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Dana White is ready to rock the MMA world, possibly by selling the UFC to FOX


The other day we told you about the possibility of Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepping into the cage and fighting for the UFC. We still don’t know if that is going to be Dana White’s big announcement this Thursday, but it is definitely an intriguing option. However, MMARated.com has word that something bigger is brewing. One idea that is being tossed around is that White will announce that Anderson Silva is jumping up in weight to fight Chuck Liddell this fall. Another possibility is that the UFC will join forces with Golden Boy Promotions. Then comes the doozie, Zuffa has sold the UFC to the king of trash TV FOX.

Ah yes, the big (and most logical) one which comes to us from a reliable source. We’ve heard the UFC on FOX rumors for quite some time and we’ve also heard the rumors that the promotion was on sale. We also know that the UFC was not willing to work with a network unless they had full production control. However, what if a network bought them for a hefty price? Then, all of a sudden, that issue is, well, an non-issue. The bottom line is that this is the kind of announcement you rent a secret location for.

Is the Zuffa/UFC era about to end? Have the Fertittas and White cashed out? Thursday can’t come soon enough.

That’s one way to get Tito Ortiz off his back.

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[MMARated.com]: Has Zuffa Sold The UFC To FOX?

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Floyd Mayweather in a cage? It could happen

A long, long time ago Floyd Mayweather was the greatest boxer alive. But that was before he got bored with the competition. So, Money went on to samba and polka his way into America’s heart on Dancing with the Stars before deciding to take his in-ring skills to a different kind of squared circle, accepting a whole mess of WWE’s cash in order to get in a match with the Big Show at Wrestlemania. Well, it appears Mayweather still can’t decide on a full-time career.

The following was sent along to mmanews.com by Angel Aramboles:

I just got off the phone with a source very close to the situation and I am told that Floyd Mayweather and his representatives have been in contact with UFC’s Dana White as late as Wednesday but “possibly as late as last night” according to the source.

UFC is expected to make several announcements on Thursday.

1) Anderson Silva will be fighting in the light heavyweight class
2) Chuck Liddell will fight in the main event on the September pay-per-view in Atlanta

However, the big announcement being rumored is that Floyd Mayweather will be signing or has signed with UFC. For those that did not read our last update, Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing. If this signing turns out to be the case this would be a huge coup for UFC as it would surely attract some of the boxing fans that have not given UFC a chance.

Since Big Show was no problem for Mayweather, we figure that his first opponent should be Rampage. That should be a money maker…or a back breaker.

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[ProWrestling.com]: Could Floyd Mayweather Be Signing With The UFC?

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Dana White still despises Tito Ortiz


If you know anything about the UFC then you know owner Dana White and fighter Tito Ortiz absolutely hate each other. Oh, you’re new to the sport? Well, here, let us give you a quick synopsis of White’s current feelings for the former UFC champ turned Donald Trump wannabe crony.

“Tito is a f�”ing idiot,” White said. “He’s one of the dumbest human beings I’ve ever met. Everything that comes out of his mouth makes no sense.”

White added that he doesn’t think UFC needs Ortiz because he doesn’t think Ortiz can beat any of UFC’s top fighters.

“I put up with his s�” when he was a good fighter,” White said. “He’s not anymore.”

“He’s not in anybody’s Top 10,” White said. “I have no interest whatsoever in being in the Tito Ortiz business. … I’ve never wanted to see anyone get their ass kicked worse than I want to see Tito get his kicked next Saturday night.”

Ortiz getting his ass handed to him by Lyoto Machida this weekend might be pretty embarrassing for the Huntington Beach Bad Boy, but can anything really be more humiliating for Ortiz than his relationship with this?!

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[MMANews.com]: Dana White Wants To See Tito Ortiz Get Beatdown Next Week

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Brits believe Brazilian is UFC’s champ of champs


With the UFC headed to London soon for a Chuck Liddell-less pay-per-view, British tabloid The Sun decided to compile a list of their Top 10 UFC fighters. It was a good effort, but, in our opinion, they should stick to ranking the best cricket players because they apparently know as much about the UFC as they do dental hygiene.

10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
9. Forrest Griffin
8. Wanderlei Silva
7. Matt Hughes
6. Rich Franklin
5. Quinton Jackson
4. Chuck Liddell
3. BJ Penn
2. Georges St. Pierre
1. Anderson Silva

These rankings are completely arbitrary, but one thing for certain about the world of MMA is that Frank Shamrock is one tough S.O.B.!

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[The Sun]: Top 10 UFC fighters
[YardBarker.com]: Frank Shamrock’s Right Hand of Death

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Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell needs an icepack…or two


Sorry Iceman fans, but there will be no Chuck Liddell at UFC 85. The former light heavyweight champion of the world was forced to withdraw from his June 7th fight against Ultimate Fighter winner Rashad Evans because of an injury. Liddell tore his hamstring (which looks pretty damn painful) while training for the bout and there’s no telling how long he’ll be out of action. After all, would you put a timetable on something as nasty as that?

“Unfortunately, Chuck Liddell tore his right hamstring during training last week, and being the warrior that he is, he still wanted to fight, which is the reason why everyone in the world loves him,” said Dana White, UFC President. “But I wouldn’t let anyone fight with his leg looking that way. Let him heal and come back and fight when he is 100 percent.”

The UFC is going to find another main event for the London pay-per-view and, personally, we’re hoping Mr. Roboto can make a quick turnaround.

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[UFC.com]: Chuck Liddell Injured; Forced To Withdraw From UFC 85

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Talk about unorthodox; when’s the last time you saw the reverse sprinkler during a fight?

If you’re like us then you didn’t shell out the $49.95 UFC was asking for its pay-per-view over the weekend. It was disappointing to read about Matt Serra losing his gold to George St. Pierre instead of seeing it, but it turns out the main event wasn’t even the best part of the evening. The “Are you kidding me?!” moment of the night came earlier when Nate Quarry and Kalib Starnes slugged it out. Of course, that was only when Starnes wasn’t running away and Quarry wasn’t practicing his dance moves.

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Odds and Ends: Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr. – it could happen


The war for fighting supremacy between boxing and mixed martial arts has been going on for a while now and it looks like we might finally get a little clarification on the matter. NBC Sports is reporting that there are talks going on concerning a boxing bout between the UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and boxer Roy Jones Jr.

Alan Hopper, director of public relations for Don King Productions confirmed that talks are ongoing, and characterized them as “preliminary.”

“Roy likes the idea and is up for it,” Hopper said. “It’s being discussed. Roy will only agree if the match takes place under the rules of boxing, and UFC would have to clear Silva’s participation.

Making the fight a boxing match clearly gives the advantage to Jones Jr., but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an interesting contest. If the WWE‘s Big Show takes down Floyd Mayweather Jr. at WrestleMania and Silva knocks off Roy Jones Jr. then it could be nighty-night for boxing. It’s a black eye at the very least.

In other news…

[FanIQ.com]: Pole-Vaulting keeps getting sexier and sexier.

[BestWeekEver.tv]: Wiffle ball is more than a game to this dude, it’s an obsession.

[CBS2Chicago.com]: Some “sweet” artwork for a Cubs fan’s crib.

[Awful Announcing]: Stu Scott channels Stephen A. Smith.

[StupidVideos.com]: 58-inch box squat jump.

[KCBD.com]: Brent Barry is back in black (and silver).

[On Frozen Blog]: Alex Ovechkin is in good company.

[Sportsocracy.org]: G.I. Joe fans, we’ve got two words for ya: Snake Eyes.

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Watch your back boxing, you’ve got some more competition

Boxing continues to deliver what is supposed to the sports final big fight before the UFC and MMA take over for good. This weekend’s bout is no different as the brash and arrogant Floyd Mayweather takes on the hard-hitting Brit Ricky Hatton. So, is this going to finally be the last hoorah for the sweet science? In a word – no friggin’ way. But the UFC and other fringe fighting alliances are defiantly going to be giving boxing a run for its money in the years to come. One league that we think everybody should pay extra close attention to is the HHHBCF or the Hand to Hand Heavy Bag Combat Federation.

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Breaking down UFC 73: Stacked


It’s a trifecta of main event quality fights in what could be one of the most underrated UFC cards in a long time. These match-ups might not have a lot of glitter, but these are some hardnosed, straight forward fighters that are going to lay it all on the line Saturday night.

Two titles will be on the line as Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will take on Nate Marquardt and Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk faces off with Hermes Franca in what should be a pair of explosive encounters. And that’s what the UFC is considering to be the warm up fights for the main event between the UFC’s longtime bad boy Tito Ortiz and Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans. It’s safe to say that this event is appropriately named because this card is indeed stacked from top to bottom.

When it comes to the middleweight division, we don’t see anyone who can hang with The Spider right now. His skills are too well rounded and he’s been simply assassinating some of the UFC’s biggest and most popular stars. But Nate Marquardt is no joke inside the cage with a 28-6-1 record to prove it and if he can take this fight to the ground, he just might walk out of UFC 73 with some gold around his waist. And a long, lanky frame is exactly what a submission artist like Marquardt loves to deal with. Still, we can’t go against the champ in this one as his ever evolving skills should prove too much to handle as long as he can avoid the take down. If these guys stay on their feet, Marquardt will be going to sleep from the heavy hands of Silva.

Then there’s the title bout between champ Sean Sherk and challenger Hermes Franca in the 155-pound division. The Muscle Shark will be defending his newly won title for the first time after falling off the UFC map for a while and Hermes Franca will be more than willing to make knock him back out of the spotlight. But the longer this fight goes, the more of an advantage Sherk will have. Championship bouts are five rounds and there might not be a more conditioned athlete in the game than Sherk; not to mention the 38 previous professional fights he has under his belt. Franca needs to utilize his submission skills in this fight, but it’s going to be a tough challenge considering that Sherk has the size and strength to completely dominate him on the ground. Expect Sherk to walk out of the octagon with his belt in hand.

Of course, the most hyped fight of the night involves one of the greatest stars the UFC has ever seen in Tito Ortiz and the undefeated up-n-comer Rashad Evans. Ortiz obviously has some type of mental hang-up and devolves into a whole other fighter when put in the cage with Chuck Liddell, but throw him in there with almost anyone else and he’s one of the most lethal opponents in the sport with a 16-5 record. Evans, on the other hand, hasn’t encountered any kryptonite on his way to an unblemished 15-0 record as a pro. Both guys have bricks for fists, both guys have great takedowns, both guys have great takedown defense and both guys are desperate to grab the No. 1 contender status for Quinton Jackson’s Light Heavyweight Championship belt. Throw in some bad blood stemming from typical Ortiz hijinks and you’ve got all the makings of a big time face-smasher.

There’s no doubt that Evans is climbing the proverbial ladder straight to the top of the UFC with his impressive debut in the company, but beating a bunch of reality stars/UFC wannabes is not the same thing as taking on a MMA legend. Ortiz has been in the ring with the best of the best and Evans is going to be just another paycheck to the Huntington Beach Bad Boy while there will probably be a little hint of awe in the eyes of Evans. We’re expecting a great contest with a good share of face swelling, but when the smoke clears from this battle, we’ll be talking about an upcoming title bout between Ortiz and Rampage.

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[UFC.com]: UFC 73: Stacked Home

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The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale recap

The Ultimate Fighter 5 finally came to a head on Saturday night and the free event on Spike did a lot to put the excitement back in the UFC. After a disappointing Chuck Liddell/Quinton Jackson main event, followed up by a pair of decisions in the co-main events at UFC 72: Victory; The Ultimate Fighter finale was a night of much needed wild and unexpected endings.

In the main event, B.J. Penn finally got his revenge on Jens Pulver by slipping a deep choke on Lil’ Evil at the 3:12 mark of the second round. The smart money was on Penn coming into the fight and the Prodigy showed why he’s considered one of the best in the game as he dominated Pulver on the ground. And it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a heated third contest in this rivalry as the fellas seemed to have squashed their beef once and for all with hugs and kind words. Well, actually, Penn didn’t say anything to the crowd immediately after the fight other than directing everyone to his website, but Pulver couldn’t have been more humble in defeat.

In the championship match of TUF5, Nathan Diaz and Manvel Gamburyan had a great fight going, but when Gamburyan went for a takedown 20 seconds into the second round, he dislocated his shoulder and had to tap out. While it’s an unfortunate turn of events for Gamburyan and nobody wants to win by injury, the tap out crowed Diaz as the winner of the season and the six figure contract. But as anyone who follows The Ultimate Fighter fallout knows, it’s often the losers of the season who end up becoming UFC PPV fixtures (see Chris Leben).

But the fight of the night was between Rob Emerson and Gray Maynard. After a physical first round, Maynard picked up Emerson and delivered a wicked slam that caused Emerson to tap because of an injury to his ribs. And it’s a good thing for Maynard that Emerson tapped because during his throw of Emerson, he ended up falling on his own head and knocking himself out. You can enjoy it for the brutality, or you can enjoy it for the hilarity, but at least this card had something to enjoy. Maybe the UFC should consider limiting all their fighters to 155 pounds, because this has definitely been the most entertaining division of late.