The MMA 5&1 2.27.13: Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, &1 With Taryn Terrell
The Part at the Beginning
Welcome back to the latest edition of the MMA 5&1! It’s that time of week again where I pop into your lives, and share some sexy ladies, let you vote on a fight, and discuss the world of MMA. This week, TNA Knockout and guest Bellator cage girl Taryn Terrell is the &1 model of the week, Wanderlei Silva battles Brian Stann in VS, we’ll take a look at King Mo’s loss from Bellator 90 and how it hurts both Bellator and TNA, some talk of the UFC fighter cuts and much more. MUCH MORE PEOPLE! Once again, I thank you for checking out my humble offering to the 411 MMA Zone, enjoy and suggestions are always welcome!
Also, I’m on the old Twitter machine… Follow @jackmcgee411
They make you get this damn thing at 411. Social media and all. I know, you won’t follow me, it’s cool, it’s cool.
Tracking My MMA Picks
DISCLAIMER: I do not claim to be an MMA expert, simply a guy that loves to follow the sport. But part of the gig is to make fight picks, so I will track the picks for as long as I am doing the column. Here we are thus far…
WHO YOU GOT? – SILVA vs. STANN
Back in May, Bellator MMA and TNA wrestling came together under the Spike TV umbrella to bring in King Mo. The plan was to turn him into a wrestler, since he was a fan and a charismatic guy, and to let him run wild over the anemic Bellator Light Heavyweight Division. The plan, on the side of Spike TV is a sound one. As a Viacom property, which owns Bellator, you are bringing in a potential star. TNA gets the most consistent/highest ratings for Spike TV. In theory you get Mo onto TNA, he builds a following, and on a way smaller scale, you hope for the Brock Lesnar to UFC effect (wrestling fans following Mo to the MMA world). But with this there was always one thing to keep in the back of your head, what if Mo loses? Well, that is exactly what happened. And this wasn’t a valiant battle that ended in a close or questionable decision. Mo was knocked the FUCK out by a spinning backfist. He should have won the fight, but he took his opponent lightly, kept his hands down, and he paid for it. Most importantly, Mo fell into the trap that many wrestlers in MMA fall into. He tricked himself into thinking he was a striker. Just because you train with a Mayweather and work that style doesn’t make you a boxer. MO is a WRESTLER, and like many other wrestlers in the sport, he forgot that. And now, now both TNA and Bellator are looking at an investment fail. Wrestling fans will mock the guy that has little training and just got legit KTFO on Spike TV. Mo lost to a guy he should have easily defeated, in a very weak division. But that is what you get when you settle on second best at what you need. Hey Bjorn, I know you keep saying no, but Josh Barnett is looking really good right about now, isn’t he?
Last week the UFC cut ties with 16 of their contracted fighters. In case you missed all of that, here is the list of cut fighters below…
* Jon Fitch
* Wagner Prado
* Mike Russow
* Jacob Volkmann
* Vladimir Matyushenko
* Che Mills
* Jay Hieron
* Terry Etim
* Paul Sass
* Jorge Santiago
* Mike Stumpf
* Simeon Thoresen
* C.J. Keith
* Motonobu Tezuka
* Josh Grispi
* Ulysses Gomez
Now, the thing you have to understand is that there are more coming. With the Strikeforce fighters and addition of the women fighters, the Zuffa roster ballooned to near 500 fighters. The promotion will be looking to cut around 100 of these fighters, starting last week. It’s a business move, but the first question I have is HOW did they let the roster get so bloated. I do not expect them to stick to an exact number or 417 or some shit like that, all I am saying is that while your signing fighters, look around, see the guys that have back to back losses or whatnot and cut the ties then, not later.
But the thing is that people got upset about this, not over 15 of the guys, no one really gave a shit about them. But they seemed to care about Jon Fitch. How can you cut Fitch? Fitch is an all time great! While I respect the opinions of those that feel that way, I am not one of them. Fitch is a fine fighter, but he failed in the division. Dominating for years but not winning the title means he failed at his goal. I don’t mean that quite as harshly as it sounds, for never winning a title, he did dominate a weight class as much as you can. Now, I am going to do something I do not do too often, and that is agree with Dana White. If I run the UFC, why do I need a Gatekeeper that is 1-2-1 in his last four, and getting paid approximately $60k to show and $60k to win when I can being in two or three fighters for that amount? You guys have to remember, this isn’t a game of mother may I where everything is fair and gets what is coming to them. This is a business. This is see how much Dana and his pals can make. It’s not fair, it’s not the pure sport you want it to be, and the sooner you accept that, the better off you’ll be.
As far as the first major UFC Women’s fight, I felt that things went off as well as you could have wanted. Rousey won and looked great, Carmouche came off like a great opponent and was also a media darling. It will be interesting to see how it draws on PPV, apparently if you say anything under 700,000 buys you hate women’s MMA and are a male chauvinist pig. They had a ton of media coverage, and there are a lot of variables; I guess I will go with 500,000 buys. Obviously it could be much higher, and I am no expert here, just throwing out a number here. Curious to see what you guys think the buyrate will be.
Seems like I am forgetting something. What could it be? Oh yeah! Liz Carmouche lost her UFC debut, and is 2-3 in her last five; cut that fucker, they have too many fucking fighters!
Following UFC 157, Dana White stated that Jose Aldo was refusing to take the previously announced title fight, where he would be defending against Anthony Pettis. The reason being that while Aldo’s camp agrees that Pettis is the #1 contender for the 155 title, that doesn’t make him the #1 contender for the 145 title. While Pettis and his camp are exactly right, they are screwed either way, because this is how the UFC does business now. Rankings do not matter, wins and losses do not matter and we all know this. Look at Nick Diaz and Chael Sonnen. But also, Aldo should realize this because he just fought Frankie Edgar. Edgar sure as hell wasn’t the top contender at 145, but Aldo took the fight because he thought he could make money off of it. He played the game, and he made out doing so, but now he doesn’t want to play the UFC’s game. The fact of the matter is that the UFC isn’t the pristine sport that Dana White wants you to think it is. It is entertainment, and a giant game of “how much money can we make,” and that’s all well and good, if they would admit that. Do I like that Pettis is getting a title shot? No. While it will likely be an awesome fight, he did nothing to deserve it. Just like Diaz, and Sonnen and so on and so forth. But whether we like it or not, that is the way the UFC is doing business now.
And guess what, after all of the bitching from the Aldo camp, they accepted the fight. Reports say that Also asked for a Lightweight Title shot for taking the fight. Word is he will get it if he beats Pettis. Playing the game kids, just playing the game. And not only playing the game for him, but for his team. Because if he moves to 155, that allows Renan Barao to move up to 145, which he has discussed. You can’t hate on the guy for playing the UFC’s game.
* PLEASE feel free to make your main card predictions in the comments section!!
This week’s & 1 model of the week is guest Bellator cage girl and TNA Knockout Taryn Terrell…
“Oh how I hate Halloween. Ask me how much I hate Halloween. More than that. Well they make all us employees put on these costumes like some woman is gonna say, “Gee, I wasn’t gonna buy any shoes today but since I see you in a dinosaur costume I will.” Then of course the ride home from work wouldn’t have been so bad if the kids had actually gotten gas instead of painting the needle on the gauge full. But then again, I don’t mind pushing the Dodge through gang turf because I’m a mighty stegosaurus.”