Monday, January 11, 2010
Blind New York Governor David Paterson, who is so sightless he cannot drive a car or pick out a tie to match his suit, sees MMA as a potential revenue generator for the State and will make provisions for it his 2010 budget plan, according to a report by the New York Daily News (link: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/01/11/2010-01-11_gov_wants_deficit_to_go_pow_bam_crunch.html ). This is great news for MMA fans, who last year saw the bill to legalize the sport crash and burn due to an unrelated legislative breakdown; with Governor Paterson's budgetary provision, legalization (and necessary athletic commission funding) is virtually ensured. Unfortunately, this is bad news for New York State residents sick of puns regarding Governor Paterson's handicap, because the man is blind and couldn't possibly "see" anything. Really.
- Deividas Taurosevicius was a rugby player in Lithuania before coming to the States and taking up mixed martial arts. Obviously, that's where those slick takedowns came from.
- Mike Brown is the second best 145-pound fighter in the world. No shame in losing to him.
- Kamal Shalorus vs. Dave Jansen was like watching a man fight a boy.
- Urijah Faber won, and with that victory comes a viable pay-per-view main event against Jose Aldo and the chance for everyone to get a pay raise. You just know every fighter on the card, Raphael Assuncao included, sent a fruit basket and a thank you note to Faber's locker room afterwards.
- Benson Henderson submitted Jamie Varner to become the new WEC lightweight champ. Meanwhile, in the UFC's lightweight division... no one cared.