Any question that Dana is a total Pride ‘mark’ (terminology used by pro wrestling fans to denote total retard fanboy adoration) has been blown away by the whole OMGBBQ WE SIGNED WANDY thing. There’s the official article, the official video, the official email … I was half expecting Dana to phone me squealing like a girl who was just kissed by Ricky Martin.
The interesting thing about all this is that for the past year, Dana White has been trashing Silva every chance he got, calling him washed up, devalued, over the hill, and on and on and on. But there’s no mistaking that gaa-gaa gleam in his eye as Wanderlei signed his 4-page contract.
And hey, a 4-pag contract? I would have expected UFC contracts to be a 200-page manual the figther signs with his own blood. And then when the pen leaves the page, the signature explodes with golden light and a ball of energy gets ripped out of the fighters chest and goes into Dana’s hand. Ya know, just like in the Little Mermaid when Ariel signs her voice away to Ursula the sea witch.
I’m on a plane to Tennessee, so no more jollies for you until tonight. I know, things have been so out of whack lately. But as I mentioned in the last post … September is going to be a goooooooooooood month
Boy oh boy. After nearly two months of starvation, the MMA buffet is apparently open for business again, starting next week. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got:
- August 24th: ShoXC: Joe Boxer vs Krazy Horse
- August 25th: UFC74: Gonzaga vs Couture
- September 1st: Art of War 3: Pedro Rizzo vs Jeff Monson
- September 5th: WEC: Jens Pulver vs Cub Swanson
- September 8th: UFC75: Rampage Jackson vs Dan Henderson
- September 15th: EliteXC: Robbie Lawler vs Ninja Rua
- September 17th: HERO’S: Middleweight Grand Prix
- September 19th: UFN11: Kenny Florian vs Din Thomas
- September 22nd: UFC76: Chuck Liddell vs Keith Jardine
- September 22nd: Cage Rage 23: Mark Weir vs Paul Daley
My birthday is September 14th … I’ll let you guys know where to send the presents. However, if by some fluke you don’t send any, then fuck you. The Gods of MMA have decided to bless me (and you all by association) with perhaps the craziest month of MMA ever recorded! Rejoice!
What a shitty time for Bodog. First they basically get told to fuck themselves by their Russian partners, and now their shitty TV deal is about to go bye-bye as well. Combine this with all the other bad news swirling around the promotion and you have to wonder how long Bodog is going to be sticking around at it’s current level.
BodogFight has always been something of a very expensive marketing ploy to expose people to Bodog’s main product. Think of Bodog as an octopus, where it’s got many arms (MMA, music, tv) but one body: gambling. Actually, an octopus may be too similar to an octagon, so perhaps we shouldn’t make the comparison or Dana White will sue.
With the explosion of MMA in the United States, it made perfect sense for Bodog to jump on board and use our scene as a vehicle to make their brand known. And it’s worked pretty damned well … half the MMA sites have deals to sign up users to bet on fights, and there’s barely a day that goes by without one article or another regarding Bodogfight. And trust me … those articles are just like free ads to a company like Bodog.
Anyways, everything started coming apart around 9 months ago with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, designed specifically to sink foreign organizations like Bodog. While online gambling has always been illegal, this act finally gave authorities the ability to kill a huge chunk of the action by revoking Bodog’s credit card processing. This hasn’t stopped the company dead, Forbes has estimated Bodog’s net worth has been cut almost in half since the act came into power.
So how does that affect you and me? As mentioned before, Bodog products aren’t just Calvin Ayre’s vanity projects. They are all designed to draw people like you and me into ‘the Bodog lifestyle’. Now that people in the US are no longer allowed to do the gambling portion of that lifestyle, there’s no longer much reason for Bodog to continue spending as much money and effort on marketing to us.
Here’s an oldie but a goody: apparently back in 2001 Brock Lesnar was arrested for receiving steroids in the mail:
Hit with a trafficking in controlled substances charge, Lesnar was exonerated when tests showed that the seized pills were not, in fact, steroids. While a Louisville detective told TSG that the material was some kind of growth hormone, Lesnar’s defense attorney, Scott Cox, characterized the confiscated pills as a “vitamin type of thing.” According to Cox, officers seemed “very apologetic” when lab results cleared Lesnar. It is unclear how investigators concluded that the parcel sent to Lesnar may have contained illicit substances.
Hmm … let’s see. Did the 400 pound man use human growth hormones or just a lot of vitamins? I seriously have to get me some of the shit these guys are using. I’m like 220 pounds, but I look more like Butterbean than Brock.