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Your Weekend in Combat Sports (December 9-11) Expanded!

FYI, the powers that be made me a deal that if they were going to keep front-paging me, I had to knock off the swearing. So be it. Am I talented enough to be entertaining without swearing?! I FRIGGIN DOUBT IT! We shall see.

Another tough loss last week, Patrice O'Neal (or has he preferred it, ONeal). A lot of you probably only got your first taste of Patrice at the Charlie Sheen roast, but he was so much more than that. Fellow Opie & Anthony fans got treated to Patrice coming in about once or a month or so. The guy was brilliant, made you think, challenged you, and even though some of his points were overwrought and foolish, you always heard him out.

Rest easy, Patrice. I encourage all of you to buy a copy of "Elephant in the Room", his last special, with the proceeds going towards his family and their medical bills. O&A w/Jim Norton have said they're going to be putting on a benefit. YOU CORNY! PITBULL!

A question I've been asked (by myself) is why I keep wanting to make my column bigger. Is it more work? Sure. More time-consuming? Of course. But what I want is simple. I've grinded it out my entire life at either a desk or a retail station. Ladies and gents, I want to be that article you print out and take to the restroom with you. I don't want a Pulitzer, I don't want to be published, I want to be the working person's article! The article you, as a bored worker are clicking through Bloody Elbow when you see it pop up! "Alas, a new YWICS! Time to go poopin!" as you gleefully print/pull up on your mobile device my nonsense. That's what I want, people. When you think of poop, you think of BV.

That came out wrong. I've said too much.

And That's the Way it Was: Twenty fighters that after last weekend who are shining. No fading allowed:

1. Miguel Cotto:
Avenged his (possibly-tainted) loss to cheater Antonio Margarito by battering him and his surgically-repaired so badly that Margarito had little to no depth perception for numerous rounds as Cotto toyed with him in front of an ecstactic Puerto Rican crowd. Finally the ref and doctor had seen enough. Cotto had his redemption.
2. Michael Bisping: Battered Jason Miller around, used his size and boxing ability to re-arrange Mayhem's face in route to a particularly easy win. Most lopsided fight ever, Dana? No, you shill. But a solid win for Bisping.
3. Diego Brandao: In my fight of the week, put on a one-round battle with Dennis Bermudez that is easily in the running for Round of the Year. Back and forth action that saw Brandao slap on an armbar out of nowhere for the win and Featherweight contract in the UFC. Bradao collected a cool $80,000 in bonuses, with Bermudez taking home a well-earned $40,000 for fight of the night.
4. Abner Mares: Proved that his previous fight against Joseph Agbeko wasn't won just on dozens of ball-taps with a runaway victory in the rematch.
5. Mike Jones: WHO? MIKE JONES! I'm really sorry. Outclassed Sebastian Lujan badly and put on a fantastic show to finally push him to the upper-echelon of the Welterweight division.
6. John Dodson: Controversial or not, Dodson is the first-ever Bantamweight Ultimate Fighter and received a cool 40G for KO of the night.
7. Tony Ferguson: Again with the judging incompetence, Ferguson put on a solid effort against seasoned veteran Yves Edwards, but UD? 30-27? Eeehhhhhh.
8. Carla Esparza: Pulled a great upset over highly-favored Alpha Male-product Felig Herrig.
9. Ryan Murray:
Won the main event of Stars and Stripes XIII Muay Thai in convincing fashion.
10. Nick Newell:
"The One-Armed Fighter" provided us with maybe the feel-good story of the weekend, winning his bout over Denis Hernandez by heel hook.
11. Ulysses Gomez: "Useless" became a two-division champion in Tachi Palace Fights with a submission win over Cody Gibson to become the TPF Bantamweight Champion.
12. Georgi Karakhanyan: The former WEC fighter won the TPF Featherweight Championship with a submission victory over Isaac DeJesus in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights 11.
13. Delvin Rodriguez: here was no doubt this time, as he picked apart Pawel Wolak in their rematch of BV's Boxing Fight of the Year for 2011.
14. Dustin Ortiz: Called upon on one week's notice, he defeated Josh Rave, who was originally supposed to challenge Ian McCall for the TPF Flyweight Championship. That moves Ortiz into the driver's seat as the #1 contender. Maybe a fight against Jussier de Silva?
15. Eric Reynolds: Outlasted Jonatas Novaes in the main event of XFC 15.
16. Alexander Povetkin: Business as usual for the untested Russian prospect, as he disposed of Cedric Boswell with ease.
17. John Albert: Got his first UFC win via dismantling Dustin Pague in nasty fashion.
18. Francisco Rivera: Silenced (thankfully) Brad McDonald in a BIG way at TPF 11, possibly punching his card back to a bigger promotion.
19. Anthony Dirrell: Defeated Renan St. Juste after Juste suffered a shoulder injury, followed by bickering over whether which Dirrell brother deserved Lucian Bute. Oh, Dirrell brothers, don't you ever change,
20. Johnny Bedford: Got his first UFC win by knees over Louis Gaudinot on the main card of The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Not a bad debut.

Honorable Mention:


HM. Corey Hill: Congrats to Corey, who rebounded after a loss to Rob McCullough at Tachi Palace Fights 6 collect a submission win over Charlie Rader at XFC 15. A bigger congratulations to Hill, however, for riding a five-fight win streak of not inducting public vomiting.

I couldn't put Rios on here for losing his title on the scale. You can definitely fade that.

Friday December 9

12:00am James McGirt vs. Pernell Whitaker (ESPN Classic)
12:00am UFC 140 Countdown (FSN)
12:30am Shark Fights (Fuel TV)
5:00am Johnny Bratton vs. Rocky Castellani (ESPN Classic)
5:45am Francisco Sierra vs. Jesus Gonzales (ESPN 3D)
7:00am 60 Minutes on Classic: Larry Holmes (ESPN Classic)
9:00am John Molina Jr. vs. Rob Frankel (ESPN 3D)
3:30pm Best of MFC Volume II (HDNet)
8:00pm UFC 140 Countdown (Fuel TV)
8:00pm Diego Magdaleno vs. Emmanuel Lucero (FSN)
9:00pm Inside MMA w/Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson (HDNet)
9:00pm Legend Fighting Championship 3/4 (Fuel TV)
10:00pm ESPN Films: The Real Rocky (ESPN Classic)
10:00pm K-1/FEG Dynamite!! 2010 (HDNet)
10:00pm Legend Fighting Championship 3/4 (Fuel TV)
11:00pm M-1 Challenge 30: Enomoto vs. Zavurov (Showtime)
11:00pm 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (ESPN Classic)
11:00pm Ultimate Reno Combat 29: No Mercy (GoFightLive $9.99)

Saturday December 10

12:00am ESPN Films: The Real Rocky (ESPN Classic)
12:00am Legend Fighting Championship 3/4 (Fuel TV)
1:00am 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (ESPN Classic)
1:00am Legend Fighting Championship 3/4 (Fuel TV)
1:30am M-1 Challenge 30: Enomoto vs. Zavurov (Showtime Extreme)
2:00am Ali Rap (ESPN Classic)
2:00am Inside MMA w/Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson (HDNet)
3:00am K-1/FEG Dynamite!! 2010 (HDNet)
3:00am Legend Fighting Championship 3/4 (Fuel TV)
4:00am Journey of the African American Fighter (ESPN Classic)
5:00am Sweet Science: The Immigrants (ESPN Classic)
8:30am Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (ESPN Classic)
10:15am Triumph and Tragedy: The Ray Mancini Story (ESPN Classic)
11:15am Cinderella Man: The James Braddock Story (ESPN Classic)
12:15pm Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (ESPN Classic)
1:00pm UFC 140 Countdown (FSN)
2:15pm Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (ESPN Classic)
4:00pm Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (ESPN Classic)
4:00pm BAMMA 8: Manuwa vs. Rea (HDNet)
6:00pm UFC 140 Preliminary Fights (Facebook)
6:00pm Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (ESPN Classic)
6:00pm Countdown to UFC 140 (HDNet)
7:00pm UFC 140 Preliminary Fights (Ion TV)
7:00pm Max Alexander vs. Roy Jones Jr. (UStream $9.99)
7:00pm Cage Fury Fighting Championship 12: Pollard vs. Soto (GoFightLive $14.99)
8:00pm ESPN Films: The Real Rocky (ESPN Classic)
9:00pm UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida (PPV)
9:00pm 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (ESPN Classic)
9:00pm Legend Fighting Championship 3/4 (Fuel TV)
9:45pm Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson/Seth Mitchell vs. Timur Ibragimov (HBO)
10:00pm ESPN Films: The Real Rocky (ESPN Classic)
10:00pm BAMMA 8: Manuwa vs. Rea (HDNet)
11:00pm 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (ESPN Classic)

Sunday December 11


12:00am ESPN Films: The Real Rocky (ESPN Classic)
12:00am Diego Magdaleno vs. Emmanuel Lucero (FSN)
1:00am 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (ESPN Classic)
2:00am Triumph and Tragedy: The Ray Mancini Story (ESPN Classic)
3:00am Cinderella Man: The James Braddock Story (ESPN Classic)
4:00am Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (ESPN Classic)
5:00am Legend Fighting Championship 3/4 (Fuel TV)
7:00am Journey of the African American Fighter (ESPN Classic)
8:00am A.K.A. Cassius Clay (ESPN Classic)
8:45am Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson/Seth Mitchell vs. Timur Ibragimov (HBO)
9:30am Ali Rap (ESPN Classic)
10:30am Sweet Science: My Name is Muhammad Ali (ESPN Classic)
11:30am 30 for 30: One Night in Vegas (ESPN Classic)
12:30pm Triumph and Tragedy: The Ray Mancini Story (ESPN Classic)
1:30pm Cinderella Man: The James Braddock Story (ESPN Classic)
3:30pm 30 for 30: One Night in Vegas (ESPN Classic)
4:30pm Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (ESPN Classic)
5:30pm Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson/Seth Mitchell vs. Timur Ibragimov (HBO2)
6:30pm A.K.A. Cassius Clay (ESPN Classic)
8:00pm ESPN Films: The Real Rocky (ESPN Classic)
8:00pm World MMA Awards (FSN)
9:00pm 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (ESPN Classic)
10:00pm ESPN Films: The Real Rocky (ESPN Classic)
11:00pm 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (ESPN Classic)

Under the Radar: Names that aren't on American broadcasted shows this week.

David Lemieux vs. Joachim Alcine: (December 10, Bell Centre, Monreal, Quebec)

Giovani Segura vs. Brian Viloria: (December 11, Manila, Philippines)

Carmelo Marrero vs. Steven Banks: (December 9, MMA Power Tour, Palacio de los Deportes, Costa Rica)

Alvin Robinson
vs. Fabio Serrao: (December 9, MMA Power Tour, Palacio de los Deportes, Costa Rica)

Soa Palelei vs. Matt Walker: (December 9, CFC 19: Falciroli vs. Honstein, Big Top Stadium at Luna Park, Syndey, Australia)

Greg Soto
vs. Chip Moraza-Pollard (December 10, Cage Fury Fighting Championships 12, Resorts Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Chris Liguori vs. Don Carlo-Clauss (December 10, Cage Fury Fighting Championships 12, Resorts Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Best Viewing Options: Hypothetically next year, if on a Thursday, we had a UFC on FX at 8, then Always Sunny at 10, then Archer at 10:30, I'd be passed out from booze/awesome for roughly four and a half days. Quite frankly, my family is alarmed.

1. UFC 140: If both Nogs lose, ugh. Kick in the gut. I don't like people telling fighters when to retire, and I wish both of them all the best, but IF Nog wanted a perfect sendoff, it was last summer. That said, I'm pulling for both of them, BTW, no televised Bocek-Lentz? Hasn't Lentz finally shed his reputation as boring and entered "surprisingly fun grappler" zone with Volkmann, Hamman, and Dan Miller?

2. Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson:
I watched Peterson vs. Victor Cayo on Friday Night Fights, and I was in the thread on Bad Left Hook. The consensus was that Lamont looked great, but no way Khan takes that fight, even though Peterson was the mandatory for him. So I was pleasantly surprised that Khan took it. I imagine Lamont was pretty surprised too. This is the biggest fight of his life, in his hometown. Khan may pick him apart, but I expect him to throw everything he has in this one.

3. BAMMA 8: With no football this saturday, what a perfect day for some Saturday afternoon MMA, AMIRITE?! Pretty clutch, seeing as how I was in dire need of a new crutch for my afternoon drinking, na mean??

4. M-1 Challenge 30: The last ever M-1 show on Showtime....so....yeah....there's that.

5. Inside MMA:
Rashad and Hendo. Hopefully there's some Spider and/or Jones bashing. Give it to 'em with both barrells boys!

6. K-1/FEG Dynamite!! 2010: Hey now! Free Dee-na-me-tay show? Boomshakalaka.

7. Cage Fury Fighting Championship 12:
I like the card, I hate the price tag. $14.99?? Kidding me? Ring of Combat, which is the premiere indy in that area doesn't even charge that.

8. UFC 140 Countdown: Gonna be interesting how Fuel (a.k.a. the future UFC channel) handles the workload of a constant UFC schedule. Worth tuning into. I really liked their UFC on Fox pre-show coverage, minus, you know, HIGH DEFINITION.

9. Kings of the Ring: ESPN Classic, as they are sometimes wont to do, is having an orgy of boxing all weekend. It's fantastic for us, the fan, but I can't help but wonder if that was put together in the wake of Ali's apparent horrible condition and hospital admission. Whatever the motive, and with Ali seemingly ok for the time being, let's watch some boxing! Since Classic is showing so much damned boxing, specifically documentaries, I picked this one out for this weekend. Kings of the Ring is a two-hour Bud Greenspan documentary looking at Ali, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and Jack Dempsey, the kings of their era. There are a few other notable documentaries (One Night in Vegas, Ring of Fire, Triumph and Tragedy) that I've recommended before, so this is a new one to check out.

10. James McGirt vs. Pernell Whitaker:
I never pass up an opportunity to watch "Sweet Pea" box. Ever. My very first concrete boxing memory was watching Whitaker vs. Chavez with my dad and uncle and being outraged along with them at the decision. Whitaker has held a special place in my heart ever since.

Fight of the Week: We go to the land of kickboxing for this week's fight. Dynamite!! 2009. Masato, one of, if not the, greatest Japanese kickboxers ever, in his retirement match against longtime rival, and Dutch legend, Andy Souwer. True to his word, Masato would retire after this fight, only to appear again in No-Contest exhibitions for charity after the Japanese earthquakes.

K-1 The Best...Masato-Souwer....Last Fight of Masato. (via medvedav10)


Bold, yet Laughable Predictions: The former paid NFL draft writer who once said that Matt Leinart would be a 10-time Pro Bowler amuses you with his foresight. Here are what I predict for this weekend:

Fight of the Weekend: Chan Sung Jung vs. Mark Hominick

Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz

Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir

Who will be #1 on BV's List Next Week:
Jon Jones

If My Life Depended on One Pick: Jared Hamman over Constantinos Philippou

Upset of the Week:
Tito Ortiz over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Fight to Keep Your Eye On: Jim Wallhead vs. Joey Villasenor

Biggest Disappointment: Lyoto Machida

The Best Fight-for-Fight Card: UFC 140

The Worst Fight-for-Fight Card
: M-1 Challenge 30

BV Loses You Money: Heh, heh, heh. Just keep reading, you lucky bastards. BV made it RAIN this weekend! In the tens of quarters!

Last Weekend's Hangover:

If you put down $100 on each of my predictions last week, you'd have today:
$503
BV WON You: $3!
On the Year: -$632

This Weekend:

Amir Khan -1000 Lamont Peterson
Frank Mir -280 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Tito Ortiz +165 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
-155 Over 9.5 Khan vs. Peterson
Brian Ebersole -145 Claude Patrick

Lines courtesy of BetUS and BetCRIS

Take a Knee: Even the biggest combat sports fan needs to recharge their batteries before diving back in. Here are five games that are nationally broadcasted this weekend that deserve your eyes as well on Friday and Saturday.

Note: Only going with three right now, since it's our bye-week before bowl season.

Army vs. Navy (Saturday 2:30 CBS): Not to sound like I'm sharing a chocolate malt with Bob Costas, but this is truly college football at its finest. Be pissed at the BCS all you want, and rightfully so, look down on the corruption, greed, exploitation, underhanded dealings, and breach of trust that major college football brings. I don't blame you for any of that, and even as a diehard CFB fan, I feel the same. But this is one game where THIS game means the world to these players. For sixty minutes, the students and players will try to knock the other into the next zip code. At the end, they'll shake hands and will take up arms next to the man they just battled for the good of the country.

Montreal at New Jersey (Saturday 1:00 NHL Network/CBC/RDS): Strange pick here for NHLN, but we get to see a couple of defense-oriented teams slug it out. If Ilya Kovalchuk's absurd contract forces Zach Parise out of the Jerz, I will laugh my balls off for days. Come to Pittsburgh, Zach. Also, this game could determine the future of Montreal coach Claude Julien. As a Pens fan, I can only hope for another Michel Therrien run in Montreal. "Dey tink dey care, dey don't care. I never see group of soffer gize."

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia (Saturday 7:00 NHL Network/Sun/CSN-Philadelphia):
One of those games, that as a Penguins fan, I just sit back and giggle like I just met Santa for the first time. Seeing Steve Downie attempt to slew-foot the entire Flyers roster, Max Talbot inevitably getting his face re-arranged again, and a Flyer boarding Hedman/Stamkos/St. Louis/Vince in retaliation for Downie just gives me butterflies :)

Your YouTube Finale: Kids, you're getting a three-pack of Patrice on O&A.

Clip #1: Patrice gets robbed as a kid:

Patrice O'Neal's story of being robbed as a kid on Opie and Anthony (via hoohoohoorobin)




Clip #2: Patrice encounters a chilly gentleman at a McDonald's:

Opie and Anthony - Patrice Oneal - It's Cold Outside (via GuineaJay)




Clip #3: "It's Raining Men" is a catchy tune, but guys need to need the lyrics to sing it, plus his take on a certain Idol contestant:

Opie & Anthony: It's Raining Stuff (via Yarsh29)




And finally, the full tribute show from November 30, with, among others, Joe Rogan, Louis CK, Dave Attell, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Colin Quinn, Jim Norton, and Joe DeRosa.

Opie and Anthony Show (11/30/2011) FULL SHOW (via lglitch719l)


\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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