Tuesday, September 30, 2008


EliteXC has bolstered its October 4 CBS card with the addition of a solid heavyweight match-up between Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson.

The news -- first reported by Sherdog -- significantly improves the quality of the EliteXC show. Arlovski is widely viewed as one of the Top 5 heavyweights in mixed martial arts, and Nelson (pictured above) is considered to be in the Top 20. Although it's not as big a fight to casual fans, the quality of the MMA on display in this fight will be much better than the quality of the Kimbo Slice-Ken Shamrock main event.

The news is also a big surprise because both Arlovski, a former UFC champion with a 13-5 career record, and Nelson, who is 13-2 and former champion of the now-defunct IFL, are under contract to Affliction. But apparently EliteXC and Affliction think the only way they can ever compete with the UFC is to join forces, and they're willing to co-promote this fight.

For fans, EliteXC and Affliction working together has to be viewed as a good thing. The bottom line is that the October 4 EliteXC show just got better.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


The diamond was discovered in the Letseng Mine on September 8, the company said in a statement. It has been analyzed by experts in Antwerp and found to weigh 478 carats, with very few inclusions and of outstanding color and clarity.

"It has the potential to yield one of the largest flawless D color round polished diamonds in history," the company said.

Letseng is one of the most productive mines in history -- four of the world's 20 largest rough diamonds have been found at the mine, including the three largest found this century.

Before it is cut into gems it is hard to value the diamond, but a spokesman for Gem Diamonds said a similar weight stone with lesser-quality color and clarity had recently sold for $12 million (around 5.5 million pounds).

"Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates that it will yield a record breaking polished stone of the very best color and clarity," Clifford Elphick, the chief executive of Gem Diamonds, said in a statement.

The minister for natural resources in Lesotho, an impoverished mountain kingdom in eastern South Africa, praised the productivity of the mine, one of the highest in the world at more than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).

"Once again Letseng has proved its ability to produce extraordinary diamonds and continues to place Lesotho at the forefront of diamond producing countries," Monyane Moleleki said in a statement.

Letseng is 70 percent owned by Gem Diamonds and 30 percent owned by the government of Lesotho.

The world's largest diamond is the Cullinan, discovered in South Africa in 1905. It weighed more than 3,100 carats before it was cut into more than one hundred separate gems, many of which are part of the British crown jewels.


UFC heavyweight contender Frank Mir thinks Kimbo Slice is bad for mixed martial arts, but the basic reason I don't agree with that is that despite Kimbo's street fighting background, he's working hard at becoming a legitimate, well-rounded MMA fighter.

"I've worked on punches, takedowns, takedown defense, chokes, armbars, you name it," Kimbo said yesterday at an open workout to promote his October 4 fight with Ken Shamrock. "Anything that Shamrock tries on me, I am prepared for."

Although Kimbo talks about his street-fighting roots while he promotes his fights, he's also taking seriously the training he's getting from his coaches, Bas Rutten and Randy Khatami.

"Bas has done everything he can to help me. Bas and Randy (Khatami) have made me a complete and well rounded fighter," Kimbo said. "My camp has pushed me harder than ever before. I have the endurance and I am prepared to go the distance. I doubt this fight will go the distance, but if it does, I'm ready. ... I'm like a sponge. I pick up something from everyone I work with. If something doesn't work in the cage I will switch it up to something that does. I'll do whatever it takes to win."

Is Kimbo ever going to be as good as Mir? No. But is he improving as a fighter and showing dedication to his sport? I think he is. And I don't think he's bad for the sport.

After the jump, see more quotes from Kimbo, and from Gina Carano, as distributed by EliteXC.

"Once again, I'm fighting back in the crib. It feels like the backyard except, in EliteXC, we have a cage. "

"I'm looking forward to beating Ken (Shamrock) and kicking his butt."

"I'll kick his butt and let you guys take names. I'm hoping to see the best of Ken because he'll see the best of Kimbo."

"Nothing is going to stop me once that fight starts. I'll fight with a broken arm if the referee doesn't stop the fight. I will be unstoppable on Oct. 4."

"I've envisioned anything that can happen in the cage. I'm ready for anything that can possibly go down."

"I question Ken's ground game. He's going to try and find a way to make me uneasy, but that's not going to happen. I'm never uptight. "

"Everyday I train it's a serious problem for all the heavyweight fighters out there. Everyday I get better and they should all be scared. "

"LaDainian Tomlinson was a good guy to work out with. That was a lot of fun. "

"EliteXC and CBS are a good thing for the sport. This is making the sport bigger and better. If it wasn't this big, think about what you and I would be doing. "

"Against (James) Thompson I learned that no matter what happens, nothing will hurt me. It's mind over matter. Mentally, I knew I was alright. It may have looked like I was in trouble, but I was fine. It's mind over matter."

"Nothing really scares me, except for myself. At times, I find myself unpredictable. It's a mental struggle. A mental fight. "

"I love training with Bas and Randy. I know how to control my entire game right now."

Friday, September 19, 2008


Associated Press Published: September 19, 2008

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV will host a fight at Fort Bragg to raise money for a treatment center for traumatic brain injuries.
All the money raised will go to a treatment center being built by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in Bethseda, MD.
According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, between 10 percent and 20 percent of Iraq veterans have suffered from the injury.
Spike TV said the three hour fight will air December 10. It will feature celebrity appearances and an all-star lineup of UFC fighters.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008



– Rashad Evans ($120,000/win bonus was $60,000) def. Chuck Liddell ($500,000)
*Evans also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 88 Knockout of the Night”


– Rich Franklin ($100,000/win bonus was $50,000) def. Matt Hamill ($10,000)

– Dan Henderson ($250,000/win bonus was $150,000) def. Rousimar Palhares ($7,000)

– Nate Marquardt ($56,000/win bonus was $28,000) def. Martin Kampmann ($15,000)

– Dong Hyun Kim ($46,000/win bonus was $23,000) def. Matt Brown ($8,000)


– Kurt Pellegrino ($24,000/win bonus was $12,000) def. Thiago Tavares ($13,000)
*Each also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 88 Fight of the Night”

– Tim Boetsch ($16,000/win bonus was $8,000) def. Michael Patt ($5,000)

– Jason MacDonald ($44,000/win bonus was $22,000) def. Jason Lambert ($17,000)
*MacDonald also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 88 Submission of the Night”

– Ryo Chonan ($30,000/win bonus was $15,000) def. Roan Carneiro ($9,000)


(as disclosed by UFC president Dana White)
Each fighter received a $60,000 bonus for the following awards.

Fight of the Night:
– Kurt Pellegrino and Thiago Tavares

Knockout of the Night:
– Rashad Evans

Submission of the Night:
– Jason MacDonald




Evan Tanner, former UFC middleweight champion and one of MMA’s most popular fighters, has been found dead in the California desert at age 37.

Tanner, who had been camping in the Palo Verde area, sent a text message to a friend on Wednesday, September 3, saying he was out of water and needed help. He was officially reported as missing on Friday, and a search began on Saturday when temperatures in the area reached nearly 115 degrees.

Tanner, a blogger for Spike TV, discussed the trip in an entry dated August 16.

“I’ve been gathering my gear for this adventure for over a month, not a long time by most standards, but far too long for my impatient nature,” Tanner wrote. “Being a minimalist by nature, wanting to carry only the essentials, and being extremely particular, it has been a little difficult to find just the right equipment. I plan on going so deep into the desert that any failure of my equipment could cost me my life.”

In a later entry, he downplayed the danger.

“It seems some MMA websites have reported on the story, posting up that I might die out in the desert, or that it might be my greatest opponent yet, etc. Come on guys. It’s really common down in southern California to go out to the off road recreation areas in the desert about an hour away from LA and San Diego. So my plan is to go out to the desert, do some camping, ride the motorcycle, and shoot some guns. Sounds like a lot of fun to me. A lot of people do it. This isn’t a version of “Into the Wild”. I’m not going out into the desert with a pair of shorts and a bowie knife, to try to live off the land. I’m going fully geared up, and I’m planning on having some fun.”

Tanner, who never considered himself a fighter, fought 42 professional bouts in over 11 years.

“I always thought of myself as the poet, the writer, or the philosopher – I never thought of myself as a fighter,” he chuckled. “But here I am. I always had an idea of the flow of my life, but not exactly what I would be doing day to day. And fighting definitely wasn’t something I thought I’d be doing.”

Tanner’s motorcycle was found at a campsite and the body was found nearby by an Imperial County Sherrif’s Department Deputy on Monday.

The cause of death is not known at this time.

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Rashad Evans, Jason MacDonald, Kurt Pellegrino and Thiago Tavares each earned $60,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at UFC 88.

UFC 88 took place Saturday at Phillips Arena in Atlanta and aired live on pay per view. The bonus amounts were equal to last months awards issued at UFC 87.

The UFC announced the bonuses at the UFC 88 post-fight press conference.

There was large selection of knockouts for UFC brass to consider when picking the best of the night. But despite outstanding performances by Nate Marquardt and Tim Boetsch, no knockout was quite as devastating or meant quite as much as Rashad Evans' dismantling of Chuck Liddell. UFC officials agreed, and Evans took home the bonus in addition to his new-found position in the UFC's light-heavyweight division.

Pellegrino and Tavares shared Fight of the Night honors for their rousing lightweight contest. A back-and-forth affair, both fighters showed flashes of brilliance. In the end it was Pellegrino that was able to earn the unanimous decision.

MacDonald erased the frustration of a UFC 87 loss to Damian Maia by securing the victory over a newly-trim Jason Lambert. A late replacement for fellow-Canadian Jason Day, MacDonald secured the evening's sole submission and the hefty bonus by default.


Kurt Pellegrino def. Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Tim Boetsch def. Mike Patt via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:0
Jason MacDonald def. Jason Lambert via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 2, 1:20
Ryo Chonan def. Roan Carneiro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Rashad Evans def. Chuck Liddell via KO (punch) -- Round 2, 1:51
Rich Franklin def. Matt Hamill via TKO (strikes) -- Round 3, 0:39
Dan Henderson def. Rousimar Palhares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nate Marquardt def. Martin Kampmann via TKO (strikes) -- Round 1, 1:22
Dong Hyun Kim def. Matt Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kurt Pellegrino def. Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Tim Boetsch def. Mike Patt via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:03
Jason MacDonald def. Jason Lambert via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 2, 1:20
Ryo Chonan def. Roan Carneiro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Some cars are instant classics and remain as popular as ever. Some cars however, aren’t so lucky in either their notoriety or their shelf-life. They are the bane of automotive existence and are shunned by millions. Certainly, people lost their jobs over some of these cars. So here they are: the ten cars that never should have been made. And if you do have one of these, we’re sorry, but it sucks to be you.

AMC Gremlin
This car reminds us of the hot-wheels collection we had when we were kids. Sadly, it performs like them, too. It was the first American compact car, and -- for everyone’s sake -- shouldn’t have been. Popular in its time, it’s widely held as one of the shittiest cars around. And we don’t disagree.

Ford Pinto
Danger, Will Robinson, danger. Any car that you have to worry about bursting into flames in a rear impact isn’t a good one. The worst part was that Ford determined that it would be cheaper just to pay off any potential damages due to lawsuits than to fix the problem. Yikes. Yet another sub-compact car, this POS should have been DOA.

The "New" VW Beetle
Classics are classic for a reason. The old Beetle was a hell of a car, and had a reputation for being easy to work on and loved by its owners. Whatever those drugs did for you, man. But like most classics, the easiest way to ruin something is to make it new again. Popular with young girls and old ladies, the new Beetle should have been exterminated.

Ford Focus
Any car that is only good when you strip everything out of it and start over probably shouldn’t have been made in the first place. While the rally version of the Focus actually rips and wins races, the only resemblance to the original is the body shape and badging. While really not a bad car per-se, it’s all about this question: would you own or drive one? We didn’t think so.

Yugo GV
There’s a reason Serbia doesn’t make many cars anymore. And that reason is -- apart from many years of violent civil strife -- the Yugo GV. It’s small and shitty, which seems to be the trend on this list. The Yugo is no different: it looks like a toy and drives like one, too. Be glad you never had to drive one of these.

Cadillac Cimarron
Yes, this thing is really a Cadillac. Not every car made by a successful car company is a gem. Sometimes they give us a steamy pile of shit. And Cadillac gave us the Cimarron. The trend when this car came out (like most of the cars here) was an attempt at making them smaller and cheaper. Well, no one told Cadillac that a “luxury” car is never small or cheap.

Pontiac Aztek
The first SUV on the list, this “crossover” car/truck/van thing was aimed at the Gen-X crowd. And since no one really takes their SUV off-road, they tried to sell it as a rock-and-roll sport utility. Too bad no one was buying that load of shit. Not only was it too expensive and undesirable to the very people they were selling it to, it was also ugly as sin. It looks more like an angular short-bus than a sleek multi-purposed grocery-getter.

Renault LeCar
It’s hard to believe a company that has actually won a Formula 1 championship made and sold this car. Well, they tried to sell it, that is. The ultimate “mini” of the compact cars, it was up against the Civic and VW Rabbit. No bonus points for figuring out who won that marketing battle. Le Car was Le Shit. It’s really as simple as that. Small, no power and the looks of a stumpy grandmother, it seems they flew better than they drove.

De Lorean DMC-12
Yes, it went back to the future, and yes, the gull-wing doors are pretty sweet and are found on way too many hyper-cars these days. But -- and this is a BIG but -- truth be told, this car is a mechanical pig on wheels. Sure, it may have a cult following, but that’s where the following is and where it should stay. We could go on and on but the nail in the coffin is that it has a stainless steel body. Someone forgot to tell Mr. De Lorean lighter is better. It was bad enough that they just stopped making them. Not a horrible car, but Marty McFly could have gone back to the future in a Lamborghini Countach instead. (Ed. note: Maybe he could have, but the stainless steel frame factored into the Doc's selection of the De Lorean, as it was beneficial to flux dispersal... uh... I mean, yeah, Countaches are sweet.)

Hummer H2/H3
Where to begin with this behemoth? A bastard “little” brother to the full-sized Hummer, this car or truck (whatever the fuck you call it), is supposed to be for “normal” sized people. Yeah. Right. While it is slimmer than the original, it’s actually taller and longer. So it’s still massive and if one ever hits you, you had better hope you are in something just as big, or it WILL fuck you up.

Not only that, but its frame is basically the same as a Chevy Tahoe’s, although they are put together slightly differently, which is a common but widely unknown cost-saving “trick” practiced by auto manufacturers. The sneaky bastards.
And then there’s its gas mileage. Because it weighs over 8500 lbs, the US government does not require it to meet federal fuel efficiency regulations. And that means they don’t have to publish its fuel economy numbers (owners average about 10 mpg for normal use). Maybe they should call it the “Freedom-mobile,” considering all the gas it uses, which our troops are fighting for. Ahem.
And just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do. Under current tax laws business owners can deduct nearly half the cost of their H2s. And if you’re in the highest tax bracket (which you would be if you’re buying a H2), that could mean a savings of almost $10,000. So the government gives gas guzzling polluting death boxes more rewards than electric cars (if there was such a thing).

Last, but not least, there is the Douchebag-owner factor. Most owners think they own the road and think their shit doesn’t stink. Smells like burning gas to us. And while normally we’d be all over a machine that guzzles gas, pollutes, and is a bona-fide killer, this time we have to relent. There actually is such a machine out there. It’s called a TANK. And if you have an H2 you might as well be driving one of those instead.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


It was announced today that UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture will finally return to the UFC and he will be returning to face former WWE Superstar and UFC newcomer Brock Lesnar on November 15th for the Title in Las Vegas. During the conference call to announce the match up, Lesnar was questioned about the number one ranked heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko and his response was an explosive one. "Who gives a **** about Fedor Emelianenko?" Lesnar started "I'm sick and tired of sitting on the phone listening about Fedor. Who ****ing gives a ****?". With one line, Lesnar could possibly have become one of the most hated men in MMA. Fedor is beloved by fans and quite a few people do give a **** for about the "Last Emperor".

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


The legend is back. The five-time UFC champion is back. Randy Couture is back, and he is set to sensationally defend his heavyweight title against Brock Lesnar at "UFC 91"

UFC president Dana White revealed on Tuesday that he would make a huge announcement, and boy has he lived up to his promise.

On November 15, at "UFC 91" in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas - the recognised home of The UFC, Randy Couture will fight The UFC's most controversial new star: Former WWE champion Brock Lesnar.

For anyone who didn't know it, Couture is quite simply legend. A two-time UFC light-heavyweight champion, a three-time and current UFC heavyweight champion, "Captain America's" class is beyond question.

Having already beaten the likes of Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz in his illustrious career, Couture saved arguably his greatest story for "UFC 68", when he came out of retirement aged 43 to beat UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia.

One title defence against Gabriel Gonzaga followed, but since then Couture's MMA career has been put on hold due to a legal wrangle that started with the veteran's resignation from The UFC.

However, almost a year to the day of his last title defence, a resolution has been found that sees Couture fight Lesnar, the powerhouse newcomer who is already rocking the heavyweight division.

Brazilian Antonio Nogueira has been the interim UFC heavyweight champion in Couture's absence, and it is believed the two could meet as part of a reported three-fight contract signed between Couture and The UFC.

Nogueira is set to go head-to-head in a coaching capacity against former champ Frank Mir in series eight of "The Ultimate Fighter", a series that can be seen on September 17.

The conclusion will see the pair face-off, with the victor likely to face the winner of Couture v Lesnar.

Couture's career could then end with the much-hyped showdown against Fedor Emelianenko, although that still requires much negotiating by The UFC.


Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is holding a press conference tomorrow where they are expected to announce the return of disgruntled heavyweight champion Randy Couture.

Couture left the UFC last year in a bitter contract dispute. Cofield says Couture is expected to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in Portland. That may lead to a Fedor/Randy Couture bout in 2009 under the UFC umbrella.

Monday, September 01, 2008


Two of the most famous pot smokers of the 1970s, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, unveiled plans on Wednesday for their first comedy tour in more than 25 years following their acrimonious split.

"Cheech & Chong: Light Up America ..." will hit 22 cities in the United States starting with Philadelphia on September 12 and ending in Denver, Colorado, on December 20. In between they will play Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C. and other places.

"This is a moment that I've been looking forward to for many, many years because we have such a legacy and history together that we couldn't escape it, even if we tried," Chong told reporters at a news conference to announce the tour.

Cheech and Chong were one of the most successful comedy teams of the 1970s with hit movies and chart-topping records based on their brand of marijuana-influenced humor.

They were potheads who appealed to a youth generation steeped in personal freedom spawned by 1960s-era hippies.

Marin said their humor about doing stupid things while being stoned on marijuana should still appeal to today's youth, as well as Cheech & Chong's older fans.

"We've had the younger audience all along. Every time they get to that certain age, they go through that Cheech & Chong period of watching the movies, listening to the records. So, it's almost like a rite of passage," Marin said.

The comedy duo said the tour will be theatrical and will rely on the sizable budget that Live Nation -- the company behind the tour -- can muster. When they toured early in their careers, the duo's props were a bag of used clothes, but the new tour will have large video screens to flash images on.
As they discussed the tour, Cheech and Chong relied on some props in the form of synthetic marijuana plants to win some laughs, as Chong "watered" the plants with bottled water.

Marin, 62, and Chong, 70, spoke about the tour to reporters at the Troubadour, a fixture on the Southern California club scene. Marin said as budding comedians, he and Chong waited in line outside the club for hours for the chance to perform.

Cheech and Chong gained notoriety in nightclubs in the Los Angeles area in the 1970s and released their first album, "Cheech and Chong," in 1971. "Los Cochinos" in 1973 won the Grammy award that year for best comedy album.

In 1978 their first movie, "Up in Smoke," proved to be a blockbuster, raking in more than $100 million at box offices.

They performed together onstage for the last time in 1981, but continued to make movies and records.

The pair split following the 1985 release of their album "Get Out of My Room." Chong said that their break-up -- which was well-publicized and bitter -- was caused by success.

"What happens if you don't have big problems, like trying to make it -- when that's cured when you've made it -- then your little problems become your big problems," he said. "So you start fighting over stupid things."

Marin carved out a career as a television actor in shows such as "Nash Bridges" and "Judging Amy." Chong also did a lot of TV work, including appearances on "That '70s Show."

Chong has long advocated the legalization of marijuana, and in 2003 was arrested and later imprisoned for selling drug paraphernalia.