MacDonald on MMA: The Athlete’s submissions

UFC president Dana White was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
February 8, 2013, 7:29 PM

Last weekend’s Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar went down the way I saw it going down. Edgar is one of those guys I would never bet against, but I felt like Aldo was a little bit faster and a little bit stronger at that weight.

The one thing about Aldo is the things he does well, he does really, really well. He kicks well, but his ability to use his kicks is amazing. Instead of being scared to throw his kicks because he’s afraid of being taken down, he uses them so effectively to prevent Edgar from taking him down.

I think it was a good fight, but I thought he won just about every round. Depending on how you score things, you could have given Edgar a round here or there, but overall Aldo was pretty dominant.

This puts Edgar in sort of the Urijah Faber zone. He’s been a champion once, and fought for title many times since losing it, but just couldn’t get it. He dropped down a weight class to try to challenge for the belt there, but couldn’t do that either.

I’m sure it’s a frustrating position for him to be in and likely hard for him to be motivated. He knows he can beat just about everyone, other than the champions. He also knows he’s not going to get title shot after title shot, so what is there for him?

As for Alistair Overeem, we had all the hype, all the talk — Overeem this, Overeem that — and it was much like Michael Bisping. We were already talking about his title fight, and who he’s going to fight for the title then he goes out and gets destroyed.

And now the whole heavyweight division in limbo again, with no definite No. 1 contender. Silva got badly beaten in his last fight against Cain Velasquez. They can’t come to a deal with Josh Barnett. It makes no sense to give Junior dos Santos an immediate rematch as he just got destroyed. It wasn’t even close, he got pounded for five rounds and looked like Frankenstein when it was all over.

I would like to see Barnett come over to the UFC, but that’s still not happening. Barnett says money is not the issue and it’s something else. I’ve got to hand it to him, he definitely does what’s best for Josh Barnett and sticks to his guns. He doesn’t let money sway his decisions. Hopefully they work it out.

Rashad Evans looked like he didn’t really want to be there in his fight against Lil Nog and was just going through the motions. Maybe he just had an off night. Or maybe his mind wasn’t in it. When you start thinking talking about retirement, it’s a bad thing. I can attest to that. It was a solid win for Lil Nog but I don’t think it does much to change light-heavyweight landscape.

I guess Aldo vs. Pettis is an intriguing fight. I can’t sit here and say I’m not interested in the fight, so I guess it’s a good decision for the UFC. But I would say it’s somewhat unfair. Pettis walks in and beats Donald Cerrone after not fighting for a year. It was a good solid win at lightweight but all of a sudden he gets a featherweight title shot?

If I were Ricardo Lamas, I would be upset and frustrated. But sitting here as a fan, I’m much more interested in Pettis-Aldo than Lamas-Aldo, so I guess it’s the right decision.

Randy Couture and Dana White have gotten into a bit of a rift. It’s one of those things where there’s two sides to every story and truth lies somewhere in the middle. White says Couture is nothing but a pain in the ass, and is hard to deal with. That being said, Couture was also the main event on a number of big cards and made Dana millions and millions of dollars, so deal with it.

From Randy’s standpoint, I see where he’s coming from. Does he stay with the UFC and fulfill last year of FOX contract, or does he move on to something that’s better for his career and make him much more money? From my understanding he’s not bound by the contract. I also read the UFC had the ability to give him a better offer to stay with him but they chose not to. So don’t be a crybaby. Don’t be sour and try to badmouth him because he chose to do something better for him. It seems to me Dana is being a bit of a sore loser in that aspect.

He could have matched Spike’s offer and kept him around, but he chose not to. How could you ever condemn somebody for taking a better offer and doing what’s right for them? If the shoe were on the other foot, I’m sure Dana would do the exact same thing. If Dana had two fights left on his obligation with FOX, but could get out of it without being sued and Spike was offering four times the amount of money, would you not think he would do it? It’s a no-brainer. You can’t badmouth a guy for that.

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