The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Chuck -vs- Tito 3 Does 40k Buys

This is most likely the final thing I write about the infinitely lamentable Chuck -vs- Tito 3 pay-per-view. According to Dave Meltzer, the event only sold approximately 40,000 buys. Streaming numbers aren’t in, but one would expect those to be unremarkable as well. So, not only was the event a grim spectacle, padded with a long […]

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Vintage Dana White

When he was asked for his opinion on Golden Boy Promotions running Chuck Liddell versus Tito Ortiz 3 this past weekend, UFC President Dana White was his typical eloquent self: I love Chuck Liddell and I don’t ever want to bad mouth Chuck Liddell. People even think I’m remotely bad mouthing Chuck Liddell, but the reality […]

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Oh Right, TUF Is Still A Thing

It took me a while, but I finally managed to forget that the UFC still produces The Ultimate Fighter. Who doesn’t love fresh concepts like locking a bunch of contestants in a house together, filming their various interactions and pratfalls, and having them compete for a prize? Tomorrow, we get the conclusion of Season Whatever of […]

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National Climate Assessment Study Released

Released on Black Friday, as if to obscure the report’s release and ensure the smallest audience would be paying attention when it dropped, the Trump administration has released the National Climate Assessment Study (link). The report details that climate change will continue to increase violent weather events which, in turn, will deal significant damage to […]

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Chuck / Tito 3 – Predictably Depressing

I’ve been on record since day 1 that Chuck Liddell should not be fighting, and I was far from the only one voicing this opinion. Seemingly, the only ones who either wanted — or were at least okay with the notion of — Chuck Liddell coming out of retirement were Chuck himself and Oscar De […]

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A Feast Of Dubious MMA

Today’s MMA event calendar is pretty packed, and that doesn’t even require digging into the more obscure promotions. The UFC rang in their 25th anniversary with an early morning UFC Fight Night 141 taking place in Beijing, China. Later this evening, the Chuck -vs- Tito 3 event will go ahead, and I’m expecting a full-on trainwreck to […]

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American Thanksgiving

As I live in Canada, this is not an actual holiday for me. However, since my job involves working with a largely American group of customers, we always close down for the day and do something fun. Last year, we went axe-throwing, which was really fun — I even managed to nail a no-look, behind-the-back […]

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Ontario Government Passes Bill 47

Doug Ford and his provincial government continue to forge ahead, passing more regressive legislation. This time, the government “reforms” recent changes from the previous Liberal government, freezing the minimum wage at $14 until 2020 — when it was set to increase to $15 in 2019. The bill also removes 2 paid sick days which were […]

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Chuck / Tito 3 Press Conference Disaster

Given the general lack of promotion for this weekend’s fight card, headlined by Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, I was almost surprised that Golden Boy MMA decided to actually hold a press conference. Oscar De La Hoya came off terribly, sounding like he spent a whole 3 minutes preparing for the event, took no media […]

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Khashoggi Killing Update

I’ll profess a bit of surprise that this story hasn’t been forced out of the public spotlight, but here we are. Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2nd, at the Saudi embassy in Turkey, has sparked a month of tense diplomatic talks, and has forced the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to both admit that the self-exiled […]

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