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Wow, I didn’t even recognize Phil Baroni here … possibly because Phil has been looking like a cracked out homeless guy in all his other interviews. So to see him all shaved and suited up was something of a surprise … he looks like Kevin Arnold from The Wonder Years. And considering that the guy who played Paul on that show grew up to be Marilyn Manson, maybe Kevin Arnold *IS* Phil Baroni. That’d be awesome.

Regardless of his true identity, I really enjoyed Phil Baroni’s long and winding mumble about how “Steroids Are Bad!” And while the video made me feel bad for him, I don’t know if I ultimately believe him. Fortunately Phil and his agent Ken are saying they’ve got evidence and witnesses that will sway the court of public opinion so I guess we’ll wait and see.

Up until today I was under the impression that there was only one death attributed to an MMA fight:

There has only been one death in the sport of MMA, in an event in Kiev, Ukraine in 1998, where American Douglas Dedge fought against doctor’s orders and despite a pre-existing medical condition that was frequently causing him to black out in training (US promoters were unwilling to let him compete with his condition).

However, this little footnote tucked into Sherdog’s article on Hong Man Choi made me do a double take:

Korea witnessed its first MMA related death at a Gimme 5 event (now known as Neofight) in 2005. The cause of death was due to brain hemorrhaging after the fight, but many blamed the death on the promotion’s inadequate medical standards.

I dug around and found this post regarding the fight, so it definitely seems that a guy did die in Seoul doing what could be described as MMA. So I guess the question is: who else are we missing? How many other people have died in MMA fights? And have these been glossed over because the fights don’t fit the mainstream’s idea of what mixed martial arts is?

I have to admit that Krazy Horse is guilty pleasure for me. While other blogs are on the moral crusade, questioning the ethics of allowing a repeat violent offender to fight, I ask this: if you’re not even gonna let a criminal fight in a cage, what the fuck are you okay with him doing? Personally I’d rather see Krazy Horse fighting on TV than in my house stealing my TV, so I’m A-OK the current situation.

Plus, if there weren’t dumb fighters out there doing crazy stuff, my blog would be dryer than Loretta Hunt’s vagina. Okay, maybe her vagina isn’t all that dry. But she certainly wasn’t willing to let me see so until I can verify the moistness of her genetalia first hand, we’ll just assume it’s dry. Okay? Okay.

Anyways, EliteXC is trying to put together the Joe Boxer vs Krazy Horse fight that should have been on the Strikeforce card in July. If you don’t remember how that debacle turned out, you can catch up here. I love how Gary Shaw apparently has the power to get people released from jail. If that isn’t proof that the white man still runs shit around here, I dunno what is.

All drama aside, this is going to be an awesome match : two brawlers with iron chins facing off to duke it out. The fight is gonna be on August 24th, so with UFC74 the next day I am officially writing the weekend off. Beers, hookers, EliteXC, an 8-ball of coke, 34 hits of crystal, UFC74, a mental breakdown, and an intervention. Sounds like a grand time to me!

Rani Yahya butt-scooted his way into my heart a few months ago with his unconventional win over Mark Hominick. He cemented his place there by causing a riot at a recent grappling tournament. Basically he’s always entertaining, which is all it takes for me to be a fan. And now it looks like the MMA Gods have smiled down upon his deviant behavior and awarded him a title shot at the next WEC:

Rani Yayha (11-2 MMA, 1-0 WEC) will be making his 2nd WEC appearance at WEC 30. Rani is replacing Manny Tapia who was forced to withdraw from the card due to a knee injury.

The funny thing about this switch is that the WEC didn’t even bother to make an announcement regarding the switch. They just changed the promotional material and acted like this was how things always were. This isn’t the first time the WEC has quietly changed things … lamb-to-the-slaughter Chance Farrar’s record magically grew 2 wins better on the WEC website prior to his bout with Urijah Faber. And while that probably has more to do with an initial clerical mistake than padding a fighter’s record, I have no idea why the WEC didn’t bother to make an official announcement regarding the bantamweight switch.

Injuries happen, who cares?. Switching a title fight might seem a bit sketchy to some, but trying to make it slip under the radar is more sketchy in my book. They could have just released another press release on the subject to hype up the new fight and prep Manny Tapia’s eventual title challenge.

GREETINGS FLESHY HU-MANS. THIS IS ROBO-INITIATOR xK-1665 SPEAKING TO YOU THROUGH THE INTERNET TUBES. I AM HERE TO REPORT TO YOU: YOUR DAYS OF DOMINATING COMBAT SPORTS IS NEAR AN END. MY MASTERS IN JAPAN HAVE BEEN SECRETLY DEVELOPING A SUPER ARMY OF MIXED MARTIAL ROBOTS CAPABLE OF DISPOSING EVEN THE TOUGHEST HUMAN FIGHTERS. THIS VIDEO IS MERELY THE BEGINNING. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

DANA WHITE IS ALREADY ORDERING HUNDREDS OF OUR ROBOTS IN THE HOPE OF STOPPING THE WAVE OF STEROID ABUSES IN MMA. NO MORE SHERK HUMANS INGESTING ILLEGAL SUPPLEMENTS. xK MODEL ROBOTS INGEST ONLY OIL AND VAGINAL SECRETIONS. NO MORE HERMES FRANCA NEEDING TO FEED HIS FAMILY … ROBOTS ARE TRAINED TO KILL WASTEFUL ENTITIES LIKE FAMILIES.

(special thanks to Mike O for tipping us off about this dire news)

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