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The WEC ‘Outside the Cage’ special did an okay job of hyping things up for this Wednesday’s event, giving us a slice of how Paulo Filho lives and trains. I have to say, it’s kinda weird. The above video starts out with Filho getting a visit from the most roid’ed individual I’ve ever seen. The guy looks straight out of Fist of the North Star, and he’s got these nasty gaping wounds on his arm that look infected.

But never mind gangrene, it’s time to train! Paulo’s training is pretty low-tech and involved giving quadruple stack piggy back rides (clearly not a recipe for severe back injuries at all!). The show then cuts to Paulo tossing rusty barbells around his backyard (again … I’m not exactly a safety nut, but…). In fact, I counted over a dozen potential ways to die just from that 3 minute clip. South America ain’t for the soft, that’s for sure.

Unsatisfied with the crop of heavyweight contenders in the present day, M1 president Monty Cox has announced that M1 Global has traveled through time to secure an adequate opponent for their key star Fedor Emelianenko’s US debut in April.

“After months of searching for someone suitable for Fedor’s first match with M1 on US soil, we realized it wasn’t a question of who, but of when!” explains Cox, fresh from a trip through the space time continuum. “After much consultation with senior executives and users on the forums, we came to a decision: Fedor would fight Pedro Rizzo from early 2001.”

A student of early MMA legend Marcos Ruas, Pedro ‘the Rock’ Rizzo sported a 11-1 record in 2001, and was coming off dominant victories over Dan Severn and Josh Barnett. “People keep asking us ‘What about Barnett?’ Well, we’ve got the guy who just beat Barnett … in 2001!” says Cox. “That ought to shut the haters up.”

Fedor Emelianenko was respectful as always in his assessment of 2001 Pedro Rizzo’s skills. “Pedro seemed unstoppable in 2001. The Pedro Rizzo of today may be a washed up has-been, but make no mistake about it: Pedro Rizzo was one of the greatest heavyweights around. In 2001.”

Pending final contractual wrangling, this superfight across the boundaries of time will take place in Las Vegas sometime around April of 2008. As of now, there is still no word on who Fedor’s opponent will be for NYE … speculation holds that former PRIDE employees are currently awaiting the winner of this year’s “Freakshow Awards” and plan to offer the bout to the winner of either the Fattest or Tallest man award.

Hey everyone. To try and make up for the ugliness you saw yesterday morning, we decided to get off our butts and make some minor tweaks to the site. Yeah, I know … those massive changes we promised way back when still aren’t done. We’re going to be tackling that over the course of Christmas holidays so hopefully we’ll have a present for you guys come UFC79. As for what’s done now:

The new logo: You saw it in the 2 Boys 1 Cup video and at the bottom of our Grape Photo picture. Our new logo is the Fightlinker Jackal, named after you bastards who come to this site on a regular basis.

The Links menu item: This sends you to a page which displays all the ‘starred’ stories in my Google RSS reader. Every day I go through hundreds of stories, and I ‘star’ interesting or noteworthy stories. There’s so much news going on nowadays that barely 1/10th of the news happening makes it onto the blog. So consider this a way to stay up to date with ALL MMA news. No filler, no bullshit.

The Search box: Yeah, it’s back. Actually, it never went anywhere … it was just invisible. Which is probably why no one was using it … so yeah. We fixed that and now you can see it up in the header image to your right. Search for all sorts of fun stuff … if you’re a famous fighter or popular sports ‘journalist’, type your name in and see what kind of stupid shit we’ve been talkin’ about you. Guaranteed hours of fun.

There’s more to come over the next few days … we’re inches away from having the webcomic interface ready to go, so hopefully you should see that up by the end of the week.

The UFC has tucked away news of Sherk’s belt strip in an article titled ‘Penn, Stevenson to Battle for UFC Lightweight Title on January 19th‘. They also pussyfoot around the word ‘stripped’ in favor of ‘withdrawing recognition':

After the California State Athletic Commission decision on Dec. 4 to reduce, but uphold, Sean Sherk’s suspension for a positive banned substance test, the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization withdrew recognition from Sherk as UFC Lightweight Champion.

BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will now compete for the 155-pound championship in the main event of January 19th’s UFC 80: RAPID FIRE card in Newcastle, England.

“I have nothing but respect for Sean Sherk and I believe he’s been honest throughout this whole process,” said UFC President Dana White. “But BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will be fighting for the lightweight title at UFC 80 on January 19th and Sean Sherk will fight the winner for the title.”

Now that this is all settled, we can all move on with our goddamn lives and never speak of this whole incident ever again. Except when Sherk comes out and acts like a big baby over being stripped. And when BJ Penn makes fun of Sherk. And pretty much any time we talk about anyone else getting nailed for steroids. Okay, we aren’t letting this die any time soon, I suppose. So uh … never mind!

This is just a reminder that we already did this week’s show on Saturday night, right after the TUF6 Finale was over. You can go here to check out the show … it’s 60 minutes of good times. And for those of you subscribed to iTunes or who usually stream the show using our Talkshoe app, Saturday’s episode should appear sometime tomorrow in the morning.

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