Wednesday, March 4, 2009

UFC 98 Might Cause Chaos

I like events which have the possibility to cause chaos. UFC 98 is definitely one of them. The first chaos fight is Yushin Okami vs Dan Miller. Okami is the last guy the UFC wants to fight Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. They have claimed he was in line for a title shot a thousand times, but that's publicly. Privately they are praying he loses to someone, or at least looks mediocre in a win. If he beats Miller, and he probably will, it will put him a fight away from a title shot. At that point, I expect the UFC to panic and throw Demian Maia at Okami in a last ditch attempt to derail his title hopes. Actually, Maia/Okami would interest me a lot more than Maia vs anyone not named Anderson Silva.

The other chaos fight is Lesnar vs Mir. You could either have Mir vs Couture/Nogueira or Lesnar vs Couture/Nogueira. Which do you think sells more PPVs? If the UFC would have packed the first bout between Lesnar and Couture with a better undercard, it might have done 1.5 million buys. A rematch with Couture coming off a win over Nogueira would be enormous. It would also be within reason to schedule it for December or January, both are known to be the UFC's biggest PPV months. Imagine a card like UFC 92 with Lesnar/Couture II headlining. If Dana White is reading, he just got up to change his pants.

Of course this all hinges on Lesnar defeating Mir, which he failed to do in the first fight. When you watch Mir/Lesnar II, you're actually watching the UFC lay tens of millions of dollars on the line. Mir can change their entire 2009 financial outlook with one arm bar. I'd never be able to run the UFC because I'd probably hit Mir over the head with a steel chair if he tapped Lesnar again. I believe any situation can be remedied with the aid of a foreign object to the head.

(Did Pro Wrestling create the term "foreign object"? I've never heard it anywhere else, although it's kind of a difficult thing to work into everyday conversation, "Oh no!! Darren just pulled a 'foreign object' out of his pants. Wait...sorry. It's just a cell phone." Someone needs to write a thesis on this, I swear.)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whats UFC's big fear of Okami?

chappyd said...

hes boring

Anonymous said...

Seeing them try to hype Silva fighting Okami would be fun

Landon Tucker said...

I believe that the "foreign object" comes from the medical world...that may just be me lol.

Anonymous said...

The UFC won't have difficulty hyping an Anderson Silva fight regardless of his opposition, they could match him up with Barbara Streisand and everybody from the ridiculously ignorant casual fans to the outrageously arrogant self proclaimed pundits would fork over their cash. Yushin deserves a title fight more than anyone else currently under the Zuffa banner, even more than Maia, Marquardt, Henderson or (god help him) Bisping. Anderson has made it clear that he is very bitter about the outcome of his first fight with Yushin, everybody loves Silva because of his brutality and everyone hates Okami because of his methodical, non aggressive style. There would be no difficulty getting most fans excited about this fight if it ever happened, problem is it's probably not going to. Dan Miller is a submission magician, it takes an extremely technical and active fighter such as Matt Horwich to survive his ground game. I'm quite certain Miller will mangle Okami and thus put an end to any hope of seeing Anderson get his revenge.

chappyd said...

silva doesnt do ppv business. the cote fight was a disaster. they need chuck to carry him for ufc 97.

Anonymous said...

We are in the Brock Lesnar era so don't expect legitimate fights and fighters to hold precedence.

Anonymous said...

Tkoing Couture validated his title shot.

Anonymous said...

Beating Frank Mir will validate his hype, until then I'm not convinced. There should have been three weight classes between Brock and Randy. Randy is ancient in professional athlete terms and hadn't fought in an eternity and so on and so fourth we can make excuses for that occurrence until the cows come home (literally in Brocks case). Regardless I'm not that impressed, I could beat up someone significantly smaller and older than me. Frank Mir is in his prime perhaps for the second time in his career and is an absolutely horrendous match up for an inexperienced wrestler style wise. If Brock beats Frank it would just be ignorant to say he's not legit, until then he's undeserving of his exposure, a gimmick and a horse's ass. Cheers