I’m sure many of my regular readers have been waiting for my reaction to the news that Jake O’Brien may have a career ending injury. I’ve made no qualms about hating Jake … I’d rather watch The View or Dutch guys vomiting in each other’s anuses than see him fight. However, I’d also like to say I’m sad to hear his injuries may retire him. He’s boring and I don’t like him, but I’m not a heartless bastard who wishes death and injury on those who practice the ancient art of the human blanket.
Jake, please get better so I can keep talking shit about you. You really suck. Love, Fightlinker.
Today’s business blunder comes from Montreal fighter Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet:
Speaking out recently against his manager and TKO CEO Stephane Patry, Goulet said he feels he has been neglected in recent months. Goulet also believes he will be a champion within the year, regardless of who his manager is, and that he will not fight for TKO again now that his contract is up with the Canadian organization.
Unfortunately, Goulet is forgetting one thing: reality. Stephane Patry is the Canadian Dana White, right down to the ultra-buffed bald head. While he’s not the only way for a Canadian fighter to get into the UFC, he’s definately one of the main guys the UFC turns to for Canadian talent. And Patry is also known as one of few managers the UFC actually likes.
If Goulet hadn’t made a big stink about the split, it may not have been that bad of an idea. Sticking with Patry would mean fighting once every 3-4 months. Now that he’s dropped Patry he’s back at it with two fights in two months. It’s not too far fetched to think a few impressive KOs on the road could bring him back to the UFC sooner. However, when it comes to business I think the best policy is “Slow and steady wins the race”. Another good policy is “Don’t burn your bridges”. ‘Cause you never know if you might have to cross them again, dummy.
Japan has the corner on weird and crazy spectacles. America has the corner on disgusting and controversial ones. This weekend, a guy who everyone knows has AIDS fought a 325 pound amateur in an ‘MMA event with special rules’. How about we all try to pretend this didn’t happen, okay?
The fact that there have been no deaths in MMA is likely due to the fact that participation is still low compared to other sports. Safety stats are often calculated using the indicator “deaths per 100,000 participants.” As MMA participation increases past the 100,000 threshold and beyond, especially among amateurs with less skill and conditioning, a fatality is unfortunately inevitable.
I guess we all just have to cross our fingers and hope no one’s head explodes on live television.
Sean Salmon sure has been doing well for himself lately. No, perhaps not in the ring. But Salmon has something more valuable than wins on his record: A posse. I doubt when UFCJunkie sponsored Salmon, either party expected to create such a buzz for this guy. It’s gotten to the point where the UFCJunkie guys are *apologizing* for hyping up Salmon too much. Have you ever heard of that?
While there may be some truth in the fact that people’s expectations were unrealistically high, the greater truth is this: because Sean Salmon was willing to give average fight fans a really intimate view into what it’s like to be a guy starting out in the UFC, he now has a huge grassroots following. Have you ever seen a guy starting out with this much name power who wasn’t on The Ultimate Fighter?
If you doubt me, notice this: everything Salmon does is reported on lots of major MMA news sites. When he left his UFC contract, it was all over the place. Again when it was announced he would fight this past weekend. And now the results of that fight are heavily announced, with Salmon in the headline.
Sean Salmon has a posse. What he can do with it really depends on how his skills develop.