What up? I know it's been a long time since I've written one of these things, and I'm sorry. I just happen to be on vacation at the moment and I'm nursing a monumental hangover from celebrating July 4th in New Orleans. And I'm not even American. Canada's Independence Day is July 1st, and I was in New Orleans for that too. Needless to say, Tim B. is hurtin' for certain. It don't matter though, I can play through the pain (in a hotel bar in Atlanta) and bring you a bunch of news from the last few days that slipped through the BE cracks. Some is going to be a couple of days old, but bear with me or suffer the consequences.
First off, let's hear from an Axe Murderer. Wanderlei Silva is no fan of Chael Sonnen to be sure, and he had some humorously vicious stuff to say about this weekend's UFC middleweight title fight between fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva and The American Gangster (via Tatame):
"I hope Anderson does a great job representing us and I actually wish he doesn't knock him out fast. I'd like him to punish Sonnen and smash him out for me and for all Brazilians. I guess he went too far and he deserves to be punished. I hope that Anderson not only wins, but punches him a lot".
I don't care. I don't know how many guys there are standing in line to be in Strikeforce's fights, especially if it's a guy who's fought in the UFC because it's almost like stepping down, but it's a big fight, and a chance to fight on this division is always a big thing no matter where it is. I have no idea.
You might have read this one already, but tough poopy - you're gonna read it again (but only if you want to, please don't leave me!) - Jon Jones had his DUI sentencing delayed again. Why? He needs more time to finish his drug and alcohol evaluation, and the sentencing is now scheduled for July 31st (until it's delayed seven more times).
After the jump, you can read all about what Mike Tyson thinks of MMA, see the barely-clothed UFC ring girls all up in the media, find out who could possibly coach TUF 16 (hint - All Hail The WEC), see why Mike Brown chose to re-sign with the UFC, and much more. Come for the news, stay for the girls. Right?
The Baddest Man on the Planet. He wasn't the original, and he's not the guy currently holding the title (that's obviously CM Punk) but Mike Tyson is a bonafide legend. He was a guest on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour earlier this week, and had some surprisingly insightful stuff to say about MMA - the biggest of which is that fighters should get paid more:
"Nothing personal to nobody, they gotta be f---ing millionaires," Tyson angrily insisted to Ariel Helwani Tuesday on The MMA Hour. "They gotta get the f---ing money they deserve. How is [MMA] going to be bigger than boxing if they don't have cash? These guys need to be multi-multimillionaires. They need to have their big f---ing mansions, their big cars and if not, they should be able to take care of their family. They should be able to live without fighting no more."
He also goes on about "scumbag" managers eventually infiltrating the sport. It's worth checking out the whole thing, especially since it probably took Luke Thomas two days to transcribe Tyson's "unique" way of speaking. As Seth MacFarlane once said about Iron Mike - "He has knocked out every one of his opponents except the letter S".
Moving on, The Ultimate Fighter moved over to FX earlier this year and the UFC decided to go with live fights for the first time. It didn't deliver ratings-wise though, so they chose to go back to the old format for the next show. Speaking of the next show though - who's gonna coach? MMA Interviews has some sources that say it's going to be a couple of WEC alums in charge:
According to sources close to UFC, Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis are likely to be named coaches of season 16 of "The Ultimate Fighter." The upcoming season is expected to revert back to a taped format rather than stick with the live format used for season 15.
Remember when Mike Brown said he was pretty close to retiring? Well, he didn't. In fact, he just re-signed with the promotion. He provided his rationale for the decision on his webpage:
The Last couple of years were kind of rough on me. I had lots of injuries and I was feeling fatigued during training and fights. When you feel like this it takes all the fun out of being in the cage. I was starting to think that was going to continue. Going in to the last fight with Pineda I was pretty certain that was going to be my last fight. I talked to my friends, family, and coaches. I told them how I was feeling and i told them I would make up my decision about retirement after the fight. This Fight felt different, I felt great and I felt no fatigue. I felt like i did when I won the belt in 2008/2009. I felt like I could of easily went 5 rounds and I had a lot of fun being out there. Last week I signed a new 5 fight deal with UFC and plan to continue on and finish up my new contract. Thanks for watching and thanks for the support.
Okay, stop harrassing me already. We'll get to the ring girls now. Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer have been busy as of late. They're on the cover of Inside Fitness this month along with Kenda Perez. They also did a humorous photoshoot with The Chive (along with a weird video at the end). But they're not the only ring girls in the world. In fact, Kenda Perez met up with the Strikeforce ring girls for a photoshoot as well.
I'm sure there's more out there, but seven dollar Stellas have me tapping out for the night. Catch you on the flipside.