Alright, let me first introduce this as a new weekly staple here at
HOV-MMA. Every Monday I will write an
editorial piece about what moves me. It
might be an amazing fight recap, interview or news item, but by and large it
will be a forum for me to mouth off about whatever I want. God bless America.
Dana White is as forgiving as a failed parachute. Usually you can take what Dana says in the
heat of the moment with a grain of salt and just blow it off. However, recently, there have been a couple
of issues that just make me think that the desert sun has done permanent damage to The Baldfather.
His issues started with Tito Ortiz. Nothing new there, they have a bit of a love/hate deal going. Tito, who currently serves as manager for
Cristina “Cyborg” Santos
has said some things about Ronda Rousey that might have been best unsaid. He was quoted as saying, "I think she is believing the hype a little
too much and she hasn't proved anything yet. That's just my opinion. I think
Ronda's an awesome fighter. I have nothing against the woman at all. I think
she is great for the sport and I am glad she's where the UFC, to, the idea of
making a woman's sport a part of the UFC and I'm happy for her for doing
Ok, Tito says he thinks Ronda is an awesome fighter, good for the sport and all but just feels she
hasn’t done enough to warrant the hoopla she’s being showered with. Dana White, in his usual calm and collective
manner, responded with. "I don't give a **** if you're Dan
Henderson, Machida, Tito, Chuck, go through the list of guys who have been
stars in this company, nobody in the history of this company will have more new
media following them than Ronda Rousey.
"Tito Ortiz came out the other day and said 'Ronda Rousey hasn't even
proven herself yet' ... what the ****? Tito, was a junior college wrestler,
she's an Olympic athlete who ******* medaled at the Olympics!
"Ronda Rousey’s first nine fights have gone nine minutes and twenty eight
seconds, Tito Ortiz's
first nine fights went forty minutes and forty five seconds. What the **** are
you talking about Tito? She blows you out of the water when it comes to
accomplishing things at the same point in your age and career, she smokes you,
she buries you, she's in another universe."
Ok, I think we get what you're saying Dana. However, comparing their
accomplishments as amateurs honestly doesn’t affect their MMA careers now. The fact that Tito took more time to win his
fights than it took Ronda is also kind of a non issue in the big picture. What Tito Ortiz did do however was win a UFC
title, inside of the Octagon, and then defend it successfully five times. During this time, Tito also served as UFC
Poster Boy, carrying the company through some dark times. He’s been in countless big fights, is a UFC
Hall of Famer, and this is the respect he’s shown by the UFC President. Is it really wrong to expect a fighter to win at least once inside the Octagon before giving them the keys to the kingdom?
Dana White has said in the past that “Women will never fight in the UFC.” Never basically meant until he had a female
star he could market, and make money from.
Ronda is a talented fighter, and as I’ve said before, will tear your arm
off and beat you with it. She’s a
genuine superstar, no question about it. After her debut though, there could be a serious lack
of opponents for her. If the UFC can’t
make a fight with her and Cyborg, the Rousey gravy train might stop producing.
Bottom line, we all
understand Ronda is the newest UFC cash cow, but let’s not completely **** on
the old bulls that are out to pasture.
They deserve better, which brings me to Randy Couture.
Randy Couture signed a multi-year deal with Spike/Viacom to work various
television projects, including serving as a coach on Bellator’s reality show
that should parallel The Ultimate Fighter in some/many ways. Randy signing to coach a Bellator show on Spike?
Well, it doesn’t
take a Rhodes Scholar to see the writing on the wall here. Dana White has since told us Randy is a bad
person. He’s not just pissed at Randy;
he’s informing us now, after all these years that Randy was in fact never a
good person. He was “never Captain America.” Not even when the UFC and their President
himself were selling us the whole Captain America shtick? Not when an emotional Joe Rogan exclaimed,
“That man is my hero.” Turns out it was all smoke and mirrors, to know Randy supposedly is to dislike him. One problem.
Randy is a good
guy, I’ve met him and interviewed more than once and he’s always been very
respectful and personable. Have I ever
had to sit across the table and do a business contract or sign him to one, of
course not. Business is tough, and you’d
be wrong to think that the UFC doesn’t play hard ball as well.
Bottom line is
this, Randy Couture is a hero of many, and served the UFC very well while in
the Octagon. He’s a multiple time,
multiple weight champion and another UFC Hall of Famer. He was more than that as well; he was the friendly face that helped bridge the gap between the UFC being thought of as "human cockfighting" and respected sport. He's owed a debt of gratitude. Because he chooses to do something against
the wishes of the UFC, Dana and company, he’s now, persona non grata at UFC events. Can’t even buy a ticket and sit in the nosebleeds
to watch his son fight. It’s
When the President
of the UFC is blasting Tito Ortiz as compared to Ronda Rousey and another UFC
Hall of Famer is not allowed to buy a ticket and attend a UFC event, there is something really wrong.
Business is business…but all too often this is personal. Look at the WWE for instance and how many
wrestlers have left, worked for the enemy, badmouthed Vince and Titan Towers
only to come back later and start over with the WWE.
There just seems there
should be a time and place where you can make a mistake, or do what’s best for
you, and then come back and work things out with the UFC. Tito Ortiz is blown away by Ronda
Rousey. Randy was never a good person,
and isn’t allowed to buy a ticket for an event.
What’s next? Nick the Tooth is
going to put too much cheese in Dana’s trousers and be cut loose? Say it isn’t so. Not Nick the Tooth. It's a world gone mad.