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I was having such beautiful dreams of a Wanderlei Silva vs Tito Ortiz matchup for UFC 78 that when I saw an e-mail from the UFC announcing UFC 78 presales I squealed like a little girl. Opening that email was a pretty big disappointment though. No gargantuan heads stared back at me at all. In fact, there were no fighters named in the email whatsoever. The only reference to a name was ROGAN, the promotional code referencing Joe Rogan.

Man, that’s sad.

**UPDATE** What is also sad is that I can’t keep my UFC numbers straight. All references to 77 have been replaced with 78s. Thanks Kris for pointing out what a doof I am!

Okay boys and girls, we promised we’d make the reader mailbag a regular thing on the Low Blow radio show, and so we shall. The first Low Blow of every month will feature the Mailbag segment, where we turn our topics of conversation over to you to decide. What subjects do you want us to put our immense mental capacities behind? What mysteries of MMA do you burn to know the answer to? Whatever you want to know, we’ll ask Jordan Breen for the answer and then pretend we knew it first.

And just like the last time, the person who asks the best question gets a free t-shirt. What kind of t-shirt? I dunno, whatever shirt we’re currently digging at the moment. Last month’s free shirt went to DJ Hapa and it was one of those cool Team Quest ones. Perhaps this month we’ll send out one of the new American Fighter shirts. Or one of these bad boys. That’s the one Jordan asked for in exchange for his help.

Regardless, wether you win a shirt or not, you can sleep better at night knowing your questions have directly help stop the spread of AIDS in Africa, provided humanitarian aid in Darfur, and single handedly repaired the damage to New Orleans caused by Katrina. God bless you all.

**NOTE** All questions should be submitted by 6pm to be considered for the show. We’ll only announce the winner on the radio show, so you suckers HAVE to listen now. Haha, it was a trap all along.

**NOTE 2** Yeah, just post the questions in this thread. So it’s not really a ‘mailbag’ is it? Ah well.

I guess we’re at that size now where we start getting tips on stuff. On Saturday night, Tito Ortiz was at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA. and got on the mic to say “Blah blah blah blah, my next fight will be against Wanderlei Silva or Rashad Evans”

Hmmm. Rashad or Wanderlei. Rashad or Wanderlei. Rashad or Wanderlei. Hmmm.

Hmmmmmmmm.

(big thanks to reader Mr. Theplague for informing us)


During the Strikeforce Playboy show, the organizers made a big deal about signing Renato Babalu Sobral, which is about as appropriate as throwing a ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’ party for a child molester. You may or may not recall that Babalu was tossed out of the UFC and given the second biggest fine in MMA history (I think … the CSAC kept Johnny Morton’s 100k, didn’t they?).

Debate continues to rage across the internet as to ‘how bad’ Sobral’s actions really were, which is why I’m surprised Strikeforce made the announcement during their show. They could have easily kept it on the low low until their next card was announced in two months, and by then the hubbub would have died down and people just would have been happy to see Sobral in action again. They would get publicity on it, and it wouldn’t be sleazy like it feels now.

So don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about Babalu fighting again. But I’m not too impressed with Strikeforce basically throwing gasoline on a fire that was finally almost out.

A few days ago, TAGG Radio announced that Tito Ortiz would be fighting Dan Henderson at UFC78. So of course we knew that wasn’t going to happen. It was a nice dream though … Tito vs Rashad 2 has about as much appeal as porking Rosie O’Donnell up the butt. The New Jersey show is turning out to be as crappy as New Jersey itself, and Tito/Rashad as a main event would be the cherry on that particular shit sundae. So it would make logical sense for the UFC to put Tito in the octagon with a better opponent that could salvage the PPV.

Now it looks like Tito knows he’s the UFC’s saving grace on this card and is playing hardball on signing any fight:

Right now the expected main event for the show is Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans, but Ortiz is playing hardball when it comes to signing.

My bet is the UFC doesn’t want to pay Tito the money he gets for headlining a PPV … they’re probably trying to argue that he’s co-headlining the card with another non-title fight, which of course is bullshit.

While Tito/Rashad isn’t exactly going to set the world on fire, not having Tito Ortiz at the New Jersey show could be a pretty big disaster for the UFC. The next biggest fight is Karo Parisyan vs Hector Lombardo, which is Ultimate Fight Night caliber at best. On the other hand, the UFC has already set new lows for PPV card quality with UFC 72 and UFC 76. So perhaps they won’t really care that much if UFC78 is a stinker, so long as they get what they want for their mega-card on December 30th.

**UPDATE** I’m an idiot and said UFC73 was a terrible ppv … I liked UFC73 … I did not like UFC72, the Belfast show. Like Dana used to say, a PPV without a belt-defense is a bad PPV. And now they’re doing that once every few months. Boo-urns

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