Well, looks like I gotta eat my words. A week ago I said Shogun / Griffin was’t gonna happen because Forrest didn’t have the balls. Well, I guess he does indeed have large testicles because I just got a letter from the UFC with the above image. It’s on: Shogun vs Griffin will happen at UFC 76.
I can understand now why Griffin was tapped to face Shogun now … with Chuck vs Keith Jardine as the other headlining fight, there was no way the UFC would have been able to get away with Shogun vs Machida. It would have been UFC73 buyrates all over again (which of course we never heard anything about … is Dave Meltzer on fucking vacation too?). Anyways, I’ve already picked Jardine for the upset but I don’t think Forrest’s got what it takes to pull one off over Shogun. Regardless it will be an entertaining fight for sure … big respect to Griffin for stepping up and making the UFC76 card less shitty.
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Remember a few days ago I was wondering how much control the UFC has over fighters they temporarily release to fight in other promoters? Well, here’s an example of the UFC flexing it’s muscles on the subject.
Lytle was originally slated to face Justin Weiman, who was forced to back out of the fight within the past week most likely due to injury. Lightweight Yunker then stepped in and agreed to fight Lytle at a catch-weight of 165 pounds.
However, Lytle’s camp informed UFCjunkie.com that the fight has been canceled. And according to a representative from Yunker’s camp, there was pressure from the UFC to halt the fight.
Lytle had been granted a temporary leave of abscence from the UFC to fight Weiman (and apparently, only Weiman). And Yunker, who’s won eight of his past nine fights, may soon be signed by the UFC. It’s possible, of course, that the UFC didn’t want to risk either fighter suffering a loss.
The UFC is frickin’ weird. First things are fine, then they’re not. Why Lytle vs Unknown Dude 1 was fine but not Lytle vs Unknown Dude Numero 2 is a complete mystery. Did someone not fill out the appropriate T12 Document for UFC Match Compliance? Or maybe it was that pesky N6 Change of Opponent Notification and Application form. Getting the UFC let you fight seems almost as hard as getting medically cleared in California.
Holy shit. If I ever needed proof that there was a god, I have it now. Through his divine power, we now have a face off between the two creepiest looking dudes in the UFC today: Luke Cummo and Edilberto Crocota. Those of you who have been with us since day one might remember Luke Cummo as the winner of the first annual “UFC Fighter who looks the most like a child molestor” contest. He was looking really good for a repeat until Crocota came out of nowhere and chilled my heart during the prelims of UFC70.
So now we will finally find out what makes you tougher: drinking your own urine or murdering prostitutes in Rio de la Hacha.
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!