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For some reason, every time I have questions regarding M-1 I forget the fact that we’ve got a regular reader who’s part of the company and he’s more than happy to give me their side of the story and feed me insider info. All this even though we occasionally call them crazy Russians and 1001 other things I heard Papa Dana call them in the past.

Today, they were nice enough to give me an official english copy of the Yarennoka rules. The document is a very interesting look into the exact wording of rules, and goes from the obvious list of fouls right down to the specifics of dress code. Of course, the reason we were given this document was to shed light on the Akiyama / Misaki situation, so continue reading to see the pertinant parts of the document regarding that:

If the fighter commits a foul or does not adhere to the instructions of a referee, “Caution 1″ will be given. The accumulation of 3 (three) cautions will result in a disqualification. However, if a foul with harmful intent is made, or intentional fouls are repeated, the referee can call an immediate disqualification.

Article 8. The following conduct is deemed a foul. The fighter who commits one of these fouls will be given a “Caution 1″ from the referee. A caution will be considered a negative factor and points will be deducted for the decision. The fighter will be disqualified when he receives 3 (three) cautions. The fighter will also need to pay a penalty, 10% of the fight money per caution, to the promoter for every caution the fighter receives.

13. When a fighter is on his “four point position” on the mat, a standing opponent must not kick the opponent’s face or head with his calf/shin/ankle/foot. Stomping is also not allowed. However, a knee(s) to the face/head is allowed

Article 10. When the fighter who receives a foul attack is seriously injured, the bout will resume after the full recovery of the fighter based on the decision of the referee and the ringside physicians. The fighter who made the foul will be disqualified in accordance with Article 7, only if the ringside physicians determine that the injured fighter is unable to continue the fight.

So as you can see, we’re still stuck in a bit of a pickle. There’s talk of a three foul system, but there’s also an immediate disqualification when an opponent is seriously injured. Four point position includes hands and feet down, but while ‘calf/shin/ankle/foot’ isn’t legal, ‘knee(s) to the face/head’ are!

So here’s the deal: If Misaki hit Akiyama with his knee and not the other parts of his leg, then it was a legal strike. Otherwise, article 10 says that it was at the ref’s discretion to stop the fight and give Akiyama a chance to recover. If Akiyama could not continue, Misaki should have been disqualified. Obviously that didn’t happen, so who the fuck knows what goes on now.

There you go people. I’m sure that’s raised more questions than answers! M-1 also put up an article regarding the rules on this but didn’t actually comment on their position, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

January 1st didn’t just mark the beginning of 2008 or the end of Matt Hughes’ reign as the most dominant welterweight in the world, it also marked the day his book ‘Made In America‘ was released. You’ve already heard some of the juicy bits, and if they were written specifically to sell copies at the expense of poor bastard Tim Sylvia, it worked! I’m picking this up as soon as I finish reading William Shatner’s book on Star Trek conventions. Don’t ask.

Anyways, for those of you living in the States (especially you non-book readin’ people), Matt Hughes is on a tour to promote the book and here’s your chance to meet him. No word on if he’ll be as surly as he was pre-UFC79 but who can blame him for that? Jake wasn’t exactly all that hyped and fun during the leadup to his bitchslap, and you gotta imagine a GSP beatdown being about 1000 times more unpleasant than that.

Normally we’re not the kind of guys who post up pirated videos … it’s not really our style, and we know our readers are generally smart enough to know their way around Youtube and Dailymotion on their own. But Nightmare of Battle has done a hell of a job rounding up every single match from Yarennoka and K1 Dynamite, so if you’re into that kind of thing, go there and check it out.

Well, you can scratch one fighter off my list of guys who’ll hopefully move down to 185 in 2008:

As soon as [Wanderlei] Silva said that, though, he smiled. He anticipated the next question would be whether he’d consider a drop to middleweight, where the limit is 185 pounds and the fighters are much more his size.

But he quickly ruled that out.

“That’s way too much weight for me to lose,” Silva said. “I couldn’t do it.”

Fuck man … yes you could! Drop the creatine, hit the fucking cardio hard and modify your training routine. I’ve seen bigger fighters than Wanderlei who managed to hit 185.

Of course, I think it’s really a question of wanting to. Cutting fucking sucks, and what’s even worse is changing the way you live to try and stay at a size where you can squeak into a lower weight class.

But when you’re a top ranked athlete like Wanderlei Silva, the advantages should be obvious. You’re going to be bigger and stronger than everyone else in your division, and that’s an advantage you need to hack it in the UFC, where everyone else is hungry enough to cut off their twigs n berries to make weight. Well, everyone else except Travis Lutter.

This has to be the lamest thing ever:

For some reason Japanese fighters always have the children on their minds, not just with Misaki mentioning them but Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto recently decided to change the name of his gym from Killer Bee to Krazy Bee in order to make it sound not so extreme for the children.

Okay, first off I just wanted to mention what an awesome name for a fight camp ‘Killer Bees’ was. The name summarized the agression and abandon that everyone loves about Kid, so it was very fitting. Plus, Killa B’s is all good with the Wu Tang, so it’s all good with me too.

But Krazy Bee? What the fuck is up with that? It’s not even a real fucking word. Adding K to words that start with C is one of cardinal sins of Baditude. Do that, and you’re obviously some 45 year old marketing exec who’s children hate him because he’s so fucking out of touch.

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