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If there’s one thing the UFC is really good at, it’s reminding us that we can’t afford to be elite. Bodog is a bit different … they try to sell the Bodog lifestyle as something anyone can be a part of. Sure it’s bullshit, but everything about Bodog is bullshit. The UFC on the other hand is all about $6000 ringside tickets, exclusive afterparties, and now a $2500 book you ain’t ever gonna be able to afford.

We’d already talked about the book in the past, so I figured now I’d just concentrate on what kind of market the UFC continues to go after with this kind of shit… $100 t-shirts, retardo expensive tickets, and all that garbage. Not an event goes by that Dana White doesn’t gloat about the UFC making more money off the gate than anyone else. Why the fuck is he so proud of this? He’s got a big shit eating grin on his face as he basically announced “Look how much money you fucking idiots paid for this!”

I’m glad that the UFC is so popular that they continue to sell out dispite their crazy ticket prices. So long as that works for them, I say they’re free to continue gouging the fans. Because the more they make, the more they can put back into the sport. But I also can’t wait for a time when the UFC changes it’s strategy and rolls out more product that’s affordable to the average person. When their card sucks cock, they should drop the PPV prices a bit. They should take some of their smaller Ultimate Fight Night shows on the road so that people don’t have to pay 130 bucks to sit in the rafters at one of the ‘big’ events.

Basically, something’s got to give. At the moment the UFC is too expensive for most people to be hardcore fans of. There’s this massive wave of blue collar people who make $8 an hour and only get to see what’s happening through Spike. So long as the UFC continues to raise their prices for tickets and PPVs, these people aren’t going to convert to real fans of the sport. And in my opinion, putting out a $2500 book without an alternative for people who aren’t rich assholes embodies everything that’s wrong with how the UFC tries to sell itself above it’s station.

Sam Caplan recently did an interview of sorts with Crazy Fedor’s Crazy Manager Vadim Finkelstein, and Vadim basically confirmed Hong Man Choi as Fedor’s NYE opponent:

Sam Caplan: Recent speculation has suggested that Hong Man Choi will be fighting Fedor on the card. Has an opponent for Fedor been determined? If so, can you name that opponent?

Vadim Finkelstein: Hong Man Choi is most likely to be Fedor’s opponent for New Year’s. There are other candidates, which we are not revealing at this time.

Of course, I don’t think anything will be announced for sure until after December 8th, when Choi battles through the K1 World Grand Prix Finals. What the fuck is that? It’s a three round kickboxing tournament featuring some of the biggest and baddest motherfuckers in kickboxing history. Choi is slotted up against Jerome LeBanner in the first round, and it doesn’t get any easier moving forward.

Honestly, I’ll be amazed if Choi makes it out of this thing intact. Let’s cross our fingers that he doesn’t, so Yarennoka is forced to get Fedor a real contender.

To me, it looks like Dorian Price is getting punished for his camera-man freakout by being matched up against scary motherfucker Roman Mitichyan at the TUF finale. But I don’t know what the fuck Paul Georgieff did to deserve being matched up against Jonathan Goulet. It just seems so fucking random. “Everyone else gets a TUF contestant … except you, Paul. You’ll be fighting a pissed off French Canadian with three times as many fights.”

I mean, does Dana White secretly hate Paul? After all, he was the one that made Paul fight before going to a funeral for no reason other than shits and giggles. And now this crazy matchup. No doubt after the fight Dana will show up with Paul’s pay, but it’ll be in dimes and Dana will leave them hanging from the arena rafters for Paul to get on his own.

My bet? Paul Georgieff Sr. slept with Dana’s wife.

A while back, Evan Tanner announced that he was turning his back on corporate sponsors and would be creating “Team Tanner” as a way for all fans to sponsor and support him. Two weeks later, we now have the official details on what exactly Evan meant:

This is what I envision for Team Tanner. A team shirt for all members, custom designed for each fight. When I step in the Octagon, those who wish to show support can wear the shirt. I will walk to the Octagon in front of millions, wearing the exact same shirt paying my respect to the team members, the ones that made it happen.

Basically, you donate money to Evan to help support him, and you get a certain amount of goodies back. The range of donations go from $50 bucks up to $4000, with perks from signed pictures to training with Evan to Evan’s comp tickets for the events he fights at. Each event he’ll have one slot open for someone to join his team and corner him. Pretty interesting, I must say. Click here for the specific details of what you get for different donations.

$50 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.
2. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner.

$100 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.*
2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.

3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.

4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner

$250 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.

2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.

3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.

4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner

5. Team Tanner beanie

6. Personalized UFC poster

$500 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.
2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.

3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.

4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner.

5. Team Tanner beanie.

6. 2 personalized UFC posters (great gift to give to friend who loves the UFC).

7. Team Tanner sweatshirt

$1000 contribution per fight

1. Access to exclusive Team Tanner myspace and any future online sites.
2. Celebration recognition (birthday, Christmas cards, etc.) from Evan.
3. Unique Team Tanner t-shirt designed for each fight.
4. An autographed photo card personalized thanking you for joining Team Tanner.
5. Team Tanner beanie.
6. 2 personalized UFC posters (great gift to give to friend who loves the UFC).
7. Team Tanner sweatshirt
8. Team Tanner fight shorts
9. Autographed DVD of Evan’s UFC fight

$2500 contribution per fight

All of the above, plus 3 days training with Evan in Las Vegas , room, board, and transportation provided. Live the life of a fighter mini camp. This is available for only two members at a time. Each participant will have a private room in a nice apt just blocks from the gym. They will receive free gym access, free personal training from Evan, free diet and training advice. Training will be based out of HardKnocks Muay There will be trips to other gyms in the area Xyience, Xtreme Couture, and others, where it’s possible to run into fighters like Randy Couture, Forrest Griffen, Frank Shamrock,etc. You never know who’s going to be in Vegas doing some training.

$4000 contribution per fight

All of the above and 2 tickets to the UFC event as special guests of Evan’s.

Top level

This level is reserved for those who want the full experience. It is available to only one person per fight. It can be combined with any of the other options available.

The member at this level will receive a cornerman pass and will accompany Evan and his trainers behind the scenes at the full event. This will include behind the scenes access to interviews, photo shoots, etc. This will also include behind the scenes access to the weigh-ins. On the night of the event, this member will accompany Evan and his trainers to the dressing room, be able to watch the warm up for the fight, and then walk out with Evan to the Octagon in front of tens of thousands in the venue and millions on TV.

This is a unique opportunity to get a first hand look at what goes on behind the scenes at a major UFC event, and a great opportunity to meet many of the top UFC fighters. Please contact Kyria at teamtanner@gmail.com to discuss availability.

If there’s one thing you can count on with the UFC, it’s that every time they come within a few hundred miles of Cincinnati, they’ll throw Jorge Gurgel on the card. Jorge is like one of those small yappy dogs that doesn’t realize they’re small … he’s willing to fight anyone, regardless of how badly he’ll get destroyed.

I was at UFC 77 in Cincinnati when Alvin Robinson pounded on Gurgel for three straight rounds, and it wasn’t pretty. But it WAS entertaining! Well, at least it was for out of towners like me and Jake. Everyone else looked like they were watching their best friend get stabbed in the neck at a Burger King. Gurgel’s got fans for weeks in Ohio, so it doesn’t surprise me that the UFC brings him back whenever they’re around, despite his questionable skills.

To me, Alvin Robinson seemed like a gimme for Gurgel … the UFC equivalent of a nice softball their boy could knock out of the park. Kenny Florian dismantled Robinson like a marine dismantles his gun: disturbingly quick. The fact that Gurgel couldn’t get past him was not a good sign. Next up on the softball express is John Halverson, who lost to Roger Huerta in 17 seconds but doesn’t have too shabby of a record in the minors.

It’s funnny – Gurgel has better success when he slugs it out like a retard. It was when he tried to use a standard jiu-jitsu gameplan that he got creamed by Robinson. Okay … sure he takes a licking every time he steps into the ring. But he didn’t look too bad in his loss to Mark Hominick and actually managed to win his other two fights. So here’s hoping this jiu jitsu guy goes in and tries to slug it out again … either way, it’s always fun watching Gurgel in action.

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