UFC sues Justin.tv

Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Justin.tv, for what it calls “Justin.tv’s repeated and ongoing failure to meaningfully address the rampant and illegal uploading of video of live Pay-Per-View UFC events by members and users of the Justin.tv website.

In its announcement of the lawsuit, the UFC said that “the Justin.tv website is routinely exploited by users to broadcast illegally uploaded content, including UFC events.” The UFC said more than 50,000 people watched live feeds of the UFC 121 and that the UFC hired contractors to get more than 200 UFC 121 live streams removed from Justin.tv.

“Zuffa has attempted to work on numerous occasions with Justin.tv over nearly a two-year period to encourage it to prevent or limit its infringing activities,” UFC lawyer Donald J. Campbell said. “Regrettably, Justin.tv has not only turned a blind eye to the massive online piracy occurring on its website, we believe it has actually induced its users to commit copyright infringement thus leaving Zuffa no alternative but to take this fight to the courts.”

USAToday’s Sergio Non adds more:

In July, Zuffa’s lawyers subpoenaed Justin.tv and Ustream.tv to obtain the identities of people who stream pay-per-view events.

The court filing for Zuffa characterizes Justin.tv as far less responsive than Ustream.tv when it comes to guarding intellectual property:

In terms of pure volume of copyright and trademark infringement during UFC live events, Justin.tv is easily the most offensive website of its kind.

In contrast, many other websites which provide similar video management and streaming platforms have increased efforts to reduce the theft of UFC live events. For example, Ustream, a competitor of Justin.tv, has taken efforts to reduce the number of infringing feeds of recent UFC live events to minimal levels. Ustream lessened the once-rampant copyright and trademark infringement through increased efforts to discourage piracy and to actively police the content posted on its website by users and members. …

By contrast, Justin.tv refuses to engage in the same or similar efforts taken by Ustream to protected copyrighted material, and continues to induce and encourage its users to engage in massive copyright infringement.

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Nick Diaz says MMA needs a new standard of rules….

“(Nate Diaz) is a lot better than that guy (Dong Hyun Kim). You could see it in that fight. (Nate) won on damage. At the end of that fight, that guy was real banged up, you know? Taking some hard shots to the eye, to the face. My brother hadn’t taken any shots.”

“I used to come in running in a lot, and getting overly aggressive. You get that way, because you (get caught up in trying to) win on damage. You’re fighting a different fight. One guy’s trying to win the round, one guy’s trying to win the fight.”

“That’s why I like dealing with Pride rules. … The restarts and the old Pride rules, it’s better. The yellow card (if) you stall. You can’t stall. You have to fight.”

“You can’t elbow. You have to punch. It takes a lot of space. A guy on the bottom wants to get up, he gets up because you’re making space to punch. It makes for a more technical aspect to come out. It makes for more transition and movement to happen. It’s more exciting to watch and it makes for the better fighter to win.”

“The way that things are going now, you don’t (always) see the better fighter win. They play a game to win. That’s what my brother needs to do, is play a game to win. …But it’s hard to do that. That’s what you saw there.”

These are just a few comments from Diaz from a recent USA Today interview concerning some much needed rule changes in the sport of MMA. 

We have all seen some MMA matches that went to the judges and left us speechless at their chosen winners.  Matt Hamil vs Michael Bisping,  Ricco Rodriguez vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, and Rampage Jackson vs Forrest Griffin are just a few that come to mind.  Fans as a whole will see things differently as will the judges, that is why there is an odd numbered judging system in place.  However, there are some cases where a clear winner is evident yet they leave the cage losing. 

I have to admit I 100% agree with adopting the PRIDE FC rules as a standard in MMA scoring.  Penalties for stalling, the allowing of soccer kicks to a fallen opponent,  and judging the fight by a whole and not by round are just a few keys to making the outcome when left up to the judges more fair and balanced in my opinion.  Nothing is worse than watching a fighter getting his hand raised for getting 1 takedown and using the good old “lay and pray” technique and winning a round or multiple rounds, and eventually winning the fight. 

The Diaz – Kim fight at UFC 125 was another example where judging decisions need to be questioned on just how they came to their outcome.  Kim was by far the more battered fighter at the end, yet somehow he earned the victory.  One thing Ive learned watching MMA for over a decade, is that hard hard is not always rewarded.

But I think the best advice here is what have heard from UFC’s President Dana White hundreds of times…”Never leave it in the hands of the judges”

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Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (27-8-2)
Loss Frank Mir – KO (Knee) UFC 119
Win Patrick Barry – Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) UFC 115
Win Anthony Perosh – TKO (Doctor Stoppage) UFC 110

Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (7-1)
Win Gabriel Gonzaga – Decision (Unanimous) UFC 121
Win Chris Tuchscherer – TKO (Punches) UFC 116
Win Chase Gormley – TKO (Punches) UFC Versus 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UFC 126 Trailer

Main bouts:
Anderson Silva (27-4) -280 vs. Vitor Belfort (19-8) +235
Forrest Griffin (17-6) +165 vs. Rich Franklin (28-5) -200
Jake Ellenberger (22-5) -360 vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (9-0) +285
Jon Jones (11-1) -400 vs. Ryan Bader (12-0) +310
Miguel Torres (38-3) -400 vs. Antonio Banuelos (18-6) +310

Preliminary bouts:
Donald Cerrone (13-3) vs. Paul Kelly (11-3)
Chad Mendes (9-0) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (12-8-1)
Paul Taylor (10-6-1) vs. Gabe Ruediger (17-6)
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3) vs. Demetrious Johnson (7-1)
Mike Pierce (11-3) vs. Kenny Robertson (10-0)
Kyle Kingsbury (9-2) vs. Ricardo Romero (11-1)

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Dustin Poirier’s UFC 125 performance rocks the Featherweight Division

Its time we toss aside what we thought we knew about the UFC’s featherweight division. Most super fans and analyst had Josh Grispi already crowned as the next dominant force among featherweights, but what we witnessed in the prelims for UFC 125 was something that most people thought unimaginable. Dustin Poirier, native of Lafayette, LA and a student of UFC veteran Tim Credeur was late replacement on the UFC card when Jose Aldo could not defend his title against Grispi. Poirier entered the fight an unknown name is the sport of MMA, but convincing controlled Grispi in every round leading to a unanimous decision over his once-thought “untouchable” opponent. This loss pretty much drops Grispi out of the title chase, at least for now…and vaults Poirier’s stock in the division. Maybe with one more dominant performance we could see Dustin Poirier staring at a title match in the near future.
 
With the recent addition of former WEC fighters to the UFC roster, it will add some depth to many divisions such as the flyweight division.
 
But the “experts” of the sport no longer have a concept of who the top tier fighters in any division are due to recent performances such as Dustin Poiriers. Some even claim that the sport of MMA is reaching its next generation of dominate fighters even more prematurely than expected and what we thought we know no longer exists. Its an adjust period for the fighters and media alike and will provide the fans with top level talent on each and every card in every talent-saturated weight class.
2011 is already proving that it is a good time to be an MMA fan
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Upcoming MMA Events…

WFE 8 ‘Platinum’: 12/15/10 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Brazil Edilberto “Crocota” de Oliveira (14-5) vs Brazil Sergio Oliveira (1-1)
Brazil Erick “Parrudo” Barbosa (6-2) vs Brazil Jorge Rodrigues (20-5)
Brazil Edinaldo “Lula Molusco” Oliveira (7-0) vs TBA
Brazil Bruno “Carioca” Santos (8-0) vs TBA
Brazil Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes (5-1) vs TBA


WFE 8 ‘Platinum’: 12/15/10 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Brazil Shinzo “Older Brother” Machida (1-1) vs TBA


Unified MMA 6: 12/17/10 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Canada Chase Maxwell (5-0) vs TBA
Canada Kurtis Higgins (3-0) vs TBA
Canada Shane “Shaolin” Campbell (3-0) vs TBA


Shooto ‘Rookie Tournament 2010 Final: 12/18/10 in Tokyo, Japan.
Japan Hideki Kadowaki (13-11) vs Japan Yusuke Yachi (4-1)
Japan Atsushi “ATCH” Takeuchi (7-5) vs Japan Junji “Sarumaru” Ito (7-2)
Japan Masato Sannai (4-1) vs Japan Tetsu Suzuki (10-8)
Japan Yo Saito (4-0) vs Japan Yuta “Uruka” Sasaki (4-0)
Japan Kosuke “Rambo” Suzuki (3-0) vs Japan Yusuke Honma (3-1)
Japan Seiji “Sage” Akao (12-3) vs Japan Kyoji Horiguchi (2-0)
Japan Kota “Harato” Shimoishi (5-0) vs Japan Akira Okada (2-0)
Japan Yusaku Inoue (6-0) vs Japan Ryuichiro Sumimura (2-1)
Japan Tadaaki “Onibozu” Yamamoto (4-0) vs Japan Masayoshi Kato (3-0)
Japan Hiroshige “Hanzo” Tanaka (5-1) vs Japan Wataru Miki (16-10)


Warrior 1 ‘W-1 MMA 7’: 12/18/10 in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Canada Denis Kang (33-12) vs TBA


XVT 5 ‘Xtreme Vale Todo 5’: 12/19/10 in Costa Rica
Brazil Hermes Franca (19-11) vs Tunisia Ferrid “Hurricane” Kheder (18-5)
United States John Gunderson (30-11) vs Costa Rica Alejandro Solano Rodriquez (13-4)
United States Alberto Crane (12-5) vs Costa Rica Ludwing Salazar (12-10)
France Bendy Casimir (19-9) vs Costa Rica Julio Brenes (3-0)


Shooto ‘Border 6’: 12/26/10 in Osaka, Japan @ Hirano Ward Hall
Japan Teppei “Bull” Masuda (5-3) vs Japan Junji Ikoma (12-12)


Shine Fights 4: 01/08/11 in TBA
Brazil Rolles Gracie (3-1) vs United States Mike Ciesnolevicz (18-4)
Mexico Efrain Escudero (13-2) vs TBA


WRECK MMA: 01/28/11 in Canada @ Casino du Lac-Lemay.
Canada Jason “Dooms” Day (19-11) vs Canada Craig “Farmer” Brown (7-3)
Canada Mark “Boots” Holst (8-3) vs Canada Markhaile Wedderburn (9-8)


Elite-1 MMA ‘Moncton’: 01/29/11 in New Brunswick, Canada
United States Dan “Beast” Severn (94-16) vs Canada Scott Fraser (3-1)


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Farewell, WEC

Found a good interview with WEC co-founder, Reed Harris.

Q: You and Scott Adams co-founded the WEC as sort of a spur-of-the-moment thing, never intending it to be a huge deal. At what point did you guys realize you had staying power?

Harris: We did that show at the Mohegan Sun and we had a number of problems and we were able to survive it. Three days before our event was a WWE. So the ticketing company was telling people that our event was sold out. People would call about the WEC and they thought it was WWE; the ticketing company didn’t differentiate between the two events. Four or five days before our event we couldn’t figure out why we weren’t selling tickets. So we called and they said it’s sold out. That show we did about 3,200 (tickets) but it was a very expensive show for us. I think we would have sold about 6,000 if that (mistake) hadn’t happened.

There were probably 4,000 at the first event. The first event was really just a test for the casino to see if it was something they wanted to do. If that event wasn’t successful we would have done one show and that would have been it. It would have been like throwing a party.

Q: What made you think the market was there for MMA, because you guys entered the business at a time when it wasn’t obvious or crystal clear like it is today.

Reed: One of them was, I think it was our third show, about an hour and a half before our event Scott Adams got in a car accident. So the show is getting ready to start and he’s nowhere to be found because he was at the hospital. So there were some decisions that only Scott could make that I had to make. He wasn’t answering the phone or anything. I didn’t know what was going on. I found out right as the show started he showed up. He was hurt a little bit. He had rolled his car.

Q: What are some other things that stand out that went wrong at a live show. What are some of those “Oh wow” moments?

Harris: I had a show where we tried a new lighting contractor and during the event a whole bank of lights went out around the cage – during a fight! I got on the headset with the lighting guy and I swear I said, “If you don’t fix these lights I’m going to come up on that stage and beat your (double expletive). I was so mad at this guy because you could tell he was a flake the whole time. Then the lights came back on and we had fans running generators. It seemed like the lights were out for five minutes but it was probably about 20 seconds. But here’s the thing: If you’re doing a show outside at night, and the lights go out, you’re done. There’s no coming back from that. Your show is screwed.

From that point forward I hired the same guy that did The Rolling Stones tour. I paid him three times what I paid these other guys. He would set up the lighting, stage, the audio, and we never had a problem. There was no room for error there.

Q: We don’t see Zuffa doing outdoor events, except for the Abu Dhabi event earlier this year. What are the pros and cons of doing an outdoor event?

Reed: The cons are that you have lighting changes and you have the heat, which means you will have to cover the canvas with another canvas, otherwise it’s too hot and the logos will get really hot and the fighters’ feet would stick to the logos. You also have to worry about rain.

Q: Of all the fighters you have had fight in the WEC over the years, who were the fighters you signed and realized immediately that they had star quality?

Reed: Urijah Faber. Shane Carwin, he seemed so powerful. I knew when I met him. Nick and Nate Diaz. Gan McGee, I thought he would end up being champ but he didn’t. I mean, he destroyed Seth Petruzelli and Ron Faircloth. Listen, this is a good story: I went to Ron Faircloth the day after he fought Gan McGee. Gan McGee hit him so hard that Ron … I go up to Ron Faircloth the next day and I said, ‘What was your strategy?’ And he said, ‘I remember getting to the parking lot of the venue. That’s the last thing I remember.’” I was like damn!

There were other guys like Glover Texeira, Joe Riggs and Jorge Oliveira. These are all guys that I thought had a lot of talent.

Q: What do you believe was the biggest upset in UFC history?

Harris: The biggest upset in WEC history was when Mike Thomas Brown knocked out Urijah Faber in their first fight. That was a fight where everybody just looked around and went, “What the hell just happened?’” It happened so quickly in the first round.

Q: Tell me about your good buddy Chuck Liddell. There was some talk that he might fight for the WEC at your first show. He was slated to fight for the WEC way back. Talk about that.

Harris: I’ve never said this to anybody. Before Scott and I started the WEC I was helping Chuck get a loan. And I dragged the loan officers from the bank to the show because I had listed Chuck as a fighter. The people at the bank wanted to do the deal because I did so much business with them but the loan officers were like, “How can we give this guy a loan, he’s an MMA fighter?” No one knew what it was. So I took these four female loan officers and the office manager to the show and Chuck was fighting Steve Heath. In the second round Chuck kicked Steve Heath with one of the hardest kicks I’ve ever seen. Steve Heath fell to the mat like a ton of bricks. The people from the lender were stunned. But Chuck got the loan. And the deal was that if I helped Chuck and Scott with real estate, because I worked in real estate, that they would teach me how to really fight. So they put me in the ring with Cruz Gomez, one of the guys who fought for me at 145 pounds, and he took me down and submitted me in like 15 seconds. I thought he got lucky so the second time I threw a kick and connected a little bit. But he just took me down and submitted me with a triangle in like 45 seconds. So that was my introduction to MMA.

Yeah, we actually had posters with Chuck on them. He was going to fight for us. I think the UFC had signed him without him knowing that he had signed with us. Then the UFC sent me a cease-and-desist letter. I didn’t do anything wrong … so I’m like, ‘Send it to Chuck!’ Obviously Scott and I knew that it was much better for Chuck to fight for the UFC than in our first show. See, the plan was, if Chuck had lost (his UFC fight) then he would come back and fight for us. So I was sitting next to Scott in New Jersey (at UFC 31) when Chuck knocked out Kevin Randleman. Scott looked over at me and said, “So much for that (chuckles).” We weren’t disappointed. I just didn’t think that Chuck could beat Randleman. I had gone to a store and bought old UFC tapes with Randleman’s fights. After watching Randleman I said, ‘There’s no way Chuck is going to beat this guy, Kevin Randleman is a monster!” But Chuck knocked him out.

So after our blow-up with the UFC, Chuck arranged a dinner with me and Dana. I remember telling Dana, you didn’t need to send me a letter, you could have called. I remember looking at Chuck – he was sitting behind us – and he kept staring at his plate. He wouldn’t even look up. That’s Chuck; he hates conflict, you know? But Dana and I ended up being friends.

The first show we did with HDNet, on January 16, 2004, where Chris Leben beat Mike Swick. Dana and I got along really good. So one day Dana called me and said, “I want tape on Swick and Leben. And what I’m going to do, I’m going to play it on The Ultimate Fighter show and when we show it we’ll go really slow over the WEC logo.” That was huge. Dana got us on TV for nothing. That was huge.

Q: What is the best fight in WEC history?

Harris: Leonard Garcia versus Chan Sung Jung was probably my high point. I was standing there and thinking, “Man, everything we’ve done has culminated into this moment with these two guys giving it everything they’ve got just for the sheer sport of it. Leonard Garcia is like my Stephan Bonnar or Forrest Griffin. Leonard fought for me on our very first show.

The first show we did live on HDNet was that Olaf Alfonso/John Polakowski fight, which is probably the best fight I’ve ever seen other than the Leonard Garcia-Chan Sung Jung fight. It was the same type of fight. It went three rounds. Both guys got their noses broken in the first minute of the fight. There was just blood and guts for three rounds. Dana was at that fight standing and screaming because it was so good. What a way to debut on HDNet. It was like my Bonnar-Forrest Griffin fight.

The night Dana came to that show I went in the back and told all the fighters, “Dana (expletive) White is here!” We had some of the best fights we’ve ever had because Dana was sitting there watching.

Heck, I remember sitting at a company picnic for a company where I was vice president … one of the female employees brought her parents to the picnic. Her dad was sitting and there and he’s in his 50s. I remember him saying, “Man, I was watching that Ultimate Fighter show and those guys are pretty talented. They’re not thugs.” And I remember thinking, ‘That’s it. We’ve just turned the corner.” And then he asked me for tickets to my show, which was two hours away. I remember walking away from that thinking, “It’s starting to happen.” It still gives me chills to this day when I think about it.

Look, we always knew, if the UFC didn’t make it, none of us would. That’s why whenever the UFC called and wanted a fighter, I’d give them the fighter. Leben, Swick…we didn’t try to tie these guys up with their contracts. Some companies will never let you out of a contract to go to the UFC. This really came from Scott (Adams) because he had been a fighter, too. We had seen how hard these guys worked in the gym and we always wanted the best for them; I still do. Even with this transition to the UFC. It’s best for the fighters and that’s what really motivates me. These fighters are good guys.

Q: Now, a lot of people don’t know it, but you’ve got a black belt in taekwondo and you’ve also got a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and have trained in submissions for year. How many fighters have you rolled with?

Harris: Well, in the old days Scott used to bring guys to the gym and tell me to roll with them. That was always an experience.

Q: Biggest crowd ever?

Harris: 15,000 and something in Sacramento for Aldo-Faber, our first Pay-per-View event.

Q: Tell me about some of the habits you believe helped make you a successful promoter.

Harris: I was in sales when I was younger and people would screw me out of pay and commissions and stuff like that, and I made a promise that I would never do that to a fighter. Well, there was a time when a fighter didn’t show up – and this was back in the old days where if a fight didn’t happen, you didn’t pay ‘em – and a fighter showed up, his opponent didn’t, and we paid him. I never gipped anybody, I never didn’t pay somebody what I told them I would pay them.

I remember one time we lost a checkbook right before the end of the show and I had to go to the cage at The Palace (casino) and get $60,000 cash to pay the fighters cash.

Q: Who is the most popular fighter in WEC history?

Harris: Urijah Faber certainly became the most popular fighter, but I wouldn’t say he was the ‘poster boy’ because every event needed good fighters, otherwise we wouldn’t have survived. It was a team effort. We had so many good fighters like Carlos Condit and Brian Stann who anchored shows and made us watchable. All the fighters have a part of that. But Urijah became the most popular and personable fighter.

Q: What is it about Urijah Faber, that you saw him early, that made him so magnetic to the masses?

Harris: I think a lot of it has to do with his lifestyle. I mean, unlike the perception some people had of fighters being thugs back in 2006, he portrayed this clean-living, non-partying guy with the California lifestyle, surfing and tanned, but was totally dedicated to training. He put his money where his mouth was. He didn’t talk a game. I think people really want clean-living heroes. Urijah is a smart dude who lives MMA and understands the sport. His life isn’t based on winning and losing. He just goes out there and performs to the best of his ability. Because he told me, “If life is based on winning and losing then you’re going to be sad a lot. And I’m not going to live my life like that.” That was some of the best advice I’ve ever heard from a fighter.

Courtesy of ufc.com/news

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Upcoming MMA Events for September

The Way of Shooto 05: September 23, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan.
Japan Shuichiro Katsumura (11-7) vs United States Darren “BC” Uyenoyama (5-3)
Japan Junji “Sarumaru” Ito (6-2) vs Jesse “Spiderman” Taitano (7-7)
Japan Hiromasa Ogikubo (6-2) vs Japan So Tazawa (8-6)
Japan Yo Saito (3-0) vs Japan Yoshifumi Nakamura (2-0)
Japan Masaki Yanagisawa (9-8) vs Hyoung Kyun Kim (3-1)
Japan Yusuke Yachi (3-1) vs Jin Hyun Kim (1-1)
Japan Akira Okada (1-0) vs Japan Yoshinori Suzuki (1-0)
Japan Masumi Tozawa (3-2) vs Japan Hiroshi Osato (1-1)

Bellator 30: September 23, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.
MAIN EVENT SUPERFIGHT

United States Jeremy “Gumby” Horn (86-19) vs United States Bryan “Beast” Baker (13-2)
BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL
United States Ed West (14-4) vs United States Jose Vega (9-3)
United States Zack “Fun Size” Makovsky (10-2) vs United States Bryan Goldsby (12-12)
TELEVISED NON-TOURNAMENT FIGHT
United States Ron Sparks (5-0) vs United States Greg Maynard (2-0)
NON-TOURNAMENT BOUTS
United States Jacob “Tick-Tock” McClintock (6-1) vs United States Brent Weedman (16-5)
United States Jeremiah “Mississippi” Riggs (2-5) vs United States Mike Fleniken (2-2)
United States Josh Clark (3-0) vs United States John Troyer (10-6)
United States T.J. Barber (3-0) vs United States B.J. Ferguson (1-1)
United States Stoney “Skuller” Hale (3-1) vs United States Mike O’Donnell (2-2)

Legend Fighting Championship 3: Sept. 24, 2010 in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Hae Joon “Hungry” Yang (5-0) vs Kelvin “Big Hit” Fitial (10-6)
Kevin “Silencer” Belingon (7-0) vs People's Republic of China Dalai Bayin (4-1)
People's Republic of China Zhuo “Dynamite” Yang (5-0) vs Kenny Yeung (1-1)
Myung Ho “Wolverine” Bae (10-5) vs Adam Shahir Kayoom (1-0)
Canada Hardeep Singh (9-1) vs Yohan Mulia Legowo (10-3)
People's Republic of China Guang You Ning (6-1) vs A Sol Kwon (12-6)
Australia Justin Murray (6-2) vs Hoon Kim (7-7)
People's Republic of China Jing Liang Li (9-2) vs Andrei Liu (2-0)
Japan Takuma Wakabayashi (3-0) vs Yeong Gwang Choi (9-6)

DREAM 16: September 25, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan @ Nippon Gaishi Hall.
DREAM LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP
Armenia Gegard “Dreamcatcher” Mousasi (29-3) vs Japan Tatsuya Mizuno (8-5)
LIVE ON HDNET
United States Jason “Mayhem” Miller (23-7) vs Japan Kazushi Sakuraba (26-13)
Japan Shinya Aoki (24-5) vs Brazil Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio (20-8)
Japan Michihiro Omigawa (11-8) vs United States Cole “Apache Kid” Escovedo (16-5)
Japan “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (18-4) vs Japan Kazuyuki Miyata (9-7)
Norway Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen (19-10) vs Japan Hideo Tokoro (26-22)
Japan Hiroyuki Takaya (13-8) vs United States Chase “Rage” Beebe (13-6)
Japan Mitsuhiro Ishida (19-6) vs Japan Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura (11-5)
Japan Ikuhisa “Punk” Minowa (46-30) vs England James Thompson (15-13)

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Bad Break…. or GOOD Karma?

Monday night on a nationally televised football game, Saints running back Reggie Bush suffered a broken leg at the hands of the San Fransisco 49ers defense.  An injury that will cause Bush to miss 4-6 games this season.

Bush has been in the news alot recently (all for the wrong reasons) and is receiving mixed feelings about his injury from the football community.  Some fans think it’s sad and wish for a speedy recovery, others laugh at his misfortune and say he deserves it and worse.

As if a broken leg isn’t bad enough, but recently Bush had announced he will willingly part with his 2005 Heisman Trophy that he won while playing with the University of Southern California.  A hollow gesture offered to attempt to save what little face he has left in the world of college football, even though the Heisman Trophy Committee has said they would have made him give it back regardless.

Once a legend among the College Football Gods, Reggie Bush has been erased from the history of college football, especially at the very university that made him a star.  The University of Southern California has removed his retired number from the stadium in which they play,  painted over murals dedicated to the former football icon, banned him from setting foot on the campus, and even returned the replica Heisman Trophy that once graced Heritage Hall on USC’s campus.  ( Yes, RETURNED it themselves becuase they did not want it.)

Bush’s silence through the whole matter has spoken volumes.  Never once has he said what he did was wrong, never once did he apologize to the 80+ fellow teammates for cheating them out of the National Championship that they all worked so hard to achieve, nor did he apologize to his coaches , staff, alumni, or fans for giving the university a bad reputation for “cheating”.  But lets look at this fact…in 4 years of sanctions and investigations Reggie Bush’s illegal action were the ONLY thing the NCAA could find.  So that pretty much identifies that Bush and Bush alone is solely responsible for what took place.  And yet his sub-human approach in dealing with the issue and not caring about the troubles he has caused if solid proof to back up what people have that of him for some time now… that he is flawed human with no dignity who had his teammates stripped of a reward they most certainly deserved, and himself stripped of a Heisman trophy.

So to those who still feel bad for poor Reggie’s recent string of bad luck, I say to you “Karma …BITCH!  One broken leg is good, but one more and I think we’ll be even”

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UFC 117 predictions

What an exciting card this will be! We will have a number 1 heavyweight contender crowned with Nelson vs Dos Santos, finally a legit opponent for Andersin Silva to face for his title, Clay Guida always brings the thunder to his matchups, and plenty more. I have to say, the UFC did an excellent job and constructing this card. All the fights will be quality, top-level matchups. If this card doesnt get you excited, you may want to find a new sport to watch! OK, forget all the “fluff”…lets get right down to the predictions.

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Here we go……this has been built up to be a great fight. Silva has received the label as a “lazy” fighter and that his past recent fights have been against low level opponents. So, it’s a major proving ground for Anderson Silva. Chael Sonnen’s comments of late have called out Silva calling him overrated and although Sonnen acknowledges Silva’s overall skill, he has little to no respect for the champ. Ive seen SO MANY of these guy’s fights in the past, both being guilty of being involved in snoozers, but I think the time has come for a new champ to be crowned. Sonnen’s work ethic as of late has been unrivaled, he has the tools and I think he will be the one to dethrone Silva.
Pick: Sonnen by decision

Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
This fight will showcase two of the best welterweights in MMA today,and possibly the best welterweight fight that could happen that doesn’t inlude GSP. Fitch already has a win over Alves via second-round TKO in 2006, however, Alves’ improvement since has far surpassed Fitch’s growth in the MMA game. Look for Alves to use his strength to take this to the ground and overpower Fitch. Fitch is a great wrestler but Alves’ determination for avenging his previous loss to Fitch will be the key to his victory.
Pick: Alves via TKO

Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Prepare yourself for the Fight of the night folks!! Both these fighters are ready for this battle, especially when you see Guida’s name on a card, you can guarantee top notch entertainment. One thing is certain , Guida will test dos Anjos cardio and mental stamina. Dos Anjos currently has a three-fight winning streak, including a textbook arm bar submission of Terry Etim at UFC 112. Although dos Anjos is the better BJJ player in this matchup, look for Guida to take him down and control this fight, ending it with some serious ground n pound.
Pick: Guida via TKO

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
To me this is the most appealing fight of the entire UFC 117 card. Although Almeida is the favored winner based on Las Vegas odds, I simply don’t see it! Anyone who is familiar with MMA knows who Matt Hughes is and what he brings to a fight. I will say this, if Hughes shows up in shape, he wins this matchup. Hughes has shown signs of gassing out in the past, but sources says he’s had one of his best camps ever in preparation for this fight against Ricardo Almeida. Hughes has only lost to Thiago Alves and George St Pierre in the past 6 years, and even though he is past his prime, look for him to control the fight, and grind out an impressive win at UFC 117.
Pick: Hughes via TKO

Roy Nelson vs. Junior dos Santos
The winner of this matchup will one becomes the next No. 1 heavyweight contender. That being said….this becomes an even greater reason for both fighters to leave it all in the cage for this battle.
Dos Santos has owned ever fighter he has faced, and has some of the best hands in the sports today. There is no doubt that his confidence in his standup game has caused fear in all opponents he has faced. This guy is simply the future face of the UFC.
But Nelson is a seriously dangerous fighter, and could beat anyone on any given night in the UFC. Roy Nelson is such a polished fighter that it makes it hard to pick against him, even against a beast like dos Santos. His knockout power alone makes him a devastating force against anybody.
I see this being a slugfest, both fighters swinging for the fences and rocking each other. I would think the crowd will be on their feet before the end of the 1st round. After exchanging huge blows I see it going to the ground, and this is where Nelson will impress. My heart says dos Santos takes this one, but my head says Nelson is the perfect matchup to pull off the upset.
*Drumroll…………………*
Pick: Dos Santos via KO

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