Boxing Promoter Bob Arum Ripped in UFC on FOX Promo Video

Two years ago, boxing promoter Bob Arum ripped MMA during an interview with Ariel Helwani.

“MMA is garbage. It is not a sport that shows great talent,” Arum said. “Guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground. UFC are a bunch of skinhead white guys, watching people in the ring, who also look like skinhead white guys. I would think that the majority of people in my generation would feel the same.”

The UFC remembered that disparaging interview and decided to make it the focus of a video promoting their first ever network television appearance:

The UFC makes its network TV debut on FOX Saturday with Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos headlining the event. More people will watch that MMA card than have watched any boxing card in the last several years. But that shouldn’t be a surprise — our Danny Lee wrote about that topic in May. Arum really should be worrying about what he’s going to do once Manny Pacquiao retires. Boxing will be in bad shape when it loses him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. How many other superstars do they have?

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Nick Diaz Calls Out GSP After UFC 137 Win

Nick Diaz won a unanimous decision against B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in Las Vegas Saturday night and wasted little time calling out his next opponent.

“Georges, Georges” Diaz yelled as he stomped around the cage.

He was looking for Georges St-Pierre who was at the Mandalay Bay for the fights.

“I don’t think Georges is hurt. I think he’s scared,” Diaz said after his win. “He’s scared to fight everyone right now.”

Diaz was initially scheduled to fight GSP at UFC 137, but he got taken off the main event after missing back-to-back press conferences. He lost the title shot but was booked to fight Penn the next day. Carlos Condit was supposed to sub in for Diaz and face St. Pierre, but GSP pulled out of the fight with a knee injury.

There is little doubt that Diaz and GSP will be booked to fight at some point in 2012 once GSP is ready. And let’s not forget that Diaz needs time to heal from his fight against Penn. Even though he battered B.J. more than anyone had before, he took several punches and ended the night with a bloody face.

After that impressive win, it’s impossible not to be excited for a Diaz-St. Pierre title fight.

B.J. Penn Loses, Says He’s Probably Retiring to Avoid Being Beat Up

B.J. Penn lost to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in Las Vegas Saturday night and said afterwards he was probably done fighting.

“This is probably the last time you’re ever going to see me in [the octagon],” a beat up Penn said. “I want to perform at the top level.

“I got a daughter, I’ve got another daughter on the way … I don’t want to go home looking like this.”

Penn was bloodied and bruised more than ever. His left eye and surrounding area was discolored and swollen, and he was bleeding around his nose and the rest of his face.

But we’ve learned not to take fighters for their word after they lose. They’re generally beat up, feeling like crap, and discouraged. They’re also disappointed to see their hard work go for nothing. Once they begin to recover, the inspiration comes back and they often want to return to fighting.

Penn is only 32 years old so it would be a big surprise if he retired. However, he’s now 1-3-1 since 2010, and maybe he’s not performing at the top level the way he used to. Before he makes a decision, he should note that this was a difficult matchup; he was facing a taller man who had a six-inch reach advantage. That was one of the big differences in the fight.

Roy Nelson Is ‘Getting Too Old for This S***’ so He Wants a Title Shot

Big Country Roy Nelson beat Mirko Cro Cop by TKO in the third round of their fight at UFC 137 Saturday night and said he wanted a title shot.

Speaking with Joe Rogan after the win, Roy expressed his unhappiness with being called “fat” by Rogan. Then he said he was going to pull a Chael Sonnen by hijacking the mic and demanding a fight.

“Who’s fighting in two weeks? Velasquez and Dos Santos? That’s who I want,” Nelson said. “I’m getting too old for this s***. I need to kind of hurry this s*** up. That’s who I want.

“Bring it on guys,” were his final words.

It was a nice attempt at pulling a Sonnen, but a title shot isn’t coming. The Brock Lesnar-Alistair Overeem winner is likely to face the Cain Velasquez-Dos Santos winner, so don’t expect something big to happen for Nelson too soon. But we will give him credit: he and Cro Cop put on an excellent show.

Their fight was a true slug fest that was dominated by either fighter at various points. In the second round, Cro Cop nailed Nelson with several blows to the head. Later that round, Big Country scored a takedown and laid on top of Mirko for the final minute, nearly scoring a stoppage. He finally got the TKO in the third. Cro Cop will probably retire now after his legendary career.

Dana White Says He Would Want a Gay MMA Fighter to Come Out

Responding to critics who have accused the UFC of being an anti-gay organization, Dana White said on Thursday that if there were a gay fighter in the UFC he would prefer that he come forward and share that with everyone. The Culinary Union and other groups have sent letters to Fox and started petitions urging Fox to back out of their recently-signed agreement with the UFC. The union, along with another group that started a UFC website called “Unfit for Children,” are urging sponsors not to back the UFC. Those organizations believe White and the UFC have a “history of tolerating homophobic conduct,” which White insists is not the case.

“I’ll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out,” White said. “I could care less if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there’s probably more than one.”

Several instances led the organizations to believe the UFC supports anti-gay behavior. White had a rant years ago where he freely cussed out a writer. The UFC’s color commentator has called a female writer a cunt. You also had one of the organization’s fighters who said he did not want to face a gay man in the octagon. White tried to defend himself against the claims.

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Quadruple Amputee Kyle Maynard Will Attempt to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Most of us would never imagine attempting to climb the fourth tallest mountain in the world. The task would take an insane amount of preparation and  courage. It would be a physically and mentally exhausting experience — even if you had both your arms and legs.

According to CBS Atlanta, Kyle Maynard — a quadruple amputee who was born with a rare condition called congenital amputation — has decided he will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January to help raise awareness for disabled children in Africa. Consistent with everything else he has done throughout his life, the 25-year-old will not use prosthetics to assist him in any way.  He will use only rubber bicycle tires to protect his limbs.  No one has ever climbed Kilimanjaro without the use of prosthetics.

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Brock Lesnar Thinks He’ll Wrestle Again in WWE

Before joining the UFC and becoming heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar was a superstar wrestler for the WWE. He recently signed an agreement to be included in their WWE 12 video game and says the association is an honor. Lesnar is so fond of the WWE that he envisions wrestling for the company again.

“I think I will [have one last WWE match],” Lesnar told Jon Robinson in an interview. “I think under the right circumstances I will. I think if Vince McMahon and I were able to sit down at the same dinner table and break some bread that we could come up with some kind of game plan. At the end of the day, I’m an ultimate fighter. That’s who I am and that’s who I’ll always be. I was an entertainer but at the end of the day, I’m still as real as it gets. I think a lot of things have to fall in the right places for something like that to happen.”

Wrestling fans are likely thrilled to read this. Brock has a major fight with Alistair Overeem in December and will likely face the Junior dos Santos-Cain Velasquez winner if he beats The Reem. Lesnar is 34 and has health problems, so it might not be too long before he returns to wrestling.

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