Chuck Liddell's Appearance in a Country Music Video Captures All That is Great About Country Music

Chuck Liddell is in the music video for “Small Town Throwdown” by country musicians Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.* I’d like to talk to you about this video as well as country music in general. First, the video. It opens with the three country singers shooting guns at three bottles. After the first two fellas miss their targets, the third guy hits all three with the smallest gun. It’s a metaphor for America. I’m sure of it. After shooting their three targets, the young, rich w

Randy Couture Interview: "The Natural" Talks Fight Master: Bellator MMA & Expendables 3

Randy Couture is new to Bellator. From 1997 to 2011, Couture was arguably the UFC’s biggest star. He is now retired from fighting with more accomplishments in the cage than you can count. These days his focus is outside the cage as a coach and actor. He plays Toll Road in the Expendables films, but stating tomorrow night on SpikeTV’s Fight Master: Bellator MMA, Couture will be playing himself. I recently spoke with Couture about his post-fight career careers. What can fans expect from Fight Mas

Pat Curran: An Interview With Bellator's Featherweight Champion

Pat Curran (18-4), the reigning Bellator featherweight champion, puts his title on the line tonight against Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1) at Bellator 95 on SpikeTV. This will be Curran’s second title defense of 2013 after a decision victory against Patricio Freire in January. He won the title in March 2012, but spent much of the rest of the year dealing with injuries. Curran, who is now 5-0 as a Bellator featherweight, is healthy and looking forward to a busy and dominant stretch atop the divisi

Chael Sonnen & Jon Jones Will Coach The Ultimate Fighter and Then Fight if Nobody Gets Hurt

Jon Jones will coach against Chael Sonnen on 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Sonnen was scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 on the UFC’s year end card, but that has been canceled because there hasn’t been a TUF season since – Oh, never mind there are two season going on right now that no one is watching. Jones and Sonnen will fight for the light heavyweight championship on April 27th at UFC [TBD]. This is the fight that everyone wants days after Anderson Silva smashed light heavy

Interview: Jason "Mayhem" Miller Talks The Ultimate Fighter and His Return To The UFC

The 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter kicks off tonight and it features the UFC’s newest weight classes – featherweight (135 pounds) and bantamweight (145 pounds). The premiere is a special 2-hour episode that shows all 16 preliminary fights to get into the TUF house. It’s the final season of TUF on SpikeTV (9pm) and they seem to have saved the best for last. I’ve seen the episode and can vouch for it’s awesomeness. I think there is one decision out of 16 fights and there are some of the best

Interview: UFC Champion, Jon "Bones" Jones

Jon Jones is a bad, bad man. “Bones” is the UFC’s light heavyweight champion and holds a career record of 13-1. He has finished his last four fights with such ridiculous precision and violence, that at just 24, he’s already in the discussion for the title of best fighter alive. Last weekend I took a trip down to Atlantic City, with the excuse being that I would get to speak with youngest champion in UFC history. Jones was at the Showboat to support one of his fighter friends at Cage Wars 8 and

Rampage Jackson's Not So Great Moments In Reporter Harassment

After Rampage Jackson’s UFC 130 victory over Matt Hamill, he took some time to do interviews. He spoke with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani and rehashed their beef from two days earlier. Rampage was trying to make Helwani nervous in both interviews and probably accomplished that. He has a history of making reporters uncomfortable. Case in point, he also motor-boated MMAHeat’s Karyn Bryant on Saturday night. It’s the latest in a long line of Rampage’s greatest feats of harassment. Here he is a coup

Georges St. Pierre's Five Most Important Title Fights

Saturday marks Georges St. Pierre’s 11th UFC welterweight title fight. GSP is 8-2 in those title bouts and along the way, he supplanted Matt Hughes as the best 170-pound fighter in the history of the UFC. If St. Pierre wins on Saturday, it could be his last time fighting at welterweight and thus, his last time fighting for the 170-pound championship. With that in mind, I thought we would look back at the five title fights that shaped GSP’s legacy. GSP – Hughes I — UFC 50 — October 22, 2004 [Ful

Jon Jones Is The Best Fighter Alive of the Moment

On Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey, 23-year-old Jon Jones beat Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion of the world. A funny thing happened on his way to collecting the championship belt – he became the new, defacto, best fighter in the world. Jones didn’t just beat Shogun, he destroyed him. Shogun is a Pride and UFC champion and Jones tooled him from bell to stoppage. Now, he’ll spend a few months as the future of MMA. When Jones earned his title shot a mere

Strikeforce HW Grand Prix Details, UFC Responds

Less than two weeks ago Strikeforce officially announced their heavyweight tournament. For a few minutes, it sounded great. Then the details started to come out about the specifics of the tournament and Scott Cocker kept speaking and the excitement died down. Meanwhile, the UFC kicked their heavyweights into action with some big announcements of their own. First, Allistair Overeem’s belt will not be on the line. Let’s say Fabricio Werdum is the truth. He defeats Overeem in the first round of th

Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard Fight To A Draw In A Classic

Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was in trouble early against top contender Gray Maynard last night at UFC 125. Edgar spent most of the first round stumbling backwards trying to avoid the onslaught of violence that Gray Maynard was reigning down upon him. Somehow, Edgar survived and came back to earn a draw and hold on to his belt. After what most fans and all three judges would call a 10-8 drubbing in the first, Edgar responded by taking 3 or all of the final 4 rounds depending on who you as

MMA's Best of 2010

Fighter of the Year: CRM – Fighters don’t fight enough. Most of the top candidates only fought 2 times. Frankie Edgar beat BJ Penn twice. Cain Velasquez took out a legend and a monster and looked dominant as hell doing so. Jon Jones destroyed Brandon Vera and Vladamir Matyushenko and you should not be awarded for that in 2010. While each of those guys were great at a very high level, they still only fought twice. In a world where we beg to see Fedor Emelianenko fight more than once in a year,

Bellator and MTV2

Bellator Fighting Championships has signed a 3-year deal to show fights live on MTV2. Bellator will host 2 of their tournament seasons each year starting in March 2011 on the cable network. The news has been met with mixed feelings. On the one hand, events are guaranteed to be shown live. On the other hand, will this move kill Bellator? Bloody Elbow’s Luke Thomas brings up a good point about a lack of providers having MTV2 in HD. I don’t have it on Time Warner Cable. Some people probably won’t

Georges St. Pierre's Inability To Finish - Is It As "Bad" As It Seems?

Georges St. Pierre won his 8th straight fight on Saturday. While he’s been absolutely dominant over that stretch (He’s won 30 consecutive rounds) people argue that his lack of finishes have hurt his stock as the best in the world. While I’m not here to argue that he is the greats mixed martial artist of all time, I think its only fair that we compare his rate of finish to those of the two other men most often called the best in the world – Fedor Emelianenko and Anderson Silva.

Interview: Stephan Bonnar, One of the UFC's Original Ultimate Fighters

Stephan Bonnar was a part of the most important fight in UFC history at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale. This weekend he faces Igor Pokrajac in the headlining bout of TUF Season 12 Finale on SpikeTV. Last week I was able to talk to “The American Psycho” about head injuries, his past and future in the UFC and cutting weight around the holidays. Thanksgiving is in two days and you’re fighting next weekend. Does that effect your weight cut? Well, the plan is to get shark-baited in the morning – t

UFC and WEC Finally Merging In 2011

UFC and WEC will merge in 2011 according to UFC president Dana White. The announcement came today after what seems like years of speculation about the future of the two Zuffa-owned promotions. The first event featuring the former WEC fighters will be the New Years Day card featuring new UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo making a title defense. Let me tell you, this is awesome news. Starting in January, the WEC featherweight and bantamweight divisions will become the UFC featherweight and ba

Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez: The Aftermath

I’ve had a couple days to process the Cain Velasquez – Brock Lesnar fight. In retrospect, this should not have shocked me. Brock Lesnar has never been a good stand up fighter. Cain Velasquez is a great stand up fighter and has the wrestling pedigree to negate the bigger man’s take downs. Vegas had Lesnar as a slight favorite, but that was because he was the champion. In short, Cain Velasquez did what almost everyone thought he would. He beat the ever-loving shit out of Brock Lesnar. So now, Ca
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