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Hello everyone, Captain Obvious here. I just wanted to stop by and inform you all of the shocking news that Forrest Griffin and Quinton Jackson are the coaches for TUF7. Woah … are you okay? I know the news would shock and surprise you, but I didn’t expect you to fall over in amazement. I understand though … this is so out of the blue. No one was expecting this at all.

Now before you all start hopping around shouting “Squeeee!”, let’s take a moment with Adam Swift from MMAPayout.com to see what this means (past weeks of Rampage/Forrest chicanery sponsored by Old Spice):

Assuming an April premier and a twelve-week season, Jackson-Griffin will take place on Saturday June 21st at the earliest. At that time the company’s premier weight class will have been on hold for at least eight months. The Light Heavyweight title will likely be defended only twice next year as the company continues to move towards more of a boxing work load for its top stars (2-3 fights per year).

It doesn’t take a Captain Obvious to tell you that TUF7 will do what TUF6 did to the welterweight division: stall it out and render most bouts practically meaningless past pecking order for sloppy seconds or thirds. And hey, after all that plus a season of terrible television, the big payoff fizzled when Matt Serra’s spine exploded.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that Dana White is serious when he says they’re switching shit up and we’ll be amazed. Because shelving the LHW title is a pretty big deal, and if TUF7 doesn’t live up to expectations it could be yet another big mistake the UFC has made over the past several months.

Well, it’s time. For those of you living under rocks for the past two weeks, Kid Nate from BloodyElbow.com and I had a bet on the Huerta / Guida bout. If Guida won, Nate would have to shave his eyebrows. If Huerta won, I’d have to recreate UFC ringgirl Edith Larente’s ‘grape photo’.

Of course, Roger Huerta staged an amazing comeback in the third to beat Clay Guida by submission. Which means I lost the bet. Which means you now get to see a picture of me with grapes over my junk. So here’s the promised picture. As Nate was kind enough to say: “This might cost you some dignity, but it definately proves you’ve got honor”. Honor through nudity! Awesome. Follow the link below … if you dare.

Fueling rumors that the UFC/CBS deal is pretty much locked in, fighter Terry Martin sent out a bulletin on his MySpace saying this:

Just found out that I am suppose to fight Marvin Eastman Feb. 2, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay. The fight is to be aired on CBS. So it will be free for everyone. Time to get back on track with the Super Bowl of all knock outs.

Of course, how Terry Martin would know when everyone else has been left in the dark is unclear. Perhaps Terry is pulling a Joe Lauzon and just making shit up in order to get attention. Well, two can play at that game, Mr Terry Martin who has terminal penis AIDS.

After rolling through the K1 World Grand Prix on Saturday, Semmy Schilt isn’t looking to take a   vacation. In fact, it looks like he wants to be considered as an opponent for Fedor on NYE:

Sadaharu Tanikawa and Semy Schilt had an interview on Dec 09.   In the interview, Schilt showed his interest fighting Fedor.   Schilt won K-1 World GP 2007 on Dec 08.   Mr. Tanikawa said he would like to see him fighting in MMA rule.

Schilt and Fedor fought before, and it was a terrible boring decision win for the Russian. It was the first time I saw Fedor fight and I remember thinking “Man, this Fedor dude sucks!” It’s not exactly a fight that I’d want to see, but you can’t argue with the hype on paper: K1 WGP Champion vs PRIDE Champion. And it definately sounds better than Fedor vs Hong Man Choi, who sucked 7 feet worth of balls during the K1 tourney.

Despite the lack of an official announcement, it’s about as official as it’s ever going to be: Sean Sherk has been stripped of his lightweight belt. Rumblings earlier in the day had a source close to Dana White saying Sherk had been stripped but that the UFC didn’t feel like they needed to make a big deal of the news. Then during the TUF6 finale, they showed a quick card for UFC80 with Joe Stevenson vs BJ Penn being for the LW belt … no ‘interim’ anywhere around.

This is a big fucking relief for people like me who were sick of Sean Sherk holding up the LW division with his random shenanigans. Regular readers will be sick of me re-hashing this, but for the sake of the newbies: I hate Sean Sherk because he accepted the fight for the vacant LW belt against Kenny Florian knowing that he’d have to take several months off afterwards for surgery. This put the LW division into a lurch which it still hasn’t recovered from. And then this steroid shit. Sean won the belt back in October of 2006. Since then he’s only defended it once.

Throughout all of this shit Sean Sherk has been sitting on the sidelines grousing like a little bitch at the idea that the UFC would dare to create an interim belt. The idea that he’d be stripped didn’t even cross his mind:

“They were going to crown an interim champion in the process while I’m sitting on the sidelines,” Sherk said Tuesday. “As far as I know I’m not losing the belt. [UFC president Dana White] believes me when I tell him I didn’t take nandrolone. Otherwise, if he didn’t believe me, he would have stripped the belt. Fortunately he believes me. I’ve always been honest with him.”

Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed and the UFC did strip Sherk. If Sherk was able to think outside his own little universe for a few moments he’d understand the reasons behind it too. Regardless of if Dana White believes Sean or not, he was found guilty of using performance enhancers by a government run sanctioning body. To ignore this and pretend like it didn’t happen would have disastrous effects to the legitimacy not only of the UFC titles, but of the organization as a whole.

Thank baby Jesus that Sherk was finally stripped of the belt. Now we can put this whole stupid incident behind us and actually have some title fights.

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