UFC 241 Post Fight

What a show! These fights can be very emotional, and you realize who you were rooting for (or against) when it’s all over. At the end of the show, all that mattered to me was the Diaz win.

But let’s go back a bit.

Yoel vs Costa: I really thought Yoel had one more left in him, but it appears 42 is not the new 30. It is 42, and a muscle bound 42 is still 42, no matter how much sauce. We’re in a new era, boi.

DC lost the belt to Stipe. He said he was ready, but for some reason did not adjust once Stipe started attacking the body. It was shocking. I keep hearing constantly about his world class wrestling skills, why didn’t he wrestle?

Oh well. Call it overconfidence with his standup skills or fatigue or whatever. I really didn’t think Stipe was going to be fooled twice by DC. A little while ago he had two belts – Light heavy and heavy. Now he’s got none. Let’s move on now.

A quick detour

Conor McGregor has lost the plot completely. He has no business inside a pub, pouring up shots of whiskey. Hire some marketing/sales people to do that.

He’s a success story in fight world, but outside of luxury purchases, seems he has no idea what to do with it all. He could allow a trusted family member or business partner to run the liquor business and the clothing line. All he has to do is maintain a positive, marketable public image to hold it all together. But no, he wants to slap old men in a pub in the middle of the day.

Ridiculous turn of events.

Will he fight again? Yes. There’s room on the roster for all sorts. If you bring enough eyes you will fight. Somewhere.

And last, the one and only Nate Diaz beat Anthony Pettis after a 3 year absence. I was calling him Petty on Twitter because he was trying to find motivation for this fight by regurgitating some very mild beef between himself and the Diaz brothers from 5 years ago.

Let it go and stop being petty. Stay in the present.

After the win, Nate called out Jorge Masvidal, who looked very happy indeed. I don’t care who wins that fight; Jorge and Nate are veterans of the sport, beloved by hard core fans, and they are having a moment. Good for them. We are in a new era.

M

UFC 241

Fight week is here and UFC 241 has the rematch we’ve all been waiting for: Stipe is back and he wants his belt. I like DC, but I can’t imagine Stipe falling for the banana in the tailpipe again. I just can’t. I think he’ll win in dramatic fashion and DC retires in the cage. Then Jon taunts over Twitter, causing DC to unretire to fight him at 205. The buildup will be intense and they will fight. And DC retires again.

Everything is so dramatic these days.

Nate Diaz will beat Pettis, and my dude, Romero, will take out Costa. Is the youngster on Romero’s level? No. Not yet.

Yusuff vs Mowgli – I dislike rooting against the guys from TUF Latin America. I like them. However, it appears I am going against my own rule: Yusuff will KO Mowgli in the 2nd round.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Cejudo is an interesting guy. Since winning the bantamweight belt he has called out a diverse group of people. A group that now includes women. First Amanda now Valentina. He says he wants to be the “intergender” champ. Very interesting.

Remember back in the day, there was a guy named Colby who said Brazil is a dump? Then he put on the red hat and is currently the MAGA man of the UFC. He even arranged for the Trump boys to be in the front row at his fight. He is the reigning troll king of the organization and fighters and fans are triggered. We all know it’s an act, but people are still triggered. He was attacked for saying rude things about Matt Hughes, and got banned from some show with Miesha Tate. Apparently, he said rude things to her too.

But he didn’t challenge her to a fight. We’re supposed to laugh at Cejudo’s trolling because it’s obviously a joke, but why can’t everyone laugh with Colby?

But I digress.

I hope Dana gets Cejudo a fight soon. Inactivity due to his shoulder injury is driving him to these desperation callouts.

M

Rebuilding

For several reasons, my favorite weight class used to be Middleweight (185): Jacare, Weidman, Mousasi, Anderson Silva, Hendo, Marreta, Bisping, and of course, my guy Luke Rockhold. I say used to be because time rolls on. Some moved up to 205 (Weidman, Marreta), some are no longer with us in body (Mousasi), or in spirit (Silva), and some retired from the sport (Hendo, Bisping).

That leaves Jacare as the OG, but he might as well move up too, as he is not getting a title shot. Then there’s Kelvin. What to do about Kelvin?

Looks like middleweight is in a rebuilding stage. In the meantime, the excitement is coming from the welterweight division.

M

Newark debrief

I didn’t watch any of the Colby-Usman post-fight stuff after UFC Newark, but I took a look at it today on demand. Then I realized, I’m not interested in the staged arguments, the “let’s do it right now!” kind of nonsense with “security” standing by. That’s a bit much for me. But congratulations to Colby Covington for getting the win over Robbie Lawler, who clearly, is not that guy anymore. But I repeat myself. Everyone was waiting for Robbie to throw a bomb, me too, but it never happened.

And to think, Tyron Woodley could have had that fight, but nooooooo! He didn’t want it!

Ok Jon Snow.

I hope Colby gets the title shot (nothing is a done deal in UFC) because he is working hard promoting himself. The walkout was epic, the Trumps were in the front row – it was too good. Even the haters have to admit it.

M

Newark

This weekend the UFC is travelling to the great American city of Newark, New Jersey. And there’s an early start time! On the US east coast! Yes!

Many of us will be grateful for the early start – at least we won’t be up until 3am watching press conferences.

The picks

Hannah Goldy. Why not? She looked decent on the Contender Series.

Lauren Murphy

Unless this is the day for Antonina Shevchenko to have a break out performance, I’m going with Lucie Pudilova.

Mickey Gall. Why not?

Colby Covington. Yep. I think he can beat Robbie at this stage in his career.

I said what I said.

M