COOL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE WORLD OF MMA
Dana White was voted No. 38 in AskMen.com’s “Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011.” Only time will tell if White’s unflappable self-esteem will be damaged from being usurped by Ashton Kutcher (No. 23), Ryan Gosling (No. 9), or Kanye West (No. 5). Seriously, Ryan Gosling is No. 9.
UFC middleweight Alan Belcher received his BJJ black belt in October from his longtime instructor Helio Soneca. Belcher, who has four submission victories inside the Octagon, has been training BJJ for 13 years.
Shinya Aoki’s last three victories (Rob McCullough, Rich Clementi, and Lyle Beerbohm) have come via neck crank.
ROG TALK THAI
Roger Huerta, who has been living in Thailand since his Bellator beatdown by Eddie Alvarez in October 2010, is opening a gym with UFC vet Mike Swick in Phuket, Thailand, called Nitor, which means “to strive” in Latin.
THE WRITE STUFF
Dennis Hallman’s dream job is to be a songwriter.
PYLE IT ON
UFC vet Mike Pyle made his professional debut in 1999 against Quinton Jackson. Rampage, who was fighting in his first pro contest, earned the unanimous decision victory. In his second pro fight, Pyle submitted Jon Fitch, who was making his pro debut.