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Fight Opinion Radio #55: Aftermath of UFC 73

Dave Doyle, Yahoo Sports MMA/Boxing managing editor, joins us to discuss the UFC 73 event from last week in Sacramento. He was at Arco Arena and tells us all about the event – what kind of fans showed up, who got superstar reactions and who didn’t, etc.

We also spend some time this week discussing the blowback that Dana White is receiving from the online MMA coummunity, specifically in regards to the Chuck Liddell/Wanderlei Silva situation. Plus, our thoughts on what fight should headline UFC 76. Hint: It isn’t Liddell vs. Keith Jardine.

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Rickson beachfight – the complete video

Rickson Gracie’s 1988 fight against Hugo Duarte on the beach in Rio has become legendary, not only because it was one of the classic BJJ vs. Luta Libre ‘encounters’, but also because Rorian Gracie featured a highly edited version of the fight on the Gracie in Action tapes. For years, Luta Livre fighters and fans claimed that Rorian edited out sections of the tape that show Duarte doing well in the fight.

Now, this unedited version of the fight has appeared and you can finally judge for yourself. While most of the fight is blocked by the crowd, it is interesting for historical purposes. Enjoy.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNliEjzdSu4]

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No conflicts should mean no conflicts

Last year Josh Gross, the editor of sherdog.com, called me and asked me to write an article about the UFC’s lawsuit against the IFL. He also asked me, in a very serious tone, whether I still managed any fighters. I told him I did not, and had not for a number of years. Josh clearly wanted to be sure I had no conflict of interest before I wrote again for the site.

Apparently, I should have asked Josh whether he and sherdog.com had any conflicts of interest, since Luke Thomas from bloodyknuckle.com noticed something last night:

I watched last night’s Battleground (a much-improved program) only to realize Sherdog.com, an ostensibly independent news source for all things MMA, pays money to one particular MMA organization advertising money. In other words, Sherdog is a client of the IFL.

How is this accomplished? Easily: the Sherdog logo and website URL are printed in one corner of the ring’s canvas. Alongside Sherdog’s logo are the logos for Headblade and Buffalo Wild Wings; not exactly news sources the last time I checked.

. . .

So then how can they justify their relationship with the IFL? I don’t know the terms of their deal and I can’t say up front I’ve noticed any biased reporting by Sherdog on all things IFL. Then again, we also haven’t seen a great number of pieces highly critical of the IFL, something that is common from other news sources or blogs.

If sherdog.com is going to present itself as a serious news source and grill its writers about potential conflicts of interest, the least it could do is avoid those conflicts itself.

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Like kissing your sister

This is a strange turn. Dana White, speaking about the Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson fight, dropped this bomb:

“No. What we’re doing with that thing is we’re respecting both (the UFC and PRIDE) titles. The UFC title is the UFC champion and we’re respecting Dan as the PRIDE champion. Quinton will walk out with his belt if Dan wins and vice versa.“

What? The champions of the Pride and the UFC will meet without their titles on the line?

I hope that Dana White and Zuffa have some big plans up their sleeves for the Pride because, using a football analogy, a non-title fight between Jackson and Hnderson feels kinda like kissing your sister.

(via UFC Junkie)

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Zach Arnold on regulating wrestling

Zach Arnold, my co-host on FightOpinion Radio, has a very thorough and thought provoking article on the CBS Sportsline website about the renewed movement to regulate professional wrestling:

After the tragic murder-suicide last week involving Benoit, it looks like Congress and the sports media glossed over one of the biggest industries in professional sports, which has a storied history of rampant steroid and prescription drug abuse. That “sport” is professional wrestling.

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It’s this complicit attitude of dismissing professional wrestling as a garbage sport that has allowed the rapid physical and mental deterioration of wrestling’s performers to slide under the radar. The pro wrestling environment does not foster long-term employment. It has always been an outlaw sport, but the stakes have gotten higher as more of the marketing share in the business is concentrated in one company — WWE.

The problem with regulating professional wrestling – and the reason it is no longer regulated by state athletic commissions – is that it is a spectacle, not a sport. Truly, it is performance art.

I, for one, doubt that athletic commissions (or whoever may implement regulation) can adequately draft regulations to distinguish between professional wrestling and other stage performances. And, taking this line of reasoning to reductio ad absurdium, do we really want to implement government mandated drug testing to protect actors in Broadway plays?

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Crime doesn't pay

Charles “Crazy Horse” Bennett missed his fight in last weekend’s Strike Force show because he was arrested and could not make it to California in time for the weigh-ins. I guess that makes this video especially appropriate. Enjoy

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Tito reacts to Dana's text message

From MMA.TV, here is Tito’s reaction to Dana White’s now infamous “You’re my enemy until the day I dietext message to Jeff “Sherdog” Sherwood:

Welcome to my world

This comes on the heals of another classic Dana White meltdown in which he called Ortiz a moron (and gratuitously slammed Ken Shamrock for good measure):

“It shows you how stupid he [Ortiz] is because he doesn’t even know how much money he’s made,” White said. “And he made a lot of that for beating up on Shamrock.”

White also scoffed at the notion that Ortiz isn’t being promoted properly and pointed out that his face adorns a billboard in New York’s Times Square, alongside the I-15 freeway at one of the busiest intersections in Las Vegas and all throughout Southern California.

“There’s a billboard of his big ugly gorilla face at the busiest point in Las Vegas,” White said, “where it can scare kids who are riding by in their cars. Guess whose ugly head is on our billboard in Times Square?

“He’s a moron: A complete and total moron. His whole career, he’s stepped over a dollar to pick up a dime. I’m sick of him. It’s time he started beating up someone other than a nearly 50-year-old Ken Shamrock.”

White also said the UFC has an ad set to run in USA Today on July 6 which has a picture of the lightweight and middleweight title belts that are up for stake at UFC 73 on the top half of the ad and has Ortiz’ and Evans’ faces on the bottom of it.

“Does that sound to you like we’re ignoring him or not promoting him?” White said. “I’ll tell you what it is, it’s more proof, as if anybody needed any, that Tito is a moron.”

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Kimbo vs. Mercer video

With all the talk about Kimbo Slice’s fight against Ray Mercer, including our discussion in this week’s edition of FightOpinion Radio, I thought I would share the video of his fight with you. Enjoy.

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Fight Opinion Radio #54: Ken Shamrock speaks out

Dana White recently stated that he released Ken Shamrock from his UFC contract because he didn’t feel that Shamrock could be competitive in the UFC. However, Ken Shamrock and his manager/attorney Rod Donohoo dispute this claim. On this week’s edition of Fight Opinion Radio, both men appear on our show to talk about the supposed reason that Dana White terminated Mr. Shamrock’s UFC contract. Ken also discusses his theory on UFC’s current management trying to erase the UFC’s past history and stars. Plus, where will Ken Shamrock be fighting next?

Also on this week’s show, we discuss the tragic Chris Benoit murder-suicide story and what it means for professional wrestling. Is regulation coming? Should it be coming? How would you enforce regulation? What are the costs involved? Plus, should MMA-style regulation be the model that wrestling follows? And, would the MMA industry resemble professional wrestling if there was no medical or drug testing?

The 54th edition of Fight Opinion Radio is now online and available to download. Download this week’s show here.

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Here’s the Bob Sapp vs. Peter Aerts fight we discuss on the show. Enjoy:

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* Zach Arnold – puroresupower@hotmail.com
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* Luke Nicholson – LukeNicholson25@hotmail.com

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