(No Don, there is not going to be free tequila at this film festival. And no, we are not shitting you about that.)
There are two types of old school MMA legends: the ones who will gladly tell you how much better the sport and its athletes are now than they were ten years ago, and the ones who will insist that the fighters of today are all a bunch of gutless pussies. Don Frye is in the latter camp. He frequently says that he doesn’t watch the UFC or even follow the sport in general with much interest, and yet he also seems certain that the kids these days are a bunch of punks who spend more time styling their hair than beating people up. It’s sort of like how your grandfather can manage to hate gays and people of other ethnicities despite not personally knowing anyone from either demographic. Some gifts just come with age.
But now the UFC may have finally put together a fight that interests Frye. Talking with The Rumble this week, “The Predator” admitted that even he can’t pass up the chance to see Mark Coleman and Randy Couture go at it in the main event of UFC 109:
"This might be the first UFC I buy and actually watch in about 10 years, you know?" Frye said. "These two guys, it’s going to be one hell of a barnburner. They’re going to show these new guys how to fight."
And for those of you who don’t think these new guys really need to be shown how to fight? Frye respectfully disagrees:
"You don’t come (to fighting) to quote movies or thank your sponsors," Frye said. "You don’t come to have your fingernails or your toenails painted. Goddamn, you come to fight, not to be a fairy. Fight, that’s what these two old boys are going to do."
Indeed they are. If you need Don between now and UFC 109, he’ll be down at the mall yelling at the kids inside Hot Topic. Someone has to, and if their dads are anything like today’s professional fighters they probably don’t have the stomach for it.