(above: Happier days at Team Hayastan – Karo and Gokor second and third from the right)
As the title implies, Karo Parisyan will not be in Manny Gamburyan’s corner this Saturday at the Ultimate Fighter 5 finale. The reason? Manny’s coach Gokor Chivichyan made Manny choose between him and his Armenian cousin. Gokor is a huge name in judo and was once Karo Parisyan’s trainer as well. The two had a falling out when Karo entered the UFC, presumably over money or who had the right to claim ‘Goofiest name’ rights. Now Manny is stuck in the middle and forced to choose between the two. The result? Manny now has a lot less help from someone with tons of Octagon experience. I don’t bring my swimming coach to a track meet, so I don’t see the logic in Manny’s choice. However, Armenians aren’t exactly Vulcans, so I understand why it happened.
It’s gotten to the point where it’s barely news when the CSAC denies fighters a license. In this case it’s only noteworthy because the guy they suspended is Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua, brother of Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. When you’re denying giants and fat dudes and freaks, I can understand. But Murilo Rua? It will be interesting to see if the reason gets revealed because on the surface Murilo Ninja is a young healthy guy. I bet we’re gonna get the paperwork and it’s gonna have the reason for denial as “Ninja is a lame nickname”. Fucking CSAC.
Coming off a bullshit decision to Din Thomas at a UFC Fight Night, I have no doubt that Clay Guida is gonna tear Tyson Griffin a new asshole. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Griffin’s skill and ability, but he lost to Frank Edgar so I don’t see how he’ll be able to take out Guida. Guida is a grinder who pushes the pace like a motherfucker, and from this interview I expect him to be in overdrive for this match. Honestly, I don’t think Griffin has the heart to beat him.
Who cares what Joe Rogan thought … both these guys were beating the shit out of eachother. If you missed it, check out the full match after the jump.
Poor IFL. Just when ya think trading cards and one decent turnout are gonna save the company, along comes news like this to bring you down:
The IFL filed a current report with the SEC announcing that although the deal with MyNetwork had been extended, they were unable to reach a definitive agreement with respect to tiers 1 or 3. Pursuant to their letter of intent, Fox was only obligated to negotiate tiers 1 and 3 through May 31. In addition, their current contract to be broadcast on Fox Sports Net expires this month. And while the current report states that “the company and the Fox Entities are continuing to negotiate definitive agreements and are continuing to telecast IFL programs”, this surely cannot be a good sign for the IFL fan out there.
I’d say more about this, but I’d recommend instead that you just read the original article. Anyone who writes “IFL’s stock price has gone down faster than a Tijuana crack whore on Cinco De Mayo” is a friend of mine.