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Danny boy over at MMAJunkie breaks down everything they know so far about TUF7 … or so they’d like you to believe! At this point, it seems like another M-1 situation: everyone knows what’s happening but no one wants to spill the beans for fear of reaping the wrath of Dana-zilla. Fuck people … Dana hates you already. If he’s still got enough leverage to make your life more miserable than he already does, do a poor bastard like me a favor and email me at news@fightlinker.com. It’s free, and it’s confidential!

So without further ado, here’s what’s known:

Middleweights: Yep, this season will focus on middleweights, which makes sense on the surface but is a mistake in reality. Why? Because everyone in TUF always drops down a weight class after the show is over. Heavyweights become light heavyweights, welterweights become lightweights, and so on. So if the UFC was really interested in developing a crop of fighters for the MW division, they should have tried pulling for Light Heavyweights.

Coaches: The worst kept secret in the universe right now is that Quinton Jackson is most likely going to be a coach on TUF. The big question mark right now is who they’re going to put opposite him. Anyone other than Tito Ortiz is gonna end up looking more bland than a soda cracker (hehe cracker) compared to Rampage. Let’s look at some qualifiers:

  • In Contention for the title: Because the coaches scrap at the end of each season and Rampage has the title, you need a coach that deserves a shot. That throws Tito out of the equation, as well as Chuck Liddell.
  • Can speak english: Some things never change. They replaced Bruce Lee with David Carradine in Kung Fu because Bruce was too foreign. Don’t expect anyone coaching on the show who doesn’t have perfect command of the english language. This means no Wanderlei, and no Chuck Liddell. Haha, just kidding. But seriously, Chuck can barely string together a sentence lately.

The big shitty thing about all this is if they do pick Rampage to coach, it fucks up the light heavyweight division the same way it fucked up the welterweight division. With the lightweight division still a free for all and the middleweight division stinking things up, can the UFC really afford to put their most lucrative weightclass on hold for 7 months?

Location: When Dana White said they were “really going to shake things up”, I took that to mean they were going to move the filming of the show to somewhere else. Never mind the fact that 99% of the show takes place inside a house and a gym, and those look the same no matter where in the world you are. The only hint is that Rampage cracked some Mexican jokes when MMAMania asked him about being a TUF coach. But Rampage always makes Mexican jokes, so can we really read into that?

There you go folks, now you know everything there is to know about TUF7. Let’s just pray now that Zuffa doesn’t fuck things up and stall out any weight divisions over the next season.



Yep, that’s right. The same obnoxious service we rendered unto you for UFC78 will be repeated for next Saturday’s TUF 6 finale. That means liveblogging the event on the website, and a live radio show right afterwards. There’ll also be a chatroom so we can all tappy tap to eachother while we enjoy the show. Fingers crossed this event is an early xmas gift from our lord Xenu!

Bill Paxton, er, I mean Sean Sherk is on Inside MMA this week to talk about his steroid hearing which is happening THIS TUESDAY! Wow, time flies when you’re bored out of your mind waiting for a good event to happen. There’s no new information regarding the case in this interview because Sherk uses the bullshit “I can’t talk a lot about this right now because it’s an ongoing thing” excuse.

Bull fucking shit. I hate that crap. People don’t talk about cases when they’re afraid they’re gonna screw up and make themselves look guilty. Even then, the CSAC has a hard enough time reading the actual documentation given to them by lawyers. The chances of them watching Inside MMA? NONE. Fuck, most of those CSAC assholes probably haven’t seen more than 60 minutes of MMA-related footage in their entire life.

One thing that Sherk said was “I tested positive for 12ng of Nandrolone, which is a naturally occurring steroid”. Hey, lets not bring up the fact that 12ng is 60 times the amount human beings generate naturally. But fuck. I was sick of talking Nandrolone the week after Sherk got nailed for it. For those that wanna be up to speed, here’s some easy reading for you:

Well fuck, what the hell am I supposed to do with 200 “Free Din” shirts now? The big news today is that all charges relating to a smoker Din Thomas threw last month have been dropped. As a nice plus, Florida has deemed that smokers are actually legal under Florida law:

Hendricks said several things factored into the decision, including an exception to the “prohibited competitions” statute for training.

He said if the fighter or participants were students of Thomas’ school, and the purpose of the school is to teach martial arts, then they meet the exception to the law.

So how about we start up a ‘school’ where we learn how to fight, and we all fight eachother every week in the basement of a bar? And then when the cops come I’ll vomit blood all over them and scream “YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE I’VE BEEN, LOU! YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE I’VE BEEN!” Sounds like that applies under Florida’s training statute too.

Bad news for Din though is he was downgraded in the newspaper articles from “almost a legend in the ultimate fighting world” to “a nationally-renowned mixed martial arts fighter” in this latest article. I guess it’s true … people just love a bad boy.

Oh, and lets hope California gets it’s head out of it’s ass too. This ‘cracking down on smokers’ nonsense is retarded.

As you all may or may not know, we issued a challenge to Kid Nate from BloodyElbow regarding a comment he made about Huerta winning against Guida at the TUF finale next week. In light of some sudden wimping out, I thought I would take a moment to lay out the history of this bet.

First, Fightlinker and BloodyElbow have a history of bets … Luke Thomas has won one and backed off another. At this point he suspects that I’m insane and basically won’t respond to any of my harassment, so I decided to move down the foodchain to his partner in crime Kid Nate.

On October 10th, Nate stated on his blog that he thought Huerta was going to win against Clay Guida because he had the attitude to take the match:

Naturally, I smell blood and move in for the kill:

Okay, Nate says no way, defers to my gargantuan manhood, and we all move on knowing who the Alpha Blogger is in this relationship. I’m not a vindictive guy … we only play games with people who want to play along. So things would have died right there if not for this exchange in the comments section of Fightlinker.com:

Okay, so the bet is back on! The challenge was issued a few days after UFC78, and agreed upon by Nate:

But lo and behold, Nate was trying to bamboozle us. Once news of the bet spread, BetUS radio wanted to interview us about it, and in that interview Nate admited that he wasn’t going to remove his eyebrows in real life, but only by using photoshop.

Words cannot describe the feelings I felt then … my heart quaked, my eyes teared up. This showdown of epic proportions was quickly turning into a lame duck. Desperate to save the bet, I offered Nate a switch: if he didn’t think Huerta was going to win, I would bet on Huerta instead. That way he got his real pick in, and he’d have no excuses when his pick lost. But alas, no dice.

Now we have a BetUS-brokered deal where the loser has to put up a photoshopped picture of themselves made by the winner on their site. Yeah, I know. It’s just not as fun when things aren’t being cut off. But I’ll take what I can get and we’ll be more stringent with our bets in the future to avoid more situations like this.

Oh, and a lot has been made about the idea of the Fightlinker boys recreating 2 guys 1 cup. Because I truly feel the people who lost out on this Guida/Huerta bet experience are you, our loyal readers, Jake and I have decided to recreate the video this weekend for no reason other than we rule. We hope that posting it up will prove to you how amazingly huge and steely our balls are, and remove the sting of not getting to see Nate’s eyebrow shaved.

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