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Well this has gone down just as I suspected. Andrei Arlovski has languished on the bench since April 2007. Zuffa wanted him to sign a new contract before he fought again. Arlovski’s people were determined that he fight first and then they’d sit down at the negotiation table and deal. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what happened next: nothing. Neither side blinked, and nearly a year later it seems that Andrei is pissed the fuck off and the UFC is prepping to lose him.

What’s involved in that prepping? How about quietly booking Andrei for UFC82 and not making any mention of it. And how about putting him up against the fluffiest blanket in the UFC, Jake O’Brien? The first part has been done, but Jake is still a question mark on account of his spine being all fucked up.

But you see what the UFC is doing: exactly what I said they’d do back in September. I wish I could claim to be smart or some junk, but I only knew because they were doing the same thing to Brandon Vera when he was being ‘uncooperative’. Lets hope that like with Vera, things get worked out and this isn’t the end of Andrei in the UFC.

Well, I was pretty excited for the Joe Calzaghe / Bernard Hopkins boxing bout that was just announced, until I realized that they’re putting it on the same weekend that the UFC is in Montreal (April 19th, bitches). Oh well … it’s not like I’ll be sober enough that weekend to spoil the fight before I get to watch it on Sunday night or something.

For those of you who don’t know, Joe Calzaghe is my favorite boxer of all time, which isn’t really saying that much because I’ve only watched about 15 boxing matches in my entire life. But still, the guy is unconventional, aggressive and entertaining. Add in the fact that he and Hopkins have held titles for decades and you’ve got the makings of an epic bout between two veterans of the sport.

I don’t know what the fuck is up with boxing lately. The sport seems on an upswing, with more and more great bouts coming together. Bernard Hopkins actually thanked MMA for waking boxing promoters up and showing them what they needed to do to fix the sport, and I really think he might be right. The next six months of boxing is stacked with great bouts, title unifications, and surprisingly little drama. Well okay, there’s still drama. But at least the fights are actually getting booked and aren’t getting canceled.

You may not have noticed this on account of the fact that no one listens to his radio show, but the last Quadros show on Sherdog was mid-December. And I’ve just gotten confirmation that Quadros got the boot from the radio network, so that’s the end of that. I used to be a pretty big Quadros fan back before I realized what a dope he was. Turns out he’s pretty damned smart when he’s got a cheat sheet in front of him but past that he’s not really the most learned fellow when it comes to the scene as a whole.

Don’t get me wrong, the guy knows his way around the lexicon of MMA terminology. But the scope of his radio show was just absolutely terrible … the guy should stick to calling fights because he certainly couldn’t run a show.

Of course, this isn’t the only show on the Sherdog Radio Network that I hate. I’ve actually started to enjoy how utterly terrible MMA Sunday School is, and whoever decided that the world needs MORE Josh Gross needs to be stopped before they decide that we also need MORE herpes or MORE hepatitis.

Bonus: Stephen Quadros takes naked pics of himself.  

It’s the calm before the storm: UFC80 is tommorow afternoon and it is as if the MMA Gods are holding their breath in anticipation. Translation: There ain’t nothing going on right now. At least not in the way of MMA news.

But Fightlinker defies boring news days – we’ve always got fresh content all steamy and smelling good like bread right from the baker’s oven. Fuck yeah I could go for some of that shit. Just check out what’s happening:

New Comic
We promised it and we did it! The weekly comic is now weekly for real! Go check out the second comic in the ongoing struggle of Ryan and Jake as they do stuff vaguely related to MMA.

New Shirt designs
We’re still trying to make the Fightlinker store work properly, and let me tell you what: there’s no hotter way to spend a Friday night than sitting in your underwear eating wagon wheels and trying to decode PHP. That’s a coding language, not a fun drug. Unfortunately. BUT for now go check out the shirt designs which are in progress and tell us what you think.

Live Blogging / Live Chat / Live Radio
The holy trinity of UFC80 coverage will be available only at I challenge you to find a site that’s offering as much interaction as we do! Sure, it’s all dick and fart jokes around here but who wants to discuss the subtle nuances of side control vs mount when we can talk about the tits on dem ring girls? So drop by tommorow at 3pm for all your UFC80 needs.

So as you can see, there’s always fun shit to do around here. Even when mixed martial arts is boring, we got your back.

Well wowsers people, could this be the first Fightlinker contest in the history of the site? Well no, not really. Back in the day we were giving away t-shirts to the person we arbitrarily decided had the best question for our Low Blow Mailbag show. But that was kinda bullshit because we usually picked the person who had the weirdest question.

But now finally there is a contest based on SKILL … or rather KNOWLEDGE? I dunno. But basically the smarter you are about your MMA, the better chance you have at winning. Okay, so a lot of it is based on shit you can’t actually predict. Hmmm. Anyways. The scoop is that our friends at BetUS are offering us two $100 credits on their evil gambling website. All you have to do to win them? Come first or second in the Fightlinker UFC80 predictions forum!

That’s right, all you have to do is log in and post your picks for who’ll win, what round, and how. You can win up to three points per fight by getting all the details correct.

For example, if you picked Joe Stevenson to win by strikes in the 3rd round, you’d be pretty stupid. But if by some miracle Joe Stevenson actually won, you’d get one point. If it was by strikes, you’d get another. But it was in the fifth round? Damn. You only come out of that fight with two points rather than three.

So I think that makes things very clear and easy for everyone. You can post your questions in the comments section but it’s important to note that only people who post their predictions in the forum are ‘entered’ in the contest. It’s our way of forcing you to become a member of our site. Sneaky, huh?

Remember, the two top people get $100 accounts at BetUS, which we’ll have ready for them on Monday … just in time to make some bets on Wednesday’s Ultimate Fight Night. And to help you make those bets, we’ll have our favorite BetUS guy and ADHD victim Damon D on the Low Blow to go over that card.

So what are you waiting for??? GO THE THE FORUM NOW and get your picks in!

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