MMA: Random Thoughts From a Random Mind

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst IMarch 31, 2010

I’ve been writing for Bleacher Report since July of 2009, and what started out as something for me to do in my free time has slowly turned into a full blown obsession.

For my 100th article on the site I thought I would do something a little different and share with you all some of the random thoughts I have regarding MMA—Enjoy.


Love him or hate him, without Dana White MMA as a whole would not be where it is today.

It is an absolute travesty that Don Frye has not been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Speaking of Don Frye, hands down greatest mustache in the history of MMA . That alone is Hall of Fame worthy.

Frank Shamrock was one of the first true Mixed Martial Artists and is a legend in the sport, but can we please revoke his cage side commentary pass forever?

Fedor Emelianenko is arguably the greatest fighter the sport has yet seen, but the questionable competition he has faced during his prime fighting years will forever taint his legacy.

Jon “Bones” Jones will win the UFC light-heavyweight title by the end of 2011 at the latest.

Regardless of what his record is, Randy Couture is the greatest fighter in UFC history.

Nick and Nate Diaz are both tremendous fighters, but for the love of God can we please keep them from speaking to the media? Their stupid street thug talk does not help the sport at all.

If there are still people that truly believe that MMA is nothing more than “Human Cockfighting” they should be kicked in the junk for their blatant ignorance.

While an interesting and somewhat entertaining guy, Kimbo Slice is possibly the worst fighter to ever be signed to Zuffa’s UFC.

People who think PrideFC was a subpar organization are not really MMA fans in my book.

I could watch the Don Frye-Yoshihiro Takayama fight on a continuous loop for days and still be entertained.

“Freak Show” fights, while a black eye on the sport, are always fun to watch.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Jon Jones is a fight I must see!

Don Frye vs. Bas Rutten in their primes would have been a great fight.

Bellator has the potential to overtake Strikeforce as the clear No. 2 to the UFC within the next three years.

Tim Sylvia should be forced to fight with a shirt on because his sloppy body freaks me out.

While I am usually entertained watching women’s MMA, I still don’t get the appeal. For me, it’s like the WNBA; sure they are skilled and talented, but the disparity in athleticism between the NBA and WNBA keeps me from being captivated.

Whoever thought that Fedor Emelianenko vs. Choi Hong-man was a good idea should be slapped in the face.

The IFL’s team idea was terrible, and MMA is better without it.

Roy Nelson gives fat guys everywhere the hope that we too can one day be considered world class athletes.

I know it would do nothing to further the sport, but I would like to see Kimbo Slice fight Bob Sapp for some reason.

I think Wanderlei Silva being a part of a dull fight would signal the end of the world.

Wandy also has the greatest nickname in MMA history—The Axe Murderer.

James Toney being signed to a UFC contact is, in many ways, more disappointing than Strikeforce’s signing of Herschal Walker.

Why Fedor has never chosen to compete at light-heavyweight has always puzzled me.

Legally changing your name to “War Machine” makes you a douche bag.

The WEC consistently provides fans with the best MMA action.

I understand why teammates are not keen on fighting each other, but at some point it is a bridge that you must be prepared to cross if you truly wish to be the best at what you do.

Not only do I want to see Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar fight, I think we should get to watch them arm wrestle as well.

I get the symbolism of Lesnar’s chest tattoo, but it still looks too much like a giant penis for me not to laugh when I see it.

Paulo Filho might just be the biggest waste of talent in combat sports since Mike Tyson—oddly enough he now sports a lovely face tattoo very similar to Iron Mike’s.

Jeff Monson just creeps me the hell out.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos could probably beat me up.

Alistair Overeem should fight Josh Barnett for the crazy juicer belt. As special guest referee, Jose Canseco could preside over the debacle.

Toby Imada’s inverted triangle choke…freaking awesome!

Tyron Woodley is going to be huge in Strikeforce.

I really like what Strikeforce is doing with their Challenger Series events, but the production value is really lacking.

The Ultimate Fighter reality series is a great vehicle for the UFC to use, but the concept is stale. It’s time to shift the focus away from the coaching matchup and on to the development of the fighters.

High level wrestling is the best base for MMA.

Georges St. Pierre has the prototypical style to defeat Anderson Silva, but it is a fight that we may never get to see.

BJ Penn is the most naturally talented fighter in all of MMA.

I can see the physical gifts and the obvious athletic ability, but I just don’t understand why so many people think Bobby Lashley will be anything more than a mid-level fighter.

I really like what Strikeforce is doing, and I like how they are growing their promotion, but granting Brett Rogers a title shot after getting knocked out by Fedor makes no sense whatsoever.

The fact that Alistair Overeem has yet to be stripped of his title to begin with is a joke.


That’s just a taste of some of the MMA related things that fly through my mind on a day to day basis.

Here’s to my next 100 articles.



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