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Here’s Matt’s response to that whole white supremacist shirt thing:

Recently a photo popped up with me holding a shirt. Let me explain a little bit, I went down to Dale’s Harley-Davidson and did an autograph signing for them. I was asked to sign a shirt then hold that shirt up for a picture. As I glanced at the shirt, I didn’t think it was inappropriate at all, I just thought it was a bikers’ club shirt. Turns out it wasn’t quite that innocent. So I just want you all to know that I don’t support that group whatsoever. I’ve gotten some emails with people saying they are disappointed with me, I think the people that know me would not be so easily swayed. I’m a little disappointed with some of the people out there who have sent emails and been so quick to assume the worst when I think it’s pretty apparent what I believe in.

Fuckballs:

A leg infection has forced The Ultimate Fighter season seven winner Amir Sadollah to withdraw from his UFC 91 bout against Nick Catone this Saturday. After an exhaustive search for a replacement, the middleweight matchup will not be replaced on the card, but the welterweight showdown between rising stars Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory will be bounced to the pay-per-view portion of Saturday’s event.

I’m not too sure what the UFC means by a leg infection … could it be staph? Whatever the reason, seeing Amir fight was something I was really looking forward to. Ah well … at least they added a decent fight onto the main card as a replacement … Dustin Hazelett is always entertaining to watch and I bet he’s going to tie Tamdan McCrory in knots Saturday night.

Chael Sonnen gave an interview to GracieMag right before his fight with Paulo Filho and no one noticed that it had some pretty interesting information in it. Fortunately, jackals never miss anything and Deze Nuts sent me a link to the story:

You are one of the best fighters in the WEC. Are you thinking of heading to the UFC?

Truth is, after this fight I’m going to the UFC.

Do you have an idea who your first opponent in the UFC will be?

Once I’m in the UFC, my first adversary will be Anderson Silva.

Really? Has that been confirmed?

Yes, it’s confirmed. Once I’m in the UFC I’ll fight Anderson Silva. I think he’s a great fighter, but I’m only going to start thinking about that after my fight with Paulo Filho. If you want to ask me about it after tonight, I’ll be happy to answer.

This interview was given on the day of the fights, so Filho had already flunked his weigh-in and the WEC title had been taken off the table. Is it possible that the UFC decided to make up for the situation by offering Sonnen a shot at Anderson Silva if he beat Paulo Filho? It seems fair considering Filho’s place not just in the WEC but in everyone’s overall middleweight rankings.

Still, all this was before Filho and Sonnen had a fight that was so bad it qualifies for a Worstie nomination. Sure, you can largely blame Filho for the situation but it’s not like Sonnen did much to help carry the bout. Hell, if I had an offer to fight for the UFC middleweight title, I’d have stepped back and allowed Filho’s mental breakdown to win me a unanimous decision too.

So now the question is if Sonnen really will get that shot. Dana has said that Anderson Silva wants to get back into the ring as quickly as possible. Did Dana dangle that fight in front of Chael Sonnen?

Props for the heads up on this one Deze Nutz!

Normally I’m not one to pimp the UFC’s ticket sales, but I try to post about shit you guys care about from time to time and getting tickets to UFC 94 should be way way up there on that list. Like …

1. Oxygen
2. Water
3. UFC 94 Tickets
4. Food
5. Shelter

Simply put, I cannot think of a bigger fight that’s going to happen in the foreseeable future. MMA fans, UFC 94 is your mecca and if you happen to live anywhere near Vegas or have the means to travel there then it is your DUTY to make sure the event is filled with real fans and not the standard mix of casino trash and meatheads.

Here’s the details on how to get tickets. And for you BJ Penn fans out there … I wouldn’t pass this up because it’s not like there’s gonna be a rubber match.

(Semmy throwing the ‘perverted Spock’)

It’s sometimes hard to understand exactly what Japanese blogger Gryphon is getting at in his posts … his English is sometimes so poor it’s past Engrish and into Engrunt. But this quote lifted from Sportsnavi seems clear enough:

Press asked TANIGAWA ”Where is Schilt?”

TANIGAWA answer “We will matchmake MMAfight in NY eve”

And He said

“This is Semmy’s will,he can take part in K-1 reservefight he want to be Heavy champion.He want to fight E.Fedor”

Schilt and Fedor have fought before … it was actually Fedor’s PRIDE debut and it was a terrible boring match that basically involved Fedor lying on top of Schilt for 15 minutes. I doubt a rematch would be too different with the exception of Fedor finishing the fight rather than winning by decision, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The fight fits a number of conditions Fedor’s management seems to have for their fighter: big fighter, big draw, cross-sport appeal, and little challenge. But it’s not like this is a new thing for Schilt. He’s been talking about fighting Fedor for over a year.

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