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Jesse Taylor, Welcome Back To Our Lives

August 11, 2009

JesseTaylorNoted knucklehead and TUF 7 castmember Jesse Taylor has been confirmed as a replacement for the main card at Saturday’s Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event. He’ll be taking Nick Diaz’s spot on the card because Diaz couldn’t be bothered to show up for a pre-fight drug screen.

That’s not suspicious or anything. I guess he learned his lesson from Josh Barnett. It’s kind of a selfless act if you think about it. Whenever the California State Athletic Commission says somebody’s dirty, a shitload of people lose their jobs. Taylor will be fighting Jay Heiron who replaced Joe Riggs. Riggs had to withdraw because he had an adverse reaction to a drug. Ironic!? (Not really.)

Apparently CSAC didn’t give Diaz enough time to flush the marijuana out of his system. What a freaking joke.

Jesse Taylor is 13-3 as a profesisonal. Since he lost to CB Dollaway at the Silva-Irvin Fight Night, he’s won 7 fights. That’s 7 fights since July 19, 2008. He fought and won twice last month in a span of 9 days.

This will be Taylor’s return to the spotlight. (Unless you count his DREAM debut a few weeks back.) Now he’s fighting at the 2nd biggest promotion in America. Maybe he’ll celebrate his comeback by kicking out the window of a limo. I hear that’s what the cool kids do. That and smoke weed and skip drug tests. That’s the new hot fiyah.

[via MMAjunkie]

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This Would Never Happen To A Quarterback

August 10, 2009

Another part of UFC 101 that jumped out at me was the sight of Kenny Florian having his hat stolen as he walked in. KenFlo didn’t even seem to notice. Imagine what would have happened if someone had taken Forrest Griffin’s hat. He probably would have curled up into a the fetal position and had to have been rolled back to the locker room like a flat monster truck tire.

[h/t: @harlingtoxad]

The Silva-Griffin Fight Was Really Weird

August 10, 2009

Forrest_Silva_21Let’s be honest, the Forrest Griffin – Anderson Silva fight was very strange. From the moment I first saw the fight, I knew something weird was happening. The entire sequence of events from the entrances to the exits was almost surreal.

There were many moments that you’d never seen before at a UFC event. Things that either made me laugh or raise an eyebrow. Most of the raised eyebrows came at the expense of Forrest Griffin. I’ve put together some screen caps to help illustrate what I’m talking about. Read more…

UFC 101… and a Wedding

August 7, 2009
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Ugh. I knew this day would come. A great fight card right in my backyard and I can’t go. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a mere 4 hour and 10 minute drive from where I live. Alas, there is a wedding to attend.

I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve been preparing for these events since early April. I even tried to get the bride to change the date. I’ll just have to settle for an hour of church and 4 hours of open bar. Then, if I’m coherent enough, I’ll hook the laptop up to the LCD in the hotel room and pass out with a Keystone Light (They have that in Syracuse, right!?) in my hand.

Or, hopefully, we’ll find a bar downtown that’s showing the fight with a minimal cover charge. Based on this list, I’m not optimistic. Oh, well. Worst case scenario, I’ll be watching Sunday afternoon/evening. UFC 101 and WEC 42 should make a deadly double-header.

If you missed it, my UFC 101 Preview is up at The Big Lead. It was set for 4pm yesterday, but then Rashard Lewis tested positive for drugs. How funny is it that the NBA has more players test positive for PED’s in August than the UFC? At least I’m assuming everyone turns up clean post-fight at UFC 101 and 102.

Anyway, follow my adventures on Twitter all weekend. It should be a grand ol’ drunken time.

One last thing – Go Forrest.

Previewish – UFC 101 – Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley 2

August 6, 2009

Previewish is a chance to meet the guys on the undercard. It’ll be a great chance to try and get to know the lesser known guys that fill out the spaces in the PPV shows that are created after quick stoppages. Sometimes, they make the PPV worth the buy.

“Sugar” Shane Nelson (12-3) vs. Aaron Riley (27-11-1)

Lightweights

These guys just fought in March. Nelson won on a controversial stoppage after he knocked Riley down. I can’t find video anywhere (Come on, Zuffa. Help a brother out.) The win was Nelson’s 9th straight and second in the UFC. The most interesting thing about Riley’s career is that he fought Robbie Lawler at UFC 37. Doesn’t that seem like a million years ago? Most people hadn’t even heard of the UFC when way back then.

Previewish – UFC 101 – Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard

August 6, 2009

Previewish is a chance to meet the guys on the undercard. It’ll be a great chance to try and get to know the lesser known guys that fill out the spaces in the PPV shows that are created after quick stoppages. Sometimes, they make the PPV worth the buy.

Tamdan “The Barncat” McCrory (11-2) vs. John “Doomsday” Howard

Welterweights

Tamdan McCrory gives some of the best post-fight, in-octagon interviews. After his last fight, a win over Ryan Madigan at UFC 96, he explained that he wanted to come out to Thunderhorse by Dethklok. Apparently, Dana wouldn’t let him. He’s also a New Yorker. He’s 3-2 inside the Octagon.

Howard won his UFC debut at UFC 94 against Chris Wilson. Other than this official UFC story, I can’t find much about the guy. He does have a sweet nickname though. You ever see the movie Doomsday? I wonder if that’s where the nickname came from.

Previewish – UFC 101 – Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara

August 6, 2009

Previewish is a chance to meet the guys on the undercard. It’ll be a great chance to try and get to know the lesser known guys that fill out the spaces in the PPV shows that are created after quick stoppages. Sometimes, they make the PPV worth the buy.

Thales Leites (14-2) vs. Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara (13-7, 1nc)

Middleweights

Weird how the fight world works. In April, Leites (pictured) headlining UFC 97 and fighting Anderson Silva for the middleweight title. Saturday, he’s scheduled for the un-televised undercard. Before his unsuccessful title challenge, Leites had won 4 straight fights. Looks like the UFC wants to see Leites get back on the winning snide.

Sakara is 4-4-1 in the UFC and is riding a 1 fight win streak. He hasn’t made it out of the first round since 2006. (UFC 57) He’s probably still around because his fights are exciting. (Including being on the recieving end of Houston Alexander’s knee.) Dana White says it’s how you fight, not if you win. Then again, maybe they just need an Italian on the roster.