EliteXC - Douchebag of the Month
Yep, we're calling shenanigans on you EliteXC. It was obvious to the least plugged-in MMA fan that you were doing some shady stuff. The questionable stoppages, the blatant mismatches, the feeding of cans to your one "big name" celebrity "fighter".
But a house of cards will come tumbling down at the first breeze, and that breeze, gentlemen, was named Seth Petruzelli.
After his 14 second victory over the man EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw described as "the best striker in MMA", Petruzelli strongly hinted about EliteXC's pre-fight attempts to have him play Kimbo's game.
M: Even though you only had an hour to get ready for this fight against kimbo, what was your strategy fighting against Kimbo, uh, err, uh, were you tryin to uh, submission him out?
SP: My original plan was to throw a lot of push kicks, called teeps, and try to rush in more, and then shoot in on him, obviously.
M: So you wanted to get him on the ground? There’s no way you wanted to box him standing up?
SP: Not really, but I train with lots of undefeated pro boxers, a couple guys have a belt, and my style kinda throws them off a bit, I have kind of an awkward style. So, I knew I would do alright standing up with him. THE PROMOTERS KINDA HINTED TO ME, AND THEY GAVE ME THE MONEY TO STAND AND TRADE WITH HIM. THEY DIDN’T WANT ME TO TAKE HIM DOWN. LETS JUST PUT IT THAT WAY.
M: Ahhh.. ok.
SP: It was worth my while to try and stand up and punch with him.”
Shame on you, EliteXC. We suspected for the longest time that there was some underhanded stuff going on behind the scenes, and this all but proves it.
It puts this image into a lot better context (original image by Juggo):
If I were Gary Shaw Jr. here, I'd be yelling too. Question is, who was he yelling at... Ferguson or Petruzelli? Maybe someone should ask Hulk Hogan what he heard.
We tolerated the works and one-sided matchups in Pride because it's an offshoot of a pro wrestling organization; a bit of that was to be expected, but they always delivered first rate fights with the top MMA talent in the world nonetheless. What's your excuse, Shaw?
The worst part of it all is that EliteXC is being shown on free television, so for the average Joe Sixpack who'd rather spend money on beer than cable or an Internet connection, this is probably all they know about MMA. Great job making us all look like corrupt assholes.
Consequently, your organization is our Douchebag of the Month.