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Jackal GonzoDamon posted this pick up in the forums from MMAWeekly. Note the fountain of blood squirting out of Stevenson’s head. No wonder everyone ate UFC80 up like the dogs they are … it satisfied all our primal urges. Knockouts, beatdowns, comebacks, bloodbaths. It had everything*.

*except for a quality fast paced war between two equally skilled opponents where fighters showed their skill and versatility on the ground and on the feet. And if any of you bastards say Kelly/Taylor I’ll reach through your computer screen and slap you in the face.

Out of all the things the IFL needed to change, I don’t think their logo was one of them. Or rather, if they wanted to change their logo then at least they could have made it look less cartoony. Now it just looks like an uglier version of the old one. Rebranding means taking something in a new direction, not redoing something in the same style. The goddamn thing still looks like it was designed by a teenager learning Adobe Illustrator.

Anyways, this is just the first of many changes apparently. The IFL will be holding a press conference on Wednesday to try and prove to everyone that they don’t suck anymore. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. You guys know me … I’m like a dumb chick who keeps on going back to the retard that beats her. I’ll never learn that the IFL keeps talking about changing, but never really does.

(Behold: the K1 Max 2008 girls)

It was a quiet day in MMA land … apparently everyone blew their loads yesterday and now there’s not really anything else to say. I just want to take a moment to promise that these daily wrapups don’t mean we’re going to cut down on standard posts. You’re still going to get your standard 6-8 a day as well, except on occasional days such as today where I only post once or twice because you’re not my mom and I’ll do as I damn well please.

Jake O’Brien vs Andrei Arlovski
Joe Silva confirmed that Arlovski would ‘most likely’ face Jake O’Brien at UFC82. You may remember Jake as that ultra-fluffy blanket who sucks balls. But hey, he’s really good at smothering people, so it’s a perfect way to send Andrei Arlovski packing in disgrace.

Dana White claims CroCop’s undecided
I love it when the UFC lies because they don’t realize that there’s factual information out there that contradicts what they’re saying. Dana White claims that Mirko CroCop is still ‘undecided about his future’. Mirko CroCop would tend to disagree.

Fighter bonuses go down
Oh, the humanity! Fighter bonuses went down 20k to 35k per bonus. This is a direct result of the UFC realizing that the 55k bonuses weren’t encouraging the fighters to do any better or worse in the octagon.

MMAMania has an idea
The guys at MMAMania suggest that Marcus Davis should fill in for injured Akihiro Gono against Jon Fitch. I can’t say I disagree, although the skill difference between the guys Davis has been fighting and Fitch are … yeah. Pretty huge.

Fedor and Randy meet up
If you wanted to know what’s more gay than Affliction shirts, you now have your answer: Affliction commercials. Having two half naked men dripping with liquid staring into eachother’s eyes is just kinda sorta a tad bit homo. Just in case you didn’t know.

Tomasz Drwal off UFC81
Some polish dude who was gonna fight David Heath is off the card because he injured his knee. My advice: replace him with Babalu!

Alvin Robinson thinks he’s going to win
MMA Digest has an interview with Alvin Robinson, who’s taking on Nate Diaz this Wednesday. Alvin got absolutely ruined against Kenny Florian and then redeemed himself somewhat by playing Jorge Gurgel’s face like a drum for three rounds. How will his next outing go? I’m going to say Nate will pull off a Florian-style victory.

On the heels of Kelly/Taylor being awarded fight of the night, I give you more confounding news from the UFC: they’ve decided to give Fabricio Werdum a title shot based on his win against Gabriel Gonzaga. You know how I know this is retarded? Because MMA Junkie had to write up a huge article explaining the UFC’s decision and why it ‘made sense’.

You and I both know that past calling ring girls retarded, Dann from MMA Junkie isn’t forthright with his opinions. He’s simply not the kind of guy to put anything in his posts unless it’s required to give context to the situation. This article HAD to be written to keep the legions of readers on his site from wondering “What the fuck is up with that???”

But Dann’s right … the reason Werdum gets a shot is because there’s really no one else around to put into contention. The UFC seems to have fucked up it’s relationship with it’s top three heavyweights: Couture, Arlovski, and Crocop. Past that the only guy in that division they have on a winning streak is Cheik Kongo, who still needs more seasoning before being able to hold a candle to the blowtorch that is the average MMA fighter’s ground game.

Of course, the UFC could fix this situation by getting off it’s high horse and offering Josh Barnett a nice pile of money to get back in the action. Or hell, how about kissing and making up with Arlovski and CroCop? It’s not bloody likely, unfortunately. Which is too bad, because if the UFC wasn’t so busy shooting itself in the foot perhaps we’d be getting to see a four way battle to the belt in the form of Arlovski, Kongo, CroCop, and Werdum.

(FHM did a photoshoot full of zesty ring girl cameltoe. Check it out)

Jeez, you’d hope the world would stop in it’s tracks when there’s a UFC to watch but apparently not so. Tons of shit went down today, and i’m not sure what I’ll include tommorow in longer posts or leave out. So just to be safe I’ll include most of everything, and if I write another post about whatever in here, that’s just more love to the readers.

Evan Tanner comes to Montreal
Awesome news: the Montreal dreamcard continues to get dreamier with the inclusion of everyone’s favorite inspirational fighter, Evan Tanner. Too bad he’s liable to get layed on for three rounds by his opponent, Yushin Okami.

Trinidad / Jones controversies
Oh boxing, you so cra-zee! First there’s drama at the weigh ins because Felix Trinidad is 2/10ths of a pound over the weight limit. And then there’s more gayness because Roy Jones wanted to use different colored boxing gloves than specified in the fight contract. SOMEHOW these things were resolved and the fight apparently happened. On a side note, Mariah Carey called and said she’s supposed to be the fucking bitch prima donna, not these guys.

K1 World Max on Feb 2nd
I hate the World Max shows because it’s usually a bunch of model-looking boys whackin at eachother while the Japanese girls squeal like rusty screen doors throughout the entire fucking event. But if you’re into that kind of thing, here’s the lineup.

Oscar wants a warm up
Oscar de la Hoya wants a tune up fight before setting up a match with Floyd Mayweather. The fight will happen on May 3rd “at either Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca or the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.” Well doesn’t the Home Depot center sound more exotic? Yeah that’s what I thought too. Why do shit in Mexico around May 3rd when you can do it at the HOME DEPOT CENTER, with it’s rich history and proud name. As for his opponent, none is named yet. Maybe he should challenge that stripper that released all those pics of him dressed like a girl.

UFC and TNA team up
Did I write about this already? I think I tried but it was too depressing. The UFC has reached an agreement with TNA for all sorts of promotional shit to showcase Brock Lesnar’s upcoming UFC fight. That means tons of ads, interviews, and Kurt Angle giving his opinion on the whole thing. Fortunately for Fightlinker, we won’t be sieged by the hordes of monkey pro wrestling fans googling Brock + UFC 82, since we only refer to him as Cock Chestnar.

UFC ‘in talks’ with Sakurai, Yamamoto, Gomi
Joe Rogan said that the UFC is in talks with the holy three of Jap MMA. I wonder if ‘in talks’ actually means they sent them an insulting contract that basically says “we look forward to having you fight in the preliminaries of a UFC card soon!” (that was a Gono reference).

Diego Sanchez is back at UFC82
Well, Montreal couldn’t get ALL the good fighters. Diego Sanchez is finally getting back into the Octagon at UFC 82 against Roan Carneiro, another victim of Jon Fitch. Since Fitch beat Carneiro worse than Diego, I’m siding with Diego on this one. I call that ‘the Fitch equation’.

Frank Shamrock now says he’ll fight Ken in 2009
Well looks like the goofy clock Frank set up is completely wrong. He just said he’s looking to fight Ken sometime in early 2009. I think the brothers are delaying this in hopes that their adoptive dad dies before having to see this heartbreaking affair take place.

Rich Cockface Clementi vs Sam Stout in Montreal
Ding ding ding another wicked match for Montreal! Hail Satan! Getting to see Sam Stout pound the shit out of Rich Clementi might make me so happy my brain will break and goo will come out of my ears.

Brandon Melendez asks out of UFC contract
Yeah, i don’t remember who he is either. Apparently he was on TUF 5

Kevin Iole is an idiot
I get the feeling that Kevin Iole saw the first 2 minutes of the Paul Kelly / Paul Taylor fight then went to take a massive dump or something. Because he’s calling it ‘Fight of the Night’ somehow. I already know that he’s often factually incorrect and his general knowledge is piss poor. But come on now. Kelly/Paul was fight of the night only if it took place in Reverse Land, where everything you say means the exact opposite. And in Reverse Land I could also say “Kevin Iole is the best MMA journalist in the world”.

Goulet vs Hironaka at UFC84
I guess they had to put Jonathan Goulet up against someone. Hey, this Hironaka guy isn’t doing much but could put up a fight. Lets use him!

Kim Couture to fight in smoker Feb 23rd
I hope her opponent punches her in the face once for every day since she convinced Randy to ‘be a man and stop taking shit from the UFC’. I really hope she’s as delusional about her MMA skills as she is about how much Randy was making.

UFC80 videos
MMA Fever’s posting them up, doubt they’ll last very long before they’re taken down again.

It’s 1:30AM so I make no promises as to the spelling in this post. Goodnight!

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