Yesterday we were all informed that former UFC Middleweight contender Nate Marquardt waas no longer fighting today…and that he’d no longer compete for the UFC. Almost immediately after that the internet erupted with conspiracy theories. Everything from diuretics to hidden blood borne diseases has been tossed out as possible answers to the mystery. But what strikes me the most about this story is the lack of leaks. Numerous bloggers, reporters and fighters reportedly know what happened, and so far they’re all keeping their mouths shut. How is that possible? Well, because Dana White is an evil genius. He’s a master at controlling media and publicity. People in the industry know that crossing Dana could mean the end of your career. Its a widely known fact that even disagreeing with Dana can lead to your media credentials being taken away. Since the majority of top fighters fight under the Zuffa banner a lot of people in the industry must realize that leaking this information will most likely lead to the unemployment line. How can any blogger, journalist or website continue to function without access to the most popular fighters? Even pictures of Anthony Weiners dick were leaked by republican journalists.
The problem here is that there arent any competing organizations. Since Zuffa bought Strikeforce they not only have control of the most popular fighters, but control of the media and PR surrounding all of MMA. Whether this is good or not for the sport remains to be seen. But I understand the predicament journalists are in. Actually, I sympathize with them. There must be a blogger out there salivating at the idea of breaking the story but crying at the thought of losing access. I honestly dont know what I’d do in that situation.
I have a theory myself on the situation: Marquardt has failed a blood test and rather than admit wrongdoing he will try to Chael his way out of this by claiming he medically needs said illegal substance. One of the most popular theories is that he’s tried to cover up some illness. But not even Dana is shrewd enough to cut someone for trying to fight through an illness. To be honest, Im as confused as everyone else. I love MMA so much the suspense is killing me. In the end all I can hope for is that Nate is healthy and wasnt trying to put other fighters at risk.
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