I remember a simple time when men were men, women were women, and fighters were fighters. Now you’ve got women dressing up like men, men dressing up like women, and fighters trying to be celebrities. At this point I’ve lost count of the number of MMA fighters who are trying to transition from the Octagon to the O.C.
Latest up to bat is Rich Franklin, who’s trying to get an ‘overcome your adversity through the power of Jesus Christ’ show onto basic cable:
Franklin, 32, a former Oak Hills High School math teacher, will tell inspirational stories about people fighting against the odds, says J.T. Stewart, his publicist. The pilot features Joe Garvey, 21, of Bright, Ind., learning to walk after a crippling ATV accident seven years ago.
Despite the title, “the show has nothing really to do with fighting. But we all fight for something every day,” Stewart says.
Eugh, shoot me in the head. You know, I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen Rich Franklin doing anything UFC-related without a big shiner under his eye and a grouchy look on his face. He’s got the talent and the ability to beat anyone on any day, but honestly I don’t know if his heart is really into mixed martial arts any more.
You would think that he’d be 100% invested in his rematch with Anderson Silva, but instead he’s off doing shows about people ‘beating the odds’. Honestly, the only person Franklin should be concerned about beating the odds is himself against Silva. I’m not dumb enough to think that a fighter can’t manage a few things at once, but this could literally be the biggest fight of Rich Franklin’s life and I think he’s coming into it with a general malaise for the sport.
Consider for a moment this: Rich Franklin loses another bout to Anderson Silva. That’s two losses, the magic number for no more rematches. If Rich Franklin loses this one, there goes his chances of getting another shot for the belt so long as Silva retains. And really, who else is gonna challenge Silva in the anemic middleweight division? Things are so bad the UFC seems to be fast tracking Evan Tanner back into the title mix against Dean Listen. Off the top of my head, he’s the only one with the striking ability to really hang with Silva.
So does Rich Franklin really want to rely on a washed up Evan Tanner making a remarkable comeback and knocking Anderson Silva out? Better to take the bull by the horns now while you have a chance … get your head out of the fucking clouds and back into the ring where it belongs. Because no one in Hollywood gives a shit about a washed up former champion.