These days are rough on yours truly. Not hunting for sympathy mind you, just stating a fact. So, today I will be extremely brief in hopes that come Sunday, I’ll be able to pull off a nice AfterMMAth post to compensate. And so… with no further ado…
Let the predicting of UFC 220 coming up today, January 20th on PPV commence. (All credits go to UFC/WME-IMG for all photos.)
Thomas Almeida by TKO
Francimar Barroso by DEC
Calvin Kattar by DEC
Daniel Cormier by SUB
and now! The moment millions of MMA fans around the world have been waiting for, from Boston, Massachusetts! This is the main event of the evening!
Stipe Miocic by DEC
Don’t forget to get back here by Monday morning for the after MMAth!
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.
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:
Fights with direct impact on title contendership
Hot new (relatively new) talents
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?