Another installment of the infamous and patened Care/Don't Care UFC Preview has arrived. Eugene S. Robinson, author of Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking, is Kid Nate's counterpart for this edition.
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Today Kid Nate and Eugene discuss:
- The interminable UFC Fight Night 36 and Eugene's indifference to chess as a spectator sport
- Nate nails the "Author of Fight...." intro but only about 10 mins into the show
- Nate teases an anecdote about a brawl he once saw in a Whattaburger parking lot in Amarillo, Texas
- Erik Koch, the late NYC mayor Ed Koch, the Koch brothers and various ways to pronounce Koch, all of which Nate botches.
- Jessica Eye's epic PR bungles and how it's ironically transformed her into a fighter we care about, plus blood thinners as PEDs or analgesics, plus pot, reefer, the demon weed, and how to turn a PR nothing into a PR nightmare.
- Eugene's pronounced lack of enthusiasm for his fellow kareteka Stephen Thompson and his disdain for the nickname "Wonderboy"
- A brief digression about Bernard Malamud and Robert Redford
- Nate botches a quote from D.H. Lawrence -- here's the correct quote from the literary lion and confessed wife beater "It is humiliating to beat a woman. Afterwards one feels simply humiliated."
- Real cowboys vs. black guys and the art of racing around a car in a street fight
- Eugene betrays the old school veterans by picking T.J. Waldburger over Mike Pyle. Partially due to Waldburger being a grappler, partly to make amends for blanking on Waldburger's existence on a previous episode.
- Rory MacDonald vs Demian Maia and the possibility for a stall-fest stinker
- Daniel Cormier and the farcical efforts to market the Patrick Cummins mis-match with some weak WWE style canned heat.
- Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann and why guys who don't like WMMA are idiots
- A long digression about Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow" -- a book neither of us has completed.
- The obligatory Nazi references plus a bit about the German "schwarz" vs. the Yiddish "schvartze"
- And much much more!
- UFC Fighter rankings: Mousasi and Machida both still ranked in two divisions
- DEEP JEWELS 3: Weirdness in Japan as Mizuki Inoue Disqualified for Missing Weight... Fight Goes On?
- Rousey on McMann: 'She is trying to rip away everything I worked for'
- Pivotal Moments
- UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann preview with Kenny Florian and Jon Anik