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THIS IS NOT A JOKE. THIS IS REAL.

Oh Fedor, why do you continue to make me cry? Latest news from the M1 camp is they’re making a reality show where 16 contestants compete for the right to fight the champion. Hmm … sounds kinda familiar, although the stupid advert for it claims this is ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘nothing like this has ever been seen before on American television before’.

I don’t think I have to go over the standard talking points on how Fedor is quickly becoming a joke. Honestly, this whole “Why isn’t Fedor fighting the best?” situation has gone from being somewhat debatable to completely farcical. At this point I don’t care who’s to blame for being unable to put Fedor in the ring with someone who’s not a complete joke. Is it the UFC for not being flexible with their contracts? Is it M1 for trying to cash Fedor in using a TUF clone? Is it Fedor for not taking a more active role in pursuing the best (say, like Randy Couture kinda has in a really dumb but probably honest way)?

At this point, I don’t fucking care any more. I’m done with the blame game. In fact, I’m just done with Fedor all together. Until he signs to fight a top 5 heavyweight opponent, he’s no longer getting the benefit of the doubt from me. This guy is starting to embody all of the reasons people hate boxers : they let business get in the way of fighting the best.

Mailbag is usually the first show of the month, but with UFC81 falling on that date we moved the show back a week. All your questions, from smart and insightful to dumb and crude, have been answered in this epic 90 minute block of audio programming. For your ears.

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Or check it out using the streaming applet to your right. I swear to God we’ll fix the iTunes feed in the next 48 hours for all you people who are into that. It’s driving me crazy too.

For those of you who weren’t aware, I spend most of my days either working on this site or in the bushes behind Loretta Hunt’s house trying to get a good look into her bedroom. And while I haven’t gotten to see as much naked Loretta as I’d like, I do hear things from time to time. And it looks like Loretta has left the Fight Network. I don’t have many details at the moment past the fact that it seems like it was her decision. But maybe she made that decision after they moved her desk next to that guy with really bad body odor (Mauro). Fingers crossed this was in anticipation of a full Playboy pictorial. Or maybe one with Penthouse! I like those ones more because they do the whole ‘legs open, gates spread’ shot.

It’s funny: after every EliteXC event there’s this general opinion: Good fights, decent production values. Way too much retarded hip hop shit. Everyone hates the skank dancers and they hate the hip hop dj. Yet EliteXC continues to try and stuff that shit down our throat. Now they’ve made the announcement that people who tune into this Saturday’s Street Certified show are going to have to sit through a performance by rapper “Pitbull”.

Pitbull is pretty much the representation of everything that’s wrong with hiphop. He thinks some decent bass makes people forget that the rest of his track sounds like a Casio rumba sample. And hey, I guess it works pretty well because the guy seems to be popular. And hey … if he can make big bucks off shitty music, more power to him. So long as I don’t have to listen to it, I couldn’t give less of a shit.

But now (and I’m blaming this on $kala) we’ve got to sit through what will no doubt be a horrific performance from the guy during an MMA event. From experience seeing this kind of shit in the past I’ll tell you what it will comprise of: The dj playing an instrumental of the track while Pitbull and 20 of his useless friends scream “Holla holla! Make some noise! Brap brap!” I can’t freaking wait.

Sherdog has a wordy article which probably doesn’t make much sense to many people that’s all about Xyience’s bankruptcy case. The simple summation is that the shareholders are accusing the Fertittas (via a company named Zyen) of lending Xyience money that was immediately paid to the UFC rather than, I dunno, to keep the company afloat. Then when Xyience couldn’t make return payments to Zyen, Zyen defaulted on the loan and are trying to seize Xyience’s assets:

“Thereafter, a month later [Xyience] failed to make the very first payment due Zyen in November. The Shareholder Group believes that this failure to pay was simply an orchestrated default. Consequently, Zyen issued its Notice of Strict Foreclosure, which gave it the right to foreclose under an agreement not approved by the shareholders nor in the best interest of [Xyience]. Pursuant to the notice, Zyen sought to foreclose on [Xyience’s] assets, including the trade name Xyience and energy drinks under the trade name of, among other things, Xenergy drinks.”

This is where this story seems to be going into pretty murky legal waters. Because corporate business is infinitely cut throat, I’m not sure if anything illegal has actually happened yet, but it sure looks like they’re cutting a fine line. There seems to be a number of people involved with Xyience and the Fertittas who worked in cahoots to orchestrate this asset snatch, effectively finishing the company off and leaving the investors with nothing.

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