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Shooting From The Hip: Sean Salmon, B.A. Baracus & The Green Power Ranger

sean salmonDuring this past week Sean Salmon joined an exclusive club previously only inhabited by men such as Kalib Starnes, Josh Barnett, and a few select others; The MMA Hall of Shame. It’s a young sport, and as such, this club is rather limited at this point, but there’s no question that Mr. Salmon became an honorary member after recently admitting in a blog he penned for that he threw his last bout because he was worried about being injured and rendered unable to hold a new coaching stint at the Wolf’s Lair. Here it is, right from the horse’s mouth:

In the second round, I took him down again. He went for an armbar, I defended it (only to prove to myself that he couldn’t get it), and then I put my arm back in to give him the win so that I could return to England, healthy. Just so you all know, that is the most embarrassing thing that I have ever admitted out loud.

What really stinks about this whole deal is not only did he disrespect the sport as a whole, but he seriously disrespected his opponent Allan Weickert. Salmon basically went way out of his way to try to discredit the biggest win in the guys career. The disgraced fighter stated in the blog that he was worried that if he got cut in the bout he would lose his precious coaching gig, but the whole thing stinks of,”I was getting my lunch money taken from me and I wanted out. I was scared of the possibility of suffering serious injury because I had a real fight on my hands, and I wanted out”. Whether Salmon gave the arm up or not, he was getting handled and wanted out. A lot of guys have tapped out during moments when they shouldn’t have, which is basically what Salmon did, but don’t come out and say afterwords,”I could’ve whupped him. I let him beat me.” Even a five year old can see through that water thin excuse that reeks of disillusion.

What makes things worse is the way Sean tried to completely tuck in a follow up interview he did with where he stated,”It is being 100% misinterpreted. It’s my fault. I write those columns for Junkie — they’ve given me the freedom, anytime I have something going on, to write what I’m thinking. And that’s exactly how I do it. I sit down at the computer and start typing. I don’t proofread it. I don’t re-read it. I don’t want to start second-guessing myself.”

100% misinterpreted? Didn’t proofread it? Are you kidding me? It’s not like you made a typo man, or slipped and hit the wrong key a couple of times. I do a good amount of writing myself and I’ve never accidentally written three or four paragraphs I didn’t mean to. I’d imagine you’re a relatively intelligent guy, and saying that you didn’t re-read it because you didn’t want to start second-guessing yourself just sounds absolutely ridiculous.

So Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was reported to be playing B.A. Baracus in the upcoming A-Team movie, then he wasn’t, and now he is again…. sigh. Don’t even get me started on the report on Yahoo‘s main page that Tim Sylvia is starring as Jason Vorhees in the Friday the 13th sequel. A report that was already squashed yesterday by the producer of the upcoming project himself.

Any of those familiar with my work will know that I’ve never been a huge fan of fighters entering show business while still active in the sport. I understand that you have to take opportunities when they present themselves, but they’re such a thing called loyalty to your employer in this world. Obviously when you’re a champion, as in Cung Le’s case, you have an obligation to your promotion, and perhaps more importantly, to the challengers that make up your respected division. In Jackson’s case he was fully aware of his perceived duties following the taping of the most highly anticipated season of The Ultimate Fighter in show history.

I’m sure most of you remember that Jackson was in position to challenge for the light-heavyweight title just before it was announced that he would be a TUF 10 coach. A move many questioned due to Quinton’s position in the UFC 205 pound rankings, but a move many could justify by assuming it would be a good move for Rampage in a financial sense. Now here we are and Jackson won’t be returning to action until sometime during early 2010.

My main beef with this is that the coaches fighting at the end of the season has traditionally been something that follows shortly after the conclusion of the show. It just seems like pushing that fight back three months would really take a lot of steam from the publicity generated by the show. It’s not as if Jackson had no idea he would be facing Rashad in December.

Former Power Ranger, Jason David Frank, made news this past week by announcing his plan to compete professionally in mixed martial arts in the near future. He’s going to be getting a late start in the game at thirty-six years of age so it remains to be seen how much success he will be able to reap in the sport when it’s all said and done. Jason has been training in martial arts since the age of four. He is the founder of Toso Kune Do, and also a sixth degree black belt in the art. He has been training in both MMA and Muay Thai since 2006.He has a long, decorated career in traditional martial arts and it will be interesting to see how it crosses over.

Kevin Iole made an interesting statement recently during a guest appearance on ESPN Radio in regards to Chris Leben‘s recent submission loss at the hands of Jake Rosholt, revealing,”A prominent fighter came over to me tonight and told me he’d made a bet on Rosholt. I was a little surprised by that. He said he knew that Leben hadn’t trained at all.”

If this is true, it’s really a tragedy that a fighter with as much raw talent that Leben has just can’t get his act together. Of course the bout with Rosholt was Leben’s first back since the steroid suspension he fell under following his decision loss to Michael Bisping back in October of 2008.

Now, obviously Leben was juicing before the bout with Bisping so he was likely to look a little more ripped in that match-up, but if Leben hadn’t been training like he should have for his bout with Rosholt, his body sure showed it. The physical contrasts between the Leben that showed up to fight Bisping and the one that showed up at UFC 102 were like night and day. Of course many probably wrote it off as the obvious effects performance enhancing drugs can have on one’s body, but Iole’s recent comments have led many to believe there’s a bit more to this story. If Leben hadn’t been training properly, the third round submission attempt sure would have been a lot more difficult to fight off.

With two consecutive losses in the Octagon it seems that Leben’s career in the UFC is on extremely thin ice at this point. Perhaps re-inventing himself at 170 pounds would be the best move he could make in his career at this point being that there aren’t many middleweight match-ups for him left in the UFC that fans are going to get excited about.

Former four-time boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga recently announced that he will be making the transition to mixed martial arts, and is currently expected to compete for the first time later this year. Anyone familiar with the sport of boxing is fully aware of the controversial Nicaraguan’s reputation in the sport. As brash and outspoken as they come, Ricardo is known for smoking up to 60 cigarettes in a day while washing it back with generous amounts of tequila while preparing for bouts. With a record of 29-7 and 23 knockouts to his credit it’s hard to argue with the training regimen of the former champion. While never the most technical boxer in his weight class, the success Mayorga found in the sport of boxing is a true testament to his grit and toughness. Ricardo is a real fighter, there’s no sugar coating him. He has that certain something you just can’t teach, and with the proper development the 35 year old fight veteran still has time to make a serious impact in MMA.

While many fans are already salivating at the prospect of a Dan Henderson vs. Nate Marquardt showdown, Hendo recently went on record to that Anderson Silva was the only bout that interested him at middleweight, period. He further went on to state that if the bout against Marquardt was offered to him, he would flat out turn it down to pursue a career at light-heavyweight. It’s hard to decide whether or not this is just tough talk on Henderson’s end to insure himself the next title shot at 185 pounds, with the recent news of Silva’s elbow surgery that is expected to put him on the shelves until early 2010, it seems like Dan may have a choice to make. If they offer him the Marquardt fight and he doesn’t take it, it seems like an immediate title shot upon his return to the division would be unlikely.

I say if Henderson doesn’t want to fight Marquardt, that’s fine, set up Marquardt vs. Okami, winner’s got next.

Brett Rogers came under a lot of fire recently after an interview with 5 Oz’s where he revealed that he has never actually watched an entire Fedor Emelianenko fight. Many fans feel like “The Grim” should be pouring over Fedor’s fights in anticipation for this highly anticipated match-up, but honestly, how much is Brett going to learn in a couple months of watching Emelianenko tapes. Trying to play catch-up in a couple months on Fedor tapes is equivalent to watching MMA/BJJ/& Muay Thai instructionals for a couple of months and debuting in the UFC; it’s kind of pointless. There’s nothing Rogers is going to see in watching past Emelianenko bouts that is going to reveal the secret to upsetting “The Last Emperor”. If anything watching tape on a guy like Fedor would have a negative effect on your performance. Watching him batter opponent after opponent could do nothing for your confidence in my estimation. The way I see it, Brett has the right game plan; treat this like any other fight, and view Fedor like any other man. It’s worked out good for him so far, why switch up now?

In other news, while Rogers is far from immune to being taken down, keeping him there is another issue. He’s obviously a big, strong guy but I think his sense of balance and ability to get right back up upon being taken down aren’t being given enough credit. With that being said, he’s obviously never faced a man like Fedor.

The possibility of teammate vs. teammate bouts in the UFC have garnered a lot of attention lately, with many fighters going as far as to say there would be no way they would fight a teammate under any circumstances, but UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon recently told MMAJunkie Radio that he would throw down with his own brother in the Octagon if that’s what the job called for. That’s what I’m talking about, Joe vs. Dan, Joe Silva make it happen! I have to admit I respect Lauzon’s way of thinking; handle your business and have a beer afterwords, no hard feelings. I wish more fighters in MMA were more liberal in regards to who they chose to compete against. It’s not personal when most guys compete in mixed martial arts, so why would it be between friends. It’s just that, competition, right?

There are probably a lot of people out there that will be happy to know that the driver that killed Charles “Mask” Lewis recently had his plea deal shot down by the judge during the preliminary phase of his trial. Jeffrey David Kirby, 51, of Costa Mesa attempted to negotiate a deal for a lesser sentence on his charges that include vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in exchange for a guilty plea. However, Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson rejected the plea and recommended for the case to go to trial. Bad news for Kirby, good news for those interested in justice for the late Charles “Mask” Lewis.

BELIEVE!! Although Evan Tanner‘s death is thought to have occurred on either the fourth or fifth of September, it wasn’t officially announced until the eighth of last year. Just a reminder for everyone to take a few seconds out of there day at some point tomorrow to reflect on the tragic loss of a mixed martial arts legend known to those around him as one of the most genuine and kind souls they had ever met. R.I.P. Evan, you will not be forgotten.

  • edub says:

    “I say if Henderson doesn’t want to fight Marquardt, that’s fine, set up Marquardt vs. Okami, winner’s got next.”

    Perfect if Okami gets through Sonnen.

    Articles like this one epitomize why I almost exclusively visit 5oz. Awesome article Cory.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    on the rampage thing, i gotta say that no way is rampage, or any other fighter on the planet, turning down the opportunity to play BA Baracas in the A Team. NO ONE!
    If Quentin or his management have negotiated properly for this he may never have to worry about work again, ever. this film will be massive, even if it sucks it will be a box office smash. And the opportunity for a black man to play a black icon like BA is hard for anyone to turn down. Props to him, fuck fighting rashad evans. i would like to think he wouldnt get a straight title shot when he’s done filming, but how good is that marketing? Rampage comes into the octagon rocking the Mohawk and fights for the title? the marketing is already done for the ufc

    and yes great read, kind of unique round up that used to be prevalent here.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    why do i think Salmon really got beat and thought he was making himself look more badass by lying about it? maybe because he isnt very good….

  • BigDave says:

    Ok im not going to even dignify sean salmons actions he is a bum fighter and will be flipping burgers by this time next week. Rampage is a fool and always has been just another waste of space in my opinion. Leben I’ve never liked and have no problem never seeing him in the octagon ever again. The power ranger and the 3 pack a day smoker good luck but to late to start in the game if you ask me. Now that I’ve got the rest of the stories out of the way let me talk about the Relevent issues in this article.

    Decision Dan are you serious? What the hell has happened to you. First you smack talk about hitting a guy that you already knew was knocked out and couldn’t defend himself, then you say you would turn down a fight with a guy as good and as classy a fighter that you could face because he isn’t Silva. I truely hope you get your head screwed on straight and quick because in my opinion you are loseing more and more backers because you are becoming a classless S.O.B. . If you continue down this path then i’ll will put you on my list of fighters I want to see get smashed everytime out.

    Evan Tanner What can I say about this guy. He was is and will always be one of my favorite fighters. He marched to the beat of his own drummer and was selfless intelligent and very genuine to anyone who was fortunate to meet him as I was in 2006 after an event. You will forever be missed and forever be one of my MMA heroes.

  • Bullylover says:

    seriously sean salmon is a nobody who got his ass blasted out of the octagon by rashads feet.

  • BigDave says:

    Oh, I completely forgot about “The Grim”. First off Rogers is a big tough dude and has a punchers chance at best in this fight but I have to completely disagree with you Cory. I feel that a fighter that isn’t fully prepared for a fight which includes watching film is not doing himself any good. Even if you only spot one thing on the tape for example, The guy half steps before he is gonna go for a takedown or he drops his left when throwing a leg kick. These are things that you could gain by watching film and although in this fight I dont think it will matter because Fedor could tell Rogers everything he is going to do before he does it and will still beat him inside 2 minutes but it is definately something any good fighter will do.

  • edub says:

    Big Dave- As always a very interesting opinion on things.

    The thing I dont understand about Hendo is why would you go through the reality show to fight a middle weight when the only other middleweight you would fight in the world is Silva. The show said it would produce a top contender not the #1 contender. Does he really think he has a better chance at the belt in the LHW division. If he beats Nate he gets a shot at Anderson why would he not want to take it?

  • brasstinman says:

    I really hope Rogers knocks out Fedor. Don’t get me wrong I think Fedor is a good fighter, I just think his fought some less than top 5 fighters in the past 3 years and his almost taken down by Andrea Arlovski if he hadn’t gone for a ridiculous flying knee.
    Props for Fedor for hanging in there but I think his time is up and Rogers is coming to lay the smack down on Fedor.
    Will be very interesting to see how Fedor handles this Rogers. You know his going to want to go to the ground as soon as possible because I don’t think his going to want to test Rogers chin incase he gets tested himself.
    When the event starts I’ll be cheering Rogers on for sure. Because if Rogers doesn’t knock Fedor out his going to have to eat his hat big time.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    only reason i can think for Dan not wanting to take fights is at his age he wants his fights to be huge. Vs Silva would be huge, vs Nate would be a better fight i reckon, but not as bigger draw or earner. go up to 205, rematch with franklin, fight forrest, chuck, rampage again, tito – all huge huge main event ppv% pay days

  • metalmulisha says:

    Well to be fair had Bisping beaten Henderson he would have certainly been given a title shot against Silva and Dana White said himself in his press conference when he changed UFC 103 main event from Franklin/Henderson 2 to Franklin/Belfort that it left Dan next in line for Silva. So between both of those things I can understand him being a little annoyed with being told well now instead of Silva forget what we said now we need you to fight Marquardt. I mean come on he was either first in line or he wasn’t.

    And a little bit of irony involving Sean Salmon I don’t know how many of you know he was scheduled to fight Dante Rivera at Ring of Combat in NJ, but after his ridiculous piece in MMA Junkie came out and he was placed under suspension by the State of Ohio where his incident took place until a hearing in October.
    So the state of NJ is going to honor that suspension and remove him from the card and he is supposedly being replaced by Allen Weickert the guy he apparently let win in that fight in Ohio.
    Kinda funny I thought.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    I say Nate beats Hendo since he is IMO the best well rounder fighter out there.

    Also, i think Nate has better combos that could catch Hendo at any time.

    While Hendo just like to wrestle, and try to hit that big overhand right.

    Seriously, how long did it took for him to land and many times did he launched that big missile on Bisbing.

  • Hopefully they can get Mayorga on the next TUF. The guy talks shit better than anyone and is sure to be the crazy man in the house. I would love to see the guy on TUF. No doubt with a few years of solid training he could be good, just hope his age doesnt catch up with him first.

  • Makington says:

    Hendo doesn’t even like to wrestle, he likes to slug it out on the feet, and although he has some of the ugliest boxing in MMA, it definitely works for him. I don’t think Marquardt has much of a chance at KO’ing him if they fight but I think he has a better tool set, and is infinitely better at using them. Hendo only uses his wrestling if he has no other option.

    BTW, nice article Cory. These ones are always one of my favourites, since they’re the ones that quickly cover all the note worthy things that have happened in a while so you can see what you might have missed out on.

  • BigDave says:

    To anyone thinking hendo should move to 205 he will never get a main event there because he would get smashed by any of the top 10 guys there right now and frankly he would lose to Nate at 185 9 times out of 10. Nate just beat Maia and Maia would have zero problem beating dan imo.

  • submit662266 says:

    Quite an article, so much to talk about. . . First off. Salmon: I’ve already weighed in on this and still think he’s a moron. He needs much more of Rashad’s foot on his head.

    Second. Rampage. He was made to play B.A., plain and simple. Part of me wonders if he has an injury and is not wanting to fight (declined Machida, now postpones Rashad). It would be very smart for him to do the movie, and it will be like shooting fish in a barrel for the UFC to promote his fights.

    Lastly, Hendo. I’d be pissed if I were him: the UFC was pretty hot on giving him another title shot, then they change their mind. I think Dan has beaten tougher competition over the last several years than Nate. However, the UFC does not always award the top contender with title shots. They match-up fighters that they think will sell tickets and ppv (Couture v. Lesnar). After it is all said and done though, I think they could BOTH fight Anderson Silva, 2 v. 1, as a team, and Silva would still pull it out.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Great article, Cory.

    I have heard that the tension between San Quinton “Runpage” Jackson and Rashad Evans during the filming of TUF was more confrontational than any coaches from seasons past. The spillover was seen publicly when Quit-on bumped chest with Rashad at UFC 100. The “delay” of this fight is bad for marketing, certainly, but it’s bad sportsmanship – I believe that Quittin’s reputation is and should take a vicious shot for this. This is like the guy who calls you out, says “Did you hear that?” and then runs inside because “Mom said it’s time to go in.”

    Big trash talk and no delivery. Fellas used to smack each other with gloves and then get right to the duel. If you’re Rashad, you’ve got to roll out your best olde tyme accent and say “I demand satisfaction, knave.”

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    cocoonofhorror ,
    I agree,
    after seeing the fight, Salmon was done.
    Whether he faked it or not, he was gonna lose.
    Looking forward to seeing him fight for the “BUMFIGHTS ” light heavyweight title soon,though.
    Sean “You Gonna Finish That” Salmon

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I dont think a delay will hurt the Rampage evans fight all that much espacially when you have two guys with that much genuine heat between them, a delay of 17 months didnt hurt Hughes vs Serra and a few extra months wont hurt this fight. Anybody in Rampages shoes would do the same thing imo.
    On the green ranger coming to MMA, I say good for him as he isnt some dude who got famous fighting in a backyard but a true lifelong martial artist. I say put him in with Joe Rogan and you have guarenteed ppv revenue right there.
    Rogers is doing the right thing imo, He hasnt lost yet and why should he change now just because he is fighting Fedor.

  • nope says:

    Hendo may not be as refined as Marquardt, but he is tough as Cat Piss and is definately a step up from Kampmann, Gouveia, and Maia. Marq better pull somethin really special out of his ass to win that one. (if they end up fighting)

    Good article


  • Makington says:

    I don’t think he should fear Fedor, but not even watching one video on him? That’s progressing to the point where he is going to underestimate the hell out of Fedor. Probably thinks since he is huge he can just pick Fedor up, spin him on his finger, then throw him out the ring, which is not the right mindset if you’re fighting him.

    He hasn’t lost yet, but he has never fought someone like Fedor, and that’s exactly why he should go for a change. You need to be constantly evolving in MMA to stay on top, and that’s what he isn’t doing. He’s just relying on his usual strengths and not trying to really set up a tactical gameplan.

    Think of it this way fanofthena, you’re set to fight Anderson Silva after you just beat you’re toughest challenge yet: Drew Mcfedries. You hear all these crazy stories of how Anderson can murder anyone just by blinking at him, but you wouldn’t know, you haven’t seen him fight. Are you saying going into that fight with 0 idea what you’re up against is a good thing as a fighter? Anyone with that mindset with go out trying to knock Anderson’s head off fast, and that is when he can beat anyone, when he’s counter punching. Now say you watch videos on him and you see that Anderson has obvious weaknesses with his wrestling and has trouble getting off his back. Knowing that, you could exploit his weakness and become a great fighter just by watching a couple videos and knowing what the fighter is about.

    Holy wall of text lol.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Sean “You Gonna Finish That” Salmon

    thats fucking funny

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I think that for Rogers I like how he is sticking with what works(please see Kos, and Hughes losing thier wrestling to become strikers). Until he loses nobody is going to convince a undefeated fighter to change the way they train. Now if Fedor walks right through him I belive he is intelligent enough to adapt and change up the training but until then by all rights keep up with what works.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    “dont think a delay will hurt the Rampage evans fight all that much espacially when you have two guys with that much genuine heat between them, a delay of 17 months didnt hurt Hughes vs Serra and a few extra months wont hurt this fight. Anybody in Rampages shoes would do the same thing imo.”

    So true fan. Can you imagine all the hype you can generate in the time coming up to the fight?

    As for not changing up your fighting regime cause you have never lost before “if its not broke” thing is not going to work when you have the biggest fight of your career coming up. Its not like they have him fighting some new flash in the pan undefeated fighter here. Fedor is considered the p4p best fighter in the world, who for some reason always finds away to dismantle his opponents even when things are looking bad for him. There is 0 in his lose column for a reason. This will be a huge mistake for Rogers. Everyone (not me) who is pulling for him keeps saying he has a punchers chance and like BigDave said

    “Even if you only spot one thing on the tape for example, The guy half steps before he is gonna go for a takedown or he drops his left when throwing a leg kick. These are things that you could gain by watching film”

    and seeing something like that will always help a punchers chance. For all we know Rogers and his staff may not have the understanding of how to break down film and are using arrogance as and excuse for not watching. Now Rogers can watch the all the film in the world going back to Fedor being born and still that wont help him imo. But completely not even using it as option is just foolish. Like I said this is the biggest fight of his life. God help him.

    Oh Salmon is a tool. Metalmulisha that is kinda funny didn’t not that thanks
    Nate the Great will crush the never evolving, cant teach an old dog new tricks hendo within the 1st round plain and simple. Younger, faster, and has more tools. Nuff said.
    Never liked Leben and never will.
    Yes Joe Lauzon. This is a business. Shit I would fight my brother if I were told to then sit down and have a beer with him after. Shit we do it now and special occasions. Usually after a few beers anyways. Will love to see more fighters with this attitude.
    Evan Tanner RIP dude you will always be a warrior to look up to.


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