UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva preview

I’ll be honest: I’m not really that psyched to watch UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva.

Mainly that’s because what I really would have wanted to see was Evans versus Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but Rampage scuttled that much anticipated encounter when he bailed on the Ultimate Fighting Championship to play B.A. Baracus in the A-Team movie.

Still, there’s no denying the skills of Evans and Silva, and it’s not really the UFC’s fault that the UFC 108 card seems jinxed, with different fights being scuttled due to injuries, notably the serious illness that has sidelined UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s championship defense against Shane Carwin was originally supposed to headline UFC 106 but was postponed to UFC 108 after Lesnar’s illness, only to be scrapped again.

Here are some UFC 108 promotional clips posted on the official UFC YouTube channel.

Who’s your pick?

By the way, Fil-American Mark Muñoz a.k.a. The Filipino Wrecking Machine will be going up against Ryan Jensen in one of the undercard fights.

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Former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell joins Dancing with the Stars

Watch out, Dancing with the Stars fans, the Iceman cometh. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, that is.

Liddell, who hasn’t fought in months, has yet to decide whether he’ll officially retire from the UFC, but for now the mixed martial arts legend will showcase his skills on the dance floor instead of the octagon. Too bad Tito Ortiz isn’t his dancing partner, heh.

Here’s an excerpt from the UFC.com story.

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Rampage Jackson disses fellow MMA fighter Forrest Griffin on Twitter

Some find it funny, but many mixed martial arts fans are criticizing former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for his comments on Twitter against Forrest Griffin after Griffin lost to Anderson Silva at UFC 101: Declaration.

Griffin practically ran out of the building after losing to Silva, and has not issued any statement on the incident as of this writing. Silva, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, had moved up a weight class for the second time in the UFC to face Griffin, the former light heavyweight champion.

Here’s what Jackson, whose Twitter account is @rampage4real, tweeted after Griffin’s loss, including the photo he posted on Twitpic.

I feel so bad for Forrest. I don’t even want a rematch anymore. LOSER!! http://twitpic.com/d8tn2

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Video: Gina Carano and trainer Randy Couture on preparing for Cris Cyborg

Gina “Conviction” Carano (also known to “American Gladiators” viewers as Crush) and Cris Cyborg (Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos) will clash on Aug. 15 (Aug. 16 in the Philippines) in the most highly anticipated women’s mixed martial arts bout in the history of the sport.

In fact, Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, which will be for the newly created 145-lb women’s championship, is the first fight card from a major MMA promotion to feature a women’s match as the main event. Not only that, but just as in men’s MMA title fights, this championship bout will be scheduled for five 5-minute rounds, instead of the previous 3-minute rounds for women’s MMA bouts. Both women are making a statement that women’s MMA is for real, and that female fighters are just as tough as their male counterparts.

Regardless of who wins, Carano and Santos will be making MMA history. I’m an unabashed Carano fan, so I’m definitely rooting for Gina. I already liked her the first time I saw her as Crush on “American Gladiators,” but I became an even bigger fan when I found out shortly after that she’s a Muay Thai expert and MMA fighter. Carano remains unbeaten in MMA with a record of 7-0 (3 knockouts), while Santos, whose primary styles are Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has a 7-1 record (her only loss was to fellow Brazilian Erica Paes, who made her submit to a leglock in the first round in a May 17, 2005 fight in Brazil), with 5 KOs.

Here’s a photo of Gina Carano from the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg press conference.

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UFC 101: Declaration results and Balls Channel/Colt 45 viewing party at Outback Libis

I watched UFC 101: Declaration yesterday at Outback Libis during the Balls Channel and Colt 45 viewing party, and had a great time with my friends Don Herana and Alex Villafania.

As I said in my previous post, I’m a big fan of Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champ Anderson Silva and I knew he would beat former light heavyweight king Forrest Griffin, but man, even I didn’t think it would be so easy for Silva!

Silva, who moved up a class again to fight for the second time in the light heavyweight division, made Griffin look like an amateur inside the octagon en route to knocking out the former champ at 3: 23 of the first round.

It was an unbelievable performance by Silva, who about midway in the fight dropped his hands and just evaded Griffin’s punches with head movements.

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UFC 101: Declaration: BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian, Anderson Silva vs Forrest Griffin

I’m a huge fan of Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, so I’m really looking forward to UFC 101: Declaration, where Silva will once again move up a weight class to fight the former light heavyweight champ (and Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner) Forrest Griffin.

Silva was once considered by some as the best pound for pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world. The UFC middleweight champ, however, has gotten a lot of flak after two title defenses where he seemed bored by the challengers and turned it what critics felt where lackluster performances, particularly his most recent fight against Thales Leites.

Silva is now expected to be motivated since Griffin is a former light heavyweight champ. While I’ve never been a fan of Griffin and some MMA aficionados still don’t consider him an elite fighter, you’ve got to give him his due as he’s beaten the likes of Maurico “Shogun” Rua and, of course, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson — the man Griffin dethroned to become the light heavyweight champ, before losing in his first title defense against Rashad Evans.

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