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Wednesday Morning MMA Link Club: Strikeforce Salaries, 2011′s Greatest Upsets, Tim Kennedy’s Chili Recipe + More


(Chick vs. dude grappling match ends badly for the dude. Props: nate53202)

Some selected highlights from our friends around the MMA blogosphere…

- Strikeforce ‘Melendez vs. Masvidal’ Fighter Salaries (MMA Convert)

- The Outlaw and the Losing Streak (MMA Fighting)

- Top 10 Biggest MMA Upsets in 2011 (The Fight Nerd)

Meet the Flyweights: Interview With Debuting UFC 125-Pounder Ian McCall (MMA Mania)

- Photo Gallery: Satoshi Ishii Trains at Black House for Fedor Emelianenko Fight (Lowkick.Blitzcorner.com)

Jordan Breen: People Wouldn’t Intensely Hate Jon Jones if He Was White (Fight Opinion)

- Josh Barnett Booked for Pro Wrestling Match in Dream’s NYE Event (5th Round)

Why There Will Never Be a Dominant UFC Heavyweight Champion (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

- Cooking With Tim Kennedy: Killer Texas Chili (MiddleEasy)

Update on Zuffa vs. New York Lawsuit (MMA Payout)

Fourth Time’s a Charm: Kenny Florian Back at Lightweight Seeking UFC Gold (FightLine)

Jorge Masvidal Fought With an Injured Right Hand Against Gilbert Melendez (Five Ounces of Pain)

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RwilsonR- December 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Dominant champs from other divisions besides HW just don't lose the same way as they do at heavyweight, even when they get hit hard behind the ear and lose their equilibrium like Cain did... right GSP?
macreadysshack- December 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm
LOL - yeah, Jordan Breen is an expert on Race Relations! LOL! That dude's not an 'expert' at anything.
macreadysshack- December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Damn, that is an awesome interview/feature on Dan Hardy. I've always liked Hardy - I think he's quick witted and funny. Now you can add incredibly courageous in honesty to that.
Shaky- December 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Both my mixed race (half Nigerian)girlfriend of 4 years and I hate Jon Jones. Not because he is black, but because he is a DOUCHE!
ArmFarmer- December 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm
I just hope Dos Santos goes on a 5 year streak now.. just to make that guy feel like an idiot.
ArmFarmer- December 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Seems like it's become popular to attack the hw division lately. It's having some problems, but so are the rest of the divisions, and there are quick disappointing fights in every division, on a regular basis. I think it's just because of the fox fight with junior and cain.. which was an incredibly stupid move to begin with by ufc. I think that's less of a hw problem though, and more of a juinor dos santos problem. Dude crushes people, but even his strikes aren't 100% fight enders. Carwin sure ate his fair share, and nelson ate 15 straight minutes of em. We've seen Carwin, Lesnar, Cain, and Dos Santos all lay into people without instantly putting them away.
RwilsonR- December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm
Tim Tebow is the most controversial man in football because he is black.
Mofo- December 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm
That Bleacher Report article reads like it was written by a 3rd grader.
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It's thesis: heavyweights have one punch knockout ability, and no other weight class has that.
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BULLSHIT.
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My head is ringing with how stupid that is, but the easiest example right now is the Korean Zombie who did exactly what JDS did and took way less time.
ArmFarmer- December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm
We also dislike lindsay lohan, justin bieber, kesha, michael bisping, the shaws, the kardashians, and many others. When people get famous and act like assholes, they are disliked. The true racists, imo, are the ones that bring color into non-color related issues.
TheWarsawExpress- December 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Its easy to say the American people dislike top-notch black athletes...but you have to remember....most of the top athletes are black.
RearNakedSpoon- December 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm
I hate Brock Lesnar because he is black as well.
XENOPHON- December 21, 2011 at 11:19 am
RwilsonR - please try and skip my posts.

You need not ever waste any valuable time again on the non-sense I write. Just keep reading the other non-sense published here, ok.
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Why do you spend a Texas day reading the numerous articles, and post your opinion's to each today. I would like to read your take...article by article.
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It can't be that you have nothing to say...
ArmFarmer- December 21, 2011 at 11:16 am
Jesus christ xeno, give it a rest. Your post is longer than 90% of the articles. If ever there were a time for "tl/dr", this is it.
RwilsonR- December 21, 2011 at 11:09 am
Okay, XENO used up his character count for the week. We do limit that around here, right?
XENOPHON- December 21, 2011 at 10:56 am
- On Dan Hardy. Hated the guy cause he was a UFC fluffer spoon fed a title shot for the sake of the Queens crowd. Now I actually like the prick. Sure he lost his last few fights...and I don't see major holes in his came fixed, but he now comes across as real - now that he doesn't have to preform based on the UFC hype-a-fight shame we all get sucked into.
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Also, Karma you need to consider to getting your own color for that Mohawk. Riding on the Outlaws trademark, and mimicking on Jones 3-Pronged stance - is getting to wanabee'ish. Since your last name is WaTT(S), try new colors based on the connection to lightening or electricity. Its a better way to brand that noggin, maybe consider Gold and/or Blue.
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- On the 10 Biggest Upsets. Jon Jones VS Mauricio “Shogun” Rua should not have been on that list.
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- On Ian McCall. I think a better idea would be to match him with Tom Lawlor. Not for a fight, but for a MMA comedy skit that would actually be humorous. One odd note that stuck me is with the new UFC 125 pound Flyweights, that is less than half a Heavyweight and less weight than a 13 year old?
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As for the "...you are training 2-3 times a day every day and people are worried about you over training?" question. Not a bit, he is 2-3 smaller than a heavywieght, and thus has 2-3 times the stamina, and 2-3 times less effects of gravity.
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If McCall reads this, I hope he excels in Australia. Also timing is great. But as Xenophon once said, Fast is fine, accuracy is everything.." bro.
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On Fedor and SatoshI Ishii. Maybe Ishii should be fighting Monson, and not Fedor?
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On Jon Jones being white. - If you think the haters are in the house because he black, maybe the better question would be what if Jones was jewish or Arab? Jones gets props for his interview. He spoke with modesty and respect for Machida. Its the time in that division he need show respect. He has no more legitimate competition there - only one last grudge match with Rashad. (on a side note, Ariel bring up Woody Allen - get the fuck out of town. Maybe Jones is a molester in the ring, but not with children - GTFO)
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On Josh Barnett and wrestling. - might as well. Cormier is not going to defeat Barnett. Since the UFC is signing SF heavies, ever wonder why they have left Barnett hanging? I think its cause them are saving him for ringer once the next few heavies has an injury (or wants to do a GSP to duck a fight)
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On never being a dominant Heavie in the UFC - I call bullshit on the whole "...Randy Couture is probably the closest thing ever to a dominant UFC heavyweight." Randy Daune's MMA record is a dismal 19 wins vs 11 loses. At best, he is the most hyped heavyweight in UFC history. He is a nice guy, but far from the most dominant.
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On Cooking with Tim Kennedy. - 2’ish tablespoons of chili powder is for pussies. Nothing else to say, but step it up chef.
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On Zuffa vs. New York.-
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Quote: "While the arts are protected, no court has ever directly confronted the question of whether athletes have a First Amendment right to be seen in action, said Barry Friedman, a professor at New York University School of Law who is representing the plaintiffs."
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Quote: “MMA fighters participate in live events for the same reason that an actor plays a crowded hall, a figure skater skates in front of thousands of live fans, a ballerina dances at Lincoln Center, and a band plays in a packed auditorium: because they want to demonstrate their skills before a live and appreciative audience, and interact with that audience during the event." (from paragraph 123 of the Complaint)
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Quote: “Live professional MMA is not just a sporting event; it is also entertainment and theatre." (from paragraph 124 of the Complaint)
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Hey Seth, you dumb fuck. I am not a attorney, yet he is my legal analysis - see anyone can talk and write about the law when on some dumb website:
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The MMA Ban is Overboard and violates the First Amendment. Cockfight and dog fight promotions could make the same claim. The one hole is that chickens and dogs are animals, not humans. They have no constitutional rights.
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I did not read the entire complaint by the UFC, but they fucked up if they did not include not only the fighters, but of the Zuffa shareholders impacted by NY refusal to allow them the right of their stage performances.
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On Kenny Florian Back At Lightweight. - Nothing to say, after strike three, does it really matter if you get a 4th or 5th pitch? In Florian's case, Zuffa ought to send him and Hardy to SF to see of they can grow their game for a year or two.
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On Masvidal fought with an injured right hand.- maybe he should wise up. Who blows a title going into the ring with a broken bone. Maybe he should hang out with GSP and learn how its done. Rethnking the fight, that might explain much. Tough but dumb kid. Wise up Jorge!
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On Strike Force payouts. - pitiful that the UFC is suing NY for loss of income, and for the right of fighters to perform when the UFC is only willing to pay a man $3,000 for a televised fight. After taxes, that's really $2,000 dollars. That's about the same as a fighter working a month a Taco Bell, or a writer working for Cage Potato in a year.
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Courtesy of MMA Junkie:

Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Jorge Masvidal: $23,000
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $66,000 ($33k + $33k win bonus)
Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Ovince St. Preux: $17,000
K.J. Noons: $65,000 ($35k + $30k)
Billy Evangelista: $20,000
Caros Fodor: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
Justin Wilcox: $12,000
Roger Bowling: $14,200 ($7k + $7k + $200 Peoples weight fine)
Jerron Peoples: $1,600 ($2k – $200 fine to Bowling – $200 fine to CSAC)
Devin Cole: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
Gabriel Salinas-Jones: $3,000
Eddie Mendez: $6,000 ($3k + $3k)
Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000
Herman Terrado: $6,000 ($3k + $3k)
Chris Brown: $3,000
BryanF- December 21, 2011 at 10:39 am
The mmafighting link is an interview with Old Dad and Dan Hardy. Really good interview and piece of journalism. That's why he should win the MMA journalist of the year awards next year.
Lesnarischamp- December 21, 2011 at 10:38 am
KJ Noons makes as much as Cyborg? lol.
* even more pre-win bonus
ArmFarmer- December 21, 2011 at 9:27 am
As for the black thing.. I don't like Jon Jones because he acts like a snot nosed 3 year old. I don't like Rampage because he is a disgrace to the sport and pubicly makes an ass of himself on a regular basis. It doesn't matter though, I don't like them, and they are black, therefore I don't like them because they are black. I'm a fan of other black fighters, but that doesn't matter either, because I don't like a few of them so I must be racist.
ArmFarmer- December 21, 2011 at 9:21 am
Jordan Breen is an asshat, and I didn't like the "there will never be a dominant hw" article either. Both were terrible. In the hw one, the guy uses edgar vs maynard and cain vs dos santos as examples of hw's not being able to mount comebacks. Well, what if we instead compare Carwin vs Lesnar, and Maynard vs that guy he knocked out in 9 seconds. Cain got clipped on the back of the head, same thing that happened to gsp when he got stomped by serra. There've been plenty of back and worth heavyweight fights, and plenty of quick lightweight fights as well. In fact, most of the fastest ko's recorded have happened at lightweight.
RwilsonR- December 21, 2011 at 7:21 am
Jordan Breen is a moron.
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