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Reports of Cormier being added to Baltimore UFC card inaccurate

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Reports of Cormier being added to Baltimore UFC card inaccurate

Posted on 13 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and “The Ultimate Fighter” winner “Sugar” Rashad Evans is out of his scheduled fight against former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier with a leg injury.

The fight was scheduled for next Saturday’s UFC 170 Pay-Per-View event and slated to be Cormier’s first as a light heavyweight.

Cormier’s reported preference was to fight next Saturday, with some pundits suggesting popular fighter/TV personality Chael Sonnen could take Evans’ place on the card. Sonnen however is already scheduled to face Wanderlai Silva in May in Brazil.

Respected Canadian Mixed Martial Arts journalist “Showdown” Joe Ferraro (SportsNet) had reported that the fight would be moved to Baltimore, but that won’t end up being the case.

Cormier will instead end up fighting UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 next weekend, as announced by the promotion Thursday. A UFC source had previously told WNST.net there was “nothing to” the rumors Evans/Cormier would move to 172.

There has been nothing announced regarding Evans’ next fight, but it appears unlikely it would happen in Baltimore as UFC President Dana White said Thursday the former champ would “need surgery” for his injury.

The UFC 172 card slated for April 26th at the Baltimore Arena remains a loaded card. Light Heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones headlines in a title defense against undefeated Glover Teixeira, while well known fighters like Phil Davis, Anthony Johnson, Jake Ellenberger, Luke Rockhold, Tim Boetsch and more are all scheduled to fight on the first ever UFC card in Charm City.

Tickets are still available for UFC 172 but are expected to sell out in the coming days. The UFC source also told WNST.net the promotion was pleased with how “great” sales have been thus far.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?

For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: High School Basketball-Bel Air @ Perry Hall (Wednesday 6:30pm), St. Frances @ John Carroll (Wednesday 7pm); Mixed Martial Arts: Strikeforce-Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal (Saturday 10pm from San Diego live on Showtime)

10. Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Bret Michaels (Wednesday 7pm & 10pm Rams Head on Stage); Pietasters (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Virginia Coalition (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Devo (Thursday 8pm State Theatre), Phil Vassar (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Chris Isaak (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Anthony Hamilton “Back to Love” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I am not a Lyle Lovett fan, but I am a human being. Because I am a human being, I am ABSOLUTELY a fan of this tune. One of the happiest days in my life may have been the day I walked off a hangover into the DC Farmers’ Market and saw a folk band playing the song. If it hadn’t been in DC it would have been the HAPPIEST…

Is there any chance I could go see Bret Michaels and skip everything besides this?

I saw the Pietasters most recently at Artscape this summer. They were fantastic. They always are.

Virginia Coalition is ABSOLUTELY the best band you’re not listening to. Unless you’re not listening to U2. There aren’t people that don’t listen to U2, are there?

9. Glenn Clark’s Christmas Party (Saturday 8pm undisclosed location in Monkton); “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” & “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol out in theaters (Friday); Christian Finnegan (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv)

This is how last year’s Christmas party ended…

That’s my girlfriend cleaning up vomit. The vomit happened to be on the ceiling. It is what it is.

Oh…and last year’s party also involved the following….


Ours were of course much manlier than this, but you get the point. This is not to be missed…like…say…ever.

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Fallout from Brock Lesnar’s comments

Posted on 13 July 2009 by Bryan Powell

Whether you are a UFC fan or not you probably have either seen or heard Brock Lesnar’s comments after his TKO of Frank Mir at UFC 100 on Saturday night. Brock threw a major sponsor under the bus, flipped off the crowd, and made a inappropriate comment regarding his wife. 

If you listened to sportstalk radio or watched ESPN today you have heard everyone’s opinion. The problem is most of them didn’t see it live and only have part of the story. First off they are ripping Lesnar for going back to Mir after the fight and talking trash.

If you listened to the comments Mir made before the fight he made fun of Lesnar. He mockedBrock’s training style, ability, and compared his punches to a little sister. That is what led to the first after fight incident. I was ok with that. Now when Joe Rogan interviewed him after the fight Lesnar crossed the line. I thought the Coors Light comment was funny but I can see where it would be a problem since Bud Light pays the UFC a lot of money to have their name on the octagon mat.

After a meeting with Dana White he apologized and even brought a Bud Light to the press conference. I can’t defend flipping off the crowd. That was wrong. Now for the last part about his wife. He basically said he was going to have sex with her. He said his a little more graphically but if you listen to some of the talking heads today he either called her a derogatory name or said he was going to force himself on her. You can criticize his language but draw a line there.

The bottom line is Lensar crossed the line but it wasn’t the national incident people are making it sound like. The overall card including Lesnar/Mir was awesome. Let’s start to focus on that and less on a two minute segment that I am sure Brock Lesnar wishes he could take back.

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A great show coming at 2 p.m. today…

Posted on 12 February 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

This blog is a great way to give listeners to “Limited Access” (our new show name if you haven’t heard) some heads up about what’s coming on the show each day. Today, we have John Rallo, Tom Verducci and Jim Schwartz booked onto the program already. It is shaping up to be a classic and I can’t wait to get started!

Every Thursday at 2 p.m. my old childhood buddy and MMA expert Rallo comes in for a UFC and mixed martial arts segment but we’ll also mix it up a bit and today is no exception with the Verducci visit.

Schwartz is one of my best friends in sports and he just took the Detroit Lions head coaching job and has been blowing me off (including changing his cell phone number!) ever since I got the initial text saying he got the job. I will crank up the Judas Priest and be giving him a very hard time for his all of friends and family in Arbutus who also haven’t heard from him. Old Schwartzie must be drinking from the 0-16 firehouse in Detroit. And I have to be kinda nice because it was his connection that got me to Bruce Springsteen in Tampa two weeks ago. I might even go so far as to offer to wear a piece of Lions swag to support his endeavors to bring a winner to Motown. Schwartz has been a regular visitor to the program ever since he left and has faithfully called in every Friday for six years. Until, of course, going AWOL on us when he got the Lions job. I can’t wait to hear his excuse. LOL. I promise you some classic radio from 4 til 4:30 today!

And Tom Verducci’s appearance at 2:30 today (along with Rallo, who loves baseball as well) should be an instant classic. If you haven’t noticed there’s a major “turf war” going on between MLB, ESPN and SI.com now that Sports Illustrated has decided it will be one of the last bastions of real “journalism” and bust guys like Alex Rodriguez when they’re lying about steroid use. And Verducci just DRILLED Peter Gammons’ “backrub” of ARod on Monday night’s “insightful and remorseful” ESPN apology tour that had exactly ONE STOP — with Gammons, who backed down from any real line of questioning.

The lesson here? When Scott Boras and ARod sit down for an “interview” (much like Peter Angelos) the questions and the answers are all pretty much “scripted” and there’s very little journalism going on and more “fraternizing” and “corporate partnership” happening. Everything Howard Cosell always wrote about was true. I love his books so much and they’re always on point, even 25 years later. It’s a big corporate game to make money and Verducci is one of the last great journalists left in the business who will write the truth. Ditto Selena Roberts, who has also had to defend her own integrity throughout this process while ARod blames her for his problems.

I have massive respect for that Verducci does at SI.com and I’m sure it’s made him QUITE unpopular with Bud Selig and the “establishment” of MLB in New York. (Maybe Selig will take his press pass like Angelos took ours?) If you doubt what I write about the filthy business of censorship of journalism in baseball, check out Deadspin’s account of Scott Van Pelt’s “suspension” after rightfully lambasting the eneptitude of Selig. ESPN has given Van Pelt some “quiet time” after he pointed out that the emperor has no clothes.

ESPN — unfortunately — has become part of the problem instead of the solution in regard to MLB because of their “servitude” to their business partner. Sounds a lot like our friends over at CBS Radio and 105.7 The Fan, doesn’t it? Oh, that’s right, ESPN Radio is one of their partners as well?

I wonder what Scott Van Pelt would say if he COULD say what’s really on his mind. He went to the University of Maryland’s Journalism School. I’m sure most of what they “taught” him there he’s found to be useless in the real world of Bristol and ESPN and MLB and big business.

Don’t worry…I’ll still be feisty at 2 p.m.

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Mixed Martial Arts history,weird use of food, and MMA report tomorrow

Posted on 06 November 2008 by caseywillett

One of the best pound for pound fighters in the world in the sport of mixed martial arts took only his second loss of his career tonight. Urijah Faber who had not lost a fight in over 3 years,and enjoyed a 2 year reign as the World Extreme Cagefighting Featherweight champion, entered the cage tonight with a pro record of 21-1. One round into his title fight with 16-4 Mike Brown, Faber would see his reign come to an end due to a technical knockout due to strikes. This will probably now be mentioned as one of the bigger upsets in the history of mixed martial arts.

 

Also tonight, on the latest installment on The Ultimate Fighter, there was some of the cruelest tricks I have ever seen played on one another done on the show tonight. I do not know if it is up on YouTube yet, but soon, I am sure you can search ultimate fighter and sushi and ultimate fighter and fruit platter and find out what I am talking about.

 

Be sure to tune into the MMA report with Rob Long and John Rallo Thursday from 2-3pm EST. Rob and John will be talking to Jorge Gurgel tomorrow who has a fight coming up on the next UFC pay per view on November 15.

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UFC 88 thoughts

Posted on 06 September 2008 by caseywillett

I have not posted a UFC/MMA blog in a while, due to football season, but will make this a weekly blog on our website.
Tonight, UFC 88: Breakthrough is on pay per view and I am very excited about this card. Not only is every UFC pay per view a solid card, but tonight two of my favorite fighters in the UFC are on the same card. Chuck Liddell, and Rich Franklin are both fighting on this card. Here are my predictions for tonight’s fights:
Chuck Liddell vs Rasahad Evans: Chuck Liddell
Rich Franklin vs Matt Hamill : Rich Franklin
Dan Henderson vs Rousimar Palahares: Dan Henderson
Martin Kampmann vs Nate Marquart : Nate Marquart
Dong Kim vs Matt Brown : Dong Kim
Chuck Liddell is one of most interesting fighters to watch because of his explosive knockout power. With one flick of the wrist, Chuck can end the night for an opponent quickly. People do not give Chuck enough credit for his wrestling ability, but he is a highly skilled wrestler. Plus, you have to respect a guy who has a mow hawk and tattoos on the side of his head. Tonight, I think Chuck frustrates Rashad enough to force him to make that one mistake that will cause Rashad to finish the night looking up at the lights.
Rich Franklin is a very well rounded mixed martial arts fighter. Rich took two devastating losses to Anderson Silva who is one of the best in the world of mixed martial arts. Rich can adapt to what ever style he needs to for the fight and has explosive knockout power as well. Matt Hamill is a very solid wrestler and will try and take Rich to the ground, but better be on top of his game once he gets to the ground, because Franklin will make him pay for it if he is not.
Make sure you check out John Rallo on every Thursday with Rob Long. John runs a mixed martial arts school in Baltimore called Ground Control, and has recently moved into an amazing new facility. Whether you are looking to get into the world of mixed martial arts, want to take boxing lessons, or just want and incredible workout, John and his staff at Ground Control can help you achieve that goal. I attend John’s school, and can tell you it is one of the best workouts I have ever done.
Hope to hear your feedback and thoughts on tonight’s fights, and or anything else in the world of mixed martial arts.

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Big weekend for mixed martial arts

Posted on 31 May 2008 by caseywillett

This is a huge weekend for the sport of mixed martial arts. This is a weekend that if you are on the fence about mma, or have a half hearted interest, this could be the turning point.
 
First tonight in New Jersey is the debut of MMA on television, when Elite XC has its first ever card on CBS. This is going to be a huge event, the big hype around this card is for the first time a lot of the world will get to see Kimbo Slice. I am heading up to the show in a little while and am very excited about it. Also tonight you will see Gina Carano who people might recognize as Crush from the American Gladiators television show. Not only is Gina not bad to look at, but she can fight also. One of the other fights that I am looking forward to is Baltimore’s own and one of John Rallo’s prize students Binky Jones. Binky is an awesome fighter and even better person. I have had the privilege of taking classes with Binky at Ground Control and he  is very talented and can end a fight in a hurry on the ground.
 
Sunday night make sure you turn on Versus network at 9 p.m. to watch what might go down as one of the greatest fights in mixed martial arts history when the WEC featherweight title will be on the line when Jens Lil Evil Pulver takes on the champion The California Kid Urijah Faber. Urijah was on with Rob and John Rallo this past Thursday to talk about the fight. This fight would headline any MMA pay per view in the world, but it is free as long as you have Versus. Faber versus Pulver has been a fight that fans, media, other fighters, and everyone else has been hoping to see for a long time. These are two guys that are going to be in attack mode from the opening bell. I will bet you that if you watch this fight, you will be an awe of it. I will be in front of my television with a nice beverage and something to eat, because this will be must see television.
 
So a big weekend for the MMA sports world coming up. I am not sure as to what the access will be at the Elite XC show tonight in New Jersey, but hope to have some pictures and audio from the event later this week. I will also be doing a blog once I get to the Prudential Center this afternoon.

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UFC event this Saturday

Posted on 29 February 2008 by caseywillett

Make sure to come out this Saturday night to The Original Steakhouse and watch UFC 82 with myself and John Rallo from Ground Control. We will have some great giveaways this Saturday night. We will have a big grand prize for the person who is lucky enough to get the Anderson Silva – Dan Henderson fight correctly. Will also so have some give aways during the fight from Fight Magazine, Tap Out, UFC, Bud Light, WNST, and Affliction (courtesy of Downtown Locker room).
 
Get there early to get a good seat and great food to watch a tremendous card that will be capped off with the mega fight between Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson for Silva’s middleweight title. This has the potential to be one of the best fights of the year and could be one of the best mixed martial arts all time.
 
Make sure to come by and say hi and introduce your self to the WNST staff that will be on hand at The Original Steakhouse.

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