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Now That the UFC Has Their Mexican Heavyweight Champ, What Else Do They Need?


(You like it? I’m having this airbrushed onto the hood of my Impala.)

As you’re all aware by now, Cain Velasquez became The First Mexican Heavyweight Champion in Fighting History™ on Saturday when he destroyed Brock Lesnar at UFC 121. The crowning of Velasquez should hopefully usher in a new wave of interest in the UFC from the Latino community — but the promotion still has a long way to go until it appeals to all demographics. If the UFC wants to achieve true mass appeal, they should work as hard as possible to check these categories off their list as well…

An African-American Lightweight Champion
Over the years, the UFC has awarded title belts to Maurice Smith and Kevin Randleman in the heavyweight division, and Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans at 205. And even though former welterweight champ Carlos Newton and middleweight king Anderson Silva aren’t American, they would certainly be described by my mother as "people of soul." But the history of the UFC’s lightweight division has been that of white dudes (see: Pulver, Sherk, Edgar) and a fiery Hawaiian warrior (come on, son.) What the division needs is an athletic and explosive champion at 155, who can serve as a role model for kids who are too short to make the basketball team. Do I have to spell it out for you? Okay, fine: A-N-T-O-N-I-O M-c-K-E-E, P-L-A-Y-E-R.


A Redheaded Octagon Girl
While the UFC has given us our share of exotic brunettes, foxy blondes, and, you know, Chandella, we’ve never seen a hot redhead holding the round cards. Ginger discrimination, perhaps? It’s almost 2011, and fight fans are ready for new representations of beauty. The UFC should give a redhead girl a shot when they return to Ireland in March — make her a Suicide Girl-type, and you’re covering two fetishes simultaneously.

A Transgender TUF Winner
Over 11 seasons, The Ultimate Fighter has been a tool of subversion, proving that former drug addicts, fat guys, vegans, and even British people belong on MMA’s largest stage. But a biological male who identifies as female, and may have already had the surgery to get his/her genitalia reversed? Apparently that’s too far-out for the stiffs at Spike. Still, I’ll continue pitching my Ultimate Fighter: Bangkok idea until our LGBT allies get their much-deserved representative into the Octagon.

A Champion Who’s Younger Than 24 or Older Than 44
At 24 years and 4 months old, Josh Barnett became the youngest UFC champion in history when he defeated Randy Couture at UFC 36 — an accomplishment that still stands today, even though it should probably have an asterisk next to it. Coincidentally, Randy Couture is the oldest UFC champion ever, making his last successful belt defense against Gabriel Gonzaga when he was 44. Meanwhile, Mike Tyson became a heavyweight boxing champion when he was 20 and George Foreman was a title-holder until he was 48. I think the UFC can do better. Either get 20-year-old Charles Oliveira a lightweight title shot before he turns 21, or sign the Ruffo Brothers and build them up slowly. As for beating Foreman’s mark? We all know that Jon Jones will be the UFC light-heavyweight champion sometime in late 2011. All he needs to do is hold the belt for 25 years.

A Female President
Not that we don’t appreciate Dana White’s take-no-prisoners approach to doing business, but we can’t help but wonder if a softer, more diplomatic touch would have resulted in the UFC signing Fedor Emlianenko or getting on HBO. The alpha-asshole routine only works to a certain point. Maybe when White retires/dies, Zuffa can promote a woman from within. Like…um…the lady who manages the Octagon Girls? Wait, she’s not there anymore? Okay scratch that. There must be at least one female in an upper-management position at Zuffa, even if you never, ever see them on Dana’s video blogs. And if not, Linda McMahon will probably have a lot of free time after next week…

(BG)

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CheechFace- October 27, 2010 at 5:38 am
God damn it Ben, I clicked on the hot redhead link in work. I'm expecting the I.T. commando team to come crashing through my lab window any minute now because of the NSFW pics that loaded while I was reading the rest of the article.
fatbellyfrank- October 26, 2010 at 11:54 pm
Red headed Octagon girl, Yup
Trans gender TUF winner, wasn't there a Thai kickboxer who who covered all bases?
And Next top model and TUF sharing the house, isn't that Big Brother?
itsgalf- October 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm
I'm still waiting for the first Asian champion
Lyoto Machida and BJ Penn don't really count
Peetee- October 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm
80 percent of men who look at Arianny wearing her work outfit can't remember her hair colour.
dedflesh- October 26, 2010 at 9:31 am
octagon girl in a wheelchair
T Rex- October 26, 2010 at 9:29 am
Antonio McKee is who you go with? Really? What about Ben Henderson? Someone exciting when they fight. All I can remember of McKee is his IFL Fights are decisions all the way through.

He'll get his chance on News Years though, I guess.
Dongerous- October 26, 2010 at 9:15 am
Well Dana & Co. have been working the race angle to draw in the "Mexican" demographic. With the Lesnar/Velasquez fight we got the whole "Viva Mexico" bumrush. I didn't appreciate the de facto legitimization in a UFC video of old man Velasquez' illegal immigration into this country. Guess the marketeers at the UFC figure that they won't alienate the crackers that have been the fan backbone of the sport in the process. When and if they figure that there has been damage done, they'll throw promo behind some white fighter in an attempt to patch things up. Maybe even wave the Stars and Stripes around a little bit. Who knows? Maybe most MMA fans are that easy to manipulate. Not me, and not some of my MMA pals that I have spoken with. I think from here on out, I'll save my 45 bucks and wait for replays as a protest against this politically correct marketing. I vote with my pocket book and I would recommend that anybody else who finds the UFC marketing practices to be slimey to "just say no" to funding the UFC in any way.
Big Shafty- October 26, 2010 at 9:11 am
A female vice president named Dana Black would be a fair compromise.
Douchey McDoucherton- October 26, 2010 at 9:00 am
@EFB there is one and his name is Ed Soares
Fried Taco- October 26, 2010 at 8:52 am
What about having an Armenian champ? You know, to bring in those huge Armenian ratings. Maybe someone from TUF, or a cousin of someone who was on TUF.
jimbonics- October 26, 2010 at 8:38 am
the reinstatement of natasha wicks is all I could ask for.

nice use of the ­™ btw.
Videodrome_NOW- October 26, 2010 at 8:24 am
Redheads, really? Yuck! But, I guess if you're Gollum you take what you can get, eh Rex????

If the Octagon was surrounded by a moat and the ring girls had to swim through sharks in order to get to the cage, then you might capture my interest. I said "might."
DaltonSwayze- October 26, 2010 at 8:18 am
TUF is also just Tough Enough and also kind of stole the name
RwilsonR- October 26, 2010 at 7:57 am
@ Rex and agentsmith - I'm with you, so long as it is really a blonde or brunette that just dyes her hair red, but still has nice smooth, tanned skin. I don't need to see any of that pale freckly shit swaggering in front of the camera.

@ Kimbo's Bread - I believe they prefer to be called 'plus-size ring girls.'
And if Arianny's playboy spread tells us anything, I think she is Brazilian where it counts.
agentsmith- October 26, 2010 at 7:55 am
@RearNakedSpoon:

Funny you should say that, I realized the other day that "The Ultimate Fighter" is basically "America's Next Top Model" for fighters.
RwilsonR- October 26, 2010 at 7:50 am
Unless Kyle Maynard gains some weight and really steps up his game, I guess the hopes for a first Handicapped champion still lie with Matt Hamill.

Well... that is if you don't count Tito Ortiz. He does look a bit Down's with that head.
Kimbos Bread- October 26, 2010 at 7:50 am
How about:

A President who isn't a douchebag.

An overweight ring girl.

A native american ring girl.

A brazilian ring girl.

A transgender ring girl.

Ok the last one was obviously a joke. Calm down.
agentsmith- October 26, 2010 at 7:50 am
ReX13 and I are in utter agreement on the ginger Octagon Girl issue.
ReX13- October 26, 2010 at 7:47 am
RearNakedSpoon Says:

"How about adding an extension onto the TUF house and having models competing to become ring girls in tandem with the 13th season?"

Yeah, nothing could go wrong there. Don't get me wrong, it would be great entertainment, especially if they put it on HBO or Showtime.

#BowChickaWowWow
RearNakedSpoon- October 26, 2010 at 7:44 am
How about adding an extension onto the TUF house and having models competing to become ring girls in tandem with the 13th season?
ben- October 26, 2010 at 7:37 am
@ JoseMonkeyOf course, thanks for the catch...
echoxer0- October 26, 2010 at 7:32 am
how bout a chinese anything? since theres like 1.2 billion of those. im sure theres a big market
El Famous Burrito- October 26, 2010 at 7:28 am
I want to see a heel manager cageside, like Slick, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, or Mr. Fuji.

Someone who comes in between rounds and advise his fighters to knee the other guy in the balls.

He could manage Cheick Kongo.
JoseMonkey- October 26, 2010 at 7:27 am
I'm not sure if you were trying to make an exhaustive list, Ben, but Rashad was also champ at 205. (Briefly, of course, but aren't they all at LHW?)
ilvbllythekd12- October 26, 2010 at 7:23 am
@Merlin Whoa
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