The embarrassing part of UFC 100
Yes, I’ve seen the quotes. I get it. They hate each other. They can’t stand each other. Oh, and they have a TV series to promote. A reasonable fan is expected to think one of two things: Wow, the UFC is really trying hard to promote TUF and this is a lame attempt to keep it at the top of our minds.
Or, that two grown men can’t be within 15 feet of each other without coming to blows. That is garbage boxing pulls to sell pay-per-views, not something the UFC needs. I’m fine with talking trash and I understand some guys just don’t like each other, but come on, give us some credit.
Did this really go through Jackson’s mind?
“Hey, Rashad Evans is looking at me funny ... GET 'EM!”
That hurts the credibility of the sport more than anything Brock Lesnar did. So he’s a poor sport, what’s the big deal? Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson are professional athletes who are scheduled to fight against each other. When they “just can’t wait” to get it on, it makes the sport look like it’s fueled by putting two angry guys in a cage to wage war. The UFC doesn’t need to sell fights like that anymore.
Maybe that fight does need some extra hype that hopefully the TV show will give it. It’s not too often you see a No. 1 contender turn down a shot at a champion because he wants to settle a score with someone else. Usually, the No. 1 priority of any fighter is to prove he or she is the best in the world and that’s what the championships mean. It’s weird that Rampage’s disdain for Evans is greater than his desire to regain the title.
Rampage’s desires aside, when I saw the news about the shoving match, my first thought wasn’t “wow I can’t wait for that fight.” It was “give me a break.” If their grudge is that serious, go get Kimbo Slice, a parking lot and settle this YouTube style.