Friday, May 23, 2008


MMAjunkie wasr eporting at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas about this evening's weigh-ins for tomorrow's "UFC 84: Ill Will" event.

The fighters hit the scales at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), and none made a bigger splash than Tito Ortiz. Fighting for what will likely be his final time in the UFC, thanks to a heated rivalry with UFC president Dana White, Ortiz was adorned in a T-shirt that read, "Dana is my bitch." (White didn't attend the weigh-ins.)

Ortiz, and the night's other 21 fighters (including headliners B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk), all successfully made weight.

Champ B.J. Penn (155) vs. Sean Sherk (155)
Keith Jardine (205) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205)
Lyoto Machida (203) vs. Tito Ortiz (205)
Thiago Silva (205) vs. Antonio Mendes (203)
Wilson Gouveia (205) vs. Goran Reljic (205)

Rousimar Palhares (185) vs. Ivan Salaverry (185)
Kazuhiro Nakamura (206) vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (204)
Rich Clementi (155) vs. Terry Etim (155)
Jon Koppenhaver (170) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (170)
Dong-Hyun Kim (171) vs. Jason Tan (170)
Shane Carwin (252) vs. Christian Wellisch (230)

also...GARY SHAW...kindly put Dana "the idiot" Whites comment in the dumb box too, tis...
With the company's debut on network television just about a week away, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw has finally used the CBS deal to taunt his rival at the UFC.

During a Thursday conference call with May 31 "EliteXC: PRIMETIME" headliners Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and James Thompson, Shaw was asked about some critical comments recently made by UFC President Dana White.

White had stated that someone as small as B.J. Penn -- the UFC's 155-pound lightweight champion -- could easily defeat the heavyweight Ferguson in an MMA bout. As expected, Shaw didn't much care for White's fight prediction, calling him -- among other things -- "a complete idiot."

"Dana White is a jerkoff," Shaw said. "That's what Dana White is -- a [expletive] idiot -- and you can quote me on that. If he cared about mixed martial arts and the sport instead of caring about his big ass swimming pool and his own personal gains, he'd understand that statements like that make someone a jerk. First of all, I love B.J. Penn, and he is a friend of mine. Kimbo Slice, with one shot, would knock B.J. Penn out. But they are never going to fight. It is an idiotic statement from a complete idiot."

White made the comments in Wednesday's edition of the Long-Beach Press-Telegram. He managed to insult both headliners when asked how Ferguson, who will fight professionally for just the third time, would fare in the UFC.

"You know what would happen if he fought in the UFC?" White said to the newspaper. "I'd put him in against B.J. Penn, and (Slice) would get annihilated. The guy he is fighting, James Thompson, might get knocked out before he gets into the cage. Kimbo has no credibility at all in MMA. ... I am telling you, B.J. Penn would beat him."

It's those kinds of idiotic statements, Shaw said, that prompted CBS officials to work with EliteXC rather than the UFC.

"If he wasn't an idiot, May 31 would have been the UFC instead of EliteXC," Shaw said. "I rest my case."
Hooray for Gary Shaw!!!
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