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We here at Fightlinker snickered at the idea that last week’s UFC press conference was anything other than an attempt to take away from Randy Couture’s spotlight. But apparently the UFC was somewhat serious when they said their conference wasn’t about Couture. Because now they’re having another conference, and it’s going to be all about Couture. No pro wrestlers. No Wand/Chuck. No Spike. Just Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, and tens of thousands of people on the internet.

You know this is the UFC’s first ‘real strike’ in the PR war being waged over Randy Couture because they sent out an email regarding it to everyone subscribed to their mailing list. I have to wonder how many people that is … I’m thinking a freaking lot. And you have to assume this is gonna be pretty serious. You don’t see the Fertittas coming down from their ivory casinos too often to deal with mundane business dealings. The last time Lorenzo has been directly involved in a press conference was when the UFC bought Pride. If this conference has any of the same impact on the MMA world, then we’re in for a doozy.

Even Randy Couture seems to be battening down the hatches … all those not so nice blogs from his Xtreme Couture site have disappeared, and I wonder now if he’s landed himself in some serious trouble by breaking unknown confidentiality agreements. Of course, who knows if public misrepresentation of his terms by the UFC gives him the ability to make counter-statements. Fuck, isn’t this turning into a right mess!

All in all, a storm is a brewin’, and it’s going to be interesting to see what the result is.

(and don’t forget boys and girls … your faithful Fightlinker will be on in person to give you the minute by minute breakdown of what’s happening. I know most of you have jobs that keep you from watching videos and having fun, so it’ll be my responsibility to keep you informed. Tune in at 4pm EST for the live-blogging shenanigans)

Hello hello and welcome to another edition of the Low Blow. This week’s show takes us across the magical landscapes of the UFC middleweight division, plus we discuss that ‘Randy Couture’ thingy. Last but not least we run through the K1 HERO’s card, and UFCMania’s change to the less ‘snappy’ MMAMania.

Download the show here. I’d tell you to listen to it on our streaming applet but Talkshoe is a piece of shite and won’t let us upload the show for the second week in a row. I’ll update when that’s fixed. Talkshoe also takes care of our iTunes, so if you’re waiting for itunes it might be 12 – 24 hours before you see it there. Fuck technology, huh?

**Update** Talkshoe applet now has the show streaming, and iTunes should appear momentarily.

If Randy Couture thought this whole UFC situation would go away after he came back to answer questions, he was very very very very very very wrong: ( has learned that UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC president Dana White have called a press conference for tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. ET.

It will be interesting to see if this is gonna be another “We love Randy, he’s our friend” situation, but I dunno … the fact that Lorenzo is gonna be there makes me think the shit-kicking shoes have been put on. Anyways, I’m not going to speculate on what’s going to happen. What I will do is live blog the conference, which will be streaming live on

So there you have it people. Tune in tommorow around 4pm for another live-blogged Couture related conference.

Okay for those of you not cool enough to be in the know, HCF = Hardcore Championship Fighting … these are the guys who just brought Aleks E. to Canada and have signed other big name talent like Babalu over the past two months. MFC = Maximum Fighting Championships, a decently big Alberta promotion that has been doing pretty well over the past year or two. LOL is what you’ll do when you see the letter HCF owner Keith Crawford sent to every sanctioning body he could to try and sabotage MFC’s next main event:

On November 23, 2007 MFC High Roller is set to take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch Alberta. On this card the River Cree Combative Sports Commission has sanctioned a fight between Shonie Carter (Sherdog Record, 37-17-7, Full Contact Fighter Record, 73-16-7-fights actually listed) and Brad Zazulak (2-0). Sanctioning any athlete with 96 fights and a wealth of cage/ring experience against an athlete with 2 fights is nothing short of ludicrous. This ridiculous mismatch could result in serious injury or death to the less experienced athlete and I feel our sport would be left holding the liability bag.

The ABC and the CPBF should step into this situation and put their foot down. Yes….I know that commission dances to their own drummer; sets their own rules and has omnipotent rule over everything that takes place on their land but surly sanctioning bodies that oversee the rules they utilize can have some power. The fact that you have been warned about this travesty places some of the liability on your shoulders.

Okay, so sabotage is a strong word. Crawford is in the right when he says this is a retarded matchup. But still, promoter wars are always entertaining and this is just the latest one between Canadian promoters. Considering this country is so fucking big and desolate, you would imagine there’d be a lot less toe-stepping going on, but that’s definitely not the case.

I’ll give Crawford the benefit of the doubt and assume he really thinks Shonie Carter could potentially kill his opponent. But I’m not gonna be a stupid idiot and assume this isn’t really just another example of MFC and HFC hating the fuck out of eachother.

Well, it didn’t take long for the internet to go from stunned disbelief to angry accusation regarding Akiyama’s knockout of Denis Kang at HEROs this weekend.

For those of you who don’t know, Akiyama is probably the most controversial fighter in Asia. Last year he was suspended for using lubricant on his body during a fight with Sakuraba … some even accuse him of using steel knuckles in the fight. The above video documents the whole shebang and is worth watching, although remember: the Japanese hate Koreans, so take it with a grain of salt.

This wasn’t even Akiyama’s first brush with infamy … apparently he has a history of greasing. But who knows what’s real and false in the land of the rising sun : it wouldn’t surprise me if Akiyama’s admission was the result of some weird honor-triangle or other weird backstage politics. Whatever the case is, you’ll never hear of Akiyama winning without people reminding you he’s a cheating son of a bitch.

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