Well, now Gordon Ryan is on Ariel Helwani's show, Agazarm and Danis are vetted as pro fighters, and submission grappling has it's own 3 ring circus of hype and call outs dominating the "media".
At any rate, this weekend is a solid offering of UFC with the likes of Demian Maia, Moraes, Lyman Good, Assuncao, Aldo, & Moicano.
Aldo can perpetuate his fade into retirement with a loss here to Moicano who is picking up steam after disappearing due to a Roid test for a good while. Demian Maia looks to stay relevant with a win, but frankly, unless Woodley loses the belt, no one's interested in seeing him face the champ again. Moraes will look to build off of his quick head kick stoppage of Rivera, and overall, it's a solid card for a weekend non PPV offering. It remains to be seen how ESPN numbers look with the UFC. I'm curious what the valuation was in buying it from FOX and what the larger perspective/objective was in doing so, perhaps as an effort to challenge the NBC move to carry MMA programming with PFL? Curious.
Out in Dallas, Kasai hits the road with a solid offering with a titular match-up of Gordon Ryan versus another IBJJF name in Rocha. Gordon proves his IBJJF merit/chops by winning double gold at Pans & World NoGi, so we'll see how Rocha as the bigger man does. I actually met Rich, the head of Kasai this past weekend at Rise Invitational after my match with Rey from 10th Planet HQ.
Canuto faces Andre in what will be a boring AF match-up with Canuto dancing around and shucking and jiving and Andre pulling guard. Expect some nonsensical cartwheel passes from Canuto and probably not much else. Dante Leon faces Lutes in a battle of two guys built like fire hydrants and looking all kinds of cartoon-like character muscles on their muscles on their muscles popping through their rashguards. #teamhardworkandnothing else, am I right?
Tex Johnson will look to rebound off of a points drubbing by Keenan Cornelius at that very long and hard to watch confusing format event Third Coast Grappling event.
DeBlass and Bastos will either hand fight and collar tie til someone pulls half-guard then maybe a guard pass but probably not will occur.