Hello everyone, welcome back to another installment of UFC PPV AfterMMAth.
It seems like anyone with the ability to express themselves spoke of one thing and one thing only these past few weeks – UFC200. Continue reading
Hello everyone, welcome back to another installment of UFC PPV AfterMMAth.
It seems like anyone with the ability to express themselves spoke of one thing and one thing only these past few weeks – UFC200. Continue reading
Millions of words must have been spilled about the return of the Light Heavyweight king, Jon “Bones” Jones. What can I add? Only my excitement and anticipation. What shape is Jon in? What state of mind? How big of a challenge will OSP be? Saint Preux has already shown us that he’s not to be looked down at. This isn’t a walk in the park for Jones. Continue reading
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…
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?
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.
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?
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, 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.
Not a man of many words, but says it as it is. For him. Represent yo.
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.
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.
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.
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…),
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:
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:
Conor McGregor (Featherweight champ) rumored to fight Nate Diaz – no 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…
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?
Another person, from whom we’ve been getting steadily increasing updates and news is no other than…
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.
Good morning folks.
Somewhere, Ronda Rousey sat last night muttering “Unbelievable… I lost the title just so… Miesha Tate will now hold it?”
If you did not enjoy UFC 196, I seriously don’t know what else they can offer. It’s not about who you were behind on the fights, if you had a favorite. It’s about the beauty of this sport. The hype leads up to an event and on that event – excuse the cliché but it’s true – anything can happen. The hype can get a boost, it can die down in a silent whimper, or, as in the case of last night – it can live up to its build-up in a pretty unexpected way.
I do, however, see a few lessons coming off of last night’s drama.
The first lesson is for Conor McGregor. Some people may be gloating. Thinking that something terrible happened to him. But Conor should keep going full speed ahead. This guy is all about testing the limits of his skills and abilities. Last night he met a fighter who is clearly a far better grappler than he is. A fighter who is a better boxer than he is. And Conor went into his wheel house willingly, electing to box with him instead of kick-box and ultimately initiating the ground game, where he ended up being submitted. And did we mention that this fight was at 170, where Nate has fought plenty and Conor did not? That’s ok. Conor’s still young and has time to think about his mistakes in this fight. Both guys deserve a lot of respect for jumping at the chance to fight each other. Conor’s lesson is – at least for the time being – In order to fight at 170 at a title threatening capacity, there’s a lot of work to be done. Nate is a great fighter, but he’s not even Rory, Tyron, Demian, Carlos or Robbie… I’m sure Conor will fight next back at 145 or 155. I for one, will continue to enjoy watching him push his limits. And Nate? Well, the checks are coming to the 209. You can take that to the bank.
The second lesson is for Dana White. If the last few months should have demonstrated anything, it is that, no matter how strong or dominant your golden goose may seem, there’s always a bigger, stronger, better one in the making. Things change, shit happens, upsets happen. If that wasn’t clear enough when Chris Weidman beat Anderson Silva, it sure as hell crystallized when Holly Holm demolished Ronda at the peak of her prime and when Conor sent Aldo home in 13 seconds. It was fairly clear when Jon Jones fought the law and the law won… I am still absolutely stunned at the gap between Holly Holm’s payday to Miesha Tate’s…. how can one fighter get paid so much and the other so little in comparison – for the same fight? Did someone completely write Miesha off? Was that fight scheduled as a “filler” until the “real” challenger decided she’s ready to step into the octagon? How come Nate Diaz gets paid on par with a main event participant, and Miesha who fought for a title (and won, may I add) doesn’t? The lesson for Dana, therefore is – stop playing favorites. Leave that to the Vegas clowns and pay your fighters fairly.
The last lesson is for us fans. The hype is ok, It sells PPV and tickets and gets us all excited for an event. But let’s take it for what it is – a tried and tested marketing tool. It is, in the end of the day – a sport. We all saw that Conor does not, in fact hate Nate and Nate – wait for it – respects Conor after all. To use the words of Diaz – Not surprised mo#@$#ers. It’s a sport. It’s ok to have favorites (I do), the key is to enjoy the fights and appreciate the effort, enjoy the ride. Every fight I watch is a whole new case study. We all just got two very interesting cases last night.
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?
See you soon with more predictions and thoughts about our beloved sport of MMA.
Before I dive into the important question posed in the title, allow me to clarify a few things:
This is NOT a hate post.
I have nothing against Conor McGregor.
In fact, I absolutely LOVE Conor, and happen to agree with a few things he had to say (precision beats power etc.).
This post will aim to examine the UFC/Conor relationships as it appears to this MMA fan right here. It’s based on communications made public by Conor himself, the UFC and reports coming from well-respected MMA news outlets. Alright? Alright then.
Many people fell in love with the fighting Irish phenom during his rise to stardom, and make no mistake, he is the very definition of a star. Climbing the rungs of the featherweight division, finishing one after great one of his opponents until he destroyed the long reigning champ with a devastating knockout.
His ability to produce gems every time he opens his mouth, raising the stakes at a second’s notice and most importantly – his ability to back his talk up with in-cage action (at least so far), has made him not only the charismatic young man he is, but also undeniable. Fighters simply cannot find answers to his taunts and speeches.
Many of Conor’s fans would posit that he is indeed the UFC’s biggest star, especially following Ronda Rousey’s defeat, and thus – The UFC needs Conor more than he does them. This also seems to be Conor’s view of these relationships, judging by a few recent interactions in which his head seems to have expanded quite a bit…
I would argue the opposite. It all boils down to the fact that a King needs a kingdom to reign over.
So far, Conor appears to be calling all the shots. Who to fight, who not to fight (Frankie Edgar anyone?), When to fight, and at what price.
And I have to ask – why?
I don’t ask this in spite. I don’t ask this because I don’t think Conor is worthy of fighting for one title or another. I ask this because I think the UFC is making decisions based on misunderstanding the relationships.
Would I like to see Conor fight Aldo, followed by Dos Anjos, followed by Robbie Lawler in three consecutive events? Absolutely. Line them up! Would that be a smart move for the UFC? I think not.
Let’s say Conor fights Dos Anjos and wins. What’s next? How do you sell a fight with someone other than the reigning champ as an escalation after that? See, the build up to the Aldo fight was perfect exactly because Conor plowed through a weight class, making us fans salivate at the prospect of a title fight.
Would it not make perfect sense to have Conor fight a few contenders first? I’m talking only top 5 guys here folks. I don’t expect him to start from square one. Let’s say – Nate Diaz, Cowboy Cerrone, Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis. You just sold out 4 venues. in fact, 5 because after that – assuming he wins them all – the title fight will be off the charts. Not to mention that, holding two titles may keep a whole weight class on hold until his business is done with the other one… And if he loses to RDA on the first shot, it may just be the last thing the UFC wants happening to the golden boy, so early in his career…
But it seems like the UFC doesn’t want to wait. They want to pound on the iron while it’s hot. Which is perfectly understandable. You may not want to run the risk of Conor being sidelined due to any of these prospective fights etc.
But that is exactly why I think the UFC misjudge that balance between – arguably – their biggest star and themselves.
Ronda Rousey is still around. There’s still a story to be told there. Jon Jones is coming back. There are a few stories to be told there. Lawler becomes a story in his own rights. Now, granted. They may not be as a big as Conor, in terms of popularity and interest, but they hold their own and provide the UFC the ability to play Conor’s story out in a way that would better benefit everyone.
It’s like this – If Conor decides to call it quits today, the UFC will continue moving forward with the smallest of dents on their potential cards. If the UFC cuts Conor (hopefully never), Conor may be the king of another promotion, but it will simply NOT be the same status he holds today.
For all of our sake, I hope both parties will continue to collaborate and be happy, but I hope that critical decisions will not be made, based on a whim. The ignoring of the Frankie Edgar no-brainer fight is not a good indication in my book.
I’m not about to boycott the RDA fight. I may have opinions, but I love MMA too much to be silly. Hell, I’ll watch Conor fight an Ox if they schedule this. I just want to see his story told a little differently is all I’m saying.
There. I said it, I meant it, I’m here to represent it.
As usual, feel free to comment, share and like.
Until next time,
Excuse my French people but – ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
DO you realize what a SICK card this is? Seriously, I can’t remember such a loaded card since… like… never.
Leave the fact that we WILL have a new LHW champion following a fight between Anthony Dynamite-In-His-Hand Johnson and Daniel Who-Hadn’t-He-Already-Beat-That-People-Said-He-Won’t Cormier. Leave the fact that this would be one of TWO title fights – the second being Chris Beat-Anderson-TWICE Weidman and Vitor Everyone-Thought-He-Was-Over-But-Hell-No Belfort, It also has a fight with Donald Most-Game-Fighter-In-The-UFC Cerrone and John I-Just-Fought-The-Other-Day Makdessi.
Not enough for ya’?
How about Travis Browne Vs. Andrei Arlovski? or the “curtain jerker” featuring Benavidez Vs. Moraga?
You gotta be shitting me! Who’s that on EARLY perlims? Why it’s the always exciting Mike Pyle. And in the perlims – One John Dodson! Dodson!
SICK SICK CARD!
Ok, I’ll stop before Joe Rogan has nothing left to hype 🙂 On to some predictions. Last time I came out with a whooping 4 out of 5. I’ll try to come close this time as there’s more than one fight that can go either way.
Let’s start predicting the results of UFC 187 coming up this Saturday, May 23rd on PPV. (All credits go to UFC/Zuffa for all photos.) We ride!
Do I really need to say more about this event? Nope.
Don’t forget to get back here by Monday morning for the after MMAth!
Well, I planned to write a whole post about it, but Kevin Lole over at Yahoo! sports already said it all in THIS GREAT COLUMN.
You know, when you have a card, so stacked, so hyped like this one, there’s a natural concern that it won’t live up to its potential. Well this one didn’t. it SURPASSED it in flying colors! What a freaking card! In my humble opinion, this was the best fight card I’ve seen since I started watching the sport. We can sit here and reminisce about great fights and events, but I don’t really recall a card where every single fight can stake a claim for fight of the night. and two title fights that delivered to boot. Alright folks, let’s review my predictions:
1. This fight started as aggressively as they come. Definitely not an easy fight to pick. Benavidez was in momentary trouble to start but persevered. Then it was Morga’s turn to show character, which he did for almost 2 full rounds. The third brought us Moraga in desperation mode. Now THIS is how you fight when you know you’re down 2 in the books. I have a ton of respect for Moraga, but I thought Benavidez was more well rounded. Somehow, even though people don’t really talk bad about Joseph, he’s still one of those highly underrated fighters out there. 1 for 1.
2. Are you kidding me??? That was supposed to be the EASIEST fight to pick and it was a no-brainer. Travis Browne all day every day. By whatever way he chose. Please remind me never to doubt Arlovski. I can’t begin to give credit to this fighter. He found every hole in Browne’s striking defense ad capitalized with stunning power. When Browne, knees still visibly shaking, threw a really hard punch and stumbled Andrei he just shrugged it off and went back on the attack, this time to finish. Again – mad respect for this veteran (even though he fucked up a perfect prediction for tonight). Don’t get me wrong though, he has no business challenging Cain just yet, but… 1 for 2.
3. When it comes to Cowboy fighting – I’m a regular fan girl. I don’t pick against Cerrone. But holy hell, what a fight! First round, Donald uses his reach advantage better than Jon Jones. Second round he comes in, throwing combinations of 4, 5 punches and a kick or two for good measure. The fight ends on one of these vicious kicks. I have nothing but utmost respect for Makdessi who not only stepped up to fight less than a month after his recent one, but also significantly stepped up in competition. Kudos and get well soon Mr. Bull. 2 for 3.
4. If you thought Vitor really stood a chance against Weidman, I think you’re somewhat misguided. Aside from a fluke accident, there was really nothing he had to offer. Weidman is to MW what Cain is to HW. Rockhold, Jacare. Two fighters left to face with any kind of threat to his throne. Can’t wait to see these fights. 3 for 4.
5. It was a simple equation in my books. If Rumble can keep this standing and land a couple of times, the fight is his. If Cormier can impose his style of fight, Rumble really doesn’t stand a chance. Big props to DC for taking a mean blow to start the fight and find his equilibrium fast enough to get a hold of a limb. From there on, it was all DC with a Mixed Martial Arts clinic until the finish via RNC. Am I the only one who doesn’t want to see him fight Bader? I have to agree with DC there. Easiest title defense he can ask for. 4 for 5 😦
What a sick card, what a great night! See you just before UFC 188 people.
Welcome back one and all to an up and running blog thing. I had some domain issues but these were resolved and we’re back in full swing (no pun intended).
I was (and still am) very busy at work, so I did not make it for a UFC174 prediction post. Had I posted it, I would’ve been 4 out of 5 (with Jimmo losing being the missed 1). You’re just going to have to trust me on that one 😉
My favorite fight (as I assume many other’s) was the Rory MacDonald show. It was a thing of beauty, talent, tactics and awesomeness. It was so great that, in comparison, the main event was predictably dull. This doesn’t go to say I think less of Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. These were too fights where the more complete, all-rounder fighter just had his way with a good-but-not-good-enough opponent.
What happens following a successful title defense, especially following a seemingly ‘easy’ one, is normally the discussion about who’s next for the champion. Such was the case following Jon Jones’ destruction of Glover Teixeira and it started with Demetrious Johnson, seconds after he convincingly put Ali Bagautinov away.
Nothing wrong with wondering who the next challenger is, except that in MMA it seems like every fan is an authority on qualifying the contenders. Most of the time, based on favoritism of course.
When Jones was asked (as every winner does) who he’d like to fight next, his reply was Daniel Cormier. That set fire under some people’s back side. Oh, the cheek on this arrogant prick! Who is he to pick and choose? MMA is turning into boxing (an insult).
When Demetrious Johnson was asked whether now, after both he and John Dodson won so convincingly in their last fights, he’d like a re-match with “The Magician”, he said he’d prefer to fight someone he hasn’t fought yet. Which sanded some more vaginas (pardon my French).
Let’s look at a couple of statistics:
I don’t consider the term P4P (Pound for pound) anything more than speculative opinion, but let’s look at the UFC’s top 5:
Whether you agree or not, you have to concede the both Jones, as well as Johnson belong in the top 10 (Jones should without a doubt be #1).
Now let’s look at both fighters recent title defenses:
Jones (* will indicate former champions):
Mauricio Rua* (To win the belt), Quinton Jackson*, Lyoto Machida*, Rashad Evans*, Vitor Belfort*, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira.
Ian McCall (To win and inaugurate the belt), Joseph Benavidez (Twice), John Dodson, John Moraga.
Both champions have fought a succession of top-tier competition. Some world-class fighters with proven track records. Jon Jones made a few resounding statements with big wins over Shogun Rua as well as Lyoto Machida.
Yet, when both fighters express their desire to compete against someone they haven’t yet fought, they are accused of “Ducking”.
Like Jon Jones or hate him, He stepped into the cage with anyone the UFC put him in with (and won). He did not shy away from competition. On the contrary, he welcomed the challenges of fighting the best the UFC had to offer. After his title defense against Alexander Gustafsson, it was clear to all MMA fans that there’s a re-match in the future.
But then something else happened. Daniel Cormier decided to drop from heavyweight to Jones’ domain, the light heavyweight. Knowing well, he wouldn’t have a shot at the HW title (against his good friend Cain Valasquez), he decided to look for one where the champ was not a camp member.
So now, Jones has NOT yet fight every challenger in the division. There’s a world-class fighter who’ve beaten some really stiff competition, and on a heavier weight class. So by wanting to fight Cormier before he re-matches Gustafsson, in some twisted fan logic, Jones has “Ducked” The Swede… Interesting…
Demetrious Johnson has fought John Dodson. He beat him. He will fight him again. This is simply inevitable. But what’s the pressure on having him fighting Dodson again right now?
Everyone wants to see the best fights all the time. But keep two things in mind please.
We want to see a sport where good performance is rewarded. Fighters who make their way up the ladder deserve to get a shot at the title. If the UFC keep booking re-matches, these fighters will not get the nod they deserve.
We also want to see something new and exciting. If anyone wants to tell me a Jones Vs. Cormier fight is nothing short of exciting, I’d question their love for this sport.
I could go back in time and show how Anderson Silva (no less) or Georges Saint-Pierre, were accused of ducking, even though they fought every top challenger in their respective weight class (and some who moved classes just to have the chance to fight them).
The bottom line, as I see it, is that I can’t see how fighters, great fighters, Champions like Jones, Mighty Mouse, Silva, GSP and others can be accused of avoiding stiff competition when all they do is defend their respective belts against the very best. Us fans should enjoy fresh fights and, more importantly, not be so damn judgmental of people who, unlike us, actually walk into the cage to test their strength and will against the very best in the world.
Let me know what you think:
As usual, until next time,
Hello everyone. Thanks for checking back, even though no one forced you (right? rrrrright? right!).
On December 16, 2010, two Lightweights fought for the WEC title for the last time. The fight ended with a unanimous decision but is much more known for “the kick heard around the world”. It was a thing of beauty. The innovation, the execution, so fitting of the final event of this promotion. For weeks after that, people argued whether Anthony Pettis was “for real” or just a guy who executed a nice kick. I think we all know the answer to that question. The UFC LW belt tells it all.
UFC 168 on Last Saturday night possibly marked another “last event” with another kick that was heard around the world. This one was checked by the Middle Weight champion Chris Weidman. I will give the champ all due respect at a later time. These next paragraphs are dedicated to the man who delivered the kick. The man who is the Greatest MMA fighter of all time. Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
I could fill this post by simply pasting all of his records and statistics, but mere numbers won’t do this man justice. It’s true that no other champion in the history of the sport has defended his title more than Silva. It’s also true that Anderson holds the record for most UFC wins in a row. But as I said, this is just a dry statistical overview of someone who is much more significant to MMA and UFC than data.
If you saw him in the octagon you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, go do it now.
I watch MMA fights since 2009 and have gone back and watched a significant number of fights dating way back. I’ve seen great fighters. I’ve seen some really fancy stuff. But I’ve never seen a fighter like Silva. A man who can “dodge bullets” if you will. Neo.
Perhaps it’s the Capoeira, or simply agility, or many other attributes. Whatever it is, until Chris Weidman capitalized on an open chin, no one could touch him. Fighters have thrown punches and kicks, only to be frustrated by his sneaky movement. Frustration led to recklessness, which in turn led to defeat. Silva didn’t need to exert too much energy it seemed. All he had to do was stand in front of his opponent, duck to the left, bend to the right, quick step back, punch, kick, knock out.
Anderson is class, inside the cage and out. Respects the sport and is respected by all. Silva doesn’t talk much. He just works, and last Saturday he came to do some work on the champion who took his title.
We don’t know whether that kick ended Silva’s career. At least according to some reports, he still – at the age of 38 – entertains the thought of going back to training following surgery. If you ask me, he shouldn’t. He has nothing to prove.
Regardless of what Silva does from now on, I look at the current roster of fighters in MMA’s biggest stage, UFC. I see a lot of talent. A lot of promise. I have a good feeling about the future in terms of competition and the evolution of the sport.
I know one thing though. With the exception of Jon Jones (we will talk about him in the near future), It’s very difficult to believe that anyone could show this kind of domination over a division the way The Spider did.
Thank you Anderson, A.K.A G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time)!