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Not content to bore the fuck out of me in the octagon, Jake O’Brien is now boring us in interview format. I was originally hoping he would offer an apology for his fight with Herring and possibly some kind of refund, but this is the best we got:

Explaining his calculated approach on the ground, O’Brien replied: “I knew how good he was at staying out of stuff. Watching his fights and seeing who he’s fought, I knew he was just about impossible to submit. I didn’t want to tire myself out and then get caught in something. After he caught me I went back to what I know best, and I stuck with it since it was working. “

Translation: “I didn’t have the skills to beat him so I lay on top of him and humped him like a drunken fourteen year old.”

As I used to do back in the day, here’s the first of many media previews. This morning we have Kalib ‘Smelly’ Starnes vs Chris ‘The Cat Smasher’ Leben. Pay close attention to each fighter’s bout with Jason MacDonald.

Kalib Starnes vs Jason MacDonald
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Leben
Mike Swick vs. Chris Leben
Chris Leben vs Jason MacDonald
Chris Leben vs Luigi Fioravanti

The embedded video clips after the jump

Kalib Starnes vs Jason MacDonald

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Leben

Mike Swick vs. Chris Leben

Chris Leben vs Jason MacDonald

Chris Leben vs Luigi Fioravanti

This just in: freaky giant Hong Man Choi was denied a fighting license today by the CSAC for undisclosed medical reasons. My bet is the world’s largest herpes sore. That leaves penis-chested Brock Lesnar without an opponent. All this oh so annoying paperwork is really starting to piss off K1 USA promoter Mike Kogan, who is apparently hoping his use of the word ‘Fuck’ will bring him the same luck it affords Dana White:

“Why would I sell tickets to the largest venue in the country to hold a pay-per-view, sell the worldwide rights and then sit on my (expletive) and not do what I need to do to be licensed? It’s crazy. This is a process and we’re going through that process and we will be licensed.”

Why oh why indeed? Newsflash, Kogan: Perhaps if the event wasn’t next weekend and you weren’t fucking the dog on the paperwork, we’d believe you. As it is, there’s something called reality that’s a bit hard to ignore.

Of course, it’s interesting to note this article is written by Kevin Iole, who was the creepy molester-looking guy interviewed for no reason on the Countdown to UFC 71 show. Obviously facts are facts, but it is kind of interesting that Kevin magically shows up in UFC programming, and is now writing pretty damning articles regarding the fate of K1 Dynamite. I’m just sayin’!

UPDATE: Speculation on the interwebs is that Choi’s denial may have something to do with the fact that he was knocked out on March 3rd during K1’s Hawaii show. Typically after getting KO’ed a fighter is suspended for 90 days, so who knows. Also a possibility is that Hong Man Choi is actually a cyborg.

As promised, here’s our completely unnecessary and only slightly educational preview of UFC 71. The show weighs in at 25 minutes and a nice and palatable 11 megs in size, which goes to show it’s not how big it is but how you use it. Thanks as always to my co-host Jacob from The Good Atheist. Check it out for your dose of theistic rambling.

So many people just think of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as a joker. I know most people take him seriously as a fighter, but I have my doubts on if they take him seriously as a human being. There’s no denying Rampage is always good for a laugh, but the public does the man a diservice by ignoring who he is beyond his chain and barking.

Quinton Jackson isn’t just some ignorant stereotype. He’s not just a walking quote machine. He’s a man with a family, with a history, with a story. Luke Thomas sums this up perfectly in an article on the untold tale of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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