This came as a bit of a shock to me today… I was getting all geared up for a great night of fights at the Saitama Super Arena, the home court of the now defunct PrideFC – An organization that Wanderlei Silva helped put on the map. Part of my choice to stay up all night for this Japan card is the nostalgia I feel for the old Pride events, and it’s pretty upsetting to hear what Wand had to say.
It’s obvious that Wand is at the end of his career and retirement was inevitable, but the circumstances that pushed him over the edge are distasteful to say the least. To have a legend and pioneer of the sport walk away dejected like this leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I realize that this is pretty much the status quo in MMA, and almost everyone in the UFC hall of fame has been slandered and blacklisted. Maybe it hits closer to home for me because Wanderlei was the reason I started watching the sport, and I’m sure that’s true for a lot of other fans as well. Would PrideFC have been what it was without Wanderlei? Would the UFC be what it is today without the fans produced from PrideFC?
Say what you want about TRT or drug tests, that doesn’t refute any of the points that Wand makes in this video. In fact, it illustrates the physical and emotional challenges that these guys have to contend with – and that’s apart from the actual stresses of doing battle with other human beings for a living. I felt the exact same way he did about the Barao situation, and it really was a disgrace the way they treated him.
“The beasts of the fields and birds of the air have their holes and their hiding places, but the men who fight for Rome enjoy only the light and the air. You fight and die to give wealth and luxury to others. You call yourselves the champions of the world, but there’s not a foot of ground that you can call your own.”
– Tiberius Gracchus, Tribune of the plebs, Roman Empire.
You know what? I might just turn in early tonight…
UFC Fight Night Arlovski vs. Bigfoot II went down in Brasilia Brazil tonight and didn’t disappoint. The main event saw former UFC Champion and as of the last few years MMA journeyman Andrei Arlovski beat Antonio Bigfoot Silva by resounding knockout in the first round of the event.
Arlovski looked on point, and went after Bigfoot like a, wait for it, PITBULL, recapturing some of the old glory he had as a younger UFC fighter and King of the Heavyweight division way back when.
As it stands, Arlovski, who is ranked #14 heavyweight in the world, has now beaten Antonio Silva, who himself was ranked #4. Where does that put these guys, and what’s next for either fighter? Does Arlovski earn a shot at JDS or do you guys think he should be the one to send former Pride and Strikeforce dud Alistair Overeem into MMA retirement for good?
Bigfoot has had his ups and downs over the years, but just in my opinion, with TRT being banned and his medical condition getting worse with age, I would say one more fight to show he can still do it off the chemicals, and if not, time to hang it up.
Overall it was a great event and you might still be able to catch the replay on tv or on BT sport 1 live stream.