So you all know that with Quinton Jackson out of the picture, Chuck Liddell is practically drooling over the prospect of fighting Forrest Griffin for the light heavyweight strap. Now we’ve got him salivating over the idea of moving up to heavyweight if Randy gets through that four man eliminator the UFC has set up:
Asked if he was interested in another shot at Couture, the 38-year-old Liddell smiled.
“If he gets the title back (after the tournament), I wouldn’t mind coming up and getting the heavyweight title too,” Liddell said Wednesday. “We can talk about that later.”
Am I the only one that’s not impressed by Chuck’s ‘path of least resistance’ approach to winning titles? He’s not talking about moving up and going for the heavyweight belt. He’s talking about moving up because the guy he’s beaten twice is holding the belt. Combine that with his charge for a light heavyweight shot without dealing with any of the real contenders first, and you’ve got a guy that seems to be all about doing as little as possible for the most amount of gain.
Coming into UFC 88, the thing that’s pissing me off the most is all the talk trying to build Rashad Evans up as this undefeated fighter who’s never lost. Sure, no one’s really doing it in the context of ‘He’s going to beat Chuck because of this’ (we fortunately don’t have that level of bullshit punditry going on in MMA yet), but it still annoys me to hear people holding up Rashad’s zero losses like it means something.
Continuing to hype Rashad as a big deal because he has no losses on his record is like trying to sell Sarah Palen’s foreign policy chops based on Alaska’s proximity to Russia. Yes, Alaska is close to Russia. NO, THAT DOESN’T MEAN FUCK ALL YOU DUMB SHIT LICKING CUNTS.
Tito Ortiz BEAT Rashad. Michael Bisping BEAT Rashad. Go take a look at those last two fights he was in – actually WATCH the 30 minutes worth of fighting that makes up those bouts. How anybody can ignore that amount of visual suckage in favor of a zero in his record is beyond me.
Hey, I’m not unreasonable – there are ways to clarify statistical wackiness in sports. They added an asterisk next to Roger Maris’ 61 home runs, right? So how about a big fat one next to Rashad’s record as well? So then it will look like this:
Rashad Evans: 11-0-1*
*Yeah, technically this loser hasn’t lost once yet. But anyone with a brain knows what happened in those last two fights. So shut the fuck up about the zero. I’m not saying it’s not ‘legit’. I’m just saying it doesn’t accurately represent the reality of the situation.
Here’s a video of former UFC ring girl Amber Nichole Miller and former Xyience chick Andrea Tiede looking all fucked up and greasy in the Octagon. Andrea even pseudo-mocks the whole “strung out heroin crackhead” look they’ve got going on. Not that there’s anything wrong with that … I love the slip’n’slide raccoon-eyed school girl look. Add an American flag to that shit and I’ll bust a nut without even having to touch my wang.
Although perhaps that only works with matches everyone really wants to see. Since most people see Chuck vs Forrest less as a superfight and more as the easiest way to get the strap back around Chuck’s waist, maybe this jinx won’t affect things.
Ben Fowlkes over at SI.com talks about UFC88 and why no one gives a shit. See, I’m not the only negative nelly around here. His argument goes something like this: the card is stacked with older guys trying to stay relevant against the new dudes. I agree with that assessment, but here’s one thing that peeved me off:
Franklin, who moves up in weight in an attempt to revitalize his career as a 205-pounder, made the best choice. If he can’t beat Matt Hamill on Saturday, though, that glimmer of hope will also fade, leaving him with a choice between retirement and a steady fall from mediocrity. Neither road is appealing, but at least one is more dignified.
I really don’t get this shit. Why is it that when you’ve achieved greatness, anything less is grounds for retirement? We’ve seen it many times with many guys over the years: Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Tito Ortiz. They go from being the absolute greatest to simply great and all of a sudden everyone starts talking about how they should retire and save themselves the embarrassment of being outclassed by the next generation.
I say fuck that. I don’t give a shit if Matt Hughes is no longer the most dominant welterweight out there. I still wanna see him fight Diego Sanchez and Karo Parisyan. I still want Rich Franklin vs Dan Henderson sooner or later. Simply put, there is still room for these guys in the game after they’re no longer the top dogs.
MMA is growing and changing really quickly, and many title reigns are measured in months as opposed to years. Are fans really only interested in the fighters who are on top or on their way up? Personally, I don’t give a shit if a fighter is going up or down. I want to see good matchups.
There are cases where you can say retirement is a more dignified route. If you’re naught but a shadow of your former ass-kicking self and you’re getting absolutely mauled in the cage time after time, then it may be more dignified to stand down and call it quits. Ken. But most of the time, it’s not.