grown men acting like schoolyard bullies

former UFC middleweight champion chris weidman just won a fight after three consecutive losses and now feels like he’s on top of the world so he has been calling out the current middleweight champion, michael bisping, in interviews and on social media.

i have always hated the ridiculous ‘trash talk’ aspect of MMA and sports in general but today it particularly bothered me. it came at the point that weidman made fun of bisping’s crossed eyes (a detached retina injury which bisping sustained in a UFC fight several years ago). it just seemed especially low, especially childish, making fun of someone for something they can’t help.

at that point, i thought about the fact that these are arguably two of the toughest men on the entire planet, yet here they are acting like children. it’s paradoxical, and incredibly sad that

  1. the toughest men are either authentic living stereotypes of meat head fighters, or
  2. the toughest men must lower themselves and engage in these kinds of phony public feuds in order to garner more interest in their sport.

these people are already risking their well-being and lives for sport and entertainment, and they are the best in the world — this is like the olympics. the stuff they do is incredible. people should be amazed and awed without having to buy into ridiculous WWE-like storylines about grudges and betrayals. and if they really mean some of the stuff they say, like making fun of crossed eyes, that’s even worse.

regardless of which way i look at it, it’s incredibly disappointing.

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the worst part is that bisping was actually quite handsome before he turned his face into ground beef with years of fighting.

even in 2017, cavemen abound

i’ve read a few articles lately about some people involved in the mixed martial arts community that are vehemently opposed to homosexuality. one of these guys is ramzan kadyrov, who is both the leader of the russian republic of chechnya and an owner of an MMA gym and fight promotion there. his government has been condemned by the UN for allegedly kidnapping, torturing, and murdering gay men. kadyrov denies the allegations but paradoxically openly supports “honour killings” of homosexuals by their family members. he goes on to say there are no gay men in chechnya, and if there are, they should be sent to canada “to purify [chechnyan] blood.”

another chechnyan MMA promoter, mairbek khasiev, was recently quoted as saying, “sometimes the devil is afraid of the thoughts within a faggot’s head.”

i can’t believe that in this day and age, these kinds of values still exist. it makes me feel like we’re back in the middle ages and criminals are being publicly tortured and killed while throngs of civilians mad with bloodlust scream excitedly and pelt the dying with stones and rotten food. it makes me feel like humans are still the same nitwits who once believed in witchcraft and magic potions, like a lot of people are still so dumb that they react to things they don’t understand or relate to with fear, anger, and violence. think of a monkey smashing a phone in terror when it rings. that’s about on par.

what’s even worse is that i know the same ‘values’ (it seems like an oxymoron to use that word there) exist here in canada too. they are not as common and are usually veiled because the people who give such a shit about what other people do in their private lives know their opinions are not condoned here, but they’re still there, simmering just below the surface.

all over the world, human beings are just horrible. despite all our technological advancements that might suggest otherwise, the human race will probably always be guilty of incredible ignorance, stupidity, and a desire to violently force our beliefs on each other.

the funny thing is that i almost feel like a hypocrite for denigrating these folks. am i no better, judging them for their personal choices?

oh yeah, i don’t advocate anyone murdering them so i guess it’s a little different.

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i wouldn’t cry if he died though.

dana white is no one’s friend

i’m tired of people being surprised when dana white of the UFC flips from being supportive and positive about one of his fighters to cutting them down. i mean, 1) he’s a businessman, first and foremost, and 2) this is an established pattern for him. so no one should be shocked.

most recently, he’s been talking about what a “drama queen” the current welterweight champion (tyron woodley) is, and how he would be a way bigger star if he’d stop talking about race issues. but just a few weeks ago, they were at the super bowl together, taking selfies and posting them on social media. so the MMA world is talking about what a hypocrite white is, doing an about face on one of his champions.

but this isn’t anything new. i remember the first time i noticed it was about 4 or 5 years ago when white had a huge boner for frankie edgar. i remember him calling edgar a “stud,” a real scrapper, and talking about how much he loved him. at the time, i had the impression that white and edgar had some sort of warm father/son dynamic. but as time went on, white became very blase about edgar, even going so far as to promise him a title shot a year or two ago and then simply giving that shot to other fighters. edgar was understandably pissed and made comments to the media about the situation. i was pretty surprised at the time.

but then i continued to see the same story arc with other fighters. benson henderson was the lightweight champ for a while and put on some amazing performances which white lauded. then when henderson’s contract was finished and it was time to negotiate a new one, henderson and the UFC couldn’t come to an agreement and henderson eventually signed with bellator. and that was when white started talking to the media about how washed up and on the decline henderson was.

he did it with his pal nick “the tooth” who was part of white’s reality tv show, ‘looking for a fight.’ white talked about how crazy and awesome “the tooth” was and what good friends they were, but then they had a disagreement about some footage that was filmed for the show, and white threw nick off the show and replaced him with someone else. i haven’t heard of nick “the tooth” since. what great friends they must have been.

same thing with conor mcgregor. mcgregor has obviously been white’s golden child for a while now but when mcgregor recently said he would box floyd mayweather with or without the UFC’s blessing, white threatened that “if [mcgregor] wants to go down that road with us, let me tell you, it will be an epic fall.” past successes be damned, white isn’t about to give even his most lucrative employees that much leash.

the list goes on and on. GSP, cain velasquez, anderson silva, johny hendricks — all guys he hyped up as dudes he had great relationships with who were also phenomenal fighters, who he later downplayed as babies, over the hill, full of lousy performances, etc.

now, i don’t entirely blame dana white for this behaviour — shit, he’s running a massive, very successful company, and you don’t do that well by being best friends with and doing favours for all your employees. and that’s where the problem lies: he should stop acting like he’s best pals with all of them. well, he should if he’s interested in being a respectable, honourable person. but i don’t think he cares about that. i think he cares about making money, and i think that creating drama within the UFC makes for more news articles and publicity which ultimately sell more tickets and pay-per-views. i think he knows all this so i don’t see his behaviour changing.

in which case, all his fighters and employees need to wise up and quit biting at white’s fucking bait. god, people are dumb.

ronda rousey is actually the only fighter he’s been supportive of even when she’s lost fights and done no publicity for those fights. he has said numerous times that they are very close friends and blah blah blah, the usual bullshit, but i’m just waiting for that veil to drop too. give it time, because you know it will. dana white has no honour and anyone who thinks rousey is an exception to the rule is naive and deluded.

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he obviously wants to fuck her so badly that he’ll put up with more from her than anyone else. but as soon as she can’t make him boatloads of money or becomes too much of a pain in the ass, he’ll trash her like he does everyone else. mark my words.

feeling…good. for now.

after feeling oddly shitty at the start of january 2017, i’ve actually been feeling pretty good lately. there’s a lot of stuff i’ve felt pumped or even grateful for. in fact, i was just listening to led zeppelin’s ‘III’ album and enjoying it so much that i felt like making a list of things i like, things that make me happy. here it is.

  1. led zeppelin
  2. cookies
  3. the satisfaction i feel after doing some house cleaning
  4. playing bass in standard tuning
  5. sim city for SNES
  6. tetris, obv
  7. real winter weather, like snow and sub-zero temperatures
  8. driving my 4wd corolla wagon in the snow
  9. meeting interesting seniors at work (there are interesting non-seniors every now and then too but seniors are usually more sensible and calm, and have a deeper pool of life experiences to talk about)
  10. chickens
  11. our dog, cat, horse, and goat
  12. camping/road trips/exploring with jenn
  13. getting xmas and birthday gifts for jenn that are both a surprise and a big hit
  14. rick and morty
  15. the wonder years
  16. twin peaks
  17. getting a great night of sleep
  18. dreams
  19. lucid dreams
  20. experiencing crazy premonitions
  21. dancing to 80’s and disco hits
  22. sointula, BC
  23. shawnigan lake
  24. UFC
  25. watching UFC with pals
  26. burgers
  27. having so many outstanding old friends
  28. the seasons
  29. watching films that really knock my dick into the dirt
  30. seeing our fruit trees thrive in the spring
  31. carving jack-o-lanterns
  32. coming home after a few weeks away
  33. quitting time at work
  34. retro furniture and housewares
  35. swimming at the fish ladders with pals
  36. working out/exercising in general
  37. screaming and growling

…to name but a few.

i’m so sick of looking at beautiful asses

today i saw a pic of rising jiu jitsu and MMA star mackenzie dern in the news. the pics was of her standing in a flannel shirt and some sexy underwear, looking coy and showing a bit of her fantastic ass.

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naturally, my initial reaction was, “wow, i love seeing beautiful asses on sexy girls like this.” but my second, quieter, yet somehow stronger reaction was, “posting pics like this on any social media is for fucking douchebags.”

yup. while i love what i see, i also hate it because dern’s pic reminds me of dickheads like this guy.

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vomit

there’s no difference between dern’s pic and this guy’s. both appear to be superficial dickwads who would probably annoy the hell out of me so it bothers me that i cut dern any more slack than the guy, even if it is just for a few seconds of drooling.

i wonder if it’s similar for heterosexual women. when they see the two above examples, do they look at dern and think, “douchebag”? and when they look at the male version, is it a guilty pleasure? do they think “i would want nothing to do with this man but i sure do enjoy looking at his body”? do they feel as conflicted about the images of the male douchebag as i do about dern?

then i feel like i need to examine why i consider people who post these kinds of pics douchebags. i don’t fault people for being proud of their great bodies. i think that’s a good thing. i want people to be fit and healthy, and i want people to be proud and confident. but it’s the second part there that i don’t think is necessarily true with people who tend to post this shit. i think most people who post this stuff do it out of insecurity and lack of self esteem. i think people who are truly proud and confident don’t usually feel the need to post this kind of stuff publicly and lap up the praise of strangers. i know these are all big generalizations i’m making but typically, i think that’s how this stuff works.

but i guess another aspect to consider is that sex sells, and if someones persona or image is a product they are marketing, then posting sexy pics is part of their self promotion. the more guys that learn dern’s name and think “that sexy instagram chick is fighting on a pay per view tonight, maybe i’ll watch that,” the more money she is going to earn. i don’t have much respect for that approach but i understand it. everyone wants more money, me included.

however, none of this is changing how i feel about the meat and potatoes of this topic. i understand using sexy social media pics to promote yourself, and i understand that some people posting sexy pics are not shallow, pathetic worms with zero confidence…but i don’t care. i don’t think much of using sex appeal to sell a non-sexual product, and i don’t think i have much in common with people who are into posting this kind of stuff, period, so i really can’t get past it.

in other words: no, mackenzie dern, i’m afraid i’m not interested in ravaging your gorgeous body. you’ll just  have to find some other incredibly lucky son a bitch to do that for you. i’m too cynical.

i’m feeling torn on MMA lately.

i love MMA but lately i’ve been feeling worse and worse about the vicious injuries some fighters have sustained or even died from, and the chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that all fighters are doubtlessly working on. that stuff just doesn’t sit well with me.

this has been on my mind because of bellator fighter jordan parsons, who was killed in a hit and run accident and then found to have CTE in the autopsy. he was only 25 and already his brain was irreparably shriveled and damaged.

and former UFC fighter antonio ‘bigfoot’ silva who has been brutally knocked out 9 times in career — certainly a candidate for CTE if ever there was one.

and portuguese fighter joao carvalho who died 48 hrs after an MMA fight due to cerebral bleeding.

and yang jian bing who died while dehydrating himself in order to make weight for his flyweight fight.

and bellator fighter ‘cyborg’ santos who had his forehead literally smashed in.

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yuck

the fact is, MMA costs many participants their bodies, brains, and lives, so as much as i enjoy the pure, distilled sporting nature of one-on-one, hand-to-hand combat (i believe it’s the only sport that truly matters), i feel like i am preying on the people who do the fighting. i feel like they are chasing fleeting, petty goals and are blind to the enormous risks they are taking. i mean, how could anyone be willing to risk inflicting CTE and the violence routinely associated with it on themselves and their families? is that worth trading a championship belt or the pitiful money that most MMA fighters make?

i don’t think anything is worth throwing away your health, your future, so i feel guilty being a fan and consuming this life and death game as mere entertainment. of course all the fighters are grown adults, capable of making their own foolish decisions, and they’d likely do the same shit whether i watched MMA or not, but that’s little consolation. i still feel horrible about it.

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double yuck

“conor mcgregor is the new anderson silva”

phil sent me a text the other night after conor mcgregor knocked out eddie alvarez. it said mcgregor is like anderson silva in his prime, and that text made something click for me.

phil’s right. i’ve always thought mcgregor looked fantastic in his fights but it’s been hard to admit just how good he is because of how much i dislike his current persona (he was actually quite nice and normal until a few fights into his UFC career). but when i put that dislike aside, i have to acknowledge how impressed i’ve been by him since the first time i watched him fight. he is so relaxed yet calculated, smooth yet powerful — just like silva was at his best — that watching mcgregor fight is like watching poetry in motion. he fights the best fighters in the world and makes them crumble while looking like he is barely even working up a sweat. it’s absolutely amazing.

i still find him annoying as all hell when hyping himself up so i’m not sure if i’ll ever be able to root for him but at the very least, from now on i will be more aware of the talent that i am witnessing when i watch him fight. it’s rare we get to see people who are preternaturally gifted so i want to embrace those opportunities when i have them, even if conor is a loud-mouthed twat most of the time.