Since the UFC brought over many of PRIDE's big stars, most of the mystique around fighters from abroad has dissipated. Some of that Japanese fight organization's biggest stars like Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Cro Cop have turned in mediocre results in the UFC. Quinton Jackson and Anderon Silva have been outstanding. As a result, you don't hear much talk about the UFC having inferior talent unless its chatter about the lightweight division. That drives UFC lightweight Mac Danzig nuts. He fought in Japan before getting a slot on The Ultimate Fighter 6.
"They don't need to iimport anymore. There's a couple I'd like to see," Danzig told Cage Writer as he preps for his Ultimate Fight Night 17 battle against Josh Neer. He mentioned that Joachim Hansen is someone he'd like to see in the states. But also said that probably won't happen because of Hansen's management having issues with the UFC.
Danzig went onto say that several American lightweight fighters who fight in Japan can't in the U.S. because of their current "supplement" programs:
"There's no athletic commission regulations, there's no drug testing. Those guys, if they want to stop what they're doing and test clean for the athletic commission, then they can fight (here)"
It irks Danzig when he hears about the 155 pound rankings:
"Things have changed now. UFC's lightweight division is completely stacked. Going in and saying (Tatsuya) Kawajiri or Eddie Alvarez or any of these guys should be ranked higher than Gray Maynard, (Sean) Sherk and Tyson Griffin, and Kenny Florian, I don't think that's correct at all."
Click below to hear Danzig talk about Japan's lightweights (ESPNRadio1100 w/Cofield):
The entire interview is here is after the jump.
Danzig also talked about his opponent Neer fighting after a DUI and car chase around New Year's. He also said after facing a guy like Clay Guida he thinks that UFC needs to alter its scoring system or retrain judges.