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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.

Despite the lack of an official announcement, it’s about as official as it’s ever going to be: Sean Sherk has been stripped of his lightweight belt. Rumblings earlier in the day had a source close to Dana White saying Sherk had been stripped but that the UFC didn’t feel like they needed to make a big deal of the news. Then during the TUF6 finale, they showed a quick card for UFC80 with Joe Stevenson vs BJ Penn being for the LW belt … no ‘interim’ anywhere around.

This is a big fucking relief for people like me who were sick of Sean Sherk holding up the LW division with his random shenanigans. Regular readers will be sick of me re-hashing this, but for the sake of the newbies: I hate Sean Sherk because he accepted the fight for the vacant LW belt against Kenny Florian knowing that he’d have to take several months off afterwards for surgery. This put the LW division into a lurch which it still hasn’t recovered from. And then this steroid shit. Sean won the belt back in October of 2006. Since then he’s only defended it once.

Throughout all of this shit Sean Sherk has been sitting on the sidelines grousing like a little bitch at the idea that the UFC would dare to create an interim belt. The idea that he’d be stripped didn’t even cross his mind:

“They were going to crown an interim champion in the process while I’m sitting on the sidelines,” Sherk said Tuesday. “As far as I know I’m not losing the belt. [UFC president Dana White] believes me when I tell him I didn’t take nandrolone. Otherwise, if he didn’t believe me, he would have stripped the belt. Fortunately he believes me. I’ve always been honest with him.”

Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed and the UFC did strip Sherk. If Sherk was able to think outside his own little universe for a few moments he’d understand the reasons behind it too. Regardless of if Dana White believes Sean or not, he was found guilty of using performance enhancers by a government run sanctioning body. To ignore this and pretend like it didn’t happen would have disastrous effects to the legitimacy not only of the UFC titles, but of the organization as a whole.

Thank baby Jesus that Sherk was finally stripped of the belt. Now we can put this whole stupid incident behind us and actually have some title fights.

I gotta say that while HBO beat the shit out of the UFC (both for the TUF finale and UFC79) for hype and marketing on Hatton/Mayweather, it’s been the UFC which actually delivered the goods. The Hatton/Mayweather bout was a messy affair dominated more by the referee than the fighters themselves. Hatton looked like the sloppy brawler his critics labeled him and Mayweather kept his game tight and unexciting like he’s known to do. While it was saved from a decision in the 10th round, I give Hatton/Mayweather as a fight a big “Meh”.

The TUF6 finale had some issues early on because of the participant’s lack of experience … watching Ben Saunders and Dan Barrera roll around for 15 minutes left a bad taste in my mouth and three of the other TUF bouts were one sided affairs that didn’t do too much for me. Fortunately the Jon Koppenhaver vs Jared Rollins fight turned into an absolute war, Richie Hightower surprised everyone by trying to slug it out with Troy Mandoloniz, and of course Clay Guida vs Roger Huerta was a total barnburner.

In the end, I just wish that the UFC did a better job of advertising themselves lately. The 24/7 shows have exposed the UFC’s Countdown shows as woefully underwhelming, never mind formulaic and by the numbers at this point. If people are complaining that the TUF series is stale, the Countdown show is growing mold. But still, if I had a choice between better hype for worse shows and no hype for better shows, I’d still pick the latter. Going head to head with boxing, the UFC’s product won hands down … and don’t think people will forget that the next time a boxing ‘superfight’ happens.

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