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I love how Mark Cuban is talking about ‘legitimizing’ the sport of MMA and at the same time contemplating a partnership with the WWE:

“We’ve been in discussions with the WWE, Vince and Linda McMahon and Shane about doing some cross promotions under the HDNet Fights banner,” said Cuban. “Since they do a great job of putting together events, within some of the restraints that I talked about, the no ring girls and obviously the events have to be straight up, there’s no scripted anything, but they want to get into that side of the business. They realize that if they just brand it as WWE, that people aren’t going to believe that it’s not scripted, but if they work with Mark Cuban and HDNet Fights and the Dallas Mavericks approach, then people will trust it.”

I’m always conflicted when I hear rumors that the WWE wants to move into MMA. The responsible adult in me thinks it’s a horrific idea that will result in the end of civilization as we know it. But the kid in me would kill to see the crazy shit that would happen as a result.

Michael Bisping being the world’s largest douche at the post-UFC75 press conference certainly takes on a new angle with the news that just minutes before he hit the stage his dad was being attacked by hooligans in the 02 parking lot:

“Nobody knows what happened before the press conference” he told us, “Just before I walked in, I got a phone call saying that my dad had been attacked in the car park by several people.” Bisping tried to come to his father’s aid, but was unable to find him. “A security guard came down on a moped and I jumped on the back of the moped and we were flying around looking for him and we hit a road block.” Not the ideal situation to meet the press after a controversial decision. So when reporters suggested he lost the fight, Bisping lost control a little bit. “It wasn’t the right thing to say, but there was things that went on beforehand.” he explains, “The guys that asked the questions, I apologize to them but I had just been in a spin for the last 10 minutes.”

You can read Bisping’s full account on his site. It’s too bad that no one is really picking up or running with this story … it certainly makes Bisping’s behavior a bit more understandable. I’m actually amazed that he went to the press conference at all. If it was a choice between a press conference and my dad’s safety, I’d choose the press conference too. But that’s because I fucking hate my dad and hope he dies of AIDS or whatever painful disease is ravaging Africa right now. But I would have to assume the average person wouldn’t ditch their dad for a press conference.

There’s not a lot of details on that, or why Bisping’s dad was targeted. If Bisping Sr. was talking smack out there like Bisping Jr. was in the octagon, perhaps that explains a few things. Even though Bisping was the ‘hometown boy’, a lot of people at the event were seriously pissed at the results. Plus I hear that since the Bispings aren’t from London but Surrey, that could have had something to do with it too. Fucking British … seems like if you live in an area with a different soccer club, they’re liable to lynch you.

Yesterday I had mentioned that Joe Riggs was done with Zuffa and was showing up on the Strikeforce Playboy mansion card. At first I thought he had been dropped because he had pulled out of a bout last minute with injuries. But it turns out now that Riggs *asked* to be let go, and not in the ‘I need to walk the earth’ way, and not in the ‘I need to kill some poor bastards in carnival leagues’ way either.

Joe Riggs (26-9) has no problem fighting for any promotion, as long as he gets a little respect. The seven-time UFC veteran says he recently asked promoters Zuffa LLC. to release him from a four-fight co-promotional contract with its sister organization World Extreme Cagefighting to pursue more lucrative offers that would entail less fights.

Earlier that year, Riggs says the WEC had unceremoniously stripped him of his middleweight title with little reason other than the promotion had too many title bouts scheduled for a card Riggs ended dropping off from.

“They didn’t strip [featherweight champion] Urijah Faber or [light heavyweight champion] Doug Marshall, whoever he is, and then they let a fighter I already beat fight for my title,” says Riggs.

I can’t really comment on Joe’s specific gripes because I don’t know enough about them. But from an outsider’s point of view, Zuffa seems to have treated Joe Riggs pretty well. They allowed him to bounce back and forth between the UFC and WEC so he could defend his WEC title (remember, this was before the UFC owned WEC). When Karo Parisyan was injured and lost his title shot, the UFC tapped Joe Riggs to replace him. After a devastating loss to Mike Swick, they gave him a soft rebound fight with Jason Von Flue on national television. Then they gave him a headlining fight on an Ultimate Fight Night against Diego Sanchez!

Honestly, I really don’t know what else Zuffa could have done for Joe Riggs other than massage his balls while deep throating his cock. So while I can understand why he would leave the WEC fold to fight easier opponents for similar cash, I can’t agree with Rigg’s assessment that he ‘got no respect’ from Zuffa.

For all the slack I cut on the UFC underpaying their fighters, there are a few feel good stories that emerge from the pile of broken dreams. In this case, the story is about Jason Lambert. Lambert’s opponent Wilson Gouveia had to pull out of their September 22nd bout with a busted nose, and now Lambert is stuck without an opponent for the show:

“Jason is in fantastic shape and ready to go,” said his North County Fight Club manager Jeff Clark Monday. Clark says his client has been instructed to stay fight-ready for the 205-pound heavy Sept. 22 event in case of a dropout.

“The UFC was generous enough to offer Jason his show money if he comes to the event prepared,” says Clark. “I think it was respectful of them to recognize that Jason had put a lot of time and effort in up to this point.”

That’s a pretty decent step up for the UFC to still pay Jason despite the fact he’s not getting to fight. Realistically the chances of another light heavyweight pulling out this close to the wire is nearly zero, so it’s more of a goodwill gesture than anything else. No word yet on if the UFC will also help out Gouveia at all with his medical bills, training expenses, or general cost of living. But hey … fuck him right? Bastard hurt himself.

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