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Tonight’s the night! TUF6 Finale featuring Guida vs Huerta. The conclusion of our bet with Kid Nate! The liveblogging of the whole event! The radio show right afterwards! What more could you ask for on a Saturday night??? See you all at 9pm sharp for all the action!
If you haven’t seen the K1 WGP and don’t want it spoiled, stop reading now. Still reading? Good. Let’s talk about this shit. All of the fighters coming into this tournament looked pretty damned good in the K1 semi-finals, and although the Finals were pretty entertaining, they lacked the same amount of knockouts and action of the last round. I blame it on the tournament style … you’ve got guys fighting three fights in one night who are trying to pace themselves. Here’s random thoughts from the show.
Techno Giant looked Techno Crappy: Hong Man Choi lost by decision in the first round of the tournament, and looked absolutely terrible. Tentative in the first, sloppy in the second, and gassed in the third. This guy didn’t have the standup to put away Jerome LeBanner … I have no idea how he’s supposed to challenge Fedor on his feet, let alone on the ground.
Badr Hari was robbed: The Badr Hari / Remy Bojansky fight was everything a kickboxing match should be, minus a spectacular headkick knockout. I had to put ice packs on my shins just from watching the shit they were unleashing on eachother. In the end I think Hari got robbed with the decision … he was clearly the aggressor and was putting the hurt on Bojansky throughout the fight.
Peter Aerts got a sweet first fight: I have no idea where the fuck Junichi Sawayashiki came from, but I know where he’s going: the hospital. Aerts practically got a by in the first round fighting this dude. That fight was so one sided it reminded me of Ben Rothwell beating on that fatty. Even Aerts looked embarrassed that he had to knock the kid out twice.
Jerome LeBanner is a tough SOB: After getting KO’d on his feet by Semmy Shilt at the end of round 1 in the semi-finals, Jerome LeBanner was obviously out of it, yet when the bell sounded for round 2 he sucked it up and went back in there. It took his corner throwing in the towel to get him to stop fighting – which was smart by them because everyone was holding their breath waiting for Semmy to kick his head off.
Bojansky was robbed too: Karma strikes again. In the semi-final matchup between Aerts and Bojansky, Aerts was winded and sloppy throughout the fight while Bojansky was comparatively quick and composed. While I gave Aerts points for bulling through the match, I don’t think he won it. It’s funny though … everyone’s so used to fishy Japanese judging that no one seems to give a shit.
Semmy Schilt wins again: Sammy Shilt took the WGP title for a third year running when Aerts’ knee apparently gave out or something. A little bit of a letdown, but considering Aerts’ age I’m just glad he got out of the finals without a scrambled brain.
The UFC’s trend of giving fighters gas guzzling vehicles continues. The UFC just gave Matt Hughes the only thing with worse gas consumption than a Hummer: a crazy massive John Deer tractor. The thing certainly fits Hughes better than a stupid bling-mobile, and there’s something to say about the practicality of the present. Of course Hughes does go overboard a little bit with the “hehehehehhee this is my wife now” comment in the video. The man just loves his guns and his farm shit a tad too much.
**CORRECTION AND EXTRA SHIT** Nate corrected me: Hughes actually says “Where’s my wife at?”, not “This is my wife now” which comforts me … now we know his wife is as hot for heavy machinery as her husband. This is preferable to the vision of Matt Hughes masturbating in his new tractor (although dollars to donuts I still bet he does that too).
Also, from the forum discussion on Matt Hughes’ page, there’s a whole ton of tractor talk. Turns out Matt wanted a JD8430, but was given a JD6430. The difference? The 8430 has a 9.0 engine as opposed to the 6430’s 4.5 engine. Oh, and the 8430 is also 140k more expensive!
Word is that the UFC has offered Rich Franklin a nice chewy rebound fight in the form of fuckup Travis Lutter. The catch: they want the fight to happen in March when the UFC returns to Ohio. Lutter’s a pretty sweet opponent for Franklin, not because he’ll be a pushover but because there’s about a zero percent chance that Lutter will smash Franklin’s nose up again (although word is Rich has a buy 2 noses get 1 free coupon at his plastic surgeon’s).
The big question mark hovering over this match is because Rich has been busy Hollywooding it up filming a new movie called “Weapon” and apparently hasn’t been training for shit. I think everyone assumed Franklin was gonna take some time off to relax and refocus and pray that God strikes Anderson Silva with a lightning bolt, because there’s about an equal chance of that as there is for Silva to lose the belt in a UFC match.