Well, my hat is off to the UFC. For all the keyboard kommentating prior to the event that MMA is over saturated and UFC75 wasn’t getting any mainstream attention, they sure did pull a pretty impressive number of viewers:
UFC 75 was the most watched mixed martial arts event ever in North America, drawing 4.7 million viewers, Spike TV officials said in a news release Tuesday.
The Sept. 8 event from the O2 Arena in London, England, featured UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson (Pictures)’s win over PRIDE champ Dan Henderson (Pictures) in a title unification bout. Airing delayed on Spike, the telecast peaked at 5.6 million viewers during Jackson’s battle against Henderson.
It was a damned good card to top out with too … a solid 5 round bout between Quinton Jackson and Dan Henderson plus some sick wins from Marcus Davis, Houston Alexander, and Jess Liaudin. From a casual point of view I dunno how the whole Hamill screwjob went over, but you have to imagine all those white collar slaves working 9-5 were talking about it by the water cooler on Monday.
I’m sure by now you’ve all heard the headlines that Terry Martin is suing the police for falsely arresting him. Basically, remember that scene in Crash where that dude fucks this crippled girl’s gaping wound? That was so awesome. But that has nothing to do with this. But in that other movie which is also called Crash, there’s these cops played by Matt Dillon and Ryan Phillippe who call this black dude a bunch of racial shit and then get all touchy with his wife. That didn’t really happen here either, but close enough.
Well, rather than freaking out and getting his head blown off or bottling the issue up inside and releasing it on white fighters across the UFC, Terry decided to go to the police station and report the incident. Which is “the right thing to do”. Of course, sometimes when you try to do the right thing, you get arrested by the same corrupt cops and hit with bogus charges.
Again, Terry did the right thing: he didn’t get himself shot by the cops and he didn’t decide to take it out on whitey in the ring. Instead, he hired Blake Horowitz, who has already milked over two million bucks out of the Chicago PD for corruption and racism. So now the only question is if Terry’s going to continue fighting in the UFC after winning his suit, or if he’ll just retire and live on a big pile of money, being fed grapes by the same corrupt racist assholes that cost a whole bunch of non-racist citizens their tax money.
Ever since Jordan Breen left his independent blog and turned to the dark side of the force, there’s been something of a void when it comes to dependable daily doses of Japanese MMA news sprinkled with commentary. Zach, posting one line about something and linking it to a Japanese article doesn’t count. Fortunately, my new favorite site for that shit is Nightmare of Battle. Don’t be fooled by the terrible layout … the guy’s pretty sharp.
Today’s big news is that HERO’s Sept 17th show has added two potentially explosive matches to satisfy ignorant gaijin like me : Alistair Overeen vs Sergei Kharitonov and Fabio Silva vs Melvin Manhoef. That brings the number of matches up to twelve! Oh those wacky Japanese, always overcompensating.
The rest of the card is stacked with Japanese fight royalty: Sakuraba, Minowa, and Kid Yamamoto. The fact that they’re all in pushover matches is kinda annoying, but it’s still nice to see a HERO’s card with at least some compelling matches. This card also features the finals of the middleweight tournament, which is interesting if you care about guys like Caol Uno and Vitor Riberio. In other words, no it is not interesting.
Overall, I’d say this is possibly HERO’s best card since their inception. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but could this be the start of their plans to fill the void left by PRIDE? I certainly hope so!
According to ADCombat.com, there’s going to be a press conference tomorrow in Dallas to give everyone the scoop on Mark Cuban’s new MMA venture. As I mentioned before, Cuban’s HDNet already has tons of MMA on it, but it looks like he’s ready to dive into the sport and start making some waves. On hand will be Cuban, Guy Mezger, and “Main Event fighters for inaugural card at the American Airlines Center”.
So because I love speculation, lets see: Dana White was dumb and released Ken Shamrock. Ken Shamrock is butt buddies with Guy Mezger. Guy Mezger is now in charge of Mark Cuban’s MMA project. Can we expect a Shamrock sighting at the conference tomorrow? I’m not a betting man (losing both pinkies turned me off it), but if I was, I might put a few bucks down on yes.
Oh, and for all you aspiring MMA bloggers, here’s your chance to get in on the actions and ask the right questions. ADCombat.com never seems to remove the media call phone numbers from their articles, so if you want to try and bust in on that shit, go do it. I managed to get in on the EliteXC conference call that way but all I did was breathe heavy and fantasize about Gina Carano.
It was one year ago today that Mirko Crocop won the PRIDE Absolute Grand Prix tournament by punting Wanderlei Silva’s head into the bleachers and pounding out an exhausted Josh Barnett. Oh how things can turn around in a year.