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.
One of the human race’s biggest problems is having an attention span of approximately 40 seconds (coincidentally, this is how long it takes to get their food served at McFatty’s). One of the stories people have forgotten was that Ken Shamrock wants to fight in the UFC again, and has sent a proposal to Dana White. This was two weeks ago, and since then there hasn’t been any information whatsoever on what’s happening with this. I just thought I’d bring it up in case someone with connections reads this. I hear Ken Shamrock is a popular guy or some junk, and some people might be interested in knowing. Kinda.
I’ve already shared my thoughts on PRIDE execs offering Rampage Jackson more money to sub out to Sakuraba. Now there’s more interesting news coming out. First, here’s Mauro Renallo with his view on the situation:
Mauro was Pride’s play-by-play announcer for several years and has a strong knowledge of how the company did business. He said there was a six-month period in Pride where fighters were offered bonuses if they lost via ref stoppage from strikes or a submission. The idea behind the bonus wasn’t to get fighters to take dives, but to entice them not to quit in order to make the fights more dramatic. The clause never served its intended purpose and that was it.
To counter this is KOTC promoter, Terry Trebilcock (haha cock) who got Jackson the gig and was in Japan with him:
“When Quinton got there, one of the guys that I sent directly there with him was with him when he was approached by [the two PRIDE executives] and offered an additional $2,000 to lose the fight by submission,” Trebilcock said. “To my understanding from both Quinton and my guy who I sent over there with him, that is what happened.”
Now we’ve got lots of people saying “Oh this is just a big misunderstanding”. Sure, there’s wiggle room here but you have to be an idiot to believe the official PRIDE line. “Entice the fighter not to quit?” Yeah right. Next on our “OMG Pride wuz Corrupt” story is further word from Terry Trebilcock (haha cock) that the PRIDE guys switched the weight requirement last minute, which is something they’re known to do often:
“There were a few things regarding that [fight] that were a little bit funky,” Trebilcock said. “We came to an agreement with PRIDE to go ahead and put him against Sakuraba – [the agreement] was for him to go over there and fight Sakuraba at 205 pounds. He got over there, they changed the weight class – I think it was  pounds they tried to get him to fight at – and force a 15-pound additional weight [cut] that he couldn’t make, then let him sit in the sauna. That was never in the contract originally.”
Rumor is they also tried to force Jackson to fight with one arm tied behind his back, but this was nixed because it was ‘too obvious, even for dumb PRIDE fans’.
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If you’re already jonesing for more MMA after last night’s amazing UFC Fight Night, look no further than the Versus channel tonight, Wednesday June 13th. This week’s WEC WreckCage show features Jason “Mayhem” Miller’s debut against Hiromitsu Miura in what I’ve heard is an amazing display of brawling and grappling with several kicks to both fighter’s nuts. And you know how we love our low blows here!