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Chael Sonnen Mocks Arianny Celeste’s IQ

UFC fighter Chael Sonnen easily has one of the wackiest personalities in MMA. He doesn’t hold back when challenging opposing fighters, and he gets completely goofy in interviews like this one with TSN Canada. It’s that type of behavior that helped him become the host of the World MMA Awards that will air Wednesday.

In an interview with Las Vegas Weekly published Friday, Sonnen answered several questions regarding the awards show. This is the one that caused the fireworks:

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Video: Marius Zaromskis Does Front Flip Kick to Knock Down Bruno Carvalho

Lithuanian welterweight Marius Zaromskis has won 16 of his 23 professional fights, 12 coming by knock out. He’s fought in Cage Rage, Dream, and Strikeforce. On Saturday, he faced Bruno Carvalho in Rumble of the Kings in Sweden.

Zaromskis is no stranger to damaging his opponents during fights in unconventional ways. He’ll even employ a front flip kick (aka koppo kick) to get a knock down if he has to. Check out this awesomeness:

It might not have been as potent as Lyoto Machida’s knockout kick of Randy Couture, but it certainly was more fancy. This is easily one of our favorite knockout kicks.

Fist pound to Bloody Elbow

Ronda Rousey Wants to Face Miesha Tate Because It’s a Marketable ‘Hot Chick’ Fight

There are three certainties in life: life, death, and Ronda Rousey by armbar in the first round.

The 24-year-old judo specialist has gone 7-0 in her career (4-0 in pro fights, 3-0 in amateurs) and she’s finished each of her fights in the first minute with an armbar. In her most recent fight Friday on Strikeforce Challengers, she even dislocated opponent Julia Budd’s elbow.

Rousey is one of the top fighters at 145 pounds, but she’d rather drop down to 135 to face one of that class’ better fighters before taking on 145-pound champ Cyborg Santos. Specifically, Rousey says she’d like to face bantamweight champ Miesha Tate, not just because she matches up well with her, but because it would be marketable.

“I’m not dumb, you’re not dumb,” Rousey told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “Really, if we push the ‘hot chicks’ to fight each other for a title, it’s going to get a lot of attention. That’s why I’d rather fight Miesha for a title instead of Sarah Kaufman. Because she’s good looking and she’s marketable. More marketable than the vast majority of the girls in women’s MMA. I think that’d be a huge fight and it would lead to an eventual fight between me and Cris Cyborg being an even bigger deal. I’m just trying to figure out the right way to do things so us girl fighters have some job security a few years from now.”

Rousey may come across as conceited, but she knows what she’s doing. Being good looking helps capture attention as a female athlete. Just look at this woman for example.

Rousey has talked in the past about becoming the face of female MMA, and she has the game to back it up. If Rousey can beat Tate, she’ll be on her way to accomplishing that goal. And then we’ll have to wonder what’s going on with Gina Carano, the previous face of female MMA.

Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua Put on All-Time Great Fight at UFC 139

The main event between Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua at UFC 139 in San Jose Saturday was one of the best MMA fights you will ever see. It doesn’t matter if the UFC on FOX was your intro to the sport, or if you have been a fan for years, this was a fight for the ages. If you missed the five round war that Henderson narrowly won, make sure you get to see it however you can.

I will warn you: if you’re uncomfortable with violence or are not a fan of good, competitive sport, it might not be for you.

This was two legends, two geniuses of combat, fighting with incredible heart and toughness, engaging in a back-and-forth, edge-of-your-seat performance that pushed each fighter beyond anything you can imagine. It was competitive all the way — I had Henderson winning three rounds to two, with one 10-8 round apiece.

Stylistically, the dangerous future Hall of Famer, Henderson, delivered significant punishment standing against the younger, more athletic Shogun. Hendo nearly finished the fight with his “H-Bomb” right hand in the third, before getting dominated in the fifth with brutal ground-and-pound from the mount. It’s hard to believe this fight could deliver such strong results when many pointed out beforehand it could have been a main event in PRIDE Fighting Championships five or six years ago.

Watching the fight live, I thought referee Josh Rosenthal could have stopped the fight in the third — we’re all glad he didn’t, in retrospect — but re-watching it, Shogun did defend himself intelligently despite the damage he took and letting the fight continue was the right call.

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Chael Sonnen is a Complete D-Bag in TSN Canada Interview (Video)

Depending on what you look for in an interview with an MMA fighter, this could either be the worst interview you’ve ever seen or the best 10 minutes of television you’ll watch this year. Chael Sonnen, who last month called out Anderson Silva and demanded a rematch after defeating Brian Stann, recently appeared on TSN in Canada. Sonnen was not compensated for his interview with Off the Record host Michael Landsberg — as you’ll see — but that doesn’t make the interview any less entertaining.  Simply put, Sonnen just refuses to cooperate with anything Landsberg said or asked.  The video is long but trust me, it’s very difficult to turn off when you’re wondering what Sonnen could possibly say next.  Check out this Chael Sonnen TSN interview that Awful Announcing and Fight Opinion passed along:

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Junior dos Santos Beat Cain Velasquez Despite Knee Injury, Will Have Surgery

I didn’t think Junior dos Santos could top his 64-second KO of Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on FOX Saturday, but the latest twist suggests he may have. Dos Santos won the fight despite being hobbled by a torn meniscus in his knee that reportedly had him on crutches 10 days prior to the bout. The injury is so bad dos Santos reportedly will have surgery.

According to fightline.com, “Brazilian journalist Marcelo Alonso appeared on The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo and revealed that dos Santos has confirmed that he will go under the knife.”

Dos Santos’ doctor also said after the UFC on FOX show that his fighter would undergo surgery. Dos Santos wasn’t planning on going a full five rounds with Cain Velasquez because of the knee, and that could be a big reason why he went after Cain so hard early in the fight.

Additionally, it’s been far less reported that Cain Velasquez also fought with a knee injury. UFC commentator Joe Rogan says Velasquez hurt his knee in training and required a cortisone shot before the fight. Both men could have considered pulling out of the fight, but neither one wanted to give up such a huge opportunity.

As long as dos Santos recovers in time, he should be on schedule to face the Alistair Overeem-Brock Lesnar winner for the Heavyweight Championship.

UFC on FOX: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos Fight Preview

This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its FOX network television debut with Cain Velasquez (9-0, 7-0 UFC) putting his heavyweight title on the line against the challenger, Junior Dos Santos (13-1, 7-0 UFC). It’s going to be a great night for fight fans as this event will finish an hour before Manny Pacquiao is set to square off against Juan Manuel Marquez.

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect match-up for the first fight in the historic, seven-year partnership between FOX and the UFC, as these are two very special fighters entering the primes of their careers. I will break the action down in terms of each fighters’ strengths, the unknowns heading into the fight and the match-up, specific to one another. Finally, I will predict a winner.

Strengths

Velasquez has made a name for himself through his world-class wrestling ability, his other-worldly work ethic and cardio, and a developing, technically-sound kickboxing game. He is well above-average in his quickness wrestling and an above-average athlete for a heavyweight. He has finished eight out of the nine fights in his career through ground and pound and striking.

Velasquez was a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State University and in the Octagon, he has man-handled the heavyweight division, demonstrating relentless take-downs, top control and ground and pound. His wrestling, in combination with his cardio, make him a bad match-up for any style of fighter because he can control whether the fight remains standing or on the ground. If he chooses to take the fight to the ground, he has almost no equal. He has used his wrestling to dominate Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo on the ground, and when he won the title against Brock Lesnar, he did so by keeping the fight standing.

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