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The MMA Ninja knows what’s up. He’s also aptly named. In the short time (aka a week) since I’ve known him, he’s already tried to bamboozle an interview with Fedor for us (Fightlinker had his hotel phone number while he was in America and the Ninja speaks Russian) and offered to help make our site log people out less often. Awesome! But beyond that, the guy’s got a great blog that covers shit that other people don’t. I definitely recommend you guys bookmark his page and visit it often.

Latest in a line of good items is the Ninja’s translation of a recent interview with Fedor. While Fedor is about as exciting as watching paint dry in most US interviews, he really seems to open up for Russian interviewers, talking about getting remarried, his family and his new baby daughter. That makes two daughters apparently … Fedor cannot have sons because then there would be two ultimate fighting machines on the earth and the universe would implode from the mighty force.

Looks like Affliction is paying the price for setting up that whole Randy / Fedor date last week. The big report is that the UFC has banned Affliction from sponsoring fighters because Affliction now represents ‘competition’. This is all one big rumor at the moment but if you ask me the proof is in the pudding (whatever the fuck that means): No fighters at UFC80 were wearing those god awful shirts.

Now if the UFC existed in a bubble, I’d be down with them banning Affliction shirts. They’re tacky as hell and are only useful to be able to easily identify meatheads at a distance. However, the UFC doesn’t live inside a bubble, so I have to say that banning a huge clothing company that’s basically developing a fashion trend through the UFC (albeit a horrible one) IS A TERRIBLE FUCKING IDEA.

Honestly, Affliction and UFC have become pretty much synonymous : people see Affliction shirts and they think UFC. People watch UFC and they expect to see Affliction shirts. And this isn’t a bad thing for the UFC : tons of celebrities and sports stars have shitty taste, and a day doesn’t pass where there aren’t pictures taken of stars sporting a GSP or XTreme Couture shirt.

Of course, herein lies the issue: Dana White doesn’t like how Affliction is in bed with Randy, and you better believe the whole Randy / Fedor Affliction adverts probably pushed poor Dana over the edge. So now Dana has decided he don’t need no stinking Affliction. And hey, maybe he doesn’t.

Again, I’m not gonna complain as a fan because those shirts were like war crimes against my eyes. But you already saw that horrific velvet shirt Sean Sherk wore at UFC80. These bastards are gonna be dressing like fugs regardless of the ban. So putting our hatred of Affliction aside, ask yourself: how smart is it to run one of the biggest clothing sponsors out of your company?

You know a ship is sinking when you see the rats jumping off. And just like a sinking ship, all of the rats are jumping off boxing and trying to swim to the lifeboat known as MMA. I’m not a subscriber to the ‘boxing is dead’ attitude … in fact I’ve begun to think that boxing might be on the upswing. But that hasn’t stopped a whole bunch of big fat rats from hitting up the MMA phenomenon.

Latest in this fine tradition is Tonya Harding, who turned to boxing and porn to pay the bills after getting banned for life from figure skating (an impressive accomplishment). I guess she figures her boxing skills will translate well in MMA, and to help translate it looks like the promoters have found someone with no MMA or boxing experience: Sara West. I’ve done my best to try and dig up any info on West but she simply does not exist online.

And Harding? She’s not doing any promo for this fight. No advertising that this is a new direction, a new serious career choice. Maybe this was supposed to be an ‘under the radar’ test … if she does well then she’ll start to make some noise. And of course being another fat rat from boxing looking to make a quick buck, Gary Shaw from EliteXC will probably book her.

(the Bodog tramps in all their classy glory. Bodog returns Feb 1st inVegas)

Okay peeps sorry it’s late but as Jake mentioned I spent last night at the hospital getting anally probed by some teenager that claimed she was a doctor. Without further ado:

ProElite stock drops 60%
I’ve been hearing shit about some big stock drop going on everywhere. I suppose the first stock to get dumped when the shit hits the fan is bullshit stock like ProElite.

Clay Guida vs Sammy Schiavo at UFN13
Looks like Clay Guida is getting a gimme opponent in the form of Sammy Schiavo. Insert joke here about whether the government will interfere with taking Schiavo off life support after Guida destroys him.

Rousimar Palhares to the UFC
The UFC continues to try and shore up it’s middleweight division, adding Brazilian Top Team guy Rousimar Palhares. Apparently, Palhares didn’t just beat some solid opponents, he burned through em.

Kurt Angle says Brock is mentally weak
I’m not usually one to report on shit that pro wrestlers say because you never know what’s true and what’s ‘part of the show’. I don’t even think a lot of these guys know themselves. But Angle was on some show and basically said that Brock Lesnar would do well, unless the going got tough because he can’t hack it under pressure.

Nick Thompson on Bodog and Brock
You can add Thompson to the list of guys who are sick of the way BodogFight is running it’s shit. He’ll be a free agent in February, and he talks about the pros and cons of several promotions, as well as his experience getting beaten up by Brock Lesnar.

Chuck wants Jardine
Chuck Liddell is telling people his next fight will ‘probably be in the summer’ and he’s gunning for a rematch against Keith Jardine. Fortunately, I don’t think the UFC is gonna let that fight happen. It’s just not big-money enough yet … if Chuck and Keith each win another fight or two then let them duke it out for #1 contender. Otherwise it’s just another rematch no one wants to see.

Julie Kedzie: the backup for the face of women’s mma
With the Gina Carano situation looking a bit sour, I’m sure EliteXC is glad they have a few extra girls in the wings who don’t look too shabby. Julie Kedzie looks pretty rough in the ring but she’s a cutie during the weigh-ins. Since this seems to be all EliteXC cares about, I’m sure she’ll be getting a big push if she wins this Friday at ShoXC

K1 MMA show returns in March
March will be when we get to see if Zombie Pride and HERO’s have merged for real, as K1 is putting on another MMA show. The event will feature Gesias Calvancante vs Shinya Aoki, Sergei Kharitonov vs Jeff Monson, Denis Kang, Zelg Galesic, and Marcelo Garcia. As with all Japanese cards, this card could change completely. Wonder if they’ll stick the Misaki / Akiyama rematch on this or save it for a bigger show in Korea?

Josh Neer is back in the UFC
Hindsight is 20/20. When a dude loses to some new guy, it’s easy to say the dude sucks. Then you realize the new guy is a contender, and then you regret ditching the dude who lost to them over it. Such is the case of Josh Neer, who was dropped from the UFC after losing back to back matches against Josh Burkman and Nick Diaz. I’m looking forward to seeing him again – and he better be sharp because they’re putting him against Din Thomas at UFN13 (fuck that card is stacked).

The payouts are out for Ultimate Fight Night, and normally, I would be breathing fire about how everyone is still getting paid shit. Of course, perhaps I’m still bitter over the fact that I didn’t get laid, but really, is there anyone else who wasn’t a bit disappointed? Maybe I’m fucking spoiled; I don’t know. I can’t remember the last time I dies of boredom watching a Fight Night. Fighters are usually so hungry for a shot at a real card, they normally stop caring about their own well being and fight like wild beasts.

I blame the main event, personally. I’ve never been impressed by Burkman, but Swick has always been a contender. Watching him struggle with a guy that normally gasses in the second round made me quickly lose hope of salvaging my night.

Diaz, Cote, and Pellegrina all came off looking pretty good in terms of salaries, and for what it’s worth, they definitely deserved it. I’m not on the Diaz bandwagon, but I can appreciate a good fucking triangle choke when I see one, and Pellegrino is going to need at least a few grand to stitch up that fucking nasty gash in his face. Still, I find it relatively too bad that McFedries only made out with 10 grand. I don’t even think that covers basic funeral costs. You would think that the UFC could hand that poor bastard a bone, but apparently, that’s not how they roll.

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