Mailbag: Griffin's absence stings, but UFC 114 nevertheless has tons to supply
Hey, Josh, I can't wait around for UFC 114 on Could possibly 29. It feels like the very first major UFC celebration of the year to me. Possibly simply because we have been pressured to wait around on Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans for what felt like permanently. I was so bummed when Jackson was off of the card in Memphis simply because he went to film The A-team, but all the trash talk has me fired up once more. What do you think about the card?? Do you feel it will be the main occasion of the yr for the UFC?!? Thanks.
-- Jared Westwood, Memphis, Tenn.
It's truly too poor about Forrest Griffin's injury. His struggle with against Rogerio Nogueira was heading to be quite telling, and would have made UFC 114 about much a lot more than just the primary occasion. Still, it's challenging not to be intrigued by Jackson-Evans, and not just because it sets up the 1st challenger for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. There are a lot of lingering inquiries about what Jackson has left, or at least what he wants to give to mixed martial arts, even in the wake of a new six-battle deal with the UFC. As for Evans, who is hoping to continue to keep up in the pre-battle verbal battle, let's see if he can keep away from psychological and technical blunders alongside Rampage jackson. If he does, I consider he wins.
Along the bill, I'm seeking forward Diego Sanchez's return to welterweight versus undefeated Brit John Hathaway. And don't sleep on Todd Duffee versus Mike Russow. Two huge heavyweights with opposing designs.
All in all, on a scale of 1-10, I'm about a 7 right here, specifically since I are inclined to sour on the spoken warfare. There's only so a great deal again-and-forth yelling I can manage just before it gets trite. If Griffin were being even so aboard, UFC 114 would be a solid 8 bordering on 8.5.
As far as this staying the UFC's most significant function of the twelve months, Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin in July will make this one on Memorial Day weekend really feel compact throughout the board.
I'm e-mailing due to the fact of the issue you posed on Twitter about UFC's making use of Quinton Jackson's "black on black crime" quotation in its UFC 114 spend-per-view advertising. It seemed to trouble you and I can recognize why, but this is just hype, right?!?
-- Felix Mitchell, Encinitas, Calif.
The quote didn't trouble me significantly. I've regarded Quinton for a long time. I know where by he happens from. I know how he speaks. My stage in asking the issue: There may perhaps be a lot of, several men and women who don't. The UFC 114 ad was great right until Jackson's quotation, which transformed the tone of the commercial from two fighters who don't like each other to two black fighters who don't like every single other. Bottom line, the UFC's use of the quotation was unnecessary to market the struggle, and it came away in poor taste.
3 of the 4 Bellator finals are acknowledged. What do you feel of the tournaments so significantly??
-- Warren Marks, Kansas Town, Mo.
High quality competitors in Season 2. Featherweight, light-weight and welterweight all delivered compelling finals. We'll see about 185 following week.
Light has to be the shock. Conventional wisdom had Roger Huerta advancing to the finals, but the excellent factor about the format is it permits for fighters like Pat Curran and Toby Imada to emerge.
I'm most checking forward to the 145 finals. Joe Warren is an animal and Patricio Freire looks every single touch as excellent as his 14- record. Welterweight has been hit-and-skip, nevertheless the finals concerning Dan Hornbuckle and Ben Askren will be perfectly well worth viewing.
I'll bring Freire, Imada and Hornbuckle.
Just understand your column about Rua's challengers. The query I have is, Why would you contain Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal?!? He fights in a unique organization, so the odds of them battling are slim. Don't you imagine Antonio Rogerio Nogueira would have been a greater selection?!?
-- John, West Palm Seaside, Fla.
I mentioned Nogueira. Their 1st beat was incredible and a rematch would be really anticipated. In conditions of style and substance, I really feel a far more seasoned Lawal has what it normally takes to give Shogun a genuine combat.
I have sizeable doubts about the final results of the Alistair Overeem-Brett Rogers battle. Rogers showed no tenacity whatsoever, was uncharacteristically hesitant in throwing the handful of punches he did and turtled up right after having tiny destruction. It creates me suspect the repair was in so that Strikeforce could preserve the planned Fedor Emelianenko-Overeem showdown (and presumptive big income maker). I don't think Rogers would have won regardless, but the quickness with which he gave up just doesn't suit.
-- Adam Hill, Raleigh, N.C.
Or probably Rogers wasn't the identical guy who walked into the Fedor battle. Losing for the 1st time influenced him a lot more than other fighters I've been close to. Why are folks so rapid to believe conspiracy theories these days?
I think Fedor will duck this beat with Overeem and his crew will scream PEDs are the cause. Fedor has by no means needed to combat the most effective. I think this is the essential part to cementing your legacy. I wrote to you final twelve months and told you Brett Rogers gave him difficulties and Rogers is not a top rated 10 in the Heavies (no way). For the good reasons stated, he will under no circumstances be No. 1 in my book.
-- Keith K., Waterloo, N.Y.
You lost me with "Fedor has in no way sought to combat the very best." Give me a separate. Anyhow, If Fedor beats Fabricio Werdum on June 26, his subsequent struggle with has to be against Overeem (presuming he doesn't check favourable). M-1 Worldwide can't perform politics on this a person without having delivering on every single perception that exists about them as dollars-grubbing obstructionists.
For four a long time I lived in Korea. It was by way of this encounter that I received exposed, virtually each day, to Satisfaction on the Action Network. I take into account really well Overeem getting an above-average fighter. I bear in mind him obtaining, in my thoughts, demolished by Shogun. That was just about three a long time back. And he weighed in at only 205. Somehow he has fit on 40-plus lbs of lean system mass at the very same time he is training for MMA. Is this even conceivable?!? Is it probable to break straight down your muscle virtually regular lifting weights, then educate for MMA, and train for K-1? This just appears scandalous to me. I guess my query is, Does steroid assessment work? It would seem like the whole thing has grow to be a joke. Even with Brian Cushing in the NFL obtaining busted, he didn't really get caught for steroids. He got caught for a medication that kick-starts your technique soon after utilizing steroids. What is going on?!?
-- Jon Strosser, Medford, Ore.
Overeem was 224 lbs when he fought Paul Buentello in 2007, which was essentially his walk-all over fat when he wasn't attempting to cut to 205. I'm not likely to get started defending the person. Not my task. But I will propose as an alternative of assuming guilt, we permit the tests from past weekend shape how we consider about this.
Are drug tests perfect?!? No. Neither Missouri nor the checking facility hired by Strikeforce follows Earth Anti-Doping Agency protocols. I would like they would. There will generally be persons exploring for a workaround. Nevertheless, MMA has been properly policed in the States. As a lot again as 2002, the Nevada State Athletic Commission tested fighters for steroids, and many have been caught. In a best world, uniform tests underneath WADA standards need to be adopted by all regulatory bodies affiliated with the Association of Boxing Commissions. Of course, that costs cash, and some states quickly aren't equipped to satisfy that duty, but right up until that takes place there will be lingering doubts.
As a person who didn't get into MMA hardcore till Ken Shamrock's very first battle with Tito Ortiz, I enjoy reading through intelligent articles on the background of the sport. They are challenging to appear by! I enjoy your 2000s retrospective. It was not too long ago the 10th anniversary of Kazushi Sakuraba-Royce Gracie at Pleasure Grand Prix 2000. Could you comment briefly on the buildup to this struggle, its significance, the epic experience that evening and the two wonderful entrances?!?
May possibly one, 2000. Indefinite rounds. No referee stoppages. Sakuraba in his prime. Gracie, primarily undefeated. There are so a lot of memories of this combat, which lasted six 15-moment rounds in advance of Rickson and Helio Gracie, standing in Royce's corner, threw in the towel simply because the UFC pioneer's legs didn't perform anymore. I'll often keep in mind Susumu Nagao's iconic photo.
The Satisfaction 2000 Grand Prix definitely was epic, a thing from a bygone era. If you haven't noticed The Smashing Machine, get a copy. Most of John Hyam's documentary focuses on Mark Kerr, by most accounts the tournament favored, but you'll get a sense for how major this occasion was at the time.
Feel about what Sakuraba did. On a night he would have required to win 3 instances -- of course, the champion was required to win 3 instances in a span of 6-7 several hours -- he battled Royce for an hour and a 50 percent, then went 20 minutes alongside Igor Vovchanchyn, who at the time was as unsafe as any person. In the end, Mark Coleman was fortunate sufficient to win the full problem. I need to have to carry some time to re-enjoy this.
It's not precisely Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock - each of these men can truly beat.
But as a lot as trash-speaking and genuine don't like goes, the primary celebration of UFC 114 tends to make the Ortiz/Shamrock pre-fight buildups search tame.
There is minor adore shed concerning light-heavyweights "Sugar" Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
In an out-of-manage, virtually surreal, call with the media this week, the prime-ranked lighting-heavyweights allow loose on just about every other - each and every digging deeper than the other to insult, belittle and embarrass.
Neither race nor sexuality were being away-limits as the two teed away from on every single other.
Rashad to Quinton jackson: "You give black men a terrible name by perpetuating the stereotype we're all stupid."
Quinton jackson to Rashad: "I know you're gay mainly because you're always playing with your nipples and you wear them tight, gay shorts."
In concerning the lengthy exchanges have been sufficient F-bombs to make even UFC president Dana White blush.
But White's no dummy. The profanity-laced verbal sparring was pure gold.
"These two have eclipsed any grudge match we've ever before experienced," states White, who also announced the winner will get the primary shot at recently-minted lumination-heavyweight champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
"You can inform this is genuine and these fellas truly don't like each and every other and they genuinely want to combat. I don't assume anybody can say that these guys are putting on an act, even though Quinton "rampage" jackson is now an actor."
Evans and Jackson coached on The Greatest Fighter ten and were definitely fixed to beat survive December after the display. But Jackson made the decision to participate in the part of B.A. Baracus in the new A-Group film rather, drawing the ire of Bright and Evans and forcing the fight to be postponed right up until upcoming
Light reveals he's more than his rage for obtaining to cancel the first battle and the lengthy delay has only created the fighters' feud
"There's a good deal of poor blood," alleges Bright. "When you get two of the finest in the country dealing with each other, it's enjoyment anyway, but when they don't like each other this significantly, it creates it that significantly far more enjoyment."
Whitened reveals the dislike among the two was evident early on.
"The initial moment they walked on set (for The Best Fighter), it escalated from there," alleges Whitened.
"The way that I see it is these type of fights occur every single the moment in a even though and this is a sport, but don't actually fool yourself. This is a battle game and quite often the guys who battle every single other don't like each other and these two don't."
Though neither fighter will admit it, White claims they do have some respect for every single other.
"I think they the two regard every other in ways, but they just don't like each and every other," claims White. "You can respect a guy's online game, and his dealing with design, and you know what he's likely to provide to the table that evening, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to like him."
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