I know Werdum was on yesterday but this music made me do it!
Anthony Njokuanis only losses are to Donald Cerrone and current WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson.
He is set to take on Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki at WEC 45 on Dec 19th
Here’s a shocker and a half: Quinton Jackson is coming back to the UFC. From his website:
Now, I wanted to let my fans know that I’m going to come back to the UFC & finish my contract. Not because the haters are talking shit about me being scared of Rashad or Titties or anybody else. I’m coming back for my fans & to shut Rashad’s mouth up & shut Dana’s mouth up. Then after that I’m going back to doing movies & I might do a boxing match once a year just to stay in shape. Hate on dis!
It should be a joyous occasion right now … after all, Rampage might be a petulant headcase but that doesn’t really bother me so long as his freak outs don’t keep him out of the cage. But goddamn, it’s hard not to roll your eyes when he continues to talk about shit like quitting later and boxing matches once a year. It’s almost too bad Rampage’s dumb-ass ideas don’t manifest themselves into reality like he thinks they do, because it’d be fun seeing him get his block knocked off ‘staying in shape’.
Here’s how it’s most likely gonna roll: Quinton will come back to fight Rashad Evans and make a whackload of money. Somewhere during this time period, hatchets will be buried, friendship with Dana will be rekindled, the A-Team movie will do okay but not great, and Jackson will not become the next Hugh Jackman. There will be no one lining up to offer him million dollar roles. Fuck, way bigger names are getting paid less.
Meanwhile, Jackson made 325k off his UFC 96 fight with Keith Jardine, plus a 60k Fight of the Night bonus plus whatever PPV cut he got which I will conservatively estimate at another 250k, and that’s only ‘low’ (aka not over a million) because UFC 96 was one of those shitty cards. Against Rashad Evans, we’re talking about a lotta money. And then there’s gonna be more big money fights available up to three or four times a year, or hey, even once or twice if Quinton still wants to do a little acting on the side. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being reasonable.
Long story short, there will always be too much money for Rampage to make with the UFC for him to walk away for good. He might forget that during some of his big lame drama fests, but in the end so long as he in it for the money, we can look forward to more fights.
It’s time once again to put your future financial security at risk in order to experience the excitement that comes from gambling on human cockfighting. After all, it’s just money, and what is money besides something I exchange for disinterested sex and overcooked meat loaf? (Both from your mother, of course.)
This weekend’s card includes NFL washouts, a single father of six, a deaf guy, a former porn star bodyguard, a potential neo-nazi supporter, and a man who has never turned down an invitation to the Old Country Buffet. That sounds like either a poorly done reality show or a meeting for All Addicts Anonymous. There are also a couple of fighters on the cusp of title contention, notably Jon “Bones” Jones and Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.
Should be an interesting night of fights. Here are the betting odds, courtesy of BetUS.com.
Roy Nelson -220 vs. Brendan Schaub +175
Jon Jones -260 vs. Matt Hamill +200
Frank Edgar -700 vs. Matt Veach +450
Houston Alexander -260 vs. Kimbo Slice +200
Marcus Jones -350 vs. Matt Mitrione +250
James McSweeney -120 vs. Darrill Schoonover -110
Mark Bocek -450 vs. Joe Brammer +325
John Howard -250 vs. Dennis Hallman +250
Brian Stann -140 vs. Rodney Wallace +110
Justin Wren -450 vs. Jon Madsen +325
Half-assed analysis after the jump.
Safe Bet: The answer to this one would likely go to either Justin Wren or Frank Edgar, as I think neither of their opponents stand a chance. But the line on both of those guys is so big that the possible reward isn’t even worth the risk of an upset. For that reason, Jon Jones has to be the safe bet of the night. Don’t get me wrong: Matt Hamill is a tough fighter who gets better every time out. The problem is that “Bones” is simply a bad style match-up for him. Hamill typically relies on his terrific wrestling to dictate where the fight takes place, and uses that ability to either ground-and-pound guys or land heavy shots standing. He won’t be able to do that against the 22 year old Jones, who has the wrestling ability to counter Hamill. This means the majority of this fight should take place standing-up, where Jones is simply too quick for the Buffalo native.
Underdog Pick: Brendan Schaub. No doubt about it. Schaub showed an all around skill set on this season of TUF, as well as the ability to take punishment, stay calm, and come back for the win. Nelson is, of course, a seasoned veteran, but he has done little to impress in his recent fights, save for his controversial loss to Jeff Monson. Schaub only had four pro fights before entering the TUF house. He’s had the past few months to continue honing his skill set, and I’m positive he’s prepared for Nelson’s belly to be on top of him at some point. I think Schaub has a good chance to pull off the upset, making him a solid underdog bet at +175.
Too Close To Call: Kimbo vs Houston. The Nebraska radio DJ is going to enter this one a better all around fighter, having worked to improve all facets of his game over the past year. At the same time, this one is going to start on the feet and will absolutely finish on the feet. Alexander is the rightful favorite over the one dimensional Kimbo, but the reality is that whoever lands the first big shot is going to win this fight. It’s a toss up if I’ve ever seen one.
Safe Bet #2: Darrill Schoonover. “Titties” looked impressive when finishing Zak Jensen and boasts a 10-0 pro record, as well as a 14-0 amateur record. He hits hard, fights well off of his back, and seems to have that killer instinct required to finish fights. His loss to Marcus Jones, more than anything else, should be attributed to the fact that Jones is a literal giant. McSweeney, on the other hand, has a 3-4 pro record, with losses to UFC washouts Neil Grove and Mostapha Al-Turk. He was involved in possibly the worst fight in the history of TUF against Wes Schivers, looked unimpressive against the half-retarded Matt Mitrione before sinking a guillotine that a BJJ white belt could have done, and was handled easily on the ground by “Big Country.” Schoonover by stoppage.
My bud Zak from Watch Kalib Run has been keeping a pretty close eye on the War Machine porn party punch-up, finding several pictures of Mr Machine pre-fight and now digging up an interview with porn news site Luke Is Back (NSFW) where ‘WM’ gives his side of the story:
Cindi: How & why did the fight start?
WM: I was outside talking to a guy I met a week ago named Daniel and was suddenly swarmed by Derek and 6–10 other guys. They were telling me that I hit Alanah and they were cursing at me saying that if that is true I’m gonna get fucked up. I told them I had no idea what they were talking about and told them to even ask Alanah. They persisted and grew more and more angry the more I denied it. They began to circle around me and I was sure I was gonna get fucked up because I was so heavily out numbered and that’s when we started fighting.
Cindi: Who did the fight start with first?
WM: I don’t know. Someone lunged forward at me in my peripheral vision and I turned and hit him as he did.
Cindi: How did you end up hitting 5-7 guys?
WM: Once the initial blows were thrown I continued to punch anyone that came towards me that I thought was a threat. I was working my way toward my car and everywhere I looked there were angry people trying to block me off. At one point even a girl, I think Brooke Haven, was punching me in the head…lol
Cindi: Did any of them get any punches in?
WM: I got hit a couple of times from the back and side but Brooke is the one who got the most punches in on me…haha…but that’s only because I didn’t hit her back. I actually really liked Brooke and was sad that I was involved in a fight that ended up ruining her party.
Now this completely contradicts what an anonymous person at the party told Luke Is Back a day or two earlier:
What was WM doing?
WM was walking back and forth with his fists clenched. Then he suddenly started hitting everyone around him. Most of the people he hit were just standing around, not really part of the action. WM ran up and hit Glen in the jaw. Then he ran around attacking anyone he could see. He was chasing Derek and Josh Hunter tried to step in and calm him down, and he hit josh. Then he tracked down Derek and knocked him down.
How did the fight start? I heard WM hit Alanah, but she says he didn’t.
I did not see WM hit alanah so I can’t speculate on that one. I’m not sure exactly how it started. WM was being very aggressive with the women at the party and someone may have said something.
Are charges filed against WM?
People are definitely pressing charges. There were a lot of witnesses. We all gave our info to the police. It was not self defense.
I wonder if all this was started over some misunderstanding regarding all that cutesy strangling War Machine was doing for the camera. Whatever the case, here’s the update on our favorite hothead’s legal situation: his lawyer is talking to the police to arrange his ‘interview and book & release’ (sounds like he’s got this down to a science) and he’s already going to court in January over beating up a bouncer at a gay bar in February, so that case comes first. But of course none of these skirmishes are ever his fault so he’s not worried about going to jail. We’ll see how that works out for him.