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Why do people skip work to come to weigh-ins?

It’s a question I heard a lot from pro photographers baking out in the sun for the hour prior to EliteXC’s weigh-ins for Saturday’s big show on CBS at the Prudential Center. Despite the light sunburn, I realize people like to witness things for themselves. Be it tragedy or miracle, you have a better story if you were there. If you’re in the area, why not see Kimbo Slice or Gina Carano in person? Plus, if you’re like me, you try to revel in those silly moments that web videos of the weigh-ins won’t impart as well.

Kimbo sticks his belly out for the cameras

One thing the crew at the Prudential Center did not anticipate was that the black plastic surface of the weigh-in stage would be hot after an hour or two in direct sunlight. James Thompson hopped over to the scale and then did the little hot coal dance back to his shoes after weighing in. Nothing like seeing the toughest guys in the world skipping around muttering, “Ow ow ow.” After eight matchups, the crew finally laid down two rugs by the scale.

Shaquille O’Neal showed up to the weigh-ins and someone called out to announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. to make note of his arrival, but by the time Lennon saw, Shaq had snuck into the air-conditioned lobby of the Prudential. A fan yelled out, “Didn’t you see him?” Jimmy Lennon looked embarrassed and admitted, “I’m sorry, I didn’t – he was a bit smaller than I thought.”

Next, Jimmy Lennon announced Gina Carano to the stage and everyone clapped and cheered. But when he said, “Gina Carano weighs in at 144 and a half pounds.”   The contracted weight for this women’s MMA feature is 140 and the New Jersey Commission has a one pound allowance for non-title bouts.   The cheers turned into a slow awkward clap, trailing into silence.

Then Kaitlin Young bravely stepped up to the scale without her sandals, even at the urging of the publicist, and posed proud. The photographer next to me pointed at Kaltlin’s feet and whispered, “Shit! Well she’s tougher than all these guys.”

When it was Joey Villaseñor and Phil Baroni’s turn to square off, Villaseñor got in Baroni’s face, pressing nose against nose. Yesterday during the ride back from the press conference, Villaseñor confessed, “No one’s ever talked shit to me before a fight. [Baroni] brought out the cholo in me and I didn’t even know there was a cholo in there.”

The weigh-ins were rounded out with fighters from the internet bouts which will be streamed on both and Nick Serra, Matt Serra’s younger brother, is fighting on the internet show and he posed with his monkey mask.

When you watch the stream, look out for Wilson Reis and Carlton Haselrig. Reis is one of the top prospects at 140 for EliteXC and Haselrig is a well-decorated former college Heavyweight wrestler.

  • TKO Todd says:

    So what is the weight Gina is supposed to weigh in at?

  • esther says:

    140. There is a 1 pound allowance since this is a non-title fight.

  • Higgz says:

    The icing on the cake is going to be when Gina gets the crap beat out of her. I like her, and I don’t want her to fail, but, I think losing might be the best thing for her career.

    She has a lot of talent but constantly having a hard time making weight when she clearly isn’t skin and bones is a sign she isn’t taking the fight game seriously. Perhaps getting beat by a better prepared fighter will wake up the fighter inside of her.

  • chuck says:

    nick serra is a mayhem monkey!?!

  • Dr.Death says:

    I disappointed in Gina, she made no attempt to take her top off to make weight. :(

  • Dr.Death says:

    I am disappointed in Gina, she made no attempt to take her top off to make weight. :(

  • Airipsus says:

    what a rack

  • fightgeek says:

    I think it’s insulting and disrespectful to other fighters, fans, the sport and HERSELF, not to make her contracted weight. They made the 140 class especially for her didn’t they? She has never even made 140 for any of her fights and probably hasn’t weighed that since high school! I hope Kaitlin takes her out, she deserves it more and obviously takes her fight career seriously and not as a vehicle to gain celebrity or an acting deal.

  • Geoffr0y says:

    yeah nick is kinda kooky.”

    Yep, doing the serra family name proud. I hope that dumbass gets shithauled and wears that stupid mask when they raise Makowskis arm.

  • Burtonchik says:

    yeah, not making weight and looking like that is WEAKSAUCE!!!

    if she was shredded, it would be one thing, but she looks teh chubbs, also, that was the weakest square off I’ve ever seen

  • fightfan says:

    I used to have a lot of respect for Carano. Not anymore. They made a weight class especially for her, right??? There was not a 140, just a 135 and 145, no??

    And still with being tailored as the women’s face of mma, etc, etc…..SHE STILL CANT MAKE WAIT!!! And not like it was even close. And what is with the Athletic comission saying do not try and lose any more weight, we will just deuct a small percentage from your purse.

    What horseshit!!!! I hate Lutter, but he didnt have the option. she gets treated like she is royalty and has no respect for the sport or her opponent. Kaitlyn didnt eat and eat till she blew up to 180 or 190 then train for a couple of weeks because she was “busy” Kaitlyn cut her weight. While Carano just figured she’d try to lose 30 or 40 lbs in the upcoming week of the fight.

    I hope Carano is so weakened that she gets KTFO in the opening minute of round 1. I would of be insistant that she try aned lose the 4 plus lbs if I were her opponent. That would teach her a lesson, that she cant be Miss universe, I can do anything and be great at everthing.

  • YAMMA4LIFE says:

    It’s a disgrace…

    lol at the clapping into awkward silence…

  • rickards says:

    i thought she looked good :]

  • chuck says:

    Nick Serra is a BIIIIIITCH

  • kentyman says:

    Kimbo sticks his belly out for the cameras

    And believe it or not, Gary Shaw is sucking his in.

  • TKO Todd says:

    I thought CBS was getting rid of the “ghetto-ness” WTF is this? KO Nation?

  • Denton says:

    The Kimbo/Thompson match was pretty much up to the refs’ discretion. He could’ve stopped it when James was pounding on Kimbo while he was laying there like a dead fish but decided to stop it when James’ ear busted open. OK?…… Sure, whatever, I’m just here to see the fights….

  • danaunclefesterwhite says:

    Thompson’s cauliflower ear was bloated and filled with water coming into the fight. So I knew that they could stop the fight if Kimbo targeted his ear. But damn, his ear got fucked up worse than I thought it. That was nasty. Thompson should have had his ear drained before the fight.

  • Denton says:

    You’re right about Thompson in that he should have drained his ear before the fight. As Joe Dirt once said, “That’s day one stuff.”

  • esther says:

    His ear exploded on me and fellow photographer Dave Mandel at Sherdog (who had blood all over his head). I got blood on my arms and cameras.

  • esther – how’s that for getting in there and getting your hands dirty to do your job.

  • i bet you could sell that on ebay

  • toolverine says:

    Esther, you are hardcore!

  • esther says:

    Not hardcore really. But it is the first time I’ve ever gotten blood on me. Which I’m actually kind of surprised at.

  • TKO Todd says:

    In the UFC the fight would have been stopped when Kimbo wasn’t defending himself. Also the ref stood them up when they were in a similar position. They gave Kimbo a tomato can and the ref had to bail him out.

  • Denton says:

    Thompson blows at wrestling which now means Kimbo blows at wrestling. He needs some real takedown defense if he hopes to have a chance against a real wrestler.

  • danaunclefesterwhite says:

    Thompson got robbed in that fight. The cauliflower ear problem was his fault because he should have drained it before. But I thought Thompson stopped Kimbo in the second. If you aren’t intelligently defending yourself, the fight has to be stopped. They should investigate whether Gary Shaw paid off Mirgliotta. It looked to me that the ref was giving Gary Shaw a favor. If Kimbo lost, the gravy train would be over.

  • Denton says:

    Wouldn’t that be too obvious?

  • mike o says:

    kimbo was stopped? he wasnt taking any real damage
    just being held down and pushed around
    another 5 minutes of that and still no closer to brain damage
    on the other hand thompson, another couple blasts to the face and he would continue to lose IQ points at a rapid rate

  • RL Dookiefuck says:

    wtf why has fightlinker still not posted anything about last night

  • Joon4s says:

    “Nick Serra is a BIIIIIITCH”
    Don’t you mean DIIIIIICKHEAD?

    I don’t think that the fight was rigged, Dan is just really bad at his job.

    “wtf why has fightlinker still not posted anything about last night”
    He’s probably still passed out.

  • Elfenstein says:

    was a lot of shady calls by refs and doctors …

    poor smith – – if they give him 5 mins to recover , why stop the fight ? Anyone that has suffered a poke in they eye can tell u it will water up and be a bitch for a few minutes before it is ok again .. .. would smith have lost ? possibly

    kimbo fight was shit – and proved that kimbo still havent got neither the skills nor cardio to handle proper opposition. was like watching the kimbo vs gannon fight all over . except this time it was the ref saving him – not his posse ..

  • JYAG says:

    Hey fightlinker!
    I hate to say it, but you guys suck lately. What the fuck? You used to be awesome, now your sporatic at best. Please return the glory of old and show the rest of the mma online world the power of your hungary midget heart eating soul.

    Life is not as fun with out your daily douchebaggery.

  • chuck says:

    “would smith have lost ? possibly”

    he said himself in the post fight that “I probably would have been knocked out, but it would have been better than this” Now they both have that 1 dangling on the end of their records. I can’t wait for the rematch Lawler looked pretty amazing in the first and Smith always gets better when he’s getting his ass handed to him it seems like. (drago)

  • Brian says:

    I used to come here for news, and entertainment after the event. But unfortunately the bloggers/webmasters/canadian pansies/whatever the fuck you want to call them, cannot handle their alcohol, and their life is falling apart. As a result this site has taken a back seat. Learn to handle your alcohol addiction, go to alcoholics anonymous, or just get it over with and close the site down.

  • Fightlinker is Lazy says:

    Now you are just being damn right lazy.

    Lift your game you fellow canuck bastard.

  • JoshMan says:

    Quite sad Linker. Pick it the fuck up. On a side note, The Roots were awesome(Council Bluffs-Harrah’s Casino) and according to Houston “Glass Jaw” Alexander, the UFC is coming to Qwest here in Omaha in September. You have a place to stay and an ass kicking if true and you are not a complete pussy. My grammar is shit, but I’m drunk.

  • P W says:

    Did the ref stop Kimbo-Thompson because of Thompsons messed up ear? Looked to me as if stopped because Thompson looked like he didn’t know where he was, with his mouth wide open and his hands by his hips.

  • Tertio says:

    Dude Thompson has that look 24/7.

    The fight was called because the ref is dirty. Shaw is a fat fucking piece of crooked shit. I really hope he fucking dies from morbid obesity and that his retarded son decides to get into boxing instead of MMA. We do not need these kinds of slimeball promoters. Especially on network TV.

  • Tertio says:

    For the record i do not wish for his death. But i do hope he leaves MMA alone. The sport does not need the likes of him.

    I have nothing against Kimbo. Hes got power and is very entertaining. Protecting him by hand picking opponents is one thing. What we saw on saturday is something else.

  • defranger says:

    Fightlinker is going downhill quick. Wasn’t it like a week ago he said he was going to start taking this blog serious again and not let all this time go by with nothing new. No new comics, nothing this is bad. I won’t be giving money to you bastards again.

  • Dangerfield says:

    This happens often.

  • Hattori Hanzo says:

    kimbo was bood. Crown knew he was losing and got saved by the ref

  • YAMAMA says:

    What the fuck? Stop tossing each oters salad and post some shit!

  • In all fairness it wasn’t really a big weekend of MMA…

  • why hath fightlinker forsaken me!

  • cheezeypoof says:

    at least in the past we had FightlinkerIsWrong to entertain us. Now we don’t even have that any more!

  • kentyman says:

    Hop in the forums; there’s plenty of drivel to pour over in there.

  • defranger says:

    I can’t go to the forums on my phone. That’s why I’m mad.

  • kentyman says:

    Get an iPhone! 😉

  • Jersey Tomato says:

    What a mistake EliteXC is making in promoting Kimbo Slice above all else.

    My boss happened to stumble upon the Kimbo-Thompson fiasco Saturday night when he was looking for the evening news. He knows I follow MMA so he shared with me his observations. 1) He thought it was barbaric and a complete waste of time. 2) He thought the fighters were poor excuses for athletes and would not even qualify for the WWF. 3) If he should stumble upon this garbage again, he will turn away immediately. 4) Thompson must have an extra chromosome and the dangling ear was disgusting to look at.

    My boss is a normal guy and he certainly is not some pansy. He enjoys football and boxing and I think he watched the “Main Event” with an open mind. Pinning the success of the network deal on Kimbo is a seriously flawed strategy. Kimbo has no real skills other than he hits hard in the first round. After Saturday night’s fiasco, just about any legitimate HW should be able to take Kimbo. Simply put: he is too old, he gasses to easily and his MMA arsenal is seriously lacking. That fight should have been stopped in the second round when Thompson was elbowing Kimbo in the head repeatedly without him making any effort to improve his position. CBS has got to be rethinking its agreement w/ EliteXC right now.

  • TUBBS says:

    No posts on the WEC and the best he can do is a post on the weigh-ins?

  • kentyman says:

    That was Esther. :)

  • I bet Ryans parents came back and performed some kind of honor killing for him being a miserable excuse of a son

  • ninjitsu says:

    What the fuck fightlinker, two big events this weekend and you have no comment?

    I think you guys were out of town for Couture’s Toronto gym opening, but seriously, buy a laptop or something!

  • money says:

    here are bunch of interviews by Jake Shields from the EliteXC fight

    i think we have enuff ammunition with these videos to get to 100 comments

  • esther says:

    hahaha. maybe I should post something to make up for this but I only have first hand experience with elite’s event and I’m sure everyone is dying to hear more about WEC. I will have pics of nick serra on his butt later today. promise. I only slept an hour out of 30…wait… 36 during event day so please bear with me.

  • ninjitsu says:

    Awesome, can’t wait to see those Esther. Also, elaborate on the blood splatter story.

    That Nick Serra fight was one of my favourites of the weekend. I laughed my ass off!

  • Why no new posts boys? Its Monday I need some shit to do at work! Is it going to be one of those sudden 20 post blasts + podcast + comic? My fingers are crossed.

  • scorchamatic says:

    you absentee landlord bastards.

  • Lifer says:

    Well you kinda fucked yourself by referring to your fans as “jackals”. They seem to be turning on you and waiting to eat your innards.

    Kids, I recommend staying away from the anus portion.

  • kentyman says:

    Why? I heard it was nice and tender.

  • kentyman says:

    But he was bitching about it being super tender for months!

  • you might be right since its taken a beating lately

  • dubside says:

    why does fightlinker skip work to suck warty rhino penis?

  • Marco9690 says:

    the detox/rehab I went to didn’t provide internet or allow me access to the outside world for the 1st 10 days. Guess Linker & co. shoulda asked about the rules first…

  • Put together a six-hour marathon radio show and we’ll call it even.

  • TUBBS says:

    Me wants posts!!!!!

  • hbdale309 says:

    I hope he’s ok. Get well soon, linker.

  • Elfenstein says:

    dana white comes across as intelligent compared to gary shaw . . crap — why did they have to show elite XC as an introduction to the american public ..

  • toolverine says:

    Shaw’s gut is as fat as this site is lean with posts…

  • I’ve only ever found blood on my notebook or the lens of my camera (and once, my glasses). Never got it on me, luckily.

  • Hattori Hanzo says:

    seriously hope Ryan is ok

  • garth says:

    seriously. did terrorists take over his whole town?

  • Grobbnarble says:

    What’s up with no posts since thursday?

  • snepin14 says:

    come back linker :( boohoo

  • Mark says:

    Just nothing from Usually if Fightlinker is gone this long it seems like dulljake tries to put up a post or two. Hope everything is okay.

  • TKO Todd says:

    Did Ryan and Jake die?

  • Lifer says:

    lovers quarrel? teehee 😉

  • RoB says:

    i blame canada!

  • Sauce says:

    This place has been going downhill for a while. Now its just lame.

  • x5BoltMainx says:

    Canada is on strike!?

  • Seriously… what in the fuck?

    This site has gone to shit…srsly.

    Where’s the “James Thompson’s ear looked like a penis” article or “Robbie Lawer and Scott Smith was penis” hmmm?

    Not to mention the “WEC 34: Penis” article.

    Jesus titty fucking christ boy. Where’s Dulljake with his illiteracy to get us through the day.

  • cyrus says:

    Yeah fuck you losers, start posting.

  • Marco9690 says:

    Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, Fightlin..aaahhh, waita sec, Jimmy and Emilia had lives proir to flatlining…. help me Jackals……..

  • im gonna have to start hating Canadians again

  • Hattori Hanzo says:

    ya’ll gonna feel like shite if its a serious problem

  • x5BoltMainx says:

    you obviously don’t know us that well.

  • Marco9690 says:

    The Elite XC/CBS?Gary Shaw fuck-up MMA for every penny he can get w/out Linker on the bitch….that’s already a serious problem…..

  • Sauce says:

    @ 90 … its not just the fact that the guy is M.I.A these last few days … this blog has been getting worse and worse for weeks … maybe months.

  • cyrus says:

    Hey, the blog really hasn’t been getting worse for weeks. Or maybe it has. But the last couple days, damn. But, these dumbasses are doing everything they can (including taking shits on camera) to ensure they don’t get a damn thing Caplan does. And that’s cool – he’s way creepy – but when you one day you wake up and say I’m a bitch for not getting paid for this… that’s gonna fuck you up. Maybe that’s what happened. Anyways, whatever it is – fuck em! I’m heartless. Blog or go home, fuckers!

  • snepin14 says:

    dude, i don’t care what these people are saying, i love this site, i sure hope ryan and jake are ok

  • garth says:

    the random people who do nothing but bitch in comment threads are comedy gold. i found a package! after unwrapping it, i found a tastefully decorated make-your-own-fuckin’-blog-you-halfwit-fucktards. I hope you like it!

  • Elfenstein says:

    bumping this to make it closer to a hundred ..

  • Elfenstein says:

    i could actually try to make it on my own – -pioneer style ..

  • Elfenstein says:


  • pauli says:

    i heard that ryan and jake were eaten by a bear :(

    that poor bear :(

  • Joon4s says:

    Maybe they decided to get a real job and ditch us. It’d have been polite to at least post about it. Love the site though, I hope nothing is wrong. And I need my Low Blow fix really bad, I already listened the old podcasts.

  • Joon4s says:

    Okay, I created a poll. Go and vote what do you think that happened to fightlinker:

  • I’m gonna guess that all the moveable parts in both his keyboard and mouse have been rended useless due to solidified spooge.

  • Jersey Tomato says:

    Hey folks, I did some checking around outside the Prudential Center in Newark. (Afterall, I am from Jersey.) The word on the street is that there were a couple of drunken Canadian dudes starting trouble with the locals. They was talking trash (albeit with a funny accent) to some bro’s about how Canada rules and where about to get pounded when cops arrived on the scene. Fightlinker was initially relieved when the heat showed up, that is, until they were transported to the police station. There they got the shit kicked out of them worse than if they had thrown down in the street, plus they got charged with felony conspiracy to start a riot. They were unable to post bail (having spent all their dough on beer and prostitutes) and are awaiting trial. The soonest the trial could happen is six months.

    Needless to say, the site could be down for a while…..

  • Denton says:

    It is what it is, FL and the crew don’t have to answer to anybody, let alone those who shit their pants when they pull up an unupdated MMA site.

  • cyrus says:

    I think we should lead cheers to bring them back, like:

    NO NO





    Uh, just make your own. I suck.

    ITS OK

    OH NO
    … YOU HOMO

  • cyrus says:

    our cheers brought ’em back.