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Um… watch out for War Machine


The mixed martial artist formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, and Ultimate Fighter 6 contestant,  has been posting some pretty creepy tweets on his twitter account lately. War Machine’s latest set of tweets read like this:

  • What makes you think you’re safe when I HATE myself?
  • When I am ready to die I will kill many and I will then kill myself and I will tape it. It will be rad.
  • If I shed a tear in life it’s because I was born too late. Not in a time where I could live to my potential…I deserve glory.
  • I give it 3 years tops till I decide to end this life. All you mother (expletive) against me will go first, thats a promise. Sleep on that.

It’s going to be hard to obtain a license to fight if any of the athletic commissions see this stuff.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

Lesnar, Nogueira pull out of UFC 108


UFC main event fighters are dropping like flies.brock-lesnar-heavyweight-champion

A fourth potential main event  has been scrapped for UFC 108, as Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin and Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua were all scheduled for that date.

Brock Lesnar has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, a viral infection causing fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands, especially in the neck. He has suffered from this for some time now, and an interim heavyweight champion may have to be named if Lesnar cannot get healthy soon.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is suffering from a severe staph infection that has entered into his bloodsteam.

“(It’s) bad, to the point now that it’s in his bloodstream,” White stated after UFC 105, according to TSN. “He’s probably going to have to be hospitalized and intravenously given antibiotics.”

This may open the door for a Cain Velasquez vs Shane Carwin heavyweight fight, perhaps for an interim heavyweight title.

UFC has now upgraded Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva from co-main event, to the main event.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
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Tweeting the UFC 106: ORTIZ vs. GRIFFIN 2 Media Conference call live


Follow me at twitter.com/insideoctagon to see live quotes from Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, and Dana White.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, November 13th, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
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Tweeting the UFC 105 conference call in real time


Follow me at twitter.com/insideoctagon to see live quotes from Randy Couture and Brandon Vera, the headliners for this Saturday’s UFC 105 card.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
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Cain Velasquez meets Big Nog at UFC 108



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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a heavyweight legend looking to climb to the top of the mountain one more time following his win over Hall of Famer Randy Couture in August. Unbeaten rising star Cain Velasquez has moved rapidly up the ranks, but he needs one more win to get a shot at the belt. On Saturday, January 2nd, the main event of UFC 108 will see these two heavyweight standouts meet to determine a future challenger for the title. Also, former UFC light heavyweight champion ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans begins on his road back to the title as he attempts to avenge his teammate Keith Jardine’s loss against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva at UFC 108: Nogueira vs Velasquez, presented by “Bayonetta” and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Nogueira vs. Velasquez is a great matchup between the present and the future of the heavyweight division,” said UFC President Dana White. “Nogueira showed in the Couture fight that he still has plenty left to offer at the top level of the game, and Velasquez was devastating in his win over Ben Rothwell, so with both guys in top form, we’re definitely going to see a number one contender emerge from this fight to take on the winner of the Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin title fight.”

Tickets for UFC 108 are priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com , www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com .

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 9:42 am |
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Web programmer by day, practicing mixed martial artist at night, Larry Vollmer Jr. brings the latest news from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the rest of the mixed martial arts world - a fast-spreading obsession on TV and online. These are the bouts - they occur in an octagon-shaped "ring" - that test men's souls.