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(above: Bobby Ologun. I don’t get it either, but monkeys are cute!)

Well holy shit, what a day it’s been for news! Hot on the heels of Fedor vs Hong Man Choi, it’s now been announced that K1 Dynamite will feature Bob Sapp vs Bobby Ologun (who’s a comedian in Japan who’s whole shtick is to make fun of Japanese people with a really deep ‘black’ voice).

Bobby Ologun last stepped into the ring against Hong Man Choi for NYE2006 and got destroyed. We’ll see if he fares any better against Bob Sapp, who may or may not show up and may or may not train and may or may not care if he wins or loses. Long story short, there’s a 50/50 chance Sapp’s just fighting again because his bank account is tapped.

Adding Sapp/Ologun to a card that already features Minowaman vs Zulu and Melvin Manhoef vs a boxer makes K1 Dynamite the undisputed king of freakshows for this New Years Eve. Here’s the rest of the card:

Hero’s Rules ( 10 – 5 – Ex5 ):
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Masakatsu Funaki
Melvin Manhoef vs. Yousuke Nishijima

Hero’s Rules ( 5 – 5 – 5 ):
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Rani Yahya
Bob Sapp vs. Bobby Ologun
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Joachim Hansen
Minowaman vs. Zulu

K-1 Rules ( 3 – 3 – 3 – Ex3 – Ex3 ):
Masato vs. Yong Soo Choi

K-1 Rules U-18 60 KG Tournament:
HIROYA (15) vs. Tsukasa Fuji (15)
Kenji Kubo (18) vs. Yudai (16)
HIROYA/Fuji vs. Kubo/Yudai

Rumored Fights:
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mighty Mo

And I just want to say that Nightmare of Battle has to be the best source for reliable information on the Japanese scene. Japan is the land of ghosts and bullshit, and these guys do a great job of getting the facts straight and ignoring all the posturing and retardation that goes on over there.

I was gonna name the title of this post “Yarennoka is looking good” but I didn’t know how the hell I’d be able to prove that considering this post contains official confirmation that Fedor will be fighting yet another worthless freakshow match.

On a positive note, Akiyama the Greasy Korean vs Misaki the Loser Bushido Champion will also face off in what should be a pretty sweet match. I’m not all that huge on events heavy with Japanese talent (more because I don’t know anything about most of them, not out of any latent racist undertones), but I am looking forward to this event!

Here’s the lineup thus far (note that Ricardo Arona is still being touted on the official lineup dispite the fact that he says he’s not fighting)

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Choi Hong Man
Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shinya Aoki vs. J.Z. Calvan
Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo

Rumored Fights:
Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

Ricardo Arona

Rumored Participants:
Aleksander Emelianenko
Roman Zentsov
Mark Hunt

5ounces has a pretty good interview with Jason Mayhem Miller full of soft testicle massage by Adam Morgan, with a few interesting factoids to boot. My favorite part was when Jason Miller talked shit about Throwdown for fucking him over on sponsorship.

This is sad news for me because I really like Throwdowntheir clothes are about the least gay in the MMA industry and they have a fun little news page that kinda reminds me of something … wait a second. That’s not Throwdown, that’s Triumph United. Never mind!

Adam Morgan: I was watching your video from the North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo and you said something about one of your sponsors, Throwdown, owing you money. What’s up with that situation?

“Mayhem” Miller: Yeah man, Throwdown, these guys are assholes, man. Don’t even get me started, I can’t believe these guys. I asked these guys to either stop using my image or pay me and then on top of that, to rub it in, they said “Oh, you know what? We’re going to give you a bunch of shirts to sell out of the trunk of your car and that’ll be your payment for the past 8 months of using your face without paying you.”

It’s ridiculous, man. Shit is ridiculous. I don’t know, do they want me to sue them or something? And it’s not just me, it’s an industry wide spectacle, like they’re not paying anybody. I think they pay Rampage but that’s it. As far as I know they owe a lot of people money and they’re just running out on their debts. I don’t even want to give these guys any exposure by mentioning their name in this interview.

Anyways you should check out the rest of the interview because Mayhem is always entertaining, even when the interviewer is basically offering him an ego blowjob with questions like this:

Adam Morgan: Do you think Zuffa was at all scared of your personality? I mean, you’re a pretty likable guy and people think you’re pretty funny, but do you think they were scared that your popularity might reach a point to where they couldn’t even control it?

Mr Sunshine Steve Cofield gets the goods again with an interview with WEC vice prez Brian Dropick (who’s name is one ‘k’ away from being the most awesome name in the universe). I know I just wrote yesterday that I don’t see how the WEC is going to make it if they’re stuck in the role of retarded cousin to the UFC, but maybe I spoke too soon: Dropick revealed some solid news.

First off, they’re looking to take the WEC out of Vegas, which is an excellent idea. The Hard Rock might be less expensive than other venues, but Jason Miller had a point when he said it makes the event feel like a college wrestling meet. Basically the place sucks balls for MMA. You get one drunk bitch at the bar screaming and she drowns out all other noise in the venue.

Vegas already has enough MMA. The WEC needs to go East where there’s a massive untapped market. In fact, if I was them I’d set up shop in New England and make that my stomping ground. Touring across the US is expensive and takes a bunch of effort. Running the show from one place was smart of the WEC, they just picked the wrong place to run from.

Lastly, they promised at least 6 live WEC events to be shown on Versus and the possibility of a PPV in the future as well. If they space those out once every two months, we’re pretty much guaranteed two belts per event and the entire roster fighting once every four months. Now that’s something I can get behind!

MMAWeekly has the best picture around to give you a real idea of how ‘controversial’ the Filho-Sonnen stoppage was. I don’t know what’s the most telling: Sonnen’s arm being hyperextended, Sonnen’s facial expression, or Filho’s smile. You don’t need to know Portugeese to understand what that shit is all about.

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