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I just got an email from the UFC saying UFC 79 was going to be ‘the biggest card of the year’. This is an interesting statement to make, and there are two interpretations:

1. This is the biggest card of the past 365 days. I suppose they could pull this off if they really kept BJ Penn and Chuck vs Wanderlei on the card, but there are all sorts of signs pointing to the idea that they aren’t. Even if they keep Penn on the card, if Sherk isn’t cleared (and he’s got a juicer’s chance in California of that) it’ll still be a pretty weak card.

But let’s be specific: which card had the most umph to it the past year? I’m not talking about post-event coitus where we all said “Wow that Ultimate Fight Night ruled”. We’re talking about the biggest, most star-studdiest card of the year so far. UFC 68? UFC 73? Looking back, there hasn’t been many retardo cards. I vaguely seem to remember being pumped for events this year, but looking back I can’t seem to remember why. I guess when you know the results it’s hard to recapture the element of suspense which elevates a good card to being great.

2. This is going to be the biggest card for the next 365 days. If this is the case, then just shoot me in the fucking head now.

Friday October 19th, Noon

Aloha from sunny central west Ohio. We are now on hour 18 of our 20 hour journey from Montreal to Cincinnati to see UFC 77, and thus far the trip has been pretty painful. We knew going into this that the bus was welfare, but we didn’t realize how lame and stupid the majority of the people who rode it were.

Montreal -> Toronto trip highlights:
Some homeless guy brewing a sweat stew under his poncho sleeping in front of us. About three hours into the trip he took off his ‘shoes’ and put his feet up on the window sill. Delightful.

The dumbest old bitch in the world who was sitting in the front seet holding up the bus at every stop. Every time we’d roll into a station, she’d get up and rummage through her 15 shopping bags, keeping anyone from being able to get on or off the bus.

As a result of these two morons (security got on the bus at one point to hassle the homeless guy – thank God transients are treated like shit), we came within 10 minutes of missing our 1AM connecting bus to Detroit. This would have been kinda horrific as we would have then been stuck overnight in the Toronto bus station. So the last two hours of this trip was spent wishing AIDS on the people who were slowing us down and contemplating which corner of the bus station would be safest to sleep in.

Fortunately we made it with 5 minutes to spare, and even a last second issue with our tickets (“You can’t use Greyhound Canada tickets on a Greyhound US bus! Go get them reprinted”), we made it on the bus.

Toronto -> Detroit
We were the only white people on this bus. This was the easiest 6 hours of the trip because I managed to sleep through most of it. But every time we’d stop at a station, the people getting off would manage to hit me in the face with their bags or elbows. One girl practically hip checked me with her fat ass. I love how everyone is so considerate.

Detroit -> Ohio
We asked a taxi driver at the Detroit bus station where to go for breakfast and he gave us directions to a Burger King in the ghetto. I stopped counting the mini-bottles of liquor strewn across the sidewalk after a while … it looked like a mini-bar service truck had exploded or something. Fortunately for us, gang bangers aren’t up at 7am on a Friday morning (surprising since the word METH was spray painted on so many buildings we walked past) so we managed to get back to the bus station with no problems.

We slept most of the way to the first rest stop, where we got an opportunity to buy some steamy beefy taco melts from Taco Bell. If you didn’t know, Taco Bell is banned in Quebec because of the quality of thier meats. I’ve wanted to try one of those taco melts since we were bainwashed by the ads during The Ultimate Fighter season premiere, and it didn’t dissapoint. At this point, Burger King + Taco Bell is starting to make my stomach feel queasy. The solution? A 500 calorie Payday bar and a Rockstar energy drink.

We just rolled out of Lima, Ohio, which has to be the most depressing town in the state. Half the buildings are boarded up, but apparently that doesn’t mean they’re condemned because there are people sitting out on the front patios of these places. The whole fucking town could use a coat of paint … it looks like there was a ban on fixing broken windows or repairing structural damage for the past 15 years.

More coming up!

It seems like just last month that Adam Swift from MMA Payout started to write some stuff about the business side of MMA. Now he’s getting his stuff picked up on the front page of Wait a second, it WAS last month that he started this. Damn, that’s quick!

Big ups to Sherdog for picking up the source of this article rather than just having one of your people write a C-grade knockoff of the same info. My only complaint about Adam’s writing is that he could spice it up a bit with occasional references to ‘cunts’ or something. That’s just my opinion, though. Cunts!

Fighters are morons. That’s why we don’t wait for them to tap when they’re in trouble during a fight, and that’s why we here at fightlinker don’t bother interviewing them. For the most part, the only interesting part in fighter interviews is when they say something unusually stupid or obviously false. Case in point, Wanderlei Silva’s Q&A with Yahoo:

Re: Are you worried about receiving too many concussions and how that will effect you later in life?
I have only one problem in my head, and that is that I am only more hungry to win.

This has got to be the lamest dodge ever, and there seems to be more and more question dodges happening in MMA. Why the fuck would Silva dodge a question like this? It’s not one of the many verboten topics that Papa Dana says “No speaky” on, so my theory is the concussion issue is a very real concern to Silva, and he’s probably at the stage where it’s causing him to hear voices that are telling him to murder his family and hang himself on his gym equipment.

Re: Steroids in Pride
Actually, they do test in Japan. I was tested before and after my fights in Japan.

Wrong! PRIDE may have taken pee and blood, but it wasn’t to test for steroids. So either Silva is lying, or he just didn’t know what those sneaky Japanese were doing with his fluids. You would think these guys would have a better understanding of what’s going to happen with that stuff. Knowing the Japanese there’s a good chance there’s vials of Silva’s urine inside vending machines across Tokyo right now! Or he’s got an Asian clone being grown in a vat somewhere.

As mentioned in approximately 30% of the posts over the past week, Jake and I are off to Cincinnati to see UFC 77. For most people, this kind of trip would consist of a a 4-5 hour flight. However, we are not most people, so we have ‘decided’ to take the bus, also known as the most ghetto form of transportation in the universe.

The trip will be long and hard … Jake never shuts up and I can only hope the border police don’t take away the meds I need to induce a comatose state for the 21 hours we’ll be on the road.

We’ll be documenting the trip as best we can and if there’s wireless internet in Cleveland then maybe you’ll get a fresh post and possibly even a video. But if that’s not the case then all you get is pre-written posts over the next few days. I apologize in advance if anything earth shattering occurs between Thursday 5pm and Saturday 10pm.

We’re definitely gonna write up some shit after the show, although god knows if that’ll be at 2am, 4am, 6am … yeah. And depending on how much Mickey’s we’ve drank, I make no promises to the accuracy of anything I say (yeah I know … how is that different from any other time). So anyways, at least being at the show is a better excuse for delayed posts than playing DDR all weekend!

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