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marty cordovaIf you needed any more proof about steroids in baseball during the 90’s… here is a picture of Marty Cordova, American League Rookie of the Year in 1995.

For those who aren’t up on their latest Marty Cordova factoids; Cordova is now working for the UFC. He is a frequent guest on Dana White’s video blogs.

The picture seems to be from a number of years ago when, clearly, Marty was on ‘roids in shape and playing in the Majors.

We can add this to the steroid manifesto…

Dana White UFC 99 Video Blog – 6/8/09 [YouTube]

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It broke last night that Kimbo Slice has reported to the Las Vegas set of the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter to begin filming. UFC President is catching some grief for the move but he shouldn’t be.

White originally said, “Kimbo Slice sucks, like I’ve said now for the last few months. This [expletive] guy can’t fight and he got knocked out in 13 seconds by a guy who didn’t win The Ultimate Fighter.” (more…)

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Jay Cutler was laughing it up in Nashville last night at UFC Fight Night. UFC 100 should have Cutler vs. McDaniels with special guest referee Pat Bowlen. So many old WWF references running through my mind but I’ll spare you…

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ny_post_cartoonThe New York Post actually published this cartoon (to the right) a couple days ago. It is in response to the story regarding the chimp that attacked two people including a police officer in Connecticut.

They issued an apology today but sometimes you just wonder how this slipped through the cracks and who thought it was a good idea.

ufc95posterWe got some UFC action this weekend with UFC 95. Diego Sanchez is taking on Joe Stevenson in the main event. The bout it to take place at 155 lbs which means that Sanchez is coming down a division from 170 lbs. It is being reported that Sanchez is cutting nearly 40 pounds to make 156.

The most interesting fight of the night is Nate Marquardt Vs. Wilson Gouveia. They are two very skilled guys at middleweight who are looking to impress to try and get a shot to get an ass kicking from at Anderson Silva. The best part of this weekends fights? It can be seen free on SPIKE TV 9PM ET. (more…)

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This season of The Ultimate Fighter was much improved over the last. The fighters seemed better thus the competition was better. At the same time there were much more entertaining antics going on in the house. No, not just Junie’s drunken (and sober) outbursts but an overall fun atmosphere from the cast.

I didn’t get a chance to give a preview for the finale that took place on Saturday but I wish I had; here were the picks I made:

fight-picksEight out of ten; not too shabby.

Anthony Johnson had the knockout of the night.

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The best part of this one was that it was a rematch from this summer when Burns took home a controversial win after poking Johnson in the eye repeatedly. The last of which required surgery. Johnson was a good sport through the ordeal. In pre-fight interviews Burns came across as a real prick. I was very happy for ‘Rumble’ when this head kick found it’s mark.

In the light heavyweight final, I jumped onto the Vinny Magalhaes bandwagon even though I am a Bader fan. This one did not pay off for me. Bader was able to stop Vinny with a big overhand right not much more than 2 minutes into the very first round.

In the lightweight final, Efrain was anointed as a big underdog against Nover but I had my money on Efrain all the way. He is a all-american wrestler with a big heart. In Efrain’s preliminary fights he showed that he knew how to win and finish fights in the process. Although he couldn’t finish Nover he dominated.

Overall, the UFC put on two good shows in the span of 4 days and all for free.

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The UFC will be live tonight from Fort Bragg, NC where they will present Fight Night 16 live on Spike TV.

Here is the televised card:

  • Josh Koscheck (171) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (171)
  • Jonathan Goulet (171) vs. Mike Swick (171)
  • Razak Al-Hussan (205) vs. Steve Cantwell (206)
  • Tim Credeur (186) vs. Nate Loughran (185)
  • Jim Miller (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)

I’m not going to go into as much depth as for a major PPV but here goes…

Upset Alert:
Nate Loughran over Tim Credeur — Loughran is at a nice +140 or 2.4:1 and I believe it is a bad line; he should be favored. Credeur is the household name from the Ultimate Fighter but he is not the better fighter. I wouldn’t be surprised if Loughran can stop Credeur.

Guaranteed Win(s):
Steve Cantwell over Razak Al-Hussan — Cantwell is a beast; the only issue here is no one knows much about Al-Hussan.

Mike Swick over Jonathan Goulet — Swick needs this fight to stay relevant.

Main Event:
Honestly, this is a tough one. I really don’t want to touch this fight betting or prediction wise. I want to pick Yoshida to upset so badly. Regardless, here is what I see happening; Kos stifles Yoshida with take downs and some ground and pound. — Josh Koscheck over Yoshiyuki Yoshida

This event is a fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. To learn more about the nonprofit organization or to make a donation, go to fightforthetroops.com.

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dustin-pedroia-wife2Dustin Pedroia showed, again, all that is great and pure in baseball yesterday as he signed a 6 year $40.5 million extension with the Boston Red Sox. Pedroia would have been eligible for free agency after the 2012 season, will now remain with the Red Sox until 2014, with a club option for 2015. Dustin could have waited and signed a much bigger contract or held out for more money. “I probably would have made more money (going year-to-year),” Pedroia said. “But I’m in a place that I love. My first thought was, ‘I play for the best team. Who wouldn’t want to play for the Boston Red Sox? We’re going to have a chance to win every year and the fans are the best, so why not?’ It fits.” The bottom line: I introduce the new face of the Boston Red Sox.


the-ultimate-fighter-8The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Finale card took shape last night with the two lightweight finalists being Phillipe Nover and Efrain Escudero. While the light-heavyweight finalists are Vinny Magalhaes and Ryan Bader. Other main card fights include Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason MacDonald, Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson and Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan. That’s correct. Junie lost last night in the Semi’s to Efrain Escudero. Efrain is insanely talented and is gaining high praise from Dana White and Nogueira. The bottom line: Junie is a reality TV star and maybe he will be a professional fighter some day.


Line of the night: Rajon Rondo 16 points, 13 rebounds, 17 assists and 3 steals


Just a quickie:

  • NCAAB: North Carolina 98 at Michigan State 63
  • MLB: Giants to sign Edgar Renteria to a two-year deal
  • Sean Avery: “I should not have made those comments and I recognize that they were inappropriate.”
  • MLB: The San Diego Padres continue their fire-sale of sorts and have traded shortstop Khalil Greene to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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