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With the exception of my fantasy best friend Ken Shamrock, I fucking hate it when MMA and pro wrestling get mixed up. If I hear one more story about Kurt Angle or Brock Lesnar getting into MMA I’m going to castrate someone with a cheese grater. And the whole Dana White = Vince McMahon thing is stupid … kids, let it go and grow up.
Dana isn’t Vince, Chuck isn’t Steve Austin, and I don’t know who you think is Owen Hart but I cross my fingers it’s Matt Serra so we can drop him off the roof of an arena too. So just stop the fucking comparisons, everyone. You’ve spent so much time being brainwashed by the WWE that you’re taking tenuous similarities and blowing them up into proof that Dana White stole his business model playbook from the smouldering wreckage of Vince McMahon’s limo. Well news flash: he didn’t.
Anyways, this is a post about Josh Barnett. Up until this point I haven’t had anything negative to say about Josh past his love handles and titties. But I stand in the mirror and cry about my man boobs too, so I’ll cut Josh some slack on that front. But now Josh is knee deep in pro wrestling again, and it appears he’s trying to use some wrestling antics to gain himself some press. If you haven’t read it, here’s what he wrote on his myspace:
Let’s get straight to it and say that Randy did a phenomenal job at UFC 74 in defending his title. As a fan and a fellow Washingtonian I was happy to see him win. But as for the title itself â€” it still sits in my house. No one in UFC ever beat me for it, and as far as I am concerned, no one in the UFC can be the heavyweight champion until they take that belt off of me in the cage.
At the post fight press conference, Dana White said “there isn’t anyone in the world that can beat this guy” in reference to Randy. All this because Randy beat a guy that had less than ten fights and only one noteworthy win? That’s not even a world championship level fight, let alone reason to proclaim the winner as “unbeatable”. This comment was made even more ridiculous by the fact that I was standing right there, living proof that Randy Couture is definitely beatable.
“Unbeatable”, Dana says. If he actually believes that, I’m more than willing to step into the cage and prove him wrong. It wouldn’t even have to be for the belt. I already got the real belt. They can keep their pile of brass they purport as the UFC Heavyweight Title and put it on their next paper champ.
This letter has basically pissed off everyone, and I can’t say I disagree with the masses. The obvious reason for being ticked is the fact that Josh Barnett’s belt was tainted by his failed steroids test. 5 years in Japan afterwards doesn’t exactly help your reputation as a clean fighter either … I remember when Josh showed up for the first US Pride show, everyone was holding their breath on him clearing his steroid test (Barnett was forced to pee in several cups to get relicensed).
For me, I don’t really care about that. I’ve said it before … if crazy genetically modified freaks want to beat it out in the ring for my amusement I’m happy to tune in and watch. If one genetically modified freak wants to smash up an elderly man, that’s even better!
What I’m not down with is having a fighter like Josh who generally seems like such a nice guy downplay the accomplishments of Randy Couture. Josh has always had an ego but it usually manifested itself in less disrespectful ways. Stirring the pot by calling Randy Couture a paper champion is bound to put you in the doghouse along with Babalu as far as MMA fans are concerned.
Of course, I don’t doubt this is all just part of a general plan to get back into the limelight. If Dana takes the bait (and Dana does seem to mark out on all things PRIDE related), it’ll be worth it to see Josh back in action. However, considering how prominent steroids are as a topic of interest and Josh’s dubious history on that issue, I don’t know if anything will happen.
I’m now seeing several sites that are stealing content from FiveOuncesOfPain.com. These sites are copying and pasting entire entries on this blog and passing it off as their own with no author listed and no reference to FiveOuncesOfPain.com.If you’re one of these sites that are committing copyright infringement, it needs to stop and it needs to stop now. You might think you’re slick because you have disabled comments on your page and have no contact info available but I can find out how to get a hold of you. If it comes to that, chances are I will have my attorney contact you on my behalf and you can explain your actions to him.
If you want to use an excerpt of something that appears here and or post a link back, I’m more than okay with that. But I have no idea why people think they can steal content from this site and others and get away with it? I work too hard on this blog to stand by and watch other people steal my stuff and make money off of it when I currently don’t see a dime from this blog.
Hello again! Do you remember me? I’m the Low Blow, this website’s “weekly” radio show. I haven’t been around for a while because Ryan was either drunk or on vacation. But now I’m back! And I’m a whole 62 minutes long this week! Tons of stuff to talk about … we cover the UFC, UFC74, and … okay, so all we do is talk about UFC74. Actually, that’s not true. We cover nachos, being fat, Jordan Breen, length vs girth, new co-hosts, how not to not record a podcast, bad dye jobs, and oh so much more. So come join us on a magical adventure across the landscape of MMA.
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So Mac Danzig is back and updating his blog with something a bit more substantial than pretty photos. As we reported way back when, Mac has spent the past few months participating in the Ultimate Fighter season 6. And while his initial blog was pretty good at revealing anything regarding the outcome of the show, he did let this little tidbit slip in the comments:
[Bulking up to 170] worked for me, but I have no problems saying that 155 is still my weight class, and after the show’s finale, I’ll be returning to 155 where I belong…
Well, right up until that comment, Mac was my uneducated pick for winning the whole show. Why uneducated? Because I don’t really pay that much attention to TUF and he’s the only name I actually like (or even really know, for that matter).
But considering the somewhat ambiguous comment, I’m starting to think he got stuffed by someone who walks around at 180 pounds. It wouldn’t be the first time either … in his Pride debut, Mac got absolutely tooled by Mach Sakurai. It’s no surprise Mac wants to return back to 155, but there’s just something about the comment that gave me the vibe he didn’t make it into the finals.
First it was robots. Now Tetris blocks have joined in on the MMA action, stealing away jobs from young jackasses with bad tattoos and a gimmicky haircut.