Is it too early to officially declare the Gypsy Curse Lady’s reign of terror over? She’s been rather quiet since the beginning of 2013 and we’re now into month three with seven UFC events sans a main event fight going down the shitter. That’s pretty damn good as far as I’m concerned, so I’m calling it. RIP Gypsy Curse Lady : 2010 – 2012. May you rot in Hell, you cantankerous old bitch!
But even with GCL gone, injuries are gonna happen. UFC 160 was going to be a heavyweight showdown of epic proportions, with Cain Velasquez vs Bigfoot Silva and Junior Dos Santos vs Alistair Overeem. Unfortunately, Overeem has a ‘slight muscle tear’ in his thigh and is out. After some confusing back and forth on the twitters, Mark Hunt has stepped up to replace him. But it took a phone conversation with El Presidente Dana White to sort everything out, because Hunto was not a happy Super Samoan:
“I voiced my opinions about different things that I wasn’t happy about, and now I’m [happy]. He said, ‘You know, I can’t fix the problem if I don’t what the problem is.’ He’s being pushed so many places because he’s got a big company. But I said, you know, being the boss of the company should know what goes on. I was happy he listened and then he fixed the problem. It was good. He’s a good person. He listened to what I had to say and sorted it out, so it was fine.”
Hunt admitted that his unhappiness towards Zuffa wasn’t anything new. It had existed for a long time — “Since I was an employee of the UFC,” he said — and while Hunt wouldn’t elaborate into too great of detail about any specific issue, he did show annoyance at his pre-prepared travel arrangements for UFC on FUEL 8.
“Look, man. One room, four guys,” said Hunt. “Come on. Co-main event. You know, I can’t get one more extra ticket? Come on now. It’s like, you know, there’s a 20,000 [seat] arena, and I can’t get one more extra ticket. I’ve got four tickets. Is that not fair to you, or what?” Hunt refused to go into further detail, though he emphasized that the issues, for the most part, have been resolved. “I think I’m being treated more fairly than I was before,” he explained.
It sounds like the UFC is kinda dropping the ball on treating their fighters like they, oh I dunno, are the most important part of the company and the reason why this whole thing exists in the first place. Shabby treatment from the promotion is nothing new, especially when the fighter in question happens to be on the outs with promotion staff. Why, I seem to remember an incident just a week ago where Nick Diaz was given an economy class ticket to fly to Montreal. To promote a fight that’s going to generate over 30 million dollars for the company. So you have to wonder what else is going on behind the scenes for the fighters that are nowhere near the stature of Diaz.