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.

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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!!

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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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Affliction: Trilogy canceled as Affliction shuts down MMA promotion to return as UFC sponsor

Whew, it’s stunning how plans can suddenly change!

Left scrambling for an opponent for World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko after Josh Barnett failed a drug test, Affliction has announced that it is canceling its Aug. 1 Affliction: Trilogy pay-per-view.

Worse, Affliction, which while losing money has put two great pay-per-view cards built around Fedor, who is widely recognized as the world’s best MMA fighter, has decided to shut down its MMA promotion business. Instead, the company’s clothing division will once again become a sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Talk about coming full circle.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs Vitor Belfort at Affliction: Trilogy after Josh Barnett fails drug test?

Well, that sucks for Affliction.

With the Affliction: Trilogy pay-per-view on Aug. 1 just around the corner, Josh Barnett, who is challenging World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in the main event, has been removed from the card after he failed a drug test.

Here’s an excerpt from the Yahoo! Sports article.

Barnett said he wanted to keep quiet as he prepares an appeal, and had nothing negative to say about the testing procedure.

“It’s not a big conspiracy,” said Barnett, who had a previous positive banned substance test result on his record.

Atencio said the show will go on as scheduled, and that Emelianenko has agreed to face any potential opponent. Yahoo! Sports has been able to confirm the company has had talks over the past day with Brett Rogers, Vitor Belfort and Bobby Lashley. is reporting that Vitor has verbally committed to fighting Fedor, though negotiations are still ongoing.

Now, I’m a big fan of Vitor, even though The Phenom never really lived up to the huge expectations that resulted from his success as a young prodigy in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Still, as a middleweight, he’ll be a huge underdog against the heavyweight champ, apart of course from Fedor being widely considered the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world.

Let’s see if this match will push through, and if it does, I’ll be rooting for Vitor, against all odds.

UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir results

Congratulations to Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who destroyed UFC interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir in just two rounds to retain his title and become the undisputed champ at UFC 100.

Here’s an ESPN clip showing highlights of the Lesnar-Mir fight.

I know Brock’s post-fight antics will give people even more reason to hate him, but frankly, Mir was talking a lot of shit before the fight. In fact, lots of MMA fans slam Lesnar just because of his pro wrestling background as a former World Wrestling Entertainment champion. Never mind his outstanding amateur wrestling background as the NCAA Division I champion, his uncanny speed for a man that big, his punching power, and, most important, his burning need to win. Critics just love bringing up his WWE past in order to bring him down.

Of course, Brock seems to enjoy playing the role of villain, and it’s that ability to play a great heel (a pro wrestling term for someone who plays a villainous character) that he seems to have brought over from WWE. Some MMA fans may hate it, but that ability to trash talk and “cut a promo” is part of what makes him a colorful fighter and a pay-per-view draw. Besides, it’s not like other MMA fighters haven’t been trash talkers — the two Huntington Beach Bad Boys, Tank Abbott and Tito Ortiz, immediately come to mind. Heck, Mir was doing a lot of trash talking, before Brock shut him up inside the octagon.

Even UFC president Dana White claimed to be shocked by Brock’s post-fight antics. White is also saying that he hopes to bring in to the UFC Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko to square off against Lesnar in what would certainly be the biggest MMA fight in history. Fedor, the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion of rival MMA organization Affliction and the last Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champ (he remained an undefeated champ, but Japan-based Pride FC was bought out by the UFC), is considered the best fighter of all time by longtime MMA aficionados.

Meanwhile, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre easily retained his title with a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves. Will we finally get that dream superfight between St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva? I’ll be rooting for Silva, if that happens.

Check out for the UFC 100 fight card and complete results.