Locked in the Guillotine MMA News Report 10.26.12 The Slow Edition
Posted by Robert Winfree on 10.26.2012
News and thoughts on Rampage Jackson turning down a The Ultimate Fighter gig, Dana White changing his position on women fighting in the UFC, the latest updates to UFC 155 and more!
Hello one and all, and welcome back to your weekly does of all things MMA related. Boy, was it a quiet week or what? I mean really, I've got almost nothing to really talk about. That complicates things when I'm writing a news column and there's no news to speak of. That fact hasn't stopped any of the other writers of course, so I suppose I shouldn't let it stop me. It does make this more difficult though, so I'm apologizing in advance for the quality this week. Well at least that will make your lives easier, I can't imagine a better week to be Locked in the Guillotine.
Before we get into the apparently quiet world of MMA, and in part because it's so quiet, I'm going to talk about The Walking Dead again. Hey, slow week remember? I was surprised that this week focused completely on the core group, I was under the impression that we'd get Michonne and Andrea as well, but it looks more like this weeks episode will be devoted to them and meeting the Governor. That leads me to think we might get alternating focus each episode, which again should remove the soap opera moments we got too many of last season. As for the action, a group of prisoners who had no idea what was going on outside the prison was a fun idea, and I would have preferred we get some more emotion from them as they realize everything was gone. I was also really hoping Rick or Darrel would face palm when they tried stabbing and kicking the walkers moments after they were told over and over to destroy the brain. The emotional moment goes to Maggie and her saying goodbye, essentially, to Hershel. That type of scene doesn't need a zombie apocalypse to be poignant, and it was very well done.
Also, I'm really hoping that we actually do get the return of Merl and it wasn't just a dream sequence.
Alright, that does it for the zombies this week, let's get into some MMA.
Showtime infection: Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis was hospitalized for an infection in his elbow, later revealed to be a staph infection. This is apparently the same elbow Pettis had surgery on, but all reports indicate he still wants to fight Donald Cerrone for his next fight. This postpones the fight a bit, but I'm still hoping that fight goes through because it will be fireworks from start to finish no matter where the fight happens.
Evans and Nogueira agree to fight: There are preliminary reports coming out of Brazil that former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira have agreed to fight. This is a fun fight I think, though part of me thinks it will essentially be a repeat of the little Nog vs. Phil Davis fight. Still, it will be a valuable asset to whatever fight card it gets added too.
Mr. Wonderful to meet Griffin: When Chael Sonnen was catapulted into an undeserved title shot it left his previous opponent, Forrest Griffin, without a fight for the UFC's year end card. Phil Davis, coming off of a second round Anaconda choke submission win over Wagner Prado, has agreed to step up and fight the former champion. This is another step up in competition for Davis, but the type he needs. Against lower level fighters he looks good and can use his wrestling to control and submit opponents, but he struggled against Rashad Evans when they fought, and while Griffin is a different fighter than Rashad he represents roughly the same level of competition. This will be a telling fight for Davis.
White now likes women: Apparently hanging out with Ronda Rousey has changed UFC president Dana White's stance on women fighting in the UFC. In a recent statement he's said he's 100% committed to making a women's division in the UFC. There are several complications right now, most notably Strikeforce's continued existence because Ronda Rousey is the face of female MMA and would be an integral part of making women fighting a success on the big stage. The relative lack of depth is still a problem, but with Invicta FC and Bellator both having female fights it's now more of a proven commodity and the UFC will be more willing to bring the women on board. One has to also imagine a female season of TUF will be coming along to help jump start the division.
El Guapo on commentary: The World Series of Fighting promotion confirmed their commentary team for their upcoming fight show. The commentary team will be NBC longtime announcer Todd Harris and everyone's favorite Dutchman, "El Guapo" Bas Rutten. Bas Rutten has a long history of commentary in MMA, starting in PRIDE then moving on to the IFL, Shark Fights, and a few other smaller shows. I've long wondered why the UFC hasn't tried to get Bas on commentary, because the man knows his stuff and knows how to impart that information to the listening audience. This is a good thing for those ordering the WSF show, because everything is better with El Guapo.
Sad news: 1984 Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling Jeff Blatnik passed away due to complications from heart surgery this week, he was 55 years old. Blatnik was not only an Olympic gold medalist, but provided commentary for several of the early UFC events, and spent time discussing the sport with local governments across the country. In fact calling the sport Mixed Martial Arts was in part his idea. This is sad news, but I would like to thank Mr. Blatnik for all his work advancing the sport we all love.
UFC ends the year with a bang: The UFC's final card of the year, UFC 155, is looking like it will be one of the more stacked cards of the entire year. The main event will be the rematch between heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and former champion Cain Velasquez. That alone is a huge fight, with the winner likely to face Alistair Overeem in March or so of next year. Also on that card the above mentioned fight between Phil Davis and Forrest Griffin, plus what should be a slug fest at bantamweight when Brad Pickett squares off with Eddie Wineland. All in all that is shaping up to be a great card.
Rampage calling his shots: In news that broke as I was about to post this column, but fortunately had time to get in, apparently former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson turned down a gig coaching the upcoming season of TUF opposite Chael Sonnen. I can't say I blame Rampage for that, he's coached TUF twice before and apparently didn't care too much for the experience either time. He also had no interest in fighting Chael Sonnen because he believes Sonnen is a boring fighter (he is). Rampage still plans on retiring when he turns 35, he's 34 right now, and has expressed interest in fighting Glover Teixeira and having his long desired rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, both of which I'd be interested in seeing.
You know what? I hate slow news weeks. I don't need huge stories every week, I don't need someone arrested or busted for drugs, I just need something. I've got words to put out here people, I need things to talk about. I can't just fabricate news from thin air, I'm not CBS. Ha, dated jokes, so much fun. I just need stuff to talk about, something to spark my interest, or even just get my mind working. In MMA it seems like it's slow forever, then five or six things happen all at once. I'm just asking that we spread these out a little, give us something interesting to discuss on slow news weeks like this one. I mean there was almost nothing of interest up there. Come on MMA world, just something worth discussing once per week, is that really too much to ask? The reality is that it probably is, which means that every so often you, my loyal readers, get stuck with a column like this one. Don't blame the messenger, I'm doing the best I can with the materials provided to me by the world. Well, there's always next week to look forward too.
And on that somewhat optimistic note I'm done for the week. My next column will happen just after Halloween, so I'll try and do something along those lines. No real promises of course, but I'll try and find something in that vein to talk about. Until next week, keep your heads up and watch your necks, just because you escaped the Guillotine this time doesn't guarantee anything next week.