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Above you can see ‘Happy Hughes’ … happy because Matt Serra knocked out Georges St Pierre, and now Hughes doesn’t have to face GSP to get his title back. Below you can see ‘Sad Hughes’ … sad because his friend Jens Pulver just got choked out by BJ Penn, another fighter who seems to have Hughes’ number.

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.

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