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After the whole ‘Akiyama getting smoked in the face with a potentially illegal kick‘ thing, we decided to get in touch with our favorite female fighter and American transplant in Japan, Roxy Modafferi. If there was anyone we could trust more than Google to translate the Yarennoka rules, it was her! She was also kind enough to give us a perspective on people’s opinions over there. Check it out:

So…I read the Japanese rules, and it says: When someone is in the four-point position (with both hands and feet touching the ground) soccer ball kicks to the head and face are illegal, but knees aren’t. Then it said something like “BUT in the case of Fedor and (the other guy) it was a foul. (huh?) Then it said “that’s just a hypothetical situation.” (huh?)

Sorry, my Japanese ability can’t comprehend that one, but I don’t think it has anything to do with Akiyama’s fight anyway.

So I talked to one of the guys at my gym, and he thought it was illegal, and he said the president through it was illegal, so that confused me, because wouldn’t that make it ….illegal? :x  I watched the vid on youtube and wasn’t sure if his hands left the ground the moment of the kicks’ impact, but of course, the ref can’t squint at a computer screen and watch frame by frame, right?  That pic for the topic of this shows clearly, his hands were on the ground, right? Butthe guy at my gym (who also refs) said that Akiyama was trying to get up, but he’d been knocked down, and it was in the scramble to get up, so maybe that’s why the decision stood?

I’m not sure how to feel about Akiyama.  A good pro-fighter friend of mine says, “Of course Akiyama didn’t mean to cheat! He has dry skin and is known for using a lot of lotion, but this time it just happened to be a problem in a match. And that everyone loves Saku so they made a big deal.”

I dunno…I’ve talked to Akiyama (he sometimes trains at Keishukai), but not enough to really know him.

As always, the first Low Blow radio show of the month is the infamous mailbag edition. During the last show we answered the question “What’s more important, getting married or watching UFC79?” plus a bunch of others. This month we’re hoping for another batch of interesting, unique, funny, smart, or stupid questions. Stick em in the comments section here.

Cut off time to submit questions is 6pm EST Monday, and the show will go up on the site in the late hours of the evening Monday night.

Eugh. While I won’t label Machida as a boring fighter after his dominating performance over Sokoudjou, I’m still not about to say the guy is really that popular or can sell a fight. So why the hell is the UFC looking to book him against Tito Ortiz?

Love him or hate him, Tito Ortiz sells. Up to New Years 2006, the UFC understood this and booked him to sell the most PPVs they could, leading to Chuck vs Tito 2 which sold like gangbusters. But since then they’ve basically squandered his marketability, matching him up against a guy who earned the fight by kicking the head off of UFC virgin Sean Salmon.

Why in the name of sweet baby Jesus would the UFC book Lyoto Machida against Tito Ortiz when there are a few other obvious fights that would be competitive and sell like a motherfucker? Tito vs Shogun would be huge. Tito vs Wanderlei is the rematch everyone wants to see. Tito vs Vitor Belfort is also a slight possibility (although Belfort coming back to the UFC is just a big rumor right now andmay not be possible because he fought in the UK while suspended in the US).

Put simply, if you gave MMA fans a multiple choice questionaire and one of the questions was “Who should Tito Ortiz fight next”, I doubt more than 1% of the population would choose Machida. He’s a deserving fighter, but it’s just not a big matchup.

Raising eyebrows across the internets, former UFC owner Bob Meyrowitz has teamed up with Live Nation to start a new MMA company. In case you didn’t know, Live Nation is owned by evil corp Clear Channel, who runs a radio monopoly in the US. Basically, Live Nation was formed because Clear Channel couldn’t run the division itself without a bunch of legal and regulatory issues. Here’s a bit more info:

In 2005, Live Nation promoted or produced over 28,500 events, including music concerts, theatrical shows, specialized motor sports and other events, with total attendance exceeding 61 million. As of September 30, 2005, Live Nation owned or operated 117 venues, consisting of 75 US and 42 international venues. These venues include 39 amphitheaters, 58 theaters, 14 clubs, four arenas and two festival sites. In addition, through equity, booking or similar arrangements Live Nation has the right to book events at 33 additional venues.

Okay, so Live Nation is a juggernaut, there’s no doubting that. But are those stuffy suits going to be willing to burn the big pile of money all companies must burn to sate the Gods of MMA and get their shit off the ground? My gut feeling says no. Meyrowitz isn’t exactly a business genius … he’s just a guy who just throws shit at the wall to see what sticks. Google his name and you’ll find 1001 quirky schemes that didn’t pan out … MMA was more of an accident than anything else. And Live Nation would sell their grandmothers for organs if it looked like they were pushing them into the red.

Of course, we’ll continue to follow this story down the road. Who knows? Maybe we could get an entertaining show or three before these guys fuck off.

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