Punk Is Dead. Long Live MMA.

I don’t remember where I heard it or from whom. All I remember is agreeing with it. The referenced sentiment is that punk is dead and cannot be revived because, you see, what we called ‘Punk’ is now the norm.

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Fanboy Slim: Georges St. Pierre (25-2-0)

fan·boy
ˈfanboi/
noun
1. informalderogatory
a male fan, especially one who is obsessive about movies, comic books, or science fiction.
I will add to that definition – obsessive about a fighter.
In this series of posts, I will reveal (not that it’s a big secret to whoever scans my twitter or facebook feeds) who are my favorite fighters of all time. I do not hate any fighter. I respect them all and like most. But there are those who I’m just… well a fanboy of.
There’s no denying, GSP is, was and likely will be my all-time favorite fighter. He is also arguably the best MMA fighter of all times. This latter statement is forever challenged by people who dislike his style and I’m fine with that. To each his own.

Photo credit: gspofficial.com

GSP holds the record for WW title defenses, has only 2 losses, which he decidedly avenged, has fought a long list of the best WWs available, including previous champions in multiple organizations, and retired (semi?) holding a belt. Since recapturing the title, he lost perhaps a handful of rounds in the ensuing 9 fights.
GSP’s fights, following his decimation of Matt Serra to win back the belt, were quite predictable. As a fanboy, that didn’t comfort me until I heard Bruce Buffer say “And Still”. They were predictable not in the sense that you knew exactly what to expect. After all, he did outstrike and beat down strikers, outwrestled and controlled wrestlers and generally did everything his opponents said he couldn’t leading up to their inevitable defeat.
St. Pierre is not an “old school” MMA fighter, nor can he be considered part of what we like to call “New breed” (e.g. Rory MacDonald, Conor McGregor and others), but I do consider him a pioneer and an inspiration to this new breed of fighters. Those who may not be THE best at a specific discipline, but are simply very good in all of them. Being well rounded is an insurance plan, and GSP was admittedly safe. He was criticized for that, but as promised, I say it again – it is a sport. A career that ends at an age when a second one can (and should) begin. There really is no need to get hit in the face if you can – not…
GSP sets the bar when it comes to respect for the sport, his opponents, the fans. He sets the bar for consistency and success. He sets the bar for being a professional fighter and he is one of the best ambassadors for the sport of MMA.
If you want to have a blueprint of how to be a healthy (for the most part), well rounded, successful and respected practitioner of martial arts, Georges St. Pierre drew it. It could be expanded upon, elaborated and painted in many colors. But as a foundation, you will not find a stronger one than that of GSP.
Are you a fan of GSP? A fanboy? 
What do you like about him? 
What would you have wanted to be different? And why?

Stay tuned as more MMA legends take the stage.


UFC 198 After MMAth (The Big Bang Theory)

Hello everyone and welcome back.

In case you were wondering, my life just became a little more interesting (more on that at a later date) and so it came to pass that after a really long and prolific prediction work I… forgot to do a prediction post for UFC 198… Just didn’t have the time, and the in the time I did have there was simply too much more to do… OK. Enough excuses. For the record, here are the predictions I did make just before this card started: Continue reading

Who Needs Who? (The Case Of UFC And Conor McGregor)

Hello people,

Before I dive into the important question posed in the title, allow me to clarify a few things:

This is NOT a hate post.

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UFC 193 – Predictions

Hi everybody!

Here we go! one of two awesome cards (on paper) to close out 2015 is coming up this weekend and I for one, am super excited!

Pretty much all the events leading up to these two (193 and 194) served as appetizers, what with the never-ending UFC promo work during every break… I won’t lie, I’m sold. I especially look forward to one women fight. Oh yeah, a woman champion is involved. She’s a “bad-ass” fighter who looks to destroy her opponents, always moving forward, looking to cause damage and further her career and legacy. I am, of course, referring to… Joanna Jedrzejczyk!

Gotach! 🙂

Bet you were thinking Rousey like most of the population, but while I truly respect Ronda, I find Joanna’s fights more fun to watch. Something about her style perhaps, or the speed with which they take place.

These two women title fights are not all this PPV is about but they are the most hyped (and rightfully so). I will elaborate more when we review the results, but for the moment…

Let the predicting of UFC 193 coming up this Saturday, November 14th on PPV commence. (All credits go to UFC/Zuffa for all photos.) We ride!

StruveVsRosholt

Stefan Struve by TKO

HallVsWhittaker

Uriah Hall by UD

HuntVsSilva1

Mark Hunt by KO

JedrzejczykVsLetourneau

Joanna Jedrzejczyk by TKO

and now! the moment millions of MMA fans have been waiting for, from Melbourne, Australia! This is the main event of the evening!

RouseyVsHolm

Ronda Rousey by Submission

Don’t forget to get back here by Monday morning for the after MMAth!

And of course, don’t forget to watch UFC 193 on PPV – This Saturday, November 14th!

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-t’s TIME!


UFC 188 – Predictions and morning after

Hey folks!
Long time no see, and as explained on THIS post, I experienced some technical difficulties on top of some life’s miserable little moments. But we’re back in business and this is the second of the three posts I share with you this week to try to compensate for this short absence. Continue reading

Duck,Duck, Goose

Welcome back one and all to an up and running blog thing. I had some domain issues but these were resolved and we’re back in full swing (no pun intended).

I was (and still am) very busy at work, so I did not make it for a UFC174 prediction post. Had I posted it, I would’ve been 4 out of 5 (with Jimmo losing being the missed 1). You’re just going to have to trust me on that one 😉 Continue reading