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Nowadays it seems like there’s more action taking place in the courtroom than in the ring. The latest legal victory for Zuffa’s team of flesh eating lawyers was the settlement of the whole Ed Fishman vs PRIDE debacle, where PRIDE promised Ed moneys and a job but gave him the shaft and a slap in the face.

There’s no detail on what the terms were for the settlement, but my bet is Dana White offered Ed a cookie and promised not to call him a “nobody C-list slot machine bozo” in public any more. But if the negotiations went rough it wouldn’t surprise me if Zuffa threw in cell phone service ‘for life’, ringside tickets to an Ultimate Fight Night, and a jar of skin cream formulated especially for creepy gingers.

In these heady days of steroid scandals, it’s easy to forget that there are options available to athletes other than the juice. Fortunately, the IFL remembers this and has just announced an oh-so-conveniently timed sponsorship of Muscle Milk, “arguably America’s favorite protein”. So next time you wonder why some of these IFL guys are looking a bit too good, remember: IT’S JUST THE MUSCLE MILK.

Besides, you should really be wondering if the deal is any good. It’s already come to light via stockholder reports that most of the IFL’s sponsorships are pretty weak and often involve the IFL giving just as much as it’s getting.

The wheels of justice turn ever so slowly, but Hong Man Choi will finally get his day in front of the CSAC on August 6th. Choi was unceremoniously booted off the K1 Dynamite main event because of a tumor on his pituitary gland … you know, the one pretty much all giants have?

Jeong Yeon-soo, the CEO of the Korean branch office of FEG, the organizer of K-1, said, “He knew about the tumor. It’s not that big. Most giants have this disease. It wasn’t a problem when he fought in Korea or Japan.”

Jeong said, “The MRI test on Choi Hong Man didn’t go well. There was no MRI equipment that fit the size of his head, so he had to do an external MRI. The low definition of the image caused the blood stains to appear.”

He went on to say that when he had an MRI scan at two other hospitals in California, the results came out fine. Nonetheless, the California Athletic Commission did not look at them.

Jeong said, “Lesnar had medical check-ups from hospitals not designated by the California Athletic Commission and passed his physical. So not accepting Choi’s is discrimination.” He said that he might file suit or seek all measures necessary to overturn the decision.

It’s interesting to note here that Choi isn’t barred from fighting anywhere else in the world or the states because of this issue. That kinda blackballing only occurs when a fighter has had their license suspended. Choi only had his license denied. So there’s really only two reasons to go ahead with this: to clear away any potential issues in other sanctioned US states like Nevada, or as a preparatory action before suing the CSAC.

It’s always great to see someone like Quinton being so willing to spend time with his fans. Such respect! If you get bored of watching Quinton emasculate guys from Japan, skip to the end where he shows you how romantic he is with the asian ladies. He is one smooth operater!

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I know we rag on Evan Tanner a lot, but the truth of the matter is we’ve always loved him. And it’s not just his balls-out fighting style and crazy adventures that make us big fans – he’s also got a kickass taste in movies. Here’s Evan Tanner’s favorite movies list, taken from his Myspace page:

Equilibrium, Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, Children of Men, The Fountain, Fight Club, Lonesome Dove, Unforgiven, Far and Away, Tombstone, Easy Rider, Finding Forester, Goodwill Hunting, Lady in the Water, The Count of Monte Cristo, Castaway, Hoosiers, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, V For Vendetta, The Libertine, Braveheart, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, Last of the Mohicans, Rock Star, Schindler’s List, The Last Samurai, Sleepless in Seattle, Gladiator, Life as a House, Dances with Wolves, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, The A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. Casablanca, Notorious, The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer, An Affair to Remember, A Beautiful Mind, Legends of the Fall, Invincible, Forest Gump, Troy, the first Matrix, Super Troopers, The Breakfast Club, American Flyers, Vision Quest, Phenomenom, Eight Seconds, Pool Hall Junkies, Days of Thunder, Risky Business, The Electric Horseman, Cool Hand Luke, Saving Private Ryan, Quigley Down Under, Mr. Baseball, Blow, Big, Gandhi, Malcom X, Lawrence of Arabia, The Cutting Edge, the Japanese version of “Shall We Dance”, The Horseman on the Roof, The Seven Samurai……….

What an awesome mix of serious film and stoner classics. Other than Sleepless in Seattle, there’s ne’er a bad movie in this entire list. I especially like how he specified that he only liked the first Matrix film. And including Harold and Kumar? Tanner, you da man. Can we be best friends?

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