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Back at the end of August, Ryan Shamrock (son of Ken Shamrock) made his MMA debut. Up until this point there was absolutely no photographic evidence of the newest Shamrock, which sucked because reports had him standing nearly 6 feet tall at only 130 pounds.

Well, with the news that Ken Shamrock bundled himself with his son to sign a new contract with EliteXC, our favorite photographer Esther Lin was on the scene taking pictures for the press package that no one seems to ever get. Fortunately for you all I have her flikr account on RSS, and now I share this first look of Ryan Shamrock with you all.

I have to admit … normally I’m not a huge Jason Mayhem Miller fan … I just use his videos as filler when I don’t have time to write good posts. But this video is actually pretty entertaining (although I also won’t deny that at the moment I’m a bit short on time to write out posts. That’s just what happens when you stay up till 3am editing a radio show).

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.

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