Here’s a Jerome LeBanner movie called Scorpion. The preview is actually put together pretty well, but according to one guy on IMDB, the fighting is “worse than Power Rangers”. Hey, maybe they should get Jerome to actually fight a power ranger then! Special thanks goes to maafaka for doin my job for me!

All day today I’ll be posting clips and previews from MMA-related movies. This first one comes care of UFC Countdown, who found this terrible Gary Busey flick “Beyond the Ring” about a dude fighting in a mixed martial arts tournament to pay his daughter’s medical bills.

Perhaps it’s because I’m Canadian, but I just don’t get that. Wouldn’t it be easier to just smuggle the bitch north of the border for treatment? Anyways, if you wanna know more about why America’s health care system sucks you can go watch Sicko. If you want to see some terrible acting and ham fighting, check this out.

I try to stay off the Bodog sites, since I know they’re just using MMA to try and suck me into gambling with them. And the last time I did that a big guy named Vargos showed up at my house to collect. That’s the last time I bet on Frank Mir! Anyways, they have a pretty decent interview with Matt Lindland, who they’ve swindled into signing some kind of long term deal. Perhaps he bet on Frank Mir too? In the interview they go over all the standard bullshit hype for his upcoming Bodogfight against some guy, but there’s also an interesting bit about getting booted from the UFC:

BN: Matt Lindland vs. Rich Franklin. What do you think?

ML: I would beat Rich Franklin pretty bad. My style matches up very poorly for Rich. He wouldn’t know what to do with the kind of fighter I am.

BN: Do you think that’s why the UFC released you from your contract?

ML: Why do I think they released me? I think they were trying to push Rich Franklin. I think that was pretty apparent. I asked for a Ken Shamrock or a Royce Gracie fight, and he was built up. It’s an old pro-wrestling move. It’s called getting him over. That’s what the UFC did with Rich. They got him over by giving him Ken Shamrock and feeding him some other cans and all of a sudden he’s the champ.

BN: Are you pissed off about that?
ML: Why would you want fight to stay in an organization that wants to release you? What you want to do is go and fight for somebody like Bodog Fight who wants you and appreciates you and gives you great opportunities to fight the best guys in the world, and that’s what I did. I’m making more money now, I’m happier, I have an organization that appreciates me and puts me on main cards and makes me a main event.

I wonder how many times we’re going to hear that last sentiment from other fighters down the road. I love the UFC and all, but they don’t always seem like the most pleasant people to work for.

So I’ve already bitched the UFC out for sugar coating Roger Huerta’s ride to the top while pitting Clay Guida against a who’s who of lightweight powerhouses. For the life of me I didn’t understand why the hell the UFC continued to feed Clay to the wolves bout after bout. Well, it turns out it’s because they … like him? From an article on InsideFighting:

The UFC leadership also gave lots of words of encouragement to him, according to Guida.

“They came up to me personally and said they thought I got hosed. Joe Silva said ‘We don’t care, you can lose ten fights like that and we’ll keep you.’ They said. ‘We had you winning.’” says Guida.

“[UFC co-owner] Lorenzo Fertita invite me to Vegas to workout with him and he said I was the most exciting fighter on the card and possibly in the UFC right now. That’s a pretty bold statement and it was definitely very complimentary.”

Joe Silva is such a snakeoil salesman. I’m sure he’s saying they’ll keep Guida forever, but one lackluster fight and they’ll likely toss him out just like they did with Nick Diaz. The reality of the situation is all these wins give you a reputation as a fighter who just can’t win the big fights. Just ask Joe Riggs how that’s worked out for him so far. Plus, words are nice but a man’s gotta get paid! UFC contracts usually pay double for a win, and Clay’s been robbed twice now. Here’s where you gotta cross your fingers and hope Dana White is really throwing some money around under the table.

Anyways, statements like the one above make me more hopeful that Clay’s fight will be shown at UFC74. That’s right … the fight may be the swing match or might not be shown at all. Boo-urns.

One of the big questions I was asking over the past week was “Where is Sean Sherk?” Within a few hours of the positive results breaking, Hermes Franca had already delivered a tear-jerker novella to MMAWeekly explaining the sad turn of events that led to him having to juice. Sherk on the other hand was harder to get a hold of than a Gracie vacationing in Spain. There were interviews with his coach, his teammates, and others. But no word directly from Sherk. Well, now we’ve finally got a few words from the Muscle Shark through a Myspace bulletin:

I am appealing the doping allegations!!

Sean Sherk the UFC lightweight world champion has filed an appeal against the doping allegations of the California State Athletic Commission, and has retained Howard Jacobs to represent him in connection with those charges.

Mr. Sherk issued this statement:

“At the present time I cannot explain the positive drug test in Sacramento California. I know I have never used any steroids or any other banned substances, I am investigating possible causes of my positive test with my attorney. I have never cheated, all of my success has come from hard work and dedication to my sport!”

Don’t let the two exclamation points at the beginning of his post fool you … Sean Sherk has a pretty fucking slim chance of being cleared of doping. However, he’s taken one step in the right direction by hiring Howard Jacobs to defend him. Despite having the ugliest website on earth, Howard knows what he’s doing.

Howard is the dude who’s managed to keep the Tour de France from stripping Floyd Landis of his yellow vest or whatever the fuck you get for winning that shit. And Floyd is guilty as sin, so that’s pretty damned impressive. Howard Jacobs also represents other less known juicers like Tyler Hamilton and Tim Montgomery.

You know what? I’m pretty bored of all this steroid shit. You would think there’s 1001 funny things to say about a guy called the Muscle Shark getting tagged for doping, but honestly it’s already kinda old. At this point I don’t really care if he’s innocent or not … I just want to know what’s happening with the lightweight belt.

Sherk is already a fucking asshole for winning the belt and then taking 9 months off for a bunch of surgeries he knew he needed before the fight. Now we get one stinker of a match and the belt might be off the shelf until this bullshit is dealt with? That blows goats. If there’s one thing that Howard Jacobs is going to do, it’s delay this shit as long as possible. Lets cross our fingers that if he blocks the UFC from stripping Sherk, they set up an interim lightweight championship.

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