Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Finally! The Real People’s Red Head has come back to The Weigh-In!

Goodbye Dustin Johnson, Hello Justin Dohnson

I want to open by letting the people know that The Weigh-In’s own Matt Ward has made numerous attempts to censor The People’s Red Head. For those of you who know him, he was born to fucking dance and that is what he did all over Ward’s ass. However, due to this, he was asked to resign by the editor-in-chief. Your favorite red head, and editor-in-chief, has asked me, his twin brother to take his stead moving forward. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Justin Dohnson, and I am The Real People’s Red Head. I slid out of our mom two minutes before Dustin, and as such, I am his superior.

I will fill in for my brother until such time as the Weigh-In ceases their censorship of him. If fucking Gruber would stop writing convicts and start lobbying the Weigh-In for less censorship, my brother would have stayed, but alas, Gruber is most likely sitting around elbows deep in ink, befriending convicted felons across the globe. While it would be easy for me to dive into a debate on artistic integrity and my own disdain for censorship, this is not the time. It is not what my brother would have wanted for you all.

Steve Gruber's Penpal

While he looms somewhere secluded, mulling over life’s meaning, we lost a fucking soldier and no one seems to have paid attention. I was so personally grief stricken from the loss that I have not attended “cat yoga” in weeks. It is my duty to run with this torch and report to you all what really matters in the world of combat sports. The loss of this fucking animal meant so much to me that I have not personally prank called Steve Ward pretending to be various men lathered up in oils for months now. I have erectile comedy dysfunction. I cannot even find joy in disclosing how Matt and his lady friend are immersed in the furry community. Seriously, I walked in on them one time, and Matt was in a bunny costume looking like that fucking kid from A Christmas Story. For fuck sake guys, this is a family website!

Matt Ward of TWI

What Makes a Fighter Legendary? 

So what makes a fighter legendary? I think everyone has his or her opinion of what makes a legend. For example, sometimes a fighter can be legendary but also have a reputation to be a head case. When a fighter gets labeled a head case does it mean we should not still mourn the loss? What about a fighter’s outside of the sport antics? To you the reader, how do you feel about personal flaws? Take time to evaluate that last question…

We all know human beings are less than perfect. In fact, if you know someone perfect, you are lying to yourself. Actually, my wife is perfect, but no one else. Listen! Go fuck yourselves everyone! My wife is perfect and she sometimes reads this blog, so this is my true position! When we evaluate fighters, do we accept them as they are? I think that flaws in fighters’ further cement or contribute to their legacy. Everyone knows Jon Jones has issues outside of the sport, but he is arguably the best MMA fighter in the world. Let us not even forget about Mike Tyson. He was arguably the most dominant heavyweight boxer of all time, and we all know what he went through out of the ring. The list goes on and on, but how do you feel?

Johnson Family Portrait

While I myself am not one for conspiracies, why else are people ignoring the death of the greatest MMA fighter of all time? His rise was meteoric. His reign survived multiple promotions and multiple leagues. If this were not enough, he went on to be arguably the greatest MMA coach of all time. He gave his life to the sport and now we go silent when he needs us most.

Being a twin means I think a lot like my brother. We all know that he is not heavy into rankings and is a fan of taking on all challengers. I too share his same insight regarding never backing down from a challenge. This is one of the reasons I am floored that we lost a fucking a legend and no fuss has been raised. No tribute has taken place to date. To me, this screams injustice. How can we ignore a competitor who gave his all during his entire career? Is it not enough that he was former champion of multiple leagues and various weight classes? 

Dustin and Justin - Age Five

I can feel what you are all thinking, and let me address it. Sure, this legend liked his booze. I also would not deny that later in his career he may have nursed his wounds through the abuse of painkillers. I would not dare to pretend that this fighter was not a womanizer, and had a somewhat complicated relationship with his children. However, the aforementioned vices are what further made this man legendary. When the lights went down, he was able to put all personal distractions aside. He was an artist and the ring was his canvas. He shut everything out to ensure that he was the victor each night he entered into competition. His tunnel vision is what made him truly unique.

I can see that most of you still doubt the legendary prowess of this man, so let us evaluate some of the names this legend defeated. He went out with a split decision against another legend, Matt Hughes. That marks the second time Hughes went down to this legend. Also falling victim to this legend were the following:  Mark Shamrock, Ryan Wheeler, Michael Oxfat, Frank Reynolds, Darius Widener, Kevin McCallister, Pete Eckhart, Chad Barthel, and many more. 

The next argument I hear regarding the stunning silence surrounding this fighter’s passing is that times have changed; the sport is more competitive now than when he was fighting. If we were going to use that logic, we might as well not celebrate Michael Jordan people. Sports are constant and always evolving, there is no argument there. I think we can all agree that sports are fluid. Combat sports are evolving before our very own eyes. However, when you are dominant during your time, the playing field is level during your era. Due to this, I think he is arguably the greatest fighter of all time, which it why the silence surrounding his death pains me. 

After his legendary fight career, he opened a gym, and not just any gym. This man is responsible for the Navy Street Bullies, some of the most feared fighters in the game. Joe Daddy Stevenson trained and coached there. Let us not forget that current champion Ryan Wheeler fights of out this gym. In addition to that, he raised two incredible sons who have had notable career highlights in MMA. This legendary champion had success after fighting, which is not the easiest feat to accomplish. 

So for the final time, I ask why the fuck is no one talking about a legend? The sport will never be the same. August 2, 2017 marks the shock felt all across the world of MMA. If no one else will pay tribute to you, I got you Alvey. I am here letting the world know that you were a fucking stud who took on all challengers. What distracted you outside of the ring is what made you so brilliant inside the ring. Know that wherever you are, we thank you for everything you gave us. 

For those of you confused by this piece, we lost Alvey Kulina, legendary MMA fighter/coach. Kingdom was cancelled back in 2017, and its final episode aired on August 2, 2017. With the recent one-year anniversary of the shows cancellation, we here at the Weigh-in still mourn. We think about what could have been, and we are left with unanswered questions. 

Thank you Frank Grillo (aka Alvey Kulina) for giving us three years of your everything. Your dedication and commitment to your craft are an inspiration to us all. In addition to being first team all body, we thank you for a fucking masterpiece. We thank you for the realism you brought into our homes for three years.

***No one died during the publication of this piece. Kingdom was a television series folks.

Special Thanks To:

Frank Grillo (has a piece on him)

Ryan Whitney (a beauty who will dominate that fuck head talking shit to him about golf)

Paul Bissonnette (dandy running wild in Vancouver)

Bryan Callen (for being buddies with Frank Grillo)

Dennis Reynolds (suspected serial killer)

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Drew Stone Interview

Matt Ward recently had the opportunity to sit down with filmmaker and musician, Drew Stone. Stone runs the New York City-based production company Stone Films NYC, and is the executive producer of the Muhammad Ali documentary, "Me Whee."

Drew Stone at the World Premier of "The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film"

"Me Whee" was shot in 1975 in and around his training camp in Deer Lake, PA and in Las Vegas. This documentary captures an incredible moment in time in Muhammad Ali’s life. At the peak of his career his love for kids and general philosophy of life shine thru with appearances by luminaries from the boxing and entertainment world. Highlights include his legendary 1975 commencement speech at Harvard University.

"Me Whee" Poster

The documentary features appearances by Muhammad Ali, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Lewis, Angelo Dundee, B.B. King, Drew “Bundini” Brown, Jim Brown, Walter Youngblood, Lloyd Wells, and Gene Kilroy.

"To Drew Stone, From Muhammad Ali, Peace 1977"

Check out their interview on both SoundCloud and iTunes:

Bonus Round - Drew Stone Interview with Matt Ward on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - Drew Stone Interview with Matt Ward on iTunes

Muhammad Ali Autographed Photo

"Me Whee" Screening in Philadelphia

The Veteran Boxers Association Ring 1 of Philadelphia will host the first Philadelphia screening of the Muhammad Ali documentary "Me Whee" on *September 12th* with Q & A moderated by Executive Producer Drew Stone and special guests Nigel Collins, Henry Hascup, J. Russell Peltz, and Craig "The Journeyman" Setari (Sick of It All).

Tickets for this event are $10.00 and are available at the door and by calling 609-377-6413. Your ticket purchase includes food and drink specials at the VBA Ring 1 Clubhouse located at 2733 E Clearfield St, Philadelphia, PA 19134. For more information on this great event, check out the official Facebook event page by clicking here.

Drew Stone and Matt Ward

Drew Stone Singing with his Band, Antidote

Drew's Father, Arny Stone, with Willie Pep

Arny Stone with Joe Frazier

Ali Film Negative Lab Report from 1975

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Now Available for Pre-Order - From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins

Gene Pantalone's new book From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins is now available for pre-order on The book will be released on November 15, 2018.

Book Summary from

World champion boxer Lew Jenkins fought his whole life. As a child, he fought extreme poverty during the Great Depression; in his twenties, he fought as a professional boxer and became a world champion; and at the pinnacle of his boxing career, Jenkins fought in World War II and the Korean War.

From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins details for the first time this extraordinary story. Despite his talent for boxing, Jenkins often fought and trained in drunken stupors. Although he became the world lightweight champion, he soon wasted his ring title and all his money. Jenkins eventually found purpose during World War II and the Korean War, fighting in major battles that included D-Day, Bloody Ridge, and Heartbreak Ridge. His efforts earned him one of the highest decorations for bravery, the Silver Star. Unable to find meaning in life at the peak of his boxing success, Jenkins discovered values to which he could cling during war.

From Boxing Ring to Battlefield features exclusive interviews with Lew Jenkins’s son and grandson, providing a personal perspective on the life of this complicated war hero. The first biography of Jenkins, this book will fascinate boxing fans and historians alike.

Top Rank Boxing Presents Ray Beltran vs. Jose Pedraza Recap

Top Rank Boxing emanated this evening from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. The card boasted ten bouts, including two title fights, and was headlined by a WBO Lightweight Title showdown between Ray Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs).

Sagadat Rakhmankulov (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Christian Aguirre (7-3, 3 KOs)
Six Rounds, Super Welterweights
Decision: Sagadat Rakhmankulov via UD

Aguirre controlled the tempo of this fight and was the clear aggressor for all six rounds. Rakhmankulov, however, was the more patient and polished fighter in this bout and did not fall into Aguirre’s attempts to rattle him with his antics. Based on the outcome of this fight, the judges agreed as they awarded him a unanimous decision victory.

Breenan Macias (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Philip Adyaka (7-12, 4 KOs)
Four Rounds, Bantamweights
Decision: Breenan Macias via KO

The few fans in attendance for the second fight of the afternoon were treated to a boxing clinic put on by Goodyear, Arizona’s Breenan Macias. Macias displayed outstanding ring presence for this short-lived affair before he sealed the deal with a devastating right hook for the KO in round two.

Trevor McCumby (24-0, 19 KOs) vs. Jessie Nicklow (27-9-3, 9 KOs)
Eight Rounds, Light Heavyweights
Decision: McCumby via TKO in round 3

After a slow start in round one, Nicklow started to pick up momentum in rounds two and three. Unfortunately, it appeared Nicklow injured his right shoulder in round three as his arm laid lifeless. Nicklow displayed unparalleled fortitude as he stood in and tried to fight with one arm until the referee called a stop to the action.

Antonio Lozada Jr. (40-2-1, 34 KOs) vs. Hector Ambriz (12-7-2, 6 KOs)
Eight Rounds, Lightweights
Decision: Draw

Not much to speak of in regards to this bout. Aside from a short-lived flurry of action from Ambriz in round one, Lozada controlled the ring for the remainder of the contest as he continued to walk down his opponent for the duration of the fight. At first glance, one would have expected Lozada to make quick work of Ambriz based on his record, but Hector proved to be a tough opponent and could not be dropped to the canvas. Apparently the judges at ringside viewed the fight a bit differently as one ruled in favor of Ambriz, another in favor of Lozada, and the third scored it a draw.

Francisco De Vaca (19-0, 6 KOs) vs. Jesus Serrano (17-6-2, 12 KOs)
Eight Rounds, Featherweights
Decision: Francisco De Vaca via UD (79-72; 78-73; 78-73)

De Vaca and Serrano came prepared for a war. One of the highlights of the fight came in round two as these pugilists served those in attendance with a rousing exchange that brought the crowd to their feet as neither man gave an inch and exchanged punishing blows until the bell. De Vaca continued to punish Serrano for the remaining six rounds as he worked the body unmercifully. Serrano continued to display a resounding will as he made several attempts to answer De Vaca’s offense but in the end, De Vaca was the busier fighter and the judges sided with him on a unanimous decision.

Carlos Castro (21-0, 9 KOs) vs. Diuhl Olguin (12-12-2, 9 KOs)
Eight Rounds, Super Bantamweights
Decision: Carlos Castro via UD (80-72; 79-73; 77-75)

Plain and simple…Castro was the busier and more accurate fighter throughout this eight round encounter while he still looked very fresh in the final round. Don’t get me wrong, Olguin came to fight but was clearly not as polished at his craft as Phoenix’s own Carlos Castro.

Robson Conceicao (9-0, 5 KOs) vs. Edgar Cantu (7-5-2, 1 KO)
Eight Rounds, Super Featherweights
Decision: Robson Conceicao via UD (80-71; 80-71; 80-71)

The obvious height and reach advantage in this contest belonged to Conceicao as he imposed his will landing brutal power punches and body shots throughout the fight-including one that dropped Cantu in round four. Cantu proved throughout the fight, however, that a fighter’s will can overpower his physical abilities-even when the match-up is reminiscent of Little Mac taking on formidable foe after formidable foe in the classic “Punch Out” game. All joking aside, Cantu fought with the heart of a champion, but Conceicao proved to be more than he could handle as the judges were in accordance on a unanimous decision.

WBO Junior Featherweight Championship
Isaac Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) vs. Hidenori Otake (31-3-3, 14 KOs)
Twelve Rounds, Junior Featherweights
Decision: Isaac Dogboe via TKO Round One

Undefeated 23-year-old Isaac Dogboe waged war with Hidenori Otake with Dogboe’s WBO Super Bantamweight Title on the line. Dogboe stunned Jessie Magdaleno with an 11th round KO to win the title this past April. Otake entered this contest boasting a nine fight win streak including a tenth round TKO victory over Brian Lobetania this past March. Otake last tasted defeat when he dropped the WBA Super Bantamweight Title to Scott Quigg in 2014.

Dogboe was unrelenting from the opening bell. Otake was overmatched and barely landed a shot as Dogboe quickly scored two knockdowns. After the second knockdown, it was clear that Otake needed to make it to the bell or this fight would quickly see it’s end and sure enough, the referee called a stop to the action shortly thereafter. Your winner in dominant fashion and still WBO Junior Featherweight Champion, Isaac Dogboe!

Mikaela Mayer (7-0, 4 KOs) vs. Edina Kiss (15-8, 9 KOs)
Six Rounds, Super Featherweights
Decision: Mikaela Mayer via TKO (Kiss retired after round three)

Mayer, a 2016 Olympian, used her height and reach advantage from the opening bell as she quickly established her powerful jab to set-up a barrage of punishing combos. Despite this only being Mayer’s seventh professional fight, she showed the composure and technical soundness of a grizzled veteran. Kiss and her corner elected between rounds three and four that they would not continue to be subjected to any additional abuse and retired from the fight.

WBO Lightweight Championship
Ray Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs) vs. Jose Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs)
Twelve Rounds, Lightweights
Decision: Jose Pedraza via UD (115-112; 117-110; 117-110)

This bout pitted Phoenix resident Ray Beltran, a veteran of 43 fights, against Jose Pedraza with Beltran’s WBO Lightweight Title on the line. Beltran earned the title by a unanimous decision victory when he defeated Paulus Moses back in February of this year, and has not lost a contest since he dropped the same title to Terence Crawford back in 2014. Pedraza, who is eight years younger than Beltran, entered this bout riding the heels of a two fight win streak with his last contest coming only TWO months ago as he won a unanimous decision over Antonio Moran. Pedraza has more recently tasted defeat as he suffered a setback against Mayweather Promotions own Gervonta Davis, via TKO, in January 2017.

Pedraza came out like a fighter who belonged in this fight all along, not one who was a replacement coming off a two month layoff. Pedraza was game for the first three rounds and was able to land a shot that opened Beltran up over his left eye. Beltran’s tactful use of head movements and feigning allowed him to buzz Pedraza in round four and continued to move forward through round six. At this point, Pedraza appeared to resort to a defensive approach as he became more of a counterpuncher despite Beltran favoring his eye.

Rounds seven through ten saw Beltran display a superior inside game every time Pedraza attempted to mount an offense, however, this came to an end in round 11. As Beltran attempted to close the gap between Pedraza and himself he was caught with a solid left uppercut that put him on his back changing the complexion of the fight as we headed into the 12th and final round. The 12th round saw Pedraza take control of the tempo and finished the round by driving Beltran into the corner and punishing him with an endless onslaught of combos until he was saved by the bell. The decision went to the judge’s scorecards and all three decided in favor of your new WBO Lightweight Champion Jose Pedraza! I personally felt that 117-110 was a bit lopsided but it was not a stretch of the imagination to see Pedraza coming out of this one as the victor, for even when he took a counterpunching approach, he landed his shots with conviction. With this victory, Pedraza will now move on to square off with Vasyl Lomachenko in December.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Jaron "Boots" Ennis Interview

Luis Cortes recently sat down for an interview with undefeated welterweight boxer, Jaron "Boots" Ennis (21-0, 19 KOs). The undefeated Ennis is coming off of a July 20th TKO victory over Armando Alvarez for the World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) Silver Welterweight Title. Luis and Boots discussed his recent victory as well as his plans for the future.

Check out Luis' interview on both SoundCloud and iTunes:

Bonus Round - Jaron "Boots" Ennis Interview with Luis Cortes on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - Jaron "Boots" Ennis Interview with Luis Cortes on iTunes

Boots Ennis - Photo

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Top Rank Boxing Presents Ray Beltran vs. Jose Pedraza Preview

Bob Arum's Top Rank boxing returns to the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, August 25th. The 11 bout card is headlined by a WBO Lightweight Title fight between Ray Beltrán (35-7-1, 21 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KOs). Beltrán, who resides in nearby Phoenix, looks to continue his five fight win streak on Saturday night. The veteran, orthodox boxer captured the WBO Lightweight Title on February 16, 2018 with a unanimous decision victory over Paulus Moses in Reno, Nevada. Pedraza, a former accomplished amateur boxer from Puerto Rico, has won two straight fights since losing by TKO to Gervonta Davis in 2017. Pedraza, a former IBF and IBO champion, has defeated a number of notable opponents over the course of his seven year career including, Tevin Farmer, Michael Farenas, Andrey Klimov, and Edner Cherry.

The card also features a WBO Super Bantamweight Title clash between Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) and Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 KOs). Dogboe, the current  WBO Super Bantamweight champion, won his title from Jessie Magdaleno in the spring of 2018. This will be the Ghana native's first title defense when he steps into the ring with Japan's Otake. Otake, who at 37-years-old is 14 years the elder of Dogboe, has not fought outside of Japan since falling to Scott Quigg in Liverpool in 2014. Since then, Otake has put together a nice string of nine straight victories in his homeland. Otake is the current Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Super Bantamweight champion.

2016 American Olympian, Mikaela Mayer (6-0, 3 KOs) will square off against veteran Hungarian boxer, Edina Kiss (14-7, 8 KOs) in a six round contest in the lightweight division. Although Mayer appears to be the favorite in this contest, Kiss should prove to be a worthy and tough opponent for the prospect, who turned pro last summer. Kiss has been in the ring with some of the top names in modern women's boxing including Shelly Vincent, Amanda Serrano, and Heather Hardy.

The card also features the following professionals bouts:

Arnold Barboza Jr. (18-0, 6 KOs) vs. Luis Solis (24-8-4, 20 KOs) - ten rounds, junior welterweights

Antonio Lozada Jr. (40-2, 34 KOs) vs. Hector Ambriz (12-7-1, 6 KOs) - ten rounds, lightweights

Francico De Vaca (18-0, 6 KOs) vs. Jesus Serrano (17-5-2, 12 KOs) - ten rounds, junior lightweights

Robson Conceicao (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. Edgar Cantu (7-4-2, 1 KO) - eight rounds, junior lightweights

Trevor McCumby (23-0, 18 KOs) vs. Jessie Nicklow (27-8-3, 9 KOs) - eight rounds, light heavyweights

Carlos Castro (20-0, 9 KOs) vs. Diuhl Olguin (13-10-3, 9 KOs) - ten rounds, junior featherweights

Sagadat Rakhmankulov (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Christian Aguirre (7-2, 3 KOs) - eight rounds, junior middleweights

Breenan Macias (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Philip Adyaka (7-11, 4 KOs) - four rounds, bantamweights

Tickets for this great night of boxing can be purchased through

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Fundraiser for a Jersey Joe Walcott Statue in Camden

The Camden County Historical Society (New Jersey) is raising funds to construct a statue of Jersey Joe Walcott (Arnold Raymond Cream) in a sculpture garden that will be built on the south side of the historical society’s Park Boulevard campus in the city’s Parkside section.

Walcott was a professional fighter from 1930 to 1953, who called Camden and its surrounding suburbs home until his death in 1994. Walcott captured the World Heavyweight Title with a victory over Ezzard Charles on July 18, 1951 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. He held this title until 1952 when he was defeated by Rocky Marciano.

Following his retirement from professional boxing in 1953, Walcott performed a variety of jobs including actor, referee, and politician. He had the role of George in the 1956 film, The Harder They Fall, alongside Humphrey Bogart and Max Baer. Between 1947 and 1979, he refereed 15 boxing matches that included legends such as Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and Carlos Ortiz.

In 1971, Walcott was elected the first African-American Sheriff of Camden County, a position he served in until 1974. He later served as the chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission, a position he held until 1984.

Walcott was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Walcott died in Camden at the age of 80 on February 25, 1994.

If you are interested in donating to this great cause, please visit the project's official GoFundMe page.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bellator Grand Prix Update

Finally! The People’s Red Head has come back to The Weigh-In!

Your favorite red head just got back from another relaxing long weekend at Steve Gruber's spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. He personally ensured I was rubbed down day after day. I did not even find it odd that he wore a postal uniform in lieu of official spa get up. As I always say, to each their own.

With that out of the way, lets dive into a Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix update. Last we left off, Bader defeated King Mo. The People’s Red Head will be the first to admit when he is wrong, unlike Steve Gruber. How soon we forget that we cannot baby oil ourselves up and threaten to suplex our parents without real life consequences. I had King Mo getting to the finals, and congratulations to Ryan Bader.

I should have known Bader was going to make quick work of Mo. I used to go the same cryotherapy facility as Bader, not a big deal. Bader disposed of Mo in 15 seconds. What is scary, he looks even better since leaving the UFC. He is now set to take on tournament favorite, Matt Mitrione. Mitrione is going to be Bader’s toughest Bellator challenge to date. Their bout is set for October 12, 2018. This fight is set to take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card will air and stream live on Paramount and DAZN. If you all behave, maybe we at the Weigh-In will do a preview leading up this bout.

The other side of the semifinal contains a bout between Chael Sonnen and Fedor Emelianenko. This is a match that Sonnen wanted way before the Bellator Grand Prix even existed. Emelianenko advanced by knocking out Frank Mir, which again, stunned The People’s Red Head. Mir was on that “tainted meat” leading up to that bout and I for one thought it was going to give him an edge. The moral of the story, stay off drugs kids.

Emelianenko will face Sonnen on October 13, 2018, at Bellator 208. This fight will take place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (on Long Island). The main card will air and stream live on Paramount and DAZN. Sonnen is sure to deliver some good sound bites leading up to this bout. He has beef with Emelianenko, and has been very vocal regarding how worthless Emelianenko is when it comes to fight promotion.

I stick by my pre-tournament prediction, Mitrione to take it all. Depending on what Sonnen shows up, Emelianenko may have enough in the tank to defeat Sonnen. I predict that he does exactly that, but I have been wrong before. Until next time, go Fuck Yourself, San Diego!

Special Thanks To:

Steve Gruber for sponge baths and therapy

Steve Ward for European cut swimsuits

Matt Ward for slapping his ass and shit

Luis Cortes for his tuba play

MMA Junkie for dates referenced above

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