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Kimbo to Try Hand at Boxing

Kimbo Slice has already been kicked out of MMA because he sucked so badly at it — why not give boxing a try?  Kimbo already said he thinks boxing is easier than MMA, so I’m glad we get to see him put his money where his mouth is.  Unless he plans on working with Mr. Miyagi and taking a few trips to the dojo, this would appear to be the street fighter’s last shot at proving he can win an organized fight and isn’t just a juice-head who pays people to take a beating from him.

I feel like a baby all over again,” said the 36-year-old Florida resident. “I’m thinking about this at night. I’m gonna be a problem in the heavyweight division. I’m going to be coming in with a bad demeanor. I want to see what it’s like to break some ribs, break a jaw with one punch.”

You’d have to ask James Toney if you want to know if boxing is truly easier than MMA.  I have no idea if that’s the case, but I think Kimbo will be able to win a good amount of boxing matches for a few reasons.  For one, he simply has a better chance at landing a knockout punch.  Also, it’s not necessary to master as many disciplines in order to be successful in boxing.  And most importantly, he’ll be given a better shot at being matched up against bums.

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Please Let Shaq Fight Hong Man Choi

Shaq was one of the many high-profile Boston-area athletes on hand for UFC 118 at TD Garden on Saturday. Shaq’s been a fan of MMA for quite some time and has even done some training. The massive-sized publicity whore apparently has plans to steal some non-NBA thunder after his playing days are over. He told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting that he would like to fight Hong Man Choi.

I know Shaq is all for grabbing attention, money, and publicity wherever possible, but calling out Hong Man Choi is not the right way to achieve such goals. Choi is a 7’2″ 350lb Korean kickboxing monster who almost beat Fedor Emelianenko and smashed some guy’s face in with a vicious knee to the head. He would have done the same to Jose Canseco if steroids boy didn’t tap so early. There’s little doubt he would destroy Shaq all the same.

I don’t know what it is about MMA that all these athletes think they can do it. It’s practically become what rap used to be for so many aspiring players. Shaq may want to fight in the Octagon and receive all the glory of the UFC, but taking a guy like Hong Man Choi on is the wrong idea. After the way James Toney turned out, the Big Carpet Bagger should know better than to try such a ludicrous challenge. I hope he does and in turn pays the price. $49.99 to watch Shaq get his ass kicked? Now that’s something for which I would pay. I’m sure Kobe’s thinking the same thing too.

Frankie Edgar Dominates Disappointing B.J. Penn

The calls were heard loud and clear prior to the rematch between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn at UFC 118: Edgar got a friendly decision from the judges in their last fight and would not be so lucky this time around. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

Edgar came out of the gates in round one setting the same frenetic pace he established in the prior meeting between the men. While Penn appeared unmotivated and listless, Edgar recorded two takedowns in an impressive first round. More content to stand in the Octagon and box, Penn lacked any sort of aggression and strictly reacted to whatever Frankie did to him. B.J. was so inactive it appeared as if his gameplan was to let Edgar tire himself out in the first few rounds and then to finally try and take advantage later in the fight.

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Randy Couture Destroys James Toney

Making his MMA debut at UFC 118 in Boston Saturday night, James Toney defied the critics; he lasted just over three minutes — two more than many people expected.

If you thought this was going to be a matchup of boxing vs. MMA, as it was billed, then sorry, you got suckered into the fight’s selling line.

The 42-year-old out-of-shape Toney stood one chance to win — connecting on a knockout punch early against Randy Couture. It was a 1 in 100 shot for Lights Out and all depended on which came first — his punch or Couture’s takedown. 10 seconds into the fight, we had our answer.

Couture shot on Toney, got him to the ground, and it was over from there. The only question was how much punishment Toney would take before the fight was stopped or he submitted.

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UFC’s Arianny Celeste Posing in Playboy

Whenever there’s a hot girl involved in the world of sports, the inevitable question always arises: will she pose in Playboy Magazine? Unfortunately for sports fans Jennie Finch was a no, but luckily athletes like Amanda Beard and Ashley Harkleroad have posed recently. And we must confess, this was our absolute favorite.

Good news for UFC fans (especially 16-year-old boys according to Ariel Helwani), Dana White confirmed to MMA Fighting reporter Helwani that ring girl Arianny Celeste will pose in Playboy in November. Celeste had hinted she was posing in the magazine with a recent tweet and White confirmed the news. Just so you know what to look forward to, here are some pics of ring girl Arianny Celeste.

ARIANNY CELESTE PICS

Sources:
Dana White Talks UFC 118, Arianny Celeste Posing in November’s Playboy [MMA Fighting]

Does Anyone Not Want James ‘Lights Out’ Toney to Get Banged Out?

If you’re one of the few out there who will be rooting for James “Lights Out” Toney on Saturday when he takes on UFC legend Randy Couture at UFC 118, have a look at this video of James Toney talking smack and maybe you’ll see it my way.  That is, if you can get through it without wanting to punch him in the head:

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Shane Carwin, Kurt Angle Named in Steroids Bust

The picture on Shane Carwin’s Web site shows him in a muscular pose, biceps flexed and bulging. Fans may have had a sneaking suspicion about how he got so big (not to mention Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem, and many other fighters), but it was probably buried in the back of most people’s heads. Until now.

As LBS contributor Alan Hull points out, MMA fighter Shane Carwin and wrestler Kurt Angle along with five others were named as people having ties to a convicted steroids dealer.

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