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(I dunno what the fucking story is behind this picture, but there seems to be only two flavors of Iceman pics: Chuck in clubs playing tonsil hockey with hot bitches, and Chuck casually frolicking with gigantic piles of cash. Normally I’d hate him for this but he’s always got a look on his face like he’s surprised and happy to be in such an awesome situation that I can’t help but like the guy.)

Yeah, so word on the street is that Chuck Liddell is gonna be fighting Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in the UK come June. All I have to say is SWEET. I was getting a bit worried with all that stupid talk of Chuck rematching Keith Jardine, which is about as good of an idea as firing a pellet gun at a propane truck. That fight was a mistake in the first place – a no-win sitch where no one would even remember the fight in 2 years had Chuck won. When he lost it was like the end of the fucking universe, with much gnashing of teeth and lamentation from everyone.

Of course, then Dana put Chuck against Wanderlei (thank Jesus), Chuck beat Wanderlei, and now we can all get on with our lives and back to the UFC booking Chuck against the strongest contenders they’ve got. That’s better for everyone: Liddell gets opponents he actually gives a shit about, ergo he doesn’t spend his nights in clubs or random womens’ vaginas. We get fights that we want to see, ergo we spend money on UFC PPVs. Everyone wins!

**UPDATE** Turns out the picture is a photoshop. Thought it was a bit strange that Chuck had an Australian flag draped over his shoulders. Here’s where the pic came from!

Last week there was a big shitstorm between Five Ounces and us here at Fightlinker. We said Takanori Gomi was never close to signing with the UFC and reports that Frankie Edgar had been given an agreement to fight him** were bullshit. 5ounces stuck by their story and called us ignorant no-nothings relying on bogus forum posts for sources. And while that statement is pretty much 100% accurate, it looks like we were right this time anyways!

We had the chance to speak with undefeated UFC Lightweight Frankie Edgar about the rumor regarding a possible bout with Takanori Gomi that fell through last week. Edgar told us, “there was rumors going around that he was my next opponent, I knew it wasn’t true because the UFC didn’t say anything to me and I didn’t think that he was signed to the UFC.” What was true was the fact that Edgar was willing to jump into the Octagon with Gomi though, “I told my manager Steve Rivera to inquire about Gomi to see if he is available for a fight, like I thought he wasn’t even signed to the UFC so nothing ever amassed.”

It looks like we all jumped the gun on this one, because now Gomi has signed with World Victory Road to fight on March 5th. Gomi is another PRIDE fighter that the UFC had in attendance but was unable to sign. The other fighter who the UFC has had in attendance and couldn’t sign was fellow Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.

Edgar went on to tell us that he wasn’t even sure if the talks between the UFC and Gomi were even close to being serious when he added, “I don’t even know if there were even ever talks with him [Takanori Gomi].”

I look at it like this: sources tell you all sorts of shit, and even if it’s a reliable source, they’re not always right. I have managed to be very wrong all by myself on many occasions, but I’ve also been right quite a bit too. The good news is that regardless of if we’re right or wrong, what we (bloggers) say shakes the palm tree that is MMA, and ripe coconuts of truth tend to fall out. I’ve never believed in the whole “gotta be right all the time” thing (which should be painfully obvious to any regular readers), because you rarely get the full ‘correct’ story until weeks or months afterwards. And if no one says anything in the first place, who knows if there’s even going to be a follow up?

I’m pretty much telling you guys here and now: I am most definitely going to say shit which is stupid and dumb and wrong. But every time I do get wrong, I will make sure you all know it.

**CORRECTION** Well, that didn’t take long. We just said that 5ounces claimed “Frankie Edgar had been given an agreement to fight” Gomi. The original claim was that Frankie “had been offered and accepted a potential bout vs. Gomi”. I’m not exactly sure how that’s too different, but apparently it is so there you go.

I know I’ve been kinda slack on the Kevin Iole bashing lately. But there’s only so many times a dude can be a total retard before I stop caring. It’s front page news if someone like Albert Einstein shits his pants or whips out his cock but when a homeless dude does it, it’s to be expected. And at this point I just expect Kevin to be a total moron. So why keep writing about it?

I don’t want to give him a complete pass though. Last week he was pretty retardo with his breakdowns on Lesnar vs Mir and Sylvia vs Big Nog. Sure, his predictions were closer to correct than mine, but we’re not talking about me here! And besides, anyone can be wrong predicting fights. But when you give Frank freaking Mir a higher conditioning score than Big Nog, then there’s something seriously wrong with your analytical reasoning. Like … ‘go see a doctor’ wrong.

And now he’s following that shitty pre-fight analysis with shitty post-fight analysis, shouting from the mountaintop that Frank Mir is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. I kept mum when he printed Dana White’s absurd Mir/Penn comparison … I understand that Kevin is unable to betray his master in things like this. But now Kevin is trying to sell both Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir as soon-to-be champions and it just drives me fucking batty.

No, there is nothing ‘factually wrong’ with Kevin’s latest writing. It’s all opinion based, and people are allowed to have their own opinions. But shame shame double triple fucking shame on Yahoo for giving this bozo one of the biggest soapboxes on the internet. It makes me cringe that new fans are coming in and reading this shit thinking it’s anywhere near logical.

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I tried to hate this shit. I really tried. But I watched it for 10 minutes and I was genuinely entertained. Next thing I knew, I’d watched it for the entire hour. I’m not usually into Mayhem’s stupid hijinx (usually his videos only appear when I’m feeling too lazy to entertain you myself), but I do enjoy hearing him talk smack about random MMA subjects. Although please replace the girl who reads chat questions with someone who can … I dunno. Read?

 The guys from DSE did a pretty good job of fucking over Zuffa with the PRIDE sale. If I was to compare that business deal to a high school scuffle, I’d say DSE pantsed Zuffa, gave them a wedgie, and hung them from a coathook in a toilet stall. In other words, total ownage to the extreme.

But now it looks like Zuffa has run home and tattled:

–Pride FC Worldwide Holdings (basically the dummy company set up by UFC after the Pride purchase) have filed a lawsuit against Dream Stage Entertainment, Dream Stage Holdings and Nobuyuki Sakakibara claiming they were defrauded millions of dollars in the purchase of the Pride and Pride Bushido brands.

According to Zach Arnold (who is starting to get a creepy Nostradamus vibe going again), Zuffa got stiffed in pretty much every possible way:

  • Fighter contracts: Non-transferrable
  • Pride employees: Uncooperative and scheming
  • Pride brand: useless in Japan due to yakuza scandal
  • Video Library: Haha, turns out that was owned by Fuji TV
  • Killed the competition: If by killed the competition they mean bought up the competition’s debt and now the competition is running shows again in everything but name, then sure. But I don’t think that fits the textbook definition of ‘killed’. Closer to ‘helped’.

I’m sure Zuffa got a bunch of office supplies, a few desks + chairs, and some cool merchandise out of it. But after you pay somewhere in the realm of high millions, I imagine you expect a bit more. But hey … this is business, people. I’m interested in knowing how the fuck Zuffa’s going to explain the fact that they didn’t realize they were getting fucked. Are they going to claim they didn’t understand all that squiggly squok writing the Japanese put on the contract? Did Dana White call their Japanese lawyer “Long Dong Duck” or something?

I’m clueless to how international business works, but I do get the feeling that it’s going to be kinda hard getting any money out of a shady Japanese company like DSE. So what’s the point behind this lawsuit? Is Zuffa just continuing the trend of litigation to prove no one fucks with them without heading to court? Is this all just a big play to appease the Nevada Gaming Commission? I’m sure shit will settle somehow like all fun lawsuits do before court (unlike shitty lawsuits like Zuffa vs Couture which will end in 2022). But if it doesn’t it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this.

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