Friday, September 30, 2011

Brittney Palmer Talks About Leave of Absence From UFC, Dana, Arianny, Playboy, + More

This just came out yesterday and I didn't see anything here yet. Apologies if it's a repost.

Good God she looks gorgeous in those glasses. Like a...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/95375-brittney-palmer-talks-about-leave-absence-ufc-dana-arianny-playboy-more.html

Glover Teixeira Jan Nortje Karo Parisyan Roberto Traven Chad Akebono Rowan

Fake Windy Gloves

Just received my pair from ebay today and I'm thinking they might be fakes. Here is a link...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/gear-equipment/95371-fake-windy-gloves.html

Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi Dennis Siver Leonardo Lucio Nascimento Matt Hughes

UFC on Versus 6 Play-by-Play: Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson

UFC on Versus 6: Cruz vs. Johnson play-by-play of Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Washington, DC.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-versus-6-play-by-play-dominick-cruz-vs-demetrious-johnson

Anderson Silva Tokimitsu Ishizawa Masakatsu Funaki Fabricio Werdum Harold Howard

UFC 137 title challenger Carlos Condit - " I think that I'm the best welterweight in the world"

Carlos Condit received the opportunity of his career due to a screw up by Nick Diaz this month, as he gets to take on Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship next month at UFC 137. The former WEC Welterweight Champion has plenty of confidence in himself heading into the fight, and in an interview with BuddhaSports.com (transcribed by BJPenn.com), he talked about his thoughts heading into the fight.

"I've always been a big fan of Georges, I've admired his style and kinda of the way he carries himself and I'm honored to get in their and challenge him for the belt and step in the cage with him. With all that aside I think that I'm the best welterweight in the world and I've been trying to prove that every single time I get in their and this fight is going to be no different. It's a great opportunity for me, but I think whether Nick did what he did or he didn't, I still think I deserve the title shot. I didn't get it by default or anything like that. With that being said it's unfortunate for him. At this stage of the game it's not just fighting. It's selling the fights, you got to show up and do the P.R. It's not always fun but it's part of it. So it is unfortunate for Nick, he kind of blew his opportunity and I think he would have been a tough challenge for Georges. But you got to do the footwork and sell the fight."

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_10671.shtml

Aldrin de Jesus  Karl James Noons Josh Barnett  Gleison Tibau Pedro Rizzo

The UFC's Youtube page released a chilling video of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's brutal...

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/9/30/2460210/the-ufcs-youtube-page-released-a-chilling-video-of-ufc-featherweight

Renato Babalu Sobral Yoshihiro Takayama

Ben Askren vs. Jay Hieron on Tap for Bellator 56

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/9/30/2459134/ben-askren-vs-jay-hieron-on-tap-for-bellator-56

Randy The Natural Couture  Royler Gracie Wang Guan Robert Berry Aldrin de Jesus 

UFC 136 videos: Jose Aldo weight cut battle (Part one)

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/9/30/2459885/ufc-136-videos-jose-aldo-weight-cut-battle-part-one

Yoshihiro Takayama Houston Alexander Sean Sherk Cain Velasquez B J Penn

UFC doubling its events in 2012 is a mistake

Im excited to see ufc fights and give the fighters more opportunities to display their skills, but after reading Dana White wants to have * two...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/95348-ufc-doubling-its-events-2012-mistake.html

Yoshihiro Akiyama  Colin Robinson Dan Hardy Rodrigo Gracie Joe Riggs

Who would win

Judge Dredd or The Punisher?

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=98326&goto=newpost

Siyar Bahadurzada Wes Soldier Combs  Glover Teixeira Jan Nortje Karo Parisyan

Alistair Overeem in LMFAO video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyx6JDQCslE&feature=player_embedded

I will warn you, right now....this video can't be un-seen....

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/95360-alistair-overeem-lmfao-video.html

Kotetsu Boku  Bas Rutten Delson Heleno Choi Hong man Yoshihiro Akiyama 

2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins Preview with Team Outlook

How is Sidney Crosby’s head? That’s what this season really comes down to for the Penguins. If the best player in hockey can return to action, feel no lasting effects from his concussion issues and return to form, then this team is no worse than the second best team in the league.

If he misses another big chunk of time, though, or he isn’t the player he was before he was hurt, then this is just another pretty solid team that could be a playoff threat if everything goes their way.

The problem for hockey handicappers at this point is that it’s hard to know what the truth is with Crosby. He’s participating in scrimmages but not contact ones, and he is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. Hopefully the face of the league gets to play in the league again soon. It’s just not the same without him.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins Offseason Moves

It wasn’t a wildly active offseason. Losing Maxime Talbot to hated rivals Philadelphia hurts, but it’s far from a fatal blow when the team has three of the better centers in the league already on the roster. Forwards Jason Williams and Steve Sullivan are solid additions who could fit in nicely. The team largely stayed with what they had last year, and that’s certainly not a lousy idea given what they have.

 

2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Outlook

While Crosby is the biggest story, the health of Evgeni Malkin is a big story as well. He was hurt for much of last year, and he is not as effective as he can be when he is at his best. He’s healthy now, and it is important to this team that he stays that way.

Chris Kunitz is yet another very valuable player for this squad who has missed a lot of time—48 games in two years—and needs to find a way to stay healthy. The general theme I’m sure you have sensed by now is that this team has been incredibly unlucky when it comes to injuries in the last couple of years, and the ability to stay on the ice is crucial to the success of this team.

One very interesting player to watch this year will be James Neal. The 24-year-old had at least 20 goals per year in his first three seasons in Dallas but was largely ineffective after being acquired with 20 games to go last year. He’s penciled in to play with Crosby, though, and he has huge offensive upside if that happens. Veteran Steve Sullivan, a new addition, could get a shot to play with Crosby as well.

Kris Letang is one of the most under-appreciated defensemen in the league, and it is fair to expect another strong season from him. He’s the quiet leader of a defensive corps that is solid but not nearly as flashy as the units some teams have. They lack the eternal Norris Trophy contender that some elite teams have, but it is still not a serious concern.

Simon Despres, a first-round pick in 2009, is a guy who could get a chance to join the blueliners and who could be productive if given that chance. Despres is one of the two rookies who could make some real noise. The other is winger Eric Tangradi. He played 15 games last year before going down to the curse of the Penguins—a concussion. His upside is high, and that experience and his restored health means hopes are reasonably high for him this year.

 

2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins Schedule

If Crosby is able to return early in the season, then the game against Washington on Oct. 13 will be a gem. These teams hate each other, and virtually every time they meet, it’s a classic.

The Pens and the Flyers meet on Dec. 29 for the first time. Not only is that another rivalry game, but it marks the return of Jaromir Jagr to Pittsburgh. Jagr spurned the Pens in favor of the Flyers in his comeback this year to add extra intrigue to the matchup.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Futures Odds (from Bodog)

The Penguins have the second lowest odds to win the Stanley Cup at 10/1. Only Washington and Vancouver at 7/1 are deemed more likely to win. The degree to which you are optimistic about Crosby will determine how attractive this price is. They are the second choice to win the Eastern Conference at 9/2.

 

2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins Predictions

I’m uneasy about the health issues on the team and not that optimistic about Crosby in the short term. Still, the amount of talent these guys have—and the experience and success the squad has had—will be tough to look beyond.

If Crosby does return and is healthy, then he is going to be highly motivated. Malkin should be looking to make some noise as well, and Neal should take a big step forward. Add in the fact that Jordan Staal could play a full year, and you have a dizzying amount of talent.

If all goes well, this team and Washington are head and shoulders above everyone else in the East. Washington is slightly better in my eyes, but Pittsburgh is, as they have long been, a very serious contender to win the East—I am bullish—unless Crosby is in rough shape.

Doc’s Sports is geared up for another profitable NHL picks season. Picks will be available starting Oct. 7. We have one of the premier NHL handicappers in the business and he knows the sport inside and out after betting the sport for years. Early Bird specials will be posted soon, so check our homepage regularly. Also, check our home page's daily updated NHL lines, hockey betting articles and daily matchup reports.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/872224-2011-12-pittsburgh-penguins-preview-with-team-outlook

Jordan Radev Logan The Pink Pounder Clark  Martinsh Egle Denis Kang Fabiano Scherner

Thursday, September 29, 2011

MMA Live

right now Chael and El Nino

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/mma-live-1834841/

Scott Lighty Ricardo Almeida  Hirotaka Yokoi Gegard Mousasi Dennis Siver

HYDEN BLOG: Wrestlers, Matt Hughes, and Jon Jones

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By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch contributor

A lot of people say that wrestling is the dominant discipline in mixed martial arts. The truth is that there isn't a true dominant discipline in MMA. Wrestling helps you get and avoid takedowns, but if you don't have other skills you can only get so far. It's the same with striking, you can knock out opponents and avoid getting knocked out, but what happens when you get taken down? Being able to apply and defend submissions is great, but you have to first get the fight to the ground.

Being one-dimensional can get you to the upper-midcard level and maybe, if the division is lacking challengers, even a title fight. However, the second you run into a more well-rounded opponent you're made to look bad as he destroys you.

The only reason I bring this up is because of what happened to Joe Warren this past weekend at Bellator 51. Warren is a great wrestler, but he doesn't really have a well-rounded game. In his defense, though, Warren has only had nine MMA fights, including this past Saturday when he lost to Alexis Vila. I'm not singling out Warren to trash him, he's merely the most recent example of a great one-dimensional fighter losing to a more well-rounded fighter. Vila won a bronze medal in the Olympics in 1996, he's obviously a great wrestler in his own right. Vila is 10-0, with seven of those wins by knockout and two by submission. That means he's more well-rounded than Warren is.

My point is that if you want to be considered an elite MMA competitor you have to be well-rounded. Being great at one thing is a good foundation, but you have to build upon that to go far.

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I expected Josh Koscheck to beat up Matt Hughes at UFC 135. I would say most expected that to happen. I've said many times before that I never want to tell a guy when to retire, but we've now reached the point with Hughes where he has to seriously consider retiring for his long-term health. Hughes has suffered two brutal knockouts in his last two fights. It might be time to concede that age has caught up to him. If Hughes wants to keep fighting, then he'll have to move into that Special Attraction territory where he only fights other older fighters who won't knock his head off.

The legacy of Matt Hughes is secure and nothing can change that. The lowlights towards the end of your career don't diminish the highlights you gave at your peak. When people picture Michael Jordan they don't imagine his run with the Washington Wizards, they think of his title runs with the Chicago Bulls. In a few more years, people will mainly remember Chuck Liddell's knockouts and highlight reel finishes, not the way he went out. People don't forget that stuff, but it's not the first thing that springs to mind when they think of that athlete. The same will even be true of Ken Shamrock, whenever he decides to give it up. About five years or so after Shamrock retires for real, people will mainly remember the good, not the bad.

I don't want to force Matt Hughes to retire, but he needs to take a serious look at himself and what he wants from life after his fighting career is over.

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Jon Jones is beginning to show the signs of becoming the dominant force in MMA that we all think he'll become. It's a long road for him to get to the same level that guys like Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva are on, but it's looking like only a matter of time now. Jones and his ridiculous reach of 84 inches makes him very dangerous in so many ways. The first thing you think of is his ability to punch you while keeping himself out of harm's way. He can jab you to death, or throw punches from crazy angles to keep you guessing. Jones is also able to utilize his long limbs to apply submissions that guys with shorter arms and legs wouldn't be able to.

There's no question that Jones has been blessed with many physical gifts. However, being physically talented will only get you so far. If Jones puts the work in, and all indications are that he is, he can become the best fighter in history. That's a big if, but it's an exciting prospect. The fight world is full of guys with tremendous physical ability who never realized that potential. If Jones is able to fulfill that potential, we could be looking at the best of all-time.


Comments and suggestions can be e-mailed to me at hydenfrank@gmail.com

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/hydenstake/article_10665.shtml

Hector Ramirez Murilo Ninja Rua Frank Shamrock Gilbert Yvel Tom Howard

TUF 14 Episode 2 Recap (Warning: Spoilers!)

The second episode of this season’s Ultimate Fighter started with the two guys picking teams. Mayhem said he was specifically trying to set up fighters who would be compatible with the strengths of his coaching staff, leaving me wondering what those strengths are. Anyway, Team Bisping’s bantamweights include the green-haired Louis Gaudinot, Team Alpha Male’s [...]


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Jai Bradney  Wanderlei Silva Rolles Gracie Kerry Schall Cheick Kongo

Broncos vs. Packers: 8 Predictions for Green Bay's Week 4 Matchup

With only three undefeated teams left in the NFL, the Packers want to be the last of the three to suffer a defeat.

That journey starts on Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos, who may or may not have their leader in the secondary, Champ Bailey.

With a few injuries that have yet to be decided on, those key injuries could have an impact on the game.

Nonetheless, predictions are predictions, and here are eight of them for the Green Bay Packers' Week 4 matchup against the Denver Broncos.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/871296-broncos-vs-packers-8-predictions-for-green-bays-week-4-matchup

Shane Carwin Mike Nickels Rashad Evans Keith Hackney Kultar Gill

AListair Overeem.....sumo - LMAO

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/95341-alistair-overeem-sumo-lmao.html

Kalib Starnes Don Barr Jon Jones Kiyoshi Tamura Mike Van Arsdale

Who would win

Judge Dredd or The Punisher?

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=98326&goto=newpost

Kevin Kimbo Slice Ferguson Krzysztof Soszynski Ryan Jensen Jens Pulver Lyoto Machida

NFL Picks Week 4: Stone Cold Locks To Bet the House On

Wow did Week 3 rock some of you guys or what?

A lot of weird games that saw teams no one expected covering and even stranger stuff like the Seahawks finally winning straight up.

I’m hoping to regain my footing in Week 4 and it looks like there are some very juicy lines just asking to be bet big right now.

I think a lot of these are going to move the other way before Sunday rolls around, so get your wagers in today ladies and gentleman.

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the stone cold locks to cover the spread for Week 4. 

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/871093-nfl-picks-week-4-stone-cold-locks-to-bet-the-house-on

John Lewis Jeff Joslin Jay Silva Josh Thomson Andrei Semenov

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Episode 2 Review: You Weren't Watching Baseball?

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/9/29/2457822/the-ultimate-fighter-14-episode-2-review-you-werent-watching-baseball

John Lewis Jeff Joslin Jay Silva Josh Thomson Andrei Semenov

NFL Picks Week 4: 3 Most Pivotal Matchups

There are always pivotal games in every NFL season that can distance playoffs contenders from pretenders.

It may only be Week 4, but there are three matchups in particular this week that could catapult the victors and demoralize the losers.

Here are three of the most pivotal games of Week 4 in the National Football League.


3. Steelers at Texans

The Texans may have lost to the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, but there's no question they've made their presence known through the first three weeks. With the Indianapolis Colts slipping, the Texans may very well win the AFC South this season.

As for the Steelers, they just beat the Colts, but they won by only three points and their offensive line was horrible. The AFC champions haven't looked like AFC champions thus far and are still trying to build momentum. Don't forget, however, the Steelers have always had issues and they persevere probably better than anyone in football.

But teams are 2-1.


2. Jets at Ravens

The New York Jets have a struggling running game and a banged-up secondary, but they still have a solid defense, and quarterback Mark Sanchez has shown improvement this season.

But if they play like they did in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, they will lose in Baltimore against the Ravens. The Jets lost by 10 points to the Raiders in Week 3 and it wasn't a fluke; the Raiders simply looked like the better team.

As for the Ravens, they defeated the Steelers in Week 1, but lost to the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 and haven't looked as good as one might expect. They do have an up-and-coming rookie receiver in Torrey Smith, however.

Both teams are 2-1.


1. Lions at Cowboys

This should be a great game.

Both the Lions and Cowboys are looking to rebound after rough 2010 campaigns and both have looked much better in 2011. In fact, they both look like legitimate playoff contenders.

There's so much to love about this game. Tony Romo. Young gun Matthew Stafford. The defensive line of the Lions. The linebacking corps of the Cowboys. Ndamukong Suh. DeMarcus Ware. Receivers Calvin Johnson, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

I could go on and on.

In previous years,this would be an easy Cowboys victory. But this ain't the same Lions. They're 3-0 and sport a much-improved squad that could tip the balance in the NFC as soon as this season. These are two teams that will likely be battling for a wild-card spot all season long.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/870416-nfl-picks-week-4-3-most-pivotal-matchups

Don Barr Jon Jones Kiyoshi Tamura Mike Van Arsdale Sam Hoger

There will be blood: Lytle goes from Octagon to politics

There will be blood: Lytle goes from Octagon to politics

Recently retired fighter Chris Lytle hinted at a future in politics while still in his fighting career. Now that he has given up fighting and is just a firefighter and the father of four children, Lytle has decided to fill up his scads of free time by running for the Indiana State Senate.

Lytle is well-known of one of MMA's good guys, always ready to share his time with a fan or a member of the media. Over the course of his 11-year career, he continued to serve as a firefighter. In the cage, he was the kind of fighter fans always wanted to watch because he was always willing to put on a good show, winning 10 fight night bonuses from the UFC.

Now, Lytle wants to put those qualities to work in the state government. He has already started campaigning, visiting future constituents all over the 28th district and using the tagline, "Fighting for Indiana's Future." Though it's been more than a month since his retirement bout, a submission of Dan Hardy, Lytle is sporting a black eye in many of his pictures. He probably had a fun time explaining that to the people at the senior citizen's center.

Thanks to Cage Potato

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/There-will-be-blood-Lytle-goes-from-Octagon-to-?urn=mma-wp7493

Rodrigo Gracie Joe Riggs Dan Cramer Jai Bradney  Wanderlei Silva

If Cruz takes out Johnson, there?s a long line of contenders waiting for him

If Cruz takes out Johnson, there?s a long line of contenders waiting for him

The storm is brewing down at 135 pounds. The veterans are probably jockeying for one final shot at Dominick Cruz, and then there's going to be an unfusion of young fighters in the next 18 months.

First Cruz has to successfully defend his title his this weekend against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6. After that, who the heck knows.

Bloody Elbow did a nice job of listing some of the big fights upcoming in the bantamweight division. It looks like the winner of the UFC 139 fight between Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles will get the next shot at Cruz. Then there's these scheduled matchups:

Jeff Curran vs. Scott Jorgensen (UFC 137) - This is a big fight for Curran. The 34 year old veteran has fought everywhere - Pride, the UFC, WEC - and is 4-1 since leaving the WEC in 2009. A win here could move him right into title contention, largely because he would make a new name at the top. Jorgensen looked great in his last fight, and will hope for another spectacular finish here.

Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao (UFC 139) - Pickett has been out this year due to injury, but he's on a great 10-1 run that includes his claim as the only man to defeat Demetrious Johnson. A Pickett win here and a Johnson win would give Pickett a strong argument for a title shot. As for Berao, he lost his MMA debut, but in the 27 fights and over 6 years since that debut, he's never been defeated again. That's an impressive run.

On this list of future contenders posted by Bloody Elbow, who has the best chance of getting in line after Faber or Bowles? Here's our take:

Joe Benavidez: It seems unlikely that he'd get a third shot at Cruz and he's got to be a shoo-in as one of the first fighters to challenge for the new UFC 125-pound title coming in 2012.

Michael McDonald: He's 20 and will be brought along slowly. That said, in the next 18 months he has a chance to be where 22-year-old Rory McDonald is in the welterweight division and Anthony Pettis, 24, is at lightweight.

Miguel Torres - It looks like Torres has a long road back to contender status. Once 36-1, the 30-year-old veteran has lost 3-of-5 and may be stuck in the role of fighting some young guns for the next year or so. Up next is 24-year-old Nick Pace at UFC 139.

Takeyu Mizugaki - The Japanese slugger looked better than ever in destroying Cole Escovedo at UFC 135, but if he can't win a big fight he'll be stuck in the No. 5-10 range for the foreseeable future. Mizugaki is 0-4 against Faber, Torres, Jorgensen and Bowles.

BE points out nicely that no one should overlook Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter" either. The winner and runner-up from the TUF 14 Finale could be throw right into the mix with the veterans. That dude wins three or four fights coming out of the gates, and he'll be mentioned with the elite. There's some exciting things on the horizon at 135.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/If-Cruz-takes-out-Johnson-there-s-a-long-line-o?urn=mma-wp7478

Jordan Radev Logan The Pink Pounder Clark  Martinsh Egle Denis Kang Fabiano Scherner

&quot;Fantasy&quot; Fights

Statistics : 348 Topics || 6221 Posts Last post by Avarramma

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Josh Barnett  Gleison Tibau Pedro Rizzo Randy Couture Tony DeSouza 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nutrition

From couch potato to Title Holder, what to eat to stay in top shape

Statistics : 191 Topics || 2138 Posts Last post by 1/6,000,000,000

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Wang Guan Robert Berry Aldrin de Jesus  Karl James Noons Josh Barnett 

San Francisco 49ers First Take: Keys to a Win over the Philadelphia Eagles

There are no style points in the NFL. Win ugly, and it still counts as a victory. And once January rolls around, no one is going to look back and discredit a playoff team for a win compared to the likes of going to the dentist.

San Francisco's 13-8 road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 was a game they had to have leading up to their Week 4 showdown at the Philadelphia Eagles. The so-called "Dream Team" is sitting in the cellar of the NFC East after the Eagles lost their home opener last weekend to the New York Giants.

However, there is now a sense of urgency for head coach Andy Reid and his Philadelphia Eagles will be ready to go against the 49ers in a must-win game to avoid an unexpected 1-3 start; a far cry from the talented team on paper picked by many to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

What the 49ers can hang their hats on from Week 3 was yet another superb defensive effort. The front seven held the Bengals top offensive weapon in running back Cedric Benson in check and put enough pressure on rookie quarterback Andy Dalton to slow a potentially erupting aerial attack. It was just enough to not test the gelling 49ers secondary.

Offensively, it was game management mode for 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. There were no running lanes for tailback Frank Gore, whose second half ankle sprain forced him in and out of the lineup. This opened up an opportunity for rookie backup Kendall Hunter to see some carries and change the pace of the rushing attack. This seemed to disrupt the Bengals defensive scheme late in the ballgame, as Hunter was effective in getting outside the tackles and scored the game's only touchdown to give the 49ers a lead they would eventually hold onto for good. 

However, the Philadelphia Eagles are not the Cincinnati Bengals. With playmakers on both sides of the ball and a heavy chip on their collective shoulders to silence the early nay-sayers, the 49ers are in for a long afternoon in the City of Brotherly Love.

With that, here is a first take at keys to the 49ers leaving Philadelphia with a victory over the Eagles:

1. Contain Eagles quarterback Michael Vick

Keeping Michael Vick from doing what he does well is difficult, especially with the talent around him.

A spy in the form of linebackers NaVarro Bowman or Patrick Willis to ensure Vick doesn't take off and run is imperative. Vick's ability to keep drives going with his feet are momentum killers.

The 49ers defense must pick their poison, and leaving things to Vick's arm is the lesser of two evils. With potential lingering effects from a concussion and a badly bruised non-throwing hand, the front seven should try to contain but not over-pursue Vick. 

With receiver Jeremy Maclin likely out with an hamstring injury, the Eagles may have to resort to a different game plan of mixing up the run with attacking the 49ers secondary deep with wideout DeSean Jackson.

2. Continue to plug the running lanes to slow tailback LeSean McCoy

Speaking of striking a  balance with the running attack, LeSean McCoy is the cog that makes the Eagles offense run and run well.

McCoy averages over six yards per carry and leads all running backs with four rushing touchdowns (and he has a fifth score through the air). He's second in rushing yards behind the Raiders' Darren McFadden.

That being said, the 49ers defense comes into their Week 4 contest at third in the NFL is rushing yards allowed with 188 over the first three games. If they can continue that type of stifling play, the game will truly be in Vick's hands, or left hand that is.

3. Establish the running game

Three games in and everyone is saying running back Frank Gore is washed up. Whether there are excuses for his ankle or the offensive line or his quarterback, Gore can get it done. But putting it all on his more than able shoulders as the 49ers have the past few years isn't necessary—not when they have a change-of-pace back in Kendall Hunter.

Hunter proved enough in Week 3 against the Bengals to earn a few more carries going forward. Gore needs to be kept fresh for drives at the end of games, not to mention over the course of the season. He's the one getting paid the big dollars and he'll deliver. But the 49ers coaching staff has to get the right plays and personnel figured out to remove any doubt that the lack of productivity either is due to Gore having lost a step or something else.

And if that's not enough reasons to keep going to the run, the Eagles have given up the third most rushing yards in the NFL at 394 over three games.

4. Continue dialing up Vernon Davis

Whatever plays were sent into the huddle in Week 3, where tight end Vernon Davis announced his 2011 arrival with eight catches and 118 yards, should be included in the Week 4 game plan. Particularly the play where Smith took the snap, rolled right, stopped and set before throwing across the field to a wide open Davis on a key fourth quarter drive against the Bengals.

As mentioned before, Davis is too valuable to stay back and run-block or pass-protect as much as he had in Weeks 1 and 2 before sitting down with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and raising his concern for being more involved in the offense. 

5. Limit turnovers and mistakes

Staying in the ballgame until the fourth quarter would be a huge "win" for the 49ers against a premier team in the Eagles looking to restore order after losing back-to-back weeks against the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants.

Smith has done a good job of not making the big mistake. But taking sacks isn't going to help the field position battle. Relying solely on punter Andy Lee to bail the 49ers out of those situations is like going to the well too often; eventually it runs dry. Against a good team like the Eagles, taking that approach could see things snowball very fast in another Sunday morning East Coast contest.

Until Gore's lost fumble in Week 3, the rest of the offense had done a fairly good job of not coughing up the football. In order to keep the 49ers defense off the field as much as possible, no turnovers and avoiding quick three-and-outs are important. In addition, sustaining drives for at least a second set of downs and converting on third down to some degree will keep the 49ers hopes of a Week 4 victory in their sights.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/870326-san-francisco-49ers-first-take-keys-to-a-win-over-the-philadelphia-eagles

Josh Thomson Andrei Semenov Tim Sylvia Jaime Jara Mario Sperry

ROUNDTABLE: UFC 135 Grades - Thoughts on the Best and Worst From the Event - Hansen, Hyden, Perez, Hobaugh, Amadi and Pelkey

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Grade Saturday's UFC 135 event as a whole from A-F. Also, what stood out as the best and worst of the card?

RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

C

Grading on a curve, the show was an F.� This was the worst UFC PPV I've seen since UFC 119.� That said, I don't grade on a curve, and I was mildly entertained, so I'll give it a C, because a bad UFC is better than a lot of other Saturday night entertainment options.� The high spots for me were Tim Boetsch's hip toss into a side slam, and of course Jon Jones throttling an elite talent like Quinton Jackson.


FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

B-

A lot of it depends on if you're a Jon Jones or Josh Koscheck fan. Seeing your guy win always makes the card seem better. The best thing on the card was the continued improvement of Jon Jones as a fighter. He's only going to get better as he ages. It's hard to imagine how good he will one day become. The worst thing on the card was probably Matt Hughes getting crushed by Koscheck. It's obvious MMA has passed Hughes by, but he should hold his head high about what he did during his career. Whether he continues to fight or not, it's for certain that the days of a Hughes fight being a must-see are over.


ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

B-

I did enjoy it, thoroughly in fact.� The small problem I had with it was a weak undercard from the standpoint of the casual fan.� Most people at the place I saw it didn't know who most of the fighters were, save for when the Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck fight began.� That's not the fault of any of the fighters by no means, but for most people it was a two fight card.� I hope with the expansion of mainstream coverage now that the UFC are on Fox, that more fighters will get a higher profile because of it.


ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

C

The Gomi-Diaz fight was never really in doubt. The Hughes-Koscheck�fight was good for two minutes, but not very exciting. The best part of the card was that Jon Jones proved he is for real. He handled Rampage, but not in the totally dominate fashion most people had predicted. It was a good fight. Rampage looked decent and made it a good fight. The worst part of the card was that after the main event the other fights were not great. The UFC needs to do a better job of providing value for the top dollar they charge for their product.


JASON AMADI, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

C-

There really weren't any competitive bouts on the main card. The main event was a one sided beating, Gomi and Matt Hughes are shot fighters at this point, and the two heavyweight fights weren't worthy of being on a main card.

The main event was obviously the high point of the evening, but it was hard to really even get up for it after the awful Travis Brown-Rob Broughton fight. I mean, why was Rob Broughton even on a pay-per-view?

The prelims were just okay, nothing really memorable in any way. UFC 136 and every pay-per-view card after it seem to be much better values, and even the free card on Versus this Saturday night is poised to outdo UFC 135. This wasn't the worst card in the world, but the fights just weren't competitive enough for my taste.


MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

B-

I'm only that generous because I knew it was a one fight card going in. Jon Jones, Nate Diaz, and Tony Ferguson all had great performances, but they were against overmatched opposition. The rest of the card ranged from "eh" to "ugh." I know most people will list Rothwell-Hunt as the worst from the card, but for me it was the other heavyweight fight, Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton. Broughton was there solely to be a punching bag for Browne to make him look good, and Browne just stood around doing nothing for three rounds. The best is obviously Jon Jones mesmerizing performance against Rampage. The entire card was built around him and he didn't disappoint.�

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UFC 135 CONTESTS: Confidence Pick and Betting Game Results

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By Rich Hansen, MMA Torch Columnist:

So after going undefeated with my confidence picks at UFC 134, and after turning my $1000 into like 53 gazillion and a half dollars, how in the hell could I possibly follow up on those sublime moments of pure genius? Could I, your ever so humble contest administrator, follow up with even more of my typical genius and become a double champion? Could I, your ever so humble genius contest administrator, win at least one of the two contests? Or would I, your ever so merciful deity of all that is MMA knowledge, show pity on the competition and tank my way back into the pools with the rest of the unwashed masses? You know you want to know, so read on.

CONFIDENCE GAME RESULTS

I?m nothing if not merciful. Except with my picks at UFC 135, of course, as I defeated not just one but two overmatched and overwhelmed opponents to win the MMA Torch Confidence Picks Contest. Yay Me! Now, to be fair to myself, I did take it easy on poor Messrs. Avery Clarke and Jason Lyon by only scoring 43 points. Even though I picked Romero for 5, Rothwell for 4, and Gomi for 3, I knew deep down that TeHuna, Hunt, and Diaz would win. So, mad props to me for not running up the score.

BETTING CONTEST RESULTS

But could I win both games? Well of course I could, gentle reader. My only regret was that I was only able to pulverize one hapless betting opponent rather than the two lambs I led to slaughter in the Confidence Picks Contest. Already possessing far more Monopoly money than I could ever manage to spend, I decided not to bet heavily on Mark Hunt, but was kind enough to defeat then-champion Chris McCann by less than $44. Congratulations to me for, well, yeah.

Name: Rich Hansen $1275.17
$500 on Boetsch for $755.10
$200 parlay on Boetsch, Mizugaki, and Jones for $520.07

Name: Chris McCann $1234.93
$500 on Jones for $614.94
$200 on Diaz for $271.94
$200 parlay on Browne, Koscheck, and Jones for $348.04

POOL RESULTS

Lest I be accused of overhyping my own accomplishments, let?s talk about the poor victim who I?ll be defending against at UFC 136. This is the section that I like to call the Pre-Eulogy.

Poor Matt Pelkey, he was a wonderful man, and lived a full life. He managed to win both the Confidence Picks pool and the Betting Game pool for UFC 135, which was the beginning of the end. In the oh-so rare Torch vs. Torch showdown, Hansen and Pelkey will duel against each other not once but twice on October 8. Good luck to both, but not to you, Pelkey.

CONFIDENCE GAME POOL

Matt Pelkey: 54 (missed on Yagin for 1)
Dennis Fagan: 49
Danny Mellor, Dan Moore, Matthew Schickling: 47
Chris Knight, Anthony Sinnott: 46
Cambo Nelson: An uncharacteristically high 45
Skarz, Mike Jensen, 44
Shaun Louis, Clay Burley, Chris McCann: 43
Casey Vaccaro, Brent King, Jason GOAT Thompson, Dionicio Ortiz: 42
Carll Light: 41
Tyson Kubas: 39
Bam White, James Scott: 38
Erik Nell: 37
Brendon Weir: 36
Nathaniel Adelman: 35
Phillip Irvin, Julian Ancheta, Jacon Wasserman, Jamie Penick: 34
Simon Kerry: 33
Jason Binder: 32
Mark Bunce: 31
Kevin Seng: 29

BETTING CONTEST POOL:

And absolute shameful set of entries this time, fellas. Only 4 out of 33 entries turned a profit, and no one managed to even double their investment on Monopoly money.

Matt Pelkey: $1988.78
$500 on TeHuna for $785.71
$300 on Boetsch for $453.06
$200 on Hunt for $750

Dennis Fagan: $1506.41
$500 on Boetsch for $756.41
$200 on Hunt for $750

James Scott: $1492.56
$500 on Mizugaki for $700
$200 on Boetsch for $302.04
$200 parlay on Koscheck, Boetsch, and Mizugaki for $490.51

Mark Bunce: $1103.74
$200 on Hunt for $750
$200 parlay on Ferguson, Browne, and Koscheck for $353.74

Mike Jensen: $987.33
$500 on Diaz for $679.86
$200 on Jones for $307.47

Danny Mellor: $916.98
$500 on Jones for $614.94
$200 on Boetsch for $302.04

Casey Vaccaro: $894.94
$500 on Jones for $614.94
$200 on Mizugaki for $280

Clay Burley: $750
$200 on Hunt for $750

Trey Witzell: $750
$200 on Hunt for $750

Chris Knight: $742.86
$250 on TeHuna for $392.86
$250 on Mizugaki for $350

Jacob Wasserman: $697.02
$300 on Boetsch for $453.06
$200 on Browne for $243.96

Carll Light: $685.68
$250 on Boetsch for $378.21
$250 on Jones for $307.47

Brendon Weir: $673.92
$300 on Jones for $368.97
$250 on Browne for $304.95

Jason Thompson: $625
$400 on Ferguson for $250
$100 on Hunt for $375

Jamie Penick: $604.08
$400 on Boetsch for $604.08

Dan Moore: $575.82
$300 on Boetsch for $453.85
$100 on Browne for $121.98

Shaun Louis: $560
$400 on Mizugaki for $560

Dionicio Ortiz: $540
$300 on Assuncao for $540

Matthew Schickling: $407.91
$300 on Diaz for $407.91

Simon Kerry: $387.97
$200 parlay on Jones, Diaz, and Koscheck for $387.97

Cambo Nelson: A much more characteristic $375
$100 on Hunt for $375

Skarz: $271.94
$200 on Diaz for $271.94

Tyson Kubas: $250
$200 on Ferguson for $250

Jonah Goodman: $243.96
$200 on Browne for $243.96

Jason Lyon, Sam Jefferis, Bam White, Kevin Seng, Anthony Sinnott, Connor Thomas, Avery Clark, Matt Bathurst, Brent King: $0

The Rich Hansen Performer of the Night: While Matt Pelkey did score more points and earn more Monopoly than I did; he did so in the pressure-free environment that is the pool. Meanwhile, I managed to thrive under the championship spotlight (the crowd roars). So I will humbly not only award myself Performer of the Night, I will also (gratuitously) rename the award in my honor.

The Matt Pelkey Goat of the Night: Editor?s Note: The Goat of the Night Award is being renamed pre-emptively, in advance of the beating Mr. Pelkey is about to endure at UFC 136. And now back to regularly scheduled programming??

Kevin Seng finished dead last with 29 points, and lost all $1000 that he wagered. Easy call here.

Follow me on Twitter, @MMATorchRich. They'll kill me if you don't. Unless you hate me, in which case they'll kill me if you do.

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Spike TV counter-programming UFC on Fox debut with ""Dos Santos vs Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title"

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The UFC makes a landmark move forward on November 12, bringing the Heavyweight Championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos to network television on Fox. However, current television partner Spike TV is going to attempt to make things a little murky for fight fans that night, airing a three-hour marathon of "UFC Unleashed" episodes featuring Velasquez and dos Santos to counter program the Fox broadcast.

Spike announced the plans for that night, as well as their name for the three hour marathon in "Dos Santos vs Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title".

The first hour of unleashed features dos Santos' victory over Shane Carwin from UFC 131, as well as Velasquez's title winning performance over Brock Lesnar. That first hour goes head to head with the hour long Fox broadcast that night beginning at 9PM ET. Following that, the other episodes feature dos Santos' win over Mirko Cro Cop, and Velasquez's knockout of Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira.

Prior to that, Bellator will be live on MTV2 from 7-9PM ET.

The move isn't surprising, and follows up on a counter-programming Nate Marquardt marathon Spike put on the night of UFC on Versus 4, where Marquardt was supposed to meet Rick Story. With Spike also airing Bellator programming on Spike.com and wanting to bring the other MMA promotion to their network as soon as possible, UFC President Dana White last week said he didn't feel Spike was honoring their deal.

"If you really look at what I call the spirit of the deal... it's the wrong thing to do [to air Bellator prelims on Spike.com].? White told Ariel Helwani last week (transcribed by Zach Arnold at FightOpinion.com). "In my opinion, it's Spike not being honorable. I've been nothing but honorable with them. That is not the spirit of the deal and they're being 100% not honorable."

Bellator cannot be moved to Spike while they still own the rights to the UFC library, so with the UFC not interested in buying the library back for 2012, Bellator cannot be moved until 2013 at the earliest.

The UFC's live debut on Fox will air from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Penick's Analysis: Well, White was already not feeling very happy about Spike at the end of this deal, and this isn't going to help that feeling. Still, Spike's got the material, they're going to try to bring casual UFC viewers to their network that perhaps aren't entirely aware of the UFC's Fox debut. With the push the fight is getting on other Fox programming, including every game during the NFL's Sunday slot on the network, the awareness should hopefully be there for something like this to not have a massive effect on the live viewership of the Fox debut.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_10644.shtml

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Hagler vs. Leonard: Oral History and Fight Video of a Boxing Classic

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Good ol Grateful Dead

Any Grateful Dead fans posting in the OT now a days? Back in 2006 there were several heads that posted here. See ya

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&quot;Fantasy&quot; Fights

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Xyience Signs Endorsement Deal with Frank Mir

LAS VEGAS? XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has finalized an endorsement deal with mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. In his role as a brand ambassador with XYIENCE tha

























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UFC 135 drew an official gate of $2,089,075 and attendance was 16,344 according to the Colorado...

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The War Zone

Discuss current and past fights from all MMA Events.

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City of Heroes goes free to play from today

http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/09/27/city-of-heroes-goes-free-to-play-with-new-update-and-expansion/?mtc=comment-133558#comment-133558

Might be worth...

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Dr. Ron Paul's 11-Point Plan That Could Save America

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Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champ Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos meets Hiroko Yamanaka on Dec. 17

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos returns to Strikeforce on December 17, and her first opponent since fighting Jan Finney last summer was revealed during Friday night's Strikeforce Challengers 19 event on Showtime.

The Strikeforce Women's 145 lb. Champion will square off against Hiroko Yamanaka, a 12-1 Japanese fighter who has competed for the Jewels organization in Japan. She brings an eight fight winning streak into this bout, including three straight stoppage wins.

"Cyborg" returns to action after a lengthy layoff as she negotiated a new contract with Strikeforce. She has won ten straight fights in her MMA career after dropping her debut fight.

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5 Chicago Bears With Realistic Pro Bowl Chances

The toughest three-game stretch is behind them now, and the Bears are reeling.

After a fantastic showing against Atlanta, the offensive and defensive lines failed to show up in New Orleans and the team as a whole embarrassed themselves at home against the reviled Packers.

In all, the Bears come away with a 1-2 record against three of the toughest teams the NFC has to offer and finish the grueling opening stretch with more questions than answers.

However, that's not to say that some players haven't performed at an elite level.  In truth, four players have already started making the case for themselves in the Pro Bowl hunt, and another has a reasonable possibility of being voted in if things fall the right way.  The first four are featured entirely based on their own merit while the fifth will need some help to get there.

Despite disappointing performances from all three phases of the game, there have been individual performers who have legitimate shots at making a Pro Bowl appearance, so without further adieu, let's identify five Chicago Bears with realistic Pro Bowl chances.

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UFC 135 Prelims Results: Tim Boetsch wins second straight middleweight bout with decision over Nick Ring

Tim Boetsch continued his run up the middleweight ranks in Denver at UFC 135 Saturday night, defeating previously undefeated Nick Ring by decision on the Spike TV preliminary card.

Boetsch pressed the pace throughout the fight, but struggled with Ring's movement in the opening frame. However, Ring wore down as the fight continued on, and Boetsch began landing his strikes and wearing Ring down.

In the third round, Boetsch pulled off a highlight move with a beautiful hip toss-like throw, which led to him landing right in side control and working from the top to close out the fight. He's now won two fights in a row since dropping to middleweight.

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Just out of curiosity.

EDIT: I mean which forum did he go to if any?

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Is Jon Jones Too Dominant for Intriguing Title Fights?

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Season Nine

The Ultimate Fighter: Team USA Hendseron vs. Team UK Bisping will premier on April 1, 2009. Season 9 will pit U.S.A. and U.K. welterweights and lightweights against one another on opposing teams.

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Notre Dame Football: Worst Parts of the Schedule for the Irish

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have already shattered their dreams of a BCS Bowl game with a sloppy 0-2 start to the season. Although they have improved to 2-2 with wins over Michigan State and Pittsburgh.

The tough part of their schedule is still to come.

The Irish still have to play Air Force who are no pushovers. Anytime you run the triple option as well as they do and run the ball over 400 yards a game, you have to be taken seriously.

They also play USC who has struggled lately and for whatever reason can't find the end-zone but they are still the Trojans and have tons of talent on both sides of the ball. They're much like the Irish in the beginning, have the pieces, just can't execute.

The Irish then finish the schedule with a trip to Stanford who are in the top 10 in both offense and defense.

It appears that Notre Dame has turned things around but they will have to continue this solid play if they hope it continues.

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UFC 135 CONTESTS: Confidence Pick and Betting Game Results

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By Rich Hansen, MMA Torch Columnist:

So after going undefeated with my confidence picks at UFC 134, and after turning my $1000 into like 53 gazillion and a half dollars, how in the hell could I possibly follow up on those sublime moments of pure genius? Could I, your ever so humble contest administrator, follow up with even more of my typical genius and become a double champion? Could I, your ever so humble genius contest administrator, win at least one of the two contests? Or would I, your ever so merciful deity of all that is MMA knowledge, show pity on the competition and tank my way back into the pools with the rest of the unwashed masses? You know you want to know, so read on.

CONFIDENCE GAME RESULTS

I?m nothing if not merciful. Except with my picks at UFC 135, of course, as I defeated not just one but two overmatched and overwhelmed opponents to win the MMA Torch Confidence Picks Contest. Yay Me! Now, to be fair to myself, I did take it easy on poor Messrs. Avery Clarke and Jason Lyon by only scoring 43 points. Even though I picked Romero for 5, Rothwell for 4, and Gomi for 3, I knew deep down that TeHuna, Hunt, and Diaz would win. So, mad props to me for not running up the score.

BETTING CONTEST RESULTS

But could I win both games? Well of course I could, gentle reader. My only regret was that I was only able to pulverize one hapless betting opponent rather than the two lambs I led to slaughter in the Confidence Picks Contest. Already possessing far more Monopoly money than I could ever manage to spend, I decided not to bet heavily on Mark Hunt, but was kind enough to defeat then-champion Chris McCann by less than $44. Congratulations to me for, well, yeah.

Name: Rich Hansen $1275.17
$500 on Boetsch for $755.10
$200 parlay on Boetsch, Mizugaki, and Jones for $520.07

Name: Chris McCann $1234.93
$500 on Jones for $614.94
$200 on Diaz for $271.94
$200 parlay on Browne, Koscheck, and Jones for $348.04

POOL RESULTS

Lest I be accused of overhyping my own accomplishments, let?s talk about the poor victim who I?ll be defending against at UFC 136. This is the section that I like to call the Pre-Eulogy.

Poor Matt Pelkey, he was a wonderful man, and lived a full life. He managed to win both the Confidence Picks pool and the Betting Game pool for UFC 135, which was the beginning of the end. In the oh-so rare Torch vs. Torch showdown, Hansen and Pelkey will duel against each other not once but twice on October 8. Good luck to both, but not to you, Pelkey.

CONFIDENCE GAME POOL

Matt Pelkey: 54 (missed on Yagin for 1)
Dennis Fagan: 49
Danny Mellor, Dan Moore, Matthew Schickling: 47
Chris Knight, Anthony Sinnott: 46
Cambo Nelson: An uncharacteristically high 45
Skarz, Mike Jensen, 44
Shaun Louis, Clay Burley, Chris McCann: 43
Casey Vaccaro, Brent King, Jason GOAT Thompson, Dionicio Ortiz: 42
Carll Light: 41
Tyson Kubas: 39
Bam White, James Scott: 38
Erik Nell: 37
Brendon Weir: 36
Nathaniel Adelman: 35
Phillip Irvin, Julian Ancheta, Jacon Wasserman, Jamie Penick: 34
Simon Kerry: 33
Jason Binder: 32
Mark Bunce: 31
Kevin Seng: 29

BETTING CONTEST POOL:

And absolute shameful set of entries this time, fellas. Only 4 out of 33 entries turned a profit, and no one managed to even double their investment on Monopoly money.

Matt Pelkey: $1988.78
$500 on TeHuna for $785.71
$300 on Boetsch for $453.06
$200 on Hunt for $750

Dennis Fagan: $1506.41
$500 on Boetsch for $756.41
$200 on Hunt for $750

James Scott: $1492.56
$500 on Mizugaki for $700
$200 on Boetsch for $302.04
$200 parlay on Koscheck, Boetsch, and Mizugaki for $490.51

Mark Bunce: $1103.74
$200 on Hunt for $750
$200 parlay on Ferguson, Browne, and Koscheck for $353.74

Mike Jensen: $987.33
$500 on Diaz for $679.86
$200 on Jones for $307.47

Danny Mellor: $916.98
$500 on Jones for $614.94
$200 on Boetsch for $302.04

Casey Vaccaro: $894.94
$500 on Jones for $614.94
$200 on Mizugaki for $280

Clay Burley: $750
$200 on Hunt for $750

Trey Witzell: $750
$200 on Hunt for $750

Chris Knight: $742.86
$250 on TeHuna for $392.86
$250 on Mizugaki for $350

Jacob Wasserman: $697.02
$300 on Boetsch for $453.06
$200 on Browne for $243.96

Carll Light: $685.68
$250 on Boetsch for $378.21
$250 on Jones for $307.47

Brendon Weir: $673.92
$300 on Jones for $368.97
$250 on Browne for $304.95

Jason Thompson: $625
$400 on Ferguson for $250
$100 on Hunt for $375

Jamie Penick: $604.08
$400 on Boetsch for $604.08

Dan Moore: $575.82
$300 on Boetsch for $453.85
$100 on Browne for $121.98

Shaun Louis: $560
$400 on Mizugaki for $560

Dionicio Ortiz: $540
$300 on Assuncao for $540

Matthew Schickling: $407.91
$300 on Diaz for $407.91

Simon Kerry: $387.97
$200 parlay on Jones, Diaz, and Koscheck for $387.97

Cambo Nelson: A much more characteristic $375
$100 on Hunt for $375

Skarz: $271.94
$200 on Diaz for $271.94

Tyson Kubas: $250
$200 on Ferguson for $250

Jonah Goodman: $243.96
$200 on Browne for $243.96

Jason Lyon, Sam Jefferis, Bam White, Kevin Seng, Anthony Sinnott, Connor Thomas, Avery Clark, Matt Bathurst, Brent King: $0

The Rich Hansen Performer of the Night: While Matt Pelkey did score more points and earn more Monopoly than I did; he did so in the pressure-free environment that is the pool. Meanwhile, I managed to thrive under the championship spotlight (the crowd roars). So I will humbly not only award myself Performer of the Night, I will also (gratuitously) rename the award in my honor.

The Matt Pelkey Goat of the Night: Editor?s Note: The Goat of the Night Award is being renamed pre-emptively, in advance of the beating Mr. Pelkey is about to endure at UFC 136. And now back to regularly scheduled programming??

Kevin Seng finished dead last with 29 points, and lost all $1000 that he wagered. Easy call here.

Follow me on Twitter, @MMATorchRich. They'll kill me if you don't. Unless you hate me, in which case they'll kill me if you do.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/prediction_and_betting_contests/article_10652.shtml

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Redskins vs. Cowboys: Landry Lowers Booms, Cowboys Give Skins the Boot, 18-16

Defense, poor red-zone executions and Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry were the story of the contest between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football

However, the contest was concluded by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo's clutch play and the golden foot of rookie kicker Dan Bailey, who kicked all of Dallas’s points and booted the Redskins out of Dallas, 18-16.

The rivalry between the Redskins and Cowboys has not been the battle for the ages of late due to the teams’ lack of winning and growing pains. Nevertheless, bad blood will always be embedded among the players and fans because of the history that is shared.

Entering the contest, the Redskins looked to be the team with the upper hand—in terms of being healthy—while the Cowboys were the walking wounded. 

Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin was out due to a sore hamstring, running back Felix Jones had a shoulder injury and wide receiver Dez Bryant was nursing his thigh.

Jones and Bryant were expected to play, but the main question mark centered around Romo, who sustained a broken rib and a punctured lung in the team’s overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday.

However, under the instruction of Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and the new passion of Washington’s defensive players, the Redskins were not worried about the Cowboys’ list of the walking wounded.

Landry, who returned to the playing field for the first time since Week 10 of last season against the Philadelphia Eagles, set the tone for the Redskins in the first half; he blasted any Cowboy that was near him.

In the first quarter, with 2:07 left, Landry forced a fumble after hitting wide receiver Kevin Ogletree from behind. Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson recovered the loose ball to pick up four yards, stopping at the Dallas 10.

No. 30 informed the NFL world of his return when he hit wide receiver Laurent Robinson out of bounds with 10:07 remaining in the second quarter, setting a devastating atmosphere in Cowboy Stadium.

The Redskins and Cowboys entered the third quarter tied, 9-9—all on field goals. The last time two teams ended a half tied for three field goals each was on Dec. 19, 1971, when the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs squared off.

Romo expressed frustration throughout the contest for bad snaps, miscommunication among his receivers and being battered by the Redskins defenders. With broken ribs and all the downs of the game, however, Romo created great plays in the clutch in the final ticks of the game.

With a 16-15 Redskins lead with 2:20 remaining on the clock, Romo, who completed 22-of-36 attempts for 255 yards (with an interception and no touchdowns), connected with Bryant for a 30-yard pass in the middle of the field on 3rd-and-21 to get to the Redskins 40. 

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall’s facemask on Bryant did not help his team’s chances; the penalty added 15 yards to give the Cowboys 1st-and-10 on the Redskins 25.

Bailey was 5-for-5 on field goals for the evening and finished the drive like he did on his previous attempts, supplying the final points of the evening for the Cowboys, with 1:52 remaining, off a 40-yard field goal.

The Redskins had their opportunity with 1:40 left in the game.

After converting two first downs, the Redskins were shot down when Cowboys' outside linebacker Anthony Spencer hunted down the Redskins' Rex Grossman (who finished with 250 passing yards after going 22-of-37 with a touchdown and an interception) for a sack—causing him to fumble with 0:38 left.

The Cowboys are the first team in NFL history to play nine consecutive games decided by three points or less.  

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/867422-redskins-vs-cowboys-landry-lowers-booms-cowboys-give-skins-the-boot-18-16

Kazuyuki Fujita Tim Sylvia Jung Chan Sung Antônio Rogério Nogueira Maurice Mo Smith

Monday, September 26, 2011

BACIOR: UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones - The Hero or The Villian?

By: Mike Bacior, MMATorch Contributor

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December 5, 2009. The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. After brutalizing Matt Hamill early, Jon Jones makes a critical mistake in throwing a couple of 12-6 elbows, leading to a disqualification loss. After the fight, Jones endears himself to UFC fans everywhere with his humble acceptance of the outcome, saying that he made a mistake, there is no longer any pressure of being undefeated, and giving glory to God. A young and promising prospect now has more fans then ever on his side, and the future still looks bright even after this unfortunate loss.

Fast forward to September 24, 2011. Jones is now the UFC Light Heavyweight Champ, and he's just made his first title defense in a convincing submission victory over a tough Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. His performances have been nothing but spectacular. However, something is different now, and fans have become increasingly divided on the subject of Mr. Jones. Many claim that his head has become too big, too fast, and that he is not the humble fighter he makes himself out to be. Others still support the champion, saying that those who have turned against him are just mad because he has taken out one of their favorite fighters in Shogun or Rampage.

So who is Jones, is he the humble hero? Or is he the "cocky" villain? The answer lies somewhere in between. Jones probably is the religious man he paints himself as, and inside he seems to be a reasonably good person. He even chased down a robber on the day of his first title fight! But Jones does say many things that make him seem a very arrogant man.

However, put yourself into his position. You are the youngest champ in UFC history, blowing away every opponent that has been put in front of you, and have yet to face any real adversity in the cage. Of course your head is going to get a little bigger. Of course you are going to start to think you are the greatest. It is only natural, and Jones is only a human. Does that mean he is a bad person? No, not at all.

His extremely confident (it is hard to say overconfident when he has performed this well) attitude has, and will certainly continue to rub many people the wrong way, which is understandable. The best approach to Jones is to simply sit back, and enjoy his incredible talents in the cage. He can not be painted a hero or a villain, he is just an extremely talented young fighter who will continue to do great things for many years. Enjoy.


Feel free to follow me on Twitter @MikeBaciorMMA for my uncensored MMA commentary.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Staff_Editorials_19/article_10641.shtml

Rani Yahya Daniel Lima Liu Jinwen Sean Salmon Kenny Florian

UFC on Versus 6: Anthony Johnson vs Charlie Brenneman

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc-vbookie-betting/95248-ufc-versus-6-anthony-johnson-vs-charlie-brenneman.html

Tito Ortiz Per Eklund Rumina Sato Ryan Bader  Mirko Cro Cop Filipović