UFC 218 AfterMMAth (Steps Forward And Back Steps)

For a while now, UFC did a good job (yes, I give credit when credit is due) closing out the calendar year with strong cards that delivered in more than the entertainment department. 2018 so far, is on par in that department. Although 218 suffered the significant loss of Edgar to injury, the card (and undercard) was strong enough to give us more than our money’s worth.
As always, let’s discuss my picks quickly. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.

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UFC 218 – Predictions

After a fun – if not really significant – TUF Finale, it’s time for one of the last 2 PPVs of 2017. Many people expressed disappointment by the card, but as I wrote in this post, I think it’s a very solid card.
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Are You Not Entertained !?

I don’t like saying “I told you so”. Hell, who am I kidding? I like to sit here and feel superior. But ego aside, I just wanted to remind you of that post I wrote about UFC trying to be punk and failing miserably.
We’re just starting to come down off the UFC217 high and, as predicted, when you have a super card like that – the following cards suffer. Ignoring the market specific UFC in Shanghai, we’re looking at the next 2 PPVs and see a lot of very disappointed fans.
Yes, neither one equals 217, but this is exactly what I was talking about. When everything is “Punk” then what is Punk?
The question we should be asking ourselves is not “is UFC218 or 219 as good as 217?” The question is simply “Do I want to watch UFC218 or 219?
Let me offer an answer.

um…. Hell yeah.

Let’s look at UFC218 for a minute: Besides what looks like pretty solid prelims, capped by Oliveira(cowboy)/Medeiros and Oliveira/Felder, we have:
  • A solid women fight between Torres and Waterson
  • Ex-champ Alvarez and always exciting Gaethje
  • The new and improved Cejudo Vs. Pettis Jr.
  • The hottest HW MMA has to offer Vs. Reem
  • A championship fight between Max Holloway and that guy who used to run FW for about forever.
Let’s move ahead quickly to UFC219 and check out the merch: Again we have very solid prelims, including appearances by fan favorites like Usman and Smolka, followed by:
  • The return of one of the best WWs MMA had to offer (That’s Carlos Condit for those of you living under a rock) in an interesting match up with Neil Magny
  • Cynthia Calvillo’s greatest test Vs. Carla Esparza
  • Jimmie Rivera’s possible shot at a title shot against John Lineker
  • The returning Khabib who, despite all the jokes, is still a leading contender Vs. Highlight reel Edson Barboza
  • A championship fight between Two of the best female MMA fighters of all times
So that gives us, on both cards:
  • Title fights
  • Fights with direct impact on title contendership
  • Hot new (relatively new) talents
  • Strong prelims
But of course, we are mostly preoccupied by the people who are not there. Frankie is injured… what can we do about that? Jose Aldo may never be the same person he used to be, but he did not forget how to fight. Conor McGregor is busy with anything but MMA. Tough. Deal with it, folks.
I recommend a swift reality check. Let us get back from fantasy booking to the real world. With the people available, with the titles and contenders as they are, can we really complain about 2 cards like the aforementioned?
Seriously now, are you not entertained?


UFC 205 AfterMMAth (All Hail King Conor)

Hello there,
So… Anything interesting happened this weekend?
Again, we will see how my predictions went this past Saturday and then talk about some burning issues. But before we even do that, I just want to present this tweet I posted as a caveat:

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UFC 205 – Predictions

ARE YOU READYYYYYY!?
New York City, Biggest, Deepest, Richest card in UFC history. What else can we say about this epic event? May the MMA gods grant us with a night that delivers on a HUGE promise! Now let’s get to picking!
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UFC 200 AfterMMath (Respect)

Welcome back,
It’s somewhat symbolic that this UFC 200 AfterMMAth post comes out on the 5th anniversary of the first centennial event – UFC 100. We’ve talked about the comparison between the two before the final card of 200 took final shape. It was, and still is an unfair comparison but it is interesting that on 200 we had a few UFC100 returns, Brock Lesnar being the obvious. But let’s not forget Jim Miller who fought in 100 and the fight that never happened, featured Jon Jones, another UFC100 card member.
This post will cover three events (and a whole lot of predictions) so excuse me if I breeze through a few to concentrate on the more important ones in the bigger scheme of things.

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UFC 200 (and more) prediction extravaganza!!!

Hello everyone and welcome back to this here website.
What a week! Starting with some 4th of July fireworks and only escalating from there, culminating in a fight weekend to be remembered. This post will be long enough, just predicting three separate events (UFC 200 including all prelims) so excuse me if I save on preamble.
Still, UFC200 is this Saturday and I can’t not say something about it, now can I?

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