i have been afraid of this for some time. i have been an avid fan for more than 10 years and have followed it very closely.
we all know pride, the ufc, but there are others.
recently, pride disbanded and ufc got some of the fighters...fedor has fought in bodog since and is in the process of negotiating with ufc. thing is,
the ufc wants fedor exclusively and fedor wants to be able to fight in any org or event, IN RUSSIA. now, ufc is balking at that. they don't want to
do it. there are sambo and combat sambo events that fedor wants to compete in.
now, lets assume fedor does not go to ufc...you have the baddest man on the planet not even fighting in the premier org. is ufc going to send their
fighters over to face him? imo, they should come to him, wherever he is. HE is the champ. HE is the one that has demolished the heavy division.
now, i was hoping it would go to one promo but i was hoping that pride would buy ufc.
now, i have notices little things lately...in the ufc everyone has a nifty nickname..chris leben is the crippler? who has he crippled?
if you have a nick thats fine but they give em namses just to give em names. as of late, dana has been coming out to the ring to announce fights..just
like the WWE.
did you guys not see what was going to happen?
couture 'retires' right before cro cop comes over. heavy title changes and captain america is back, just at the right time...this reeks of wwe
last but not least is the most disheartining news i have heard about my beloved mma in quite some time.
i need to back up for a second.
fans will no but others will not.
the past few years, parking lot bare knuckle matches have been popping up on the net. mainly 'starring' 1 guy. guys name is kimbo slice. he is a 30
year old ex convict and the bodyguard of the milfhunter people.
now he fought an 'mma' no name named sean gannon in an underground match more than a year ago. gannon handed kimbo is only loss and low and behold,
ufc gives gannon a fight. they give him hinkle and hinkle destroys him.
well, kimbo just one is first official mma match in the caged fury fighting championships against ray mercer...now what is even WORSE is kimbo is
being trained by BAS RUTTEN...bas is a legend in this sport. i can not believe that he is training kimbo.
so, at the fight tank abbot is in the seats. we all remember tank abbot. the 'pitfighter' from the early ufc's. now tank could throw heavy hande
but that was back in the day and he has ZERO cardio. so, kimbo calls out tank and tank starts going off about fighting in the parkng lot.
so what happens? kimbo and tank abbot are penciled to fight in cage fury in september.
we have an ex con, street figting porno bouncer against a washed up 'pitfighter' from the early days.
this is HORRIBLE.....
these are the types of freak show deals that is going to set mma back.
i am very disturbed with this as i am very passionate about this sport.
i want the sport to succeed but as more and more orgs start popping up, the people with the fat pockets are going to get in on it and i am afraid they
are going to taint it.
i do not want it to turn into worked matches, pre determined outcomes, costumes and gimmicks...i want my sport to stay legit.
mma fans, are any of you saddened to hear that bas rutten is officially training kimbo?
small clip of bas training kimbo
[edit on 27-6-2007 by Boondock78]