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It’s apparently that time of year when all the gentrified MMA writers take the monocle out of their eye, imbibe a hearty sip of brandy, and wax philosophical about the rousing year of happenings in the Asiatics. First it was Dave Meltzer, then Zach Arnold, and now Jojo Breen has penned her entry, snootily entitled ‘Sunken Ships and Black Ships’. How artsy.

While Meltzer tried to expose a few layers of the onion that is Japanese MMA, Zach Arnold simply cut it in half to show off it’s rotten core. Breen has taken the approach of concentrating on the events of 2007 themselves, mentioning backroom shenanigans only when they directly caused the collapse of an event like they did with K1 Dynamite USA:

It would’ve been hard for Dynamite!! USA to have been anymore epically disastrous. A botched main event and absurd matchmaking largely overshadowed the few gems the card produced. Gracie-Sakuraba II has all but been erased from the canon already. A hollow attendance record is more a punch line than an achievement. In the end, it seems apropos for the debacle to be remembered most readily for a clueless local DJ whose ignorance to his audience greatly mirrored FEG’s very own incompetence.

For those of you who weren’t around on this site when we were serving up grilled Dynamite on a daily basis, here’s a few highlights from our coverage so you too can remember how much of a cock-up that whole event was.

Surprise surprise, the UFC is back in the spotlight regarding fighter pay and the troubles they’ve had because of it. For those of you who are sick of the subject, I’ll let you in on a simple fact: so long as you can get paid more to retile a bathroom than fight in the UFC, shit like this is gonna keep popping up.

As usual Dana White comes across as an asshole, but an asshole with some very solid quotes and talking points. I swear to God, the guy carries around a pad of paper and jots down every witty thought that permeates his bald head. Get him for an interview, and he just follows the flow chart full of notes he’s made (interrupted of course with occassional bouts of tourettes).

All in all, a solid read but nothing we haven’t really heard before. Although I think this might be the first news piece by a major press organization that mentions the idea of a fighter’s union:

Couture said the UFC needs to consider providing “Medical coverage outside the shows, like when we are in training. Those guys making $2,000 to $3,000 a fight who get hurt in training, that’s a shame.”

“A fighters’ union is something that’s been discussed for a couple years. There’s almost this monopoly, but if the fighters could unite about issues such as these bonuses . . . there has to be someone in marquee stature to say he’s sacrificing everything, saying, ‘He can’t make me fight.’ “

Yeah, it’s too bad that rather than stick around and fight for the rights of other fighters, you just took your ball and went home you fucking bastard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … MMA needs the right people to stand up against the UFC and help set up basic rights for developing and established UFC fighters. Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock ain’t the guys, and Randy blew it. So who the hell is left???

Holy shit … two boxing posts in one day! It’s like Christmas comes twice. Well, to be fair to all my boxing-hating readers, this is pretty big news. Originally there was talk that Oscar de la Hoya would come out of retirement to fight Ricky Hatton. Well, it looks like Mayweather’s rout of Hatton has made that megafight null, and now De La Hoya has set his sights on another fighter: Miguel Cotto.

This was all mentioned on Max Kellerman’s radio show, buttressed by the idea that Cotto should have fought Mayweather first for some reason because “Cotto is very beatable”. Well hey … I know the idea in boxing is to pick the most marketable guy who doesn’t stand a chance, but if you want things to make sense, you have Cotto vs De La Hoya with Cotta getting a shot at Mayweather if he wins. That way even if Cotto doesn’t have much of a chance, at least he earned a shot. Right now Mayweather’s number 1, with De La Hoya sitting number 2. You want a shot at number 1? You should have to go through number 2 first.

Sherdog has an awesome article on Fedor that goes through his entire past and gets quotes from the man himself on why he decided against signing with the UFC. But you can read that for yourself anywhere else, because I’m sure the parasitic MMA news scene will tear this story apart like a baby in a bulldog kennel and regurgitate the relevant bits. My highlight probably isn’t all that relevant, but it’s definitely awesome:

One last hurdle had to be cleared before the young athlete could devote himself to training and the path that has made him what he is today. He was gifted musically, but there was not enough time to be a musician and an athlete. His mother gave him a choice: the accordion or judo.

He chose judo.

Oh, the crossroads in our lives. Fedor could have been the Russian equivalent of Lawrence Welk, but instead decided to stick with fighting. I guess we’ll never really understand some of the choices Fedor makes, but we’ll just have to put a little bit of faith in the fact that he did make at least one right decision in the past. OR DID HE???

Well shit:

British boxer Joe Calzaghe says his next fight could be his last.

Calzaghe unified the three world titles in the super-middleweight division when he beat Mikkel Kessler of Denmark last month, taking his record to 44-0.

“I have got two fights left — tops,” Calzaghe was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s editions of the Daily Mirror. “I might even have one more and then decide to pack it all in and then get on with the rest of my life. Who knows? There are plenty of other things I want to do.”

Calzaghe is one of the few boxers I’ve seen this year that’s really impressed me with his style and skills. The fact that I’ve just discovered him and he’s now nearing retirement kinda sucks. Must be kinda like how people feel after watching ‘that Randy guy’ beat Gabriel Gonzaga.

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