Wow. Considering the last Ultimate Fight Night was full of relatively unknown fighters, the UFC really seems to be pulling out the stops for the next one on September 19th. First was the announcement of Din Thomas vs Spencer Fisher. Then all that Mike Swick / Chris Leben drama that ended with Mike Swick fighting Jonathan Goulet over some thread on the Sherdog forums.
Now it’s looking like Chris Leben is back on the card against Terry Marin. Terry’s last two fights have lasted less than 3 minutes combined so it should be interesting to see these guys bang … if Leben still bangs, that is. I’m not gonna give Chris any shit over his loss to Jason MacDonald … Jason’s going to prove he’s one of the top guys and there’s no shame losing to someone like him. On the other hand, losing to Smelly Starnes made me question if Leben really deserves to stay in the UFC.
I guess we’ll find out on September 18th in what’s looking like the biggest Ultimate Fight Night since Tito took on Shamrock. Is the UFC going to consistently put such stellar cards together for free? Perhaps higher caliber cards were part of the rumored new deal between the UFC and Spike. One thing is for sure though: this card will definitely give the next season of The Ultimate Fighter a nice shove off.
Here’s what Dana White recently said during a radio interview regarding Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson. Sam Caplan had the cojones to play the interview back to Tito for his thoughts:
Dana White: The guy (Ortiz), I’m telling you, he’s not the brightest bulb on the porch. He’s a complete moron and what’s scarier is that he doesn’t think he is. He thinks he’s intelligent; he thinks he’s smart and articulate. So that’s a scary combination.
Steve Cofield: Maybe it goes back to Rashad Evans and our comments about Jenna Jameson? Maybe Jenna is too good to him? Maybe he needs a battle axe …
White: That’s two idiots together. That’s even worse, that’s double idiot power right there. That’s his manager, whom I’ve had to talk to on the phone several times and I’d rather talk to this table right here then have a conversation with that moron again.
All I have to say is wow. It’s times like this I wish Dana White was writing this blog instead of me because he seems better at talking trash UFC fighters than I ever will be. Double idiot power? That’s fucking classic. I wonder … is Dana credited on Wikipedia for coining that term?
Tito and Jenna just laughed the comments off, which makes me wonder what the fuck Dana’s gonna have to do to get a rise out of the guy. My suggestion is dropkick his daughter in the face and drive Jenna in the snatch with a golf club or something.
Some people are religious, some are superstitious. I’m all about the mojo. Good in bed? It’s all about the mojo. Closing the big deals? All about the mojo? Winning your fights? Mojo. Writing good blogs on Fightlinker.com? Mojo!
So please don’t think the lack of updates have been because I don’t care or love you guys. For the past few days I’ve been staring at my screen trying to get my shit rolling again. As I’ve said above, it’s all about the mojo and it’s a mysterious thing. Sean Salmon agrees with me. After dropping two fights in the UFC he went out on a quest to find his mojo, and from the tone of his latest post on UFCJunkie.com I’d say he’s found it:
Whether you’re a fan of mine or not (I prefer you’re a fan), I am moving to the top. Jump on board, get out of the way, or get run over. I do not need to hate my opponent to fuel my desire to win; I just need to win from now on. I have a long road in front of me, but that is how I want it right now. I have found The Angry, and I have found my desire to succeed.
My motto right now: “I don’t care how tough you are; my goal is to separate you from your desire to succeed.” That means I’m coming after your ass from the opening bell until the ref pushes me off of you.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Sean, despite the fact that he’s a wrestler. He also looks like a cross between Frankenstein and a not so giant Andre the Giant. That crane kick was pretty whack too. Anyways … in my opinion he was doing pretty damned good against Rashad Evans until he got his head kicked off, and his loss to Belcher was way to quick to draw any real conclusions on his skill. I’ll be keeping my eye on Salmon to see how he develops, and here’s hoping things work out for him.
I’ve made it my mission to track Tito Ortiz’s statements regarding signing with the UFC along with Dana White’s comments regarding Tito Ortiz being a loser. When Tito Ortiz finally leaves the UFC, I’ll post up a graph showing my groundbreaking theorem: that owners who treat workers like shit don’t keep the workers. I’m sure it will be a groundbreaking revelation to Dana White and all executives who have never worked a shitty job for an asshole boss.
Tito Ortiz: The next fight will be my last and then I’m a free agent. Then I’ll make the decision with to stay with the UFC or go elsewhere.
MMANews.com: What are your feelings on that?
Tito Ortiz: My gut feeling is to stay with the UFC, but negotiating with Dana [White] is such a hassle that it could be a waste of my time. It’s such a headache. The guy lies all the time. It’s non-stop. I don’t know. I talked to Lorenzo Fertitta a week or so ago and things went well so I may just work with him and hopefully create a big business venture with him and get it done.
MMANews.com: So you are still having problems with Dana?
Tito Ortiz: Yeah, it’s just one of those things you know? Dana just wants to be a superstar.
Oh, how long ago was it that his Majesty Dana White declared on his gilded throne that nay, no womans may participate in Ye Olde Ultimate Fighting Challenges? I declareth that I know not. However, the time for women in the UFC may be nigh: a smidgeot of information gleamed from a Sherdog article says thusly regarding The Ultimate Fighter:
If September’s season six draws meager attention, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see the series take the inevitable reality TV tact of altering the format. Producer Craig Piligian recently told me that a woman’s edition has already been discussed.
Craig Piligian was the executive producer of the first season of TUF and was basically the ‘reality show expert’ the UFC poached to run the show. While Dana White and Spike TV may not always see eye to eye, Craig Piligian is a serious motherfucker and if he says women are being considered, then they’re being considered. Of course, I wouldn’t break out the lube and tissues just yet. This is but the first of hopefully many more hints the UFC is getting ready to start a women’s division.