I’m not one to post shit I read on forums as gospel truth. But I’ll happily post a link to a post where someone else does. That way when this turns out to be bullshit, you all hate on them instead of me!
This link takes you to a supposed conversation fans had with Joe Silva just before UFC 78. There’s a shitload of information, and here’s some notable highlights:
- The Leben/Martin fight was originally supposed to be Tanner/Martin but Tanner turned the fight down ‘with no explanation’ … the fact that Joe Silva wasn’t aware that Evan was in the middle of an alcoholic crash at the time kinda worries me.
- Says they’ve been having trouble getting in touch with CroCop’s management to set up another fight.
- Stated that they didn’t plan to let Yushin Okami leave but his last performance plus crazy contract demands caused him to leave. In other words, “He asked to be paid like a top contender, but we were only willing to pay him like a top boring contender”
- Claimed Josh Barnett was just ‘too much of a pain’ to deal with, and that he’s a big Japan freak so probably wouldn’t want to sign with the UFC anyways.
Anyways, there’s tons more where this came from … just keep in mind that all this could just be bullshit cobbled together by some bored forum monkeys.