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Watch Wanderlei Silva go after Chael Sonnen

The last time Chael Sonnen got into mouthing off Wanderlei Silva, Wand got in his face and told him to show some goddamn hespect. You’d think Chael would have learned something from that encounter – ie Silva isn’t going to quietly take that shit. But that hasn’t stopped The West Linn Gangster from trashing The Axe Murderer every chance he gets, and this weekend it all came to a head at the Mr Olympia Expo in Las Vegas.

Not only did Wanderlei surprise Chael and get all up in his grill, he had a cameraman along to film the whole thing. And afterwards he had a rambly two minute rant that can be summed up in three major points:

1. I scared the fuck out of you today
2. I’m going to mess you up when we fight, for serious
3. I’m going to do it for My People

Sooooo. Does this mean they’re going to fight now? Sometime in the spring? Unless Rashad Evans beats Chael in November? Ugh why can’t I just go into a coma until this fucking thing happens.

On the plus side, this does give us enough time to potentially see several more Wand ambush videos.

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Tim Kennedy is still looking for an opponent

Tim Kennedy is a special kind of crazy. Asking to go back to war crazy. Asking to fight Lyoto Machida crazy. And posting wacky shit on twitter crazy. With the news that Lyoto was being yanked from his fight to face Mark Munoz in the UK, Tim has gone on an entertaining tweetquest to find himself a new opponent. After the jump: a collection of his best challenges and threats.

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Yushin Okami just got fired for being boring

The UFC may be on the verge of another firing spree and it kicked off last week with news that Ryan Couture, Mike Ricci, and Yushin Okami were given their walking papers. The Okami release kicked off a storm of controversy online, with many declaring it another sign that the UFC is all about Just Bleed promoting. Okami was 3-1 over his last four fights and was ranked 6th in his division. He was also a boring borefest who regularly bored the shit out of everyone. Let’s see if Dana White admits that’s the main reason Yushin got slashed so quick.

“He’s been with us forever,” White said of Okami, who first fought in the UFC in 2006. “He was always a tough guy and was right up there, but it’s almost like he’d become a gatekeeper. I like Okami, and you’ve heard me say this many times, that a win over Yushin Okami meant something.

“But he was never able to get over the hump and win one of those [significant] fights. We have a lot of guys coming in and I’ve been saying this all year: We have a full roster and there are guys who deserve opportunities. When you bring guys in, someone has to go. That’s why these fights are so meaningful.”

And this is where the MMA purist argues that there are tons of other guys on the UFC’s roster who deserve to go before Okami. But White has a point – Okami has been around for six years. He’s had his shot, and the sad reality of the situation is the UFC doesn’t keep tough but bland fighters around as gatekeepers because that job goes to equally tough but actually exciting fighters.

Once Okami is no longer the best or one of the very best, he needs to compete for a gatekeeper position against a bunch of other guys around the same rank that hit spinning heel kick knockouts and tear legs in half. Okami doesn’t dazzle in comparison – he could starch lower level guys but every top 10 fighter he ever beat was via decision. Often grindy, control driven decision.

Does it feel like the UFC is tossing Okami away the second he’s no longer useful? Sure, but that’s the unfortunate circle of life that is the combat sports world. If you’re not moving up that ladder, you better be doing something damn entertaining to stay on it.

God bless GoPros. Someday they’re gonna get so small fighters will wear em into the cage, and it’ll be the closest thing to getting front kicked in the face by Anderson Silva without actually losing any teeth.

 

Earlier this year, Dana White was in a pretty bad spot health wise. He had been diagnosed with a bad case of Menierre’s Disease, an illness that causes extreme nausea and incapacitating vertigo. Tired of ineffective medication solutions, White opted to have a nerve in his ear severed, but even that didn’t help. He was resigned to just dealing with the disease … until Yankees player Alex Rodriguez let him in on a lil treatment all the one percenters were having done with stem cells. White flew to Germany, had blood extracted and enriched with stem cells. A few days later, the guy was fucking cured.

Now Bas Rutten has gone in for a similar treatment. Bas retired at the relatively early age of 34 because his knees were completely shot – shot to the point where he’s having trouble leading a normal life on them now. So off he’s gone to get some stem cell treatments done on them. How do they work on knees? I have no idea – it seems like everything regarding these treatments is ‘just add stem cells and voila.’ After the jump, his Facebook ‘diary’ on the treatments.

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