Jeremy Horn is off September’s UFC Fight Night with a wrist injury. Interestingly enough the UFC has decided to replace him with Ryan Jensen:
Jensen, meanwhile, will return to the octagon for his third shot at a UFC victory. The Omaha-based fighter posted a stellar 11-1 record to earn an invitation to the UFC, but he was dropped by the organization after first-round submission losses to Thales Leites and Demian Maia. Since then, he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Joey Villasenor at a Strikeforce/EliteXC show, but he’s rebounded for first-round TKO victories over Mitch Whitesel and Aaron Praschak.
I have no idea what Jensen has done to deserve a return to the Octagon but I have to figure it involved his lips and lube more than his fight record. He got iced quite convincingly in all three of his fights against decent competition. There are scores of guys who do very well indeed against the dopes down at Big Bob’s MMA Challenge who HAVEN’T already blown their chance at the big leagues. Why they’d bring back Jensen when there’s tons of other people out there working hard for a shot in the UFC is simply beyond me.
Who the fuck is in charge of shit at EliteXC now that Gary Shaw is gone? Because whoever it is … you are a moron. What’s wrong this time? Relegating Cris Cyborg vs Yoko Takahashi to ‘highlight’ status (from the press release: “Highlights from this match will be shown during the CBS broadcast.”). EliteXC passed up Cyborg vs Carano for this pivotal event because they want to save it as a PPV money maker, and then THEY DON’T EVEN SHOW THE FIGHT WITH CYBORG TO HELP BUILD IT UP???
People already know Gina Carano … she’s not gonna be any more popular after fighting Kelly Kobald. But Cyborg needs more exposure if EliteXC hopes to be able to build any mainstream PPV heat off that fight. If they think they can build the hype properly by showing a 30 second highlight of Cyborg whupping some Japanese can’s ass, then they’re pretty dumb.
EliteXC has a funny habit of putting together ads where they don’t even tell you the names of the people facing their stars. Ya know … Kimbo vs Shamrock, plus Gina Carano and Jake Shields! That doesn’t even fly well for free TV, but it certainly won’t fly on PPV. If EliteXC expects anyone to tune in for a PPV in early 2009, they need strong matchups that have been properly promoted. Right now, they’re gambling their Gina matchup draw on hopefully impressive highlights.
I know the idea of having TWO women’s matches on CBS is JUST PURE INSANITY (you don’t want the novelty to wear off, do you???), but it would have been the smart thing to do. EliteXC needs to build up the opposition for their established big money draws. That means Cyborg and Brett Rogers should have been front and center and in everyone’s face throughout the entire October 3rd show. Not relegated to highlights and some schlocky interview. Just saying.
The only thing better than Willa Ford in a bikini is Willa Ford in lingerie. Okay, so Willa Ford naked would beat both of those, and Willa Ford porno sounds fucking wicked. So Willa Ford in lingerie is actually pretty far down the list of most awesome things out there. But it’s certainly nowhere near the top of the list of things we don’t want to see. So go look at those pic, damnit!
If you didn’t know, Willa and Chuck Liddell used to be an item stemming from their time on the Ultimate Fighter season 1, but she made him do all sorts of really gay shit like promote Dancing with the Stars. Now Chuck is engaged to the not quite as hot but probably way cooler and less demanding Dolphin Head.
As part of the “I had Chuck’s penis inside of me” club, Willa is fair game for Spank Banks (along with half the rest of the female population). So enjoy these pics of Willa in lingerie.
Here’s the old IFL rap anthem, up there with The Addams Family’s Whomp There It Is remix for WORST RAP SONG EVER. Why? I dunno, just because.
Chuck Liddell was on the Big O and Dukes show today, and it was a pretty entertaining interview. One thing that stuck out and kinda made me go hmmm was Chuck’s attempt at a rhetorical question: “Who would deserve a title shot more than me?”
Someone should tell Chuck that rhetorical questions only work when the obvious answer is the answer you want it to be. In this case I can think of a few people who deserve a shot before you:
Quinton Jackson: Beat you handily twice, lost the belt in a controversial judges decision. You’re fucking lucky he went loopy and played bumper cars with God on the freeway, Chuck.
Lyoto Machida: Perfect record, 5 wins in the UFC. The closest he’s ever come to losing was with that Tito Ortiz triangle choke. Past that he’s looked pretty damned un-not-winnable-against. I’d use ‘unbeatable’, but considering his bullshit ‘elusive’ style, I don’t think he deserves it. One thing he does deserve though if he beats Thiago Silva is a title shot. Chuck, you’re lucky there’s about a 1 in 1000 chance of Machida pulling off anything other than an ultra-boring decision.
Now lets look back at Chuck Liddell who’s fighting Rashad Evans. Rashad fucking Evans. And somehow beating Evans = title shot? Machida’s gotta beat Silva. Jackson is gonna have to beat Shogun or Wanderlei. Both these guys have harder opponents than Chuck, yet Chuck still thinks he’s the most deserving of a title shot.
Yeah, yeah. We can’t expect fighters to be modest – we all saw Cheick Kongo ask for a title shot with a straight face, after all. But we can still call them out when they do it.