UFC London tonight

So I lied.

I said I wouldn’t care, or more appropriately for the pedants, I could not care less if Ben Askren gets shipped back to ONE. I said I would sleep very well (like a baby!) if I never saw him fight again. Upon reconsideration, I have had a change of heart. Ben was killing it in London this week. In his interviews, UFC promo work, and he saved some of his best for the Q&A.

By staying so silent, JoJo missed out on an opportunity. The crowd was taking the piss out of Ben and he rolled with it like a boss. But there were some remarks made by fans that Ben didn’t understand. JoJo is a Brit, she understands the slang, the local dialect. Why didn’t she start translating? She wasn’t getting many questions so the opportunity was there to steal the show. She could have jumped in with some Scottish slang, or some naughty commentary, which would have been funny, because she’s so soft spoken. Her voice, as a fan reminded us, is like an angel.

London itself seems like a boring place. Other than the Queen and Charles & Co., what else is there? Does anything interesting happen out there? The Spice Girls. The Baking Show. Brexit. That’s all I got.

Oh yeah, Bisping. He was undefeated in England. Several robberies on the way to that winning streak, but let’s pretend.

Speaking of Bisping, Till said people are calling him out because he’s the one to beat.

People call him out because they think he’s an easy fight. He can be beaten easily via wrestlemania, as Woodley has given the blueprint.

Nobody is calling out Yoel Romero. Luke Rockhold. Nobody is calling out Usman except for Askren, and that’s just a personal beef, simmering for the moment. Usman had to get his intestines untied recently so is unavailable.

Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck? If one more dude gets a hernia I’m going to start making wild assumptions. I am now suspicious when people have strange illnesses. Who will be the next with the mystery hernia?

UFC London: Teco, Oezdemir, Edwards, Masvidal.

M

 

Title shots

There was only one fight that had title implications at UFC Wichita – JDS vs Lewis.

I like The Beast and was rooting for him even though he was not the favorite going in. He has had a very lucky streak lately, culminating with a title shot with the other GOAT, DC. What’s next for Lewis? What about Tuivasa? Blaydes? He’s not getting another shot (unless he volunteers on short notice), he’s not one of the elite, and he’s not on an upward trajectory.

He got really lucky with a shell shocked Ngannou. You think Francis acts like a fool if they fight again? I don’t. Blaydes would be a fun fight for him.

What’s next for JDS? He needs two fights before a title shot. Francis and Stipe.

Next for Francis? JDS and Stipe.

Stipe? Francis and JDS.

And of course, none of this matters if –

JDS ktfo Francis or Stipe.

Francis ktfo Stipe.

Stipe ktfo Francis.

Decisions will not do.

M

Tiny lives matter too

More weight classes are needed in UFC – male and female.

I am not sure why some guys feel the need for a 165 weight class, that number just seems so arbitrary. If it’s being proposed in addition to the 155ers, it makes no sense. A new group isn’t needed, but a reorganization is probably in order.

135, 145 – Same. Appears to be working out for the guys, unless of course, someone is really tall for the weight class and just gaming the system.

160 – New lightweight. Should benefit those tall guys and those shorter guys who have extreme musculature. Both are too small for welterweight. Give them 5.

175 – New WW. This is good for others who are too big for a healthy 170 and are at risk of failing eyesight, fainting in the bathtub, falling down on the way to the scale, or even the rare occurrence of a hernia that just pops up on the way to the show. Five pounds would save a life.

185 – This is my favorite. Leave these guys alone.

The heavyweights need a reorg. 186-245 should be the new HW limits. Over 245 can be what, Superheavy?

And the women? I think it’s time for an Atomweight class in the big show. Anyone under 115 can come get some, especially those 63” tall and below. Waterson and Torres can compete for the vacant strap. And please make a mini belt for these ladies.

M

Black (and brown) fighters matter

Every male champ in the UFC is black or brown except TJ. Yeah! Let’s take a look.

HW is DC.

LHW is of course Jon Jones.

Middleweight is the rightful champ, Yoel Romero.*

Lightweight is Tony Ferguson.*

Feather is vacant. In the case of a vacancy, the disputed title holder is the GOAT, Jose Aldo.**

Bantam is TJ the snake.***

Fly is Cejudo.

I don’t want to hear anything else about there being a race problem in the UFC or that Dana is a racist.

M

 

* – Disputed

** – New rules

*** – TJ is as white as a man can get.

 

 

UFC 235 post fight

I was going to post something after the fights, but I fell asleep during the press conference.

About last night –

Cifers looked ok, but she needs to be aware of that other part of the sport: Interviews. It’s not okay to say you hate the media, or that you just want to fight, fans want to hear from you.

Diego Sanchez – I am not ready for his retirement, but I will purchase his anti-aging creams. Well, maybe not.

Jeremy Stephens – What happened? I was sure this would end early via KO. Zabit is legit.

Weili Zhang is top 10 for sure. There are some good fights to be made at straw weight.

Robbie vs Ben – That was Robbie’s fault. He came out strong in the fight against RDA too, then either due to injury or whatever he let off the gas. Same thing here. Looked like a KO for Rob, then he let Ben back into the fight. Once Ben got his back and then the neck it was almost a wrap and THEN – Robbie’s arm flops to the canvas. Rogan and crew say he’s out. I think he was out too. Here comes Herb with the arm test, and he’s saying something. Then he waves Ben off and surprise! Robbie’s awake! Chaos ensues for a moment.

But just for a moment, because Ben won it fair and square. That arm drop though. And he wasn’t very troubled about the loss. He said he’s not the type of guy to whine about stuff. Really? This is not about whining. It’s about you just lost a big chunk of money and took an L you didn’t need to. You had the guy TKO’d and all of a sudden he’s on your back. And you failed the arm test. Should have waved your arm around and emphatically given the thumbs up sign. That is, if you still wanted to win this fight and you wanted to let Herb know you were still in it.

I thought Ben would win, but this was disappointing. Rob was out. Briefly, but he was out. I don’t need to see a rematch of that. Robbie’s killer instinct is gone. Post champ life has changed him. I hope they go ahead with Ben vs Till or Masvidal.

Woodley – Welp, we got ourselves a new WW champ. I don’t want to see a rematch of that either. It will be five more rounds of wrestling and foot stomping.

Like Stipe, you should fight two or three more times to work yourself back to another title shot. But I digress.

Remember when Colby had the interim belt? Instead of all those surgery delays, which they both engaged in, he should have signed to fight Colby. He would have won a boring fight and extended his champ status. But he, and everybody else was so into what Colby deserves, and his cringe inducing WWE talk. Dana embraced the nonsense and took him to the White House for ffs. He was in pics with Trump and the belt and still couldn’t get a fight with Tyron! Why would Dana take a dude like Colby to the White House? To hype a fight with Tyron, Mr. Race Bait from Ferguson himself.

But for whatever reason, Tyron didn’t want to fight Colby. When Usman got put into the title picture, then he wanted to fight Colby. I think he knew Usman had the tools to beat him.

And finally, can we please stop it with the wrestling pedigree? Division 1, division 2, who cares. I don’t even want to hear about the Olympics anymore unless you won. Show me some gold or shut up about it. Hell, show me some silver. But do shut up. Cage fighting is quite a big step down from the Olympics, let’s get real.

Jon Jones – I was feeling some kind of way after seeing Woodley destroyed via wrestlemania. I thought this was TJ and Rose all over again, but thanks God it wasn’t. The so-called Lionheart was more like a house cat at one point. All curled up, waiting for something. Terrible showing for him. At one point Rogan was asking, what can he do? I was like, throw some punches, this is a fight?

There was a point when Jon had Smith against the cage and elbowed him in the face.  Opened up a cut on the nose, which bothered Smith. I thought maybe it was broken. Then came the illegal stuff and he’s sitting against the cage waiting for the refs and other important people to discuss the issues. Then he started blowing his nose. I thought about the advice not to blow one’s nose if it’s broken because of the swelling of the eyes and such. Thanks God his nose was not broken. If it was, he would have been all swollen across the eyes and the important people would have stopped the fight. And New, curtesy of DQ.

There are only two more fights I want to see at LHW: Jones vs Marreta, then Walker. Jon is the very best. Walker has some growing up to do, so I think Jon gets that easily. Marreta is wild. They should do that one in Brazil.

M

It’s just business

I saw an interview online with Eddie Alvarez. He’s talking about his new life with ONE and that’s he’s happy because the fighters come first. I guess somebody told him that, that the fighters come first. Is that how they got him to sign his contract by telling him, over here at ONE, the fighters come first?

That makes no sense. In business, the customer comes first. I don’t know any company out there that would have a mission statement placing their product above everything else, yet that is what Alvarez is saying. You have to satisfy the customer by putting a product out there that they want to buy. And it has to be a good product, of course.

How do you put the product first? How does a company invest money in its product and put the customer second? He said real fans will come. Maybe they will.

ONE has hired UFC vets Meisha Tate and Rich Franklin for front office stuff because they are well known in the MMA community. I’m sure they’re cool peeps and all, but I’m not tuning in to ONE for those two.

They got DJ. UFC couldn’t sell PPVs with that guy and he won 27 belts! 17? 14? Who cares, it’s a big number and nobody cared. And supposedly UFC shipped him 17 belts (300K each!) because he only had one – oh God, who cares. I’m not tuning in to ONE for that dude. And it looks like they are doing some downsizing in that weight class. Wonder why? Because the men’s 125ers were selling so many PPVs and they were tired of making money?

I think Cejudo wins in a rematch too. But I digress.

Fighters come first? The fans should come first. These organizations have to put on fights that we want to see. That we are willing to pay good money for. That’s why strange things happen in UFC, because there’s some marketing going on in the background. They try to make good matches to give us exciting fights and the OMG moments we can’t stop talking about.

Will we get the OMG with Woodley vs Colby? Probably not.

I might search for a clip of Eddie’s first fight in ONE. If it’s exciting, I might keep up with him, follow him on Twitter, find out when his next fight is scheduled. If not, well … it’s just business.

M

UFC 235

I can’t wait. This is a stacked card.

I’m scared to make picks, but here we go:

Viana vs Cifers – Polyana Viana recently beat up a shabby looking man in Brazil. I believe he was trying to take her iPhone, but got a beat down instead. Viana by decision.

Diego vs Mickey Gall – Diego for old times sake.

Misha Cirkunov vs Johnny Walker – Walker by KO

Jeremy Stephens vs Magomedsharipov – OMG. I don’t know what to say about this fight, as Stephens is already a bit compromised from his last fight. If Stephens loses I fear for his family. He will need a professional intervention before leaving the arena. Fortunately for all of us, he will KO Magomedsharipov. Quickly.

Garbrandt vs Munoz – Hmm. Garbrandt annoys me because of his tattoos. That’s dumb, I know. Was it last week we saw Andre Fili fight? He’s got neck tats and he doesn’t offend me at all. I love him. So it’s not the tats. Garbrandt by decision.

Tecia Torres v Zhang – Oh oh. Tecia might be in danger. Weili Zhang knocked a hole in Jessica Aguilar’s head a little while ago. Zhang gets a decision.

Lawler vs Askren – After years of wanting to be in the UFC he loses in his first bout? Askren by wrestlemania.

Woodley vs Usman – Woodley. I have no reason to doubt the champ.

Jones vs Smith – Jones. Same.

M