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    MMA News and Notes

    Since most MMA news other than UFC events is probably not thread worthy, I figured we could keep a running thread of MMA news and events since we seem to have a nice core of members interested in the sport. That being said, here's a snippet I thought might be of interest.


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    - MARK COLEMAN READY FOR RETURN TO UFC
    Sunday, July 29, 2007 - by Ken Pishna - MMAWeekly.com

    Mark Coleman, a fighter that first stepped foot in the UFC Octagon more than a decade ago, may not go down as one of the more dominating fighters in MMA history, but he surely will always be a significant piece of the puzzle. If not for his pioneering ground and pound style that led him to two UFC tournament championships, a win over Dan Severn to become the first UFC heavyweight beltholder, and capturing the first Pride Grand Prix title, the current MMA landscape may not be dominated by heavyweight enigma Fedor Emelianenko.

    With an 4-4 record in his past eight bouts, including two losses to Fedor, Coleman hasn’t maintained the influence of the early days of his career, but he hasn’t hung up the gloves yet. In fact, he still has two fights left on his current Pride contract and with the buyout of that organization by Zuffa, it sounds as if Coleman sees a possible return to his old stomping grounds in the near future.

    "I've always wanted to get back in that cage and I always knew I'd get back in there at least one more time. That's were I got started. I like the cage and I like the UFC rules better anyways,” said Coleman, obviously in reference to the brutal forearms and elbows he was so famous for. "I can be more effective in the cage than I was in the ring."
    In a recent interview with MMAWeekly’s Scott Petersen, Coleman expounded upon a possible return to the Octagon and his desire to do so.

    Saying, “I’m still improving” and “on any given day, victory is within your grasp,” Coleman believes that a fight with current UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture would be a good match-up for him.

    It could be argued that Couture has been more relevant to today’s mixed martial arts’ scene, but looking at the fight on paper they are roughly the same age, currently have identical 15-8 professional records, started their MMA careers in the UFC within a year of each other, and come from strong wrestling backgrounds. With the strong name recognition of each, it might be a fight that a segment of fans would want to see, although Coleman would likely have to take another fight in the UFC first. And that is all banking on the fact that Zuffa is willing bring him back to the Octagon.

    Interestingly, Coleman is also the subject of a new movie that is readying for production. Entitled “The Smashing Machine,” the same as the movie about his friend Mark Kerr, it sounds as if Jean-Claude Van Damme could be portraying the former UFC and Pride champion… an “interesting” choice that Coleman even seems to find odd.


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    With Dana it's all about the benjamins. So what do ya figure a man of his abilities is worth in a match ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoneCrusher View Post
    With Dana it's all about the benjamins. So what do ya figure a man of his abilities is worth in a match ?
    I would imagine he'll probably be in the $25,000 - $50,000 range. He's still a name in the sport, he's fought basically the best PRIDE had to offer in his last few fights and he's a former UFC champ. I'm actually not as disgusted with this as I thought I would be plus I think there are a handful of guys he can still beat. I see him getting thrown in there against the likes of Timmy or unfortunately another fight with Nog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReproMan View Post
    I would imagine he'll probably be in the $25,000 - $50,000 range. He's still a name in the sport, he's fought basically the best PRIDE had to offer in his last few fights and he's a former UFC champ. I'm actually not as disgusted with this as I thought I would be plus I think there are a handful of guys he can still beat. I see him getting thrown in there against the likes of Timmy or unfortunately another fight with Nog.
    I think he has the brute strength to throw down with Dorkboy, but I think he'll gas out like he always has and it'll turn into another hightlight reel of coleman getting KTFO. I am just barely interested in seeing him in the UFC. Kinda like slowing down to see the homeless guy with the funny work for food sign? ... but not much more than that. I wanna see the funny parts but the bum parts are just not interesting. Youtube. Coleman will be a good youtube clip ...

    ReproBro you are soo right about "unfortunately" re another Nog non-fight. Please PLEASE not again ... ... MMA gods spare us that snooze fest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoneCrusher View Post
    I think he has the brute strength to throw down with Dorkboy, but I think he'll gas out like he always has and it'll turn into another hightlight reel of coleman getting KTFO.


    Can't wait.

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    "Coleman believes that a fight with current UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture would be a good match-up for him."

    I happen to agree.

    I always liked Coleman, but he hasnt been doing good lately, right? I mean losses to Fedor isnt exactly terrible by any means, but how much more steam does this engine have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKIRA View Post
    how much more steam does this engine have?
    Out of Japan and off the juice? I don't give him good odds at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKIRA View Post
    "Coleman believes that a fight with current UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture would be a good match-up for him."

    I happen to agree.

    I always liked Coleman, but he hasnt been doing good lately, right? I mean losses to Fedor isnt exactly terrible by any means, but how much more steam does this engine have?
    Nah man I'm going to have to disagree with you here pahdna. I think Randy would put him down with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Black Guy View Post
    Out of Japan and off the juice? I don't give him good odds at all.
    Good point. I never considered that.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoneCrusher View Post
    Nah man I'm going to have to disagree with you here pahdna. I think Randy would put him down with ease.
    Yeah, Randy would steamroll him IMO. It might go a few rounds, but like you eluded to earlier BC, Coleman gases and Randy wins via Anaconda Choke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Black Guy View Post
    Out of Japan and off the juice? I don't give him good odds at all.
    Ohh I forgot about that. Damn USA.
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    One of the things that impressed me about Randy on that last fight was he still had plenty of gas in the tank at the end of the fight. Anyone who takes him on rt now needs to come prepared for high energy.

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    Title IX and MMA

    An interesting (but long) read on the Title IX gender equality law amongst high school and college athletics and the potential ill effects it may have on MMA.

    A Different Kind of Fight: Title IX and MMA

    by Jake Rossen (jrossen@sherdog.com)

    The pugilistic pride of Oklahoma State University, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture (Pictures) originally began his college studies at Washington State in 1981.

    Had he stuck to his intention of completing his education there, the mixed martial arts Hall of Fame might be short one member.

    "They dropped the wrestling program at Washington State," remembered Couture. "Fortunately, I had already left and gone into the service and stopped my matriculation clock. It would've made a difference in my wrestling career.

    "They cut it for two reasons. One, the coach was a knucklehead. Two, Title IX was their excuse and a way to get rid of wrestling."

    Title IX -- a law created in 1972 to promote gender equality among high school and college pursuits, including athletics -- has in its 35-year history become a point of contention for critics who say that the policy has the ironic effect of discriminating against men and for advocates who believe that opportunity should be equal to enrollment.

    The sport of wrestling has been one of the most notable programs to be wounded by the law's edicts, which state that there must be as many slots for female athletes as there are female enrollees. Since 1972, 448 colleges and universities have excised wrestling from their curriculum. Of the 146 Division I wrestling teams in 1981, only 87 remained in 2001.

    And while the list of casualties has stabilized in recent years, grapplers continue to hemorrhage high-profile camps from Division I schools like James Madison, Eastern Illinois and Oregon*, which recently announced plans to cut wrestling in favor of baseball and women's cheerleading.

    While the wrestling community has long maligned the trend, mixed martial arts fans have equal reason to be concerned. With fewer wrestlers at the collegiate level, the increasingly lucrative world of the combat sports might see fewer and fewer Greco-Roman and freestyle specialists, numbers that once helped elevate the expectations for athleticism in the sport.

    "I'd say probably 30 percent or more of the guys I work with have a wrestling background," said Couture. "It's hard to imagine one without the other. I definitely saw MMA as an outlet for all the skills and tools and training that I'd developed through 30 years of wrestling."

    The Title IX Debate

    In order to receive federal funding, universities must comply with Title IX's gender equality mandates in one of three ways: typically, athletic slots must match the number of male and female students. If a school has a 60 percent female population, then 60 percent of its sport opportunities should be available to women. Colleges can also comply by displaying that its female students are satisfied with the current ratio, or by continuing efforts to maintain proportionality.

    Because the latter two guidelines are vague in nature and can be easily challenged by Title IX supporters, schools usually opt for a head count of male and female athletes. In order to balance what is likely a disproportionate level of male interest, athletic directors have responded by eliminating less popular programs like men's wrestling, gymnastics, or tennis.

    To add to the confusion, while 57 percent of the country's students are female, some are re-entries (adults who have returned to academics and display little propensity for athletics). Of the nearly 10,000 new female enrollments in fall 2005, roughly 42 percent are aged 25 years and over.

    Donna Lopiano, Ph.D., the Chief Executive Officer for the Women's Sports Foundation, countered concerns over the erased programs by stating that the overall number of male athletes has grown in recent years.

    "While wrestling and men's gymnastics have declined, new opportunities for men in lacrosse, soccer, and football have totally outpaced those for women," she argued. "Title IX does not tell schools how to comply."

    But it does tell schools to make college athletics largely a case of counting heads, countered Gary Abbott, Director of Communications at USA Wrestling.

    "They're basing whether discrimination happens based on a numerical quota that doesn't reflect on interest, but on actual enrollment," he said. "It allows for the elimination of opportunities for men, rather than the creation of new opportunities for women."

    Billy Baldwin, an actor and former wrestler at Binghamton University who fought to save that school's wrestling squad, believes high-profile erasures like Oregon act as inadvertent sanctioning for other NCAA programs to follow suit.

    Said Baldwin: "The sport of wrestling is an endangered species."

    ‘America's Martial Art'

    Like his father, Casey Olson (Pictures) grew up a wrestler.

    A North Regional Champion at Fresno State, Olson decided to pursue mixed martial arts. With four wins in five fights he credits collegiate grappling for the necessary work ethic and discipline needed to become a combat artist.

    "It's a huge background to have as a skill," Olson said. "I've always told people it's easier to teach a wrestler how to fight than it is to teach a fighter how to wrestle. It's about years of learning how to use your body, your weight distribution. MMA is the next step up."

    The sport's short history bears Olson's beliefs out. In addition to the five-time decorated Couture, wrestling has produced Dan Henderson (Pictures), Matt Lindland (Pictures), Mark Coleman (Pictures), and a laundry list of other mat artists who parlayed their superior athleticism and ground skill into title belts and profitable careers.

    "There's a natural tie there," agreed Abbott. "Thirty percent of the International Fight League's athletes have a wrestling background. Wrestling is America's martial art. It's the one combat sport that's in our schools, junior high through college. If we're strong on the youth and college levels, it'll mean more successful wrestlers in MMA. It goes hand in hand."

    While coaching at Fresno and prepping a fight career, Olson witnessed the effects of Title IX first hand. One summer, he received word that the school would be eliminating wrestling entirely. Worse, colleges had already done their recruiting for the following season.

    Athletes had two options: they could either stay on to continue their scholarship while losing their reason for being there or find the money to continue wrestling at another school.

    "We had some seniors who could've been very good, even All-Americans, but all of a sudden they had to decide did they just want to go to school, or did they want to try and transfer somewhere and finish up their wrestling?" Olson remembered. "Doing that for one year is a very hard thing, especially at the end of the year, when most colleges don't have money for a late transfer. And they have to make sure all their credits are transferable. It was just a really bad scenario."

    Though Abbott believes elite-level wrestlers will continue to find outlets for their talents, it's the high school-level competitors who have yet to come into their own that may suffer the most.

    "Where you see lost opportunities are the kids who don't have the financial means to be able to manage the situation if they're not given support," Abbott said.

    "There are a lot of ‘Rocky' stories out there in wrestling, guys who were good solid high school wrestlers but were really able to excel at the college and international levels," the wrestling advocate continued. "By having fewer opportunities, you're not allowing that possibility for a number of people."

    The Business of Wrestling

    Nowhere is college spending on more elaborate, bombastic display than in their football programs. Coaches routinely command salaries in excess of seven figures; one school constructed a $300,000 lighting scheme for a practice field and then never used it.

    Lopiano argues that it's this kind of gross over expenditure, not Title IX, that's killing fringe sports.

    "How can you justify any one sport eating up 85 full scholarships and spending $2 million on a coach and sacrificing wrestling? Women are getting the raw end of that deal, too," she said.

    While Abbott and others counter by saying football helps subsidize both men's and women's sports, the numbers don't bear that out. Because of such costly investments in cultivating winning teams, most NCAA football and basketball squads operate at a deficit: 60 percent of teams average losses nearing $4 million per year.

    In contrast, wrestlers are able to forgo expensive travel schedules and equipment in favor of a mat. Many Division I teams could operate on an annual budget in the low six figures. Yale, which took away its varsity status in wrestling in 1991, had an expense cap of $4,000; their football program, $400,000. As an added insult, wrestlers were turned away from the varsity weight room.

    Despite the cost of what Lopiano has dubbed the football "arms race," schools are still hesitant to accept contributions from fervent supporters of wrestling that raise funds to help programs stay viable. Princeton refused a $2.3 million grant to keep its 90-year-old wrestling legacy afloat, a sign that schools aren't concerned with money so much as they are the head count.

    Lopiano believes that there's simply a lack of interest in wrestling -- "It's gone out of popularity" -- while Abbott bemoans the lack of support at the collegiate level for a surging high school base.

    "You have entire states that have strong high school wrestling, like Florida, that have no wrestling programs," Abbott said. "Washington State has no Division I wrestling. It's not reflective of what's going on the sports community. It's a travesty."

    The MMA Effect

    Should Title IX's ramifications continue unhindered, MMA could conceivably see a shift in how bouts are contested.

    "The Olympic and collegiate world-class wrestlers that stepped in to MMA early on raised the level of expectation of athleticism," said Couture. "Guys like Dan Severn (Pictures), Mark Coleman (Pictures), Don Frye (Pictures) and myself all came in around the same time, within a year or two of each other. It definitely influenced the sport.

    "I think guys who have participated in wrestling have skills and a mindset that translate very well to fighting and MMA. It depends on the individual what they do with it."

    Watching early events from embryonic promotions like the IVC reveals the extent of the wrestler's conditioning influence in the fight game. Fighters often wave off bouts not because they're hurt, but because their lungs are burning too hard to continue. Early UFC events were a showcase for paunchy weekend warriors in t-shirts, a gas tank prepared to take them no more than a few minutes.

    "They didn't have the battle conditioning or the cardio conditioning," said Abbott.

    For adolescents who someday dream of being a Las Vegas fight attraction, the only school-sanctioned outlet for developing those skills is in a high school gymnasium. But without support from the collegiate level, argued Abbott, the crucial level of ability needed for MMA won't be properly cultivated.

    "I would contend that a lot of the athletes who want to become the Coutures or Hendersons realize they need to pursue the world or Olympic level," he said. "They need to be NCAA All-Americans. If wrestling is a core skill in MMA, the higher level of wrestling success you have should translate into a higher level of MMA success. That's going to be part of their career progression."

    Olson, who has been featured in Strikeforce and the WEC, agrees.

    "It's a sad thing to see," he sighed. "Josh Koscheck (Pictures) is a national champion. These guys won't have that kind of experience to get into MMA."

    A combat sport without a substantial wrestling base, Olson continued, is going to be less dynamic. "It'd be like K-1. All stand-up, and then you'd have submissions," he speculated. "That's exactly how it would be. I think it's a lot more exciting this way because now guys who are wrestlers are becoming so well rounded and can mix other skills with wrestling.

    "It makes for more of a show. You never know what's going to happen, if they're going to stand-up or get a double-leg and slam their opponent."

    Solutions

    Title IX has withstood several challenges in court, most notably from the National Wrestling Coaches Association, a coalition of mentors who decided to commemorate the law's 30th anniversary in 2002 by suing the Department of Education for men's discrimination.

    Federal court rejected the suit, claiming that educational entities are still at liberty to cut or cap athletic endeavors for reasons unrelated to Title IX.

    Nonetheless, Abbott says the recently formed College Sports Council is continuing an advocacy and educational response at the political level: "There are people out there who are educated and have all the best interests of the student athletes in mind that are trying to go out there and do battle in the political field and in the public realm on the issue."

    Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, an ex-wrestling coach, has gone to bat for threatened programs by attempting to refine Title IX, though with only mixed results. But it's the communities, not the bureaucrats, who make the biggest difference, suggested Abbott.

    "One of the main things wrestling can do on a college level is continue to have strong programs with good fan attendance, good alumni support, and to have coaches and athletes that represent the school and sport with dignity," he said. "You have to entrench every single program on campus so it's indispensable to that community."

    Recently, USA Wrestling and the team-based IFL formed a partnership that will allow each organization to boost the profile of the other in the eyes of their two slightly disparate audiences. "They'll be doing some promotion of USA Wrestling through their media outlets and at some of their events," Abbott said. "And we'll be exposing people in wrestling to the opportunities in the IFL, trying to get people interested in the League."

    Lopiano, who insists wrestling is a casualty partially because of the expensive football programs, believes that regeneration can start by examining the exorbitant coaching salaries found near blocking sleds and basketball hoops.

    "The wrestling coaches are afraid to take on football," she charged. "Wrestling coaches should be crying for an antitrust exemption that would allow the NCAA to cap the football and basketball coaches salaries, which have become obscene. We're working on the exemption because we don't see any way to comply with Title IX if they're going to throw all the money into football."

    While some argue money isn't the issue, and the quota is, more available funds would seemingly create as many women's opportunities as men's.

    "If they do that, they're going to keep all the wrestling teams and they can comply with Title IX, too. But the college presidents won't do it," said Lopiano, because colleges who want to allocate funds to marquee sports like football can use Title IX as a scapegoat.

    Baldwin, who drummed up support for Binghamton University's program, believes that even rival schools have cause to fight possible cuts in their conference. "If I were a wrestler on Oregon, I would literally go to every other university in the conference that we competed against," he said. "It's easy to rally these guys because they know the entire existence of the sport is being threatened.

    "A couple of my friends wrestled at other universities, and some of the guys at Penn State supported Binghamton. To this day they keep writing checks to support the coach there. And I'm not talking 50 bucks. I'm talking $500, a $1,000."

    Colleges also have the option of enlisting an intermediary like Valerie Bonnette, a former employee at the Office of Civil Rights who has an extensive history in Title IX education. She now operates Good Sports, Inc., a consulting form specializing in helping schools achieve gender equality without sacrificing tenured programs.

    According to Bonnette -- who has recently authored a plain-English manual on Title IX compliance -- wrestling programs have been sacrificed due to a simple case of ignorance on the part of educational institutions who find complying with the other "prongs" of Title IX too involved or confusing.

    "There are many programs in the country where women are under-represented and yet they're complying with Title IX," she said. "So the idea that schools have to drop men's teams is just wrong. They're making a choice. And in my opinion, many times it's an uninformed choice about what their compliance options are."

    Schools, said Bonnette, typically choose proportionality only because they're fearful that they can't sufficiently prove compliance with the other options if challenged in a court of law. "Test one is very easy to understand. The idea that they can select numbers and protect themselves from a lawsuit is very enticing. There isn't a lot of clear explanation out there on how (the other two) work.

    "But we have clients that are meeting test three and we could show that in court if we had to. Some of our clients have a student body that is 50 percent women, with 38 percent of them being sports participants. But they're complying, because they're offering everything for which there's interest, ability, and competition."

    Looking Ahead

    While wrestling continues to thrive at the high school level, offering combat sports experience to adolescents, women's advocacy groups are eyeing the disproportionate number of male athletes with intent to change it.

    "There are many special-interest groups that are trying to enforce Title IX with the proportionality quota at the high school level," said Abbott. "Right now, there are about a million more high school boys competing than girls. If they put that into effect, you'd have to cut a million opportunities for boys in sports that compete."

    Among that number could conceivably be the next Henderson or Sean Sherk (Pictures).

    For Couture, normally so genial, the Title IX debate is cause for outrage. As a coach at Portland State, his program was on the chopping block twice due to Title IX concerns. Thanks to public support and outside funding, it was exempt from the guillotine.

    "There's a huge contingent of high school wrestlers that now have to go out of state and seek other opportunities to compete in their sport," he said. "Olympic sports like wrestling take in the shorts to comply with gender equity quotas based on Title IX and that's not what it was intended to do. Rather than go out and raise money and create opportunities for women, they cut programs and take those funds and put them in women's programs to maintain the quota that Title IX lays down. It's not fair to the men.

    "In my opinion, it's kind of a chickens--t way out."

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    Arlovski vs. Vera @ UFC 78!?!

    This would be too awesome.

    UFC 78: Andrei Arlovski vs. Brandon Vera?

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    Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski could likely face Brandon Vera during a pay-per-view (PPV) event to be held in November, according to two separate UFCmania.com sources.


    Grumblings about the showdown surfaced during a meet-and-greet with Arlovski over the weekend in Ontario, Calif. We were unable to confirm or deny this rumor with the manager for “The Pitbull,” Keith Gelman, at the time of this writing.

    However, if this bout is indeed booked it would feature two of the most popular fighters currently on the UFC roster. It would also help clear up a muddied picture within the suddenly crowded division.


    Just yesterday, we passed along a report that mentioned “The Truth” would soon resolve his management issues, which have kept him on the sidelines since November 2006. Prior to the hiatus, he was rising fast in the division and was supposedly offered a contract to fight then-champion Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 back in March.


    Even though he only has one fight remaining on his current UFC deal, Vera said he wants to fight twice in 2007. But, if he appears in November, it looks like he’s one and done for this year — win or lose.


    Something tells me that most fans at this point couldn’t care less, especially if he’s locked inside the cage with the Belarusian.


    Arlovski is a marquee attraction that has been noticeably absent — much to the chagrin of several UFCmania.com readers — since his last appearance at UFC 70: “Nations Collide” in April. He won that fight via unanimous decision over Fabricio Werdum and, prior to the performance, was thought to be next in line to challenge for the title.


    It never happened and fans were left bewildered when the UFC booked four fights in the span of four weeks (August 25-September 22) and Arlovski was not among those to be featured.


    Without question, a match up between Vera and Arlovski would be fantastic and a solid addition to a card that features (maybe, depending on the steroid charge) UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk vs. BJ Penn.


    However, both fighters as far as I can tell only have one fight each remaining on their UFC contracts. In addition, Vera has not yet been before the California State Athletic Commission to formally sever ties with his manager, Mark Dion.


    Put simply, there are a lot of balls in the air being juggled right now. Not to mention, we have yet to receive confirmation on way or another from Arlovski’s manager.


    But it’s definitely a showdown worth debating, whether it happens or not.
    UFC 78 is expected to take place at the Prudential Arena in Newark, New Jersey, on November 17.

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    Not bad. Where has Vera been?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKIRA View Post
    Not bad. Where has Vera been?
    Bitching about money.

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    Hah, well has he been getting paid while hes bitching?
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    GSP wins another one on shear striking power ...

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    Jesus. Repro will love that. Were they fighting on a pool table?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKIRA View Post
    Jesus. Repro will love that. Were they fighting on a pool table?
    Looks like it ... with what looked like the kind of fencing you'd use on a dog cage.

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    Speaking of MMA news, Shady Mar told me that she's fucking Cole Miller now.

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    Dehhhh who's Shady Mar?

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    A local 18 year old harlot.

    She dated our friend Spencer, possibly fucked "The Rat." (not sure what all went on there.)

    All in all, she's a pretty fun girl, no ego or anything, ok head on her shoulders, but she's 18...so she's just out to party, no cares, no responsibilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Black Guy View Post
    A local 18 year old harlot.

    She dated our friend Spencer, possibly fucked "The Rat." (not sure what all went on there.)

    All in all, she's a pretty fun girl, no ego or anything, ok head on her shoulders, but she's 18...so she's just out to party, no cares, no responsibilities.
    Myyeaaahhh ... a fuck buddy for those of the proper age group. She's a year younger than my son ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoneCrusher View Post
    GSP wins another one on shear striking power ...


    I hate midgets.

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    Didn't mean to post anything that would touch on any sensitive issues You're not vertically challenged er anything are you?

    Them midgets were banging their lil hearts out. They put on a better show then some of the shit we see on UFC even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoneCrusher View Post
    Didn't mean to post anything that would touch on any sensitive issues You're not vertically challenged er anything are you?

    Them midgets were banging their lil hearts out. They put on a better show then some of the shit we see on UFC even.
    Well, I'm not the tallest guy in the world @ 5'9" but I wouldn't say vertically challenged.

    Much like clowns, I have a legitimate fear of midgets.

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    Leites to replace Lutter @ UFC 74

    I'm about sick of seeing Lutter's name come up anyway. Send him packing Dana.

    Report: Thales Leites to Replace Travis Lutter at UFC 74

    Posted by UFC Junkie on August 1, 2007 at 7:45 pm ET

    Thales Leites (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who’s riding a two-fight win streak in the UFC, will replace Travis Lutter and face Ryan Jensen at UFC 74 next month.


    Earlier today we passed along news of Lutter’s decision to pull out of the Aug. 25 Las Vegas event, and Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer just recently reported Leites as the replacement.


    Lutter announced he was suffering from a problematic neck — an injury first caused from a UFC 54 fight with Trevor Prangley in August 2005.


    His scheduled opponent, Victory Fighting Championships veteran Jensen (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), will now fight Leites, a four-year MMA veteran. Leites made his debut at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale and dropped a unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann. He rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Pete Sell (UFC 69) and a recent first-round submission victory over Floyd Sword at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale.


    The Brazilian middleweight was originally slated to face Nate Marquardt at “Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter” this past October but was forced to withdrawal because of visa issues.


    UFC 74 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Aug. 25. Randy Couture will face Gabriel Gonzaga in the night’s main event, and former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will face Josh Koscheck in a bout that promises the winner a title shot in early 2008.

    For the latest UFC 74 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of UFCjunkie.com.

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    This will be a better fight anyway. We've seen Leites come up with flying knees 1:30 in the 3rd round. He's much more of a high energy fighter that Lutter is.

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    "Mayhem" vs. Riggs for WEC 185 title shot

    Should be a good one. I hope Riggs can finally get on track.

    UFC (WEC) Quick Quote: Riggs and Miller set for WEC October fight


    “I’ve been trainin’ in my backyard with a banana tree that I kick and climb once in a while. I also have a tire that I lift and swing around. I watch a lot of Charles Bronson videos, and work out with Balki Bartokomous from “Perfect Strangers.’”
    – Former UFC fighters Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Joe Riggs will fight in an October World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) middleweight bout to determine a number one contender for the title. “Diesel” actually confirmed the showdown via FightNetwork.com, but Miller’s response was a little more colorful. More on the WEC 185-pound championship picture coming very soon.

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    WEC 29: AUGUST 5, 2007 on Versus Network 9PM Eastern

    Pretty nice little card. I'm looking forward to seeing Filho in action.

    Venue: Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Main Card Bouts:

    WEC Welterweight Championship
    Carlos Condit vs. Brock Larson

    WEC Middleweight Championship
    Paulo Filho vs. Joe Doerksen

    Stephen Ledbetter vs. Jeff Curran
    Sherron Leggett vs. Jamie Varner

    Preliminary Bouts:
    Fernando Gonzalez vs. Hiromitsu Miura
    Justin Robbins vs. Antonio Banuelos
    Logan Clark vs. Eric Schambari
    Blas Avena vs. Tiki Ghosn
    Steve Cantwell vs. Justin McElfresh

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