By Zach Arnold | May 27, 2012
Think the fights were crazy on Saturday night in Las Vegas? Everything else surrounding the show is just as crazy. A cliff notes version of what to keep your eye on:
Vitor Belfort broke his hand, having surgery. He’s out for the UFC 147 Brazil card.
If there is any possible way for UFC to back out of that Brazil show, they should run from it as fast as they can. That and relying on Vitor Belfort for a top slot on a fight card at this point is something you do at your own peril.
Mayhem Miller reportedly had a backstage incident at UFC 146.
Mayhem Miller has had two of the most frustrating fights you could possibly imagine in the UFC. He looked awful against CB Dollaway, who himself also looked stagnant & stale. Get position, do nothing. That’s basically what happened here.
Darren Elkins exposed Diego Brandao’s gas tank.
Elkins did what Dollaway should have done on offense. He took a beating but administered one of his own. It was gritty, gutty, and awesome.
Dana would prefer not to have TUF Live on Fridays but Fridays is what works for FX.
Friday night is a death zone for MMA given the core audience. The major flaw for having live fights on Friday is that the only base of fans you’re going to attract are the hardcores. Given the fighters selected for TUF shows and the fact that the majority of fans watching the show don’t think any of the selected fighters have much of a long-term prospect of making it as a top-tier contender in the UFC, the show’s purpose is inherently paralyzed.
It’s also been strange to see the way UFC has promoted Urijah Faber. In WEC, he was the big fish in a small pond. Predictably, UFC presents him as just another guy. The aura of superstardom got stripped — and I’m not talking about just the losses to Mike Brown, either. I can’t put my finger on it, but something is badly missing here in terms of enthusiasm.
Dana and Brock may work out a deal for Brock to fight in UFC and WWE.
Brock/Mir III will do hot numbers on PPV. And then everyone will wonder why Lesnar didn’t draw well on PPV against John Cena.
First of all, WWE’s PPV market outside of Wrestlemania is fried like a bucket of KFC. Wrestlemania is the one PPV that draws for them now. Wrestlemania is as big, if not bigger than the WWE brand at this point. When WWE tried to push The Rock & John Cena against R-Truth & Miz in that tag match at Madison Square Garden for Survivor Series 2011, the PPV number there was way below expectations. If The Rock can’t save WWE’s PPV business, Brock Lesnar isn’t going to, either. It’s a company thing as opposed to being the fault of the stars.
Dana thinks Daniel Cormier should go to 205 but will honor him with a shot against the UFC big boys.
If Dana makes the offer to set up Cain Velasquez vs. Daniel Cormier, will the teammates split apart to make the fight happen?
Thoughts of the day from our friend MMA Supremacy:
“Not only will Overeem stick around, but he will most likely get a title shot… or close to one, when he returns.
“Regarding Lesnar coming back, it makes total sense. UFC is struggling big time selling PPV’s and Lesnar not doing great drawing on WWE.”
It looks like a Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos rematch is coming. Even money fight?
A truly illuminating (in a horrible way) moment for the Nevada State Athletic Commission when an NSAC official asked Frank Mir where he was after the first round and Frank said, “Mandalay Bay.” The fight happened at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Yes, the same commission that let Tito Ortiz fight Forrest Griffin while Tito said he had a ‘fractured skull’ and Forrest had a broken foot. The same commission that is letting TUF Live guys fight two or three times in three weeks in the State. Health & safety, kids.
I found the choice of Jamie Varner as Evan Dunham’s replacement against Edson Barboza to be mind-boggling and it was even crazier once Varner, a 4-to-1 underdog, pulled off the upset. I figured UFC would want a replacement for Edson in which if the upset happened, the replacement would be a prospect with a future. I don’t think anyone believes that Varner has a future against the top Lightweights in the UFC. It’s a really bad loss for Edson and hurts UFC.
I am happy to see Varner make the most out of his final chance with UFC. He was put in a tough spot and he won. Congratulations.
Arianny Celeste getting arrested in Clark County, Nevada (Vegas) based on allegations of domestic violence.
Whether she is guilty or not guilty, the legal system will sort that out. However, the wisecracks from (men) commenting online and joking about domestic violence because it’s a woman who got arrested for it is just stupid. We don’t celebrate domestic violence when men are the instigators, so what’s the point in celebrating women when they’re the instigators?
Dana’s full-throated defense of Arianny here is what it is.
When it rains, it pours.