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For someone who’s famously introverted, every so often we really get a close glimpse of Mirko Crocop’s life. I guess with a lot of other fighters, there’s so much information out there about them that no one gives a shit what they said yesterday because it’s likely to be the same thing they said last month and last year. With Mirko, every interview or article is like a drop of liquid in the fucking desert: that liquid could be urine and you’re still licking it up and begging for more.

The latest news comes from Mirko cornerman ‘Fortunal’, who’s a part of Nokaut, Mirko’s website. The gist of the article is that he sat down with Mirko and our boy is basically re-energized and ready to do his best against whoever the UFC puts in front of him.

Yeah … so what? Well, you really have to read the article to pick up on the optimism and enthusiasm conveyed through it. God knows I’m not good at presenting that kind of ‘positive’ stuff. But after reading that thing, I’m confident that I won’t be feeling shame next time I slip on my Croatian flag underwear for a Crocop fight.

As we have with the last two UFC events, we’ll be live blogging UFC79 and broadcasting a special live edition of the Low Blow right after the end of the pay per view. All the wacky zany retardation you’ve come to expect from us will be accounted for, and we look forward to shooting the shit with you in our chat room and answering your questions on the air.

Remember: There ain’t no party like an S Club party, unless it’s a Fightlinker UFC liveblogging party. Or a party where you get to fuck that hot Hannah chick from S Club 7. Goddamn she was hot. I’d cut off my thumb with garden shears just to get me some of that action. I would absolutely ruin her.

BUUUUT since neither S Club parties or Hannah sex parties are in our futures, we’ll all have to settle for a UFC liveblogging party. Okay? Okay.

Okay, so I was wrong about Big John McCarthy leaving the reffing business with both middle fingers raised to the UFC. I had based that assumption off the fact that he has the same ‘Hollywood’ manager as Randy, plus some rumblings on the inside about Big John’s opinion of how the UFC runs things. Big John does seem to have some negative thoughts when it comes to the UFC, but I was foolish to think he’d come out and burn bridges. That’s just not how Big John rolls!

But if you do want to know what McCarthy thinks about the UFC, you’ll be able to read all about it straight from the horse’s mouth in this interview done by MMANews. It’s a pretty wicked read from start to finish (much better than some others done by that site), and while you may not agree with all of McCarthy’s opinions, you better believe he comes off intelligent and knows what he’s talking about.

John goes over how conflict of interest kept him from reffing and working for the Fight Network, his thoughts on knees to the head on the ground, the state of MMA at the moment and why the UFC’s dominance is bad, plus a boatload of other stuff. Check it out!

I, like many other fans of Pride, was all about soccer kicks and stomps. Are they insanely dangerous? Sure! But this isn’t a fucking tea party, so who cares??? It’s not like anyone’s getting stomped to death ‘Irish Wedding Toast’ style … it just means at any time the fight can be finished and the ref will have to step in.

Well, if you were looking forward to stomps and kicks to a downed opponent at Yarennoka, you are going to be disappointed. Because they’re not allowed. Boo-urns.

One thing I learned from watching Pet Semetary is that once you bury something, it doesn’t come back the same, and I guess that’s how things are with zombie Pride. At the moment it’s paltry number of matches kinda smells, and the lack of Mortal Kombat style finishing moves is pretty dissapointing too. I guess we’ll wait and see what happens though.

To all the readers and commenters who have made this site such a success, I wish you all a merry Christmas! If you all weren’t so supportive, there’s a somewhat decent chance that I wouldn’t spend quite as much time on this site as I do now. I don’t know many sites that have as vocal of a crowd as we do, and I just wanted to give props … half of the good stuff actually comes out of the comments section, which is awesome.

That’s the last time for a while I’m going to encourage you jackals, so enjoy it!

As for ‘stuff’ … we’ll be updating the site sometime this afternoon with more posts, and I’m going to try and shake Jake out of an eggnog induced stupor to record a Low Blow for you all tonight. Till then, go open some presents or something!

**UPDATE** Oh yeah, and as always the Links section of the site is always up to date with the best MMA articles across the internet. Over 20 new articles added just this morning. So go take a look at that if you’re starved for fresh MMA info.

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