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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Department of corrections: July edition

By Jake Rossen/

Brock LesnarFightwireimages.comIn retrospect, throwing Frank Mir back in the cage against Brock Lesnar was almost criminal.

I am occasionally wrong. Seriously. Here are five examples:

• In mentioning the recent spate of fight-stat houses, I indicated that the UFC researches its own "in-house" facts for broadcast. It's actually the work of FightMetric, pie charts not being Dana White's strong suit.

• In mentioning Mac Danzig's formal UFC record leading up to his fight with Jim Miller, I placed Danzig as 0-2. He was actually 1-2 prior to the Miller bout -- or 2-2 if you count his "Ultimate Fighter" finale win over Tommy Speer, which I didn't. Either way, it was an error. He is now 2-3 in the promotion.

• In a June 28 editorial about the appeal of glamour-thug Lee Murray, I indicated that ex-criminal Mark Brandon Read was British. He's actually Australian, which I should've known considering I watched the film "Chopper," with Eric Bana in the title role. And it's a pretty good movie.

• In a blog post concerning the questionable protocol of the fight-science TV documentaries -- where they do patently absurd things like inject Houston Alexander with adrenaline and then watch him cry -- I indicated that one segment featuring Randy Couture reducing lactic acid during a choke attempt was contrary to common sense. Reader Mark E. was kind enough to point out that lactic acid can also be used as fuel for anaerobic activity, and that "lactate is made available in a working muscle group prior to the actual task to act as an acceptor of hydrogen to make the activity more efficient."

Of course, this was completely obvious to me, but I didn't feel like boring readers with my substantial knowledge of physiology. Thanks to Mark for the layman's explanation.

• In Saturday's live blog for UFC 100, I dismissed the chances of Brock Lesnar in a fight against the more advanced Frank Mir; Lesnar went on to punch a hole in Mir's sinuses. I stand corrected, but I implore the Nevada Commission to investigate the ethical and moral issues inherent in sanctioning a man-versus-animal, mixed-species contest.