MMA Quick Hits 2/1/13: UFC to introduce Fighter Rankings, Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman in Brazil
The UFC announced that they will be implementing an official rankings system next month, partnering with their current statistics provider FightMetric to provide fans a list of the top fighters in each division, along with a top pound for pound fighter ranking. Rankings will be voted on by members of the MMA media immediately after each event, and will be available on UFC.com within 24 hours of each card. “We are thrilled to have UFC recognize our fighter rankings and to have them hosted on UFC.com, as well as incorporated into event broadcasts,” said FightMetric creator Rami Genauer. “FightMetric has worked closely with the UFC for several years as an industry-leader in MMA statistics. Sports fans are accustomed to seeing performance data and rankings on their favorite baseball, football and soccer players, and now we can engage UFC fans on a similar level.” UFC President Dana White also voiced his opinion on the new rankings. “UFC Fighter Rankings are a great tool for new and existing fans alike to learn and better keep up with the fast pace of the UFC. We always look for opportunities to engage fans and media, allowing them to connect and voice their opinions, and this just one more way of doing that.” This is pretty cool, and I can say, about time. However, the UFC left themselves an out in that they said they will still “put on fights people want to see,” meaning that #2 won’t always necessarily fight #1 for the belt. Still, I think it’s a nice addition. Maybe I can be a part of this MMA media, Dana?
Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, said that if Silva has to fight Chris Weidman next, that fight should take place in Brazil. “Anderson has never refused a fight. If you ask him to face the devil, he will take it. Why did he refuse Weidman? He simply thinks he is still not someone to fight for the belt. I have nothing against Chris; I think he’s a great person. But if you ask people, no one knows who he is. They’ll have to spend a lot of money promoting this fight. Anderson has more title defenses than he has professional fights. Anderson has told me he really wants to fight in Brazil again. Weidman himself once told me he would be interested in the fight here. So I think that’s what should happen.” Weidman already said he would fight Silva in Brazil, so let’s see it. And it makes sense, in terms of sales. Brazil will come out to see Anderson fight no matter who it’s against. But in America, we want to see Silva fight a “name” guy. And sorry to say, Weidman isn’t that name guy. He might be undefeated, but outside of the hardcore fan base, no one really knows who he is because he hasn’t beat a name guy. And no, Mark Munoz isn’t a name guy, and sadly, neither is Maia. To us hardcore MMA fans, yes. To the casual, paying, public they are not.
When asked how a fight between himself and Anderson Silva would go down, Rashad Evans told MMAJunkie.com that he’s certain he’d defeat the Middleweight Champion. “I’m not a good match-up for him. I’m sure he’s not chomping at the bit to fight me. He doesn’t really have anything to gain from fighting me, so I don’t know if he would even want to fight me. I don’t know why he would go out of his way to fight somebody like me. If the UFC is not going to make him fight me, then I don’t see why he would fight me.”Besides that, I love Anderson. He’s a great guy outside of the cage, and he’s one of my favorite fighters to watch inside the cage. To me, to fight him would be a little bittersweet because I know I would beat him. I know I would beat him.” Yeah, no. Sorry Evans, not happening. While I respect Evans’ skill set, he doesn’t have anything that Silva hasn’t already dealt with. Evans’ only shot would be to lay on Silva and try to eek out a decision. And since I don’t think he’d last all 5 rounds without being KOed, I see his prediction as a bit of a reach.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos posted on Instagram that she’s not afraid of Ronda Rousey, and went as far to call the new UFC Women’s Champion a bitch. “I am not afraid of Rhonda! I will fight her anywhere and anytime for free – everyone knows I barely make 145- but I am willing to sacrifice and meet her half way at 140- I can’t believe dana says I want nothing to do with Rhonda- what he wants me to do is fight Rhonda with both my hands tied behind my back or comatosed-so that she can have a chance-which is what making me fight at 135 is- to finally shut everyone up – i will fight Rhonda with one hand tied behind my Back at 140lb and still kick her ass and prove that I’m the real champ not her- and let the winner take ALL come on rhonda step up bitch!” Oh, snap! The B-Bomb! But I grow tired of this weak argument that she can’t make the weight or that she’ll be too drawn out if she cut down that much. Again, she wouldn’t have to cut that much if she dedicated herself to that division. No one is asking for an overnight cut or for her to cut from her normal walkaround weight. Not to mention the UFC said they would hire Mike Dolce to help her out. He said himself that he could have her down to 135 in 48hrs, healthy. I tend to believe him since he gets Thiago Alves to drop to 170 and then balloon back up to 195 in a few hours. So either make the weight that the title is at, or shut up with the excuses. And her name is spelled RONDA, not Rhonda. No “H.”
During the pre-fight Media Scrum for UFC 156, Dana White told reporters that Eddie Alvarez is getting screwed by Viacom/Spike and Bellator. “The lawyer for Bellator? He’s either the biggest moron in the history of the world or a liar. For this guy to go out there and say that Spike and Fox are exactly the same – that they’re comparable – is the most ridiculous statement ever made in the history of the world, to compare Fox network to Spike TV. How many critically acclaimed programs does Spike TV have? What kind of numbers does Spike TV pull every week? Our prelims on FX pull bigger numbers than their live main events do! You know what I mean? On FX! Let’s not even talk about Fox. Fox shouldn’t even be in the discussion. Eddie Alvarez is getting screwed big time. The judge? He’s not educated on television, television networks, on pay-per-view – I’ve said this before. The thing is too, that drives me crazy, it’s not Spike TV. It’s Viacom. There’s a pompous, arrogant clown that runs Viacom, his name is Philippe Dauman. This guy has claimed that he built the UFC. Claims he built the UFC. Let me remind everybody, the UFC was a time buy on Spike TV. We paid 10 million dollars to be in a time buy on Spike TV. They act like they were these geniuses that saw this sport coming. Then, when we moved on to Fox – Fox is such a massive, incredible platform, a global, massive platform. No two pay-per-views are created equal. Comparing Spike TV to Fox is a joke and it’s horrible what’s happening to Eddie Alvarez.” It was pretty underhanded what the Bellator lawyer was saying. It was complete BS and anyone with just a shred of knowledge about the sport would’ve called him on it. Give the man credit, he got the ignorant judge to grant the injunction, but he definitely lied to do it. Hopefully the trial won’t have a similar outcome.