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Forrest Griffin-Rich Franklin UFC 126 Fight Loser Getting a Tattoo

When Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin collide at UFC 126 in Las Vegas Saturday evening, there will be a lot on the line. Not only will their physical well-beings and bodies be open to potential harm from beating each other up, but the loser stands to receive a permanent scar. As you can see in this video from the UFC, the loser of the fight supposedly is getting a tattoo.

As long as the tattoo doesn’t look anything like this, I think we’ll be fine.

Anderson Silva Breaks Out Mask at Weigh-in for Vitor Belfort UFC 126 Fight

Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort are headlining UFC 126 in Las Vegas on Saturday evening, and the anticipation for the fight has grown throughout the week.

At the pre-fight press conference, Belfort said that Silva puts on a “mask” to try and intimidate opponents. He also accused Silva of acting in the ring to put on a show, something with which many people would agree.

Silva responded to Belfort’s accusations by breaking out a mask at the weigh-in Friday, as LBS MMA expert Alan Hull noted. The 185-pound middleweight engaged in a staredown with his fellow Brazilian, giving off the appearance that this fight is personal.

Most experts are picking The Spider to win the fight, which would be his 14th consecutive victory. If he gets the win, it sets up a possible super-fight against Georges St. Pierre who first needs to beat Jake Shields at UFC 129. Of course each fighter needs to take care of business first with wins. It all starts Saturday evening.

Fedor Emelianenko Looks Primed for Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament

Fedor Emelianenko is one of the most talented fighters in MMA regardless of weight class. The 34-year-old Urkainian last fought in June when he suffered his first true loss, tapping out a minute into his fight with Fabricio Werdum after getting caught in an armbar. As skilled as Fedor is, one knock against him is that he hasn’t always entered the ring in the best shape possible. The crafty Russian generally has some pudge around his belly for his bouts, but it hasn’t slowed him down. Coming off his first real loss though, Fedor isn’t messing around.

LBS contributor Alan Hull passed along some pics of Fedor who is trying out some new training methods and the guy looks great (no homo). Check it out:

He’s working with Ernesto Hoost’s team including Gegard Moussasi to try and mix it up with new coaches and practice partners. The change in regimen should serve him well in the eight-man tournament; after Big Foot, the winner of Alistair Overeem/Werdum awaits. Oh yeah, Josh Barnett, Sergei Kharitonov, Andrei Arlovski, and Brett Rogers are on the other half of the draw. The UFC usually gets all the pub in the MMA world, but Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament blows away anything they have planned in the near future.

Chael Sonnen Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering, Fined, Put on Probation

Many MMA fans will undoubtedly be satisfied upon learning the news that good old Chael Sonnen pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering. Sonnen, who battled Anderson Silva for five rounds before losing by submission late and then later tested positive for using performance enhancers, has more embarrassment to endure. In addition to the current suspension he’s serving from fighting, Sonnen also has been fined and placed on probation for his plea.

Sonnen was actually running for the Oregon House of Representatives but dropped out because of a legal issue, and now we know all about it. Sonnen, who doubles as a makeshift real estate agent when he’s not pissing fans and fighters off, arranged a sale where buyers would be funneled $65,000 from the title company under the guise of plumbing problems.

So in addition to being unable to cover up a urine trail, we now know that Sonnen is incapable of covering up a paper trail. Suspended and on probation seems to be the perfect combination for the kid.

Kazushi Sakuraba Has Ear Torn Off in Loss to Marius Zaromskis

In wrestling and MMA, it’s quite common to see fighters with cauliflower ear. Their hearing devices get ripped to shreds and disfigured from all the years of pushing, pulling, and strain placed on the vital appendage. Heck, we’ve even seen someone’s potato dumpling get torn off during a fight, Evander Holyfield-style (check the pics!). The same thing happened at K-1 Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve in Japan. Kazushi Sakuraba’s ear was torn off during his loss to Marius Zaromskis, resulting in the fight being stopped. Check out this gnarly pic courtesy of God Bless the Ring via Bloody Elbow:

The ear opened up about a minute into the fight, and then left hands from the southpaw Zaromskis hurt it more. The ear completely tore off when Sakuraba shot in on Zaromskis’ leg, looking for a takedown. The referee immediately put Sakuraba back into his corner and the fight was waved off. That was truly gross, and here’s another look from MMA Fighting.

Alistair Overeem Destroyed Todd Duffee in 18 Seconds (Video)

Alistair Overeem and Todd Duffee was one of the big attractions at K-1 Dynamite!! in Japan just before New Year’s Day. Fans may have been satisfied with the one-way ass-kicking, but the downside is the whole event didn’t last longer than a virgin in the sack. Overeem showed off his kickboxing skills, peppering Duffee with some serious knees. Duffee showed off the glass chin we saw in the Mike Russow fight. Enough of me, here’s the 18 seconds of infamy, aka the Alistair Overeem-Todd Duffee fight video courtesy of Bloody Elbow:

Though the fight ended so early it was a disappointment, hearing the announcer’s line that Reem has more muscles than a seafood platter made it all worthwhile. That’s quality right there.

Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow Made Over in Mortal Kombat Style

Before UFC evacuee Todd Duffee fights Alisteroid Overeem on New Year’s Day in Japan, we must remind you about his most recent experience in the ring. The man who holds one of the fastest UFC knockouts ever was the victim of one of the greatest comebacks in MMA. Duffee was famously destroying Mike Russow before getting knocked out by two out-of-nowhere punches. Now, thanks to LBS contributor Alan Hull who shared with us this video from Bloody Elbow, that famous fight has been memorialized in Mortal Kombat form. Greatest video ever:

It doesn’t get much better than that. How about Brock Lesnar as Goro? Come to think of it, there is a strong resemblance there.