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UFC 117: Chael Sonnen’s romp through Anderson Silva’s Forbidden City ends with a choke and a near death experience (Fight video)


Chael Sonnen’s cheeky romp through the Forbidden City ended as all cartoon strips with morality tales do: with sudden comeuppance – in this case  a choke to ye  ol’ windpipe and intimations of a near death experience. Sounds familiar? Well it should because the plot is as old as classic fable.

Silva chokes out Sonnen - Jeff Chiu, AP

Very few people beyond Anderson Silva's corner saw this coming, the anaconda moment as The Spiderman chokes out Chael Sonnen, with two minutes left in the 5th and final round of UFC 117. (Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP)

The ultimate bottomline is that UFC 117 surprised the hell out of everyone. And its end, sudden and surreptitious, caught even  Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg off guard. The explosive reaction that reverbrated worldwide  was right up there with the storied endings of famous fights  since the beginning of MMA. (Shades of Werdum vs Fedor or Lesnar vs Carwin anyone?) Continue reading

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UFC 116: Brock Lesnar “Mirs” Shane Carwin and submits him via a freakish arm triangle choke!


“Mir” being used as a verb in this case which means taking
down, mounting and utterly dominating (Cyberaxis)

The technical pyrotechnics were missing as we had expected but the fight very much lived to its spectacle billing for the 7:19 minutes the fighters traded leather. At  about 2 minutes  of the second round – Brock Lesnar, who had come within seconds of being “counted out” after a merciless pounding by Carwin  – took Carwin down and then mounted him the way he did Frank Mir in UFC 100. After manhandling him a little he slipped an arm triangle choke on Carwin’s supine form and started to choke him. THIS was manly business –  virtual killing in mundane time – boys need not apply. Fans and even Carwin himself didn’t realize the gravity of what was happening until the cinch tightened and an already spastic Carwin was struggling for dear breath. Reality check time. Carwin tapped out at 2:19 minutes of the second round.

Carwin Pummels Lesnar - Eric Jamison - AP

Shane Carwin ascendantly overpowering in round one pummels Brock Lesnar into a cowering mess (priceless montage) before the reversal of fortune in round two where Lesnar turns the tables on the Carwin and chokes him into a stunning  submission. File this one under virtual upset! The rematch is gonna be MONSTROUS – and Lesnar WILL NOT take any chances this time. (Photo – Eric Jamison – Associated Press)

MMA fans the world over erupted in belief and disbelief. Those on pacemakers were in clear danger of succumbing to what Terence McKenna called  “death by astonishment.”

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The Machida Era Is Over! Shogun knocks out Machida at UFC 113 to become new light-heavyweight champion


UFC 113 started with a dance  reminiscent of UFC 104 with Mauricio Shogun Rua stalking a retreating Machida. Shogun was Fred Astaire to Machida’s Ginger Rogers. But Shogun’s motives were more sinister than the coat-tailed meister of dance lore. That soon become clear because 3.52 minutes into the first round, Shogun  pounced on  Machida with a blow to the left temple. Machida fell back and an energized Shogun  followed him to the ground with blows which knocked Machida out cold by the fifth or sixth blow. By the time of Shogun’s victory was announced, Machida’s left eye had become all bloodied  and swollen almost  shut.

The long and short of this? Machida and his team had worked hard to plug up the holes in Machida’s game – namely the vulnerability to leg kicks and the need for an effective deterrent to Shogun’s  advances but the end result was not enough to stop Shogun.  Among the reason Shogun won tonight were the following:

1.  Machida was never effective at establishing a tactical  perimeter that Shogun respected.  Without this, Machida had zero tactical deterrence.  In any case maintaining such a perimeter would have called for an alteration of  Machida basic M.O.  and conditioned instincts. Put another way Machida just didn’t have enough of a hard offense to give Shogun pause before advancing on him.

2.  Machida could not handle being hit and brutalized mentally. Its not in his past – and probably not in his future. We do not advocate the Wanderlei Silva school of pugilism because it leads to brain damage – but it does have its merits – namely the ability to deter advancers.

3.  Machida could not handle being hit and brutalized physically. Read that no chin.  Machida had no chin.  Shogun took strikes better than Machida.  Simple.

4.  Machida’s takedowns at 1.46″ and 2.42″ didn’t work because Shogun was able to get up using his strength. And while on the ground, he used his tactical advantage to avoid being brutalized.

5. The stand-up clinches at the edge of the octagon worked against Machida in the same way they worked against Frank Mir in the Mir/Carwin fight. Besides the sneaky punches, Shogun was wailing on his knee – which did not bode well for Machida’s legs – his mode of  rear and lateral mobility.

6.  Shogun deployed an effective run-and-gun strategy at about 2.30″ with Machida doing the running and Shogun doing the gunning. The strategy paid off as Shogun caught Machida with a strike to the face at 2.34″ which clearly snapped Machida’s head back. This was one of the points at which Machida could have been brought down. We raised this point in our article “In Search of the Machida Killer.”

After viewing the fight, go back to the replay sequence at 4.35″ in the video link below for an amazing  precis of the entire fight in compressed time  because it dramatizes the points that made Shogun the winner and Machida the loser. That amazing sequence starts with Machida throwing a knee to Shogun’s midsection and then following with a straight left fist strike at the same time that Shogun is deploying a looping right punch. Machida misses with a strike that could have brought Shogun down but Shogun’s loopy hook finds its mark on Machida’s left temple. Machida promptly goes down. Shogun smelling bacon piles on and unloads a flurry of strikes to the head and face  in the  guard position and Machida goes limp  before the last three blows.

Shogun stops hitting Machida before the referee even moves in to stop the fight. Now there is class for you to make up for what was missing in the Daley/Koscheck fight. Shogun goes onto to steal hearts and minds with his congratulation of all the mothers, his mom and his wife who has just had a baby on the occasion of the impending Mothers’ Day.  We could see dudes tearing up over their beer  suds.

But the bottom-line for the hard-bitten fans was that a wrong had been righted and order had been restored to the Light Heavyweight Division. The senile judges of UFC 104 could now be encouraged to take early retirement.

Google Lyoto Machida vs Mauricio Shogun, UFC 113 video.

Mauricio Shogun Rua

UFC 113 and the younger face of the new Light Heavyweight Champion of the UFC, Mauricio Shogun Rua. Compared to Shogun, Machida is a softie. Yes, you read that right, a softie.

Our Hit & Miss on Paul Daley vs Jeff Koscheck: Our Cyberaxis call was off on Paul Daley vs Jeff Koscheck,  but not by much. We missed the end result: a win by Koscheck over Paul Daley in a lackluster wrassling game that had fans booing, but not the underlying analysis. It is clear that result would have been totally different had Jeff Koscheck decided to go toe-to-toe with Paul Daley like he said he might out of sheer cockiness. He did not – because his momma didn’t raise a fool. Paul Daley is hard. Jeff Koscheck is soft.  From the opening round he cowered behind a crappy ground game that did not result in any pounding or effective submission holds.  Paul Daley is too strong for that shit. And with 36 seconds left in the first round, Jeff Koscheck did the old fake-a-roo worthy of a European League soccer player after a knee that could have hit him in the face clearly missed his mug.  He lived up to his mamma’s boy rep (Daley’s characterization) when he carried on for a minute or two like he had been kneed in the face, a ruse that stopped the fight for about a minute or two while the referee got to the bottom of things. When it was clearly established that Koscheck had not been kneed in the face, the fight promptly resumed with Koscheck falling back on the tried and true – the wrestling which yielded  ground-with-nary-a pound. The fans booed intermittently. Koscheck had reneged on facing Daley on a front that could have produced fireworks, but perhaps at Koscheck’s expense. He did what GSP, Matt Hughes and a couple of others routinely do; i.e. go technical and incremental  on the fans’ dime and wangle decision wins out of three rounds. A win is a win, right? Well, yes and no. I do not see fans buying into Koscheck stock any time too soon. Read that tickets. Read that draws.  There a the win and then there is the power and there is the glory. Jeff Koscheck just had a win at the price of a cheap ticket. The down side of this is that he is now destined to be the coach of  The Ultimate Fighter TV show opposite George St. Pierre. This sets him up for a snoozer of a finale with GSP at the end of the season. Who is gonna be watching this one? Not us here at Cyberaxis. For Dana White, it goes on to show the wisdom of delaying some announcements about who is gonna do who until fighters have actually deported themselves in completed fights.  In our view Koscheck doesn’t deserve to be on that show. What is he gonna teach future UFC grunt? Oi vei!

Koscheck as octagonal provocateur & Daley as dick-headed dolt: You already know of what happened 5 seconds after the end of the final round (Paul Daley walked up to Jeff Koscheck and sucker punched him in the face. That was a travesty unseen and unheard of in the UFC and none of us at Cyberaxis  condone such behavior.

Now that the cat is out of the bag – well, kinda – it turns out that Daley must be one of the dumbest dicks fighting in MMA. Whether its relative youth or dumb gone dumber in the heat of the moment, it appears he deserves harsh punishment. Being afforded a license to fight pay carries with it responsibilities fairly similar to those of  a driving license.  One cannot be reckless  without consequence.

Now having said that the question remains about what punishment would be befitting  Daley’s crime.  What the athletic commission is gonna do is still out there. The UFC, through Dana White, has indicated that it has cut Daley from UFC fights for life. We think that is too way too harsh. A two year suspension would have been tough enough. Cutting Daley for life is like using a hammer to squash a gnat. Overkill at its worst. The thing you’ll probably hurt beyond the gnat is the furniture.

Soon after the unfortunate incident, we had maintained that that the non-sweet nothings Koscheck had whispered in  Daley’s ear should have been considered as possible mitigating circumstances, depending on what those non-sweet nothings were.  (See Koscheck’s remarks on the ESPN post-fight show)  Well, it turns out that there isn’t much there to mitigate the seriousness of what Daley did.

“I know people will make a big deal about what Koscheck said to me after the fight, but that didn’t play a factor. He said I was a (expletive) and that I couldn’t get up and whatever. I think he is just trying to make a bad situation worse,” (Paul Daley) MMAWeekly.com

That is it. End of story. If Josh had said something worse than that, Daley would have coughed it up in his own defence. So as things stand now, he doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on except the overly harsh punishment he has received to date at the hands of the UFC. Daley’s official apology, published  through the Daily Telegraph, seems to have done little to change his situation.

On top of the fact of being a certifiable jerk, Koscheck’s words can never justify what Daley did. On top of that, what ticked Dana off among other things was Daley’s dumb response, when asked why he had punched Koscheck. He reportedly said that he hadn’t heard the bell – which was certifiable B.S. If he had deferred his answer, he might have had a better chance to clear his mind and say something honest and substantive at after the post-fight hubbub.

“He’s done.  He will never be back. I don’t care if he goes all over the world, goes on a winning streak, becomes the best 170-pound fighter in the world or even the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, he’s never fighting in the UFC again.”(Dana White, UFC President on ESPN post-fight show)

That is pretty strong stuff that may not be reversible in the future.  One of the things working against Daley’s  is that as a 170 pounder, he is fairly disposable and Dana White knows that  he will never be desperate for a 170 pounder the way he is desperate for heavyweights like Fedor Emelianenko. In this biz fame is kind of measured by the pound  – Brock Lesnar and company being cases in point.

We hope that if Daley doesn’t melt down in the next couple of years and demonstrates an enviable work ethic outside the UFC, he may, through intermediaries, be allowed to come back for a second chance.  The inauspicious aspect of this timetable is that in two years he will be about Shogun’s age, which in MMA terms is prime time territory. So his best bet is to go out and fight like the UFC never existed, and only come back if comeback opportunities present themselves.  We will keep our fingers crossed. Meanwhile we can predict that Jeff Koscheck will fizzle within that time – not to mention losing fans as layers of his dick-hood are peeled layer after layer.

And then Kimbo Slice showed up but minus his cardio to lose in a lop-sided fashion to crazyman Matt Matrione whose grin bespoke of someone in an altered state of consciousness. About half-way through the fight a friend remarked that Kimbo Slice  should have stayed with busting street bums. As marginally unconscionable as that sounded, there was a grain of truth in it.

Mauricio Shogun Rua - Eerie Mix

Shogun Rua: “Portait of an MMA Grunt as a Young Man” – An eerie mix of sweet and scary.

Shogun Rua Going Forward: How long Shogun will hold onto the Light Heavyweight is anybody’s guess. There are just too many credible challengers to the throne he now holds. If he can hold on for just a couple of years, besides upping the ante on the skill factor, Shogun would be a marketer’s dream because his Q-factor is off the charts. The easy going manner, the smile and the ethic are poised to make him millions (See what he said to the camera after his victory was announced.)

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Appendix:

ESPN Post-fight UFC 113 Show

Koscheck wins the title, Daley shown the door (Dave Metzer, Yahoo Sports)

Pep Talk – Justice is served (Larry Pepe, Fight)

Dana White sends message to fans, fighters (Franklin McNeil, ESPN)

Dana White vs Anderson Silva: White’s threat to fire Silva crosses a line


Dana White’s  threat to fire Anderson Silva from the UFC in the wake of UFC 112 went way over the top.  Period and close quotes. It doesn’t matter that Dana may have been riffing off Anderson Silva’s  post-fight apology.  The bottom line is that there is a difference between Anderson saying that he is sorry for not putting on the best show for fans and Dana White saying he will fire or to use Dana’s phrase “cut him” if he ever fights like that again. Say what Darth?

(If the YouTube clip below has transmigrated to regions unknown, please Google it using the search term: Dana White threatens to fire Anderson Silva on Jim Rome Show.)

We at Cyberaxis think White may have been carried away by a moment here (see the video above); the locker-room  rah-rah-chest-thumpin’ with Jim Rome.  But then  Jim Rome is  a talking head who  riffs  off of his brain stem and  thrives on this kind of s*it; this rabble rousing.  Dana White should have known that. The end result of the cave-banging? Dana trying to show off the size of his spiked club – the one he hunts wooly-mastodons with – instead of  articulating an a well thought out position.  Foreign territory? Well, it shouldn’t because Dana’s statement really amounted to management by public statement which  is ill-suited for the organization the UFC has evolved into nationally and internationally.  Testosterone-driven dialogue is rarely good except on the  gridiron or in jock- infested locker rooms.

The 64 million dollar question is whether Dana White will adapt  to the pressure for the UFC to become more buttoned-down or will he get chastised by circumstance?  Place your bet on the latter because as hard as it may be to imagine at this point, the UFC (and MMA of which it is emblematic in  compressed space-time) is bigger than the face of its enterprising lights. Translation: The UFC and MMA are bigger than Dana White – a truism to some, but not all – especially when one is fixated on the moment and its momentary distortions.  The Fertittas,  or other pretenders to the MMA throne, are not  stay in the shadows forever.

Dana White

Dana White: Management by press statement gone awry?

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Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones: The Spiderman vs The Superman – Or the fight Dana White should book next


And no kidding too ….

Jon Jones Kicks Obrien

“Roy Jones” incarnate with the MMA chops – The coming of Jon “Bones” Jones a.k.a. Johnny B. Nimble. Is  Jones, The Superman, ready to eat the Spiderman’s lunch? Or is it a case of “The Other Natural vs The Supernatural.” Remember you heard it here first.

The message board gurus think it’s too premature and Dana White thinks that throwing Jon Jones to the sharks too early  may not be a good idea.  B.S. !  He had no  such compunctions  when big ol’  Brock Lesnar came along;  and pound for pound Jones is a better fighter than Brock will ever be.  “Johnny B. Nimble” has all the genes that have made Anderson Silva an MMA terror –  and perhaps a little bit more.  Jones exudes the  “oh yah”  kind of machismo hatched in gym of hard knocks and street  corners where no quarters are given or taken without a whiff of  blood: the (then) un-inked representation of martial genes  with a buzz cut to match.  In case you haven’t noticed, this “kid” is as fearless as  Shogun Rua was in his heyday. Yes, Shogun the  former Pride alum who is also waiting to hand Anderson Silva his head back to him when he comes back to the 205lb division. (Anderson Silva fought Irvin at 205lbs on July 19, 2008 and Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 on August 8, 2009. Both times he knocked his opponents out in the first round.)

And as if chops were  not enough Jones has the  sangfroid that allowed him to keep his cool when Brandon Vera was blasting his family jewels. Jones took the punishment like a gladiator then came back to blast Vera’s orbital  like squash in a Ghallagher smashfest. Aah, the few, the proud,  the Marines. This is the kind of bang the army can’t  buy when it pays Dana and the Fertitta brothers big bucks for spots on their prize-fighting show. But we clearly digress

Anderson Silva - Naked Ambition

Anderson Silva – “The Other Natural”: The best there ever was with the accent increasingly falling on “was”. Remember he is 36 and counting. Old men don’t fight our wars.  Is he about to meet his comeuppance in the form of Jon “The Supernatural” Jones? This would be the mother of all fights in early 2012. And one that would coincide with the Apocalypse of Mayan lore.

The blogmeisters who are pooh-poohing this kid’s chances against Anderson Silva may just be  underestimating his  ability to adapt to opponents Cain Velasquez’s-style and  to bring it like it was  1999 all over again. We here at Cyberaxis have more than a hunch: one teeny-weeny slip-up and one of the fighters will be looking for their mouth-guards, and it won’t be Jon Jones.

UFC has nothing to lose in bringing a non-title  superfight between Jon Jones and Anderson Silva to the Octagon by Christmas 2012.  Nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Beyond riling up the masses – the peasantry with the pitchforks –  it will make major, major bank for the UFC. (Are you reading this Lorenzo?)

Lorenzo on Bones vs Silva

“Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin”: The writing is on the wall of Anderson Silva’s kingdom.

The smart money says make it happen as a non-title superfight at a weight not exceeding  205lbs and let the headline chips fall where they may. If nothing else it will stir up the MMA pot like no other recent fight except perhaps  Mir vs Carwin or Machida vs Rashad Evans. Give the fans credit. They may be  onto something here, the blogsphere naysayers notwithstanding.

The interest in this fight is IN-tense to a point where Jones can’t even escape it.  His tweet on the subject shows that he is guardedly intrigued by the possibility. And anyone who thinks he is remotely intimidated by the prospect ought to re-read the tweet without the “No child left behind” befuddlement:

Jon Bones tweet on Anderson Silva

Subtext to the Spiderman: “I ain’t scared o’ ya.” Bernie Mac would be proud.

Mentally, Jon Jones thrives on this kinda shit; this “gee-whiz” kinda shit. Giving him less would be shortchanging the Golden Child, besides bringing the UFC into the babysitting business. (Reference – Dana’s  remarks about going slow on Jones. It ain’t lovemaking Babu. It’s the freakin’ U-F-C! where goombahs knock each other’s heads off or die trying.)

The company needs to realize it is  in a fast-moving ticker business and capitalizing on inspired match-ups has to be in its mission statement. When the UFC misses certain opportunities,  it sometimes  never gets the opportunity to recapture them because of the protean nature of the biz. Fighters are always coming and going, and personalities, winners and losers are always in a state of flux. (Exhibit One: Lyoto Machida vs Quinton Jackson had the shelf life of about 5 months until Rua showed up and spoiled Machida’s victory dance. Now nobody cares about Machida vs Jackson.  And the Machida-Rua re-match has all the sabor of recycled spit.) Moral of the story? You strike when the iron is hot, and right now its hotter than a Texas cattle-branding iron.  The fans are feelin’ it and it only behooves the UFC to listen to them. Anytime before Christmas of 2012 would be just fine. You readin’ this Dana? How about you Lorenzo?

Come back soon to read more about why Jon Jones would be poised to rip tentacles and arachnoidal hairs off of the  Spiderman. Well, we exaggeratin’ a bit, but ya get the drift  😉

And just to whet your appetites, Anderson may have reached the pinnacle of his physical form last night in his UFC 134 match-up with Yushin Okami. The uber-chiselled Silva who walked into that Octagon  with probably a minus 8% body fat quotient was as physically imposing a specimen as we have seen in all UFC fighters to date. Anderson really looked like a character out of an MMA fantasy movie starring Bolo Yeung & the gang. But at 36 years, can Silva hold onto his form, let alone top it against a strapplin’ young champ whose natural hormones are pumping at full bore?

We say no friggin’ way.  So in this sense time is the biggest threat against a delicately well-matched Silva/Jones fight. The more time Dana & Lorenzo wait, the less meaningful this fight will be. In the the interim, don’t bet against Jones, unless you desperately wanna be parted from your money.

The Lowdown: Anderson Silva will not take this superfight until Dana and Lorenzo give him retirement money for three lifetimes. Nothing less would be worth having his orbital crashed  with granite elbows. We at Cyberaxis know he will ask for mucho dinero because Silva’s momma didn’t raise a fool.

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Appendix:

UFC fans should forget about Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones (Brent Brookhouse, SB Nation, Bloody Elbow)

Jon Bones Jones, the new Anderson Silver, totally dominates Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 128 to become heavyweight champ (Cyberaxis)

Hours before the biggest fight of his life, Jones subdues a robber (Steve Cofield, Yahoo Sports)

Performance Anxiety?: Anderson Silva’s recent fights convenient scapegoat for low draw (Black Lesnar, http://www.watchkalibrun.com)

The Trouble With Frank Mir: Divergent Ways of Dealing with Post-fight Trauma


Frank Mir was a certifiable trash talker until yesterday. With the ” I want to break (Lesnar’s) neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies due to octagon-related injuries” Frank Mir crossed a line that could make for an anecdotal case for having one’s head examined.

“A lot of individuals are so worried about being politically correct,” Mir said in a radio interview. “I’d rather go ahead and say what’s on my mind than to sit there and come up with some PC ‘Oh, the guy is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him.’ If I don’t mean it, why is it even coming out of my mouth?”

“I want to fight Lesnar. I hate who he is as a person. I want to break his neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies due to Octagon-related injuries. That’s what’s going through my mind.” (Frank Mir with Mark Madden, Radio Interview)

That Frank’s remark was highly impolitic, regardless of what other purpoted trash-talkers have said in the past,  goes without saying – which is why the UFC came down hard on him (More on this later on.) The public significance of that is now moot. Frank has apologized, but not before  being publicly lambasted as a “(bleeping) idiot” by Dana White. These are sensitive times:

“Mir is a [expletive] idiot! I have never heard something so unprofessional and idiotic in my life,” (Dana White with Carmichael Dave of KHTK,  Sacramento, CA)

The remark was out of line – even when you listen to it in the context of the interview Mir had with Madden:

What does it say about Frank’s frame of mind? His touch or lack thereof with the bounds of propriety in time-space and circumstance?   To examine this from a different perspective, we would like to suggest two different ways in which two UFC fighters in recent memory have dealt with the challenge or trauma of losing, namely Frank Mir and Rashad Evans.

Frank Mir

Frank Mir stranded on a head trip? A study in contrasts

Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans: Grounded in victory and defeat? You be the judge.

Legend: The story of Rashad Evans is very instructive of how fighters can handle a traumatic loss, because this is a guy who went into virtual hibernation after the shock and awe of his loss to Lyoto Machida in UFC 98. Evans who should never have given into the temptation of playing the cocky-punk-ass  because he doesn’t play a very convincing heel to begin with, had the extra feelings of embarrassment to deal with. His post-hibernation interview posted on Youtube is a riveting study in humility and soul searching. True, Evans’ drubbing was not crowned with eggregious ridicule and unsportmanlike showboating, but his unstinting inner focus is very instructive of a man who had reconnected with his inner man and responsibilities, regardless of what had happened to him. To say that Frank Mir could not have  found this inner focus, especially after Lesnar’s unsportsmanlike demonstrations,  is to absolve him of personal responsibility in a way that belittles  him as a man.

We do have a theory though: Frank found it hard to recover mentally or emotionally because by the time the fight rolled along, he had already invested  too much in the mental and emotional bet of trash talking – and that the trash talking may just have been motivated by his own fears of what Lesnar would do to him. Remember that Frank had tussled with Lesnar at UFC 81 and had a pretty good idea of the kind of power Lesnar had. Fighters have a special place for these kinds of memories.

Whichever way one analyzes this, it is clear that Frank never really recovered from the gambit he committed himself to after UFC 81. Our theory would more than explain why someone who had won that fight would resort to over-the-top  trash talking as the next fight approached.  The champion/interim champion issue doesn’t explain the ensuing back-and-forth that ended up with quite a bit of ill-feeling as UFC 100 would show.

Case closed? Hardly. We are just clearing our throats.  Come back in about 24 hours for the fleshing out of this theme. This latest outburst by Frank Mir shows that he is not reliably in touch with the bounds of propriety. This greatly diminishes his status within the MMA community. This is baggage Frank does not need. Beyond his a need to handle his octagon demons better, he is faced with the nearly insurmountable task of winning back the fan goodwill that was his for the taking prior  to UFC 81.

Coming up in this article:

  • What the heck was wrong with Mir’s statement and why he doesn’t seem to be getting it. See Ben Fowlkes article under “Appendices.”
  • Like Lesnar before him, he has frittered away his P.R. advantage – and for what?

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Appendices:

Frank Mir needs to learn to keep his mouth shut (Cyberaxis)

Mir can’t understand backlash to provocative Lesnar comments (Ben Fowlkes, Inside MMA)

Brock Lesnar Collapses! Does this mean the end of his UFC career?


The story coming out of North Dakota has something of a Christopher Reeve feel to it (figuratively speaking, that is): The sudden fall of a UFC superstar who could have been superman. The shockwaves are amplified by the  suddenness of the fall, which uncannily mirrors Lesnar’s  meteoric rise. And the news vacuum created by Lesnar’s refusal to disclose his illness, feeds the tabloid-inflected imagination.

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Lesnar: The fall of a megastar who could have been "Superman". But don't Supermen need Super odds to earn their colors? The Christopher Reeve analogy may not be done yet(Photo: AP/Eric Jamison)

Unless you have been living under a rock: It is not news that Brock Lesnar, former WWE star and current heavyweight champion of the UFC had been taken ill towards the end of October with flu-like symptoms, later diagnosed as mononucleosis.  As a result, he was forced to post-pone his heavyweight title defense against Shane Carwin on 11/18/09. The bout was rescheduled for UFC 108 on 01/02/09 before the latest bombshell. The news that is convulsing MMA  right now is that Brock Lesnar collapsed at his  hideaway in Canada with a condition far more worse that mononucleosis. The prognosis, health and career-wise,   is reportedly poor.

The UFC President, Dana White, who made the bare-bones  announcement during a post-UFC 105 fight conference in Manchester England on Saturday (11/14/09) did not mince his words beyond not disclosing what was ailing Lesnar at the latter’s  request:

“(Brock Lesnar) is not well and he is not getting any better. . . . He’s very, very sick and he’s going to be out for a while. He’s got a lot of problems.”

“He’s got mono and he’s got something else wrong with him. I know what’s wrong with him, he just doesn’t want me talking about it,” White said.

“He’s in a hospital up in North Dakota somewhere right now,” said White. “He went to Canada and some bad stuff happened to him, so we’ve got to figure it out.

“He doesn’t want to talk about it publicly, but he’s in bad shape. He’s not well and he’s not going to be getting well anytime soon.”

“I am worried about it. ….You know, I can’t really talk about it right now, but he’s in rough shape. He’s in really bad shape … and we’re going to have to do some stuff to take care of this guy. He is not well and he’s not getting any better.

“He doesn’t have cancer or AIDS or anything like this, (but) he’s got some problems, man.

We’re going to have to send him to the Mayo … or … Scripps (Clinics) , or one of those really good hospitals to figure out what’s wrong with this guy.”

On the issue of the heavyweight title, White made hints at coming changes if Lesnar does not recover soon, which is probably a public relations overture for what’s coming down the pike business-wise.

“If it’s a long wait, we’re going to have to do something,” he  said. “We’re going to have to ….  the last thing I ever want to do is strip a guy who won a title. That’s the last thing I want to do.  I don’t know if we’ll have to do an interim or what we’ll do to fix it.” (Dana White as quoted by The Canadian Press, TSN and Sherdog.com)

Reports after the original flu-like symptoms, had hinted at swine flu as the culprit. But when rumors started making the rounds about a delay of the UFC 108 heavyweight fight on 01/02/10, an announcement went out about Lesnar having mononucleosis which could further delay his return.

That was before the bombshell of Lesnar’s collapse in Canada and his undoubtedly dire health condition. But just how bad is he? Well, you know its bad when Dana White starts hinting at interim heavyweight titles.  What that means in short is that an interim heavyweight title will be set up, pending Lesnar’s recovery – IF there is a recovery, and nobody knows that for sure at this point.

This southerly turn of events is stunning in its human and career dimensions (for reasons already mentioned).  As of  UFC 100, Brock Lesnar was the biggest star in the UFC . The shock waves of his meteoric ascent had lapped the far reaches of the MMA universe. Reason? Lesnar’s sudden ascent, not to mention his size, freakish strength and unbridled theatrics. 

The blogsphere will probably be buzzing with speculation about Lesnar’s illness, but it will probably be irresponsible for anyone to print anything without credible information. But this will probably never stop the cycle of recycled spit being circulated in a  self-sustaining loop.  From that perspective and that alone, it might have been smart for Lesnar and his camp to grab the media bull by the horns and dispense the news on their own terms.  That way the news and the media circus that is bound to surround it, would not be parenthesized  by UFC business bulletins.

Brock Lesnar and wife Rena Mero

The Bear and the Sable: Brock Lesnar and wife Rena Mero, (the former Sable) in "cuddlicious" form.

End of a career? The question that is being bandied about sounds most rhetorical at this point in time. The most probable scenario being that we will never see Lesnar in the octagon again … at least not in the form and guise of the  gladiatorial tear that he was quickly evolving into. Meanwhile, Lesnar will sooner than later have to come out with the news of what is ailing him because neither he nor the UFC can  keep a lead on this much longer.  We believe that the announcement will be made by Lesnar and or a Lesnar family representative if things follow proper course.

Lesnar: Shades of Christopher Reeve?

Meanwhile, we wish Brock  Lesnar well and hope he will get better soon. When the stakes are this high, life and one’s health matter more than anything else.

The promise to help Lesnar, on the part of the UFC, sounds like the right kinds of noises. Beyond philanthropy, it speaks to the magnitude of what Brock Lesnar is currently facing. What remains to be seen is what is behind UFC’s verbal promise.

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