Sports by the Numbers MMA Sun, 15 Feb 2009 22:15:32 GMT A blog dedicated to the numbers of mixed martial arts, from the UFC, to Elite XC, to Cage Rage and everything in between written in the same fashion as the popular Sport by the Numbers books The Saga of UFC 97 &nbsp; <p>I&#39;ve continued to research the circumstances leading to the Quebec Athletic Commission (I know that is not what it is called, but it&#39;s easier) throwing a major wrench into the UFC machine. It would seem many fans are placing the brunt of the blame on Stephane Patry, the promoter of the Strike Box card that has been seen as something of a tipping point. However, I believe most of the blame should be placed on the ineptitude of the past and present members of the Quebec Athletic Commission. James Thompson deserves a little blame as well.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s a quick rundown of events: Strike Box wants to do stand up only, something like kickboxing with clinching allowed. The commission will not allow these rules and forces the event to use standard MMA rules. An agreement is made amongst the fighters that they will keep the fight standing. James Thompson does not honor this agreement saying he never knew of it and Stephane Patry said, &quot;James Thompson is full of sh**. He&#39;s the biggest loser I&#39;ve ever met in my life.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson takes Steve Bosse down and pounds on him, referee Yves Lavigne can&#39;t do anything about it because technically they are following MMA rules, and the fans, who don&#39;t know of the commission&#39;s demands to follow MMA rules lose all control.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Apparently this caused the commission to review their own set of rules and they have realized that for the past ten years or so they have been allowing MMA events to operate with rules that were not allowed according to their books. So now they are reverting back to the old rules which pretty much fit what Patry wanted to do with Strike Box in the first place - talk about supreme irony. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The previous commission members screwed up in not changing the rules or enforcing them. And now the new commission is screwing up because they have decided that after all this time they will follow the old rules even though over 13,000 tickets have been sold for UFC 97 only two months away.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>To top it off, the current commission is stating that they didn&#39;t even know about UFC 83 held last year in Montreal - a huge event that featured Georges St. Pierre, Canada&#39;s 2008 Athlete of the Year! </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This is icing on a cake that is filled with chocolate <em>we don&#39;t know what the hell we are doing</em> cream. If the commission insists on following its old rules, it will significantly hurt the integrity of MMA as the UFC will have to move to a new location. Chances are this won&#39;t happen. Stephane Patry, the man who inadvertently brought this mess to the surface, said in an interview on Sherdog radio, &quot;I think the whole athletic commission in Quebec right now is in a very bad position because they&#39;ve been sanctioning the sport under the unified rules for over ten years. And now all the sudden there&#39;s a new president in place and now he decides let&#39;s enforce what we have in the law book instead... [The lawyers are saying] &lsquo;Listen guys, you&#39;ve been doing this for ten years and there&#39;s no way you can go back and change what you&#39;ve been doing for ten years.&#39;...Like I said I&#39;m not a lawyer, but apparently they [the commission] are not allowed to do what they are trying to do right now.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The commission needs to let everyone know that they have been screwing up (for ten years). They can&#39;t make the rule changes in time, and therefore they will do business as usual based on past practices for all events already currently scheduled in the province. Any new events not currently scheduled will fall under the old rules until the commission can review its policies and make any changes it deems appropriate. That way UFC 97 will happen and the new president and commission can save a little bit of face. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>If they choose to go the other route Katie bar the doors because Dana [expletive] White is coming to town!</p><p>For more posts like this check out my blog, <a href=""></a>. </p> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 22:15:32 GMT Zac Robinson Overeem in UFC Soon and other thoughts from 93 &nbsp; <p>I just returned from UFC 93 and have an interesting tidbit. As those who have attended a live event know, there is usually a 20 to 30 minute break between the preliminary and main card. I used this time to visit briefly with Alistair Overeem who along with Semmy Schilt caused quite a stir in the O2. I asked him when we&#39;d see him in the Octagon and he replied, &quot;I don&#39;t know but it might be sooner then you think.&quot; </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This came about five minutes after he spoke with Dana White cageside and it seems that both want it to happen. My thoughts are that Overeem will debut at UFC 99 in Germany and there is a possibility that Schilt will as well. It makes perfect sense as both are from the Netherlands and the event will be held in Cologne, Germany only hours away. Plus the UFC does not have a TV presence in Germany like they do in the U.K. so it will need to rely heavily on &quot;hometown&quot; fighters. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Obviously the promotion has established itself in both England and Ireland (and by the way the Irish fans were great) and it will want to maintain the momentum with the jump to Germany. The best way to ensure ticket sales are not sluggish is to load the card with guys like Overeem, Schilt, and of course Dennis Siver who fights out of Mannheim, Germany. The UFC also has an opportunity to target U.S. Military personnel stationed in Germany. However with the event being held in Cologne it will be a pretty good distance from many of the Military fans. So based on all this it makes perfect sense that Overeem and maybe other established fighters from the region will make their UFC debuts/returns at 99. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Then again, as Overeem said, &quot; might be sooner then you think.&quot;</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 19:02:59 GMT Zac Robinson Fight Night 16 UFC Fights for the Troops &nbsp; <p>Here are a few quick numbers about Fight Night 16. But first I think it is important to say how great it is that the promotion is doing a show that will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. War fighters are much like UFC/MMA fighters in the sense that they are not typically blood thirsty maniacs who crave violence. They are instead family men and women who simply chose a possibly dangerous profession. And in doing so, there are sometimes very real consequences. So a not-for-profit organization like the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is run by heroes in and of itself. Their continuing efforts are commendable and the UFC should be applauded for doing their part as well.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>171 Weight (171) pounds of headliners Josh Koscheck and Yoshiyuki Yoshida, as well as Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>11 With a victory, Yoshida will grab win number (11) against only two losses and in the process Yoshida would keep Koscheck at (11) wins.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>3 In the event of a Koscheck victory, he would hand Yoshida loss number (3) and in the process would keep only (3) losses on his record.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>20 From 2000 to 2005 the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provided close to ($20) million to families of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty, mostly in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Fund provided unrestricted grants of $11,000 to each spouse and $5,000 to each dependent child; and $1,000 to parents of unmarried service members.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>707 Canadian Jonathan Goulet had the honor of being part of the first UFC bout ever held in Canada when he needed (7:07) to stop Kuniyoshi Hironaka in a great back and forth affair. The April 19<sup>th</sup> fight was the last time Goulet set foot in the Octagon and the win improved his record to 22-9.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>31 Mike Swick has never fought for the UFC in Canada. However, he is (3-1) in his last four fights, all decisions, and the stretch started with a win over Canadian David Loiseau. His last bout was outside of the United States, a win over Marcus Davis at UFC 85 in London.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>100 Percentage (100) of each contribution to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund that goes to support military families. Not a penny is deducted for administrative costs.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>444 Former Marine Luigi Fioravanti needed (4:44) to TKO former UFC champ Dave Menne at UFC Fight Night 7, an event held at Marine Corp Air Station Miramar in San Diego. He&#39;ll look to do the same to Brodie Farber when they hook up at Fort Bragg.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>246 Weight (246) pounds of the heaviest man on the card, Eddie Sanchez. He&#39;ll tangle with the 228 pound Justin McCully in the only heavyweight bout of the night. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>65 Currently, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has provided more than ($65) million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, as well as severely wounded military personnel and veterans.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" title="Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund">Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href=""></a></p> Wed, 10 Dec 2008 17:46:24 GMT Zac Robinson Dana Got Fitchs Soul Only a day after UFC President Dana White threw Jon Fitch and pretty much the rest of American Kickboxing Academy out the window, we learned they were all let back in. Fitch shed a little more light on the situation. The agreement never was really a big deal. It was Dana&#39;s approach. Fitch said, &quot;...We felt that Dana was a little hotheaded and was threatening us right off the bat...&quot; <p>&nbsp;</p><p>So it would seem that White, yellow eyes, horns, pitchfork, and all, swooped in, licked his dry lips with his forked tongue, and demanded Fitch give away his soul, a lifetime &quot;video game contract.&quot; The devil White promised riches in return, just a signature and he&#39;d make it happen. Fitch, a hard-working young man from Indiana didn&#39;t like the devils approach, asked to negotiate, and was done away with by the fire-spitting White.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>And then an Angel appeared, thin graying beard, rugged yet handsome in his Armani suit. The harps played, and his gorgeous name danced off his tongue with such grace, such beauty. It sang to Fitch&#39;s very soul...Lorenzo...Fertitta. He put a consoling wing around the banished Fitch and made him see the light. The contract, as it was presented by the pitchfork-wielder only a day before, was signed. Jon Fitch was back in the UFC and his soul would be immortalized in the form of THQ&#39;s video game, UFC Undisputed 2009. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fitch, in an interview with said, &quot;After talking with Lorenzo, it&#39;s not a big;s not like I&#39;ve got video game companies knocking down my door to do video game deals with me. So a lifetime exclusive is not a big deal...Lorenzo gave us his word that it&#39;s not a permanent thing. If we ever did want to leave, there&#39;s a possibility that they would allow us to leave and do something else.&quot; </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It would seem that Dana White&#39;s brashness and quick trigger finger caused quite a serious issue. And it would also seem that the apparently much more business-savvy Lorenzo Fertitta came in to quell the storm. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Then again, a conspiracy theorist may delve into these exchanges and come up with a real hum-dinger. The devil and angel in this little scenario do indeed work side by side. They wanted the same thing. Could it be that they understand the public&#39;s perception? Could it be that they wanted to stir the pot. The ordeal definitely served up a little free advertising. After all, White himself brought up how dark these days are financially.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Maybe they didn&#39;t sit in an office and hash out this diabolical plan, but they have decided to play their roles in a way that is advantageous to Zuffa and the UFC. These guys are smart. In what has proven to be a business that is hostile to newcomers, they have not only survived, but flourished to the point of becoming synonymous with the sport.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In playing their roles in this situation, they have warned others that they mean business.&nbsp; Contracts will be signed or harsh consequences will be doled out. Sure this one ended hospitably, but if Fitch didn&#39;t sign, it would have been decidedly unfriendly. And in the process, everybody is talking about the video game. Everybody now knows UFC Undisputed will be coming out shortly. And they know that they will be able to find just about all their favorite fighters on it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Seems like a cherry of a deal for the promotion, especially when at one point it seemed MMA fans were ready to storm Zuffa&#39;s offices, baseball bats and torches in hand. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Of course those who aren&#39;t so inclined to believe in conspiracies will claim that it should be taken at face value. Dana White, the face of the promotion, is as the head of this type of business needs to be, bold and a little reckless. He has a man working beside him who is able to calm the waters. And in business, employers and employees don&#39;t see eye to eye all the time, but they usually work it out. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Either or, the whole emotion-filled situation was interesting and may not truly be resolved. The 24 hours that stretched between November 20th and November 21st, 2008, may one day be looked upon as significant for the sport. Or it may be nothing more than dip in the roller coaster that is the business of Mixed Martial Arts. </p><p>Check out more articles like this and statistics/stories on numerous events at my blog, <a href="" title="Sports by the Numbers MMA">Sports by the Numbers MMA.</a> </p> Sat, 22 Nov 2008 08:45:42 GMT Zac Robinson He wanted our Souls Forever &nbsp; <p>Jon Fitch spoke these words after he was unceremoniously released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. UFC president Dana White served up an ultimatum: sign a lifetime contract allowing your name and likeness to be used in the promotion&#39;s upcoming video game, or be released. Fitch and his manager opted for negotiation, but there was nothing to negotiate as far as White was concerned. Just like that the #2 ranked welterweight in the world, a man who&#39;d won eight straight fights in the promotion before losing to Georges St. Pierre, was fired. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>News of the shocking development sent spasms of emotion throughout the MMA world. Most planted their feet firmly behind Jon Fitch. A few sided with White and the UFC. Even fewer sat in the stands choosing to see how it all played out. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The UFC has a stranglehold on the sport. It stands atop the mountain with no equals. Yet based on the decisions of its management, it would seem it is clinging to the side, mere fingertips away from a plunge. Moves like the releasing of Jon Fitch makes one wonder the thought process of those who run the promotion, as well as its true profitability. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The thing is - Zuffa (the UFC) had every right to release Fitch. It was stated in his contract. He was unwilling to sign the &quot;video game contract&quot; as is, and Zuffa was unwilling to bargain. But was it the right move? Did it make sense?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Based on the initial reaction of fans, the answer to both questions is a resounding no! The UFC is tenacious when it comes to protecting its product, and rightfully so. Mixed Martial Arts is analogous to the Wild West. It&#39;s uncharted territory full of outlaws and gold rushers. But now the UFC has seemingly turned on its own fighters. Or at least those who are reluctant to fall in line no questions asked. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It seems the promotion holds all the power. In essence it is saying <em>do this, do it our way, or you&#39;re done. Good luck finding somewhere else to fight.</em> And this is why 98% of the MMA population is up in arms. This perception of an imbalance of power and the UFC&#39;s eagerness to exploit it seems completely unfair. It may be. It may also be that there is a thick line of gray between the black and white. Nonetheless, if the promotion continues to act in this fashion, it will suffer. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The fans will be disinclined to shell out their hard-earned dollars, fighters will finally take a stand in the form of a union, and advertisers will shy away from the turmoil. It really is too bad for everyone involved. The sport, headed by the UFC, is so close to true acceptance, and then greed has reared its ugly head in spectacular fashion. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It would be wise for those who run the UFC to step back and see the situation from a broader perspective. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>One can only hope that all involved will come to a reasonable compromise, for the good of the fans, the good of the fighters, and the good of the sport. </p><p>For more articles like this, as well as stats, pictures, and videos, check out my blog, <a href="" title="Sports by the Numbers MMA">Sports by the Numbers MMA</a></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:59:15 GMT Zac Robinson UFC Debuts ??? Big Wins or Big Flops? After watching Rafael Dos Anjos and Josh Hendricks get KO&#39;d in their UFC debuts at 91, it got me wondering how newcomers fared when they were matched against fighters who&#39;d already been in the Octagon. I reviewed all the fights that met the criteria beginning with UFC 91 and working back to UFC 80, the promotions first event of the year. The numbers are pretty interesting: <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Total Events: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 16</p><p>Overall record: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 14-21</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Submission wins: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5</p><p>Submission losses: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>(T)KO wins:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7</p><p>(T)KO losses:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Decision wins:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2</p><p>Decision losses:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;5</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Combined record of beaten opponents when they suffered the loss: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 22-17</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Interesting Statistics</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>During UFC 86 no fights met the criteria of a UFC newcomer fighting an opponent with UFC experience.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Only 20% of the bouts ended in a decision.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>The newcomers won only two, or 5.7% via decision (35 bouts)</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>UFC 84 had six fights that met the criteria</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>The newcomers won five of the six</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>If UFC 84 is erased from the stats, the newcomers would be only 9-20</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>UFC 84 and Fight Night 15 were the only events in which more than one newcomer was victorious against opponents with UFC experience</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>16 of the 21 newcomers, or 76.2% were stopped by their opponents</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>At UFC 85 and TUF Finale 7 each event only had one fight to meet the criteria and both newcomers won</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Rob Yundt made the list twice - first with a loss as a newcomer, and then he was beaten by a newcomer</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Shane Carwin made the list twice - first for a victory as a newcomer, and then he beat a newcomer in his second fight</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Chris Wilson made the list twice - first with a loss as a newcomer, and then he beat a newcomer in his second fight</li></ul><p>For a complete list of the fights and their results, check out my blog, <a href="" title="Sports by the Numbers MMA">Sports by the Numbers MMA. </a></p> Wed, 19 Nov 2008 15:54:20 GMT Zac Robinson 45 Years Young: If Randy can, Why not us? &nbsp; <p>Randy Couture, at the age of 45, returned to the Octagon on November 15, 2008. He&#39;d been sidelined for over a year while embroiled in a legal battle with his employer, the UFC. They made up, he returned, and took on the monstrous athletic phenomenon that is Brock Lesnar. Sure Lesnar was inexperienced, but he&#39;d shown a great deal of improvement in his previous victory over Heath Herring, and many thought he&#39;d give the aging Couture fits, or beat him outright. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As we know, he did beat Couture outright. A glancing blow just behind Captain America&#39;s Cauliflowered left ear ended the contest. The fight lasted eight minutes and seven seconds. Not a great deal of time, but inspiration is unimpressed with time. It doesn&#39;t need much to take hold.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Randy Couture&#39;s effort in the Octagon was nothing short of miraculous. Giving up some 60 pounds, 14 years, and goodness knows how much strength and power, he fought Brock Lesnar and fought him well. As I sat and watched the fight unfold, I couldn&#39;t help but shake my head in amazement. Of course many of us predicted that Randy&#39;s experience would carry the day. He&#39;d find a way to handle Brock and leave the Octagon with belt in hand. But seeing him actually in there, trading blows and grappling with Lesnar, was surreal. As each second ticked off the clock, the importance of the result diminished, and the importance of the process of combat increased. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This is all coming from the perspective of a 35 year-old former athlete. A man who feels old and broke down from countless competitions and hours upon hours in the gym. As the fight unfolded, Randy Couture became more than an amazing athlete, more than a man standing against time, more than Captain America, he became an inspiration. Here&#39;s a guy ten years my elder, in arguably the toughest sport of them all, fighting a 275 pound behemoth! </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Other athletes sometimes compete while in their 40s. Jamie Moyer is hanging in there as the oldest baseball player, he turned 46 three days after UFC 91. George Blanda played in the NFL until he was 48. And a handful of basketball players are pushing Couture&#39;s age. But none of them had to deal with what Couture dealt with on November 15<sup>th</sup>. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Randy Couture inspired me, and I bet he inspired many others. He went through the grueling training sessions. He kept going despite sore muscles and aching bones. He demonstrated a tremendous competitive spirit, and he won me over. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Randy reached through the TV screen, slammed me in the chest, and screamed, &quot;Get off your lazy butt! You&#39;re young with a lot of miles left in the tank!&quot; And he&#39;s right, so I&#39;m heading to the gym. I&#39;m not going to fight for a UFC belt, but I am going to challenge myself to work like Randy Couture. How about you? </p> Wed, 19 Nov 2008 05:43:13 GMT Zac Robinson Results: UFC 91 - Ham Hocks, Hotties, Apartments, and a Belt <p>30 Number of seconds (30) Demian Maia needed to drag Nate Quarry to the canvas. Then it was only a matter of time before he finished with a rear naked choke. </p><p>889 Percentage (88.9) of fights on the UFC 91 card to be stopped. The Jorge Gurgel vs. Aaron Reilly fight, an entertaining stand up battle, went the distance with Reilly winning.</p><p>353 The main card fights averaged only (3:53). Four of the five didn&#39;t make it to round two. Because of this, pay-per-view buyers were treated to...</p><p>100 Percentage (100) of the UFC 91 card to be shown on the PPV broadcast. Is that a Zuffa era first?</p><p>90 Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar entered the building (90) minutes apart. Randy rolled in at 5:21 pm, while Brock checked in at 6:51 pm. </p><p>18 Number of apartment buildings (18) Ohioan Josh Hendricks previously managed...Talk about a pain in the arse, but he probably didn&#39;t get hit as hard in that job as he did by Gabriel Gonzaga.</p><p>61 Gonzaga needed just (61) seconds to KO Hendricks. Then Joe Rogan asked Gonzaga who he thought would win between Randy and Brock and he said Randy. Immediately following the prediction they showed the text voting, (61%) agreed with Gonzaga.</p><p>3 Number of chairs (3) for one hot ring girl in Arianny Celeste. She&#39;s been solo for a while now. Nobody seems to be complaining...</p><p>22 Age (22) of welterweights Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory. They put on an exciting fight with Hazelett bending McCrory&#39;s arm like it was a garden hose. </p><p>44 A little math and we see that Hazelett and McCrory&#39;s combined age (44) is still one year younger than Randy Couture!</p><p>1 Jeremy Stephens was all about (1)...(1) massive uppercut, (1) sprint into the cage, and (1) slobbery mouthpiece hurled into the crowd.</p><p>50 During the broadcast Rogan interviewed (50) Cent who called the Lesnar victory. (50) was promoting the release of &quot;Before I self-destruct&quot; on December 9<sup>th</sup>. Rogan warned, &quot;Buy it, don&#39;t download it b!tche$!&quot;</p><p>3 Kenny Florian had (3) inches on the 5&#39;7&quot; Joe Stevenson. He also had four inches of reach. He used his length to sink in a rear naked choke at 4:03 of round one, and then he used his mouth to respectfully call out B.J. Penn.</p><p>859 It was (8:59 pm) Las Vegas time when youth met experience as Randy and Brock touched them up. </p><p>807 It took (8:07) for Brock to take the belt from Randy. Afterward Couture said of Lesnar, &quot;Those are some big&nbsp;**** ham hocks coming at you.&quot; Now those ham hocks are wrapped around the belt and we will see if &quot;Big Nog,&quot; Mir, or who knows who else can rip it from Lesnar&#39;s ham hockish grip.&nbsp; </p><p>For more posts and articles like this, check out my blog <a href="" title="Sports by the Numbers MMA">Sports by the Numbers MMA</a>. Oh yeah, I got a pic of Arianny there too. </p> Sun, 16 Nov 2008 12:14:57 GMT Zac Robinson Tragic Freedom - A Tribute to Evan Tanner &nbsp; <p>Some live in a way that others would never dare. They dive into the world unafraid of failure. In fact it seems sometimes they even welcome it. They take risks and live on the edge. Their spirits appear eternally free, but they frequently teeter and topple into the unforgiving abyss.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>By all accounts, Evan tanner was one of these free spirits. The former UFC middleweight champion dared and failed in a manner that most can&#39;t fathom, and he eloquently told us all about it, sparing no detail as he penned each triumph and tragedy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>His decision to take a self-taught leap into mixed martial arts is hard to grasp, but the results aren&#39;t. He wanted an experience, and in turn he gave us many both inside and outside the cage.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>When he ran his old boat aground and it shattered on the rocks, we rolled our eyes at the outcome. Or we admired his enterprising soul.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>When his house for troubled youth sputtered and failed, we nodded with an air of judgment, and muttered, &quot;I told you so.&quot; Or we applauded his efforts and understood that his heart was passionate.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>When he rambled across the land, drifting, drinking, and letting his beard grow, we knew he&#39;d lost it. Or we wondered what it would be like to be a wanderer, to delve into ourselves and our lives without reservation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>When he climbed into the Octagon once again, when he strapped on the gloves and shook his fists, we knew no matter how the fight played out, he&#39;d already won.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>When he was beaten, and reportedly gambled until he was broke. We broke a little too; we couldn&#39;t bear to be a part of his self-destruction. Yet his spirit was unscathed. It was merely another experience for Evan. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>He lived his life in such a manner, one experience followed by another. To hell with the results, they were nothing more than a footnote to each adventure. And it was this freedom, this wonder that led him into the desert for one final tragic experience.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Evan Tanner, the poet, wrote, &quot;&quot;I&#39;m hoping that very soon I&#39;ll be sitting out in the quiet of the desert beneath a deep blue midnight sky, listening to the calm desert breeze...I want to go to these places, the quiet, timeless, ageless places, and sit, letting silence and solitude be my teachers.&quot;</p><h1>Evan, through your free spirit, your triumphs and tragedies, you have been the adept teacher, and we will forever be thankful. Theodore Roosevelt once said, &quot;It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.&quot;</h1><h1>Your place is not with the cold and timid Evan. You were in the arena, and we hope you found peace underneath that deep blue midnight sky. Your warrior spirit will forever be missed.</h1> Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:20:15 GMT Zac Robinson Business Stuff: UFC vs. the Fighters! &nbsp; <p>We all know the whole Randy Couture vs. UFC deal; it is dragging on in the courts and in some ways out of sight out of mind. Recently, as in within the last few weeks, Zuffa and the UFC have announced a number of big licensing and merchandising deals. This seems like a great opportunity for the fighters, but those who have an understanding of this sort of thing, are saying, <em>hold the phones</em>! </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As the aforementioned, <em>people who understand this stuff</em> describe it, the contract is ridiculously one sided, giving the UFC the ability to frolic through green fields of crisp one hundred dollar bills. While the fighters are held in something of a prison without bars, and fed nickels and dimes only if they perform. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>You can read a great article on the agreement at <a href="" title=""></a>, and thanks to a poster <em><a href="" title="Sherdog Forum Post">For the Love of MMA</a></em> for bringing this to our attention. It does raise some interesting let&#39;s hop from one side of the fence to the other and see which side we land...just hopefully not right in the middle. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>UFC Side</p><p>What is fair? The UFC did in fact work to build a monstrous brand, one that truly is synonymous with MMA. Since they&#39;ve done this in such an adept fashion, should they be the ones to reap most of the monetary rewards?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fighter Side</p><p>Then again, without the fighters climbing into the Octagon, the UFC could not exist. The fighters are the ones who put their bodies on the line, so shouldn&#39;t they get more of, if not the lion&#39;s share of the monetary rewards?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>UFC Side</p><p>It is common however in other industries, for royalties to fall in the 10% to 20% range, and besides much of the sells generated on the various merchandise might in fact be due to the UFC brand, not a single fighter or even a group of fighters. So maybe the agreement is fairer than it seems?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fighter Side</p><p>When are we going to give credit where credit is due? In no other sport is the business focused on, more than the athlete. Fans don&#39;t watch the NFL or NBA because it is the NFL or NBA, they watch it because of the athletes, and MMA should be no different, therefore the fighters should be getting a much better deal?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>My semi-insightful take...</p><p>I don&#39;t know the answers to the above questions and there are about a thousand more that my peon brain can&#39;t comprehend. It is a convoluted situation to say the least. Just the type of thing you&#39;d expect to find in big business, let&#39;s just hope that <em>big business</em> doesn&#39;t eventually run over the sport.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more articles like this, check out my blog <a href="" title="Sports by the Numbers MMA">Sports by the Numbers MMA</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 08:25:28 GMT Zac Robinson