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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.

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.

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