Chuck Liddell’s secret; an interview with Rashad Evans

by:  Jack Bratcher

Pro MMA Radio host, Larry Pepe, interviewed Rashad Evans last week and uncovered some very interesting information about the man who put the Iceman to sleep. Probably the most interesting and noteworthy detail of this interview consists of Rashad Evans revealing a “tell” that Chuck Liddell gave away in his fight that allowed Rashad to capitalize on the moment and send shockwaves throughout the UFC Light Heavyweight division and the entire MMA world. Much the same way a poker player may go all in, but a “tell” to one who knows has let on that it is a bluff, Rashad received a certain bit of information from a training partner that may very well have made all the difference.

When asked if the win had sunk in yet? Rashad says, “Yeah a little bit, but it still kind of feels unreal. I was such a huge underdog.” Rashad gives a lot of the credit for his win over Liddell to his muay thai and boxing coach, Mike Winklejohn. Evans says about Winklejohn, “He seen it coming a long time ago. He told me at the beginning of training camp, this is the punch that is going to put Chuck Liddell down.” According to Rashad, his coach had watched a lot of film on Chuck and came up with the formula that would take him out. In fact Winklejohn was so confident of how the fight was going to turn out he told Rashad just before the fight as he was warming up, “What’s going to happen is you’re gonna hit him with that overhand right and knock him out and I won’t be able to get into the cage afterward to congratulate you because he’s gonna still be sleeping.” And that is exactly what happened. I don’t even know if that is confidence. It is more like prophecy.

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Georges St. Pierre visits Rio de Janeiro

Canadian fighter and UFC welterweight champion, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre made a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after defeating Jon Fitch in UFC 87. GSP was seen training at Gracie Barra and supporting his friend Gustavo Machado for a fight in Canada that unfortunately did not happen. Intheguard.tv caught up with GSP for an … Read more

Evan Tanner Memorial Planned

There will be a memorial for Evan Tanner held in Amarillo, TX on September 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Civic Center.  The Civic Center is located at 401 South Buchanan Street.

Flowers and cards can be sent in care of Evan’s brother, Jeff Tanner at 504 S. Harrison Street, Amarillo, TX 79101.  The family has also set up a memorial fund with The Amarillo National Bank. If you are interested, please email teamtanner@gmail.com for details.

Evan Tanner’s website has been setup so that friends and fans can post comments and memories.  If you have a special memory of Evan, a favorite fight, or just want to say a few words in memory of this very special individual please visit www.evantanner.net. Also, if you are not that familiar with who Evan Tanner was and what he meant to the sport of MMA, take a few minutes to read what others have written on his website.

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Randy Couture discusses fight with Brock Lesnar

UFC Heavyweight Champion, Randy Couture has already started training for his fight with former WWE powerhouse turned MMA megastar, Brock Lesnar. The fight is being billed as the “biggest fight in UFC history” according to UFC president, Dana White and will take place at UFC 91 on November 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena … Read more

UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer airs live Sept. 17

UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer will air this coming Wednesday Sept.17 at 7pm CST on Spike TV.  The event will take place at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.  Immediately following UFC Fight Night:  Diaz vs. Neer, will be the debut of The Ultimate Fighter season 8 on Spike.  I am sure it is … Read more

The TUF Coaches Countdown Show

by:  Jack Bratcher

Tonight (Fri. Sept. 12), The Ultimate Fighter Coaches Countdown show aired on Spike TV.  The point of the show was to give people an overview of Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the coaches of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which debuts Wed. Sept. 17 at 9pm CST/7pm PST.

It is evident that Frank Mir has enormous respect for Nogueira and referred to him as one of his “heroes.”  He also said that he would not disrespect one of his “idols” by stepping into the cage any less than one-hundred percent prepared.

Nogueira also showed respect for the younger Mir, calling him “a very talented kid.”

One of the most interesting aspects of the Mir/Nogueira fight is that we have PRIDE’s top submission heavyweight facing the UFC’s top submission heavyweight.  Even though PRIDE is no more, this is still one of those big fights we never could have seen just a couple of years ago.

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War Machine gets the boot

UFC and TUF veteran Jon Koppenhaver (aka War Machine) has been released from his extensive contract for making some extremely untimely and ignorant comments about Evan Tanner’s death and for his refusal to fight an opponent offered to him by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. War Machine is no stranger to controversy.  As many of you … Read more