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Luke Thomas has taken time from teaching everyone how to make killer chicken wings to sound a warning bell over Yahoo and the UFC’s partnership. I had thought about this angle for a while and then dropped it as being unimportant. After all, can Yahoo get ‘more friendly’ with the UFC than they already are?

Dave Meltzer is gonna be Dave Meltzer no matter who’s paying him. Good or bad, what doesn’t end up on Yahoo will end up in his stupid pro wrestling newsletter. And Kevin Iole is already Dana’s buttboy to such a degree that we depicted him as Dana’s slave in our last comic. So really, how can Yahoo and the UFC teaming up make things any worse? Yahoo is for general fans who want general news. It was never going to be a place for whistleblower news regarding scandals or pay issues or anything else. So crying over the loss of Yahoo as an objective MMA news source is like crying over Burger King closing because of it’s effect on fine dining.

It was several years ago that Master Toddy spoke the famous words that changed Gina Carano from a chubby chick into MMA’s official sex symbol. When I first read about it, I was like “Man, I can’t imagine a fat Gina Carano!” Well, now I don’t have to, because she was on Inside MMA looking pretty chunk.

I’d just like to point out right now that Fightlinker is equal opportunity: we diss male fighters getting fat just as much as female fighters. In fact, I think this is the first time we’ve ever made a post about a female fighter’s weight. But shit! Back when Gina looked like a fox, she still couldn’t hit 140 after cutting. So how much do you figure she weighs now? If there was a talking scale under her chair at Inside MMA, it would say “Argh, get off me! You’re killing me!”

Strikeforce at the Dome
Why you should care: Here’s an event you’ll actually be able to watch if you want to – it’s on HDNet. Past Bob Sapp, Maurice Smith and Rick Roufus there’s not too many big names but the card is stacked with talented lesser known fighters. These guys have a great knack for landing future stars. There’s another fighter I first saw on a Strikeforce card … who the hell was he? Oh yeah: Clay Guida.

MFC15 : Rags to Riches
Why you should care: MFC fights are the shit, plus it’s got Pete Spratt! If we don’t support Pete, he might go back to making more terrible action films. Again, HDNet’s got yo’ back. They’ll be showing this card live as well on Friday night.

DEEP 34th Impact
Why you should care: 8 man three round middleweight tournament including Ryuta Sakurai and Riki Fukuda! Plus a female flyweight tournament. I’m usually not a big fan of the smaller Japanese MMA shows but I never pass up on tournaments.

Shooto and ZST are also holding shows in Japan, so if you happen to be a millionaire who wants to spend a weekend in Tokyo watching fights, this is a good time to do it. And if you need a drinking buddy to down sake and ogle hot foreign bitches, I’m down for that too. I’m so very, very down.

Last but not least, the Kim Couture smoker fight is going down this weekend as well, although HDNet will only be showing that next week after the (barf) IFL season premiere. Still, I hope that Sunday morning brings news that her opponent turned out to be Dana White in a blonde wig, and he put Kim in the goddamn hospital.

Combat Lifestyle photographer Tracy Lee spent a day up at Big Bear photographing Dan Henderson’s training camp. And while most of the pictures are atypical of what you’d see from most other photographers, Tracy always seems willing to go the extra mile and get into the fighter’s bedrooms for the good stuff. Ahem. In this case that means getting to see Dan Henderson pulling a Michael Jackson and sleeping inside a bubble:

Dan went upstairs to take a nap. I went up and caught some photos of him in his high altitude tent on his bed; reminiscent of the movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Scientific studies have shown that altitude training can produce increases in speed, strength, endurance, and recovery. Does that mean that sleeping in a high altitude tent, in a high altitude environment increases this effect exponentially? I took the time to explore the house a little and found 5 beds in each downstairs room, a pool table, fire place, and guitars for guitar hero.

Unfortunately there’s no Guitar Hero pics involved, but overall it’s worth checking out Tracy’s blog of the whole event and seeing what an average day in Dan Henderson’s training camp is like. Will it be enough to keep the remainder of his real teeth from being knocked into the back of his throat by Anderson Silva? Uuuuuuuuh. Hmmm. Guess we’ll see.

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