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If you’ve just emerged from living under a rock for the past 9 months, here’s what’s up: Sean Sherk tested positive for nandrolone and Phil Baroni tested positive for a delicious cornucopia of various steroids. Both were suspended for a year, and today they’re getting a hearing in front of the CSAC. Well, they’re getting ANOTHER hearing. Both fighters have already appeared in front of the CSAC and they filed a motion to delay their hearings to ‘gather more evidence’.

The case is pretty stacked against both fighters. For Sherk, the best defense he’ll be able to muster is proving he unknowingly took nandrolone through supplements. Keith Keizer from the NSAC said the only way a fighter can be cleared in those conditions is if the supplement is on an ‘approved supplement’ list and batch tests confirmed it was tainted. Not fucking likely in this case, considering Sherk was ingesting over 30 different types of supplements a week.

For Baroni, I have no idea what his defense is gonna be, but he and his agent did sound like they had all sorts of evidences and such to prove he was innocent. So it’ll be interesting to see what happens there. Baroni’s prospects look even worse than Sherk’s, though. While both are pretty much guaranteed to be found guilty, at least Sherk is going to walk out with a reasonable excuse for his accidental doping.

But one thing is for sure: if Sherk’s assface lawyer tries to get another extension and delays this any more, I’m gonna flip my goddamn lid. I honestly couldn’t give much of a shit either way what happens here … I just want the lightweight belt out of limbo. And since Dana White seems unwilling to strip his good buddy till the CSAC makes their final decision, it better be sooner rather than later.

It’s a well known fact around here that the commenters on Fightlinker are smarter and funnier than the guys who actually run the show. Today one of our regulars Swedish Guy got some more cutting edge insider news that I thought was worth sharing with you all:
Dana White’s personal HW Rankings

1 – Brock Lesnar

2 – Brock Lesnar

3 – Dana White

4 – Big John McCarthy

5 – Brock Lesnar

6 – Tim Sylvia

7 – Brandon Vera

8 – Brock Lesnar

9 – Ken Shamrock

10 – Forrest Griffin

11 – BJ Penn

12 – Brock Lesnar

13 – Frank Mir

14 – Cheick Kongo

15 – Andrei Arlovski

16 – Sean Gannon

17 – Heath Herring

18 – Brad Imes

19 – Eddie Sanchez

20 – Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

21 – Mirko Filipovic

22 – Fabricio Werdum

23 – Jonathan Wiezorek

24 – Wade Shipp

25 – Random UFC jobber

26 – Another random UFC jobber

27 – TUF 7 contestant (aka UFC jobber)

28 – Randy Couture

29 – That fuckin’ Fedor guy’s brother

30 – That fuckin’ Fedor guy

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6,000,000,000 – Josh Barnett

One of the few things I’ve learned over the past week with these dumb press conferences is that most ‘journalists’ are mouth breathing knuckle dragging morons. They ask dumb questions, questions which have already been addressed 1000 times in the past, questions which have already been answered at the same fucking press conference! Questions with obvious answers, questions that make no sense, and questions which suck the cock of the person they’re asking.

One of the few guys that stood out against the trend was Steve Cofield aka Mr Sunshine. Steve got on the mic several times at yesterday’s UFC press conference and dogged the UFC about several key issues in this whole Randy Couture saga:

  • When was the last time the UFC talked to Randy regarding this?
  • What’s the scoop on the meeting two weeks ago when Randy voiced his issues?
  • When is the cutoff for stripping Randy of the belt?
  • Does Dana think Randy is leaving to fight for M-1?
  • Was Fedor’s offer for more than Randy made?

If he had just asked the “Was Randy really the 2nd highest paid fighter in your organization?” question, then I could have just stopped listening to the conference all together because every important question would have been asked.

Anyways, that’s about all I had to say on this. The rest of you people who were there or in on the phone conference: get your shit together because you suck balls.

Hi! Do you wish you had the kind of access that reporters had but don’t know how to get it???? Well wish no more, because we here at Fightlinker will take care of your worthless ass. Wanna see the documents that Dana White put together for the press showing checks and receipts for Randy Couture? Well here ya go!

For those of you who didn’t read the novel of a live blog we did earlier today, let me summarize the UFC press conference for you: It was 10 minutes of facts and then 45 minutes of rhetoric. Mixed in were 5 minutes of stupidity from random douche ‘journalists’. Nowhere to be seen at this conference was Kevin Iole, who no doubt was off somewhere kicking the ass of the source who led him so astray.

I have no doubt that the press sheets the UFC was handing out will be appearing online soon … for now though, the main numbers you need to know are the totals: 1.186 million for the Sylvia fight and 1.127 million for the Gonzaga fight. This does not include a 200k a year employment salary and 50k in commentating fees.

Past those numbers, the message sent by the UFC was clear: their plan is to offer Randy another fight this week. That fight will be for sometime early 2008 and most likely be against Big Nog. If Randy doesn’t accept that fight then they’ll consider him retired and have other guys fight for the vacant title. If Randy simply does not intend to fulfill his contract, it looks like the UFC is locked and loaded for sexy court action. Wait a second … court action isn’t sexy at all. Shit.

This isn’t looking good for Randy. I’m ‘on his side’, but even I think the UFC is in the right with this situation. He signed the damn contract, he should give them the damn fights. On top of losing the press battle, it looks like this thing is set to go to court if Randy doesn’t either return to the UFC or retire from fighting all together.

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