Okay, so Luke Thomas didn’t take me up on my bet, but he shouldn’t feel that bad: the other thousands of visitors to the site during the run-up to UFC76 didn’t have the balls to challenge me on the issue either. So I’ll call the results of this fight thusly:
- Fightlinker : 1
- Everyone Else : 0
Well, I guess Jon Fitch gets a point too because he had a little to do with this victory as well. Does Diego Sanchez get a point too for giving the bout away? I think he should, considering he was so busy jiu-jitsuing Fitch that he forgot to uuuuuuuh beat the shit out of him and win! With, I dunno … fists and elbows and stuff. I hear that works sometimes. Especially with someone like Fitch who’s no Karo Parisyan or even Joe Riggs on his feet.
Here’s what happened to Diego: he switched training camps and forgot a part of what made him good. He remembered the whole ‘hunger’ thing and the whole tiger or lion or whichever member of the Pantherinae subfamily shit. What he didn’t remember that it was his aggressive striking game that’s worked for him since he hit the UFC. When he moved to San Diego (ya know, to re-establish that rough ghetto environment he had earlier in his career), he fell in with the Ribeiro brothers and seemed like he was spending more time doing jiu-jitsu than proper MMA training. To me, that was what I saw as he was out-positioned and out-scored. But what do I know … I was three flags to the wind watching this show, so my opinion should hold about as much weight as Cecil People’s.
Just prior to his win over Alessio Sakara, I’d written a blog regarding the pros and cons of MMA’s newest hype sensation, Houston Alexander:
* Assaulted a police officer (borderline bad)
* Domestic abuse (very bad)
Just yesterday, commenter Old_Fogey noticed one little problem with my Bad Karma list: there was no mention of domestic abuse in the article I was reading. I was a bit surprised at first. I read the article over twice looking for the paragraph I swear I remember with that information. Then I went back over all the other articles on Houston Alexander I had read over that period, trying to find where the fuck I had heard about this.
Well, in the end I wasn’t able to find it. I’d like to imagine that the article had been changed like Fox Sports likes to do without issuing a correction. But honestly, unless there’s proof of this I’m just going to man up and say this:
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SIGN OF EVIDENCE THAT HOUSTON ALEXANDER HAS EVER DOMESTICALLY ABUSED ANYONE. I WAS COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY WRONG.
Let this be a lesson to everyone: Never ever rely on me for your factual knowledge because I’m obviously a moron. I’ll try not to let my subconscious racism towards black people manifest itself in bogus claims of domestic abuse any more. I’ll also always do my best to be factually accurate and generally all of my facts will be directly backed up with a corresponding link to someone with an actual brain. I will always correct any errors on this site if people point them out, either with a correction notice in the article or, in the case of big fuck ups like this, a brand new post to digitally flagellate myself for my stupidity. Oh, and to ‘clear’ the names of guys I accuse of beating chicks up.
Sorry, but in case you didn’t notice, we’re not exactly brain surgeons over here.
**UPDATE** Wow, a correction on a correction. Looks like The Reader did remove this specific paragraph from their article:
It wasn’t his only run-in with the law. He alludes to “a whole bunch of domestic,” referring to disturbances involving women that led to police intervention.
Of course, the problem with changing articles and not explaining why is that we don’t know why the paragraph was removed. You’ll notice some fishy wording in there … ‘alludes’ being the key one. The reporter also assigns his own assumption to what ‘domestic’ is.
Sure, it might make perfect sense to a white dude from the ‘burbs that ‘domestic’ = ‘domestic abuse’, but really it could just be Ebonics for ‘fucking some bitches up, putting them in their place’. Hmm … that’s not very good either. Anyways, I think the fact that the paragraph was retracted is noteworthy enough to still justify this correction. But it does feel good that I didn’t just make this whole thing up in my head.
Rather than watch UFC 76 last night I opted instead to go over to a friend’s house and play Dance Dance Revolution until 3 in the morning. I’ll be catching the replay sometime this afternoon and posting will resume as per usual sometime after that. Unless I get the urge to bust another phat groove on the DDR pad. Fuckin’ awesome.
With PRIDE as close to dead and buried as it’ll ever get, Zach Arnold has been sniffing around looking for more scandals from the land of the rising sun. Asian scandals are Zach’s specialty … he’s pretty much the only guy bothering with this shit while everyone else just covers the events and results. Booooring. Perhaps someday Zach and Jordan Breen will team up like an MMA Starsky and Hutch to create comprehensive Asiatic news coverage.
This week’s dirt is on K1’s shoddy treatment of Koreans. The article sums up all the facts … I just want to explain to you a bit about how things work with Asians. It’s not one big love in, let me tell you. Even though they’re all slanty eyed yellow skinned rice eaters, there’s a very clear racial hierarchy in effect over there.
The Japanese are ‘on top’, they hate everyone. Next it’s the Chinese, then Koreans, and then Vietnamese and then all the other mutts. The level of hatred and racism varies … again, the Japanese are the most racist of the bunch. A short 50 years ago they were up in the rest of Asia’s asses, shooting everyone, raping, pillaging, and cutting people’s heads off with Samurai swords and shit. Now the racism is thinly hidden under the surface but still erupts when, for example, a Korean fighter beats up a Japanese legend.
So it’s really no surprise to me that K1 (a Japanese company) is being accused of shortchanging Koreans, feeding them to their Japanese stars, and generally all the behavior you’d expect from a culture that still refers to Koreans as ‘sub-humans’.
We keep hearing that boxing is stupid and they shot themselves in the foot, shin, knee, thigh, crotch, stomach, neck, and face. But how often do you really get a glimpse in the madness that sunk the sport? Check this shit out:
Many observers agree that the increased number of weight classes in boxing has been a real turn off for fans. The World Boxing Council sanction titles at seventeen different weights. These range from Minimumweight (below 105 pounds) to Heavyweight (over 200 pounds). The UFC has five weight divisions, ranging from Lightweight (145 to 155 pounds) to Heavyweight (205 to 265 pounds).
The early UFCs were open weight affairs and the promotion has shown little interest in introducing smaller weight classes. Boxing has eleven weight classes below 147 pounds. Although greed has undoubtedly played a part in the creation of additional weight classes in boxing, there is a genuine safety issue, particularly in a striking sport.
Seventeen different weight classes. Seventeen! And for those of you who don’t think Gary Shaw is evil, peep this: he’s already doing all sorts of whack shit with weird weight classes and catch weights. Honestly I’m not a huge fan of weight classes. I get ‘the point’ of them, but I have no idea what the fuck is going on in Shaw’s head having 155 and 165 pound divisions. The last thing we need is more ways to divide talent up so they never get to fight eachother.