A few weeks ago we brought up the scary news that one of the McMahons (of World Wrestling Entertainment fame) sniffing around the UFC. But according to a variety of people who actually pay attention to that high flying elbow dropping hick soap opera, it’s the good McMahon: Shane McMahon.
I’ll let the guys on Fightlinker with PhDs in Wrestlemania tell you what separates Shane from his dad Vince and all the scummy, morally reprehensible shit that goes down in the WWE and just concentrate on the meaty question in this story: is there any truth to the rumor that Shane will be joining the UFC? Here’s what Dana said over the weekend:
* On a meeting with Shane McMahon, the son of WWE head Vince McMahon, who recently left the wrestling organization. “He’s a huge MMA fan, and you never know,” said White.
The sticking point, as it so often seems to be in the fight business, is money. McMahon, who recently cashed out more than $50 million in WWE stock (and still has another $30 million in stock), doesn’t want to be a mere employee. He wants to buy into a thriving company, joining Dana White as a minority owner of the company owned by Station’s Casino magnates Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. The Fertittas have struggled mightily, and very publicly, with a real-estate bust in Las Vegas that caught them unprepared. They may actually, as strange as this seems for two billionaires, need the money. That may be the difference between whether we see Shane McMahon inside the UFC Octagon in 2010.
But hey, even if the Fertittas ‘need the money’, the UFC is already ‘making the money’, and at a pretty damn good pace too. While there seems to be little doubt that Shane McMahon could help the UFC make more, it’s a pretty big step to imagine the UFC needing to make more so badly that they’d cut someone else in on ownership. If this deal is gonna happen, it’d be more about Dana and the Fertittas really digging whatever ruthless plan for world domination Shane is selling them than anything else. Or who knows … perhaps keeping him from becoming competition.
I dunno if Josh Koscheck was just being a cock or he was actually hoping to convince Dana White that he deserved a shot more than Dan Hardy, but whatever he was going for, he ain’t getting another crack at GSP before Hardy does:
“We already announced the Hardy fight,” White told MMAjunkie.com in the post-fight presser. “Hardy gets the next fight. But when I say Koscheck is in the mix, he’s be in the mix anyway. He’s one of the best 170-pounders in the world and has been for a while.”
I’d say the biggest mistake Kos made was not getting on his knees in the cage and begging for a title shot. Bonus points if you do it with a funny accent like Georges and Thiago Alves did. But past that there’s also the fact that Josh’s ‘fight anyone anytime’ attitude has kinda fucked him over. Agreeing to fight George St Pierre on the rebound: bad idea. Agreeing to fight Thiago Alves on two week’s notice: bad idea. Agreeing to fight Paulo Thiago in a match with absolutely no upside: bad idea.
Still, these are good bad ideas – the kind of bad ideas we need fighters to go through with in order to see more great fights. It just kinda sucks that we live in a world where beating a stream of gatekeepers is worth more than hanging at the top of the division and losing from time to time because of it.
This blurry Bigfoot-esque frame of footage seems to confirm that Josh Koscheck did indeed get gouged in his left eye, making Anthony Johnson perhaps the first person in UFC history to commit three fouls in the span of as many seconds.
Quick update on the Big Nog situation. His staph relapse was apparently on account of using shoddy South American antibiotics, but not to worry! Dana White has stepped in once again with another medical referral and has him on a six week treatment plan.
“In February I’ll be ready to fight when they ask me to fight. In February I think I’ll be in shape. I’d love to fight in Australia. If they put me on the card, I would love to fight there,” he said.
Man, Australia in February sounds pretty fucking good to me too. I dunno what it’s like down in the States, but up here in Canada the sun is setting at 4pm and it’s only gonna get worse.
This video’s been making the rounds over the weekend with many people calling it the best MMA highlight they’ve ever seen. Whether you agree really depends on how much you like the Killers, who’s song really gives this video an extra musical oomph. The whole thing is based off a very cool Nike ‘Courage’ commercial, which you can watch after the jump.