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I’ve heard of pro wrestling doing this, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it happening in MMA : IFL Battleground is manipulating their crowd noise to try and make it seem more impressive. I haven’t been able to put my finger on the actual process yet … if they are just amplifying and layering the actual crowd noise for each fight or if they’ve actually taken general raucus crowd noises and are mixing them in as the fight goes along. But either way, it’s not being done very well and it’s pretty distracting. How distracting? I put it up there with the retarded gong sounds used in Fight Girls whenever a girl lands a good hit.

We recorded the newest Low Blow episode last night and it’s in the process of being edited as we speak. There’s something fucked up with Talkshoe at the moment which is why the widget to your right isn’t displaying anything … we’ve been in contact and the old shows should be accessible through that sooner rather than later. But don’t worry – we haven’t gone anywhere, and the show is still weekly.

My jiu jitsu instructor Fabio Holanda was in action this weekend at the MFC show in Edmonton. From MMA Ring Report (probably your best source for all Central and Western Canada MMA news):

Cornered by UFC veteran Patrick Cote, Fabio Holanda used his strong ground and pound tactics to take out the durable and game Shaun Krysa in the second round of their fight to get back on the winning track. Holanda was able to show a solid punching arsenal landing some solid shots to the face of the previously undefeated Krysa and took the mount and pound victory in the second stanza via ref stoppage. After the fight and at the post fight press conference Holanda asked the MFC president Mark Pavelich to put the 155 lb lightweight belt on the line for him to fight for, it remains to be seen if Holanda will indeed fight for the belt.

I wanted to go into classes on Monday to congratulate Fabio but I was battling a hangover so severe I was liable to vomit / shit myself if anyone even squeezed a closed guard too tight.

…here in Quebec it’s St Jean Babtiste, which is kinda like the 4th of July except a lot lamer. Anyways, I’ve been drunk all weekend but haven’t had a chance to check out Strikeforce or the TUF finale so i’m avoiding the internet like the plague. Jake and I will be watching the events this evening and recording a new Low Blow, so expect regular transmissions to resume tommorow.

Here’s a little heads up on everything going on in MMA not important enough to get it’s own post on my oh so exclusive website. I’m gone for the weekend having sex with many beautiful women, but we’ll be back on Monday with a ton of shit regarding the 5 bajillion events that are happening. Have a happy fight weekend and try not to burn anything down, okay?

Sokoudjou signs with EliteXC
There’s no denying this dude’s got heavy hands, but is his chocolate smooth style worth 30k/30k per fight? I think it’s a bit early to tell, and the UFC apparently agrees. EliteXC seems more than happy to shell out the dough to develop “The African Assassin”, so lets hope this deal makes everyone happy.

Shogun to Fight at UFC76
Well, I guess that blows the rumor out of the water that Shogun wasn’t signed. No word yet on who gets Shogun’s first fight in the UFC. The smart fan (ie me) wants Babalu because he was the last guy to really beat Shogun. The moron (ie UFC matchmaker Joe Silva) will probably book someone like Keith Jardine or Elvis Sinosic against him.

Fedor close to signing
Yeah right, and UFC on HBO is right around the fucking corner.

Michael Bisping gonna fight Matt Hamill for sure
This is sad news for everyone that wanted to see Ken Shamrock get his ass whupped again. On the bright side though, I haven’t seen a deaf kid get the shit kicked out of him since the 5th grade.

Shifty shit going down in Japan regarding Pride
Apparently people in Japan know even less about what’s happening with PRIDE than we do. From his coconut tree high above our heads, Zach Arnold breaks down the confusion into throwable chunks of poop and tosses it our way.

EliteXC teams up with Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett is the evil entity responsible for Survivor, and therefore is the grandaddy of reality television. If this collaboration actually goes through it could mean big things for EliteXC and MMA in general. Of course, Mark is a busy motherfucker, so there’s an equal chance this thing never gets further than a few 100$ lunches at some posh salad joint.

Josh Barnett getting cozy with the UFC
Well, this ends the speculation that Josh hates UFC and UFC hates Josh. While nothing is confirmed as of yet, I see this interview as the first step towards the Baby Faced Assassin returning to the Octagon and smashing Randy Couture’s face in (hopefully without the help of Vitamin S this time).

Nick Diaz trash talks the UFC
Someone should send a memo to Nick Diaz telling him the UFC owns PRIDE now and is therefore his de facto boss. Of course I’m sure Nick would have just used the memo for rolling paper anyways. Nick is actually signed to both PRIDE and EliteXC, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up. I’d say this kinda talk means he’s leaning towards EliteXC, but we all saw what happened to Brandon Vera when he tried to escape.

TUF Fighter Moms post on the internets?
I have my doubts about the veracity of these posts from a few TUF member’s moms, but it’s an entertaining read if you’ve got ten minutes to waste. And lets admit it … if you’re on this site, you obviously do.

Kimbo is getting PAID, son!
A 50K guarantee ain’t too shabby for a guy who’s best KO was against some dude named Astro Puff.

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