I think we were all pretty excited about the prospect of Anderson Silva sticking around at 205 and causing some mayhem up there. But in a recent interview with Tatame, Silva denies that he plans on fighting regularly at 205 or that he’s gunning for the light heavyweight belt:
I don’t have intention to fight on this category and Im only doing this because they (UFC) asked me and I think I can do it. I don’t intend to fight for this belt, this belt belongs to Lyoto (Machida) and he already proved that. I’m going to fight because I like to fight and because I like challenges.
Well cock shit fuck. Is there anything Machida doesn’t ruin?
Guess we can flip the sign back to zero. After 201 days of squeaky clean testing across the UFC and WEC, we’ve got another juicer in our midst. This time it’s Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira, who tested positive for Boldenone after getting KO’d by Jose Aldo on June 1st. This just continues the trend of ‘users being losers’ – remember, kids: there’s no substitute for hard work!
Overall, I’m pretty impressed that Zuffa’s fighters have managed to stay so clean lately. Athletic Commissions are working overtime to try and catch users, with the NSAC (and soon CSAC if they can get their shit together) randomly testing fighters whenever they feel like it to prevent cycling. I figured that would send drug suspensions skyrocketing, but so far it hasn’t.
There’s been a few close calls – Tim Credeur would have been collared for amphetamines if he’d fought at the TUF 7 Finale, but he disclosed his Adderall medication and was simply barred from fighting. But ya can’t deny that this has been a much better year for steroid testing, considering the double-clusterfuck of Sherk/Franca last July.
Dana White had already said he was planning on airing something special on July 26th – which just happens to be the date of EliteXC’s second CBS show. Of course he didn’t come out and say he was doing it to fuck them over … at this point, it’s just another lame ‘wink wink’ thing Dana White gets away with when talking to the press. “Hey, this has nothing to do with the competition at all. I didn’t even know there was a show.” How about someone in the press corps do their job and call Dana on being a fucking liar? I couldn’t care less that he counter-programs shit … hell, that’s his job. But for people to sit in the press conferences and let him get away with pretending he’s not doing it kinda sickens me. Grow some balls, people.
So where was I? Oh yeah. Rather than blow some money on creating a new special, the UFC has decided instead to just show UFC 84 (featuring Sherk vs Penn, Ortiz vs Machida, and Silva vs Jardine) again. It’s not too shabby of an idea, really. Normal fans are likely to choose real live fights over a special or recap show. But how many people are going to know that UFC 84 isn’t live and head to head against EliteXC? And who’s really going to pick EliteXC over the UFC? That’d be like picking RC Cola over Pepsi. Sure, RC Cola rocks (it’s the king of cola, after all), but not many people know that because they’re ignorant brand whores.
I don’t know why the UFC loves Las Vegas so damn much. The crowds show up late, they love to boo like ignorant fucks, tickets often don’t move too fast, and they end up having to give comps to half the b-list celebrities in town. I suppose there’s something to be said for doing a show and then getting to go home and sleep in your own bed though. Still, that’s no excuse for the UFC giving us eastern end people the perpetual shaft. Only 4 out of the 21 events the UFC has put on in the past year have been on our end. And half the time they’ve been shitty cards.
Fortunately, it looks like Dana and the gang are finally trying to rectify that situation. Along with UFC 87 and 88 being eastern shows, we’ve also got two more potential cards before the end of the year:
White also mentioned that the UFC is trying to do shows in Chicago in October, and Boston in November. These two shows will come just after the UFC’s October 18 card in Birmingham, England. So maybe a Fight Night in Chicago, and pay-per-view in Boston the following month.
It seems like the plan is to have UFC 90 in Chicago on October 25th, but that’s all dependent on whether Spike is willing to pick up UFC 89:
Although the UFC intended for UFC 89 to air on Spike TV — and use it a way to promote the following week’s UFC 90 event on pay per view — a deal has not yet been reached with the basic cable station. UFC 89 takes place at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, and features a main event between Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben.
As of now, Spike TV officials aren’t commenting on the possibility of airing UFC 89, but with a so-so main event, the cable station is unlikely to fork over major dollars — like they did with a UFC 75 event headlined by Quinton Jackson and Dan Henderson — for the rights to air the Bisping vs. Leben event.
If the UFC and Spike TV are unable to reach a deal for UFC 89, the UFC would be unlikely to host pay per views on back-to-back weekends, so UFC 90 could be bumped to a later date.
Let’s just cross our fingers and hope they don’t ‘New Jersey’ either of the cards.
Despite having stupid titles (the interview quoted in this post is called “Bring me a dream” … how about “Can I borrow a feeling”, it’s equally gay), there’s usually some pretty entertaining stuff in MMA Mania’s fighter interviews. Here’s the best bit out of their one with James Irvin:
Jesse Holland (MMAmania.com): You and Scott Smith actually fought back in 2004 at Gladiator Challenge 22 – with you winning by knockout. Now that you’re such good friends, do you make it a point to dangle that in front of him at every possible moment?
James Irvin: (Laughs) I never bring it up! That was before we ever met when we were coming up on the same circuit. He brings it up and gives me a hard time about it. He hates it because other people bring it up all the time, especially here in Sacramento. Back in the day people used to get us confused all the time so people would come up to him and say “Hey I was there when you knocked out Scott Smith!” (Laughs) He would be all bent out of shape.
Irvin sure is milking his 15 minutes of fame and doing as many interviews as possible. It’s a smart move … if he uses the exposure from the booking to earn himself some new fans with his personality, he could actually parlay getting destroyed by Anderson Silva into a positive career move.