UFC 229 AfterMMAth (No Lines Crossed)

Right up until those final minutes of the PPV, it was a really good card. 7 finishes out of 12 fights, in a night that kicked-off with two consecutive head kick stoppages, and barely a boring moment.
In honor of the good effort put by these fighters, we will do the same. Keep the shenanigans to the post main event.
Alright, let’s jump right to my picks. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.

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UFC 227 AfterMMAth (And New / And Still)

Right up until the Co-Main event of UFC227, many people were super charged for the historical fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. So much so, that they forgot that history can be made at any time. We saw firsts, seconds and… well.
Alright, let’s jump right to my picks. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.

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UFC 223 AftreMMAth (Past, Present, Future)

Welcome to the AftreMMAth of the AfterMMAth of what was UFC223, last night in Brooklyn, New York. Normally we do picks before, then review them here.  But see, in order to make picks one has to know which fights one needs to pick, and that aspect of the whole thing was as stable as Conor McGregor’s state of mind. So, no picks for you! But we will chat about this, that and the other. (All credits go to UFC/WME-IMG for all photos.)

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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 216 AfterMMAth (The History Channel)

A week after the traumatic events in Vegas, UFC actually did something right. They kept the schedule and had the October PPV, saying to loonies all over the world – in the words of the recently late and forever great Tom Petty – “I won’t back down.”
As always, let’s discuss my picks quickly. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.

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UFC 209 AfterMMAth (Shut up and fight)

Oh boy. It’s been quite some time since UFC ran 2 consecutive PPVs that – how shall we put it – did not go over too well with pretty much anyone. UFC 208 and UFC 209 will not be featured in any MMA awards, but they did teach us a few things.
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UFC 209 – Predictions

Well… Fudge.
This PPV, heavily leaned on the main and Co-main events. Now, with Khabib Vs. Ferguson out, it’s up to the rest of the card to rise up to the occasion.
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