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4/2/13 1:00 PM
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In the past the UG Blog habitually ran an April Fool's piece. Last year for example the UFC did not sign Fedor. This year we had hoped to post that Bleacher Report bought the UG Blog, with a quote about integrity and accuracy. However, the better minds at MMAFighting (Luke Thomas) decided to forgo April Fools jokes, and so we didn't.

When Wanderlei Silva convinced the fans, MMA Weekly, Tatame, and his purported opponent Gegard Mousasi that he was on his way to Sweden to fight, many were not amused, including Mousasi.

"IDIOOT OF THE YEAR 2013!!" tweeted Mousasi, who added "Good job JACKASS!!"

Ariel Helwani, too, was not amused.

@wandfc
UFC news my guys fight Saturday agains Musasi!!! What you think? UFC just contact me about Saturday

@arielhelwani
April Fools'?” Trying find out … That would be so, so weak.

@arielhelwani
Ijust asked DW about Wand vs. Mousasi. His response: "Gus is still fighting! It's April fools. Stay of twitter and the net today!" :/

@arielhelwani 1h
As I said on the show today, if you're in the public eye, stop with the April Fool's nonsense. It's not 1985. Such BS.

B/R's Jeremy Botter argues that this year things went too far; the sentiment may find some general support.

Next year, when April Fool's Day rolls around, would you please avoid the requisite "Hey guys, I'm fighting (fill in the blank) at (fill in the blank)" tweets and Facebook posts? Because they aren't funny. I know you think they're cute and clever, and perhaps they would be if, you know, every single other fighter on the UFC's roster didn't use the same April Fool's "joke."

Wanderlei Silva tweeted his "news," and he probably found it pretty hilarious. Good for him. But then he took it one step further and began privately telling journalists—some of whom have known "The Axe Murderer" for years—that yes, it was true, and that he would be fighting Mousasi.

He was asked directly if his tweet was an April Fool's joke. No, he said. It was real. So these journalists ran with the story, as they are supposed to do. 

Here's the thing, and I want everyone to listen to me: April Fool's can be fun. It can be creative and inspiring and interesting. But there's a difference between an April Fool's joke and an outright lie.

April Fool's doesn't give you the license to outright lie to your fans or to anyone else, for that matter. Saying that you're taking a fight against Gegard Mousasi on Saturday night, and getting your fans all worked up in the process, isn't a joke. It's a lie.

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What do you think UG? Did The Axe Murderer go too far? Did the reporters go too far? Should MMA news sites stop doing April Fools pieces? What figures or site, if any, got it right?

And did you play any good April Fools pranks?
 


4/2/13 1:02 PM
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It's just not creative anymore with the ease of the internet.
4/2/13 1:04 PM
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Considering no real news came out yesterday, it was easy to just assume that anything seeming slightly off was in fact a joke.

GSP vs Silva?  my ass ... 

Fallon Fox got a fight?  yeah ... 

 

It was annoying but nothing went too far. 

4/2/13 1:04 PM
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Journalist sound a little butt hurt.
4/2/13 1:05 PM
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i just didn't believe anything i read or saw yesterday....

 

but hey, for the past couple years, Dana and the UFC have fed that... so, what's to be expected

 

Stadium in Russia

Fedor to the UFC

 

what were the others?

sold the company...

 

I hate April Fools

 

4/2/13 1:09 PM
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Lighten up, Francis.
4/2/13 1:09 PM
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It doesn't work when everyone is doing it.
4/2/13 1:10 PM
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Wow people need the chill out it was a JOKE -___- WAND 4ever!! Phone Post
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Goes too far and is annoying every year. Phone Post
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clattymine - 

Considering no real news came out yesterday, it was easy to just assume that anything seeming slightly off was in fact a joke.

GSP vs Silva?  my ass ... 

Fallon Fox got a fight?  yeah ... 

 

It was annoying but nothing went too far. 


No, every single one took it too far.

If you're going to pull an april fools joke do something creative, or funny, don't just make something up and then go "ahaha i was joking i made it up". Those are the kind of jokes a 6 year old tells.

Some are okay if itsi blatantly obvious, but in general they were just garbage.

4/2/13 1:13 PM
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These "journalist" can't take a joke LOL.
4/2/13 1:15 PM
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Well now wand has set himself up for his next fight Phone Post 3.0
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Curtis_E_Bare - Lighten up, Francis.

this
4/2/13 1:18 PM
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What if he really is fighting.. And Dana was just keeping hush til things are finalized? Phone Post 3.0
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Wow.. are MMA "journalists" getting butthurt that they might actually have to do a little work to confirm something for once? God forbid you can't do your job by copying and pasting whatever you read on Twitter or Facebook.

I can understand being mildly annoyed by it, but to come out and criticize guys for playing pranks? Dear god that's pathetic.

4/2/13 1:18 PM
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4/2/13 1:19 PM
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The fact that wand took it so far is fucking hilarious... April fools wanderlei troll is awesome. I picture wanderlei behind his computer screen laughing his ass off and that is ok with me.

Its even funnier that all the reporters are citing the legitimacy of their jobs as reasons why it's not funny. Who cares people make bad jokes all the time. Phone Post
4/2/13 1:20 PM
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"Here's the thing, and I want everyone to listen to me:"

Does this idiot think he's addressing his kids? Get the fuck out of here with that
4/2/13 1:21 PM
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Nicknitro - lol @ butthurt journalists.

You're a journalist for MMA, it means you failed at every other journalism topic..might as well have a sense of humor if you're going to be a failure.

Lol. You're a douche.

4/2/13 1:22 PM
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Boo Fucking Hoo!!!!

Cry more you cunty hack MMA 'journalists'.

Maybe if you actually did what 'journalists' are supposed to do and verified your information with multiple sources, the fighters wouldn't be able to dupe you so easily. For fucks sake, how difficult is that? You can go back to being sycophant fanboy cut-and-pasters on April 2.

MMA 'journalism' is a joke.
4/2/13 1:24 PM
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Some of you need to lighten up and take the sand out of your vaginas. It was April Fool's Day, one freakin day out of the entire year where can't believe everything you hear. If you don't like it, go outside and enjoy nature for once. If you're a journalist, take that opportunity to play a joke or just take the day off. Quit whining!
4/2/13 1:33 PM
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@arielhelwani needs a fucking beating!! A good slap in the face at the very least!
4/2/13 1:35 PM
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HOW DARE PEOPLE HAVE A GOOD TIME!!!! IF YOU ARE SEMI FAMOUS NO FUN FOR YOU!!!! LOL

UPTIGHT FAGGOTS SHUT THE FUCK UP.
4/2/13 1:42 PM
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On April Fool's I try to minimize my internet time because there are always asshole liars that make shit up. It's a waste of time. Fuck you April Fool's Day and April Fool's Day jokes.
4/2/13 1:43 PM
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Ariel just acting like the pussy he is.

Making people think a fight is happening for 24 hours?

OH NOES!!!! NOT FUNNY STOPPPPP!!!! Phone Post 3.0

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