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Sean Salmon justified the UFC’s exclusivity clause and got himself medically suspended from fighting Jason Mayhem Miller at next month’s HDNet show. That’s twice now that he’s been dropped from a HDNet card, although I gotta say he dodged a bullet by not having to fight Miller. If Jorge Santiago gave him fits, Mayhem Miller would have buried him for sure.

So who’s this Tim Kennedy guy replacing him? Some dude fighting on the IFL Grand Prix undercard? Kinda underwhelming, huh. Sorta … let me explain:

Tim Kennedy is one of four unavenged losses for Mayhem … the others come at the hands of Chael Sonnen, Georges St Pierre, and Frank Trigg. With a rematch against Frank Trigg seeming in the cards, I guess it seemed like a good idea for Mayhem to request Kennedy, even though no one gives a shit who Kennedy is or cares about a rematch between the two of them.

Up until this point if you asked me what I thought of the name Thiago I’d have told you it was a dumb name suited only for Brazilian gutter rats. But upon careful deliberation and review, I have now decided to name my next kid Thiago on account of it gives him a 85% chance of being a fucking assassin in mixed martial arts. Just take a look at the track records of the three Thiagos in the UFC:

Thiago “Pitbull” Alves : Smashed Tony DeSouza and Kuniyoshi Hironaka, beat Chris Lytle by cutting open his eyelids. His only losses in the UFC are from Jon Fitch and Spencer Fisher back before he was ‘on’.

Thiago Silva : You may remember Silva as the dude who knocked out Houston Alexander like it wasn’t a big deal. I actually felt sorry for Tomasz Drwal because of the severe beating Silva put on him at UFC75. It wouldn’t surprise me if they implanted Wanderlei’s brain into Thiago’s cranium, because the dude’s got a similar in your face style.

Thiago Tavares : I’ll forever be thankful to Thiago Tavares for starting Ultimate Fight Night 10 off with a bang … he stuffed Jason Black like a turkey and then triangle choked him halfway through round two. Past that point he’s won 10 of his 13 wins by sub, so you know he’s slick as shit. They just matched Tavares against Michihiro Omigawa, which is probably gonna be a fucking route.

But hey, it’s not just UFC Thiagos that are kicking ass. The combined record for all the Thiagos on the Sherdog Fight Finder is 65-12, not too shabby at all!

And just a note for my hetero site-partner Jake: Thiago is the Brazilian take on Portuguese Tiago, which in turn came from the Hebrew Ya’akov (somehow), which lead to Jacob. So in a fucked up way, Jake is actually a Thiago. Hardcore!

You may or may not know Kid Nate from BloodyElbow … he’s a pretty smart guy because he usually defers to my amazing intellect when it comes to matches. But about a month ago, he made a bad life decision and decided that Roger Huerta was somehow going to beat Clay Guida at the next Fight Night. No doubt he’s been sucked in by Huerta’s pouty lips and chestnut eyes. Homo.

Hey, if this was the Ultimate Modeling Championships, I would agree that Roger Huerta would beat Clay Guida on all counts. But since this is fighting, and Clay Guida is a MAAAAAAAN and Roger Huerta is a PRETTY BOY, I anticipate that our favorite hippy is gonna take this bout, even if it does go to the crooked judges for a decision.

So here’s the deal Nate : do you have the testicular fortitude to step up and wager something interesting? I don’t do cash … your American moneys aren’t worth much anyways. Here’s your options:

Take your pick, Nate? Or do you not have the pouch nuggets to ride the dragon against Fightlinker?

Looks like we’ve now got three NYE shows to watch this year:

In a JarryPark.com exclusive, HDNet Fights President/Commissioner, Guy Mezger, announced that the 12/29 IFL World Grand Prix Finals would air live on HDNet. Mezger is still unsure as to whether or not they will also air on MyNetwork TV but he believes his network will be the sole carrier of the event. This is part of a new agreement where HDNet will begin airing IFL events come 2008.

So it looks like HDNet will be doing the live broadcasting for the IFL here on in. Whether this is a good deal or not won’t be known until the IFL releases the info on how much/little HDNet is paying for these rights. Hopefully new el presidente Jay Larkin hasn’t given it away for free like the two stooges did with Fox Sports.

Also unknown is the level of support and teamwork that will exist between the IFL and HDNet. Remember, HDNetFights bent over and fucked their last partners at Art of War by poaching Guy Mezger from them and dropping future events from the HDNetFights roster. So who knows … perhaps they just plan on sucking the IFL dry and tossing the carcass away once they’re done.

I don’t know what the fuck Yarennoka means … the random Japanese people I screamed “YARENNOKA!” at seemed pretty afraid, so I assume it’s probably something intense. My sources on the internet say it means something along the line of “Can’t Do It!”, kinda like a challenge. So I guess that’s a pretty apt name for this very ambitious last second event.

Zach Arnold is having a field day pointing out the similarities between this event and past PRIDE events. He pointed out that the event is using the same font as past NYE events, although I found that they’re using more than just the same font.

Basically, every sign absolutely screams PRIDE, and that’s what the Yarennoka guys are going for. And for all the controversy over the past few days regarding M-1 Global, the official ‘supported by M-1 Global’ label is a lot less involved than has been implied over the past few days. In fact, all other references regarding ownership and copyright are assigned simply to ‘Yarennoka’.

So enough fucking business. On to the fights! Here’s the guys announced so far:

  • Fedor Emelianenko
  • Joachim Hansen
  • Ricardo Arona
  • Gilbert Melendez
  • Luiz Azeredo
  • Aoki Shinya
  • Kazuo Misaki
  • TatsuyaKawajiri
  • Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
  • Mitsuhiro Ishida
  • Hasegawa Hidehiko

If Yarennoka keeps to the format PRIDE did, there could be between 10 and 14 matches for this event, meaning you’re looking at roughly half the lineup for this card. Honestly, as a fight fan I couldn’t give any less of a shit as to how much money these guys make or lose. Freakfights, footstomps, and that screaming bitch! Aw yeah!

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