I put in some long hours for The Man yesterday so I never got around to publishing this – so here’s a rare Saturday post from Intelligently Defending.
Props to MMAjunkie and MMAmania where I found all of these stories.
1) UFC to induct two new members at UFC 100 Fan Expo
The most illegitimate Hall of Fame in professional sports will be adding two members in July.
Here are my early wagering lines on who is getting the nod:
- Evan Tanner — 1-1
- Charles “Mask” Lewis — 3-1
- Chuck Liddell — 6-1, I don’t think he goes in until his retirement is official
- Matt Hughes – 10-1, Not sure he doesn’t have another fight in him pending what happens with Serra
- John McCarthy – 30-1, I’m pretty sure he’s currently on Dana’s bad side which means we wont be seeing him in there anytime soon.
- Don Frye – 100-1, I love the old dog, but I don’t see him ever getting in.
- Fred Ettish – 5,000-1
- Tito Ortiz – 1,000,000-1
2) Shaq is training MMA
Apparently, the big fella is training MMA:
I don’t have anything to say about this, but figured it would give me the opportunity to post my all-time favorite Shaq video:
For the record, the 2002 Western Conference Finals was one of the most bad ass playoff series ever.
3) UFC releases a bunch of fighters
A number of UFC fighters were given pink slips over the past week, let’s go through them one-by-one:
- David Loiseau – not very surprising given how soundly he was defeated by Ed Herman. He just never took his game to the next level – the Franklin fight can be pinpointed as start of his downward spiral. It’s hard to recover from such an epic ass whooping.
- Ryo Chonan – the Japanses vet never impressed in his UFC fights. It’s back to Japan where he can probably still make a nice pay day.
- David Bielkheden – he was pretty highly touted when he came into the UFC, but never lived up to the hype.
- Jason MacDonald – I’m very upset about this one. Jason was always an exciting fighter and most of his losses were to top competition. He just needs a few wins outside the UFC and then they will be happy to bring him back I imagine.
- Jason Day – defeating Alan Belcher was the only thing of note he accomplished inside the Octagon.
- Vinny Magalhaes – one of the best BJJ players around, but he cant take a punch to save his life and seems to lack heart. He’s still very new to the game though so we could see him again if he is able to put some wins together.
- Antonio Mendes – I liked his fight with Thiago Silva – that’s really all I got to say.
That’s it – see everyone Monday.