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Dana White has officially confirmed that the UFC will be hitting up Montreal in April. The rumored date is the 19th, although that wasn’t a lock during the interview. Regardless, it looks like we’ve got some serious planning to do because there’s no way in hell the UFC’s gonna roll through Fightlinker’s backyard without us lighting shit up like a motherfucker.

So I just wanted to put people on notice: if you live within 10 hours of Montreal, you’re officially being DRAFTED, and must show up or risk missing a once in a lifetime experience. We plan on organizing some epic tomfoolery throughout the entire weekend, and it’s going to be one fucking hell of a good time.

It’s another travel day for me as I leave the US and return to the frozen wastelands of Canada … well, semi-frozen because apparently it’s raining in Toronto, which is where I’m “flying into”. Quotes around that last part because if it’s really raining then I’m more fucked than an alter boy in a Catholic church, and I’ll be lucky to get home in time for UFC 79.

But rather than leave you all hanging, I’ve decided to do all my writing several hours in advance and space it out over the course of the day. So if anything earth shattering happens between now and eeeeer whenever the fuck my flight gets me back to Montreal, know that I’m stuck somewhere in an airport stubbornly refusing to pay twelve bucks for wireless access. So you’re on your own. Can you handle it? No? Well too bad for you.

Word is that Evan Tanner’s comeback opponent will be none other than Yushin Okami AKA the world’s most boring fighter in the universe ever. I know Tanner is always saying we have to ‘believe in the power of one’, but Yushin Okami believes in the power of holding you down with superior wrestling and grinding out the most boring decisions this side of Sean Sherk.

This is just like Aliens vs Predator 2 all over again. I get all hyped up thinking something is going to rock and then God throws a monkey wrench into things and totally wrecks what I thought was an unwreckable concept. And just like Hollywood somehow managed to fuck up Aliens fighting Predators on Earth, the UFC is now setting shit up to fuck up Evan Tanner’s comeback. How can they do this? It’s practically obscene. They need to be stopped.

A while back we heard rumors that Fedor vs Hong Man Choi would be fought under special rules. Of course, we all assumed these special rules would be beneficial to Hong Man Choi … like a 1 minute standup rule or something. Well, the special rules have just been announced and it actually looks like they benefit Fedor!

The “Yarennoka! New Year’s Eve 2007″ main event featuring Fedor Emelianenko (26-11) vs. Hong-Man Choi (1-0) will not include any knee strikes.

The rule difference is due to the weight discrepancy between the two participants. Fedor weighs in around 225 pounds while Choi, standing at 7-feet-2-inches, has weighed in around 352-367 pounds.

That’s right, Choi will not be allowed to use his knees in this fight. Considering the fact that clinch + knees were probably the only way he was going to be able to win this fight, it’s a pretty big setback for the Techno Goliath. No word yet on if Hong Man knew about this rule when he signed the contract to fight, or if it’s another classic last second rule switchup. Only in Japan, baby!

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