Nothing is happening. Everything is happening.
The world of mixed martial arts was turned on its head a couple of weeks ago when, for the first time in its history, the UFC canceled an event. The demise of UFC 151 just a mere nine days before it was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas is a sordid tale filled with backstabbing and bellyaching. Among its many side effects, from the financial losses to the personal attacks, it also created a vacuum, a weekend free of fights that allowed other news -- everywhere from the MMA cage to the political arena -- to come to light.
How closely have you been following the news of the day? There's only one way to find out:
a. Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson will get to settle all of the animosity that reportedly has been brewing during the taping of the weekly reality show
b. Carwin will instead fight Dana White for the right to punch Nelson in the face
c. Carwin and White will team up in the octagon to pummel "Big Country"
a. Ask for a rematch
b. Audition for the next season of
c. Move to featherweight, a maneuver that paid instant dividends as Erik Koch, who was scheduled to challenge José Aldo for the belt at UFC 153, was injured in training and Dana White & Co. decided to give Edgar the title shot at the Oct 13 event in Rio de Janeiro
a. Refusing to accept a replacement fight with Edgar on just six weeks' notice, and if he had to carry the cross for his company's decision, so be it
b. Moving down to bantamweight, news of which prompted 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz to drop to 125
c. Injured when his motorcycle was hit by a car on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, although the swollen foot and scratches that resulted will not keep him out of his Oct. 13 title defense
a. Make my day. (Thank you, Clint Eastwood and the empty Obama chair.)
b. Set it and forget it. (Thank you, Ron Popeil and the Showtime Rotisserie.)
a. The various mortgage companies for undercard fighters who had their purses snatched, a dangerous occurrence for far-from-rich athletes counting on every paycheck
b. Chael Sonnen, who deserves both of the checks usually awarded because the main event ended up as his solo act
c. Jon Jones and Dana White, who have verbally sparred in the aftermath, with the UFC poobah getting in some vicious shots early and the embattled light heavyweight champion eventually unleashing a comeback
a. His older brother, Arthur, and the Ravens
b. His younger brother, Chandler, and the Patriots
c. Neither team, because he refuses to watch after the CBS affiliate out of Buffalo changes its telecast schedule with just nine days' notice.
a. Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, just as the promotional posters say
b. Jon Jones vs. Dana White at the pre-fight press conference and any other joint appearances by the sniping duo
c. Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson, just as the promotional posters used to say, before the UFC 151 fiasco pushed "Bones" to this event and pushed out of the limelight a bout that'll likely be more competitive and almost certainly be more historic, as the promotion crowns its first flyweight champion
a. The World Series, once some contending baseball team catches wind of his slugging prowess from the Little League days
b. The World Series of Poker, where he might not win a cent but at least will once more have the pleasure of hearing poker obsessive Bruce Buffer say his name
c. The World Series of Fighting, a new MMA promotion that makes its debut Nov. 3 on NBC Sports Network, with Torres -- 40-5 but a loser in four of his last seven bouts -- in the main event against an opponent yet to be named
a. Cris "Cyborg" Santos in
b. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
a. It would be the biggest fight in UFC history and thus would deserve a big stage such as the 110-000-capacity domed facility outside Dallas
b. It's easy to get to from both Montreal and Rio de Janeiro
c. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to get a close look at Silva, hoping his quarterback might learn a thing or two from "The Spider" about how to finish