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On the UG Forum, a member with the screen name of SoCalPriznGard is claiming that Joe Son, aka Random Task in the Austin Powers movies, has killed his cell mate.  So far nothing has been confimed via mainstream media, and according to SoCalPriznGard, the investigation is still continuing.  He wrote:

"I am the first to break this news! Ex UFC fighter, Joe Son has murdered his cellmate. While serving a life sentence for gang rape, Joe Son has been attacked several times by other inmates who do not tolerate rapists in prison. It has not yet been determined why he killed his cellmate or how."

Of course, many other posters don't believe the story, and it's not verified so it could be totally bogus.  But you never know.  SoCalPriznGard later posted more details:

"Fact: celly found dead. Joe and dead guy only ones in cell together. Guard doing count, sees celly is unresponsive, medical arrives. CPR performed. Celly has trauma to chest area. Pronounced dead. Innocent until proven guilty but looks like he did it. These are the only facts that I have right now. Investigation still in progress since it just happened on Monday around 5:00 pm."

Again, this is just a rumor, but if it turns out true it will be quite a story.  Joe Son, if you remember got his balls busted by Keith Hackney at UFC 4.  He then went on to become an actor and had achieved a modicum of fame as Random Task.  All the while, however, a rape from years before his UFC fight was being investigated and eventually Son was charged, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Creepy Joe Lauzon, aka J-Lau, picked up a hefty $75k check for his Submission of the Night against Melvin Guillard.  Lauzon hurt Guillard with a punch before getting getting his back and sinking in a rear naked choke for the win.  All of that happened with about 90 seconds, and it earned Lauzon the SOTN award.

A lot of people seemed to be counting Joe out in this fight, which I thought was ridiculous. Melvin is a beast, for sure, but Lauzon has excellent grappling skills and he can bang himself.  I think Melvin came into the fight a bit over-confident because it looked like he thought he could just walk through Creepy.  That was a fatal mistake, and it's one that he'll probably learn from.

This win puts Joe in the upper levels of the UFC's LW division, and I'm already looking forward to his next fight.  Another win against another top contender will put him right in the mix for a title shot, and it will be well deserved.

Not only is it time to put Frankie Edgar, who defended his UFC LW crown last Saturday with a 4th round stoppage of previously undefeated Gray Maynard at UFC 136, on the best pound for pounder fighter list, it's time to put him near the top.  He is an undersized lightweight, and one of the few who doesn't cut weight for his fights.  That means that he's fighting guys who outweigh him by ten to twenty pounds on fight night.  It's a big disadvantage for Frankie, but apparently he never got the memo because he's been beating the best in the UFC LW division for some time now.

Frankie has 2 wins of BJ Penn, and this latest TKO over a very tough Gray Maynard has cemented his status as The Man in the lightweight division.  UFC president Dana White said that Frankie should go down to 145 pounds and challenge Jose Aldo, because he takes a lot of punishment from the 155 pound guys, despite winning the fights.  Not sure about that strategy for Frankie, because nothing succeeds like success, and he's having tons of it at 155.  I guess it's up to him whether he wants to move down a weight class.

Either way, he's earned recognition as a top pound for pound fighter, and deserves to be put at the top of the list.  Well done, Frankie! You've made New Jersey proud. Again.

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One of the things that Pride FC fans miss the most about that organization was the rule allowing "soccer kicks" to heads of downed opponents.  The unified rules, under which the UFC and virtually all the other organizations operate, do not allow soccer kicks.  However, Jose Aldo, who defends his title against Kenny Florian tonight at UFC 136, apparently did not get the memo. His brought a soccer ball with him into the Octagon, presumably one the exact dimensions as as Ken-Flo's head.

Ms. Tracy Lee, the hardest working photographer in MMA, and one of the absoulute finest, captured the soccer-kick moment.

 

 

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Planking, which is also called the Lying Down Game, is a new fad whereby people lie face down in unusual places.  A lot of fighters appear to be planking in the cage, but that's usually a result of getting KTFO.  Jon Jones, however, as you can see in the above pic, really does plank, high atop a pair of heavy bags.

Lyoto Machida, who is scheduled to take on Jones at UFC 140, will be doing his best to plank Jonny Bones in their fight.  But he needs to be careful lest he gets planked himself.

Here's a few pics of real planking, MMA-style, in action:

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Well, there goes Rashad Evans special day.  Evans was supposed to be the next fight for UFC LHW Jon "Bones" Jones, but instead Jones will be facing Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 in December.  Rashad is coming off a hand injury and needs more time to train before taking on Jonny Bones.  Dana White wanted to the Evans vs. Jones fight to take place at UFC 140, and instead of scrapping the bout altogether he decided to give Lyoto Machida a title opportunity.

This bit of news pissed off some fans, which in turn pissed off Dana White, who said on his Twitter account:

"U have to be a fuckin moron not to love machida vs jones"

Machida vs. Jones is an interesting bout, but the animosity between Jones and Evans makes that fight much more appealing.  Not sure why the UFC would rush Jones back in the Octagon so quickly--it's almost as if they're trying to swagger-jack Evans.  We'll have to see if Evans will be required to take another fight while waiting for Jones, who will probably get a least a six month break after his December showdown with the Dragon.

 

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Jonny Bones Jones is living the good life.  He successfully defended his UFC LHW crown recently and has treated himself to a new ride.  Not just any ride, mind you.  He picked up a 2012 Bentley Continental GT.  They start at about 190,000 bucks, and with options can easily top a quarter mil.  That's a quite a chunk a change for a car.  He better keep on winning if he plans on living a lifestyle that includes these kinds of luxury items.  Then again, after his recent dominating performances, it's kind of hard to picture him losing.  Rashad Evans, his next opponent, may not agree with that assessment, however.

Speaking of Rashad, Jonny Bones says that he's going to go "turbo" on Evans when they fight.  It's clear that these two guys really dislike one another, which always makes for good hype, especially when the animosity is real.  Jones made the turbo comment to MMA Weekly:

“When I spar my team, there’s a level of respect that’s always there. To let that clutch off for the first time and go into turbo mode on him, it’s gonna be interesting. I know where he’s open and I know where he’s gonna try and take the fight."

All this talk of taking the clutch off and going turbo has me wondering if Bone's new Bentley has a manual or automatic transmission.  Either way, it's fast.  Just like Jones's rise to the top of the MMA world.

Here's another pic of Jonny Turbo's new wheels.  And here's some advice for Bones:  Get insurance! You remember what happened the last time, don't you?

Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson played Cat and Mighty Mouse for 5 rounds last night at UFC on Versus 6, with Cruz walking away with a unanimous decision victory to retain his UFC bantamweight crown.  The fight was extremely fast paced from the opening bell--Joe Rogan even suggested that viewers DVR the fight and watch it in slow-mo--but it was not the stand up war that many fans were expecting.

Cruz found himself outspeeded for probably the first time in his MMA career.  Mighty Mouse is a blur in the cage, and he tried to take the stand up to Cruz.  In response, Dominick switched gears and decided to wrestle Johnson, which proved to be a winning strategy.  After the fight he said:

It was a tough fight.  The kid's got a sick pace, man.  So I had to outwrestle him.

Cruz's grappling was a smart tactic in the fight, although it left many fans wondering about his finishing ability.  Nine of his last ten fights have gone the distance.  But hey, the idea is to win, and that's what The Dominator does.  If last night is any indication, Cruz will be dominating the UFC's 135 pound division for a long time to come.

In another main card match, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson did some dominating of his own against Charlie Brenneman.  The Spaniard, as Brenneman is known, tried to take Rumble down, but Johnson sprawled and held Charlie down while landing some big shots.  When Brenneman got back to his feet, he was met with a powerful head kick that knocked him down again and prompted referee Mario Yamasaki to stop the bout.

The stoppage had many fans upset because Brenneman appeared to have his wits about him after the head kick.  It did seem a bit premature from where I was sitting, but if a ref is going to err, it's better to err on the side of fighter saftey.

Here are the complete results of last night's fights:

Former WEC and current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is UFC bound, and it's apparently going to happen before his title defense against Jorge Masvidal, which is scheduled for December 17.  This is good and bad news, actually.  Melendez is going to make a fine addition to the UFC, and there are many great match ups for him there, but I was very much looking forward to his fight with Masvidal.  Dana White, however, doesn't seem quite as keen on the Masvidal fight.  He told reporters at the UFC on Versus show that Gilbert could wind up fighting the winner of the UFC lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard at UFC 136 on October 8:

"It's a possibility. The thing is, with that division, it's so stacked there's a lot of possibilities. Like a guy like Melvin Guillard -- do you put him against him for the thing? Do you throw him right into the title? I don't know.

"Usually timing has a lot to do with that. They have this title fight between Edgar and Maynard -- and praise the Lord nobody gets hurt; broken hand or this or that or all these other things that can happen -- so we'll see. We'll go with the flow.

"But we're looking to bring Melendez over ASAP."

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