Sacrificing the Young
At UFC 99, I watched a worthwhile prospect in Ben Saunders outmatched in a pointless bout designed to trick and fool spectators. I watched a great prospect in Cain Velasquez diligently work on his craft in the cage, but with a sense of finitude for that luxury. Needless to say, I was a sad purist panda.
As verbose as I am, I'd like to write a 4000-word tome on all the inane ideas people have about developing prospects in MMA. However, because my editors think you're all ADHD-addled adolescents whose brains melt after 1200 words, I can't. So, let us stick to the more specific and pointed question of whether or not it's feasible for Zuffa to allow blue chippers to blossom in the UFC.
I've already dedicated radio hours and column inches to the fact that as a sport, MMA maims, rapes and kills its young. However, prospect development is an extremely foxy issue for Zuffa specifically. Because regional MMA is still a work in progress, prospects who can draw a major audience as a local star -- like Eddie Alvarez in his early career -- are few and far in between, and limited by the lack of stalwart promoters. Therefore, it's often attractive for sterling young fighters and their managers to get them big show deals, because it represents not only adequate purses but also a level of competition that can foster their development -- or, of course, completely railroad them.
However, the design for the UFC (or WEC for that matter) is at odds with the true development of prospects because the entire business is built around funneling fighters toward the top to fight for titles. Fans are already debating how Velasquez fares against elite heavyweights. Worse for fighters, it's often in Zuffa's interest to risk pushing prospects quickly in the off-chance they're able to develop like as B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre or Brock Lesnar, which gives the promotion another star.
This structure exists only to support itself. It holds any average prospect to an unrealistic standard: We all acknowledge that Penn, St. Pierre, Lesnar and others like them are freakish anomalies and that their ability to adapt to the sport is virtually without parallel. How then can this be the standard? How can we expect any 5-0 kid out of the Midwest with some game to do exactly as Penn, St. Pierre or Lesnar have done? Imagine taking a test on which your professional livelihood hinged, and because a select group of brilliant individuals had previously tested so well, the passing mark was now a 95.
Some fighters -- notably Roger Huerta -- have gotten the proper treatment as developing fighters. However, these instances are the exception rather than the rule, and worse, it tends to be the up-and-comers who’ve shown flashes of brilliance that get victimized.
The most bizarre truth about prospects developing within the UFC is that early mediocrity is a blessing in disguise. If you impress fans and the brass from jump street, you're going to get fast-tracked, and likely to your detriment. If you can manage to win as sterilely as possible, you'll actually get to face a greater number of opponents, different stylistic tests and you'll evolve into a better fighter because of it. (cont'd)
He's possibly is still with the ufc
i havent signed for the ufc or dream.
i dont get why dana white listened for roumor instead talking to me first. but whatever, i am still greatfull for the opportunity.+
basicly, mirko is suprised by dana white reaction.
there u go people.
Im not sure how reliable this is. i just hope its true.
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UFC Quick Quote: Wanderlei Silva wants a rematch with Rich Franklin after ‘unbelievable’ show
The show was incredible. It’s amazing, It’s unbelievable. It’s our first show here and sold out. A lot of people. It was incredible man. This crowd, I don’t know how many people standing … The ground started to shake. It’s unbelievable … Please, I want a rematch. I know it’s the judges opinion, but I’m thinking I won. It was fight of the night. I want a rematch.”
UFC 99 headliner Wanderlei Silva sounds off after his thrilling back-and-forth three round war with Rich Franklin at “The Comeback” from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on June 13. “The Axe Murderer” came up on the losing end of a razor-thin unanimous decision to “Ace,” who was buckled in the second round by the former PRIDE smashing machine — who once again leaves it all in the cage. The fans were certainly grateful for another gritty performance, but was the losing effort enough to warrant a possible rematch? Opinions, please.
Marcus Davis protests Hardy decision: "I won the fight"
Marcus Davis is furious with the judge's decision in his fight with Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy at UFC 99 earlier.
Speaking minutes after judges gave a split-decision win to Dan Hardy, an angry Davis repeatedly stated: "I won the fight."
"I won 12 minutes of the fight and they gave it him? You can bet your ass I want a rematch, right away. Let's do it in Ireland or Boston. He landed one elbow which cut me and they judge the whole fight on that?" he fumed.
Al-Turk to appeal against CroCop result
Mostapha Al-Turk's management say they will be launching an appeal against the result of their client's fight with Mirko 'CroCop' Filipovic.
At-Turk was stopped halfway through the opening round after covering his face with both hands and turning away following a straight shot from Filipovic.
A video replay showed that Al-Turk had been poked hard in the eye by Filipovic, who had thrown his hand forward with fingers extended.
Cro Cop makes vague comment on Dream signing
"It's 94% certain that I will fight for the Japanese."
"The night of his triumphant return to the octagon, Mirko Filipovic signed a new contract with the Japanese Dream. The world media reports using words such as "betrayed, disappointed, played".
After he defeated Al Turk, the Croatian fighter signed a deal with the Japanese for three fights, even though it was expected of him to do so with the UFC.
Mirko Filipovic commented on the situation briefly at the Zagreb airport:
- It's 94% certain that I will fight for the Japanese.
Mirko said before how the offers from the UFC don't suit him as he's getting old and he wants to fight as much as he possibly can. This is exactly what Dream is offering him as by the end of the year he would get to fight three times in Japan."
UFC 99 - Results/Fighter Bonuses/Attendance & Gate Figures/Post-Fight Videos
UFC 99 Results:
Rich Franklin defeats Wanderlei Silva via Unanimous Decision
Cain Velasquez defeats Chiek Kongo via Unanimous Decision
Mike Swick defeats Ben Saunders via TKO (Strikes) R2
Mirko Filipovic defeats Mustapha Al-Turk via TKO (Strikes) R1
Spencer Fisher defeats Caol Uno via unanimous decision
Dan Hardy defeats Marcus Davis via split decision
Terry Etim defeats Justin Buccholz via submission (D’arce choke) R2
Denis Siver defeats Dale Hartt via submission (rear-naked choke) R1
Paul Taylor defeats Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision
Paul Kelly defeats Roli Delgado via unanimous decision
Stefan Struve defeats Denis Stojnic via submission (rear naked choke) 2:37 R2
John Hathaway defeats Rick Story via unanimous decision
Here are the special fight bonuses for UFC 99:
Fight of the Night — Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Knockout of the Night — Mike Swick
Submission of the Night – Terry Etim
Each fighter received $60,000 extra for their performances in addition to their respective base salaries, which we will more than likely never see because the event was held overseas.
UFC officials have reported "UFC 99: The Comeback" netted 12,800 spectators and a $1.3 million live gate.
UFC officials issued the initial reports at Saturday's post-event press conference.
(7 videos - Includes Lorenzo, Dana, Hardy, Kelly, Arianny
REPORT: CRO COP SNUBS UFC FOR DREAM
It appears Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic’s desire to make a run at the UFC heavyweight title was nothing more than a smokescreen.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday afternoon that the Croatian star signed a three-fight deal with Dream, reneging on a promise made to UFC president Dana White to finalize a contract for two more fights in the Octagon.
UFC 99: It's Personal For Marcus Davis
"It went from a little bit of talk to disrespect. I could have stomached everything up until the picture stuff happened," Davis told MMAWeekly.com. "Some people are ripping me about it saying, you've got to relax, saying that kind of stuff happens. No, that stuff doesn't happen. That stuff doesn't happen between fighters. That stuff happens with fans and Internet keyboard warriors and stuff, but it shouldn't happen between fighters. Fighters shouldn't be doing that stuff.
Lightweight Runners-Up To Meet At TUF 9 Finale
The lightweight final for season nine of The Ultimate Fighter was determined on Wednesday night with Andre Winner and Ross Pearson making it an all-British final. MMAWeekly.com learned on Friday that the runners-up will meet at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 20 in an all-American bout.
Cameron Dollar navigated his way through the season, only to lose to Winner, while Jason Dent was defeated by Ross Pearson on Wednesday night.
Dollar and Dent now fight each other next week.
Fighting out of Colorado, Dollar comes into the bout with a 2-1 professional record outside of The Ultimate Fighter. Dent is the much more experienced fighter of the two bringing in a record of 18-9.
UFC and Spike TV agree to renew "The Ultimate Fighter" contract through 14th season
As a successful ninth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" winds down – and a highly anticipated 10th season begins filming – the UFC and Spike TV have extended their agreement through a 14th season of the hit reality TV series.
UFC President Dana White announced the new deal at a Q&A session with UFC Fight Club members today at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, site of Saturday's UFC 99.
The existing deal, announced in October 2007, called for 12 seasons of the show.
"We actually just did an extension with [Spike TV]," White said. "We're going to be doing through (season) 14, two seasons a year.
"They're good partners. We work really well together, and they let me do what I do."
Prior to the extension, Spike TV was expected to air one season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2010 and another in 2011.
The reality show was expected to be augmented by a newly developed fight series, which would include live bouts. Immediate attempts by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to reach Spike TV officials for the current status of the potential new series were unsuccessful.
In addition to the announcement of two additional seasons of "The Ultimate Fighter," White said he believed the show would follow up on the success of the ninth season with another "U.S. vs. U.K." theme.
"I don't know how many people here watched this season, but this season was awesome," White said. "The fights were great. It was a good show, and it worked out well.
UFC 99: DAN HARDY PSYCHING MARCUS DAVIS OUT?
What hasn’t been written about the encounter between Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis by the media? Both fighters have been taking verbal swipes back and forth since before the fight was officially announced and at the end of the week we will find out who was telling the truth about what was going to happen.
“I don’t know what is going on with Marcus Davis at the moment, but I think he is going to be exhausted before we even fight with all the emotion he is putting out at the moment,” jibes a suitably relaxed Dan Hardy, adding, “I am always full of energy. I enjoy the media aspect of the fight game a lot and I have just kept poking fun at him to keeping him boiling. Hopefully it will make him dig into the trenches and prove a point by fighting with a lot of heart.”
UFC 99 fighter Rick "Horror" Story began his MMA career as a villain
With a nickname like "Horror," it's no wonder Rick Story has spent most of his MMA career as the bad guy.
He may be an unknown to the world at large, but the former NAIA All-American wrestler was an instant villain in Portland, Ore. And he has reveled in his role as the black hat.
"They boo me, but I think it's good," the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It means they know who I am."
Story (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his octagon debut Saturday against John Hathaway (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany. Both fighters are on a roll. Story's recent wins came against the likes of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" cast member Brandon Melendez, WEC veteran Pat Healy and IFL veteran Jake Ellenberger. Hathaway stopped Thomas Egan at UFC 93 and has beaten seven opponents in the first round.
UFC 98 Trending Estimates Suggest a 635,000 PPV Buyrate
According to the newest issue of Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer and other sources, UFC 98 reportedly has trending estimates that are putting the pay-per-view buyrate in the area of 635,000 buys for the event. This isn't a final number, but this is a huge surprise for a card that featured Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans and Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes.
If the trending estimates are true, it suggests that Lyoto Machida could very well be a major drawing fighter in the future for the UFC.
UFC 99: The Comeback Official FIghter Weigh-In Results
MAIN CARD (televised)
Rich Franklin (194) vs. Wanderlei Silva (194)
Cheick Kongo (230) vs. Cain Velasquez (239)
Ben Saunders (169) vs. Mike Swick (169)
Marcus Davis (171) vs. Dan Hardy (170)
Spencer Fisher (154) vs. Caol Uno (155)
Mustapha Al Turk (236) vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (233)
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-televised)
Justin Buchholz (155) vs. Terry Etim (156)
Dale Hartt (156) vs. Denis Siver (156)
Peter Sobotta (169) vs. Paul Taylor (169)
Roli Delgado (155) vs. Paul Kelly (156)
Denis Stojnic (241) vs. Stefan Struve (248)
John Hathaway (170) vs. Rick Story (169)