I want to thank everyone again for your encouraging comments and support. It really means a lot. I don’t know at what point this week I’ll be back to full capacity but I’m trying to keep myself busy and keep you guys in the news. Here’s a rundown of some stories coming out of this past weekend’s events and a few Monday news items.
— The general consensus seems to be that Strikeforce blew the TUF 12 Finale out of the water on Saturday in terms of pure entertainment value. There were three big KO’s on the Strikeforce card versus a bunch of decisions, including one very controversial one (imagine that), on the UFC card. Dan Henderson, Robbie Lawler and Paul Daley all raised their stock with devastating knockouts over Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Matt Lindland and Scott Smith. In fact the latter two were so devastating, both fighters really need to start considering their long-term health. This is the second time in two years Matt Lindland has looked like he was dying on the mat, and Scott Smith really just needs to stop if he can’t learn how to protect himself. He’s taken so many shots over the course of his career, I can’t see how he hasn’t suffered any brain damage by now. As for the winners, Hendo and Lawler will probably end up getting title shots and Daley wants KJ Noons, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he skips ahead and gets a title shot against Nick Diaz either. More on that in a minute.
— As for that controversial decision on the TUF 12 Finale card, I’m sure most of you aware it was the Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia fight. I haven’t seen it yet to comment, but judging by the FightMetric stats, the judges blew it big time awarding the decision to Garcia. Like after most of these BS decisions, someone went off on a rant about the awful judging and officiating in this sport. This time it was Joe Rogan.
“I don’t think the last fight was close and the decision went the wrong way. It’s putting a tremendous amount of pressure on fighters not knowing what kind of officiating you’re getting.
“It’s gross. You should be able to leave it in the hands of the judges. You should be able to just fight.
“And we should point out, that is the situation because of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It’s got nothing to do with the UFC. People keep saying ‘oh the UFC!’ We have no say whatsoever. And (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer has denied that there’s an issue.
“I think (Kizer) needs to clean house. There’s a few very good judges surrounded by a bunch of incompetent morons, who know nothing about the sport.
“They need to do something about that, because it’s ruining MMA. It’s making people think that this sport is corrupt. It has nothing to do with corruption. It’s sheer and total incompetence.”
“If Joe Rogan wants to get on the air and call people names, that’s his business. I’m not going waste my time responding to that.”
“They always say that ‘the UFC has nothing to do with judging.’ Well guess what, they’ve got a big fight coming up in Canada called Koscheck vs. Georges St. Pierre – the UFC and Marc Ratner are flying Tony Weeks up there as a judge. C’mon, Joe. How about some honesty? They’ve taken 90% of our officials with them overseas, as they should. That’s not a knock on Dana [White] and Marc [Ratner]; they know what they’re doing.”
The good news is the UFC gave Phan his win bonus anyways.
— How many times has Scott Coker said this about the Fedor negotiations in the past six months? “We’re getting very close.” Well, now it’s, “It sounds like it’s getting very close,’ implying he really has nothing to do with the negotiations. It’s between M-1 and Showtime, and it seems to be all about getting Showtime to broadcast their own events. M-1 says it’s close too for what that’s worth. Can’t wait to do this all over again after Fedor fights again. Maybe if he loses again, M-1 can squeeze another handful of shows out of Showtime, because it makes so much sense right now.
— Now back to why think Daley might get fast-tracked to a welterweight title shot. It looks the champ’s schedule just cleared up. Nick Diaz was supposed to finally fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller next, but apparently that has fallen apart because both sides couldn’t agree on a catchweight. Diaz’s camp wanted 178 lbs. and Mayhem wants 183 lbs. It’s not like we’re talking a big difference here. It’s starting to look neither side really wants to fight and sooner or later people are going to stop caring if they already haven’t.
— Moving on to more ridiculous things, apparently Rampage Jackson and James Toney exchanged a few words at UFC 123. Rampage said something about it on Inside MMA, and now James Toney has jumped all over it trying to talk his way back into another UFC fight and UFC payday. He’s pouring it on thick too calling Rampage an “Uncle Tom” and “black redneck.”
“The only thing that the Fake Mr. T has to do is sign the contract. Rampage is a decent club fighter and if he thinks his club fighting style can match my skills, then he is crazy as hell… What? Is he mad because I called him an Uncle Tom or because I said Detroit wouldn’t accept him? (Laughing) My boy said Rampage stayed in his room and they were in Auburn Hills. They knew better than to go to the D where I’m from. Rampage is still an Uncle Tom and I will go on record and say he is not dumb enough to stand and trade with me. Machida almost knocked him out, so what do you think I would do to him. Rampage is a black redneck. He better stick to hanging with them white boys and keep my name out of his mouth. I ain’t hard to find; sign the contract!”
— Tyron Woodley vs. Tarec Saffiedine will headline Strikeforce Challengers 13
— More of those crazy Japanese videos of Alistair Overeem promoting the K-1 WGP.
— Countdown to UFC 124 premieres tonight at 7PM ET/PT on Spike TV.