Great night for two champions

Amanda Nunes shocked the world and knocked out Cyborg. I’m watching the press conference and now I think she just created some drama. Dana wasn’t stoked about a rematch, and now Amanda is saying the same thing. Is Cyborg getting run out of the UFC? This is how it ended with DJ too. I think this is the end of the 145 division. Dana keeps teasing that they have some great stuff in store, maybe Cyborg will be the first Zuffa Boxing star?

Jon Jones is a legit villain. He is the villain of the UFC. Fantastic. What if his drug test comes back with more questionable results? I have a hard time feeling angry about this, or feeling any kind of way at all. They seem content to have him emerge as a very dark character in this show, and  I’m here for the chaos.

Besides, everyone meets the wall at some point.

Chiesa submitted Condit. Not prime Condit, but the one who is now fighting to keep the coffee shop open and feed the kids. There comes a time in a man’s life… Anyway, Chiesa is so happy he didn’t cut weight and would now like to chase a belt. I wonder if he has RDA’s phone number?

We heard from Gus, will Cyborg join the press conference? Yes, she just arrived.

M

UFC 232 post fight

Cyborg is up. She wants to know why they didn’t let her talk after the fight. Maybe because she was knocked out?

She has one fight left on the contract. I really doubt we see her fight in the Octagon again. This is a DJ rerun. She was a dominant champ with no competition. Tonight’s events just opened up some new possibilities for all the women at 135.

Now I’m waiting for Jon. Which one shows up, the sinner or the saint?

The saint. All glory to God for all these blessings and he lov-

The villain just showed up. Said Daniel was never the 205 champ, and certainly not the Champ Champ, and if he wants the belt he needs to come down and beat him.

He was tested by two agencies today. Passed polygraphs.

I don’t like or dislike Jones, but the truth is that this is a mental game as well as a physical game. He held it together despite all the distractions of the week, he is most definitely the champ. For how long, we don’t know.

M

 

UFC 232 Prelims

Uriah Hall won, but he’s not looking so good. Should have knocked out that youngster early. And that wasn’t even the featured bout.

Ryan Hall went for a leg lock. Shocker. I guess if you have one great move you use it. Often. Ask Ronda Rousey.

Cat got kicked in the eye and that was a wrap. I think it was either Greg Jackson or Winklejohn who got a nasty eye injury after receiving a toe to the face. Torn cornea? Go look it up. He’s coaching now.

M

2018 goes out with a punch

Another fight week is here for the UFC, and a lot of fans are disgusted by the latest chapter in the ongoing drama – these are the days of our lives.

I love watching fights; I’m a hardcore fan. But I can’t join the mob saying, you’re a scumbag, a bum, etc. There are some egregious cases, sure (Brock), but in the case with Jon, we’re talking about picograms of some substance. Pico?

Does the UFC understand their audience? They are not going to have any understanding of picograms of an illegal substance. And by understanding, I mean that they do not have any patience at all for positive test results, whether it’s a pico, mico, juko, or bamboozo. It’s all a sham to us.

So. Why was all that detail released to the public?  Required by Nevada? I thought there was a new rule in effect regarding positive tests not being released to the public? If the pico was not significant, the Commission and the drug czars should have had a conversation, then decided on a reasonable solution.

This doesn’t damage the brand, but there are lots of hurt feelings (and lost money). How to fix this? By putting on a great night of fights.

My picks:

Uriah Hall. He’s on Fightpass now?

Millender

Penn v Hall? I don’t care who wins, just want to see that fight. Here’s an idea: several fighters are, if you believe Joe Rogan, high level Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. Very High Level. I want to see some of that in the Octagon. Pair up these phenoms more regularly.

Anderson v Cat? Cat is so herky jerky, should be a weird fight. Holly won by wrestling, and is def not a wrestler, so hopefully the Cat has taken notes.

Arlovski for kicks. I love him, but my dude is getting old. Just don’t let this youngster break your soft palate in half.

Condit better find his NBK with Chiesa. Sub please.

Cyborg has been beating up on bantamweights for quite some time, and we all should be tired of this gimmick. Clearly we are not, so here we go again. I’m rooting for Amanda. She can join DC, Whitaker, GSP and Connor (among others), as fighters who went up in weight and snatched a belt.

Jon v Gus? I was rooting for Jon before the latest controversy. Not because I’m a huge Jon Jones fan, but because I think he still has IT. That thing champs have. Desire, focus, ability, heart – and in the middle of all the distractions, does he still have it? I say yes. Jones will get a split. Then if we’re lucky he’ll go full Carnage on us and call out DC.

M