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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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Georges St-Pierre Has Retirement Plan

It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement, especially when you make a career out of using your head as a punching bag. MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre has said that he likes to set goals for himself throughout his career, many of which he’s met and some that he hopes to fulfill going forward. Last Friday, St-Pierre (20-2 MMA, 15-2 UFC) expressed to MMAjunkie Radio that fame and money aren’t his top concern and said he won’t be afraid to hang it up when he feels he’s accomplished enough:

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UFC 116 Preview: Lesnar vs. Carwin

UFC 116 will feature two of the biggest and most powerful men in mixed martial arts going to war as heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar faces interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin to unify the UFC heavyweight title. This will no doubt be the biggest UFC event of the year and the main event has major implications across MMA. With Fabricio Werdum upsetting consensus #1 heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko last weekend, the winner at UFC 116 will become the number one heavyweight in the world.

Originally, Lesnar and Carwin were set to face off at UFC 106 but Lesnar had to withdraw to recover from intestinal surgery. Turned out Lesnar had a bad case of diverticulitis and he needed a hole closed in his intestine. During Lesnar’s absence, Shane Carwin defeated Frank Mir at UFC 111 for the interim title.

Coming into this fight, Lesnar, 32, is 4-1 in his MMA career (3-1 in the UFC – notable wins: Frank Mir, Randy Couture). He has shown incredible strength and near-impossible quickness and explosiveness for his size in his wrestling, top-control and ground-and-pound. Lesnar was a Division I national champion in wrestling for the University of Minnesota and has transitioned those skills very well into MMA. Since entering the sport, he has built up a strong training camp around him, hiring some of the best trainers and sparring partners in the business with the money he earned in the WWE.

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Shocker: Fedor Loses to Werdum

The biggest upset in MMA history occurred on Saturday night in San Jose. Fighting in a co-promoted Strikeforce/M-1 Global card, the greatest heavyweight and fighter in MMA history, Fedor Emelianenko, lost to Fabricio Werdum. To give you an idea of what a stunner this was, I hardly bothered to pay any attention to this fight, figuring Fedor would win and wind up meeting Alistair Overeem for his final fight with Strikeforce. I and many others were proven wrong as Werdum scored a victory for Jiu Jitsu, mastering Fedor on the ground and getting him to tap in the first. Here’s a video of Fedor losing to Fabricio Werdum in San Jose:

Fedor’s official record is now 31-2 but this was really his first true loss. It’s a stunner to be certain, but there isn’t much shame in Fedor losing — it happens to everyone, even the best. Werdum was knocked down but took advantage once he had Fedor on the ground. We’ve seen Fedor escape tricky situations a number of times (see his fight with Hong Man Choi) but this time Werdum got him to submit. Strangely enough, Fedor seemed to be alright with losing for the first time noting that he was uncomfortable with being called a god and idol.

This turn of events certainly mucks up the heavyweight picture in MMA and keeps an eventual Fedor/Brock Lesnar pipe dream fight even further away from happening. I’m guessing it will be either a rematch with Werdum or a fight with Overeem next for Fedor and you can be sure I’ll be all over it next time.

Video Credit: YouTube user adamrst

Chuck Liddell’s Career Put on Ice

Last time we checked in on Chuck Liddell he was working out naked in a video with girlfriend Heidi Northcott. Luckily for us he had some clothing on for his fight at UFC 115 in Vancouver on Saturday night. Although he managed to break Rich Franklin’s arm during their bout with a powerful kick, Liddell got knocked out towards the end of the first round. The knockout loss marks Liddell’s fifth defeat in his last six fights.

Though Liddell battled and put forth a strong effort, he got beat up pretty badly in the fight and showed that at age 40 he should call it a career. After the event ended, UFC president Dana White told Ariel Helwani of Fanhouse that Liddell was done fighting for the UFC. It’s the right move by White and hopefully Liddell will realize it’s time to call it quits. There are other MMA promoters who could make offers to the Iceman, but he should turn them all down. Liddell has had an excellent career but when you’re on the wrong end of too many Knockouts of the Night you have to hang up the gloves. By the way, that’s Liddell above in the emergency room after the fight via Bloody Elbow.

Sources:
Dana White Guarantees Chuck Liddell’s UFC Career Is Over [MMA Fighting]
Photo Credit: Heidi Northcott on Twitter

MMA Fighter Has Ear Torn Off in Ring

It’s not nearly as bad as having a bull’s horn gore you through your chin and out your mouth, but what happened to MMA fighter Shigeyuki Uchiyama in Japan on Friday was still pretty gnarly. Uchiyama was fighting Masaya Takita when he went for a takedown and the two went through the ropes. Somehow Uchiyama wound up having part of his cauliflower ear torn off and here are the pictures courtesy of Daniel Herbertson of Fanhouse:

Check out Herbertson’s post at Fanhouse for more pictures including the before and after. Apparently Uchiyama turned to Evander Holyfield for some support afterward. OK, he really didn’t, but it would have been cool if he did.

Mike Russow Scores KO of the Night

The buildup and hype for UFC 114 in Las Vegas centered around the main event between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. Evans won that fight by unanimous decision in a bout that failed to live up to expectations. Two fights before the main event however, we had some serious action. Todd Duffee, he of the 7-second UFC record knockout punch, was obliterating Mike Russow the first two and a half rounds of their fight. Midway through the third, Russow, the part-time fighter/part-time Chicago cop, caught Duffee with a punch squarely in the face. The result was Russow taking home the bonus for KO of the night. Here’s the Mike Russow knockout punch video of Todd Duffee:

That punch truly was a Hail Mary knockout if I’ve ever seen one. As Brent Brookhouse of bloodyelbow.com said on my radio show, that fight was the football equivalent of Florida leading The Citadel 70-0 and The Citadel scoring a 71-point touchdown to win. Duffee kept Russow at a distance the entire fight, peppered him with a variety of punches and uppercuts, and had things on cruise control until that knockout. That’s the crazy part about MMA — it only takes one punch to change everything. It’s really a shame for Duffee because he really was dominating the 12 minutes prior to that knockout.