Mailbag: Griffin's absence stings, but UFC 114 still has plenty to offer
It's really too bad about
Down the bill, I'm looking forward
All in all, on a scale of 1-10, I'm about a 7 here, particularly because I tend to sour on the verbal warfare. There's only so much back-and-forth yelling I can handle before it becomes trite. If Griffin were still aboard, UFC 114 would be a solid 8 bordering on 8.5.
As far as this being the UFC's biggest event of the year,
The quote didn't bother me much. I've known Quinton for years. I know where he comes from. I know how he speaks. My point in asking the question: There may be many, many people who don't. The UFC 114 ad was fine until Jackson's quote, which changed the tone of the commercial from two fighters who don't like each other to two black fighters who don't like each other. Bottom line, the UFC's use of the quote was unnecessary to sell the fight, and it came off in poor taste.
Quality competition in Season 2. Featherweight, lightweight and welterweight all delivered compelling finals. We'll see about 185 next week.
Lightweight has to be the surprise. Conventional wisdom had
I'm most looking forward to the 145 finals.
I'll take Freire, Imada and Hornbuckle.
I mentioned Nogueira. Their first fight was amazing and a rematch would be highly anticipated. In terms of style and substance, I feel a more seasoned Lawal has what it takes to give Shogun a real fight.
Or perhaps Rogers wasn't the same guy who walked into the Fedor fight. Losing for the first time affected him more than other fighters I've been around. Why are people so quick to assume conspiracy theories these days?
You lost me with "Fedor has never wanted to fight the best." Give me a break. Anyhow, If Fedor beats
Overeem was 224 pounds when he fought
Are drug tests perfect? No. Neither Missouri nor the testing facility hired by Strikeforce follows World Anti-Doping Agency protocols. I wish they would. There will always be people searching for a workaround. Still, MMA has been well policed in the States. As far back as 2002, the Nevada State Athletic Commission tested fighters for steroids, and plenty have been caught. In a perfect world, uniform testing under WADA standards should be adopted by all regulatory bodies affiliated with the Association of Boxing Commissions. Yes, that costs money, and some states simply aren't equipped to meet that responsibility, but until that happens there will be lingering doubts.
May 1, 2000. Unlimited rounds. No referee stoppages. Sakuraba in his prime. Gracie, essentially undefeated. There are so many memories of this fight, which lasted six 15-minute rounds before
The Pride 2000 Grand Prix really was epic, something from a bygone era. If you haven't seen
Think about what Sakuraba did. On a night he would have needed to win three times -- yes, the champion was required to win three times in a span of 6-7 hours -- he battled Royce for an hour and a half, then went 20 minutes against