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We’re two days away from EliteXC’s Street Certified event, and while there aren’t a whole bunch of really competitive matchups on there, there’s definitely a bunch of fighters who are known for being exciting. Josh Thompson in particular tends to go out in a blaze of glory, win or lose. His fights against Don Frye and Alex Emelianenko are about the most awesome displays of retardation ever witnessed in MMA.

There’s a freaking shitload of videos on all the fighters featured on the card, so if you’re wanting to do research or just see some good old fashioned beatdowns, you’re set. I consider this my service to the Lonely Peoples Club on this bullshit Valentine’s day. Last but not least I’ve stuffed the BetUS odds for the fights in all the titles. If you’re the kind of guy who likes to make some money off human cockfighting, I’d recommend going with them. They’re slightly less evil than Bodog … I hear they only eat babies when there’s nothing else in the fridge.

Here’s the fights we got lined up for you after the jump:

Kimbo Slice (-450) vs Tank Abbott (+300)
Kimbo Slice vs Bo Cantrell
Kimbo Slice vs Ray Mercer
Kimbo Slice vs Adryan
Kimbo Slice vs Sean Gannon
Kimbo Slice vs Chico
Kimbo Slice vs The Bouncer
Kimbo Slice vs Dreads
Tank Abbott Highlight
Tank Abbott vs Gary Turner
Tank Abbott vs Oleg Taktarov
Tank Abbott vs Steve Nelmark
tank Abbott vs John Matua
Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 1
Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 2
Tank Abbott vs Paul Buentello
Tank Abbott vs Vitor Belfort
Tank Abbott vs Pedro Rizzo

Antonio Silva (-320) vs Ricco Rodriguez (+240)
Antonio Silva Highlight
Antonio Silva vs Tom Ericson
Antonio Silva vs Eric Pele
Antonio Silva vs Marcus Tchinda
Antonio Silva vs Jonathan Wiezore
Antonio Silva vs Georgy Kaysinov
Antonio Silva vs Rafael Carino
Antonio Silva vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Antonio Silva vs Thadas
Antonio Silva vs Ruben Villareal
Ricco Rodriguez vs Ben Rothwell
Ricco Rodriguez vs Ron Waterman
Ricco Rodriguez vs Kelvin Fitial
Ricco Rodriguez vs Big Nog (ADCC)

James Thompson (-220) vs Brett Rogers (+180)
James Thompson Highlight
James Thompson vs Butterbean
James Thompson vs Don Frye
James Thompson vs Marc Goddard
James Thompson vs Neil Grove
James Thompson vs Aleksander Emelianenko
Brett Rogers Highlight

Edson Berto (+220) vs Yves Edwards (-300)
Edson Berto vs KJ Noons
Yves Edwards Highlight
Yves Edwards vs Jorge Masvidal
Yves Edwards vs Rumina Sato
Yves Edwards vs Josh Thomson
Yves Edwards vs Hermes Franca
Yves Edwards vs Joachim Hansen
Yves Edwards vs Thomas Denny

Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell

Kimbo Slice vs. Ray Mercer

Kimbo Slice vs Adryan

kimbo slice v Sean Gannon

New Kimbo Slice Vs Chico

Kimbo Slice vs The Bouncer

Kimbo Slice vs Dreads

Tank Abbott Highlight

Tank Abbott vs Gary Turner

Tank Abbott vs Oleg Taktarov

Tank Abbott vs. Steve Nelmark

tank abbot vs. john matua

Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 1

Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 2

Tank Abbott vs Buentello

Vitor Belfort Vs Tank Abbott

Tank Abbott vs Pedro Rizzo

ANTONIO SILVA Highlight

Antonio Silva vs Tom Ericson

Antonio Silva vs Eric Pele

Antonio Silva vs. Marcus Tchinda

Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezore

Antonio Silva vs. Georgy Kaysinov

Antonio Silva vs Rafael Carino

Antonio Silva vs Tengiz Tedoradze

Antonio Silva vs Thadas

Antonio Silva vs Rubem Vilareal

Ben Rothwell vs Ricco Rodriguez:

Ricco Rodriguez vs Ron Waterman

Ricco Rodriguez vs Kelvin Fitial

Minotoro vs Ricco Rodriguez

James Thompson Highlight

Butterbean v James Thompson

Don.Frye.vs.James.Thompson

James Thompson vs Marc Goddard

neil grove vs james thompson

Aleksander Emelianenko vs. James Thompson

Brett Rogers Highlight

Edson Berto vs KJ Noons

Yves Edwards Highlight

Jorge Masvidal vs Yves Edwards

Rumina Sato vs Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards vs Josh Thomson

Yves Edwards vs. Hermes Franca

Joachim Hansen vs. Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards vs. Thomas Denny

Hey everyone! Today is the dawn of a new era here at Fightlinker: the era of us actually going out and harassing people in and around the fight industry. We’ve been working hard over the past week and a half to set up interviews with a number of fighters, managers, trainers, bloggers, pundits, and others. And today is the day you get to start seeing the nasty fruits of our labors.

We’re kicking off our series with Fight News Unlimited’s Rich Bergeron, the guy who poked Xyience with a stick so often they slapped him with a 25 million dollar lawsuit. Rich has been covering sketchy shit going on at Xyience for a really long time, and there’s no one better to talk to if you want to understand what’s happening with that company and why you as a fan of the UFC needs to worry about what happens to it. We initially thought he was crazy, but now it looks like he was right about everything.

Last year, the big MMA story that flew under the radar and changed everything was the PRIDE yakuza scandal. This year it could very well be the UFC / Xyience story. Embezzlement, fishy money transfers between companies, and possible collusion between the Fertittas and Xyience CEOs to steal the company from it’s shareholders. There’s 101 ways this shit could hit the fan, and if you wanna know what’s up from A to Z, this is where to look.

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If it’s true that behind Chuck Norris’ beard is another fist, then behind Luke Thomas’ ratty goat there is an even grouchier Luke Thomas who likes to stick it to The Man. Check out Luke’s latest tirade against Chuck’s World Combat League:

I cannot tell you how sorry the WCL is, not only for being outright adversarial with the UFC but for also putting on a very sub-par product.

What’s interesting is that a representative from the WCL contacted me and asked that I pass on info to you – the readers of the site – about upcoming WCL events. Yet, directly in the press release they gave me was more of their anti-MMA talking points, most notably, “Knock outs, not tap outs.” Just as I told that rep then I will tell you now: I will never – NEVER – support Chuck Norris or the WCL until this “us vs. them” positioning is gone. Period.

What makes this worse is that Norris is a black belt in BJJ under the Machado brothers. For him to insult their contribution by adopting the redneck view that ground action is boring should be enough to hang his head in shame, to say nothing of his Mike Huckabee endorsement (evolution anyone?).

So please, if anyone from the WCL is reading this, do yourselves a favor and do not contact me. If you do, I will not only ignore all of your requests to help your league, I will openly encourage this site’s readers to boycott anything and everything to do with the WCL.

I’m glad Luke is writing shit like this because I was getting tired of having to be the holier-than-thou blogger guy. I’m much happier being the glue sniffing blogger who likes the sniff glue. The more glue I sniff, the better the World Combat League gets. I dunno about Mike Huckabee though. I think I’d have to make some kind of hardcore turpentine / gasoline cocktail to get that dumb.

 

Just to give you guys a quick update on our efforts to get April 2nd’s UFC Fight Night extended to three hours:

  • Numerous threads have been created on the Underground forum resulting in hundreds of people pledging to send emails.
  • Sherdog.net has stickied a thread which has already hit 24 pages long over the past few days. I know we typically hate these guys on principle alone but I’m not about to look a gift horse in the mouth (whatever that means).
  • I have been in touch with Brian Diamond, who’s in charge of making these kinds of decisions. Spike is VERY aware of our campaign to have the show extended to 3 hours and will be making a decision SOON!

So it’s the home stretch, people. If you’ve already emailed Spike, it’s time to send them the email again. If you’ve got more than one email address, send them a letter from each one. I am in the middle of putting together a press release to try and drum up some more support. If you’re a member of MMA forums, cut and paste this into a thread.

The signs are pointing to Spike showing 3 hours. But it’s not a lock yet by any means. Let’s keep the pressure up!

Here’s a cut and paste letter (it’s a boring polite one, you can get witty ones in the original post):

TO: feedback@spike.com
SUBJECT: UFC Fight Night on April 2nd
Hi
I’m writing to ask that the UFC Fight Night on April 2nd be given three hours of time instead of two. The card is one of the best UFC cards ever put on Spike, and it deserves a longer timeslot. The entire fight community is looking forward to seeing this event, and I am sure you’ll have a significantly higher number of viewers if you decide to show more of the card.

Thank you for your time
INSERT NAME HERE

Have you ever dreamed of being a ref? Think your carefully thought out “Let’s fight this thing!” saying can be the next “Let’s get it on”? Got some moves that put Cecil People’s chicken chop dance to shame? Then you should go check out MMAReferee.com, where the skinny wrinkled remains of Big John McCarthy will teach you everything you need to know to make your dream a reality.

There’s not a whole bunch of information available at the moment … basically it looks like you pay $500 and then Big John flunks 75% of the class. If you’re one of the lucky 25% left over you get to pay another $500 bucks to learn how to stay the fuck out of the fighters’ way and when to end the fight. Hint: it’s before one fighter rips the spinal cord out of his opponent’s back Mortal Kombat style. Mario Yamasaki, please take note.

The school also apparently teaches people how to judge, so lets hope everyone judging the UFC gets turfed back for a refresher course in not being a blind asshole.

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