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If Mark Hunt working for HUSTLE wasn’t enough to break your heart, I’m sure this one will make many an MMA fan’s eyes tear up a bit: Josh Barnett will be in Japan over the New Year, but only for a catch wrestling match against welterweight weirdo Hikaru Sato.

Sato is pictured above … he’s the one wearing the maid’s outfit and cat ears. While the maid outfit isn’t what he normally wears, the fuzzy pink cat ears do make appearances in most of Sato’s other pictures.

Josh fights Sato and Fedor fights Hong Man Choi (possibly) proves that God does exist, and he hates humanity.

Everyone’s been oohing and aaahing BJ Penn’s stupid plan to take it easy and not fight that often:

BJ Penn, who will be taking on Joe Stevenson for the interim UFC lightweight belt in January, has a rough career plan outlined for himself based on longevity. He told UFC.com, “I don’t want to do the five fights a year thing for three years and then I’m done, like all these fighters have done-I want to do one to two fights a year for the next ten years. I want to keep my name out there for the next ten years.”

Hey, that would be all well and good if the universe existed in a bubble and nothing changed over time. As it stands, BJ Penn is on the same cusp as Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell are … watching as the next generation of MMA fighters step up and take shit to the next level. They haven’t been pushed out yet and they’ll still be top tier for the next few years, but 5 years from now? Questionable. 10 years? No way in hell.

MMA is still a really young sport … in ten years you’re going to be seeing the first crop of kids who were brought up by rabid MMA fans … parents who sent their kids to martial arts schools with the idea of turning them into little Georges St Pierres and Randy Coutures. I can’t even imagine the skills this generation of fighters will bring to the table.

BJ Penn loves a challenge, so perhaps that’s what this is all about. There’s no real point for him fighting the Joe Stevensons of the lightweight division just to fight them. Waiting for the right opponents, challenging yourself with them, and not wasting your time on fights which aren’t really worth fighting … I can understand that.

But there’s a good chance BJ is gonna get left in the dust as the sport evolves, like Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, and Igor Vovchanchyn already have been.

Hey, all you angsty people who have nothing better to do than bitch about the UFC! Next time you want to say the UFC is pushing Chuck Liddell way harder than they’ll ever push Rampage, just point them to this Dell commercial, which would have been 1000 times funnier if it had been starring the good humored Rampage instead of the wooden and tubby Iceman.

For those of you who don’t have totally sweet memory like I do, Rich Bergeron is that guy everyone called a crackpot who spent a whole lot of time and energy on proving that Xyience was nothing but a front for screwing over investors.

After a good year or so of Rich’s nagging and reporting, Xyience decided they were gonna sue Rich for fucking their shit up. But now it seems like Rich and Xyience are on the brink of kissing and making up. From Rich’s website:

I just returned from an all expenses paid trip to UFC 78 courtesy of Xyience, Incorporated. This is the same company with a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada that seeks $25 million from me. My trip provided several revelations that will come out soon. During the time I have been “off the radar” with my writing because of this case serious developments have been dropping like atom bombs. I refrained from writing about them due to this case, but the complete truth is starting to emerge.

I may not have had all the facts in the past. I will now accomplish a much further probe into the activities at Xyience. The new in-depth Xyience investigation will report whatever I discover and outline all the new players. Xyience has always been a good company at heart, and I have always wanted to make sure the name and the brand could persevere without the interruption of all the questionable activity at the heart of my series.

Stay tuned for what is sure to be a compelling continuation of this series.

Well howdy! What a change an all expense paid trip to UFC78 will make. Props to Rich for starting the post out with full disclosure. On the other hand, jeez! Talk about sleeping with the enemy. It’s not like Rich was at the top of my list of objective journalists … in fact, he was somewhere down there with Kevin Iole and those ‘MMA Scoops’ guys. But still … how we’re going to buy all this stuff when it looks like Rich is on the Xyience gravy train is beyond me.

But hey … I gotta hand it to Rich. He spent a long time shitting on Xyience and is finally getting something other than a big lawsuit for it. I can only hope we here at Fightlinker get some of that sweet sweet hush money too someday!

 

Poor Alberto Crane. I’m amazed he’s even back in the UFC again after the hurt Roger Huerta put on him in his last fight. And now he’s gonna have to face off against Kurt Pellegrino.

Upside: Kurt probably won’t punch Alberto in the face as much as Huerta did.

Downside: While Kurt’s gas tank didn’t hold up against Joe Stevenson, I have no doubt he’ll outlast Crane.

Result: 1 awesome round of back and forth jiu jitsu, followed by a gassed Crane getting rear naked choked. Should be pretty entertaining!

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