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I’ve wondered several times if the UFC is trying to make their middleweight division suck. They’ve lost Mayhem Miller, let Frank Trigg slip through their fingers, and can’t convince Dan Henderson or Mike Swick to return/stay at MW. David Terrell is perma-injured as always, and the only good news is that Evan Tanner has signed a new deal. Although the UFC hasn’t mentioned it on their main page … my bet is they’re waiting a month to make sure he doesn’t do anything crazy.

More bad news comes in the form of another potential middleweight star not signing with the UFC … this time it’s BJJ sensation Ronaldo Jacare. Rumors hit an all time high last month with everyone coming out and saying Jacare had signed with the UFC but obviously he hasn’t because he’s now with crazy motherfucker Wallid Ismail’s Jungle Fight promotion.

To me, this is just another sign that the UFC wasn’t willing to pony up the cash they needed to sign a jiu-jitsu guy like Jacare. While on one hand I understand that you don’t want to sink a ton of money into a guy who’s relatively untested in MMA, I also think you need to take circumstances into account.

The UFC needs middleweight contenders like a diabetic needs insulin. Jacare could easily burn through the division and be ready for a title shot in six months. If he flops, who cares? It’s a few extra dollars but barely a drop in the bucket that is the UFC’s financial intake.

It’s time for the UFC to start putting it’s money where it’s mouth is and pay what it needs to in order to lock up these guys and fix their middleweight division.

For those of you with kids (what a terrifying thought), you’ll know that women usually aren’t at the hight of hotness after passing a baby out their sex hole. Honestly, I have no idea how they do it … women are always telling me “Oh no Fightlinker … it’s just too big! Oh god, it’s just too big!” But yet they still manage to give birth. Sure, there’s occasional vaginal tearage and um death n stuff. But still.

Anyways, back on point: Vitor Belfort’s wife still manages to look like a supermodel (the hot 90’s kind, not the weirdo skeleton bitches they have now) right after giving birth. I really have nothing else to say on this topic, other than congrats to Vitor … P.S. wash your greasy hair.

The great thing about the UFC78 conference call is there was barely any talk about UFC78. Or rather if there was, no one bothered to report on it. Anyone who denies the idea that the UFC is the center of the MMA universe just has to look at the amount of news that comes out of Dana White over the course of one hour with the press. Nutty. Here’s the salient points:

-Dana and Randy will be meeting sometime this week to sit down and talk. Big rumor right now is HDNet has offered Randy some kind of management position and he’s near to accepting. Why anyone would want to be ‘King of Mediocre Fight Cards’ is beyond me. I think I speak for all fight fans when I implore Couture to stop bitching and fight Nogueira!

A few days ago, Zach Arnold was tut-tutting the UFC’s 180 regarding stripping Sherk of the belt. Of course, it wasn’t a 180 then, but it certainly is now: If the CSAC upholds the decision, Sherk will be stripped. And that makes UFC80 for the real honest to gosh belt. Sqweeee!

-There’s been no decision made on if Spike will be showing UFC 80 or not. Lets hope that the fact Felix Trinidad vs Roy Jones Jr will be on PPV the same night pushes the UFC to stuff this bitch on free TV.

-Speaking of free TV, Dana White admitted he was in talk with networks to air the UFC. Cross your fingers for a long and painful writer’s strike that destroys the lives of thousands of people that work on films but aren’t part of a union!

-Dana White says Hendo still won’t drop to challenge Anderson Silva. My take on this is Hendo wants extra money for a plastic surgeon who’ll be able to fix his nose afterwards.

(My notes were totally copped from MMA on Tap’s notes. How about one of you fuckers out there tell me about these calls in advance so I can listen in, huh????)

The new trend for Nick Diaz is to take a trip to the hospital after every fight. After fighting Mike Aina and squeaking by on points, he ended up in the hospital with a brutal case of staph. This time he’s in to have scar tissue removed from around his eyes:

“He didn’t get hit with anything hard,” Cope said. “It’s just that he’s got some gnarly cuts. There were a couple of fights [in his past] where he got cut and then band aided it, you know – didn’t get any good stitches, so he’s got a lot of scar tissue. You breathe on the guy, and he gets cut.”

Hopefully this helps out and Nick’s bad luck is at an end because one more questionable fight and he’ll be back where he was after washing out of the UFC … considered a skilled fighter who just can’t seem to get’r’done in the ring consistently.

In his latest interview, our favorite African assassin (much better than the guys from Mobutu who stuff you in a pile of burning tires) was all giddy with news that he obviously wanted to shout from the rooftops but couldn’t for legal reasons. The closest he came to spilling the beans was this statement:

And I’ll be back not in the ring but in the cage DEC 29th in Vegas!

Hmm … well duh, let’s see: How many promotions are there doing cage shows in Las Vegas on the same day as the UFC? What? None? Oh. Hmm … I wonder what that means.

Let’s not call this one a shoe in just yet. We all remember the time the UFC agreed to terms with Fedor and then tried to slip him the standard slave contract. Only time will tell if Sokoudjou falls for this or if he actually gets the right contract. And Sam Caplan has this to add:

I this this could be a case where Sokoudjou didn’t communicate something properly because I just don’t see how a deal with the UFC could have been worked out when he had substantially more lucrative offers from other promotions on the table.

Of course, if you’re a smart guy then the UFC is the place to go. If you lose in the UFC, you can always go back to Japan. But if you lose in Japan, you ain’t gonna get into the UFC. By this rationale alone, it makes sense for Sokoudjou to try his hand fighting for Zuffa first, even if it’s initially for less money than he’d make elsewhere.

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