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There seems to be a pattern to MMA news, especially with the UFC lately. At the beginning of the week, one thing will be announced. Then over the weekend, the original news will be refuted. Then two weeks later it will turn out the first news was right. And then I cut my arms with a shard of glass because it helps me forget the pain I feel from reporting SHIT THAT NEVER HAPPENS DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

Last week the word was Mike Swick would be facing Chris Leben, which is actually a pretty sweet matchup, especially for a UFC Fight Night. Combine that match with the Fisher-Thomas bout and that card was looking like a very nice birthday present for me (my birthday is Sept 14th, mark your calendar and be prepared to buy me shit or the website goes down). However, now Swick is saying Chris Leben has pussed out of the fight. Unofficial word from the Leben camp is he is still setting his shit up in Hawaii and just can’t take the fight now. No word yet on if this is really the case or Leben just stealing a page from Wanderlei Silva’s excuse book. Personally, I always go with the “My dog ate my training camp” one.

I’m sure you guys were pretty happy about the news that UFC75 would be broadcast free on SpikeTV rather than PPV. For me, I’m not too happy. The thought of having to sit through hours of commercials for bowflex and fried chicken has me reconsidering my recent decision to stop binge drinking. I swear to god, if your brain isn’t protected by a sheen of alcohol when you’re watching SpikeTV, you are liable to get brain damage.

Since Liddell-Jardine was announced a few days ago it’s been panned across the internet as the least competitive rebound fight we’ve seen in a while. And that says a lot considering Matt Hughes’ rebound was against perennial loser Chris Lytle. Even small-penised Kevin Iole questioned the legitimacy of the match:

White bristled at the notion Liddell-Jardine is not a headline-caliber match. “It is definitely a main event, in my opinion,” he said. “Jardine beat a lot of good guys, and he absolutely deserves to be fighting Chuck. He wouldn’t if Chuck still had the title, but I don’t think he needs to win a lot of fights just to get a fight with Chuck.”

Telling us Jardine-Liddell is main event caliber is like smearing shit on a cracker and calling it caviar. The fight doesn’t even really have many division ramifications. People in the know are already saying Wanderlei / Chuck is going to end up on New Year’s Eve regardless of how this match turns out. And even if Jardine somehow manages to catch Liddell, I don’t see him getting a title shot out of it. Maybe a shot at a shot, but who gives a damn about that?

People care about fights because of ramifications or personality. This fight has no serious ramifications (other than possibly signaling the decline of an aging Liddell), and Jardine has the personality of a paperweight. Will this fight be a slugfest? Yeah probably. Will it be epic enough to justify it’s own existence? I seriously doubt it. Kevin Iole said “The UFC continues to prove it “gets it,” which is why the gulf between mixed martial arts and boxing continues to grow.” I dunno … throwing Liddell into a pointless bout with an outclassed opponent to make some bucks on a PPV reminds me of boxing more than MMA.

Zach Arnold sez:

Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine as the UFC 76 main event? One word – what? Why not book Liddell vs. Houston Alexander, the guy who beat Jardine? How about Liddell vs. Forrest Griffin, who actually won his last fight?

I’ll tell ya why: Jardine is probably the only guy dumb enough to take the fight. I hope Zuffa is paying him a lot to step in and get his ass kicked.

A few days ago we did a little digging on the new Frank Shamrock reality show. To summarize, we used the email address in the audition form to track down a guy named ‘Tim’ who seemed to be involved. I thought this meant the Shamrock show was not the brainchild of Mark Burnett after all. However, one of our readers came forward with this tidbit:

The reason I think its him is Tim attends some AZ Cardinals games and last year I know he attended the Bears vs Cards Monday Night game- with Mark Burnett.

Thanks goes to John in AZ for sharing that with us.

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