12.06.09

Marchman : UFC Should’ve Kept Liddell On Ice

Posted in Blogged Down, MMA at 9:02 pm by

(above : an incoherent public figure who’s worn out his welcome. And on the left, Chuck Liddell)

Former UFC fixture Chuck Liddell lost 4 of his last 5 fights before being put out to pasture by fed prez Dana White who said last May, ” I care about these guys. I don’t want to see anybody stick around too long. You’re never going to see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again.” Said noble declaration was made however, months before Brock Lesnar went on the shelf with a mystery illness (since diagnosed as a hole in the former WWE champion’s intestine). After a retirement slightly longer than Allen Iverson’s, Liddell is booked to return to the Octagon versus longtime nemesis Tito Ortiz, a pairing that has Tim Marchman observing, “If the test of virtue is what you do when it might actually cost you something, White failed.”

Like boxing, mixed martial arts is not quite a legitimate sport. Under the matchmaking model, key fights are made not necessarily because they do something to prove who the best fighters are, but because they seem likely to do the most business. It’s an issue; as top welterweight Jon Fitch said recently ‘You don’t see the Cincinnati Bengals vs. the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl just because it might sell more tickets than the Colts vs. Patriots would.’

MMA isn’t a pure sport and that’s fine; if not for the odd freak show fight like Liddell vs. Ortiz III or the odd unaccountably popular bum like Kimbo Slice, there wouldn’t be nearly as much money as there is for fighters like Fitch. Hard won respectability is premised on the idea that UFC is a proving ground for the best fighters in the world and not a more respectable form of pro wrestling, though, and thery’re straying near a boundary with some of these moves. More troubling is that at the first sign of a business downturn, the move is made to bring out the freaks. They’ll make money, but possibly at the expense of something even harder to earn and even easier to lose.

3 Responses to “Marchman : UFC Should’ve Kept Liddell On Ice”

  1. johnmcgrath says:

    UFCs version of mma is slowing turning to the pro wrestling side of things
    Is also time for knees to the head on the ground to be allowed some of the fights stating to be like a wrestle box type of affair

  2. DGholla says:

    I agree with whomever wrote this. Excellent piece of writing. It truly emphasizes the epitomy of MMA at its core worst.
    UFC has significantly changed over the years into one of the most positive sports-It became more about maturity in the sense that these fighters got trained professionally, many got educated, not just text book wise, but in reference to the art of MMA.
    That is why Royce Gracie, as good as he was, could not compete at this level if fighters were like this back then*then again, Royce would have evolved into a much more mixed martial artist as well)
    POint being, now these guys are Royce Gracie and more. They understand that this is a sport, they have the intellect it takes and the pressure they can handle in order to fight and get in the ring. Not many people have the mentality, forget about the physicality to do this.
    Speaking about Roy Nelson, I give credit to him. NOt once did he lose his cool, whether in front of fans or when Dana White made crude awful comments about him during the show which I’m sure Roy found out after watching it.
    It’s one thing to comment that it is unbelievable how such an outstanding technical fighter isn’t made of just pure muscle. Turn it into a positive. Instead, Dana White I must say is putting a big deep hole that he and the UFC may not get out of. The more his mouth opens and the wider it gets, the louder his negative voice is hurt-and the more the UFC looks bad in the eyes of individuals who are in between and boarder line in terms of whether they would watn to start watching the sport. Now is the time for those people to see MMA in a positive light-instead it feels like we/’re headed back in time.
    Hopefully it changes..soon.
    P.S. DW degrading Rampage and Dan Henderson-Man he’s got b__lls!

  3. Bobman says:

    It comes down to being entertained, and at the end of the day, we all will be.

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