(Former internet brawler vs. former NFL bench-sitter. Who ya got?)
UFC head honcho Dana White got down to business with reporters after today’s UFC 109 press conference and told them, among other things, that Kimbo Slice‘s next opponent will indeed be fellow TUF 10 contestant Matt Mitrione. According to White, the fight is going down at UFC 113 in Montreal, and you know what that means, right? The Miami Pound Machine is finally going international, playa!
From where I sit, which is on my front porch whittling away at a stick and keeping an eye on those no good neighborhood kids, it’s a matchup that makes sense. It pits Slice against another foe who can throw them things, so to speak, and hopefully without any weird catchweight stuff to try and tip the scales in his favor. It also lends him the appearance of fighting a credible UFC heavyweight, because at least Mitrione was on TV acting crazy quite a bit and is coming off an impressive KO win over Marcus Jones on the finale. The fact that it was his first professional fight and now he gets Kimbo, well, what did you expect? They aren’t feeding ‘Ferg to the wolves until they’re sure he’s served his purpose.
Speaking of guys who have served their purpose but continue to hang around, DW spoke about Tito Ortiz‘s claim that Chuck Liddell had recently licked alcoholism thanks to an intervention by White himself. You’d better sit down for this one, because it sounds as if Tito might have been fudging the truth just a bit:
It’s not true. I never stepped in and had an intervention for Chuck Liddell, and he never went to rehab or anything like that. Tito says some crazy stuff sometimes, you know? Chuck Liddell is not drinking. He stopped drinking to get ready for this fight.
Chuck hates Tito. He doesn’t understand why I brought him back. He doesn’t think he belongs here.
First of all Dana, when you make the statement "Tito says some crazy stuff sometimes" and you are talking to a group of MMA reporters, it is completely unnecessary to follow it with "you know?" Trust me, they know.
Second, if Chuck had had an intervention, I’d like to think you would have had the good sense to use it as a co-promotional opportunity with A&E. And that you would have requested Candy. She’s the best.
Lastly, everything was going very smoothly until you followed the sentence about Liddell not drinking with a sentence about how he had stopped drinking to prepare for this fight. That implies that he was drinking up until very recently, and also maybe hints that he’ll start up again as soon as the fight’s over. Just saying, when we’re talking about a supposedly non-existent drinking problem, sometimes less detail is the way to go.