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Over the past two months I’ve heard people say the award for “TUF Fighter who Blew it The Worst” should go to Andy Wang or Gabe Ruediger. People have such short memories. TUF4 middleweight winner Travis Lutter is a phenomenal talent who managed to not only fuck up a title shot but his entire UFC career. He’s also probably the unconcious reason why Dana White goes apeshit every time a fighter doesn’t make weight. After the dude fucked up his shot at UFC67, I don’t think many people were expecting to see him back. But word is he’s coming back against UFC newb Ryan Jensen.

But don’t think this means Dana White has forgiven and forgotten. The fact that Lutter is facing a UFC virgin means this fight will most likely be a prelim match. It wouldn’t surprise me if this booking is just about fulfilling the UFC’s contractual obligations as slowly and quietly as possible, so they can then ditch Lutter and forget about him.

(Above: Takada bangs the PRIDE drum … literally. Below: Takada bangs the PRIDE drum … metaphorically.)

Vice president of PRIDE Nobuhiko Takada says PRIDE will return in October. Dana White says that ain’t happening. Takada has a history of making bogus announcements. Dana White has a history of lying about things that are obviously going to happen. Who’s telling the truth? Who’s lying? What the fuck is going on? I blame this whole confusing situation on Zach Arnold. If he hadn’t destroyed PRIDE with his hateful reporting, none of this would be happening in the first place.

The UFC made Mirko CroCop vs Cheik Kongo official today, meaning that Joe Silva has officially pulled his head out of his ass and is finally booking an entertaining heavyweight matchup. These guys can both work on the ground (okay, Kongo not really but he’s apparently working on it), but who the fuck wants to see that? Put striker against striker, and now you’ve got some fireworks. This match is pretty much guaranteed to be entertaining.


Yeah I know it’s only technically correct, but still.

Read Mike’s Monday Morning Reverie here. He discounts BJ Penn and Frank Shamrock’s victories, but then heaps praise on Cung Le’s win over Tony Fryklund. As I talk about in the upcoming episode of the Low Blow, something was rotten in the Le/Fryklund bout. I won’t go as far to say the fight was a fix, but I don’t think winning was #1 on Tony’s mind.

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