Sometimes shit is cursed. Today has been a cursed day for me … right from 12:01 it’s been a pretty big clusterfuck and to top it off I just managed to piss all over myself when I went to the bathroom. Ah well, at least I’m not cursed like UFC 78 is apparently cursed. If you thought things couldn’t get worse for that show, you were wrong! Well, you could potentially be wrong. Karo Parisyan’s opponent Hector Lombard may not be making the show due to America hating Cuba.
Let me take you back to a simple time when Red White and Blue = good, but just Red = bad. An upstart ruler by the name of Castro decided he’d rather deal with the Russians who were willing to trade with him instead of the United States of America who just wanted to overthrow him. Selling sugar to the Russians is good but selling real estate to them for nuclear missle silos is even better.
Thus ensued what’s known as the Cuban Missile Crisis and since then the USA has been kinda touchy about dealing with Cuba and Cubans. Nuclear proliferation 90 miles off the coast of Florida will do that to a relationship. That in a nutshell is why Hector Lombard, a Cuban expatriate living in Australia, can’t seem to land a permit to fight in the US right now.
On Monday, the fighter’s American representatives told Sherdog.com that in spite of Lombard’s difficulties they remain hopeful he will be granted a P1 visa, which is available to athletes and entertainers coming to the U.S. to participate in internationally recognized events for a U.S. employer.
I wouldn’t hold my fucking breath. Will US Customs consider a UFC event as an ‘internationally recognized event’? Will US Customs even consider a UFC fighter as a ‘athlete’? Are there a group of people with tighter sphincters than the people running US Customs? I think not. Between this being an ultimate fighting event and Lombard being a dirty commie, I give him a snowball’s chance in hell of getting his paperwork through in time.
Sooooo … I wonder who Karo’s gonna fight if Lombard is off the card?