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It’s the Low Blow, baby! Episode 32 comes to you with 30 minutes of casual conversation regarding UFC 80, and then a buttload of news items. Covered topics include Randy Couture’s ‘broken arm’, Gina Carano breaking up with EliteXC, Sean Sherk passing the buck, and George St Pierre hating on Matt Serra. It’s a surprisingly tight show, with tons of rage and rants.

Download it here, or listen to it with our NEW HOTNESS stream applet to your right. It’s 61 minutes of MMA madness. iTunes users should have this puppy on their pods by Tuesday noon.

I loves me a scrapped fighting event … they’re always followed with all sorts of fun occurrences. Like when the Brawl for it All show was canceled, Don Frye got into a fistfight with some pseudo-celebrity’s boxing coach or something. And now with the WCO show being canceled, everyone involved is turning on eachother like the snakes they are.

The most interesting thing to come out of all this is the fact that the WCO didn’t even have their own promoting license … they were using Valor Fighting’s. Which of course makes perfect sense. When I want to drive a car but my license is expired, I just borrow Jake’s license and that’s just fine! Well, unless the cops stop me. And then I gotta screw my face up real ugly like and hope I can pull off Jake’s cross eyed look well enough.

The other bit of info that’s interesting to hear is that the WCO guys might actually have had the money up front but once the whole license switcheroo was exposed, the whole thing was null and void. I’ve added organization tags to the following quote to make it easier for y’all to follow:

After the investor pulled out, Bassman (Valor) said Bellocchi (WCO) rushed to deposit $225,000 into his bank to allow the show to go on.

Garcia (CSAC) confirmed the presence of funds with Wells Fargo, but said money would not have been available until Jan. 24 so long as none was removed from the account prior to that date and the deposited sum didn’t bounce.

Even if Bellocchi (WCO) had cash in hand Saturday, it wouldn’t have mattered. “I couldn’t use that money anyway because that wasn’t Rick Bassman’s (Valor’s) money,” said Garcia. “That was Bruce Bellocchi’s (WCO’s) account.”

That “if the money didn’t bounce” is a pretty big fucking “if”, but I still find it interesting that there was a good chance the money was secured but the CSAC fucked the WCO over on technicalities.

Again, I don’t have much sympathy for the WCO, but I find it interesting that the CSAC keeps on pulling event plugs on the day of the event. You’d imagine an organized commission would have everything laid out properly so that by the week of the event everything is settled. None of this barring fighters a day before the event shit. No dramatic post-weigh in cancellations. But hey, that’s just me and what do I know? The CSAC has proven itself over and over again to be a fair and competent, so I’m sure they did everything by the book this time too.

Ow. I think I just broke my sarcasm bone.

**UPDATE** I fucked up and put WFO in this post a few times.

How in the name of fuck does it make sense for Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya to fight again? Their first match was generally accepted to be a cautious and unexciting turd that highlighted why average people finds boxing boring. While people much smarter than I in the field of boxing may have been able to appreciate the strategy behind the first fight, they’ll also be the same people who’ll tell you a second bout would most likely end exactly the same.

For me, the big upset is that De La Hoya is squandering one of his last fights, if not his last. I understand why HE specifically wants the rematch … he thinks he can beat Mayweather, and what better way to go out than avenging that loss? This I suppose is the problem with the fighters being the promoters … there’s no one out there to put a collar on them and make them fight who they should fight.

There was early speculation that a Hatton / De La Hoya fight was in the works, but Hatton’s loss to Mayweather was probably just too decisive to make it really sell. Plus I don’t think Hatton wants to fight higher than light welterweight any more – every time he fights up in weight he has a hard time of things. Past that, who does Oscar have to choose from? Cotto? That’s the fight people want to see, and that’s the big money fight right there. There was even some early talk about it, but it’s a bad choice for De La Hoya because the odds are Cotto would win.

Again, it’s too bad these guys get to run the show, because it certainly robs boxing fans of the opportunity to see the fights that should really happen.

Luke from Bloody Elbow has the interesting opinion that Brock Lesnar could be the worst thing to happen to MMA since it was pulled off PPV in the 90’s.

For MMA as a sport to be taken seriously by the general public, it needs the general public to think the best fighters in the sport are legitimate athletes. If someone like Lesnar can make a transition from pro wrestling to MMA stardom, it will be hard for the sport to be taken any more seriously than wrestling is. I realize that Lesnar has credentials as a real athlete in collegiate wrestling, I’m glad White got Lesnar to sign up with UFC, and I’m curious to see how Lesnar does. But I’m concerned that if Lesnar succeeds, he’ll be doing it at the expense of the sport of mixed martial arts.

I don’t think anyone is going to question Lesnar’s qualifications as a ‘real athlete’. He’s got an alphabet soup’s worth of amateur wrestling credentials, and nearly got into the NFL despite the fact that he barely had any real experience at all. Sure, he spent a few years growling and stomping around a ring like a retard for the WWE, and for that we shall mock him forever. But it doesn’t take away the fact that we recognize his (possibly) natural physical abilities.

Luke seems to be trying to push the idea that anyone making it to the top in this sport without years and years of training is going to wreck MMA’s reputation as a sport requiring skill and dedication. To me, I’ve always found that idea stupid … the appeal of MMA to me is that it’s a sport anyone can go into.

You don’t have to be wrestling since you were 10 to compete in MMA. You don’t have to be raised by the Gracies. There are tons of fighters out there who exploded out of nowhere with nothing more than a few instructional dvds and the warrior spirit to stand against someone with way more experience and think “I can still beat this guy.”

Honestly, anyone who can’t see the skill involved in MMA isn’t the kind of person who’ll ever become a fan of the sport. And those of us who do know what’s up understand that training, experience, and hard work are just equalizers that help smaller opponents face guys like Brock Lesnar and still have a chance to win.

Over NYE weekend, Joe Lauzon was in Las Vegas getting himself scanned into a 3d computer modeller for the new UFC game. News about this game has been pretty slim to none, but you have to imagine if they’re at the stage where they’re scanning fighters in, then there must be a general date coming up soon. The UFC isn’t like the WWE … fighters don’t stick around long if they don’t keep winning, so scanning in fighters 9 months before a launch could result in having a cast of guys who are now relegated to dark matches or not even with the UFC any more.

Anyways, it’s interesting that they’re featuring Joe Lauzon considering the only notable opponent he’s beaten so far is Jens Pulver, and even that win could be considered something of a fluke. Hey, I think he’s promising as hell too, but I’ll wait till I see him against Kenny Florian before I swallow the hype. Does this mean the UFC plans on having a huge roster of fighters available in the game? I can only cross my fingers.

I’ve got big hopes for the new UFC game because they’ve finally given the reins of the franchise back to THQ, who were responsible for the awesome Pride FC game. Of course, the big question is if THQ has gone with the developers for that game or someone new who’ll fuck it up. Considering the popularity of the sport right now, THQ would be foolish not to give this title it’s full attention. It could very well give them a new series of sports game that could give them the same easy revenue that EA has developed with their sports titles.

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