Thrust Out of the Lead, Smealinho Rama To Steal Show in Supporting Actor Role
Vlad Goldenstein is the head coach of Canada’s #1 Heavyweight Smealinho Rama. He has submitted this story to explain their team’s side of the MFC 38 main event situation between Rama and the Maximum Fighting Championship.
Let me tell you a story about an actor. For the sake of the story, let’s call him Smealinho Rama. Smealinho’s not famous and not many people know him, but he’s done a few gigs here and there. Thing is, directors love him and producers always notice him. One day his agent got him an audition for a solid project. Extremely excited, Smealinho got through three stages of auditions and eventually landed the part. Not just any part either, but the lead role. He was given a contract, a script, and the date for shooting was scheduled — everything lined up perfectly. He learned the script from start to finish, hired and worked with some acting coaches, did background research on the role by studying lots of material, and generally figured out everything he could in preparation for his big break.
The first day of filming eventually rolled around and Smealinho was prepared like never before. Unfortunately, his co-star didn’t show up. Production stopped, and the film was put on indefinite hold. Producers told him not to worry, that another co-star would be found and that all they needed was a bit of time. He was assured he still had the lead role, and was instructed to keep preparing like nothing had changed. Several months passed and then Smealinho received a call from the producers. They said everything was still OKAY but now there was a chance he would no longer be the lead actor. Sounds unfair, doesn’t it? Sounds awfully familiar too.
We’re not in the movie business; we’re in the fight business. Fighters are not actors, so you’d assume they wouldn’t have to go through the same melodrama. They’re still just people like everybody else. You might be thinking, “Why start this off rambling about movies? Why not cut to the chase?” I, like many others, happen to love movies and here’s my point — everybody enjoys a good movie and most people enjoy movies with happy endings. It sucks when everybody has to die at the end and the bad guy gets away with whatever injustice he’s committed and the good guy gets screwed. So trust me when I say that Smealinho makes for a happy ending.
When you watch him fight, you know what you’re going to get. In his fights, you’re not going to see two big dudes breathing heavy, laying on top of one another waiting for the bell to end the round. He’s not in the cage to dance around, run away, or score points and ask, “Did I win the round?” It’s not his style. He’s not going to tell you long stories about actors and movies, because with Smealinho, everything is predictable. His happy endings only have three variations: TKO, KO or submission. So I guess there’s the drama if that’s your thing. You won’t know which of the three finishes to expect from him, but you will know that his fight’s going to be exciting and you know you’re going to get your happy ending. The only thing his fight won’t be is long, boring or dull.
You also get a Cinderella story on top of it. A young kid who started fighting in 2012 and got on top of the world in less than two years, became the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the country and one of the hottest prospects in the world. What else could you want from a main event? After you’ve already watched six-to-eight fights, you won’t have patience for five rounds of hugs and rolls. You’re going to want to see a dynamic, fast paced, crazy and aggressive fight with nonstop action and a finish. Smealinho’s perfect for that. And it’s not like he didn’t earn it either. Did he not fight three times for the MFC? Did he not finish every single one of those fights in the first round? What else do you want? For everyone to get ice cream in between rounds?
Now, I don’t want to take anything away from Sam and Anthony. Both of them are great guys and truly solid fighters, but Smealinho has earned this. He’s always delivered. There’s something called fairness. We often forget about it like it’s obsolete. But let’s not forget one thing. Business is all about standing by the promises you make and keeping your word. Let’s look at this from a marketing point of view. The MFC claims that they are the biggest Canadian promotion. How is it that the number one ranked Canadian heavyweight who happens to be fighting for the Heavyweight championship, who has also fought for the MFC three times before and won all three fights in the very first round , and who has also earned the MFC submission of the year, not a main event? I am no businessman by any means, but don’t you think that it’s the Canadian Heavyweight that people want to see fight that’s bringing in the ticket sales and not guys from California? I guess I’m just missing something here.
Regardless, Smealinho is going to deliver again just like he did before. He’s going to do what he does best. He’s going to fight, end up getting that shiny belt and he’ll be happy for a little while, just like all men are when they get a new toy. Then he’s going to fight again and again and get better and better. Many people I’ve spoken to who have seen him spar and roll have the same opinion about his future. I wonder why people who are considered experts in this sport and who claim to understand this sport thoroughly can’t see that. So let’s wait and watch how it all ends. One thing’s for sure — it’s going to be a happy ending. It would be even happier for Smealinho if he could keep the promises he made to his sponsors about being the main event.