Dear Mr. Mirakian:
I have received your "cease and desist letter" in regards to my blog post "Shady Kansas City Promotion Trying to Screw One of Fred Ettish's Fighters", which was published on www.mmajournalist.blogspot.com on March 30th, 2009 (and not on www.fcfighter.com/news as you erroneously claimed).
As a member of the press, I relish the chance to engage Mr. Huddleston and your firm in a battle over First Amendment rights and all pertinent "freedom of the press" issues. Also, please be advised that MMA Journalist is based out of New York State, so any civil suits brought against MMA Journalist elsewhere will be contested jurisdictionally. Do keep in mind that I will zealously defend myself against any and all defamation claims, utilizing such legal defenses as "truth" and "fair comment on a matter of public interest", and of course my personal favorite, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. And, as a member of the press, I would be remiss if I didn't keep the public abreast of the legal proceedings and the information uncovered on Mr. Huddleston therewith.
It is my understanding that Mr. Huddleston refused to grant Full Contact Fighter an interview. The offer still stands. If Mr. Huddleston would consent to an interview, then I would be more than happy to post his side of the story. Please convey that to your client.