[quote]Robert A wrote:
-Wanderlei Silva announced his retirement and blamed it squarely on the UFC’s treatment of fighters
Fighters who act like jackasses during there promo/exposure chance for Ultimate Brazil and then piss hot for PEDs
I am going to dime myself in. My first thought was “Isn’t he BOPE(Brazilian Police Tac/Special forces)? Of course he has a concealed weapon.” Then I realized that is Paulo Thiago. I would love to see the video.
Is this AJ not being able to get out of his own way, or are the charges bogus? I now sometimes accusations and PFAs get hung without cause. On the other hand this shit is totally getting “popular”.
-Somewhere there is a 6’5 Swede jumping with joy[/quote]
Thanks for the updates.
I don’t think either Silva is a big loss for the UFC’s drawing power. Wand is past his expiration date and seems to only put on big shows agains certain types of fighters now. His grudge match with Sonnen would have been big, but he needs hype to make his fights “interesting” to the general public.
Thiago Silva was cut for a reason, twice now. He is a gatekeeper, and Jones, DC, and Gustaffson are going to be creating plenty of those.
AJ’s suspension had to hurt. He is one of 3 real contenders for the LHW title(as we talked about earlier). I can see Gustafffson getting the winner of Jones vs DC, but then what? Just rotate those 3 plus Texiera? I guess that could turn into a Hagler vs Hearns vs Leonard vs Duran situation.
Yeah, Wand retiring doesnt make me the least bit sad. He’s not a particularly fun/good fighter to watch anymore and i dont buy the whole “UFC made me do it” crap. Though i do agree that UFC is more fickle with their attitude towards their fighters than MMA bandwagon jumpers are.
Thiago is another one that i could care less about. Sounds like the dude is a scumbag anyway. At least he did contribute that spectacular KO loss to Machida. Ill always have that to remember him by.
Rumble getting suspended…now that hurts. His introduction into the UFC’s LHW division was just the kind of fuel i needed to really get interested in whats going on in MMA today.
He just doesnt strike me as the type, unlike Thiago Silva, who totally does seem like he’d get mixed up into some stupid shit. These are allegations from 2 years ago, that were never reported, even though he allegedly knocked 2 of her teeth out…
I have to wonder if his old lady isnt just jumping on the domestic abuse train that is so prevalent in sports right now because she thinks theres some money in it for her now that Johnson is looking to finally make it pretty big.