It’s been a barely composed week in MMA, with a dinky UFC card this previous weekend and one more much less talked about card tonight, sooner than we uncover a uncommon weekend freed from fights. With that being acknowledged, there aren’t rather heaps of large storylines to dive into this week so let’s talk a few total host of stuff.
The Holm-Vieira major and co-major are doubtlessly bangers however no person’s talking too grand about them and the bantamweight implications for the principle tournament. Is this thanks to the ESPN deal (i.e. this being the seventeenth card this year)?
— Zak Kitzler (@KitzlerZak) Can even 20, 2022
I truly uncover a huge quantity of appreciate for Holly Holm, however to indicate that her fight on Saturday can even very smartly be a “banger” requires a loyal leap of faith. For all of her excellence as a fighter, Holm only has four bonuses within the UFC, and two of those got right here for her demolition of Ronda Rousey (also, a third became Fight of the Night against Cris Cyborg, which, let’s be very finest, became no longer a great fight). Holm is big, however realistically, she’s a greater model of Katlyn Chookagian — exceedingly competent however prefers a ranged kick-boxing sport or grinding clinches.
As for the co-major tournament, there is a grand greater chance of Santiago Ponzinibbio and Michel Pereira inserting on a classic, however it’s no longer assured, which is a disgrace, because two years within the past, I would possibly had been salivating about this fight. In its put, Periera has made a concerted effort to dial support his wild-man lunacy for the sake of greater cardio, and whereas it has worked, it’s made him much less fun. There’s quiet a possibility these two bound hammer and tongs, however there’s also a possibility that we uncover a extra measured, tactical fight. There is a grand increased chance for a KO right here, even though.
As for the inability of buzz, I mediate it’s a combination of things. The incontrovertible truth that we’ve had so many occasions this year completely performs as an aspect, as does the fact that, on the total, girls folk’s bantamweight is no longer a division that gets people talking. However the finest narrate is completely that this is how the UFC operates. For the explanation that transfer to ESPN, the firm doesn’t end loads to promote non-PPV occasions, and whilst you uncover a bunch of opponents who’re appropriate, however no longer self-promoters, we terminate up with this. And there’s nothing irascible with that. It’s a extremely solid card and I’m taking a glance forward to a straightforward Saturday evening.
Taking a glance at Blachowicz-Rakic as an illustration, what are the pros and cons of rapid (with recovery, after all) rematches with injury TKO victories? Blachowicz-Rakic, to me, felt a bit too grand admire “what if the injury did no longer happen”
— Zak Kitzler (@KitzlerZak) Can even 18, 2022
Accidents within the course of fights are extremely heart-broken, for precisely the motive you thunder: it doesn’t truly feel admire a loyal resolve. It’s, by your total principles and logic of the sport, however it quiet feels admire the injured fighter became robbed of one thing. Unless, after all, the injury is introduced about by one thing from the replacement fighter, a checked leg kick as an illustration. Then, an injury is suitable a unsuitable final outcome however the loss is suitable. Unfortunately for Rakic, that is no longer what took discipline on Saturday.
Elephantine credit to Blachowicz, who became combating vastly, however sooner than the injury, the terminate outcome became quiet very grand up within the air. Each and each man had taken a spherical and we were appropriate about to uncover into the loyal meat of the fight. I truly haven’t any procedure what became going to happen for the following three rounds if Rakic didn’t uncover a compromised knee, however now we’ll never know. Now not no longer as much as no longer till Rakic can return, and when he does, I mediate a rematch makes your total sense within the realm.
The pros for this form of fight are obvious: We uncover resolution to the ask of “Who is the greater fighter?” On condition that both males are top-five light heavyweights, that is an exceedingly necessary ask to resolve. As some distance as down aspect, any would be mostly minimal. If Blachowicz reclaims the title, a appropriate away rematch would indicate Rakic heads loyal into a title fight coming off a loss AND and injury layoff. And if Blachowicz doesn’t uncover the title, then most seemingly he’s coming off a loss, which makes the matchup quiet appropriate, however much less bright. Mild, when Rakic is support, assuming the panorama remains the the same or the same, running this fight support makes sense.
Continuously been a fan of Y’alls reveals, End you deem that Colby’s probabilities against Dustin are overblown? I reduction on listening to that Colby will impose his grappling & cruise to resolve. Is it truly that uncomplicated?
— PrePrideRoyceGracie (@PrePrideGracie) Can even 19, 2022
ICYMI: Dustin Poirier acknowledged he became now keen to fight Colby Covington, even supposing it wouldn’t be his first sequence of opponent.
To a level, yes. Poirier is a great fighter, and a greater one than Covington, however the physical and stylistic advantages that Covington maintain build it a extremely appropriate matchup for him. Poirier isn’t an terrible wrestler, however he’s no longer appropriate enough to consistently reduction things on the feet against Covington and he’s potentially no longer appropriate enough to uncover up once he has been taken down. Poirier would must land one thing huge early to resolve this fight, and that’s no longer not doubtless, however it’s a fancy demand.
What are the prospects the UFC gets Tony and the Eagle for TUF
— Matthew Brennick (@InformedCasual) Can even 19, 2022
I’m going to say it’s low, for the easy motive that I’m no longer certain the UFC cares about it. For greater or worse, the UFC seems to deem that TUF serves as a promotional automobile for gargantuan fights. Whereas they’ve, hardly ever ever, had non-competing coaches on the portray, the broad majority of seasons present, if nothing else, extra video advise material of opponents feuding for them to exhaust in promo purposes sooner than PPVs. A TUF season with Tony and Khabib potentially doesn’t tangibly develop viewership and would uncover to nothing, so I truly feel admire the UFC’s flee for food for this would possibly be low.
On a non-public thunder, I will even say that I don’t admire the premise, strictly because it would reduction as a painful reminder of the finest fight that never became. Don’t uncover me irascible, I truly uncover zero doubt that Khabib would uncover smashed Tony with dinky narrate, however the stakes, the narrative, and all the pieces that went into it, became completely the pinnacle of what this sport can even additionally be, and to had been robbed of that also hurts.
Who end you deem will overtake the present GOAT sooner, Usman(vs GSP) or Oliveira(vs Khabib)? Or most seemingly Adesanya(vs Silva), who is conscious of after all
— Lungi05 (@lungikk) Can even 19, 2022
I don’t mediate any of them are going to end it, however if I had to bound them, it seems pretty obvious that it’d be:
The motive being that some people are (wrongly) already announcing that both Oliveira and Usman uncover assumed GOAT role. For Oliveira, he’s potentially objectively nearer to that claim essentially based purely on the fact that Khabib had this form of controversial claim to the lightweight GOAT title, where Usman has to surpass the accurate finest fighter of all-time, Georges St-Pierre.
Now, right here’s why I don’t mediate any of them will end it.
For Oliveira, whereas some people will give him the title, his rather heaps of losses build it a fancy claim, or as a minimal a claim that has obvious arguments against it. Plus, I’m assured that Islam Makhachev is going to mud him up, and once that happens, any focus on of being greater than Khabib goes out the window.
For Usman, individually, I quiet mediate he needs to end A LOT to beat GSP, as his title defense quantity pales in comparability, and that he’s fought so many rematches is one more subtle one. Add in that I mediate Khamzat Chimaev has a great shot to beat him and we’ve received one more conclude however no cigar.
Finally, for Adesanya, I mediate he’s going to transfer away the division subsequent year to build one more speed at 205 pounds, and this time decide to including the burden to build it extra viable. Izzy has generally acknowledged he plans to end so soon, and after one more year at middleweight, there received’t be somebody too bright for him to face.
That is a total random MMA ask… what are the 2 finest fighter nicknames in a title fight ever?
— Jake Marshall (@J_Marsh99) Can even 20, 2022
That is a great ask because genuinely, there uncover no longer been many appropriate nicknames in title fights. Within the UFC, I mediate the appreciate goes to either of the 2 fights between Israel “The Final Stylebender” Adesanya and Robert “Bobby Knuckles” Whittaker. (That you just would possibly even very smartly be announcing “Bobby Knuckles” isn’t his nickname, it’s “The Reaper,” however you would possibly perhaps be incorrect because “The Reaper” is lame and “Bobby Knuckles” principles.) Also, cry out to Demetrious Johnson as “Mighty Mouse” is an fabulous name, however sadly there’s no longer rather heaps of nickname juice from his varied opponents.
As some distance as for any organization, generally any Satisfaction title defense by “The Ax Assassin” Wanderlei Silva qualifies because it’s the becoming nickname in MMA history, and the fellows he fought had solid nicknames of their very uncover: The Gracie Hunter, The Aloof Genius, Rampage — all bangers.
who makes your “all-violence-first-team”?
— Scot McCreight (@Scot_McCreight_) Can even 19, 2022
ICYMI: We started a brand unique podcast for MMA Combating, DAMN! They Were Correct. In it, we focus on our popular opponents of all time and, because it so happens, most of those people are going to be All-Violence All Stars. Verify it out.
I’m assuming the expect right here is for the present All-Violence First Personnel and never an All-Time list. Either is easy enough however let’s reduction things within the show veil day.
Middleweight: André Muniz. Three first-spherical subs in his final three fights. Man is gasoline.
Bantamweight: Marlon Vera. Sean O’Malley is extra consistently turning in finishes however Vera is inserting on bangers against grand greater opposition. Particular shoutout to Louis Smolka, who refuses to fight to decisions.
Ladies’s Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes however I don’t truly feel appropriate about it. She’s had some serious stinkers however W135 is no longer the strongest.
Ladies’s Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko. An identical to the above, even though she’s had fewer stinkers since becoming champion.
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