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Strikeforce at the Dome
Why you should care: Here’s an event you’ll actually be able to watch if you want to – it’s on HDNet. Past Bob Sapp, Maurice Smith and Rick Roufus there’s not too many big names but the card is stacked with talented lesser known fighters. These guys have a great knack for landing future stars. There’s another fighter I first saw on a Strikeforce card … who the hell was he? Oh yeah: Clay Guida.

MFC15 : Rags to Riches
Why you should care: MFC fights are the shit, plus it’s got Pete Spratt! If we don’t support Pete, he might go back to making more terrible action films. Again, HDNet’s got yo’ back. They’ll be showing this card live as well on Friday night.

DEEP 34th Impact
Why you should care: 8 man three round middleweight tournament including Ryuta Sakurai and Riki Fukuda! Plus a female flyweight tournament. I’m usually not a big fan of the smaller Japanese MMA shows but I never pass up on tournaments.

Shooto and ZST are also holding shows in Japan, so if you happen to be a millionaire who wants to spend a weekend in Tokyo watching fights, this is a good time to do it. And if you need a drinking buddy to down sake and ogle hot foreign bitches, I’m down for that too. I’m so very, very down.

Last but not least, the Kim Couture smoker fight is going down this weekend as well, although HDNet will only be showing that next week after the (barf) IFL season premiere. Still, I hope that Sunday morning brings news that her opponent turned out to be Dana White in a blonde wig, and he put Kim in the goddamn hospital.

Combat Lifestyle photographer Tracy Lee spent a day up at Big Bear photographing Dan Henderson’s training camp. And while most of the pictures are atypical of what you’d see from most other photographers, Tracy always seems willing to go the extra mile and get into the fighter’s bedrooms for the good stuff. Ahem. In this case that means getting to see Dan Henderson pulling a Michael Jackson and sleeping inside a bubble:

Dan went upstairs to take a nap. I went up and caught some photos of him in his high altitude tent on his bed; reminiscent of the movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Scientific studies have shown that altitude training can produce increases in speed, strength, endurance, and recovery. Does that mean that sleeping in a high altitude tent, in a high altitude environment increases this effect exponentially? I took the time to explore the house a little and found 5 beds in each downstairs room, a pool table, fire place, and guitars for guitar hero.

Unfortunately there’s no Guitar Hero pics involved, but overall it’s worth checking out Tracy’s blog of the whole event and seeing what an average day in Dan Henderson’s training camp is like. Will it be enough to keep the remainder of his real teeth from being knocked into the back of his throat by Anderson Silva? Uuuuuuuuh. Hmmm. Guess we’ll see.

(pics of the Smackgirl ring girls from last weekend’s show are here. These are from MMA in Japan, who know that all it takes is a ring girl pic or two to sucker me into linking to them every day)

Renzo Gracie still wants a rematch with Frank
Boy, Frank Shamrock has really gone from having no opponents lined up to many. Right now the lineup looks like Cung Le, Renzo Gracie, Tito Ortiz, and Ken Shamrock.

Gomi wants JZ
Lots of interesting quotes in here relating to his shameful 2007, his thoughts on the UFC, who he wants to fight in the future, and how he would return the PRIDE belt if he knew where to send it.

Manny Gamburyan back in action at UFN13
If they keep adding fights to this card, we’ll have to start another petition to make UFC Fight Night a FOUR HOUR show! Manny gets a fast return to the cage, probably on account of the fact that he barely broke a sweat beating Nate Mohr over NYE. I dunno if this Jeff Cox guy is one to last much longer. His only prior UFC appearance was a quick submission loss to Gleison Tibau back in June 2007

Sengoku card is full?
I dunno what’s up with this … Japanese promotions are usually all about 12-15 match cards. World Victory Road is going for all of 7 fights, which seems a bit … well, small. There’s no denying all seven matches are good quality though. Thus the eternal question … big and long vs small but quality?

Jamie Varner talks about ‘mouthpiece-gate’
Hey, I just noticed MMA Mania took my picture and even gave us credit down at the bottom corner. Which is nice, because I just screenshot the broadcast, so it’s not like the picture is mine by any means. So nice of them. They’re such gentlemen. When are you going to start dating nice men like that? Hmm? Instead of those trashy ones who just want in your pants. Anyways, if you want to hear Jamie Varner say the same thing everyone else already has, checkit.

Chuck Liddell’s book cracks the bestseller list (again)
I really have to go out and get me a copy of this. The few excerpts I’ve read have been fucking terrible, and I’d really like to see if it can be consistently bad throughout the whole book.

Stop the press! Dana White talks shit
I dunno about this quote. I mean … there’s enough fucks to make it seem legitimate. And Dana White does tend to rip apart people who aren’t fighting for him. But I dunno. The whole thing seems a little too ‘In the know’. Does Dana White really know who Bo Cantrell is? Wouldn’t he have made up some kind of insulting nickname like “Dive Master” or something?

Originally all that talk of Mirko coming back to the UFC sounded like complete bullshit. But now after reading this, I’m starting to think it’s more than just empty words:

According to the Croatian website, Mirko Filipovic said, “..I have already mentioned that I will take part in three fights for Dream, and that then I will return to the UFC. And to all internet know-it-alls I say to put gloves on and to enter the ring or the cage themselves before insulting whatever fighter. I repeat, I am not avoiding the UFC, and will come back by the end of the year.”

I’ve got to say, the idea of CroCop taking care of business in Japan and then returning to the UFC upon a chariot built from the bones of fallen opponents … well, quite frankly, it arouses me. Down there. In my pee-pee.

There’s another cool quote in that article too about Mirko losing his will to fight in there too. I’ve gotta give it to him … when most fighters give excuses, they usually don’t involve “I sucked, I was weak, my heart was not in it.” Although I suppose that’s a less humbling excuse than “I’m a mid-talent fighter who looked good because of steroids and Pride match fixing.”

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