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Just a little something I noticed in MSNBC’s foray into MMA journalism:

From October 1999 to the present, Henderson has not fought on American soil. He has built a reputation in Japan for fighting skills that enabled him to defeat Nogueira, Renzo Gracie, Murilo Rua, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva among others.

Lets see … what’s wrong with that statement? What’s wrong? What did they say in there that could possibly be wrong? Hmmm … I don’t know … hmmm … is there even something wrong in there? I’m not so sure any more.

Oh wait.

DAN HENDERSON’S LAST FUCKING FIGHT WAS IN AMERICA. And it was against Wanderlei Silva, one of the guys this bozo included in Hendo’s list of defeated opponents. This isn’t just some innocent typo. This isn’t even just one dumb statement in an otherwise factually correct article. Pretty much the entire fucking article is written around the idea that Henderson hasn’t fought in the US in over 7 years.

Yeah, this is just a standard fanboy “Fuck You” to the mainstream media. But come on. This dumbass gets PAID to write this. I hope they force feed him a jar of nickels for this piece of shit article, because that’s about what he deserves for it.

So next time you read something on MSNBC, maybe you should think twice about relying on it, because they apparently have no issue just saying shit that’s just completely wrong. That’s MSNBC, which has an invested worth of over 500 million dollars, making statements that even the most braindead TUF noob on the Sherdog forums wouldn’t make.

Anyways, I’m just saying.

Finally, a moment of sanity in this whole Sean Sherk debacle:

Sherk’s appeal before the California commission will be in October. [Dana] White said he hadn’t made up his mind what to do because he said he believes Sherk’s denials, but he said if Sherk is suspended by the commission, he would probably strip him of the belt.

I don’t like the whole ‘hasn’t made up his mind / probably’ wording Dana’s using, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. I think Dana White is just going through the 5 stages at the moment:

  1. Denial : The initial stage: “There must be some kind of mistake, Sean is a good man.”
  2. Anger : “Fucking Hermes Franca. This is all his fault somehow
  3. Bargaining : “Maybe he will keep it and maybe he won’t … we’re still talking everything out.”
  4. Depression : “I haven’t made up my mind … I guess we would probably strip him”
  5. Acceptance : “Sherk is definately going to be suspended, regardless of if it was supplement contamination or aliens from Mars that were responsible. We’ll strip him of the belt and then just give him an immediate title shot once his suspension is up because me and Sherk are butt buddies”

He seems to have hit step 4 by now, so lets see if it takes until Sherk’s hearing in October before he hits stage 5 and stops putting off the inevitable. Everyone and their dog knows Sherk is gonna get suspended over this … so why are we all sitting around waiting for the inevitable? Either Dana or Sean should do the right thing and vacate the belt in the meantime so the lightweight division doesn’t slam to a halt again. It’s not like Sherk can’t come back and fight for it once his year is up anyways.

You and I may not care about the IFL, but Renzo Gracie certainly does. Check out his level of dedication:

On the importance of winning the team finals for jiu-jitsu:

It’s very important. It’s something we’ve been aiming to achieve and we’ve been working very hard. Right now I have a very angry wife outside and she wants to cut my head off because we haven’t had a summer vacation yet. And I probably won’t have a summer vacation until the kids are back in school.

My wife is very righteous, she doesn’t let the kids miss one day even though everyday when I go to wake them up they say, “Dad one more hour.” I just say go back to sleep. But winning the title is very important. I think it’s the goal of everybody sitting here at this table. I think we all have the same idea and the same focus to work toward. We’re going to work much harder to achieve that.

I like how Renzo is all about working hard and discipline when it comes to training his team, but doesn’t really give a shit about making his kids go to school. He probably figures the mad cash he’s gonna make once the IFL hits it big will take care of everything. His kids probably don’t even get to see Dad unless he’s choking the fuck out of them in the gym screaming “Keep your neck down! You are a Gracie! Do you want to be an honorless hack like your uncle Royce?”

Between him and Royce, I don’t know who’s kids have it worse.

I don’t respond to mainstream press mongoloids who rip on the sport, but the following statement was made by the chairman of the “World Martial Arts Games Committee”, and he should really know better.

“I believe that UFC style events will continue to be popular for the next few years, but eventually will lose its following. When you look at demographics, MMA has a large following of males between the ages of 25 and 35—this group is part of the largest generation since the baby boomers. However, as these males become parents and age, they will naturally become less supportive of violence and the result will be a retreat from activities that contain it.”

Yeah right, like the average mutant who watches the UFC is ever going to have kids. Okay, I’m sure they’ll breed like cockroaches, but they’ll also most likely drop / run over / drown the majority of these spawn within a matter of months. So long as this cycle of stupidity and neglect continues, the UFC will never run out of fans.

Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but as current fans ‘become parents and age’, isn’t it likely that … uh I dunno … there’ll be a whole new generation of kids who are just hitting the target age and demographic for the UFC? Unless there’s some kind of huge sterility issue going on like in Children of Men. Man, that was a fucking wicked movie. It’s my favorite Alfonso Cuarón movie ever … after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, that is. Hey, who else can’t wait for Emma Watson to hit 18? I sure can’t. She’s like totally hotter than Hayden Panettiere. Although I do like Hogwarts more than Heroes. Where the fuck did I put my Ritalin? Oooh, what’s that shiny thing over there?

By now you’ve probably heard about the liquid AIDS … er … bad case of staph infection tearing through Pat Miletich’s camp like wildfire. If you don’t know the skinny on staph infections, check this out. So far the fighters hit include Drew McFedries, Tim Sylvia, and Spencer Fisher. While I would like to think Tim Sylvia’s staph is proof of a divine power, I just can’t imagine a God who would allow Spencer Fisher to suffer the same fate.

With the Spence all fucked up, the UFC has chosen Kenny Florian to replace him against Din Thomas at Ultimate Fight Night 11. While I was looking forward to seeing Fisher pound Din’s face in, I have to admit that Florian-Thomas intrigues me on a different level. Both guys are experts on the ground so it’ll be interesting to see how this one turns out. I’m giving this one to Kenny because he was badass enough to hang out in Afghanistan for a week.

Anyways I hope Team Miletich stops sharing the soap or starts washing the grappling mats. Maybe if Pat and the gang weren’t so busy whoring around town, this kind of shit wouldn’t happen!

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