From his interview with Sam Caplan on fighting at 145:

It’s definitely a weight class I can compete at, but you know, I’ll go where the UFC tells me to go. If I beat B.J. Penn and they want me to fight in the UFC, OK. But yeah, if they give me the freedom and the choice then I’m definitely going to go to the WEC, for sure. I’d love to be at 145. That’s my weight class. Especially now, there are some tanks! There are some big, big people going to 155. That’s too much work! I’d rather just be at 145, now I can be happy.

While everyone is always saying the lightweight division is the most exciting, it’s also missing star power at the moment. With BJ Penn adamant that he’s gonna go back up in weight after a few fights, the UFC really needs someone like Jens to be the superstar of the division. On the other hand, how much good is Jens Pulver if he keeps on getting tooled by ‘lightweights’ that come into the cage weighing over 170 pounds?

 

Cesar Gracie posted some explosive news on his website late last night:

The Frank Shamrock VS Phil Baroni Strikeforce card has suffered a major setback with Baroni now scrambling to pass his medical requirements. Baroni had in fact previously passed all his medicals but is now having his MRI results re-evaluated after it had come to the attention of the CSAC that there was a previous problem with an old MRI report from Las Vegas, dating back when he fought Pete Sell.

Our inside sources have confirmed that it was representatives from the UFC that faxed over Baroni’s MRI to Armando Garcia of the CSAC, thus prompting this latest issue. Baroni has been cleared to fight in Las Vegas, Nevada since the Pete Sell fight, with his latest appearance in the state occuring in Pride on October, 21st 2006. It is unclear why California would now bar him. We will keep our readers up to date with whether or not Phil is able to clear his latest hurdles, or if a replacement will be necessary.

Since then it’s been taken down and replaced with an equally tantalizing “REMOVED BY REQUEST” post. Of course, the internet is like pandora’s box, so good luck killing this story. If the first part is true, it’s basically lights out for the Strikeforce card. Losing Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua, Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ Bennett, and Phil Baroni all in one week should be enough to make the promoter’s heads explode like in Scanners. If the second part is true, then the world is witnessing the most evil collaboration since the Germans and Japan during World War 2. All in all, it’s a pretty big fucking story, and I look forward to the delicious drama that drips from it like a ripe pomegranate.

Hat Tip: Fightopinion

UFC 72 was a shitty show, and it deserves a shitty podcast! This week’s show weighs in at 30 minutes and 13 seconds (I’m not sure how many ‘stones’ that is for you imperial bitches). Is it unlucky to end the podcast with 13 seconds? I don’t know. But we’re hoping all the talk of leprachauns and other lucky shit will counteract things. Also on the show is our thoughts on Royce Gracie juicin’ it.

Listen to the show on the Talkshoe applet to the right OR download the show by clicking here.

Thanks as always goes to my hetero life partner Jake at TheGoodAtheist.net. Go check out his site!!!

This press release / article / biased hate letter by Fiona Manning is a huge poorly written laundry list of complaints about our favorite guy in the world, CSAC head Armando Garcia. It’s full of fun stuff like this:

Garcia demoted Dean Lohuis, the Los Angeles man who WAS the Chief Official most boxing insiders always assumed was the head of the Commission since he is the only official ever seen at fights. Lohuis was stripped of all his duties in what most boxing insiders see as an obvious attempt to get him to resign. Left out of the loop, Dean was no longer permitted to assign fights, approve boxers or make decisions beyond hamburger or salad for lunch.

Under Garcia’s new rules, blood work bypasses Dean and this led to last year’s June 3 fiasco at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on a Thompson boxing promotion. Matchmaker Alex Campanovo received the blood work for super featherweight Tommy Perez, which he then sent to CSAC inspector Joe Borrielli. Neither man noticed that the blood work showed that Perez was HIV positive.

Elias Cepeda agrees with me that Clay Guida got fucked. He takes it further and says Rich Franklin vs Yushin Okami also showed how MMA judging needs to be evaluated:

Fights are difficult and sometimes it takes a long time to wear down an opponent or to finally catch them by surprise. If one fighter is finally able to exert control and threaten to finish the other at the end of a fight after what was essentially an even one prior, he should be rewarded with the acknowledgement that by the fight’s close he was the one to most effectively subdue the other, even if the fight did not finish by submission or KO.

Fights should not be judged by adding up rounds, especially in MMA where the fights last only 3-5 rounds as opposed to a maximum of 12 in boxing. Instead judges should be mandated to take into account the fight as a whole. I’ve heard the argument that it would be hard for judges to pay attention to a fight for that long in the five minute increments that many MMA fights use.

Sure. We have people sending rockets into space and performing surgery, not to mention everyone else who works 8-10 hour days, every day. Maybe we could at least get some of their slower cousins that can focus on tasks a half hour at a time with one minute breaks every five minutes in case their brains start to hurt to judge these fights.

While I’m not too happy with how things turn out sometimes, I’m much more afraid that any change to the judging process would lead to something much worse than we currently have. If you want reform, you should start by forcing the commissions to get qualified MMA judges. That’s the first big step towards fixing the problem. The fact is we live in a shitty world where kittens and puppies die and morons are in charge of athletic commissions. Until we deal with that, we ain’t getting nowhere.

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