MMA news roundup
Before I start, I would love if we could put James Toney and Chael Sonnen in a room to talk each other’s ears off or until one of them goes unconscious. I believe they both failed the class, Trash Talking 101. Enough is enough, guys.
Speaking of TKO.
Vladimir Matyushenko is fighting in the UFC main event on Versus 2 Sunday night against one of MMA young stars, Jon Jones. At 39, Matyushenko told mmafighting.com that, "experienced" isn't just a kinder synonym for "old." It's a real asset, and one he plans to put to good use in this fight. He also said, "The biggest thing is that when you are experienced, you can get kicked in the leg or hit in the face and you don't go back to your wrestling and forget about your game plan. You just keep doing what you came to do.”
If I can quote Mike Tyson, “Everybody has a plan ‘til they get punched in the mouth.”
On Sherdog.com they are also writing about Sunday’s match between Jon Jones and Vladimir Matyushenko.
Sherdog.com said it’s no coincidence that Jones is preparing for his third consecutive fight on free television: the tube has created a venue for fighters to break free of both regional limitations and pay per view exclusivity. Tyson fought practically once a month in the 1980s, the majority of the time on cable or network stations. There were no hurdles for fans to follow the making of a monster.
Jones is hardly Tyson, and for that, he should be thankful, but it’s clear the UFC is borrowing heavily from boxing’s playbook in packaging a talent that looks to pay dividends in the future.
Dana White who once wanted to become a boxing promoter prior to the Fertitta brothers acquiring the UFC is trying to introduce the MMA world to a young man who could be the next world champion. Jones speaks well, he had a great upbringing and he doesn’t have a foreign accent.
Speaking of boxing.
Cagedinsider.com reported White's opinion about the state of boxing. Notorious for making bold statements, White recently spoke with ESPN Radio and gave a dire prediction as to the fate of professional boxing. According to White, the lack of free televised fights is something that is making boxing all but obsolete. White noted that he was an avid boxing fan when it was on free television, but now that the majority of fights are on pay per view, it appears that “Nobody is going to stick their hand in their own pocket and spend their own money to save the sport of boxing.”
White later went on to say, “My honest opinion of boxing is that boxing will go away.”
To come to boxing's defense, it’s not going away, without a fight.