Happy Friday everyone. There’s a lot going on in the MMA world today. Mark Hunt talks about his legal issues, Glover Teixeira and James Te Huna get set to square off, and the UFC launches a new product on Youtube. Plus we’ve got a funny video of angry cornermen and Chuck Liddell sounds off on point fighting. And in case you forgot, Sunday is Mother’s Day! I’m guessing around 30% of you hadn’t even thought about it yet, so you’re welcome for the reminder. In the meantime, here are the headlines:
• Hunt says he’s having Visa issues en route to the USA due to a nightclub incident from 2002, where he was arrested. But, despite early rumors, the Pride and K-1 veteran promises that his match with Junior dos Santos is not in jeopardy. Hopefully this will be straightened out soon, because it would be a real pisser for the fight to be cancelled because of silly immigration rules.
• Check out this preview for Glover Teixeira vs James Te Huna, also slated for UFC 160. This is a great fight that features two of the UFC’s top light-heavyweight prospects. I think the winner can reasonably expect to be one fight away from a title shot.
• The UFC is rolling out a new subscription service in connection with Youtube. Time will tell if this actually sticks but it’s interesting to see the UFC experimenting with new revenue streams and delivery methods. Check out the main page here.
• Bask in the rage of some of the UFC’s most prominent trainers and cornermen (warning: lots of cursing).
• Liddell says fighters nowadays are too focused on getting a safe win, instead of fighting to finish. I think there’s some truth to what “the Iceman” is saying, but the UFC’s policies on compensation structure and job security could be part of the problem. The reality is, if you win in the UFC, you typically make twice as much money as if you lose and you get to keep your job. The fighters are just responding to incentives.