Well, looks like it’s about as official as it’s gonna be until we start seeing advertising for it: Jens Pulver is on his way to the WEC. This is the second big bit of news broken on Frank Trigg’s radio show. Maybe I should listen to it more often. Or I could cut off my ears, because that radio show sucks.
Fortunately for those who don’t want to listen to the radio show, Loretta Hunt also gives the goods including more info on Pulver’s opponent, Cub Swanson:
A standout on the southern California circuit, Swanson, 23, has shone through in his two appearances with the Zuffa-owned promotion, earning a decision over Micah Miller at his last outing June 3.
“I was given a choice to fight Pulver or Mark Hominick and I chose the first,” says Swanson. “If I train hard and stick to my game plan, I can win this.”
What a ballsy dude. I keep on saying it: People underestimate Jens Pulver because he’s been tooled lately fighting guys who are way bigger than him. It’ll be interesting to see how he does at featherweight, especially since it seems like people are underestimating him.
I love how Roger Huerta continues to get fed UFC virgins, while Clay Guida keeps going up against the baddest motherfuckers in the lightweight division. I really don’t know what to read from that: does that say the UFC really respects Clay Guida’s skills, or they’re just trying to bury him? Are they so unsure of Huerta that they’re not willing to pit him against someone established?
If you did a search on this site for “Joe Silva is on crack”, you’d probably find over 20 posts. Well, 21 now that I’m gonna say it again. I can give the UFC a pass on the Liddell-Jardine fight because their light heavyweight division is kinda shitty at the moment. But there’s no excuse for some of the garbage bookings they’re doing in the lightweight division. Roger Huerta vs Alberto Crane is up there with the recent Din Thomas vs Jeremy Stephens match as one of the most pointless bookings ever.
Let’s see … who will Shogun face first? Forrest Griffin or Lyoto Machida? Well, as it stands no one has any fucking clue. I’ve given up on trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Several Brazilians are saying one thing, and several bald dudes are saying another. All I’m going to say is I agree with NATE over at Bloody Elbow: Machida is much more likely to produce a dull match than Griffin. And Griffin deserves a beating after his shitty bout with Hector Ramirez.
So all in all I give the fightlinker stamp of approval on Forrest Griffin being fed to Shogun.
There seems to be a pattern to MMA news, especially with the UFC lately. At the beginning of the week, one thing will be announced. Then over the weekend, the original news will be refuted. Then two weeks later it will turn out the first news was right. And then I cut my arms with a shard of glass because it helps me forget the pain I feel from reporting SHIT THAT NEVER HAPPENS DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
Last week the word was Mike Swick would be facing Chris Leben, which is actually a pretty sweet matchup, especially for a UFC Fight Night. Combine that match with the Fisher-Thomas bout and that card was looking like a very nice birthday present for me (my birthday is Sept 14th, mark your calendar and be prepared to buy me shit or the website goes down). However, now Swick is saying Chris Leben has pussed out of the fight. Unofficial word from the Leben camp is he is still setting his shit up in Hawaii and just can’t take the fight now. No word yet on if this is really the case or Leben just stealing a page from Wanderlei Silva’s excuse book. Personally, I always go with the “My dog ate my training camp” one.
I’m sure you guys were pretty happy about the news that UFC75 would be broadcast free on SpikeTV rather than PPV. For me, I’m not too happy. The thought of having to sit through hours of commercials for bowflex and fried chicken has me reconsidering my recent decision to stop binge drinking. I swear to god, if your brain isn’t protected by a sheen of alcohol when you’re watching SpikeTV, you are liable to get brain damage.