Things have been slow the last few months with regards to change amongst the MMA rankings. Injuries to champions and top fighters along with dominate champions have limited the movement but things are beginning to pick up. In November the UFC saw one of its champions return to action after a long layoff due to injury and the final month of the year will see many highly ranked fighters step into the cage.
Hopefully by now things are returning back to normal, the house guests have left and you can resume your MMA obsession. If you were one of the many that went into an “internet dark period” over the holidays you probably missed several of the MMA stories that unfolded over the last few days.
On November 17th, after a 19 month layoff due to a knee injury, Georges St-Pierre returned to his division to unify the titles. Taking on a game challenger in Carlos Condit at UFC 154, GSP showed that not only was he back in fighting form, he was perhaps even better than he left. We saw not only his pure athletic abilities and prowess in different aspects of MMA itself, but the grit of a champion as he went five hard rounds, and bounced back from a near fall in the third round.
As MMA continues to grow so does the news coming out of the sport, which at times seems overwhelming. MMA news comes at fans from every direction and sometimes that news gets lost in the shuffle. Then you hear someone and wonder when that news was announced and are constantly searching for the actual story, only to discover it was posted weeks ago.
With Saturday’s UFC 154 in the books and the welterweight division now back to having just one champion, all is right in the MMA world. Ok maybe not so much, but as the 2012 begins to wind down, this past weekend was one of the best in MMA this year.
The spots were few and far between for value bettors this weekend, but those with a sharp eye found a few easy bucks to be had. While the lack of Tachi Palace Fighting odds hurt players, wagers could be made on Legacy Fighting Championship 15, Bellator 81 and UFC 154, leaving us with a wide open field. While favorites were king this weekend, let's check out a few of the underdogs that padded our pockets.
The UFC welterweight champion returned to the Octagon tonight at UFC 154 and walk out was again the “undisputed champion”. In front of a packed house in Montreal, Georges St-Pierre took on the interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in a 25 minute war that left both fighters battered, bruised and bloody.
The time has arrived, UFC 154 is upon use and hopefully the welterweight division can get back to some form of normalcy. Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returns to action after a long absence to take on the interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit to unify the belts.