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For all the controversy swirling around the Misaki / Akiyama kick from Yarennoka, another instance of illegal strikes finishing the fight has been completely swept under the rug. Fighting on the K1 Dynamite card, Rani Yahya was kicked in the face on his hands and knees by Kid Yamamoto, ending the fight. At the time I just assumed that only Yarennoka banned kicks to a downed opponent. But here’s Rani telling us what the score is:

Denis: The outcome of that fight was controversial because fans weren’t certain if soccer kicks were allowed. So are they or not?
Yahya: They weren’t. He waited until the referee raised his arm, announcing he was the winner, and then he left the ring quickly to not be disqualified.

Yahya goes on to say he doesn’t really care if the contest is overturned or not (it won’t be), but I still think it’s bullshit. When you go into a cage understanding there’s certain rules in place, they change the way you fight and the way you respond to different situations. If kicks to a grounded opponent are illegal, you don’t protect yourself on the ground the same way you would if they were. Rani essentially left his head wide open for a foot to the face because he trusted Kid Yamamoto not to be a fucking spazz.

Bonus: Mystery Fightlinker Theatre 3000 : Rani Yahya vs Kid Yamamoto

So all the buzz today is about Steve Sievert saying UFC 83 was moving from the UK, and everyone is speculating where it’ll go! Oh the suspense … will it be Las Vegas or somewhere in California? The whatever dome versus the who gives a shit bowl?

The bigger question should be WHY they’re moving the show. WHY they committed to doing it in the UK and WHY they’ve now changed their minds. Again, this is the problem with not having a handle on all your news … now everyone gets to read 1001 different reasons into why the UFC is ducking out of the UK. Too expensive? No good headlining fight? Moving the event to the US and showing it on network TV?

So many possibilities. But here’s a possibility for you: Steve Sievert is fucking wrong. This isn’t official news people, this is news from an anonymous source. And while Steve’s source is saying UFC83 has moved, other more reliable sources are reporting that the UFC continues to sign UK and European fighters to participate on the card.

So hmmm. Who to believe? But yeah, I just wanted to remind you all that you’ve just swallowed a pretty big hook from the guy who also announced that Sean Sherk wasn’t going to be stripped of his lightweight belt. Think about that for a bit.

Originally it was stated that Fedor would be traveling to the US along with his omnipresent management team to meet up with Randy and do some work with Affliction. But it now looks like he might be flying solo on this one, and his handlers have done everything short of pinning instructions to his snowsuit in order to ensure he makes it to his destination. Check out the card Fedor is carrying with him on the flight to Los Angeles:

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Fedor Emelyanenko. I do not speak or read any English.

I arrived on Delta Flight XXX from LAX.

I need to board Delta flight XX arriving at Moscow Russia at 11:00am 21 January.

Can you please lead me to the correct gate for this flight?

I will not be able to make my flight connection without help finding the gate for my next flight. I will need assistance with this.

Many thanks for your help!

Also included in the care package prepared by Fedor’s mom management is a letter of intent from Affliction to get him through customs without any hassles. I especially like the wording, that Fedor is ‘considered’ the best heavyweight in the world.

There’s two things I really want to give you all (well actually three but according to some state laws I’m not allowed to offer the third one), and that’s MORE hot chicks and MORE gross pics. I know you all are also clamoring for LESS gay pics, but I love doing that … weeds out the kind of visitors who are like OMG GAY SHIT. Sends them scurrying back to Sherdog, it does.

So here’s some more gross shit, it’s an oldie but a goody that fellow jackal Fightfan messaged me about: the ten worst cuts in MMA. Seriously, some of these are pretty damned hardore. If it wasn’t from August you know Kalib Starnes and Ross Pointon would have been included. Barf-tastic.

It’s interesting to note that when BJ Penn talks about winning titles across multiple weight classes, I call him an egotistical douche who needs to actually win and hold ONE title before pimping his pineapple about another. On the other hand, when GSP does the same thing, I’m all starry eyed and generally aroused by his statements.

“He wants to leave a legacy,” Spenser said. “He wants to be the most dominant fighter the UFC and MMA has ever seen, and he intends to accomplish that by dominating the 170-pound weight class, moving up to the 185 weight class and then eventually the light heavyweight class.”

That’s Shari Spenser, GSP’s agent and the dumpy old chick that was in the ring with him after his last win over Matt Hughes. Now lets forget for a moment that Georges doesn’t hold the real welterweight belt at the moment. And lets forget that he managed to lose his belt during his first title defense against a guy who barely had any business being in the UFC, let alone in a title fight. If you’re letting Serra’s win over GSP cloud the reality of his skill level, rewatch TUF4 and see his terrible wins over Shonie Carter and Chris Lytle. I myself fell under the “Well he beat GSP so he must be kinda good” spell for a while, but I’m over it now.

So now that we’re ignoring all the facts that get in the way of our pretty fantasy world, I think it’s awesome that GSP is planning on routing three UFC divisions. Mainly because it improves the chances that we’re going to see GSP vs Anderson Silva in a few years. And at the moment, those two are my pound for pound best fighters in the world. There’s only one condition that I have for GSP: that he cleans out his division before moving up, and he leaves his belt behind. That means taking out Karo Parisyan, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, Thiago Alves, and anyone else that comes out of the woodwork as a real contender. And I’m all for legacy and shit, but not at the expense of someone hoarding all the titles. A belt is just something that holds your pants up (or occasionally declares your allegiance to country bands). If you move up undefeated, it’s like you’re the champion in absentia anyways.

So sign me up for this shit, I’m down like brown. Just don’t fuck things up like you did last time Georges. You’ll find the Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

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