StrikeForce's Brett Rogers follows UFC's Tito Ortiz's originality and heads to Jail
MMA and UFC begin early fireworks show, Tito Ortiz retiring could be the finale. However, Brett Rogers stakes his claim for finale rights.
This 4th of July has the makings for a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) perfect storm, if media attention is the goal. UFC 132 has three fights that could warrant a main event and has the potential to be the ultimate fireworks display with its cast of fighters and matchups. StrikeForce Heavyweight, Brett "The grim" Rogers, finally beats someone. UFC's Tito Ortiz will most likely fight his last MMA fight. UFC legends Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture are being rumored to host the Ortiz retirement party, but can the former best friends get along?
Any true MMA fan knows the drama of the Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz soap opera. Chuck claims Ortiz avoided him for two years and Ortiz says he didn't want to fight his former best friend. Well history showed the world that Tito avoided the fight for a reason and lost every fight to Liddell. Some marketing experts have reported Tito Ortiz was the best self-promoter the UFC ever saw. His orchestrated drama has included a fight against UFC president Dana White, Ortiz being arrested for domestic violence (charges were eventually dropped), and has gone on record as creating some of the best "walk outs" the MMA world has ever seen.
The similarities between Ortiz, Liddell, and Couture at fights end on Saturday night has a strong possibility of being that all former UFC champions leave the sport getting knocked out of it, literally. Although these three fighters hold bragging rights to basically making the UFC, the true MMA fans would have liked to see them leave the sport at their primes. Unfortunately in pro sports, this wish doesn't happen often. NFL's Barry Sanders is often regarded as the only true legend to go out in their prime, so the MMA world can be assured that is just human nature.
Although Brett Rogers was able to do one act to get him mentioned along the lines of Tito Ortiz, he lacked the common denominator that is needed to climb to MMA greatness; wrestling. All three former UFC champs were very accomplished wrestlers, which assisted them to greatness. Unfortunately for Ortiz, the discipline that helped him rise to a champion might just be the discipline that sends him to retirement.
Ryan Bader, a Division 1 All-American wrestler, who was also The Ultimate Fighter winner stands at the gates to retirement. Bader is simply a fighter that has enjoyed the sports progression and is a younger, stronger, and in many coach's eyes, a better skilled athlete than time has come.
Chris Greenman Independent Journalist / www.ProFightNetwork.com
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