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Kalib Starnes has spent the last 48 hours on internet forums trying to convince people that he’s not a pussy:

“Two layers about 15-20 [stitches] in the meat, and 15-20 in the skin-. It cost me about five times as much as I made just to train for that fight, I took a huge financial loss, I’m more upset about that than I am about losing actually. I left with $4,800 after taxes and deductions. Every time I fight I gamble with my health, reputation and financial well being and to have a cut just detroy all my hard work and personal sacrifice like that, I can’t help but wonder if it’s even worth it.”

Here’s a little bit of advice, Kalib. When you’re trying to convince people you have heart and you’re not a quitter, you probably shouldn’t lose heart and contemplate quitting in your post.

Let’s ignore for a moment that M-1’s main financial backer Michael Baybak is part of a religion that has a reputation for bilking it’s members of all their money. I’m not the religion expert, so I’ll let Jake deal with that specific issue. What I do want to talk about is how this guy also has a reputation for artificially boosting his stocks and then selling as soon as they’re high:

Neither man agreed to be interviewed for this story, yet both threatened legal action through attorneys. “What these guys do is take over companies, hype the stock, sell their shares, and then there’s nothing left,” says John Campbell, a former securities lawyer who was a director of mining company Athena Gold until Baybak and Gerbino took it over.

The article this came from goes on in detail regarding many of the operations Baybak has been in that have collapsed and deals that have fallen through as a result of misrepresentation. Baybak actually sued Time regarding the article and as a result Time added the following caveat to the article: that they were not accusing Baybak of illegal activity or of being a “Scientology front.”

I’m not about to put my ass on the line with lawsuit-happy Scientologists … as with everything on this site, it’s my uneducated opinion and I provide links to facts that should be taken with a grain of salt based on their origins. All I’m going to say for sure is that at first glimpse M-1 seemed pretty shaky and at second glimpse it’s starting to look downright sketchy. If it wasn’t for Monte Cox at the helm I’d have already written this organization off as complete trash. As it is, I’m still damn skeptical that they’ll even manage to pull off a single event.

Hmmm. This whole M-1 thing sounds kinda familiar. Oh yeah:

Former UFC champion Frank Shamrock (Pictures) has signed a one-year, multi-million dollar contract with “The World Fighter,” a new mixed martial arts promotion set to debut January 2007, Shamrock confirmed to Thursday morning.

Shamrock, who called the agreement with The World Fighter a “deal of a lifetime,” is slated to fight in Las Vegas on the January pay-per-view card versus a yet-to-be announced opponent.

In addition to main event “super fights,” The World Fighter intends to promote tournament-style events pitting 16 fighters per weight class.

Cesar Gracie (Pictures) has been tabbed as the event’s matchmaker and he’s already signed several fighters, including brothers Nick and Nathan Diaz (Pictures) as well as Jake Shields (Pictures).

If you ask me, the new M-1 is gonna be “The World Fighter” for 2007. Expect the wheels to come off this thing before the end of the year.

When Sam Caplan said the company who bought M-1 was pretty underwhelming, I never thought it would be this tame. It’s now official that the big scary threat to the UFC’s domination comes from ‘Sibling Entertainment’, a company that up until now is involved with the theatre and a little bit of independant film.

About the only thing these people have done right so far is bring Monte Cox on to head their company, and even that opens up a huge can of worms regarding conflict of interest and what happens to all of Monte’s fighters in the UFC. Past Monte, the only other obvious ace up M1’s sleeve is Fedor, and I’m not too impressed by that ace.

It’s really not that hard to sign a guy when you just go ahead and offer him everything he wants. The 1001 conditions Sibling had to agree to may not seem like a big deal now, but just wait and see how it works out for them in the long run. A good deal is one that takes care of both parties. I have a feeling this deal gives everything to Fedor and nothing for the new M-1.

Past that point, the main thing that amazes me is there’s no obvious money behind this organization. The names already in the mix don’t have the deep pockets to sustain the kind of money pit this company will have to be for the 5 years it takes to really break into the market. If they don’t name a serious moneybags investor soon, there’s no fucking way I’m gonna take them seriously. If they think they’re gonna ride this out using the stock market, someone should show them how that’s working out for the IFL.

Oh boy and goodie goodie. What exciting news – the UFC has signed WWE and pro football wash up Brock Lesnar to a contract. I’m not exactly against pro wrestlers coming into mixed martial arts, but I’m not exactly thrilled either. The last thing the UFC needs is to have people associating the WWE with their product – there’s enough retards doing that as it is.

My favorite angle on this story though is how people are saying “Signing Brock Lesnar is a big step in removing the sting from Randy Couture’s departure”.

What? Excuse me? Have I fallen into some weird alternate reality where Nazis aren’t considered evil and pro wrestlers are on par with MMA legends? Is the UFC sending out gamma rays from the TV during The Ultimate Fighter to turn MMA fans’ brains into hotdog mulch? Because it certainly fucking seems so lately.

Let’s get something straight: saying that Brock Lesnar is going to fill the hole left by Randy Couture is like saying Steven Seagal could fill in for Rich Franklin. Yeah, Lesnar will sell pay per views. Lesnar might even manage to become a contender down the road. But in ten years time he’s going to be little more than a penis-chested footnote in the history of MMA. All the while, Randy Couture will still be considered one of the founding fathers of MMA.

I’m gonna sit back and be entertained by Mr Penis Chest as he experiences what big league MMA is like. It’s going to be great. I’ll even cheer as he works his way up past the Brad Imes and the Heath Herrings of the heavyweight division. But it’s all building to that point where he runs into a real MMA fighter who’s going to stuff his wrestling, kick his legs out from underneath him, and pound the shit out of his big HGH-inflated head.

So in that way, yeah … signing Mr Penis Chest is a good thing. It’s good money, and it’s good entertainment, and therefore it’s good for the sport … barring of course any steroids or hormone treatment scandals that may pop up. That being said, anyone who trumpets Lesnar’s signing as the beginning of a new era needs to pull the WWE action figure out of their ass and smarten up.

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