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Rampage looking to return to Pride-era form

In a recent press conference in advance of UFC 144,  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson hinted that a return to Japan might reinvigorate his fighting style:

“One thing I love about the Japanese fans and why I love them the most out of everybody is because they don’t care if you win or lose,” Jackson said. “That’s why Japanese fans are my favorite. American fans are jealous that I say that all the time. In America, you’re under so much pressure to win and win at any cost. … In Japan it’s just a different energy and stuff like that, so who knows, I may take more chances and not care, because it’s all about the crowd.”

Godzilla aint got shit on me!

MMA Gonzo has learned from a source close to Jackson, that the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion will also be returning to his old Pride form, electing not to seriously train for his upcoming UFC 144 tilt against Ryan Bader.

“Page is looking to go full samurai for this one, just like the old days,” the source explained, “and that means no training, just like the old days.”

“When he power-bombed Arona? He was on a three-day sushi and energy-drink bender,” the source continued. “I know it’s crazy, but for Page it works – most of the time. He took it a little too far against Sakuraba, thought he actually was Godzilla all the way to the ring.”

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Fox Officials reportedly planning Family Guy-UFC tie-in

MMA Gonzo has learned from a high-ranking Fox Television employee that the Nov. 12 inaugural UFC on Fox broadcast will feature play-by-play from an unlikely member of the Fox “Family” –  Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane.

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The interesting move not only highlights just how little Fox executives care about the UFC product, it’s not even popular with McFarlane, who the source says usually will attach his name to literally anything:

“Word around the campfire is that Seth may do the entire fight in that Stewie voice, just because he’s so pissed about the whole thing,” said the source, which was definitely not a member of the 27-time Emmy award winning staff of “The Simpsons.”

“Seth wants so badly to be considered hip, hence all those atrocious Comedy Central roasts, but he wants nothing to do with the UFC, or any type of sporting activity not involving plastic surgery,”  continued the source, in no way affiliated with the  longest-running American primetime, scripted television series.

“Fox still owns his soul from his earlier ‘not so comfortably in the closet,’ days.”

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Breaking News: Soul-Glo to sponsor Guida vs. Henderson

By Pierre Stapleton
MMA Gonzo staff writer

The sponsorship business in the sport of MMA is alive and kicking and MMA Gonzo just learned that one company has pulled a Kumite-worthyVan Damme spinner.

With all MMA eyes going to be on the UFC’s Fox Sports debut, 80’s powerhouse “Soul Glo” has agreed to a one-fight deal with UFC lightweights Clay Guida and Ben Henderson for their UFC on Fox tilt Nov. 12. Capitalizing on the frenzied  follicle madness of the matchup with their BP-like entrance onto the MMA sponsorship landscape, Soul Glo has emerged from the shadows of yesteryear to take center stage.

This shit's gonna wash out, right?

MMA Gonzo recently spoke to the CEO of the company and Sexual Chocolate was literally beaming with excitement:

“It’s been a hot minute since we were on the map but we back baby. Fads come and go in this world and it’s hard to keep up with what’s hot. Just yesterday I walked into a music store to update my cassette collection and I discover they don’t even sell them shits anymore. Can you believe that?” asked Chocolate.

The company saw its stocks skyrocket after the Eddie Murphy vehicle “Coming to America” did big numbers at the box office, but following the movie, and several other unforeseen tragedies, the shine faded at Soul Glo.

“I ain’t gonna lie man, when Ice Cube dropped the curl I knew we were in trouble,” Chocolate said. “Everybody started getting nervous but I knew better because we still had Eazy-E. I would have bet money Mr. ‘Get in My Automobile’ would be around for a long time – in fact I did bet money on it. Didn’t see that shit coming.

“Eazy died and took the curl with it. Times were tough but while everybody else went looking for better jobs, I hunkered down in my mother’s basement and rode out the drought. Now that Guida and Henderson are doing their thing on Fox, it’s our time to shine. Yeah I said that. Make sure you get that quote in there.”

Come Nov. 12, everyone watching on Fox will feel ‘The Glo’!

Keep up with the latest MMA sponsorship news at www.MmaGonzo.com

Gracie Gym source: Diaz readying for press conferences

An inside source at Cesar Gracie’s Gym told MMA Gonzo that UFC welterweight Nick Diaz’s preparation for his upcoming UFC 137 bout against B.J. Penn  is “85 percent public speaking”:

Today...I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth, homie.

“Nick’s already got great boxing, and killer subs, so he’s kind of got the MMA stuff all figured out – until he gets on the mic, that’s been kind of embarrassing,” said the source. “This fight camp instead of focusing on the physical aspects of training, Nick and Cesar have both agreed that he should spend his time learning how to put a sentence together.”

“That’s not to mention all the time we’ve put into the etiquette and manors work we’ve done,” continued the source, “I can guarantee you one thing – Win, lose, or draw next week, Nick is definitely going to pick up the salad fork first at his post-fight meal.”

The source went on to say that Diaz’s tardiness to Wednesday’s UFC 137 media conference call was simply “going over notes for the call.”

The results of Diaz’s tireless efforts trying to become fluent in English certainly showed at Wednesday’s call. An excerpt from the proceedings:

“I don’t get no help and I don’t worry about no help. That’s what takes up all my time, training. I’m trying to become the best in the world here,” said Diaz.

“And that’s the best in the world! Alright? That’s what you’re dealing with here. This is a whole world out there. Ain’t nobody can beat me. That’s pretty bad.”

Stay tuned to MMA Gonzo.com for more UFC 137 updates.

-JT

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Hong-Man’s guide to hosting

7-foot-2 South Korean K1/MMA superfreak Choi Hong-Man insists that he did not punch a female patron at his pub in Gwangjin, Korea.

…Moments before the alleged attack.

The “Techno Goliath” instead “pushed” the allegedly rowdy female after a verbal altercation erupted.

“If I am lying, I will quit my career as a K-1 fighter,” said Hong-Man after the incident.

Speaking on a condition of anonymity to MMA Gonzo  a  high-ranking South Korean police official was dismissive of the female’s claims.

“We’ve all seen Choi’s fights,” he said, “and we have yet to see any evidence of actual punching – I don’t know why he’d start now. If the lady in question had alleged Choi was awkwardly sauntering about the ring while Minowa danced circles around him, or wildly flailing his arms in a motion that resembles doggy-paddling, she might have a case. But actually punching someone? Sister, please.

“And didn’t he already quit his career as K1 fighter?” the official added.

Stay tuned to MMA Gonzo for more breaking news from Gwangjin.

Feeling surreal?  Check out Choi vs. Jose Canseco. in the 2009 Dream SuperHulk tournament (this actually happened).

Training methods are improving in South Korea.

-JT

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Joe Son Do finally lives up to its lethal potential

Late-breaking news on the now readily apparent divinity of Keith Hackney:

Joe Son (best known to the world as “Random Task” from Austin Powers),

… the cross-bearing Kimo coach who entered the annals of MMA glory in UFC 4 with his seldom utilized “Iron Cup” defense, he of the recent life sentence for gang rape, finally has his first win in cage fighting – reportedly killing his cellmate in a recent altercation.

Officials say Joseph Son, 40, has been identified as a suspect in the death of an inmate at Wasco State Prison, reports CBS station KCBS. The 50-year-old inmate, who has not been publicly identified, was found dead in his cell on the evening of Oct. 10.

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Of course, the cage fight involved here was against a middle-aged fellow sex offender and contested in a Wasco, California , prison cell, but regardless, the win does move Son’s record to 1-4 in No Holds Barred action (unofficially).

-JT

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