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UFC Treating Former Champions Like They’re The Plague

Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Andrei Arlovski

The UFC truly brings new meaning to the phrase, “You’re either with us or against us.”

Yesterday, we passed along news that the UFC was giving Tito Ortiz the shaft for wearing his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt on the cover of his book. Nevermind that he helped carry the company through it hardest times; the UFC wants to act like he never existed. Well, Tito isn’t the only former champion they’re distancing themselves from.

You may have noticed Randy Couture cornering Wanderlei Silva for his match against Keith Jardine at UFC 84. However, you never saw him in the cage after Wand’s victory. Here’s why:

Couture was in Wanderlei Silva’s corner for his fight against Keith Jardine. However, following Silva’s spectacular KO victory, Couture and Shaun Tompkins were reportedly denied entrance into the octagon for the post fight celebration by UFC officials. The official explanation was that the doctor needed to attend to Jardine before anyone was allowed into the cage. However, when other cornermen were allowed into the cage, Couture and Tompkins were still denied access.

This is hardly surprising considering what is going on between Couture and Zuffa and certainly nothing new, but I am having a hard time trying to figure out what kind of damage showing Couture for a few brief moments on camera is going to do to the UFC.

Let’s not forget that Andrei Arlovski is a former UFC champion who as of this week has officially left the organization for Affliction. In an article about Arlovski’s departure from the Chicago-Sun Times:

A UFC spokesperson said since Arlovski is no longer one of its fighters, White will not comment.

Of course, the UFC has every right to do these things, but what does this say to its current fighters? It would raise a giant red flag for me. In my opinion, this whole act is childish and getting old.

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