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If you’re anything like us, you got your first good look at the official trailer for UFC 126 on Saturday night during the Fight for the Troops show on SpikeTV and thought, “Wow, almost everything said during that 31 seconds is extremely debatable.” Granted, the UFC is known for its revisionist history and these promotional spots are typically designed to bend the truth however much is necessary to get dudes who don’t really know that much about MMA interested in dropping 50 bones on the per-per-view. Even considering that, this particular commercial seems pretty, uh, erroneous. Anyway, watch it, then follow the jump for our picks of the five most questionable assertions made here …
1. Vitor Belfort has “12 first-round knockout victories” … That sure sounded like a lot, so we went back and counted. And then counted again. And again. Turns out, Belfort only has 11 first-round KOs in MMA. That’s still impressive, but keep in mind seven of those came before 2005 and the number also includes his bullshit win over Randy Couture at UFC 46, when Couture couldn’t continue after a seam on Belfort’s glove sliced his eyelid during a missed punch. To give Belfort “12 first-round knockouts,” you have to count his lone career boxing win over some guy named Josemario Neves in Brazil in 2006. The UFC probably would’ve been better off just to say “13 first-round stoppages,” because then you could include his arm bar win over Joe Charles at UFC Japan and choke out of Bobby Southworth at Pride 13.
2. In Belfort, Anderson Silva has “finally met his match” … The UFC has long had a weird hard-on for Belfort, dating back to when SEG thought he’d be the savior of their business in the late ’90s. Strictly speaking however, Belfort has only fought once since his latest return to the UFC in 2009. Prior to that, he went 2-3 during his previous stint in the Octagon from 2002-05. Even in this commercial, the best Belfort highlights the UFC could scrounge up are his 1997 win over Tank Abbott and his 1998 blitzing of Wanderlei Silva. In light of that, saying Silva has “met his match” in “The Phenom” feels incredibly premature.
3. Silva is still the “pound-for-pound king” of MMA … Anderson Silva being the “best fighter in the world” is essentially an official mantra of the UFC at this point. They repeat it over and over, insisting it’s true so vehemently that you almost have to call bullshit on it. For our money, if you compare what “The Spider’s” done over the last couple of years to, say, welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre it’s almost indefensible to hold on to the fading ideal that Silva is still No. 1 on the mythical pound-for-pound list.
4. Belfort is a “former light heavyweight champion” … Yeah, he is. Technically. But remember that thing about a seam on his glove cutting Couture’s eye during a whiffed strike? That’s how he won the title. Legend has it he even went to Couture’s hotel room later that night to try to give the belt back, but Couture wouldn’t take it. Anyway, Belfort held the championship just shy of seven months before Randy came back and whipped his ass during his first title defense at UFC 49. Then Tito Ortiz beat him at UFC 51 and he got cut from the organization. So is Belfort a“former light heavyweight champion”? Sure, but only in the loosest conceivable way. Is it possible to question the legitmimacy of his entire title reign? We think we just did.
5. Jon Jones and Ryan Bader will “fight for control of the light heavyweight ranks” … OK, now we know this one is untrue. Last we checked, Shogun Rua still controlled the light heavyweight ranks and just this weekend Dana White blew our fucking minds by saying (for some god-awful reason) they’re going to give Rampage Jackson a shot at the winner of Rua vs. Rashad Evans at UFC 128. That puts“Bones” and “Darth” still a good distance away from “controlling” anything. Says Dana: "We’ve got Jon Jones and Ryan Bader on Feb. 5, which is going to be a great fight and catapults one of those guys to the top five.” Top five? WTF.