"You don't come to quote movies or thank your sponsors," Don Frye recently barked on SportingNews.com’s The Rumble. "You don't come to have your fingernails or your toenails painted. Goddamn, you come to fight, not to be a fairy. Fight, that's what these two old boys are going to do.”
Those “two old boys” in question are, of course, Randy Couture and Mark Coleman. The legendary former UFC champions are set to do battle at UFC 109 next month.
Frye, a former UFC tournament winner and true icon of the old PRIDE FC, went on to explain that this particular event is the first UFC PPV he’s ordering in the last 10 years.
Most fans are complaining about the main event. So why is Frye, a non-UFC fighter, going so far out of his way to create hype for this show?
Well, we got our answer early this morning.
“I’m not saying Don Frye’s coming back to fight in the UFC,” Dana White told the wildly popular Juiceboxing 101 author Justin Orel. “What I’m saying is, Don Frye’s coming back to dominate the UFC.”
At first glance, it seems like Frye’s vintage value, especially in light of the new Best of PRIDE series beginning, is the only reason he got the contract. That, or so many fighters are injured or sick right now that Frye is a last-ditch effort. Dana assures us this isn’t the case.
The always-controversial UFC President then further illustrated the details behind Frye’s signing, but not before firing some shots at future critics.
“Don Frye is only 44-years-old. That’s not a big deal anymore. Randy’s 46. Coleman’s 45. And they’re sniffing at the Light-Heavyweight title right now. If you wanna point fingers at old fighters, look at Hershel Walker. He’s older than all of them, and he’s not even a real f***in’ fighter. Don Frye is a legit badass.”
Also chiming in almost immediately on Frye’s signing was UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
“I’ve seen a LOT of guys come and go throughout the years,” Joe told me. “And I’ve called thousands of fights. So when people ask me about the most memorable fight I’ve seen, I always tell them about the Don Frye-Yoshihiro Takayama fight from PRIDE 21. How often do you see an Olympic wrestler bang like that?”
Well, Joe, I personally am not thrilled with seeing Don Frye "bang" anything. However, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't super excited for his UFC re-debut in 2010.
Frye’s contract is supposedly only for one fight, so I’m assuming it’s going to be a big one. Don’t be surprised to see Frye stroll into the Octagon following the Couture-Coleman fight and engage in an epic stare-down with his next opponent.
Or his next victim.