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Without athletic commissions, I’d barely have anything to write about. So I’m very happy to welcome the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission to the list of commissions to watch when it comes to fucking shit up and causing drama. And boy, what drama! Friday started out just like any other days for the Global Fighting Championships. Little did they know, the letters GFC were cursed! Check this shit out:

Mark Kerr and Edwin Dewees, both scheduled to fight on the main card of tonight’s Global Fighting Championships’ event in Connecticut, were removed from the card by the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission.

Kerr, according to manager Ken Pavia, passed all of his physicals leading up to the fight and had been training diligently to face Sean O’Haire. During the routine pre-fight physical at the weigh-ins yesterday, results indicated that his blood pressure was elevated.

Pavia said that Kerr’s team requested that his blood pressure be re-measured with digital equipment, but that their request was denied and Kerr will not be allowed to fight tonight.

They pulled him out due to elevated blood pressure? That’s certainly a new one. Typically they tell you to lay off the bacon, not stop you from competing in athletic competition. And the request for a remeasure with digital equipment implies they denied him based on one of those old-school hand pump units alone. Goddamn. But wait, it gets better:

The Global Fighting Championships premiere event has been cancelled, one hour before the first touch of gloves was to have taken place in the ring. The event was scheduled to begin at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST at the Mohegan Sun Arena, within the popular east coast casino and hotel.

Joseph Smith, public relations manager for the Mohegan Sun, said the night was canceled due to “insufficient bouts.” Pressed for details, Smith said that there simply weren’t enough bouts for the commission to allow the event to take place. He could not comment on how many fights were canceled or how many fighters were disqualified from participating.

I really don’t know what to say. The commission canceled the event because they disqualified so many of the fighters? That’s literally insane. It’s not like these are out of shape tubbies here … most of these guys other than Mark Kerr are dedicated professional fighters! To have so many fighters out on health issues smells ultra-fishy, especially considering two of them were denied for such bullshit reasons.

Well, congratulations Mohegan Sun: you’re officially more sketchy than the CSAC when it comes to mixed martial arts events.

Any question that Dana is a total Pride ‘mark’ (terminology used by pro wrestling fans to denote total retard fanboy adoration) has been blown away by the whole OMGBBQ WE SIGNED WANDY thing. There’s the official article, the official video, the official email … I was half expecting Dana to phone me squealing like a girl who was just kissed by Ricky Martin.

The interesting thing about all this is that for the past year, Dana White has been trashing Silva every chance he got, calling him washed up, devalued, over the hill, and on and on and on. But there’s no mistaking that gaa-gaa gleam in his eye as Wanderlei signed his 4-page contract.

And hey, a 4-pag contract? I would have expected UFC contracts to be a 200-page manual the figther signs with his own blood. And then when the pen leaves the page, the signature explodes with golden light and a ball of energy gets ripped out of the fighters chest and goes into Dana’s hand. Ya know, just like in the Little Mermaid when Ariel signs her voice away to Ursula the sea witch.

I’m on a plane to Tennessee, so no more jollies for you until tonight. I know, things have been so out of whack lately. But as I mentioned in the last post … September is going to be a goooooooooooood month :-)

Boy oh boy. After nearly two months of starvation, the MMA buffet is apparently open for business again, starting next week. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got:

  • August 24th: ShoXC: Joe Boxer vs Krazy Horse
  • August 25th: UFC74: Gonzaga vs Couture
  • September 1st: Art of War 3: Pedro Rizzo vs Jeff Monson
  • September 5th: WEC: Jens Pulver vs Cub Swanson
  • September 8th: UFC75: Rampage Jackson vs Dan Henderson
  • September 15th: EliteXC: Robbie Lawler vs Ninja Rua
  • September 17th: HERO’S: Middleweight Grand Prix
  • September 19th: UFN11: Kenny Florian vs Din Thomas
  • September 22nd: UFC76: Chuck Liddell vs Keith Jardine
  • September 22nd: Cage Rage 23: Mark Weir vs Paul Daley

My birthday is September 14th … I’ll let you guys know where to send the presents. However, if by some fluke you don’t send any, then fuck you. The Gods of MMA have decided to bless me (and you all by association) with perhaps the craziest month of MMA ever recorded! Rejoice!

What a shitty time for Bodog. First they basically get told to fuck themselves by their Russian partners, and now their shitty TV deal is about to go bye-bye as well. Combine this with all the other bad news swirling around the promotion and you have to wonder how long Bodog is going to be sticking around at it’s current level.

BodogFight has always been something of a very expensive marketing ploy to expose people to Bodog’s main product. Think of Bodog as an octopus, where it’s got many arms (MMA, music, tv) but one body: gambling. Actually, an octopus may be too similar to an octagon, so perhaps we shouldn’t make the comparison or Dana White will sue.

With the explosion of MMA in the United States, it made perfect sense for Bodog to jump on board and use our scene as a vehicle to make their brand known. And it’s worked pretty damned well … half the MMA sites have deals to sign up users to bet on fights, and there’s barely a day that goes by without one article or another regarding Bodogfight. And trust me … those articles are just like free ads to a company like Bodog.

Anyways, everything started coming apart around 9 months ago with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, designed specifically to sink foreign organizations like Bodog. While online gambling has always been illegal, this act finally gave authorities the ability to kill a huge chunk of the action by revoking Bodog’s credit card processing. This hasn’t stopped the company dead, Forbes has estimated Bodog’s net worth has been cut almost in half since the act came into power.

So how does that affect you and me? As mentioned before, Bodog products aren’t just Calvin Ayre’s vanity projects. They are all designed to draw people like you and me into ‘the Bodog lifestyle’. Now that people in the US are no longer allowed to do the gambling portion of that lifestyle, there’s no longer much reason for Bodog to continue spending as much money and effort on marketing to us.

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