There comes a time when it’s not just wise, but mandatory for a professional fighter to call it quits. MMA is a dangerous sport that tends to produce concussions, broken bones, dislocated limbs and in a very select few instances, even more. There’s no reason to loiter with the lions if your ability to defend yourself has all but disappeared.
Wanderlei Silva was reborn a week ago today in San Jose. His impressive TKO finish of film and television star Cung Le was reminiscent of the Wanderlei who went undefeated in 18 straight fights under the PRIDE Fighting Championships banner.
How monumental was UFC on Fox 1? It was so monumental that my 5-year-old was allowed to stay up and watch “the fights”. While she is very aware that daddy is a big fight fan she is also aware that she isn’t allowed to stay up and watch them. Not on this Saturday.
Saturdays UFC on FOX is quite possibly the most important event the Ultimate Fighting Championship has ever held as they make their debut on network TV. The one hour event will air just the heavyweight championship between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
On November 12, 1993 the UFC held its inaugural event in Denver and the martial arts world was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a non assuming man by the name Royce Gracie. I remember watching it on pay per view and being fascinated by the fact it had no rules (there were), the teeth knocking blows, and just the sheer violence being displayed. Then I saw Royce Gracie step inside the octagon and latch himself onto his opponents like he was an anaconda and literally squeeze the breath out of his opponents. I didn’t know what mixed martial arts were at the time but I knew I had to watch every subsequent event the UFC would ever hold; and I have.
For the first round of past Saturday’s main event against Nick Diaz, BJ Penn displayed the boxing skills that many consider among the best in mixed martial arts. He displayed the slick ground game that earned him the nickname of, “The Prodigy”; then the first round ended.
UFC 137 is finally upon us and although we won’t be getting to see GSP defend his title against Carlos Condit, we will get to watch BJ Penn go toe to toe with MMA’s true Bad Boy; Nick Diaz.
Never look at someone in a fight and think “I can take them, they are smaller than me.” Many times, people will assume that a person smaller in stature will be beaten; not the case. Technique and skill will always overcome size and strength. In the words of Bruce Lee, “be like water; water is the softest stuff in the world but it can penetrate rock.” Three of the top fighters in the world today have penetrated the strongholds of their respective divisions to drown the competition with their ability, technique and dedication at remaining champions and becoming some of the greatest fighters to enter the octagon.