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For all the talk Dana White is doing about PRIDE fighters being locked under contract, there sure seems like a lot of exceptions to that statement. The latest exception seems to be Takanori Gomi:

Daily Sports reported Monday that Nobuhiko Takada, acting as headquarters chief for former PRIDE parent company Dream Stage Entertainment, gave his consent to allow PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi to move to another organization. Western and Japanese fans alike have been anxiously awaiting the Shooto and PRIDE veteran’s return to the ring.

Takada said he wanted to see Gomi leave on good terms. “Gomi is a world-class athlete,” Takada said. “I want him to get all the motivation in the world to fight. I want him to show the strength of PRIDE.” With the PRIDE franchise in what Takada called a state of hibernation, Gomi’s appearance in another organization seemed inevitable. “It would be a waste to just let time go by for Gomi,” Takada said. “I asked him to show the world the true value of reviving PRIDE.”

So somehow DSE still has the ability to release fighters from their PRIDE contracts. I wasn’t privy to the secret details, but this seems like a repeat of how Josh Barnett managed to get out of his contract. Mind you I wouldn’t take this story at face value. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time writing this blog, it’s that Japanese people are all filthy liars, and they eat babies too.

Okay, maybe they don’t eat babies, and they’re probably cleaner than the average North American. But half the stuff printed in Daily Sports about MMA is still wrong or an outright lie. If this happens to be true though, I bet Dana White is so mad he’s shitting kittens.

Here’s something guys with the name ‘Frank’ have in common: they won’t fight you unless you’re famous. In a statement during MMAWeekly’s Sound Off Radio, Frank Trigg slammed up and comer Jake Shields for challenging him:

Why would I fight Jake Shields? What does this do for me? What does it bring? Well it doesn’t bring anything. Who knows who Jake is besides the diehard mainstream MMA fans, who knows who Jake is? I guess he is 7th ranked at 170 lbs, I am 10th ranked at 185 lbs. So it’s two different weight classes. I have a weekly show on Fox Sports Net and two weeks ago I was on three different shows on Fox. So what does Jake bring to the table when he fights me? Nothing. He doesn’t bring fans from outside the realm of MMA, he doesn’t bring any notoriety, he doesn’t bring anything other then his mouth. All he is really bring to the table is his big mouth. There is nothing else he brings to the fight.

I’m a bit confused about the whole ‘He doesn’t bring fans from outside the realm of MMA’ thing. I know he doesn’t pull the gay crowd like Frank, but that’s no reason not to fight him. Typically MMA fighters have MMA fans, that’s kinda how it works. I will admit that Frank is famous and Jake isn’t … but Frank is famous for being the worst commentator in MMA history, and for his inability to defend a rear naked choke.

Now, I’m not the kind of guy who thinks a fighter should fight anyone who calls them out. In fact, I was pretty damned critical of the whole Mike Swick / Jonathan Goulet situation. But in this case, there’s more than the trash talking. Jake Shields vs Frank Trigg is a good match-up, and it wouldn’t be difficult to put on in an organization like EliteXC or as a headliner for any of the countless middle-rung organizations out there. So why is Frank Trigg so adamant that it’s not going to happen? Since when did MMA become a popularity contest where t-shirt sales matter more than your skill in the ring?

You probably remember ‘DJ Hapa’ as the dope who encouraged people to boo Royce Gracie and Sakuraba over the PA system during their match. Dig a bit deeper and you find out that he was booked to try and draw out more Korean fans for the Dynamite show. What you probably didn’t know is that Steve, one of our long time readers and constant commenters also goes by the name ‘DJ Hapa’.

Why, you ask, should I care? Because Steve just won the first ever Fightlinker giveaway. Last week’s radio show was all about the Mailbag, and Steve was one of the guys who submitted a question. With that simple act, he won one of the new Team Quest t-shirts pictured in this post. Congrats Steve, and a reminder for everyone else: keep your peepers peeled for more contests and prizes!


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.

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