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Sam Caplan betrays blogosphere for 20 pieces of silver

I’m glad this has finally been announced because I knew about it a few weeks ago and was itching to write something about it. I basically bullied Sam into spilling the beans by threatening to sic my readers on him, and it worked! Sweet. You guys are jackals and I love it.

Anyways, congrats to Sam who fulfilled every blogger’s secret dream of selling out. Of course, since Sam was already writing for CBS Sports, this is just the next level of selling out. Where once he got some of that sweet journalistic integrity, he’s now gonna get a taste of what it’s like to be a corporate shill.

Of course, people really have a warped idea of how being a shill works. Everyone’s now expecting Sam to be uber-critical of all non-ProElite companies. They’re also expecting him to drink the ProElite kool-aid. I very much doubt the first concern will happen, but of course he’s gonna drink the fucking kool-aid. Thomas Gerbasi drinks the UFC kool-aid. Fuck, Gerbasi MAKES the UFC kool-aid. And it’ll be the same for Sam: they’re paying him to cover ProElite. If they didn’t want him to give preferential coverage to their company, they wouldn’t have had to hire him.

Anyways, it comes down to this:

  • Good – Another one of ‘us’ (‘us’ being the lowly blog bums) gets to make a decent living writing about MMA.
  • Bad – That writing is now going on the ugly as sin ProElite website.
  • Good – Sam Caplan now has unparalleled access to the second largest MMA company in the world (or third largest? Is HERO’s still ahead?), which means more good news and interviews for us.
  • Bad – If Sam hears about Kelly Perdew ass fucking $kala in the broom closet during lunch, we might not get to hear about it.

But hey, if Sam covered stuff like that I’d be out of a job. And by job I mean draining hobby that has destroyed my business and personal life. So maybe it’s good that Sam doesn’t cover that kind of thing. So congrats to Sam Caplan for landing this sweet ass job and I look forward to harrassing him more down the road.

  • Rollo the Cat says:

    Pro-Elite is the one company I actively root for the fail.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Linker, you forget to mention that I also write for FIGHT! magazine.

  • steve24 says:

    Maybe we can finally get some interviews with Lawler.

  • steve24 says:

    Sam, a possible Lawler interview in the future?

  • Xavier says:

    Good, now we know there will be someone competent to write a “insider’s book” on when Pro Elite spectacularly crashes and burns. Give it a couple years, it’ll happen.

    My wager? I’ve got ten bucks on a Gina Carano/Gray Shaw sexual scandal/lawsuit being what ends that abortion of a promotion.

  • marshal says:

    I have no idea what that whole post was about and I’m too lazy to re-read it (but not to lazy to spout my opinion).
    Ah yes, these keys feel good on my fingers….prrrr…

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Steve, I can try and get a Lawler interview but I didn’t need to agree to join in order to be in a position to get one. In fact, if I put in a request, it will be through his manager and not through ProElite, Inc.

  • garth says:

    Sam writes for as well. I was a little saddened to hear about the corp job, but i’m sure we’ll still get kickass writing from the capman.

  • garth says:

    sam: why in the living hell do they have their own logo upside down on the background, and why does it look like one of those toy pinwheels you give to kids to shut them the hell up for a minute or two?

  • LR says:

    Dan Stupp stated that Sam would no longer write for due to his ProElite gig now.


  • As a fellow shill (I handle the IFL’s website), let me say that it’s not as corrupting an influence as you might think. I mean, yeah, I became more interested in the IFL after getting the job, but it didn’t effect how I view other orgs. As far as drinking the Kool-Aid…that sword cuts two ways:

    1) I want the IFL to succeed because they pay my rent and also because I know and care about the people involved.

    2) But it also makes me more frustrated than most when they (at least in my eyes) make the wrong choices, as every org will do from time to time.

    I say, congratulations, Sam. If MMA orgs hire real MMA writers, the influence is more likely to be positive for the orgs than it is negative for the writers. Plus, I think the pressure of the blogosphere keeps people honest. I have to write (or not write) things for the IFL that sometimes make my integrity hurt, but that doesn’t carry over into my blog.

    And I’m not even going to point out that the IFL site is far more attractive and interesting than the Pro Elite site. Oh no, I just did it!

  • Ted Dibiase says:

    who cares.

    the IFL is gay
    mmajunkie is for pussies and nut huggers

    i want hate fill opinions on the news, only fightlinker brings it

  • ajadoniz says:

    is it true what LR, Sam? You’re ditching Junkie for $kala?

  • ajadoniz says:

    *what LR said

  • body-shots says:

    Those nipples!

  • kentyman says:

    I’m waiting for the “I LOVES ME SOME O DAT HOT GARY SHAW COCK” graphic.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    LR and Ajadoniz:

    Yes, Dann is correct. But let me make it clear, I will continue to remain a support of and consider all involved there as friends. They knew about my decision before anyone else did.

    I don’t know if Junkie has a policy against writers who work for an affiliated company of an MMA promotion and ProElite was willing to allow me to continue to write for Junkie but it was a situation where I felt it would be best for all involved if I resigned. Between writing for,, FIGHT! magazine, and, I didn’t feel like I would have the time to submit quality work to Junkie.

  • all-elbows says:

    jealous? this site is The Superficial or Perez Hilton for fight fans.

  • Jordan Breen says:

    Your mother, Caplan.

  • I like to think of this site as more of a maddox than superficial.

  • garth says:

    with a soupçon of Fark thrown in, for aroma.

  • Accomando says:

    “…And by job I mean draining hobby that has destroyed my business and personal life. …”

    Man, you kill me.

  • Swedish guy says:

    In fact, everybody whom I’ve introduced this site to, I’ve told ’em “it’s the maddox of MMA”. Still, all my friends hate MMA and rather hang around and wait for a maddox update. And they aren’t very frequent nowadays, are they?

  • Yeah, maybe once every 3 months. Lazy bastard