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Last night I was watching ShoXC, and while the fights were great there were a few things that still bugged the fuck out of me. I was gonna make another list like I did last time but my boy Sam Caplan beat me to it:

First, what does someone need to do to make sure that EliteXC never has a DJ scratching a record over the PA during fighter introductions ever again? It sounds like crap on TV and it sounds even crappier in person. Sorry to get all Fight Linker on everyone for a second but there’s just no way to sugar coat it. It’s annoying and obnoxious.

On TV, it sounds like someone has the house mic and is just banging it into their hand. At first, I really thought that the bass in the speakers of my TV were messed up. In person, the bass was giving me a migraine. I get the idea, they want to make MMA hip and cool and appeal to its younger demographic. But we’re all here for the fights. Full contact martial arts is hip enough. We don’t need the record scratching unless you’re Grandmaster Flash.

Speaking of trying too hard to be hip, the EliteXC rap song needs to be banished as well. And I’m still not a fan of the dancers. The way the T’N’A aspect is addressed in boxing and the UFC by just having a ring girl display the round number following a round is the way to go. Sometimes less is more.

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts the DJ is that fucking asshole Hapa. He’s been scratching over fighter announcements and judge’s decisions since the K1 Dynamite show, and will probably continue to do that until someone does something about it. I’ve already asked Caplan to punch Skala in the face so it would seem impolite to try and get him to take care of Hapa too. I’ve seen people get smoked in the face with a turntable before, and trust me: they don’t come back. All it would take is one brave soul. I bet the police wouldn’t even arrest you. They’d just put you in a car all official like and then let you out a few blocks from the venue, shake your hand and say “Good job, son. Good job.”

Well, I’m pretty pissed off at the moment. Health issues have prevented me from hitting the gym on Friday and getting a new snapshot and official weight. As everyone reading the comments knows, I’m suffering from mysterious burning ass syndrome to the point where Thursday night was spent rolling around until 5am in agony. As a response, Jake canceled Friday’s workout and refuses to let us reschedule for today. So no gym till Monday.

The good news is that all the workouts I did do were great. Monday we started up a new high intensity training routine. I’m still a bit iffy on the idea of hitting the weights only twice a week but with 2-3 MMA classes a week I suppose it’s no big deal. Monday’s workout was brutal but felt excellent. I think we were getting a bit complacent with our old routine so I’m happy we switched things up.

Last but not least I really think I’m starting to break through in my grappling. I’m no longer making the mistakes I used to and now have really good balance in top position. Stephane Vigneault (Montreal fighter) was doing drills with us and I managed to do pretty well against him half the time. Not like I came close to winning the drill, but even passing to half guard, escaping side control, or escaping a sub of his is pretty sweet.

All in all things are going well. Since putting up the pictures from last week I’ve been extra motivated to avoid eating things which are bad for me. As a result, when I hit the scales after training on Thursday night I was sitting at 209.3. This isn’t an accurate weight compared to last week though because I’m usually a bit dehydrated after class. Official weight comes from the gym scale after the lunchtime workout … I like to keep it same time / same place so I know hydration and other stuff isn’t affecting the result. But I’m pretty confident that by monday I’ll be down between 210 and 211. I’ll update y’all then.

With the UFC sitting back and saying “We have to abide by what the sanctioning bodies tell us”, I figured we’d never end up seeing random drug testing of MMA fighters outside of the standard pre and post fight stuff. But now it looks like Nevada has taken the lead on this issue and is about to put the fucking smack down on any juicer who plans on fighting in Vegas:

Random testing throughout the year will further deter any fighters considering taking non-approved substances,” said Executive Director Kizer. “The additional testing, which will be paid for by the Commission, will help us keep the sport of unarmed combat safe and fair for all fighters.”

Selection of licensees for testing will be made in one of three ways:
1. Fighters may be randomly chosen for testing.
2. If there is some indication that a fighter is taking a non-approved substance, they may be tested.
3. If a fighter has previously tested positive for using a non-approved substance, they may be tested.

Oh fucking god yes. For those of you unfamiliar with how steroids work, here’s an ultra simplified explanation: all steroids have a half-life, which is to say a point where the steroid can no longer be detected by testing. Most fighters just juice up till that point before a fight so that by the time they get tested, they seem clean. Basically, up until this point the only people getting caught using steroids are the ones who are pretty damned stupid.

Random drug testing on the other hand is going to catch a big fuckload of fighters. Of course, I’m wondering how the tests will be carried out. Is someone from the NSAC going to be flying all over the world testing fighters for upcoming events? Are they simply going to be demanding piss and blood be FedEx’d to them? There’s still the possibility of loopholes that fighters will be able to exploit to avoid getting caught. But overall I’m fucking hyped about this. The last thing I want is the MMA turning into the Tour de France.

(funny side note: I typed ‘steroid user’ into google to find a good title picture for this post and Sean Sherk’s picture came up on the first page of results. I saw that as a sign.)


(above: Tanner’s mugshot photo for UFC.com)

Even though it smells like poo, I guess I’m okay with letting Ohio siphon off some of the AWESOME from the Montreal UFC for their own. Evan Tanner vs Yushin Okami has finally been officially announced, but for UFC82 in Columbus rather than Montreal as reported earlier.

Typically I just read MMAJunkie’s headlines and don’t bother much with a lot of the writing inside because it’s blah blah facts blah recap blah blah responsible journalism blah I already know this shit. But I’m glad I checked it out this time because tucked in there was a note about the UFC being “extremely pissed” that anyone knew about the Tanner-Okami fight before they announced it.

I suppose we all knew things would start to get like this : Dana White already hates us web news sites. After all, we’re just parasites trying to suck at his majestic teats, right? So I guess now he’s figuring if he can’t steal these sites’ web addresses through questionable legal wrangling anymore, perhaps he can kill their ability to report the news by CONTROLLING THE NEWS. You know, there was another group that tried to control the news. They were called Nazis. Or neo-conservatives. Hmm. Well I’m pretty sure they both did it. And they’re both evil.


(Jarry Park brought back Arianny Celeste for another interview. Proving that MMA fans are complete morons, the first Arianny interview was the most listened to interview in the site’s history.)

Oh it’s the weekend, which means we got a little bit of fight action tonight. It was nice to lay back on the couch and veg while watching the ShoXC event … it was pretty damned good from start to finish. Both Paul Daley and Eddie Alvarez layed the smack down, and so did Kala Kolohe (although it’d be a shame if they stuck him against Robbie Lawler like they keep trying to … dude’s just not ready). Past that here’s what else went on today that was too damn boring to bother covering in full:

UFC shooting for June Network deal
When the UFC says they’re working to try and land a network deal for their June UFC UK event, you gotta take that with a grain of salt. After all, the UFC’s original plan when they first hit the UK was to show all those events on HBO. And that worked out just great, didn’t it?

Boxing can still pull numbers
Jones vs Trinidad proves that boxing can still pull some decent PPV numbers without the name De La Hoya on the poster. The show, which was widely panned by many as being several years too late, pulled an estimated 500k PPV buys.

Patrick Cote is dumb
That fucker pissed me off after beating McFedries by making the belt motion across his chest like he’s even earned a permanent spot on the UFC’s roster or some shit. Now he’s talking about wanting a crack at Anderson Silva. Talk about trying to run before being able to walk.

Randy Couture to star in another stinker
As if the prospect of stinking it up in The Scorpion King 2 wasn’t enough, Randy Couture will also be featured in a movie based on the uber-lame comic book character Mandrake the Magician.

Ricco Rodriguez shit talks Kimbo
It’s ironic that all the shit talking Ricco does about Kimbo not being worth fighting only makes it more likely that Ricco will be the next guy Kimbo faces. Perhaps that’s the whole point behind Ricco doing the shit talking. Or maybe he’s just a big dumb coke head. Hmmm. Hmmm. Hmmmmmmmmm.

Smackgirl stuff
Smackgirl’s got a new website and an event coming up in the middle of February. Roxanne Modafferi says she might be fighting in the middle of February. Hopefully these two facts are connected.

Captain Obvious: Hughes wants Serra
Wow, big surprise here. Matt Hughes wants a shot at Serrra once GSP is done with him. Big question is if there will be enough of Matt Serra left after St Pierre destroys him.

The IFL pays better than the UFC
Oh, ain’t it great when a rinky-dink promotion like the IFL is paying fighters more than the UFC? And don’t tell me that’s why the IFL is losing money. The IFL is losing money because they’re retards.

Kim Couture talks smoker, how she met Randy
Goddamn I hate Kim Couture, she’s the Yoko Ono of mixed martial arts. That is all.

Oh yeah, the Sylvia-Nog fight
Dave Meltzer points out that there’s apparently going to be another fight at UFC81 for the interim heavyweight belt. First I’ve heard of it.

The whole Bob Sapp
Here’s a good interview covering the history of Bob Sapp for those of you who give a shit.

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