Friday, October 10, 2014

UFC 179: Extended Preview (Aldo vs Mendes Redux and other fights ridiculously hard to care about)

Shortly after Joe Rogan opens with telling us how talent-rich the featherweight division is, it dawns on you that....Chad Mendes who didn't last a complete round against Aldo is facing him for the belt.....again.

Yes, Chad has beaten 4 guys since then.
No, that does not change my memory of watching that fight.
Chad talked a great game leading up to the fight...but I remember watching the staredown in the cage...and it was like once that cage door shut....Mendes's demeanor deflated. He shot a blast double I think at one point that lacked conviction and after that you could see the clock ticking before the guillotine dropped.

I just cannot be excited about this fight.

Morgan and Davies then try to spin the previous encounter as something where "Mendes fought valiantly" and "smart" without cutting to the chase which is Mendes was never much in the fight and Aldo was already beginning to land some of those leg kicks that Faber and others can attest to.

At any rate, I guess, if you care, watch the extended preview.

The card itself has two guys coming off loses as the co-main event. Wrap your brain around that *&^%. What follows is Maldonado facing some dude you have NEVER heard of, but some cool undercard and prelim action with Gilbert Burns and Yan Cabral of Jiu-Jitsu notoriety plying their wares.
That being said, however, this is a Brazil-ish heavy card lacking in anything remotely worth being excited for as a even semi-casual fan.


" main CARD Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET
Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes for featherweight title
Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer
Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins
Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira
preliminary CARD FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET
William Macario vs. Neil Magny
Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis
Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili
preliminary CARD UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET
Gilbert Burns vs. Christos Giagos
Fabricio Camoes vs. Tony Martin "

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