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Hey everyone. To try and make up for the ugliness you saw yesterday morning, we decided to get off our butts and make some minor tweaks to the site. Yeah, I know … those massive changes we promised way back when still aren’t done. We’re going to be tackling that over the course of Christmas holidays so hopefully we’ll have a present for you guys come UFC79. As for what’s done now:

The new logo: You saw it in the 2 Boys 1 Cup video and at the bottom of our Grape Photo picture. Our new logo is the Fightlinker Jackal, named after you bastards who come to this site on a regular basis.

The Links menu item: This sends you to a page which displays all the ‘starred’ stories in my Google RSS reader. Every day I go through hundreds of stories, and I ‘star’ interesting or noteworthy stories. There’s so much news going on nowadays that barely 1/10th of the news happening makes it onto the blog. So consider this a way to stay up to date with ALL MMA news. No filler, no bullshit.

The Search box: Yeah, it’s back. Actually, it never went anywhere … it was just invisible. Which is probably why no one was using it … so yeah. We fixed that and now you can see it up in the header image to your right. Search for all sorts of fun stuff … if you’re a famous fighter or popular sports ‘journalist’, type your name in and see what kind of stupid shit we’ve been talkin’ about you. Guaranteed hours of fun.

There’s more to come over the next few days … we’re inches away from having the webcomic interface ready to go, so hopefully you should see that up by the end of the week.

The UFC has tucked away news of Sherk’s belt strip in an article titled ‘Penn, Stevenson to Battle for UFC Lightweight Title on January 19th‘. They also pussyfoot around the word ‘stripped’ in favor of ‘withdrawing recognition':

After the California State Athletic Commission decision on Dec. 4 to reduce, but uphold, Sean Sherk’s suspension for a positive banned substance test, the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization withdrew recognition from Sherk as UFC Lightweight Champion.

BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will now compete for the 155-pound championship in the main event of January 19th’s UFC 80: RAPID FIRE card in Newcastle, England.

“I have nothing but respect for Sean Sherk and I believe he’s been honest throughout this whole process,” said UFC President Dana White. “But BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will be fighting for the lightweight title at UFC 80 on January 19th and Sean Sherk will fight the winner for the title.”

Now that this is all settled, we can all move on with our goddamn lives and never speak of this whole incident ever again. Except when Sherk comes out and acts like a big baby over being stripped. And when BJ Penn makes fun of Sherk. And pretty much any time we talk about anyone else getting nailed for steroids. Okay, we aren’t letting this die any time soon, I suppose. So uh … never mind!

This is just a reminder that we already did this week’s show on Saturday night, right after the TUF6 Finale was over. You can go here to check out the show … it’s 60 minutes of good times. And for those of you subscribed to iTunes or who usually stream the show using our Talkshoe app, Saturday’s episode should appear sometime tomorrow in the morning.

Punch Drunk Gamer has an interview with Joe Stevenson where they go over the sketchy early years of his career where he fought underage in matches of dubious legal standings on Indian reservations. Now those were the freaking days.

PDG: Back to your career. Your first professional fight was at 16 yrs old and you had a submission victory. Don’t you have to be 18 yrs old to fight professionally?

Joe: Not back then if you were fighting on an Indian Reservation in California. I actually had my mom sign a waiver.

PDG: You started off well until you fought Pulver.

Joe: That will happen when you are 16. Your manager picks a tough fight for you and you don’t know the fighter that well. Back in the day there wasn’t nearly as much media coverage and scouting so you really didn’t know what your opponent’s style and strength’s were. Jens was tough then especially for a 16 yr old. I went into that fight really nervous as I had talked with him at the hotel before hand and I was kind of like WOW. Then during the fight he helped me out with a right hook to the face that broke my orbital bone.

It’s pretty crazy to think that Joe’s been in the game for so long. Oh, to remember the days when guys like Stevenson are the ones being selected for TUF … worthy guys with over 20 fights against quality fighters. I might not think Joe can get past BJ Penn, but I don’t think there are many other guys who’d be able to beat him at LW. In fact, I think he’d be harder for Sean Sherk to beat than BJ.

We’re not all fart jokes around here, and if you want to hear an interview where I drop some serious knowledge on fighting rather than just say “Shit you fuckers and lick my balls cocksuck bitches”, then check out this interview I do with the boys from Jarry Park. We break down the Guida/Huerta bet, the TUF finale, and preview Wednesday’s WEC card.

So go check it out!

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