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Pretty much every second question Joachim Hansen has to answer is “Why didn’t you agree to fight in the UFC?”. And every time Hansen answers like this:

“I just hope people understand that the problems [with Zuffa] weren’t about the money,” Hansen said. “It was about them treating me with honor and keeping their word. I would rather fight for free, then to bend down to them. My soul is not for sale. Anyways, now I’m a free man, and everything will be as it was,” explained the former Pride fighter.

Of course, if there’s anything Randy Couture has taught us is that when they say it’s not about the money, it’s really about the money:

They offered me a fight some months ago – I wasn’t sure if they had bought Pride for what the hell was going on. They offered me a fight against Marcus Aurelio, they offered me half the salary of what I got in Pride. Obviously at the time they had already bought Pride, in my opinion they also bought my contract, so how can they offer me half the salary?

Hey, I’m not about to argue with Hansen’s logic. If I got a new boss who tried to cut my salary in half, I’d have told them where to stick it and how deep too.

I really have to wonder what the fuck is going on with the UFC’s heads that they even try this shifty shit. We’re probably talking a 15-20k difference in pay, chump change for the UFC. Just fucking pay it, and if Hansen underperforms, you drop the guy’s contract. How the UFC can keep saying they’ve got the best fighters in the world and then drive away talent like Hellboy without even giving him one match just boggles my mind.

The UFC has just announced that Matt Serra will be hosting a ‘VIP Viewing Party’ for UFC 79 at Madison Square Garden. Basically that means you’re paying 30 bucks to cramp your neck looking up at the shitty jumbotron all night. This is a pretty old tradition during the hockey playoffs when your team is playing out of town, but a first for the UFC.

Everyone is asking “Is this a smart idea? Will this be popular?” I think most people are missing the point. While I’m sure the UFC would love it if this is successful, the real reason behind this has more to do with press in New York and is part of the UFC’s continued efforts to have MMA legalized.

All things said and done, if I wanted to go to an arena and watch the UFC on screens, I’d just go to a real event. If they set up an octagon on the floor at Madison Square Garden and then had 500 retards stand up in front of it to block everyone’s view, it would be just like the real thing!

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After long hours and tense negotiations between parties, I am happy to announce that the bet between Ryan from Fightlinker and Kid Nate from Bloody Elbow is on! On December 8th, Roger Huerta and Clay Guida will headline the Ultimate Fighter 6 finale on Spike TV. Hanging in the balance: one man’s eyebrows and another man’s dignity.

Kid Nate has chosen Roger Huerta as the winner of this fight. On the line: his finely coiffured eyebrows, which he will remove if his fighter loses. Ryan is cheering for Clay Guida, but should Clay be defeated, Ryan will have to recreate, star in, and release “The Grape Photo” to the internet, which originally surfaced featuring the UFC’s new ring girl Edith Larente.

Clay Guida is the favorite going into this match despite a mediocre 2-2 record in the UFC. Huerta sports a 5-0 record in the UFC, albeit against less dangerous opponents. It will be interesting to see if Huerta can neutralize Guida’s wrestling skills and ride his striking skills to a win. Guida has a lot of reasons to try and keep this fight out of the judge’s hands … both his UFC losses came as a result of what some would consider questionable judging.

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Yesterday during our monthly mailbag radio show, someone asked us “What lame excuse will Dana White use to convince us that MMA is safer than boxing now that a MMA fighter has died?”. Well, I figure the excuse that it’s so rare that someone dies, compared to boxing where boxers literally fall into your lap and die. From Kevin Iole:

I’ve covered several deaths in boxing and had one fighter, Martin Sanchez, literally fall into my lap at ringside after he was knocked out. He died a few hours later.

That’s some creepy fucking shit. Honestly, there’s a certain amount of threshold most fans will take before turning away from a sport. I think *watching* a fighter die would sour me of this sport, but I really don’t know. I guess we’ll have to wait till it happens and I’ll see how I feel. Maybe after witnessing it on TV i’ll say “Maybe if I was there I’d feel worse about it” and then “Maybe if he’d fallen into my lap” and then “Maybe if I had known him”. And in the end I’ll be like “Okay, so what if he was my best friend? The next Ultimate Fight Night is stacked!”

All in all, it’s a pretty weird train of thought, and that train track leads to creepyville. So I think I’m just gonna stop thinking about it and look at those Randy Couture puppy pictures some more.

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