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Denny Burkholder tries to do some lame last year / this year comparisons and just ends up pissing me off. Check this out:

Last year:
Popular MMA message boards loved mainstream coverage and pined for more of it. It was viewed as a positive, healthy sign that the sport was gaining respect. (Before I continue, let me mention that I bring up MMA websites and blogs because — as others have correctly observed — MMA is a sport that is seriously intertwined with the web like no other sport.)

No MMA website or blog had a relationship — formal or informal — with any mainstream company. Bloggers used to write about MMA just for fun.

This year:
Popular MMA message boards tend to hate mainstream MMA coverage, with posters wondering aloud “why don’t they just hire people like us?” (Which draws various far-reaching assumptions such as that mainstream writers didn’t know about MMA until The Ultimate Fighter, never posted on an MMA message board, and are not, therefore, “people like us.” Which is wrong on all counts. Believe it or not, some of us were following the sport before today’s major MMA websites and message boards existed. **Raises hand.**)

Bloggers that used to write about MMA for fun now seem more concerned with scoring a big partnership, selling ads, and “cashing in.” Others have shifted their focus from covering the sport of MMA (for fun) to skewering the media’s coverage of MMA (for sport).

What right do you, a guy who’s JOB it is to write about MMA, have to criticize other people who are trying to make a few fucking bucks writing 20 times the amount of content that you do? Half the bloggers out there do a BETTER job than the mainstream media does, and that’s without any kind of access or paid expenses, and that’s on top of whatever job and family life they have.

Pardon us for ‘skewering’ people like Kevin Iole when he bends over, takes it from Dana White, and then regurgitates press releases under the guise of a YahooSports ‘news’ piece. For every Dave Meltzer there’s 10 fuckwads who don’t know shit, or maybe they do know shit but they’re just so bad at journalism that everything they write makes them look like they don’t know shit.

You guys are the ones in charge of presenting the sport to a general audience, and I think overall you’re doing a shitty job of it. Your press credentials are supposed to give you the access and the ability to find shit out. But there’s barely been one answer you guys have dug up that bloggers and the average forum users haven’t managed to find out first.

As far as I can tell, most of you just take whatever story the editor tells you to cover and run with it. Writers like Sam Caplan had to start their own fucking blogs because ‘mainstream’ outlets weren’t interested in giving him the webspace or paltry pay neccessary to cover the sport properly.

So from me to you in the spirit of Christmas: fuck all you mainstream guys in your fucking asses. You guys seem too busy patting your own backs to pay attention to why the rest of the MMA community wants to kick your teeth in. You haven’t done shit, you’re not the magical force that’s growing MMA. You’re just corporate patsies that do what you’re told.

Some show on G4 did a short feature on MMA blogs, and they picked Five Ounces, Cage Today, and some blogspot blog to feature. Five Ounces was a good pick – if you want to send your average TUF fan to one site in order to get educated, I’d say Five Ounces is probably the best option. But Cage Today? Cage Today???

Out of the 75 blogs I have on RSS feed, Cage Today doesn’t even rank in the top 40 list, and barely releases 4 posts a day (most of them links to pirated fights on youtube and dailymotion).

I’m not bitching and whining because we didn’t get picked … our particular brand of racist/sexist/generally offensive commentary is simply too WAWESOME for television. But they could have at least given props to one of the other major quality MMA sites like MMAJunkie or Fightopinion or BloodyElbow. Hell, if they were looking for different kinds of sites, they could have thrown in Payout, which is the best blog on the business side of MMA.

Anyways, I don’t know why I should expect these people to get anything right … one site out of three ain’t too bad for people that called Gina Carano a K1 fighter, Pride “the Pride” and Edwin Dewees “Edwin Dews”.

Wow, 2007 has been a bad year for Brazilian teams. Following news earlier this year that Brazilian Top Team was coming apart at the seams, it seams (haha, fabric pun) that Chute Boxe is also going through the same thing. Anderson Silva jumped ship a while back, and everyone went pretty bonkers when Wanderlei Silva left to train with Randy Couture. Then Thiago Silva left for Team Link, and Andre Amade left too.

But the biggest news to rock Chute Boxe since Wand left is that Shogun and Ninja are leaving too:

Chute Boxe leader Rudimar Fedrigo on Tuesday announced, via the Chute Boxe website, that Murilo “Ninja” and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have officially left the team.

“We regret the (departure) of Murilo and Mauricio Rua,” commented Fedrigo indicating that they were leaving to form their own team in the United States. “The doors of Chute Boxe will always be open to them and we wish them good luck.”

Things were going better for Brazilian teams when the fight world focused on Japan. Now that everything is going on in America, it seems like all these Brazilians are heading over to the US and don’t have time to train down in South America. Chute Boxe USA is a total mess, so what option do these guys have? Continue to get their faces pounded in by guys from bigger, better rounded camps? Or leave and set their own shit up?

When I first saw another Kevin Iole article regarding Matt Lindland, I was getting ready to be pissed. I hate ‘Bring Matt back to the UFC’ articles … they ignore the simple fact that Matt Lindland will never be back in the UFC so long as he doesn’t agree to an exclusive contract. That’s something the UFC will never bend on … not for Fedor, not for Gomi, and especially not for Matt Lindland.

But upon taking a closer look, things were not what they seemed. It looks like Matt Lindland is the one approaching Dana White about coming back:

The first, albeit tiny, steps toward middleweight Matt Lindland’s return to the UFC were taken last week when Lindland spoke to UFC president Dana White.

Lindland hasn’t fought in the UFC since UFC 54 on Aug. 20, 2005. He wore a shirt bearing the logo of a sponsor not approved by UFC management and hasn’t been back.

Lindland worked the corner of Chael Sonnen in Sonnen’s unsuccessful WEC middleweight title bid against Paulo Filho last week in Las Vegas. After the bout, he said he’d spoken to White about returning to fight in the UFC.

White said he is “not sure” of whether Lindland will return. In a text message, he wrote, “He told me he wants to come back and I haven’t thought about it at all.”

Well holy shit. All of a sudden, the ball really is in the UFC’s court. Of course, I wouldn’t expect Dana White to bite too soon. Most likely he’ll hum and haw until after the Silva/Hendo fight to see if he really needs to bust the bank on another famously independant ‘troublemaker’ like Lindland. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that Lindland’s still tied up with the IFL. If Dana White was willing to torpedo Ken Shamrock over that, don’t think he’ll let it slide with Matt.

But there is one thing for sure … Lindland extending the olive branch definately does change the equation. People like me can no longer claim it’s all Landland’s fault that he’s not in the UFC.

This is the most awesome Matt Hughes interview ever.

Seriously.

Go check this out.

It’s FUCKING AWESOME!

If you didn’t think Matt Hughes was the biggest prick in the universe before, then you certainly will after this.

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