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Here’s an interesting article sourced from an asian site that delves a little deeper into the situation with Hong Man Choi’s medicals for the K1 Dynamite shows:

However, Choi was denied a license for medical reasons by the California Athletic Commission after it found a tumor in his head. They also found blood stains on it.

And here’s the kicker: One of K1’s japanese heads is saying they are ready to file suit over the situation:

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.

So here’s the question: Is the CSAC being reasonable with it’s medical requests? It’s fun to imagine that the guys at K1 are total idiots who don’t know how to throw an event, but could it be possible that the CSAC is actively fucking over K1 by denying fighters on every single technicality they can find? The tumor has been in Hong Man Choi’s brain his entire life and is the reason he’s 7 feet tall. If K1 is telling the truth about the ‘blood spots’ being a result of a low quality MRI, then why won’t the CSAC relent?

Remember, the CSAC has a history of fucking over lots of people in the past. These are the guys who:

  • Suspended Brian Ebersole and Shannon Ritch indefinately for ‘working a fight.’ The proof? Ebersole showboated and did a cartwheel during the match.
  • Suspended Josh Thompson 6 months for wearing a t-shirt that said “Frank Glamrock is my bitch”
  • Suspended Joe Martin 6 months for unsportsmanlike conduct. No one is really sure what the fuck happened here, but everyone agrees it’s bullshit

This is just a partial list off the top of my head. So while I’m pretty sure there’s no deep dark conspiracy in all this, I don’t doubt that the CSAC is being less than helpful and reasonable with K1.

UPDATE: I originally accused the CSAC of overturning Nick Diaz’s win against Takanori Gomi. In truth this was the NSAC. Damn bloggers and their irresponsible accusations!

(above: Chance’s record on May 21st as shown by

Okay, so if you listen to our May 30th podcast you’ll notice I totally pooch the WEC news by mixing up Carlos Condit and Brock Larson. My bad. You’ll also hear me say that Chance Farrar is 3-0 when the WEC currently shows him at 5-0. Well looky looky: just last week, Chance Farrar WAS listed as 3-0. When Condit was removed from the lineup with an injury, Farrar magically scored two more wins for his record. I can only hope this update means Chance has a CHANCE at beating Faber.

Two interesting little tidbits from the very engrish Gryphon:

newcomer to Josh Barnett team

Josh said “R.Babalu will join my team I will continue training in Carifornia”

Josh-PRIDE contract

Josh said!”I can not nagotiate to other Promotion,This is decided by contract with DSE”

Renato Babalu Sobral is an interesting addition to Josh’s training team. I’m not sure if they’re saying Babalu is helping out Josh or Josh is helping out Babalu or if it’s a general both ways arrangement. Regardless, I’m happy to hear Babalu is still out and about ‘doing stuff’ after that giveaway loss to Jason Lambert.

Josh’s comment about his DSE contract keeping him from fighting in other promotions is interesting as well. There’s been lots and lots of speculation on the state and legitimacy of PRIDE fighter contracts. Some people are saying they’re not worth more than the napkin they’re written on. Dana White just keeps saying “We’re gonna get them all” like he’s some kind of retarded Pokemon hunter. News from behind the scenes is DSE is trying to force fighters to transfer their contract to the new PRIDE or sit out the remainder of their contracts. Now Josh is saying that at the very least he’s stuck in his current contract and can’t fight elsewhere.

I dunno about you, but it sounds to me like Zuffa’s got a lot of people by the balls.

If you’re one of the 27 people still tuning into TUF5, you’ll know that Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas got into a fight at the house and were kicked off the show. Now it’s been announced that the two will face off at the TUF5 finale. I’ll let Steve Sievert from the Houston Chronicle follow up:

White was pointed in his profanity-laced scolding of the fighters, noting that he had worked six years trying to overcome the perception that ultimate fighting is no more than a glorified barroom brawl. Sims and Thomas didn’t do much to help White’s cause.

White took a hard line on the incident, and, frankly, I fully expected Sims and Thomas to have “fought” in the UFC for the last time. Their actions certainly warranted the harsh punishment.

However, not only are the two fighters still very much a part of the UFC, they are actually being welcomed back with open arms to fight on live television in the season finale and pocket some cash for their efforts.

So much for White’s hard line and ensuring the integrity of the sport.

There seems to have been a lot of two-faced stuff like this going on lately. At least the other examples were understandable: sucking PRIDE dry of all it’s talent wasn’t what anyone wanted, and merging the PRIDE belts into the UFC means having to give Dan Henderson a shot sooner rather than later. But to kick these guys off the show for fighting and then having the gall to book them against eachother on the final is just mind blowing. In someone’s mind it’s an easy buck and another angle, but to me it’s another step down a slippery slope. I have to wonder if this decision has anything to do with the fact that the incident caused ratings for the show to hit 1.3 (up from last week’s 1.1).

I just thought I’d take this opportunity as June approaches to thank the MMA Gods (Thor, Odin, and Jeff Blatnick) for the bounty they have provided us in this coming month:

June 2nd – EliteXC / DynamiteUSA (event subject to implosion)
June 3rd – WEC
June 12th – Ultimate Fight Night : Fisher vs Stout
June 16th – UFC72 : Victory
June 22nd – Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Baroni
June 23rd – TUF5 Finals: Pulver vs Penn
June 30th – ICON : Fearless

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