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Derek Boyle Flying Knee Knockout Ends Alex Popov Fight (Video)

Another weekend, another knockout by way of a kick to the head. Well, kind of. This time it was a knee, but those are just as fun.  During this week’s Rage Fighting Series event, Derek Boyle ended opponent Alex Popov’s night rather abruptly.  Once again it was hardly as punishing a blow as Vitor Belfort took from Anderson Silva, but the flying knee is always tough to execute.  Check out the Derek Boyle vs. Alex Popov fight video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

How does the flying knee stack up with the other knockout videos we’ve shown you over the past several months?

Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem to Fight in UFC December 30th

Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will fight in the UFC December 30th, the LA Times reported Tuesday afternoon. Overeem just signed a standard contract to fight in the UFC two months after leaving Strikeforce. We at LBS speculated three weeks ago that the two mega-stars could meet at UFC 140 and it looks like that is going to happen.

This is sure to be a blockbuster event that will be one of the most-watched UFC fights in history. It will take place on a Friday night at the MGM in Las Vegas. Dana White put it well, saying “This is the fight the fans want. Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?”

Overeem described the fight as a “dream matchup,” saying “Brock is a big name,” and “a dangerous guy.”

This will be Lesnar’s first fight since losing to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in Anaheim last October. Given his time off and the level of difficulty for his opponent, I’ll take Overeem.

The best part is that another blockbuster will be in the works. The Times says the winner will likely face the victor of the Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos fight. No matter how you look at it, the heavyweight division in the UFC just got a lot more exciting.

Let’s Hope the UFC on FOX Goes Much Smoother than this Awful Introduction

The UFC recently announced a groundbreaking deal that will see their events televised on FOX four times a year for the next eight years. It’s the type of partnership that can help MMA go mainstream, which is something I’ve openly questioned. When the first show is televised in November, let’s just hope it goes much smoother than this awkward introduction Tuesday:

That was quite an extensive list of awkwardness. We saw a nervous Joe Rogan struggle with what appeared to be a slow teleprompter; an executive had his cellphone out when he appeared on camera; and the identities of Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar confused.

Hey, the bright side is it can’t possibly get worse than that! In all honesty, the partnership should work out well for both sides. FOX knows how to do TV and the UFC knows how to put on shows. The UFC on FOX will likely be a big hit for each company.

Video Credit: YouTube user fistsofprotocol

Jon Jones Tells Rampage Jackson He Wouldn’t Stoop to Spying on an Opponent

Jon Bones Jones is defending himself against accusations that he has a spy in Rampage Jackson’s camp. Writing on Twitter Tuesday, Jones addressed Jackson, taking a shot at him in the process.

“Just so you know, I’m not a person who looks for shortcuts in life,” Jones wrote to Rampage. “Unlike you, MMA is not something I do because of money.”

Jones’ tweet is a reference to Jackson who left the sport to act in The A-Team remake. He continued to defend himself to the public, adding “[MMA is] a way of life for me and I would never disrespect the integrity of that. I have way more faith in myself, as well as, respect for the art of fighting to ever stoop that low, that’s just bad karma.” Jones went on to wish Rampage a successful camp.

It’s important to note that Jackson didn’t accuse Jones of spying on him but rather his manager. But as Rampage pointed out, a manager’s actions reflects upon the fighter. Besides, that’s no excuse — if a fighter who’s so concerned with integrity knows his team is spying, wouldn’t he tell them to stop? That’s what one would figure.

Rampage Jackson Accuses Jon Jones’ Camp of Spying on Him

We have a scandal on our hands in the MMA world and it centers around potential moles. Rampage Jackson told Yahoo! Sports he believes there’s a rat in his camp who’s been leaking information to opposing fighters. Rampage cited several examples making him believe Jon Bones Jones, his UFC 135 opponent, is spying on him.

Rampage says he first became wary of a spy during his UFC 114 against Rashad Evans. Evans beat Rampage in a unanimous decision and won the fight pretty easily. What surprised Rampage was the way his injured knee was repeatedly punched by Evans. Rampage never had an opponent punch him in the knee, and there was no public announcement of a knee injury that would make Rashad want to attack it.

Evans says he punched Rampage’s knee because he could tell it was a point of weakness, but he says he picked that up during the fight, not because of inside information. Rampage found the knee punching strange, but he didn’t do anything. It wasn’t until he received a Twitter message from a fan saying there was a spy in his camp that he considered it a legitimate possibility. The sly fighter decided to test it.

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Brendan Schaub Went from Wanting Title Shot to Knocked into Next Week

Prior to his fight at UFC Rio Saturday night, Brendan Schaub was talking about earning a shot at the heavyweight title. “I think after beating Nogueira, if things go as planned, I will have a pretty good argument to be the next in line for a title shot,” Schaub said to Bloody Elbow’s Matthew Roth. He told SI the same thing, explaining that winning five in a row meant he should receive a chance to win the belt.

I thought it was all absurd.

Schaub is less than two years removed from being knocked out by Big Country Nelson, and what has he really done since then? He knocked out a slob in Chris Tuchscherer who is not a UFC-quality fighter, he decisioned Gabriel Gonzaga, and he beat an old Cro Cop. It was a nice four-fight winning streak, but nothing overly impressive. And then facing his most difficult opponent — Minotauro Nogeuira — he got knocked into next week.

I know that Schaub packs some power and has scored a lot of knockouts by throwing punches, but the reality is he’s not a very good boxer. Powerful, yes, but against a good boxer like Big Nog he got abused. His punches didn’t land nearly as much as the commentators indicated and he left himself wide open and got caught.

The point is as a fighter, or athlete in general, you can’t get ahead of yourself. You always have to take care of business at hand before talking about the future. Otherwise you end up looking foolish like Daniel Sedin, Neftali Feliz, and Brandon Marshall. And to think, Dana White talked to Big Nog about retiring prior to Saturday’s fight. Funny how things turn out.

Pat Curran Head Kick Ends Marlon Sandro Fight (Video)

I know what you all must be thinking: did he learn it from Steven Seagal?  Unfortunately we cannot confirm nor deny that at this point, but I’d be willing to bet Seagal and Bellator MMA fighter Pat Curran have not worked together.  Curran’s knockout kick on Saturday night at Bellator 48 was still fun to watch, however. Check out the Pat Curran vs. Marlon Sandro fight video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

The Anderson Silva surprise factor was lacking a bit, but there’s something that’s just incredibly exciting about a kick to the head ending a fight.  Does that make me a sick person? Oh well.