"These guys really don't like each other."
"HOLY S#*T, DID YOU SEE THE STAREDOWN AT THE WEIGH-INS?!?"
We've had these thoughts before while watching the UFC.
And then comes the fight.
And then the...hugs? And smiles? And congratulations? WTF!
What happened to the good ole days of real rivalries? Or, at least, an absence of fake dislike and trumped-up drama?
At the moment, we've got two otherwise very respectable, even admirable, fighters in Jon "Bones" Jones and "Suga" Rashad Evans engaging in verbal combat via Twitter.
Their jabs went along the lines of, "I didn't try my hardest in practice! In fact, it took effort to NOT finish you," and, "I'm the one that didn't try in practice! I don't owe him anything," and even along the lines of, "Who spilt this milk? Greg Jackson better come clean this milk up! MAN!"
Another WTF moment.
Honestly, we've pretty much come to expect this from Evans, as we all remember how he set the stage for a previous fight with his fake trash-talk against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
But I thought this "Bones" guy was supposed to be a different breed. An introspective, well-spoken martial artist from the looks of it. But now, it's looking like he's got more drama to him than Dwyane "Crying In His Wheelchair" Wade.
That's all fine and dandy, but one day, Jones will arrive at the end of what should be an illustrious career.
He will then look back down his path and see one of two things.
He will either see an athlete who not only reached his potential, but also did so while expressing himself honestly in and out of the ring.
Or, he will see just another guy who acted like a drama queen to hype his fights.
Yes, the more they sell the fight, the more money they could potentially make in the long run. But at what cost? Sooner or later, fans will stop buying the pre-fight hype altogether. Then how will they sell it?
And don't get me wrong, it's a great scene when two combatants show respect at the end of a good fight, just don't fake the funk in the meantime. It hurts your credibility.
MMA is a great sport with great potential. It doesn't need the fake hype. The product can stand on its own.