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UFC 102 In-Depth Video Preview


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This coming weekend will be a quiet one in the world of MMA, but two Saturdays from now, the UFC will descend on Portland’s Rose Garden Arena for UFC 102, which will be headlined by a heavyweight battle between two legends — Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The above video trailer does its best to downplay their recent losses to Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, respectively, but Dana White does mention that it’s a fight where "we’re going to see where they are in the heavyweight division." The storyline for Randy (as always) is that he can never be counted out, even though he’s 46 years old, while Joe Rogan calls Minotauro "one of the most durable fighters to ever fight in all of mixed martial arts" and drools over his submission prowess.

The other featured bout in the trailer is Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva. The Dean of Mean isn’t too bothered by his rocky path in the light-heavyweight division, saying "I’m taking the hard road to the title, but I’m gonna make it to the top, it’s only a matter of time." Also: "My goal is find my opponent’s soul and take it from him." As Joe Rogan sees it, this fight "represents to me two guys who are desperately in need for a win…two guys coming off losses with a lot to prove."

Related: Citing Oregon’s deep recession and aggressive tax policy, MMA Payout reports that UFC 102 is far from sold out, particularly in the higher-priced sections. So if you live near the Rose Garden, you may want to show up the day of the event…

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Bootylam- August 18, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Fuck all this stupid shit and get to the real question: Who WANTS to see Randy and Nog? I'm sorry but it's time for some of these guys to move on or it's going to end up like boxing, watching shadows and memories of faded fighters still out there way too long past their glory days because promoters and fans just won't let them go. This fight is mma's version of Jones v. Lacy. (Worn out old man v. worn out, not quite as old man) The other two main fights look MUCH better. Can't wait for Maia n Marquardt.
ihateemo- August 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm
Of course you don't. But it'll be OK.

But since we're demanding things be free that have no reason to be so, I think beer should be free. And video games. And seats next to Mandy Moore at UFC events for snarky internet denizens.
CJvsCP- August 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm
@ ihateemo

You sir are an idiot. Russia has not been communist country since the fall of the Soviet Union. So please elighten us with your BULLSHIT STATEMENT! WTF does Russia or commie have anything to do with paying for cable or "Free TV"! Man, you really are stupid....
portland mma- August 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm
You should keep writing essays to yourself about the tax structure. Maybe if there is time you can talk to yourself about earmarks and pork barrel spending, as we are all dying for that too.
LAS- August 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm
And do you really think Couture sat on the sidelines for a year because of a personal vendetta with Dana White? Did you miss the whole part about him trying to sue his way out of his contract, and then finally giving up because he knew he'd spend 10 years with the UFC behind a bench instead of in the cage? Seriously, you couldn't be more full of shit.
LAS- August 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm
@jimbonics:

Good job trying to save face while ignoring the fact that your original post was total horseshit. I see you must also keep your copy of the high school sophomore insult book handy as well.

You seem like one of those sincere pricks who thinks every time someone says something to the media they must really mean it. Clearly Dana White's whole attitude schtick is meant to endear him to rebellious teenagers, the UFCs core fan base (note the similar of his approach to the general tone of WWE products), while courting the outrage that douchebags like you are so happy to throw his way. Unlike all the self-righteous assholes who populate ESPN's daily lineup, Lesnar knows that heat sells, and so does Dana White. And if the Fertita's are such financial wizards, why is their casino empire in the shitter right now while the UFC is making money hand over fist?
LAS- August 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm
@Broncos 1998:

You are clearly the clueless one; did you even read the story linked here at MMA Payout? Oregon's tax policy is described above as "aggressive" and the MMA Payout article notes the "exhoribidant [sic] event taxation in Portland."

I know you dumb fucking hippies think you've got the economy all figured out, but regressive tax structures don't drive a state into bankruptcy during economic downturns, progressive ones do. To wit, compare California and Texas at the present moment. There's no point in offering assloads of social services if you have to revoke them when times get hard and they are needed most.
Broncos1998- August 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm
@ LAS - you are clueless. The taxes in question are not "progressive" they are "regressive" in that everyone pays the same 12%. I am sure you and your wingnut friends would like this flat tax in any other setting. Slow ticket sales probably have very little to do with the taxes.

The fact is the taxes here are a red herring. Most states/municipalities charge a tax or fee for this type of event. Sure 12% is too high but I doubt it is factoring into the buying decisions of MMA fans. An extra $12 for a $100 ticket is not likely a deal breaker, considering that in most areas that tax is probably at least $5.

The UFC will comp a good 20% of the tickets (mostly close up) and hope to get a late surge on the others. I attended UFC 73 in Sacramento and about 20% of the tickets were comped and even then the place was not entirely full.
CJvsCP- August 18, 2009 at 11:11 am
@ ihateemo

So what your sayin is that they don't pay for Cable or PPV in Russia? Please elighten us all on what you mean because I really don't get your comment.
KidDinomite- August 18, 2009 at 10:38 am
I agree that some of the UFCs cards should be broadcast on Spike. This card especially because you have no title fights on hand, Couture and Nogueira are at the end of their careers, Jardine is gonna get knocked out and released, Silva will move up the ladder, etc.

I put down 20 bucks to see 100 and 101 on PPV because the cards were stacked with good prospective fights, even though 100 was a major letdown and 101 only highlight was Silva/Griffin. I found Penn/Florian to be too boring for my liking until Penn finally got up in Florian's grill.

Fact is, I'm gonna download 102 from bittorrent. I would have attended the PPV in October but Dana White and Staples are charging $250 for fucking nosebleeds. Even though Machida is fighting Shogun in a sure to be classic battle, I want something to show for 250 bucks...
parchy mcthirst- August 18, 2009 at 10:27 am
i didnt know the dean of mean was shang tsung...someone better assemble liu kang, raiden, johnny cage and the troops...the tournament for earth's survival is about to begin
ihateemo- August 18, 2009 at 10:13 am
But seriously, I may make a trip down to Portland. Do want to see this event! Main events aside we have:

Marquardt vs Maia?? Why hello thar totally legit middleweight contender!
Jardine vs Silva?? SOMEONE is getting knocked out in this fight.
Vera vs Sozyskinsyzzshkisikyki??
Gonazaga vs. Lil' Brock??

Should be a good night. Hopefully I can wangle some cheap front row seats and stroke Mandy Moore's thigh for the evening.
ihateemo- August 18, 2009 at 10:08 am
@CJvsCP

"I think it's about time they start putting most of these cards on Free TV."

Go back to Russia, commie!
jimbonics- August 18, 2009 at 8:44 am
Dear LAS,

Please be sure to suckle my left nut while you're fondling the right.

Of course UFC 100 broke PPV records. It was the most hyped thing this side of the Mississippi. 101, not so much. When you're putting 7-10 PPV's a year out there, that's a lot of money to invest if you want to watch them all live in the comfort of your home. As for going to an event? I bought a ticket to 103 for $100. Know what $100 gets you? Nosebleeds. The $50 nosebleeds sell out the first day.

Look no further than one of the Fertittia Bros. having to step in as COO, flying to places like Croatia to re-sign Cro Cop, cause Dana has too much pride to negotiate properly. Or, if you believe the reports, wasn't present at all during the Fedor negotiations, presumably because Lorenzo is tired of his fucking ego. Or, how about when he got completely red-assed towards Couture for his partnership with Affliction. That turned into a year-long holdout by Randy, with interim belts being thrown around because of it. The end of that holdout? Dana "punishes" Randy by feeding him to Brock, who was nowhere NEAR deserving of a title shot, regardless of how many WWE fanboys would tune in. You could also cite the FUCKUP of purchasing Pride, without first securing fighter contracts.

The best thing to recently happen to the UFC was Affliction Entertainment going down the tubes so they could sign some more fighters, allowing them to release their diluted roster of TUF scrubs.
richorama- August 18, 2009 at 8:16 am
Joe Rogan, there's something about me you might not know. I smoke rocks!
portland mma- August 18, 2009 at 7:57 am
you can actually watch them live if you find the right feed
CJvsCP- August 18, 2009 at 7:49 am
I think it's about time they start putting most of these cards on Free TV. Dana "the Don King of MMA" White is bullshit! We haven't found a network yet we want to do this with. Um hello! SPIKE TV, you already PWN that network! It's just that they keep getting PAID from PPV but hopefully that shit will come to an end and only have a couple of ppv fights a year and the rest on TV. I'm a huge MMA fan but I'm looking to save about 150 bucks for the next 3 fights. I can watch them the next day free on a little thing called the Internet.
portland mma- August 18, 2009 at 7:48 am
I've heard about this for a few weeks now, all the top level seats are sold but none of the high dollar tickets are, it then it definitely doesn't help that the city taxes 12 percent to do the events here. Portland is an MMA hotbed, but at the same time its a lot more hardcore fans who don't have the money to pay $800 for a ticket (not to mention the Rose Garden is a fucking huge venue).
LAS- August 18, 2009 at 7:36 am
Jimbonics, you are a dumb fuck. How exactly is the UFC "in trouble"? They don't have a single competitor on PPV, they are continually breaking records for ticket sales and PPV buys, and they have at least 80% of the world's top-10 talent under contract. Who gives a shit if 99 and 101 were a little slow, UFC 100 kicked ass, and the only people who give a shit about "Brock's antics" are people who aren't spending money on the product in the first place, like all the dumbfucks who caught the highlights on Sportscenter. And what makes you think it'll stop them from watching him next time?

And do you really think that Dana White is just some salaried asshole interested in short-term gains? The guy is a 10% shareholder in Zuffa.

Who gives a fuck if the UFC doesn't sell out Oregon? If they don't move tickets, they won't get another show any time soon, and it'll serve them right for their "progressive" tax regime.

One Two- August 18, 2009 at 7:29 am
I didn't know they signed Mike Russo guys pretty good. If nog wins i don't think he'll get a title shot dana can't have a guy fedor beat as champ which sucks nog would beat lesnar easy.
jimbonics- August 18, 2009 at 7:12 am
haha!! the "take it from him" link is friggin AWESOME. Good work.
jimbonics- August 18, 2009 at 7:10 am
I have this sinking feeling in my gut that the UFC is in a lot of trouble. With UFC 99 and 101 being mediocre at best, and the most talked about thing from 100 was Brocks antics...

Dunno man. I'm already looking past 102 to 103, which is shaping up to be a pretty decent card. I think Dana might need to back the fuck up for a while, get out from in front of the camera. I'm starting to think the UFC is successful in spite of him. He lets his personal feelings get in the way of too much shit.

Maybe I just need more coffee.
Richard Tucker- August 18, 2009 at 6:33 am
Yes, but what are their "keys to victory"? I can't make any predictions on fights without seeing demos by animated skinless dummies.
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