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Bad news for those of you who were won over by the heart and spunk of TUF6 contestant Jon Koppenhaver:

Recent contestant on season six of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, was hauled in today before a California Superior Court Judge on charges that he allegedly choked a man unconscious and punched him in the grill on September 2, according to the San Diego Tribune.

The victim in the case claims that he did not see who broke his face in the confrontation. Furthermore, an independent witness at the scene of the crime testified that Koppenhaver was involved in the incident but was not the one responsible for the damage.

“War Machine” faces a maximum of seven years in the clink if the case goes to trial and he is convicted.
Now many of you probably think that since Jon wasn’t the one beating the unconscious bastard, he’s gonna get off easy. While I don’t doubt the one who actually did the punching will get a worse sentence, the law’s pretty clear on one thing: if you’re directly involved in a situation like this and you don’t try to stop things when they escalate, you’re held responsible for what goes on. No, that’s not some fucked up branch of the Good Samaritan law … we’re talking about Jon being a part of the gang that participated in the beating of this guy.

Jon Koppenhaver’s not the only TUF alumni who’s going to or has been in jail … TUF5’s Rob Emerson also served time this year for a bar assault, and spent time in the poke back in 2000 for a series of assaults with a pack of rich ‘frat’ kids. You can go check out a news story with all the details here. Rob Emerson is the scared kid in the suit near the end of the video.

I’d like to think there’s no way the next season of TUF could suck with Quinton Jackson being involved. Of course, the cynic in me says it’s still a very good possibility.

A few days ago we tweaked the site, and one of the things we added was a Links section that lets you look at my Google Reader ‘starred’ list. I wanna take a few seconds to explain how this works so you understand how cool it is.

I don’t actually surf websites any more … I use Google Reader pull content from over 75 websites using RSS feeds. This allows me to go through over 500 articles a day and is a big reason you Jackals get 8-10 blogs daily instead of four or five. Google Reader acts a lot like Google Mail … you can ‘star’ articles that interest you. I browse through all the shit that comes out and then star all of the relevant news and interesting stuff. I then use that star list to generate content for the site.

The ‘Links’ section shows you the real time collection of starred links … I don’t have to do anything to keep it up to the minute with all of the news I’m reading. This means if you’re looking for one place to find a comprehensive set of up to date MMA headlines, you might want to consider checking this new feature out.

Anyways, thought you guys might like to know. Enjoy! And as with everything new we try around here, feedback is appreciated.

(above: Bobby Ologun. I don’t get it either, but monkeys are cute!)

Well holy shit, what a day it’s been for news! Hot on the heels of Fedor vs Hong Man Choi, it’s now been announced that K1 Dynamite will feature Bob Sapp vs Bobby Ologun (who’s a comedian in Japan who’s whole shtick is to make fun of Japanese people with a really deep ‘black’ voice).

Bobby Ologun last stepped into the ring against Hong Man Choi for NYE2006 and got destroyed. We’ll see if he fares any better against Bob Sapp, who may or may not show up and may or may not train and may or may not care if he wins or loses. Long story short, there’s a 50/50 chance Sapp’s just fighting again because his bank account is tapped.

Adding Sapp/Ologun to a card that already features Minowaman vs Zulu and Melvin Manhoef vs a boxer makes K1 Dynamite the undisputed king of freakshows for this New Years Eve. Here’s the rest of the card:

Hero’s Rules ( 10 – 5 – Ex5 ):
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Masakatsu Funaki
Melvin Manhoef vs. Yousuke Nishijima

Hero’s Rules ( 5 – 5 – 5 ):
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Rani Yahya
Bob Sapp vs. Bobby Ologun
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Joachim Hansen
Minowaman vs. Zulu

K-1 Rules ( 3 – 3 – 3 – Ex3 – Ex3 ):
Masato vs. Yong Soo Choi

K-1 Rules U-18 60 KG Tournament:
HIROYA (15) vs. Tsukasa Fuji (15)
Kenji Kubo (18) vs. Yudai (16)
HIROYA/Fuji vs. Kubo/Yudai

Rumored Fights:
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mighty Mo

And I just want to say that Nightmare of Battle has to be the best source for reliable information on the Japanese scene. Japan is the land of ghosts and bullshit, and these guys do a great job of getting the facts straight and ignoring all the posturing and retardation that goes on over there.

I was gonna name the title of this post “Yarennoka is looking good” but I didn’t know how the hell I’d be able to prove that considering this post contains official confirmation that Fedor will be fighting yet another worthless freakshow match.

On a positive note, Akiyama the Greasy Korean vs Misaki the Loser Bushido Champion will also face off in what should be a pretty sweet match. I’m not all that huge on events heavy with Japanese talent (more because I don’t know anything about most of them, not out of any latent racist undertones), but I am looking forward to this event!

Here’s the lineup thus far (note that Ricardo Arona is still being touted on the official lineup dispite the fact that he says he’s not fighting)

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Choi Hong Man
Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shinya Aoki vs. J.Z. Calvan
Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo

Rumored Fights:
Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

Ricardo Arona

Rumored Participants:
Aleksander Emelianenko
Roman Zentsov
Mark Hunt

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