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Kevin Iole gets his scoops…

…because his name is right next to the Fertittas in Dana’s phone?? From Dave Meltzer’s story about UFC 126’s pay per view buys:

The day of the show, Dana White texted Kevin Iole that their trending numbers indicated a 1 million buy show. The text was actually meant to be sent to Lorenzo Fertitta (it could have been a mistake on purpose as White said it was meant for Fertitta and if you have numbers alphabetically by either first or last name they could conceivably be next to each other on his phone) which would indicate an honest number meant only for internal use that got out. We were told from the cable side estimates were hard because it was one of the shows with wide variations.

Oh yeah. This seems like the most obvious explanation. Because Dana doesn’t have a long and illustrious history of sticking his hand up Iole’s butt and making him perform like a puppet.

  • CAP

    Iole scoops Dana’s loads. He’s like his own personal wet nap.

  • Symbul

    At least it wasn’t a picture of Dana’s junk.

  • SST

    And his face is right next to Dana’s balls.

  • rickards

    either iole has no integrity, or it was purposely handed over so dana and the gang can brag about it publicly. I hardly doubt he would risk his relationship with the-hand-that-feeds to expose a personal text without consent.

  • P W

    Someone at Yahoo, I assume it was Iole, called Silva vs Belfort “an epic fight” after UFC 126. If 3 min of absolutely nothing followed by an explosion is Ioles definition of “epic” I feel truly sorry for his boyfriend/girlfriend.

  • iamphoenix

    that fight was a shorter version of mir cro cop.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Think of all the high level strikers in mma (Silva, Aldo, Overeem, Shogun, Machida, Daley, Noons, Moussasi… etc.) and how many times they bull rush their opponents after the opening bell. It rarely fucking happens

    Most strikers use the first min to guage the striking range of their opponent along with finding their own and depending on if they are offense minded or defense/counter minded they work from there.

    Vitor was wary of using his straight line burst boxing attack for fear of getting countered but still threw enough strikes for Andypants to identify where Vitors striking range once he identified it Silva went on the offensive. Silva got hit in the first few flurries but then started to dodge everything.

    You can also notice in rewatching the fight that Silva was planning on using a kick based offense to keep Vitor at long range, thus nullifiying his most dangerous offensive tool in Vitors lunging combination hand striking.

    The first head kick, a traditional muay thai roundhouse was not only blocked but Vitor was able to close the gap and score a takedown. The fight ending front kick was thrown with both fighters standing right in front of one another but at long distance, Vitor was looking at Andersons feet expecting another roundhouse and kept his guard up to defend both sides of his head.

    Too bad he got hit with a front snap kick that erupted right under his chin.


    Long post made short: This is what high level striking looks like when both opponents can finish fights instantly.





  • G Funk

    I like your last sum it up in one sentence sentence. It should be placed first from now on.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    That fight was so dope. So fucking dope. I don’t hold it against you all that didn’t dig it though, I really wish you could have had the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.

    Sorry the show sucked for you cats.

    Shit was sooooo dope.

  • frickshun

    I want to hang w/DJ from now on. Even the most mundane things excite him.

  • G Funk

    easily amused.

  • agentsmith

    I thought it was more of a “WTF, holy shit” spectacle than an entertaining fight.  Silva was already doing his dancing jackassery, then ends the fight in a weird way that felt anticlimactic and will only encourage him to continue acting like a jackass.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I generally hate everything, and am a miserable bastard to be with. I just like good skills on display. The main event delivered for me.

    I can’t imagine what you imbeciles expected from two guys with that level of precision and power.

  • CAP

    I was looking for more action. But that WTF KO was pretty cool. I think a lot of people expected a little more from Vitor. But Andy is FUCKING GOOD.

  • scissors61

    Shit, man, if Vitor Belfort getting front-kicked in the face so hard his eyes cross is anticlimactic…

  • Blackula Jonez

    If Vitor and Andy were less precise and pillow fisted we may have gotten a 25 min war.


    But that is not the reality we inhabit, both fighters hit hard and fast, this fight was not going to last long unless Vitor was able to use a stifiling top position grappling gameplan and even that isn’t a safe road to victory against anderson.

  • SST


    I think Vitor was expecting a low kick. You can see him lift his front leg to check a low kick that never came.

  • FiveBoltMain

    You guys complain when we get a Korean Zombie/Garcia fight because it’s sloppy. You also complain when we have high level strikers who end a fight with 3 shots. Make up your mind. Do you want a quick finish or a sloppy war?

  • iamphoenix

    nothing will satisfy me.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ outside of retard porn. AM I RITE?!

  • iamphoenix


  • P W

    Look, I don’t care if you have the vocabulary of a 13 year old CS gamer, the word “epic” shouldn’t be used in a fucking Yahoo headline to describe a 5 round title fight that ends after 3 minutes. That’s not just wrong, that’s misleading (whether Silva vs Belfort was entertaining or not is a completely different thing, and up to each one to decide) and testament to Iole’s tendencies to oversell everything the UFC does.

  • G Funk

    SlackJawsh FTW!