Originally modeling in Hawaii, Natasha was selected as the newest UFC "Octagon Girl," winner of the Maxim UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Octagon Girl Search. She was abruptly dropped with Logan Stanton (probably going to make a GOTFG appearance soon) in 2009. During that time it caused quite a stir with some of the MMA fans and message boards were buzzing. Some rumors attribute it with Arriany Celeste not being happy with them. Who knows. All that is clear at this point is… picture time.
David Haye promised to retire before the age of 31. Today he fulfilled that promise. It has been reported, shortly before his 31st birthday this coming Thursday David Haye handing in his boxing license. Haye is a former two division champion (25-2, 26KOs) and recently lost his title by to current heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in July. The fight was a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles.
Haye will be remembered for his brash trash talking and his rather humbling loss to Klitschko after an immense buildup. He dazzled his fans as a cruiserweight beating everyone he faced after a loss to Carl Thompson as a young blooming prospect. His speed and power at the cruiserweight division was unmatched. When he moved up to heavyweight he immediately set his sights on the Klitschko brothers. Haye did the smart financial thing and went after a belt, winning the WBA version of the heavyweight title from the giant Nikolay Valuev. After two easy defenses against a faded Audley Harrison and John Ruiz, he stepped into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko.
“I can confirm that Mr. Haye is not renewing his professional boxer’s licence”, Robert Smith, general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC).
It is sad to see another entertaining name in the boxing world go. Of course, this is boxing and this is David Haye. So we probably haven't heard the end of him.no comments
UFC President Dana White announced today that Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida will headline UFC 140 in Toronto. Rashard Evans was supposed to be the UFC's Light Heavyweight Champion's next challenger but he reportedly needed more time for his hand to heal.
Interestingly, it was only a few years ago when Machida was the LHW champ in 2009 that an upcoming Jon Jones was unconvinced of Machida's dominance. “I think Machida is getting a lot of hype," Jones said in an interview to USA today, "And I know he has lots of big wins over a lot of big fighters, and a lot of experience over me. I don’t think he’s Christ; I think he’s very beatable."
Jones received a lot of flak from the message boards over that comment then. Strangely, now, he is a huge favorite. Jones, 24, hasn't had a hiccup since his lone disqualification loss and has quickly cemented himself as the top dog in the division.
Machida, now 33, was the UFC light heavyweight title in 2009 after knocking out Rashard Evans in UFC 98. He then successfully, albeit controversially, defended it against Maricuo Rua once and then lost it in the rematch at UFC 113. He has recently been placed back into contention by knocking out Randy Couture in spectacular fashion.
Another interesting storyline is UFC's scheduling and handling of Jon Jones. Usually the UFC doesn't like to keep it's top caliber fighters so busy. Yet, Jones now has only 3 months to prepare for Machida. Jones also has stated that he wanted to take some time off after the win over Rampage. But, in the world of MMA, what the UFC says is what you do.no comments
The long rumored fight between Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22KOs) and current IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49KOs) has been finalized. It is scheduled to take place December 10th in Germany.
They have a common opponent: David Haye. Klitschko is coming off one of the biggest victories of his career, a 12 round UD against then WBA champion David Haye. Mormeck has won his last three fights all in the heavyweight division. He moved up after losing to then cruiserweight champion David Haye.
Some have criticized Wladimir for this latest opponent. The Frenchman has limited experience at the heavyweight division. Journeyman Vinny Maddalone, Fres Oquendo and tough but aging Timur Ibragimov isn't the best resume. However, Klitschko's handlers are sure to point to Mormeck's power as a dangerous obstacle that they must overcome.
It is yet to be seen if HBO or any other American television broadcast will pick up this fight. Keep in mind that his biggest fight, the aforementioned Haye fight, was still on HBO's free World Championship Boxing telecast.no comments
Before Wladimir Klitschko dated Hayden Panettiere (Don't really understand the 5'11" to 5' change of pace, but when you are the heavyweight champ, you can do whatever you want) he was involved with this weeks GOTFG. Karolina Kurkova comes from a long line of Czech beauties. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel and won E! Entertainment's sexiest woman award in 2008. She is also a part time actress and makes cameo appearances on America's Next Top Model.
Ms. Kurkova is 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), Measurements 33-24.5–34.
Robert Guerrero has pulled out of his highly anticipated fight with Marcos Maidana with a left shoulder injury. They were scheduled to headline HBO's Boxing After Dark card August 27th in San Jose, California. The Guerrero camp said that the injury occurred during sparring. Golden Boy promoter Richard Shaefer made the announcement in a teleconference Thursday with boxing reporters. "Robert Guerrero injured his shoulder in sparring to the point where it was numb... he can't even put on a jacket"
Schaefer went on to speculate the injury may be a torn rotator cuff. Guerrero will be seeing a specialist Thursday afternoon in San Jose. A torn rotator cuff would be hugely detrimental to Robert Guerrero’s (29-1-1, 18 KOs) career. Depending on the severity of the tear, surgery may be required. For more minor tears, physical therapy can usually repair the damage. Schaefer said he will be awaiting the specialist's opinion before making a decision on whether this fight can be rescheduled.
Also announced was the cancellation of the entire San Jose show and place the boxers involved on alternative dates.
The cancellation is a huge setback for many hardcore boxing fans who were looking forward what was sure to be a action packed fight. Maidana is coming off a victorious decision in a slugfest with legend Erik Morales last April. Guerrero was on the same card besting Michael Katsidis in surprisingly easy fashion.
Can someone please explain to me how Dan Hardy is still in the UFC.
A takedown attempt on Chris Lytle who is famous for his guillotine chokes? Nice.
Kelly Pavlik has pulled out of 5 fights now. Twice against Paul Williams, Brandon Vera, Cunningham, and Sergio Mora. Which promoter wants to deal with that?
Props to the IBF for ordering an immediate rematch of the Joseph Agbeko v Abner Mares fight.
Russell Mora isn’t a bad referee. He’s just a blind referee. Oh, wait..
Boxing Junkie Alert! Luis "El Nica" Concepcion (23-2, 18KOs) rumored rematch with Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (31-2, 24KOs) October 21st! Anyone who remembers their first fight should be excited.
Lucian Bute is confirmed to be facing Glen Johnson on November 5th in Bute’s hometown. Road Warrior indeed. BTW Kelly, Glen is making less than 500k.
Am I the only one not sold on Amir Khan?
Ugh. Kimbo Slice wins his boxing debut.
RIP Scott LeDoux.
Rumors are flying the UFC and Fox are going to be finalizing a deal soon. Great news for the UFC. Great news for Fox. Better news for fans.
UFC 139 is coming to San Jose, CA. Strikeforce was based at the HP Pavilion and now that Zuffa owns both, the Bay Area finally gets a UFC.
Dana White has declared Yushin Okami the “best fighter to come out of Japan”. That may be a bit hard to backup. An argument for top 5.. maybe.
Ben Henderson is the real deal.
Alistair Overeem is coming to the UFC. Book it. And when he does, he is going to be smashed by top tier heavyweights.
Please someone tell James Toney to STFU. Calling out Rampage isn't going to do anything but make you look stupid.
On the insistence of my girlfriend Brittney Palmer is this week's GOTFG. She insists that Ms. Palmer is the the hottest of the UFC girls (apologies to Arrianny Celeste). Brittney has been garnering a increasing fan base since she became a UFC girl as shown by Dana White's need to discuss her status after her absence from the UFC 133 card. White insists that Palmer hasn't gone anywhere, "Nothing happened with Brittney Palmer. It's one of those situations where Brittney has moved on to other things. She's still doing stuff with us but it gets so crazy because this is one of those sports where the fans are into everything."
Born in San Diego, she moved to Las Vegas to be part of the Burlesque X show at the Flamingo Hotel in Vegas as a featured dancer among other career choices. She is a avid artist and has recently started attending an art school in Los Angeles (the reason for her missing UFC 133).
Regardless, please enjoy my girlfriend's favorite ring girl: Brittney Palmer
Dana White was salivating at the chance to release Fedor.
On the other side of the token, how can Dan Henderson not get a fight in the UFC?
While Akiyama is no pushover, Belfort’s win was not as impressive as many say it was.
More excited about Jim Miller vs Ben Henderson this Sunday than the main event of Dan Hardy vs Chris Lytle.
Chael Sonnen says that he isn’t selling fights, he is just speaking his mind. Well sir, then you are crazy. And what exactly did Team Blackhouse do to you? (Besides winning…)
A fond farewell to Matt Hamill who announced his retirement after his recent loss in UFC 133. Good story, good guy.
Mike Swick is out of UFC 134 due to a knee injury and in comes newly signed Luis “Beicao” Ramos against Erick Silva. For you MMA junkies, that’s the current Shooto welterweight champion Ramos. The UFC just keeps getting stronger.
No complaints from me about UFC 134. Silva V Okami, Rua V Griffin, Nogueira V Schaub. Fingers crossed for no injuries.
Demetrius Andrade says that his upcoming match with Grady Brewer is a big step up in class. I guess…
There are two private investigators that claim that Arturo Gatti’s death was not suicide. I will always remember Gatti as an amazing fighter, regardless of the outcome. It’s just too bad he was lost at such a young age.
A reported 800,000 fans tuned in to Bobby Gunn’s bare-knuckle KO over Rich Stewart last week proved that people just love blood and guts.
Congratulations to Rau’shee Warren, who is the first American boxer to make his third Olympic team. This feat has been matched by almost every Cuban amateur boxer in the pro circuit now.
If Manny wins his defamation case Floyd will never fight him.
Matthew Macklin claims Felix Sturm is afraid to rematch him. Felix Sturm claims that Macklin is dodging him. It feels like they are playing duck duck goose.
Very hard to see Bradley actually getting a big name fight with his lack of drawing power. Amir Khan is by far the better draw.
Now that Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. V Jonathan Oquendo has fell through (it was supposed to be on the undercard of the Maidana Guerrero main event in San Jose) can a rematch with Jorge Arce happen? PLEASE?
When Yoshihiro Akiyama was knocked out by Vitor Belfort this weekend, there was at least one very attractive asian girl not happy with the result. MMA fighters in Japan since the emergence of organizations like Pride, K-1, and Dream have always been seen their share of Japanese model girlfriends and Akiyama is no different. This weeks GOTFG is his wife Shiho Yano. She recently married "Sexyama" in March of 2009. While she is a relatively unknown figure stateside she is very popular in Japan. After seeing these pictures, perhaps Akiyama needs to give his nickname to his wifey.
Shiho Yano was born on June 6, 1976. She is 5'7".