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Sports Illustrated Asks If UFC 162 Was Fixed, Didn’t Actually Watch UFC 162


(SI debuts its new show, “Internet Commenters: Live!”)

By George Shunick

It was bad enough when conspiracies theories begin to pop up about Chris Weidman’s triumph over Anderson Silva this past weekend at UFC 162. Somehow, some people can’t seem to comprehend that Silva isn’t the reincarnation of some Byzantine deity of violence and as such is susceptible to being knocked out, and they’ll engage in whatever mental gymnastics it takes to absolve their hero of the errors that led to his demise. Still, this is the Internet — a place which was the inspiration for Godwin’s law, which holds that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.” Point being, stupidity is an unfortunate but invariable norm of the Internet.

However, when Sports Illustrated begins parroting these allegations, something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong.

It’s pointless to bother debunking these conspiracy theories. Sane, rational people will be able to conclude that fighters who throw fights don’t allow themselves to be fully knocked unconscious, that fighters who do stoop to such are desperate for cash as a result of not making an exorbitant amount of money quantified by their own name, and that if Silva did intend to throw the fight, he would have just been submitted by the kneebar/heel-hook attempt Weidman attempted in the first round. If that train of thought doesn’t make sense to you, nothing will.

But surprisingly, none of the participants in this discussion for SI felt the need to bring up any of these points. Contestant number one, senior writer Chris Mannix, defended the allegations by asserting that he’s heard rumors of fight-fixing happening in boxing, but “maybe not at the highest level” though. It’s probably worthwhile to point out that it does not appear Mannix has watched the fight in question, or for that matter is familiar with the UFC or MMA in general. Much like a high school student who is asked to offer an analysis of a book he was supposed to read but clearly hasn’t, Mannix grasped for whatever tangential information he can muster in an effort to sound informed and insightful.

He wasn’t successful. His counter-argument to his own non-existent argument was “why would the UFC want Anderson Silva to lose when the potential for a superfight is right around the corner?” That would be solid logic if he’s referring to a fight with Jon Jones or even Georges St. Pierre, but Mannix was actually referring to a bout with Roy Jones Jr. That bout – despite Dana White’s pre-fight bluster – was unlikely to happen in the first place, would not have happened before a real superfight, and probably would not have drawn as much as a real superfight between UFC champions. To his credit, he seems to conclude Silva did not throw the fight. To his lack of credit, he doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about.

Contestant number two didn’t fare much better. Number two – presumably producer Ted Keith – responded that “when [he] read the results on Sunday morning,” he suspected the fix was in. Again, he didn’t watch the fight. He was just surprised by the result, and came to the conclusion that it was most likely fixed, before thinking that if it was fixed, Silva would have won. He went on to say that because the UFC is more loosely regulated than boxing – which is not true, if only because boxing is poorly regulated as well – it was entirely plausible for fights to be thrown as a means to build its brand.

Fortunately, contestant number three – presumably senior producer Andrew Perloff – astutely notes that if the UFC desired to build its brand, why would it jeopardize its momentum by fixing fights? The risk-reward ratio is far too imbalanced for a company still on the rise; any benefit from having the “right” guy win would be vastly overshadowed by the potential pitfalls if the entire legitimacy of the organization came into question. See, this is why Perloff is the senior producer – he actually has some semblance of a brain.

All in all, this is an extraordinarily disappointing segment from Sports Illustrated. For one of the major sports news organizations to lend credence to baseless conspiracy theories that do damage the brand of the UFC and the legitimacy of the sport of MMA is bad enough. But to debate these issues with a panel that hasn’t even watched the event in question and is barely familiar with the sport is not only insulting but poor journalism. As SI continues to cover the UFC going forward, hopefully it will do so with people who actually know what they’re talking about.

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Clyde- July 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm
Well that's all the proof I need.

So it is written in the cagepotato comments section, so shall it be.
Fried Taco- July 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm
*Kanabalistic
Mr_Misanthropy- July 10, 2013 at 10:19 am
*Kabalistic
Mr_Misanthropy- July 10, 2013 at 10:16 am
Let's just break this down. How many letters are in Silva? 5. S = 19, I = 9, L = 12, V = 22, and A = 1, also known as alpha in greek or conversely aleph in the Semitic or Proto-Canaanite alphabets and is very significant in Kasbalistic symbology. Silva gives us a numerical total of 52 which is equivalent to seven, the number of holiness. Hitler has 6 letters with numerical values of H = 8, I = 9, T = 20, L = 12, E = 5, R = 18 which is a numerical total of 82 which is the numerical equivalent of 10 which equates to 1 in a cosmic sense and is the number of the monad, the universe, singularity. I think it's all pretty much right there in front of you.
Alan K- July 10, 2013 at 9:48 am
Nananananananananananananana WEEED-MAN!!!!!!
towelie- July 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv3e5uGOnB4
Clyde- July 10, 2013 at 9:42 am
That's ridiculous Taco; Hitler hides his trademark mustache underneath a larger, stick-on handelbar mustache. Shaving is the cowards way out.
Fried Taco- July 10, 2013 at 8:43 am
It is a well known fact that Hitler is not dead, and the UFC is part of the Neo-nazi regime being lead by Hitler. Adolf personally instructed Silva to take a dive, but make it look real and not some pussy tapout to one of those faggy submission attempts. Hitler is actually in attendance at all UFC events, just no one recognizes him anymore because he shaved off his mustache.
Mauro Dos Santos- July 10, 2013 at 8:12 am
CHRIS WEEDMAN? WTF?
nick diaz and the dub sack- July 10, 2013 at 7:26 am
Silva made a mistake while goofing around, simple as that. Silva is known for his head movement but leaning straight back at the waist with your chin in the air isn't head movement, that's what people in the industry call "fucking around".Even so, it's the sort of thing Silva could get away with against others but Weidman didn't go left-right-left-right like so many guys do and he caught Silva going the wrong way with his chin up. What I think convinces people of a fix is the fact that Wiedman was getting so thoroughly handled prior to the finish that it made Anderson fuck around. No fix though, one guy made a mistake and the other capitalized. Anderson kept taking more and more risks each fight, it was bound to catch up to him sometime. I think he'd toast Weidman in a rematch but if he's so bored that he has to stand against the cage and dance during fights then he may as well take his paycheck and go home.
Houstons db- July 10, 2013 at 7:18 am
These people are dingleberries
Clyde- July 10, 2013 at 5:53 am
Watching the fight is just prejudicial. I prefer to have my information 3rd hand from the most poorly informed of sources, that way I am not blinded by the facts that you truth Nazis seem so hung up on.
LOKI- July 10, 2013 at 5:34 am
There is a BIG difference between a "fixed fight" and a bored nigh-untouchable fighter, light years ahead of everyone in his division, shackled to a belt that prevents him from having moneyweight fights, personally deciding taking a dive for more reasons than I can list here.
Winterblack- July 10, 2013 at 3:33 am
As a day 1 Silva fan, Leben fight to be specific, he was doing his normal thing. Making Weidman look silly, avoiding chris' strikes and demoralizing his opponent. 2ND RD weidman looked slower and convinced he couldnt hit him.he stepped in on a desparate reaching combo and touched chin.Anderson got clipped, as Joe would say "on the button. ", no fix... he was out before he got got punched and woke up and KOD again. Sad but true
DTF- July 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm
Tone down the grammer.
danomite- July 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm
"I read it in the paper" guy was Perloff. I know because I grilled these fucking guys on twitter about this bullshit a few hours ago. I doubt they'll even see it, but hopefully they will. People need to know when they suck at their job or else they'll keep sucking. These guys couldn't be bothered to learn jack shit about MMA and yet they chose to cast about wild speculation of fight fixing. It makes me wonder if these guys know anything about any of the sports they write about.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm
...at which point the fight quickly began to resemble the unfounded rumors of Hitler directing the slaughter of Jewish people en masse in an industrial fashion which any sane and reasonable person knows to be a fabrication created to support the Zionist agenda of subjugating all persons of impure blood lineage in forced labor under an autocratic despotic one world government determined to feed human souls to the extraterrestrial overlords residing on the planet Nebiru.
SethF- July 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm
#FreeCagePotato
Squidjitsu- July 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm
I refuse to take your internet video seriously until you can at least pronounce the fighter's name correctly. WIDEman not WEEDman. </thread>
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