MMA's 3R's 09.13.12: UFC 153 Injuries, Jon Jones, Rampage, and More
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.13.2012
From UFC 153's Jose Aldo and Quinton Jackson both going down to injury and Forrest Griffin getting a documentary on him to Jon Jones' animated MMA parody and more, 411's Jeffrey Harris checks in with the Right, the wRong, and the Ridiculous from the week in MMA!
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Greetings loyal readers and welcome back to a brand new edition of The 3R's of MMA. The rules and format are still the same as I will be taking a look at the Right, the wRong, and the Ridiculous in the MMA world. The Right will be about the good to great fights or positive news items for the week or big fight announcements. The wRong will be the bad fights, showings or performances, and bad fight bookings. And the Ridiculous will be the worst of the world of MMA.
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Welcome back everyone to another, brand new exciting edition of the MMA's 3R's. The UFC world has once again been rocked by the plague of injuries as it's taken out both the co-main event event and the NEW main event set for October's UFC 153. Oy vey is me.
Forrest Griffin: The Ultimate Fighter: Fuel TV broadcast a special 70 minute documentary on TUF winner and former UFC champion, Forrest Griffin. This was a great special and hopefully the first of many we can see later debut on Fuel TV. I assume this was also a feature on a Griffin DVD retrospective as well. Fuel TV has done a great job in pushing the UFC content and this is a great of example of how, now if only Time Warner would offer it to me in high definition instead of standard def only. I'd like to see one of these done for BJ Penn next since he's also had an interesting, storied career with a lot of ups and downs.
Forrest Griffin: The Ultimate Fighter chronicles the career of UFC champion and Ultimate Fighter winner, Forrest Griffin.
Jon Jones Horrible Nightmare: Look out Tommy Toe Hold and Look Out A Whale, you've got some competition for animated MMA parodies. This hilarious video was put together by Pouya Rebek who does MMA animated parodies on YouTube and is an impressionist of MMA fighters and personalities. Like they say, laughter is the best medicine. And sometimes you just got to laugh at things to get over tragedy and just move on. This was awesome.
"Jon Jones is sponsored by Nike. That's good. But I'm sponsored by God."
Rampage Out of UFC 153: And with this the co-main event from UFC 153 is gone. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was set to face Glover Teixeira in the co-main event in what was likely going to be the last fight of Rampage's UFC career. Rampage recently had knee surgery after his last fight. Rampage has also claimed he's had a bad knee and fighting injured for four years as well and the UFC knew it. If that was the case I wonder why he didn't take the time to ask for time off to rehab his knee or try and get knee surgery or rehab his knee when he's been on the shelf such as when he "retired" from MMA in 2009. Losing the main event for UFC 153 is bad enough, but now you don't have the allure of former champion Jackson in the co-main event either.
Quinton Jackson had to withdraw from the UFC 153 card due to injury.
Jose Aldo Out of UFC 153: The news couldn't come at a worse time for the UFC coming off the cancellation of UFC 151 and all the upheaval recently. So now UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is injured *AGAIN* and he will not be defending his title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 153 a superfight many of us were excited about. The injury was a result of Aldo's accident when he was hit by a car while driving his motorcycle. It's unfortunate what happened, but Aldo made a huge mistake by driving a motorcycle so close to such a big fight. These are grown men and you can't stop them from doing certain things but Aldo or someone in his camp really should've known better. Aldo has now destroyed the biggest fight of his career and featherweight division history because of his irresponsibility. With this, it's probably time that the UFC starts inserting restrictive behavior clauses into fighter contracts or bout agreements. Athletes in other professional sports have similar clauses. Heck actors in movies have this as well. Tobey Maguire wasn't allowed to ride an actual horse in Seabiscuit because of his Spider-Man commitments. At this point, Aldo or any fighter that high up riding a motorcycle right before such a huge fight is pretty irresponsible. Guys are going to get injured in training and sometimes you can't prevent that but many fights scheduled for Aldo have been have been delayed due to injury already. With so much on the line, I think it's time for fight camps to start reassessing their camp strategies when it's killing big fights like this and preventing their fighters from getting into the cage at all. Not saying fighters shouldn't train hard but if they are going a year or more without fighting now, it doesn't seem like a level they can safely maintain anymore.
Jose Aldo is no longer defending his title and fighting at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
That's it for the R's. But what else is going on 411mania.com with yours truly, the 411mania Jack of All Trades? Well for starters, I will be interviewing MMA legend, UFC Hall of Famer, and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz! So be on the lookout.
Check out my exclusive interview with Joseph Benavidez, who fights in inagurual UFC flyweight championship fight at UFC 152 next month. You can read it HERE.
I also had an interview with UFC 153 combatant and former welterweight title contender Jon Fitch.
I went to a special screening of Dredd 3D and got to speak with the stars for a roundtable interview session. So check out my interview with Karl Urban (Judge Dredd) and Olivia Thirlby. Look for my official review of the movie closer to the release in September.
Keep rocking it loyal readers. And like the great Buckaroo Banzai says, "Remember. No matter where you go . . . there you are."