At my previous job, the firewall would not allow many sites through, one site that I was able to spend a good bit of time on, was Yahoo, and over the past 4 years I can pretty much bet I have read every MMA article to ever come across that site. I constantly wonder how it is that I, as well as other talented writers, have real jobs and certain- shall we say idiots?- get media credentials and get paid to cover major sporting events, when in the words of Gorilla Monsoon- they don’t know a wristlock from a wristwatch. Maggie might be the number one target, partially for what she writes and partially for what she is. Hate to say it, but when you are a sports writer for a major sports site- and you constantly comeup with crap like what shoes a fighter was wearing at a autograph signing- you bring it on yourself.
The worst by far, not only in MMA but across all the sub-par Yahoo writers is Steve Coefield.
Oddly enough, a lot of what Steve throws out there is decent, but he has SO MUCH knowledge of the sport, I have heard him on Sherdogs radio show and he actually sounds competent, I wonder if Jordan is feeding him lines though when crap like this comes out.
His half year awards. Simply unreal. Simply disgusting for anyone who watches this sport to have any credibility after putting up such a list. It reminds me of the guy in Waterboy who says Adam Sandler is the best tackler since Joe Montana.
Ok, Lets look at the “Awards”
Fighter of the Year
This isn’t necessarily an MVP award and doesn’t have to be a champion. FOY candidates come in all shapes and sizes. It can be someone who revitalized their career, shocked the world or simply put themselves top of mind for most fight fans.
1. Brock Lesnar
Ok, Picking Brock Lesnar is not exactly stupid. With the comeback both in and out of the cage- He is a monster story from the unstoppable asshole of UFC 100 to a guy the fans can pull FOR. I like the new Brock, and this selection is warrented. I hate giving an award based on 1 fight however- but again, this selection is understandable.
Its the REST of the list that is utter bullshit.
2. Chael Sonnen
He does mention that he beat Nate, but most of his “reasoning” is based on the UPCOMING FIGHT with Anderson, How do you get the Silver medal in Fighter of the year with TALKING? Dumbass.
3. Overeem- for BEATING BRETT ROGERS? WTF? The ONLY non-UFC guy on the top 5 and its a guy that destroyed an overrated Rogers.
4. Jon Jones – Again. He Beat Vera. Whoop-Dee Do. This is just beyond stupid.
5. Chris LeBen. I agree completely. Sorry, No problem with Chris Lebens EXCELLENT year so far- going from almost being- and arguably should have- to beating an undefeated fighter, and turing around and notching another excellent win over a boarderline contender. I bet Joe Silva hates Leben.
Lets look at the “others”
Court McGee- What winning TUF gives you #6 in the WORLD MMA FIGHTER OF THE YEAR?
Roy Nelson – Winning the worst season of TUF since Mac Danzing gets you here?
Mauricio Rua – Yeah- cause everyone beats Lyoto.
Gilbert Melendez - of Course, everyone makes Aoki look like Bob Sapp for five rounds.
Fabricio Werdum – Again, beating scrubs should not get you top fighter of the year consideration.
Now- MY List.
#1: FABRICIO WERDUM
Hello! HE BEAT FRIKKIN FEDOR, I have had a running argument that Fedor does have a loss- Its down in the books as a loss- so its a FRIKKEN LOSS. But Werdum completely ripped any talk of the number one heavyweight in the world away from M-1. He did the impossible, and stopped Fedor. unless Werdum gets dropped in 15 seconds by Overeem, or GSP rips off Koschecks head and throws it to the crowd, expect Werdum to be here in December.
#2: Jake Sheilds
Just absolutly CRUSHED Dan Henderson- how is this not even on the Cagewriter radar? Jake is finally fighting on UFC 121, and I can’t wait to see this.
When Lyoto won the title by stinky-legging Rashad, all you read was Lyoto was going to hold the strap for a long, long time. Shogun’s loss in 2009 can be debated- but Shogun took Dana’s motto about the judges to heart and not only beat Lyoto- he treated him like he was nut-stomping Mark Coleman.
#4: Pat Curran
He went 4-0 so far, beating Roger Huerta and Tony Imada- I would go high as 2 on here, but I still think Imada won that fight.
As I have stated, he is back from the brink of working for Strikeforce to maybe 2 fights from getting killed by Anderson again.
others: Ben Henderson, John Hathaway, Brock Lesnar, and Gilbert Melendez