Cole Miller was on Between the Ropes radio a few days ago and had this to say about his moronic decision to keep fighting after Joe Lauzon gave him a Chinese Neck Rub:

The interview began with Cole being asked to discus his decision to continue fighting against Joe Lauzon despite receiving a blow to the back of the head. Cole said “I couldn’t really see anything. I was just trying to recuperate so I could get back in there to fight. A lot of people can say that if I didn’t think I should have been fighting then I shouldn’t have gone back in there, but at the same time I didn’t want to look like a punk. It’s very likely that if I didn’t continue I could have been made an example out of, they could have made a “do you want to be an f’ing fighter peaches” out of me and I didn’t want that to happen.” Cole then confirmed that he received a mild concussion and didn’t see straight for a while after the fight.

Didn’t want to look like a punk? Mission accomplished: you surpassed ‘Punk’ and hit ‘Retard’ on the respect-o-meter. I was willing to cut the guy some slack at the time because a punch to the brain stem probably doesn’t stimulate rational thinking, but hearing him try to justify it now is lame. Extra lame points go to the cocksucking doctor on hand who let Cole fight. How hard is it to figure out that the dude couldn’t see five feet past his face? I’ve seen this doctor before … I think he was the one that let Edwin DeWees squirt 2 gallons of blood in Gideon Ray’s face during the Ultimate Fighter 4 (Hostel 2, eat your heart out). I look forward to an inevitable death in the ring and this guy’s incarceration for being an incompetent UFC lackey.

I love ripping on The Ultimate Fighter. Calling someone a TUF fighter or a TUF fan is on par with telling someone their martial arts school is a McDojo or their wheelchair bound dad is a cum guzzling faggot (she deserved it and it was true). Anyways, it’s annoying when articles like this come out that remind people that TUF actually turns out some pretty sweet talent. MMA Torch breaks down the middleweights from Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter: Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Chris Leben, and Alex Karalexis. Not too shabby of a list, although I’ll still slit my wrists the day one of these TUF losers win a UFC belt.

Man, I feel bad for all of the PRIDE guys who rely on fighting to make a living. Being stuck under contract to a company and not knowing when you’ll get a chance to make some more money must be nerve-wracking to say the least. Some of the guys are doing their best to keep busy: Little Nog and Jaochim Hansen are boxing in Europe, and Josh Barnett has gone back to pro wrestling.

It’s nice to see some of these guys staying active, but the reality of the situation is that the UFC has them by the balls. The lucky fighters are being transfered into the UFC and WEC. The less popular / less marketable fighters are stuck in limbo until the ‘New PRIDE’ starts (if it starts at all – word from Japan is that all DSE guys got pink slipped last week). And PRIDE’s roster of older / freakshow / oddity fighters are pretty much fucked.

A big question mark is what will happen to many of the unwanted PRIDE fighters if Zuffa chopshops PRIDE and dissolves the organization. Zuffa is not known for it’s bleeding heart approach to business, and it’s very likely that they will simply hold a fighter’s contract until it expires to keep them from fighting for anyone else. While it makes good business sense, it’s also pretty brutal on a personal level.

The ratings for the WEC are in and it’s a dose of reality:

The pre-recorded WrekCage show which came on at 8 p.m. ET drew a rating o 0.19 (189,000 viewers). The live two-hour telecast that began at 9 p.m. ET drew a 0.39 (416,000 viewers). The Tapout show at 11 p.m. ET recorded a 0.28 (286,000 viewers).

To give you some perspective, The Ultimate Fighter on Spike last week drew a 1.16 rating (1.6 million viewers). Also, the first game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals drew a 0.72 (523,000 viewers) on Versus.

One could make a joke about IFL Battleground doing better ratings (.7), but I have a suspicion that half their ‘viewers’ just leave MyNetworkTV on when they’re gone to keep their house from being robbed. It is kinda ironic that the WEC is now suffering from the same problem every other MMA org suffers from: the fact that the UFC is hot but MMA is not.

Personally I was expecting the show to break a .5 draw. Of course, MMA is my obsession and I buy into the hype like a 13 year old pro wrestling fan. However, the reality of the situation is that the WEC is not the UFC, and everyone still remembers that Versus is just a rebrand of the shitty Outdoor Life Network. Of course, it’s wasn’t so long ago that SpikeTV was known as the Nashville Network, so this could be the first step towards bigger things for the network. It’s also easy to forget that the UFC didn’t really push their little brother very hard. If Zuffa isn’t happy with the way ratings are progressing for the WEC, they have the resources to really shove the product down everyone’s throat.

Anyways, with the positive reaction from the fans and press alike I’m sure the WEC will continue to grow. If my theory is correct, the league will have an influx of talent over the next 3 months which result in slightly more compelling matchups than Faber vs Farrar (fuck you Faber).

The world’s happiest punching bag, Leonard Garcia, is gonna be fighting at the TUF5 finale. This is another smart move for the UFC, who have finally started stacking their TV cards with lesser known but more exciting fighters. As I mentioned in the Stout-Fisher post, this is the best way to make new fans out of casual viewers.

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