Archive for November 2007

WILL UFC TELL QUINTON JACKSON TO SHUTUP OR CHOOSE WORDS MORE CAREFULLY?

November 29, 2007

You wonder if UFC needs to give it’s 205-pound champion Jackson a p.r. lesson. He’s at the top of the food chain in the company’s most loaded division.

Jackson is seen below in a TMZ video speaking about the death of Sean Taylor. He clearly has no idea who Taylor is but he feels comfortable throwing out a pretty strong racial allegation. Claiming that 911 doesn’t service african-americans the way it does “white” sounding callers.

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BEN SAUNDERS HAS HIS SAY…THE LOSER ON TUF6 EXCLUSIVELY WITH SUNSHINE

November 29, 2007

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Saunders spoke at length about his loss to Tommy Speers. He explained the show didn’t even come close to showing how sick he really was. When he entered the ring, Saunders says he could barely see through a haze and that his nose was still broken from the Dan Barrera fight. Ben spoke about the pressure he felt to impress Dana White. He finishes Part I by commenting on the “double decker” practical joke.

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We covered a lot of what happened in the house in the previous weeks in Part II. He states here that he would’ve punched Matt Hughes in the face had he been the coach in his corner during the Barrera fight.  Ben also addresses his mock crying after the loss to Speers.  

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NOTE: SORRY, ABOUT THE LACK OF TUF INTERVIEWS AFTER THE LAST TWO EPISODES. OUR ROAD TRIP TO NY AND THEN THE HOLIDAY SCREWED THINGS UP. WE WILL CATCH UP WITH KOPPENHAVER, KOLOSCI AND HIGHTOWER BEFORE THE 12/8 FINALE.

LOUISVILLE SID LOOKS LIKE A DOUCHEBAG…WILL PITINO’S PROGRAM BE HIT WITH PENALTIES?

November 27, 2007

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College sports information directors often play the role of fire fighter.

When controversy arises, they have to stand out front and spread lies to cover up. Louisville b-ball SID Kenny Klein attacked Las Vegas gossip columnist Norm Clarke and got caught lying while doing so.

According to Norm, Cardinal forward Juan Palacios was hanging out at the Luxor’s LAX on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. The issue at hand is whether Palacios was taking advantage of bottle service purchased by the Louisville’s director of basketball operations.

Remember Rick Majerus bought his Utah kids meals and the Utes were placed on three years probation. This from CBSSports.com back on 1/28/04:

Utah was placed on three years’ probation by the NCAA last summer after an investigation confirmed several minor violations, including meals Majerus bought during meetings with players. The NCAA rule has been changed to allow for such meals as long as each one is documented.

And if there is no issue with who was purchasing drinks for the 22-year old, why such a vehement denial from Klein?   

Looks like they chose the wrong journalist to call out.  

This from Monday’s Las Vegas Review Journal:

Kenny Klein, the school’s sports information director, called it a “completely erroneous report” and added, “we have people crying for lawsuits.”

Klein confirmed that first-year assistant coach Walter McCarty, a former NBA pro, was at LAX nightclub at Luxor late Wednesday/early Thursday, but he was by himself and “had a drink there.”

Louisville defeated UNLV 68-48 earlier Wednesday night.

However, McCarty was not with players and he was not drinking Patron tequila and Veuve Clicquot champagne, the spirits mentioned in the sightings item, Klein said.

“Bottom line, I know they got cameras all over those casinos and pictures don’t lie. I guarantee you that there’s none of our players in that casino at that time,” Klein said Friday.

He’s right about photos not lying. We checked and found Louisville player Juan Palacios among the photos posted on the local nightclub Web site, Napkinnights.com.

Our sources say McCarty and Palacios were in the LAX nightclub’s VIP section early Thursday with several male friends, including a young white man who appeared to be a seven-footer. Palacios, 22, is injured and has not played this year. Sixth-ranked Louisville lost to unranked Brigham Young University on Friday, 78-76.

A bottle of $400 Patron was charged to an Eric Scott’s credit card, I’m told, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, which goes for about $300, was paid for in cash.

The school’s basketball media guide lists an Eric Scott as director of basketball operations.

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IS THAT PALACIOS???

SAM CAPLAN, CBSSPORTS.COM..WRAPS UFC 78 AND SAYS FEDOR REPORTS ARE ERRONEOUS

November 20, 2007

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Sam gives his UFC 78 impressions.

He says we’ve still got issues with UFC scoring. 

Sam gives insight into the potential network TV deal for UFC. He says UFC 81 in primetime on network is a possibility!!

Caplan also corrects reports that Fedor will be fighting circus act Hong Man Choi.  

And throws out the idea that Pride’s old ownership could be re-organizing to hold MMA events in Japan.

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BISPING SAYS AMERICAN UFC FANS IN NEWARK CAN GO TO HELL…WAS HE KIDDING?

November 20, 2007

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The Brit was asked for his reaction to being booed often by the fans in Newark before and after the event. Listen to the clip below. He said they can go to hell. It didn’t sound like he was kidding. And it did put a slight grimace on the face of UFC president Dana White, who was standing behind Bisping.  

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DANA WHITE UFC 78 POST-FIGHT PRESSER CONFERENCE WRAP

November 18, 2007

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Dana is blindsided my media query about next Dan Henderson fight

Couture saga still muddled

 

White speaks about the importance of UFC hitting NY at some point in the future:  

On the importance of spending money and time to get MMA sanctioned nationwide

White gives credit to Evans for a hard fought victory

Will Evans get a title shot and what’s coming up for Quinton Jackson

White says Thiago Silva is in the top 10 mix at 205

Announcement of $55000 bonus awards!

Was the Lytle stoppage premature?

UFC 78 POST-FIGHT, COFIELD CLOSES IT OUT

November 18, 2007

Steve breaks down some of the fights. And announces the breaking news from the post-fight press conference.

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