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Jon Jones vs. Chuck Liddell? Please, No!

The “Iceman”, Chuck Liddell, was forced to retire back in 2010 because his once-impossibly tough chin turned fragile, and a strong gust of wind would knock him out.

But, like all legendary fighters who miss that glory (and need a paycheck), he’s un-retiring! And wants to face longtime rival Tito Ortiz!

Appearing on “The MMA Hour” today, Liddell also mentioned some nonsense about fighting Jon Jones, the former UFC light-heavyweight champ who will likely be suspended due to drug infractions long after Liddell has died of old age.

After years of teasing a potential comeback, UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he is officially coming out of retirement. The 48-year-old Liddell is targeting a third fight against rival Tito Ortiz and is hopeful a deal gets done with Oscar de la Hoya to promote the contest under Golden Boy’s much-discussed potential move into the MMA space.

“I will fight again,” Liddell declared.

“It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.”

Liddell said a deal has yet to be finalized with Golden Boy but tentative plans are for the fight to go down in November in either Las Vegas or California.

The Iceman returning would be awful on many levels. Him facing Jones would just make it worse.

Anyway, here’s Jones’ response to the callout.

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Conor McGregor bust: Please buy $4600 worth of ‘Notorious’ bronze so we can all laugh at you

Makes a great gift!


http://noodies.co.uk/bronzemcgregor

Conor McGregor was a bust.

No, really, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder was already carved up by French sculptor Jean Baptiste Seckler back in 2016 (see it here), shortly before “Notorious” got smoked by Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

A lot has changed since then and now.

McGregor avenged his Diaz loss at UFC 202, then captured the 155-pound crown from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. The following summer, he tried — unsuccessfully — to hand Floyd Mayweather his first professional defeat in boxing.

And got even richer in the process.

Now, the gang at Noodies is one-upping Seckler with this bronze bust of the “Notorious” one, limited to just 150 copies at roughly $ 4600 apiece, according to MMA Junkie, unless you want to order the plaster version for about $ 325.


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You may actually have a better chance of seeing the bronze bust than the real thing, based on these comments.

Either way, the show division must go on.

See more photos of McGregor — who appears to be sculpted from the UFC 189 weigh ins and therefore looks like an Irish Abe Lincoln — by heading over to the Noodies website right here.

While you’re at it, please buy one so we can all laugh at you.

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UFC 211 Primer: Someone Please Save the Heavyweight Division

It almost seems like a thousand years ago when the UFC first signed the FOX deal and needed to put the biggest fight possible on live television, so they put their heavyweight stars Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos front and center. Man, so much has changed since then. Now the UFC’s marquee divisions are […]

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UFC 211 Primer: Someone Please Save the Heavyweight Division

It almost seems like a thousand years ago when the UFC first signed the FOX deal and needed to put the biggest fight possible on live television, so they put their heavyweight stars Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos front and center. Man, so much has changed since then. Now the UFC’s marquee divisions are […]

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Please, BJ Penn, Don’t – Just Don’t

BJ Penn is a beloved legend. He’s also retired, and with good reason: his ability to kickass declined greatly with age, and his last trip to the cage – against Frankie Edgar – saw one of the most dismal performances ever go down. Which is why, when Penn posts a pic on Instagram of himself […]

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Someone Please Make Marina Shafir Stop Fighting

She’s gorgeous, has a strong judo pedigree, and is best buds with UFC superstar Ronda Rousey, but Marina Shafir cannot fight worth a damn. Actually, maybe she can fight. But her chin is made of glass, so it never gets to the point where she can put up a fight – she is literally asleep […]

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Someone Please Get Jon Jones a Chauffeur

UFC champ Jon Jones is supposed to be fighting Anthony “Rumble” Johnson soon, but he’s also fighting “the law”. As per ESPN: The Albuquerque Police Department is currently seeking UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as a suspect in a hit-and-run incident on Sunday. Albuquerque PD spokesman Simon Drobik said Jones is facing a misdemeanor […]

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UFC Fight Night 50 preview: Will the real Alistair Overeem please stand up?

“Redemption means you make a change in your life and you try to do what is right, versus what you were doing, which was wrong.” — Ice T

He was supposed to be “the one.”

When Alistair Overeem crumpled Brock Lesnar with a thunderous liver kick in the main event of UFC 141, which sent the pasty-faced brute back to the land of make believe, one of my fellow mixed martial arts (MMA) writers sent me a text message that read, “This division is in trouble.”

Sure felt that way at the time.

After all, Overeem went nearly six years without a loss, racking up 11 straight wins with 10 violent finishes. In addition, the towering Dutchman captured heavyweight titles for Strikeforce and DREAM, as well as the K-1 2010 World Grand Prix. It wasn’t a matter of if he would challenge for UFC gold, but rather when.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, everything. Shortly after laying waste to Lesnar, Overeem found himself in trouble with the law following an altercation with a female casino patron. That was in addition to his public and messy split with Golden Glory, which spilled over into the courts.

But hey, that was outside the cage.

There were more important things to worry about, like his pending showdown against then-UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos, which was expected to take place over Memorial Day Weekend in 2012. Unfortunately, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) didn’t stick to the script, and popped “The Reem” for a staggering testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 14:1.

The cutoff in Nevada is 6:1 (4:1 in California).

NSAC benched him for nine months and once the hullabaloo died down, the promotion was able to reschedule a fight. Since Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos were busy battling for the belt, Overeem was paired off against Antonio Silva, a formidable bruiser with a questionable chin.

Fight fans saw “Bigfoot” as a heavyweight fluffer, charged with keeping Overeem in fighting shape until Velasquez was cleared to defend.

Apparently, Silva didn’t get the memo.

Overeem was smashed and trashed by the hulking Brazilian and sent to the back of the line — but not very far — and would get a chance to redeem himself with a big win over talented up-and-comer Travis Browne later that year. Maybe “Demolition Man” was overlooking Silva and just got caught?

Maybe not.

Browne also put Overeem in la-la land and two consecutive knockout defeats is a surefire way to eliminate yourself from the division title chase. In fact, one more loss would have likely earned him a pink slip. But wait, what happened to that killer who was standing over Lesnar’s limp carcass?

Good question.

Perhaps the Overeem of myth does not measure up to the Overeem of reality. Or maybe the former light heavyweight hit a rough patch after having it easy on the international circuit. While he eventually got back into the win column with a tepid unanimous decision victory over the rapidly-fading Frank Mir, it wasn’t enough to announce his return.

He’s not “back,” he simply pulled his chute and landed safely.

But now that both feet have touched down, Overeem has some work to do. Not only does he need to defeat Ben Rothwell at the UFC Fight Night 50 event this Friday night (Sept. 5, 2014) in Ledyard, Conn., he needs to do it with the kind of beautiful violence fans have become accustomed to prior to his ho-hum run under the UFC banner.

At 34 years old, it’s now or never.

And this is about more than just contending for a division title, or repairing a damaged public persona, it’s about validation.

Supporters will tell you Overeem is one of the best heavyweights in the game, holding the kind of championship accolades only few fighters can boast. Detractors will counter that “Reem” is nothing more than an equine-eating can crusher, who padded his resume with a wheelbarrow full of nobodies.

Which one is the real Alistair Overeem?

We’re about to find out, assuming he can stay out of trouble between now and then.

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UFC Fight Night 46 preview: Will the real Conor McGregor please stand up?

Diego Brandao will try to sneak into Mr. McGregor’s garden this weekend on Fight Pass. But will he escape Dublin with his jacket and shoes? That could depend on the man behind the myth, as we’ll soon discover if there’s more to the “Notorious” story … or less.

So … who is Conor McGregor?

We’re about to find out this Saturday night (July 16, 2014) when the “Notorious” featherweight returns to the fight game after nearly a year on the sidelines. In his absence, he’s been doing a lot of talking to keep himself in the headlines while the division passes him by, hyping up his own skill set and promoting himself to anyone who will listen.

Unfortunately, his upbraiding could use some upgrading.

If everybody who competes at 145 pounds sucks, as is his claim, then it’s not a big deal if you beat them. That’s essentially what McGregor has been saying in the build up to his Diego Brandao fight in the UFC Fight Night 46 headliner, which airs on Fight Pass from Dublin, Ireland.

Jose Aldo is “basic,” Chad Mendes is a “featherweight Phil Baroni,” Cub Swanson is “old,” and Dustin Poirier is shaped like a vegetable.

By that rationale, McGregor should run right through them.

And if the top five of his division (see them here) pose absolutely no challenge, then what possible chance does Brandao have? None, which is why anything less than complete and utter destruction would completely backfire and be, quite frankly, embarrassing.

But he brought it upon himself.

And he’s got the entire O2 Arena – which sold out the first day tickets went on sale to the general public — there to watch him live up to expectations. Or not. That’s the kind of pressure that can cause some fighters to pass out from anxiety, though McGregor doesn’t strike me as the kind of competitor who’s rattled by stuff like that.

In fact, he probably thrives on it.

But it’s still a tremendous gamble any way you slice it. The good news is, he’s facing an inconsistent fighter coming off an injury, who has already been stopped by strikes (C-Mac’s specialty), and took this bout on short notice. That could be problematic for the Brazilian.

It would appear that “Notorious” is getting his “moment” delivered on a silver platter.

A UFC main event — in front of his adoring countrymen — against an opponent who will gallop right into his wheelhouse. What better way to validate 11 months of headlines he didn’t deserve? Let’s face it, two wins in UFC against mediocre talent is not enough to make you a superstar.

But charisma?

That can take you straight to the top. Just ask Chael Sonnen, whose career was defined by failing spectacularly in the big spot, only to keep bouncing back because he had the “it” factor. McGregor also has it, leading me to wonder if it’s real or manufactured.

Is he nothing more than a Sonnen-esque salesman who is all bark and no bite? Or the most dangerous featherweight the sport has ever seen?

I’m not sure.

I’d reckon no one is, outside of McGregor, which means I (and everyone else) will be tuning in this weekend to find out. Heck, maybe a few casual onlookers will even sign up for Fight Pass to watch him shine — or just to see him get his ass kicked. Either way, McGregor did his job.

Now we’re about to see if it was “well done.”

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A message to Tito Ortiz: Please don’t come back

July 7, 2012. Las Vegas. Tito Ortiz choked back tears at his UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony as he tried to explain why his bout with Forrest Griffin that night at UFC 148 would be his last.

“I put my heart, soul and body into this sport,” Ortiz said at the time. “I’ve had ACL surgery, back surgery, neck surgery, a meniscus tear. When people ask me, ‘Why you retiring?’ I’m retiring because it’s time.”

If only the Tito Ortiz of 2013 would have listened to the Tito Ortiz of 2012.

I’m not here to make cruel jokes at Ortiz’s expense in the wake of the news that Ortiz suffered a serious injury in training and had to pull out of his planned Bellator fight with fellow former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Nov. 2. A fractured neck is an injury I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

If the unverified numbers which made the rounds among media types this week about what Ortiz was scheduled to make for the fight are even in the ballpark, well, put it this way: You would have come out of retirement, too.

But hopefully Ortiz takes his latest injury as a sign that enough is enough.

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” finally had his karma correct when he took the stage to accept his UFC Hall of Fame plaque just over a year ago. The sins of the past had been forgiven. He had won back skeptical fans with his inspirational upset of a younger and healthier Ryan Bader at UFC 132. He seemed to finally make peace with Dana White after stepping up on short notice and meeting Rashad Evans just two months later and took a Fight of the Night bonus in his loss. Ortiz transitioned from fading fighter to elder statesman.

The long and heartfelt ovation Ortiz received from the fans at the UFC Fan Expo that day — not to mention that night, when he was arguably robbed of the decision in his trilogy fight with Griffin — showed the pioneer of the sport had come around with the fans, as well.

If only Ortiz had left well enough alone.

It’s easy for those of us who have never been in a fighter’s shoes to tell them it’s time to hang ‘em up. We’ve never felt the intoxication of the bright lights, the attention, the money, the rush of having 15,000 fans chanting your name. It can’t be easy to walk away.

Especially when you’re in a position like Ortiz has been over the past year. He had both neck and ACL surgery and suddenly found himself feeling better than he’d felt in years. Your mind starts cranking. You start thinking about how you weren’t getting blown out of your fights. How you could have gotten the decision against Griffin. How you almost got the late submission against Lyoto Machida. You come to the conclusion you’ve still got something left in the tank.

And that doesn’t even take non-fight matters into account. The very public marital troubles with estranged wife Jenna Jameson. The management career, which hasn’t exactly gotten off to a gangbuster start, as his top client, Cris Cyborg, remains outside Zuffa while women’s MMA experiences its golden age. Another run in the spotlight would make it all go away for awhile.

All understandable. Still shouldn’t have come back.

Have you noticed we haven’t heard a heck of a lot from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in recent weeks? Sure, he spoke up about his perceived slights at the hands of the UFC when he signed with Bellator earlier this year. But after the Ortiz fight was signed, Jackson more or less stopped with the negative chatter. Say what you will about Jackson vs. Ortiz, but if nothing else, “Rampage” appeared to have his head in the right place as he prepared for the bout.

You can’t say the same for Ortiz. Starting with the August press conference in Newport Beach, Ortiz seemed more concerned with bashing the UFC than focusing on his new company. On Twitter and in seemingly every media appearance he made, Ortiz bashed White and the UFC, the people who had made nice with him in his public sendoff last year. For the money it took to lure Ortiz out of retirement, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney had to wonder when his new marquee star was going to focus on the present.

That’s moot now, since Ortiz had to pull out of the fight. If anyone aside from Ortiz, Jackson, and their respective accountants were disappointed by the fight’s cancelation, they haven’t been speaking up. Rebney now gets to take was what shaping up as a sure money loser and repurpose it into the best fight card, by far, he’s ever put on free TV, and focus on what promises to be a killer lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez.

Ortiz and Rebney have tried to sound positive about Ortiz’s eventual return. But the facts remain stark. Ortiz is 38. He’ll turn 39 in January. He’s only won once in his past nine fights. He’s added another serious injury to a lengthy list.

Your body’s trying to give you a hint, Tito. Please don’t come back this time.

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