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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:57 pm 
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Any UFC fans on here?

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Main UFC 100 Fights:
Brock Lesnar (c) (3-1) vs Frank Mir (12-3) - UFC Heavyweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre (c) (18-2) vs Thiago Alves (16-3) - UFC Welterweight Championship
Dan Henderson (24-7) vs Michael Bisping (17-1)
Jon Fitch (18-3-0-1) vs Paulo Thiago (11-0)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (12-1-0-1) vs Alan Belcher (14-5)


Any predictions? I think GSP Vs. Alves has the potential to be fight of the night!

Other fights..

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Preliminary UFC 100 Fights:
Stephan Bonnar (11-5) vs Mark Coleman (15-9)
Jon Jones (8-0) vs Jake O'Brien (11-2)
Dong Hyun Kim (11-1-1) vs Jonathan Goulet (27-10-0-1)
Mac Danzig (19-6-1) vs Jim Miller (13-2)
CB Dollaway (9-2) vs Tom Lawlor (5-1-1)
Matt Grice (9-2) vs Shannon Gugerty (11-3)


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I know Sheasy's Bum Hamster is a fan. It's not something I've seen myself yet.

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I know Sheasy's Bum Hamster is a fan. It's not something I've seen myself yet.


It's the ultimate sport in my opinion. :)


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Wasn't Brock Lesar in WWE? :|

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Wasn't Brock Lesar in WWE? :|


Yeah, he then had a spell in the NFL before taking up MMA.

Doesnt look as 'ripped' as his WWE days but he's one scary guy in the cage! He wears XXXXL gloves for it :no:


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Reperio wrote:
Riquelminho wrote:
Wasn't Brock Lesar in WWE? :|


Yeah, he then had a spell in the NFL before taking up MMA.

Doesnt look as 'ripped' as his WWE days but he's one scary guy in the cage! He wears XXXXL gloves for it :no:


I thought I recognised that name from somewhere - that guy is a machine.

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 Post subject: Re: UFC 100 - 11th July
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Riquelminho wrote:
Reperio wrote:
Riquelminho wrote:
Wasn't Brock Lesar in WWE? :|


Yeah, he then had a spell in the NFL before taking up MMA.

Doesnt look as 'ripped' as his WWE days but he's one scary guy in the cage! He wears XXXXL gloves for it :no:


I thought I recognised that name from somewhere - that guy is a machine.


Not half.

The guy he's taking on at UFC 100 actually beat Lesnar in his first ever UFC fight, making him submit with an ankle lock. Revenge match indeed!


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Reperio wrote:
Riquelminho wrote:
Reperio wrote:
Riquelminho wrote:
Wasn't Brock Lesar in WWE? :|


Yeah, he then had a spell in the NFL before taking up MMA.

Doesnt look as 'ripped' as his WWE days but he's one scary guy in the cage! He wears XXXXL gloves for it :no:


I thought I recognised that name from somewhere - that guy is a machine.


Not half.

The guy he's taking on at UFC 100 actually beat Lesnar in his first ever UFC fight, making him submit with an ankle lock. Revenge match indeed!

A match which Lesnar dominated from the start, and lost due to his inexperience.

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Toast and Bananas wrote:
Reperio wrote:
Riquelminho wrote:
Reperio wrote:
Riquelminho wrote:
Wasn't Brock Lesar in WWE? :|


Yeah, he then had a spell in the NFL before taking up MMA.

Doesnt look as 'ripped' as his WWE days but he's one scary guy in the cage! He wears XXXXL gloves for it :no:


I thought I recognised that name from somewhere - that guy is a machine.


Not half.

The guy he's taking on at UFC 100 actually beat Lesnar in his first ever UFC fight, making him submit with an ankle lock. Revenge match indeed!

A match which Lesnar dominated from the start, and lost due to his inexperience.


Agreed! Rushed the fight too much. Wouldnt surprise me if he trys to make Mir tap in their rematch..


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 Post subject: Re: UFC 100 - 11th July
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Any word on where its gonna be shown following setanta's demise?

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 Post subject: Re: UFC 100 - 11th July
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Any word on where its gonna be shown following setanta's demise?

Kinda what I was thinking. Watched 99 and want to see this one now. Think I know a guy that works the gates to the cage. Also Wanderlai vs Franklin in 99 was a great bout. Although Wanderlai was nowhere near his powerful best by all accounts. I understand he was dropping from 205 to 185 and Anderson Silva has felt aggrieved, hence his training with Franklin before 99.

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Thats it Rico, you're hooked! :lol: Checked the ufc site a few days ago, they just said that they would be showing it somewhere and that UK fans wouldn't miss out. Its gonna be an absolute belter.

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Thats it Rico, you're hooked! :lol: Checked the ufc site a few days ago, they just said that they would be showing it somewhere and that UK fans wouldn't miss out. Its gonna be an absolute belter.

Dammit. I usually abhore violence, but Boxing and MMA well it's like all controlled and shiznit.

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the nut's named eric wrote:
Sheasy's Bum Hamster wrote:
Thats it Rico, you're hooked! :lol: Checked the ufc site a few days ago, they just said that they would be showing it somewhere and that UK fans wouldn't miss out. Its gonna be an absolute belter.

Dammit. I usually abhore violence, but Boxing and MMA well it's like all controlled and shiznit.


Yup, the old school no holds barred is long gone. Vale Tudo used to be amazing, proper nhb stuff.

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Is this real violence then, or just another choreographed routine entertainment show?

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Is this real violence then, or just another choreographed routine entertainment show?


No, its real alright. I've trained with cage fighters, albeit at a lower level and those guys work hard at it. Its evolved from the old style versus style days (ie.kickboxer vs jiu jitsu), into a sport all on its own comprising all the best bits of various martial arts. It really is going to get bigger and bigger imo.

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A friend of mine tells me Bravo and Sky Sports have put bids in to show it.. :shrug:


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Not commenting on this UFC btw, cause I've never seen it, but I know (well, met once or twice) a well thought of up and coming cage fighter, in a little town near me. Looks awesome when he's thrashing the punch bag with his shins and stuff but he's been floored a few times by local lads when he's got cocky in the pub. And it's not a big or rough place. I also witnessed that Prince Hamed boxer dude get laid out more than once, again for cockiness. That was most satisfying lol.

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Reperio wrote:
A friend of mine tells me Bravo and Sky Sports have put bids in to show it.. :shrug:


Bravo would be sound, don't want s*y getting their mitts into it.

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Not commenting on this UFC btw, cause I've never seen it, but I know (well, met once or twice) a well thought of up and coming cage fighter, in a little town near me. Looks awesome when he's thrashing the punch bag with his shins and stuff but he's been floored a few times by local lads when he's got cocky in the pub. And it's not a big or rough place. I also witnessed that Prince Hamed boxer dude get laid out more than once, again for cockiness. That was most satisfying lol.


Yeah, it is a sport with rules. Not really much good for street fighting, other than the conditioning etc. You need to know how to fight dirty for that carry on down the pub. A decent self defence martial art like wing tsun or something like that, learn how to grab someones head like a bowling ball using their eye sockets :lol:

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 Post subject: UFC's Bisping bids to join the Vegas greats
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More than half a billion people around the world will tune in on Saturday night as a great British prizefighter comes into the ring to meet the most formidable challenge of his career.

This, the fight capital of the world, is in such a fevered state of expectation that $1,000 ringside seats are selling on the internet for $50,000 a pair.....and rising.
The Las Vegas Strip will be gridlocked as scores of thousands of fans, many of them from England, flock to the Mandalay Bay Hotel in hope of catching a glimpse of their heroes entering an arena that was sold out within three hours of the tickets going on sale.
Hard man: Bisping (top) attacks UFC opponent Elvis Sinosic
Yet this is not comeback night for Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe or Lennox Lewis.
Nor is there a Tyson or a Holyfield among the American heavyweights topping the bill, which will be unrecognisable to the vast majority of the British public.
Not even the name Michael Bisping will register with most of the folk back home. Yet this 30-year-old Mancunian who trains in Widnes is playing a key role in an historic night of fighting.

Bisping is the English star of the fastest growing sport on the planet. He is here to take on Dan Henderson, a legend of mixed martial arts, in a final eliminator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight championship of the world.

Unlike boxing, with its profusion of alphabelts dispensed by conflicting bodies, the UFC title is the only one which matters in this brutal amalgam of such ferocious disciplines as karate, jiu-jitsu, Greco-Roman wrestling, kickboxing, taekwando, and, of course, boxing itself.
Britain's best: Michael Bisping, right, poses with Dan Henderson, left, as UFC president Dana White looks on
In the 13 years of its existence, the UFC has transformed the orginal, barbaric image of cage-fighting - 'submit or die' - into a regulated spectacle of extreme yet controlled violence which is sweeping aside the traditional market leaders in pay-per-view sports broadcasting.

Professional wrestling is feeling the coldest draught, not least because the UFC is genuine sport while the WWE is showbusiness, orchestrated entertainment with muscles on it.

Although hand-to-hand combat within the metal-mesh walls of the Octagon is no longer marketed as a fight to the death, Bisping's battle with two-time world champion Henderson - as well as the world title fights between heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir and welterweights Georges St Pierre and Thiago Alves - will be competitive in the physical extreme.

The threat to boxing is writ large in the TV ratings. Although last year's super-fight here between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr became the first - and so far only - event to break through the two million barrier for pay-per-view buys in the US, the UFC will occupy eight of the top ten places after this hot Saturday night in the Nevada desert.
Seven of their recent shows have drawn more than a million hits in America. Now this glitzy celebration of their centenary production is predicted to surpass those sales, leaving boxing with Tyson-Holyfield II (The Earbiting) as its only other member of the million-plus club.

The rules: how Bisping can win against Henderson
The other statistics piling up in advance of UFC 100 are even more startling. Boxing's numbers include pay-TV sales at a higher rate to sports bars, clubs and restaurants.

Dana White, the UFC's ex-boxer president, astutely divides those into a separate closed-circuit operation.
So, in addition to the large screens in hotels here and around America, some 3,500 sports bars have paid the premium.

At even a modest estimate of 100 customers in each location, that adds 3.5 million viewers to the minimum four-per-home average for the basic service.

Then - wait for it - comes the world-wide audience. In neighbouring Mexico, alone, no fewer than 100 million homes have registered to receive UFC 100 via their regular cable networks, for no extra charge.
That brings the potential for another 400 million viewers. Brazil, with mixed martial arts stars now emerging from its long jiu-jitsu tradition, is another huge market, as are Canada and Japan, among no fewer than 51 territories which will broadcast this event.
Bisping's progress has turned almost idle British curiosity about the UFC into a raging cult.

Virtually below the radar of the mainstream media, this phenomenon is gripping 18-34-year-olds in the UK, with all the marketing potential of that generation.

So powerful is the advertising impact that the demise of Setanta, its contracted network in Britain, has caused barely a ripple.
Packing a punch: Bisping takes a hit from Rashad Evans in the jaw
UFC 100 has been switched to Sky Channel 433 and can also be viewed on UFC.com. More significantly, as in the US, White is opening up their future in Britain via the internet.

Yahoo have now added the UFC to the National Football League as their only sports platforms.

The traffic, especially on mobile phones and Blackberries, is reported to be voluminous.

Boxing purists are reluctant to be converted, the wrestling on the ground being perceived as ugly at worst, a difficult-to-acquire taste at best.

Yet it is being acquired by millions of young people from backgrounds as diverse as those of the fighters themselves, who range from farmers to university graduates, from bikers to heirs to family fortunes.
'It's like a virus,' says White. 'Once someone is touched they are addicted for life. That's what happened to me. I tasted mixed martial arts, I loved it, I believed, and I gambled every last dollar on the UFC.'

That buy-out of a fledgling operation cost White and his partner, casino executive Lorenzo Fertitta, $2 million.


Soon they were deep into a $40 million hole and struggled to scrape together $400,000 to prevent the show going under.

Just in time, television bought their Ultimate Fighter reality show, which became the template for boxing's recently successful Prizefighter series.

From that turning point, Dana the Dynamic has tapped into both the Harley-Davidson axle of homeland America and the global ad-man's dream generation.

The one-time bell-boy at a Vegas hotel - 'and I was a damned good one' - now presides over one of sport's most astonishing, recession-busting corporate successes from his uber-chic, tough-guy office just off the Strip.
Those designer headquarters are home, also, to his proudest possession - a rare, complete skull of a sabre-tooth tiger bought at auction from one of America's most distinguished museums.

Like his fighters, such as Manchester's Bisping, who he turns into millionaires, White has earned his fortune the hard way: 'I loved boxing but I hated the shady way so many boxers were robbed of the money they deserved'.



And remember the name: Michael Bisping
UFC 100 starts at 3am tomorrow morning and can be watched on UFC.com or Sky Channel

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