I’m not really the kind of guy to usually say “I told you so”. Wait, what the fuck is that? I’m totally the kind of guy to do that. I do the “I’m right” dance … I rub my rightness in people’s faces. I fucking love being right.
But today I don’t love it, no sir I do not one bit. For now I was right about Dana White jinxing the main event by promising Chuck vs Wanderlei if Chuck won. So of course Chuck didn’t win, and now here’s what’s being said:
“It’s just not meant to happen,” said White, who talked about a conversation with Silva as the fight was going on, and telling Silva that he thought Jardine was going to win the fight. He noted Silva was in complete denial, seeing huge dollar signs fly out the window.
Okay, W T F. One part of my brain understands that you can’t just match these two guys up at this point in their careers without potentially ruining one of them. But the other part of my brain says “Who fucking cares, you’re running out of time! Do it now before it’s too late”. Finally, my entire brain is blaming Dana for the overscheduling that ‘forced’ him to stick Chuck in a pointless fight against a washed up TUF fighter like Keith Jardine.
Yes, it’s Chuck Liddell’s own fault that he lost. But it’s Dana White’s fault that he put Chuck against an opponent where there’s no upside for winning. Dana White talked about ‘Chuck not having the fire anymore’, but how hard is it to get that fire when the fight you’re training for is just filler? It’s a known fact that you give a guy a squash match and they’re not going to train as hard or care as much as if you’re giving them a shot at the title or something. How was Chuck supposed to give a shit about his fight with Jardine when even the newest of TUF noobs didn’t?
Here’s the fucking deal Dana: you want Chuck to show if he still has the fire? Book him against Wanderlei Silva. Chuck has been fighting whoever the UFC puts in front of him for years now, but the only guy he’s really wanted to beat is Wanderlei. And now because Pride fucked up by putting Silva against Dan Henderson, and you fucked up by putting Chuck against Jardine, it seems only decent that you fix both mistakes by finally booking these guys against eachother.