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Anderson Silva is The Spider, but Chuck Liddell is Spiderman.  The other day he rappelled down the 51 story Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.  The stunt was designed to raise money for the Special Olympics, and Chuck bravely volunteered.  As Mike Goldberg might say: No fear of heights, has Chuck Liddell.  Here's a video of Chuck talking about the event, as well as one of him strapping on his gear.  Plus more pics of the actual rappel.  More than $50k was raised.  Well done, SpiderChuck!

The Huntington Beach Bad Boy, as Tito Ortiz is known, is no more.  From now on, he is to be called The People's Champ.  In an interview with ESPN, Tito revealed his new nickname and the reasoning behind it, which had to do with the Ryan Bader fight:

"It meant that everything had paid off. My whole legacy, my whole career depended on that fight. I trained really hard and had some great guys around me training with me. It was almost like winning my world title. A lot of people didn't believe in me. A lot of people couldn't believe that I was still here. I had neck surgery, lower back surgery and a lot of athletes don't compete after that. I showed that I'm able to compete against the best guys in the world, and I think that will help show people that if they believe in themselves, if they believe in their dream, they can accomplish anything. That's why I changed my name to The People's Champ. I want everyone to know that I'm here for the fans. I want them to know that they can bounce back from anything."

Tito also revealed that he's a big videogamer.  His favorite games are the Call of Duty series, and he enjoys playing with and against his fans.  He told ESPN:

Frankie and the Jets.  That right there is a winning combination, folks.  NY Jets coach Rex Ryan is a big fan of MMA, and a bigger fan of the never-say-die Franke Edgar, and he has once again invited Frankie to address the team.

Last year Edgar was invited into the Jets lockerroom before a game with the Texans, and he motivated the team to come from behind and win.  The Jets scored the winning touchdown with just seconds left in the game.  Mark Sanchez, the Jets quarterback gave Frankie full credit for the win.

Now, with tonight's crucial game against the Dolphins on the line, Rex Ryan has brought in Frankie to work his magic once again.  This is a critical game, but with Frankie's inspiration, bet the house on New York.

Fra-fra-fra-Frankie and the Jets!

 


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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