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For all the talk of Mark Cuban creating a platform for various MMA organizations to get exposure, no one’s really been talking that much about ProElite’s buying frenzy. The EliteXC parent company started it’s operations by bringing in JD Penn from Rumble on the Rock, then bought UK promotion Cage Rage. Talks with ICON make it look like a matter of time before they pick that cherry, and it looks like their partnership with Korea’s SpiritMC was more of a buy-in than anything else. Let’s also not forget that they also partnered with K1 for their ill fated Dynamite show and worked with Strikeforce for their radical Shamrock-Baroni event.

Overall, ProElite is starting to look like the United Nations of mixed martial arts companies. Adding to this is their purchase of King of the Cage, one of MMA’s longest running companies. If the UFC is McDonalds, then KoTC is Krystal. What they lack in brand and marketing they make up for in spunk and perseverance. They were pretty much the only other company that managed to get it’s tapes into stores when I was growing up.

So the question is: what the hell is ProElite going to do with it’s empire? Gary Shaw doesn’t seem to be a control freak like Dana White: he seems content to let his new companies run themselves and continue to do their own thing. Will ProElite be happy pulling in revenue from these other companies, airing their product on Showtime when they feel like it, and doing a few big events a year? Or is all of this consolidation a sign that ProElite is preparing to take things to the next level and challenge the UFC?

**UPDATE** It’s official, ProElite just bought ICON. Hail Cesar!

Showing the cutting edge verve that won him a marketing award, Kurt Otto from the IFL announced yesterday that he was firing Shawn Tompkins from his position as coach of “the Anacondas”. Shawn now has the unique distinction of being the first coach ever fired from the IFL. This is despite the fact that the Anacondas were the first place team through the 2007 season and won their only regular season event under his care. The team then lost in the event semi-finals to the Silverbacks (who last year won the cup or championship or rings or whatever the fuck you get for winning the “playoffs”).

Tompkins is definitely one of the busiest guys in MMA … he’s become one of the hottest striking coaches in the world after Dan Henderson credited him for Dan’s knockout of Wanderlei Silva. Personally I’d have sent a thank-you note to Mirko Crocop as well for softening Silva’s skull up, but that’s just me. Now Tompkins is a lead trainer at Randy Couture’s gym, and according to Otto is no longer “100% commited” to his team.

This whole story is pretty hilarious. It’s like cheating on your girlfriend with Jessica Alba … when the girlfriend says one of them has to go, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which one you’re going to choose. While Otto is making a big deal of the fact that he dumped Shawn and not the other way around, the truth is the IFL simply wasn’t important enough for Shawn to bother with any more.

**Update** Here’s Shawn’s side of the story. Across the rest of the net there’s definately some weird debate going on over who dumped who. Dave Meltzer has this:

Shawn Tompkins was released as head coach of the IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas. IFL said he was released while Tompkins said he quit because he had taken on a full-time job as at Xtreme Couture’s and was moving to Las Vegas so couldn’t coach the team any longer. Bas Rutten will coach the Anacondas fighters who are still alive in the Grand prix tournament.

No, it’s not another one sided beatdown in the Octagon. This time the game is tonsil hockey, and we’ll see who’s the Wayne Gretzky of that!

Hmm, I dunno about this one. The ducky lips might be good for some, but I’m a fan of tongue over lips. Bonus points go to Chuck for his tender gaze and soft, exploratory hands. I’d award bonus points to the chick for her naughty nurse outfit, but she loses those for taking a photo of herself while making out. That’s just way too MySpace for me.

Everyone loves to give Jenna a hard time, so I’m gonna buck the trend. If she put on about 15 pounds I’d bet she’d look pretty damned good. Besides, you know you’d fuck her. Yes you would. Sure she’s got genital warts. But so do you. Everyone has genital warts nowadays. At least that’s what my last girlfriend told me…

I know I said I’m all about tongue when critiquing Chuck’s kiss, but this is a bit too much even for me. This looks less like a kiss and more like a recreation of that scene from Lady and the Tramp. Except instead of spaghetti these two are eating a newborn baby.

PS: Props to MMA Punch for stealing those pics of his sister macking Chuck and uploading them for us all .

Nick Diaz was on the Beatdown a day or two ago and did a really good job of reppin’ for marijuana smokers around the world:

“People were thinking like uhh, that I had it in my head that I’m gonna bet busted for weed and I’m scared… I don’t care! I’m like “good”, especially if it’s like, you know if we can make a point out of it or whatever? That fine, if I can go and be the guy to tell the whole world that smoking pot’s good for you… good fucking gravy. Because, uh… you know what I mean? Uhhhh, I… I was… (silence) where was I at? Where was I at? What was I saying? Hello?”

It only gets better from here. And no, we are not making this up. He actually said this stuff. More after the jump…

“Dude, I’m fuckin’ gonna do whatever I gotta do to get by… buddy. Alright? I’m gonna I’m gonna I’m just gonna rock it, and I’m gonna roll it. And I don’t really give a fuck right now, you know what I mean? Like, I don’t give a shit dude. I’ll fight anybody, why do you think I’ll fight anybody? Cuz I don’t give a fuck.

I don’t. I really don’t. I don’t give a SHIT. I live at home with my parents. There are no women around here at all. There are no girls. I fuckin, I see girls once on the weekends if I don’t have a fight, you know what I mean? Like, it’s fucking ridiculous. I’m over here in this fight, you know trying to make some money. Uhhh, you know… fuckin… pfffft… I don’t know. I’m just rollin’ here, so whatever, you know. We can do whatever, so whatever’s more important, I don’t know…

But, uhh… what’s important to me, is that at least people just don’t think I’m a joke. Cuz I’m not a joke, I’ll fucking whoop your ass. You know? So… so what, you know? And that got me as far as, uhh.. as far as it got me now, so… if it’s not now because we smoke pot, I’m like “wow, that’s like, it’s what got us here.” You know what I mean? Smoking weed might have got us here. I mean, if you’re not hanging out with your friends, doing martial arts in the back yard and smoking weed and other shit like that, you might not be a uhhh a mixed martial artist in your…and you know if you are you might be a big fucking pussy! You hung out with the wrong, with the wrong homie’s that fucking… are… are…

you know I think makin’ weed illegal is a little paranoid, don’t you think? It’s like saying God made a mistake, you know what I mean? It’s like, you have the whole earl, world and earth, and all it’s holy creations, right? And God’s like “Hmmm, look at my whole world, and all it’s holy ways… ” and he’s like “OH MY ME OH SHIT… I left weed in here!” Yeah right! You know, he’s like “I left weed in here! Uhhh, I should’t have smoked that joint on the 3rd day.” You know what I mean?

Like, what the fuck.. you think he forgot? Or something, you know? I mean, just looking at it from a religious-esque point of view. Or, anything- uhhh, something like that, you know? And then it’s like oh…FUCK, now he’s gotta create Republicans or something, right? Or, or what not. I don’t know anything about it dude.

I’m just sayin’, you know… I don’t, I don’t know. I’m just fuckin’ irritated that I get {smitted?} and put a dent in my career, cuz…. I wanna smoke some fuckin weed.”

Big thanks to MMA.tv member Sandy Panties for taking the time to transcribe this.

Part three of our ‘Fightlinker is a stalker’ series features the Flikr account of Fighters Only magazine’s Hywel Teague. There’s over 125 simply amazing pictures of MMA fighters and about a dozen pics of naughty ladies. Hywel was already on my cool list before, but now I wanna be his best friend.

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