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Shit, it’s HDNet day here at Fightlinker. All stories relating to HDNet, all day! I should make Mark Cuban cut me a check or something. For this bit of HDNet news, we have our favorite whipping boy Sam Caplan from Five Ounces of Pain on this week’s Inside MMA show. Overall it was relatively entertaining, but I think they really need to tighten the show’s format. Do a news desk, then do a roundtable. Don’t try to mix all that shit together, it just felt like a bad MMA version of Entertainment Tonight.

One quote of interest from Sam during the show was his opinion on Rio Heroes:

I have a major problem with it, it takes MMA back to the dark ages, you know. MMA for so long was socially unacceptable and now you’re going back to that ruleset … it’s not good for the sport.

While I’m glad to hear that Sam shares my feeling on this subject, I’m a bit surprised. As we mentioned on Friday, Five Ounces of pain is a Rio Heroes affiliate … while they didn’t run banners for Rio Heroes, they did link back to the show with an affiliate URL in order to make money.

I’m interested to know if this is just the result of Sam not knowing what his writers are up to or if this is another case where he’s trying to ‘keep it real’ while selling out via the backdoor.

For an event with very little sizzle on the card, HDNet Fights sure is making up for it by whipping up some decent news. Tucked into one of the dozens of articles on Randy Couture’s interview comes this:

Another embattled UFC heavyweight was a guest at the HDNet Fights show, as former champion Andrei Arlovski was present at the show and post fight press conference.

“I will fight very soon,” Arlovski stated about his fight career.

Sources close to the fighter confirmed to that Arlovski is also waiting out his UFC contract which according to them expires in April and at that time the Belarus native will look to move on to another organization.

Well shit. When the UFC bought Pride, everyone thought it was heralding the dawn of a new era for their heavyweight division. Instead we’ve got Nog and Crocop floundering, no Barnett, no Hunt, and we’ve lost Randy. And now possibly Andrei too? Fucknuggets.

It is I, Captain Obvious! I saw the Obvious symbol in the sky and rushed here to tell you that RANDY COUTURE PLANS TO FIGHT FEDOR WHEN HIS CONTRACT WITH THE UFC EXPIRES! I know … what would you have done without me? How would you have known this otherwise? I mean, sure … Randy’s been saying since he quit that his plan was to fight Fedor. But still, considering his ambiguous statements last week, I can see how an affirmation at this time would be reassuring to us fans.

The big question here is if the UFC is going to let Randy’s contract expire? And yeah … that’s the same question we were faced with two months ago when this whole shit salad got tossed. Randy’s contract says he has to fight X number of times by Y date. Perhaps if the UFC wasn’t booking him, he’d have an out at the end of his term. But since the UFC made a big deal of offering Big Nog to him so he could turn it down, I think that’s proof that Randy’s breaching the contract by refusing to honor his side of the deal.

Overall, this proclamation by Randy gets us no closer to a fight with Fedor than we were before he made it. If you think the UFC’s going to quietly back down and let Randy fight Fedor for another company then you is insane, mate! Oh and just to clarify, if you think that makes me happy or I’m taking sides, you’re wrong. I’d love to live in a world of magic and rainbows where the UFC and other promotions got along but alas this isn’t the case.

Everyone has been so excited about Randy Couture reminding us that he’ll be able to fight Fedor in the fall of 2008 that no one seemed to care that Ken Shamrock was also interviewed at HDNet’s Reckless Abandon show and he basically said that he and his brother would definately absolutely 100% fight soon.

Hey, I’m all about Randy vs Fedor too, but I’m kinda amazed that barely anyone has mentioned this. Do people not recognize the massive mainstream appeal that will be channeled by a Shamrock vs Shamrock event? While Randy vs Fedor is a match that fans want to see, Shamrock vs Shamrock is the kind of fight everyone and their dumb little brothers want to see. If I had to bet on which one would sell more PPVs, I’d have to chose the Shamrock brothers.

Anyways, this is just a public service announcement since no one else seems to care enough to mention it. And don’t worry, I already know I’m all about gobbling Shamrock nutz so you don’t have to say it 1000 times in the comment section. Or do you? Can you resist???



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