Okay, this is Super Gay 1000%. Guy Mezger just took the only fighter past Drew Fickett with decent name cred on their HDNETs debut show and canned him over ‘a miscommunication’:
I will start first with HDNet Fights. I signed a contract with them about six 6 weeks ago. In that contract I agreed not to fight within 31 days of the HDNet Fight. Obviously, my fight last week in Finland fell within those 31 days. I was under the impression that I had permission to take this fight, so I was very surprised to get a personal phone call from Guy Mezger Tuesday evening telling me that I was off the card for violating my contract. After about 25 minutes of arguing our position, we realized that there was a miscommunication somewhere between my agent, his assistant, Guy, and his assistant. They felt that they were not made aware of me taking the fight in Finland; therefore, I was not taking their show seriously. I believed that I had permission to fight in Finland.
The bottom line is that my representatives and I should have been more diligent in this matter â€” perhaps even getting permission for the fight in writing. Guy and I squared everything away, and I apologized for the misunderstanding several times. I did not intentionally disrespect HDNet Fights by taking another fight inside of the 31 days outlined in my contract. I remain in good standing with HDNet Fights and hope to work with them in the future. In fact, I would like to take advantage of my position as a columnist here at MMAJunkie.com to personally apologize to Mark Cuban. Mark, if you would email me your number at email@example.com, I would love the opportunity to personally apologize, as I had the chance with Guy. I look forward to hearing from you.
So let’s read between the lines here, because Sean Salmon isn’t exactly known for shit talking. The fact that he said he ‘should have gotten permission in writing’ makes me think that he told SOMEONE at HDNet that he was fighting, and they told him it was okay. I’m also surprised that Guy Mezger called Sean directly rather than going through his agent. The whole point of having an agent is to deal with issues like this … did Mezger call Salmon because he knew Salmon’s agent Ken Pavia wouldn’t just roll over on this?
All in all there’s a pretty fishy smell coming off this, and I’m not impressed that Mezger canned Salmon over what sounds to me like a fuckup on HDNet’s side. I’ve said it before: Sean Salmon has a posse. He may not be the greatest fighter in the universe (Salmon vs Fedor in 2008!), but he’s got a connection with the fans through his MMAJunkie columns and is basically the Everyman that represents us kinda goofy looking computer potatoes. Why Guy Mezger smoke Salmon on what was at worst a miscommunication is still unknown. Guy, you’re not top dog and you don’t get to power trip yet, okay?
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I’m not the biggest K-1 fan in the world. In fact, I have about as much use for kickboxing as I have for a horrific case of genital warts. But the K-1 Grand Prix World Finals look pretty sweet. Since K-1 has about a zillion ‘Prix’ ‘World’ ‘Final’ things, I have no idea how important this event is, but the Fight Network says it’s one of the most prestigious K-1 events of the year. Regardless, there’s a bunch of oldschool K-1 guys on the card mixing it up with some of the newer blood:
Jerome LeBanner vs. Hong Man Choi
Semmy Schilt vs. Glaube Feitosa
Badr Hari vs. Remy Bonjasky
Peter Aerts vs. Junichi Sawayashiki
Two of these guys are 7+ feet tall. If you stacked all 8 guys on top of eachother, they’d be 52 feet tall. It would be pretty cool to see them do that, or transform into a Votron style kickboxing robot. But I guess seeing them battle through a three round tournament will be good enough. Thank God for Japan or we’d never be able to see this kind of testicular fortitude any more.
This week’s show was the mailbag and boy did we get a good number of responses. Sure, half the questions were retarded, but we’re not exactly running a MENSA chapter around here, are we? All in all this show is packed full of entertainment and very little factual information.
30 minutes flew by like they were 5. I was high on Redbulls and Oreos. Jake was stoned on cough medication. Together we burned through over a dozen questions, possibly offended one of the only companies low brow enough to consider sponsoring us, and revealed our technical prowess in the art of cunnilingus.
In other words, just another episode of the Low Blow. 35 minutes of jibba-jabba, straight from the ‘hood to your computer. Download the show here, or listen to it through our handy dandy talkshoe app to your right. Fuck iTunes. Yeah, I said it. Fuck it all to hell.
With his match against Chuck up in smoke for the upteenth time, it looks like Wanderlei Silva has decided to accept it and move on:
On his official site, Wanderlei Silva declared his desire to take on the man to defeat his friend and former training partner: “I would like, with the last event in mind and wanting to avenge my friend, to fight this Forrest Griffin. I think his would be a good name for me,” said Wand.
That fight is not likely to happen any time soon since Forrest Griffin is likely out of action until next year to heal the crater in his forehead. So who the hell is Wanderlei going to fight? Let’s get comprehensive and look at every fighter included in that cool Light Heavyweight thing they did for UFC 76:
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- Chuck Liddell: Wow, wouldn’t that be nice? I wouldn’t mind seeing that one. It would be keen. And hey, for all of the signs pointing to the opposite, there’s always a chance this fight could still happen. After all, who knows what would happen if Chuck put his foot down and demand he gets this fight?
- Matt Hamill : Out for knee surgery until next year
- Alessio Sakara : Yeah right.
- Kazuhiro Nakamura : Turfed for smoking the turf
- Rashad Evans : The only way Rashad would be free to fight Wanderlei is if Tito bounces on UFC 78. So I suppose it’s possible, and even makes sense if the UFC’s in a pinch for a headlining fight.
- Dan Henderson : He already fought Wanderlei earlier this year and twice in his career. A rematch is going to happen sooner or later, but later is more likely than sooner.
- Stephan Bonnar : This would continue the fine tradition of the UFC feeding TUF fighters to incoming talent. If the UFC wants to build Wanderlei up rather than drop him right into the fray, Bonnar would be a good choice.
- Tito Ortiz : As mentioned on this site, Tito said on Saturday that he’s fighting either Wand or Rashad. The fact that Henderson vs Ortiz was even floated by UFC brass proves they’re not too hot on having Tito vs Rashad headline UFC 78. So Wanderlei Silva fits very well into the headlining spot across from Tito. Also, Tito has a win over Silva from way way back at UFC25.
- Houston Alexander : If Houston had one more devastating win under his belt, and Wanderlei had one dominant win in the Octagon, this one would make sense. As it is, I don’t see the UFC throwing this fight down just yet … it has the potential for big bucks down the road.
- Lyoto Machida : Machida has the talent to make even the best fighter look unimpressive. I honestly don’t think the UFC has figured out what the hell to do with him yet. Well they know one thing : keep him away from the guys they’re trying to build up.
- Michael Bisping : So long as the UFC continues to push into the UK with him as the sole figurehead, you won’t see Zuffa stacking him against someone like Wanderlei any time soon.
- Keith Jardine : Chuck was supposed to get Wanderlei when he beat Jardine, so does this mean Jardine gets Wanderlei now? It’s a matchup that makes sense from that point of view, but doesn’t really set the world on fire.
- Mauricio Rua : Out till 2008 with a knee injury, plus him and Silva are best buds. So put this one in the ‘it’ll never happen’ column.
- Quinton Jackson : He’s out till 2008 with a hand injury.
So there you go: the entire LHW division laid out. And what should you take away from this? I dunno. Who’s to know what goes on in the minds of Joe Silva and Dana White. Sometimes they give the fans exactly what they want but other times you have to wonder what the fuck they’re smoking. To me, Tito vs Wanderlei makes the most sense. It saves the UFC 78 PPV and there’s a history between the two. After that I have to hope Chuck has the balls to pull a diva and demand Wanderlei Silva. If neither of those two possibilities occur, then we’re gonna see Jardine vs Wanderlei on NYE. Blah.
Back when I first started watching the UFC in 1994 (I was 13, you couldn’t pay me to wear anything other than green sweatpants, and I had a mullet), I thought it was pretty fucking horrific. And awesome. Like the majority of other middle-class suburban kids, I had never seen anyone get the shit kicked out of them for reals. So this stuff was pretty damned hardcore and I was thankful my dad didn’t know from the box that this wasn’t just more pro wrestling.
I was instantly hooked. God knows I couldn’t beat up that little bitch Tina down the street, but I could fantasize about it while watching these events. So over the years I put together a nice collection of tapes by copying rental videos over two VCRs.
I knew that mixed martial arts came from Brazil, but for the first while, the only Brazilian guy they showed was Royce Gracie and he was a wuss. Okay sure he won a lot, but I hated his fucking guts. He was the cocky little guy who’s family owned the company. He barely punched anyone and I simply wasn’t all that impressed with his style. Never mind the fucking cheater used his gi as a weapon. Fuck him.
It wasn’t until I saw the Battlecade videos that I got a taste of some serious violent Brazilian Vale Tudo. Mario Sperry, Conan Silveira, Ralph Gracie, and Allan Goes all taught me that Brazilians were not to be fucked with. All of a sudden I had visions of Brazil as a place overflowing with no holds barred tournaments just like in a Jean Claude Van Damme movie. And to a degree, I guess that’s how it was : people still talk about the infamously violent IVC events held in the dirtiest, sleaziest bar on earth.
Fast forward to now. People are fucking flipping out over “Rio Heros”, which attempts to step away from the MMA label and return to the original concept of Vale Tudo: Anything goes fighting. The show is just a bunch of guys going at it over the course of the night, with the only rules being no biting, groin shots, or eye gouging (too bad if Chuck Liddell wanted to compete here).
For me, this isn’t my cup of tea anymore. Call me over the hill, but I’m just not into the brutal aspect of fighting any more. On the other hand, I really couldn’t care at this point what other people are doing in some dank basement down in Sao Paulo. Whatever happens there isn’t going to stop MMA from growing. You can’t kill MMA with this kind of thing any more. We’re past that.
And regardless, this kind of thing was going on in Brazil for years and years. I’m really hoping that the majority of the people against this are only talking the talk for the sake of appearances. To hear Wanderlei Silva say he ‘watched it and cried’ is absurd considering his roots.
Yes, I know: we must distance ourselves from this kind of stuff, just like we want to distance MMA from cockfighting, dog fighting, trans fatty acids, fight clubs, and everything else bad. But let’s be honest here: this is what MMA used to be. And MMA will always be a form of fighting, no matter how hard people try to market it as something else.