Just a warning to those who are planning to stay up and watch the live 5-7 hour broadcast of K-1′s World Grand Prix this weekend: the ‘half-time show’ will feature terrible Japanese ‘idol group’ AKB48, performing such hits as Surprise tears, Cherry 10 years, and Loud Diamonds. It’s going to be quite an assault on the ears, but then again, K-1 announcer Michael Schiavello hasn’t been much better ever since he decided his career goal was to out-cornball Mauro Ranallo. It’s probably best to just stab some needles in your eardrums now or something.
Brett Rogers has been dusting up on his fight hyping trash talk:
“I want to fight soon, and I want to fight Alistar. I’m 100% healthy and took zero damage in the fight; so I’m ready to go right now. As I said Strikeforce is my home; I love Strikeforce and in my opinion Alistar holding the title belt is an insult to every fighter in this organization, every fan and to Scott Coker. Champions defend their titles. And either Scott strips him and real fighters battle for it; or I will take it off him the hard way.”
It’s a pretty good little twirl and includes not just a nice dose of F U to Overeem but a high five to Scott Coker and a big loving hug to Strikeforce. In short, it would be hard to scientifically craft a more effective call out without the aid of some Yo Momma insults, which jumped the shark the day Fez from That 70′s Show hosted an entire TV series devoted to them.
Unfortunately for Brett Rogers, even the best of smack ain’t powerful enough to erase the reality that Overeem’s next fight in Strikeforce – whenever that’s gonna be – will be Fedor, aka the guy who just knocked Rogers the fuck out.
(bonus: Brett’s old Kimbo / Shamrock call out, also awesome and also fruitless. He needs to pick his targets better.)
The whole Versus / World Extreme Cagefighting situation has been a bit sketchy since Versus got dumped by DirectTV and the UFC’s recent injury pile made it pretty apparent that the UFC was losing all sorts of theoretical money keeping it’s less than lightweight fighters in the smaller organization. Things weren’t helped much by the fact that a new deal between Versus and WEC kept getting teased and then delayed … that pushed ‘rumors’ (started by Dana, by the way) of the WEC folding into the UFC to such a boil that WEC officials said they were sick of addressing them and wouldn’t respond to that line of questioning anymore.
But now a new ‘long term deal’ has finally been signed, although no details are being released until Versus and the WEC can cobble together a press release or whatever junk they plan to do to toot their horn and celebrate the arrangement. Barring my fantasy hallucination of the WEC turning into the UFC’s washout league, I’m happy to see the WEC continue as it is for now, but here’s hoping Zuffa leveraged the situation so that the WEC gets better treatment (no more preempting for Sports Soup, k thx) and stops being the NHL’s bitch during hockey’s bullshit endless season.
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Yeah there’s a tiny bit of doom and gloom in MMA right now – the next few months are light on big fights and some are starting to mutter the F word – no, not fuck or even fag but FAD. But fuck those fags who call it a fad. MMA is still going strong, as shown by Google’s year end search analysis:
In Google’s recently released 2009 year-end Zeitgeist, the UFC was named as the No. 3 fastest rising sports search around the world, trailing only the Real Madrid soccer team and “US Open” (it did not specify whether the search term referred specifically to either golf or tennis).
That top-five distinction is certainly something to be proud of for the UFC when you consider the fact that according to comScore, which is the global leader in digital search information, Google.com draws more than 100 billion searches a month worldwide.
And over at Yahoo’s Year in Review, Sherdog landed in the #10 slot of their Blogger’s Roll as determined by search demand. Think about that for a second: One of the biggest blogs on the internet this year is Sherdog. This is extra impressive considering Sherdog isn’t even a blog, but hey. To me that just makes it extra impressive that they made it onto the list, complete with a jolly drawing of Jeff Sherwood to boot.