UFC 224 AfterMMAth (Granite Chins and jobs at risk)

Man, I love these sleeper cards. You settle in for the evening, thinking “Well, even though it’s not hyped up to outrageous proportions, it’s still a decent card.” Then the stars align, or some magic happens and you go on a fun ride, with great fights, finishes and stories to remember.
Alright, let’s jump right to my picks. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.

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UFC 206 AfterMMAth (FOTY & KOTY?)

Hello there,
Once it was announced that the planned main event was cancelled, the interwebs exploded with disses to UFC206 “unimpressive” and “No draw” card. Were these expectations met? We’ll see about that soon enough.
First, Let’s see how my predictions went this past Saturday.

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UFC 206 – Predictions

For some reason, UFC206 got a bad rep… but in actuality it is a solid card which should deliver a fun evening of fights!
Main event and co-main with fighters who can only be defined as “game”, plus a few more treats. What’s-not-ta-like?
Just before we start, don’t forget UFC Fight night tonight!
Now let’s get to picking!
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Fixing MMA – Part One

MMA is an emerging sport, even if it’s a far cry from the obscure, underground kind of cage fighting it was only ten years ago. Even if many people who have no idea what MMA means, know of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.
Just think about the legends of some popular sports. NBA, Soccer, Baseball and such. Some of them are long gone, having died of natural causes at an old age.
Contrary to these, the majority of MMA legends are able to raise new families, should they choose to do so.
So why – you might ask – should we fix a sport that is just breaking out of its shell? And is it even broken, to begin with?

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The answers to these questions are “So it grows to be a healthy and responsible adult.” And “Not really, it just needs some guidance like any adolescent.” Respectively.
Having said that, there is quite a bit of work to do, if we (MMA fans, present and future) want to enjoy it for years to come.
In this short series of posts, I’d like to offer my perspective on what could be done to push the sport in the right direction.
First and foremost – I hope you’d agree – is the fighter’s health and safety.
A lot is done already, whether via the rules of the fight or through substance control imposed on fighters, in order to make this sport as safe as can be. The fighters assume certain risks, to be sure, but it is fairly evident that it is as safe as say, Hockey or American football (if not more in some ways).
What I’m offering is adding a couple of safe guards.
The first thing I suggest is the addition of 3 more weight classes to the men and one more for women. There are big gaps between the middle weight tiers, namely between welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight.
Adding 177 lb, 195 lb and 215 lb classes will achieve two goals (also 145 lb for the ladies).
1. Allow people of borderline “walking weight” to make weight easily and without taxing their bodies more than really necessary for a sport. And mind you, this is a sport after all. Not life and death.
2. Allow those small middle weights, large light-heavyweights etc. to find a home where they can be more competitive and not be at a constant disadvantage due to being too small for class A, but too heavy for the one under. Examples? Kelving Gastelum, Johny Hendricks, Charles Oliveira to name a few.
Another thing I think should be done is limit the allowed weight cut. Consult with nutritionists and other experts and come up with a certain “walking weight” that corresponds with the relevant minimum weight class. No one expects Roy Nelson to fight at Welterweight, right? How about Middleweight? What is too much weight cut? Let’s not find the answer out when a fighter suffers severe injury or god forbid more. Let’s make sure that no one even attempts to cut enough weight to risk more than is reasonable. You will hear me say that again and again – this is sport. People should not die for entertainment value or even for greatness (in whose eyes?).
I hope that makes sense, and if not, would absolutely love to hear what your thoughts are regarding fighter’s safety.
Are there more things that could (should) be done to protect the people we love to watch?


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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