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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.

As much as I hate Gary Shaw and his imbred spawn $kala, I can’t help but enjoy EliteXC shows (well, most of them). It’s got women fighting, and it isn’t Bodog! So how can you go wrong?

There’s actually big news for the next two shows happening. First off there’s another ShoXC event on January 25th featuring Paul Daley, who’s an explosive striker with a fucking hot girlfriend. originally they were gonna put him against Hawaaian banger Mike Aina, but he injured himself so that’s scrapped.

Also, there’ll be a ‘battle of the girls who lost to Gina’ fight in the form of Julie Kedzie vs Tonya Evinger. Any female MMA is all right by me, but I’m a Kedzie fan so that’s extra good news. All in all, this is EliteXC’s version of Ultimate Fight Night, so let’s hope it lives up to the standard we expect from one of those.

Past that, the next ‘big’ card for EliteXC on Feb 16th is shaping up with Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott booked plus fights including Gina Carano, Big Dumb James Thompson, and Antonio ‘Best Heavyweight in the World‘ Silva. Sure, it’s not exactly like these guys (or girls) are included in any legitimate Top 5 lists, but who cares? Hot bitches, giants, a retarded Brit, a felony fighter, and an elderly Tank Abbott. I haven’t seen a more motley crew of characters since Street Fighter 2.

Jay Larkin and Kurt Otto must jumping around squealing like little girls at the moment, because it looks like Randy Couture is stepping in to help the IFL out. XTreme Couture will be representin’ at the IFL 2008 season opener on Feb 29th. Which means once again, I’m gonna be suckered into watching the IFL.

As of now, the show includes XTreme Couture, Team Quest, the Lion’s Den, and a fourth team to be announced. I bet the IFL is working hard at locking up Greg Jackson or Team Punishment to round out their event. Last and pretty much least, Matt Horwich (awesome sandwich name, terrible last name) will be defending his middleweight title against someone, hopefully a ringer from outside the organization and not some scrub with a 4-2 record in the IFL.

I have to admit, for all the shit I talk about the IFL, I’m actually kinda excited to see how they smarten up for 2008. But mark my words … if they keep those gay ass team logos and theme songs, I am turning the shit off and never watching again. Anacondas and Silverbacks my ass.

Early in the wee hours of Monday morning ‘America Time’, a certain individual by the name of Misaki was busy soccer kicking the shit out of another guy by the name of Akiyama. Of course, soccer kicks to an opponent in the ‘four point position’ (aka forward facing doggy style) are illegal! But who cares about that? Akiyama ‘got away‘ with cheating against Sakuraba! Poor Sak kept slipping off Akiyama’s legs and took a beating from his greased up opponent.

It almost hits the level of poetic justice that Akiyama got finished by a potentially illegal blow, especially considering that during his entrance they repeatedly shows a bottle of Oil of Olay with it’s contents slowly and erotically being squeezed out.

Of course, any good controversy wouldn’t be complete without a big question mark surrounding the actual legality of the strike. General understanding of the four point position is it is ‘hands and knees’. But there’s talk that four point can also apply to ‘hands and feet’ … after all, the technical definition of four ‘points’ being on the ground means four things, so you can’t really argue that.

I’m sure there must be amateur wrestlers on this site that can tell us what the wrestling dictionary definition of ‘four point’ is, but who knows if that’s the same in Japan. After all, in America, a ‘happy ending’ would have been all the humans in the Transformers movie dying a slow and painful death followed by an hour of awesome robot on robot action. But in Japan, ‘happy ending’ just lands you in a small cell for a few days and disgusted looks from the prison guards.

Here’s the translated rules direct from the Yarennoka page, not that it will do much good here:

â–  four-point position and “Inoki- Ali state” in the leg by a hammer about Canada craniofacial called for the foul and trample SAKKABORUKIKKU. However, craniofacial fouls to the knee in the attack.
However, Choi Hong-Man vs Fedor Emelianenko game only, craniofacial SAKKABORUKIKKU to trample, in addition to the knee craniofacial fouls and also attack.

this rule, the putative Situation

HIZA kicked four points from the position <br /> in the ground state, one’s hands and feet, and other body parts to the mat with four points in the state, the so-called “four-point position” against a state to recognize HIZA Kick.
Inoki- Ali states” from the head than to kick so-called “Inoki – Ali states” from craniofacial than to acknowledge Kick trample.
side from the position of craniofacial HIZA Kick <br /> HIZA kick from the side position to admit. However, the player’s position is up on the stand to face HIZA down from the position of prohibited acts.

4 × position “猪木- Ali states” from the craniofacial SAKKABORUKIKKU, trample <br /> players standing position by the state of the ground state position player to trample the facial kick to the head prohibited.

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