POSTED ON JULY 22, 2009:
A dream's a wish your heart makes . . . Wake up and dodge the punch line
Another Go. Liddell is hosting the X-treme Fighting League card at Cherokee Casino Resort this Saturday night. The headline match pits Thomas "Thunderkick" Longacre (pictured) against Shane Waits in a rematch.
Dreams rock. Let me clarify. I mean the dreams you concoct while sleeping. Don't you love waking up with an image or scenario so vivid you have to stop for a split second to remind yourself it was a dream?
Within the past month I've woken up several mornings with a vibrant image etched in my cranium. The following are three actual dreams I need to share with you.
Dream number one: You have heard Jessica Alba was in Oklahoma filming a terrible movie. How do I know it is terrible? Have you seen a good movie with the sexy little tartlet in it?
I was having a cup of coffee in a downtown dive. It was probably a chai tea latte. In walks a mysterious woman. She orders then sashays over to take a seat next to me.
I'm typing away on my laptop as she removes her sunglasses, hat and blonde wig. Of course it is Jessica Alba. Even in my dreams I fumble my words. She wants me. She demands I leave my wife and kids. She wants to bring me back to her hotel to practice a bedroom scene. I wake up to a 4am alarm clock and Jessica is but a memory.
Dream number two: UFC 100 was a history event. One of the matches on the main card pitted American Dan Henderson against the surly Brit Michael Bisping. Hendo flattened Bisping and America rejoiced. I was a Hendo fan but the KO took my respect level to new heights.
In my dream, Hendo keeps calling my house asking for directions. (Hendo is a reserved guy. He knows the sport of MMA but will not be mistaken for a Rhodes Scholar) I am not sure why he's calling my house for directions but after the third time he finally gets it. He pulls up in my driveway with a six pack of Milwaukee's Best Light. I suddenly wake to a crying 11-month-old boy.
Dream number three: I'm sitting in a booth at a nightclub interviewing Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell. I'm in hog heaven asking interesting questions. People take note of us but just walk by. One guy asks who I'm talking to. I advise him.
The interview ends and we have a few drinks at the bar. I shake his hand, get the obligatory "show of fists" picture with him and walk away feeling great.
I get to my car and look at the camera. Liddell is the same size as me and is missing his trademark Mohawk and head tats. I've been duped. I interviewed a nobody.
That's it. Guess which one is most likely to come true. That's right. Chuck Liddell is coming to Tulsa this weekend. Sorry Jessica, it never would have worked between us.
The Iceman was recently enshrined into the UFC Hall of Fame. He has one fight left on his contract but his best days are behind him. He's pushing 40. Not old unless you fight in a cage for a living.
Liddell is hosting the X-treme Fighting League card at Cherokee Casino Resort this Saturday night. There are currently 12 bouts scheduled for the evening.
The headline match pits Thomas Longacre against Shane Waits in a rematch. Longacre won the first fight in a close decision but a controversial knee ensured the two combatants would meet again.
Several other local favorites are on the card including Jeri Sitzes and Randy Blake. Josh Pulsifer battles DeJuan Jackson at 155-pounds with a title shot on the line for the winner.
MMA in Tulsa gets no love. I take that back. I push the envelope when necessary. Don't get me wrong, I don't want lackluster coverage of my sport from someone who doesn't get it. Boxing may not be dead, but the last time I checked, Oscar De La Hoya retired and the heavyweight division was atrocious.
I haven't the time nor space in this column to tout the greatness of MMA. Unfortunately, many are blind to the juggernaut. They will be run over or hammer-fisted in the skull before they realize what has hit them.
Back to the evening. This will be the first fight card held in the new venue. Call it Cherokee Casino or Hard Rock Casino -- the transition is in effect.
"The venue is the Grand Ballroom. It is an awesome room. It has 30-foot ceilings and six drop-down big screens to show all the action and the replays. It seats 1,500 with the cage but the furthest away anybody is away from the cage is 10 rows," says promoter Dale Cook.
It is a smaller venue but this is more of a VIP event. The ticket prices reflect as much. Contact 627-7070 for ticket information. Tell Jameie I said hi.
After the fights, fans will have an opportunity to meet "The Iceman" for pictures and autographs in two official after-parties at two of the casino's new Hard Rock-inspired venues, Center Bar and Friction nightclub.
If you rub elbows with Liddell, don't be a MMA noob. Try to acquit yourself as either a huge fan or a knowledgeable fan. Save the dumb line of questioning for the uninformed.
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