Friday, November 14, 2014

Missing Weight

Missing Weight

WOW!!! Melvin Guillard missed weight for a title fight. Really? How often are you granted a title shot that you can just miss weight? How are you supposed to impress your current employer, the World Series of Fighting or the employer you want back, the UFC when you miss weight for arguably the biggest fight of your career?


As a professional fighter, your job consists of showing up ready to make weight and then go fight. Pretty simply isn't it? Make weight, beat someone up. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Busy Fight Weekend Wish List

So with all the numerous fights this weekend, here are the few fights I truly care about and who I hope wins.


Let's start with the Legacy Fights. The only fight on this card that I truly care about is Garcia vs Pineda. It's a battle of journeymen who have similar not-so-good records. But Leonard Garcia's rock
'em sock 'em still of fighting is always entertaining. Hope Garcia pulls off the victory.


Next up, the World Series of Fighting. There are a couple of fights here that intrigue me. First is Branch vs Okami for the middleweight title. Two former UFC vets with tons of top level experience battling for a world title. I hope Yushin Okami can pull of the victory here.

The second fight on this card that excites me is the lightweight title fight between Gaethje and
Guillard. First of all, I have never liked Melvin Guillard. I always saw him as a cocky, one dimensional fighter that bought into his own hype. He is fighting Justin Gaethje who is a young, undefeated, up-and-coming fighter. Gaethje is a killer but this will be his first true test. I hope Gaethje passes with the victory.

Finally on this card is a women's strawweight title fight. Two amazing fighters with huge winning streaks going. Jessica Aguilar is on a 9 fight win streak and her opponent, Kalindra Faria is riding an 11 fight win streak. This figures to be an exciting fight. I'd like to see Jessica Aguilar win this fight.


Also this weekend is a Bellator card that I actually care about. Multiple fights on this card have me
tuning in. First up is Nam Phan making his promotional debut againt Mike Richman. Both fighters have recently run into some tough losses and but have rebounded. But both men are definitely in transition. Whoever wins this fight I believe will move on to better things and whoever loses will likely be on their way to a new career. I'll be rooting for Nam Phan

Next on the card is Melvin Manhoef a fighter with 40 professional fights facing competition all over the world. Manhoef will be fighting a completely unknown fighter, hardly any mma experience (although he does have a moderately successful kickboxing career) and a losing (1-3) record. I mean, come on Bellator. The Ortiz vs Bonnar freak show is enough for one card, right? But I'll be watching. I hope the unknown Joe Schilling shocks the world.

This card also features King Mo Lawal looking to get back into the title hunt facing a tough Joe
Vedepo. Because of the name, I'll watch, but I expect to be bored during this fight. King Mo's lay-and-pray style is hard to sit through sometimes. I hope Joe Vedepo finds a way to shut down King Mo and steal the victory.

The co-main event is a good one. Michael Chandler vs Will Brooks for the lightweight title. This is an immediate rematch of their May battle which ended in a split decision victory for Brooks. I believe Brooks caught Chandler sleeping in the first fight and Chandler will look for redemption. I expect Michael Chandler to win in spectacular fashion over Brooks.

Finally on this card is the UFC Hall of Fame castaways, Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonnar. I truly don't like Tito Ortiz. Bonnar on the other hand was a favorite of mine until he got popped not once, but twice for steroids and then "fake" retired. I used to like Bonnar so I guess I hope he wins, but honestly, can I get a double KO here? Maybe they can remake this gem.

UFC 180

Speaking of the UFC, we have a PPV card this weekend. The first fight that gets me excited is Dennis Bermudez vs Ricardo Lamas. Two men with identical 14-3 records and tons of hunger. Lamas is a recent loser for the title, while Bermudez is chomping at the bit for a title shot. This fight should be an exciting technical battle. Bermudez I believe has improved more throughout his career and here is the big test in Lamas to prove it. I hope he can prove to himself and everyone else that he's a top level featherweight.

The co-main event is Jake Ellenberger vs Kelvin Gastelum. Ellenberger should be a huge favorite in
this fight. He has tons of elite level experience against a who's who in the division. Gastelum is undefeated at 9-0 but this is a major step up in competition for him. I like both fighters but with Ellenberger riding a 2 fight losing streak, I hope that Ellenberger rights the ship in a pretty decisive victory of the young up-and-comer, because if he loses his third in a row, the UFC will probably cut him loose.

Finally the main event, Mark Hunt vs Fabricio Werdum for the interim heavyweight title. Now I was indifferent to Velasquez vs Werdum, probably because I saw Cain just running through another opponent. But Hunt vs Werdum for the interim title is intriguing. Hunt has the whole almost force retired with a losing record to now fighting for the heavyweight title. That's a pretty amazing turnaround. Also, he's just an interesting guy to listen to. Since I've never really cared about Werdum, it's easy to see why I want Mark Hunt to leave as the champion.


So there you have it. Way too many fights to watch and never enough time. Let's hope for good fights and exciting finishes!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

So this weekend will cause me to watch a lot of MMA. My Wife is generally pretty cool and watches some fights with me. But I may stretch her limits this weekend.

First on deck is the WSOF. It will get DVR'd but I can't miss 3 title fights. Dave Branch vs Yushin Okami for the middleweight title, Gaethje vs Guillard for the lightweight title and finally Aguilar vs Faria for the women's strawweight title.

3 title fights and all 3 have people I actually care about. It's not every fight card that there are this many fights I care about.

Next on deck, Bellator. I'm more interested in Will Brooks vs Michael Chandler than the circus of Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonnar. But I will admit, the Ortiz/Bonnar fight is a guilty pleasure. Also on this card is Nam Phan and King Mo is trying to right the ship after losing to Rampage. Another good card with fighters I actually care about.

Finally the UFC has decided to put K1 Mark Hunt in a title fight with Fabricio Werdum. I'm truly excited about this fight. The heavyweight division may actually move forward if we can get a champion that isn't so fragile. Cain Velasquez is a great fighter. But seriously, get healthy already.

This card also has Jake Ellenberger vs Kelvin Gastelum and Dennis Bermudez vs Ricardo Lamas. Good card and the UFC will pull my money for this night.

So, who else is planning on dropping 8-12 hours watching MMA this weekend?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fighter Themes

Fighter Themes

I appreciate when a fighter sticks with a theme. A particular walkout song or a particular look. I was thinking of Michael Bisping and his Song Two from Blur and was amazed that more fighters don't stick with a theme.

At the mid-point of Forrest Griffin's career he came out for several fights to Shipping Off to Boston from the Dropkick Murphy's and he had all the lights in the arena go green. It was very cool and made his entrance easily identifiable to him.

Various fighters have stuck with a song. But I would like a fighter to not only stick with a song, but a lighting concept as well. Can you imagine if the UFC would actually show more fighter entrances. It would be almost a throwback to Pride FC and would add to a fighter's mystique.