I know I’m being a big softy when it comes to my fellow blogging brothers … it’s been a big bukkake extravaganza over here lately, with everyone but Kevin Iole invited. Well, Kevin and Jake Rossen anyways. But I just can’t help it … we are simply so fucking awesome. If there was a Pulitzer given out for Human Cockfighting journalists, I simply don’t know who would win!
Here’s a perfect example of a fellow blogger dude who connected the dots better than I’ve ever done. Shawn Ennis from MMATorch lays out the logic behind Hermes Franca’s decision to juice and how the UFC really is forcing it’s athletes to do whatever they have to do to stay in the big leagues:
Back in late 2005, Karo Parisyan was on a bit of a roll. He’d won four straight fights over some stiff competition in the form of Shonie Carter, Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, and current champ Matt Serra. His last loss had come at the hands of Georges St. Pierre, who had lost his own bid at the title shortly thereafter. Matt Hughes had just vanquished Frank Trigg for the second time, and it seemed that he and Parisyan were on a collision course.
Fate would intervene, however, when Parisyan was injured shortly before his scheduled bout with then-champion Hughes at UFC 56. Parisyan had to pull out of the fight, and Joe Riggs would go on to lose to Hughes in what turned out to be a non-title fight, due to Riggs’ inability to make weight (which is another story in itself).
Just a bump in the road for Parisyan, right? Well, not really. Parisyan came back and fought in an untelevised bout against UFC rookie Nick Thompson in April of 2006 for his return. He would then go on to lose to Diego Sanchez in what many considered to be the best fight of 2006, before beating Drew Fickett and Josh Burkman by decision. And now? Now there’s at least the winner of Koscheck/St. Pierre in front of the Armenian. Almost two years have passed, and Parisyan is no closer to his lost title shot than he was when he fought Nick Thompson.
So the lesson learned for any UFC title contender is that you don’t pull out of a title fight unless you really can’t go. Do whatever you have to in order to fight, but you’ve got to fight.
This is definitely a good read, and I encourage you to check out the rest of the article. It’s one thing to report news and another to connect the dots and bring some perspective to what’s going on with the fight scene.
A new episode of the Low Blow was served up this morning. Go check it out! And don’t forget to tell us what you think!
NSAC: We hereby suspend you for 3 months and fine you $2000 for choking David Heath out after your bout was over.
Babalu: Can I get a receipt for the fine? I want to frame it and put it on my wall.
Babalu isn’t rich enough to not care at all, but I have no doubt he’s going to consider it money well spent. Past getting to choke out a guy he doesn’t like, he’s also no longer known as “That guy who got tooled by Chuck Liddell”. Just like Tim Sylvia upgraded from “That guy who shit his pants” to “That boring guy no one likes”, I think “That guy who practically murdered David Heath” is a step up for Babalu, even if this whole fiasco is just a lot of hot air.
For all it’s intensity and attitude, originality in MMA is scarce. You got all these fighters coming in with the same kind of tattoos and the same stupid dye jobs and the same stupid pre-fight diatribes. And then the MMA ‘media’ all takes the same news and rewrites it 50 times on 50 different sites. Trust me on this … I suffer through that many MMA websites a day digging for nuggets of humor, so I see first hand how regurgitated the scene is.
So when I see something new and interesting, I like to give it some props. Even when that something is really weird and bizarre. Today’s example is ‘MMA Stick Figures’. Here’s the description:
Stick Figure MMA: A Tribute to MMA through what I do best… Stick Figure and MSPaint Art. I have the talent of a 7 year old but I do my best, and my mother told that’s all that matters. I don’t really report breaking news, I just write reviews and draw pictures.
I don’t really know what to make of the site … it seems pretty straight forward and earnest but I don’t really understand the point. Perhaps drawing these pictures is therapeutic for the guy … it may drive away the desire to kill or tide him over between masturbation sessions. From his writing he seems to be a pretty smart individual … past the weird Microsoft Paint obsession you’d never know he probably lives in a trailer and eats squirrels for dinner.
Anyways, here’s his myspace page to boot. As I said before, I don’t really ‘get’ his shtick, but then again no one seemed to ‘get’ my Homo’s Guide to UFC74 either. So congrats to this guy for at least doing something that isn’t being done 500 times already.
Luke Thomas is reporting another scoop: Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler may be leaving Miletich Fighting Systems and opening their own gym in St Louis. Of course, the last time Luke donned his investigative reporter’s fedora, he ended up with some egg on his face. But considering Pat is apparently an evil man and his mats are infected with something out of a bad Robin Cook novel, this could definately be true. Plus, don’t forget Matt and Robbie have been super buddy buddy lately, with Matt letting Robbie touch his pistol.
Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: If Luke is wrong I will never ever believe anything else that fat stinky fibber ever says again. Forever. The End.