For our obvious news of the day, it turns out that former pro football player Johnnie Morton was juicing, and not just a little:
Morton’s test results showed a T/E ratio score of 83.9, which indicates an elevated level of Testosterone. According to CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia, the standard for an athlete is 6.
I have no idea what Morton was thinking trying to get away with this. Did he not realize that he would be tested? He comes from the NFL, which is one of the strictest leagues in major sports when it comes to steroid testing (6 random players per team per week). So you figure he’d be used to either flushing or faking the test. I originally assumed his refusal to take the second piss test was on account of him not having his handy spare urine sample with him at the hospital. Now that his first test came back positive, I really wonder how stupid Morton has to be. But hey, at least he didn’t try to use zombie/animal piss.
Lots of people are complaining about the Michael Bisping / Matt Hamill fight they’ve just announced for UFC 75. While I do admit that it seems like a gimme for Bisping, I’m all right with it. You see, I hate Matt Hamill. No, not because he’s deaf … I hate blind people, not deaf people. It’s because he’s an arrogant wrestler who thinks his amateur wrestling will pave the way for UFC success.
But one thing The Ultimate Fighter showed me about Hamill is one good punch and he turns into the world’s largest vagina. Considering the firepower Bisping brings to the table, I look forward to seeing Hamill get beaten so badly he’ll leave the UFC with his tail tucked between his legs. Hey, if he does come back, I’ll be the first to admit the kid has heart. But I don’t think he does.
I was praying this wasn’t true when I heard about it on the web, but a little research proved it was so: Rich Franklin believes in creationism. Rich Franklin, who was a fucking teacher. Rich Franklin, who the UFC drags out every time they want to prove fighters are smart. MMA’s representative of Smarts believes in Creationism. I have never had a problem with religious fighters … it’s really none of my business. But Creationism is one of those extensions of religion that really pisses me off, not just because it’s wrong but because it’s so completely stupid. I could go on for hours, but I guess we’ll just wait until the next radio show to give Mr Franklin a piece of my properly functioning mind.
This hurts my head.
It was announced yesterday that Mac Danzig will be one of the fighters for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. This is the second time he has been chosen for the show; the first time he was contractually prevented from participating by King of the Cage. One thing no one’s been talking about is that this is yet another PRIDE fighter ending up in the UFC. If rumors of Mach Sakurai (who beat Danzig solidly in PRIDE) fighting Diego Sanchez are true, it’ll pretty much prove that the UFC is plundering all of PRIDE’s best assets.
As a side note, Mac’s a pretty decent photographer. He likes taking pictures of flowers and such. Does that make him less of a man? Perhaps. Is that why he lost his last fight? Could be!
It’s official: there is a rift between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Brazilian Top Team. There was a lot of rumour and innuendo a month ago regarding this, and I’ll give you the Coles Notes on the history:
- Minotauro signed with the UFC without talking to BTT head Murilo Bustamante
- Murilo publically said he thought it was shitty of Minotauro to do this without speaking to them. He said “I will deal with Minotauro after the ADCCs”
- Since hearing this, Minotauro has basically taken the position “I didn’t need permission from you, and until you stop acting like I should have asked, I’m not even going to talk to you.”
- Since then Minotauro has been training with Black House, a new training group which includes Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
Minotauro hasn’t officially switched from BTT to Black House, but at this point there’s no communication between him and BTT heads. He trains with Black House, and my bet is you’ll see Black House guys or Minotauro’s own guys cornering him at UFC73. So effectively at this point, he’s no longer with BTT. As to how this resolves, it depends on if Murilo is willing to back down or not. And you know how Brazilians can be. So I wouldn’t hold my breath. Unless I can hold my breath for 6 months. Which is about how long it’ll take for Murilo to not back down and Minotauro to officially fight for Black House.
There’s also rumblings about that this isn’t the only split going on. Other fighters who’s BTT allegiance is now murky include co-founder Mario Sperry and fighters Ricardo Arona and Paulo Filho. More news on that if I can get anything remotely reliable to report.