Monday, November 13, 2017

Bellator is the Major League (movie) of MMA and I'm not mad...

Soak this in. The analogy doesn't quite match because none of these guys are rookies, but whatever. 

Nelson. Fedor. King Mo. Rampage. Bader. Mir. Sonnen. Mitrione. 
Much akin to Strikeforce's HW tournament, how can this not be entertaining? Seriously? Legitimate question. 
I see a bunch of violent finishes. I see some surprises. I see 1000% entertainment full speed ahead. 

Dillashaw Using Title Leverage to Chase Mighty Mouse Fight

Still no love lost for Cruz and then opines his desire to chase down DJ. We'll see if DJ invents a new reason to duck the biggest money fight possible for him or wants to wait for Cejudo vs Pettis winner.....

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hell Froze Over: Clay Guida got a stoppage win

Well, it happened. I'm kinda still speechless. After the better part of a decade of fights and decisions, it happened. Give the devil his due. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

UFC 217 Reebok Payouts

Hilarity. The biggest card of the year (likely at this point)....$300K for something that did near something like 1 Million PPV Buys. Bruh. Highway robbery. 


Sunday, November 5, 2017

UFC 217: Comeuppance

When you spend most of your lead up making it sound as though you legitimately don't think your opponent has a shot....do you deserve an immediate rematch? Especially after you got emphatically and decisively stopped in violent fashion? If Dominic Cruz didn't get a rematch from Garbrandt, does Garbrandt deserve one from Dillashaw after a stoppage loss? If Rose had lost in the first round how many fights would she need to get a rematch with Joanna? Joanna lost. She lost plainly and clearly. No immediate rematch. Garbrandt despite an insanely out of touch post fight conference Q&A lost by decisive stoppage. Headkick to punches and punches. Same goes for Bisping. I've seen some guys not get a rematch after losing a close decision...I'm simply not able to support rematches for a champ who lost in clear cut, unarguable, emphatic fashion.  

Give Dillashaw His Due


I still keenly remember Dillashaw's first fight with Barao. He was one of the biggest underdogs in UFC history at the time if I recall correctly. I had him in my mind as a skilled wrestler with sloppy kickboxing who wouldn't be stymied by the nova uniao vaunted takedown defense aka Jose Aldo and it was the best we could do with Dom Cruz sidelined by serious injury. What happened was a masterful performance so dominated and so off what was expected it almost seemed like a fluke - the after effect where people invent narrative of bad weight cuts, the flu, off night, anything, to justify the assumed reality being so thoroughly flipped. 

Fast forward to a second equally convincing battering of Barao. Barao's subsequent lackluster performances let people sort of not quite shine to Dillashaw's wins over him as might have been deserved, but, his razor thin loss to Dominic Cruz showed he was and is among the elite bantamweights of all time as Dominic Cruz currently is the greatest of all time. His loss of the sent him off to dispatch top tiered guys in Assuncao and Lineker. The drama unfolding his leaving Team Alpha Male also distracted from him adding impressive notches to his bedpost while biding time to face Cody or rematch Cruz. 

Last night, his decisive stoppage to regain the belt, overcoming a late first round knockdown, and the fact that Garbrandt himself blazed through solid contenders toward his title shot solidifies TJ as what he his: top 2 bantamweight discussion of all time. Cruz has those title defenses and the inaugural belt but Dillashaw has a stoppage win over a guy Cruz lost the belt to. MMA math is what it is and styles make fights, but if Dillashaw can defend the belt as many times as Cruz or more then he becomes the best bantamweight of all time. 

Gotta give the man his due, I never placed stock in him early in his career. It's hard to argue with his choose to leave Team Alpha Male in retrospect. His poise, movement, wrestling, whole package has truly revolutionized since before he left TAM and in the interim. I

Saturday, November 4, 2017

UFC 217 - Main/Co-Main Event Picks: Bisping vs GSP & Garbrandt vs Dillashaw

Quick shots: 
Unlike the conventional mma pundit agreement, I think Bisping gets taken down and stays there 3 out of 5 rounds. The hittable GSP in his last few fights I honestly attribute to the burnout he described. One thing I'm banking on, GSP wouldn't come back to lose. Period. His wrestling and jab, people have forgotten how ridiculously effective it was. He trounced guys at will with his tools. Hendricks spent the majority of the fight against the cage, largely unable to do much, and Bisping will get level changed and dumped or taken down against the cage. GSP takes a unanimous decision 4 rounds to one on 2 of the scorecards. 

Garbrandt was insanely economical in his fight with Cruz in later rounds. He scored knockedowns, showboated, and won rounds with minimal output. If he hurts Dillashaw I think he puts him away. I also think Garbandt is right in his physical prime and his hips are good enough to fight off a good portion of Dillshaw's shots...but was the Cruz fight a masterful culmination of a team of guys game planning for Cruz's skill set? Has the benefit of 5 teammates fighting Cruz just culminated in Garbrandt and he won't look as great against not Dom Cruz? I'm kinda leaning toward this actually. It's hard to break down Dillashaw's trouncing of Barao twice to Garbrandt's trouncing of Cruz.....this is a tough, tough fight for me to call. I'm gonna go with a tough, close split decision for Dillashaw 3 rounds to two. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Polaris Dishes Details of Belts/XShips

You're Welcome: I Watched ACB JJ NoGi GrandPrix (so you don't have to)

Basically Miyao and Moizinho won their first round matches thanks to some panic taps from their less than well known opponents. I didn't watch much of the the heavier bracket other than Gaudio's matches. Chantre looked like he would rather be watching TV than competing. It was a lackluster result as a whole. 


UFC 218 Finalized for Dec. 2nd

Some serious heat closing out the year for the UFC: the MSG triple title fight card is this weekend, this card is a month later and there's still the year end card coming up which traditionally gets some high profile names on it. The Alvarez/Gaethje fight is borderline a title fight in my mind, Holloway vs Edgar is bonkers, and Pettis vs Cejudo is basically a title eliminator. The undercard will feature some fireworks with the likes of Felder vs Smaller Oliveira and then Medeiros vs the bigger Oliveira.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

EBI 13: First round match-ups Tonight

Looking forward to PJ Barch vs Vagner after they both win their first round matches. Garry and Bill Cooper looks likely as the semi-final of that half of the bracket. The bottom right corner of the bracket of Orchard, Walensky, Main, and Padilla will also be interesting to watch unfold. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Meanwhile this past weekend in Boxing.....

Ralek Gracie challenges AJ Agazarm

Man. Busy day in combat sports. We've got amazing UFC cards coming up with Lawler facing Dos Anjos and Ferguson likely to face McGregor, Saki's second UFC bout already booked. Mousasi debuting in Bellator and Donald Cerrone fighting another up and coming prospect just because. Let's not forget that insane MsG card in November with GSP, Bisping, Joanna, Garbrandt, and Dillashaw....but as far as grappling goes we've got an EBI this weekend and some big potential things in the works behind the scenes that I can't currently mention. Anyhow, man, gotta love it. 

So Ralek is challenging Agazarm to a no time limit sub only match with the proceeds going to folks owed money by Metamoris. Yep. Ralek is back in the news, I guess. Of course he waited til AJ medals at ADCC to do it but whatevs. 

UFC on Fox 26 Adds Perry vs Ponzinibbio

This card is already looking like a ton of brain damage on tap. 
Ponzinibbio vs Perry promises more of that to be sure.

Garry Tonon to OneFC 4 MMA Debut, Ian McCall to Rizin 4 GP


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lima Discusses Jesse Taylor PED Bust

The day is coming, in combat sports, when guys use the ruling of accidental ingestion versus willful to file civil suits or even criminal charges. Mark my words. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

C'mon Tyron....we calling all of those fights?

I have a hard time even calling the Maia fight.....a fight. The second Wonderboy fight has the second lowest punch output of all time, a dubious title it lost to the Maia fight.....and the Wondetboy fight was 3 rounds of backpwdalling as well....anyway, I'm already a Dos Anjos fan, if he can rescue the belt from the death by boredom strangle of Woodley I'll build a shrine to him in my apartment. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blast from the Past Wednesday: Alessio Sakara Fighting for MW Belt in Bellator

Heather Hardy Gets Big ole softball for second mma fight

Congrats to her management team: they got her and even less dangerous opponent this time around. A woman with no pro fights to her credit. Hardy btw has 20 pro boxing bouts to her credit. As was seen last time around and by her 4 KO's on record, finishing power isn't  one of her attributes. That's about the only thing going for her opponent: 

Talent Sharing Agreement Announced between Pancrase & Invicta

As much necessity as novelty, it's a big move for women's mma. We'll see how it plays out in actuality. Liddell went on loan to do that Pride tournament back in the day. A few other cross-promotional moves have occurred over the years. 

We asked for 10-8 rounds....so now we get draws

So, mathematically, with 3 round fights...this is gonna happen. Do. The. Math. 

I don't particularly mind that the Vanatta fight or the Dariush fight went to draws. They were both close and overall, I'm glad to finally see 10-8 rounds Bc otherwise, why not just coast at the end of a round? I think the increase in 10-8 rounds will spur on efforts to finish where a guy will continue to pour it on even if the finish isn't necessarily there in the hopes of a 10-8 round. It incentivizes going for the finish in that last minute of a round. That being said, we have to accept that a fighter may storm out and do copious damage in round one, gas, and lose the last two rounds and wind up with a draw. Law of unintended consequences, folks. And I mean, at least it wasn't that Canelo/GGG score, my God. 

Bellator Wants to be seen as Big League - this is an opportunity

Social media pleas....exaggeration or not, the truth is the absolute vast majority of guys hacking it at professionals are barely getting by. Training to break into the premier organizations is a full-time occupation on its own, and yet, most guys are barely scraping by. The cost-benefit of the career is a dire one. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cody McKenzie Fighting Again

I'm a fan of anyone with a ton of wins via the same movie and he has his own bunch of Guillotine finishes....here's to hoping he picks up some more this weekend.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The NFL & HGH

Mousasi's non-UFC debut in 2 weeks ish

It's a new era folks....the UFC truly doesn't have the stranglehold it once did on top tier talent: tired of getting jerked around, Mousasi left when negotiations stalled, so here we are...

White Belt Memes: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Times...they are a Changin' - UFC gets new Beer sponsor

Alert Brock Lesnar! 

Honest opinion, this could do more to move into the Spanish-speaking market than most of what the UFC has done so far. 

Legit Question: We Should care Lee his Staph from NSAC

Having fought a guy with &$@?ing staph all over his chest in an mma fight, this kinda thing is a problem. I am in the cage. The other guy comes into the cage and now I'm looking at a guy covered in staph. Do I want that in my eye? Or on me? I can't refuse to fight because I'll look like I'm scared or worse yet it's ruled a loss. At any rate, what's the point of having an athletic commission if guys like Benson Henderson has a small wooden toothpick in his mouth (could &$@?ing blind his opponent inadvertently) or guys traipse into the ring covered in a highly contagious visible infection? 

Saki Wastes No Time Booking UFC 2nd Fight

I've been wondering who the UFC would book for its year end show: a guy no stranger to mega productions, Saki will bring some firepower to the ecent. Saki is coming off a dominant win in his UFC debut and will return to action at the end of December. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

UFC 216 Post Event Reflections

Borg wasn't really and never was going to pose much threat. Demetrious took the safer fight to get his record setting defense but it was over a guy clearly overmatched honestly never a threat to Demetrious from the first bell to the submission. Demetrious invented a lot of reasons not to face TJ Dillashaw, which in light of Ray Borg's past failures and most recent weight cut fail, felt all the more spurious, as DJ said he didn't want to face TJ b/c he might not make weight and instead faced a guy who several weight cut fails on record....DJ paid the price with a semi-wasted fight came prep and quick turnaround but not that it mattered.

Dillashaw now faces Garbrandt on that MSG card coming up which is a bigger fight for him, and we're left wondering if whoever wins between Pettis and Cejudo will put up much more of a fight against DJ next time we see him. He's a victim of his own success and if he was winning decision after decision I'd be complaining more, and it's not DJ's fault he's simply head and shoulders above the nearest flyweight, it is what it is. This is where we are.

Derrick Lewis pulled out as the event was beginning. The UFC managed to last minute of last minute put together a replacement fight so there's that. Lando Vannatta had a fun fight with Bobby Green which legitimately was a draw.

Ferguson vs Lee was entertaining with close calls and Ferguson giving up 1-2 rounds and then showing how dangerous his Jiu-Jitsu is off his back. That being said, could he be on his back like that against an early in the fight Khabib and not get finished? Man, I dunno. I'm frankly more interested to see that fight stylistically than McGregor vs Khabib. I think Khabib coming off a long layoff is hittable early in his fights (see Michael Johnson) and that spells disaster with the time McGregor has spent polishing his hands in the run-up to the Mayweather bout.

The UFC and it's interim belts actually don't bother me as the morass/log jams in various divisions made things interminably stale with guys like Ferguson winning insane amounts of fights before getting a title shot.

Dariush and Evan Dunham went to a decision. Legit score as well. I'm looking at you Canelo/GGG judge and one of the judges for McGregor vs Floyd.

It's a sad day when I'm legit surprised and happy that the judges actually did their jobs.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lentz Hospitalized during Weight Cut, Says it wasn't Weight Cut...

Le sigh. Getting pretty tired of this cascade of guys failing to make weight and saying it's not making weight to blame. All these mystery illnesses popping up a day before you gotta make weight and get paid. Weird.