Posted 11/28/2013 by Mike Fagan in Untethered MMA

The Untethered MMA Thanksgiving Giving Thanks List

It’s Thanksgiving. All your favorite MMA sites are going to have dumb, hacky Thanksgiving-related columns. I’m not above writing dumb, hacky columns, friends, so here’s a list of MMA things I’m thankful for in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen.

1. Nate “Kid Nate” Wilcox, manager of – Whether it’s video content or cutting-edge web curation or video content, “Kid Nate” Wilcox brings it all at Some say he loves video content because he can’t write. Others say he loves web curation because he can’t write. In reality, “Kid Nate” is a vanguard of MMA thinking, driving important talking points like the UFC’s oversaturation, the UFC’s oversaturation, and the UFC’s oversaturation. Nate’s always in the giving mood whether he’s directing us to female fighter “nudes,” finding “full fight video highlights,” or telling peers to “get cancer.”

2. Adam Hunter a.k.a. @MMARoasted – Do you like MMA? Do you like comedy? Do you like poorly written jokes with lowest-common-denominator punchlines? Well, have I got a treat for you! Adam Hunter is the Leading MMA Comedian on Twitter, and he’s translated that success into a gig at When Adam isn’t writing “the funny” for you, he’s making Mike Chiappetta into a sympathetic figure during Dana White interviews and ducking popular MMA podcasts.

3. Dana White throwing fighters under busesI already wrote about this, but if there’s anything I’ve learned about writing for the internet, it’s that recycling old content is A-OK! Hahaha. Oh man. I love writing for the internet. And Dana White loves hating on his fighters. Are you a champion? Have you made the UFC millions and millions of dollars? Well, fret not, good sirs and madams. You fit right into White’s target demographic!

4. Corn Nuts’ CRUNCH CRUNCH sound effects – OK, so maybe you’ve figured out the game here. I’m actually writing a list of things I’m NOT thankful for and being really snarky and sarcastic and oh man what a conceit. But let’s be earnest for a second. I love the Corn Nuts UFC promos. I especially love the CRUNCH CRUNCH sound effects. I play along and make the sound effect every time. Every. Single. Time. And I know you do it too. It’s too much fun.

5. B-movie advertisements before UFC PPV main events – You know what I love to see when I pay $55 to watch a big UFC pay-per-view event? Commercials. Oh, I love commercials. I especially love commercials for movies like Grudge Match, starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro. What happened to DeNiro man? This man was the Godfather! This man was Travis Bickle! But there’s nothing better than settling in, getting hyped for the main event, and then BAM! Movie trailer. Sometimes I get so hyped for the trailer that I skip out on the main event and run over to my local cineplex to catch thirty more minutes of trailers.

6. Bellator MMA on PPV – Everyone knew this was a great idea from the start. Take two established stars like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito “The Huntington Beach People’s Champ” Ortiz, an eager company man like Eddie Alvarez, and logical title fights like King Mo vs. Emmanuel Newton, mix that in with the credibility of Bellator MMA, and baby you’ve got a stew going. And man, it went off without a hitch! Ortiz pulled out with an injury, Rampage waited two more weeks to fight Joey Beltran, Alvarez took the belt and avenged his loss to Michael Chandler, and Mo dropped a decision to Newton. Oh, and it wasn’t even on pay-per-view! Just a great step forward for Bjorn Rebney and Bellator MMA.

7. UFC fighters keeping their mouths shut – Basketball nobody Kobe Bryant found a way to complain about his $25MM NBA salary this week:

You can’t sit up there and say, ‘Well, I’m going to take substantially less because there’s public pressure, because all of a sudden, if you don’t take less, you don’t give a crap about winning. That’s total bull——

I’m very fortunate to be with an organization that understands how to take care of its players, and put a great team out on the floor. They’ve figured out how to do both.

Most players in this league don’t have that. They get stuck in a predicament – probably intentionally done by the teams – to force them to take less money. Meanwhile, the value of the organization goes through the roof off the backs of their quote, unquote selfless players.

It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

You don’t see MMA fighters openly complaining like this. And why should they? Thanks to the their purchase of Pride FC, EliteXC, and Strikeforce, the UFC has been able to project their magnanimity onto the sport. What do the fighters have to complain about? The UFC has made the pie bigger and given the fighters a bigger slice. That’s what they say, anyway, and I’m not about to question them!

Mike Fagan is a weekly contributor to MMA Owl. He hosts Untethered MMA every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at, also available in the iTunes Store and Youtube. Follow him at @ItsMikeFagan.




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