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Dana White's Ethical Quandary of Rape Jokes

Of late, Mixed Martial Artists have found themselves under extreme scrutiny for some of their public statements. The UFC has grown leaps in bounds in the past twenty years, becoming a household name with a television deal on Fox Sports. To say that the UFC came up hard would be an understatement. Over the years they have faced opposition from the government, from local sanctioning bodies and anyone and everyone who likes to talk about “decency.” Over the past few months, though, problems have been coming from within, in a bit of an odd form. Rape jokes.

For some reason rape jokes have become the gold standard for distasteful jokes made by UFC fighters. Forrest Griffin began the trend on his twitter account through a series of rape jokes that span months, only one of which really raised the ire of the media enough to report on it and make a big deal about it. Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter has a rather good relationship with UFC head Dana White and the issue was quickly swept under a rung in a coordinated PR move of Forrest doing a photo-op at a rape clinic, discussing how terrible rape is.

Forrest made a mistake, and a pretty weighty one that irked a lot of people. There was no punishment handed down, though, as Dana White was quick to defend the fighter’s actions by saying that he meant nothing by it and quickly made amends for his distasteful joke. The irony, of course, is that Forrest won a “Twitter Bonus” from the UFC for his “creative use” of Twitter.

This week things heated up again, as Rashad Evans at a UFC on Fox press conference made a joke about rape and PSU. If you have been out of the loop, a sex scandal has rocked Penn State recently after a few key players were found to be involved with or had knowledge of child molestation and rape. Rashad, another former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, has apparently been reprimanded by UFC boss Dana White, but not in any official or public manner. White has only gone as far as to call it “stupid.”

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Signs of a Possible K-1 Event in February Surface

There's supposed to be an announcement regarding FIKA/K-1's information and plans for 2012 soon, and today some of it might've gotten out a bit early.

Antoine Pinto (AKA Antuan Siangboxing), a French fighter based out of Thailand, tweeted today that he would be fighting in "the new K-1" at the end of February. While the quote is quite vague, a fighter is publicly stating that he's fighting for K-1 in February, so it must have some stock. The reason why I'd hold off on claiming truth is the situation with the Final 16 and how fighters were saying they were fighting on the card and the situation with the supposed Final 8 afterwards.

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Pinto is the type of fighter that K-1 has historically recruited in that he's got the looks that can draw female attention (Yeah, I know.). He also can speak in English, French and Thai. Pinto is also one of the most accessible fighters, being active on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and his management will even venture onto forums for him to provide the latest information. More kickboxers should take notes from him.

FIKA's plan on their website says that "until April 2012 a national tournament" when I put it into Google Translate and this may signify that they'll be kicking things off earlier than I thought. The key word is "until," which if I interpret it correctly, means that national tournaments will be held until April. I really have no idea if he'd be fighting in a national tournament but the fact that he says the end of February could mean that the FIKA format will be starting early in the year. Again, this is just all speculation on my part. We'll hopefully know more whenever the supposed FIKA announcement comes soon.

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Dave Jonkers Talks Sem Schilt and Clears the Air; GG and Sem Are OK

SemSem Schilt's coach Dave Jonkers spoke with the fine folks behind Short Circuit the other day, and was talking about Sem Schilt's financial situation at the moment and how he is owed a good chunk of money from K-1. As expected, Semmy Schilt will not fight for K-1 until he is paid, as he should. As can happen with interviews done via email, if you aren't exceedingly clear about your intentions, it can read much, much differently. Without a doubt there have been rumors of unrest within Golden Glory over the last six months or so, a lot of it having to do with a few business deals that have yet to materialize, including the K-1 deal.

Jonkers was quoted saying that Semmy does not fight until he gets paid, until there are financial reparations made for him. This was directly after a question about the Glory World Series and Semmy participating in that next event. It is fair enough to believe that Semmy not fighting would not simply be in K-1, but Glory World Series as well. If he wouldn't fight for his own management, it is very easy to imply that Schilt is unhappy with them. Jonkers was quick to correct the next day, saying that Semmy and Golden Glory are not at all on uncertain terms, the only uncertainty is the date of the next event and if Semmy will fight on that card, or if K-1 will pay up and he'll fight for them instead some time soon. [source]

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Details on Golden Glory's Role in FIKA and Sem Schilt is Unhappy With Golden Glory

So there is still no news about FIKA yet since the original press release and press conference that they held. There was pomp and lots of circumstances involved, lots of celebrities and amongst the sea of new Chinese investors, actors and Master Ishii, Sem Schilt and Bas Boon stood out in an event without any Europeans. LiverKick.com has been talking to a lot of people close to FIKA and Golden Glory, and by the sounds of it, we should know more "before Christmas." Sure, it is not an exact date by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd rather hear a vague outline of what is being worked on than a date that cannot be met.

We were talking with our friend in Europe Karel ten Haaf who runs the Kortsluiting blog who was able to confirm that mid-December is when we should have more details on FIKA and Golden Glory's involvement. Due to all of this, the next Glory World Series event might not happen until February 28th and the involvement of Semmy Schilt? That might not be entirely clear, either.

Karel spoke with Dave Jonkers, Sem Schilt's coach about Schilt's involvement, and it really does not seem all that clear what is going on with Schilt. Schilt has two films that he has worked on this year, Novalaya Zemyla and Black Out, with the first being a much bigger role. But when it comes to fighting, due to Golden Glory's involvement in K-1, Schilt apparently will not fight for either Golden Glory or K-1 until he sees the money that he is owed. This is a new development, especially with as little as a month ago Schilt was in China for the FIKA announcement. This is not the first time we've heard of someone under the management of Golden Glory being upset with them this year, but like the rest, hopefully it is resolved soon and everything can get back in motion.

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