UFC226 showed us how this organization can generate a very exciting, touching moment, Make history, and within moments cheapen it with a ridiculous, unnecessary and unwarranted “segment”, WWE style.
Alright, let’s jump right to my picks. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.

For your reference, my picks:

I guess my head needed a bit of a shake, to remind me of Saki’s first fight and how, just before he knocked Da Silva out, he was looking quite shaky. oh well, I guess these small gloves still need to grow on him more.
0 for 1

I believed in Chiesa’s grappling. I was sure he was going to sneak one by Pettis. Having watched the fights leading up to the main card, I kind of wished that Pettis would get inspired and come out, all showtime, and he kind of did. Too bad that great spinning-flying-scisor kick didn’t land. But then showtime Chiesa came out wagging his finger before being submitted for his efforts. Wagging your finger is MMA’s famous last words, folks.
0 for 2

I don’t want to say that we saw the new and improved Mike Perry last night, because that would be a bit much. I will say however, that this is the first time in a long time that we saw something different. We’d have to attribute that to working in Jackson-wink. If there are people who can find something in you and make the best use of it, it’s these guys. Felder is a beast. The toughest nerd I even witnessed. Broken arm? let’s keep throwing it. Busted face? Perfect against submission attempts. Much respect. For both.
0 for 3

For the first 7 minutes of the fight I was ok. No sense in rushing in with Lewis, a guy with power that rivals that of Francis’ own. But having lost round 1 and moving towards the end of round 2, knowing that you’re down (that is, unless Stipe’s punches had a far-reaching effect), I’d expect the big man to engage. I can’t offer much in terms of explanation for this fiasco. I can only speculate that N’gannou decided to be even more patient (he always was) than before, and respectful of Lewis’ strength, and that held him back. Too much.
0 for 4

I LOVE Stipe Miocic. How can one not? He was the one with something to lose, and he still went in for a fight. But I watched DC since he started with Strikeforce and “underrated” was always his middle name. I saw the fight going differently. I actually thought DC was going to submit Stipe after one of his patented “Let’s throw a guy who’s bigger and heavier than me up in the air” slams. But I’ll take that. Daniel Cormier. An MMA Legend.
1 for 5

After picking everything right except 1 last time, Here I come with picking everything wrong but one. But what a ONE it was.

Aaaaand NEW:

  • The Champ-Champ DC. The guy who might look to you – if you cross paths on the street – as the most peaceful, smiling, not-an-MMA-fighter you could imagine. Yes, that guy is the only the second guy to hold both of the heavy weights belts in UFC history. How did the previous one say? “Not bad for an old guy”.

Aaaaand STILL:

  • Still, we can’t get a night of MMA fights without the markety, not to say STUPID, mind numbing, blatantly scripted and patronizing part.
  • Everyone is outraged. Get this WWE S^%t outta here! What is this? I’ll tell you what it is. It is the new way of making business, and it did not start last night. To make it crystal clear – I DON’T LIKE IT! It makes me sick. If you’ve read my previous posts, you’d see this sentiment well documented. BUT:
  • I can’t actually believe that anyone is surprised… It started a long time ago, and most of the people who outrage now were on board… why? because back then, it was a cool guy with a witty sense of humor and natural charisma. Yes folks, this started on that stage, on what is known as “red panty night”. You know, that night when Conor sat and pretty much crapped on every other fighter who’s not him. But then, it was him, not Lesnar, so I guess THAT is ok.
  • “But last night was scripted! It’s obvious!” is what I hear. So?… shitting on colleagues is somehow cool when it’s not? Behaving like a punk, throwing bottles, dollies at people, jumping into a cage in which you have no business being is cool because it “comes naturally”? Give me a break… When it comes to WWE shenanigans, all you people who keep defending Conor have no cause to come at Lesnar with the “This is a sport” argument.
  • But where is the REAL problem? The one that SHOULD outrage us all. Of course, it’s the fact that like Jon Jones, Lesnar has been flagged by USADA. It’s the fact that Stipe Miocic put his belt on the line, and guess what – ZERO talk about a rematch. It’s the fact that Curtis Blaydes has more of a case for a title fight than Lesnar does. These are the things I’d expect MMA fans to be upset about.
Performance of the night: Of course, DC doing what he did.

Fight of the night: Paul Felder Vs. Mike Perry.

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