With every upcoming fight in MMA there seems to be an almost immediate list of quotables attributed to every fighter. From Brock Lesnar to Frank Mir, Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson, Michael Bisbing, Dan Hardy and so on, there seems to be an ever growing amount of trash talk between fighters.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the verbal assaults as much as the next man, but is MMA becoming the new WWE?
My reasoning behind this stems from the Tito Ortiz/ Mark Coleman debacle. When it was announced that Coleman was unable to compete in their upcoming bout scheduled for UFC 106, Ortiz immediately sent out messages via his Twitter account claiming Coleman was “sissying out”.
Now Ortiz’s initial response should surprise no one considering what he has done in the past. Tito has used trash talking better than anyone as a way to get under his opponents skin and mentally take them out of their game. See Ken Shamrock for that one.
But its what happened next that’s very WWE like.
After Tito’s statements made the Internet rounds, Mark Coleman’s manager, Mike DiSabato, issued a statement of his own, “Mark Coleman is not a talker, he is a fighter. He is a Hall of Famer who has fought a Who’s Who of great fighters. Tito says “sissy”? Please. He can prove Coleman is sissy on January 2nd if he wants. The only thing Coleman is afraid of when it comes to Tito is contracting swine flu from that dirty ass d-bag. We all know where he lays his head down at night. Tito wants to get personal with a legend? OK, let’s get personal – we can all go to our porn collections and watch what Tito sleeps with night after night”.
He has since offered an apology, claiming he was talking with emotion when referring to Tito Ortiz’ wife, pornstar Jenna Jameson.
While I don’t blame DiSabato for his comments. I don’t condone them either. It’s not necessary to issue a rebuttal to every comment made, whether it good, bad, or indifferent, but its almost automatic these days. It seems like every fight need some bad blood or back-story in order to build up hype. Why cant it be about two fighters battling to see who’s skill set is better, rather than a half hour prefight show watching interviews with the fighters calling each other d*****bags?
Now I understand there will always be bad blood between some fighters and not everyone can be like a Georges St. Pierre, but do we need a soap opera for every fight? Do we need Brock Lesnar to hate Shane Carwin in order to make the fight interesting, or would the battle between the two behemoths be enough? Does a fight between Machida and Rua hold as much of the publics’ interest even though they have mutual respect foe each other?
My rant may be way off the mark, but it seems as if some fights take a back seat to drama that precedes it. When I heard Ortiz’s comments about Coleman and DiSabato’s comments about Ortiz, it immediately reminded me of Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart, from WWE. I’m just waiting for Dana White to get choke slammed by Brock Lesnar for not letting him drink a COOOORS Light.