Every Fighter Is A Song

Howdy!

My sincere apologies for the delay, but you know how it is… work work work. All’s I can say – it beats the alternative…

Well, in the last couple of days I was toying with an idea about tying two things I love together into one post. Music and MMA. Now, we know that fighters have their walk-in music. Some choose a song based on their current mood, or if they want to make a specific statement. Others have a song they always use. That’s all nice and dandy.

But what I was thinking about was – what song IS that fighter? Which song could represent a fighter? So with that in mind…

Here are ten fighters and their songs:

Conor McGregorThe real slim shady / Eminem

There’s no one quite like Conor, some folks try to be like Conor but they’re not the real Conor now are they? A spark of craziness and a similar spark of genius. Will the real Conor McGregor please stand up?

Jon JonesBohemian rhapsody / Queen

Just like this Queen masterpiece, Jones starts out quiet, develops quickly with some unexpected turns and explodes into a crescendo. To date, though, that peak was followed by a whisper… Let’s hope that – like what usually happens with this song – we will just hit “repeat” and listen again and again as this young lad makes his comeback. Also considered one of the best of all times.

Demetrious JohnsonPlug in baby / Muse

The song is quite short, is mostly burst after burst of energy, and one of the best of its generation. Hold on, did I just describe a song by Muse? or the flyweight champion?

Daniel CormierSweet Home Alabama / Lynyrd Skynyrd

DC may be from Louisiana, but still, we’re talking about some southern gold which some people may have sneezed at, at first. Until they realized it’s just that damn good.

Frankie EdgarWorking on a dream / Bruce Springsteen

Frankie, like the Boss is a Jersey boy who’s busy with the dream. Like the subjects of Springsteen’s song (pretty much – us), Frankie might hit a wall every so often. But he keeps the hope alive, that one day, with the right attitude and hard work – he will realize his dream. Will it happen? I don’t know. The song is a song of hope, and like Frankie, we won’t give up on that.

Nate Diaz (Nick Diaz)Smoke two joints / sublime

Not a man of many words, but says it as it is. For him. Represent yo.

Ronda Rousey – I, Me, Mine / The Beatles

All through the day, I, me, mine, I, me, mine, I, me, mine. Even those tears, I, me, mine etc. It seems like it was always about Ronda doesn’t it? She’s here, She’s there, she’s everywhere (no, that song doesn’t fit). It wasn’t about the sport, not even about the promotion. It was about Ronda. Well, for better or for worse, only time will tell. We’re waiting for the new chapter in this story.

Robbie LawlerBad company / Five Finger Death Punch cover

This song, like the fighter, is a very nice mix of Aggression and heart felt look at one’s career. A warrior like Robbie who’s done this and that, was scorned by so many of us, yet realized his true identity and… well, you know the rest. I can’t deny, till the day I die.

Michael BispingManchester England England / Hair Cast

What can I say? He believes that god believes in “Claude”. That’s him. Hair also attracts polarizing views. Some people love it, while others can’t stand it. I like it.

Fabricio WerdumPais tropical / Sergio Mendes

For I do not owe anything to anyone. For I am happy, very happy with myself. I saw werdum trying to show a “tough” front in promo work. At best it was a not smiling Fabricio. This guy seems to truly be having fun every minute of his career. What wasn’t said of him in the past? he was all but written off until storming all the way to the top of the heavyweight division.

Well, hope you enjoyed. Will be happy to hear opinions, other ideas. What song is you?

Until next time (very soon – UFC197 Predictions…),

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A Fan’s UFC 200 Conspiracy theory

Hello MMA fans and everyone else!

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen updates from UFC regarding the card of their upcoming seminal event – UFC 200 scheduled for July 9th, 2016. To sum up fan reactions (including this fan right here) in a word, it feels – Underwhelming.

So far, three fights were announced:

  • Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take a card featuring these great fighters any day of the week and twice on a Sunday. But we’re not talking about “just” a PPV. We’re talking about the 200th!

Just a reminder – UFC 100 featured both bestselling fighters at the time – George St. Pierre and Brock Lesnar, in addition to other good fights. This is 100 PPVs later and I just don’t see the stakes being raised just yet…

I’ve heard the idea that the announced fights may be prelim fights and that makes perfect sense.

Unless we consider the current schedule for the various UFC biggest stars and Champions:

  • Daniel Cormier (LHW champ) vs. Jon Jones (Technically never dethroned LHW champ) – UFC 197
  • Mighty Mouse (Flyweight champ) vs. Henry CejudoUFC 197
  • Fabricio Verdum (Heavyweight champ) Vs. Stipe MiocicUFC 198
  • Luke Rockhold (Middleweight champ) Vs. Chris WeidmanUFC 199
  • Dominick Cruz (Bantamweight champ) Vs. Urijah FaberUFC 199
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Strawweight champ) Vs.Claudia GadelhaTUF finale

Unscheduled:

Conor McGregor (Featherweight champ) rumored to fight Nate Diazno Featherweight title fight available for UFC #200

Rafael Dos Anios at LW – a phenomenal fighter. Not such a big seller compared to some of the already booked champions.

Robbie Lawler at WW – Another fantastic fighter, who is popular but with less sales power than other champs.

Next on the PPV sales chart? I guess that’s still Ronda Rousey. Who is she fighting? The champion Miesha Tate? Or a rematch with Holly Holm? Either one will be a great fight and well deserving on being on UFC 200 Main card. But what else?

Here is where the conspiratorial speculation begins…

Imagine this card.

  • Frankie Edgar vs. Max Holloway (or perhaps Renan Barao if he goes up a weight class)
  • Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
  • Co-Co-Main event: Rafael Dos Anios Vs. (Winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson)
  • Co-main event: Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey or Holly Holm

Now you might be saying, so you took care of every unscheduled champion, “bestseller” except for Robbie Lawler (Who I admit, is popular but not a major seller)… So who’s in the main event?

A-ha!

Another person, from whom we’ve been getting steadily increasing updates and news is no other than…

George St. Pierre!

Ever, the diplomat, GSP claims again and again that he’s not returning. Yet.

But what could possibly be a better tie back to UFC 100? What other fight could the UFC possibly dream for champion Robbie Lawler other than the greatest WW alive? We know that Rory Madonald is occupied with Stephen Thompson. I suspect that following that controversial decision win, UFC may not be in a rush to put Robbie in the cage with Carlos Condit right away. But GSP? Are you kidding me? It is the one and only fight I can see at this point, worthy enough to headline UFC 200.

It could be strictly as advertised – a fan’s conspiracy theory.

But… what if?

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By all means, I’d be happy to hear your opinions. Your suggested fight cards. Drop us a line.


What’s In A Corner?

Well, Hello there.

Welcome back to this humble spot, where today, we will talk about one of the cornerstones of MMA. That is, quite literally – Cornering a fighter.

Keep in mind that I am no fighter, but a fight fan and as such I have an opinion based on extensive viewing on the one hand, and somewhat intelligent guess-work on the other.This is not a “How to” or a tutorial. Simply my take on the subject.

I like a good fight. I prefer it when a fight goes on for more than a round or two. I like a finish like the next one, but let’s have it in the third round. Or if it’s a main event – even better. Let’s have it in the fifth. I like a back and forth battle with lots of heart and technique. For me, that’s MMA. A respectful test of skills and strength and the ride is half the fun.

I do my best to pay attention (when the broadcast team allows it) to listen to the corner-men during the breaks between rounds as well as during the rounds in progress. What fascinates me, are the different kinds of cornering. You can see different styles between fight camps, and sometimes, if you pay attention, different flavors even when it’s the same corner-men but a different fighter.

Allow me please to divide the corner-men into 2 big groups. The optimistic and the realistic. That’s where it starts for me. You hear the people in the optimistic group telling the fighter “Good work, you’re ahead, keep going.” and the others may tell the fighter “Not sure how the judges have it, you better push forward on the next round. Take the center.” and so forth.

During the rounds, one can hear the regular calls “Get up!” (Easier said than don I would think), or the ever so popular “Knees!” (Which always sound like a sound advice). I prefer to hear instructions as to HOW to perform these acts, such as “Under hooks!” or “Wizard!“.

I assume that there are fighters who need to hear that they’re doing fine, and that’s ok. I would love to believe that – if I was a fighter – I’d prefer to hear more specific directions.

And that’s what brings me to the action around the fighter during the breaks.

Some of my favorite corner-men are Firas Zahabi and the master of the corner Greg Jackson. It appears to me, that these guys know who they are cornering at any given fight and the instructions, and just as important, the way they are delivered are tailor-made.

Some fighters need the “come on! let’s do this or that! you’re slacking off!” and others need a calm, measured tone and some long deep breaths. Both are ok, because both Zahabi and Jackson don’t throw out buzz-words to fill the silence. They will ask the fighter to start circling left, or right, to finish every combination with a low kick, or perhaps set up his or her takedown attempts with some strikes. I love it when the corner-man gives the fighter the same advice I would – because ego.

I find it counter productive to lie to a fighter. One can see this happening time and time again when a fighter is clearly behind on points, and the corner blatantly tells them their ahead. Either they lie, or they don’t have a handle on what’s going on – which is perhaps the worse possibility… I do believe a fighter should be aware of where he stands realistically. There’s always a positive spin to keep his/her spirits up.

There’s a camp leading up to the fight and that’s very important. But once the fighter is locked inside the cage, I find that sound cornering can make a huge difference. Ask George St. Pierre how important this was for him during his record WW title defense run. Greg Jackson came with a master plan, which he made sure to keep on track on every break. Slowly, calmly, snappy when necessary (“I don’t care George! Hit him with it!” – go ahead, google it), but always concise, always pointing towards success.

What’s your take on cornering? What did I miss here?

And don’t forget to check back here again towards the end of the week, as there will be a UFC196 prediction post, and the fights are going to be awesome!

Don’t blink!

MMA Evolution Is Not Independent (Decisions, Decisions…)

Welcome back everyone,

I sure am glad I opened 2016 with a positive post because this post is a rant of sorts. Well, I will try not to be whiny, though this morning – it may prove very difficult indeed, and instead try to put together some thoughts that may explain what it is that’s behind the growing frustration I feel with regards to this great sport of MMA.

MMA is a relatively young sport and it is always evolving, inside the cage as well as on the outside. Rules and regulations have standardized, weight classes were put in place and don’t get me started on training methods and philosophies.

I think it’s safe to say that what evolved more than anything are – the fighters themselves. From specialized martial artists, they have become – the better ones at least – well-rounded fighters with well-defined emphasis on their natural advantages (and disadvantages).

For the most part, I’m happy with the direction the sport went to. I do not share the misguided nostalgic view of some fans who wish we’d go back to some “olden times” when fighters were paid peanuts to get into a potentially unsafe environment to fight someone twice their size.

No, I like the standardization, I like the professional outlook and I like that big money comes into the picture – to an extent.

Now, so far so good right? So why am I so frustrated?

Well, like anything really, MMA cannot keep evolving into a household mainstream sport as long as – what is supposed to be – supporting personnel and organizations don’t evolve along with it.

I will try to break it down point by point, so it makes some kind of sense:

  • Weight Classes and fighter safety – I’ve written about this topic in the past, and in light of recent events I think it demands immediate attention. The last thing an organization like the UFC needs is a fighter dying, or severely injured due to an irresponsible weight cut. People may not like this, but additional weight classes (I’m looking at the gaps between 170/185 and 185/205 especially) may greatly help on two fronts.
    • Weight cut risks – Fighters won’t need to cut so much weight prior to fights (a MW may be walking around at 205 lbs+ and a WW may be almost 205 himself), thus significantly reducing the risk of adverse reaction.
    • Help the in-betweeners – There are fighters who may be small for their weight class, and the existence of a closer weight may provide them the opportunity to achieve more, without putting their health at such a great risk. Want some examples? Think Kelvin Gastelum, Johnny Hendricks or Nate Marquardt. something between MW and WW would be a perfect fit for them.
  • Big Money/That Reebok Deal – On the one hand, that makes perfect sense. We want a sport that doesn’t look like a backyard production. A sport that the people viewing, won’t look down on. Great. But as it currently stands, it is unfairly tipped in the promoter/product’s favor. That, ladies and gents, is not how you treat fighters who quite literally risk their well-being for said promoter. Big money is good. But more money should be directed at the people taking the risk. Otherwise, the organization runs the risk of bleeding talent in the long run. Just my 2 cents on the big bucks.
  • Rules adaptations – While I’m pleased with how well-rounded fighters are these days, it seems like there’s a place for some rules changes. The first one – in my most humble opinion – is scoring for TD defense. A takedown will count in the scorecards, but when a fighter prevents such attempt, it is ignored. I see no reason why. It’s a simple example of how rules may need to be adjusted in light of the progress that is made by fighters.
  • PEDs – Sure, progress was made and I can’t be happier. Well, for the sake of the sport, and mostly the fighters themselves – I hope that this envelope would be pushed to the max. We do not want fighters ending their careers and lives due to drug use. See WWE for possible traumatic results.
  • Judging – If there is one thing that can be solved fairly easily – again, in my humble opinion – it’s that painful issue of judging. How many times, for GSP’s sake, have we been outraged by judges calls? Seriously, this has to stop. Now, I know how Dana says “Don’t leave it to the judges” and to some extent I’m on board with this, but when you watch a fight like Lawler Vs. Condit you have to ask yourself – “What more do you want?”. We’re way past the street fight mentality of the early days – and for a damn good reason. We’re supposed to be watching a professional sport here. And when two fighters go at it for 5 rounds and do not get a finish, a decision needs to be made. No excuses. And the people making it need to be on the ball. Now, granted – I’m a regular Condit fangirl – and you may (if so inclined) blame me for having a case of butthurt, but regardless, it is my absolutely unbiased opinion that the judges messed up yet another key fight, with huge implications. This is just one example of so many botched decisions and my opinion on the whole is not based only on one of my favorite’s loss. Joe Rogan ranted today about the topic, and while I don’t sign on each and every word he said, I agree that there are things that could be done today, right now, to improve on this front. The idea of having 5 judges (instead of 3) score big fights – at the very least title fights – makes so much sense it actually baffles me how it wasn’t implemented years ago. This is not only needed so fans like me won’t get their panties in a bunch. It is a need of the UFC as an organization that wants to be taken seriously. If decisions are jokes, it makes a joke of the sport and the organization.

Well, this is the end of today’s rant. As for my UFC195 predictions… I went 3 for 5 (though I totally disagree with the decisions on the 2 I missed… but that’s besides the point).

I would love your feedback on the points above so don’t be a stranger. Leave a comment. As long as it’s not violent or racist, I’m not one to censor. If you think I’m wrong – be my guest and explain why. I’m known to change my mind from time to time (when the argument makes sense).

Check out THIS POST by P-GreatWhite_J for more opinions regarding judging and other MMA topics!


Thank you for stopping by folks,

The 5 Most Likable UFC Fighters

Hello everyone and welcome to the year 2016!

I wanted to start the year off with something positive. You know I like the occasional rant, but on the whole, I prefer to focus on the positive and uniting. With that in mind, I decided to write a few words about some of the most likable UFC fighters. You know, these guys who no matter what their fight record is (and it’s pretty impressive), you just cannot NOT like them. That statement alone just cost every respective champion his/her spot in this list, because let’s face it… the minute a fighter succeeds, s/he attracts almost as much hate as s/he does adoration.

No, these guys are not perfect (no one is). They have lost a few times. Experienced some big disappointments. But when most of us MMA fans see their names on an upcoming fight card, we immediately smile, knowing at least one fight is sure to be a good one. In addition to that, personality does come into the picture. There are plenty of good UFC fighters who fight well. But some guys generate something that makes it virtually impossible to dislike. Definition of Charisma?

These guys are the 5 most likable UFC fighters. You might say that if you do NOT like these guys, you should probably ask yourself “Why am I following MMA?”:

One more caveat – There are a few relatively new fighters who may enter this list, but I’d like to give them some more time. So no Conor for you!

The 5 most likable UFC fighters:

Jim Miller

Jmiller

Record: 25-6-0, 1NC
Notable Wins: Joe Lauzon, Melvin Guillard, Charles Oliveira, Gleison Tibau, Duane Ludwig
Why we love him: When you think about the fight game and the reason we love it, one thing seems to be common among most MMA fans (well, educated MMA fans at least) – It’s about respect. You’d be hard pressed to find a guy who fights like a lion inside the cage and shows respect outside of it, more than Jim. No nonsense, let’s fight now and be friends when this is over. Nothing personal. Jim is a true and gritty scrapper and with skills up the wazoo. He’s been involved in some of the most entertaining fights in UFC history and still manages to stay relevant without resorting to shticks. It’s true that PPV sales need some “shenanigans” but the sport needs the Jim Millers to maintain credibility and respect. Jim Miller is a true Mixed Martial Artist.

Carlos Condit

Ccondit

Record: 30-8-0
Notable Wins: Nick Diaz, Thiago Alves, Martin Kampman, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy
Why we love him: One of my personal favorites, Carlos Condit is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the game. 28 (TWENTY EIGHT) finishes inside the cage, WEC Welterweight champion, UFC interim Welterweight champion. The credits roll can run all night. He’s a natural alright… When Condit fights, it’s to finish and make a statement (and I will not be dragged into the Nick Diaz debate, Carlos won. Move along). Again, respectful and limits the “trash talk” to the bare minimum, and even when he needs to do some “promoting” it looks awkward which shows how unnatural this is for him. I personally hope to see him with the belt tomorrow. But even if that doesn’t happen, Carlos is one of these guys you simply have to like.

Diego Sanchez

Dsanchez

Record: 27-8-0
Notable Wins: Nick Diaz, Takanori Gomi, Paulo Thiago, Clay Guida, Kenny Florian
Why we love him: The first ultimate fighter winner insists on being an ultimate fighter. In his head, Diego is the best there was/is/ever-will-be and he goes into every fight with this mentality. Diego took some punishment in his fights but there is simply no quit in him. Another one who’s not a big trash talker. Promotion work, sure, but mostly about himself and not his opponent. He may never win a belt, but he won our hearts.

Joe Lauzon

Jlauzon

Record: 24-12-0
Notable Wins: Jeremy Stephens, Melvin Guillard, Michael Chiesa, Takanori Gomi, Jens Pulver
Why we love him: When you look at Joe for the first time, it’s deceiving.  This scrawny kid is a fighter??? are you kidding me? When you watch him actually fight, you understand why Joe’s the UFC Bonus recipients leader. As with everyone in this list, he doesn’t win ’em all. But he’s always there to entertain, to fight his heart out and (quite literally) to bleed it out for the fans and for his legacy. I doubt that Joe thinks titles. I think Joe is one of these true-at-heart Mixed Martial Artists. A purist if you’d like. A guy you just have to like.

Donald Cerrone

DCerrone

Record: 28-6-0, 1NC
Notable Wins: Jamie Varner, Charles Oliveira, Dennis Siver, Melvin Guillard, Evan Dunham, Edson Barboza, Jim Miller
Why we love him: Donald is likely the odd man out in this group. But then again, Donald is the odd man out period. Yeah, Cerrone likes the occasional verbal confrontation, but it always look like it’s tongue in cheek. With a smile. Inside the cage, Cerrone is as tough as they come. With 20 finishes, some of which are real highlight reel material, and a very impressive list of “victims”, Cerrone is one of UFC’s best ever LWs. Outside the cage, Cerrone manages to combine being a very hard worker with constantly looking for challenges. Always ready to fight (both mentally as well as physically), The Cowboy will (and has more than once) take on opponents on the fly. Donald Cerrone is one of these guys who combine a very deep well of skills with a just enough of a colorful personality. My favorite UFC fighter and likely one of the most revered member of the UFC.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as you enjoy watching these guys at their trade. If you think I left someone out (and I most likely did), feel free to leave a comment. and of course…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May all your wishes come true.

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‘Till next time,


(Fighter) Safety first

Welcome everybody.

Normally on the Monday following a UFC event, you’d expect to find the “morning after” report in the same prediction post, but since I have more to say than just after thoughts about my picks, I decided to do it in a whole new post of its own. More fun for you, I guess.

Let’s start with the original purpose.

The Morning after:

  1. Much like Joe Rogan, I was watching out for Jordan Mein to show us again why he’s considered such a promising young man. And not that he didn’t. THe first round was his, and he was able to do more than Thiago. The second round brought us Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves. With a beautiful body kick (More on this later) he enabled Mein enough to allow him to swarm with a perfectly legal knee to the head and a couple of punches before earning the TKO. 0 for 1.
  2. Tim Boetsch always come to work. For the majority of the fight he showed why he’s called the Barbarian. Leites did continue to show improved striking skills and held his own for the most part, though the strength differences were pretty obvious in the strikes. Then, Thales was finally able to bring the fight to his world, on the ground and after Boestch did the unthinkable and escaped the first attempt of Leites’ arm triangle, he was locked in a second one and Leites earned the submission victory. 1 for 2.
  3. I was fairly confident in this prediction. Though Lauzon is by far, no pushover, I just believed in Iaquinta’s chin and strength. It was a fun fight like any of Lauzon’s and Iaquinta eventually found the openings he needed and just punched Joe all over the cage (more on that later). 2 for 3.
  4. The crowd booed for the majority of the fight and if you don’t understand MMA, you’d think they were right. What the Vegas douches need to understand are two things. First, when two fighters with knock out power meet, especially when both are knocking on contender-ship door, they are likely not going to stand in front of each other and risk getting knocked out for your entertainment. If they would, I’d seriously doubt their legitimacy. The second thing is that, as opposed to most of the booing “fans”, these two are willing to get into the cage and fight. Easier said than done. Not a great fight, but a fight non the less. Woodley by a hair. 2 for 4.
  5. In the main event, Anderson Silva came back from a horrible injury to prove to himself that he could still do this. Nick Diaz… well, I just don’t know. Never was a fan of Nick (more of Nate). The constant whining, the delusional speeches, the childish behavior… He calls for fights then comes in and spends half of the time taunting (time he could be using to score points), then he’s frustrated. I don’t know. Silva dominated for the vast majority of the fight and clearly won. 3 for 5.

You can watch highlights (Credit: mmaweekly.com) at the bottom of this post.

Now. Having said all that, I wanted to say a few things about fighter’s safety. These thoughts were always bouncing in my head, but I decided to write a little about it after this last week’s weigh in, as well as some of the recent fights.

We all like a good, action packed, aggression filled fight. We love us some knock outs and submission victories. Hell, there were quite a few fights that went the distance and were so full of action, we didn’t really want them to end. That’s why MMA is such a great sport. But what’s the price?

Fighters want to be champions. That is great and motivating. Without the competitive aspect, this sport would be WWE. But what’s the price?

I want to consider a couple of things, with your permission. Or without it, heck, it’s my blog.

Weight Cut

I view weight cut as the necessary evil to allow for a reasonable pairing. It’s not a n easy task for anyone, let alone those who cut a significant amount of weight in order to get to a lower weight class than they might seem to belong to. The motivation is clear. I might be a smaller Middleweight in frame, or height, or reach, so let me drop to 170 and be a big welterweight. Makes sense. Except it doesn’t.

Weight cut might seem trivial, but our bodies are not expecting this dramatic change, nor do they like it. Ask Kelvin Gastelum, or Jimy Hattes. You know what? Ask the new Light-Heavyweight challenger – Anthony “Rumble” Johnson who kept missing weight at Welterweight! A guy like Rumble who is a big LHW, trying to cut all the way down to 170. He’d gas out and not taken seriously. And that’s just the less significant aspect of standings in the organization.

My humble opinion is – if you can’t make weight with relative ease – seriously consider a heavier weight class. It would likely be better for both your health as well as your chances to succeed. And we won’t have to read about you being rushed to a hospital hours before a fight…

 Training Regime

Now I won’t go telling professional MMA fighters how to train. First, because I’m no expert on the matter, and second due to the fact tat the sport is relatively new and still evolving. It’s still somewhat a learning process and we can see new techniques being developed in different camps. Here, I only want to suggest that again, safety should come first. It’s frustrating for fans to see GSP, or Cain Valasquez, or Chris Weidman having to pull out of a an anticipated title fights. I’m sure it’s even more frustrating for the fighters themselves. After all that’s their livelihood.

So if I may use a TV term. Be safe out there!

Stoppages

Let’s talk about that touchy topic for a minute. Some fights end with a definite KO. The fighter is out, period. Some fights end with a tap-out. clear-cut. But what about those TKOs? And the submissions with no taps?

How many times did the referee stop a fight, only to spark the whole “Early stoppage or not?” argument? Or on the flip side – how many times did you wonder whether the referee should’ve stepped in earlier than he did?

Now, again, we want entertainment, but my humble opinion is – better if a fight is stopped a little earlier (to the best judgment of the ref) than too late. The safety of the fighter ensures that we’d be able to watch him fight again. It beats the alternative. We do not want unnecessary career risking injuries or god forbid death in the cage.

That’s it folks. Just wanted to get this out there and perhaps get your perspective on Fighter safety Vs. Fan entertainment Vs. Fighter’s goals and aspirations.

As usual, feel free to leave a comment, share, like and all that 🙂

Enjoy the highlights from UFC 183 below.

P.S. HERE IS an interesting article. Benson Henderson moving up to 170. Along the lines of what I said in the above, that may very well be a really good step for the champ.

P.S.S. LISTEN to what Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has to tell Kelvin Gastelum and John Lineker about weight management.

Thank you,