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The latest news regarding Matt Lindland that’s not false is the following update on his status with the UFC, as per Dana White:

“I’ve had some issues with Lindland in the past. I have talked to him, and they want to continue to talk,” he said. “I am still on the fence with Lindland. I want someone that wants to be a team player. I don’t need a promotion full of Titos (Ortiz).”

So basically in order to fight in the UFC, you have to drink the Kool-Aid. If you’re not willing to drink the Kool-Aid, then get the fuck outta Jonestown. Great.

I also love how Dana White “doesn’t want a promotion full of Titos”. Yeah, because Tito Ortiz didn’t carry the UFC through the dark ages of MMA and isn’t still one of the biggest stars in the promotion. Why would you ever want more guys like him? Because he expects to be paid what he’s worth? Because he’s got a spine and doesn’t just take it up the ass?

The real question is “Who’s really the one that’s hard to work with?” Are Matt Lindland, Tito Ortiz, Josh Barnett, Fedor, Randy, Ken and Frank Shamrock really hard to work with, or is it Dana White that’s a fucking dope?

To me, the situation is obvious. When upper management talks about being a ‘team player’, that just means they want you to ‘take one for the team’. If that means fighting injured or fighting for a lot less money than you should or being sacrificed as a rebound, then hey … that’s what being a team player is all about! But just remember that when you’re all used up, Team UFC will toss you aside and move on to find more ‘team players’. Because there’s no “I” in “Team”, and that means “U” are not important.

Looks like Ricco Rodriguez’ UFC Heavyweight Championship belt has made it’s way onto Ebay, minimum bid 29k. The official line is that the money raised by this will be spent on a ‘new school’, but the truth is probably a lot more like “We’re going to spend this money on several keys of cocaine which will then be split and distributed across California. The money made from this may or may not be funneled into a new school or might just go up our noses. We love sniffing big shovels of coke! We’re fucking cokeheads!”

Oh, in case you didn’t know, the backstory to all this is that Ricco tested positive for coke and weed back in November of 2006, and was recently on some trainwreck of a VH1 show called “Celebrity Rehab”.

For those of you who just need more Fightlinker radio content, Jake and I were on the BetUS ‘MMA roundtable’ and we talked about eating penises and so forth. You can check it out here.

Remember back in November we wrote about Luke Cummo inviting people over to his apartment to ‘purge’ them? Well, none other than agent extrordinaire Ken Pavia has taken Luke up on his offer and is blogging the experience for MMAJunkie:

Luke picks me up, and we start right away. He hands me a hot “tea” in a jar and directs me to drink. Now, we have all heard the rumors about him drinking urine, but I am down for the cause — short of urine.

The tea was actually very good, and I am told it is to hydrate my blood and begin the process. We went back to his triplex and proceeded to choke down earthy-tasting herbs, wrap castor-oil packs with cellophane and hot water bottles around our bodies, and then drink vinegar with more herbs and lemon. I was told in a few days this would flush countless stones out of my gall bladder, and that sounded kind of cool.

It should be interesting to see what other retarded shit these guys do over the course of the next 12 days. I’m not an expert on the subject of nutrition but Jake is, so perhaps he’ll read this stuff over and point out all the medically incorrect things they’re doing. While there’s nothing wrong with eating better, the concept of purges and fasting is generally considered to be flawed by anyone with a proper medical background (who doesn’t do a lot of acid).

The Pav says he’s off to do some MMA training too … no word yet on if he’ll keep doing that once he develops brutal diarrhea. The idea of him sharting all over Matt Serra’s BJJ school entertains me to no end.

Right around New Years eve, the MMA community is hit with the strange urge to write non-stop top ten lists. Top ten fighters of the year. Top ten matches, submissions, knockouts, blah blah blah. Why ten? Most lists are pretty strong up til #5, and then they’re just kinda lame. Are you all such slaves to David Letterman’s golden standard? I’d promise I’ll never write a top ten list but there is a chance that one day I might. But I do promise that the list will only be as long as it should, and if it happens to be a list of 10 that’s just a coincidence.

Anyways, enough hating on the number 10. The first good list I’ve seen so far this year is Cage Potato’s Top 10 cauliflower ears. As mentioned above, there’s really only 5 or 6 really good ones, and they were a bit lazy on finding good pictures of the guy’s ears. But the article is definately worth looking at just to go eeeew. My personal favorites are Frank Trigg’s meat curtains and Frankie Edgar’s severed ear.

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