I'm back with another installment of the MMA Tete-A-Tete: Coarsening the Discourse. Eugene S. Robinson author of Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Askingis my counter-part for this edition.
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Topics covered include:
- The infamous care/don't care preview of UFC on Fuel TV Nogueira vs. Werdum
Even I'm embarrassed by how little we know about this card going into it. Eugene first calls out, then defends our "fan-centric" approach.
- Jason High vs Erick Silva
The hard-working, likable and intelligent High might be sent by Joe Silva to permanently derail the aspirations of once-highly touted but now snakebit Erick Silva.
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs Thiago Silva
Epic battle between two Brazilians who can't seem to pass a drug test. Eugene thinks it'll come down to who is the most jacked up in the head and who is most dependent on the psychological edge provided by marijuana and/or PEDs.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Fabricio Werdum
The coaches of the flop second season of TUF Brasil battle it out and we talk about the infamous Big Nog bone break loss to Frank Mir and why Werdum should be careful about wishing for a title shot.
Jon Fitch and Jacob Volkmann vs the UFC plus Mayhem Miller's surgery
Why a fighter's union is the only thing that could help even things out and why that won't happen. Plus lots of random rambles that almost but never quite add up to anything.