I’d heard stories before about Gina Carano having a hard time making weight. If I remember correctly, she also showed up for her fight with Julie Kedzie a bit heavy … the joke was if she stripped naked she would indeed be the right weight, and I was all right with that plan. The story continues that Gina has a hard time finding competition that fights at the 140 weight class … and now she’s having a hard time even hitting that class too:
Of the 10 fighters scheduled to compete on Saturday’s Showtime-televised card (10 p.m. ET/PT) at the Blaisdell Arena, only Gina Carano (Pictures) had issue making weight, and even then it was just by one-tenth of a pound.
Carano, who came it at 141.1 pounds, appeared weak while doing a one-leg balancing act on the scale. With promoters briefly discussing whether the Las Vegan would need to drop the weight, Carano’s opponent Tonya Evinger (Pictures) looked on, surprised to learn that there was a one-pound weight allowance.
Carano, shaky and on weak legs, rushed to take a seat, where she gulped down Pedialite before Evinger finally conceded and the fight was made official. As the two squared off for the traditional staredown, Carano barely had the energy to keep her arms raised, eventually opting to fold them across her chest.
This just goes to show you that all women should throw away their scales. If Gina Carano looks that damn good walking around at 155, then that should tell people something. Of course, she wasn’t looking too good at the weigh-ins. Well, she was looking ‘good’ … but not in a fighting sense. Again, the .1 of a pound she was over was explained away by her clothes and she wasn’t forced to strip naked behind a towel like guys are. I cry sexism!
Tonya Evinger wasn’t too happy about all this, but I attribute that to the ‘Oh Fuck’ realization that she’s going into a fight with a much larger opponent than she anticipated. One pound allowances are par for the course across the fighting world … nothing to get your panties in a bunch about. Of course when you’re fighting EliteXC’s figurehead woman and there’s no real athletic commission to save you from being fucked over, it’s understandable that Tonya would start getting freaked out. The deck has been stacked against her to begin with, and I don’t think she realized it until now.
Karo Parisyan has confirmed the UFC is currently in negotiations with both Hayato Sakurai and former Olympian Hector Lombard as potential opponents for the 25-year-old welterweight contender at UFC 78 Saturday, Nov. 17 in Newark, N.J.
I think I’ve said this before, but who the fuck does Karo have to beat to get a title shot? This poor bastard was probably told he was next in line to fight Georges for the belt before Georges dropped the ball against Serra. Now a guy Karo beat is holding the belt, and Karo isn’t going to get a crack at that shit until both Matt Hughes and Georges St Pierre get their turns first.
But here’s my issue: they already had their fucking turns. How in the hell does it seem fair that Georges St Pierre will be getting his THIRD title-shot bout before Karo has even gotten one? How is it fair that Matt Hughes only had to beat Chris Lytle in an unimpressive fashion to get a shot at winning his belt back? Yeah, I know … it’s not fair, but that’s life right?
Well, I don’t see why we should be taking this lying down. Hughes vs Serra is already locked for New Years Eve, but there’s still time for the fans to know Karo Parisyan deserves his shot before GSP. If Karo gets the win at UFC 78, he should get the winner of Serra/Hughes. Make Georges St Pierre fight the winner of Sanchez/Fitch for sloppy seconds. And that’s all I have to say about that shit.
For all the talk of Mark Cuban creating a platform for various MMA organizations to get exposure, no one’s really been talking that much about ProElite’s buying frenzy. The EliteXC parent company started it’s operations by bringing in JD Penn from Rumble on the Rock, then bought UK promotion Cage Rage. Talks with ICON make it look like a matter of time before they pick that cherry, and it looks like their partnership with Korea’s SpiritMC was more of a buy-in than anything else. Let’s also not forget that they also partnered with K1 for their ill fated Dynamite show and worked with Strikeforce for their radical Shamrock-Baroni event.
Overall, ProElite is starting to look like the United Nations of mixed martial arts companies. Adding to this is their purchase of King of the Cage, one of MMA’s longest running companies. If the UFC is McDonalds, then KoTC is Krystal. What they lack in brand and marketing they make up for in spunk and perseverance. They were pretty much the only other company that managed to get it’s tapes into stores when I was growing up.
So the question is: what the hell is ProElite going to do with it’s empire? Gary Shaw doesn’t seem to be a control freak like Dana White: he seems content to let his new companies run themselves and continue to do their own thing. Will ProElite be happy pulling in revenue from these other companies, airing their product on Showtime when they feel like it, and doing a few big events a year? Or is all of this consolidation a sign that ProElite is preparing to take things to the next level and challenge the UFC?
**UPDATE** It’s official, ProElite just bought ICON. Hail Cesar!
Showing the cutting edge verve that won him a marketing award, Kurt Otto from the IFL announced yesterday that he was firing Shawn Tompkins from his position as coach of “the Anacondas”. Shawn now has the unique distinction of being the first coach ever fired from the IFL. This is despite the fact that the Anacondas were the first place team through the 2007 season and won their only regular season event under his care. The team then lost in the event semi-finals to the Silverbacks (who last year won the cup or championship or rings or whatever the fuck you get for winning the “playoffs”).
Tompkins is definitely one of the busiest guys in MMA … he’s become one of the hottest striking coaches in the world after Dan Henderson credited him for Dan’s knockout of Wanderlei Silva. Personally I’d have sent a thank-you note to Mirko Crocop as well for softening Silva’s skull up, but that’s just me. Now Tompkins is a lead trainer at Randy Couture’s gym, and according to Otto is no longer “100% commited” to his team.
This whole story is pretty hilarious. It’s like cheating on your girlfriend with Jessica Alba … when the girlfriend says one of them has to go, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which one you’re going to choose. While Otto is making a big deal of the fact that he dumped Shawn and not the other way around, the truth is the IFL simply wasn’t important enough for Shawn to bother with any more.
Shawn Tompkins was released as head coach of the IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas. IFL said he was released while Tompkins said he quit because he had taken on a full-time job as at Xtreme Couture’s and was moving to Las Vegas so couldn’t coach the team any longer. Bas Rutten will coach the Anacondas fighters who are still alive in the Grand prix tournament.
No, it’s not another one sided beatdown in the Octagon. This time the game is tonsil hockey, and we’ll see who’s the Wayne Gretzky of that!
Hmm, I dunno about this one. The ducky lips might be good for some, but I’m a fan of tongue over lips. Bonus points go to Chuck for his tender gaze and soft, exploratory hands. I’d award bonus points to the chick for her naughty nurse outfit, but she loses those for taking a photo of herself while making out. That’s just way too MySpace for me.
Everyone loves to give Jenna a hard time, so I’m gonna buck the trend. If she put on about 15 pounds I’d bet she’d look pretty damned good. Besides, you know you’d fuck her. Yes you would. Sure she’s got genital warts. But so do you. Everyone has genital warts nowadays. At least that’s what my last girlfriend told me…
I know I said I’m all about tongue when critiquing Chuck’s kiss, but this is a bit too much even for me. This looks less like a kiss and more like a recreation of that scene from Lady and the Tramp. Except instead of spaghetti these two are eating a newborn baby.
PS: Props to MMA Punch for stealing those pics of his sister macking Chuck and uploading them for us all .