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.
When rumours started floating around that Jonathan Goulet might be replacing Chris Leben against Mike Swick, I didn’t believe it. Why on earth would Mike Swick go from taking an easy fight that would pay dividends on his career to a potentially tough fight with nothing to gain? And I’m sorry people … after seeing Leben lose to Smelly Starnes, he’s been downgraded in my eyes from tough to tepid.
Jonathan Goulet isn’t exactly anything to write home about either. He’s from Montreal and I love the guy, but since leaving the UFC after losing to Josh Koscheck he’s done little other than lose to Jason ‘Dooms’ Day and torch his relationship with former manager and UFC croney Stephan Patry. So why the hell would anyone agree to this match? Well, it turns out no one did … until Goulet went onto the Sherdog forums and talked smack:
“Ken Pavia, my new manager, called me yesterday and asked me to fight Mike Swick in place of Chris Leben,” Goulet said. “He called me back two hours later and said Mike Swick didn’t accept [the fight], but I don’t think it was Swick [who declined]; I think it was his management.”
After the UFC informed Goulet’s manager the fight did not appear as if it would materialize, “The Road Warrior” took his case to some Internet forums.
“I called David Loiseau, because we were both excited about the [potential] fight,” Goulet said. “He told me to write some things on Sherdog and other forums, and I did. Mike Swick saw what I wrote and accepted the fight.”
Jeez, this kinda stuff just makes me shake my head. I’m often in the trenches banging the ‘Business’ drum, saying this is a real sport and real athletes make decisions with their brains. Fights aren’t booked because of ego or some guy said something about some other guy’s mom. If a fighter ‘ducks’ a fight, it’s usually because the money’s not right or it makes no business sense. And then shit like this happens: Mike Swick accepting a fight because of something someone said on the SHERDOG FORUMS.
Man, I used to really like Mike Swick. When he was talking about dropping to welterweight, I wrote several articles pleading with him not to, because he’d be feeding himself to the wolves. Well now I want to annouce that my affections for Swick have turned. I will no longer keep that 8×10 signed photo by my bed and will not be including Swick in my prayers to Jesus Christ every night. How can I like someone who makes business decisions based on shit written on the internet? Or more specifically, shit on the internet that’s not written by ME? I expected better from you Mike. I expected better.
Because he’s way too chickenshit to accept the fight.
A few days ago Joe Rogan blasted fans that boo and called the Sacramento crowd the worst he had ever witnessed ‘in UFC history’. While I agree the crowd was pretty shit (not surprising considering a third of them were knuckleheads who got in for free), I disagree with the idea that we’re not allowed to boo. There are tons of times fans are allowed to boo, and most are reasonable enough to only boo when someone deserves it:
Bullshit calls: Clay Guida / Tyson Griffin, this one is for you. Let’s get something straight here too … people weren’t booing Tyson Griffin, they were booing the decision itself.
Terrible matches: Sanchez / Koscheck, Sylvia / Arlovski 3, Arlovski / Werdum, Griffin / Ramirez. What, we’re not allowed to let it be known that a bout sucks balls? The average Joe at these shows is shelling out 50-400 bucks on tickets, and that’s not chump change for most of them. When they see guys who aren’t engaging, I don’t blame em for being pissed off. There’s not a sport in the world where people aren’t booed for bad performances. Well, I guess that shit doesn’t fly in tennis and golf. But you get the point.
Inactivity on the ground: Jake O’Brien, Jake O’Brien, Jake O’Brien, and Jake O’Brien. Honorable mention goes to Sean Sherk for not being able to finish anyone either. Now before we go any further, I’d like to say this: I’m a jiu jitsu guy. I love it, I train it, I’m enthralled with the ground game. But what I’m not enthralled with is the wrestling ground game. It’s fucking terrible and boring and stale.
This may not be an accurate statement, but wrestlers are responsible for 99.999999% of all shitty mixed martial arts matches. And yes, they deserve to be booed. This is mixed martial arts. Not wrestling. There’s a reason only college students and child molesters go to wrestling meets … it’s fucking boring. So while the judges may side with these guys because they’ve got their oppenents in full rape position, it’s not anything I appreciate.