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Gotta say, it’s pretty badass at the end when they walk by eachother.

Since photographer Tracy Lee seems to be EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME, it should not be a surprise that she has a picture of the Jon Jones crimefighting incident.

According to Bloody Elbow, Dan Miller’s first kid (the one that died) would have turned two today. The shit that guy has gone through…

Esther Lin’s pics from the event are up at MMA Fighting and as you’d expect they feature many shots of Shogun getting mangled.

Nate Marquardt tells Ariel Helwani that he’s playing with the idea of dropping down to 170. Watch him get all nervous when Ariel starts talking about him having to fight his teammate GSP. It sure is entertaining watching all of Greg Jackson’s uber-talent running into eachother suddenly.

Jon Jones tells the tale of stopping a robber a few hours before his fight with Shogun. It actually sounds like he got dragged into the rescue by Jackson & Winklejohn. It doesn’t get much better than hearing Jones’ version, but if you like your news in reading form, here ya go.

Sounds like Dana White is trying to retire Crocop, albeit respectfully:

“I was talking tonight about how tough Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ is,” White said. “At his age and with the wars he’s been in, to see how he gets in there with these heavyweights now that are bigger, stronger and younger than he is – and he still holds his own – it’s a testament to what a great fighter that guy was in his prime.

“I have all respect for Mirko ‘Cro Cop,’ but yeah, I’d have to say tonight is probably the last time we’ll see ‘Cro Cop’ fight again.”

It sucks that we never got any of those great dream matches like Mirko vs Randy or vs Big Nog before this happened. Maybe Mirko will surprise us all and finally consider 205 pounds.

As expected, with Jon Jones winning the belt Rashad Evans will now be leaving Greg Jackson’s. And of course the split is being handled with maturity and class on Rashad’s end:

“I will never use Greg ever again,” Evans wrote on Sunday. “Greg brought this situation about. He brought Jones on board a while back against my wishes [and] here we [are] today.”

Despite singling out Jackson, Evans was quick to say his decision will have no negative effect on their relationship. Evans also didn’t express any ill will toward Jones, whom he has trained and sparred with in the past.

“I no longer will use Greg Jackson as my coach, but [we’re] still cool,” Evans wrote. “[Jones] fought amazing! I’m very happy [for] him.”

Meanwhile, even though it’s a fight Lorenzo Fertitta has a boner for, you can apparently count out a superfight between Jones and Anderson Silva because Silva apparently doesn’t want to move up in weight any more. Strange considering that period of time where he was clamoring for a heavyweight match, but whatever. Also on the ‘not so likely’ side of things: GSP vs Anderson Silva.

“This fight isn’t happening,” White said. “It’s not a fight yet. It’s still a big fantasy fight. There are still things that need to happen in the meantime before we sit down and discuss where this fight would be, what weight it would be at, how it would work. It’s all just fantasy yet.

“I literally have not talked to Georges St-Pierre or Anderson Silva about this fight.”

That’s a pretty big switch from the story we were getting before, where the UFC was gonna make that shit happen for the fans if Silva and GSP got past their next opponents. I’m starting to think that fight isn’t going to happen, and if it does, it’ll be another one of those fights that happened two years too late.

The UFC continues to pretend that Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz aren’t locks for the next season of TUF:

“We haven’t decided the coaches yet, but yeah, Urijah’s definitely in mind to be a coach,” White said. “Urijah looked awesome tonight. … Urijah looked nasty in that third round with the shots he was hitting with. He looked great, and of course, he’s one of the guys we’re definitely looking at as a future coach.”

Yeah yeah yeah. The only real question is whether the guys will get another fight in before going on the show.

30 COMMENTS
  • Reverend Clint says:

    sounds like Anderson is scared to lose to either GSP or Jones

  • malonth says:

    Evans seems a bit immature to me. Does he expect Jackson to take on only one guy in each weight class? Sounds like he does. This seems similar to the situation with GSP and Diego Sanchez. And now Diego has come back.

    Jones v. Evans seems like Dana’s first big victory in the “I won’t fight a team mate battle”.

  • Letibleu says:

    For the TUF coaching, Ariels asked DW about it after last nights post fight interview and on camera White said “NO”.

  • malonth says:

    After his ugly, but ultimately gutsy, win over Chael Sonnen, Anderson has decided he does not want to fight a much bigger wrestler.

  • Letibleu says:

    Never say never. We have to wait until the GSP Shields fight first. Anyone see the new trailer for 109? I like it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbvpdWpqQw4

     

    Notice the shot of the fake crowd around Sheilds is 80% female.

  • scissors61 says:

    dropping to 205 isn’t going to fix mirko’s degraded reflexes or his chin. he needs to retire now, i don’t want to see him end up a mumbling and brain-damaged old man. 

  • Letibleu says:

    ^^ Like Chuck

  • scissors61 says:

    Yeah, basically. 

  • Reverend Clint says:

    how come its greg jackson who is holding him in the funky figure four leg lock?

  • scissors61 says:

    also how the FUCK is marquardt going to make 170? good god. 

     

  • Makinal says:

    it’s gonna be sweet to see rashad getting his pretencious ass whopped

  • islandguy says:

    Keep nostalgically hoping to see the old CroCop again but we keep getting the older CroCop instead. I guess it’s really over. Sadness.

    Besides Jones the light heavys are looking a bit thin. Lot of worn-out names. Best they can do for a challenger is a guy who got KOd by a guy who got KOd by the guy Jones just beat.

    Evans.. KOd by Machida
    Machida… KOd by Shogun
    Shogun .. just got whooped.
    Rampage.. got beat by Evans.
    Griffen .. beaten by Evans
    Bader.. ass kicked by Jones

    Does anyone think Evans has a chance against Jones?

    Not a lot of fresh meat around… Cane?

    Someone from Strikeforce?? Henderson????? I can’t see it.

  • scissors61 says:

    Well, this Phil Davis/Nogueira fight is gonna be much more important now. If Davis can get that win impressively and maybe rack up two or three more good wins, he’s gonna be the guy that gets annointed as the biggest threat to Jones. 205lbs aside, with Jones’ frame I’ve gotta think it’s only a matter of time before he moves to heavyweight anyways. 

  • Letibleu says:

    Im getting better at Paint.NET (up to a week ago I only knew how to use MS Paint)

  • matthewpolly says:

    Jones never seems to get hit, so we don’t know about his chin. And no one seems to be able to put him on his back and hold him there, so we don’t know how good he is from bottom. So a veteran wrestler with a huge right might have a chance. Calling Dan Henderson?

  • Letibleu says:

    CroCop riding his way to retirement

     

  • Letibleu says:

    Yesterday Jon seemed to stay in the pocket and not move out of it as well as ive seen him do in the past. Shogun already looked out of it though. I have to re watch the fight.

    Matthew, calling out Chuck Liddell are we?:p

  • scissors61 says:

    Hendo ain’t outwrestling Jones (Shields fight assholes, you know what happened) and if I’ve noticed that Hendo uses the same inside legkick to overhand right combo every time he fights then Greg Jackson damn sure has as well. Not a fight I’d be particularly interested in. Machida and Rampage are more interesting matchups at this point. 

  • matthewpolly says:

    Unless he gives up MMA for crime fighting, Jones total domination last night seems to have created a serious marketing problem for the UFC: three of its classic five divisions are no longer competitive at the championship level. If Lorenzo is trying to sell a Jones/Silva superfight, the UFC clearly doesn’t believe Evans or anyone else can take him. First, GSP/Silva, now Silva/Jones? At this rate, the UFC is going to have to go back to open weight tournaments.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    Jones vs Fedor… make it happen

  • Letibleu says:

    VERY good point.

  • scissors61 says:

    I’m more of the mind that Bones is a marketing bonanza for the UFC. Smart, knows how to give a good interview, clearly knows how to use social media like twitter to promote himself (and we all know about Dana’s massive boner for twitter). People will tune in to see a truly dominant world-beater. Hardcore fans might grumble about competitive matchups but the fact of the matter is that most casual fans watch the UFC to see someone’s face get fucked up and Jones can fuck up a lot of faces in pretty impressive fashion. There’s a reason the UFC is pushing this guy so hard right now–they see the crossover potential. 

  • frickshun says:

    Fights were great live. Had amazing seats. Dude next to me was Shogun’s Nutribolics sponsor. After that ass-whooping unfurled, he had no words. He was the ONLY guy sitting in the arena. Fucking standing O for Bones when it got stopped.

    He’s also the 1st reason ever that upstate NY can be proud.

  • Letibleu says:

    my Jon Jones pic ain’t getting any love :(

    I guess ill stick to retard stuff and kangaroo dick pictures.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:

    Not sure who in the hell is gonna beat Jones at 205. Sure as shit won’t be Rashad. Can’t wait for him to get his skull crushed.

    So what is next for Shogun? Rematch with Forrest, can crushing of Tito?

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    Come on bleu, couldn’t you atleast get a black chick to photo chop Rashads head on?

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:

    Anyone have a take on Big Dog/Pyle fight?

    I was half assed watching it and thought Big Dog was gonna get the decision.

  • Symbul says:

    After seeing Anderson roll with Lyoto I don’t blame him not wanting to fight legit 205ers. There’s a very noticeable size and strength difference. Anecdote, sure, but if a roided up middleweight is too much wrestling then a Jones fight wouldn’t be the best thing.

    I watched Almeida/Pyle with similar disinterest. Didn’t know how I’d have scored it and frankly didn’t give a fuck either.

    Thought Pellegrino deserved the nod over Tibau though.

    We’re coming up on a long ass break from UFC cards, sadly. After UFN24 it’s two cards in two months.

    Hey how about that Bellator show? No, didn’t see it? Neither did anyone else. What a harebrained time slot. No way they outdrew UFC prelims.

    After the Machida era taught us the folly of boarding hype trains early we’re all a little wary but goddamn, there ain’t nobody buying that Rashad Evans has a chance against Jones. Just look at the size difference. Rashad’s eye level is about at Jones’ nipples. Phil Davis is the prospect to look for but he’s not as far along in his development as Jones at this point. Needs more fights. Nogueira will be a good test though.

  • kwagnuth says:

      Just as I suspected Anderson is scared to fight Jones. He really has no excuse because we all know he can make the jump easy enough. Maybe he is still holding out for Tito.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:

    “Thought Pellegrino deserved the nod over Tibau though.”

    Real close fight. I scored it for Tibau.

    As for Phil Davis, I don’t think he will ever have the striking to contend against Jones. His wrestling is the shit, but damn his striking can be painful to watch.

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