Matt "The Human Crust Factory" Serra

Lately I've been more serious than I'd prefer, so I'm going to start taking random shots at fighters I don't know. Is it fair? No, but neither is my ability to levitate. CHECK MATE!

Me: Matt Serra is the Human Crust Factory. Damn he sucks.

Serra Fan: Dude, he won the Ultimate Fighter.

Me: Dude, winning that Ultimate Fighter is like being the hottest fat girl.

SF: But he's the UFC welterweight champ! He beat GSP!

Me: No, he's the chump who got lucky and I still wake up at least once a week in a cold sweat after that one. Oh, and now Zuffa's going to make him seem like a good champ by letting him hold the belt for 9 months without defending. They're setting him up to be a matchstick champ.

SF: Dude, he's a BJJ black belt under the Gracies!

Me: Yes and he must have skipped the, "taking another fighter down" class and the, "don't get hit by the spinning back fist by the 60-year-old pimp, AGAIN" training seminar. Face it he sucks.

Serra Fan: Yeah, you're right and cunningly handsome.

Me: I know. By the way, did I leave my underwear at your sister's house?

Serra Fan: Which one?

Me: Both.

Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz (15-5) (14-5): You think this one's controversial, wait until you see what I throw at you next. Tito, how soon we forget, was the man in the early 2000s. After his loss to Frank Shamrock, Tito took his conditioning game to a whole new level and shortly after he won the LHC. He even dominated the division until two men, Couture and Liddell, came along. It will always be arguable that the reason Tito dominated was a lack of competition and as soon as it arrived, he was out. Still he deserves to be on the Ballot.
LOST: Liddell (2), Couture, (Frank) Shamrock, Mezger
WON: (Ken) Shamrock (3), Griffin, Belfort, (Wanderlei) Silva, Matyushenko, Tanner
OTHER: Help keep the UFC on the map while winning the LHC 5TD


No one could say it was an easy win at UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Fla., for Joe Lauzon, but it was impressive. He and Jeremy Stephens battled deep into the second round on Saturday night before Lauzon locked on the main event ending armbar.

Stephens looked like he came close to ending the fight on a couple of occasions with the power in his hands, but Lauzon was masterful with his grappling technique, using several submission attempts and a controlling grappling game to keep Stephens off balance.

Stephens would come back strong deep in round two, opening a cut on Lauzon's forehead. The Massachusetts-based fighter patiently worked his was into full mount, however, and sprung a deep armbar on Stephens, leaving him no choice but to submit.

"He's good, he hits haaaard," stated Lauzon with a deep Bostonian accent. "Even when I had my hands up, I was feeling the power."

That wouldn't deter him from constantly searching for a finish, which he found just before the end of round two. "I knew we were getting close to the end of the round. I was trying, trying, trying; a little worried he was going to tough it out. He didn't tap against Din Thomas, but I got the stoppage."

The win is Lauzon's second straight since dropping a main event bout in Colorado to number one contender Kenny Florian early last year. Asking for no relief, Lauzon is ready to continue his climb back up the UFC lightweight ladder, saying, "I want another tough fight."

Though he has yet to face the upper echelon of the class, Cain Velasquez continued to dominate his heavyweight opposition. His opponent, Golden Glory fighter Denis Stojnic, had no answer to the relentless striking attack of the two-time All-American wrestler from Arizona State University.

Earlier in the week, Velasquez told Radio, "I'm not just a wrestler; I'm an MMA fighter." It was a statement that he drove home on Saturday night, repeatedly to nearly every part of Stojnic's body, utilizing an array of techniques to relentlessly mix up his attack from body to head to legs.

Thrashing Stojnic throughout, Velasquez was unable to put the Bosnian away in the opening round, finishing him with a ground and pound assault in round two. It would be the first time in his career that he would see the second stanza, improving his undefeated record to 5-0.

Unhappy with his performance despite the win, Velasquez later said, "I guess what it was, I wasn't relaxed," explaining why it wasn't a more explosive finish.

Seemingly destined to contend for the UFC heavyweight title, the Team AKA fighter isn't rushing anything. "Whatever the UFC gives me," he said of whom he wants to fight next. "I have to go back to the gym start training harder again. I swear, next time you're gonna see a lot better showing."

Coming into his fight with Ultimate Fighter 6 winner Mac Danzig riding a wave of controversy over a New Year's arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated and leading police on a high-speed chase, perhaps Josh Neer felt the weight of the controversy on his shoulders and the need to shuck it off.

The first round saw the two go back and forth, each earning his just dues. Fighting like he had nothing to lose, Neer took over in round two, punishing Danzig early with some brutal forearms that had the Xtreme Couture fighter hurt. Danzig turned the tables, going to work from Neer's guard, but it would be the controversial Midwesterner that climbed his legs up and locked on a tight triangle choke for the tapout.

He took center ring with Joe Rogan amidst a shower of boos following the fight. "Honestly, I don't care what you guys think about me man. Love me or hate me, it don't matter to me."

Addressing his constant forward pressure during the fight, he stated, "I came to this fight ready to die." It didn't have to go that far, but Neer definitely gave no quarter to Danzig.

Anthony Johnson took another step in his development Saturday night, improving his professional record to 7-2 with a crushing defeat of American Top Team's Luigi Fioravanti. The two started off slow, just kind of feeling each other out, but following a brief break due to a low blow to Johnson, the tables quickly turned. Johnson dropped Fioravanti twice with the precise power in his right hand, following him down on the second drop and finished him off with an onslaught of punches and hammerfists.

"I'm happy I got a win. My performance, I could have done so much better," said a self-critical Johnson after the fight, not as impressed with himself as fans were. "I came out sloppy, but I'm only 24 years old, I've got a lot of improving to do."

The rest of the UFC welterweight division can't be hoping for him to improve much more, Johnson is already a scary prospect to step into the Octagon with.


The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make its German debut on June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. While several fights have been rumored for the event over the past couple of months, most have not come to fruition. on Wednesday, however, was able to confirm through multiple independent sources that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight each other at UFC 99.

Franklin has fought his last two bouts at light heavyweight, returning to the division after running into a brick wall named Anderson Silva at middleweight. Even though Wanderlei Silva's fights in the UFC have all been at 205-pounds to this point, he has made public his intention of wanting to move down to the 185-pound division.

"I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and... say no problem, I'm down for 185? He say, no problem," Silva said in a recent interview with, but adding, "I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205."

It appears that he may not fight at either weight come June 13. Though it is too soon for bout agreements, sources have indicated that Franklin and Silva have agreed to face each other at a catch weight somewhere in the neighborhood of 195 pounds.

With both fighters coming off of losses – Franklin to Dan Henderson and Silva to Quinton Jackson, each in the 205-pound division – a catch weight fight doesn't really damage either's hopes for a title shot, as each would likely have to win a couple of fights before being considered a contender again.

A catch weight fight is a logical step for Silva to make his transition to the middleweight division a little easier. Walking around at about 208 pounds, he's never really had to deal much with weight cutting in the past, but will obviously have to in order to compete at middleweight.

The UFC has not officially confirmed any bouts yet for Germany, and it is not yet known whether Franklin and Silva will headline the UFC 99 fight card. Considering each fighter's stature in the MMA world, their bout would likely be at least a co-main event.

The only other independently confirmed bout for UFC 99 at this point is a lightweight contest between Spencer Fisher and Caol Uno.

B.J. Penn accepts Georges St. Pierre's challenge for third meeting

After filing a formal request with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to investigate the actions of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre's corner in their UFC 94 main-event bout, UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn has posted an informal request to settle any remaining questions between the two fighters inside the cage.

The message accepting a potential third bout between the two was posted by Penn on

Penn's camp has contended adamantly since Saturday's result that St. Pierre's corner applied a greasing agent to the welterweight champion that gave the Canadian an unfair advantage on the ground.

The full message was posted late Thursday night and is posted unedited below.

For the past several days I have been reading statements made by St. Pierre and Greg Jackson about our fight on January 31. St. Pierre claims that he is "not a cheater" and that he and Greg Jackson will have "no problem with a rematch in the summer of 2009." To the untrained eye the grease might not look like much, but every grappler knows the effect that it has. Being able to apply your submissions and sweeps or just being able to hold on to your opponent to defend yourself from being hit is absolutely critical! There is a reason why you are not allowed to put grease anywhere on your body except for the area around your eyes. Because of the grease applied to St.Pierre's Body the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s executive director, Keith Kizer has stated that the Penn-St. Pierre fight "definitely wasn’t fair." I hereby accept George St. Pierre and Greg Jackson's challenge for a fight in the summer 2009. Lets call Dana now and set it up.

- BJ Penn

Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva: This is the man that should be fighting Chuck. Unfortunately the UFC and PRIDE can't play nice. It's not hard to understand why this union never happened, PRIDE trying to take a chunk of the US market and the UFC trying secure it's hold on MMA in the US and the world. Yet, it's the dream match, world class striker vs. world class striker. Awesome. For now this is a dream. Hopefully, with new ownership around the corner for PRIDE it can become a reality, maybe.

Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson: I know, he holds a victory over Chuck. I saw the fight (thanks to YouTube) and I was impressed by Rampage too. But I also saw Rampage's fights against Wanderlei Silva and saw what a well placed right hook can do to the big man. I like Jackson, he's entertaining and talented but there is a reason Chuck's ranked number 1 on MMAweekly's top Light Heavyweights. I doubt that this fight will be next because of what Quinton said after his victory over Eastman (he said he needed two more tune up fights).

Keith Jardine

Keith Jardine: The Season II vet surprised many with his KO of Forrest Griffin and should-have-gotten-the-call loss to Stephan Bonner, but I'm not sold yet. Jardine is 12-2 and that includes going 4-1 in the UFC. Still, stepping into the octagon with Chuck would surely mean a highlight real KO. Look at it this way, Jardine is a striker, does anyone REALLY think he can really knockout Chuck? No. While he threw a monkey wrench in the UFC's plans of Liddell vs. Forrest, I don't think he's worthy of a title shot. If it weren't for PPV view sales this might happen, but I doubt it/

Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans: It would seem the future of the Light Heavyweight Division is with this Michagin State wrestler. In a thin division Evans may be the only legitimate threat to Liddell this side of Rampage. We've seen Chuck sprawl against the best, but Evans may have a better shot than even the Natural had, maybe. I personally would like to see Rashad fight someone like Tito or Babalu before he gets his trial by fire with the Ice Man, but with a division full of pretenders, Evans could be next.

UFC Middleweight Demian Maia: “I Think Now I Deserve The Title Shot”

Demian Maia (10-0) has recently added another win to his record, making it his fifth straight win in the UFC. At UFC 95, Maia demonstrated the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu once again as he submitted Chael Sonnen via a beautiful triangle choke. Sonnen entered the octagon with a great wrestling background– a 2-time University National Champion, an NCAA All-American wrestler and a U.S. Olympic team alternate.

Maia has proven to be one of the top middleweight competitors in the UFC, which may very well place him either next or at least one step away from the middleweight title.

The Ice Man Chuck Liddell

What is like to live without fear? This is the question Chuck Liddell is asked the most. According to his 2008 New York Times Best Seller "Iceman: My Fighting Life" the answer is simple: "I have no idea, because I have nothing to compare it to. I like fighting, always have."

For two years Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell reigned as the UFC light heavyweight champion. With an extensive background in kickboxing, he relies primarily on his background in Kempo and Koei-Kan karate. He began wrestling in college, and now uses those skills to defend against takedowns with an unorthodox, relaxed hands-down stance. Preferring to deliver blows at an angle, he is noted for his exceptional takedown defense and knockout ability.

Chuck Liddell started training for his career at the age of 12 in Santa Barbara. He was a four year starter on the football team at San Marcos High School, and became a Division I wrestler at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduating in 1995 with a Business. As a graduation gift to himself, he had his iconic tattoo inked on his scalp which reads "Koei-Kan" ("prosper with happiness.") He transitioned to mixed martial artist when he earned a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under John Lewis.

Liddell made his UFC debut in 1998 with a decision victory over Noe Hernandez. He soon established his reputation as a devastating striker with victories over Tito Ortiz, Renato Sobral and Wanderlei Silva over the next few years. On May 26, 2004, he knocked out Randy Couture in two minutes winning the Light Heavyweight Title. He defended his titles successfully five times, all ending with either a knockout or a TKO. He surrendered his belt after losing in a match-up with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, three years to the day of being crowned champion.
This setback hasn't deterred him. Chuck loves to fight, and on September 8th, he continues on the road to reclaiming his title by taking on Rashad "Sugar"Evans.

Roger Gracie

Roger Gracie

What is Jiu-Jitsu?
"Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art developed with the concepts of leverage and technique at its core. Because it is easier to dominate an opponent using by using the floor to assist in balance and control , most of the training in jiu-jitsu takes place on the ground. Being able to dominate and neutralize a larger, more aggressive opponent is a hallmark of the art. This is achieve through ground control positions and leverage-maximizing technique.

What can Jiu-Jitsu do for me?
Jiu-Jitsu students develop a deep understanding of the mechanics of the human skeletal and muscular systems. Using this knowledge they are able to subdue an attacker without causing him injury, should they so choose. Acquiring these skills is not easy, and requires mental and physical effort on the part of the student. The rewards however, are great, and include massive improvements in stamina, strength, flexibility and mental clarity. In addition to this, social skills are improved as a result of interacting with individuals and the group as a whole.

Who is Roger Gracie?
Roger Gracie is a world-famous practitioner of Brazilian jiu jitsu and MMA. He is the grandson of the of one of the founders of the art, Carlos Gracie. The Gracie family has been the driving force in growth of brazilian jiujitsu and the the revolution in the martial arts community. Roger has put together a team of instructors from Brazil and other parts of the world, all trained the the highest standards of jiujitsu instruction. Together, they teach the gracie family’s system of jiujitsu at the world famous Roger Gracie Academy in London, and our associated schools throughout the UK and the rest of the world. The Roger Gracie academy is well known for the exceptional atmosphere that is fostered there. All of our members are treated as part of a big family, and the result is a relaxed and enjoyable place in which to train.

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