I know I’m being a big softy when it comes to my fellow blogging brothers … it’s been a big bukkake extravaganza over here lately, with everyone but Kevin Iole invited. Well, Kevin and Jake Rossen anyways. But I just can’t help it … we are simply so fucking awesome. If there was a Pulitzer given out for Human Cockfighting journalists, I simply don’t know who would win!
Here’s a perfect example of a fellow blogger dude who connected the dots better than I’ve ever done. Shawn Ennis from MMATorch lays out the logic behind Hermes Franca’s decision to juice and how the UFC really is forcing it’s athletes to do whatever they have to do to stay in the big leagues:
Back in late 2005, Karo Parisyan was on a bit of a roll. He’d won four straight fights over some stiff competition in the form of Shonie Carter, Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, and current champ Matt Serra. His last loss had come at the hands of Georges St. Pierre, who had lost his own bid at the title shortly thereafter. Matt Hughes had just vanquished Frank Trigg for the second time, and it seemed that he and Parisyan were on a collision course.
Fate would intervene, however, when Parisyan was injured shortly before his scheduled bout with then-champion Hughes at UFC 56. Parisyan had to pull out of the fight, and Joe Riggs would go on to lose to Hughes in what turned out to be a non-title fight, due to Riggs’ inability to make weight (which is another story in itself).
Just a bump in the road for Parisyan, right? Well, not really. Parisyan came back and fought in an untelevised bout against UFC rookie Nick Thompson in April of 2006 for his return. He would then go on to lose to Diego Sanchez in what many considered to be the best fight of 2006, before beating Drew Fickett and Josh Burkman by decision. And now? Now there’s at least the winner of Koscheck/St. Pierre in front of the Armenian. Almost two years have passed, and Parisyan is no closer to his lost title shot than he was when he fought Nick Thompson.
So the lesson learned for any UFC title contender is that you don’t pull out of a title fight unless you really can’t go. Do whatever you have to in order to fight, but you’ve got to fight.
This is definitely a good read, and I encourage you to check out the rest of the article. It’s one thing to report news and another to connect the dots and bring some perspective to what’s going on with the fight scene.