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Everyone on the net is giving this fight to BJ Penn, which is silly because BJ has proved over and over that he’s a lazy dumb Hawaiian who’s just as likely to be focused on his next luau as his next fight. Jens Pulver on the other hand lives in the middle of fucking nowhere and fights to drive away the demoms from his past:

The oldest of four children, Pulver endured a childhood filled with unspeakable violence, as alcoholism ravaged his home. Many examples of abuse are addressed in his autobiography, “Little Evil, One Ultimate Fighter’s Rise to the Top.” One incident depicted in the book describes an event in which Pulver’s drunken father threatens to execute 10-year-old Pulver and his two brothers. He shoved the barrel of the shotgun into Pulver’s mouth first, since he was the oldest and first to come to his mother’s aid.

Many people are counting Pulver out because he got caught by Joe Lauzon in his last fight. I’m actually thinking that loss is going to motivate him even more. Jens might not be the most submission-oriented fighter in the world, but with only two loses coming by way of submission (a heel hook and toe hold, weird huh?) I think people are underestimating his defence.

 

The real title of this article should be “Rich to get his ass kicked in Cincinnati OR DENVER”, but it just doesn’t have the same snap. From UFCJunkie:

With a win at last weekend’s UFC 72 event, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (22-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) secured a shot at reclaiming his belt. He’ll now face the winner of UFC 73’s fight between current champ Anderson Silva and top contender Nate Marquardt, and according to Franklin, it’ll happen in Cincinnati or Denver.

I have no idea why Denver is an alternate choice, except perhaps because it’d be a less shaming experience for Rich to lose there than in his hometown of Cincinnati. For this reason, I’m rooting for Cincinnati. At the last Ultimate Fighter finale, they had the families of the fighters at the show, and I’d really love to see Franklin’s mom witness a repeat of Silva/Franklin 1.

Oh I’m sorry … I’m doing the same thing the UFC is doing and assuming Anderson Silva is going to walk through Nate Marquardt. Which is foolish, because it seems like every time the UFC makes an assumption like that the exact opposite happens. So maybe this time they’re hedging their bets: Denver if Silva wins, and Cincinnati if Marquardt wins.

There’s been a lot of weird shit going on in MMA lately … giants not being allowed to fight, dudes with AIDS being allowed to fight, over the hill boxers versus felony fighters, and the list goes on and on. Well, those stories have nothing on this … perhaps the most important story in the history of MMA: The green power ranger, Jason David Frank, is fighting in the cage:

After years of restrictions from fighting because of contracts with Disney, Frank is now getting a chance to show his skills. But Frank said he’s doing this for more than the rush in a fight.

“It’s not just fighting, it’s the training and preparation before you fight – the training, the sparing,” he said.

Frank won his two previous bouts, but he said fighting is something he wants. It’s not necessary for him.

“I don’t need to fight for money like all these other guys,” he said. “I just do it because I like to.”

Now lets be clear on something: this isn’t just some fucking loser from the later Z-Force Genesis or Ultra Turbo Ninja Vibrator series. This dude is one of the originals, from the same class of Power Rangers that brought us naked pink power ranger, the dead yellow power ranger, and the underpaid black power ranger (no, I’m not kidding).

Here’s a picture of evil mastermind Dana White. Man, for someone without hair on his head, he sure has some fuzzy eyebrows. Let this photo be a reminder to you Dana that even between seasons of the Ultimate Fighter, you should get those caterpillars clipped.

This is just one of several shots taken at UFC72 by Mark Leetch. I encourage you to check out the others, especially the one of the ring girls (bow chicka wow wow).

Up until about a year ago I didn’t really pay attention to much outside of the UFC and PRIDE. As far as I was concerned, if you weren’t in one of the big orgs then you weren’t worth watching. There are two people who changed my mind on this: Kid Yamamoto from HEROs and Clay Guida from Strikeforce.

Of course, you all know that Clay Guida is busy in the UFC getting fucked over again and again. But Yamamoto hasn’t fought in over a year now, because he was busy trying to fulfill his dreams or some shit of fighting in the Olympics. Fortunately for us MMA fans, he was injured in a wrestling competition and missed his chance. While there hasn’t been any official announcements of his return to MMA, he’s been sighted down at AKA training. Which is all this fanboy needs to get the Yamamoto bandwagon up and running again!

If you have never seen Yamamoto, I put a highlight vid of him after the jump. He’s like a midget with rabies.

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