Back in April the NSAC approved a small show’s request for doing a two round tournament on one night. At the time I was young and naive, and thought perhaps this could mean the UFC-owned PRIDE would be able to continue it’s Grand Prix in America now. Oh, stupid me. But all hope is not lost … it looks like Strikeforce is hearing the call of every PRIDE fanboy on the internet and is bringing back tournaments:
Scott Coker, who promoted numerous tournaments when he helped promote K-1 kickboxing shows, will stage a four-man tournament to determine the No. 1 challenger for the Strikeforce middleweight title on Nov. 16 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Coker said he has signed Joe Riggs (27-9) and Niko Vitale (24-7) to compete in the tournament and is working on landing two others.
“It is my hope that the winner can fight Frank, and I’ve talked with him about that,” Coker said.
Coker said Strikeforce plans to use the tournament format extensively going forward. He said he plans to have tournaments for the heavyweight and lightweight titles sometime in 2008.
I’ve always been a fan of tournaments … sure they often create unfair finals between a fresh fighter and an exhausted fighter. And sure, it’s easy to skew the results however you want by matching the guy you want to win against a pushover in the first round. But you just can’t beat the drama and excitement of having guys fight more than once over the night. Plus, it’s for the belt which means you get to see all of a promotion’s best fighters in one weight class over the night.
Of course, there’s some problems with Strikeforce’s plans. First, they’re crossing their fingers and hoping Frank Shamrock agrees to fight whoever wins. Frank already seems to have his mind made up that he wants to fight Renzo Gracie again in the spring, so given his slow schedule that might mean the winner of this tournament may be stuck twiddling his thumbs until this time next year. And that’s IF Frank Shamrock decides the winner is worthy of fighting him.
Second, because you’re stacking a card with all your top names in a weight class it’s gonna be a pretty expensive card. Plus you need to have decent depth across several weight classes in order to still have talent to fill your other cards with. Finally, you always run the risk of everyone injuring eachother and having some dude win the tournament by default. Tournaments are a wild and unpredictable thing … you never know what’s gonna happen. That’s why it’s great as a casual fan to see.
Me, I just hope the legitimacy of the tournament system isn’t smashed because Frank Shamrock doesn’t feel like fighting whoever wins.
Is there a bigger bonehead in the UFC than Dan Henderson right now? Dan Henderson, who refuses to drop down to middleweight. Dan Henderson, who wants more money despite the fact that all he’s done is be dominated by Quinton Jackson. Dan Henderson, who thinks he beat Jackson in that fight.
Dan Henderson, who isn’t interested in fighting Tito Ortiz because ‘Tito isn’t the road back to a rematch with Rampage’. Dan Henderson, who doesn’t realize beating Tito Ortiz is all he has to do to get ‘on the in’ with the average US fans. Dan Henderson, who doesn’t realize he’s completely and totally expendable at this point and time. Dan Henderson, who’s also ‘managing’ Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, another fighter who can’t seem to land himself a contract in any organizations right now. Hmmm, I wonder why.
Lookit: I’m not disagreeing with Dan Henderson’s point that UFC fighters aren’t getting paid what they should. But Dan Henderson isn’t one of the guys who should be talking right now because Dan is one of those overpaid PRIDE guys who haven’t managed to win a fight in the UFC yet. These guys are the root of a lot of the angst going around with veteran UFC fighters. In fact, I heard some guy named Randy actually quit over this stuff. How about that, huh?
On the other hand, trying to get Dan to sign a contract with the verbal addendum of “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you” is pretty shifty of Dana White, and this is yet another one of the big issues with the UFC’s pay structure. Relying on the goodwill of your boss to give you bonuses is no way to live a life, and while it’s nice that the UFC is known for handing out the cash on a regular basis, I doubt there’d be many fighters who would be against upping the general payscale and removing random secret bonuses from the equation.
Of course, they aren’t about to say that shit in public because … well, it probably sucks when the secret random bonuses stop. Dan Henderson … I’m not giving him a hard time for daring to stand up for himself. I’m giving him a hard time because he has a very inflated idea of his value and worth in the current market.
The recent merger of Lewis and Roca and Beckley Singleton could result in at least one big winner among their clients: The Ultimate Fighting Championship. The combined firms make for a legal powerhouse of intellectual property protection when the mixed martial arts franchise needs it most.
Lawyers for UFC-parent Zuffa LLC have been busy fighting off the slew of Internet sites airing pirated UFC fight footage. Now the Las Vegas office of Lewis and Roca will have 12 intellectual property lawyers at its disposal.
Kid Nate throws in a note at the bottom of his post that I of all people should be worried about this. Which to me is hilarious. Even if I was doing anything illegal (regarding posting videos etc), it’s not like the retards the UFC hires could do anything about it. Whether they have 7 lawyers or 70 or 700, they’re complete morons who have their heads so far up their asses it pops back out of their necks and they look normal but in reality their heads are up their ass and stuff. Yeah.
Case in point: there’s a website, I hear. A magical place where people are able to get full DVD quality videos of EVERY SINGLE FUCKING MMA EVENT IN THE UNIVERSE. This place is a testament to the fact that a couple of fans who don’t make a cent can put together a better system of distribution than anything a ‘real’ company ever could. The video.ufc.com site is like a Golf compared to the Diablo that is this site.
This site is also a testament to the fact that the guys protecting the UFC’s intellectual property don’t know shit and can’t stop crap. They’re so behind the times that they probably think rejecting content on Youtube is cutting edge. They’re also probably stupid enough to think they can win this fight against illegal content. In reality, fighting this shit will forever be a very expensive game of whack-a-mole. The most they can hope to do is make it more annoying to steal UFC content.
So here’s the sitch, UFC. You’ve got this big law firm that’s just doubled in size and you still haven’t even managed to scratch the surface of the thousands of terabytes worth of illegal content that’s on the internet. Sad fact is the people you’ve hired don’t even know where to look. I do. So do a large number of 17 year old kids who’s parents have locked out all the PPV channels on their TV and think MMA is a sin. We’d help you and all, but yeah … no.
So congrats on your firm doubling in size. You’ll need as many people as you can get to even start to put an iota of fear into the hearts of anyone pirating your content.
I really shouldn’t be making fun of Frank Trigg for his inability to defend a choke. I’m built like a fucking giraffe and couldn’t stop my 3 year old from taking me out, let alone some of the best MMA fighters in the world. But I’m just some douche writing for a blog and he’s a pro MMA fighter. Not being able to defend a choke in his situation would be like me trying to run this site with no damned fingers. And trust me people, it’s hard enough missing one thumb. Don’t ask.
Anyways, it looks like Frank Trigg might be returning to the Zuffa fold. At the moment talks are underway which may see Trigg returning to fight Paulo Filho in December, possibly replacing Jason Miller who seems to be cheating on Zuffa with ProElite every chance he gets. This behavior apparently trumps Trigg’s bad behavior which involved shilling for PRIDE and badmouthing the UFC for the past few years.
My bet is this will be the beginning of many new signings by the UFC going on over the next few weeks to prevent all this new competition from scooping up a lot of talent. And it’s about fucking time too. If the UFC wants to pretend it’s the only major league in town, they really need to step it up and only ditch name fighters like Trigg when they’re worthless husks who can’t even put over a TUF fighter anymore.
I’ll give Mark Cuban a pass on throwing underwhelming events because it’s smart business to start small and work your way up. However, I’m not gonna give him a pass when newspapers print ideas like this that sound like they were developed during a mushroom bender:
Cuban plans to distinguish HDNet Fights with innovations that include live broadcasts in theaters and the use of 3-D. Another addition under consideration is staging a celebrity version.
Okay, the live broadcasts in theaters isn’t too outlandish of an idea. The WWE already does this in Canada and I’ve actually tried to get the rights to do that with UFC PPVs in Montreal. But 3D and celebrity MMA?
The only celebrities you’re going to get to fight in MMA are D-listers who can’t even land a spot in VH1 shows. Dear god, this is a perfect example of history trying to repeat itself. Cuban seems to think he can transfer some of the Dancing with the Stars magic to MMA. Can no one make Cuban watch FOX’s Celebrity Boxing so he can realize how sleazy this concept would actually turn out?
3D … how about concentrating on 2D MMA for now, Cuban? If you’re trying to revolutionize MMA, how about doing it by beating the UFC in conventional means, not with the use of a hokey concept that peaked back in the early 80′s. It’s never gonna get better than Jaws 3D, man. So just drop it.