Listener Mail GIF Parade: In Which Questionable Assertions Abound

You know what the best part is about receiving a weekly deluge of mail from our listeners? I mean, aside from reading the first few words of each one, then passing out from too much cold medicine, then waking up with Twizzlers wrappers stuck to our faces, then saying ‘fuck it’ and going out to race go-karts?

It’s that even when they’re crazy and weird, they’re rarely boring. So thanks for that. Now enjoy these GIFs while we go on a quick Twizzlers run.

From Luke Rodgers: What are your thoughts on kids watchin MMA?

For the past 12 months I’ve been watching the UFC with my daughter who’s now 15 months old. This last week she pushed a boy over at nursery and started laughing.

My wife said that she can no longer watch MMA with me.

Do you think children watching MMA would influence them to be more violent? I watched wwe (WWF in those days) as a youngster and it didn’t really influence me to start clotheslining people.

From Handsome Pat Fanin: Am I the only one tired of hearing what the UFC should be doing? “Latin America” this, “low ratings” that, hit steve Mazzagatti with a wiffleball bat.

I feel as though since the UFC is viewed as a new organization(which it really isn’t) and MMA is viewed a new sport(only relatively), it gives the fans and media types unjustified confidence that they know how to grow the sport/organization.

From Ismeal Batres: How do you think Dana White will take the news if Ronda Rousey actually sticks around for two years more??

I’m positive that right now he’s thinking she’s only saying that as of now, but she’ll stick around when she starts making that Anderson Silva money.

Thing Is, I actually believe her.

With all this movie stuff coming in and all the magazine covers she’s doing; I can see why she doesn’t want to get punched the face for several years to come. So my question is, how do you think Dana White will take the news and do you see the women’s division being as popular or if it’ll even stay?

From Jeremy Murphy: I was on the UFC’s website today, and noticed that Sean Sherk is still listed as a U.F.C lightweight even though he hasn’t fought since September of 2010 (Three Years ago).

Also, at 36-4-1 Sherk has a better Record that both Fedor Emelianenko and Anderson Silva (weird).

Will he actually return to the UFC after three years away from the sport? How will he do?

From Mark German: Hey guys, I was hoping you could answer a question regarding the division between MMA news and events in the personal lives of fighters.

I recently received some disturbing information that alleges some misconduct in the life of a UFC fighter.

My initial thought was, “Well, I have to tell someone in the media because this is morally wrong and people should know this fighter’s true character!”

But the news is only loosely related to MMA in general (i.e. more TMZ material than anything else).

My question then is where do journalists such as yourselves draw the line between covering the people in and around the cage and the events that happen away from it? Should fans even act as whistleblowers or just mind their own business?

From Brady Carlson: I assume you both read John Morgan’s article on MMAJunkie regarding manager Malki Kawa’s take on the distance between Bellator and the UFC.

What do you think about his point of view?

From Danny Downes: My name is Danny Boy Downes. You may remember me from my triumph against Chinese expansion at WEC 53 and my upcoming book, “Mixed Martial Misogyny: The Ben Fowlkes Story.”

With regards to your discussion about welterweight champion Ben Askren, I must take umbrage with the “alleged” Ben FOWLkes.

It is not surprising to be disappointed with MMA journalism normally, but Fowlkes has taken it to another level.

You wrote off Askren’s ability to compete in the UFC without much consideration and no evidence.

Please explain why an Olympic wrestler in one of the best training camps in the country could not hold his own against the other 170 lb fighters in the UFC. Is the reason for your severely off-base assessment simple ignorance, or do USA Today writers follow the same fact checking procedures as FOX News? AYFKM

From Joakim Kalantari: You’re all quick to ridicule Tito for grasping at straws to stay in the game, but, who would fight for “the freedom of mixed martial arts,” if he was to call it quits?! I’ll tell me how you’ve feel right then!

7 comments on Listener Mail GIF Parade: In Which Questionable Assertions Abound

  1. “I’ll tell me how you’ve feel right then!”

    A new high in low.

    — MrJM

  2. Twon says:

    The Rock and Pat Barry could be brothers

  3. Danny Boy Downes says:

    Even Alanis Morissette could see the irony in this week’s CME. On the very same episode that Ben Fowlkes criticizes Dana White and the UFC for controlling the narrative and not answering questions, he sidesteps a challenge to his ignorance with gifs. It’s unfortunate, that you know who once again has been allowed to make inflammatory statements with impunity.

    I realize there are time restrictions to the CME, but is it a coincidence that a letter that challenges a certain someone’s baseless accusations has been avoided? Was this simply a case of other, more pressing matters needing attention? Perhaps. Was it an intentional move to advance the ego of a man that could rival former Ecuadorian dictator Abdala Bacaram. That’s also possible. I’m just reporting. You decide.

    Yours in truth,

    Danny Boy Downes

    1. Ben Fowlkes says:

      Generally, when the premise of your question involves challenging a position I didn’t take, yeah, a GIF response should do just fine.

      1. Danny Boy Downes says:

        Chad asked how Askren would fare against a variety of UFC fighters. GSP was one of them (I forget the others) and you shrugged off his chances in a dismissive manner. What makes Askren unable to compete against the top 10 welterweights in the UFC?

      2. Danny Boy Downes says:

        Go to the 17:54 mark of Episode 63. I believe that my assertions hold true. Read John 8:32.

  4. danno says:

    Damnit, you guys, I thought we had come to a telepathic agreement not to post comments in the GIF parade!

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