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Well, the MMA Fanhouse guy who was harassing the Florida athletic commission finally got word back from referee Jorge Ortiz on why he stood up Arlovski and Nelson during their fight, and Jorge’s answer is as predictable and tame as you’d expect:

“In my opinion he wasn’t active enough,” Ortiz said. “I thought he needed to be more aggressive on the ground to attempt to finish the fight, and when I feel the action is at a point where it’s stale and it’s not going anywhere, at that point is where I decide to change it up and get something going here.”

Sometimes you’re stuck in a situation where all you can do is tell someone they fucked up and see how they react. Unfortunately nowadays it seems like everyone’s opinion is valid, even when by factual evidence they are 100% wrong. In this case, Jorge stood up the fight while Nelson was keeping busy. He fucked up. I don’t give a shit that he thinks he did a good job because he very obviously didn’t. I’m not surprised that he’s unwilling to admit it. But it’s still frustrating.

Still no accountability for judges and refs in MMA. Insane.

Those of you bored out of your skulls on a Saturday night may have decided to watch the replay for UFC 87 on SpikeTV. But it turns out that what you saw wasn’t the same as what everyone else saw on PPV. Yeah of course there were 2000 commercials asking you about conventional oil and shit, that’s to be expected. But check out what Michael from MMA Eruption noticed:

I had a pretty good time watching the replay of UFC 87 tonight. However, I noticed there was something missing – the fight between Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian. Weird, huh? That was the third most-hyped fight at the event, and it does not make it onto the broadcast over stuff like Maia/Mcdonald and McFredries/Massenzio, the latter of which was actually from Ultimate Fight Night 15!

They got rid of the Huerta / Florian bout! This does not bode well for Roger Huerta, who got caught up in a very sticky situation when his cover story for Fight! magazine turned into a bitchfest on the UFC’s pay. Dana White wasn’t happy about it at the time (remember: talking shit about UFC pay is one of those golden rules you should never break), and it looks like things haven’t gotten any better.

So what’s next for Roger? Probably a vacation on the bench until his contract is about to expire and then an undercard bout against some little fire hydrant of a wrestler who can hold him down for three boring-ass rounds. This is also known as the Arlovski treatment. I’d be angry at the UFC over this but I’m betting Huerta really is asking for BJ Penn style money, which is pretty retarded. So if you start to feel bad for Roger, understand that the UFC probably has a 40k/40k contract ready to be signed at any point. For someone who’s only significant win was against Clay Guida, that’s not too bad.

More on Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii from English news sources, indicating that his recent pro-Judo statements are more for show than anything else. From the Japan Times:

Despite his indecision, several sources familiar with the judoka have said that he has already made up his mind to quit. The judo federation has already said it intends to drop Ishii from its plans in preparation for the 2012 London Games.

Ishii admitted he does not plan on competing in the 2009 Judo World Championships.

“For a while, I have been thinking of not competing in next year’s world championships and freely doing what I want to do,” said Ishii, adding that he is not concerned about being dropped from the judo federation’s list of top-ranked athletes.

And from AFP:

Ishii sounded unusually cautious when he explained his intentions on Tuesday.

“I am interested in joining the world of mixed martial arts, but for now I’m focused on graduating from school,” the crewcut-sporting judoka said.

He is due to leave Tokyo’s Kokushikan University, famous for its elite athletic programmes, in March. Media reports said that several martial arts organisations are interested in him.

“I still have time and there is no use being hasty,” he said.

But judo leader Kazuo Yoshimura was furious.

“This guy turns everybody into an enemy. He’d better get out without delay,” Yoshimura, director of technical development at the All-Japan Judo Federation, told reporters.

He added that he had already counted Ishii out of his plan for the London Games.

It would be impossible for Ishii to win a ticket to London, anyway, if he does not regularly compete in international events to earn points under new International Judo Federation rules to make the sport a global tour.

So the big question now: Will Ishii fight on New Years Eve? And will it be against Fedor? Despite his abilities in Judo, I can’t imagine Ishii would be a real threat to Fedor. But considering Fedor tends to smash his hands up on a regular basis during fights, any bout is a dangerous bout as far as Affliction and Golden Boy are concerned.

More details are coming out regarding EliteXC’s history of giving bonuses. Josh Gross got in touch with the people brokering the deals and here’s what he found: some managers have heard of the bonuses and some haven’t. Those who have heard of them say that Petruzelli’s 20k-30k KO bonus was much much higher than any bonus they’ve ever heard of from the organization.

While that might seem a bit odd, it seems like Josh has decided that what went down wasn’t a fix:

Let there be no doubt, EliteXC officials attempted to motivate an exciting fight out of Petruzelli. They did so with an increased purse, a bump in his KO bonus and a pep talk that was meant to inspire. But none of those things seem like indictable offenses. EliteXC has handled the PR so badly that, according to ESPN.com, the Florida Department of Business And Professional Regulation, which oversees the state athletic commission, opened a preliminary investigation on Thursday under the heat of questions from the media.

Talk of fight fixing is incredibly dangerous to the continued growth and acceptance of MMA. The only thing worse than allegations of impropriety is the actual thing — and that’s yet to be proven.

It always interests me when people say “Everything is fine, and by the way if this conversation continues it could destroy MMA’s reputation.” Personally, I think the day people don’t get up in arms over the possibility of fight fixing is the day the sport really gets hurt.

The more money that comes into MMA, the more opportunities there will be for organizations and/or individuals to tamper with the outcome – either to try and help grow their stars, improve their ratings, or create a more ‘entertaining’ product. If we aren’t on the lookout for this and we aren’t protesting in the face of sketchy practices, THEN the sport could face some serious issues with it’s credibility and acceptance.

I wasn’t too impressed by Dana White’s decision to keep Junie Browning in the house after he flipped out and attacked half the cast on Wednesday’s episode of TUF. It contradicts everything he’s said and done in past seasons. But I can’t deny that on a business level it makes sense: Drama sells, chaos brings in eyeballs, and Junie Browning is ratings gold:

The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Episdoe 4 earned a 1.42 household rating — a 1.74 in Men 18-49, a 1.19 in People 18-49, a 1.94 in Men 18-34, and an average audience of 1.9 million viewers.

You might remember that last week’s episode did a brutal 0.80 rating, which was the worst rating in the history of the series … yes, even lower than the ratings from the Comeback series with Matt Serra. I bet Dana and the gang were shitting kittens over the possibility that the TUF train was finally out of steam. But it looks like they’ve managed to grab people’s interest for now … how it’ll hold up over the season once people get sick of Junie is another question.

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