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The Weekly Rundown

Tito Ortiz says he’s close to signing a deal with Strikeforce that will give him some sort of sub-promotion called Punishment Fighting Championships. Strikeforce’s execs say “Uuuuh … no.” Tito also wants to fight Fedor soon. We expect Fedor’s people to say “Zeeeeeej … niet.”

Mirko Crocop may be back in the Octagon sooner than Kevin Iole originally thought. Lorenzo Fertitta took the jet out for a spin and stopped by Mirko’s corner of Croatia to try and sort out some sort of deal. For those who think Crocop isn’t worth it, keep in mind that European expansion ain’t gonna be easy without a few decent European fighters.

Hot on the heels of Zuffa demanding a $100,000 flat fee from any company that wants to sponsor it’s fighters, they’ve now sent out word that any fighter who appears in the Electronic Arts MMA video game will be blacklisted forever. Details are still sketchy, but the word is this is regardless of if they’re currently signed with the UFC or not. So it hasn’t exactly been a great week for fighter rights.

UFC VP of Regulatory Stuff Marc Ratner says first all 50 states need to sanction MMA before the UFC gets cracking on trying to teach refs and judges not to suck. Meanwhile, Big John McCarthy’s COMMAND ref training system continues to be ignored.

In a funny Japan / honor / wackiness story, Kazuo Misaki will pay public penance for hurting a police officer’s wrist with his car by fighting Kazuhiro Nakamura at the next Sengoku event … for free.

The UFC Fan Expo just got three times better: Limp Bizkit was canceled, grappling superfights featuring Rumino Sato, Vinny Magalhaes and Joe Stevenson were added, and a fourth UFC ring girl will be crowned.

And after a week off for Ryan in the frigid air conditioned depths of Tennessee, we return with a Low Blow Mailbag show and the Happy Hour, which focuses on the TUF Finale and the Ultimate Chaos event with Bobby Lashley.

Married: Jens Pulver to his fiancee Kannika
Announced: UFC Fight Night 19 on September 19th in Oklahoma City
Booked: Quinton Jackson vs Rashad Evans @ UFC 107 – December 12th
Booked: Shane Carwin vs Cain Velasquez @ UFC 104 – October 24th
Booked: Martin Kampmann vs Mike Swick @ UFC 103 – September 19th
Booked: Donald Cerrone vs Ben Henderson for WEC Interim Lightweight Championship @ WEC 43 on September 2nd
Booked: Akihiro Gono vs Dan Hornbuckle @ Sengoku 9 – August 2nd
Booked: Dan Miller vs Aaron Simpson @ UFC Fight Night 19 – September 16th
Booked: Kyle Kingsbury vs Razak Al-Hassan @ UFC 104 – October 24th
Booked: LC Davis vs Javier Vazquez @ Affliction Trilogy – August 1st
Booked: Mark Hominick vs Deividas Taurosevicius @ Affliction Trilogy – August 1st
Booked: Jeff Monson vs Tony Sylvester @ NAAFS – August 29th
Rumored: Joe Riggs vs Nick Diaz 2 @ Strikeforce – August 15th
Signed: Roger Gracie signs with Strikeforce
Signed: Rob Kimmons signs 4-fight deal with UFC
Signed: Jorge Rivera signs 4-fight deal with UFC
Dead: UK Promotion Cage Gladiators

Other Fightlinker Highlights:
Tom Atencio’s fight @ Ultimate Chaos
Drew Fickett shows up for a fight drunk
Dr Johnny Benjamin: Still Wrong
Doug Stanhope drinks with Don Frye