UFCer: “Not that it has anything to do with race”

Adam Hill of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL this week reports on why a promising UFC fighter may soon turn down a life-changing title fight.

Jon Jones

(Jones is one of UFC’s hottest prospects)

Hill reports that Jon Jones is on the “short list” of UFCers who may get a light heavyweight title shot against the winner of a future fight between Rashad Evans and current champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

But Hill reports that “there is a real possibility that Jones would turn down the opportunity” if the opponent was Evans.

Why? Let’s let Jones explain: Read more…

Website Retracts Dana White Gambling Debt Claim

Yesterday a website accused UFC President Dana White of failing to pay a $1M gambling debt at the Bellagio in Vegas.

Norm Clarke reports Dana White gambling debt story false

In a series of Tweets from his Twitter account, Norm Clarke of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL reported that White said today he has never gambled at the Bellagio, but that he did once win $1M playing blackjack across the street at the Palazzo.

Clarke added that the reporting website, after receiving a cease & desist order from UFC attorneys (and posting it), has taken down the claim about White.

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Lesnar’s “Third World” Swipe Awakens Canadians

If you listened to Brock Lesnar on ESPN this morning talk about his recovery from a severe case of diverticulitis, you heard him give the Canadian health care system a jab or three. Lesnar said during the appearance that lack of sufficient care by a physician in Canada nearly killed him. The MMA fighter added that only when he was treated by doctors at the Mayo clinic did his condition improve and later disappear.

(Might wanna hold off on eating out in Moose Jaw next time)

If Lesnar’s comment on the Canadian health care system Wednesday morning was a jab, his portrayal of it in a teleconference later in the day was more like a rear naked submission hold. He said of his experience, “They couldn’t do nothing for me. It was like I was in a Third World country.

Keep in mind that Lesnar condemned the entire health care system of Canada because of treatment he received reportedly in the tiny rural town of Gimli, Manitoba (population 5797).

It should also be noted that Lesnar said he sought sophisticated treatment in the tiny Canadian outpost only after embarking on a hunting trip despite knowing he was unwell before the excursion. Lesnar said he wasn’t aware of just how sick he was before the trip because he was misdiagnosed by an American doctor.

And why was he misdiagnosed? “It was my fault because they did want to do a CT scan on me and I didn’t want to do it. It’s my fault for being misdiagnosed,” Lesnar said.

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Lesnar’s Med Scare: ‘I had a hole in my stomach’

Brock Lesnar appeared on ESPN this morning to discuss what he characterized as an astonishing recovery from a condition known as diverticulitis.

Brock Lesnar Dana White

(Dana White, Brock Lesnar this morning on ESPN)

Diverticulitis, which usually afflicts the elderly, involves the weakening of the colon walls and, in extreme cases, can lead to the actual perforation of the colon. Lesnar confirmed during his interview that doctors in South Dakota and at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota told him he had “a hole in my colon” and that he was on the brink of having his colon removed.

But after a recovery that caused him to lose 40 pounds in 11 days, Lesnar claims that his diverticulitis completely disappeared. Lesnar said, “it was a miracle.”

Lesnar said he then subsequently gained 30 pounds and that he’s completely healthy now.

So how did Lesnar get to the point of suffering such an extreme case of Diverticulitis at such a young age?

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Steroids Can ‘Mask’ Diagnosis of Lesnar Disease

WCCO-AM in Minneapolis sources that Brock Lesnar has a case of diverticulitis, which is “a disease where small pouches form in the digestive system.”

Brock Lesnar

I’m by no means accusing Brock Lesnar of doing steroids, but a quick check on the diagnosis of diverticulitis reveals that steroid use can sometimes play a significant role in masking early symptoms. Read more…

There’s a possibility Lesnar will never fight again

That’s a quote from Dana White today, as he expounded on Brock Lesnar’s mysterious illness. An ailment that was revealed by White Monday as being intestinal based and that will require surgery.

Dana White Holding Magazine With Brock Lesnar On The Cov er

(White’s p.r. treatment of Lesnar illness reminds WWE)

Sunday White made some alarmingly vague comments about Lesnar’s condition, saying that although Lesnar didn’t have Cancer or AIDs, his situation was extremely serious. And that he first experienced the illness while in Canada.

White’s comments obviously caused everyone’s mind to run wild, so he clarified today. A little. Read more…

Dana White Is Back With New & Improved F*** You

If you’ve been here awhile, you know that I’ve oft-savored the small-screen performances of UFC President Dana White. Because of the media spotlight on his off-color, hate-filled rants of the past, White was basically forced to rip down his previous Vlog on Youtube and ended up losing the chance to star in his own reality show.

Dana White FBomb Meltdown Calls Loretta Hunt a F---ing Bitch

But I’m happy to report that White is back at it, and we have a full statistical analysis of his latest Vlog post - plus video. (Not Safe For Work.) Read more…

White: UFC “[Doesn’t] Need Blue-Chip Sponsors”

Main Entry: dis·pa·rate
Pronunciation: \ˈdis-p(ə-)rət, di-ˈsper-ət, -ˈspa-rət\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English desparat, from Latin disparatus, past participle of disparare to separate, from dis- + parare to prepare

1 : containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
2 : markedly distinct in quality or character

UFC ring sponsor logos
(Some of UFC’s many sponsors on display.)

An enterprising young cameraman representing ULTMMA.COM (we assume the ULT stands for “ultimate” and that it’s not an acronym for, like, “unitards, leotards, and thongs”; that would be a horrible development for the sport) caught up with MMA head honcho Dana White down in Arizona recently. During the 5-minute interview, which was only mildly profane and thus White at his most subdued, White claims (among other things) that he and UFC don’t need “blue-chip” sponsors. That he was only in Arizona to attend a finance convention doesn’t seem to affect such a statement. Video of the interview (NSFW language) is after the break.

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Best MMA Fight? Herschel Walker vs. Dana White

You might recall last week, when Herschel Walker was signed to Strikeforce among giggles and wide-eyed stares. Yes, he’s one of the most athletic men of his generation and he’s well-trained in martial arts… but he’s 47 and hasn’t even played in the NFL since 1997, nor is he trained in MMA yet. The three words running through most peoples’ minds were “what,” “the,” and “hell,” usually in that order.

Herschel Walker Vikings
(…Sort Of!)

As you might imagine, Dana White caught wind of the news, and when pressed for comment, laughed for 45 minutes straight. Okay, that’s not true, but White ridiculed the signing and called it “dumb competition.” Typical White, really. Walker, upon catching wind of the news, decided the right thing to do was challenge White to a duel of fisticuffs. This should end well.

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Speed Read: Lions Fans As Horrid As Their Team

“She gets mad/Starts to cry/She takes a swing but/She can’t hit/She don’t mean no harm/She just don’t know/What else to do about it” - “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction

Most people assume that Jane’s Addiction’s seminal alt-rock ballad “Jane Says” is about their hometown of Los Angeles. It isn’t. It’s actually about Detroit, where lead singer Perry Farrell lived for some time.

Detroit Lions fan arrest

It’s not actually about the Detroit Lions or their female fans, but the lyrics seem incredibly appropriate when watching this video from Sunday of a pair of loaded Lions fans making total asses of themselves after pouring beer on the head of a fan before getting hauled off by police to what was probably the biggest applause of the day:

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