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  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13, Episode 6: You’re fired Looks like it’ll be a no-nonsense week, with two fights scheduled and the wild card selection, along with a few possible injury replacements. Well, except that assistant coach Lew Polley directly undercuts Junior dos Santos’ message to the team after Mick’s loss. Junior tries to rebuild them, telling them everyone loses sometimes and you just have ...
  • Today in wrestling’s Olympic battle Hey, Dana White! Bjorn Rebney! What do you big-time MMA promoters think wrestling should do to stay in the Olympics? Wrestling’s leaders have indeed asked, and my former USA TODAY colleague Kelly Whiteside has the story on what they’re considering — everything from dramatic walkouts to new clothes. The story includes this great anecdote:  “Two pieces? Dan ...
  • The actual cause for concern beneath the Brock Lesnar panic In a whirlwind of a heavyweight title fight Saturday night, Cain Velasquez wrested the UFC heavyweight belt away from Brock Lesnar. No controversies in this one — Lesnar was gracious in defeat, and referee Herb Dean stopped it at exactly the right time. The reaction: Lesnar’s wrestling isn’t enough for him to succeed, the era of ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter': Season 12, Episode 2: Bruce Decoy Last time on The Ultimate Fighter, we saw bits of 14 fights and learned that the “characters” on this show will be Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres and Michael “No, Not The Olympic Sprinter” Johnson. Or maybe not. Jeff Lentz has a nasty smoking habit and a bit of bravado, bragging about not tapping if he’s in ...
  • Monday Myriad: Marry Lolo, beat Phelps A few things aside from the World Cup, the USA Track and Field Championships, the MLS weekend and Strikeforce, all of which will be covered in greater detail later. Poker: The World Series of Poker’s Tournament of Champions has run into a small problem: No one’s getting eliminated. Tennis: The top four men’s seeds — Roger Federer, ...
  • Smack talk from the workforce, TUF-style Chris Cope gives us the first “Oh, snap!” moment of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, responding to Lew Polley’s accusation that he’s less serious about training because he has a full-time job: I may be one of the few guys that fights that also has a 40-hour-a-week job, but I’ve trained with and outworked guys ...
  • UFC 126 on three days’ reflection What we learned and what happens next after UFC 126: – Former WEC fighters looked great. Chad Mendes and Demetrious Johnson plowed through Japanese stars Michihiro Omigawa and Kid Yamamoto. Donald Cerrone’s maturation process continued in a clinical but thrilling win against Paul Kelly. Miguel Torres left Antonio Banuelos punching at shadows. – Jon Jones hasn’t been ...
  • UFC 113: Rua rules, Koscheck controversy and the case for Kimbo UFC’s pay-per-views over the winter were held back by injuries and misfortune. UFC 111 (St. Pierre-Hardy, Carwin-Mir) had terrific talent but bogged down with some inconclusive wrestling in a couple of main-card bouts. UFC 112 ended with the borefest of Anderson Silva toying with Demian Maia. UFC 113, on the other hand, was anything but boring, ...
  • 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 17, episode 1: Sonnen-chanted evening … Funny: I Googled “sonnen chanted” to see if anyone else had used that, and Google asked me if I meant “sonnen cheated.” Yes, it’s The Ultimate Fighter‘s 17th season, in which we’ll see if a move to Tuesday nights can re-invigorate the ratings. First, let’s clear up one misconception: Season 16 was not the worst season of the show. Last ...
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