Some random thoughts on UFC74 pay:
Marcus Aurelio’s base pay was over 4 times higher than Clay Guida’s. Even with the win, Clay still made less than half of what Aurelio made to lose.
Another lopsided discrepancy was Roger Huerta … his base pay was 4.25 times what Alberto Crane made. Hey, we’re not against paying shit for starting fighters, but when you’re matching dudes up, have some consideration for the stupidity of the pay scale. I bet if we added up all the salaries for the guys Roger Huerta has ever fought in the UFC, it wouldn’t equal his base pay for this single fight.
Even Josh Koscheck got the bone … me so horny GSP made 70k base pay while the KOS’s base was 10k. Simple mathematics show GSP making seven times what Koscheck makes. Of course, simple mathematics also shows GSP being worth about 50 times what Koscheck is. But still … that poor bastard KOS is still on the TUF salary. Makes you wonder why anyone is crazy enough to go on that show. Sure, it’s a ton of exposure … but then you’re stuck in a three year contract making as little as 30 to 40k a year. I suppose sponsorship shores up the discrepancy. But still, three years is a lifetime in the UFC … stars rise and fall in that time.
I’m glad to see Gonzaga making some decent coin. With the depth of the UFC heavyweight division, I hope they don’t just toss him out on his ass like they did after Jeff Monson lost to Tim Sylvia.
Man, I go away for a few days and half the internet grows a big hairy vagina. The latest big hairy vaginal secretion from this big hairy vagina is all about how Renato Sobral is on par with Hitler and John Tesh as one of the most evil men in the world. While I’m not going to outright defend Babalu, I am going to say one thing: The majority of the retards out there dishing out on this subject were dishing BEFORE THEY EVEN SAW WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT.
Yes, Sobral held the choke for a whole three missisippis after the tap. But so did BJ Penn back in June against Jens Pulver. Where was the outrage then? Instead, everyone just said “Wow, I’m going to BJPENN.COM!”
There’s no doubt that what Babalu did was wrong, and it’s definitely a good idea for the NSAC to suspend and fine him to set precident. But where was the screaming lynch mob when BJ Penn did the exact same thing? Or does this only apply because Babalu was also squeezing blood out of David Heath’s head like a backyard sprinkler toy?
In the end I think the majority of this hullabaloo is unnecessary. The story of Babalu strangling Heath ‘half to death’ made it’s rounds through the internet before anyone even saw the damned fight. And once that became the primary focus for the entire internet, it has been blown way out of proportion. Well, you all can enjoy your ‘Two Minutes Hate’ on your own. Yeah, Babalu did something dumb and dangerous, and yeah it looks like he’s definitely going to pay for it. But I’ve already got someone hanging on the cross, and his name is Jesus. He died for our sins, and that’s all right. So let’s just remember that and the teachings of Christ our Lord and Savior.
As you may or may not know, I’ve been down south the past week and a half visiting family and eating Krystal ‘hamburgers’. The posting has been a bit erratic and I’m sure some of you have wondered “Oh why has Fightlinker forsaken us???’
Well, travelling and shitty internet connections aside, we’ve also been working hard on the site overhaul that was mentioned a few weeks back. Since everyone has been so patient and supportive with the recent bullshit, I’ve decided to give you guys the above screenshot of the new work-in-progress front page. You can ignore the logo since it’s not really ours and a lot of other stuff is liable to change. But at least you can see what’s been cutting down on your homosexual UFC previews and rants about bees.
So yeah, good news is I’m back in Montreal tomorrow and there should be no more gaps in blogging. The bad news is the new web design probably won’t go live till the end of September.
Here’s a more traditional list of predictions for you. I’m not really going to break down each fight and who will win … I’m more into condemning than predicting. So here’s all you’re gonna get outta me regarding tonight!
Premature Stoppage of the Night:
Gonzaga/Couture – I’ve already mentioned Herb Dean’s luck in getting stuck with the hard calls. In this case an early stoppage is definately going to be beneficial to Gonzaga … is Herb going to give Couture the same time he would give a younger fighter to get out of some tricky positions? If Gonzaga manages to line up more than three strikes that look effective, my bet is on Herb stopping things.
Best Fight of the Night?
Do you even have to ask me? Clay Guida vs Marcus Aurelio is pretty much guaranteed to be fight of the night. Not like we’re gonna get to see it. Boo-Urns
Worst Fight of the Night?
Frank Mir vs Antoni Hardonk. In Hardonk’s last match against Justin McCully, he showed that he doesn’t have the skills on the ground to do anything. Well, that’s where Mir is gonna keep this. Add in the fact that both guys aren’t exactly cardio machines and we have another boring heavyweight matchup on our hands.
Upset of the Night
Alberto Crane will take out Roger Huerta. His lucky knockout of John Halverson aside, Huerta has proven himself to be a slow starter. He’s put himself into dumb positions he’s managed to escape from in the past, but Alberto Crane has serious BJJ cred and I think this one will end quick.
Randy Couture vs Gabriel Gonzaga
Randy: The grizzled bear, king of the woods. Pretty much the only fag in the village who’s still universally respected by all the queens. He doesn’t do the dirty work for show or to stay on top of the fag pyramid. He does it because he likes it.
Gabriel: The young stud, the big boy from Brazil who came to town hot for cock but not knowing the ropes. As time has gone on he thinks he’s learned a few things, but the truth is he’s just been used. His bulging bags up top and down below call to the boys who like to be dominated, but he’s a fool to think he can play Randy at his own game.
Who’s the top: Gabriel, but only because Randy likes it like that
The One Eyed Essential: One would think Gabriel has the larger package, but Randy has gone through everything including a stint with suspension. While Gonzaga’s got some serious South American Pine in his shorts, Randy’s got a dropper with multiple studs and rings.
Georges St Pierre vs Josh Koscheck
Georges: The nice boy who speaks french. He’s been around the block, taken in by every queer with a taste for innocence. But don’t let that smile and those eyes fool you. He’s left every one of the men he’s been with, and always going a step up in his secret quest for village dominance. While men watch his muscles ripple, they don’t notice the wheels turning. While Georges has his girl moments and needs a shoulder to cry on, he’ll flip the switch and scratch you up an hour later.
Josh: The bad boy. Everyone wants to hate him, but those pearly curls and the mulatto complexion is just too 2007 to resist. No one ever expects to end up in bed with that asshole Josh, but of course when 9am rolls around at the afterhours and he turns on the charm by sharing the ketamine, you know where things are going.
Who’s the top: Josh loves the top. The only thing he loves more than top is doing blow off a hard cock.
The One Eyed Essential: Georges wins here. Boys from la Belle Province aren’t known for their long snakes, but he must have a touch of Indian in him because Georges has the largest totem pole in the tribe.