There’s a couple of hallowed sports rules that must never be broken. Hockey players don’t say “shutout” to a goalie. Baseball players don’t say “No Hitter” to a pitcher. And Dana White shouldn’t say “If X happens, then Chuck vs Wanderlei will happen”. Of course Dana White is a fucking knob, and that’s exactly what he said:
Chuck Liddell’s next opponent will be Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva if the former light-heavyweight champion gets past Keith Jardine on Saturday night.
“Everyone’s been talking about Liddell vs. Wanderlei forever,” White said. “Obviously that’s the fight that makes sense, it’s the fight that everybody wants to see.
I rag on the Japanese a lot, but the one thing I can’t shit on them for is setting up fights people want to see. No matter how ridiculous or stupid they might seem from the point of standings and rankings, if the Japanese wanted to see Fedor fight a big fat guy or some former game show host, it would happen. That often sucked for us American fans because we just want to see the best fight the best. But in this case, I’ll make an exception:
No matter what happens, Chuck vs Wanderlei has to happen. And soon. Neither of these dudes are spring chickens anymore and it’s safe to say that the salad days of their careers are probably over. The next crop of younger, stronger, more determined athletes has come along, and that’s all there is to it. So please for the love of God, Dana: stop putting conditions on this fight. Just make it happen this December. Because now that you’ve said “If Chuck beats Keith, this will happen”, it’s not going to happen. You’ve just jinxed Chuck. Thanks a lot, jerkface.
Thank God for Chuck Liddell. Today has been a completely boring day as far as MMA news goes. When the top story is that there’ll be weigh-ins tomorrow and a replay of EliteXC on Saturday, you know shit is slow. But we can always rely on more pics of Chuck Liddell engaged in totally awesome debauchery of one description or another. How long till a sex tape? Two years, tops.
You can add Nate Quarry vs Pete Sell and Kenny Florian vs Din Thomas to the list of fights Mario Yamasaki has let go on too long. There’s nothing like watching a fighter spread eagle on the ground receiving a leaping punch to the face. Or a fighter lying face down with his hands over his face getting played like a taiko drum.
And please people, don’t think this is me not liking the violence. I fucking love it. The UFC is all about getting drunk and watching people inflict violence on eachother. If I couldn’t get that from SpikeTV, I’d probably be out at the women’s shelter screaming and kicking in doors. When things seem out of control in my life I enjoy imposing control on others. That’s my ‘thang’, you dig?
So yeah, I love to see that kinda stuff, and Mario’s always good for letting it happen. Sooner or later someone’s gonna die and that’ll be really great for the sport. I can’t wait for that day … maybe it’ll be good for my site traffic!
Garth from Flying Guard Pass has put up a post going into detail on the 10 point must system, which I’ve always found weird. Why is it ten points when the biggest differential between one guy and another is two points? Why the hell don’t they just make it a 2-point must system instead? Are low numbers just too lame? Is it so Mauro Renallo can make 10-inch must jokes when Gina Carano’s fights go to a decision?
Anyways, I’ve said in the past that the problems we’re having are judging problems and not scoring problems. Why in God’s name are we trying to dummy proof a system when we should just be telling dummies to fuck off? Everyone understands that a close fight can go either way … that’s just how things are. However, the controversy here is when a good 90% of the watching public completely disagrees with an obviously bad decision.
MMA isn’t rocket science. Okay, sure there’s a lot to take into account but even the average joe can get a general idea of how a fight is going and who’s winning. The current judging criteria is about as clear as it can be without going down the path to hell and counting every punch, kick, and shoot.
Honestly, why all the hate towards the 10-point must system? When you boil it down to it’s bones, it’s pretty straight forward:
- Fighter X won this round
- Fighter X dominated this round
Those are the only two options. And I guess that’s why people aren’t happy: There’s a lot of cases where a round is too close to call, or a tie. But seriously people, what the hell do you want? Do you enjoy ties? Was the result of Tito Ortiz vs Rashad Evans pleasing to you? Granted that was a tie for point deductions, but once you allow for ties strictly from the scoring criteria, you’re gonna have TONS of ties. And that would suck the world’s largest dong.
So in the end I say this: Don’t change the point system. Don’t start counting different kinds of attacks and defenses. The system is fine as it is. It’s the retard judges that are fucking things up. Set up some kind of accountability system for that, and the problem is solved.
Up here in Canadia-land we’ve got some good stuff going on, like the tv show Off the Record with Michael Landsberg. Sure Michael looks a bit creepy and sounds like Mauro Renallo’s more successful big brother. But damn does this guy get some good guests for his show. This show here which you can watch in it’s entirety features Royce Gracie, Fight Network president Mike Garrow, and some boxing dudes.
It’s really interesting to hear guys that aren’t just spouting rhetoric and soundbytes regarding the whole mixed martial arts versus boxing debate. It’s also interesting to hear Royce Gracie accuse the UFC of a conspiracy to destroy K1 and tamper with his urine. Despite that crackpot shit, Royce comes off as a simple guy who just wants to fight no holds barred. Sucks for him that the sport he launched has taken off and turned into something else. Ah well, there’s always Japan … they let people do anything.