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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.

Cesar Gracie has been a busy bee lately. After the disaster that was the Gracie Fighting Championships he was lying low. But yesterday he has posted some explosive and possibly libelous statements regarding the UFC trying to mess with Phil Baroni’s physicals for Friday’s Strikeforce card. And with a new day comes a new story regarding his student Nick Diaz:

Nick Diaz will not be cornering his younger brother, Nathan Diaz, in what will surely be the biggest fight of Nathan’s career. Nick, who is himself under a six month NSAC suspension, has been advised that due to his suspension he will not be able to secure a corner’s license in Nevada.

This is kinda harsh. The baseball commission banned Pete Rose from being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it’s not like they’d toss his ass out of the building if he tried to take the tour. My advice to Nick: Get ringside seats and a megaphone. Or better yet, run out from backstage and smash Manny over the head with a folding chair. That’s what always seems to happen in pro wrestling when someone is banned from ringside.

As a side note, I think this is the first time in a few months where I’ve actually had dirt on a commission other than the CSAC. Congratulations NSAC for breaking the CSAC’s total cocksuckery streak.

Somehow my address got onto the list for the Strikeforce press conference email. Included in the package was a general overview for the event, which included:

Former UFC middleweight champion and King Of Pancrase, Frank Shamrock, will square off Baroni, a UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran, for the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) title while former Pride stars, Joey “The Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Rua will battle for the vacant EliteXC world middleweight (185 lb. limit) crown.

Yup, that’s two different middleweight belts on the line at one event. As it says in the title, that’s a very ‘boxing’ thing to have.

You can see the entire press conference email including pics after the jump.

FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

From Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Grill at HP Pavilion; San Jose, CA

Shamrock vs. Baroni Is On

Villasenor Faces “Ninja” Rua

Friday, June 22, 2007 At 10 pm ET (7 pm PT)

Live On Showtime PPV

From HP Pavilion

Watch The Undercard Free On ProElite.com at 7:30 ET (4:30 pm PT)

Despite rumors concerning the eligibility of both “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni and Murilo “Ninja” Rua to compete on Friday’s “Shamrock vs. Baroni” world championship mixed martial arts fight card, it was confirmed, two days beforehand, that both will suit up and enter the cage for their respective matchups. Former UFC middleweight champion and King Of Pancrase, Frank Shamrock, will square off Baroni, a UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran, for the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) title while former Pride stars, Joey “The Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Rua will battle for the vacant EliteXC world middleweight (185 lb. limit) crown.

As many as five additional bouts will be broadcast during the live Showtime Pay Per View event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the HP Pavilion box office (408-287-7070); by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com, or at any TicketMaster outlet. The event is being co-produced by Strikeforce and EliteXC.

Complete “Shamrock vs. Baroni” Fight Card:

Main Event – Strikeforce World Middleweight (185 lb. limit) Championship Bout:


Frank Shamrock vs. “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni – 5 x 5 Rounds

EliteXC World Middleweight (185 lb.) Championship Bout:

Joey “The Dream Smasher” Villasenor vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua – 5 x 5 Rounds

Additional Pay Per View Bouts:

Cung Le vs. Tony “The Freak” Fryklund – 185 lbs. – 3 x 5 Rounds

Carter “The Beast” Williams vs. Paul Buentello – heavyweight – 3 x 5 Rounds

Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela vs. Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett – 155 lbs. – 3 x 5 Rounds

Pay Per View “Swing” Bouts:

Josh “The Punk” Thomson vs. Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez - 155 lbs. – 3 x 5 Rounds

Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Paul “Semtex” Daley – 170 lbs. – 3 x 5 Rounds

Preliminary Card – Live Broadcast on ProElite.com:

Rex Richards vs. Steve Jester – superheavyweight (+ 265 lbs.) – 3 x 5 Rounds

Seth Kleinbeck vs. Sam Spengler – 185 lbs. – 3 x 5 Rounds

Anthony Figueroa vs. Chris Cariaso – 135 lbs. – 3 x 3 Rounds

Jason “Live Wire” Von Flue vs. Luke Stewart – 175 lbs. – 3 x 5 Rounds

Aaron Wetherspoon vs. Mike “Quicksand” Pyle - 170 lbs. – 3 x 5 Rounds

Phil Baroni

“He’s done a lot of talking and, now, I think he’s wrote some checks that I don’t think his ass will be able to cash”

“This ain’t a joke. This ain’t about fighting in my hometown and fighting hand-picked opponents.”

Speaking To Shamrock: “You can laugh and smile with that stupid looking face all you want, but when they shut the fuckin’ cage door, it’s not gonna be a fuckin’ joke. So, keep smiling. Keep smiling. You’re not gonna be smiling when I separate you from consciousness.”

“This is a big opportunity. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in my career and my life, but so has everybody. I just don’t cry about it like this guy.”

On being granted a license by the California Athletic Commission after additional medical exams: “People say I should be thankful. What the fuck am I thanking them for? They’re puttin’ me in a fuckin’ cage and telling me to fight–. But, they stepped up this time and they took my back. They did the right thing-.I guess I’m not that fuckin’ crazy.”

“I’m gonna fight like a rockstar-..(Speaking To Shamrock) You’re looking kind of scrawny. You should get some Gamma-O, bitch.”

Frank Shamrock

“Phil, what you don’t know is you are the hand-picked opponent and that’s why you’re here. This is my town. This is my arena and this is my sport and welcome to world, baby.”

“You think (this fight) is about you. That’s why you’re underneath the name ‘Shamrock.’ So, welcome to my show. I like your glasses. Your tan is better than me. You’re ripped more than me. You’ve got a better beard and I can’t really grow one. All I wanna see is – if you beat me, God bless you. If you don’t, we just move on from here. This is about fighting. I’ve said all I need to say. You’ve said more than you need to say.”

“All you fighters, fight your heart out. We’re an independent show, making huge waves. We’re gonna change MMA – help make it right. This is about fighting, about art.”

Murilo “Ninja” Rua

“Thank you very much. This fight should be the best fight of the night because of what we have on the line. We’re going to put on a great show for MMA fans.”

“I’m going to win this (fight) and dedicate this (title) belt to Gary Shaw.”

Joey “The Dream Smasher” Villasenor

On Rua’s comments about dedication of the fight: “Then, we’re in a tough spot because I’m dedicating this win to my mom cause it’s her birthday.”


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