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Well wowsers people, could this be the first Fightlinker contest in the history of the site? Well no, not really. Back in the day we were giving away t-shirts to the person we arbitrarily decided had the best question for our Low Blow Mailbag show. But that was kinda bullshit because we usually picked the person who had the weirdest question.

But now finally there is a contest based on SKILL … or rather KNOWLEDGE? I dunno. But basically the smarter you are about your MMA, the better chance you have at winning. Okay, so a lot of it is based on shit you can’t actually predict. Hmmm. Anyways. The scoop is that our friends at BetUS are offering us two $100 credits on their evil gambling website. All you have to do to win them? Come first or second in the Fightlinker UFC80 predictions forum!

That’s right, all you have to do is log in and post your picks for who’ll win, what round, and how. You can win up to three points per fight by getting all the details correct.

For example, if you picked Joe Stevenson to win by strikes in the 3rd round, you’d be pretty stupid. But if by some miracle Joe Stevenson actually won, you’d get one point. If it was by strikes, you’d get another. But it was in the fifth round? Damn. You only come out of that fight with two points rather than three.

So I think that makes things very clear and easy for everyone. You can post your questions in the comments section but it’s important to note that only people who post their predictions in the forum are ‘entered’ in the contest. It’s our way of forcing you to become a member of our site. Sneaky, huh?

Remember, the two top people get $100 accounts at BetUS, which we’ll have ready for them on Monday … just in time to make some bets on Wednesday’s Ultimate Fight Night. And to help you make those bets, we’ll have our favorite BetUS guy and ADHD victim Damon D on the Low Blow to go over that card.

So what are you waiting for??? GO THE THE FORUM NOW and get your picks in!

There’s just way too much MMA news going on nowadays for me to be able to cover it all for you guys. Truth be told, most of the news out there ain’t worth more than a sentence or two anyways, so that’s what I’m going to give them from now on. This way you can stay up to date with what’s going on without having to do a whole bunch of that ‘reading’ bullshit. So lets hit it!

GSP hates Matt Serra
You know you’re a fucking dickhead if Georges St Pierre doesn’t like you. The long and short of this is Serra called Georges a ‘fucking frenchy’, which to a french kid from St Isadore is a pretty big deal. We Canadians generally hate our french people, and while we don’t use firehoses on them or anything, they do have something of a right to be upset when called names.

Cage Force adds fights
Roxy’s friend (and therefore our friend) Antonio Carvalho was added to the Featherweight Cage Force tournament on April 5th in Japan. There’s three other fighters listed for the tournament but I don’t know them so who cares.

Kung Fu won’t be in the Olympics
While Japan got Judo in and Koreans got Taekwondo in, the Chinese are once again given a big fuck you as the Olympics have denied a bid to include ‘wushu’ for the Beijing games. This is a sad day for everyone as this basically guarantees Jet Li and Jackie Chan will never win medals.

UFC Betting Odds
Big surprise, everyone’s siding with BJ and Gonzaga. If you wanna make money on this card, bet on Wedum, Liaudin, and Eklund. They’re all listed way worse than they should be, so it’s a good opportunity to make some money off stupid bookies.

Dan Henderson’s defacto suicide note
Dan once again says he WANTS to be in Anderson Silva’s clinch. That’s ‘his home’. Also funny is Dan defending the 185 division and then not being able to think up the names of any worthy opponents other than Anderson.

Tony Robbins is a miracle worker
I don’t know how I missed Hong Man Choi’s American counterpart Tony Robbins at UFc79, but apparently he was in Chuck’s corner for the Wanderlei fight. Not only did he help Chuck win the fight, but he’s also got Chuck back into his whore party zone. Kudos!

Carano to fight again in March?
Following up on the idea that Gina and EliteXC aren’t getting along, Gary Shaw tried to paint a rosy picture and suggested she might be back in March once all the promo stuff for American Gladiators dies down. I’m wondering how long till some real MMA fan manages to ask her some MMA related questions about her career, because I don’t trust Shaw further than I can throw his fat ass.

Isn’t Youtube ALREADY Fighttube?
My only hope is that this new MMA video service is hosted in Cameroon and therefore can host all my questionably legal Fightlinker videos.

Is MMA a reflection on society?
Luke tries to debunk the idea that MMA is only flourishing in America because our society’s morals are going to shit. While I agree that real fans care more about skill and excitement than brutal violence, I’d say that the majority of society doesn’t understand what MMA is really about. Since they still just see it as human cockfighting, and they’re okay with that happening, it does kinda prove that society’s morals are going to shit.

Brock’s strategy revealed
Brock Lesnar has a mini-article where he reveals his plan to punch Mir in the face on his feet and then punch Mir in the face on the ground. He thinks his size should keep Mir from submitting him … anyone want to lend him a collection of Royce Gracie fights to see if that concept holds water?

BJ Penn wants Sean Sherk
Everyone’s calling BJ Penn a hypocrite for saying he wouldn’t fight Sherk if he was found guilty of using steroids, and now saying he will fight Sherk. I’m just sad he didn’t get more milage on the whole “Sherk is a fucking juicer” antics, because it amused me to no end.

Nick Diaz back in April
In response to the “Where’s Nick Diaz” questions, Gary Shaw said he’ll probably show up on EliteXC’s next Hawaii card at the end of April. Does Hawaii test for pot? No? Oh, well that’s convenient. Let’s also hope that Nick Diaz is finally fixed up, because all that staph shit and scar tissue crap was really cramping his style. One more shitty performance, and I’m gonna start using him as an example of a pothead with wasted potential.

Everyone has been going on about the new and improved BJ Penn, but usually when people rage about the new it’s because the old just wasn’t up to snuff. This isn’t exactly a fair assessment for BJ Penn, who’s only lost four times in his career to top tier talent. It’s not like the old BJ Penn was ‘bad’ … I guess it’s just when people have been hailing you as the Jesus Christ of MMA, there’s certain expectations to live up to. And if since 2001 you haven’t exactly set the world on fire by holding and defending a major title … yeah, you get the point.

The general excuse people give for BJ Penn is that he’s a lazy motherfucker, but I prefer to say that he’s just made a lot of dumb mistakes. Ditching the UFC welterweight title after winning it? Dumb mistake. Refusing to fight at a more sensical 155 when he returned to the UFC? Dumb mistake. Not spending 6 months explaining to people that he didn’t gas during his last Matt Hughes fight? Dumb mistake.

So now people think he’s a lazy motherfucker, instead of just thinking he’s dumb. Which is too bad, because I’d rather people thought I had something wrong with my head than my heart. Regardless, in both scenarios there is a need for a ‘new’ BJ Penn. People keep asking if he’s been working hard at the gym when daily videos from and 1001 pictures show that he has been. Too bad no one has bothered to ask if he’s going to stop making stupid mistakes.

Okay, I’ve done a bit of responsible journalism and investigated the situation with the UFC UK event in March. It turns out that it was never the plan to hold an event in London on March 8th. The original plan was to hold a UK event in Liverpool sometime in March, but the arena they were looking to use wasn’t ready. Since then the plan has been a big April show in Manchester.

So long story short, the UK event isn’t turning into a US show, it’s just changing dates. I hope all you other MMA news sites appreciate all the effort it took writing six people who know what they’re talking about to ask them wassup.

If you were wondering what the circumstances behind the canceled WCO show were from the mouth of the WCO themselves, go check out this link. It’s an interesting read, but of course who knows if they’re telling the truth or not? The first half comes out sounding pretty reasonable, but then everything hits conspiracy land:

Now this is where things get interesting. One week out from the show Bellochi received an email from Zuffa lawyers informing him that they plan to sue him and shut his show down for using the name “World Cagefighting Organization”, stating it too closely resembled WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting). “They felt that the public would think it was a WEC show so our lawyers had to go back and forth and it came down to that we didn’t have to change the name but that was still only three days before the fight.”

Why did they include that bit of information in their story about the CSAC shutting them down? Because of this chaser statement:

With that behind him, Bellochi then received a text message from an agent who shall remain nameless telling him that: “The UFC doesn’t want this show happening Bruce, don’t be surprised if something happens and be ready for bumps in the road.”

The whole thing is sketch through and through, so I’ll just let you guys make up your minds as to what to think about that. I buy the idea that the Zuffa threatened to sue over the name World Cagefighting Organization, which is pretty creepy because it means they’re probably ready and willing to sue anyone with the words “Fighting Championship” in their names too. Or if you use an octagon. Or if you say “ultimate fighting” ever. Possibly even if you just think it. These Zuffa laywers are fucking serious!

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