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Jake Shields about to strike in the UFC

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Some say that a picture is worth 1,000 words. Well, aside from the 998 that must be trolling through the methodical and splendid mind of Dana White, I can imagine two that he is thinking when it comes to Strikeforce, “Suck it!”

Take this picture from the Aldo V. Faber broadcast:

Jake and Dana sitting in a tree...

If Dana looked any happier to be sitting next to this guy, I would say... well, never mind

What other conclusion can you make to this chess move other than if Anderson Silva plows through Chael Sonnen (which will be no cake walk, rest assured, as he is already talking smack), Jake Shields will be first to stick his Knight 3 right up the Rook of the Spider?

That or have tea with the Queen of GSP? Either way, you get the point. UFC – here he comes and so is a superfight to make our MMA pants go crazy!

According to MMAFighting.com, Dana is “very confident” about MMA’s hottest free agent joining the UFC roster.

“The deal with Shields, is that there’s some discrepancy as to whether it’s 45 or 60 days he has left on his contract,” White told a group of reporters after the press conference. “So he can work that out with the knuckleheads (Strikeforce), and when he does, we’ll jump in there.”

As the former Strikeforce champ is feeling froggy, he believes there is some business when he does jump into UFC, according to FightLine.com:

“I just want to fight the best in the world,” Shields stated. “I wanna fight the best. I mean, it doesn’t mean I’m going to the UFC, but I would like to fight guys like Anderson [Silva] and GSP. That doesn’t mean I’ll get them for sure but those are some guys that I’d love to fight one day.”

So, if that adage is true and a picture does say a 1,000 words, imagine the fully involved and introspective conversation that first check Dana cuts will have with Jake. Either way, let’s get this on!

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April 26, 2010 at 2:56 am

Aldo gets a leg up on Faber at WEC 48

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Jose Aldo literally kicks ass... well, legs too.

Courtesy: Cagewriter, Tracy Lee

Arguably, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in Jose Aldo squared off against an amped Uriah Faber at WEC 48 and it didn’t disappoint.

With a brilliant introduction from Cagewriter (the great Steve Cofield):

Uriah Faber used to be the king of featherweight mountain. After his WEC 48 fight against current 145 champ Jose Aldo, Faber is lucky if he could take two steps up that mountain without falling down in excruciating pain.

Amen to that, brother. The last time I saw a leg that juicy, I broke it in two and gravy poured out of it. This one… not so much.

For 25 minutes, Aldo’s onslaught to Faber’s leg was a page out of the Forrest Griffin textbook, except much more punishing. Faber had his head held high – albeit from the warming confines of a stretcher – and Aldo walking out with the Featherweight title once again.

As we all know, Faber was the Featherweight Kingpin until Mike Brown stuck his right cross into the mix. And now Aldo stands alone.

The cat is untouchable, and so entertaining to watch. While some may have considered the ending lackluster to what was a spectacular card, the Faber home crowd even had to applaud Aldo’s victory.

“We were planning for it to be a tough fight,” Aldo said through manager and translator Ed Soares. “I know the crowd here is for Uirjah [sic], but I hold Sacramento close to my heart. It’s the first place I fought (for the WEC), and I hope they can adopt me … in my home away from home.”

And speaking of adoption, for those that think the WEC is the bastard stepchild of the UFC, get this report from MMA Junkie:

According to UFC and WEC president Dana White, the event, informally known as WEC 48, drew 14,144 fans to ARCO Arena, a figure that netted a gate of $1 million. If the numbers hold true when verified later this week by the California State Athletic Commission, each figure is a new WEC record.

Of course, Dana is trying to transition WEC into the UFC family, but the proof is there. There are plenty of true, avid MMA fans who could care less for the bombastic attitudes of juvenile organizations and prefer the higher brow of that brilliance we saw with WEC 48.

COUGH… Strikeforce… COUGH… WWE… Same effin’ thing… COUGH.

Anywhoo, before anyone starts smacking “Brown V. Aldo”, let’s not forget about another fight that surprised everyone when TUF 5 contestant Manny Gamburyan rang Mike Brown’s bell in the first round of their ballyhooed match.

Uriah Faber's jacked up wheel

Happy Thanksgiving, Uriah (Source: Twitpic)

Since Manny dropped to 145, he has been a beast. That’s no surprise because the featherweight division is jacked, so why not add one more name to the party. What’s great is you could tell the referee was trying to give the fans the bang for their ubiquitous bucks but the pounding was relentless and the match was stopped.

All in all, WEC 48 – worth the money, worth the viewing, worth the hype.

So who knows who will challenge Anderson Silva sans the stupid attitude, theatrics, sweet tights and about 40 pounds.

However, one thing is clear, if Faber wants to get back to the mountaintop, he is going to revisit his skill set, decide who to knock off first.

And, of course, figure out how to walk again.

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April 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm