Burgers and fries. Steak and Baked potato. The two go hand in hand. To get to the steak , you have to go through the potatoes.
If you are health conscious and don’t eat meat and fatty foods, then you probably don’t watch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In that case, you can read for the hell of it or tap out now.
Going back to July, there have been 5 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay per view (PPV) events. Two of those five lost their belt to the challenger. To say that this was unexpected is an understatement. It started in dramatic fashion with arguably the greatest of all time known as Anderson the Spider Silva meeting Chris Weidman. Now if you aren’t familiar with Anderson Silva let me explain something. He has a biographical video entitled “Like Water” and that isn’t a lie. However, apparently he didn’t pay his water bill because he got shut off. His clock cleaned. Lights out. Any other euphemism for a knockout you can muster up would also apply. The manner in which this happened was as dramatic as you can imagine. Anderson likes to box. Anderson likes to taunt. Anderson got a little to big for his Brazilian gauchos and wound up landing on his back.
Now jumping to the most recent PPV fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. This fight was the final of a trilogy between these two behemoths. The first fight ended with Junior going all Mike Tyson and knocking Cain out in the first minute of the match. The second went the distance of 5 rounds but ended with a Cain win after he basically played border patrol and keeping Junior up against the fence without going through it. There wasn’t anywhere near the explosiveness of the first on. It had a more technical feel to it with a lot of grappling and ground and pound. Now to the tres fight, Cain cemented his status as belt holder Heavyweight division with a convincing win. Junior Dos Santos’ face looked like mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving when he was done. However, this is a rivalry that we have not heard the last of long term, but for the short term is done. Velasquez who proudly wears his Mexican Brown Pride in tattoo fashion across his neck, Junior who reps his South American heritage make this a Latin war that would make the Latin Kings proud. Junior could probably hold his weight in a boxing ring, however he has been out martial-arted in their last two fights.
This last half of this year going back to the aforementioned Silva v Weidman applecart upset, and the latter mentioned Velasquez v Dos Santos scrap have been epic. This organization under the direction of Zuffa Entertainment from the Fertita Brothers and Dana White, are headed to new heights. They have a roughly year old Fox contract, a brand new Fox Sports cable network spotlight, plus women are now becoming a focal point as well with Ronda Rousey leading the way. Speaking of Rowdy Ronda, she along with Miesha “cupcake” Tate are the coaches for the current season of The Ultimate Fighter. The season has broke yet more new ground as there are men and women in the same house. Yeah, I was afraid of the Jerry Springer possibilities as well, but fortunately it has not worked out that way, at least in front of the cameras. The upcoming card is George St Pierre v Johnny Hendricks with another belt on the line. Stylistically different yet similar. One guy who wants to take the fight to the ground to control the fight and another who wants to stay on his feet and swing like Big Papi in the World Series. This one should be fireworks as well but in a different way. George “Rush” St Pierre, aka GSP, holds that belt in the Welterweight (170 lbs) division. He has had the belt since 2008. He has defended it 8 times. Each time was won by decision. GSP has a style all his own. No one that watches him will accuse him of being exciting. He has a way of owning his opponent easily without anyone knowing it was happening. He faces a left handed knock out artist in Johnny Hendricks. GSP due to his style has a lot of detractors that want to see him get his teeth handed to him. It could happen. After that fight, in December is the Silva v Weidman rematch that I started this article with. What’s my point in all of this?
If you are not a fan of MMA , NOW is the time to jump on board. Don’t be the person at the water cooler that can’t appreciate a slug fest or watch a submission before someone gets their arm broken. It’s an exciting time for the UFC and MMA, a sport and company that are both growing like wildfire. Are there dangers? Yes, but that’s a conversation for another day. Until then, sit back, drink a beverage, eat your burger and fries, and enjoy this entertaining competition.
Brian X is a sports junkie. Watching that is. He has too much extra baggage to even play in a church league. Not that he would want to but that’s a story for another day. He actively supports and follows The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Lightning. He has become rabid beer drinking Mixed Martial Arts fan as well. He is working on his fighting skills in an octagon in Tai Land to destroy the young bucks that even think about glancing in his 18 year old daughter’s direction. Also he will put you in a standing guillotine choke if you laugh at the fact that he likes Tennis as well. Born and raised in Tampa, FL (not Tampa Bay Florida- to you national syndicated sports show hosts on certain nights of the week), enjoys music his metal as much as his sports when not arguing with his daughter or dog Hugo.
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