After weeks of excruciating build up consisting of public confrontations, playful words, mean mugging and "bein' a geeza", we were finally able to bare witness to the bad blood confrontation between Alex Reid and Jason Barrett.
UCMMA took a big step forward with last nights show. For the very first time, it was available as a live PPV. Instead of ticket sales being the sole source of revenue, UCMMA was accessible to any Sky or Virgin subscriber for a reasonably low price of £9.95. It's something the UK market needs if promotions are to garner the kind of financial investment they so need to attract bigger fighters, polish their product and legitimately promote themselves to the masses.
This step forward may have been negated however. The fall out from last nights show see's a vast number of people arguing about the legitimacy of the main event fight. We don't mean whether as a fight it bares any relevance to MMA (we know it doesn't, see here), more that the fight, just like the build up, was all part of an elaborate script.
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“If he thinks I’m a joke great, you keep thinking I’m a fool. When that cage door shuts and the bell goes let’s see how much of a joke I really am” – Alex Reid, ahead of his fight
No matter what people say or think about Alex Reid, he is the most famous MMA fighter in the UK. Love him or hate him he has, in his own words, made MMA ‘more socially acceptable’ in this country. Ahead of his fight with Jason Barrett at Cage Rage UK Presents: UCMMA 22: Warrior Creed, live on Pay-Per-View channel Primetime, Mike Breton caught up with The Reidernater.
Just when you thought UK MMA was about to get all serious on us and people were looking at the sport in a more legitimate light, Jason Barrett and Alex Reid put on a display of scripted bravado that brings tears to our eyes.
These are not tears of laughter or tears of joy though. In an effort to get people in seats and get major television networks to take a chance on MMA, Barrett is calling on all of his years of acting to give his best Eastenders performance to coax Alex Reid out of 'retirement' and to fight 'one last time'.
If you can possibly endure it, take a look at this video showing the latest altercation between these two :
As if picking on a retired guy who left the sport on a 6 fight losing streak wasn't bad enough, Barrett himself only holds a record of 3-6. Some sort of grudge, likely based on nothing at all, has been brewing between these two (fighters?) for a while and it's finally going to come to conclusion on August 6th at UCMMA 22.
After the weigh-ins for UCMMA 21, they were both at each others throats and having to be kept apart. At the UCMMA 21 live-show, both of them were ushered into the cage between fights to address the on-going situation. Can you guess what happened next? Of course you can! Barrett screamed 'Sign the contract!' for the millionth time and a full scale brawl was seconds from erupting. The referee ended up pinning Barrett to the cage whilst Reid grabbed the mic from Dave O'Donnell and did his best to play the cool guy. Claiming he would need to speak to his 'lawyers' about whether he could fight, we got a glimpse of just how badass Alex Reid has become. He has lawyers that take care of his business now. Oh and bodyguards!
Needless to say this whole debacle leaves a bit of a bad taste in our mouth. Whilst it's all very well and good to have drama and personal reasons surrounding a fight, the premise that the only reason these guys are fighting is because they don't like each other, doesn't really feel like good reason enough to fight on a PPV card. Theres plenty of other active fighters who would be better suited in their spot and frankly we have little interest in who wins, what they do next and who ends up where. Neither of these guys are relevant in the MMA scene on a global or even UK scale and we really have to question just what anyone will get out of this fight.
We think the best possible outcome for everyone is this;
- People get drawn in by the antics, fill seats and purchase PPV's. - A good fight occurs and people feel satisfied they saw something worthwhile. - Both guys fight to a bloody draw, get arrested for public disorder and consequently fired into the center of the sun.
Agree with us? Disagree with us? Let us know what you think about this whole mess.TweetTagged :
- UK’s most famous fighter sensationally steps out of retirement - MMA Breakthrough: First UK MMA PPV - Final chance for Alex to silence his detractors
‘I will beat Jason down, this will be more than just a fight worth watching, I'm going to rip up that cage and feed it to him’ (London, 11th July 2011) It was today confirmed that Cage Rage veteran and the most famous face in UK MMA Alex Reid, will sensationally come out of retirement to face Jason ‘Badass’ Barrett in a grudge match that has been boiling for a number of months. Fans can watch these two warriors go head to head at UCMMA 22, August 6th, live at Troxy London and available on PPV at Primetimelive.co.uk.
Having sworn to give up the gloves pursuing an acting career, Alex ‘The Reidinator’ Reid will return to silence his critics in this ‘Super Title Fight’ Middleweight bout that has fans across the UK salivating.
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