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In what looks like the continuation of a disturbing trend across the US, the California State Athletic Commission has started to come down on ‘smoker’ events, which are glorified sparring matches to give gym members experience. Here is the full letter Tribull MMA in San Jose just got regarding his limited contact smoker – half the matches were 16 oz gloves and headgear while all small glove fights were no strikes to the head.

Of course, you all remember that Din Thomas over in Florida got thrown in the clink and had FEDERAL charges put against him over a similar kind of event.

It doesn’t exactly take a brain surgeon to understand the difference between events like this and REAL mixed martial arts events. Perhaps if the CSAC had a way to differentiate and regulate smokers as amateur MMA, all of these issues could be solved. Unfortunately, the CSAC has basically said it’ll take them TWO YEARS to set up the framework for amateur MMA to occur.

As it stands, if you’re an MMA gym in California (and god knows, there’s more MMA schools there than Chinese convenience stores), you better watch out: the CSAC is coming after your smoker.

It sure seems like Vadim Finkelstein is in the process of going rogue and fucking M-1 Global over. But you would think he’d at least have the courtesy of giving the M-1 Global guys a call and telling them what’s up so they wouldn’t look so clueless. From the M-1 Russia site:

M-1 Global will hold its press-conference on November,21 which will be dedicated to the first event of the organization. The event is scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena. Mixfight M-1 will be represented by Vadim Finkelstein and Fedor Emelianenko.

And now here’s what’s up over in America:

The confusing part is that I spoke to representatives for M-1 Global on Monday night who confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on New Year’s Eve in Japan but that the card would not be an M-1 Global event. Instead, Fedor was being “rented out” for the evening so that he could compete on a card being organized by the Japanese as a way to bid farewell to PRIDE fans.

Normally I’m pretty good at figuring out what’s up in the world of mixed martial arts, but this is just getting so weird that even I’m doubting myself. Japan is a strange place, where fight promoters can say they’re hosting Fedor vs Jesus Christ on the moon and people would just ask if Fedor thinks the moon’s harsh conditions are going to affect his cardio at all. Anything is possible, anything can happen, and god knows how this will all unfold.

I’m sure Zuffa is busy laughing their asses off at the situation M-1 Global has gotten themselves into, but if I were them I’d be paying more attention to the fact that the company they bought out seems to have risen from the grave to throw events once more.

Sometimes Zuffa is it’s own worst enemy … every so often they do something obviously stupid that comes back to bite them in the ass. Today you’re beginning to see the result of Zuffa firing all the old Pride employees: wow, who would have thought that all those fight promoters you fired would band together and work for another fight promoter??? You’d have to be fucking Nostrodamus to predict that one!

Depending on who you talk to, the 12/31 show is either a farewell to PRIDE’s loyal fanbase in Japan or possibly the start of something bigger. Many of the employees who were laid off by Zuffa when the PRIDE office in Japan was closed are expected to be involved in promoting the show.

Nothing gets the Japanese fired up like the opportunity to tell gaijin to fuck off, and this show is probably going to be one gigantic FUCK YOU ZUFFA from start to finish with a gigantic middle finger hanging from the rafters and a live feed to a room of naked sumo wrestlers swimming in the yen being made on this show.

Yeah, I know: one show isn’t about to challenge Zuffa or make them regret their actions. But it would be interesting if a year from now people remember this NYE show as the turning point where Zuffa lost it’s grip on their mixed martial arts monopoly (that they only created by dealing the killing blow to the company which has now risen zombie-like from the grave sans the debt that Zuffa nicely cleared out).

No, we are not the spawn of the Elder Gods, nor fictional old testament figures. We are referring to the number of posts on this site … 1000 posts over the past 8 months.

I thought I’d make note of this, although it’s kind of a bullshit number … we also had 150 posts on the old system, and another 100 posts which got swallowed when we switched systems again. But fuck … I forgot to even mention our 1 year anniversary (September 12th), so I figured I might as well bring this up.

Now at least I can justify going out and eating an entire cake to myself.

Oh great … the company I love (and yes, despite all my shitting on them, I do love them) is in bed with the fucking republicans: they’re contributing big bucks to the presidential campaign of Rudy “9/11″ Giuliani.

Luke Thomas didn’t have the testicular fortitude to split his readership down the middle and piss people off by saying anything substantial about this, but I’m not nearly as smart or reasonable as he is. So here we go: anyone who thinks Rudy Giuliani is anything but a complete fucking cocksucker can lick my anus (do it quick because it’ll probably become illegal if Rudy wins the election).

Here’s the fucking deal: Democrats are more liberal about shit like sex, drugs, rock’n’roll … and even mixed martial arts. Republicans have a history of being tight assed nosey fucks who want to get in on everything and ruin everyone’s fun in the name of Jesus Christ and all that bullshit. Rudy Giuliani exemplifies this … he literally destroyed nightlife and urban culture in New York City during his tenure as mayor. He’s like the antithesis of fun.

HOWEVER, Republicans are also a lot easier to buy off than Democrats and while they’re ‘all about’ family values and against bloodsports on the surface, most of them are massive hypocrites that will sell their values out for ringside seats and a campaign contribution.

So I guess it makes sense for Zuffa to buy him out because unlike a democrat who will stick with their moral convictions if they think mixed martial arts has become unsafe, Rudy will stick to the talking points and keep shilling no matter what.

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