Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion and recent Bellator signee Tito Ortiz is bringing a group of fighters together in hopes of crashing UFC 167, which will be the 20th anniversary show in the company’s history.
Joining Ortiz will be UFC Superfight champion Ken Shamrock and former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion Randy Couture. Ortiz has also asked former UFC and Strikeforce champion Frank Shamrock and his Bellator opponent, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to crash the show. Ken Shamrock and Couture have said they would join him, but there has been no answer from the other two.
Although Ortiz’s idea is humorous and has generated some buzz on the internet, it does nothing for helping Bellator. If anything, it detracts from it. Unless Ortiz is doing this for himself.
If Ortiz and his group, who UFC President Dana White refer to as “The Super Friends” does go through with this plan and announce to the world that they will be appearing on pay per view, this will drive the UFC’s viewing numbers up. Bellator would also not be able to show it because they do not own the rights to any footage and it is not likely they will get any cameras inside of the arena.
I’m not saying that the Super Friends do not deserve to be at the event. If anything, they should be allowed to have front row seating. After all, three of them are members of the UFC Hall of Famer, one should be in the hall and one may have had a place, if he had not spoken his recent remarks.
Honestly I think, Ortiz should be putting his time and energy against his upcoming fight with Jackson, instead of firing shots at the White and the UFC. Rather than calling out Rampage and making fun of him for losing to Ryan Bader, he is degrading his former employer and throwing the slavery card out there. I’m not sure where the connection is between being a servant with no freedom and being a fighter making six figures in his last six bouts, but I’m sure it’s got to be there somewhere.
This could be the same case for Rampage. Rather than making of Ortiz losing to Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida, he is foreshadowing that Bellator is the future of the sport.
Other than the Aces and Eights angle on “Impact Wrestling” and making the media rounds on ESPN – which listed them as UFC stars – they haven’t been really focused on their rivalry or why they are fighting. It makes me think they are both actually less interested in fighting each other and promoting the main event of the first pay per view and more focused on giving the stink eye to their former employer.
Which is a shame because this is a fan’s dream match and both of these guys know how to promote fights and get the fans riled up.
A side note, if White does want to combat the Super Friends, he could take a page from DC Comics and come up with his own “Legion of Doom” to counter Ortiz’s “Super Friends.”
Chuck Liddell forl Ortiz
Lyoto Machida to act as a foil for Couture
Cung Le for Frank Shamrock
Glover Teixeira for Rampage
Dan Severn for Ken Shamrock