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There’s nothing I hate more than shit like this:

STV: Who would you like to fight?

Fedor: I would like to fight champions in other MMA organization like Randy Couture, Gabriel Gonzaga and champions of UFC, Cage Rage and IFL etc.

Let’s get something straight, Fedor: if you wanted to fight the big guns, you could have. IN THE UFC. Guys outside the UFC who call out UFC fighters drive me nuts, especially guys who had the option of fighting in the UFC but decided not to. Nick Diaz had the opportunity to head back to the UFC. Instead he signed a long term deal with ProElite and now enjoys safe harbor as he talks smack on all the UFC guys he thinks he could beat. Matt Lindland does the same … he consistantly says he’d love to kick Anderson Silva’s ass, but he refuses to consider any kind of deal with the UFC that would be exclusive.

Hey, sure: all these guys have their reasons for not wanting to be in the UFC. Nick is still pissed that Dana White tried to get him on Blind Date. Lindland would have to take a pay cut until he proved himself again in the Octagon. And there are countless guys like Frank Shamrock who just fucking hate Dana White and will never come back no matter what. But for fuck’s sake, stop ‘challenging’ guys you’re not going to fight. It’s just lame.

If there’s one thing the UFC is really good at, it’s reminding us that we can’t afford to be elite. Bodog is a bit different … they try to sell the Bodog lifestyle as something anyone can be a part of. Sure it’s bullshit, but everything about Bodog is bullshit. The UFC on the other hand is all about $6000 ringside tickets, exclusive afterparties, and now a $2500 book you ain’t ever gonna be able to afford.

We’d already talked about the book in the past, so I figured now I’d just concentrate on what kind of market the UFC continues to go after with this kind of shit… $100 t-shirts, retardo expensive tickets, and all that garbage. Not an event goes by that Dana White doesn’t gloat about the UFC making more money off the gate than anyone else. Why the fuck is he so proud of this? He’s got a big shit eating grin on his face as he basically announced “Look how much money you fucking idiots paid for this!”

I’m glad that the UFC is so popular that they continue to sell out dispite their crazy ticket prices. So long as that works for them, I say they’re free to continue gouging the fans. Because the more they make, the more they can put back into the sport. But I also can’t wait for a time when the UFC changes it’s strategy and rolls out more product that’s affordable to the average person. When their card sucks cock, they should drop the PPV prices a bit. They should take some of their smaller Ultimate Fight Night shows on the road so that people don’t have to pay 130 bucks to sit in the rafters at one of the ‘big’ events.

Basically, something’s got to give. At the moment the UFC is too expensive for most people to be hardcore fans of. There’s this massive wave of blue collar people who make $8 an hour and only get to see what’s happening through Spike. So long as the UFC continues to raise their prices for tickets and PPVs, these people aren’t going to convert to real fans of the sport. And in my opinion, putting out a $2500 book without an alternative for people who aren’t rich assholes embodies everything that’s wrong with how the UFC tries to sell itself above it’s station.

Sam Caplan recently did an interview of sorts with Crazy Fedor’s Crazy Manager Vadim Finkelstein, and Vadim basically confirmed Hong Man Choi as Fedor’s NYE opponent:

Sam Caplan: Recent speculation has suggested that Hong Man Choi will be fighting Fedor on the card. Has an opponent for Fedor been determined? If so, can you name that opponent?

Vadim Finkelstein: Hong Man Choi is most likely to be Fedor’s opponent for New Year’s. There are other candidates, which we are not revealing at this time.

Of course, I don’t think anything will be announced for sure until after December 8th, when Choi battles through the K1 World Grand Prix Finals. What the fuck is that? It’s a three round kickboxing tournament featuring some of the biggest and baddest motherfuckers in kickboxing history. Choi is slotted up against Jerome LeBanner in the first round, and it doesn’t get any easier moving forward.

Honestly, I’ll be amazed if Choi makes it out of this thing intact. Let’s cross our fingers that he doesn’t, so Yarennoka is forced to get Fedor a real contender.

To me, it looks like Dorian Price is getting punished for his camera-man freakout by being matched up against scary motherfucker Roman Mitichyan at the TUF finale. But I don’t know what the fuck Paul Georgieff did to deserve being matched up against Jonathan Goulet. It just seems so fucking random. “Everyone else gets a TUF contestant … except you, Paul. You’ll be fighting a pissed off French Canadian with three times as many fights.”

I mean, does Dana White secretly hate Paul? After all, he was the one that made Paul fight before going to a funeral for no reason other than shits and giggles. And now this crazy matchup. No doubt after the fight Dana will show up with Paul’s pay, but it’ll be in dimes and Dana will leave them hanging from the arena rafters for Paul to get on his own.

My bet? Paul Georgieff Sr. slept with Dana’s wife.

A while back, Evan Tanner announced that he was turning his back on corporate sponsors and would be creating “Team Tanner” as a way for all fans to sponsor and support him. Two weeks later, we now have the official details on what exactly Evan meant:

This is what I envision for Team Tanner. A team shirt for all members, custom designed for each fight. When I step in the Octagon, those who wish to show support can wear the shirt. I will walk to the Octagon in front of millions, wearing the exact same shirt paying my respect to the team members, the ones that made it happen.

Basically, you donate money to Evan to help support him, and you get a certain amount of goodies back. The range of donations go from $50 bucks up to $4000, with perks from signed pictures to training with Evan to Evan’s comp tickets for the events he fights at. Each event he’ll have one slot open for someone to join his team and corner him. Pretty interesting, I must say. Click here for the specific details of what you get for different donations.

$50 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.
2. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner.

$100 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.*
2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.

3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.

4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner

$250 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.

2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.

3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.

4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner

5. Team Tanner beanie

6. Personalized UFC poster

$500 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.
2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.

3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.

4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner.

5. Team Tanner beanie.

6. 2 personalized UFC posters (great gift to give to friend who loves the UFC).

7. Team Tanner sweatshirt

$1000 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.
2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.
3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.
4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner.
5. Team Tanner beanie.
6. 2 personalized UFC posters (great gift to give to friend who loves the UFC).
7. Team Tanner sweatshirt
8. Team Tanner fight shorts
9. Autographed DVD of Evan’s UFC fight

$2500 contribution per fight

All of the above, plus 3 days training with Evan in Las Vegas , room, board, and transportation provided. Live the life of a fighter mini camp. This is available for only two members at a time. Each participant will have a private room in a nice apt just blocks from the gym. They will receive free gym access, free personal training from Evan, free diet and training advice. Training will be based out of HardKnocks Muay There will be trips to other gyms in the area Xyience, Xtreme Couture, and others, where it’s possible to run into fighters like Randy Couture, Forrest Griffen, Frank Shamrock,etc. You never know who’s going to be in Vegas doing some training.

$4000 contribution per fight

All of the above and 2 tickets to the UFC event as special guests of Evan’s.

Top level

This level is reserved for those who want the full experience. It is available to only one person per fight. It can be combined with any of the other options available.

The member at this level will receive a cornerman pass and will accompany Evan and his trainers behind the scenes at the full event. This will include behind the scenes access to interviews, photo shoots, etc. This will also include behind the scenes access to the weigh-ins. On the night of the event, this member will accompany Evan and his trainers to the dressing room, be able to watch the warm up for the fight, and then walk out with Evan to the Octagon in front of tens of thousands in the venue and millions on TV.

This is a unique opportunity to get a first hand look at what goes on behind the scenes at a major UFC event, and a great opportunity to meet many of the top UFC fighters. Please contact Kyria at teamtanner@gmail.com to discuss availability.

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