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New interview with Chuck Liddell in which he talks about who he thinks will win the big Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight.  He also talks about how retired life is treating him, the state of MMA judging and his respect for referees.  Good stuff from the legendary Iceman.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has returned to his WWE roots.  After his loss to Alistair Overeem, Lesnar decided that he'd had enough of MMA and has now moved back to professional wrestling.  Last night, at WWE Raw, he went into the ring and F5'd John Cena, which made the place go berserk.  Brock is back, baby!  Here's the video of his triumphant return.

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(Ms. Dana White: You're Fired!)

What happened to Dana White?  For years he pretended to be a tough guy, shooting from the hip, immune to political correctness, and never afraid to speak his mind.  But now, it seems that he is undergoing a transformation, or more accurately a pussification, because every time a UFC fighter says something not politically correct, Dana fires the guy.

Miguel Torres quoted a joke from a TV show on his Twitter account and got fired for it.  Dana White made the judgement call that Torres was over the line, and although the joke made it past TV censors, it didn't make it past White, who was obviously deeply shaken and disturbed by the offhand remark.  Fortunately for Torres and fans, Lorenzo Ferttitta apparently overruled Dana and had White hire Torres back.

Now King Mo is feeling the wrath of the new pussified Dana White.  He just got canned for some remarks about a member of the NSAC, in which he called her a "bitch."  I am not excusing King Mo for that language, it was a dumb thing to say.  However, Dana becoming upset enough to fire him for the remark is absurd and hypocritical.  Remember Dana's rant against Loretta Hunt, one of MMA's top journalists?  He called her a "bitch" and other epitaphs, and even used the word "faggot" in his rant.  But now he is shocked and dismayed when fighters use the same language?

Actually, some fighters can use that language and are safe from Dana's newfound sensibilites.  Forrest Griffin joked about rape, Phil Davis joked about pedophilia, etc, but they are still with the UFC.  Dana's selective outrage is outrageous and unfair.

Here's the background on the King Mo Lawal situation:  King Mo tested positive for steroids after his fight with Lorenzo Larkin.  His win was overturned and he was suspended for 9 months by the NSAC, and fined 39000 dollars.  This prompted Mo to lash out on his Twitter account, and he hinted at racism from one of the NSAC members, a female, whom he called a "bitch."

Like I said, it was a dumb thing to do, and he should be reprimanded for it.  Firing him is over the line, however.  Nothing Mo said was worse than what other fighters have said in the past--and nowhere near as bad as what Dana says.

But Dana has shown, especially since the Fox deal, that unless you are one of his pet fighters, you need to walk on eggshells around him, because he is just itching to assert his authority.  In my opinion he feels emasculated in many ways by the Fox deal, and in response he is going overboard in trying to look like the decision-maker.  He is trying way too hard to make every situation about him, at the expense of his own company--and it's backfiring in a big way.

Case in point is his statement about soccer.  He dissed the most popular sport in the world, at the same time that the UFC is trying to expand its base around the world.  That's not the way to win friends and influence people, and it's no wonder that America's mainstream press treats the UFC president as a joke--because he acts like one.

The firing of Torres and King Mo are indicative of a man who feels powerless and needs to assert his authority in order to feel good about himself.  I hear that Dana even fired his chef recently, and for no apparent reason.  Again, it's about flexing those phony muscles.

But like I said, it's backfiring and it's beginning to hurt the UFC brand, in my opinion.  Lorenzo needs to reign this guy in before he totally destroys what the UFC has worked so hard to achieve.  Dana is certainly a big part of the UFC's success, but his micro-management, foul mouth, and irrational behavior lately might just be undoing all that he's done.  It's time the Baldfather took a long vacation, because the stress seems to be getting to him.  Or maybe he just needs to grow up.

Just days after lamenting about the world becoming "pussified," Dana fires King Mo because Mo said "bitch."  Ironic?  No, moronic is more like it.  And unacceptable.  Lorenzo, please sit this guy down.  Again.

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Cris Cyborg's career and legacy took a massive hit when she was busted for steroids after her last fight, a brutal KO over Japanese fighter Hiroko Yamanaka last December.  Cyborg's win was changed to a NC and now her career is up in the air.  After the positive test, she had apologized, and said that she unknowingly took the drug, which was given to her by a member of her camp.

Now Cyborg has released another video, in which she reiterates her inadvertent steroid use and basically issues a public service announce raising awareness about steroids.  Here it is:

Nick Catone, one of New Jersey's finest fighters, is set to take on Chris Camozzi at the UFC on FX 4 show on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Catone is on a two fight win streak, but he hasn't fought since March, 2011, due to a tear of his achilles.  But he's back and now, and this should be a great comeback for him.

I see Nick all over the place at New Jersey MMA events.  He is a great trainer and has a stable of excellent fighters that he's developing.  It will be great to see him back in action in June.

MMA Diehards first broke the story confirming his fight with Camozzi.

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Press release:

MFC welterweight title challenger Ryan McGillivray was named co-winner of the Edmonton Combat Sports Commission’s MMA Fighter of the Year award at the organization’s annual gala on March 20.

“The Kid” was most gracious in accepting the award, in particular thanking his family for their continual support. McGillivray’s father Kevin is his main trainer, and the duo own Legends Training Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

McGillivray (12-5-1) will take on Nathan “Soul Force” Coy (10-4) for the MFC’s 170-pound division championship on Friday, May 4 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton. The main event highlights an action-packed card that will air live on HDNet Fights beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).

McGillivray jumped into the spotlight in 2011, appearing on Season 13 of the TUF reality series and advancing to the quarter-finals of the tournament while representing Team Dos Santos. The 25-year-old returned to the Maximum Fighting Championship for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals, and scored a stunning third-round submission victory over Diego Bautista to earn his shot at the title.

Edmonton’s MMA Fighter of the Year award was originally handed out in 2006 to former MFC talent Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald.

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(Dana White's Grueling Boxercise Workout)

UFC "tough guy" president Dana White, who was a boxercise instructor before he ran the UFC, dissed soccer and decried the "pussification" of the world in an interview with Calgary Sun yesterday.  The irony is laughable--remember when Dana fired Miguel Torres recently for an off-color joke?  Dana was so offended he gave Torres the boot instead of just accepting that not all fighters are going to be PC every minute of their lives.

Not to mention Dana's boxercise career, which is about as pussified as you can get.

His answer was in response to a question about fighting in hockey and what Dana thinks about it:

"That’s a real sport that takes real talent, speed and all the things you need to be a real athlete. Now fighting is a part of hockey and has been since Day 1. It’s part of the game. It is what it is. I think we live in a world now where everything has been so pussy-fied. When I grew up we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes. We didn’t have car seats. We didn’t have all this stuff. Now things are safer and we should be safer but let’s not go overboard. Fighting’s a part of hockey. Period."

He has a much different view on hockey, calling soccer players talentless:

"Soccer? That’s a whole other ball. Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth. There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. When you’re playing a game when the net is that big and the score is 3-1 (and that’s a blowout) are you kidding me? You know how untalented you have to be to score three times when the net is that big?"

OK, tough guy.  Keep talking the talk while others walk the walk.

 

We already knew that Justin Bieber was a fan of mixed martial arts, as he's been seen at several UFCs.  What most folks didn't know was that he is not only a fan, he's a fighter.  And he just might be the next big thing in MMA.

Complex Magazine profiled Bieber for an upcoming issue in an article entitled: Justin Bieber: Second Round Knockout.  Their website, Complex.com, included some pics of Bieber in MMA action.  He looks great and armbars and much bigger opponent, but if he wants to get into the UFC, he'll need to bulk up some to make the lightest weight division, which is 125 pounds.

More pics after the jump.

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Brian Rogers, aka the Predator, scored what might the knockout of the year last week at Bellator 61.  He wobbled his opponent, Vitor Vianna, with a punch, and then launched a flying knee that put Vianna out cold.  It was a walk away knock out highlight reel moment, and the video, which I have for you after the jump, has already gotten hundreds of thousands of views.

The Predator is definitely on the rise in MMA, something that doesn't surprise long time readers of this site.  We've had our eye on Rogers for a long time, and he is definitely living up to the hype.  Congrats on an amazing KO!

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