There sure was a boatload of controversy surrounding last weekend’s Carano-Evinger match. From the initial weight cut hoopla to that lesbian crap, everything about the match was exciting, except for the match itself. The main topics of conversation after the fight was over were accusations that the fight was fixed, and “what Mauro said”.
I’m not really going to get into the fight fixing thing … suffice to say if Gary Shaw was going to fix the fight he would have had Evinger stand and trade with Carano (like the Tony Fryklund / Cung Le fix .. er, fight). I’m going to attribute Gina’s win to Evinger’s complete lack of jiu-jitsu … she’s a wrestler not a grappler, people. There’s a difference.
Anyways, the other big thing was “what Mauro said”. Here it is in a nutshell:
After Ranallo recounted some questionable comments in their own right from Evinger during the final pre fight press conference that included her proclamation that she’d like to “make out” with Carano but would instead settle for knocking her out, analyst Bill Goldberg attempted to side step the periphery topic (and possibly redirect to the actual events unfolding in the ring at that moment?) by saying “I’m not going to touch that one with a 25 foot pole, Mauro.” Ranallo persisted, however, saying “I’d like to touch it with a 25 cm one but instead we’ll just call the fight.”
Sure, everyone laughed. But afterwards we felt kinda bad for laughing. I’m not really going to go into a deep analysis of why Renallo’s comments were wrong and inappropriate … honestly, I don’t really care either way. What really amuses me about this whole situation is how Renallo is taking all the heat on this, when Bill Goldberg was obviously in on the setup as well.
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: there’s a certain amount of rehearsing and preparation that goes into commentating an event like this. Do you think Mauro Renallo comes up with all those dumb puns off the top of his head? Bill Goldberg can barely string his thoughts into coherent sentences … how likely is it that he perfectly set up Renallo for the greatest comedic slam dunk in MMA history? There’s no doubt in my mind that Goldberg and Renallo thought this bit up beforehand and were waiting for just the right moment to use it.