("…I, on the other hand, look like a very intelligent and compassionate person." Photo via joblo.com.)
Most longtime fans have gone through some variation of the following experience: You spend months trying to convince your co-workers that MMA is the baddest sport ever invented, and they need to give it a chance. So they come over to your place one night to watch a UFC event, and what they see instead is sloppy brawling, boring ground-hugging, and inexplicable judges’ decisions. "It’s usually a lot better than this," you say desperately as they slowly file out the door. But it’s too late; they’re gone, they won’t be back, and you’ll be eating most of your lunches alone from now on. It’s a humiliating feeling. Now imagine if those co-workers were Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson and The Hangover‘s Bradley Cooper, and you’ll have an idea of what Quinton "Rampage" Jackson had to endure on Saturday. Sour grape warning begins now:
I was watching the fight this weekend with the director of the A Team movie
, the movie crew & a couple of actors & I never been ashamed to be a part of MMA till now. The UFC looked like assholes this weekend. The main event was boring. I anticipated that because let’s be real.. Machida is a boring fighter. But Shogun getting robbed like that was pretty cut throat. Then you hear Joe Rogan say you "you have to beat the champ to be a champ." & that made me think the UFC are full of shit! Not to be whiny here but I still don’t feel like I’ve been beat in the UFC.. but I’m not champ anymore. If the UFC gives Shogun an immediate rematch because of the controversial loss then that would validate everything I have said about the UFC in my recent posts & why I’m pissed at the UFC. But yet he deserves one & so have I deserved one against Forrest.
The reason why I was ashamed of the UFC is because some people around me were saying that the UFC is becoming corrupt like boxing & asked me is that stuff real? Most of the people from the A Team movie were just watching it because I was watching it & they don’t know much about MMA & were starting to get into it but last night they didn’t have anything good to say about my sport. So I was so ashamed.
One good thing came out of the fight last night. Rashad looked more like a bitch. If he would have just tried to fight Machida instead of just nutting up he probably could have done better. I saw every last one of Machida’s weaknesses this last weekend…
The UFC needs to get some new judges before I even think about coming back. I want the hardcore fans to go back & watch all the fights that you thought was kinda shady with the judges in the UFC & TUF & write down the names of the judges so you guys can complain & have a voice. Do your homework. This sport wouldn’t be what it is without the fans. Its hard for me to believe that the UFC is so successful & has over 100 shows & can’t tell who wins a fight. How is it that they can’t tell who wins a fight on an important title fight?
We hate to say it, but Quinton Jackson has a point here. Rua is getting an immediate rematch against Machida because it’s convenient. The UFC has had trouble putting main events together lately, and they need all the big fights they can get. Plus, there’s no other clear-cut light-heavyweight contender (besides Rampage himself) who could credibly be put in to challenge for the belt right now. When Rampage lost his close decision to Forrest Griffin, the UFC had a lot more options in terms of challengers. And yes, poor judging is an epidemic in this sport. So you all had better start your CSAC-directed letter-writing campaign, or Jackson will never fight again — and then how would he ever get a chance to exploit all of Machida’s weaknesses?