The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Another Uneven Night Of Fights

While it still managed to end on time, it sure didn’t look like that would be the case. In fact, it would not have been without Justin Gaethje’s prompt destruction of Edson Barboza in the first round. UFC On ESPN 2 marks yet another UFC event where the majority of the fight card was either […]

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Lords Of Chaos: The Movie

I haven’t seen it yet, and I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it. It’s been almost 15 years since I read the book, and I still don’t know how they managed to make a movie out of its contents. There’s not a lot of substance to the book, it’s just a series of […]

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Conor McGregor Retires Amid Legal Woes

Early this morning, Conor McGregor issued a brief statement in which he proclaimed his retirement from mixed martial arts. Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on […]

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Another Mediocre Fight Night

This marks 2 weeks in a row where we’ve had what ended up being a pretty dreary UFC event that was saved, at the very last minute, but the outcome of the main event. In this case, Anthony Pettis showed he still has some gas left in the tank as he starched Stephen Thompson after […]

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The Mueller Report

Since the report was submitted to the Attorney General on late Friday afternoon, no one has had the ability to read what it contains. I have a whole lot of theories, and I don’t expect any surprises — because I wasn’t expecting an old Republican cop to fix democracy or whatever the hashtag Resistance assumed […]

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Slipknot Fires Percussionist Chris Fehn

As the band continues to work on their next full-length album, Slipknot released a statement that they have fired percussionist Chris Fehn. The reason for the firing is a dispute over the band’s financials, and Fehn’s demand for a full forensic accounting of the band’s finances. The meat of Fehn’s complaint is as follows: Fehn […]

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New Darkthrone Album In May

Veteran black metal legends Darkthrone have announced their new full-length album, Old Star, will be coming out on May 31st. I’m stoked to hear the group’s follow-up to Arctic Thunder — I can’t wait. I’m thinking I should do some reviews of the band’s older albums prior to the new record dropping… Stay tuned.

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New Study On Cholesterol And Early Death

This study has been going around for about a week now, with a lot of people misunderstanding the gist of it — at least as far as I can tell. CNN ran a pretty good article on the study (link), and I’ve culled some key points from various sources: Dietary cholesterol does not affect serum […]

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TJ Dillashaw Suspended By NYSAC And USADA

Former flyweight title challenger and bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, released a statement today, revealing that he has been suspended for 1 year by both USADA and the New York State Athletic Commission. The suspension is due to an “adverse finding” on a test administered for his bout with Henry Cejudo, but no other details have […]

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UFC Moves All US Pay-Per-Views To ESPN+

This came out of nowhere, but it’s actually very big news. The UFC announced that US customers will have to purchase the company’s pay-per-view events exclusively through ESPN+. Customers outside of the United States — which includes me, a Canadian — will see no change to the current ordering process. This is good for me, […]

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