Famed Miami S.W.A.T. team leader Rick Smith (RIP) was once famously quoted on the difference between bravery and courage and offered the following words of wisdom: “Bravery is when you do something dangerous and you’re not even scared. Courage is when you’re smart enough to know that you should be scared, BUT YOU DO IT ANYWAY.” Ten seconds later, he met his demise via one insanely elusive hand grenade. And while we’re not sure if the next two gentlemen we’re about to discuss are brave or courageous, we do know that they are doing nothing short of pulling the pin out of a live grenade to prove it. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
Look, we’re all for fighters stepping up to face a challenge, over say, declining one even if it means the cancellation of an entire event, but this is getting ri-goddamn-diculous. First Cody McKenzie requests a firing via decapitation with Josh Thomson serving as executioner, and now TUF 14′s Akira Corassani is apparently petitioning for his next fight to end at the destructive hands of Conor McGregor when the UFC returns to Boston in August for that preposterously titled event.
Now 2-0 in the UFC since his time on The Ultimate Fighter, Corassani posted the above video on his Youtube page yesterday, and aside from possessing a very loose understanding of what a UFC contract is, pulled a Chael Sonnen and gave McGregor just 48 hours to respond to his call out. Uh, dude, McGregor was pretty much homeless before entering the UFC, so maybe give him a week to fire back on Twitter?
And speaking of fighters biting off more than they can chew…
You guys remember Anthony Perosh, right? For those of you who might not, Perosh would be the Australian grappling whiz who was brought back to the UFC to be slaughtered by Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 110. Somewhat unexpectedly, “The Hippo” managed to turn the four-fight deal he received for said slaughtering into something other than a series of increasingly steep hospital bills (at least on his end), securing three straight stoppage victories in his next three bouts. Unfortunately, Perosh’s comeback run was ended in just 7 seconds via a Ryan Jimmo deathball at UFC 149.
Vinny (Magalhaes) was calling me out when he was trying to get into the UFC, he wanted me as his first match, but it didn’t make any sense because I was on a three fight win streak back then. But now, it makes sense. He’s coming off a loss, I’m coming off a loss, it makes sense for us to fight. I think it’d be a good match.
To be fair, Magalhaes is on the heels of an absolutely dreadful performance against Phil Davis at UFC 159, so perhaps Perosh’s call out is less suicidal than we originally thought. At 40 years old, Perosh has already eaten through his current contract and is likely on his way out the door. While a win over a fellow BJJ black belt like Magalhaes would prove that Perosh still has something left in the tank, the 12 year age gap is nothing short of concerning. Perosh couldn’t deal with the speed of the 31-year old Jimmo, so what makes him think he can hang with the 28 year-old Magalhaes? Then again, when you’re coming off a 7-second obliteration against a UFC newbie, things can only go up, right?
You know what, the more I think about this potential matchup, the more I like it. It would put a ton of pressure on Magalhaes to turn in an impressive performance (you know, like he said he’d do against Davis) and at the very least, we’d get to see an old guy grapplefuck a wisecracking whippersnapper right (back) out of the UFC. Because grapplefuckings with a takeaway moral are the only acceptable grapplefuckings.