Rani Yahya butt-scooted his way into my heart a few months ago with his unconventional win over Mark Hominick. He cemented his place there by causing a riot at a recent grappling tournament. Basically he’s always entertaining, which is all it takes for me to be a fan. And now it looks like the MMA Gods have smiled down upon his deviant behavior and awarded him a title shot at the next WEC:
Rani Yayha (11-2 MMA, 1-0 WEC) will be making his 2nd WEC appearance at WEC 30. Rani is replacing Manny Tapia who was forced to withdraw from the card due to a knee injury.
The funny thing about this switch is that the WEC didn’t even bother to make an announcement regarding the switch. They just changed the promotional material and acted like this was how things always were. This isn’t the first time the WEC has quietly changed things … lamb-to-the-slaughter Chance Farrar’s record magically grew 2 wins better on the WEC website prior to his bout with Urijah Faber. And while that probably has more to do with an initial clerical mistake than padding a fighter’s record, I have no idea why the WEC didn’t bother to make an official announcement regarding the bantamweight switch.
Injuries happen, who cares?. Switching a title fight might seem a bit sketchy to some, but trying to make it slip under the radar is more sketchy in my book. They could have just released another press release on the subject to hype up the new fight and prep Manny Tapia’s eventual title challenge.
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(special thanks to Mike O for tipping us off about this dire news)
If you thought you’d heard the last from Ken Shamrock, you’re wrong! The latest news from Kenny boy is that his son Ryan has taken up the five ounce gloves and will be fighting on one of his dad’s cards August 25th:
Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock has carved out a substantial legacy in the sport of mixed martial arts, with his Lion’s Den team recognized as the blueprint of countless training squads to come. Now, Shamrock’s “other” legacy, his 18-year-old son Ryan, will follow his father’s lead, stepping into the cage on Aug. 25 at the Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, Calif. to make his MMA debut. Ryan will appear in an event promoted by his famous pop alongside the debut of Lion’s Den first female cat Kristen Niedzielski. Ryan’s weight division has not been announced.
I tried to dig up more information on Ryan but all internet searches pointed towards some dumb pro-wresting angle where Ken ‘had a sister named Ryan Shamrock‘. It’s pretty weird that Ken’s fictional sister had the same name as his son. What’s weirder is that Ken also dated the chick. So basically he was sleeping with a girl who was named after his son and who was pretending to be his sister. Fuck, wrestling is messed up.
Anyways, here’s to hoping Ryan Shamrock rises through the rankings over the next few years and smashes an aging Tito Ortiz in the Octagon sometime in the future. Then we could go to Webster’s and have them add that in the dictionary as the new definition of irony.
A few days ago, a book popped up on Amazon.com called ‘Octagon’ by David Lynch. No real description, no details. Just that it ships in December and it costs roundabout 1200 bucks. Wait, what? The 1200$ thing might be a mistake … the book has actually been removed off of the North American Amazon sites, probably pending clarification. Although I really wouldn’t be surprised if this book still runs in the hundreds of dollars: it’s going to be a gorgeous coffee table book full of the best MMA photography ever done.
You may or may not remember the name David Lynch … that shitty show hosted by Joe Rogan did a bit on him and his work. Above you can see some of it … before and after pictures of UFC fighters. You can go to his page to check out more of his stuff, including the images that make up the cover of the book: real photos of the bloodstained mat post-event.
I’ll definitely be buying one of these … provided of course it costs less than 500 bucks. Otherwise I plan on stealing a copy from the local Indigo. Those fat fucks can’t run as fast as me.
Ken Shamrock has been thrown under the bus by Zuffa management so much over the past few years that many people have forgotten how damned entertaining he is. There’s a reason he’s still famous, and it isn’t because he’s “The World’s Most Dangerous Man”. While on a binge drinking relapse I browsed onto the Sherdog forums and found these two oldies but goodies.