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Posts from — October 2009

A love song for Fedor Emelianenko

This is sort of funny. Seems Julia Lillis has a little crush on Fedor Emelianenko. She’s no Sarah Silverman, but not bad.

October 31, 2009   No Comments

TUF’s Zak Jensen facing wrongful death suit

As if the bar for The Ultimate Fighter couldn’t get any lower, current cast member Zak Jensen is facing a wrongful death lawsuit following the death of a Minnesota college student while on spring break in Mexico.

According to the Stillwater Gazette, the family of the late Josh Gunderson filed the suit on Thursday claiming negligence in Gunderson’s death.

I’m not going to go into this in too much detail. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, has nothing to do with MMA, and nothing has been proven one way or another in regards to Jensen’s culpability. The basics seem to be that Jensen, a friend named Ashley Jones and Gunderson were in Puerto Vallarta in March. Gunderson may have attacked Jones, or at the very least come on too strongly, gotten physical, and when she screamed Jensen intervened. The exact nature of the intervention is unclear, although Gunderson did end up dead. Jensen was questioned by Mexican police at the time and released and the death was ruled accidental. Autopsy reports show that Gunderson had a 0.12 blood alcohol level and the cause of death was that he choked on “gastric contents” and died.

What we can learn from all of this is that bad things happen in Mexico. It’s like Turistas down there.

October 31, 2009   No Comments

Watch the ‘09 No Gi World Championships live

The 2009 No Gi World Championships are being held next week in Long Beach, CA, and if you’re interested in watching them, they will be streaming live and for free at NoGi.com. Thanks to Scott Wallace over at ScottOnTheNet for bringing this to my attention as he and I have several teammates from Toronto BJJ competing.

October 31, 2009   No Comments

Russian sambo is serious business


October 31, 2009   No Comments

“War Machine to Whore Machine”: the idiocy continues

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Tito Ortiz might be married to a porn star but Ultimate Fighter veteran Jon Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine, is going to go one better by becoming a porn star.

The above email was posted on War Machine’s Myspace page (I found it via Bloody Elbow, not because I was trolling MySpace). In it he talks about having shot his first porn scene, how it was “fucking awesome,”and that he wants to be both a professional fighter and a fucker. “I’m living the dream,” he writes.

That’s right, War Machine, the “dream” that everybody wants to live is to get punched in the face and have sex on film for money, sometimes at the same time.

Of course, War Machine has had a few dreams come true, like the ones about threatening President Obama, “terrorizing chicks,” avoiding felony assault charges, getting fired by the UFC and Bellator FC and brawling at a gay nightclub. Now he’ll get paid to star in things like Gangbangs of New York, Schindler’s Fist, In Diana Jones and the Temple of Poon, Saturday Night Beaver, 28 Gays Later and White Men Can’t Hump. He’s such an inspiration.

Dream big, Jon Koppenhaver, dream big.

October 31, 2009   No Comments

A kinder, gentler Huntington Beach Bad Boy

There’s nothing particularly enlightening about “Showdown” Joe Ferraro’s interview with Tito Ortiz. It’s about as relaxed mellow as I’ve seen the light heavyweight. He’s obviously excited to be back in the UFC and I’m looking forward to him squaring off with Forrest Griffin at UFC 106 on November 21. Is that a great main event? Not really. But it does have significant entertainment value, both heading into it (Tito’s return and Forrest’s first fight since fleeing Anderson Silva being the two main storylines) and the fight itself (caution is not something I expect when these two step into the cage).

October 31, 2009   No Comments

Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort definitely not happening at UFC 108

Two minutes after I post about all the injuries and illnesses screwing with the UFC schedule and mention that Anderson Silva’s return at UFC 108 on January 2 is looking less and less likely, John Morgan over at MMA Junkie confirms that the middleweight champ’s bout with challenger Vitor Belfort is definitely off. Morgan reports that Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, says that Silva needs more time to recover from surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. Soares also indicated that he expects Silva and Belfort to square off whenever he does return to the cage.

Thankfully, heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar has the flu, forcing his title bout with Shane Carwin to be shifted from UFC 106 to UFC 108.

October 31, 2009   1 Comment

Machida injured, rematch delayed and other UFC roster rotations

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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is ready for his rematch with Lyoto Machida but don’t expect it to happen any time soon as Machida must undergo hand surgery first.

Machida defeated Rua in a controversial unanimous decision at last Saturday’s UFC 104 to maintain his light heavyweight title. Just about everyone except the three judges felt Rua had won the fight, including UFC president Dana White, who promised a rematch as soon as possible, potentially at UFC 108 on January 2. That is now out of the question. Hand injuries are a tricky thing – there are 27 bones in there, break one of them and it can take months to heal properly. So we might not see Machida vs. Rua II until mid-2010.

This is only the latest in a string of injuries and illnesses to plague the UFC roster in the past few weeks. Middleweight champ Anderson Silva is supposed to defend his title against Vitor Belfort at UFC 108, but that’s looking less and less likely as Silva recovers from elbow surgery and claims Belfort doesn’t deserve the title shot.

But that’s okay because heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar has come down with the flu (or something to that effect) and has had to postpone his UFC 106 heavyweight title defense against Shane Carwin. So they will now likely square off in the main event at UFC 108.

Then there’s welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre, who’s been out of action since he tore his abductor muscle in his win over Thiago Alves at UFC 100. No one seems to know when he might return, although the Super Bowl weekend card on February 6 would be ideal.

All of these date changes and question marks are on top of Jon Fitch’s rotating dance partners, from an injured Ricardo Almeida scrapped from UFC 106 to an injured Thiago Alves scrapped from UFC 107. Don’t be surprised if Matt Hughes steps in to fill the vacancy on the December 12 card.

Then there’s Kurt Pellegrino, a fighter I root against simply because he has his own name tattooed on himself like a vanity license plate. Pellegrino was supposed to face Frank Edgar in a lightweight fight on the Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on December 5 but has withdrawn due to a back injury and will be replaced by Matt Veach. Veach had been paired against Canadian submission ace Mark Bocek, who will now contend with UFC newcomer Joe Brammer.

And speaking of guys I don’t like simply because they have their name tattooed on themselves, 10-time UFC veteran Josh “Tramp Stamp” Neer has been dropped from the UFC following his unanimous-decision loss to Gleison Tibau at UFC 104: Machida vs. Rua. Neer’s biggest wins were over wins over Mac Danzig, Din Thomas, Joe Stevenson and Melvin Guillard. Too bad he never fought Pelligrino.

October 31, 2009   No Comments

The return of Urijah Faber

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Speaking of Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA; 7-2 WEC), the former WEC featherweight champion is finally set for his return to the cage after recovering from a severely broken hand suffered in a loss to 145-pound champ Mike Brown at WEC 41. Faber will face Raphael Assuncao (14-1 MMA; 2-0 WEC) at WEC 46 on January 11. That card is also rumoured – and I do mean rumoured – to be c0-headlined by a lightweight title unification bout between champ Jamie Varner and interim champ Benson Henderson.

October 30, 2009   No Comments

Where the heck is Chris Horodecki?

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Anybody notice anything strange or unusual about this poster for WEC 45? Like that there are three fights/six fighters listed but only five fighters’ photos. Where the heck is Chris Horodecki? If they knew his name in time to put that on the poster there should have been time to Photoshop in an image, too. It just looks bizarre to only see five fighters. Maybe the baby-faced IFL vet just didn’t look menacing enough. Horodecki (13-1) was scheduled to face Dan Lauzon at Affliction: Trilogy until the promotion closed up shop and he now faces Anthony Njokuani (11-2 MMA; 2-1 WEC).

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That said, this is a good card for a WEC card. The headliner between Greg Jackson student and Muay Thai striker Donald Cerrone (10-2 MMA, 3-2 WEC) and karate fighter Ed Ratcliff (7-1 MMA, 3-1 WEC) has barnburner potential, although I wouldn’t expect anything close to the fight-of-the-year-level five-round battle Cerrone fought with Ben “Bendo” Henderson at WEC 43. And with Cerrone walking away from that bout without the interim lightweight title he’ll be hungry to get back on track with a win. (As a side note, it’s strange to refer to an MMA fighter as a karate fighter or karate stylist; we can thank Lyoto Machida for making the art cool again.)

Also on the card is a bantamweight bout between DREAM vet and Urijah Faber training partner Joseph Benavidez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) and K-1 Hero’s vet and ADCC sub wrestling champion Rani Yahya (15-4 MMA, 4-1 WEC).

October 30, 2009   1 Comment

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