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.
Since Liddell-Jardine was announced a few days ago it’s been panned across the internet as the least competitive rebound fight we’ve seen in a while. And that says a lot considering Matt Hughes’ rebound was against perennial loser Chris Lytle. Even small-penised Kevin Iole questioned the legitimacy of the match:
White bristled at the notion Liddell-Jardine is not a headline-caliber match. “It is definitely a main event, in my opinion,” he said. “Jardine beat a lot of good guys, and he absolutely deserves to be fighting Chuck. He wouldn’t if Chuck still had the title, but I don’t think he needs to win a lot of fights just to get a fight with Chuck.”
Telling us Jardine-Liddell is main event caliber is like smearing shit on a cracker and calling it caviar. The fight doesn’t even really have many division ramifications. People in the know are already saying Wanderlei / Chuck is going to end up on New Year’s Eve regardless of how this match turns out. And even if Jardine somehow manages to catch Liddell, I don’t see him getting a title shot out of it. Maybe a shot at a shot, but who gives a damn about that?
People care about fights because of ramifications or personality. This fight has no serious ramifications (other than possibly signaling the decline of an aging Liddell), and Jardine has the personality of a paperweight. Will this fight be a slugfest? Yeah probably. Will it be epic enough to justify it’s own existence? I seriously doubt it. Kevin Iole said “The UFC continues to prove it “gets it,” which is why the gulf between mixed martial arts and boxing continues to grow.” I dunno … throwing Liddell into a pointless bout with an outclassed opponent to make some bucks on a PPV reminds me of boxing more than MMA.