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I’ve gone through three different sites full of videos and pictures of the UFC weigh ins and I haven’t been able to find a single picture of the newest Octagon Girl, Edith Larente (or as she’s listed on, Edith Labelle).

I certainly hope she’s still around, because for all our bastardry we’d still feel pretty bad if the ruckus we caused cost her a job. Plus we like staring at her humongoid fake boobs. Let’s just hope that we’ve got an overblown sense of our own importance and Edith is just arriving later because of airport delays or something.

Well this has gone down just as I suspected. Andrei Arlovski has languished on the bench since April 2007. Zuffa wanted him to sign a new contract before he fought again. Arlovski’s people were determined that he fight first and then they’d sit down at the negotiation table and deal. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what happened next: nothing. Neither side blinked, and nearly a year later it seems that Andrei is pissed the fuck off and the UFC is prepping to lose him.

What’s involved in that prepping? How about quietly booking Andrei for UFC82 and not making any mention of it. And how about putting him up against the fluffiest blanket in the UFC, Jake O’Brien? The first part has been done, but Jake is still a question mark on account of his spine being all fucked up.

But you see what the UFC is doing: exactly what I said they’d do back in September. I wish I could claim to be smart or some junk, but I only knew because they were doing the same thing to Brandon Vera when he was being ‘uncooperative’. Lets hope that like with Vera, things get worked out and this isn’t the end of Andrei in the UFC.

Well, I was pretty excited for the Joe Calzaghe / Bernard Hopkins boxing bout that was just announced, until I realized that they’re putting it on the same weekend that the UFC is in Montreal (April 19th, bitches). Oh well … it’s not like I’ll be sober enough that weekend to spoil the fight before I get to watch it on Sunday night or something.

For those of you who don’t know, Joe Calzaghe is my favorite boxer of all time, which isn’t really saying that much because I’ve only watched about 15 boxing matches in my entire life. But still, the guy is unconventional, aggressive and entertaining. Add in the fact that he and Hopkins have held titles for decades and you’ve got the makings of an epic bout between two veterans of the sport.

I don’t know what the fuck is up with boxing lately. The sport seems on an upswing, with more and more great bouts coming together. Bernard Hopkins actually thanked MMA for waking boxing promoters up and showing them what they needed to do to fix the sport, and I really think he might be right. The next six months of boxing is stacked with great bouts, title unifications, and surprisingly little drama. Well okay, there’s still drama. But at least the fights are actually getting booked and aren’t getting canceled.

You may not have noticed this on account of the fact that no one listens to his radio show, but the last Quadros show on Sherdog was mid-December. And I’ve just gotten confirmation that Quadros got the boot from the radio network, so that’s the end of that. I used to be a pretty big Quadros fan back before I realized what a dope he was. Turns out he’s pretty damned smart when he’s got a cheat sheet in front of him but past that he’s not really the most learned fellow when it comes to the scene as a whole.

Don’t get me wrong, the guy knows his way around the lexicon of MMA terminology. But the scope of his radio show was just absolutely terrible … the guy should stick to calling fights because he certainly couldn’t run a show.

Of course, this isn’t the only show on the Sherdog Radio Network that I hate. I’ve actually started to enjoy how utterly terrible MMA Sunday School is, and whoever decided that the world needs MORE Josh Gross needs to be stopped before they decide that we also need MORE herpes or MORE hepatitis.

Bonus: Stephen Quadros takes naked pics of himself.  

It’s the calm before the storm: UFC80 is tommorow afternoon and it is as if the MMA Gods are holding their breath in anticipation. Translation: There ain’t nothing going on right now. At least not in the way of MMA news.

But Fightlinker defies boring news days – we’ve always got fresh content all steamy and smelling good like bread right from the baker’s oven. Fuck yeah I could go for some of that shit. Just check out what’s happening:

New Comic
We promised it and we did it! The weekly comic is now weekly for real! Go check out the second comic in the ongoing struggle of Ryan and Jake as they do stuff vaguely related to MMA.

New Shirt designs
We’re still trying to make the Fightlinker store work properly, and let me tell you what: there’s no hotter way to spend a Friday night than sitting in your underwear eating wagon wheels and trying to decode PHP. That’s a coding language, not a fun drug. Unfortunately. BUT for now go check out the shirt designs which are in progress and tell us what you think.

Live Blogging / Live Chat / Live Radio
The holy trinity of UFC80 coverage will be available only at I challenge you to find a site that’s offering as much interaction as we do! Sure, it’s all dick and fart jokes around here but who wants to discuss the subtle nuances of side control vs mount when we can talk about the tits on dem ring girls? So drop by tommorow at 3pm for all your UFC80 needs.

So as you can see, there’s always fun shit to do around here. Even when mixed martial arts is boring, we got your back.

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