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.



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 new, mini belt for these ladies.




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.



* – Disputed

** – New rules

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



UFC 235 post mortem

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. It 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.



It’s not over yet

But these old champs are on the way out. Tyron was talking about being the best welterweight of all time, then he got wrestled to death for 5 rounds.

Jones is also talking about his future and legacy. He might have a rough night too. I hope not, but they all hit the wall at some point.


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.


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.




That ain’t your money

Here’s an update of what I’ve been reading:

Rob Whitaker, from his hospital bed, is throwing shade at Kelvin and Adesanya. Stuff like, Adesanya is not that great, they’re fighting for Cejudo’s belt, etc. I would encourage him to get his large intestines in order before commenting further on possible fights. I’m going to need him to stay out of the hospital for a bit.

Till Vs Masvidal? The fight means nothing, but I love Masvidal. Unfortunately,  he is headed for veteran old head status, fighting for money alone. No shade, it’s just the way it is. Hopefully Mas can show Till some levels to this game.

Jeremy Stephens had suicidal thoughts after his loss to Aldo. Dang. That’s rough. Once again, no shade over here because if someone hit me so hard in the liver, and I folded up like so many lawn chairs, then got a couple of fists to the head, I would be in a very dark place too. I think this is what people mean when they a fighter has taken someone’s soul. It’s one thing to contemplate retirement, but suicide? Soul snatched. For sure.

Ben Askren said if Colby Covington never fights again no one would care. Not true. I would care very much. Colby beat RDA and Maia and won the interim belt. I was looking forward to the unification fight between him and Woodley. I don’t care about Askren. At all. He could go back to ONE and I would lose no sleep. Like a baby. I will sleep.

Ferguson Vs Max? I told you. Poirier for interim belt? Because Tony rightfully turned it down. Lightweight is officially a mess. People are asking why Tony would turn this down, and outside of the money issue, the reason is clear: Holding an interim title means nothing. It can be stripped at will, depending on your status with the organization at that particular moment in time. It can be snatched in the blink of an eye if someone else has a better storyline. Sorry Colby.

UFC is an organization where you strike when the iron is hot and take opportunities when offered because you never know what’s going to happen. That’s how Bisping got his shot (I’m still salty), and it’s how Nate got his shot against Conor. That might be frustrating to fighters, but extremely exciting for fans. We can’t stop talking about the chaos.

And last, Adesanya says no PPV payout is money left on the table. It is. But that ain’t your money, my dude. The person who left that money on the table is the champ, who, at the moment, is not yet able to walk after inexplicably getting his intestines tangled in a knot on the day of the fight. That was his money. Gastelum should ask for that money due to his (and our) pain and suffering.


You’re done

Some fighters just don’t get it. I mean, not at all. Stipe and Cyborg come to mind. Stipe should rematch with Francis, just so we can see exactly who is the number one contender. Then that guy can kick rocks until DC is ready to fight again.

Cyborg wants a new contract. I think she should fight Megan as her farewell fight, then move on to those green pastures of Rizin with her BFF Gabi (btw, I love Gabi). They can have a tag team jiu-jitsu /punch face tournament against whoever wants it. Middle of the night in Japan, book it. I’ll be asleep. Will watch the recaps online later and laugh.

GSP is retiring. Sad news. Whenever I feel depressed, I like to think about the night he took that belt from Bisping. Oh well. You know he’s not really retiring. I predict he will fight in 2019.

Anthony Smith is intrigued by Colby. Intrigued, worried, concerned, fascinated, obsessed? I don’t know, but he keeps talking about him and responding to nonsense on twitter. We all know Colby’s act is just that, an act. To get attention, to get a fight, to manufacture a fake beef for clicks. Like wrestling. It’s fake. Why does anyone give his antics serious consideration? I saw a headline, something like, “Rousey defends her belt…” Belt? For a fake fight? I know people enjoy this, but I ignore it. Similarly, Smith should ignore Colby and prepare for Jon Jones.

Cain. Wow. All that buildup for nothing. If you’re done, you’re done. No shame in that. Thanks for the memories.

And speaking of buildup and frustration, do I have to say anything about the botched mess that was Gastelum Vs that guy from New Zealand or Australia who keeps pounding himself on the chest and can’t stay out of the hospital and I am quite sick of him?

MMA really has me on the verge these days.

So anyway, Dustin Poirier wants a release. Is this the same dude that won a fight and during his post – fight interview, started yelling about how he needed to eat? Like his family is starving or something? I keep hearing how the economy is doing so well, record low unemployment and jobs everywhere. Sounds like somebody needs to be taking advantage. Dana should give him his release just for acting crazy and dropping out of the fight with Nate. And he’s not a needle mover.

And last, a rumor is out that Max will fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight belt. UFC likes to play with our emotions. This fight won’t happen. And if it does, what are the odds one of them will fight Khabib? 0.

Zero. I’m done getting hyped up for these fights.

Besides, does Tony really want another interim belt? It means absolutely nothing. It doesn’t even mean that you are #1 contender. Well actually, that’s all it means. It means that on the meaningless rankings, somebody will place your name in the 1 spot. Does the winner get the new belt? Of course! Remember the last rumor that the old belt cost the company $300K to manufacture? If that was true, they wouldn’t be giving them out like so much Halloween candy. And they would not have sent DJ 25 of them. UFC is not in the business of giving stuff away for free.

Truth: That new belt is big and pretty. I would believe a lie that this one is worth $300K.




If it walks

So the fight is off, huh? Come on, man! He got sick and couldn’t fight Rockhold, now he’s got a hernia. A hernia? On the day of the fight?

He’s ducking Kelvin. Strip him. He’s not holding a real belt anyway, so it’s better for all of us if he is stripped right away. Like ripping off a bandaid. Do it quick, because we don’t know how long it’s gonna take to heal his hernia.

We need an interim now. Adesanya said earlier that he will never be a backup, tonight he should fight Kelvin for the interim.


Hype train?

Another hype train being promoted by the UFC this weekend. I like Adesanya, but gentlemen, he is no Anderson Silva. There were tears at the weigh in today.

In regard to Anderson and his contemporaries, I imagine it was exciting to be a young man, going around the world throwing hands. Sure, some of you would like for your son to make a living behind a desk, hands resting peacefully on top of it. Why not let them hands go upside somebody’s head? Touch that chin. A liver kick? Or like the man said, hit him hard and often.

I like the moment when someone wins. Climbing on top of the cage, taking it all in. It’s a great feeling for me, and I’m just a spectator. Those days are coming to an end for The Spider and he knows it. There were tears today.

The OGs have given their youth to this sport. A sport that, apparently, it’s hard to walk away from. I wonder if it’s Silva’s last fight.


I’m not excited about this card, but I am impressed with Kelvin. He’s really grown up since TUF. He talks different, looks different. He’s a new dude at 185 and I like his chances in this fight. Go Kelvin and Spider.



Birds, butterflies, and California

Adam Levine removed his shirt during his Super Bowl performance and revealed a torso marked with various random objects. I saw a few birds, butterflies, and the word “California,” in large plain text across his stomach.

If, as a a grown up male, you remove your shirt in public, a few rules need to be observed:

All tattoos must be relevant. See Anthony Pettis, Marreta, the Lioness, etc.

If you are representing a certain place, be specific. You can’t show out with the name of a state on your stomach. Where you from, bro? So Cal? Sacramento? Stockton? AKA? Check with Cub Swanson for more information.

Exceptions? New York, Texas, Brazil.

That halftime show was tragic on so many levels, but the absolute worst was Levine removing his shirt to show us a chest that was … um, problematic. You can’t show up to an event like this with old songs, tired dancing, and overall lameness and your body is not 100% on point. At least put something out there for the ladies. Like Rockhold and Romero. I think Dana trots them out like show ponies. And for good reason.


And still!

Father Time is undefeated and always will be, and that is the undisputed truth. You can try to wave him off for a bit, but he always comes for his belt.

A couple of days ago, Serena lost in the quarters of the Australian Open. She is 37 years old and made it to the quarters. That’s an accomplishment, but let’s take a look at some recent history.  She made it to the finals at Wimbledon and lost. Got to the finals of the US Open and lost spectacularly, with a meltdown that made John Mac look like a Boy Scout. And now the failure in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady is heading back to the Super Bowl at 40. If Serena wants those last two titles, I would encourage her to hook up with Tom’s people for some TB Training, TB Performance meals, and a complete shakeup of her fight camp. She might need to leave TAM and find Bang. Well, as long as Bang doesn’t advise her to lose a ton of weight and arrive at the next Grand Slam at 115lbs.

She is 37 and relying on her physicality, which is slowly declining, to compete against 25 year olds. This is a losing battle. She needs a new camp.



What’s next?

Good fights on tap: Barboza v Gaethje, Pettis v Wonderboy.

Pettis and Wonderboy is a stupid funny matchup, and I am here for all that chaos. The chaos pick there is, of course, Pettis. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a KO or sub, a victory over Wonderboy will be something great to see. Pettis is obviously on the decline. He’s not chasing a belt anymore, and since he has a contract, might as well fight if he’s healthy. Wonderboy winning that fight is boring.

I’ll comment more on the LW and WW later. What about the Heavyweights?

I want to see Stipe fight again. He’s been on maternity leave long enough. No rematch with DC. Let’s see if he’s still legit. Some guys suffer a loss and lose their confidence along with the belt. Was his loss to DC a fluke? I don’t think so; DC is without peer at heavyweight.

Ngannou, Beast, Blaydes: They all have fights coming up. Good.

Cain, JDS, Overeem: Yes, yes, and yes.

Brock: No. I understand the $$ aspect of him v DC, but I don’t care for it. But wait a minute, I was entertained the night DC beat Stipe and Brock entered the cage. I was not expecting that scene at all! It was unexpected  pro wrestling shtick and I was entertained. Book it!

About the Contender alum: That’s a good show, but they did not have to stack a whole fight card with those people.