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The Low Blow Episode 9: WTF Matchmaking Saves The Day

Yes, all yous people harassing me have finally won: the Low Blow is back and will be resuming on a weekly basis! This week Derek and Ryan talk about the new season of TUF, the series’ place in the sport, and it’s international editions. From there we get onto Lorenzo Fertitta’s pet India project and how we expect that to pan out.

There was also some big news last week as the UFC reshuffled UFC 153 and after having a few days to digest all the changes we find ourselves about as satisfied as you can expect considering the never ending bad luck the UFC has faced over the past year. The pros, the cons, and the reason why so many people are pissed about getting an extra Anderson Silva fight are all discussed.

Last but not least we break down the main card of UFC 152 and who we think is going to win. Where Vitor Belfort has some advantages, why Ryan thinks the flyweight belt probably shouldn’t even exist, and more deep thoughts cooked into this 80 minute show. Download it here.

  • G Funk

    Pube-O? No thnks, not funny.

  • kvelertak at work



  • agentsmith

    Well I’ll be a porcupine’s dickhole.

  • kvelertak at work

    why can’t i change my avatar?

  • ChildKillerM16

    The return of kvertelak?

  • Blackula Jonez

    Just glad to have the show back on a regular basis.

  • Rodriguez

    My last appearance on a Low Blow was when I was 19. I’m now almost 23. And I drink a lot now. Would like another shot…

  • DJ ThunderElbows


  • agentsmith

    You can’t compel fighter to fight because that’s how “performance” contracts work, same as record deals for musicians. You can’t force them to actually fight or record an album, but you can sever the contract for refusal. Or you just hang onto it and make them sit on the shelf until the contract expires, which in the record business could be never. In the UFC’s case, they could “suspend” the fighter by just not giving them another fight for awhile, but that’s probably not a good idea when the fighter in question is one of your stars.

  • subo

    But agent, in the NFL the ownership CAN do more than just cut a player that holds out/acts bitchtastic. Namely, they can fine him. That’s part of what the owners get in collective bargaining – in exchange the players get, you know, pensions and rights and shit.

    Until the fighters are a unified negotiating force, there’s no way for their contracts to contain enforcement protocols like other major sports do.

  • Rodriguez

    “In the UFC’s case, they could “suspend” the fighter by just not giving them another fight for awhile, but that’s probably not a good idea when the fighter in question is one of your stars.”

    UFC don’t give a shit. Arlovski, Vera, Penn (when they held him out for 6 months after the first GSP fight until they matched him with Hironaka on a Fight Night card), Pulver in 02…

  • I am the Liquor

    Hmmmmm………”Derek”, whoever the fuck that is, sounds a lot like Subo. Amirite?

    Someone please ask Jake to come back and make this a respectable and yes, even funny radio show.

    Nobody really cares that there is no god Jake. But we do like mma and your silly sidekick takes on it.

    Up with Jake!

    Fuck off Subo.

  • agentsmith

    Subo, that’s a different type of contract. In sports/leagues like the NFL, MLB, NHL, etc, the players are basically contracted and salaried for the entire season, so it’s easy to fine them, suspend them for X-number of games, etc. But fighters are paid piecemeal, with merely a promise to offer them X-number of fights within X-timeframe, so their contracts are much more akin to the music industry than any major league sport. Even if/when fighters unionize, there’d still be no way to fine them. But like I said, they can always unofficially bench them, which basically serves the same purpose and cuts into their shelf-life to boot.