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  • Defending Koscheck: The “standing up for his guys” theory Steve Cofield at Yahoo shows one of The Ultimate Fighter‘s extended clips to defend Josh Koscheck’s spat with medic/”male nurse” Brad Tate, saying Tate mocked one of Koscheck’s fighters over his accent. Full post with video is here. That defense would be a little tighter if Koscheck hadn’t been spending so much of the season mocking ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ tryouts and the soul of MMA fighters Can you look into a mass of humanity and find something wonderfully human? Yesterday in Newark, I shared a long table with Dana White, Joe Silva, ESPN’s Franklin McNeil and other people who had more business being there than I did for tryouts of The Ultimate Fighter. The hotel as a whole was a stunning sight ...
  • Sort-of review: McCarthy/Hunt, “Let’s Get It On” I should say at the outset that I’ve known Loretta Hunt, who wrote¬†Let’s Get It On with “Big” John McCarthy, for a few years now. I don’t think you can know her without being impressed by her ability to maintain her professionalism and passion for the sport in what can only be described as a ...
  • Monday Myriad: World Series of Poker schedules around World Cup? Perhaps this is a coincidence, but the World Series of Poker has put its two big events on either side of the World Cup. The main event, the $10,000 no-limit hold-em tournament that will run ad infinitum on ESPN in months to come, starts July 5 but takes a day off July 11, coinciding with the ...
  • Chael Sonnen’s “Nobody told me” defense A bit of context for today’s California hearing in which UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen made his case to have his suspension reduced or waived: 1. If this were a USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) or WADA (World) case, Sonnen would be toast. Ignorance would be no excuse. 2. That said, USADA and WADA have spelled out their ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 6: Oh, you mean this is EDITED?! Before we begin, we’re reminded of a couple of minor issues from the season so far: 1. Josh might be speaking up a bit too much within Team Jones. 2. Uriah Hall was upset that someone corrected his word choice — cooker? Chef? 3. Dana White is blinking a lot in his closeup. Chael Sonnen stops by to reassure ...
  • 2012 wrestling: Not just an MMA prep course With all due respect to the revamped formats international wrestling organizers trot out every couple of years, mixed martial arts is the best and worst thing to happen to wrestling in the past decade. Hard-core MMA fans have expanded their combat-sport interests to the more traditional mat-and-singlet sport, and the possibility that today’s U.S. champion ...
  • MMA tournaments: How to, how not to The UFC started with a simple concept — eight men, one tournament, one winner. Since then, the “tournament” idea has remained but has been spread over more time. Japanese promotions have often held quarterfinals one night, then held semifinals and finals on the same night a couple of months later. Strikeforce will do the same with ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter Live: Unlucky week for Cruz The idiosyncrasies of the new TUF format are truly coming home to roost. Basically, we’re not yet through the first full round of competition. And we’ve completely run out of time to show what’s happening in the house. The last three weeks are packed. Two quarterfinals May 11. Two more May 18. Then the semifinals May 25. ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13, Episode 4: Underestimate this Team Lesnar’s remaining fighters are “The Four Horsemen”: Tony Ferguson, Chuck O’Neil, Clay Harvison and Charlie Rader. But Clay struggles in practice and says his head isn’t in it. Brock says Charlie also is lollygagging. Great Bull Durham shoutout. To the house, where we’ve seen few shenanigans. Chuck is the jokester, clowning around with his buddy Charlie. ...
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