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Old 11-07-2010, 08:44 AM
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Default Media Spotlight: Sherdog's Zuffa Centric Bias Exposed

http://themmahaus.blogspot.com/2010/...a-centric.html

The latest Sherdog rankings have been released, and what a smorgasbord of buffoonery they are. If the source were of lesser renown, unwarranted as it may be, it'd be tempting to write these awful rankings off as sheer ignorance. This cannot be the case though, and instead must be chalked up to Sherdog’s documented predilection towards Zuffa bias, in all likelihood stemming from their desperate desire for UFC media credentials.

So exactly how absurd are their most recently released top ten lists? Well, lets have a look and highlight some of the low lights….

Sherdog’s Heavyweight Top 10:

1- Cain Velasquez
2- Brock Lesnar
3- Fabricio Werdum
4- Fedor Emelianenko
5- Junior Dos Santos
6- Shane Carwin
7- Frank Mir
8- Alistair Overeem
9- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10- Antonio Silva


- The Cain/Lesnar Deception -


Of Killers and Cubs
Are the mobsters at Zuffa threatening the McRib connections of the famously fat Sherhog staffers? Why else but under some kind of coercion would any supposed MMA journalists rank WWE wrestler and MMA wannabe Brock Lesnar at #2, and current flavor of the month Cain Velasquez at #1? The former having never had a UFC contest without blatantly displaying his lack of fighting ability in embarrassing fashion, and the latter being an untested prospect at best, and an outright paper tiger at worst. With Lesnar, even in his victories he has demonstrated a shocking lack of skill, from Frank Mir smacking him around on the feet in their rematch, to Shane Carwin utterly dominating him until gassing in the second round of their title fight. Brock Lesnar has proven time after time that he is truly a faux fighter who searches for an escape as soon as he is hit. And this is this man who current UFC belt holder Velasquez defeated to attain his illegitimate throne. To rank these cubs above grizzlies such as sporting legend Fedor Emelianenko and the man who recently handed him his first defeat, Fabricio Werdum, is categorically outrageous, absurd beyond any logical rationalization. The phony MMA journalists behind such an atrocity to equitable reasoning should be ashamed at this blatant Zuffa whoring.

- Overeem Under Ranked -


Overeem before Swine
Strikeforce champion and K-1 standout Alistair Overeem is the prime example of a duel combat sport fighter. Yet despite having proven himself at the highest levels of both MMA and kickboxing, he is still maligned by the hacks of the mainstream media cartel. Today’s most feared striker in all of MMA has been relegated to the lower half of the top ten, among the likes of Frank Mir and federally investigated steroid fiend Shane Carwin. Again, such blatant dismissal of fighting facts must point to a malicious design on behalf of the Sherhog pundits. Any objective analysis of combative ability and accomplishments will lead one to acknowledge reality, and in accordance with this discovered truth, rank Strikeforce Champion Alistair Overeem amongst the top three heavyweights in the world of MMA fighting.

- Aleksander M.I.A. -


The media cartel's dark little secret
Calling Aleksander Emelianenko the Rodney Dangerfield of MMA may be apt in many regards, but while Mr. Dangerfield only suffered from the absence of respect, Aleksander is actually subjected to the presence of severe disrespect. Despite being bombarded for the last two years with slanderous rumors in relation to his medical standings, all of which have since been documented by top medical doctors to be unsubstantiated lies (here and here), Aleksander has quietly put together an impressive eight fight win streak. Although you certainly wouldn’t know this by visiting the Sherhog Squad, as they have ignored the very existence of Aleksander Emelianenko ever since the hepatitis scandal they reported on in the summer of 2008 turned out to be pure unadulterated bologna. Aleksander has turned into somewhat of a skeleton in the closet of those media dopes which attempted to defame his career, but despite the campaign of misinformation and consorted effort to erase him from the pulse of current MMA, he remains one of the best strikers in the game, and has proven to be a shoe in for any heavyweight top ten list with even an ounce of integrity.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:37 PM
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Sounds like someone is having a hissy fit over an opinion.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:38 AM
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The dog's rankings are meant to be a "snapshot in time".

I don't agree with their rankings all the time either, but I completely understand the logic they use to arrive at their conclusions. It's also done by a panel, so not even everybody at Sherdog always agrees with it.

To think that Sherdog is biased towards Zuffa is ridiculous. They are one of the few websites in the sport that truly cover the entire sport of MMA, and they are not even credentialed with the UFC. Dana pulled their press-passes a long time ago, and again after the Loretta Hunt fiasco.
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I would argue that being biased towards Zuffa is the correct thing to be. UFC is the top dog in MMA. If you're a UFC champ or top contendor, you deserve to be at the top of the rankings. The other orgs don't have the same level of competition so a winning record there doesn't carry as much weight.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:58 PM
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I would argue that being biased towards Zuffa is the correct thing to be. UFC is the top dog in MMA. If you're a UFC champ or top contendor, you deserve to be at the top of the rankings. The other orgs don't have the same level of competition so a winning record there doesn't carry as much weight.
I disagree.

MMA is a sport, and talent/value isn't defined by 3 letters. Just because Dana White says they are always giving us the best product and best fights doesn't always make it true.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:45 AM
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I disagree.

MMA is a sport, and talent/value isn't defined by 3 letters. Just because Dana White says they are always giving us the best product and best fights doesn't always make it true.
Football is a sport and the best players are in the NFL. You can't argue that some Arena football player with amazing stats deserves to be ranked above NFL players with slightly less impressive stats. Same goes for MMA. UFC is the top league.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:01 PM
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Football is a sport and the best players are in the NFL. You can't argue that some Arena football player with amazing stats deserves to be ranked above NFL players with slightly less impressive stats. Same goes for MMA. UFC is the top league.
Football is a team sport with a much deeper history than MMA. The UFC may be the top league in the sport, but fighting isn't about an affiliation to a brand or a team like other major sports in America.

Also, yes, I can argue that some Arena players are better than some NFL players. Every season, guys get cut from NFL rosters and people who stand out in other leagues end up on NFL rosters for that exact reason.

If Kobe Bryant left the NBA to go play in China, he would still be the best basketball player on the planet. The fact is there are plenty of fighters who are not affiliated with Zuffa that deserve to be considered amongst the best MMA fighters in the world.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:32 AM
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1- Cain Velasquez
2- Brock Lesnar
3- Fabricio Werdum
4- Fedor Emelianenko
5- Junior Dos Santos
6- Shane Carwin
7- Frank Mir
8- Alistair Overeem
9- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10- Antonio Silva

Actually, as far as Sherdog is concerned, these are very good rankings.

You can't argue Overeem any higher than where he is,
in fact, I would even put him lower, 9 or 10.
He has NEVER beaten a top ten HW... EVER.
So you can't really argue him higher than where he is.

Aleks hasn't faced a top 20 HW in.... forever?
Ok, since 2006, but he lost to both of them.
(barnett, and werdum)
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