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Nothing like ‘forgetting’ to tell fighters they’re on the card, and just letting them learn when they see their names included on a list. Here’s an interview with Mach Sakurai’s opponent Hasegawa:

- When did you know about your match?
It was the day before the press conference.   Mr. Saeki had forgotten to tell me till then.

– You said you heard about joining in “Yarennoka!” through the press and broadcasting in your blog.
That`s right.   Mr. Saeki asked me if I would like to fight in “Yarennnoka!” before, but was not told after that.   After training, a press guy told me that your name was in the list of fight in “Yarennoka!”

On a side note, the rest of this interview is awesome. Here’s some concentrated funny:

- What do you think about your opponent, Mach Sakurai?
He stays in the top of MMA for last 10 years.   He has an amazing power to damage opponents.   He said he would like to have a fight like playing a game, Final Fantasy.   In the game, I`m the main person who started from 1st level and finally get a chance to fight a strong guy.

– Mr. Saeki interrupted and said you are not challenging him.   You are the champion who is getting his challenge.
What? Don`t be like that.   It is obvious I`m not taking his challenge but I`m getting this opportunity to fight him finally.

– Have you been depressed before the fight?
Yes, I have once in a while but it wastes of my time.   I think positive and try to enjoy my fight.   I like fighting and decided to come this far.

So sayeth Jason MacDonald:

I was told last week that my next fight will be in April. Joe Silva (the UFC matchmaker) told me they want to save me for the April card in Montreal.

I don’t know the date or an opponent or even if it will for sure be in Montreal. But he said he needed me on the Canadian card.

I swear to God, if the UFC goes to Alberta before it comes to Montreal, I’m gonna have a shit fit. I’m pretty amazed though that the UFC is trying to push things through for April, right when the NHL playoffs start. Simply put, if the Montreal Canadiens are in the playoffs , then the UFC is gonna be hard pressed to make any kind of splash when they roll into town. Yes, we love MMA here in Montreal. But we’re still stereotypical Canadians so hockey comes first.

At any other time of the year, the UFC coming to Montreal would be top news in the sports section. With playoffs going on, they’ll be lucky to make page 2. I’m not saying they’ll have difficulty selling out the Bell Centre. But if Montreal’s team is still in the running, the UFC will have a hard time creating any real hype next to the juggernaut that is Canadian hockey fever.

Regardless, the sooner the better and the second things look official for Montreal, we’re gonna start planning some serious parties.

Danny boy over at MMAJunkie breaks down everything they know so far about TUF7 … or so they’d like you to believe! At this point, it seems like another M-1 situation: everyone knows what’s happening but no one wants to spill the beans for fear of reaping the wrath of Dana-zilla. Fuck people … Dana hates you already. If he’s still got enough leverage to make your life more miserable than he already does, do a poor bastard like me a favor and email me at news@fightlinker.com. It’s free, and it’s confidential!

So without further ado, here’s what’s known:

Middleweights: Yep, this season will focus on middleweights, which makes sense on the surface but is a mistake in reality. Why? Because everyone in TUF always drops down a weight class after the show is over. Heavyweights become light heavyweights, welterweights become lightweights, and so on. So if the UFC was really interested in developing a crop of fighters for the MW division, they should have tried pulling for Light Heavyweights.

Coaches: The worst kept secret in the universe right now is that Quinton Jackson is most likely going to be a coach on TUF. The big question mark right now is who they’re going to put opposite him. Anyone other than Tito Ortiz is gonna end up looking more bland than a soda cracker (hehe cracker) compared to Rampage. Let’s look at some qualifiers:

  • In Contention for the title: Because the coaches scrap at the end of each season and Rampage has the title, you need a coach that deserves a shot. That throws Tito out of the equation, as well as Chuck Liddell.
  • Can speak english: Some things never change. They replaced Bruce Lee with David Carradine in Kung Fu because Bruce was too foreign. Don’t expect anyone coaching on the show who doesn’t have perfect command of the english language. This means no Wanderlei, and no Chuck Liddell. Haha, just kidding. But seriously, Chuck can barely string together a sentence lately.

The big shitty thing about all this is if they do pick Rampage to coach, it fucks up the light heavyweight division the same way it fucked up the welterweight division. With the lightweight division still a free for all and the middleweight division stinking things up, can the UFC really afford to put their most lucrative weightclass on hold for 7 months?

Location: When Dana White said they were “really going to shake things up”, I took that to mean they were going to move the filming of the show to somewhere else. Never mind the fact that 99% of the show takes place inside a house and a gym, and those look the same no matter where in the world you are. The only hint is that Rampage cracked some Mexican jokes when MMAMania asked him about being a TUF coach. But Rampage always makes Mexican jokes, so can we really read into that?

There you go folks, now you know everything there is to know about TUF7. Let’s just pray now that Zuffa doesn’t fuck things up and stall out any weight divisions over the next season.



Yep, that’s right. The same obnoxious service we rendered unto you for UFC78 will be repeated for next Saturday’s TUF 6 finale. That means liveblogging the event on the website, and a live radio show right afterwards. There’ll also be a chatroom so we can all tappy tap to eachother while we enjoy the show. Fingers crossed this event is an early xmas gift from our lord Xenu!

Bill Paxton, er, I mean Sean Sherk is on Inside MMA this week to talk about his steroid hearing which is happening THIS TUESDAY! Wow, time flies when you’re bored out of your mind waiting for a good event to happen. There’s no new information regarding the case in this interview because Sherk uses the bullshit “I can’t talk a lot about this right now because it’s an ongoing thing” excuse.

Bull fucking shit. I hate that crap. People don’t talk about cases when they’re afraid they’re gonna screw up and make themselves look guilty. Even then, the CSAC has a hard enough time reading the actual documentation given to them by lawyers. The chances of them watching Inside MMA? NONE. Fuck, most of those CSAC assholes probably haven’t seen more than 60 minutes of MMA-related footage in their entire life.

One thing that Sherk said was “I tested positive for 12ng of Nandrolone, which is a naturally occurring steroid”. Hey, lets not bring up the fact that 12ng is 60 times the amount human beings generate naturally. But fuck. I was sick of talking Nandrolone the week after Sherk got nailed for it. For those that wanna be up to speed, here’s some easy reading for you:

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