Who better to judge questionable technique than Bas Rutten?
After taking heat for fouling his opponents with accidental eye pokes, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has now drawn the ire of the former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase. In Jones' recent title defense to Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 Jones was twice warned by referee Dan Miragliotta about errant fingers, but received no deduction of points.
Weighing in, Rutten isn't giving Jones the benefit of the doubt.
"He's a very calm, relaxed, methodical fighter and because he is that, I have to say yes," Rutten told Inside MMA. "That is a dirty fighter."
Given Jones' athleticism and physical control, Rutten isn't quick to dismiss the fouls as accidental.
"He knows exactly what he's doing at any given time and [Jones'] fingers were definitely in [Teixeira's] face, for a long time. He was constantly rubbing them in the face. Yea, I'm sorry. I have to say yes."
From his reported run-in with Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher, infamous self defense tapes and alleged stories of allegedly choking a man unconscious before allegedly heel hooking his legs, Rutten is the end all, be all judge of foul play.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via steelbreeze.
Hardcore MMA fans, with their incessant need to manufacture controversy, have recently been complaining about the order of fights on UFC cards. Recent examples include Khabib Nurmagomedov v. Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11 and Nik Lentz v. Manny Gamburyan at this weekend's UFC Fight Night 40. In an effort to quell this "debate," I will discuss the two dominant considerations that go into UFC's bout placement.*
UFC has to deliver on each platform.
With the exception of the international Fight Pass cards, each UFC event is broadcast across two to three different platforms. The iterations include PPV/FS1/FP, FOX/FS1(2)/FP, FS1/FS2/FP, and FS2/FP. While there is some logic to the idea that the best fights should be on the best platforms, the fact is that for each event, UFC must deliver independently satisfactory ratings on every platform. UFC cannot "rob Peter to pay Paul," as the saying goes. In other words, UFC cannot put all the best fights on one platform at the expense of other platforms.
Of course, that is not to say that each platform should perform equally. It is understood that title fights are almost always going to be on PPV, for example. Further, a FOX Sports 1 undercard is not expected to deliver the same ratings as a main card on FOX. However, each platform has specific performance expectations, and the UFC has to place bouts on cards in a way to maximize the potential to meet or exceed expectations for each platform. A FOX main card that draws 5 million viewers would be a huge success for FOX, but if UFC ignored the undercard for that event and pulled in only 100,000 viewers for the FOX Sports 1 undercard, it has failed.
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