Nick Diaz shows his improvement during interviews … he starts off shaky by calling Jason Mayhem Miller the ‘milk duds’ of MMA, but then pulls it together and starts hitting some talking points. Good on you Nick!
BloodyElbow dug up this article from the Korea Times drubbing Hong Man Choi for getting the nod against Fedor (sure, it’s not official but over in Korea it’s considered a worse kept secret than Rampage as TUF coach was over here).
Choi is still licking the wounds from his embarrassing loss to LeBanner Saturday, when he barely threatened the hard-hitting Frenchman and was fortunate to avoid a knockout.
The loss was especially embarrassing since it was the first match since Choi turned himself into a national joke last month by releasing a hip-hop album with model and wannabe pop star Kang Su-hui, although LeBanner would surely say he did well for a singer.
Among the biggest fighters in the world at 2.18 meters and 160 kilograms, Choi, a former folk wrestling champion, is good at being tall but not much else, a walking eyesore of an athlete who fights with the skills and grace of a potato.
This isn’t the first time Choi has been on the receiving end of a drubbing by the Korean media. Apparently over the summer everyone shat on him for singlehandedly ruining K1 Dynamite. How dare he have a tumor, after all!
As for the rap album, I am officially asking you guys, my readers, to help locate this musical abortion so we can post it up here for everyone’s enjoyment!
**UPDATE** Thanks to intenso for the video of Hong Man Choi dancing to his first single
Two years ago, BJ Penn punched a cop outside of a bar in Hawaii. Today, he got off with 1 year probation and a $2000 fine. Terms of the probation include Pineapple Penn not being able to leave the US, but the judge gave special permission for Penn to fight in England for the LW title.
Oh boy, wouldn’t it have been awesome if Penn hadn’t been allowed to fight in the UK? That would have fucked things up for good and confirmed that there’s a voodoo curse on the UFC’s lightweight division.
The pay info for the TUF6 finale has been released and it looks like the big loser on this event was Clay Guida, who was paid a whole $3000 more than the virgins who starred on the show. Pay for this season’s crop of TUF fighters is 8k to fight and 8k to win. Guida got 11k to fight with 11k to win.
I’m always amazed that the UFC doesn’t pay more for main event status … sure, it’s a slippery slope down to boxing pay where fighters get paid more depending on what order their fight is in or who they’re fighting. But it just seems embarrassing that the fighters headlining these things wouldn’t be able to afford a 30 second commercial on the show they’re fighting for.
I can only cross my fingers and hope Guida’s going to get a fat bonus and a nice raise soon so he can afford to a) get a haircut and b) get some better training partners to sharpen his skills.
I just thought I’d point out that Rio Heroes has bought out pretty much every blog there is out there. Yesterday I noticed MMAJunkie shilling for the no holds barred company, and today I noticed Five Ounces of Pain linking it with an affiliation code. Now I’ll let things slide a bit with the MMAJunkie guys … for all we know, that site is actually written by robots with no morals or scruples whatsoever. They’ve never pretended to be for or against anything, so I can’t really accuse them of being hypocrites.
On the other hand, Five Ounces of Pain is a very human site that’s just as much commentary as it is reporting. Prior to selling out, the site featured two very negative articles on the promotion. One of those articles even had the gall to call out Sherdog for carrying Rio Heroes banners since Sherdog was associated with ESPN.
Now maybe I’m missing something here, but isn’t Five Ounces of Pain run by one Sam Caplan, a man who’s a regular contributer for CBS Sportsline, head writer for MMA company ProElite, and a member of the would-be sanctioning body WAMMA? That sure seems like a lot of connections to organizations that shouldn’t want to be associated with this dangerous fight promotion. Well, I guess you can take ProElite off the list of people who care because they’re selling ads to Rio Heroes too. But what can you expect from a company that books neo-Nazi fighters for their shows?
Hey, on a personal level I don’t really give a shit about Rio Heroes. It’s pretty terrible with fighters less skilled than you see on IFL and HDNet cards. What I have an issue with is the apparent two-faced position everyone takes: “MMA is safe, we’re all working hard to bring it to the mainstream, blah blah blah blah blah. But we aren’t above taking money and whoring for a company that is the absolute antithesis of what modern MMA is supposed to represent. ”
How can you pretend to be a positive representative for the sport of MMA when you’re encouraging people to support a glorified streetfight? When some Brazilian gutter rat gets crippled or put into a coma, are you all just going to take the banners down quietly and pretend you never promoted this shit?
Rio Heroes embodies everything MMA has worked so hard and long to move away from. By helping Rio Heroes make money, you’re helping set up an environment where there will be more companies holding more insanely unsafe fights. But what’s that??? Laos Heroes will pay 100 bucks to put up banners promoting their 8-boy slave tournament? Fucking sweet. Then never mind the fact that you’re whoring your site and sullying MMA’s reputation. Just sign up and do it. Who the fuck cares.