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If you might remember, last week there was an interesting discussion going on about the Fight Network, and how it was basically being run into the ground by some very stupid executives. This is a theme that seems to be playing out a lot in the MMA world and beyond nowadays. We pointed out how ProElite bought a bunch of profitable MMA promotions and managed to run most of them into insolvency. And now the people in charge of The Fight Network have taken a hot and promising channel and ripped it’s guts out. Just great.

The latest blow to the Fight Network is Big John McCarthy leaving. He was the ‘Fight Network Ambassador’, although he wasn’t being completely ambassador-like in his parting column. The majority of the article gives props to the people John did like: Mike Garrow, Mauro Renallo, John Pollock, John Ramdeen, Chris Tapanila, Chad Midgley, and Anthony Ciccone. I guess the rest of you peeps there can consider yourself unliked. Here’s the not so nice shit he managed to slip in:

Well this is my farewell from the Fight Network.   While I will not miss what has happened or transpired at the company, I am really going to miss some very special people that I have come to know and respect in my short time with them.

To all of the higher ups that have taken over the Fight Network over the last year I only have this to say………….. Shame on you………………

That’s a lot of periods, Mr McCarthy! For someone who has been very careful about talking shit, these are some pretty strong words.

Fighthype has a really interesting interview with jiu jitsu innovator and UFC consultant Eddie Bravo. During UFC events, Eddie sits out in the production van and feeds BJJ info into Joe Rogan’s earpiece. That’s not the only place he teaches Joe, as Rogan is a brown belt under Bravo. Here’s Bravo talking about Joe’s abilities:

PC: I’ve heard a lot about Joe Rogan’s abilities. What is his skill-set like? Can Rogan kick some ass?

EB: Joe Rogan is a bad motherfucker and I’m not just saying that. He’s one of my best students. He is a brown belt and he is just a nightmare in the gym. He’s gotta work on his guard a little bit, but his half game is amazing. He’s so strong; so explosive. You can’t tell from Fear Factor, but he looks like Frank Shamrock or Ken Shamrock. He’s a giant man.

He’s swole and very athletic and very flexible. He did Taekwondo his whole life, Kickboxing and Muay Thai and he hits really hard. All of the trainers that have trained him-like Rob Kaman trained him and he was just amazed how hard Rogan hits. He hits really hard. He hits harder than anybody I’ve ever held mitts for. If he wanted to do MMA, Joe Rogan could go straight to 170 and fuck up a lot of dudes. He can for sure.

Joe Rogan almost ended up fighting Wesley Snipes in the UFC, but Snipes realized that Blade losing to the Fear Factor / NewsRadio guy probably wouldn’t help his reputation. You have to figure though that sooner or later another cocky celebrity might come along and Rogan might step into the cage. Outside of that, I don’t know if I’d be too keen on seeing him fight in the UFC unless he worked his way through some smaller shows first.

Yeah, he’s probably gonna be the dude who drags Russia down into fascism (not like we don’t have the same kind of people over here), but hey … at least Putin is an ardent supporter of mixed martial arts!

We’ve seen Putin hanging out with Fedor, and he invited everyone back to his palace for a party after Bodog’s Russian event. All this enthusiasm stems from the former Russian president’s love of Judo. And now he wants to share that love with you in the form of an instructional DVD:

Now Vladimir Putin – the world’s most manly leader – has released yet another display of his own masculinity: a DVD entitled ‘Let’s learn judo with Vladimir Putin’.

Today he presented the instructional judo DVD that shows him throwing an opponent to the mat.

‘Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin’ is the product of collaboration between Putin – a black belt – and former World and Olympic judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita.

At a nighttime presentation minutes into his 56th birthday, Putin said the title was little more than an ‘advertising trick’. Anyone who watches it ‘will be learning not from your humble servant but from real geniuses’ of the martial art, he said.

This is a pretty unique opportunity, up there with learning how to paint with Hitler or taking etiquette lessons from Mugabe.

Perhaps the above picture will go down in grainy-ass history, or maybe it will go down as just a footnote. Whatever the case, this week’s Low Blow is all about what just happened this weekend, from the less than earth shaking Strikeforce card to the Montreal TKO event to … what the heck was that other event called? EliteXC Heat or something? Yeah, we talk about that and all those fights. We also talk about how trust is an important factor in promoting and how EliteXC has unfortunately destroyed their credibility.

45 minutes of redeeming conversation … last week’s show was a total embarassment so I’m glad to see we haven’t jumped the shark permanantly.


Or listen to it with the streamy thing below, or via iTunes.

MMAPayout has an insane article regarding the legalization of MMA in New York and how it’s being blocked by a hotel and casino union  over the Fertitta’s resistance to unionizing their fucking casinos:

The union’s opposition to sanctioning is the result of its failed efforts to unionize the Fertitta’s Station Casinos in Las Vegas. The Culinary Union Local 226, the Las Vegas local of UNITE HERE, is the largest local of the union in the United States and it’s most politically potent. However, it has failed to crack into the locals casino market in the city, one dominated by Station Casinos which is the last major non-union company in Las Vegas.

The family owned Station Casinos has long been staunchly open shop, but its relations with UNITE HERE took a turn for the worse with the company’s purchase of a union casino in 2000. Station fired 1,000 union workers and required them to reapply for their jobs. Only 150 were rehired according to union officials.

The union’s efforts to stop the Fertitta’s efforts in New York go back several years. The group’s close ties to members of the Tourism committee, as well as the assembly at large, were instrumental in stopping the push to sanction MMA. A source familiar with the union’s efforts told, “(UNITE HERE) is probably the only thing standing in the way of MMA being sanctioned in New York.”

As is with most people, I’m all for unions but the second they try and drag me in the middle I get pissed the fuck off. Now UNITE HERE is directly fucking with the growth of mixed martial arts as a backdoor means to put pressure on cocksucking casinos.

Perhaps if this was a sane effort to try and force the unionization of Station Casinos I might be willing to go along with them. But from what I can see, this is just a petty measure that’s designed not to bring about change but to hurt the bottom line of the union’s enemy. And again, who cares about the collateral damage? You know, all the fighters in New York, all the money that would be brought to the state? There are plenty of promoters that have NOTHING to do with Station Casinos that aren’t able to hold events in New York because of this.

And perhaps I’m being naive here, but how can you not be upset about a union putting forward bullshit misinformation and opposition to MMA … not because they’re actually concerned about the sport, but for completely political reasons. This shit pisses me off to no end, and when we hear more about MMA in New York coming up for vote again I’m going to make sure everyone knows what we’re up against and how we’re gonna make sure MMA doesn’t get dragged down for bullshit reasons.

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