On the day following one of the greatest World Series games of all time, it's hard to think about anything else besides baseball. But we are also on the eve of UFC 137 and I would like to direct your attention towards what Dana White and the Fertittas are staging.
As the 6 of you who read this blog may know, I have been insistent that Nick Diaz would be the person that dethrones the Welterweight king Georges St Pierre. After Diaz destroyed Paul Daley in his last Strike Force title defense, UFC executives saw the potential of a “Super fight”. UFC champ vs. Strike Force Champ. This set off a series of events that has me calling shenanigans.
·June 14th 2011 - UFC President Dana White announces St Pierre vs. Diaz to headline UFC 137 on Oct 29th.
For the hardcore MMA fans it was a dream match come true. Unfortunately this fight did not catch the attention of the casual fan and let’s face it, the casual fan is ultimately the majority of the PPV sales.
·August 08th – Spike TV announces that their 3-part series, UFC Primetime, would feature the UFC 137 headliners
Still, nobody cared. This where I believe the conspiracy starts. GSP vs Diaz is promised to be a classic but there was no hype to set it up. So White plots a PR stunt
·Sept 06th– Diaz no-shows Toronto presser
·Sept 07th – Diaz no-shows Las Vegas presser and is scratched from title fight and replaced by Carlos Condit who was scheduled to fight BJ Penn on the co-main event. Dana White says "Nick Diaz can't handle the pressure of a major main event “
·Sept 08th – Diaz rebooked to fight B.J Penn in co-main event of UFC 137
At this point, I get a little suspicious. As a young man that is known to “not play the game”, it’s possible that Diaz no-showed these events. It is not even plausible that someone would leave Dana hanging and make him look like a fool and in return be rewarded with a co-main event fight against an all-time great. Let’s move on.
·Sept 21st – Dana White tells MMAjunkie.com “if Diaz is victorious and there's no more drama along the way he could be back in line for a title shot.”
This is where I become the irate, Vietnam veteran, POW, conspiracy theorist, crazy man. I figured it out! Dana White set up Diaz to miss the pressers and his intention the whole time was to switch the opponents of the main and co main event and the reasoning is as follows:
Diaz is a relative unknown to the common folk and will tune in to watch BJ walk through this guy and put him back on track. Right? Wrong! When Diaz puts on a boxing clinic and puts away Penn in convincing fashion, people will be shocked and Diaz will become a house hold name. I also sense another WWE moment during the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan (ie Chael Sonnen) Diaz will surely run his mouth and call out GSP and call him a lot of expletives and the audience in the house and around the world will be hooked for a GSP vs Diaz showdown.
I know what you’re thinking. “Well what if Condit beats St Pierre?” That was the only reason why I hadn’t posted my conspiracy theory before. It had a big hole and I had no explanation for it. And then it happened.
·Oct 18th –Georges St Pierre pulls out UFC 137 (knee injury) Penn vs. Diaz named main event of UFC 137
Wow! Are you serious?! This is really happening. Whatever happened to the "Nick Diaz can't handle the pressure of a major main event" quote? White is a very pridefull man and he would never let a fighter get away making a fool of him and reward them with a main event, title eliminator fight, he's cut fighters for less. Of course if Penn wins it will squash any hope of that fight ever happening and it will become this generation’s Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva. Sure they fought eventually but it was late in both of their careers and did anyone really care? The stage is set ….to set up a super fight. Saturday night UFC 137 it’s going down. Expect an “I told you so” from me very soon.