Tag Archives: naked ambition

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.

copyright© 2010 cyberaxis.wordpress.com

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)

Advertisements

Why Sarah Palin would never join The View …


Someone has suggested that Sarah Palin may, after assessing the ruin of her political career, consider joining The View, if asked. While the idea is plausible in the abstract, it is highly implausible in reality. Looking for a job outside elective politics makes sense. Jumping butt naked into a cactus pit doesn’t.

The quickest and most efficient way to de-fang Sarah Palin - From left - Whoopi Goldberg, Joyce Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, and the runt of the litter, Elizabeth Hasselback.

Women of The View: The quickest and most efficient way to de-fang Sarah Palin - From left - Whoopi Goldberg, Joyce Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, and the runt of the litter, Elizabeth Hasselback.

What are Sarah’s options? Well, getting her own talk show  probably makes the most sense ( see this cyberaxis post). It’s the no-brainer answer to the question:  What you do with a  wise-crackin’, moose shootin’ , easy flirtin’ hockey mom from Wasilla after she makes an ill-fated  media splash  in a bruising national election?”.  Joining women of “The View”  is not out of the question as long as she decides to make nice  with Whoopi, Joyce, Barbara and Sherri ….. on top of avoiding Charlie Gibson/ Katie Couric moments.

Otherwise,  Mrs. Palin would be eaten alive on the snack meal plan. Elizabeth Hasselback knows the feeling.

Own talk show diva or studio gad-about with women of The View? Fat chance with Whoopi!

Palin: Own talk show diva or studio gad-about with women of The View? Fat chance with Whoopi!

My feeling is that, if Palin ever joined the view, she would pipe way down and laugh off most of the things she said on the campaign trail. If she did that she could actually bring a lot to the show.

Taking on the formidable trio of Whoopi, Joyce and Barbara would be the quickest way to lose her bouffant. Talk about being outclassed, out-smarted and out-GUNNED?  Well, she would be. Between the three of them Sarah Palin would just be a piece of luncheon meat on toasted sourdough bread.

Which brings to mind a Time Magazine piece by Belinda Luscombe which makes a debatable contention about “Why Some Women Hate Sarah Palin.” Luscombe thinks it goes beyond politics. Quote:

“Women are weapons-grade haters. Hillary Clinton knows it. Palin knows it too. When women get their hate on, they don’t just dislike, or find disfavor with, or sort of not really appreciate. They loathe — deeply, richly, sustainingly. I do not say this to disparage my gender; women also love in more or less the same way.” Belinda Luscombe, Time Magazine, Oct. 2, 2008

High school may be many miles away from The View, but who really knows? If Whoopi, Joyce or Barbara decided any or all of Luscombe’s three points of “the Abbotsleigh test” were adequate matters for casus belli, who could stop them ….. or blame them for that matter?

John McCain and the Second Fall of Carly Fiorina – Part 2


Carly Fiorina now

Carly Fiorina now

During the waning years of the high tech bubble I knew of a guy who worked for Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley. He hated Carly Fiorina (the then embattled Hewlett Packard Chairman of the Board), …… And so did everyone he knew among his peers. This kind of disaffection was anecdotal. But what was not anecdotal was the way Fiorina was shown the door by the revered company’s board after earnings had stagnated and the company had lost thousands of employees through lay-offs and resignations. What has also not been anecdotal of late is the way Fiorina has been deep sixed by the McCain campaign after pulling a gaffe worthy of Senator Joe Biden.

What has been fundamentally disturbing, is the way Fiorina’s ambitions have led her to sell out on the principles of competency and professionalism she truculently propounds. She would have won the respect of friends and foes alike, if she had just resigned from the McCain campaign on principle, following the appointment of Governor Sarah Palin – a fledgling politico who, in the words of Matt Damon, could neither square off with a Putin or run this country should things come to that. Carly would have been flying high in the minds of many had she drawn that line in the sand and walked away. But no, like Senator McCain and all of the hired hacks she battened down the hatches and tried to defend the indefensible. That decision to stay reduced her from the high-flying executive of her own legend to just another hired impolitical hack. Ironically, the same naked ambition that prevented Sarah Palin from saying no to John McCain’s vice presidential nod, stopped Carly from telling it like it is and walking away while her stock was still hot.

But in the end, it was Carly’s overweening hubris that did her in. People who are full of themselves sometimes don’t not know that, and to that extent they are incapable of assessing themselves in ways that can head-off the kind of diplomatic faux pas Fiorina got herself caught up in. Had Fiorina been in touch with her own attitudes of superiority, and the sensitivities of the McCain campaign, she would have carefully weighed the issue of Palin’s shortcomings before the fact and been in a position to respond to media questions in the most diplomatic of ways. This would have been the anti-dote to the kind of tone-deafness she exhibited in that KTRS Radio interview. Nancy Pfotenhauer(another McCain Senior Policy Advisor), who appears confused most of the time, excels at a smiley-rope-a-dope style of engagement that ruffles few, if no feathers.

Now as I write this, Carly Fiorina is out of a high-profile job sans the $21 million severance pay she got from Hewlett Packard in 2005. What she claims to have transcended  in the historical  instance has again happened to her: a firing in the most public of ways and a press that is having a field day with it. And some of peasants with pitchforks she raked over the coals are wondering how it feels  to be thrown under the bus for the second time in her life.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/05/60minutes/main2069703.shtml

© Cyberaxis 2008

Appendices:

In new ad, Fiorina slams Boxer’s “arrogance” (Upshot – Yahoo – Reporting on the 2010 Senatorial race between Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer) Aah, the richness of this.

Sample comment for reader of the article:

When I found out that Fiorina was the Repubs candidate I couldn’t believe it. Anybody that was around during Clueless Carly’s reign of terror at H-P should know she hasn’t got the sense to fix a Kleenex box. The only reason she’s running for office is because nobody in the private sector will give her a job. ( Mark H 29 minutes ago 09/24/10)

John McCain and the Second Fall of Carly Fiorina


Carly Fiorina is her own worst enemy, and if her latest fall from grace with the septuagenarian from Arizona is anything to go by, we will have to say she never learned anything from her 2005 firing at Hewlett Packard. Fiorina who came to the revered Silicon valley firm on the coat-tails of her success at Lucent Technologies, blew her success and goodwill capital through her spotlight-hogging ways and a number of decisions that culminated in the controversial acquisition of Compaq and lackluster growth following the purchase. Reports say she was hated at HP for her prickly hauteur, apparent disregard for some sacred cows at HP and a tone-deaf way of dealing with superiors, peers and minions.

McCain who should have done his homework before hiring Fiorina, deep-sixed the faux blonde last month after she blabbed that she didn’t think, vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, was qualified to run a big corporation like Hewlett Packard. The incidental admission came, on the 9/16/08 McGraw Milhaven Show on St. Louis KTRS Radio.

Excerpt:

“Do you think [Sarah Palin] has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?” asked the host.

“No, I don’t,” responded Fiorina. “But you know what? That’s not what she’s running for.”

Trying to hedge her bets, Fiorina goes on to state:

“I find it quite stunning actually that the Barack Obama campaign is questioning Sarah Palin’s experience,” she said. “She has more executive experience than he does and she is the vice presidential nominee and he is the presidential nominee.”

Fiorina’s candor, partly justified by fact, just cut too close to the bone? But did she realize that at the time? Did she have an ear for how that would play in campaign headquarters or did she harbor some hidden resentment for Palin’s appointment to a position that had been rumored to be possibly available to her?

FACT: Characters as abrasively ambitious as Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina cannot co-exist on the same stage for extended periods of time.

Part II of this post can be found here: John McCain and the Second Fall of Carly Fiorina Part 2.

Appendices:

These women might have too much baggage (Eleanor Clift, Newsweek)