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There seems to be two Michael Bispings … the smarmy Bisping that tries to come across as a nice guy, and the asshole that just loves to escape and dick everything up. Personally, I prefer Dick Bisping – he’s just bad at being a good guy and so good at being an asshole. Take for example his latest blog about his fight with Rashad Evans, where he really turns up the Dick meter to 11:

I am sure a lot of fans will be gutted that you’re not breaking your tradition of a lifetime and are once again planning on going the distance for a decision win. Punish me for three rounds? You’ve punished the fans enough with your lay and pray antics for 15 minutes at a time. Surely they’ve suffered enough?

And the problem with having a big camp Rashad, is that people in this sport talk, and from what I’ve heard you weren’t in shape even four weeks ago. I’ve also heard that you didn’t even want this fight until the New Year, that mentally you were done for 2007 and just wanted to spend time chilling out.

Your last few lines were comedy gold. Pressure I’ve never felt before? You mean your bodyweight during three rounds lay and pray? Not going to happen, pal.

I shit on this fight because it deserves to be an Ultimate Fight Night bout, not a PPV headliner. But I will admit that I’m looking forward to seeing it and hoping Bisping takes out Rashad. I’ve never been a fan of Rashad, and two knockouts haven’t made me forget what a shitty boring fighter he is most of the time. Say what you will about Bisping, but at least his fights are … ya know, FIGHTS.

I dunno if it’s comforting or not to see that it’s not just MMA fighters and promoters fighting about money and respect. There’s also some kind of pesky dispute between Hollywood producers and writers about pay as well. Speaking as someone who doesn’t make a fifth of what any of these guys make, I’d like to stand up now and say “I hope all of you rich fucks die from ass cancer. Terrible, painful ass cancer.”

But hey, it’s not all reruns and ass cancer … there might be a silver lining to this story. CBS (yep, the smelly old people’s station) is apparently in talks with the UFC to produce some shows to fill in time which would otherwise be used to show reruns of CSI, CSI:Miami, NCIS, and CSI:NY.

Lets not get our hopes up too high though. There’s 1001 ways this deal could fall through and god knows Dana White probably thinks he’s God now that CBS gave him a ring. Questions about new content or old content, live events or event highlights, what happens if the strike ends before UFC stuff is shown abound. Things are way too up in the air right now to assume anything.

But one thing is for sure: If I have to give up on new episodes of House and Grey’s Anatomy so the UFC can hit network TV, then I’m okay with that. So on that note, I hope neither side in this while writer’s strike gives in, forever and ever, amen.

Check out the updated card for HDNet’s December show:

Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller vs Sean Salmon
Frank Trigg vs Edwin Dewees
Yves Edwards vs Alonzo Martinez
Krysztof Soszynski vs Robert Villegas
Pete Spratt vs Tristian Yunker

While there’s no fights on there that make my panties wet, there’s enough names on the card that actually matter in the grand scheme of things to make me tune in. The last HDNet show was terrible, with all of the fights being either one sided thrashings or mind numbing decisions. Here’s hoping this fight doesn’t make me want to gouge my eyes out with a fork.

Take a listen to part two of this interview between Steve Cofield and boxer Bernard Hopkins as they argue about whether Bernard Hopkins should go to England to fight Joe Calzaghe. As a boxing virgin, I’m just amazed that there’s such an ego thing going on regarding where a fight is going to take place. My opinion (and Steve’s too apparently) is that the fight should happen wherever you can sell the most tickets. It’s not a question of personal respect.

If this is just the tip of the iceberg (and I have a feeling that it is), I can understand how so many great fights go from “It’s gonna happen” to “It’s never going to happen in a million fucking years”. Can you imagine that? It’s like Silva / Liddell a dozen times a year. Barf.

User Thomas had this quote which I think sums up everyone’s general perception of Randy Couture’s position:

its not about the money its about the respect but it’s about the money but really not but by giving me money id be respected so its about the money but no I need to be respected so It’s not about the money


~Randy Couture

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