Remember a few days ago I was wondering how much control the UFC has over fighters they temporarily release to fight in other promoters? Well, here’s an example of the UFC flexing it’s muscles on the subject.
Lytle was originally slated to face Justin Weiman, who was forced to back out of the fight within the past week most likely due to injury. Lightweight Yunker then stepped in and agreed to fight Lytle at a catch-weight of 165 pounds.
However, Lytle’s camp informed UFCjunkie.com that the fight has been canceled. And according to a representative from Yunker’s camp, there was pressure from the UFC to halt the fight.
Lytle had been granted a temporary leave of abscence from the UFC to fight Weiman (and apparently, only Weiman). And Yunker, who’s won eight of his past nine fights, may soon be signed by the UFC. It’s possible, of course, that the UFC didn’t want to risk either fighter suffering a loss.
The UFC is frickin’ weird. First things are fine, then they’re not. Why Lytle vs Unknown Dude 1 was fine but not Lytle vs Unknown Dude Numero 2 is a complete mystery. Did someone not fill out the appropriate T12 Document for UFC Match Compliance? Or maybe it was that pesky N6 Change of Opponent Notification and Application form. Getting the UFC let you fight seems almost as hard as getting medically cleared in California.
Holy shit. If I ever needed proof that there was a god, I have it now. Through his divine power, we now have a face off between the two creepiest looking dudes in the UFC today: Luke Cummo and Edilberto Crocota. Those of you who have been with us since day one might remember Luke Cummo as the winner of the first annual “UFC Fighter who looks the most like a child molestor” contest. He was looking really good for a repeat until Crocota came out of nowhere and chilled my heart during the prelims of UFC70.
So now we will finally find out what makes you tougher: drinking your own urine or murdering prostitutes in Rio de la Hacha.
Here’s a Jerome LeBanner movie called Scorpion. The preview is actually put together pretty well, but according to one guy on IMDB, the fighting is “worse than Power Rangers”. Hey, maybe they should get Jerome to actually fight a power ranger then! Special thanks goes to maafaka for doin my job for me!
All day today I’ll be posting clips and previews from MMA-related movies. This first one comes care of UFC Countdown, who found this terrible Gary Busey flick “Beyond the Ring” about a dude fighting in a mixed martial arts tournament to pay his daughter’s medical bills.
Perhaps it’s because I’m Canadian, but I just don’t get that. Wouldn’t it be easier to just smuggle the bitch north of the border for treatment? Anyways, if you wanna know more about why America’s health care system sucks you can go watch Sicko. If you want to see some terrible acting and ham fighting, check this out.
I try to stay off the Bodog sites, since I know they’re just using MMA to try and suck me into gambling with them. And the last time I did that a big guy named Vargos showed up at my house to collect. That’s the last time I bet on Frank Mir! Anyways, they have a pretty decent interview with Matt Lindland, who they’ve swindled into signing some kind of long term deal. Perhaps he bet on Frank Mir too? In the interview they go over all the standard bullshit hype for his upcoming Bodogfight against some guy, but there’s also an interesting bit about getting booted from the UFC:
BN: Matt Lindland vs. Rich Franklin. What do you think?
ML: I would beat Rich Franklin pretty bad. My style matches up very poorly for Rich. He wouldn’t know what to do with the kind of fighter I am.
BN: Do you think that’s why the UFC released you from your contract?
ML: Why do I think they released me? I think they were trying to push Rich Franklin. I think that was pretty apparent. I asked for a Ken Shamrock or a Royce Gracie fight, and he was built up. It’s an old pro-wrestling move. It’s called getting him over. That’s what the UFC did with Rich. They got him over by giving him Ken Shamrock and feeding him some other cans and all of a sudden he’s the champ.
BN: Are you pissed off about that?
ML: Why would you want fight to stay in an organization that wants to release you? What you want to do is go and fight for somebody like Bodog Fight who wants you and appreciates you and gives you great opportunities to fight the best guys in the world, and that’s what I did. I’m making more money now, I’m happier, I have an organization that appreciates me and puts me on main cards and makes me a main event.
I wonder how many times we’re going to hear that last sentiment from other fighters down the road. I love the UFC and all, but they don’t always seem like the most pleasant people to work for.