ESPN.com has a poll on their main page asking which sports event people are most excited about at the moment. A year ago it would have been mindblowing for the UFC to even be included in this kind of poll. Now not only is the UFC on the poll, but it’s currently WINNING the poll. Not too shabby huh? Now we just have to wait and see if all the new fans end up dropping the IQ of the general MMA community to a new low or not.

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Stephen Quadros points out the same thing I noticed: That Chuck Liddell may not be the same focused fighter he used to be:

From my observation, most fighters who dabble in “acting” and the glitzy life that sometimes accompanies it (clubs, late nights, expensive women) usually start getting their asses kicked inside the (ring or) cage by a hungry soul without an acting career. The “Wild On” lifestyle usually leaves fighters soft, mentally at least, and distracted. Chuck has so far been the exception.

Also, after checking out the videos I posted on Chuck in the last Media Preview, I’m starting to think Chuck has more hype than he deserves. He was rocked in the fights against Overeem, and even Guy Mezger threw a couple that had the Iceman scrambling for the clinch. He really hasn’t faced an opponent with the kind of firepower Jackson brings since … well, since the last time he fought Jackson.

Don’t consider this a straight endorsement of Quinton Jackson though. If Jackson doesn’t come in ready to push the pace and throw leather, I don’t think he’s going to win. But this is definately the best opportunity anyone has had in a long time. Chuck’s head might be somewhere else, and Rampage has the striking ability. One thing’s for sure: this is gonna be a war.

And now I’m really gone till Sunday!

Not only did Gonzaga brutally destroy Crocop in the ring, he stole the fucker’s will to fight completely. Reported all over the net first as a rumour a week ago and now confirmed by many outlets, Mirko Crocop plans to retire once the final 4 fights of his UFC contract are up.

In a recent interview, Filipovic, 32, had voiced his interest in revisiting his former trade with the special police. “It was a great time of my life,” he said. “I’m seriously thinking of returning to my unit after I finish my Parliament duties.” Filipovic has six months remaining on his government term.

Of course, it’s more likely that Crocop is just tired of having to drag his way up organization ladders. First K1, then Pride, and now the UFC. I’d be fucking pissed off too if I iced half of the best heavyweights in the world and then had to start from scatch again. I can also understand why he would undertrain. Where’s the motivation?

Anyways, Crocop is always talking about retiring from fighting, but I think he’s like a junkie: he hates it but he loves it. He’s going to push himself hard to establish a legacy with these last four fights, and then he’ll just get caught back up with the quest to be the #1 heavyweight in the world.

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