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Dead Brock

We’re a little late on this, but we just got Photoshop (BTjunkie Santa). For all the snarling and tongue yelling, Brock looked pretty finished at UFC 141.  Good luck in retirement Dead Brock. Don’t let the crows get you down.


UFC 141 Preview (Lesnar vs. Overeem)

The UFC had a monster year. Pay-per-view dollars are up, Snoop Dog smoked up their Christmas party, the promoter had its first network TV broadcast, and they’re finishing the year with some giant-on-giant action.

UFC 141 will air tonight and the main card pits Brock Lesnar against Alistair Overeem. This is that back alley, bare-knuckle meeting that you’ve been waiting to see, except it will be drenched in Sin City decadence. Two giants enter, one giant leaves. Lesnar will pit his South Dakota man charm (chopping wood, wrestling, chugging syrup) against Overeem and his Dutch old-world charisma (smoking joints, kickboxing, building windmills).

Excitement is heightened and the fight should prove to be a test for both fighters. Overeem, the heavyweight Strikeforce champion, is making his first appearance for the UFC, and Lesnar is coming off surgery and a long 14-month hiatus from the octagon. This will be a battle of contrasting styles, and Lesnar will look to take the fight to the ground while Overeem will look for the knockout.

At the weigh in yesterday Overeem promised a knockout in the first or second round and Lesnar just snarled and did a few yells with his tongue out.

The winner of this bout will have the right to face the heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos. And although I think Lesnar might best Overeem tonight, I’d much rather see Overeem win and matchup against Dos Santos.

There’s no way this fight will go five rounds, and I don’t even see it going past three rounds. Both fighters look set to bring it tonight, but I think Lesnar will be able to take the fight to the ground and ultimately win. Vegas has Overeem as a slight favorite, and current odds put him at -150 to Lesnar’s +120.

Either way, it should be a great way for the UFC to end its year.

How the UFC Was Born

It’s nice to see a sports league with a sense of humor. Although their lack of professionalism (Rogan announcing in club gear) can sometimes be a double-edged sword, the UFC’s ability to laugh at itself is refreshing. We’re fans.

Joe Rogan Sent Us

We’re still coming down from UFC 140, and after watching the fight again we were reminded of Joe Rogan’s recommendation of a classic Nogueira bout: Bob Sapp vs Antonio Nogueira. We’re loving the no weight limit of this classic Pride fight. Here’s part 1:

UFC Fighter Axed for Tweet

UFC President Dana White released former bantamweight champion Miguel Torres after Torres sent out a controversial tweet earlier in the week.

Torres, an East Chicago native, sent out the controversial “joke” on Wednesday:

“If a rape van was called a surprise van, more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them,” Torres wrote. “Everyone likes surprises.”

Dana White couldn’t see the humor in that and released the fighter immediately, telling SI.com, “Torres has been cut from the UFC and his career with us now is over.”

So a man who has devoted his life to getting punched, kicked and beaten is getting the ax for a tweet.

It seems excessive to us. Torres’ tweet was crude and politically incorrect, but was that really enough to take away the man’s livelihood?

Doesn’t a lashing seem more justified than a beheading? Wouldn’t a public apology, a charitable donation, or a short-term suspension serve to send the right message?

Apparently not for White, who seemed to take the tweet personally while talking to SI.com, “There’s no explanation for that. There’s absolutely nothing I could say to make any sense of that,” White said. “And the fact that he even thinks that’s funny or that’s a joke, it disturbs me. It bothers me.”

I guess this is what you get when you let a former bouncer run the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

UFC 140 Preview

UFC 140 kicks off on Saturday with the main event featuring Jon “Bones” Jones and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. The 24-year-old Jones is coming off a career year, and a win over Machida should be the stripper that pops out of his cake.

Beating Machida will give Jones wins over three former 205-pound titleholders and a 6-0 record in his last six bouts. The media has already dubbed him the new Anderson Silva.

But Machida shouldn’t be a pushover for Jones. The Dragon has an unorthodox style. He’s the first southpaw that Jones has faced, and he’s coming off a big win off of Randy Couture.

This is the classic pairing of athleticism (Jones) versus technique (Machida), and we’re super psyched to illegally download this fight.

We’ve got our money on Jones for this one, mostly because it’s been that great of a year for the young fighter, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Machida hijack Jones’s belt.

Classic UFC Bout

Going through classic UFC fights and had to post this one.

UFC 3: The American Dream, had no time limit or rounds. Competitors could only win a match by submission, throwing in the towel, or knockout. And like the two previous UFC events, this match didn’t have weight classes, or weight limits.

So of course the first fight of this eight-man tournament pitted 5’11”, 200-pound Keith Hackney against the 6’8”, 600-pound Emanuel Yarborough.

Hackney, an Illinois native, was working at his heating and air conditioning company a week before the fight.

The fight is amazing. It’s the reason youtube exists. Hackney sports a mullet, Yarborough actually throws Hackney out of the ring at one point, and the winner of the bout wins with a broken hand. Enjoy.