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If you thought it would be hard for the Japanese to top PRIDE as gayest MMA promotion name ever (second only to ZEST ), you was WRONG!

A few days back their was brief mention that the Heroes circuit would soon become extinct, while this is yet to be completely confirmed, reports have surfaced that this is in fact a close reality. “Dreams” as the new show is allegedly called with look to merge what some have dubbed “Zombie PRIDE” (Dream Stage Entertainment Crew) with K-1 Heroes and create a sort of default MMA leader in Japan. If this is in fact true, than I guess it would be good in some regards because we may be able to see shows like “Yarennoka!!” more frequently and hopefully with the same talent pool.

Maybe this is one of those things like the Wii where no one gets it when the name is announced but down the road it just makes obvious sense. But I dunno … HERO’S was cool if a bit strange in it’s usage of punctuation. I’d rather have kept that or made it combine with Pride into “HERO’S PRIDE” which would have been hella cool. Or at least to me it would have.

I’m not the biggest fan of Brandon Vera out there, but he certainly did endear me with the following comments:

“I wanted to punch Tim so hard,” he says. “I should have just kept touching and moving, instead of trying to light him up early. He started hitting me; I couldn’t hit him back. I started throwing short elbows to try and catch him on his way in. I sucked. That was one of the most boring fights ever. I’m ashamed to have been a part of it.”

I don’t mind too much if a fighter is boring – so long as they’re fucking ashamed of themselves for it afterwards. None of this Tim Sylvia or Andrei Arlovski “I followed my gameplan” bullshit. None of that “I don’t care what the fans think” crap.

Case in point: Karo Parisyan. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone get as much Heat (hehe) about a boring fight than he did after his win over Ryo Chonan. But Karo manned up, said it wasn’t a great performance, that he was sorry and he’d do better next time. As far as I’m concerned, the matter’s dealt with. I don’t have to worry that Karo is happy with how things went and is going to continue sucking ass.

The same now goes for Vera. Sure, he’s an egotistical blowhard who’s swallowed his own hype. But at least he cares about having a good entertaining fight. It took a lot to keep hating him after he thrashed Frank Mir, but now I just can’t resist him any more. I … I like Brandon Vera. There, I said it!

So here I am, sitting on a train. To think I thought “Oh, the train has WiFi, I’ll be able to spend the 7 hour trip writing posts and mucking around on the new site. Well, that would have been the case if ViaRail’s WiFi didn’t consist of two tin cans connected with a string.

Anyways, we’ll forge ahead because assholes never rest. The big news today is that people are talking about Houston Alexander again. Yeah, him … the guy everyone heralded as the second coming of Jesus till he got mounted and destroyed at UFC78. Other than the explosive sound of everyone jumping off his bandwagon, we haven’t heard much relating to Houston since then.

Now word is Houston is getting a soft rebound in the form of James “the Sandman” Irvin. James has the worst luck in the world. His knee spontaneously exploded against Thiago Silva back at UFC71, and then for his comeback fight he won … because the other guy dropped a knee in his face on the ground.

Now the poor bastard is getting into the ring with Houston Alexander, who I have no doubt will be pissed off and ready to pound someone harder than he did to Keith Jardine. Does Irvin have the ground game to beat Alexander? I dunno … I didn’t really feel like going through ViaRail WiFi hell looking it up. But at a glance things don’t look too good.

Okay, so obviously the new site is up … an hour and a half late because being the genius I am I decided to launch the site while on a train between Montreal and Toronto and the internet sucks balls. Who’d have thunk it?

There’s a few bugs that I’d like to iron out over the next day or two, but blogging comes first! So I’ll be concentrating on that and having shits n giggles in the forums / through the messenger till tonight and then will deal with everything.

 

Once again, if you listened to our weekly radio show you would know what was up already! You really should give it a shot … we don’t suck balls like 99% of the other podcasts out there! Anyways, the news you’d know already if you did listen to the show is as follows: We’re finally launching the new site we promised you guys months and months ago. And no, it no longer sports a smurf color theme.

There has been much trepidation in light of this news. Most of you seem to be afraid that the format of the site will somehow change. Let me promise you that the core of the site will continue to be my mad ramblings and my mad ramblings alone. We’re not bringing on 15 other writers to fill the daily quota of posts, and we’re not suddenly going all pussy on y’all.

That being said, here’s what’s being changed and added:

  • Comics : Yes, it finally launches, and will now be updated every Friday!
  • Store : Finally you can buy shit from us, including our first shirt ever!
  • Forums : Not your average phpBB bullshit code. These forms are clean, fast, and easy to keep track of.
  • Profiles : No longer must you be an anonymous keyboard warrior! Now you can be a famous keyboard warrior!
  • Instant Messaging : Which makes it a whole lot easier to keep me in the loop for inside information
  • Pictures : A section to upload images to your heart’s content.

Basically Fightlinker is expanding to include everything we need to grow a community of bastards and miscreants the likes of which the internet has never seen before! Those of you looking for a place to waste away your days at work, look no further. For those of you who avoid this kinda shit like the plague: don’t worry. The core of the site has been left alone and you’re free to just come and read the blog like you did before.

So that’s it. New site goes up early Friday morning. I’m sure you guys are gonna love it!

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