JJ in the house!
Yeah that post-fight speech was obnoxious. With the A-B bashing, flipping off the crowd and all that WWE bull crap. I don't think the sport needs that garbage, but honestly it could work if they harness him a little. I know if he rattles off a huge win streak, I'm going to be a huge fan of whoever takes him down.Dana White is going to get Fedor
White said he expects to sign Fedor Emelianenko, the Russian superstar whom he has long but futilely chased, in the near future. Emelianenko has a fight against Josh Barnett on Aug. 1 for Affliction, but White said he’s confident he’ll be able to reach a deal to finally bring Emelianenko to the sport’s biggest stage.
“I’m a big believer in having free fights on television,” a weary White said following the bout. “I grew up a huge boxing fan and I used to see all the big fights on ABC’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ and USA’s ‘Tuesday Night Fights.’ What happened with the boxing model is, when the pay model came along, everyone got greedy and you never saw good fights on free TV.
“We do the exact opposite. We put on 12 or 13 fights on pay-per-view a year that our fans pay for. I believe when you put on pay-per-views and the fans are buying, you need to give back to them and have big fights on free TV, too.”
Only a few weeks ago, it would have been difficult to imagine seeing Lesnar, who is clearly the company’s pay-per-view star, appearing on free television. But White understands that by giving something away, you create more demand for it.
Ali became arguably the world’s most popular athlete fighting nearly all of his matches on free television.
Lesnar is going to be on pay-per-view for the bulk of his career, but White knows what a furor he’d create by putting the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and WWE star on basic cable or, even better, network TV.
The sport took a huge step forward Saturday, despite Lesnar’s disgusting antics after the fight in which he made an obscene gesture to the fans, mocked one of the company’s primary sponsors and spoke of having sex with his wife.