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This is the most awesome Matt Hughes interview ever.

Seriously.

Go check this out.

It’s FUCKING AWESOME!

If you didn’t think Matt Hughes was the biggest prick in the universe before, then you certainly will after this.

When I read on GracieMag that Jeff Monson had won the No-Gi Worlds Absolute division, I was pretty impressed. But according to Josh Barnett, Monson not only won the Absolute division but should have won the Ultra-Heavy division as well:

I also brought in Jeff Monson who took 2nd in the ultra-heavy in a very controversial match only to be fuled by his injustice to go on and win the absolute. In the finals of his weight class Jeff controlled the top position and attempted to pass constantly throughout but was inable to score due to a good defense from his opponent.

However, without even one offensive attempt and an immediate butt-flop by his opponent it was hard to believe that Jeff had lost that match and was real robbery. But, I am more proud of Jeff getting his emotions in check and going back oput on the mat to win his way through the Absolute class, something his opponent did not attempt.

Jeff Monson is one of those guys that really should be in the UFC. How an organization can drop a fighter after he loses to the champ is beyond me. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Monson left for the same reason a lot of other fighters left: they hate the way the UFC runs things and would rather make less money with more dignity.

Monson is an anarchist or something stupid like that, so it wouldn’t surprise me. And plus he hangs out with Josh Barnett, who’s treasurer of the “Dana White Smells” club. So maybe he enlisted Monson too?

You know, I’m getting pretty sick of this trend: fighter works his way up the world. Fighter gets popular. I jump on the bandwagon. Fighter gets distracted by money/bitches/movies. Fighter gets face smashed in. Fighter leaves MMA for Hollywood. And I cry into my pillow at night because I have abandonment issues which stem from my father leaving when I was a child.

For a while I was pretty certain that was what was going on with Rich Franklin. The guy hasn’t looked happy in like a year and a half, and I was starting to wonder if he was sick of cutting, sick of training, and sick of getting his nose smashed to hell. It’s not like Rich ‘needs’ to fight. The dude’s making good coin off his clothing line, he filmed some gayass pilot TV show, and just starred in a shitty b-movie.

So when the UFC asked him to fight Travis Lutter in March and his people responded with a big “uuuuuuuh, let us get back to you on that”, I thought it was pretty much all over.

Fortunately that’s not the case, as Rich has decided to step up and accept the bout with Lutter. Of course, now that I’m done saying that I’m happy to hear that, I really hope that Rich bounces back and hits the gym hard. Travis Lutter ain’t one to fuck around with, and if Rich is really in a position where he needs a win in order to stay relevant in the middleweight division.

If I was a betting man, I think Rich took this fight with the prayers that Dan Henderson will beat Anderson Silva. If Rich wins and that happens, presto! Another title shot for Ace, this time against someone who isn’t quite so deadly with muay thai.

I don’t know how the fuck Jarry Park gets all the interviews they do. Well, actually I do … the guy running it used to work for HBO and Spike so he’s got connections out the anus. But it still always impresses me that he pulls in the interviews that he does. Next thing you know he’ll manage to snag an interview with the rotting corpse of Ravishing Rick Rude.

Today’s big interview is with Mark Cuban, and it’s pretty good. The only question I wish he’d asked Cuban was “Why the fuck did you name this event Reckless Abandon? Are you a moron?”. He did get this little swipe against the UFC though:

AH: What’s up with the UFC not allowing you to show footage of their events on “Inside MMA?” Are you surprised at how guarded they are?

MC: Ask them. The only thing I have seen from the UFC is that they have a lot of lawyers that they pay more than many of their fighters

If Mark Cuban was surprised that the UFC wasn’t gonna share with him, he’s less smart than I give him credit for. Sure, he has a right to be pissed, but he’s a competitor trying to break into the field, and he stepped all over the UFC’s toes regarding the Randy Couture thing.

Of course, if you’re involved in the MMA scene and you don’t get a paycheck from Dana White, you’re pretty much guaranteed that you’re stepping on the UFC’s toes … they don’t like anyone, which is why I don’t get why everyone tries to suck up to them.

Note to all MMA websites, organizations, and journalists: THE UFC FUCKING HATES YOU. Sure they’ll use you if they see a way to, but that doesn’t change the sentiment at all.

Tara LaRosa dishes it out against Gina Carano:

Sam Caplan: If they were going to offer you a match with Gina Carano would you move up to 140 just for that match?

Tara LaRosa: I’m not sure if I’d move up to 140 or not. It’s of my personal opinion that 140 is not a weight division. 140 is a special division set up one particular girl who can’t make weight and everybody else that has fought in EliteXC, outside of fights with Gina Carano, (such as) Shayna Baszler, they fought at 135, which is a true weight class. So I’ll fight at 135 if I’m fighting for EliteXC.

I was originally going to post all of the shit talking that Tara does, but it’s like the rest of the freaking interview, so I figure you should probably just go check it out if you need a fix of Anti-Carano rhetoric. I have to say, this is some pretty above average shit though. Tara LaRosa has a lot of reasons to not be impressed with Gina Carano, and she doesn’t hold back.

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