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Wow, 2007 has been a bad year for Brazilian teams. Following news earlier this year that Brazilian Top Team was coming apart at the seams, it seams (haha, fabric pun) that Chute Boxe is also going through the same thing. Anderson Silva jumped ship a while back, and everyone went pretty bonkers when Wanderlei Silva left to train with Randy Couture. Then Thiago Silva left for Team Link, and Andre Amade left too.

But the biggest news to rock Chute Boxe since Wand left is that Shogun and Ninja are leaving too:

Chute Boxe leader Rudimar Fedrigo on Tuesday announced, via the Chute Boxe website, that Murilo “Ninja” and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have officially left the team.

“We regret the (departure) of Murilo and Mauricio Rua,” commented Fedrigo indicating that they were leaving to form their own team in the United States. “The doors of Chute Boxe will always be open to them and we wish them good luck.”

Things were going better for Brazilian teams when the fight world focused on Japan. Now that everything is going on in America, it seems like all these Brazilians are heading over to the US and don’t have time to train down in South America. Chute Boxe USA is a total mess, so what option do these guys have? Continue to get their faces pounded in by guys from bigger, better rounded camps? Or leave and set their own shit up?

When I first saw another Kevin Iole article regarding Matt Lindland, I was getting ready to be pissed. I hate ‘Bring Matt back to the UFC’ articles … they ignore the simple fact that Matt Lindland will never be back in the UFC so long as he doesn’t agree to an exclusive contract. That’s something the UFC will never bend on … not for Fedor, not for Gomi, and especially not for Matt Lindland.

But upon taking a closer look, things were not what they seemed. It looks like Matt Lindland is the one approaching Dana White about coming back:

The first, albeit tiny, steps toward middleweight Matt Lindland’s return to the UFC were taken last week when Lindland spoke to UFC president Dana White.

Lindland hasn’t fought in the UFC since UFC 54 on Aug. 20, 2005. He wore a shirt bearing the logo of a sponsor not approved by UFC management and hasn’t been back.

Lindland worked the corner of Chael Sonnen in Sonnen’s unsuccessful WEC middleweight title bid against Paulo Filho last week in Las Vegas. After the bout, he said he’d spoken to White about returning to fight in the UFC.

White said he is “not sure” of whether Lindland will return. In a text message, he wrote, “He told me he wants to come back and I haven’t thought about it at all.”

Well holy shit. All of a sudden, the ball really is in the UFC’s court. Of course, I wouldn’t expect Dana White to bite too soon. Most likely he’ll hum and haw until after the Silva/Hendo fight to see if he really needs to bust the bank on another famously independant ‘troublemaker’ like Lindland. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that Lindland’s still tied up with the IFL. If Dana White was willing to torpedo Ken Shamrock over that, don’t think he’ll let it slide with Matt.

But there is one thing for sure … Lindland extending the olive branch definately does change the equation. People like me can no longer claim it’s all Landland’s fault that he’s not in the UFC.

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.

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