(above: Josh Thompson proving he’s totally not gay n stuff … or is he?)
Ah Frank Shamrock … you’re one of the biggest dicks in MMA and I love it. At the Strikeforce Playboy show, Frank was helping out with commentating duties and showed his deep knowledge of fighters by dropping the fact that Josh ‘Punk’ Thompson is “the first openly gay MMA fighter”.
The only thing better about Frank’s comments were the reactions to it. The internet was flooded with people saying “Hey, I don’t think Josh is gay”, “Yo, what the fuck, Josh isn’t gay” and “I’ve like seen Josh’s girlfriend and stuff so no way is he a fag.” Following that was everyone calling Frank Shamrock a big meanie and saying Josh Thompson would beat him up behind the swingset after school.
So Frank was slightly incorrect in his assessment of the Punk’s love for penis. But even if he was right about Josh, he wouldn’t be right about Josh being the first openly gay fighter either. We’ve already revealed that Rory Singer was the first openly gay male fighter. And oh, about 30% of the female fighters out there prefer chicks to dicks.
The thing about gay mixed martial arts is statistically there’s got to be a substantial number of homosexuals involved in grappling, wrestling, and combat fighting. There’s just no men out there at the moment who are willing to openly admit they’re gay. And I don’t blame them one bit.
Under the surface, MMA is a pretty anti-gay scene and that’s why so many people got upset over Frank’s joke. While I don’t doubt the average MMA fan or fighter is okay with the idea gay rights, I doubt they’d be as cool with the idea of a gay guy dragging them down and taking their back with jiu jitsu. Being outed as gay could mean getting tossed from your team, having a really hard time finding training partners, and lets not even get started about trying to get booked for fights. And hey, if you are booked, who knows if some homophobe drunks are gonna decide to gaybash you at the show?
So while Shamrock’s joke was obvious to anyone who’s familiar with Frank and ” target=”_blank”>Josh‘s rivalry, it was still something that pissed off a lot of people because of the possible implications for those who don’t know any better.
Okay, so DNS servers around the world have updated and we’re now over on the super sleek server. While on the surface we’re still the same old and busted site, trust me when I say under the hood there is new hotness brewing. I was going to delete that test post, but you all have posted 1001 entertaining comments in there so I’ll leave it alone.
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I’m gonna be spending my weekend futzing around with the new site design, so I make no guarantees as to how much content will be showing up for the next 48 hours. Just a heads up in case you were expecting 5-8 posts a day over the weekend like we do on the weekdays.
**UPDATE** If you see this, you’re on the new server. Oh happy day.
We talked about this on the last radio show we did: PRIDE guys need to learn how to cut weight. Everyone’s blaming PRIDE as an organization for making all their fighters seem larger than life. It’s a fun idea, but that argument doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. What’s more realistic is the idea that former PRIDE fighters are finding themselves facing guys who are cutting 20+ pounds to squeak into their weight division. Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Mirko Crocop, all these guys are small for their weight classes compared to the guys in the UFC. And lets not forget Dan Henderson:
Henderson, who lost a title unification bout with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson earlier this month, indicated he could be ready for a return to the Octagon by November. Though UFC officials are said to be encouraging the former Olympian to move down to the promotion’s 185-pound division, Henderson indicated he would like to remain at light heavyweight.
I have no idea what the fuck is going on in Dan Henderson’s head. He’s not a brute strength kind of guy, so why is he so against giving up weight training and returning to middleweight? If Dan stays at light heavyweight, he’s going to continue to be out-muscled by guys who are bigger than him. Why be a small light heavyweight when you can be a big middleweight?
Never mind the fact that the UFC’s middleweight division is looking thinner than an Ethiopian refugee at the moment. After UFC77 in October, there’ll be literally no one else the UFC can legitimately feed to Anderson Silva. Dan Henderson doesn’t really fit that well into the current LHW division, but he’s got a spot up at the top at middleweight if he’ll just agree to take it.
This is just one of those cases where hubris plays too much of a part in a person’s decision making process. There’s really no logical reason for Henderson to stay at 205. Unless of course he’s a masochist and likes being dominated.