Judges at the UFC show got monitors tonight… but the controversy continues; Update: Spot on Matt Hamill’s back was due to staph infection
By Zach Arnold | June 20, 2010
Thing on Hamill’s back? Staph infection. He just confirmed it. Going on antibiotics tomorrow, he says. Gotta wonder how the NSAC didn’t catch that. Actually, he may have said it was a “sterilized staph infection.” Was kind of tough to understand him. He said he didn’t know he had it. He didn’t say when he found out about it, though. See, that’s what I wonder. How did he get through medicals with that thing?
The red mark on Hamill’s back was a staph infection that he didn’t know he had. He plans to begin an antibiotic regiment on Sunday, he said as he pulled up his shirt to show off the wound, which resulted in a low groan from the media. “It just winked at me,” quipped Leben.
Keith Kizer just informed me that Matt Hamill’s staph infection was inspected at weigh-ins. Doctor cleared Hamill to fight.
There’s no excuses for the NSAC allowing Hamill to fight with this. None. Another controversy involving Keith Kizer’s crew. This may be worse than Forrest Griffin fighting Tito Ortiz last November with a broken foot.
Think about Court McGee and Kris McCray, who fought in that cage after Hamill’s fight. Think about Keith Jardine, who bled during that fight. This is a major health and safety issue. Staph infections are nothing to mess with.
A few takeaways from tonight’s UFC event from Las Vegas…
Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine had a war. My heart says they both deserve to stick around, but my brain says neither man right now has much of a long-term future if things don’t dramatically change for both men. I have no clue where Hamill goes from here after tonight’s win. As for Keith, there was quite a bit of irony in him losing a point by Herb Dean a week after Dana White called Herb Dean the best MMA referee in the world. There was no way that the eye poke by Jardine was intentional and he didn’t deserve a point taken away. If the point hadn’t been taken away, we’re talking about two scores of 29-27 going to 29-28… meaning the two judges who picked Hamill didn’t give Jardine a 10-8 round? 10, 10, and 9 by two judges scoring in favor of Hamill… I think the fight performance by Keith alone saved his job.
Aaron Simpson was a heavy favorite going into his fight against Chris Leben and he got tagged. I loved how the announcers kept putting over Leben as someone who has matured over the last five years. That failed steroid test never gets mentioned, does it? Leben will always have his fan base and they showed up in Las Vegas tonight. He’s usually the kind of guy tailor-made for these Spike shows. I accept him for what he is. A set back for Simpson.
Jonathan Snowden remarked that the difference in terms of performance of the TUF 11 finalists versus the veterans on the undercard fights was glaring and he’s right. I was expecting a more competitive main event match, but Kris McCray really didn’t put up much of a fight. I have no idea where Court McGee fits in the bottom 20 or so of the Middleweights that UFC has under contract.
Thought it was appropriate of UFC to squeeze in the airing of James McSweeney getting picked apart right after the TUF 11 final. McSweeney was pushed during season 10. He got beat down hard here.
Wonder how many people will notice Joe Rogan’s absence with Kenny Florian working tonight’s show? I thought, overall, he did a smooth job and worked well with Mike Goldberg. He worked tonight’s show in Las Vegas and flew to Edmonton, Alberta to be at the WEC show on Sunday. Same with Bruce Buffer, who seemed very animated tonight.
Why did anyone get excited by the prospect of a Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver fight?
One of the few things that UFC does a poor job of is those split-screen interviews with PPV headliners to hype a fight during the Spike TV shows. They come across as lackluster and really aren’t interesting. Their split-screen with Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin was incredibly useless.
It was amusing to watch Mike Goldberg have to put over a stupid “Guy’s Choice” awards show for tomorrow while at the same time WEC will be airing on Versus. During the enlightening promos, we heard actresses talking about guys masturbating to pictures of them. And then, the cherry on top — Half Pint Brawlers aired right after the UFC show on Spike TV, a show featuring Puppet the midget who once appeared on TNA wrestling to masturbate in a garbage can.