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  • Review: Bellator’s “Fight Master” For those who don’t know, I’ve written a book on The Ultimate Fighter. It is not yet published. So with Bellator bringing “reality” MMA back to Spike, I simply had to check it out. The first word that sprang to mind: Awkward. It’s awkward in the sense that they’re trying so hard not to be The Ultimate Fighter. Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith ...
  • The only MMA conference call transcript you’ll ever need (Classical music fades in and out as if on a distant radio station. It abruptly stops at times, raising hopes that call is about to begin. Then it restarts, dashing those hopes. … 10-15 minutes after the scheduled start time, the music stops.) MUFFLED VOICE: … then he threw the soup. (Others laugh) OPERATOR: This is the UXC ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 16, Episode 5: Lowering the bar on the 10-8 round The recap of previous episodes reminds us that Nic Herron-Webb was kind of a jerk in the house. Really, you don’t mess with your housemates’ sleep. Mike Ricci in particular took offense. Back in the house, Matt Secor decides to rub Julian Lane’s nose in his loss. Lane rolls with it for a bit but finally ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter': Season 11, Episode 10: Iceman 1, Crabman 0 We start with Chuck Liddell taking out his frustration over Tito Ortiz pulling out of their fight, ranting in front of an amused Dana White. Tito says Chuck doesn’t understand what he’s going through. Then, in one of the most abrupt segues in Ultimate Fighter history, we have the weigh-in for the Josh Bryant-Jamie “Crabman” Yager ...
  • UFC needs Georges St. Pierre, not vice versa The absurd pressure on Georges St. Pierre to come back to the Octagon tout suite and defend his title against Johny Hendricks one more time sounds like the act of a desperate Ultimate Fighting Championship. The overwhelming consensus is that GSP should have lost Saturday’s fight to Hendricks by every measure except two of the three judges’ scorecards. ...
  • Friends, athletes, objectivity and professionalism (SEO adds: MMA and sex) You CANNOT make friends with the rock stars. That’s what’s important. If you’re a rock journalist – first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. And they’ll buy you drinks, you’ll meet girls, they’ll try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs… I know. ...
  • Monday Myriad: Sparkling play in WPS, short-sighted decision in Italy We’re starting with WPS for a highlight that probably didn’t make SportsCenter (correct me if it did) but should have. It’s Abby Wambach’s back-heel, throwing off three defenders and setting up the Washington Freedom’s first goal against the run of play as the Atlanta Beat once again looked wonderful but couldn’t finish. If you want ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 9: Efficient, yes, but exciting? I messed up “Episode” and “Season” in my last headline. Oops. Anyway, it’s Season 14, Episode 9. Dustin Pague and his Mayhem teammates drop off a bag of food for a needy guy they’ve seen on their route to and from the training center. Nice. Dustin also has a fight coming up, and Mayhem says he has ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ Season 12, Episode 6: Choke! Choke! Tonight, we’ll learn the rest of the opening-round matchups. We have two fights, which will leave just two guys remaining to face off next week. But before we get to that, we have to watch Team Koscheck acting like a bunch of NFL wide receivers dancing after that fourth-quarter TD pass with their team down 31-7. First, ...
  • Tuesday’s links: Pot in MMA, skeleton comeback, soccer launch, Armstrong albatross The day got away from me, but I did some interesting reading in between trips tending to sick cars and family members who need oil changes. Wait, I’ve got that backwards. Anyway … MMA: Matt Riddle, “Chipper” from his TUF days, says he’s not a stoner but smokes pot because he needs to chill out. Having never walked in ...
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