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You know things are getting crazy when the replacements for the replacements are getting replaced. The latest casualty of the CSAC’s in-your-face approach to fighter sanctioning is Gabe ‘Cake’ Ruediger, who was denied for one of the most fucked up reasons in the history of the universe (approximately 6000 years according to The Book, may those who deny it burn in hellfire):

No official reason has been given, but word is that the head of CSAC, Armando Garcia, saw a tape of TUF 5 and deemed Ruediger mentally unfit to fight after he determined that he had a “mental breakdown” on the show.

Now, I already touched on the possibility that the CSAC was jerking K1 around. First they deny Hong Man Choi because he’s a giant, and now they deny Gabe Ruediger because he’s a crybaby. That’s like denying Frank Trigg because he’s a retard or me for having the world’s largest penis. That’s just the way things are. I’d like to deny Armando Garcia from sanctioning on account of him being a total wad and a party-pooper, but lets see how far that idea flies.

I’ve already given you my random thoughts on fighter pay. But here’s a very apt observation from our pals at LayAndPray.com:

Hopefully all those ghetto check cashing joints and tire shops are paying out some good sponsorship money. Otherwise, given its high ticket prices, the UFC might be the first major sport in which its athletes couldn’t afford to buy a ticket if they weren’t already there competing. In fact, it may be the only sport given significant coverage on Sportscenter where the average person in the audience makes more money than the athletes taking the lumps.

If you wanna watch the post-UFC71 press conference, click here. If you wanna just read all the salient points, click here.

Get ‘em while they’re still there. If someone can notify me if a link goes dead, I can go find other copies of the fight and fix it.

After our special post-UFC 71 show, we return to our weekly show. 50 grams of fat, 40 grams of sugar, and 30 minutes of MMA tomfoolery. We discuss the two UFC 71 prelim fights, UFC 71 fighter pay, the K1 Dynamite show, the WEC show, and why you shouldn’t buy the UFC 72 PPV.

Download the show here, or click on the widget to your right. Internet Explorer users can’t see the sidebar at the moment (goddamn it!), so click here if you want to stream the show rather than download. We’ll try and fix the site sooner or later.

As always, comments are greatly appreciated. We’re also always looking for more completely inappropriate opening songs and closing fight-ballads.

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