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The latest chapter in the Randy Couture saga comes not with a bang, but with a strange ambiguous whimper. No comebacks. No legal threats. No running off to work for another company. No Fedor. Just a weird “Everything is good but no I’m still not coming back“:

“We’ve cleared the air, and hopefully we’ll move forward with some sort of relationship,” Couture said. “I’ve got a lot of fighters and a lot of things that hinge around mixed martial arts and the UFC as well. I want to continue to work with them and I think that they want to continue to work with me, so we’ll figure out how that happens.”

“I think more than anything at this stage of things I want to slow down a little bit,” Couture said. “I’ve been burning it for three or four years now – I want to take some time and go on a vacation, spend some time with my wife. We’ve been married a year now and we’ve been together very, very little in that year; it’s been crazy. It’s been difficult on us. I’ve got a nice house and I don’t even get to spend any time in it hardly, so take a little time now and just smell the roses so to speak.”

I think the overall translation of all this is “It’s not worth fighting the UFC juggernaut, especially since my entire life is entwined with the company.” Fighting the UFC when you’re Randy Couture would be like punching your Siamese twin in the kidney you share. Which sucks because Randy’s Siamese twin is an evil bastard who deserves a few whacks.

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I respect Fedor a lot, and I’m sure he’s got a warrior’s spirit where he’ll fight whoever is put in front of him. But one thing that certainly takes away from that fact is that Fedor’s management sure do their best to make sure the only people put in front of him are easy   to defeat. Here’s an interview with Antonio Bigfoot Silva regarding Fedor:

Silva On Rumors That Fedor Emelianenko “Ran” From Him:

No, I think this word does not fit a champion like Fedor, because he has fought the best in the business. But there was an offer after my 2 victories in Japan for us to fight in BodogFight, but he did not accept, and right after they matched him with Lindland.

I’d be less inclined to believe stuff like this if we didn’t hear a variation of this story every other week regarding another fighter that Fedor’s management team didn’t want him to fight. I’m not saying that repetition makes things true, but when you’re hearing the same story from a bunch of different sources….

At this point I’m pretty convinced that Fedor’s management always has a huge say in who Fedor fights. They don’t just take the paycheck and say “Whoever the promoter decides, we’ll fight.” Which is kinda balls. SWEATY BALLS.

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Today, Bevnet has some hard hitting news:

Xyience, the Las Vegas-based maker of Xenergy, had seen fast expansion as a result of a sponsorship deal with the mixed martial arts league UFC and its popular television show   “The Ultimate Fighter.” But this week the company notified much of its approximately 70-member sales force that it would be firing them due to financial setbacks, and this has led to speculation it would soon file for bankruptcy.

The article is nice and no nonsense and goes over Xyience’s ass backwards approach to marketing that saw them blowing millions on TV spots while their product languished on the bottom shelves of supplement stores across the country. Sure, this is nowhere near as juicy (or crazy) as the shit Rich Bergeron spews about the company, but it makes a lot of sense: spend more than you make, and you’re not gonna last.

I’d be amazed if Xyience manages a recovery at this point. Firing your sales staff might buy them a little bit of time, but it’s also like chopping your arm off to make weight for a fight. Good luck winning with one arm, you dumb cripple.

A while back, there was some event at the Cow Palace which may or may not have been called “The Brawl for it All”. The lineup started with all sorts of great fighters and ended up getting canceled by the CSAC because it was just a big clusterfuck by the end.

But not only was the event canceled, but all of the fighters were told they weren’t getting paid, which is interesting because I thought promoters had to submit a bond for fighter pay specifically to avoid situations like this. Of course, that may be part of why the event was canceled.

Anyways, the point of this thread is after people were told they weren’t getting paid, things got kind of hairy … you got a bunch of fighters in a room who are pissed, and things can quickly get out of hand. A drunken Don Frye tried to mediate the entire situation and was quickly punched in the face by Leland Chapman, who has something or other to do with Dog the Bounty Hunter.

I didn’t even bother to write anything about all this at the time, because I had faith that the internet would vomit up a video of the incident, and lo and behold, it has! If you’re feeling sorry for Don after watching this, don’t worry … he apparently tracked Leland down later on and got some payback.

**UPDATE** Turns out it wasn’t Leland Chapman but rather Leland Chapman’s boxing coach who got into things with Don Frye. Sorry it took me so long to issue a correction, but WordPress fucks up youtube posts pretty hardcore when you edit them so fixing this was like doing an Indiana Jones with a bag of sand trying to steal an emerald. Or I’m just lazy. You choose!

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