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(ABOVE) Mario Rinaldi vs Kerry Schall AFC 16: All you ‘Ring vs Cage’ people should ask Kerry Schall which fighting environment he prefers. I’ll bet you a whole box o’ twinkies that he’ll tell you “Dear fucking lord, not the ring! Not the ring!” That’s if he’s still able to walk after what happened to him.

The Kimbo Slice R&B song: Such a soulful rendition of Kimbo ‘makin people pay, time to get slayed’. As a white guy I dunno how I’m supposed to feel about him calling Kimbo ‘Arnold Shwarze-nigger’. I guess it’s okay because he’s black, but I’m not so I just feel confused and full of shame.

Taku Aramaki vs. Shoji: As Mauro Ranallo would say, this fight has more grand slams than Denny’s. Of course, the really good stuff is at the end, where you get to see why foot stomps are illegal in the civilized world. My eyesocket screamed when it saw that shit.

Hardcore MMA fans: And in revelations it said “And ye shall know them as legion, and they shall be identified by the ghey Tapout shirts they wear.” I hear this guy is a brown belt in living room submission arts.

Pride’s Deadliest KOs: Can you ever watch enough brutal KO highlights from Pride? Plus 100 points because this one has the PRIDE themesong and not some terrible rap or nu-metal.

Jason Mayhem Miller Highlight: Shit, did you know Mayhem Miller actually FIGHTS? Yeah, I didn’t know that either. Here’s a nifty little highlight of his finer moments in the ring.

Ken Shamrock vs. Bas Rutten: Back in the day when Ken grabbed your leg, you were better to just tap out before he bent you like a six year old bends his GI Joe figures.

Rampage doing some good: Here’s footage of Rampage giving a homeless guy some change. He was gonna give him some actual cash before the guy said he was just gonna use it on booze. Good on ya, Rampage.

Rest of the videos embedded after the jump!

The Kimbo Slice R&B song

Taku Aramaki vs. Shoji

Hardcore MMA fans

Pride’s Deadliest KOs

Jason Mayhem Miller Highlight

Ken Shamrock vs. Bas Rutten

Rampage doing some good

Bonjour tout le monde avec du blé. Eeeh, tout le monde francais! Cette poste est pour dire que il ya un nouveaux blog francamaphone pour vous a lire si tu aime lire le news du les mixed martial artistes en francais. “Zut alors!” tu dits a moi. “Ca c’est stupendue, c’est incroyable, ca faits des picotements dans mes pantalons!” Bein sure, mon ami. Bein sure. Et le plus belle news de tout ca est que cette page etaits fait par un de notre jackals, Tertio. Bravo, Tertio!

Props to fellow jackal Gaston for tipping the Fightlinker forums off to the next big thing in combative sports: Japanese Bug Fights!

These mixed martial arthropods give the fans what they really want: exoskeleton-crushing appendage locks and the occasional spinning-back-sting.

Though I’ve become a big fan of Stag Beetle (those underhooks are vicious), Round the 10th with Praying Mantis vs. Wasp (above) was by far the fight of the night. Praying Mantis has a phenomenal clinch game, and one of the stiffest jabs I’ve seen in years, but when Wasp gets side control it’s all over. Even with his superior height and reach, Mantis’s lack of a ground game becomes his downfall. Basically, he’s the Tim Sylvia of bugfighters.*

It turns out the commentary is actually Mauro Ranallo speaking Japanese. I’ve translated it below:

Let’s hope our contenders don’t have any butterflies in their stomachs tonight as we get ready for our main event! I feel like a fly on the wall at this epic battle between Praying Mantis and Wasp. Oh, and it really looks like Mantis has stirred up a hornets’ nest in this; round the 1th of our main event. And though the young Wasp is barely knee-high to a grasshopper, he manages to drop Mantis like a fly. Whoa Nelly, like a moth to a flame, Wasp makes a bee-line to the downed Mantis and jumps into side control! Looks like lay-and-pray might not have been Mantis’ best gameplan! Wasp told us backstage that he wouldn’t hurt a fly, but it looks like he has nothing wrong with hurting one’s relative. Oh no, and it’s lights out for Mantis as Wasp tells him “don’t let the bed bugs bite!”

(*) Tim “The Praying Maine-tis” Sylvia?

EDITS: Embedding Round the 10th instead (even though saying “the 3th” sounds way awesomer). And added a hidden picture.

According to the Fight Network, yeah:

The relationship lasted less than a year. MyNetworkTV has severed ties to the International Fight League, which had provided taped content for the network since March 12. MyNetworkTV officials confirmed this week that IFL programming “would no longer be on the schedule.”

According to Kurt Otto, maybe not:

The one thing that could easily separate the IFL from the rest of the pack is a deal on broadcast television. After reaching out to MyNetwork, a network spokesperson reports that any IFL programming for 2008 is “on hiatus,” meaning it may or may not return to the airwaves. However, Otto remains more optimistic.

“(The network) is excited about having us. Our ratings went up 20-percent,” says Otto. After all, there is little other programming that so reliably delivers the coveted male 18-36 year old demographic to networks and advertisers.

Of course, the IFL probably wouldn’t even be around if they didn’t have a way to spin all the shitty stuff that happens to them in a positive light. 10 cent stocks? That just opens up the company to a wider investment base! Off MyNetworkTV? Just a temporary thing, they’re actually super duper excited to work with us!

Although I am kinda surprised – it’s not like MyNetworkTV has anything better in the wings. The slot which once held Battleground is now hosting ‘Paradise Hotel 2’. Actually, come to think of it, I’d rather watch that than the IFL too.

Back in the good old days of ‘Not giving a shit’, I used to just download UFCs a day or two after the event. However, since I’m now ‘in the industry’, I figured it would be pretty hypocritical of me to continue stealing from the companies that I’m making a living off of. Daddy Dana already thinks of us as parasites as it is, so nowadays I buy the PPVs online and watch them like that.

Of course, it always drove me nuts that I had to pay the same amount as Joe Sixpack did on his fancy dancy telemavision. After all, there’s no PPV network assraping the UFC on rates here. There’s also the fact that the stream wasn’t exactly crystal clear. Maybe if you jizzed on crystal and then smudged it all up and left it to dry in the sun for two days. But that’s about as close as I’d say it is to crystal clear. So why the hell am I stuck paying the same amount to watch this on my laptop?

Anyways, I’ve accepted the fact at this point and all I can hope for is improvements down the road. So I’m cautiously optomistic about the UFC’s deal with Yahoo to stream their PPVs from there. Same ass rape price, but with better quality? Yahoo did a sorta good sorta bad job with the Strikeforce shows: image quality was good but the aspect ratio was all fucked up. But who knows if that was their fault or Strikeforce’s fault? I guess we’ll find out at UFC82 if this is a step forward or a step backwards.

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