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By Jim "jimbonics" Isaacs

So there I was, minding my own business, creating a masterpiece through MSPaint in honor of ReX13’s first Bellator article for the ‘Tater. Later that afternoon, after a WILD week in the comments section across all articles, I was honored with a “Comment of the Week” award and subsequently a subscription to FIGHT! Magazine. Sweet! It was the first thing I had won since a pinball contest in Nineteen Dickety-Two.

After a month of salivating and daily mailbox-checking, I had received no magazine. I was convinced I would not actually receive a prize, as hundreds of comments at CP over the past year alluded to. Then it happened. My mailbox was stuffed with bills I would never open, offers I would never respond to, and an extremely thick and glossy FIGHT! Magazine.

There is King Mo, in all his glory bling, staring at me. The first thought in my head was how he got his ass thoroughly beaten by Mousasi yet still won the belt based solely on takedowns. (Though he snared 11 of his 14 takedown attempts, if there was ever a fight to argue against the weight of takedowns in MMA scoring, it was that fight, but I digress). The second thought in my head was that he wouldn’t hold the belt very long, especially with the ultra-quick striker and BJJ black belt Feijão looming. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.

A month later the next magazine had wrestling specialist Kenny Florian on it. He went on to get Gray Maynarded. This got the wheels turning, and I decided to do a little investigating: Does the long-rumored FIGHT! Magazine Cover Curse actually exist?

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

FIGHT! Magazine inaugural issue, Aug/Sept-2007
Coverboy: Matt Serra, wearing the belt he raped from Grease St. Pierre
His Next Fight: GSP raped the belt right back from him
Score: Curse-1, Coverboy-0

Oct/Nov 2007 Coverboy: BJ Penn, looking like his mom gave him a compliment
His Next Fight: Bloodied the life out of Joe Daddy
Score: Curse-1, Coverboy-1

Dec/Jan 2008 Coverboy: Urijah Faber, doing his best to hide his ass-chin
His Next Fight: Decision over Jens Pulver at WEC 31
Score: Curse-1, Coverboy-2

At this point you’re thinking, “Hey, I thought this was about a jinx? WTF you smokin’?”

a) Bear with me
b) Trainwreck

After only three issues, FIGHT! Magazine thinks they have what it takes to go monthly. This is likely because over half the magazine is advertisements and they can now afford it. Seriously, it’s Cosmo for dudes.

Feb 2008 Coverboy: BrockI’ve got a dick dripping bloody semen on my chest” Lesnar
His Next Fight: Kneebar by Frank Mur
Score: Curse-2, Coverboy-2

Mar 2008 Coverboy: Dan “One of the worst nicknames in MMA” Henderson
His Next Fight: After filling us all with false hope in the first round, Anderson Silva choked him the fuck out in the second. Lunatic Fringe, my ass.
Score: Curse-3, Coverboy-2

Apr 2008 Coverboy: Georges “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy” St. Pierre
His Next Fight: The aforementioned raping of Matt Serra’s ribs
Score: Curse-3, Coverboy-3

May 2008 Coverboy: Forrest Griffin
His Next Fight: Lost his belt to Stanky Leg
Score: Curse-4, Coverboy-3

June 2008 Coverboy: Lil’ Evil, because he’s little, and presumably evil
His Next Fight: Um… how about his next SIX fights? The sad sack hasn’t won a fight since.
Score: Curse-5, Coverboy-3

July 2008 Coverboy: Quinton “I will run you right the fuck over” Jackson
His Next Fight: Chopped down by FoGriff
Score: Curse-6, Coverboy-3

Aug 2008 Coverboy: Roger “El Smack-a-Whore” (and I’ll Whup Your Ass) Huerta
His Next Fight: No stranger to magazine covers, Huerta suffered back-to-back losses to Florian and Maynard, and left the UFC (on his own recognizance)
Score: Curse-7, Coverboy-3

Sept 2008 Coverboy: The Iceman
His Next Fight: KTFO by Stanky “Suga” Leg. This was not only a jinx, but also a curse, as it introduced the world to the Shrieking Shrew. What has been heard cannot be unheard.
Score: Curse-8, Coverboy-3

Oct 2008 Coverboy: Josh “The Steroid Assassin” Barnett
His Next Fight: Beat up Gilbert Yvel. In theory, he hasn’t lost a fight since, but we all know what really happened to the guy, so the FIGHT! Magazine curse gets half of a point for this one.
Score: Curse-8.5, Coverboy-3.5

Nov 2008 Coverboy: Miggy Torres
His Next Fight: Defeated Manny Tapia by strikes in the 2nd
Score: Curse-8.5, Coverboy-4.5

Dec 2008 Coverboy: Frank Mur
His Next Fight: The first man to put Big Nog on his ass.
Score: Curse-8.5, Coverboy-5.5

Jan 2009 Coverboy: Wanderlei Silva
His Next Fight: A very entertaining, slobberknocking loss to Allllrighty Then at UFC 99
Score: Curse-9.5, Coverboy-5.5

Feb 2009 Coverboy: Anderson “I No Speaka de English” Silva
His Next Fight: Although not a loss, this fight may have very well marked the downfall of the Spider’s popularity. People wanted badly to forget the Patrick Côté disaster with a Spider-like performance against Thales Lietes. Instead, they got 25 minutes of bullshit and fagassery. FIGHT! gets another half point for this one. Deal with it.
Score: Curse-10, Coverboy-6

Mar 2009 Coverboy: Shane Carwin
His Next Fight: After taking a huge shot, came back and busted up Gabriel “Joke, you are a bad” Gonzaga’s face.
Score: Curse-10, Coverboy-7

Apr 2009 Coverboy: Lyoto “Your pee-pee taste good” Machida
His Next Fight: Two Words: Stanky and Leg.
Score: Curse-10, Coverboy-8

May 2009 Coverboy: Cuntry Brefass
His Next Fight: FOTN win against Terra Firma. Beef squashed?
Score: Curse-10, Coverboy-9

June 2009 Coverboy: Diego “YES! YES! Oh God, YES!!!” Sanchez
His Next Fight: A close decision over the Cavemanpenter
Score: Curse-10, Coverboy-10
Sidenote: He lost his next two, and is contemplating incorporating the Mexican equivalent of “Yes!”, whatever that is.

Oh shit, maybe there isn’t a jinx after all. It’s all tied up, and only because of biased bullshit by yours truly…

July 2009 Coverboy: Thiago “Ruh-Roh” Alves
His Next Fight: Got his brain thoroughly pummeled upon by GSP
Score: Curse-11, Coverboy-10

Aug 2009 Coverboy: Nate “My legs were ashy” Marquardt
His Next Fight: Tore through Demian Maia in 21 seconds
Score: Curse-11, Coverboy-11

Sept 2009 Coverboy: Mike “Goldberg gave me my nickname” Swick
His Next Fight: A decision loss to Foghorn Leghorn
Score: Curse-12, Coverboy-11

Oct 2009 Coverboy: Fedor “I am a Motherfucker” Emelianenko
His Next Fight: Weathered an early storm to put Brett “My career is looking Grimm” Rogers on his ass
Score: Curse-12, Coverboy-12

Nov 2009 Coverboy: Bobble Head aka He Who Shall Not Be Named
His Next Fight: The Revenge of Forest Griffin
Score: Curse-13, Coverboy-12

Dec 2009 Coverboy: Jon “Adamantium Bones” Jones
His Next Fight: 12-6. Referees asking permanently deaf, temporarily blind people if they are OK. Wolverine’s first loss.
Score: Curse-14, Coverboy-12

Jan 2010 Coverboy: Gegard “Sweet Sassy” Mousasi
His Next Fight: Thoroughly beat the shit out of King Mo, but couldn’t stop a takedown, and therefore lost.
Score: Curse-15, Coverboy-12

Feb 2010 Coverboy: Jose Aldo
His Next Fight: Urijah Faber. Moving on. (Don’t worry, this one evens itself out)
Score: Curse-15, Coverboy-13

Mar 2010 Coverboy: Dan “Rhode Island Red” Hardy
His Next Fight: The latest victim of the GSP Pimp Train. All Aboard!
Score: Curse-16, Coverboy-13

Apr 2010 Coverboy: Urijah Faber, not trying as hard to hide his ass-chin
His Next Fight: 25 minutes of pain at the hands and feet of Jose Aldo (The ‘even-ing out’ I alluded to)
Score: Curse-17, Coverboy-13

May 2010 Coverboy: Chael “I am not Imprezz with your Performans Enhancing Drugs” Sonnen
His Next Fight: In a battle that should have been billed as “Shithead vs Shitheel”, Sonnen almost came away with a victory. Instead, he got choked the fuck out by the spider’s limbs which he didn’t get to take home with him.
Score: Curse-18, Coverboy-13

June 2010 Coverboy: Frankie “The Answer to a Question No One Asked” Edgar
His Next Fight: Holy Shit he beat BJ again? Fuck Yeah!
Score: Curse-18, Coverboy-14

July 2010 Coverboy: Muhammad “I REALLY like this energy drank” Lawal
His Next Fight: Feijão exposed him for what he is — all bling and no ring.
Score: Curse-19, Coverboy-14

Aug 2010 Coverboy: Kenny “Feminine Hygiene Product, or an Anti-Enlarging Prostate Pill” Florian
His Next Fight: Gray Maynard‘s Hairpiece.
Score: Curse-20, Coverboy-14

Sept 2010 Coverboy: Josh “OG TUF Scrub” Koscheck
His Next Fight: It won’t go down until December, but there is a good chance we can put this one in the books for GSP.
Score: Curse-21?, Coverboy-14?

So there you have it folks. If you are a fighter that aspires to be on the cover of FIGHT! Magazine, there is a 66.6% chance you will lose your next fight. It’s proven by science shit made up by me.

Coming up: Is there a 7-11 Slurpee Curse?

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gtbrimage- October 12, 2010 at 6:57 am
Great article Jim! Funny stuff... got your msg on Facebook, but was having issues w/ the acct so I'm off for a bit. Wanted to make sure I checked it out and am damn glad I did... keep it up, bro!
glassjawsh- October 1, 2010 at 10:10 am
can't believe no one else pointed this out but.....

21/35=.6 NOT .666666666666

cecils_pupils- September 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm
What's the over-under on James Toney getting the next FIGHT! mag cover?
RwilsonR- September 30, 2010 at 10:04 am
Nice, MRuss, nice!

So what I'm getting from your article jimbonics is that EVENTUALLY they actually will send you your prize for winning the comment contest. Right? I won back-to-back contests, one for the Bisping movie, and one for a t-shirt, and they couldn't ship that Bisping movie out fast enough. But the t-shirt... still hasn't come. So your story about the magazine fills me with hope.

Excellent article, though. Good for several laughs.
Canadian Chronic- September 30, 2010 at 9:38 am
Mruss FTW!!!

too fuckin funny!!
MoTropolis- September 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm
GOD I would love to see Nancy Grace on the cover of FIGHT! just to improve her chances of getting KTFO on television.
ReX13- September 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm
Just read this again so i could visit all the links.

It was totally worth it.
knee2dahead- September 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm
nice trainwreck reference
hooligun- September 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm
Brilliant! Well done jimbonics.
Nealio- September 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Finally a referee stoppage due to hilarity.
To many articles have been going to decision lately...
+1 Jimbonics
cecils_pupils- September 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm
This is hilarious - laced with great tags - nice work Jimbo.
Nice fagassery tag, BTW.
fatbellyfrank- September 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm
Good job Jimbo, the maths works for me, and I can still remember pissing myself laughing at your art work for Rex's first bellator article, Huge props to ya Bro, as I've said many a time before, we got some talented Mofo's here at the Nation.
jimbonics- September 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Though I clearly shit the bed with Forrest - an honest mistake - I stand by my half point deductions. Also, how else was I going to link you to Iron Maiden?

Thanks CP for running it and cleaning it up!
DazedNConfused- September 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm
agreed, and thats why i love the 205's.
budsellers- September 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm
i am not going to argue with the poster's count, but i read the whole thing and there is an error with this math. if the total number of losses is 21 out of a total of 35 fights(21+14), the chance of losing after appearing on a fight! cover is 60%(or 3 in 5 times)...

edit: i just noticed that the actual math for this curse has been calculated properly. excellent!!
munche- September 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm
Notice a lot of these guys are title challengers or 205 champions

In the UFC, title challengers and 205 champions tend to lose a lot
Elentius- September 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm
52.94 percent. I'm still with ya JB! I like the article. Hoorah!
MF Joel- September 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm
It's like the Sports Illustrated curse - SI picks guys who are right at the top of their game or on a good run, so inevitably some of them are going to revert to normal (it's called reversion to the mean) afterwards. Guys like Hardy and Serra were only on there in the first place because they were fighting way outside of their comfort zones, so it's not their fault they got walloped.
steampunk22- September 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm
fedorable- September 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Lets nit-pick (because I'm bored).

You have Forrest losing the belt to Rashad 2 months before he even won it against Rampage, so Technically Forrest May 2008 cover should go to the Coverboy...thus making your standings 20-15 in favor of the curse.

Then you give Barnett .5 for the steroid/affliction shit storm even though it happened almost a year after the magazine. Therefore we take .5 from Curse and give it to coverboy. 19.5 -15.5

THEN, we give Spider Silva his full point instead of .5 because its not his fault the UFC put him up against a Joke of a contender (thales Leites? Really...the dude just lost to MATT HORWICH who is 3-7 in his last 10 fights). 19-16.

Then take away you given win for GSP vs. Kos (although it IS inevitable) and now the standings are 18 - 16 in favor of the curse.

NEW STANDINGS: 52 loss percentage due to FIGHT! Mag CURSE

Fedor vs. Bas- September 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Forrest Griffin Cover: May 2008
Next fight: UFC 86, July 5, 2008 - Win over Rampage

Just saying . . .
C-Bus Allstar- September 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm
@Mike Russel

I just laughed so hard that Mountain Dew (sprayed from my nostrils mind you) now coats my monitor and keyboard. Thank you for that.
SnallTrippin- September 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm
We have comment of the week awards?
agentsmith- September 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Your math's off. FoGriff's next fight after May 2008 was winning the title from Rampage on July 5th. Stanky Leg was the next fight after that.
El Guapo- September 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Guys, guys, he was being sadistic.

Sarcastic! I meant sarcastic.