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Not a day goes by when our man Evan Tanner isn’t in the news. If this was a celebrity site, him and Ken Shamrock would be like our Britney and Lindsay. Today’s tidbit is an unfortunate tidbit indeed. According to pro-wrestling guru Dave Meltzer, Evan isn’t fighting Marvin Eastman at UFC76. He’s not even fighting on the card at all. To top it off, Meltzer says Evan isn’t even under contract with the UFC!

What a shitty way to start the morning. I’d like to say I didn’t see this coming, but really … I did. So from a fan’s POV I guess I should look at it this way: I’d rather wait a while and see Tanner come back in proper shape than witness his bloated ass get kicked by some TUF kid.

Japanese MMA is the best. Half their shit is written in English even though they have no idea what the fuck anything means. Well, they probably know what the specific words mean. They just don’t realize how dumb their stuff actually sounds to the average English person. Japan is riddled with awesome Engrish. Here’s some of the best MMA events in Japan with Engrish:

  • Shooto – Battle Mix Tokyo 4
  • Shooto – Shooting Disco 2
  • Shooto – Grapplingman 6
  • Shooto – Men Are Strong
  • Shooto – The Devilock
  • Shooto – The Victory of the Truth
  • Shooto – Soulful Fight
  • Shooto – Shooto Junkie Is Back!
  • Shooto – Who is Young Leader!
  • Shooto – Treasure Hunt 11
  • Shooto – Gateway to the Extremes
  • Greatest Common Multiple – Demolition of Octagon Gear
  • Greatest Common Multiple – The Contenders X-Rage 1
  • DEEP – Glove Edition
  • DEEP – MB3z Impact: Power of a Dream
  • DEEP – Barbarian Festival 5
  • DEEP – Monster Challenge 2
  • Pancrase – Neo-Blood Tournament
  • Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 6
  • Pancrase – Pancrash! 2
  • Pancrase – Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 4

For all the talk Dana White is doing about PRIDE fighters being locked under contract, there sure seems like a lot of exceptions to that statement. The latest exception seems to be Takanori Gomi:

Daily Sports reported Monday that Nobuhiko Takada, acting as headquarters chief for former PRIDE parent company Dream Stage Entertainment, gave his consent to allow PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi to move to another organization. Western and Japanese fans alike have been anxiously awaiting the Shooto and PRIDE veteran’s return to the ring.

Takada said he wanted to see Gomi leave on good terms. “Gomi is a world-class athlete,” Takada said. “I want him to get all the motivation in the world to fight. I want him to show the strength of PRIDE.” With the PRIDE franchise in what Takada called a state of hibernation, Gomi’s appearance in another organization seemed inevitable. “It would be a waste to just let time go by for Gomi,” Takada said. “I asked him to show the world the true value of reviving PRIDE.”

So somehow DSE still has the ability to release fighters from their PRIDE contracts. I wasn’t privy to the secret details, but this seems like a repeat of how Josh Barnett managed to get out of his contract. Mind you I wouldn’t take this story at face value. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time writing this blog, it’s that Japanese people are all filthy liars, and they eat babies too.

Okay, maybe they don’t eat babies, and they’re probably cleaner than the average North American. But half the stuff printed in Daily Sports about MMA is still wrong or an outright lie. If this happens to be true though, I bet Dana White is so mad he’s shitting kittens.

Here’s something guys with the name ‘Frank’ have in common: they won’t fight you unless you’re famous. In a statement during MMAWeekly’s Sound Off Radio, Frank Trigg slammed up and comer Jake Shields for challenging him:

Why would I fight Jake Shields? What does this do for me? What does it bring? Well it doesn’t bring anything. Who knows who Jake is besides the diehard mainstream MMA fans, who knows who Jake is? I guess he is 7th ranked at 170 lbs, I am 10th ranked at 185 lbs. So it’s two different weight classes. I have a weekly show on Fox Sports Net and two weeks ago I was on three different shows on Fox. So what does Jake bring to the table when he fights me? Nothing. He doesn’t bring fans from outside the realm of MMA, he doesn’t bring any notoriety, he doesn’t bring anything other then his mouth. All he is really bring to the table is his big mouth. There is nothing else he brings to the fight.

I’m a bit confused about the whole ‘He doesn’t bring fans from outside the realm of MMA’ thing. I know he doesn’t pull the gay crowd like Frank, but that’s no reason not to fight him. Typically MMA fighters have MMA fans, that’s kinda how it works. I will admit that Frank is famous and Jake isn’t … but Frank is famous for being the worst commentator in MMA history, and for his inability to defend a rear naked choke.

Now, I’m not the kind of guy who thinks a fighter should fight anyone who calls them out. In fact, I was pretty damned critical of the whole Mike Swick / Jonathan Goulet situation. But in this case, there’s more than the trash talking. Jake Shields vs Frank Trigg is a good match-up, and it wouldn’t be difficult to put on in an organization like EliteXC or as a headliner for any of the countless middle-rung organizations out there. So why is Frank Trigg so adamant that it’s not going to happen? Since when did MMA become a popularity contest where t-shirt sales matter more than your skill in the ring?

You probably remember ‘DJ Hapa’ as the dope who encouraged people to boo Royce Gracie and Sakuraba over the PA system during their match. Dig a bit deeper and you find out that he was booked to try and draw out more Korean fans for the Dynamite show. What you probably didn’t know is that Steve, one of our long time readers and constant commenters also goes by the name ‘DJ Hapa’.

Why, you ask, should I care? Because Steve just won the first ever Fightlinker giveaway. Last week’s radio show was all about the Mailbag, and Steve was one of the guys who submitted a question. With that simple act, he won one of the new Team Quest t-shirts pictured in this post. Congrats Steve, and a reminder for everyone else: keep your peepers peeled for more contests and prizes!

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