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Time to get serious, people!  And I mean Dead Serious!  Dead Serious MMA returns to the Rahway Rec Center this Saturday, April 7.  The card is stacked and as of right now, we've got 15 fights scheduled, including a 154 pound title tilt featuring Chris Sladky vs. Mark Cugliari.  The last Dead Serious show was a sell out, so get your tickets ASAP by clicking on the poster above or hitting the Dead Serious MMA website.

I will once again be doing my thing in the cage, and will also be sitting in at the GoFightLive commentary booth.  My partner for this show in none other than my MMA coach Anthony Sansonetti.  He will wow you with his knowledge, believe me.  It's going to be a great show.

Check out the complete card after the jump.  See you at the show!

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There is only one thing worse than being put in the "friend zone" by a hot chick, and that's being put in the friend zone in a very public way.  Which is exactly what happened to a drunk Dana White last night.  Dana was apparently drowning his sorrows over the main event of UFC 146 falling apart, and he wanted the world to know how wasted he was. He posted this rather pathetic pic of himself (above) clinging to Olivia Munn's bosom, and said that he's "dr#*¥ and don't give a Fu@# :)"

So far so good, right?  Well, here's where it gets really sad.  After seeing the pic, Olivia commented on it via her own Twitter.  She said:  "dude, this pic makes it look like I'm breast-feeding you. Its misleading, I admit... Ur my big brother & I love you."

Ouch! That's gotta hurt.

Two things are troubling about this incident, the public humiliation of being friend-zoned by a hottie notwithstanding. One is that Dana is married with children, and it's pretty disrespectful of him to be proudly posting a pic of him burying his drunken red face into Munn's chest.  The other is that White is supposed to be a recovering alcoholic.  In an ESPN article, since removed from the Internet but archived by MMAPayout, Dana's penchant for booze and food was addressed:

"A few months ago, Rolling Stone sent a reporter to spend time with White, and got the full Dana-White-in- Vegas treatment. He’s been very candid about his alcohol troubles and going sober 15 years ago, but he’s also been candid about flopping off the wagon now and then. And Rolling Stone caught him in the midst of a four-month bender of drinking and over-eating.

“'I was a real slob,” White says.'"

Dana, here's a newsflash for you: You still are a real slob. Get help.


According to the NSAC, Alistair Overeem has been cycling something a bit stronger than horse meat.  The UFC number 1 heavyweight contender has just tested positive for an increased T/E ratio, which means that his testosterone levels were higher than what the body normally produces.  This pretty much scuttles the planed Junior Dos Santos vs. Overeem fight that was scheduled for next month.  Before Overeem can fight, he needs to go before the commission in Nevada.

The official notice for the failed test came from NSAC's Keith Kizer:

"The following athletes were tested on March 27:  Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva.  All test results were negative, except Mr. Overeem tested positive for an increased T/E ratio (> 10).  Mr. Overeem will need to appear before the Commission if he seeks licensure"

Dana White, on a conference call said that he is "beyond pissed" about the results.

This is yet another blow for the UFC, and another black eye for the sport of mixed martial arts.  I'll have more on the failed test and what it means for the UFC in the near future.

 

In this video, you'll see Rashad Evans refusing to sign a picture for a fan. Although you can't see the pic in question, it's pretty obvious that the fan was bringing a copy of the infamous pic of Rashad getting knocked out by Lyoto Machida.  It was a super douchebaggy move for the fan to ask Evans to sign that, and when Rashad refused and then refused to take a picture with the fan, the fan's face registered just how bad he'd been clowned.

Fighters put their lives on the line to entertain us, and they deserve respect.  Rashad showed great restraint in not bitchslapping the bitch who presented that pic to sign.  I guess the fan  wanted to be an Internet hero, but all he did was clown himself.  Good work, Rashad!

Dana White recently made some disparaging remarks about soccer, calling it a sport that requires very little talent.  The comments, which were basically Dana attention-whoring, caused an uproar and many fans expressed how idiotic the UFC president seems every time he opens his mouth.  White's anti-soccer tirade caught the attention of soccer star Jimmy Conrad, who released a video challenging Dana to a soccer match.  This probably made Dana quiver in delight, because once again the focus is on him.  He'll probably respond to this challenge in the near future, and I will post what he says on here.

What's so dumb about this whole thing is that Dana should be the last guy to disparage other sports.  The UFC got a lot of bad press when Brock Lesnar came over from the WWE, and despite never having fought MMA in his life, needed just three fights before challenging for and winning the UFC heavyweight title.  The same comments Dana made about soccer were made about the UFC then, but Dana didn't find it quite so amusing.

Here's Conrad's challenge video:

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(Dana White: Soccer sucks yuh yuh)

When the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight was made, Greg Jackson hinted that he might sit the fight out and watch it from the sidelines. This was because of his long relationship with Evans, who left the camp after Jones became part of Team Jackson.  Despite Jackson's statements, I always believed he'd be in Jones's corner for the fight, and now he says that he will indeed corner the UFC LHW champion, but that it won't be fun.

Jackson explained his decision to corner Jones on The MMA Hour, where he said:

"I felt I had kind of a duty to the team.What I mean by that is Jon Jones is on the team, Rashad has left the team and has made it pretty clear he’s not coming back. My personal feeling, if I wanted to be a little selfish, I would say, 'I don’t want to deal with any of it. I don’t want to be there at all.' But it has to mean something to be on a team. It has to mean something, and I felt I had a duty to do that, because Jon’s on the team, so it’s my responsibility to corner him. Even though it’s a really hard decision, I decided to go with it."

He went on to say that cornering Jones against a guy he "loves" is a tough thing to do:

"It’s not fun," he said of the situation. "I wouldn’t call it weird, it’s just not fun. I love Jon to death, but I love Rashad, too. And so it’s not a position I enjoy at all. It’s not something I like, but it something I think I have to do."

Jackson is a great strategist, so whether he corners Jones or not, you can bet that Bones will have a gameplan designed around what Jackson knows about Evans.  Still, this fight is likely to be Jones's toughest test yet.  Evans knows things about Jones from training with him, so this fight should be a doozy.

 

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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