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After a month of silence, Evan Tanner has posted on his blog revealing a lot of personal issues and a laundry list of shitty news. Before I really get into all that, I wanna talk about the name of this blog post. You might think it’s insensitive of me to lead in saying Evan’s off the wagon, and you might be expecting me to make fun of Evan Tanner for being a drunk. Well, that ain’t gonna happen, because there’s nothing funny about his current situation. Which sucks, because his past situations have always been great for a laugh.

The reason I’m calling this post ‘Evan Tanner fell off the wagon’ is because that’s the important part of this story. Other heartless bastards across the internet are concentrating on “Evan Tanner not training” or “Evan Tanner not fighting in the UFC any time soon”. Yes, these are both accurate statements, but they’re not what we should be concentrating on. Evan Tanner isn’t just a UFC fighter, and we shouldn’t just care about when he’s going to return to the ring.

Anyways, in case Evan’s post was depressing you and you wanted the Coles Notes version of his story, here it is: He’s drinking again, he’s out of money, he’s out of shape, he’s not training, his boat is busted and beached, his friends are sick of him, and he may have pneumonia. There’s definitely a good blues or country song in all that, but I’m not so sure if there’s a great comeback story. Well, if Evan pulled it off it would be an amazing comeback story. But I just don’t know if I see it happening. Which sucks balls.

If there is a comeback story, it’s not likely to be with the UFC. In my opinion, Tanner’s salvation lies in an unusual source: Gary Shaw. Bear with me here people … Shaw has proven time and time again that he’s willing to do some pretty unusual shit to put fights together. You all remember the strings pulled to get Krazy Horse Bennett out of jail for his match. Compared to that, is helping Evan Tanner clean up that much of a stretch?

Tanner’s problem is he doesn’t have the resources to pull himself out of the situation he’s gotten into. Gary Shaw’s problem is he doesn’t have a lot of depth in his middleweight division. These guys can provide solutions to eachother’s problems. And what’s it to Gary Shaw? Fuck, Shaw gets a 10,000$ a month allowance from EliteXC to cover his living expenses. So what if the company foots the bill for Evan’s rehabilitation, training, and basic living expenses for a few months? At worst the company is out a few thousand bucks. At best they’ve locked themselves in an enormous talent with great name value. Not to mention helped a good man pull himself back from the edge of ruin.

Anyways, the above scenario works past Gary Shaw and could be replaced by any number of other benefactors, fight organizations or training camps. Obviously I don’t know the inside scoop on Evan’s situation … it could be that this has all been tried in the past by others. But it’s a nice pipe dream, and I have to hope that there can be some light at the end of the tunnel for Evan Tanner. If there was ever a time I wished the shit I wrote on this blog actually counted for something, now would be the time.

Check out BloodyElbow.com … Luke has been unusually productive today. Hopefully he hasn’t been fired from his job or dumped by his girlfriend.

I spent all last night working on the K1 Gong Show video instead of prepping blog posts for today. Now I’m stuck not being able to do anything today or tonight either. So I’m afraid you won’t be getting a fix until tommorow. Which sucks, because there’s TONS of shit going on in MMA, and of course I’m your only source for news! Right? Right.

Anyways, for now here’s my olive branch: last night I went over my UFN11 picks with Caleb from MMA Predictions for their radio show. You can check that shit out here, it’s short but sweet. In regards to the Low Blow, we’ll be recording the show right after UFN11 so you can expect that show to go up around 2am Wednesday night.

Wow. Just wow.

Just like the fashion world, the MMA world revolves around seasonal trends. The Summer season’s big trend was steroids – nandrolone was totally hot, and boldenone made a surprise comeback. This Fall season the trend is shifting to focus on judging: Bisping / Hamill has set the tone for the coming months and everyone is going to run this thing into the ground. But just like Uggs and gigantic sunglasses (I call them 21st century paper bags), not all trends are good or warranted.

Case in point: the Nick Diaz / Mike Aina fight. Yeah, Diaz looked like shit. And yeah, Mike was doing a pretty good job of throwing leather. But while the fight itself was a close one, the end result is really not worth crying foul over the way Hamill/Bisping was. Of course, there’s always a number of things that make you go hmmm:

Diaz took scores of 30-27 and 29-28, while Aina won by a count of 29-28 on one judge’s scorecard. Y! Sports scored the fight 29-28 Aina. The judge who scored the match 30-27 Diaz was spotted chatting on his cell phone at one point during the fight and spent a chunk of round 1 with his back turned to the fight, engaging a woman sitting at the press table in a conversation.

One has to wonder if anyone would be calling the judge out if it wasn’t for the fact that he scored the fight 30-27 for Diaz when you’d have to be blind not to give round 1 to Aina. Obviously ICON Sports president Patrick Freitas is thinking that by clarifying that little oopsie, everything will go away:

(an initial scorecard reading of 30-27 for Diaz was incorrect, said ICON Sport’s Patrick Freitas)

Of course, depending on the size of your tinfoil hat, this may seem just a bit too convenient for you. And hey, I can’t blame you … who’s going to believe anything a sleazy fight promoter says, especially when they’re trying to downplay controversy? Once again, I gotta say it: Running in an unregulated region is fucking wicked. It gives me days and days worth of writing material for this site.

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