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6:01 a.m. - 2010-05-22
Griffin's absence stings, but UFC 114 nevertheless has a great deal to provide

Mailbag: Griffin's absence stings, but UFC 114 however has tons to present


Hey, Josh, I can't delay for UFC 114 on May 29. It feels like the 1st significant UFC affair of the calendar year to me. It's possible since we were pressured to wait around on Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans for what felt like forever. I was so bummed when Jackson was off of the card in Memphis since he went to film The A-team, but all the trash speak has me fired up once more. What do you assume about the card? Do you imagine it will be the most significant function of the twelve months for the UFC? Thanks.

-- Jared Westwood, Memphis, Tenn.


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It's seriously too undesirable about Forrest Griffin's injury. His fight next to Rogerio Nogueira was planning to be quite telling, and would have designed UFC 114 about considerably a lot more than just the main occasion. Even now, it's difficult not to be intrigued by Jackson-Evans, and not just since it sets up the primary challenger for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. There are quite a few lingering inquiries about what Jackson has left, or at least what he would like to give to mixed martial arts, even in the wake of a new six-struggle with offer with the UFC. As for Evans, who is attempting to retain up in the pre-fight verbal battle, let's see if he can stay away from psychological and technical blunders towards Rampage. If he does, I think he wins.

Down the bill, I'm searching forward Diego Sanchez's return to welterweight next to undefeated Brit John Hathaway. And don't rest on Todd Duffee versus Mike Russow. Two massive heavyweights with opposing types.

All in all, on a scale of one-ten, I'm about a seven here, particularly for the reason that I are likely to sour on the spoken warfare. There's only so very much back-and-forth yelling I can manage in advance of it gets trite. If Griffin had been even so aboard, UFC 114 would be a solid 8 bordering on 8.5.

As significantly as this becoming the UFC's biggest circumstance of the twelve months, Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin in July will make this a single on Memorial Day weekend experience modest across the board.

I'm e-mailing mainly because of the question you posed on Twitter about UFC's applying Quinton Jackson's "black on black crime" quotation in its UFC 114 spend-per-view marketing. It seemed to trouble you and I can recognize why, but this is just hype, correct?!?

-- Felix Mitchell, Encinitas, Calif.

The quote didn't trouble me very much. I've acknowledged Quinton for decades. I know where by he arrives from. I know how he speaks. My stage in asking the problem: There may perhaps be lots of, quite a few folks who don't. The UFC 114 ad was very good till Jackson's quotation, which altered the tone of the commercial from two fighters who don't like just about every other to two black fighters who don't like every single other. Bottom line, the UFC's use of the quote was unnecessary to market the combat, and it came away in poor taste.

Three of the four Bellator finals are regarded. What do you assume of the tournaments so considerably?!?

-- Warren Marks, Kansas City, Mo.

Top quality competition in Season two. Featherweight, lightweight and welterweight all delivered persuasive finals. We'll see about 185 up coming week.

Light-weight has to be the surprise. Typical wisdom had Roger Huerta advancing to the finals, but the excellent problem about the format is it allows for fighters like Pat Curran and Toby Imada to emerge.

I'm most seeking forward to the 145 finals. Joe Warren is an animal and Patricio Freire appears each bit as very good as his 14- record. Welterweight has been hit-and-skip, although the finals involving Dan Hornbuckle and Ben Askren will be properly really worth viewing.

I'll bring Freire, Imada and Hornbuckle.

Just understand your column about Rua's challengers. The problem I have is, Why would you incorporate Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal?? He fights in a various organization, so the odds of them combating are slim. Don't you believe Antonio Rogerio Nogueira would have been a superior preference?

-- John, West Palm Seaside, Fla.

I stated Nogueira. Their very first struggle with was incredible and a rematch would be really anticipated. In terms of style and substance, I feel a far more seasoned Lawal has what it takes to give Shogun a actual combat.

I have substantial doubts about the effects of the Alistair Overeem-Brett Rogers struggle with. Rogers showed no tenacity whatsoever, was uncharacteristically hesitant in throwing the number of punches he did and turtled up just after acquiring tiny destruction. It helps make me suspect the fix was in so that Strikeforce could preserve the planned Fedor Emelianenko-Overeem showdown (and presumptive enormous dollars maker). I don't imagine Rogers would have won irrespective, but the quickness with which he gave up just doesn't match.

-- Adam Hill, Raleigh, N.C.

Or maybe Rogers wasn't the exact same person who walked into the Fedor combat. Losing for the primary time afflicted him much more than other fighters I've been all around. Why are persons so fast to assume conspiracy theories these days?!?

I trust Fedor will duck this combat with Overeem and his crew will scream PEDs are the purpose. Fedor has never desired to combat the most effective. I feel this is the significant element to cementing your legacy. I wrote to you survive 12 months and told you Brett Rogers gave him difficulties and Rogers is not a top rated ten in the Heavies (no way). For the factors stated, he will under no circumstances be No. 1 in my book.

-- Keith K., Waterloo, N.Y.

You missing me with "Fedor has in no way wished to battle the finest." Give me a split. Anyhow, If Fedor beats Fabricio Werdum on June 26, his next battle has to be towards Overeem (presuming he doesn't check favourable). M-one Worldwide can't perform politics on this one without having delivering on every single perception that exists about them as dollars-grubbing obstructionists.

For four years I lived in Korea. It was because of this know-how that I acquired exposed, pretty much regular, to Pride on the Action Network. I bear in mind incredibly perfectly Overeem becoming an above-standard fighter. I remember him having, in my thoughts, demolished by Shogun. That was just some a long time ago. And he weighed in at only 205. Somehow he has put on 40-in addition lbs of lean body mass at the exact time he is instruction for MMA. Is this even achievable? Is it possible to split lower your muscle practically every day lifting weights, then educate for MMA, and train for K-one? This just appears to be scandalous to me. I guess my question is, Does steroid screening work? It appears to be like the entire point has come to be a joke. Even with Brian Cushing in the NFL acquiring busted, he didn't in fact get caught for steroids. He received caught for a medication that kick-begins your program following employing steroids. What is proceeding on?!?

-- Jon Strosser, Medford, Ore.

Overeem was 224 lbs when he fought Paul Buentello in 2007, which was simply his walk-all around pounds when he wasn't hoping to cut to 205. I'm not planning to get started defending the man. Not my employment. But I will recommend rather of assuming guilt, we allow the tests from last weekend form how we think about this.

Are medication tests great? No. Neither Missouri nor the diagnostic tests facility hired by Strikeforce follows Globe Anti-Doping Agency protocols. I would like they would. There will usually be persons browsing for a workaround. Even now, MMA has been nicely policed in the States. As a long way back again as 2002, the Nevada State Athletic Commission tested fighters for steroids, and a lot have been caught. In a best earth, uniform diagnostic tests below WADA standards ought to be adopted by all regulatory bodies affiliated with the Association of Boxing Commissions. Without a doubt, that charges income, and some states simply aren't equipped to satisfy that obligation, but till that happens there will be lingering doubts.

As somebody who didn't get into MMA hardcore right until Ken Shamrock's initial combat with Tito Ortiz, I adore reading through intelligent content on the record of the sport. They are tricky to can come by! I enjoy your 2000s retrospective. It was recently the 10th anniversary of Kazushi Sakuraba-Royce Gracie at Pride Grand Prix 2000. Could you comment briefly on the buildup to this combat, its significance, the epic think that nights and the two great entrances?!?

-- Marcus

Might one, 2000. Unlimited rounds. No referee stoppages. Sakuraba in his prime. Gracie, primarily undefeated. There are so quite a few memories of this battle, which lasted six 15-second rounds just before Rickson and Helio Gracie, standing in Royce's corner, threw in the towel since the UFC pioneer's legs didn't perform any longer. I'll constantly bear in mind Susumu Nagao's iconic photo.

The Satisfaction 2000 Grand Prix actually was epic, a little something from a bygone era. If you haven't observed The Smashing Machine, get a copy. Most of John Hyam's documentary focuses on Mark Kerr, by most accounts the tournament preferred, but you'll get a sense for how major this function was at the time.

Consider about what Sakuraba did. On a nights he would have required to win some instances -- of course, the champion was demanded to acquire about three situations in a span of 6-7 hours -- he battled Royce for an hour and a fifty percent, then went 20 minutes in opposition to Igor Vovchanchyn, who at the time was as harmful as any individual. In the end, Mark Coleman was fortunate sufficient to win the full point. I have to have to bring some time to re-view this.


Sugar not sweet to Quinton "rampage" jackson


It's not precisely Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock - the two of these fellas can basically battle.


But as a long way as trash-talking and genuine don't like goes, the most important occasion of UFC 114 tends to make the Ortiz/Shamrock pre-beat buildups appear tame.


There is minimal adore shed among light-heavyweights "Sugar" Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.


In an out-of-control, virtually surreal, call with the media this week, the top-ranked lumination-heavyweights allow loose on every other - just about every digging deeper than the other to insult, belittle and embarrass.


Nor race nor sexuality were definitely off of-limits as the two teed off of on each and every other.


Rashad to Quinton jackson: "You give black adult males a poor name by perpetuating the stereotype we're all stupid."


Quinton jackson to Rashad: "I know you're gay since you're generally actively playing with your nipples and you put on them tight, gay shorts."


In concerning the lengthy exchanges had been ample F-bombs to make even UFC president Dana Light blush.


But White's no dummy. The profanity-laced verbal sparring was pure gold.


"These two have eclipsed any grudge match we've by chance experienced," claims Whitened, who also announced the winner receives the very first shot at newly-minted lighting-heavyweight champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.


"You can notify this is genuine and these men actually don't like each other and they truly want to combat. I don't assume anybody can say that these men are placing on an act, even even though Quinton jackson is now an actor."


Evans and Jackson coached on The Ultimate Fighter ten and were definitely established to battle survive December right after the indicate. But Jackson made the decision to perform the part of B.A. Baracus in the new A-Team film instead, drawing the ire of Light and Evans and forcing the battle to be postponed right up until future


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Light says he's more than his rage for obtaining to cancel the first combat and the long hold out has only designed the fighters' feud


simmer.


"There's a bunch of bad blood," affirms Bright. "When you get two of the best in the planet battling just about every other, it's enjoyable anyway, but when they don't like per other this much, it helps make it that significantly additional enjoyment."


Light says the don't like in between the two was evident early on.


"The first second they walked on arranged (for The Greatest Fighter), it escalated from there," says White.


"The way that I see it is these form of fights take place each when in a though and this is a sport, but don't ever before fool yourself. This is a beat game and occasionally the guys who fight just about every other don't like every other and these two don't."


Although nor fighter will admit it, Light alleges they do have some regard for every single other.


"I imagine they each respect every single other in approaches, but they just don't like just about every other," claims Bright. "You can respect a guy's online game, and his struggling with model, and you know what he's planning to provide to the table that nighttime, but that doesn't imply you have to like him."

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