UFC’s Dana White Issues Update On Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin MMA Fight

Updated: Liddell-Franklin Likely for June, White Issues Response: ”

Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The rumblings of the UFC counter programming Strikeforce got much stronger today when it was reported that Chuck Liddell would be facing former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC Fight Night on April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Liddell was originally reported to be facing Tito Ortiz at UFC 115 but according to Fighters Only, Ortiz is dealing with something that may significantly impact his future as a fighter and it’s not an injury.

Update: 2:38 PM: Sherdog.com and MMAJunkie.com are now reporting that the bout between Liddell and Franklin will now take place at UFC 115 in June, not the rumored show for April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Update: 8:00 PM: UFC president Dana White has now posted a response on his Twitter saying, “Not true! We are doing Couture vs. Franklin, not Chuck.” Stay tuned for more.

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UFC’s Dana White: The Kimbo Slice Fight Sucked

Dana White: Kimbo Slice vs Roy Nelson fight ’sucked’ on Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10: ”

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Props: Yahoo!Sports.com

Quoteworthy:

“It’s hard to say why, but some people have it and some don’t, and Kimbo definitely does…. The fight (between Slice and Nelson) sucked. I wasn’t happy with any of the fights the first three weeks, to be honest. I was disappointed by the way we came out of the gate in terms of the fights. But the fights really get better. By episode 8, believe me when I tell you, you’re going to be going wild…. Hang in there, man. The season’s not over yet. Stay tuned is all I’ll tell you.”

Despite an over-the-top (and shameless) media blitz earlier this week to promote episode three of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 on Spike TV, which featured YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice fighting Roy Nelson, UFC President Dana White admits after that fact that what was billed as “the biggest fight in Ultimate Fighter history” actually sucked. Nelson used his size and superior ground skills to smother Slice for most of the fight, scoring a second round technical knockout via strikes. However, it appeared to be Slice’s inability to get off his back and not Nelson’s repeated marshmallow-like blows that forced the referee to stop the action. Nonetheless, the episode went on the score crazy ratings, attracting 6.1 million viewers to become the fourth most-watched mixed martial arts bout ever on television in North America. White assures fans that the season, which has thus far featured three lackluster heavyweight bouts, will get better. Do you believe it?

Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson Fight Was Way Overhyped; Dana White And the UFC Don’t Deliver

For a fight that was soo overhyped, the Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson fight on UFC’s Ultimate Fighter definitely did not deliver the goods.

As soon as Kimbo got a couple good shots in the first round, Nelson took the fight to the ground. Since Kimbo wasn’t able to get the Pillsbury dough boy off of him, he stayed there the rest of the round. The ref should have stood them up.

The second round wasn’t much different. What is puzzling is how Kimbo wasn’t more aggressive while they were standing up. In his youtube videos, Kimbo was much more aggressive. He looked scared to throw punches. He got into trouble when Roy came forward and took him down. Kimbo should have kept backing him up.

Once down, it was too tough for Kimbo to move so much jelly at once. Again, the fight should have been stood up. Nelson started throwing some gnat shots to Kimbo’s head, but it was tough to get his fists underneath his own big belly.

Because Nelson’s corner was counting the shots, even though they wouldn’t hurt my mother, the ref had no other choice than to stop it after 20 unanswered love taps. Had Nelson’s corner not counted the shots, the fight would not have been stopped. Kudos to Rashad’s team for forcing the ref to make a call.

Had Dana White ever put this type of fight on pay per view, he would be looking at jail time for highway robbery. Nelson doesn’t stand a chance against a real heavyweight that can defend a takedown.

(Poll) Who Do You Think Wins The Fight Tonight Between Kimbo Slice And Roy Nelson?

So who do you think will win the fight tonight between Kimbo Slice and Roy “Big Country” Nelson? Standing up, I think Kimbo has the advantage. On the ground, I think Roy gets the nod. So, I think Nelson’s best chance is to take Kimbo down and keep him there. If Kimbo gets taken down, he needs to get up, or he will lose.

I’ve seen some videos of Nelson just wrestling. He looks pretty good. So if he decides to standup with Kimbo, I wish him the best of luck. You can see some video of Roy Nelson wrestling Frank Mir here.

I’m taking Kimbo by knockout.

Is Dana White, Kimbo Slice, Ultimate Fighting And The UFC Responsible For The Killing Of The Chicago Honor Student?

It may seem like a stretch but does ultimate fighting bear any responsibility for some of the upswing we have seen in teen violence–especially in the Chicago area?

If you hadn’t heard, Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor student at Christian Fengert Academy, was killed this past week trying to help a friend in trouble. Reports say that 2 groups from rival schools met when a small riot broke out. In the ensuing scuffle, Albert was hit in the head with a large board before being stomped upon and kicked as he lay helpless on the ground.

Hmm, doesn’t that sound like ultimate fighting or professional wrestling? John McCain, former presidential candidate, did refer to mixed martial arts as human cockfighting. Subsequently, the rules were changed and actually made the sport more acceptable to state regulatory bodies that would need to give permission to mixed martial arts organizations for them to fight in their respective states.

In the Derrion Albert case, some of the footage was caught on a cell phone and 4 arrests have been made. In Chicago, there has ben an increase in high school murders the past couple years. This year alone there have been murders of 34 kids and 300 shooting incidents.

Ok, so the UFC doesn’t wield any guns. In many times they exhibit good sportsmanship. But aren’t they rewarding individuals and putting a huge premium on being violent? If you have an exceptionally violent fight, you get a bonus. If you knock the other guy out, you get a bonus. Seen any videos of Kimbo Slice on youtube lately? If you haven’t yet, don’t. It’s not a pretty sight. So violence pays, right?

Really, the incident looked more like something out  of professional wrestling. But we’ll pick on the UFC since they’ve been getting so much publicity lately. The city of Chicago will soon be spending $30 million on providing mentoring for the at risk youths as well as after school programs and jobs. Hey, pay me $30 million and I’ll behave too 🙂

I think the individuals responsible should go to jail for a very long time. My heart goes out to Derrion’s family. It is a parent’s worst nightmare.

Maybe the UFC or WWF should do the mentoring– seriously. I heard the UFC was launching a chain of gyms. Imagine if Rampage Jackson or Rashad Evans went in there and started working with the kids. I’m thinking they could be way more effective than the United Way.

So what do you think? Has professional wrestling or mixed martial arts played any role in the uptick in violence in the Chicago area? What do you think is the cause? Is $30 million enough to spend to stop the violence or should they not be spending anything at all?

Dana White On Kimbo Slice Fighting In The UFC: Ratings Have Nothing To Do With It.

Kimbo Slice: Performance, not ratings, will determine UFC future: ”

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Props: Los Angeles Times

Quoteworthy:

“Are you going to see Kimbo Slice fight again in the UFC? Yes…. The ratings do not influence our decision. The guy can either fight or not.”

UFC President Dana White assures fans that Spike TV ratings monger, Kimbo Slice, will have to prove that he can compete inside the Octagon if he wants to remain on the company payroll. White raised more than a few eyebrows when he invited the former Elite XC poster boy and YouTube sensation to participate on this season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 … especially after he spent more than a year bashing his credibility. It appears that Slice will not be given any preferential treatment despite his star power — Spike TV recently scored some if its best ratings ever with its TUF 10 debut. And those ratings will likely soar once again when Slice takes on mixed martial arts veteran Roy Nelson — perhaps the favorite to win the entire season — in a preliminary match next Wednesday in the tournament-style show. Whether or not Slice makes it to the finals remains to be seen, but even if he doesn’t, the report indicates that super trainer Greg Jackson is interested in seeing what he can do to help Slice, and possibly White and Co., remain on the promotion’s roster. Does Slice, possibly under the tutelage of Jackson, have what it takes to compete at the highest level? Perhaps more important, do you want to see it unfold under the UFC banner?

Dana White To Rampage Jackson After He Spills His Heart Out: “Rampage Is Acting Like A Baby.” Note To Dana: You’re Not Cool.

Dana White: “Rampage” Acting Like a Baby, Can Do What He Wants: ”

UFC President Dana WhiteUFC President Dana White today appeared on the Carmichael Dave Show to respond to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s Tuesday announcement that he was “done fighting” to pursue a full-time acting career, saying that the popular former light heavyweight champ is “acting like a baby” but is free to do what he wants.

Here’s what White had to say (via MMA Fanhouse):

Rampage is a grown man. He’s acting like a baby right now, but he’s a grown man. If he wants to be in the movie business, Rampage, good luck to you, man. I hope he makes it big, and I’m not being sarcastic. … I hope the movie thing works out for him. If that’s what he truly wants to do, and that’s what he feels and that’s what he thinks his career is, I wish him all the luck in the world.”

I just found out, too. Rampage has been a friend of ours. We really like Rampage. I’m not going to get into the battle of who’s done what for who and all that stuff. We’ve done a lot for him and yes, he’s been there and fought. The guys who come in here, they’re fighters. That’s what they do. We give them fights and they fight. And they make money and we make money. That’s the way it works.

I got so pissed off. I’m speaking my mind, he thinks I’m trying to ruin his movie career.

He’s a grown man. He can do whatever he wants to do.