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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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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