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It’s new hotness vs old and busted: the UFC is putting their new Brazilian acquisition Rousimar Palhares against Ivan Salaverry in May. You may remember Ivan Salaverry as the guy who doesn’t seem to give a shit about fighting in the UFC. You also may remember Ivan Salaverry as the guy who got trounced by Terry Martin in 2 minutes the last time he fought.

Honestly, I have no idea why this guy is even getting thrown a booking. There’s about several thousand more deserving guys out there who are young and hungry who would strangle their mothers to death with fishing wire for a chance to fight in the dark matches. But instead we’ve got cranky old Ivan stepping up once again. Blows my mind.

Minus a title fight, UFC Fight Night is now looking better than most PPV events! The show has been shaping up more and more as time went on, until now it includes 8 killer bouts between solid competition. I have to hand it to the UFC, they’re definately making it worth my while to sit through endless Castrol and Rambo commercials. Check out the card thus far:

      * Kenny Florian vs. Joe Lauzon
* Stephan Bonnar vs. Matt Hamill
* Thiago Alves vs. Karo Parisyan
* Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin
* Marcus Aurelio vs. Spencer Fisher
* Josh Neer vs. Din Thomas
* Clay Guida vs. Samy Schiavo
* Anthony Johnson vs. Tommy Speer

As an added bonus, the event will mark the first time that an Ultimate Fight Night has ditched the standard “shitty venue full of morons attached to a casino” and moved their show somewhere bigger, better, stronger: Colorado. Yeah, it’s still nowhere near the east coast and us fans who live in the North East area of North America are still generally getting the shaft, but it’s a step in the right direction. The more new places the UFC visits, the better. And I’ll be eternally gratefull if I never have to see another event from a Hard Rock venue with a capacity of around 1000.

I dunno about this Ricardo Almeida guy who’s fighting Alan Belcher at UFC81. One of the ringers the UFC has brought in to try and fix their middleweight division, Almeida is best known for ditching MMA in 2004 to concentrate on his family life and jiu jitsu school. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t expect me to not question your heart or your head when you come back. Here’s a couple quotes from a UFC.com article on Almeida that makes me think he’s not all there:

“Because you may not be training 24/7, but when you have a match two months from now and you’re gonna get in front of the entire world and get punched in the face, it tends to dominate your consciousness, and you don’t really think too much about anything else. And that’s really what I was walking away from.”

“I had a hard time dealing with the spotlight aspect of it. Fighting and competing was something I had been doing since I was 15 years old, but just the magnitude of it – the lights and the interviews and the expectations and the things happening behind the scenes – was definitely a little bit too much. So I decided to go to Japan to fight to be away from the spotlight. When you’re here in America, everyone’s calling ‘can I get tickets, can I get this, I’m coming to see you, could you get me in?’ And when you’re in Japan, there’s just no one around, so it ends being a little bit smoother and you don’t have to think about these things.”

“Just knowing that you’ve got a fight coming up and that you’re gonna be on the world stage forces you to eat better, sleep better, train harder and pay a lot more attention to everything that’s happening around you. That’s really what I missed, and just getting out there and competing. I love stepping out there, I really do.”

Man, this guy is gonna get eaten alive in the UFC.

Just an FYI: when you ‘lose’ the belt, you don’t actually lose the belt. You get to keep it and the new champion just gets their own. Why? Because you never know what the last guy did with the belt while it was his:

“I’ve had sex before with the belt on. That was back in the Ricco Rodriguez days. The night I won the belt I had a sexual experience with the belt on. But hey, I was 25 years old and it was the biggest thing that ever had happened to me in my life. The girl was like hey, are you going to take that thing off. And I said no, I’m not-I’m wearing it and if you have a problem with it, then I’m leaving.”

I’m sure she responded with “So long as I get paid you’re free to do whatever you want!” But hey, it’s cute that Tim Sylvia now talks to us about his ‘sexual experiences’. I’m sure his psychiatrist told him that ‘sexual experiences’ were okay to talk about and perhaps ‘sharing his sexual experiences with his contemporaries’ would help him ‘make lasting connections and friendships’. Of course I’m not too sure that meant a stoner radio host and the mouth breathers who listen to Sherdog radio. But as they say, beggers can’t be choosers.

I never figured out what the fuck to call these guys: The International Fighting Organization, Steel Cage Promotions, or Fireworks in the Cage. Regardless, it seems like it doesn’t matter any more because they’re now officially kaput. This has been a bad freaking week or two for upstart promotions: Bonecrunch promotions lasted about as long as it probably took for it’s retarded owners to pick their stupid promotion name. And let’s not forget that ProElite stock took a kick to the nuts late last week, going from $15 to $3.

All in all, a more negative and cynical person might be tempted to say the bubble has popped and MMA is no longer society’s new pet rock. Me, I’d like to remind everyone that it’s never been an MMA revolution, it’s always been a UFC revolution. Of course, things could change in an instant depending on what happens with the networks during the writer’s strike.

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