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Hey, did you know that during last week’s Republican National Convention in St Paul, there was a whole bunch of retardation going on in the streets between the police and protesters? Jeff Monson was there, and here’s a picture of him trying to blockade the entrance to the Convention. If you weren’t aware, Monson is a hardcore anarchist … more on that here. Here’s what Hywel Teague had to say about Monson’s philosophy:

I found his political views somewhat naive.   I think he supports the principles but doesn’t understand the actual logistics.   being an anarchist and anti-capitalist is like being opposed to the concept of sadness. The anti-sad campaigners want everyone to be happy, but don’t understand the causes of sadness or why it exists in the world, and offer no remedy.

It’s always easier to tear something down than to build something else up. We’re very guilty of that here … we like to point out all the things that are wrong with MMA, but unfortunately we don’t always have the answers. That to me is the issue. An Anarchistic overthrow would fuck everything up and kill a lot of people. And would the system that replaces the current one even be better than what we already have now? I doubt it.

Regardless of how I find many protesters’ beliefs to be stupid and shallow, I still think they should have rights. What went on in St Paul was pretty wacky and if you haven’t seen or heard much about it, read this and go look at the pictures.

Just in time for lunch, it’s a picture of Rich Franklin’s third eye! I’m actually amazed they didn’t stop the fight over this thing … a good left hook could have torn the skin back into the bottom of Rich’s lower eyelid and really fucked shit up for good.

As if prepping for Kimbo Slice wasn’t enough for Ken Shamrock to deal with right now, he’s also got much bigger issues at hand. His father Bob Shamrock is in bad shape after having a heart attack:

Dave Meltzer, editor of the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” is reporting that Bob Shamrock, the adopted father of Ken and Frank Shamrock, suffered a heart attack over the weekend and that both of his kidneys have shut down as he remains in hospital.

Bob is known for taking in hundreds of troubled boys and helping them get their lives back on track. Past adopting Ken and Frank, he’s also had an impact on many other MMA fighters’ lives. Here’s Jens Pulver:

well first off whats up all. I need to ask you all to put Bob Shamrock in your thoughts right now, he is having a tough go medically and could really use it. He helped me out alot in the beginning letting me stay with him and train at shamrock 2000 when i was first getting started. I owe him alot for that.

Today at 2pm there’s a media conference call to promote Kimbo Slice vs Ken Shamrock. As far as I know, Ken will still be participating. This is turning out to be a bad week to be a good guy. Why can’t Jesus throw down some fucking meteors and smite guys like Osama bin Laden and War Machine?

Sports fans and athletes are a superstitious bunch and do all sorts of dumb shit for good luck. Just look at Georges St Pierre and Rashad Evans tweaking their nipples before a fight, something Georges picked up from reading about ancient warrior societies. Of course many ancient warrior societies also totally buttfucked eachother all the time, but I have a feeling that some of the guys at Greg Jackson’s camp may not be into that.

For the most part all this crap is in their head … a ritual that is comforting and therefore helps get a fighter into the zone they need to be in. Sometimes though, you’ve got that shit getting out of hand … people freaking out because lucky jockstraps can’t be found, or because someone touched their gloves. And sometimes people start believing in other wacky shit, like the Madden curse and Sports Illustrated curse. MMA Convert noticed this letter in the latest issue of Fight! Magazine:


It is now official! When you guys put a fighter on the cover the same month as his biggest fight to date- guess what? He loses! Think I’m making this up? Ask Brock, Hendo, Jens, and now you can add Rampage to the list! As the magazine’s number one fan, I unfortunately must ban Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Paulo Fihlo, Brian Stann or Miguel Torres from making any cover appearances during the same month in which they are to do battle. I’m sure you’ll understand.


Mind you, there’s a few guys who have made it onto Fight!’s cover who haven’t fallen victim to the curse … Urijah Faber comes to mind, along with BJ Penn. Still, I think the curse has kicked in enough that there might be something to it. Looking into the Sports Illustrated curse, I found this explanation:

The most common explanation for the perceived effect is that athletes are generally featured on the cover at the pinnacle of their careers, so future performance is likely to be less impressive by comparison. This decline in performance would then be perceived as being related to, or even possibly caused by, the appearance on the magazine cover. This perceived correlation would be present for a statistically significant number of featured athletes. This effect is related to the statistical phenomenon of regression toward the mean.

Math has the answers for everything. Now if only I could find the equation for true love….

The Mixed Martial art scene is starting to attract an increasingly affluent crowd, so much so that one of the new sponsors for MMAJunkie is the exciting new website called

Before you go on thinking that this site is a thinly veiled excuse for an escort agency, consider the fact that one female member, ‘Nursecandycane’, thinks that “it’s time for your checkup”. See how caring she is, reminding us that we need to have regular scheduled doctors appointments? What kind of escort would say something so responsible? And of course there’s ‘Phenominal’, who believes she’s entitled to the best, who shows off her trim body while being spreading it on a 80,000 dollar BMW. It’s obviously hers, and doesn’t belong to some john who’s dick she was sucking. Why would she need your money if she owns such an expensive car?

Ok, so I’m not totally being honest. The site isn’t a direct sponsor. MMAJunkie has deals with advertising agencies who chose for themselves what kinds of ads will appear. Now, one could argue that most of the advertising companies simply try and attract as many different sponsors as possible. And while it’s true that MMA has one of the most lucrative demographic in the world (that coveted 18-35), it’s also true that the type of advertisers it attracts aren’t always a good match with actual fans of the sport. For example, our site regularly has ads for universities, which would be fine if it was for “Burger King U” rather than McGill.

Still, I’m interested to see if the advertising world starts getting a little smarter about how they spend their money on MMA sites. Clothing, booze, video games and movies always have a good home in this world. Advil and Marriot hotels: not so much.

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