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Did you know that being called a homosexual is such an insult that you can sue someone for slander over it? Up until this point it’s mainly politicians and such who take matters to the court when a major newspaper tries to smear them by ‘outing’ them as gay. But now we’ve reached a new milestone in mixed martial arts history: when talking shit about a guy can get you slapped with court papers.

PDG: Last night during the broadcast on Yahoo sports, Frank Shamrock was commentating. When you entered the ring Frank said that you were “The first openly gay fighter in mixed martial arts.”

Josh: Yea I know I have been hearing about that. I think that my agent is in the process of hiring a lawyer to file a lawsuit against Frank for slander. We’ll see how that goes.

The reason what Shamrock did is considered slander is because it wasn’t obvious to the average person that this was a joke. That might seem like an unimportant distinction, but trust me it is. That’s why on this site I can call fighters fags and drunks and rapists and molesters and not get into trouble. My site is so obviously retarded that no one can potentially take me seriously. Free speech is designed to protect comedians, satirists, and even low-brow humorists like myself.

On the other hand, Frank Shamrock deadpanned the statement in such a way that he was trying to pass it off as real. As soon as you’re trying to deceive people into thinking something is true that isn’t, and that thing affects another person’s reputation or livelihood … bam! That’s slander for ya.

Anyways, perhaps if this had happened on NBC or something I’d be concerned. But honestly, only the hardcore MMA fans streamed the Strikeforce show off Yahoo Sports. And then only the most hardcore of the hardcore managed to watch long enough to hear Frank’s comment. So yeah, maybe a couple TUF Noobs think Josh is gay. At least they’ll remember who is is now.

**UPDATE** I originally used the term libel instead of slander in this article. Libel is written, slander is spoken. I hope no one is studying for the bar exam using the stuff I write on the blog or they might get that question wrong.

Every time I start to worry that FightOpinion is just turning into a link farm (a link farm for the MENSA members of the MMA community nevertheless), the site kicks into overdrive with some awesome articles you’d never be able to find anywhere else. One of those awesome articles this week is on the financial status of the UFC as determined by Standard & Poors, a premiere financial company charged with assessing lending risk. One interesting tidbit of info:

Operating costs have more than doubled thanks to production costs associated with the two events held in the U.K and an aggressive marketing campaign to establish the brand in the U.K., the scale of which was criticized by the company’s financial officers according to Dave Meltzer. As result the company’s EBITDA as a percentage of gross revenues has fallen to roughly 20 percent for the year thus far.

The fact that the company’s financial officers were not happy with the cost of expansion might explain a few things as to why Zuffa backed down from Japan so quickly. With the cost of doing business in a new country revealed, could it be that Zuffa realized how big of a money pit Japan could be?

The UFC is still doing well on the gates in the UK, and they’re picking up some okay money off TV rights for those shows as well. How well would they have done in Japan? The prospect of no local TV deal and a tiny crowd is enough to make any company rethink it’s plans to enter a market.

There’s no denying that Dave Meltzer knows his shit. His knowledge of MMA history is probably unrivaled except by Jordan Breen, who just knows a lot more about obscure Japanese stuff no one else cares about. This article from Fox Sports has Meltzer droppin science on the Light Heavyweight division, chronicling it’s history. It’s good shit.

But what’s not so good is his vision of the division’s future. Here’s his breakdown of what should happen:

Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
Keith Jardine vs. Houston Alexander
Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva
Winner of Ortiz-Evans vs. Shogun Rua
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida

You know why Dave Meltzer is stupid? Because his ideas are different than mine. Here’s how I would set things up:

Tito Ortiz vs Wanderlei Silva, winner gets Quinton Jackson
Chuck Liddell vs Rashad Evans
Forrest Griffin vs Dan Henderson
Shogun Rua vs Lyoto Machida
Keith Jardine can go fuck himself
Houston Alexander vs Stephan Bonnar

Meltzer admitted that half the universe would groan if the UFC announced Jackson vs Griffin. So why do it? Why not save the UFC78 card by putting Tito vs Wanderlei, and then the winner will fight Jackson? That’s mega-bucks either way: Ortiz/Jackson or Silva/Jackson 3 are two retardo sellers.

You put Griffin against tough as nails Henderson … no one would ever doubt Forrest again as legitimate if he gets past him. Since you’ve put Tito against Wanderlei, you’ve gotta put Rashad somewhere. Why not put him against Chuck? Give Chuck another wrestler to bring him back from the edge. Perfect.

Anyways, these are just my fantasy world pics but they also make a decent amount of sense on the business side. And past that, who really wants to see Jardine / Alexander 2? Rematches are for a year or two down the road, for fuck’s sake.

The relationship between Wanderlei Silva and Chute Boxe since he moved to the states has been a mystery wrapped in an enigma put in a box and buried deep in the ground. Finally, MMAWeekly has dug up that box and sorted everything out by asking the Chute Boxe guys what’s up:

MMAWEEKLY: No one has really talked much about the situation with Wanderlei Silva and Chute Boxe. Please explain to us what is the real situation between Chute Boxe and Silva.

CORDEIRO: Wanderlei was the greatest icon at Chute Boxe. It was 17 years together. The most painful thing was to see that friend going to another country and lose that friendship.

It is impossible to talk about Wanderlei Silva and not talk about Chute Boxe and it’s impossible to talk about Chute Boxe and not talk about Wanderlei Silva. It was a very beautiful marriage. He was projected to be a great champion and we all did it.

We wish all the best to him and we know that he will transmit everything he learned here at Chute Boxe, not just as a fighter, but as a man, too. God bless him and very good luck to him in his new way and his new camp.

Chute Boxe is always here. Chute Boxe did not stop with Wanderlei going out and Chute Boxe won’t stop with Shogun [losing]. We are very sure that there will always be a new champion coming out of here at our camp.

In the end, we hope only the best to Wanderlei Silva.

So there you go. While some may say he’s still a member of Chute Boxe in spirit, that’s about as legitimate as Kermit the Frog’s honorary doctorate in amphibious biology. As chummy and great as Cordeiro makes things sound in this interview, there’s definately some tension going on behind the scenes. Ninja Rua was none too pleased that Wanderlei Silva was involved with the same gym as Forrest Griffin (even though Griffin wasn’t even around when Silva was in town), and there’s been all sorts of other little quips and comments showing Chute Boxe is feeling a little bit dumped.

New Era Fighting tends to send out a lot of stupid press releases, but the one they released yesterday is actually pretty interesting: they’re suing the CSAC for (insert Dr Evil smirk) 500 million dollars.The lawsuit is the result of the CSAC’s cease and desist order, issued only minutes prior to NEF’s much publicized scheduled tryouts July 19 in Montebello, which forced the cancellation of NEF’s tryouts. The CSAC claimed Kort wasn’t a licensed promoter despite having approved his application, awarding him a promoter’s license, and cashed his renewal check ($1000) for 2007 (copies available upon request).

Okay, so 500 million dollars is just slightly retarded. But if what the NEF is saying is true, the CSAC could be in trouble. We here at Fightlinker aren’t exactly the biggest fans of the CSAC … we’re pro-regulation but anti-asshole. The NSAC and NJAC are generally okay in our books but the number of retardo things the CSAC has done over the past year is just insane. A monkey with a pogo stick could run a better commission.

So based on what we know from the CSAC, it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that they shut down NEF’s tryouts out of hand. On the other hand, this press release could be blowing smoke up our asses. Perhaps tryouts need to be registered and overseen by the commission and this wasn’t done? And the ‘last second ruling’ could have just been the end result of weeks worth of warning notices from the CSAC.

Hey, I hate the CSAC and want Armando Garcia to go blow a goat. But I’m not about to believe the word of a freakshow promotion like NEF over the word of a freakshow commission like the CSAC. I’d rather just label them both morons and move on.

500 million. Seriously. Why not just sue for a bajillion-zillion dollars. My three year old can be the judge, and we can line our dolls up to be the jury. But we’ll have to take a recess for lunch, my mom will make us chicken nuggets and fries! Awesome.

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