Jun 14, 2012 - Let's talk for a second. You're all smart people, I respect your intelligence and I'd like to think at least a smidge of that is reciprocated back my way. So you and I both know it's true when I say, not a whole lot happened yesterday. Sure, Cain Velasquez got a clean bill of health. In the middle of the Summer of Injuries, hearing the No. 1 heavyweight contender is still an able-bodied individual is always a good thing. And sure, Chael Sonnen popped off again, though who really knows if that's news at this point.
But really, it seemed like the most interesting story of the day was the story that came to a merciful end. After two weeks of back-and-forth sniping between UFC President Dana White and Shogun Rua's management team, the fighter's manager Julio Heller put a kybosh on the beef, saying they would no longer comment on the situation. It's probably a good thing too, because nobody was emerging from that mess smelling like roses.
While it was odd for White to so publicly call out one of his biggest, most battle-tested stars, it was even odder for fans to take what White was saying and run with the ‘Shogun is scared' angle. That just screams knee-jerk reaction. It's been said before, but there was just no reason for Shogun to accept a fight with Glover Teixeira besides a paycheck. If he wins, then Teixeira was overrated to begin with. If he loses, the floodgates holding back the ‘over-the-hill' cries would bust open. It's a lose-lose in every sense.
But again, that story seems to have met it's end. So let's just take a deep breath, exhale, and come watch Rener Gracie try to vertical jump out of 3-foot-deep pool.