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Nothing gets UFC refs in a tiff more than fighters punching eachother in the back of the head (even when the receiving fighter is turtling and actively trying to angle his head to encourage such blows). But while refs will yell themselves hoarse repeating “Watch the back of the head”, it’s pretty rare that you hear them complain about illegal elbows, which seem a lot more dangerous than a glove to the back of the noggin.

Case in point, the Jared Rollins / Jon Koppenhaver fight had Jared throwing some of the nastiest elbows I’ve ever seen in my life. J-Roc was in guard position and basically went to town on Koppenhaver’s head, cutting him open badly. But were those elbows legal? Let’s see how Big John McCarthy defines illegal elbows before we continue:

“Everyone thinks downward point of elbow strikes are not allowed, so you cannot hit with the point of the elbow. That’s not true. That’s not what it was for. That’s not what it meant. A fighter can strike with any part of his arm in the Unified Rules. It doesn’t matter if it’s the point of the elbow. It’s one type of elbow is not allowed. That is your hand going up to twelve o’clock and bringing it down to six o’clock, in that type of position.”

Well, that certainly sounds like what Jared Rollins was doing to Jon Koppenhaver. And it also sounds like what Anderson Silva did to Travis Lutter at the end of their bout. Perhaps the defense is that they weren’t striking 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock but rather 12:30 to 5:30. I really don’t know. There’s also been speculation as well that 12 to 6 is static, as in you just can’t go up and down gravity-wise, but when you’re horizontal, everything is legal. Which seems kinda fishy, but hey … I’m not a big fan of rules anyways, so who really cares? I just think it’s something someone might want to clarify. Safety and all that, you know?

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.

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