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It is easy to criticize fight promoters. They tend to exaggerate and stretch the truth in the name of hyping an upcoming bout. UFC president Dana White is often guilty of this, as well as vocally criticizing his own fighters at times, and he is wide open for criticism more related to the UFC’s decisions as a company. However, when it comes to the core function of promoting fights, White is at least competent. In fact, it is rare to see a performance as bad as the one Oscar De La Hoya turned in for Saturday’s event headlined by Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, Golden Boy 1.
There are so many ways to skewer Oscar De La Hoya for clearly not caring at all about the fight he is promoting between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, but it really was a performance worthy of Steve Carell.
Chuck Liddell defended the performance, particularly de la Hoya’s incorrect pronunciation of his name. Via BloodyElbow.com:
“Someone said he had it corrected. I thought he did, otherwise, I would’ve warned him before (the press conference), reminded him,” he said. “People give him a hard time, but I’ve had my name misspelled a lot of times — the UFC still misspells my name sometimes. It is what it is. He’s trying. It’s good. It’s okay.”
“He’s doing his best. He’s out here working. There’s a lot of fights on the card, and it’s certainly new to him,” Liddell told the Mac Life. “By the time someone makes it onto that stage in the UFC, they’ve been fighting for a long time in the same organization, so you should know their names, right? This is the first time. You can’t get mad at him too much.
“I’m hoping it will bring over some of those boxing fans. Boxing guys will hopefully try this out because Oscar is promoting,” he said.
Tito Ortiz is on record saying that unless he and Chuck can move 200,000 Pay-Per-View (PPV) buys, then they shouldn’t be in the business. He will find out whether that is the case this weekend.
Leslie Smith wonders, as several have, whether the NLRB’s decision to second-guess their own regional office was politically influenced.
This propaganda by Dana White to stroke the ego of Donald Trump makes me wonder if it was traded for help in the charges I filed with the NLRB. The original decision made by the NLRB would have cost the UFC millions, definitely worth calling in a favorhttps://t.co/lzlouxuXZy— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) November 20, 2018
The man in the blue suit is much braver than me
These unorthodox spinning techniques are mesmerizing
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#suplex of the day with my man @darrylch - You always have to be ready to get to the body if your shot gets stopped. There is a fine line between fully committing to a shot and having the muscle memory to get right to a body lock. - Drills like this create that mind-body connection so your body will take over when the time is right. - Don’t drill it until you get it right, drill it until you can’t get it wrong. - #wrestling #wrestler #wresters #mma #mmawrestling #grecoromanwrestling #suplexcity #successnotperfection #ironmichael
Derrick Lewis nailed the apartment life
Israel Adesanya enjoys dancing
This guy’s almost bored affect is remarkable
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Had to share this.... @markjamesdaymjd is a beast on the mats and someone I’ve been lucky enough to train with since day one, the most impressive thing to me about Mark has always been his mentality and the fact that he NEVER shows weakness on the mats, doesn’t matter if he’s tired, feeling pain or in trouble... you’ll never know, he’s a true warrior and has a legendary poker face. #Respect
I actually find this kind of impressive
I have to agree, the way this was shot was excellent.
this fight scene from atomic blonde (2017) is so underrated. the long shots, the fact that it has no background music so it's more realistic... charlize theron was fucking brutal in this movie and it's time y'all hype her up like you hype up keanu reeves as john wick pic.twitter.com/lWijekk8Xo— gabi (@harleivy) November 20, 2018
This picture of a teenage Khabib Nurmagomedov says a whole lot about his background.
- Rachael Ostovich’s husband has been arrested with a second-degree attempted murder charge after breaking her orbital bone in an alleged brutal assault. It goes without saying, but domestic violence in MMA seems to occur at an alarming rate.
- Daniel Cormier hyped up a potential Cain Velasquez vs. Stipe Miocic bout today, which would be awesome. I disagree with DC- Stipe would destroy Velasquez.
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
This was definitely my personal favorite fight of 2014.
José Aldo vs Chad Mendes II. The Fight of the Year for 2014. pic.twitter.com/eQWH3GEGRj— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) June 1, 2017
Great Sumo tussle
Look at these magnificent armored unicorns