It's fight week, that precious time in the news cycle when the public relations drones at the UFC and FOX do their best to spawn storylines that will rope in viewers while media members of various degrees of accumen regurgitate or attempt spins on what they perceive the real stories to be. Yes, it's a kind of dance, but the music is lovely, and at the end of it everyone gets to keep a goody bag of memories, plus whatever silverware they can steal. With UFC on FOX 4 slated for Saturday, the week will be spent dwelling on all things related to said show, and is that such a bad thing? We're going to get to see some perennial favorites in action, so I'd say no, it's not bad at all. Just be prepared to see at least one item about UFC on FOX 4 every day. I'm certainly prepared.
- A one-hour special called "UFC's Road to the Octagon", which hypes the UFC on FOX 4 main card, began airing yesterday on FOX. It will be shown again (and again, and again) on the different FOX-owned networks between now and Saturday night, but since such factors as where you live and whether you have cable, satellite dish or a coat hanger antenna on your TV make it impossible for me to tell you specifically when you can watch it, I'll just say check your local listings.
- Roy Nelson, who won "The Ultimate Fighter - Season 10" (the season with Kimbo Slice) and has been struggling to find a place in the UFC's heavyweight division ever since, has been tapped to coach the upcoming sixteenth season of the beloved (heh-heh) reality TV show opposite Shane Carwin. Nelson's also begun his campaign of irreverent hype by releasing the names of people the UFC has forbidden him from using as coaches on the show. As usual, MMAFighting ace reporter Ariel Helwani has the sweetness:
Former Strikeforce fighter turned Bellator and TNA Wrestling star Muhammed Lawal, pro wrestling legend Kurt Angle and Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO Laboratories, are "non-UFC allowed," according to Nelson. Nelson's manager Mike Kogan confirmed to MMAFighting.com that the UFC will not allow the trio to appear on the show.
- Chris Weidman is riding high off his dominant destruction of the usually deadly Mark Munoz, so why not capitalize on that momentum by hounding UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva for a shot at the belt? Actually, when Silva's manager Jorge Guimaraes calls you an "amateur", I guess you're not really hounding, you're just defending yourself. Am I right? Anyway, here's Weidman defending himself, courtesy of MMAWeekly:
"I read them and it's kind of crazy. The managers they have no right to start putting down professional athletes. He put me, and (Alan) Belcher, and (Tim) Boetsch down and he's trying to draw attention away from the fact that I'm the No. 1 contender, and then called us amateurs, and we're all top ten fighters," Weidman told MMAWeekly.com when reached for comment.
Yeah, tell 'em, Chris.
That's all for now.