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Alan Belcher, the man in black.  Well, at least his Brazilian jiu-jitsu belt is black, which should make Johnny Cash feel that much better about being depicted in tattoo form on Belcher's arm.  Alan was recently awarded his BJJ black belt by his instructor, Helio Soneca.  Belcher is coming off a very impressive win over Jason McDonald last month, and is just a fight or two away from title contention.  His black belt should help The Talent in his quest for a UFC title.  Congrats!

Ok, it wasn't Mike Tyson's mama that told him to knock Wesley Snipes out.  It was his girlfriend at the time, a chick named Hope.  But Hope didn't actually say to knock Snipes out.  She did something worse.  She sat on Snipes's lap at a club, which was as good as tripping Iron Mike's kill switch.  The love struck pugilist freaked when he saw his lady friend on Wesley's lap.  He chased her away and then took Snipes into the men's room where he proceeded to lay a beat down on the pleading movie star.  By the time Tyson was done with him, Snipes was snoring on the floor.

Such is the recollection of one of Mike's former bodyguards, a guy named Rudy Gonzalez, who wrote a book about his experiences with Mike called Inner Ring.

He says of the incident:

"I cracked open the bathroom door.  Wesley Snipes was sitting on the floor against the far wall, head titled to one side, unconscious."

I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned in there somewhere. Something like: Where there's hope, there's change.  Like in, you change from conscious to unconscious.

You can pick up the book at Amazon.com.

 

 

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For shame on the UFC Encyclopedia.  They gave Ken Shamrock, who is one of the most important people in UFC/MMA history, just half a page in the new UFC Encyclopedia.  That's nonsense, and it's just sour grapes on the part of the UFC.  Ken is another persona non grata with Zuffa, along with his brother Frank and many others.  He was involved in a bitter lawsuit with the UFC, and although he lost, they are apparently still smarting and holding a grudge.   In a petty move, it appears that they decided to keep his entry in the encyclopedia down to the barest minimum.

The book was written by Thomas Gerbasi, who is one of the sport's premier writers.  I'm a big fan of Gerbasi's work, but was totally disappointed with the Shamrock entry in this book.  Not that I blame him, mind you.  He obviously was told to keep Ken's entry brief.  Still, it sours me on the project. Because you must respect the chops!

 

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UFC 137: The Debacle is just days away.  The main event is now BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz, after GSP pulled out of his fight with Carlos Condit due to a knee injury.  The reason I'm calling it "The Debacle" is because I really like the fan made poster (above) that uses that term.  And it fits.  Because first GSP was supposed to fight Diaz.  Then Nick didn't show up to a presser, so Dana White put him on double secret probation, meaning he was relagated to the undercard, because White said if you can't show up to the presser you can't be the main event.

Then GSP hurt his knee.  A press conference was called to announce that Penn vs. Diaz would be the main event.  Diaz didn't bother to call in to the presser.  Only this time,he didn't get in trouble for it.  Instead of punishing him again, Dana made excuses and blamed it on his own staff for failing to remind Nick to call in.  Nice try, Dana, but we all know the deal.  Nick will be Nick and he'll also be the main event.  That's straight up Alpha 209.  Respect!

Anyhoo, here's a video of UFC fighters including Stephan Bonnar and Wanderlei Silva giving their predictions about the Penn vs. Diaz tussle.

UFC in 3D?  Yes, it's a reality and it's coming to theatres in February.  This adds even more realism to the As Real As It Gets slogan, and fans can expect to be bobbing and weaving in their seats.  Hopefully, the theatres will douse the audience with pig's blood like in the classic movie Carrie, so they can feel even more involved.  Or better yet, hire a bunch of guys wearing MMA gloves to go around punching people in the face.  As real as it fucking gets!

Speaking of which, check out my As Real As It Gets music video after the jump.

Dana White's quest to make MMA the "biggest sport in the world" just got a lot tougher.  UFC 136 resulted in a reported 250k buys or less, which is really chicken feed when compared to some of the biggest UFC PPV cards.  UFC 116, for example, did over a million buys, but of course that was thanks to former WWE star Brock Lesnar headlining.  Since then the numbers have been down and the latest UFC tanked on PPV.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported on the UFC 136 numbers:

"This would be the lowest number on PPV for a title match dating back to probably 2005, and this was a show with two title matches (also Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Kenny Florian) and Chael Sonnen’s return against Brian Stann. Two weeks between shows, and coming off a show with what to the public was a far stronger main event (the 9/24 show did almost double this one) also didn’t help."

"When asked about UFC moving the PPV start time back to 10 p.m. Eastern, Dana White said they were getting hurt on the West Coast, and blaming it on the one hour earlier starting time, saying at 6 p.m., people are still eating dinner. It’s the attraction and the issues with running so many PPVs, not the start time. Boxing has started at 6 p.m. forever on the West Coast, wrestling has started at 5 p.m. forever on the West Coast. The old start time was better for the West Coast but worse for the East Coast. FOX wanting its shows at 8-10 p.m. and UFC wanting FOX shows as direct lead-ins to PPVs was also part of it."

It looks like putting on so many PPVs every year is hurting sales.  The UFC is not cheap.  In high def it costs $54.99, and if you bought them all, that's almost a grand a year.  And with that many PPVs, plus the "free" fight cards on cable TV, you can't stack each card.  Some fans are grumbling that the UFC has become like boxing: A big main event, and a crappy undercard.

The weak numbers for UFC 36 may very be a reflection of that sentiment. We'll have to see how the UFC does with its PPV model after it debuts on Fox.  The Fox deal will definitely bring new fans to the sport, but will those fans actually come out of their pockets for pay per view?  Or will they wait for the free Fox events?  Time will tell.

 

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An emotional Georges St. Pierre reveals that he cried when he learned that he'd have to pull out of the fight with Carlos Condit.  The UFC welterweight champion hurt his knee in training, but was going to go through with the fight anyway.  But in compensating for the knee injury, he pulled a hamstring muscle, which pulled him out of the Condit fight.  The good news is that his injuries should not keep him sidelined for very long.  He's looking to return to the Octagon in late January or early February.  So Carlos won't have too long to wait to get his title shot.

In an interview with SportsNet of Canada, GSP revealed that the waterworks turned on after he had to withdraw from the fight:

"I'm not going to lie, I cried yesterday.  I had a ton of pressure falling off my shoulders, because for the last few days I was in the mindset that I was nervous for the fight. I was excited for the fight but I was also nervous to know if I was going to be able to fight.

"Now all the pressure is off, I feel much better. I'm going to do some rehab, maybe take a vacation because I went through a lot. It's not only the fight, it's all the training camp, I went through a lot of stuff. I need to reset the whole thing again and I'll be ready for the next one."

Presumably, his vacation will include hot-tubbing with hotties, which is always a great stress reliever.  And to be honest, it's a hell of a lot more fun than striking and grappling with a guy who wants your title.  Here's wishing that GSP makes a speedy and complete recovery.

 

In a recent interview, Anthony Pettis was asked who he'd like to fight next, and he said Joe Lauzon.  Which is just fine with Joe.  Lauzon told the Boston Herald:

“I think it would be an exciting fight.  It doesn’t matter to me who I fight. Whoever the UFC says they want me to fight, I’ll fight. If they want it to be Anthony Pettis, I’ll fight Pettis. It doesn’t really matter to me that much. I’m up for whoever.”

This fight has the makings of a barnburner and I'd love to see the match made.  Joe Silva, are you listening? Do it!

 

UFC 137 just fell apart.  GSP hurt his knee, forcing a cancellation of his fight with Carlos Condit on October 29 at UFC 137.   Luckily, the very interesting match up between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz is still on and that fight now becomes the main event.  It would be nice if the Penn vs. Diaz fight was five rounds, but apparently it's still only going to be three.

Dana White broke the news about the GSP scratch on his Twitter:

"I just land in NYC and what do I always say!? I have to deal with bad shit everyday!! GSP is out with an injury!!!"

"It's GSP'S knee. We will sit Carlos to wait for GSP. It's looking so far like he could be ready in a couple months. Still early to tell tho."

Once the news broke, Josh Koscheck stepped up and asked for the fight against Condit, but Condit opted to wait for GSP.  The title match could take place in a few months.

Not sure of the extent of GSP's injury, but if they're already talking about him fighting in a couple of months, hopefully it's not too serious.

 

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