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WEC 51 and the Fickleness of MMA Media

When someone breaks your heart – or, alternately, chains it to a car bumper and fills up the tank – you really only have two options.  You can’t go back in time and choose your match differently, you can’t retroactively change the venue, and you sure as hell can’t control anything beyond your own actions.  So, you can cry in your milk and dwell on the past, or you can get out there and start looking for your next distraction.

I wasn’t as disappointed by UFC 119 as it seems most other MMA writers were.  I enjoy competitive fights in which the winner is yet to be determined.  I don’t consider the fighters puppets that I pay to see dance in a way that pleases me.  I understand that this is truly the oldest of sports, and that whereas previous generations had to get off their asses and trek to an arena to witness it, all I have to do is click a few buttons on my remote or look up from the bar after paying a cover.  And I’m happy – thrilled – to do it.  We all should be.  That doesn’t mean MMA, or Zuffa, is perfect, optimal or beyond improvement.  I’m just sick and tired of the negativity that saturates the coverage of this sport.

A fighter that is in the conversation for best pound-for-pound fighter on Earth is fighting tomorrow.  A rematch of the fight of the year (according to multiple critics) will happen tomorrow.  A fighter formerly in the pound-for-pound debate will be attempting to rebound.  The two participants in the front runner for this year’s fight of the year will be competing.  Damacio Page, Antonio Banuelos and, potentially, the most meaningful international fighter in America today are on the fucking undercard tomorrow.  Me?  I have a ticket, a group of people to go with and a personal stake in the success of one of the fighters on the card.  I’ve been waiting for this card since it was announced, since it’s an hour away from me.  But what about you?  How would you guys, even those of you that reliably check up on the scene, be aware of this amazing card?

The WEC just doesn’t fail to deliver.  While I accept that not every fight/card can be a barnburner and that, sometimes, statistical anomalies can and do occur, every single WEC card has multiple redeeming qualities.  It’s uncanny.  But the focus hasn’t been there – it’s been on Mir/Cro Cop stinking, “I disagree with a closely contested decision!” and, yes, the possibility that there’s just too much gosh darn MMA these days.  I am so sad to see the single worst argument put forth by Josh Gross earlier this year making a comeback.  I missed the Dark Ages, but does no one remember them?  Isn’t that a more frightful possibility than “oversaturation” (also known as “growth”)?

As a reader, I’m more interested in fight breakdowns, hypothetical match making, behind-the-scenes news and Gabriel Gonzaga’s YouTube page.  As a writer, it’s both tempting and exhausting to simply run around and put out fires, refuting bad argument after bad argument.  I vow to try to do better, and I’m going to do my best to give you guys a killer write up of the event.  The fighters competing in Broomfield tomorrow deserve it.

  • CRM_Stephen

    I agree with you, but I just can’t stop reading that first paragraph and wondering… Whaaat?

  • subo

    Like you haven’t been there.

  • shawn


  • agentsmith

    Damacio Page is fighting at WEC 52 on November 11, not tomorrow night.


    Shuuuut up subo. Jesus christ. If any other organization put on a sub par card whose main event(s) blew donkey balls you would be alll over that shit saying how they fucking suck and ufc is amazing. Get the fuck over it, the ufc isnt always amazing, sometimes they suck too.

    I will agree that WEC 51 is the fucking tits. I’ve been waiting soo long for this card, i really dont care about the 50 bucks i blew on 119 because this card is free. This card, in my opinion, is card of the year. And even if you dont think its card of the year(point out to me another card that is this stacked, top to bottom) its fucking free!! Its amazing that a card that could even be in consideration for card of the year is free. I cant fucking wait!

  • Omomatta

    I have a boner that won’t go away until at least 11:30 tomorrow night. This card is going to be sick. I can’t wait!

  • subo

    Mir/CC >>>>>>> Hendo/Babalu as far as headliners go. And CC was a late replacement for Nog.

    I meant Mike Brown, not Damacio Page. They look alike, you know.

  • glassjawsh

    @ HYHYPT – “point out to me another card that is this stacked, top to bottom” it all depends on your perspective homie. some people look at a card and think that it will be awesome because all the fights have the possibility to be exciting (I was more geeked for UFC 110 [cain v nog, wand v bisping, stevenson v sotiropolous, bader v jardine, cro cop v rothwell] than i was for UFC 114 because of this) other like star power (UFC 112 for example had gracie v hughes, bj v frankie I, and anderson silva fighting)

    but you’re a bear for the little guys (of whom i tend to care about less) so it’s understandable that you’d be geeked for this show.

    @subo – i actually care more about hendo than i do mir and even before the mir/cc fight sucked I figured hendo v babalu would be a much better fight. life must be so odd looking through those UFC colored glasses, I imagine its shaded like dana’s bald head

  • lukustra

    Wow. I literally had to make an account to finally be able to shit on you. Hendo was actually the one that brutally KTFO Bisping and I don’t even know how you confuse that shit as it was on the biggest card.. ever, and one of the sickest one punch knockouts… ever. Hendo almost ripped Shields jaw off in the first round in his strikeforce debut and had the dude hanging on by a thread, gassed, then got dry humped (literally, Shields did nothing that fight) for the remaining 4 rounds. I haven’t missed a UFC card in years and Cro Cop is my fucking wallpaper on my computer and I skipped UFC 119 because of how poor that card was. You’re possibly the biggest UFC fanboy I have ever had the displeasure to read. Strikeforce continues putting out good cards with exciting fighters top to bottom consistently even with the UFC around, something no other non-zuffa promotion can do in the states. This WEC card is so kick ass it makes me blow a load every time I look at the lineup but I’m positive that if it was a non-zuffa promotion you wouldn’t even watch it yet alone attend. Please, if you must write about MMA, write about MMA and not the UFC. You are clearly a new fan to this sport and for whatever reason, extremely biased towards the UFC. If anything, its UFC that puts out more boring cards then any other known promotion and its fighters have been spoiled to the point where they don’t compete the hardest. Go watch a Belator card/WEC card/Strikeforce/Dream or any local card to see where fighters give it their all like back in Pride and not try to grind out shitty wrestling oriented wins and cash their checks. Theres a reason why Dana has to repeatedly harass his fighters about not giving it their all.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ uhhhhhhhhhhhh edit that last reply before you look like a complete dumbass. not sure how you goof on remembering the most epic (and public) knockout in the history of the UFC…….

    mir is coming off a complete starching at the hands of shane carwin and cro cop just barely beat a dude with two broken limbs.

  • subo

    I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • subo

    “Strikeforce continues putting out good cards with exciting fighters top to bottom consistently even with the UFC around, something no other non-zuffa promotion can do in the states”

    I’m happy that I inspired you to show up, but that’s one of the dumbest fucking things I’ve ever read. Name a Strikeforce undercard fight.

  • glassjawsh

    jay hieron v joe riggs

  • lukustra

    Dude, I read this site daily but you’re looking incredibly stupid spouting off random BS like Hendo is coming off two loses (hes not), Sobral coming off a win against a “tiny” Robbie Lawler (who is an enormous 185 pounder) while last saturday card’s main event had Mir who actually was coming off a brutal loss and CroCop (whom I adore but understand is probably done). I’m glad you deleted that comment to attempt to save yourself some embarrassment. As far as strikeforce cards, I was talking about the main card, however Daniel Cormier fought on the undercard last card and hes a huge up and comer.

  • subo

    An enormous 185er = a decently sized 195 er = a tiny 205 er
    An actual 205er = a big 195 er = couldn’t make 185 if he tried

    I like Cormier. Herschel Walker/a guy your dad could probably beat was on a fucking CBS telecast.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ no he wasnt. he was in miami on showtime. you’ve gotten that wrong before

  • P W

    I honestly have started to believe that Subo is trolling us, and any day now he’ll go: “Haha! Fooled you! I can’t believe you fell for that shit. Remember that time when I said UFC 119 was actually quite enjoyable, and anyone who thought otherwise was a whiny bitch. Common, no one is THAT delusional. That was so obviously a set-up! Or how about that time I revealed that I nearly peed my panties over the opportunity to shill for the UFC. Officially. For free. How could anyway take me seriously after that? That kind of biased shit wouldn’t even fly in North Korea!” And then we’ll all blush and admit we sort of fell for it, even though Subo’s UFC reporting makes Fox News really look “fair and balanced”.

    Show’s over.

  • Márcio

    “I’m just sick and tired of the negativity that saturates the coverage of this sport.”

    ROTFLOL, this from the guy that shits on anything non zuffa. Hilarious.

  • thingvolds

    subo is the type of guy i fucking hate on the internet, but would probably get along with in person……………

    we’d probably go out for beers and talk mma and get along well………………..

    then we’d go back to my place for some hot gay sex……………..


    or am i??????????????

  • subo

    Marcio: Maybe the fact that non-Zuffa MMA largely sucks dick has something to do with that. And remember, I wanted SF to live even after they signed Fedor.

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  • superflat

    I agree with the sentiment in this article, though I do get the sense that most of the complaining originates from the very people who will most likely watch tomorrow’s WEC (i.e. the harcore fans). It’s like nerds complaining about Star Wars — yeah, the past three movies sucked balls, but you’ll wait in line for the next one.

  • subo

    That’s pretty apt.

  • frickshun

    I salute you Subotic. Everyone wants to hate on you so much & so often that they kind of ran out of shit to say. Personally, I just think you were molested as a small child & now crave attention from men.

  • 32hunter

    boy I wonder why oldschoolers hate “Tuf Noobs” case in point subo-Marcio: Maybe the fact that non-Zuffa MMA largely sucks dick has something to do with that. And remember, I wanted SF to live even after they signed Fedor.

    just appreciate good fights not the org.

  • 32hunter

    of course we’ll watch WEC it fucking blows away UFC as far as action and technical fighting go.

  • lukustra

    aha, a true 205 couldn’t possibly make 185 if they tried? I suppose Wanderlei, Belfort (who was a normal heavyweight), Henderson weren’t real 205ers then? thats a joke. and Babalu and Lawler fought at 195, where u called him tiny. He was actually bigger then Babalu who has fought at 205 for most of his career. Again, as stated already, Walker didn’t fight on a CBS card but rather a showtime card. It was still a 100% better performance even against a can then Toney put up. The only difference is Walker donated his salary, Toney left with a mil in his pocket.

  • Garp2

    Wasn’t pumped until I watched this vid – forward to the staredown near the end and watch to the end.