Photo of Tanner’s campsite a metaphor

by:  Jack Bratcher

If a picture speaks a thousand words, this picture could possibly be looked at as a metaphor for Evan Tanner’s life.  When most people go camping for days at a time you would probably expect to see many more “necessities” at their campsite.  However, the word “necessities” meant something completely different to Evan Tanner than it does to most people.  In that regard, combined with his philosophy on life, Evan Tanner was somewhat of a modern day mystic.

This photograph was published today in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  It is a photo of Evan Tanner’s campsite.  Keep in mind this camp is in the middle of the desert; there are no shade trees, no running water, and over 100-degree heat.  Evan had all that he needed there.  He had his shelter, bedding, a folding chair, and transportation.  Also found were some sunscreen, a highlighter, and a notebook.

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Wanerlei Silva, Robert Drysdale training video

This made me tired just watching it.  Here we have top level world-class MMA athletes showing what it takes to keep their conditioning at the highest levels. Drysdale is a grappling and jiu jitsu instructor at the Xtreme Couture training center in Las Vegas which is also the same gym Wanderlei trains out of. On … Read more

Randy Couture not worried about Lesnar

Raw Vegas catches up with Randy Couture on the golf course in between strokes to talk to the UFC Heavyweight Champion about his GI charity event, returning to the UFC, and Brock Lesnar. Watch Randy Couture is Not Worried about Fighting Brock Lesnar on RawVegas.tv

Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell set for UFC’s Fight for the Troops

by:  Jack Bratcher

Yes you read that correctly, Brian Stann will face Steve Cantwell for the third time, but this time the fight will be in the UFC. This fight is scheduled for December 10 at Ft. Bragg, NC as part of the UFC’s Fight for the Troops card. Stann last fought Cantwell back in July when he lost his WEC Light Heavyweight Title by a round 2 TKO at WEC 35. It was Stann’s first title defense after defeating Doug “The Rhino” Marshall at WEC 33 in March of this year.  To have Stann fight at this event is pure genuis.  He is an Iraqi war veteran and considered the “Pride of the U.S. Marnie Corps” by military men and women who love to see one of their own compete at such a high level.

So how did Brian Stann and Steve Cantwell end up in the UFC? The Zuffa-owned (same company that owns the UFC) WEC, has decided to put a close to their light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. The organization which was founded in 2001, will now focus its efforts entirely on the bantamweight (135lbs.), featherweight (145lbs.), lightweight (155 lbs.), and welterweight (170lbs.) divisions.

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Post-UFC 87 Roger Huerta is no “slippery moron”

Roger Huerta was recently in Toronto and spoke with MMA Canada.

Roger said that dealing with his first professional loss against Kenny Florian at UFC 87 was very hard.  It was tough but he has taken some time off and has been able get some rest, spend some time with friends and family and refocus on his goals.

Roger responded to some comments Kenny made after their fight when Kenny apparently said that Roger felt “a little slippery” during their bout.  Roger said he considers that “a low blow…and instead of saying this cat is tough, he’s a wizard on the ground and I can’t finish him…it is harsh.”  Roger went on to say, “If Kenny was not satisfied with his win” then they could do it again in a rematch.

The subject of Huerta’s relationship with the UFC and some comments he had made came up and Roger had this to say, “The thing I want to take back is this; I didn’t realize how much the world title meant to me until the loss….and it means a lot in the UFC because honestly, the UFC does have the best fighters in the world.”  He goes on to try and clarify what he meant by his controversial statements in the magazine, “All I was trying to say is that it’s not wrong to look at it as a business…if I had a position for Wells Fargo Bank and U.S. Bank offered me more money and it would help myself and my family and retirement, then there’s nothing wrong with that.  That is something to logically think about…that was it…nothing more.”

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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