There’s a couple of hallowed sports rules that must never be broken. Hockey players don’t say “shutout” to a goalie. Baseball players don’t say “No Hitter” to a pitcher. And Dana White shouldn’t say “If X happens, then Chuck vs Wanderlei will happen”. Of course Dana White is a fucking knob, and that’s exactly what he said:
Chuck Liddell’s next opponent will be Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva if the former light-heavyweight champion gets past Keith Jardine on Saturday night.
“Everyone’s been talking about Liddell vs. Wanderlei forever,” White said. “Obviously that’s the fight that makes sense, it’s the fight that everybody wants to see.
I rag on the Japanese a lot, but the one thing I can’t shit on them for is setting up fights people want to see. No matter how ridiculous or stupid they might seem from the point of standings and rankings, if the Japanese wanted to see Fedor fight a big fat guy or some former game show host, it would happen. That often sucked for us American fans because we just want to see the best fight the best. But in this case, I’ll make an exception:
No matter what happens, Chuck vs Wanderlei has to happen. And soon. Neither of these dudes are spring chickens anymore and it’s safe to say that the salad days of their careers are probably over. The next crop of younger, stronger, more determined athletes has come along, and that’s all there is to it. So please for the love of God, Dana: stop putting conditions on this fight. Just make it happen this December. Because now that you’ve said “If Chuck beats Keith, this will happen”, it’s not going to happen. You’ve just jinxed Chuck. Thanks a lot, jerkface.