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No, I’m not putting ‘shape’ in quotations because she’s not really in shape. It’s because she’s IN ‘Shape’, aka Shape magazine. Here’s a video of the photoshoot, which was sadly free of half naked bikini shots.

Funny that right after I post up a picture from the upcoming UFC 2009 game, there’s this little tidbit from Kevin Iole:

By the way, as part of the settlement, the UFC gained the rights to Couture’s image for its video game. It never had that before.

And by “never had that”, we don’t mean just for UFC 2009. Out of all the UFC’s mediocre video games, they never got Randy in any of ‘em. But isn’t it great that they took this sticking point that has pissed off Couture for nearly a decade and forced it through as part of the ‘settlement’ process?


(out of Quinton’s real life, but still in the game I wonder?)

Juanito Ibarra has spent the last few weeks as the punching bag of choice for many MMA stars. Quinton Jackson implied that some shady shit had gone down and Tito Ortiz spelled out a situation where Ibarra supposedly overcharged Quinton to the tune of 25k per training camp. Steve Cofield asks the question “Was Ibarra booted out of boxing as well?” For a guy who was ‘the dude’ just a few months ago, it hasn’t been fun times lately.

Over the past two weeks we’ve seen more guys under Ibarra’s charge leave him (for Wolfslair UK of all places). Finally, someone has managed to get a hold of Juanito to hear his side of the story. Josh Gross at SI.com:

Ibarra: I’ve never done anything I wasn’t asked to do, and that’s it. I would never take anything from anybody without them giving it to me. Never.

SI.com: Why do you believe your relationship with Quinton fell apart?

Ibarra: I don’t know. It’s a mystery. If I had the hours to sit down with him, it would be great. I never had that opportunity. He’s doing other things, and God bless him. Hopefully I helped him in his life, in his career, and so be it. I have to move on.

SI.com: Have you attempted to talk to Rampage?

Ibarra: Of course I did.

SI.com: So he has not talked to you then?

Ibarra: If he and I could have spoken, I wish he would accept me and sit down with me. But, you know, people around him — his advisors, etc. — said that that wasn’t going to happen.

The interview is an interesting read. Half ‘god bless them’, half ‘they’re liars and cowards’, Ibarra comes across as a something of a headcase. Unfortunately Josh Gross didn’t press him on the points I wanted to know more on: how the money broke down, and who Rampage’s ‘advisors’ are.

Tatame has more on the whole situation between Hermes Franca, American Top Team, and Marcus Aurelio. Here’s the situation in Aurelio’s words:

Obviously he got out pissed, but we weren’t friends for a long time ago. He always was a little fishiness, and a lot of people were pissed with him. Almost the whole team doesn’t like him. The funny thing is that not only people from our team doesn’t like him. A lot of people called me wanting to help me for this fight, it was pretty funny, people calling me and saying: “Marcus, I wanna help you. You have to beat up this guy!”

I don’t really need a good reason to post about Kyra Gracie, but I’m glad she gives me one from time to time so I’m not just making “Kyra is hot durrr” blogs all the time. The big Kyra news now?

The last name Gracie end up a part of the Brazilian Olympic team. At least that is what Kyra Gracie is hoping for. In an interview with Kid Peligro, on the ADCC News website, the current absolute and lightweight world champion revealed she harbors the objective of earning a place on the judo team to dispute the 2012 Olympic Games, to take place in London.

“You can tell the world my objective is London 2012! In judo! I’ve been training hard and plan to be there for one more Olympic medal!” said Kyra.

It’s times like this that I’m annoyed at the lack of submission grappling in the Olympics. Judo is okay and all, but to see people like Kyra and others get to compete in their own sport on that kind of stage would be something to see.

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