UFC 240 Post fight

Rough night for the underdogs. Everybody I picked lost, but that’s just the way it is in MMA.

The bright side? Frankie Edgar is a legend and going to the Hall of Fame.

Felicia Spencer has a bright future at 145, or even 135 if she decides to drop.

Niko will be back. Loads of potential.

And OAM? Still gangster.

M

UFC Edmonton

Not a whole lot going on with this fight card. I got Frankie, Felicia, OAM and Niko.

I do think Cyborg is going to win, but I’m rooting for Felicia. That’s a more exciting conclusion. Frankie too. I’m not watching the post show if Max and Cris win. What else can they say that they haven’t said already?

M

UFC San Antonio post fight

Or, deep in the heart of Texas.

Leon Edwards showed his heart and talent in there with RDA. I’ve been telling you guys that Rafa is an elite gatekeeper and that Leon was going to leave with the win. I admit I was worried about him winning a decision, but he pieced up RDA so good he could not be denied.

Why did RDA take that fight? For quite some time on Twitter, Edwards was calling him out and RDA wanted no part of that (he has a history of ducking, see Ponz). Leon wouldn’t leave him alone then all of a sudden the fight is announced. Leon said RDA was forced to take the fight. Or, like Masvidal, was he promised a title shot if he won?

So now what? 2-3 more gatekeeping wars like that and our boy RDA will retire. He was #3 in the rankings behind the WW elite – Usman, Woodley, and Colby. He’ll be dropping a few places in the morning.

Takeaways

  1. How is Usman’s health? After his fight with Colby, does he take another contender or sit out until the others punch themselves out?
  2. Will Masvidal be “forced” to fight Edwards? At the moment, Jorge says no, he is waiting for the title shot.
  3.  When is Askren returning from the darklands? He ventured out once, but retreated again like the groundhog. When he’s back, will he get a rematch with Lawler or Masvidal? Till? He should get a chance to show off his skills.

Good things happening at WW.

M

San Antonio

The Octagon is in Texas tonight. Let’s get right to it.

The first fight of the prelims is on right now, so I don’t have an opinion on that one or the next one. Or the next 3.

Pennington, Caceres.

Main Card

Arlovski, Hernandez, Vick, Hardy, Harris, and Leon Edwards.

Yes, Leon Edwards, the dude who caught the 3, will get a win off RDA, the elite gatekeeper.

M

 

 

UFC 239 part II

Before tonight’s fights (around 45mins from now, lol), I want to finish my thoughts about last weekend.

What’s going to happen with Luke Rockhold? My dude is vulnerable to the knockout and his problems only seem to be getting worse. His run to the middleweight title was so impressive, I thought he was unstoppable. Then along came you-know-who and that was that. If at all possible, he should take care of his body and face and pursue modeling full time. He is way too pretty to let people punch him in the face for money.

What can I say about Jorge? He deserves everything coming his way. It feels good when a veteran fighter is getting some serious shine. This is very similar to when Nate choked out Conor.

People hate bullies. Worse, people hate condescending bullies, and that’s how Conor and Ben Askren come across. Remarks like someone is backward, can’t speak English, is dumb, are offensive. I know the remarks are said to hype a fight, but when a white man is on tv saying to someone who is not white – you are dumb and backward and don’t understand English – people are going to dance on your face when you get slept.

But I digress.

Congrats to Jorge Masvidal. What a fight! This is the third time he has given us something to talk about after the fight, which is really the ultimate fighter’s goal. You cannot buy this kind of publicity. It brings in new fans and he deserves several bonuses. The flying knee overshadowed the main and co-main in my opinion, as I didn’t care at all about the activities of Jon and Amanda. In the landscape of fighting and entertainment, I much prefer the Masvidal kind of chaotic entertainment.

Something else happened at the press conference. Dana was dragging a guy, a journalist (Revello?) who said Amanda Nunes is not marketable. Dana was quite hot. Some twitter folks interpreted the journalist’s remarks as a woman is only marketable if white and blond, such as Rousey and PVZ. I disagree.

Ronda Rousey was marketable because she was the first. She was a decorated judoka and the competition had not caught up to her yet. She was a true one trick pony with a bad attitude. You can market that until the pony gets caught.

Paige Van Zandt is young and cute and bubbly. The best things she did for herself was to go on the cooking show, Chopped, and take part in Dancing With the Stars. People who knew nothing about UFC were asking me about her. It allowed people outside of the fighting world to see her, hear her voice, connect with her. I recommend Waterson, Herig, Hill, Esparza, and especially, Valentina, to put themselves out there. Not just taking pictures in makeup and booty shots for Instagram. Go on one of these shows. Big Brother, Survivor, the Bachelorette (okay, a few are married). Do something to build yourself an audience and Dana will not be able to deny your star power.

The same goes for Amanda. However, I don’t think she cares about all this. I think she’s happy out here winning awards and cashing checks.

And now it’s 10mins to the fights.

M

UFC 239

UFC 239 was an incredible night of fights and the GOATs were in the building. To be honest, I only purchased the PPV because of Luke Rockhold and Jorge Masvidal. The dominance of Amanda Nunes and Jon Jones did not make their fights must see for me.

I was rooting for Thiago Santos, but as he busted his knee in the first round he was unlikely to win. He was unlikely to win even before the knee injury, but he was a game opponent. Subjectively, he could have had the points to win, but in title fights a challenger really has to impress to win the belt.

I was not rooting for Holly Holm – she’s lost all the title fights she’s been in except one, and she’s had around 5 after the Rousey fight. There was no reason to believe that all of a sudden she was going to either wrestle Amanda or beat her on the feet. And she’s 38 years old. No upset was in the cards.

I like Jones and Nunes, but had no desire to see those fights. I think Jon can be beaten; he’s sloppy at times and I think some of his recent wins are due to intimidation. Anthony Smith said no one can beat Jones in one attempt. Yes, because of the overwhelming emotions of being in a title fight, and then having to face a legendary fighter on the big stage. Your first shot is probably paralyzing. And you’re somewhat star struck.

But for now we have dominant champs and sometimes, watching dominant champs over and over again can get boring. And dominant champs who are not exciting are like watching a team run up the score. Champ who’s not a draw? Face the Pain.

Jon is not boring. He’s a colorful villain in this space. And he’s mean. One day a fighter will come along to beat him, but that day is not today. His mean streak and unpredictability make him a draw.

Amanda is not mean and unpredictable. She seems to be a perfectly nice person. I cheered with everyone else when she beat Ronda and Miesha. Ronda had already been beaten, but I kind of thought Miesha had a better chance of keeping the belt. Nope. She got her face busted up pretty good and handed it over. Her second fight with Valentina was competitive, then she went up to 145 and beat Cyborg. The women’s ranks are thin as it is, and Dana allowed half the women’s belts and weight classes to be tied up by one person. She has literally fought everyone.

What’s next for Amanda? I said before that this double champ thing is a bad idea, and that goes double for the women. She has wiped out the competition in two weight classes and I don’t care to see anymore of her fights. She has no competition. Fights are exciting when you think there’s a chance of an upset, but now that we’ve seen Amanda knock out Cyborg, the jig is up. For her next fight they’ll try to create some fake drama, fake beef, fake fire, hype a storyline, but I’m not buying it.

M