinger story, to which he responded, “First of all about my pistol – I carry my gun with me wherever I go man, I don’t have to leave and come back with nothing… Yeah I was at ATT a couple of years ago and I got arm-barred but I didn’t go and get no pistol or nothing like that. But yeah I got arm-barred and I didn’t like it. But I know how to defend that shit now so I wont be having them problems no more.”

September 29, 2009   No Comments

Xande Ribeiro gives an injury update


Just a quick Abu Dhabi-related update. Men’s -98.9 kg ADCC sub wrestling champion Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro posted to his Facebook status regarding the injury that forced him to tap during the Absolute Final against Braulio Estima:

THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR THE SUPPORT. IS A BLESSING HAVE FRIENDS/FANS LIKE THIS. Wasn’t my shoulder, was a muscle injury Chest/biceps, doctor this week, hopefully was just a stretch. THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN….Now is time for Baby Victoria. OSS

September 29, 2009   1 Comment

Chuck Liddell needs his head examined

I’m pretty sure the new ink on the right side of Chuck Liddell’s skull is fake as his Dancing With The Stars partner Ana Trebunskaya has a smaller version of the Mike Tysonesque tattoo near her right eye. I don’t know what the reason is but it’s ugly. As for his dancing, he did look a lot more comfortable than last week and the tearing-the-shirt-off=arms=flexed/crossed salute is cheesy but classic Chuck Liddell. Best judges’ quote: “Savage and primeval but always a tango.”

September 29, 2009   No Comments

Couture and Vera in action

Just thought I’d follow up on a post from a couple of days ago with a little video. The next big women’s MMA bout will be Kim Couture vs. Kerry Vera at the November 20 Strikeforce: Challengers event.

Couture, the ex-wife of UFC great Randy Couture, has a 1-1 MMA record, although she’s better known for the loss than the win. She took a brutal amount of punishment in her debut against Kim Rose at Night of Combat, including suffering a broken jaw in the early going. By the end she looked like an abused spouse, which must have made for some strange looks when she and Randy were out together in the days following the fight.

Vera, the wife of UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera, is 1-0 after a unanimous decision over Leslie Smith in May at Bellator Fighting Championships.

September 29, 2009   No Comments

Two reasons why Kimbo Slice is going down

Kimbo Slice is facing Roy “Big Country” Nelson on next week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter and I don’t think Slice stands a chance. Slice looks like a badass but lacks the skills to back it up unless he’s in his backyard. Nelson, on the other hand, may not look the part of an MMA fighter, but he’s is a legitimate contender to win the whole show.

He’s a former IFL champion, he’s fought guys like Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson (so you know he’s not going to be intimidated by anyone on the show no matter how scary they look), and he’s competed at Grapplers Quest and ADCC. In a nutshell, he’s better than Slice standing up and he’s infinitely better on the ground. Both of the fights below are definitely worth watching to see what I mean.

September 29, 2009   No Comments

Join Wanderlei’s fight team

This Wanderlei Silva video blog is basically an advertisement for the November 14 Wand Fight Team tryouts that will result in some sort of Wanderlei reality TV show. Fast forward four minutes or so and check out Silva in trainer mode. Makes me want to slap on some gloves and shin guards and jump in there.

September 28, 2009   No Comments

Kenny Florian on splitting with DellaGrotte, training at Tristar and facing Clay Guida

Two things: I really like FanHouse’s Ariel Helwani’s interview style. He’s knowledgeable and forthright while also being relaxed and casual. He’s a fan who doesn’t come across like just a fan. The second thing is I appreciate Kenny Florian more outside the cage than inside.

He’s a good fighter and he’s also a good personality, and not in a too-slick shill/TV broadcaster way, at least not yet. Skip the first four minutes or so of this interview to get to the interesting stuff, like Florian’s split with longtime coach Mark DellaGrotte, his decision to train at Montreal’s Tristar Gym under Georges St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi, and his upcoming battle with the walking Chumbawumba song that is Clay Guida (you know, because he gets knocked down, but h gets up again…).

September 28, 2009   No Comments

Swick vs. Hardy to decide welterweight contender


A quick glance at the UFC welterweight division reveals a dearth of contenders for Georges St. Pierre’s belt. He’s already beaten top-tenners Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.

And he was expected to face the winner of the Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann bout until that fell through when Swick got a concussion during training and Kampmann lost to his replacement, UFC newcomer Paul Daley, at UFC 103.

Well, Swick (14-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) posted to Twitter yesterday that he’ll meet Dan Hardy (22-6 MMA, 3-0 UFC) with the winner advancing against GSP.

While no date has been announced, Hardy was already scheduled to face Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 105 on November 14 in Manchester, England, so expect Kim to be swapped out for Swick.

Swick is 4-0 since he dropped to 170 pounds in early 2008 with decision wins over Josh Burkman and Marcus Davis and TKO victories over Jonathan Goulet and Ben Saunders.

Hardy has won 11 of his last 12 fights, including a 3-0 mark in the UFC with a split-decision win over Akihiro Gono, a first-round KO win over Rory Markham and a decisive split-decision victory over Davis UFC 99.

UFC 105 currently features hometown favorite Michael Bisping vs. Canadian Pride FC standout Denis Kang and former champion Randy Couture returning to light heavyweight to battle Brandon Vera.

September 28, 2009   No Comments

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