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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.

Just sayin’

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.

Josh Barnett had some interesting things to say during an interview with Sam Caplan:

JB: Well, some of those offers I mentioned are smaller promotions that might not be aware of just how expensive the top level guys are. Especially if it is that you read a CSAC or NSAC report following a bout and they say “Joe Schmo made $100 to fight.” Well, often he didn’t make — well, he did make $100 to fight but somewhere in the back he’s getting paid an extra $100 maybe $200 on top of that in addition to whatever it may be for pay-per-view. I even had to explain to a guy “You know I think you know what the top guys are getting but that’s not what they’re getting. They’re getting a lot more than you think they’re getting.”

I suppose this confirms what lots of people have always thought: what’s given to the athletic commissions isn’t always an accurate depiction of what a fighter is really getting paid. Of course, there’s still a lot of question marks surrounding the ‘under the table’ payments. Is this the kind of pay all fighters are getting, or just the top ones? Are these guys really getting double the pay this way? Is this just how it was in PRIDE or does this go for other promotions as well? Why would major promotion companies create a huge conspiracy to make it seem like they’re underpaying their fighters?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the statement from Royce Gracie regarding why he didn’t spend a day or two dealing with the steroid accusations from last month:

“Well, I fight once a year anyway and it’s much cheaper to pay $2500 in fine then $10,000 retainer to attorneys alone. As for my fans, those who believe me, believe me anyway, and those who don’t, does not matter what I do, or what I say, they will not believe anyway.”

Yeah, a 2500$ fine is cheaper than fighting the ruling, but is it cheaper than the therapy Royce’s kids will have to go through? Coming to terms with the fact that your dad is a fucking sham seems like it could take several years worth of sessions.

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