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Okay, so I’m gonna try out a new daily ‘feature’ on Fightlinker, which will work like this: every day I’ll dig through the video sharing sites and find interesting videos for you to watch. What a crazy concept, huh? But the truth of the matter is up till this point I’ve been ignoring the video sharing sites and that’s a huge fucking part of the internet to ignore.

Anyways, so here’s the first one, a little video translation of an audio interview where Joe Rogan basically makes a pretty good argument for Fedor as #1 pound for pound in the world, and explains why Dana White shits on him.

(our pal Esther Lin did a bunch of Kimbo pics and one landed on the cover of Fighters Only. Rockin!)

Luke Thomas has an interesting thingy up on his whatsit where he talks about Kimbo Slice and racism. I don’t want to put words into his mouth … okay, yes I do. He basically says that a lot of the hate going out towards Kimbo Slice is based around racism.

Now first off, I’m gonna agree with Luke to a degree. He points to a Sherdog forum where a bunch of retarded teenagers make me ashamed to be a part of the human race. But so what? Are MMA fans racist? Does Paris Hilton have herpes? YES! YES WE DO. Have racist feelings in the MMA community. Not herpes. Well maybe you do. But I don’t. It sucks (the racism part, not being herpes free), but that’s the truth.

Like it or not, there’s a huge segment of the public which is going to judge Kimbo Slice based on the fact that he’s a scary looking black dude who’s famous for kicking people’s asses on the internet. He sports the thug look, he spews the thug talk. The guys at EliteXC picked him up specifically for that reason. You can’t help but be affected by the marketing they’re doing – that’s kinda why they do it.

So while I agree that racism and prejudices might shape the way people react to him as a character and perceive him as a person, I have more than enough reasons to dismiss his hype as a fighter that are very colorblind. As far as I’m concerned, Kimbo is up there with Brock Lesnar as a guy with great potential but no real proof that he’ll manage to translate it to MMA. I’ll trade Brock’s wrestling pedigree for Kimbo’s proven ability to thump some ass any day, but they’ve both still only got that one piece of the puzzle each. MMA is fucking complicated, and if you wanna make it in the big leagues you’ve gotta be well rounded. Brock Lesnar failed his qualifying exam last weekend. Will Kimbo do the same?

If you wanna argue the race card on this one, lets wait until he beats someone significant in the cage. If Luke’s assessment is right and it’s racism and not a general distain for an overhyped unproven fighter, then we’re going to see the same number of people hating on Kimbo no matter what.

Just wanted to take a few seconds to throw some love out to the MMA Digest, who have put together an MMA trivia book. We’re all about MMA websites releasing books … it’s a better alternative to reading endless mountains of ghost written fighter ‘autobiographies’. Besides, we give love now, and when we release “The Fightlinker Guide to Human Cockfighting”, we’ll get some love back.

Some questions I hope are in there:

  • What heavyweight fighter shit his pants in the octagon?
  • Name the only UFC Joe Rogan has ever shaved for.
  • What crane kick specialist was carried out of the cage in a stretcher twice in 2007?
  • What title fight ended with a kiss on the lips?
  • At which UFC did Bill Goldberg debut his ‘smarmy fake voice’?

Post your answers and more trivia in the comments!

Look, I know this devolves into tinfoil hat territory but I’m just throwing it out there. Read this quote from Timmy and tell me what you think:

“i have one fight left on my contract i want to stay with the ufc but i am going to go were the money is right now Brock is making more m0ney then me that has to change i have a better name then him and i am a better fighter then him, i case u didn’t know my manager runs m1 so i have a pretty good in so we will see what happens in the next few months.”

Because of the whole Randy/Fedor debacle, we know that UFC contracts have champion clauses which basically make you the UFC’s property so long as you hold the belt. I dunno if that applies to interim champions, but one would assume the UFC has upgraded their contracts from ‘restrictive’ to ‘anal’ in the past few months.

So did Tim Sylvia go wading into battle like a berserker because he’s a ‘new, more action packed’ Timmy? Or did he do it because he didn’t care if he won or lost, and he was just trying to go out swinging to raise his value? Either way, with comments like above I don’t know if we’ll see Sylvia fighting in the Octagon again any time soon. The UFC seems to have a nasty habit of throwing the baby out with the bathwater when dealing with ‘unloyal’ fighter comments. Or maybe “using a bazooka on a baby” is a better analogy. If you’ve been to Chechnya, you know the score on that one.

On a side note, Tim Sylvia is an idiot. Brock Lesnar got paid more because he’s a bigger celebrity. If Wesley Snipes stepped into the octagon, he’d get paid more than Chuck Liddell. But you wouldn’t hear Chuck say something like “I’m better than Snipes so I deserve more.” That’s just asinine. Of course, Dana White could probably pay Carrot Top more than Chuck and Chuck’d be aight with that. Chuck doesn’t seem to give a fuck about anything.

You can’t help but be pumped up by Evan Tanner when he writes shit like this:

I stepped up into the Octagon, under the lights, the canvas cool against the soles of my feet, the quiet of the arena echoing off row after row of empty seats. I stood there in silence, honoring all of the warriors who have stood that ground, and offering a silent prayer for those who will stand there in the future. I paid my respects to whatever gods of war may be, knowing that I would soon be standing this field again, heart pumping, blood coursing, lungs burning, ……battle raging.

I went to the Mandalay Bay early Friday afternoon for a photo shoot and decided to stay for the weigh-ins. I went behind the scenes into the arena, where they were setting up the lights for the show. The Octagon sat there empty. I wanted to step in, wondering if it might feel strange after so long away. The moment I stepped past the gate, and my feet touched the canvas, I knew I was home.

Someday they’re going to make a movie about Evan Tanner’s life, and the only man who will be badass enough to play him will be Chuck freaking Norris.

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