By Zach Arnold | July 29, 2007
Quote of the day from 411 Mania:
With due respect to both sides, this is really a bunch of needless whining. I’m sure the UFC would like nothing more than to throw a couple hundred thousand dollars at Fedor and have the number one fighter in the world in their pocket, and at the same time I’m sure Fedor’s people would love to get a stranglehold on the exploding Russian MMA circuit. Neither of these things is going to happen though, and its time for both sides to pony up and start making some concessions. Fedor will be just fine without the UFC and vice versa, but both sides will be better off working with each other and they know that.
Let’s see… Vadim Finkelstein is on good terms with Vladimir Putin. Putin is a man who does business on his own terms. Russia is a market known for certain politics. I’d say Vadim has a pretty good grip on the Russian MMA scene right about now, even if it’s a money loser.
Dumb, dumber, and dumbest
I have to comment on the following story here. There are two reports tonight (here and here) that troubled NFL star Adam “Pacman” Jones will become a professional wrestler for the TNA promotion. The great irony in all of this is a connect-the-dots situation. Pacman’s attorney is Manny Arora, who is also the attorney of Dr. Phil Astin, who was Chris Benoit’s personal medical doctor. I’m not making any of this up.
Another attorney for Pacman Jones, Worrick Robinson, is quoted in The Tennessean claiming that Jones will be a babyface.
Think about the mainstream media coverage for this debacle. Pacman Jones, a guy who a lot of the sports media has portrayed as a thug. Then, TNA signs the guy and the guy has the same lawyer as Chris Benoit’s personal doctor who was indicted by the Feds. So, now TNA is going to be associated directly with Jones and indirectly linked to Chris Benoit. During the entire Benoit tragedy, the media coverage has completely ignored TNA and given them a free pass. However, TNA now opens themselves up through the backdoor for some real hard media attacks.
Look at the absurdity of this decision. The only decision that might be more absurd is Hustle considering bringing in OJ Simpson for their Hustle Mania event at Yokohama Arena in late November.
TNA airs on Spike TV, and the network is close to giving the wrestling promotion a two-hour weekly Thursday slot (resulting in The Ultimate Fighter being moved to Wednesday nights). It was also Spike TV who was blamed by Dana White for booking Noah Thomas vs. Marlon Sims (the two TUF contestants who got into their own street fight) before UFC canceled the fight. In other words, I guess we shouldn’t be shocked that TNA’s move to acquire Pacman Jones is not receiving condemnation from Spike TV — yet.
News and notes
Dann Stupp on five fighters looking for big things with a victory.
Last week, I got angry when I thought that Luke Thomas was accusing various MMA writers of calling MMA fighters who use steroids ‘cowards.’ Well, if Luke wants a specific target on that front, look no further than Keith Kizer:
“The reason they do it is because usually they’re the underdog, or they don’t have enough confidence in themselves. They’re cowards. They’re cheaters, so they go in there thinking oh my God I’m going to lose. How am I going to feed my family if I lose? Or here’s my chance to be world champion, let me use steroids, or I want to retain my title so I use steroids. We’ve had all these situations, so I don’t think they lost because they used steroids. I think they used steroids because they’re losers.”
Onto today’s headlines.
- Art of War HP: AOW 7 Tournament results
- The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL): Jiu-jitsu makes its way to area under guidance of Mike Lavazza
- MMA Madness: A grand plan to fix the IFL
- The Fight Network: Katsuya Inoue earns interim King of Pancrase honors
- 411 Mania: IFL semifinals preview – part 1
- UFC Mania: Video – Koscheck says GSP ‘doesn’t have a big heart’ or a ‘good chin’
- Sam Caplan: Josh Neer and Jeremy Stephens win on separate Iowa shows
- MMA on Tap: David Loiseau’s Ring Xtreme Challenge taking shape
- The UK Herald: The battle over cage fighting
- Gambling 911: SkillGround hopes to take advantage of MMA craze
- The Eugene Register-Guard (OR): Pros steal the show at eight-fight event
- The Saipan Tribune: Fighters wanted for ‘Rites of Passage’ event
- SLAM! Sports (Canada): “God of Wrestling” legacy on wrestling may be forever
- UFC HP: Babalu regroups and looks to rebound on August 25th
- Dave Doyle: Bruce Buffer – the voice of the octagon