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Remember a few days ago when Luke Thomas personally swore to me that Matt Hughes was leaving Miletich Fighting Systems and starting his own camp? Well it looks like that’s exactly what he did! Good on you Luke for popping the cherry on this story. Now the details are flowing from all those other sites who are jumping in for sloppy seconds.

The gym, which is named H.I.T. Squad (Hughes Intensive Training), will be a launching pad for new fighters, as well as veteran mixed-martial artists looking for a new training center. Additionally, Fiore said the elite fighters will be asked to join the gym’s official fight team: Team Hughes.

In addition to the school’s namesake, Team Hughes initially will include three other fighters: former UFC contender and current Icon middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, Greco-Roman wrestling champion and MMA newcomer Jacob Hey, and “The Ultimate Fighter 5″ standout Corey Hill.

Okay first off I have to say that HIT Squad has to be the worst name for a gym ever. Off the top of my head I’ve got several better names, and I’m tempted to post them on Matt Hughes’ message board to see if he likes them:

  • Hughes Excercise Regiment Program for Extreme Strength (H.E.R.P.E.S Squad)
  • Hughes Original Muscle Organization Squad (H.O.M.O Squad)
  • Hughes Impressive Cardio Kamp (H.I.C.K Squad)
  • Hughes Awesome God Squad (H.A.G Squad)

Secondly, you would imagine Matt Hughes being able to pull a starting lineup that’s better than unkown Jacob Hey and ‘the tall black dude’ from TUF5. I don’t doubt the gym will grow to include some decent names … hey, if Jorge Gurgel can pull it off, why not Hughes too? But I am somewhat surprised that there haven’t been a couple other really big names to start this whole thing off with a bang.

I’ve been hearing people call Matt Hughes ‘Country Breakfast” for months now. I had no idea what the fuck was up with it … until now. I’m sure I’m probably the last person on earth to know this, but in case you haven’t seen it, enjoy.

Dana’s not the only one who’s drinking the steroid kool-aid. Now The Fight Network has jumped on board, making completely bogus claims on Nandrolone:

Normal levels of Nandrolone range from two nanograms per milliliter of urine in an average person to six ng/ml in an athlete engaged in rigorous activity. Sherk’s reported level, which was certified by the director of science and technology at the laboratory conducting the tests, was 12 ng/ml. His “A” and “B” samples were tested and confirmed as positive, according to the commission’s original report.

Of course, those of you playing the home edition of “Jeopardy : Steroids edition” know that out of hundreds of athletes at the Nagano olympics, not one male had over .2ml of nandrolone in their system (women had up to .6ml because of birth control and other fascist man made pharmaceuticals). The legal limit was therefore set at 10 times the highest level anyone can record naturally: 2ml in men and 6ml in women.

There are absolutely no scientifically validated tests that prove vigorous training does anything to levels of nandrolone in the body. In fact, every existing study done by every single doping agency has shown exactly the opposite. The only study in existence that backs up the claim of rigorous training and supplements causing spikes in nandrolone levels was a preliminary study by the University of Aberdeen, which has been widely panned for not using proper control procedures and scientific methods.

All of the MMA bloggers have been laying eggs about “The Zuffa Myth” for the past year … you know, that shit about Zuffa turning mixed martial arts from human cockfighting into a legitimate sport single handedly. Well, this bullshit nandrolone myth has much further reaching consequences if we allow organizations and FUCKING OFFICIAL NEWS SITES to spread it.

The fight network’s email is … if anyone has a better email address then please suggest it and I’ll update this post. I’d say email Loretta Hunt, but she spamblocked my email after I sent her pictures of my penis. Normally you’re told to write a nice civil letter, but my advice is to be as scathing and scornful as possible. It’s stupid that a lazy fuck like me knows more on this shit than these paid fatcats. Here’s a letter you can cut and paste:

Hey fucktards!

In your AM Update for August 31st, you included some completely bogus and incorrect information regarding nandrolone. Your article states normal levels of nandrolone are 2ml to 6ml. Reality states that normal levels of nandrolone are .2ml to .6ml (which is only for women on certain forms of birth control). There is absolutely no scientific evidence to link rigorous activity to elevated levels of nandrolone production. In fact Dr Christiane Ayotte, one of the top doping experts in the world, has specifically refuted the claim that increased physical activity leads to increased levels of nandrolone. If you took even five minutes to investigate the topic of nandrolone, you would know this already. As it stands you are spreading misinformation and I demand that you correct your article.

Is Randy Couture gonna have to choke a bitch? Yes, I think so.

Well, I certainly predicted this one wrong. Just a few days back I was heralding Babalu’s choke of David Heath as the best marketing tactic ever devised by an ultimate fighter. Unfortunately Dana White saw it as a different kind of marketing tactic: he threw Babalu to the press wolves and released him from his UFC contract. This way he gets to market the image of the UFC as being more civilized than it really is, and everyone will sleep better knowing that only top tier guys like BJ Penn can get away with shit like that.

This whole situation has less to do with Babalu and more to do with laying down the law: Dana White is setting precedent. And while I don’t think what Babalu did warranted his sacking, I do think the UFC needs to take a hard stance on this issue now before someone gets hurt (more than they do during the fight, anyways). Babalu was the perfect candidate … a big enough name to send waves through the MMA community, but not so big they’d be giving another organization a marquee fighter.

So to sum it up: Sucks to be you, Babalu. See you back in the octagon in two or three years, I guess!

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