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To all the readers and commenters who have made this site such a success, I wish you all a merry Christmas! If you all weren’t so supportive, there’s a somewhat decent chance that I wouldn’t spend quite as much time on this site as I do now. I don’t know many sites that have as vocal of a crowd as we do, and I just wanted to give props … half of the good stuff actually comes out of the comments section, which is awesome.

That’s the last time for a while I’m going to encourage you jackals, so enjoy it!

As for ‘stuff’ … we’ll be updating the site sometime this afternoon with more posts, and I’m going to try and shake Jake out of an eggnog induced stupor to record a Low Blow for you all tonight. Till then, go open some presents or something!

**UPDATE** Oh yeah, and as always the Links section of the site is always up to date with the best MMA articles across the internet. Over 20 new articles added just this morning. So go take a look at that if you’re starved for fresh MMA info.

I dunno what the fuck is up with this:

Sources within Justin McCully’s camp have confirmed the heavyweight missed a Wednesday deadline to accept a fight with French kickboxer Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Hey, I’m not surprised that Justin McCully hasn’t accepted the fight … he’s probably too busy perming his mullet or eating whatever fatty shit you have to eat to look like he does. I’m just amazed that Cheick Kongo went from potentially fighting Big Nog for the belt to Justin McFucking Cully.

The Fight Network also tries to sell McCully as some kind of big deal:

McCully (8-3-2), meanwhile, has not lost a fight in more than seven years. He made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 9 in April, as he secured a unanimous decision victory over Dutch kickboxer Antoni Hardonk – a man who mirrors Kongo in many respects.

Ooh, he hasn’t lost in seven years? Wow. Well, it would be impressive if the guy had fought more than 4 times in the past seven years. And the two guys he beat recently outside of the UFC? A guy with a 3-9 record and freaking Warpath. Never mind the fact that his win over Antoni Hardonk was perhaps the sloppiest, shittiest fight I’ve seen this year.

All in all, a fight with McCully is a pretty shitty reward for beating Mirko Crocop. The last guy who did that got a title shot against Randy Couture. Now Kongo gets a big fat mullet man who doesn’t even belong in the UFC in the first place? Weak.

Of course, this just goes to show you that we’re not the only people with doubts about Kongo’s ground game. Joe Silva wouldn’t have booked this if he didn’t think it was a good test of Kongo’s ground game. But for fuck’s sake, Joe … don’t you have any decent ground fighters at Heavyweight who aren’t banal lay-n-prayers???

Okay okay, so Mirko CroCop isn’t fighting at Yarennoka, but word is he’s planning on making an appearance at the show. And let me tell you … people don’t travel all the way to Japan just for shits and giggles. There’s something going on here, although I’ll be damned if I know what the hell it is.

All I really know right now is that Mirko has been saying he was ready to fight in January while UFC brass has been saying they haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone from Mirko’s camp. While I don’t doubt that Mirko plans on legally fulfilling his contractual obligations, it wouldn’t surprise me if the UFC was fucking retarded enough to release him early because of his poor performance and high price tag.

Yes, considering all the other stupid moves they’ve made this year, they really are dumb enough to do this. In light of the high-school romance gone sour relationship these two parties have at the moment, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mirko is making an appearance in Japan just to prove he’s the fucking man over there. And to remind Fedor that he’s watching … and waiting.

It’s Christmas eve, and that means nothing is going on. No one (past me) is updating their website, so you’ve got no escape from your family. But wait! The FightOpinion guys have just put out their super ultra deluxe Christmas podcast extravaganza!

Almost as long as Braveheart, their show features Tyson Griffin, Bas Rutten, honorary Jackal Mac Danzig, and Quinton Jackson. Last but not least, Jeff Thaler’s dad also shows up to talk about what a disappointment Jeff is as a son and failure as a human being. Heart warming stuff. Go check it out now!

It’s Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller’s birthday today, and I figure the best way to celebrate it is not by featuring one of his fights but instead another interview where he totally fucks around with Stephen ‘Darth’ Molen. Molen is an okay guy but anyone who’s nickname sounds like it was ripped from Star Wars deserves whatever they get in life.

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