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We love to poke fun at Evan Tanner, but truth of the matter is we’re huge fans. Which I suppose sucks a bit for Evan, because apparently being friends with Fightlinker means being made fun of all the time. Regardless, it’s all in good fun, and although we’ll gleefully point out when Evan fucks up and sinks a boat, we’ll also point out when he’s doing well for himself:

Everything is coming together. I set a date back in October. I set a date to make some major changes in my life. I stood by it. I did what I said I would do. It was a very deep hole to climb out of, and although I am still dealing with some financial issues, life is good.

From first hand experience, I can tell you that there’s nothing worse in life than a lack of purpose. Fortunately for Evan, he’s re-found his purpose: to fight in the UFC. No word yet on if this will carry him past his first bout though. I’ve always wondered how fighters can stay mentally strong and motivated with 3-5 month layovers, especially after quick wins or devastating losses. To me, this is the greatest challenge a fighter faces in their career.

No, this has nothing to do with MMA. But screw you, this is my website and I do what I want. Especially during Christmas. Okay okay, here’s a cheap MMA related joke to make the post more suitable for your consumption: WOW LOOK AT LAZY CAT REMIND ME OF FATTY RASHAD EVANS IN 3RD ROUND LOLOLOLOL HE SO LAZY ROLF

The “Will he / Won’t he” guessing game regarding Rich Franklin’s participation at UFC 82 has ended with the sloppy crunchy pop of a torn meniscus:

According to J.T. Stewart, Franklin’s publicity manager, the 33-year-old fighter recently experienced swelling of his knee — the same knee in which he tore a meniscus “several years ago” in a UFC match. His doctor determined that floating particles from the first injury had caused swelling, and while examining the knee, he realized Franklin had again suffered a similar tear.

The UFC’s former middleweight champ will fly to Las Vegas for corrective surgery, which will take place during the first week of January.

Franklin expects to return to the octagon sometime in or around June, Stewart said.

Of course, this was following Rich’s cryptic denial that he was fighting Travis Lutter in Columbus anyways:

I am told there are rumors of me fighting multiple people in March. I have not signed for a fight in March. I don’t believe that I am allowed to fight more than once in a night. I hope this clears up any confusion. I have not signed to fight anyone in March, or any other month.

I don’t know who said anything about Rich fighting twice in one night … maybe it’s some random hater who shouts obscenities at Rich when he’s wandering around Cincinnati. Are we to expect a follow up note from Rich saying “And I want to state that I do not eat testicles for breakfast, and I have no intention of riding a pogostick sideways up my ass.”

It is interesting to note that no one backed off their original claims that Rich had agreed to fight. In fact, MMAJunkie re-iterated in their post about Rich’s injury that it occurred one day after Rich had signed the bout contract. Such a tangled web of lies weaved between fighters and the mma media. Perhaps Rich forgot to mention the fight to his wife before it broke on the internets. And perhaps she had been promised a ‘nice big vacation’ before he agreed to fight again. And perhaps Rich’s knee injury is a result of her smoking him in the knee with a hammer a la ‘Misery’. Stranger things have happened.

If you thought Dave Meltzer’s article detailing the fucked up Japanese scene was good, wait to you check out Zach Arnold’s novella on the subject. I’ve given up on giving a shit about anything that happens in the Japanese MMA scene … caring about the sketchy stuff they do would be like getting up in arms every time something in Iraq explodes. At this point it’s just way too old hat and I just preface any article about Japan as “These guys are just fucking insane”.

Big news of the morning is that Floyd Mayweather has been talking to Mark Cuban about getting into MMA. And by talking about it, I mean he is announcing it to the press and Mark Cuban is trying to turn it into a big platform to promote HDNet fights. Look, we all know that Mayweather getting into MMA has to be the dumbest thing we’ve ever heard. The guy’s got glass hands using boxing gloves, so just think about what would happen after one punch using MMA gloves. A single takedown would probably result in his shoulders and back disintegrating into a pile of dust.

So why the hell is he talking about this? Press. Mark Cuban gets press for HDNet fights, and Mayweather comes across to the average yokel as being willing to prove himself in MMA if only the money were ‘good enough’. Oh if only. People who are picking up on this story like there’s any kind of possibility or truth to it are morons, and they’ve swallowed the fake promotion hook, line, and sinker.

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