Actually, I spoke with Ibarra just days before the fight and he declined to address Jackson on the record, though I'll say there was some obvious disappointment from him over what could have been. I covered Rampage as close as anyone until the falling out with Ibarra, his reckless driving incident in Orange County and the move to Wolfslair -- at which point he became increasingly difficult to reach. He was at his best when he had one strong captain leading the ship. Both
Also, I wonder if Jackson is suffering from a physical deterioration. When was the last time he slammed an opponent?
As for Wolfslair, they're a professional outfit that can get anyone ready to fight. But based on the trajectory of Jackson's career, it could be argued his time with the London gym hasn't done much to elevate him as a mixed martial artist.
No doubt, the editorial was a reflection of my feelings. Based on the response I received, some people agree, some don't. It was a close to even split. Also, I can't agree that some things are justified in the name of entertainment. Just can't. Where's the line drawn?
It was interesting during the post-UFC 114 press conference that White was quick to warn
Chalk it up to a lack of education. Maybe lack of patience. Blood-and-guts fans of MMA will always exist. My hope, over time, is that they come to appreciate the intricate details. The little battles played out inside the clinch. Hand fighting. The nuances of guard passing. My idealism is probably getting the better of me here.
You must respect the Spade.
I didn't imply fans can't boo. Of course they can. I've booed at sporting events. It just seems that some fighters get placed in certain categories, and Bisping and Evans are examples of that. No matter what they do, fans seem to regard them as "heels," which is too pro wrestling for me.
If you miss the old days, watch UFC 118 when
Sounds like it's being considered by UFC. Bad matchup for Jackson, whose trouble with movement and speed is obvious by now. Machida wins easily.
You'd prefer Toughman where guys play "Who can take a better punch"? Sorry, strategy is an important part of serious MMA.
Koscheck. By a mile.
When my new rankings come out later this week, Brilz will be in the 11-15 range. I was very impressed with his ability to neutralize and endanger Lil Nog.