Rich Franklin doesn’t just beat fighters … he breaks them. It’s interesting to note over the years how many promising guys Ace has derailed. The list includes Evan Tanner, Roberto Ramirez, Edwin Dewees, Jorge Rivera, Ken Shamrock, Nate Quarry, and of course David L’Oiseau. David was one of the hottest things since sliced bread before he took a five round pounding. Now he’s fighting unknowns in the Art of War promotion after washing out of the UFC and EliteXC.
So now we have to wonder if Jason MacDonald will face the same fate as many others have. Or was the curse broken when Anderson Silva gave Rich a hearty bowl of karma flakes? With Jason facing Rory Singer at UFC72, we have our best chance yet of seeing if there really is a curse. After all, is there any other explanation if Macdonald loses to Singer?
We received terrible news recently that the UFC will not approve our sponsorship of welterweight Jon Fitch at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 12, which is less than one week away. No reason was given and the folks who I attempted to contact over at UFC headquarters didn’t respond.
We all know that Dana White doesn’t like Sherdog because the guys running the site are always talking shit about him. But UFCMania is a UFC WEBSITE, it’s sole reason to exist is to talk about the UFC and promote UFC news and information. I’m sure if I took a magnifying glass to the site I’d be able to find the odd criticism here or there but on the whole it’s a rather glowing endorsement of the company and it’s events.
Overall this doesn’t really surprise me, but I feel bad for the guys at UFCMania. I’m sure the last thing they expected was to get ass fucked by the company they pour countless hours into promoting. Me, if Dana White invited me for dinner I’d expect him to stab me in the neck with a steak knife.
That’s just how the UFC rolls: they want to control their image and their news as tightly as possible, and anyone not from an actual ‘mainstream’ news source gets the cold shoulder. They would keep Loretta Hunt out of their press conferences if she didn’t have her Fight Network creds handy at all time. But don’t worry, Loretta … you’re always invited to my press conference where you can ask me hard hitting questions like “How can it be that big?” and “How can one man satisfy so many women around the world?”
When Spencer Fisher was 15 years old, his foundation crumbled beneath his feet. Within the same calendar year, he lost his parents in separate tragedies – his father to a train accident, his mother to a brain aneurysm. Orphaned before he could legally drive, Fisher soon faced the possibility of being separated from his two sisters. His family was on the brink of collapse before his grandparents stepped in to pick up the pieces.
That has to be the worst combo in the world : ‘train accident’ is one of those softened terms that really doesn’t imply how brutal it is. And brain aneurysms are just as bad simply because they tend to come out of nowhere and strike you dead. One minute you’re looking forward to UFC Fight Night, and the next your skull is stitched up like a softball if you’re lucky.
If you hadn’t heard already, all around cool chick and my super secret love-crush Roxanne Modafferi won the 10,000$ K-Grace women’s MMA tournament two weeks ago, beating 3 chicks in one night (hot). I’ve been trying to track down video but it’s proving elusive. Today however I got some pics from the show.
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