Does anybody remember Carlos Condit? Where did he go? After
backpedalling instituting a brilliant game plan to outpoint Nick Diaz this past February, “The Natural Born Killer” has been missing in action. That is completely unacceptable as far as I am concerned. Had Diaz won that fight he would have fought 3 times during the same span, if only to try an calm the ever-present rage boiling just beneath his surface, right? Well, as much as we all enjoy the antics of the Stockton native, I am going to guess that he would be riding the pine waiting for a GSP match up as well. Case in point, Nick’s younger brother Nate Diaz was bestowed the coveted #1 contender title and has been pounding Yoo-Hoos and watching reruns of H.R. Puffnstuff ever since. He had the choice to fight Anthony Pettis but opted to sit out during the prime of his career when he has been on an absolute wrecking spree.
This is a trend that needs to be eliminated. If you are an interim champ or #1 contender and you have to wait more than 6 or 9 months before your challenger is ready, I believe they should be ordered to stay active or lose the current standing. I understand the monetary benefits for a fighter that headlines a championship bout and sometimes the risk outweigh the rewards. That being said, these are fighters and they should be competing if they are healthy.
4. GET TRT USAGE UNDER CONTROL
Because of Chael P. Sonnen and his shocking performance during his first bout against Anderson Silva, we all now know about Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The fact that a heroic triangle in the waning seconds of that fight ended with the champion retaining his title was a great thing regardless of your allegiance to either fighter. What if Sonnen was able to escape the choke or simply pulled a lay and pray for the remainder of that fight? We would have had one of the biggest upsets in sports history that would have culminated in Sonnen being stripped of the title after failing his post-fight urine test because he didn’t file the proper paperwork with the athletic commission. With the revelations that former champions Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin have also received TRT exemptions, I assume that it won’t be long before the entire roster is full of fighters looking for a pharmaceutical edge.
It is an epidemic and from the growing number of exemptions, I presume it is fairly easy to acquire. I imagine it is like getting a medicinal marijuana card in California. You go to your doctor and tell him/her you have anxiety. You get a prescription, drive down to your local dispensary and you are home with some Acapulco Gold in 10 minutes. I am not a doctor and do not exactly know what goes into getting an exemption but it seems like this could kill the sport faster than most things because it absolutely tilts the realm of a fair playing field.
How the mighty have fallen. Dana White was a trailblazer for the MMA community, but his act has become as fresh as a Peg Bundy foil-wrapped mystery pack. Like most, I loved his utter honesty and his ability to speak without a filter. He was the maverick that the UFC needed while they scratched and clawed for acknowledgment. We all know about his actions in regards to CP and by no way is that influencing my opinion, because we all know that he will always be a loose cannon. There is not a doubt in my mind that he was as instrumental in bringing the UFC to the forefront of prime time network television as any fighter, but there was a time and a place for the profanity laden interviews, the insolent slurs or the bully tactics. That time is not now and that place is not as the “face” of a major sports promotion. It may be time for Lorenzo Fertitta to step in and relieve Uncle Dana of his duties and if Mr. White reads this I am sure he will have two words to say to me.
Will any of these proposals happen? Probably not.
Would any of them help right the proverbial UFC ship? Maybe.
It is not that I am getting older or becoming jaded by the success of the UFC because I have been a fan since the sport’s inception. This is not an indie band that got swallowed by a major record label and exploited until their once-great artistic music has now morphed into top 40 fodder. This is The Ultimate Fighting Championship and from the poorly produced human cock fighting that took place at bingo halls in the Ozarks to the bright lights of Staples Center in the city of angels, it has been an uphill battle from the beginning. But with fan dedication and monetary support, we have helped push that locomotive to the apex. Let’s just hope that the train keeps chugging because at this rate, some of us may not be pushing forever. Now it is up to the think-tank at Zuffa to fix some of these deficiencies that are damaging the product.
Does the Potato Nation have any suggestions or is the UFC fine the way it is?