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Michael Rome chimes in regarding the ProElite firesale:

This is more than just unfortunate for the fighters, it is tragic.   If they are unable to negotiate with the UFC to get deals before Affliction dies, they will be left with no bargaining power.   They are stuck in a terrible limbo at this point because there just aren’t a lot of people out there looking to buy.

It’s interesting to consider whether the UFC would consider buying any of these.   My guess is no since they will get them for less eventually, but some may be worth taking now instead of waiting 6 months for.   Plus, it would be the height of irony if they bought back contract rights to Frank Shamrock’s fights.

Normally I go along with everything Michael says, even when he calls me a little bitch and slaps me around. But this time, not so much. I’ll agree with the LOL @ SHAMROCK scenario laid out, and knowing Dana White (or as Frank has coined him, Uncle Fester) he might just show up simply to make that happen.

But simply put, the Affliction window has already shut. While Affliction may still sign more fighters, I’m pretty sure that they’re gonna be kaput after their second show. Sorry to be a naysayer on that one, but there’s simply no realistic way on paper for them to pull off show number two and not lose a sick amount of cash.

I’m not cat poop certain, but I’m “Spray Jake in the face with pepper spray if I’m wrong” certain. I’ll get back to you on whether he’s as sure as I am.

MMAWeekly has an interview with Chuck Liddell and trainer John Hackelman where they talk about what’s next for Chuck. It looks like all those calls for retirement have been ignored, and instead Chuck will be heading back to fight kindergarten to re-learn how to keep his hands up:

Liddell does acknowledge his mistakes in the Evans fight, and says he’s still working on “bad habits.” In the gym, he could get away with dropping his hands, leading with body shots. As he knows now, those days are over. The key is a stricter gameplan – everything measured to maximize offense and defense.

Hackelman says he wouldn’t want his prized student to change. At this point in Liddell’s career, there’s not much he can.

“Keeping the hands up is great to say, everybody knows they should do it, but it’s a big problem for fighters of all levels,” he says. “You could get the best fighters on the planet in boxing, kickboxing, MMA, everyone drops their hands, because of simple physics of gravity. Everyone’s going to drop their hands occasionally, and when you do, you expose certain things, so yeah, we’ll work on that. You just work on some of the things that need to be tweaked, that’s all.”

I’m perfectly happy to watch Chuck take another run at the light heavyweight belt, but am I the only one who wouldn’t mind one more Chuck vs Randy fight? I know it’s a pretty wonky thing to set up, but it’s on my list of shit that needs to happen before the people involved retire.

Fighters Only has an update on Thiago Alves and it looks like he has taken his camp’s advice and will sit on the sidelines till spring to take on the winner of BJ Penn vs GSP. I’m a little down about that, but business is business and Junior Dos Santos proved that even ‘safe’ fights against nobodies can go horribly awry.

Here’s an extra interesting factoid for ya:

In the interview, Alves also revealed what many observers have long suspected: he is nearly 200lbs when he fights.

“I go with 171 pounds at the weight-ins, and then I go to the fight with 198, 199 pounds”, he revealed, adding that despite the occasional struggle to make weight, he does not want to move up to middleweight.

For those of you who flunked out of elementary school, that’s 30 FUCKING POUNDS he’s dropping. Knowing that, I’m kinda worried about waking up one morning to headlines reading “IMPLODING KIDNEYS KILL THIAGO ALVES”.

IgorPunck sent us a blog off Fedor’s website where they talk about his participation in some new Russian flick being filmed in Thailand. Here’s the always amusing translation of the text from Google’s language tools:

In Thailand before the end of November, will last for shooting new film, a major role in which plays Fedor Emelianenko. Of course, the maps reveal our hero did not, but determined, we can say that the story the film is very exciting, not without a subtle, peculiar Russians, philosophical sense.

On issues like-minded and like whether the scenario, Theodore replied: «Hilarious!, Like the script! The rest will be seen at the premiere! »

Yet the November promises to be quite busy for Theodore: in the middle of the month it would participate in the World Cup in combat sambo, which will be held in St. Petersburg to celebrate the 70 anniversary of sambo, a Russian national martial art.

Nothing gives me shivers of anticipation and dread simultaneously like an MMA fighter in a movie.

Hot on the heels of ProElite’s claim that fighters can’t break their contracts because ProElite is planning more shows in 2009 comes the news that the company has been chop shopped and will be going up for auction on November 17th:

“Showtime gave the Issuer a notice pursuant to the Security Agreement, as amended, that it intends to sell all of the Issuer’s personal property, whether tangible or intangible, to the highest bidder at a public sale,” the filing states. “Showtime reserves its rights under the Security Agreement, as amended, and applicable lawto adjourn or cancel the sale and thereafter dispose of such property in a public or private sale or in any other manner provided by applicable law.”

Still a mystery is how things will be laid out. Individual contracts? Batches? And who the fuck is gonna buy the overpriced contracts of dudes like Kimbo Slice and Bigfoot Silva? If I’m interesting in buying all the flatscreen televisions from the offices, do I get a deal? Otherwise I might just go for a solid gold toilet or two. This is all shit I need to know before I show up!

Not only do we not know how the assets will be divvied up, but it’s also gonna be interesting to see what happens to the contracts of fighters who are currently of … ah … questionable status with the company. Nick Diaz, Robbie Lawler, and of course KJ ‘Champion Fights Only’ Noons. How much is it to buy a lawsuit? I think we’ll find out soon.

The good news in all of this is the fact that one way or another, shit will be dealt with come November 17th. While that’s probably no solace to those poor destitute fighters who can’t even afford Christmas presents this year, at least it will free them up faster than bankruptcy court would. Unless the UFC buys everyone’s contracts and benches them like they did with several Pride fighters. Hmmm.

**UPDATE** MMA Mania has the skinny on the exact details of the auction, including the time and date.

The term “Collateral” means all of ProElite, Inc.’s (“ProElite”), Real Sport, Inc.’s (“Real Sport”),’s (“”), EliteXC Live’s (“EliteXC”) and King of the Cage, Inc.’s (“KOTC”; each of ProElite, Real Sport,, EliteXC and KOTC, a “Debtor” and collectively, the “Debtors”) right, title and interest in, to and under, whether now owned or hereafter acquired by such Debtor, all present and after acquired personal property of such Debtor, whether tangible or intangible, wherever located and of whatever nature. The Collateral includes all contracts between any Debtor and mixed martial arts fighters (including, but not limited to, Kevin Ferguson a.k.a. “Kimbo Slice”, Gina Carano, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, Frank Shamrock, Antonio Silva, Brett Rogers, Dave Herman, Scott Smith, Nick Diaz, Cristiane Venancio Justino a.k.a. “Chris Cyborg”, Eddie Alvarez, Yves Edwards and Wilson Reis) and all of each Debtor’s video library, still photographs and home videos (e.g., DVDs and VHS tapes).

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