Weekly MMA Digest: Liddell and more...
Even with UFC 71 over for close to two weeks, Chuck Liddell and his momentous loss to Quinton Jackson have certainly been topic number one in the media the last couple of weeks. Here are some interesting (and in some cases surprising) quotes from the last week or so:
In an interview with thaformula.com, Jackson's trainer Juanito Ibarra said the following about Liddell's demeanor at the UFC 71 weigh-ins:
He [Liddell] was totally intimidated...I seen it and I told Rampage after. I said you got in his head right now son. I see it in his eyes. Absolutely I seen it. Rampage was definitely in his mind.
In an interview with the Minnesota Star-Tribune, UFC President Dana White made the following, rather surprising comment about Jackson's knockout victory over Liddell:
Chuck getting knocked out was the equivalent of Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson.
And finally, the omnipresent Tito Ortiz continued a running feud with Liddell (this round of the feud was over Ortiz's no-show for a boxing exhibition with White and Liddell's subsequent trashing of Ortiz because of that no-show) by calling Dana White the "puppet master" and Liddell his "puppet." These comments came in a video interview with NBCSports.com.
I wonder how Liddell would respond to these comments. If only I had a way to ask him...(ALERT! You have just experienced a literary technique commonly known as foreshadowing...)
Other MMA news
Last weekend, FEG (parent company of K-1) in association with Pro Elite Inc. (parent company of EliteXC) held its Dynamite!!USA event at the L.A. Coliseum. Ivan Trembow of MMAWeekly.com does an excellent job of breaking down the attendance figures for the event. According to his article, the unverified attendance number for the event is 42,757. However, the verified number is only 3,674. The number of people of walked through the turnstiles at the Coliseum was 18,340. And the Japanese media reported attendance as 54,000.
Confused? You're not alone. I don't think anyone really knows how many people paid for their tickets and attended the event live. Check out Trembow's article to find out how many different ways these attendance numbers can be manipulated.
Trembow also breaks down the WEC's first live event televised on Versus. The two hour event averaged 416,000 viewers and drew an average rating of 0.4, according to Trembow. These numbers aren't UFC-type numbers seen on Spike TV, but as Trembow illustrates, they are not bad for the Versus network, which is available in 70 million homes.