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September 25, 2007

post UFC 76 press conference video (with analysis)

Filed under: UFC Analysis, UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 5:01 pm

It says a lot that after a great event, Dana opens with this tirade

“Everybody has know for years what I feel about these goofy internet websites; I hate them. They’re biassed, crooked and there are a lot of bad things I could say about them but I won’t waste my time.

The rankings that they had were always baissed towards us, the reporting was always biassed towards us… Talking about, you know, fights that don’t make any sense… I tell you what. We’re the best in the business. Our matchmaker is the best, we put on the biggest and the best fights. Nobody knows how these fights are going to turn out. And anyone that fights in the UFC deserves to be here and you see it every time these fights happen.

The rankings are bullshit, they drive me crazy. If you come from Japan you’re automatically the number one of the world or the number 10, 9, 8 7, 6, ya know… and ever since the aquisition of Pride, we’ve proven that it’s all bullshit. Anyway, I’ve been dying to say that!”

Well, if you took time to read my article that I wrote a couple of days ago, I suggested that the UFC were more interested in putting one over on Pride than they were in promoting the Pride fighters as superstars and consequently making insane amounts of money. This is just further evidence of that.

Dana and the rest of the UFC management have been so annoyed for so long that they value sticking two fingers up at internet sites far more highly than promoting and building the Pride guys and I personally find it quite bizzare and disappointing for people who are meant to be such savvy businessmen. Pride guys have gone something like 1-7 now in the UFC and that is largely down to Joe Silva.

Sure, it looks like the UFC guys would have eventually come out on top (due to the steriods issue and because the seasoned UFC guys work harder on their cardio), but to obliterate the Pride legacy at such an early stage is absolute lunacy in terms of building hype and selling tickets.

It’s also worth noting the following from Dave Meltzer at Wrestling Observer.
Link

Joe Silva’s truths were revealed when, with Rua still crumpled on the canvas, Mr. Silva came bounding over to the press area to say something to Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer. While the very
fact that Mr. Meltzer was chosen for this mini-celebration is another feather in his journalistic cap, the greater truth was that Joe Silva was no ordinary matchmaker for this fight. Somewhere – be it in his conscious or subconscious thinking – Mr. Silva booked Griffin vs. Rua with the impressed hope of a Griffin victory. This was not the entertainment hope of a great fight or the business hope of making money in the present or future. This was the raw, trenchant hope of destroying the enemy. Joe Silva wanted Shogun Rua to lose in emphatic, spectacular fashion. That wish was granted.

What I’m getting at is this. Although the Pride legacy lays in absolute tatters and most likely the Pride guys were held in higher esteem than they deserved… be of no doubt - the slaying of Pride was not an organic process rather it was as manufactured as any storyline could possibly be in the sport of MMA. Joe Silva is indeed the best matchmaker in the business and has shown just how devastating a few carefully chosen matchups can be.

Notes
- And finally, just a quick footnote in anticipation. I am not a Pride nuthugger, I couldn’t care less either way. I just come from a marketing background and like to analyse things from a business standpoint.
- On and a note from that note. It’s “couldn’t care less”…. why do people say “could care less”? Do they not understand that means they DO care?

September 5, 2007

UFC 75 Videos

Filed under: UFC Predictions, UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 2:19 pm

UFC 75 Videos (Youtube Predictions).

Fight card

UFC 75 video predictions


MMA Girls give their UFC 75 predictions


Stephen Hawkings spoof UFC 75 video predictions


vicioussid gives his UFC 75 video picks


A newcomer in hattrickhockey gives his UFC 75 picks

July 3, 2007

UFC 73 Stacked Videos (Youtube Predictions)

Filed under: UFC Predictions, UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 7:35 pm

UFC 73 videos (youtube predictions)

Youtube’s finest give their picks and predictions

Full UFC 73 fight card
Nathan Marquardt Vs. Anderson Silva
Hermes Franca Vs. Sean Sherk
Rashad Evans Vs. Tito Ortiz
Alvin Robinson Vs. Kenny Florian
Heath Herring Vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Mike Nickels Vs. Stephan Bonnar
Diego Saraiva Vs. Jorge Gurgel
Drew Fickett Vs. Chris Lytle
Mark Bocek Vs. Frank Edgar


The Garv & Son give their prophecies


MMA Girls give their picks


Viscioussid sporting the sleveless look


The guy from CSI, sans the big hair


Some stoned guy, looking a mess

May 8, 2007

UFC 71 Video Predictions (You Tube)

Filed under: UFC Predictions, UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 1:30 am

You tube’s finest give their UFC 71 video predictions

Full UFC 71 card
Chuck Liddell Vs. Quinton Jackson
Terry Martin Vs. Ivan Salaverry
Josh Burkman Vs. Karo Parisyan
Houston Alexander Vs. Keith Jardine
Kalib Starnes Vs. Chris Leben
Thiago Silva Vs. James Irvin
Sean Salmon Vs. Eric Schafer
Jeremy Stephens Vs. Din Thomas
Carmelo Marrero Vs. Wilson Gouveia

Videos

ByronGiant shares his UFC 71 predictions and his lovely flowing locks, with the youtube community.
Vicioussid gives his UFC 71 predictions.
Gratefuljeff gives his Jackson vs Liddell picks. He’s not been getting a lot of love for his “theory”. See what you think. Honestly, he doesn’t seem too bright.
More to follow shortly.

April 16, 2007

UFC 70 Video Predictions (You Tube)

Filed under: UFC Predictions, UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 2:50 pm

Video previews for the upcoming UFC 70 card. A selection of youtube’s finest giving their UFC 70 picks.
UFC 70 Card in full

Mirko Filipovic Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
David Heath Vs. Ryoto Machida
Michael Bisping Vs. Elvis Sinosic
Andrei Arlovski Vs. Fabricio Werdum
Assuerio Silva Vs. Cheick Kongo
Matt Grice Vs. Terry Etim
Junior Assuncao Vs. David Lee
Victor Valimaki Vs. Alessio Sakara
Dennis Siver Vs. Jess Liaudin
Edilberto Crocota Vs. Paul Taylor

Borislav Chorni - UFC 70 Predictions

UFC 70 Nations Collide Predictions

UFC 70 predictions from ashice1
MMA Girls give their UFC 70 predictions

A dude with big hair gives his UFC 70 picks

UFC 70 Video Previews

Filed under: UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 12:59 am

Official UFC video previews for the upcoming UFC 70 card.
UFC 70 Card in full

Mirko Filipovic Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
David Heath Vs. Ryoto Machida
Michael Bisping Vs. Elvis Sinosic
Andrei Arlovski Vs. Fabricio Werdum
Assuerio Silva Vs. Cheick Kongo
Matt Grice Vs. Terry Etim
Junior Assuncao Vs. David Lee
Victor Valimaki Vs. Alessio Sakara
Dennis Siver Vs. Jess Liaudin
Edilberto Crocota Vs. Paul Taylor

Bisping vs Sinosic Video Preview

CroCop vs Gonzaga Video Preview

Machida vs Heath Video Preview

UFC 70 Highlight Video Promo

April 7, 2007

UFC69 Weighin Video

Filed under: UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 1:26 am

UFC 69 Weigh in video - watch out for Diego Sanchez's push on Josh Koshcheck.

April 3, 2007

Awesome GSP Highlight (the Hughes vs GSP story)

Filed under: UFC videos, MMA Highlights — MrRiddum @ 8:11 pm

With Georges St Pierre fighting Matt Serra this weekend, it is an appropriate time to post this great MMA Highlight Video featuring the story of Georges St Pierre vs Matt Hughes.

A great tribute to a great fighter!

You can see more MMA videos on our MMA Highlight Gallery Page.

March 26, 2007

UFC 69 Video Predictions (You Tube)

Filed under: UFC Predictions, UFC videos — MrRiddum @ 5:35 pm

A selection of youtube’s finest giving their UFC 69 predictions.

MMA Girls giving their UFC 69 picks.

The Phat UFC Critic giving his UFC 69 picks. He still can’t pronounce Thales Leites :)
viscioussid gives his picks.

menwello’s UFC 69 picks.

A man with a funny hat gives his UFC 69 shootout picks.

Beefdog’s UFC 69 picks. At first I thought his room was really messy but I think it’s actually just his duvet cover.

March 25, 2007

UFC 69 Video Previews

Filed under: UFC videos, MMA News — MrRiddum @ 9:24 pm

Video previews for the upcoming UFC 69 card.

UFC Card in full
Georges St. Pierre Vs. Matt Serra
Roger Huerta Vs. Leonard Garcia
Diego Sanchez Vs. Josh Koscheck
Yushin Okami Vs. Mike Swick
Alan Belcher Vs. Kendall Grove
Brad Imes Vs. Heath Herring
Thales Leites Vs. Pete Sell
Marcus Davis Vs. Pete Spratt
Josh Haynes Vs. Luke Cummo

UFC 69 Promo Videos- Note all videos removed due to copyright violation. When the UFC put up the official version, we’ll add them here.

Josh Koscheck vs Diego Sanchez & Georges St Pierre vs Matt Serra video

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