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(above: the James Thompson vs Yoshida match you were all talking about in the EliteXC video preview)

Hi guys. I’m headed off to Chicago this morning for the weekend. Original plan was to get some advance posting done, but after my triumphant return to jiu jitsu last night I guess I overworked my body a bit because I came down with the chills and pretty much passed out. So now I expect I should be able to get some nets in the airports and the windy city, things are going to be a little bit irregular. Just a heads up.

I’m running off to jiu jitsu class and haven’t been able to get JackalTV done before I go. So expect it up sometime around 10pm. If you’re jonesing for some MMA action, check out the EliteXC video preview, or our interview with Xyience’s mortal enemy Rich Bergeron! They’re bomb diggedy.

Or you could rub the private parts of your significant other. I hear that’s what tonight is all about.

There’s a decent amount of controversy and complaining coming out of last night’s WEC show regarding the Jamie Varner vs Rob McCullough fight. About a minute into the third round, McCullough landed a brutal shot to Varner’s jaw that popped Varner’s mouthpiece out. Razor Rob pushed the pace and tried to finish Varner while he was injured, but when Varner slipped out of range for a second he called a time out to get his mouthguard.

Yes, you read that right. Varner did the time out signal with his hands, and McCullough stepped back and let him get his mouthguard. This gave Varner enough time to sort his marbles out, and he went on to win the fight.

Most people are concentrating on how what Varner did was against the rules and cheap and blah blah blah. I’m not 100% sure if this was technically against the rules (the closest I can see it coming to is #29 – timidity), and I’m not gonna deny it was pretty cheap. But it was also fucking smart on Varner’s part, and for all you McCullough fans: It’s your boy’s fault he stepped back and actually fell for it.

We’re two days away from EliteXC’s Street Certified event, and while there aren’t a whole bunch of really competitive matchups on there, there’s definitely a bunch of fighters who are known for being exciting. Josh Thompson in particular tends to go out in a blaze of glory, win or lose. His fights against Don Frye and Alex Emelianenko are about the most awesome displays of retardation ever witnessed in MMA.

There’s a freaking shitload of videos on all the fighters featured on the card, so if you’re wanting to do research or just see some good old fashioned beatdowns, you’re set. I consider this my service to the Lonely Peoples Club on this bullshit Valentine’s day. Last but not least I’ve stuffed the BetUS odds for the fights in all the titles. If you’re the kind of guy who likes to make some money off human cockfighting, I’d recommend going with them. They’re slightly less evil than Bodog … I hear they only eat babies when there’s nothing else in the fridge.

Here’s the fights we got lined up for you after the jump:

Kimbo Slice (-450) vs Tank Abbott (+300)
Kimbo Slice vs Bo Cantrell
Kimbo Slice vs Ray Mercer
Kimbo Slice vs Adryan
Kimbo Slice vs Sean Gannon
Kimbo Slice vs Chico
Kimbo Slice vs The Bouncer
Kimbo Slice vs Dreads
Tank Abbott Highlight
Tank Abbott vs Gary Turner
Tank Abbott vs Oleg Taktarov
Tank Abbott vs Steve Nelmark
tank Abbott vs John Matua
Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 1
Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 2
Tank Abbott vs Paul Buentello
Tank Abbott vs Vitor Belfort
Tank Abbott vs Pedro Rizzo

Antonio Silva (-320) vs Ricco Rodriguez (+240)
Antonio Silva Highlight
Antonio Silva vs Tom Ericson
Antonio Silva vs Eric Pele
Antonio Silva vs Marcus Tchinda
Antonio Silva vs Jonathan Wiezore
Antonio Silva vs Georgy Kaysinov
Antonio Silva vs Rafael Carino
Antonio Silva vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Antonio Silva vs Thadas
Antonio Silva vs Ruben Villareal
Ricco Rodriguez vs Ben Rothwell
Ricco Rodriguez vs Ron Waterman
Ricco Rodriguez vs Kelvin Fitial
Ricco Rodriguez vs Big Nog (ADCC)

James Thompson (-220) vs Brett Rogers (+180)
James Thompson Highlight
James Thompson vs Butterbean
James Thompson vs Don Frye
James Thompson vs Marc Goddard
James Thompson vs Neil Grove
James Thompson vs Aleksander Emelianenko
Brett Rogers Highlight

Edson Berto (+220) vs Yves Edwards (-300)
Edson Berto vs KJ Noons
Yves Edwards Highlight
Yves Edwards vs Jorge Masvidal
Yves Edwards vs Rumina Sato
Yves Edwards vs Josh Thomson
Yves Edwards vs Hermes Franca
Yves Edwards vs Joachim Hansen
Yves Edwards vs Thomas Denny

Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell

Kimbo Slice vs. Ray Mercer

Kimbo Slice vs Adryan

kimbo slice v Sean Gannon

New Kimbo Slice Vs Chico

Kimbo Slice vs The Bouncer

Kimbo Slice vs Dreads

Tank Abbott Highlight

Tank Abbott vs Gary Turner

Tank Abbott vs Oleg Taktarov

Tank Abbott vs. Steve Nelmark

tank abbot vs. john matua

Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 1

Tank Abbott vs Cabbage 2

Tank Abbott vs Buentello

Vitor Belfort Vs Tank Abbott

Tank Abbott vs Pedro Rizzo

ANTONIO SILVA Highlight

Antonio Silva vs Tom Ericson

Antonio Silva vs Eric Pele

Antonio Silva vs. Marcus Tchinda

Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezore

Antonio Silva vs. Georgy Kaysinov

Antonio Silva vs Rafael Carino

Antonio Silva vs Tengiz Tedoradze

Antonio Silva vs Thadas

Antonio Silva vs Rubem Vilareal

Ben Rothwell vs Ricco Rodriguez:

Ricco Rodriguez vs Ron Waterman

Ricco Rodriguez vs Kelvin Fitial

Minotoro vs Ricco Rodriguez

James Thompson Highlight

Butterbean v James Thompson

Don.Frye.vs.James.Thompson

James Thompson vs Marc Goddard

neil grove vs james thompson

Aleksander Emelianenko vs. James Thompson

Brett Rogers Highlight

Edson Berto vs KJ Noons

Yves Edwards Highlight

Jorge Masvidal vs Yves Edwards

Rumina Sato vs Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards vs Josh Thomson

Yves Edwards vs. Hermes Franca

Joachim Hansen vs. Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards vs. Thomas Denny

Hey everyone! Today is the dawn of a new era here at Fightlinker: the era of us actually going out and harassing people in and around the fight industry. We’ve been working hard over the past week and a half to set up interviews with a number of fighters, managers, trainers, bloggers, pundits, and others. And today is the day you get to start seeing the nasty fruits of our labors.

We’re kicking off our series with Fight News Unlimited’s Rich Bergeron, the guy who poked Xyience with a stick so often they slapped him with a 25 million dollar lawsuit. Rich has been covering sketchy shit going on at Xyience for a really long time, and there’s no one better to talk to if you want to understand what’s happening with that company and why you as a fan of the UFC needs to worry about what happens to it. We initially thought he was crazy, but now it looks like he was right about everything.

Last year, the big MMA story that flew under the radar and changed everything was the PRIDE yakuza scandal. This year it could very well be the UFC / Xyience story. Embezzlement, fishy money transfers between companies, and possible collusion between the Fertittas and Xyience CEOs to steal the company from it’s shareholders. There’s 101 ways this shit could hit the fan, and if you wanna know what’s up from A to Z, this is where to look.

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