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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I piss all over the IFL every chance I get, and it definitely looks like they’re hemorrhaging cash and won’t be around much longer. But this past weekend there was a little glimmer of hope that appeared for the troubled company:
6,977 spectators were in attendance to witness the IFL’s first show in Everett, Washington. The number in attendance was the highest to watch a MMA or boxing event in Washington.
Of course, the real question is how many people actually paid? Apparently their Chicago show stunk balls and tanked pretty badly attendance wise. But is there the possibility that while Battleground isn’t burning up the ratings chart, it’s still creating fans of the IFL who are willing to check out the show when it’s in town?