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  • 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 ...
  • Myriad most popular I’ve crunched a few numbers to figure out pages that drew at least 0.1 percent of my total page views for the year. (The percentages are slightly lower than they should be due to some extraneous stuff in the stats — scripts, other ways of reaching a page, etc. — so 0.1 may actually be ...
  • 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 ...
  • MMA weekend: Fast and furious Can Bellator keep up the momentum after a strong Spike debut last week? Who’s the fastest flyweight in the world? Can UFC get a bang for its marketing buck, particularly with a main card that would stack up quite well against some of the recent pay-per-views? BELLATOR (main card 10 p.m. ET Thursday on Spike) Ben Askren ...
  • I’m back – what’d I miss? My hand is out of a splint after three weeks, though my typing speed is still diminished by a bit of tape on my two still-aching fingers. I may need to put my goalkeeping career on hold for a while. I’m also relatively not sick. I have no idea how I’ve had waves of sinus and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Judging the Rashad-Rampage UFC conference call Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson spent most of a season of The Ultimate Fighter jawing at each other. Odds were pretty good they’d do the same thing in Tuesday’s conference call to promote next Saturday’s UFC 114 fight card. The UFC is depending on them as the draw, as the co-main event of Antonio ...
  • Friday Myriad: Bolt vs. Gay, Silva vs. Sonnen, DPs vs. DPs … If you’re not a fan of American soccer leagues, this isn’t much of a weekend, though some European leagues (France, Netherlands, English Championship) kick off. FRIDAY 2 p.m.: Track and field, Diamond League, Stockholm. Bolt vs. Gay. Great stuff. Universal Sports online SATURDAY 3:35 a.m.: Rugby, Tri-Nations Cup, New Zealand vs. Australia. Travis’ preview will run in an hour ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ Season 12, Episode 10: Kos keeps talking Should we really root for Michael Johnson over Alex Caceres? No doubt Caceres has had his annoying moments, but after seeing Johnson flip out over a pretty harmless kitchen-sink prank and falsely blame Caceres, the sympathy meter might flip toward Bruce Leeroy a bit. Kyle Watson, probably the most polished of the four quarterfinalists we’ll see ...
  • The UFC’s curious response to ESPN’s piece (Editing a little after listening to the Josh Gross podcast with Outside the Lines reporter John Barr.) I have to start with a disclaimer, of course. If there’s a dispute between the UFC and ESPN, then I’m in the bad situation of being beholden to both sides. I’ve done some freelance work for ESPN, though none ...
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