Yesterday, several of our MMA blogger bretheren (read: those that, unlike us, break the occasional piece of non-scatological news) reported that the upcoming heavyweight tilt between former UFC Heavyweight Champions (I love Captain America, but even he was surprised to win that first fight’s decision, so I consider The Rock as the winner of said) Tim Sylvia and Pedro Rizzo would see the winner rewarded with a return to the Big Show. However, seeing as how I’m up at the frozen ass crack of dawn to hear a crazy teabagger economics teacher tell me that Barney Frank alone caused the subprime mortgage crisis (because only Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made bad loans, amirite?), I figured I’d relay to you the downer that MMA Junkie has delivered:
“Where the [expletive] did that come from?” White asked with a laugh. …
“Pedro Rizzo is a great dude,” White said. “I have a good relationship with him. I’ve always had respect for him.
“In no way, shape or form do I want to disrespect Pedro because I really do like him, but he needs to retire. I’d like to see Pedro retire.”
Now, I’m being optimistic and reading this just as “no way I’m signing Rizzo if he pulls off the upset.” To be fair, Rizzo has been fighting ghosts lately (South Africa? Really?), and he chose to leave the UFC after defeating Ricco Rodriguez in 2003 (Rizzo goes on to call that decision “the biggest mistake of my career”). This could mean that maybe this is still an audition for Tim (another voluntary deserter, although it was after a loss and he left to make $800,000 for 36 seconds of work) to make his way back in. I just like the idea of headlining smaller/regional shows with these kinds of “win and you’re in” fights – I think it’s smarter for orgs to do that then have meaningless trinket belts. Gives veterans a place to rebuild, prospects a place to be tested/build a record, and more eyes see the show. Win-win-win.