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I gotta say, the more I read from Dave Meltzer the more I like the guy. Meltzer has been the average fight fan’s Jesus for years … just attribute a quote to him and it’s gospel. Of course, half the shit he used to report was only available through a for-pay pro wrestling newsletter (eeew), which led to many people just making shit up and passing it off with “Meltzer said it”.

And while I hear Davey boy is still doing his Wrestling Observer thang, I now get to read a lot more of his work over at Yahoo. And that shit is good. His latest column is a great summary of everything the IFL has done wrong. If you don’t feel like reading it, the IFL’s situation is summed up in this one paragraph:

Larkin noted all sports leagues are going to lose money with startup costs, and that the current owners of UFC lost $44 million over four years before turning a profit. But UFC struggled until getting its Spike TV deal, and then its fortunes turned around immediately. IFL had a national small network deal in its first full year.

If you don’t know what the ‘fatty beating incident’ is, go here now. If you do know about it, Ben Rothwell has finally said something about it:

Rothwell beats up fat kid!?!?!? ya, here is some people who love to bash me for this. The year was 1999 and i drove to Clevland,OH to fight in a 4man amuture tourny. I did not pick my opponent, in fact he begged to fight me if you can believe it. that was my first fight ever and I was scared getting in the ring with 3,000 people watching. sorry it happen but fuck, what am I going to to about it now???

This has always confused me: Why the fuck are the UFC Countdown shows only released less than a week before the event? The UFC can replay the fuck out of All Access episodes, but once an event is over, their countdown shows are pretty much scrap. So why the fuck aren’t they putting them out earlier and playing them 100 times over the course of two to three weeks? UFC.com has the show playing three times … three fucking times.

Hey, the UFC can do whatever they want, but it just seems to me like it would make sense for them to release these things a bit earlier and stuff em into Spike’s dead zones a bit more often.

So it’s official. On November 17th I’ll be spending the night with my cock in one hand and the laptop in another. But instead of watching porn of dubious moral standings (if you’re at work don’t click here because you WILL get fired), I’ll be watching UFC 78. And instead of whackin it, I’ll be trying to keep my penis from pulling back up into my body to escape the lameness that is Bispings-Evans. And of course, I will be live-blogging the show on this site as well.

If you’re watching the show, skipping the show, downloading the show, whatever! We here at Fightlinker promise you’ll be tickled pink by our drunken coverage! We specifically picked this show knowing that no matter how bad we do, there’s no way we could make the PPV worse.

But wait, it gets better. Not only will we be live-blogging the show, we will be doing a live episode of the Low Blow directly following the event. Expect some sloppy drunken ranting plus answers to the questions YOU ask us during the show! The only way it could get geekier is if we were broadcasting over HAM radio!

So this is just a heads up so you can sell your tickets, cancel your party, ditch your girlfriend and spend the night with the whole Fightlinker crew: Ryan, Jacob, Meow Cat, and the Mystery Farter. Excelsior!

If grabbing half the good fighters and trainers in the world wasn’t enough, Randy’s XTreme Couture has started swallowing camps whole. Shawn Tompkins (who’s been XTreme’s striking coach for a few months now) is folding Team Tompkins into XTreme Couture. Team Tompkins includes fighters Sam Stout, Mark Hominick, and Chris Horodecki … some great talent that has been badly served in the corner by Tompkins in the past.

Since Randy has gained a rep as gameplan master, I can only hope this merge will be in more than name only. Both Stout and Hominick have the abilities to be champions, so perhaps rubbing Couture’s buddha-like head will give them that extra push to really make it. Couture will be at the IFL show this Saturday (an appearance that’s being blown out of proportion by some), so I guess we’ll see how his golden touch fares.

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