Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tim Sylvia Not Too Bright

"Its something I've always wanted to pursue and if it works out like I'd like for it too, I can switch over. I don't want to be done with MMA, but the money is a lot better in boxing. Plus its a lot easier on your body and its a lot easier to train for a boxing match than it is an MMA match." - Tim Sylvia via Fighters Only

Money and easier training. Wow, Sylvia didn't hold back. Most guys would have said to test themselves.

His idea of boxing paydays is way off. Yes, there are 3-5 boxers who make millions a fight. No, Sylvia does not have any chance of ever being one of them. He's fighting Ray Goddamn Mercer in Alafrigginbama. Probably not the best way to launch your multi-million dollar boxing career. There is also the problem of Sylvia not being a draw. In MMA, the fans barely cared about him. Crossing over to boxing makes him even less interesting. I think we will eventually see an MMA fighter make a ton of money on a boxing PPV, but it isn't gonna be Sylvia.

(Never gets old)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Affliction's Poster Is Crap

I guess it shouldn't surprise me that a company who designs ugly t-shirts would also make ugly event posters. Somehow, it still does. Look at this load of crap. The cheesy flags in the background, the goofy pictures of them holding their arms up (Fedor's doesn't even look real), the two-tone Affliction logo, the dual theme for an event called "Trilogy", and of course Ben Rothwell getting his name on the poster. As usual, Affliction does not disappoint.

(Click on image for a bigger version of a load of crap)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

No Need To Sugarcoat It

Rampage is ducking Machida.

The UFC offered him a title shot and he turned it down in favor of fighting Rashad Evans. This has nothing to do with whether the UFC wanted Evans on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Rampage. He even said it himself, "They told me I could fight whoever and I had my mind set I would fight Evans."

An offer was made and he declined. If he accepted, the UFC would have reached out to Machida and asked him to coach. Or, they would have taken Rampage off the show. A title bout trumps it. After all, the major function of The Ultimate Fighter is to serve as an advertising vehicle for UFC PPVs.

In MMA, opportunities are fleeting. I think this is a huge mistake. While Rampage is wallowing in Ultimate Fighter Limbo, the guy who took his title will be facing Anderson Silva. A win by Forrest Griffin would bump Rampage from the number one contender spot. Coupled with a loss to Evans and Rampage won't sniff a title shot in 2010.

If his goal is to get "his belt" back, he's going about it the wrong way.

Rampage and Evans on TUF 10

All right, at this point it seems like the following scenario played out...

Dana White: Hey Quinton!
Rampage: Please don't make me fight Machida.
Dana White: Sure thing, pal.
Rampage: How 'bout some black on...
Dana White: If you say that stupid joke one more time, I'm making you fight Machida.
Rampage: Sorry.

Rampage and Rashad Evans will coach the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Rampage was given the choice between fighting for the title or taking on Evans. Since Rampage is too scared to face Machida, it appears Mauricio Rua will get the title shot. Is this how the Machida era will go? Clear cut number one contenders turning down title shots? I sure hope not.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mousasi Can't Make 185 lbs

"I cannot make the weight, otherwise I would have continued to fight at 185 and not given up my DREAM middleweight title," Mousasi responded. "I cannot make 185 anymore and that is final."

Told ya.

If Belfort doesn't want to fight above 185 lbs, look for Matt Lindland to take his place. Although, I believe Belfort will ultimately accept the catchweight bout.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Who Can Beat Machida?

Quinton Jackson
Why He Can Win: Jackson punches as hard as anyone in the Light Heavyweight division. All it takes is one shot to end a fight (Silva, Liddell). We still haven't seen what happens when Machida gets hit with a clean strike.
Why He Can't Win: I can't see him getting through the fight without his lead leg breaking. If the fight goes on for longer than a round, he's in trouble.
Likelihood of Fighting: Barring an injury, Jackson will get the first crack at the new champion, probably in November or December.

Mauricio Rua
Why He Can Win: A healthy Shogun has the all-around game to match Machida stride for stride. He's quick, has power, good in the clinch, can sub you on the ground. The only hole is, well, you know.
Why He Can't Win: Although he won the Liddell fight, you can't help but wonder about his conditioning. In a five round fight, it's tough to feel confident he won't gas.
Likelihood of Fighting: Rua needs another big win before he can be considered a title contender.

Forrest Griffin
Why He Can Win: Griffin might just be crazy enough to forget about the Machida aura and take the fight to him. How will Machida respond to adversity in the cage? We don't know yet and it'll continue to be a mystery until someone pressures him. Griffin's submissions are also very underrated. We saw Machida get caught in a triangle against Tito Ortiz, so it's not far fetched to think it can happen again.
Why He Can't Win: He takes too many strikes. Griffin gets hit against everyone he fights. The other problem is Griffin is not a finisher. To defeat Machida, he'd need to win a decision, which means getting through five rounds without getting beheaded. In a three round fight, I'd like his chances a lot better.
Likelihood of Fighting: With a win over Anderson Silva at UFC 101, Griffin would position himself as next in line to face the winner of Machida/Jackson.

Randy Couture
Why He Can Win: As much as they want to build Machida up as a superb wrestler, I think it's actually his one weakness. The problem is getting in without getting hit. Couture still has the wrestling ability to overpower opponents.
Why He Can't Win: When you get older, your reactions slow down. It's not dramatic, but the extra hundredth of a second it takes could be the difference between Machida's straight left hitting you on the chin or partially landing. Couture is just too old for this sort of opponent.
Likelihood of Fighting: It's a long shot. There are better fights for him at Heavyweight (with a win he gets Lesnar/Mir, with a loss he gets Cro Cop). Either way, I think Couture finishes his career at Heavyweight.

Dan Henderson
Why He Can Win: Like Couture, Henderson has the blend of wrestling and toughness I believe it will take to defeat Machida. He can take a strike and keep coming forward.
Why He Can't Win: Henderson and Griffin have the same problem. They do not finish fights.
Likelihood of Fighting: Slim. Henderson's future depends on his fight with Michael Bisping. If he wins, he's getting a Middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva. If he loses, well, then things get interesting. Henderson would probably make the move to Light Heavyweight for good, since he'd fall behind Bisping and Marquardt/Maia on the list of contenders. At 205 lbs, he'd still have some viability as a contender. Personally, I want to see him and Wanderlei Silva fight again.

Belfort vs Mousasi Affliction 3

Affliction has made their fair share of mistakes, but when it comes to booking interesting fights, they usually get it right. The latest news is Gegard Mousasi will face Vitor Belfort at Affliction's third event on August 3rd. My guess is a catchweight of 195 lbs, as Mousasi has no plans to compete at 185 lbs anymore.

I'll save everyone the time. Tom Atencio will say, "Well, ya know, I don't like to say anything until the contracts are signed. Um, we, um, uhm, nothing is set. When things are, uhm, we will say, uhm...."

Affliction 3
Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett
Vitor Belfort vs Gegard Mousasi
Tim Sylvia vs Paul Buentello
Dan Lauzon vs Chris Horodecki
Paul Daley vs Jay Hieron

Sunday, May 24, 2009

UFC 98 Recap

-Enough cannot be said about how easily Lyoto Machida defeated Rashad Evans. The thing that stood out to me was how much damage he inflicted without ever being in danger. When Chuck Liddell fought Evans, every time he threw a punch, I was thinking, "Oh man, he's leaving himself out there." Same thing with Forrest Griffin. Machida was the polar opposite. The Light Heavyweight division has been a knockout division for a long time and I don't know if you can beat Machida like that. As crazy as it sounds, I think a wrestler would have the best chance. Striking with him is the wrong way to go.

-I didn't touch on this during the Live Results, however, it needs to be said. Matt Serra kind of got screwed by the judges. He also screwed himself. Let me explain. In the 1st Round, Hughes walked into Serra's head. It was an accidental headbutt and it almost knocked Hughes completely out. Serra capitalized with a barrage of punches. It was a totally one-sided round until Hughes made a Hulk Hogan comeback and slammed Serra to the ground. The takedown changed the round from a possible 10-8 to 10-9 Serra. The only person Serra can blame for the lost point is himself. He had Hughes dead on his feet and let him survive. In the 2nd Round Hughes controlled the action and took it 10-9. The 3rd Round is where I think the judges might have screwed Serra a little bit. Both fighters scored takedowns, although I'd say Serra's was more impressive considering he is 5'4 and Hughes looked like Mark McGwire last night. Serra also worked offensively from the bottom. Hughes did almost nothing from the top. I scored the round 10-9 Hughes, but after watching it again, I think Serra won it. All three judges scored it 10-9 Hughes.

-Sean Sherk needs to see a psychologist. You're facing a smaller fighter. Go for takedowns the entire fight. Wear him out. The only way he beats you is by standing. The term "complete fighter" is to blame for Sherk's odd strategies of late. No one wants to be known as one-dimensional anymore. Wrestlers want to be strikers and strikers want to be submission experts. It doesn't make sense to me. Use your strengths to your advantage and let the other guy adapt to them.

-Phillipe Nover's career is turning into one of those new shows TV networks hype like crazy then by mid season they're cancelled.

-Overall it was a good PPV. The Sherk/Edgar and Sonnen/Miller fights were awful. The rest of the main card was great. It'll be interesting to see how many PPV buys it does. The recent media blitz by Dana White to promote the video game will help. Without it, I think you'd be looking at a 350K event. With it, I'm gonna guess 450K.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

UFC 98 Live Results

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Preliminary Card
Dave Kaplan vs George Roop
-Roop Wins by Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Brandon Wolff vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida
-Yoshida Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Guillotine)
Krzysztof Soszynski vs Andre Gusmao
-Soszynski Wins by 1st Rd TKO
Phillipe Nover vs Kyle Bradley
-Bradley Wins by 1st Rd TKO
Pat Barry vs Tim Hague
-Hague Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Guillotine)
Brock Larson vs Mike Pyle
-Larson Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Arm Triangle)

-I'm putting the Over/Under at 9.5 for how many times Goldberg describes Machida as elusive.

Frankie Edgar vs Sean Sherk

Round 1
Neither landing anything early. They tie-up briefly. Edgar throwing some leg kicks. Edgar lands a combo. Another left/right combo for Edgar. Sherk is walking right into them. Edgar shoots for a single, but Sherk brushes him off. Sherk tries a leg kick and Edgar goes in and gets a takedown. He's working for a guillotine. Sherk gets out of it and they're back to standing. Sherk moving forward. He's a step slow on the exchanges so far. A left lands for Sherk. A kick and a combo by Sherk. RNN Scores it 10-9 Edgar.

Round 2
Edgar moving around constantly. Sherk is more active to start the round. A left lands for Sherk. Another left. Solid body kick for Edgar. Tie-up and a knee to the body sends Sherk down. He's right back up, kind of a slip from being off-balanced. Edgar connects with a left followed by a right. Another combo for Edgar. He's just too quick for Sherk thus far. He's connecting and getting out of the way. By the time Sherk throws, Edgar is two steps away. Edgar tries a takedown that goes nowhere. RNN Scores it 10-9 Edgar.

Round 3
Sherk looks frustrated to start the final round. Sherk shoots hard and gets a sweet takedown. Edgar gets up quickly, though. I have no idea why Sherk isn't shooting constantly. It's like he wants to prove he can fight on his feet, but it's not working. Tie-up, Sherk tries for a clinch, Edgar gets free. Sherk misses on a takedown. Edgar connects during the scramble as they break. Inside leg kick by Edgar. Edgar counters perfectly with a combination. Sherk shoots with ten seconds left. Edgar defends and sinks in a guillotine. Sherk doesn't tap, but it scored points. RNN Scores it 10-9 Edgar.

Edgar Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

-I have no idea why Sherk refuses to take people down. I don't get it at all. Play to your strengths. Make your opponent adapt to you. Trying to win stand-up battles with alligator arms just doesn't make sense to me.

Dan Miller vs Chael Sonnen
-Miller sporting chest hair. All things equal, the guy with chest hair wins.

Round 1
Miller lands a right. Sonnen shoots for a takedown. Miller has a guillotine. Sonnen takes his time and gets out. That didn't look good. Sonnen on top throwing some strikes. Miller using a high guard. Strikes are landing for Sonnen. Miller turns for a kneebar. Sonnen defends and scrambles to side control. Miller gets back to half guard. Sonnen stands and rains down a couple solid punches. Elbow lands for Sonnen. RNN Scores it 10-9 Sonnen.

Round 2
Tie-up, Sonnen pushes him into the cage. Miller has another guillotine. He lets go. Sonnen in full Miller's full guard. Sonnen throwing good shots from the top. Miller throwing legs up and getting close to a triangle. He's gotta be exhausted by now, though. Miller turns and goes for an arm bar. Sonnen gets out before Miller can get it going. Sonnen throws a huge left that misses from the top. Other than that, the last minute was very light stuff from Sonnen. RNN Scores it 10-9 Sonnen.

Round 3
Jab lands for Miller. A right then a left connects for Miller. Sonnen has enough of getting hit and takes Miller down. Sonnen not doing much from the top. Elbow lands for Sonnen. Nothing really happening. Sonnen laying on top throwing light stuff. RNN Scores it 10-9 Sonnen.

Sonnen Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

-"Not the most exciting fight." Rogan said it best.

-Thank God that's over.

-I obtained an exclusive picture of Lyoto Machida and Ed Soares going over the gameplan for tonight's fight.

Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs Drew McFedries
-Prior to the fight Goldberg told us, "This fight is brought to you by Burger King...Have it your way late at night!" I'm pretty sure that's the ad for Condom Depot too.

Round 1
McFedries catches him with a big right. Prof X stumbles down. McFedries all over him. Prof X moving around on the ground and avoiding the stoppage. More shots. Prof X gets up and gets nailed again. Referee stops it.

McFedries Wins by 1st Round TKO

Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra
-I still can't believe this fight is actually gonna happen. I'm waiting for a last minute injury or maybe Serra will choke on a meatball. Seriously, how does a 5'4 fighter almost miss weight at 170 lbs?
-Serra coming out to the Rocky theme song.
-Hughes looks enormous.

Round 1
A slow start with both circling. They go in for an exchange and a headbutt wobbles Hughes (he sort of walked into it). He's rocked. Serra lands some punches (one to back of head) and Hughes is hurt. Referee is watching closely. He didn't see the headbutt, so there was no timeout. Hughes grabs a leg and is holding on. I'm shocked this is still going on. Hughes back up and wrestles Serra in close. He seems recovered now. Back to circling. Hughes grabs Serra trips him to the ground. He shifts to side control and now has his back. Serra eating strikes, as Hughes looks to sink in a Rear Naked Choke. Serra turns and gets out of trouble. They're back to standing. RNN Scores it 10-10 (because of the headbutt).

Round 2
Jab by Hughes. Hughes wrestles Serra into the cage and throws him to the ground. Hughes looking to pass. Serra defending well and not letting Hughes into side control. Hughes landing some punches to the head. Punches to the body now. Serra playing to the crowd and acting like the strikes don't hurt. They probably don't, but he's losing the round. Referee stands them up with ten seconds left. RNN Scores it 10-9 Hughes.

Round 3
A right lands for Hughes. He dives in after it and gets the takedown. Serra immediately working for a shoulder lock. Hughes pulls his arm out. Full guard for Serra. Now Serra is working for a shoulder lock on the other arm. Hughes gets out again. Serra holding on and looking for the referee to stand them up. The referee listens and we're back to standing. Serra comes in with a right that partially lands. Hughes counters, though, with a couple strikes of his own. Tie-up, Hughes looks for a trip. Serra counters and throws Hughes to the ground. Serra working from the top. He lands a nice punch. Hughes gets basically back to his feet. RNN Scores it 10-9 Hughes.

Matt Hughes Wins by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

-Wow. It was sort of a boring fight with Hughes laying on top mostly. However, the 1st Round headbutt made it very dramatic. Hughes was pretty much out. The guy's recovery skills are unmatched by anyone. I'd put this on par with his comeback against Trigg. He got hit with a headbutt, a punch to the back of the head, a bunch of punches while he was staggered, then he came back and took Serra down. Amazing.

Lyoto Machida vs Rashad Evans (LHW Title)
-They really need Machida to be a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. The way he talks is hilarious. It's straight out of a Kung Fu movie.
-The UFC should pay Sean Salmon every time they show the clip of his head colliding with Rashad Evans' foot. It just seems like the right thing to do.
-Evans going crazy on the way to the cage.
-No sign of Evans' boyfriend Keith Jardine.

Round 1
Minute in, no strikes. Minute and a half, nothing. Fans are being very patient. Machida is stalking. A head kick brushes Evans back and into the cage. There was some force, but it didn't fully land. A big kick lands for Machida into Evans' body. Machida lands body kick and a left hand that drops Evans. He's on top throwing. Evans weathers the storm and gets back to his feet. It seemed like he caught him off-balanced and it was a flash knockdown. Evans wasn't hurt, really. RNN Scores it 10-9 Machida.

-"He's gonna have to come to you, Lyoto."

Round 2
Leg kick by Machida. A "MACHID-A!" chant has broken out. A body kick by Machida. Machida charges in with rights and lefts. Evans answers and actually hits Machida in the face. It didn't hurt him, but still, he landed a strike. Machida lands a big straight left that hurts Evans. He's all over him. Evans is taking strikes from every angle. He's down. He's up! Machida is relentless. A big right. A huge left drops Evans and it's over. Holy crap!

Machida Wins by 2nd Round KO

-First, Machida gave one the best post-fight speeches ever. He did the entire thing in his Kung Fu movie voice. The fans ate it up and were cheering throughout the whole thing. He sort of has an Andre the Giant thing going where everything he says is kinda funny because his voice is so deep.

-Second, the finish was classic. Evans deserves credit for all the strikes he took without dying. The last left dropped him to his knees then he fell backwards and for a second it looked like he might have broken his neck.

-Who the hell is gonna beat this guy?

UFC 98 Picks will have UFC 98 Live Results beginning tonight at 8pm ET.

Phillipe Nover vs Kyle Bradley L
-Nover by 1st Rd TKO
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs Brandon Wolff W
-Yoshida by 2nd Rd TKO
Chael Sonnen vs Dan Miller
-Miller by 2nd Rd Submission
Sean Sherk vs Frankie Edgar
-Sherk by Unanimous Decision
Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra
-Hughes by 2nd Rd TKO
Rashad Evans vs Lyoto Machida
-Machida by Unanimous Decision

Memo to UFC

Next time you have a weigh-in, don't put your hottest ring girl directly behind the scale. This stuff isn't complicated, guys.

(More pictures here, perverts.)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Super-Manager Ed Soares

Chael Sonnen, Krzysztof Soszynski, and Ed Soares were on Pro MMA Radio this week. Whoever is in charge of booking guests for this show needs to be fired. Even funnier is MMAMania's description of Ed Soares as a "super-manager". What exactly makes him super? Was it the time Paulo Filho missed weight for a title fight? Was it the time Big Nog fought with a knee injury and coming off a staph infection? Was it the two times Anderson Silva danced his way through PPV main events? Or maybe it's how Soares mistranslates what his fighters say?

Maybe a better description of Soares would be "super-opportunist".

I'm Back

Where have you been?

This semester killed me. The end of it was particularly devastating. I'm still not sure how I wrote all the papers I did without a constant drip of meth pumping into my arm.

How excited are you for Cro Cop's return to the UFC?

I'd give it a 5 on the Give A Crap Meter. His best days are over and at this point he's a sideshow fighter. It's a brilliant move by the UFC, though. The Euro fans will go crazy when he kicks Al-Turk's head into the cheap seats.

I should explain what a "sideshow fighter" means. It's not someone like Hong Man Choi or Kimbo Slice. To me a sideshow fighter is anyone who can still draw interest, but isn't a legit title contender. The most notable are Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.

Will Evans/Machida bore the hell out of everyone watching?

I think we're in for a five rounder and at least 3 and a half of those rounds will be entertaining. The 1st round will probably draw boos, but things will get better as it goes deeper. I'm looking forward to seeing Greg Jackson's gameplan. If he comes up with a way to beat Machida, I'll give in and call him a genius from now on. I really hope Goldberg shuts the hell up between rounds and lets us hear what Jackson tells Evans.

Why is Strikeforce putting one of their best younger fighters against Andrei Arlovski?

Because they're smart and realize MMA fans want to see compelling fights. Brett Rogers does not need anymore build-up fights. You can only protect a guy for so long.

Is BJ Penn really training with Todd Marinovich's dad?

Imagine what Penn will be like when he nears the end of his career. He's slowly going crazy, I think. Here's my list of things that will probably happen at some point in the future.

3. Huge argument with Dana White, quits UFC, starts a rival promotion with himself as the biggest name.
2. Starts dressing like Jesper Parnevik.
1. Brings back the afro/mustache combo.

I'd be shocked if at least two of those did not happen in the next ten years.

Does the winner of Velasquez/Kongo get a title shot?

Velasquez, definitely not. Kongo, probably not. I think we will see the winners of Lesnar/Mir and Couture/Nogueira fight in the winter (almost certainly if Lesnar and Couture win). The winner of Kongo/Velasquez should fight Shane Carwin. Then the winner of that would be a clear number one contender and face the champion in late winter or early spring of 2010.

What did you think of the Lost finale?

The opening scene was perfect. My only issue was the ending. No way Juliet survives the fall and even if she does, no way she's able to move. And how did she miss all those metal objects? Didn't anyone think, "Hmmm, maybe we're taking the drama of her death a little far. How about she just falls down the giant hole and dies?" Other than that, I'm pumped for the final season.

Will you be doing UFC 98 Live Results?


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lashley Wins Again

I like Lashley's approach to MMA. He's staying active instead of hoping for his name to carry him. If he beats Bob Sapp, he'll have the bigger promotions craving his attention. The UFC might step up just to keep him out of Strikeforce.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Dana White ESPN Chat

Tuesday at 2pm ET, Dana White will be given the live chat treatment on Most of these are tame and don't feature any Earth shattering questions. However, White has an uncanny talent for saying more than he should. Even with softball questions, I have a feeling this will be worth following.

(By the way, semester is over, finally. Back to a regular posting schedule for RNN.)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Little Nog a Top 5 LHW?

Over the weekend, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fought for the first time in his native country of Brazil, winning by submission over Dion Staring. It's the fifth straight victory for the smaller of the Nogueira brothers. He rarely gets mentioned as a top Light Heavyweight, but maybe it's time he gets some respect. He's lost three times in 20 fights and two were by decision (Shogun, Matyushenko). The other was a 23 second knockout loss to Sokoudjou. The Sokoudjou loss is inexcuseable, but the other two are solid. Even the Sokoudjou loss could be given the Liddell logic of "He just got caught."

In 05-06 he defeated Alistair Overeem twice and Dan Henderson, which are his biggest wins to date. The Henderson submission win was especially impressive because in 2005 he was a tank. 09 UFC Hendo is a photocopy of a shadow of 05 Henderson. The death of Pride hurt Nogueira's ascent to the top of the Light Heavyweights. Since then he hasn't faced the same level of competition.

At this point I'd place him firmly in the Top Ten. He's a big win away from being in the same conversation with Evans, Machida, Rampage. I'd like to say I'm confident Affliction will find him a quality opponent for their summer show. However, the last two Affliction shows he's been relegated to the preliminary card. My guess is we'll see him facing Sokoudjou whenever Affliction decides to book their next event. Although we can all hope for Gegard Mousasi. That fight would make even the most hardened MMA fan pee a little in his TapouT parachute pants.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dana White E:60

It does not air until Tuesday night, but the guy who interviewed Dana White could use a little MMA refresher course. He told MMA Fanhouse, "He's [White] clearly lifted the sport, he's done a number of brilliant things to lift the sport to where it is. But one of the things we ask in the piece is, Is he too volatile to get the sport to the next level?"

Dana White does not represent the entire sport anymore than Mark Cuban represents the entire NBA. It is not White's job to do anything but get the UFC to the next level. If the reporter meant the latter, I still don't agree with him. In eight years White and Zuffa have turned a $2 million shack into a multi-billion dollar behemoth. In the past six months, they have had two PPVs do over a million buys (UFC 92 and 94). Neither of those PPVs were headlined by anyone named Liddell or Ortiz, either. The UFC has transitioned to a new lineup of stars, during a severe worldwide economic downturn, and they are making more money than ever. The success is astounding, but apparently since Dana White curses he must not be capable of reaching the "next level".

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Damn The Internet

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Shaq Training MMA

Silva vs Jones Jr.

A year ago I was enamored with everything Anderson Silva did. He could have taken a crap in the center of the cage and I would have thought, "Did you see the size of it? Wow." Since then he has become one of the most annoying fighters to follow. I think having Ed Soares as his spokesman doesn't help, either. There is something sleazy about him. I'm sure he's a great manager and makes his fighters huge amounts of money, but as a voice, he sucks.

The latest Silva development is he wants to fight Roy Jones Jr. in the UFC under MMA rules. Dana White immediately shot it down, comparing the proposed fight to something Pride or K-1 would do. I gotta agree with him. There is zero need to ever have such a fight in the UFC. White and the other executives have done a masterful job of positioning the UFC between entertainment and sport. A Silva/Jones fight would firmly place them on the pro wrestling side of the equation.

There is also the business side to think about. How much money would it take to sign Roy Jones Jr.? My guess is millions. Would Silva/Jones bring in enough PPV buys to offset such a salary? My guess is no f'n way. Silva is a terrible PPV draw and Jones Jr. has not been relevant for years. Now if it was Floyd Mayweather Jr., you might have something, but again, I do not think it is worth it. MMA is thriving and does not need to become a sideshow to survive.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Affliction Sucks" - Bellator

"We paid attention like crazy to what they were doing incorrectly and have tried desperately to shy away from it," Rebney said. "(We) tried desperately to not find ourselves in that spot and to not make similar mistakes to those made by the IFL, Elite, and obviously Affliction, I don't know what their current status is, but they're not in a growth curve. Let's put it that way." - Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO

It's pretty bad when you get mentioned last in a sentence with the IFL and EliteXC. Poor Affliction. They deserve equal parts credit and disbelief for their foray into MMA promotion. I'll miss them when they're gone.

I'm still not sure what to make of Bellator. In many ways, I think this first season of events has been about proving to ESPN it can work. Once live events begin airing on ESPN2, it'll be easier to tell if this thing has legs or not. At this point, it is a niche product for Spanish speaking and hardcore MMA fans.

(Quote courtesy of MMA Fanhouse)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Worst MMA Announcer Ever

Give it 12 seconds and you'll be laughing. A minute in, you'll be screaming "Oh My Gosh!".

And at the 6:25 mark, keep an eye on the left arm of the "".