Everyone loves a title fight. The belt brings out the fair weather fans in droves, gets the production crews working overtime, and has the high rollers freeing up their bankroll for wagers. Championship fights embody why betting on sports is so exciting, but us gamblers aren’t the only ones who need to clear a profit at events. MMA is a big money industry, and the UFC has hundreds of people counting on the continued success of their brand, with Pay Per Views being the cash cow of the industry.
Forrest Griffin did it this year, Kenny Florian and Stephen Bonnar did it last year and Nate Quarry did it back in 2010. These original Ultimate Fighter’s have all recently retired and it’s time for “The Crippler” Chris Leben to follow in their footsteps.
There was one last weekend, there will be one this weekend, and there will likely be one every weekend for the foreseeable future. As fans, we’re all heart-broken when we feel an injustice has been done to a fighter via poor judges decisions. Sometimes we had money on someone we feel was “robbed” or perhaps we just wanted to see our favorite guy advance. If you take pains to be impartial, you might just hate the fact these decisions are a blemish on the sport we all love and a disservice to fighters.
Fighters have thin skin these days. Say someone hits like a girl, or that they make funny noises during a match, or that they’re legally cheating with TRT, and all of a sudden everyone has hurt feelings. Back in the day, this was just your standard banter before the fight, and for good reason: Everyone was scared shitless. If you’re a judoka walking into a rickety cage against some monster of unknown origins and skills, you’re damn right you’re going to call him a name or three to make yourself feel better.
In one of the most epic battles we’ve seen in the Octagon as of late. Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann put on a show, and gave a blueprint to other fighters how to keep a job in the UFC.
Talk of TRT has been rampant in the MMA world following Vitor Belfort’s fight against Michael Bisping, and with good reason. Coming into the cage is the best shape of his life; Belfort easily dismantled the top-flight Middleweight, severing his ties to consciousness with a head kick in the second round.
The UnCut Sports Show Episode Description: Well Episode 5 of TUF 17 did not disappoint. Jon Jones training partner Bubba McDaniel was going up against Kelvin Gastelum. Probably the most experienced fighter and biggest trash talker in the house, McDaniel had in many people’s minds the easy task of taking on the far less experienced Gastelum.
One week from today Strikeforce will hold their final event before the company joins the ranks of the WEC and Pride FC. The Strikeforce fighters will either be absorbed into the UFC or they will be looking for work elsewhere. Though the promotion has been on a downwards spiral for sometime now, the once considered #2 MMA promotion in the US still has some top tier talent.