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Dan Savern
I do have a passion for the sport and I would like to have a positive influence in the direction of the sport because the bottom line is, you’re taking care of an athlete. I really don’t see that happening with a Dana White at the helm of the UFC. I think they’ve done a lot of good things for the sport, but at the same token, they have a cocky, conceded arrogance that is coming about them and I don’t care for it.

Ken Shamrock
Dana White – and I’m going to prove that today – Dana White only says things that is going to benefit him and hurt others. And they’re not even factual – it’s just things that he makes up and that he says. The last interview that Dana White did was an interview to basically hurt me and put me down and hurt my credibility, and were completely, completely lies.

Randy Couture
I’m tired of being taken advantage of, played as the nice guy and basically swimming against the current with the management of the UFC. I have a lot of other things going on in my life that I’m doing just fine with. I don’t need the problems. I don’t feel like I get the respect I deserve from the organization, and that’s motivation No. 2 for the letter of resignation that was sent today.”

Royce Gracie
I couldn’t find any interviews with Royce but he does make a veiled accusation that the UFC was behind his failed steroid test. But I don’t want to be unfair so for now we’ll just say 3 out of 4, even though I’d bet a few thousand dollars on the fact that Royce also thinks Dana White is a douche.

For those of you who say boxing is dead, boxing sucks, stop talking about boxing, boxing ate my baby etc, take a look at the numbers on De La Hoya vs Mayweather:

The event grossed $165 million overall including pay-per-view, live gate ($18.4 million), closed circuit TV ($1.4 million), sports bar and restaurant rights fees ($4.6 million), and undisclosed merchandise and TV rights fees. To put that number in perspective, Zuffa is believed to have grossed $190 million total last year.

So with one fight, boxing grossed 25 million less than the UFC grossed in an entire year. Yeah, De La Hoya / Mayweather was an anomaly, but it still goes to show you the kind of numbers boxing can draw when they aren’t busy shooting themselves in the foot.

For all his mumbling about ‘feeling fine’ and ‘not being discouraged’ over his recent losses, I have a feeling Chuck Liddell’s greatest opponent is in his head right now. Lots of people are saying Chuck’s been exposed, but I think he’s just not the same guy who was executing motherfuckers in the past.

Proof towards this is the fact that the former champion has been spending some time with self help guru and gigantic tooth monster Tony Robbins:

Tony Robbins took time out of his busy schedule and made a special trip the San Luis Obispo to spend a few hours at THE PIT! WOW! Whatever you want to call Anthony Robbins, a motivational speaker, an inspirational speaker, or a life coach, know this-. he motivates, inspires, coaches, teaches, counsels, he makes you look into you behaviors, your actions your habits, your soul, and he makes you a better person.

I feel Tony’s coaching helped the Pit Master, Chuck Liddell , and THE PIT. This guy is one powerful human and I am so happy he is on our team.

Of course, Tony was at The Pit in August, a month before Chuck’s fight with Keith Jardine. But all that proves is Chuck needs more help getting out of the “Fucking hot sluts” mindset and back in the “Rolling with sweaty men” mindset.

As much as I’d like this Ring of Fire event in the Philippines to be real, I have my doubts. The lineup is just way too retarded, and none of the fighters involved have said anything about the event.

In fact, several of the fighters who have their schedules up on the internet don’t have the event included in their list. I’ve sent myspace messages to several of the people involved but the fuckers haven’t written back yet. I guess this is what I get for talking shit about everyone.   For now I’ll put up the lineup and you guys can tell me if this sounds fishy or not:

Team Shamrock
Coach: Ken Shamrock
Fighters: Evan Dunham, Kyacey Uscola, Vernon White, Ricco Rodriguez, Debi Purcell

Team Gracie
Coach: Royce Gracie
Fighters: Cleber Luciano, Jorge Patino, Vanessa Porta

Team Barnett
Coach: Josh Barnett
Fighters: Koji Oishi, Ivan Salaverry, Erik Paulson, Renato Sobral, Ginelle Marquez

Team Gokor
Coach: Gokor Chivichyan
Fighters: Karen Darabedyan, August Wallen, Rodney Faverus, Goran Reljic, Tonya Evinger

I’ve wondered several times if the UFC is trying to make their middleweight division suck. They’ve lost Mayhem Miller, let Frank Trigg slip through their fingers, and can’t convince Dan Henderson or Mike Swick to return/stay at MW. David Terrell is perma-injured as always, and the only good news is that Evan Tanner has signed a new deal. Although the UFC hasn’t mentioned it on their main page … my bet is they’re waiting a month to make sure he doesn’t do anything crazy.

More bad news comes in the form of another potential middleweight star not signing with the UFC … this time it’s BJJ sensation Ronaldo Jacare. Rumors hit an all time high last month with everyone coming out and saying Jacare had signed with the UFC but obviously he hasn’t because he’s now with crazy motherfucker Wallid Ismail’s Jungle Fight promotion.

To me, this is just another sign that the UFC wasn’t willing to pony up the cash they needed to sign a jiu-jitsu guy like Jacare. While on one hand I understand that you don’t want to sink a ton of money into a guy who’s relatively untested in MMA, I also think you need to take circumstances into account.

The UFC needs middleweight contenders like a diabetic needs insulin. Jacare could easily burn through the division and be ready for a title shot in six months. If he flops, who cares? It’s a few extra dollars but barely a drop in the bucket that is the UFC’s financial intake.

It’s time for the UFC to start putting it’s money where it’s mouth is and pay what it needs to in order to lock up these guys and fix their middleweight division.

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