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Old 01-25-2017, 08:13 AM
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Which brings to mind the question of how Josh Barnett has been popped about half a dozen times since 1999.
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:22 AM
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Which brings to mind the question of how Josh Barnett has been popped about half a dozen times since 1999.
Barnett had less than zero pull in the old UFC and has no idea what the hell he's doing vis a vis his drug regimen.
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He got all the slack in the world at first, he just completely failed to use it. The UFC was happy to hush up his first test failure -- the one that got him stripped after the Couture fight was his second. And even then he would have got off with a slap on the wrist if he and Matt Hume hadn't blown their stacks at the NSAC.

Josh Barnett is good at fighting, questionable at career management, and very bad at doing drugs.
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Old 01-25-2017, 01:39 PM
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He got all the slack in the world at first, he just completely failed to use it. The UFC was happy to hush up his first test failure -- the one that got him stripped after the Couture fight was his second. And even then he would have got off with a slap on the wrist if he and Matt Hume hadn't blown their stacks at the NSAC.

Josh Barnett is good at fighting, questionable at career management, and very bad at doing drugs.
I did not know any of that! Barnett's career is a matryoshka doll of awful choices.
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Old 01-25-2017, 02:29 PM
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In an alternate history where he had a clue about how to time his cycles, Barnett could have gone into contract negotiations with Zuffa holding the heavyweight belt, dominated the division in the UFC for years, made a zillion dollars, and spared the world Tim Sylvia. Instead he spent the prime of his career kicking around Japan doing nothing in particular. Josh being Josh, he was probably perfectly happy.
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Old 01-26-2017, 01:02 PM
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Speaking of brilliant business moves, right in the middle of the hype build for Canelo-Chavez, Oscar de la Hoya gets popped for DUI.
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Speaking of brilliant business moves, right in the middle of the hype build for Canelo-Chavez, Oscar de la Hoya gets popped for DUI.
I have a lot of sympathy (relatively speaking) for Golden Boy, as he is a dude who clearly has a lot of gender and sexual identity questions that were subsumed under a life of rigid, monastic discipline and machismo.
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Old 02-08-2017, 08:05 AM
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Is there any historical precedence for this weekend's women's 145 matchup in that no one involved with the fight actually wants to win the title at stake?

Meanwhile, Yoel Romero is spitting more hot fire than Becky Lynch.

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slightly late on this one but potentially of interest: cosplay enthusiast and excellent kickboxer Angela Hill portrays Sagat at UFC weigh-in.
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Old 02-11-2017, 10:01 AM
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It took the laugh for me to be sold - but sold I am.
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Old 02-11-2017, 10:41 AM
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She goes all in, and I salute her
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Rooting hard for her now. That's all it takes.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:31 AM
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meanwhile kazushi sakuraba dons a shiny purple jumpsuit to do commercials for Allegra allergy medicine.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:35 AM
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Irish Sun is reporting an agreement in principle on the Mayweather / McGregor fight has been reached.

(The big implications here are that it would draw McGregor into the Ali act, which... well, that would get REALLY messy)
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Old 02-14-2017, 01:25 PM
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I don't think I've been this blase about a big-name fight since Mayweather v. Pacquiao.
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I don't think I've been this blase about a big-name fight since Mayweather v. Pacquiao.
the appeal vanishes if you know thing one about either boxing or mixed martial arts, so...

that said if conor mcgregor spends the entire fight crabwalking and kicking floyd in the shins I will grudgingly acknowledge that he is cool.
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Ali vs Inoki, the reboot?
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:13 PM
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Ali vs Inoki, the reboot?
I feel like it is the best we can hope for.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:37 AM
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I feel like it is the best we can hope for.
Which, in turn, leads to a new generation of shoot style pro wres, and the resurrection of Fighting Network RINGS for 21st century. World without end, amen.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:39 AM
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We might see a union of wrestling forces, if you will. Perhaps even on an international level.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:47 AM
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We might see a union of wrestling forces, if you will. Perhaps even on an international level.
There was once a dream that was shooting. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish.
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:02 AM
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And then three years later its champion would lose to Finn Balor via figure four in the first match of the feud.

(Still don't understand that. Wrote to Meltzer once, his reply was essentially "it's Inoki." Six point one million freaking dollars, just set aflame.)
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:49 AM
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So Cyborg is going to get a retroactive TUE exemption.

*sigh* Unsurprising, but still WTF-worthy.
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:43 PM
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So Cyborg is going to get a retroactive TUE exemption.

*sigh* Unsurprising, but still WTF-worthy.
Please tell me you mean Evangelista.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:26 PM
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Please tell me you mean Evangelista.
HA! You should know better.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:27 PM
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HA! You should know better.
You never know. I hear HooknShoot is looking for headliners.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:32 PM
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HOOKnSHOOT is going out of business, actually. Jeff Osborne is gonna be a full-time arcade operator.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:32 PM
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Here's the breakdown of what USADA knew and when. Not a good look.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:38 PM
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HOOKnSHOOT is going out of business, actually. Jeff Osborne is gonna be a full-time arcade operator.
Well, I'll be.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:00 AM
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UFC 209 is probably going to be the best card they put out this year, right? Everyone seems to have made it to the show in one piece.

Reem / Hunt is interesting. Sugar / Kelly is... well, at least Shad won't get hurt too bad this time? Khabib / Ferguson is, of course, a great bout even with the Conor vacancy hanging over it. And the main event won't be as good, but the first fight had a dramatic ending at least so that's something.

The non-PPV portion might not look like much, but I think I'll get this one.
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