Friday, January 8, 2010

MOVIE TRAILER: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Stars in THE A-TEAM

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson stars as Sgt. Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus in THE A-TEAM, alongside Bradley Cooper (THE HANGOVER) as Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck, the legendary Liam Neeson as Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith, and Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9) as Capt. 'Howling Mad' Murdock. The film also features the lovely Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson (WATCHMEN). Cast members from the original television series Dirk Benedict (Face) and Dwight Schultz (Murdoch) make cameo appearances. The film is directed by Joe Carnahan (SMOKIN' ACES, NARC).

INSANE WEC 46 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight

Go into insane detail in this preview of WEC 46: VARNER VS. HENDERSON. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, WEC wins and losses, biggest victories, fighter profiles and backgrounds, logical outcomes, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for each and every fight on the card. WEC 46 will be held Sunday January 10, 2010 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. The main card will air live on Versus.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate oddsmakers' projections. Madness Levels indicate the amount of insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of one to ten. Madman Logic is determined by my trusty sidekick, the Madman Computer, which uses a mathematical formula based on previous results to determine what the most logical outcome would be if either fighter were to win.

Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = (Technical)Knockout



Bantamweight Bout

COTY WHEELER (-135) = 54% chance of winning

WILL CAMPUZANO (+105) = 46% chance of winning

Coty “Ox” Wheeler is 10-2, with 8 wins by submission and 1 win by TKO. Wheeler has lost once by decision and lost once by TKO. Wheeler is 1-2 in the WEC, and is coming off a loss to Charlie Valencia at WEC 43 (10/09).

WEC W: Del Hawkins (SUB)

WEC L: Charlie Valencia (UD), Ian McCall (TKO)

BIGGEST WHEELER WIN: over Del Hawkins by Flying Armbar Submission at WEC 32 (2/08)

Will Campuzano is 6-1, with 3 wins by (T)KO and 2 wins by submission. Campuzano’s only loss was by submission. Campuzano is 0-1 in the WEC, and is coming off a loss to Damacio Page at WEC 43 (10/09).

WEC L: Damacio Page (SUB)

BIGGEST CAMPUZANO WIN: over Tim Snyder by TKO at URC 4 (5/09)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 5 – Solid opening fight between two guys who have struggled in the WEC. Will Campuzano debuted at WEC 43 as a late replacement for Akitoshi Tamura, against one of the toughest bantamweight fighters on the planet in Damacio “The Angel of Death” Page. Campuzano survived with Page for just over a minute before his proverbial soul was collected. Luckily for Campuzano, it’s easier to fight an Ox than an Angel of Death. Coty Wheeler has shown moments of greatness, specifically the flying armbar he pulled off against Del Hawkins, but he can’t afford to lose another fight in the WEC. High stakes fight, as loser of this one is likely gone from the WEC for at least the time being.

LOGIC SAYS: Wheeler by SUB –OR– Campuzano by KO

PREDICTION: Coty Wheeler

Thursday, January 7, 2010

VIDEO: James Toney and Dana White Behind-Closed-Doors Meeting Footage Plus Original UFC 108 Backstage Encounter

NABO and IBA Heavyweight Boxing Champion James "Lights Out" Toney interupts Ariel Helwani's post-UFC 108 interview with Dana White.

Real behind-closed-doors meeting between Dana White and James Toney and his representatives on January 3, 2010. Part 1.

Part 2.

To Be Continued...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

PAYDAY: UFC 108 Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings for 1/2/10 - Who Got Paid What?


THE NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse amounts for UFC 108: EVANS VS. SILVA, held Saturday January 2, 2010 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, as reported to them by UFC. Winning fighters in RED.  Rashad Evans was by far the top earner of the night.

The salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for fighters for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pockets for licensing fees and related expenses, and spend months training in preparation for these fights.

Rashad Evans made $375,000 ($200K base salary + $175K win bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Thiago Silva made $55,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Paul Daley made $84,200 ($18K base + $18K win + $50K KO bonus - $1.8K overweight penalty) for 2:24 KO loss.

Dustin Hazelett made $19,800 ($18K base + $1.8K opponent overweight) for 2:24 KO loss.

Sam Stout made $74,000 ($12K + $12K + $50K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Joe Lauzon made $62,000 ($12K + $50K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Jim Miller made $30,000 ($15K + $15K) for 2:31 submission win.

Duane "Bang" Ludwig made $12,000 for 2:31 submission loss.

Junior Dos Santos made $60,000 ($30K + $30K) for 2:07 TKO win.

Gilbert Yvel made $30,000 for 2:07 TKO loss.

Monday, January 4, 2010

UFC 108 RESULTS: Complete Recap and Madman Awards for Evans vs Silva 1/2/10

UFC 108: EVANS VS. SILVA exceeded most expectations with an interesting night of fights. The event was held Saturday January 2, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Suga" Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva went the distance in the main event, with Evans scoring the unanimous decision victory. Evans used his superior wrestling and lightning-quick hand and head movement to outwrestle and outstrike Silva throughout the first two rounds. In the third round, Silva, who had grown increasingly frustrated during the first two-thirds of the fight, began playing to the crowd and taunting Evans, at one point even standing completely still in front of Evans, trying to bait him into a counterpunching situation. Silva's antics actually worked for a moment, as he caught Evans with a big punch that had him wobbly-legged. Silva was unable to capitalize, though, and allowed Evans to survive, continuing to taunt when he should've been pouncing.

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In the co-main event, Paul "Semtex" Daley landed a left hook from hell to the nerdy noggin of Dustin Hazelett, and that was all she wrote. Daley is a star and Hazelett goes back to the drawing board.

The Madman Fight of the Night was Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout vs Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon. Stout is a UFC veteran, but showed a level of improvement this time out that suggests he could be a possible future title contender. Lauzon is an upper middle-tier fighter and Stout completely dominated the fight. Lauzon put on a stellar performance as well, but was completely overmatched on this night, which was quite surprising given Lauzon was a fairly heavy favorite.

Jim Miller began preparing for UFC 108 to fight Tyson Griffin, who was replaced by Sean Sherk, who was replaced by Duane "Bang" Ludwig, who provided Miller with a much clearer path to victory. Miller took Ludwig to the canvas with his fists and secured the submission victory.

Junior Dos Santos stood toe-to-toe with a genuine badass, in Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel, and was the one who walked away standing. Dos Santos has now taken out MMA legends Gilbert Yvel and Mirko Cro Cop inside the Octagon, and has to be considered the next top contender in the UFC heavyweight division after Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez settle their business in their upcoming fights with Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, respectively.