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Yeah … about that Ryan Gracie post.

Let me tell you, it’s not always that easy being the prick of the MMA blogosphere. We love mixed martial arts, we’re fans of the fighters and we’re fans of a lot of the other guys out there running websites too. There’s rarely a post we put up that I don’t look at wondering “Have we gone too far with this? Are we past being funny and now just being petty and spiteful?”

Don’t worry, though. We’re not going ‘soft’ any time soon. But I’d like to think that our constant self-evaluation manages to keep us relatively in check. We never want to become a celebrity tabloid-like site which shits on people regardless of if they do good or bad. And we don’t want to single out or hound anyone past a few days worth of irrelevant blabber mixed with a joke about horse cocks. In short, we really do try to keep things fun and light around here.

With that being said, we’re not so far up our own asses that we aren’t willing to admit when we’ve ‘gone too far’. And I will say that we probably did just that with our post about Ryan Gracie’s death. I’m not apologizing for it because of what other people think. I personally just feel a bit off about it.

Anyways, I dunno really know where I’m going with this … I suppose the main gist of it is that we churn out a buttload of content and we try to keep it all up to a certain standard of quality and a certain twisted but nonetheless valid form of morality. We don’t always succeed, but I just wanted to put it out there that we do TRY.

  • Tommy says:

    Your an animal Frankie.

  • Jemaleddin says:

    (I mean that with love.)

  • MMA Fever says:

    Don’t worry, I’ll gladly continue being the MMA prick of the blogosphere and no, you’re not being soft in any way.

    Being a Jackal doesn’t come with a lot of fanfare but free speech is greater than any guilt any pussy MMA writer from any site in the blogoshere can dish out to you.

    Continue to say it like it really is and leave the eunuch MMA writers to play with their dildos as they question your popularity.

    Honesty isn’t always served with a shiny red bow for the holidays.

    Stay real dude and your fanbase will stick with you even when you go off on occasion as I usually do.

  • j says:

    It’s not like you posted it with the title of “Sammy Vasquez vs. Ryan Gracie” and a fake fight graphic like the ginger thing.

  • operator says:

    I don’t see anything particularly offencive about the article. I seem to recall thinking where is all the sarcastic remarks. The only thing that was speculated is that he went on a rampage because it was xmas. A man died and god fuckin forbid anybody raise some questions or speak an opinion.

  • twankydawg says:

    Fuck all the haters man, keep doing your thing, no one takes all the monkey spunk & horse cock joke shit seriously, it’s entertaining with the news you attach it too. Don’t end up like Sam Caplan with your ears recessed in your head.

  • MacDaddy says:

    “It’s not like you posted it with the title of “Sammy Vasquez vs. Ryan Gracie” and a fake fight graphic like the ginger thing.”

    Although… that would have made me laugh…

  • Kalak says:

    I don´t really think your Ryan Gracie-thing went too far since this site is basically satire, which is much needed in MMA and sports in general.
    Having said that, it´s pretty cool that you reflect a bit on some of the stuff you write, that´s always a good thing, just as harsh satire is.

  • Jersey Tomato says:

    I am more offended by your T-shirts than the Ryan Gracie piece…

  • Wu Tang says:

    There will be some haters and some lovers to your site. Overall, you did a good analysis on this subject. You tried to play off the whole ‘Hyan’ is a bad boy role, and ‘guess’ how he died, which would question the reported down there in brazil, which is always dubious at best. Loyal fans to this site knows your sense of humor, while some may get offended, may get hurt, and may question why you would make fun of a dead person. Overall, there was reason for it, aka black sheep/out cast of the well known Gracie family. Dont let it get to you, those who wishes ill will to our best blogger on MMA must have bad karma to just comment on just one of MANY topics that you have badly blogged about. As a person who trains with a gracie and an affiliate, they would say the same thing as you, but would bow their heads to honor Hyan. You are still the man, reguardless of what happens. Keep up the good work!!

  • dignan says:


    You and Ryan Gracie can go fuck yourselves. The only thing that I was upset at is it was Ryan Gracie and not Kalib Starnes.

  • Thomas says:

    After Renzo, Ryan was my fav. gracie. Back when he fought in Pride I always thought he was alittle off. Don’t think you guys “went too far”. If I wanted dry boring mma coverage I’d go to sherdog or MMAWeekly but Fightlinker is the Daily Show/Colbert Report of mma which is why i read. So… Tell those sensitive cocksuckers to go fuck themselves and a goat.

  • jaydog says:

    I don’t think there’s any aspect of this story that should be considered taboo. Ryan Gracie “went too far” in MMA. If an unauthorized obituary or a speculation on cause of death piece lacks class, then it’s sort of appropriate to the subject. South American prisons, gangs, police (and their overlapping areas) should be scrutinized and questioned when something like this is reported. I don’t think that FL should apologize, but I will say that I’m tired of the holier than thou prick shtick. Softening some edges from time to time would be a nice change of pace.

  • Thomas says:

    on 16 Dec 2007 at 9:00 pm
    “It’s not like you posted it with the title of “Sammy Vasquez vs. Ryan Gracie” and a fake fight graphic like the ginger thing.”

    Although… that would have made me laugh…


  • godzillad says:

    I actually enjoyed the article. You guys have been slipping in the past few months but that was a call back.

  • MJC_123 says:

    Your the best because you report it how it is, you know that.

  • Vale Nada says:

    There is nothing more serious than a tragic death. We all recognize it. But at the same time, we come to this site to free ourselves of the PC world. To joke and say whatever the fuck we want. It’s all for laughs. Give us the 15 min/day of unfettered business. This is what makes you different.

  • Vale Nada says:

    And please get rid of this bipolar fightlinker voice. Sometimes its off the wall “holy crap, did he just say that” business…then its this pussy “i need to qualify my statement” voice. You’re acting more like the mma manias and junkies…Grow some balls.

  • caspersghost says:

    didn’t have a second thought when reading it, it was a perfectly fine comic insight.

  • body shots says:

    I reread it and Im not offended at all but I know what to expect from this site and it has absolutly no impact on my emotional state. Maybe, if that was the first post you have ever read at FL then you could be offended by it but us regs know your just fn around and wouldn’t anything expect less.

  • dude I thik you were over nice about Ryan’s situation… I would have lambasted the shit out of that cunt.

    Ryan Gracie? Fuck him.

  • Foreskin Face Pete says:

    fuck the cryers.

  • Rob says:

    Come on. Fuck that PC shit. 10’s of thousands of people die daily on this planet. When a true asshole dies, say whatever you want about them. Joke about it. Call them what they really are. Cause and effect. The decisions you make in life govern how people treat your death. In this case, I’ll crack a beer and thank the Grim Reaper for not taking GSP.

  • Xavier says:

    Druggie died, cry cry cry, omg did we go too far in talking about the fucked up druggie criminal of the Gracie clan? WAH WAH ROYCE MIGHT SEE.

    Don’t tell me the grapes injured your balls.

  • Big D D says:

    Death is as much a part of life as life is….deal with it!
    Bleeding hearts lead to saggy panties

  • kentyman says:

    The original post was worth it if for no other reason than Xavier’s “Sakuraba did it.” comment. Classic.

  • MJC_123 says:

    Hywel Teague I buy fighters only ever month…..After those glorious words about Ryan Gracie you may well have yourself a new subscriber!

  • marco9690 says:

    Every time I was in jail, I fuckin’ earned it….. some would consider this event a “thinning of the herd”