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Here’s a picture from a past UFC where you can see what an awesome job Cecil Peoples is doing judging a fight. Unfortunately Cecil was watching the fight back in section 202 instead of the one in the Octagon. Did history repeat itself?

**Update** Turns out Cecil wasn’t a judge at UFC66, which is where this image comes from.   Damn you reality for ruining my fun!

Kit Cope hasn’t managed to do much in the MMA world other than penetrate Gina Carano. This of course makes him legendary in my books. He’s also a funny dude as proven by this interview:

Kit: I had a separation in my rib but it healed up in a few weeks it left a little lump but I’m still beautiful, but the knee injury happened while I was training for a fight in the AFL in Louisville, Kentucky. I was out at Quest in Timecula California. I was training with those guy Thierry Sokoudjou-I don’t know if you heard of him but he’s the guy who knocked out Rogerio Nogueira and then knocked out Arona.

JR: The world is watching and waiting on him to see his next move and see who he fights.

Kit: Yeah well I was watching as he tore my knee in half.

Now why did Sokoudjou destroying someone’s knee sound familiar? Oh yeah … he did the exact same thing to Frank Shamrock:

Following the fight the focus shifted to Shamrock’s knee injury suffered while training with Thierry Sokoudjou two weeks before the event. The thirty-four year old former UFC champion told MMAWeekly, “I tore my ACL and MCL, and partially tore my meniscus which apparently is really bad. I probably shouldn’t be walking around, but I just put that big brace on it and kept on going.”

If you ask me, there’s two things you don’t want to get fucked up: your knee and your back. Okay, your neck and brain are also pretty important. But when I think of horrific training accidents, the knee is pretty high up there because you got all sorts of muscles and shit converging together.

If your leg was Ohio, your knee would be Cincinnati. If Cincinnati gets wiped out, you might as well write Ohio off. Because really, who the fuck gives a shit about Columbus? Anyways, I don’t really know where I was going with that but the point is don’t let Sokoudjou near Cincinnati because he’ll fuck it up.

I love Josh Barnett, but sometimes he makes my nerd alert go off so hard I have to resist the temptation to stuff him in a locker and steal his lunch money. Case point: At the end of a myspace bulletin, he tacks on at the end ‘Currently reading: Chapter War (Warhammer 40,000) by Ben Counter’.

If you spent your youth smoking pot and getting some hot teenage breast action on, you may not be familiar with Warhammer. Here’s what Wikipedia says:

Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as Warhammer 40K, WH40K, W40K or just 40K) is a science fantasy game produced by Games Workshop. The game depicts combat between the armies of the fictional universe of the 41st millennium using 28 mm scale (approximately 1:65) miniature figurines which represent futuristic soldiers, creatures and vehicles of war.

That doesn’t really give you a feel for the whole ‘WH40K’ thing, so let me try to summarize: It’s about the lamest thing in the history of the universe. The only thing lamer than the Warhammer game are Warhammer books. They’re basically harlequin novels for four eyed freaks, with robo-swords and starships instead of tits and ass. Here’s the description of the book Josh is reading, courtesy of

Having stabilised their gene-seed, and brought a halt to their mutation, the Soul Drinkers start rebuilding their Chapter with new recruits. But the recruits have their own ideas. Rather than protect the Imperium, they wish to wage war against it. With the Imperial forces and the Inquisition closing in on the renegade Chapter, can Sarpedon rally his troops to face the true enemy?

Honestly, Josh … WTF??? I always figured you for a Forgotten Realms or Dark Sun kinda guy. Hell, I imagined we’d meet up and shoot the shit about Dragonlance and discuss the pros and cons of third edition AD&D versus second edition. But alas you have to destroy my fantasy and reveal yourself to be a … science fiction freak of all things! I’ve failed my savings throw against disappointment.

Okay, this is the last word on this, I promise. The past few days have been nothing but Cubans and deaf guys and British people. I miss the days of lesbians, robots, and Evan Tanner.

Like a kid finding his Christmas presents in his parent’s closet a week before Christmas, we kind of ruined the whole Mark Cuban MMA thing. While other kids danced with visions of sugarplums and Fedor vs Barnett dancing in their heads, we already knew last night that the ‘main event’ for Cuban’s first show was Paulson vs Ford.

Overall, we did pretty damned good at predicting everything with Cuban. He’s basically throwing shows in the arena he owns for the TV channel he owns. He’s not going overboard financially … he’s starting small and seeing where that goes. And hey, in a lot of ways that’s a good idea. After Fedor vs Barnett, there’s really nowhere to go but down. And considering the lineup for their first show, there’s really nowhere to go but up.

But let’s get to the point: No matter how tame the first offering, Cuban’s foray into MMA is good for the sport. Past his own show on October 14th, he’s planning on featuring 24 full fledged MMA events on his HDNet Fight Night program through 2008. Some of the names he mentioned were the IFO (Steele Cage), Art of War, and even the IFL.

24 shows is pretty significant, and that’s a lot of money and exposure for other promotion companies and fighters that they wouldn’t otherwise get. So while Cuban’s events may not set the world on fire, the framework that Cuban is building is going to help other MMA companies get off the ground and out of the Pay-Per-View trap they’ve been stuck in for years and years. It will also give non-UFC fighters an avenue to gain some real exposure and earn some decent cash.

Overall, Cuban’s deal is great for the sport, even if it makes us hardcore fans yawn.

Who knows why Justin McCully is off UFC 76, but honestly … who fucking cares? No one had any idea why the hell Justin McCully was fighting for the UFC in the first place. I guess dropping off the face of the earth for 6 years and then winning two matches against weak competition is enough to get you into the UFC nowadays. That’s how McCully did it … Or maybe it was Tito Ortiz pulling some strings.

Regardless, the guy sucked balls in his debut match against Antoni Hardonk. As a UFC fighter there are three crimes you can commit to gain my ire:

  1. You can coast into the UFC without earning a spot
  2. You can look like a washed up overweight Billy Ray Cyrus impersonator
  3. You can have a really terrible boring match

Since Justin McCully has pulled off the hat trick, I officially hate him and am glad he’s off the UFC76 card. But what’s really great is who’s replacing him: Scott Junk. Junk is some new hotness coming out Hawaii … I heard about his MFC fights and how brutal his striking is. Plus his last name is Junk. How cool is that? All in all this just turned a boring fight I was going to avoid into a match I really want to see.

**Update** McCully is out because of an injured elbow

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