Originally written February 04, 2013 on hov-mma:
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 that."   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 asinine.    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.
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