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Everything posted by jimufctna24

  1. The UFC should make Khabib vs Ferguson next, and have Gaethje on stand-by in case one drops out (again). Anything other than Khabib vs Ferguson would be a let-down. But Khabib vs Gaethje, or Ferguson vs Gaethje, would be suitable replacements. Aldo can keep McGregor busy.
  2. I was worried after the cut happened. However, I ended up giving Wallin only 2 rounds, perhaps 3 rounds at the most. The judges got it right. Obviously, it wasn't Fury's best performance though. Davidson said last week that he was concerned about Fury over-training. But he seemed to think he had him under control. Perhaps not.
  3. I think he is near the top in terms of ability. The problem is that he hasn't made the most of it. Apparently, he didn't even know the benefits of drinking water until he joined the Ingle gym. He also barely trained for the Eubank Jnr fight - even though he still won. If he doesn't get his act together, he could go down as one of the biggest "what ifs" in recent memory.
  4. BJS is a complete tosser, and hasn't made the best of his ability over the years. But aye, he's one of Britain's best boxers. Perhaps even the best Britain has P4P, as depressing as that is to read.
  5. I'm not sure whether you could have both. If the UFC were to run every week between 2003-2006, they would need the majority of the world's best fighters under contract. That would leave Pride's roster looking like Rizin and One FC's rosters do now - a few world-class fighters, a few decent prospects, a handful of has-beens, and a ton of domestic/mid-level fighters. If, somehow, Pride was able to hang on to the majority of the world's best fighters and still only run 10 times a year, then they would be the toast of the MMA community. Their cards would be stacked and every show would feel like something special. By contrast, the UFC would not only be over-saturated, but their cards would be weak as piss and easier to ignore.
  6. You couldn't resist, could you?
  7. I was about to post that. If Rizin could somehow book that fight at the Saitama Super Arena, I would be thrilled. Beyond that, I am not that interested in Mighty Mouse (or One FC).
  8. Sky have settled down a bit with PPVs this year. They put AJ vs Ruiz, Whyte vs Rivas, and Loma vs Campbell on PPV. That's 3 PPVs in the space of 8/9 months. Of course, that would have been 4 had Hearn been able to make Khan/Brook in Jan/Feb. With the Taylor/Prograis card and Joshua/Ruiz bill on the horizon, it's probable that Sky will finish the year having held only 5 PPV cards. Although, Adam Smith didn't rule out the possibility of the KSI vs Logan Paul card also being put on Box Office. The major increase in PPVs, at least in the past 18 months or so, has come from BT and ITV getting in on the game. BT have not only put Fury's fights behind a paywall, but some UFC cards as well. ITV put the latter stages of last year's Super Series behind a paywall and Pacquiao's most recent fight.
  9. Nigel Benn vs Sakio Bika is heavily rumoured for November in Birmingham. Wtf.
  10. I was genuinely unaware that Fury was fighting this weekend. Elsewhere, Adam "Respect" Smith is still at large.
  11. His personal life was also in tatters. I seem to recall that he was sleeping on the mats of his training facility.
  12. I suspect that the rematch will headline Rizin's December 31st show. With Rampage/Fedor and Bader/ProchΓ‘zka headlining the December 29th show co-promoted by Bellator and Rizin. Should be a fun end to the year.
  13. The latest from the Rizin Confession series. It covers Horiguchi's loss to Kai Asakura. Highly recommended!
  14. I think he's perfect for light-heavyweight. Those additional 20lbs would be difficult for him to lose. If he tried, I can imagine he'd face the same issues as Rockhold and Weidman. Both of them abandoned the middleweight division primarily because the weight cut was making them weak and brittle. But, who knows.
  15. Fair points. Jack Slack brought up an interesting point the other week. Jones looked below par when he added bulk to his frame for the OSP fight. He's not really built to be a heavyweight. His frame is perfect for light-heavyweight. Which is why I would be surprised if he jumps in at the deep-end of the division. It's unclear how he would perform as a heavyweight.
  16. If they do indeed intend to match him with either Reyes, Walker, or Anderson, which is very possible, then Jones will not fight until early 2020. All three contenders are fighting in either October or November. I guess it's possible that Jones will test the waters at HW in December. However, the likes of Overeem, JDS, Lewis, etc are all booked, and I think we can rule DC out for reasons already mentioned. The only available heavyweights with name value are Miocic and Ngannou. Jones would be taking one heck of a risk if he fought Miocic. And quite a risk if he fought Ngannou.
  17. Apparently he's been a drunk for much of his career. I think it's a bit of an open-secret. His training partners, coaches and friends apparently make fun of him for it, and he told reporters in 2014 that he would quit drinking if the UFC gave him a title shot. He was also clearly sozzled at a recent Rizin show. I think he's pretty harmless though. I've never heard of him starting fights or causing trouble. In fact, in comparison with other Lightweight kingpins, such as Khabib, Penn, Aoki and McGregor, he's comes across as a decent bloke. Although that is admittedly a low-bar.
  18. That's shaping up to be a top card. I wonder what is next for Jones? Last I heard, Santos still has no timetable for a comeback and is unlikely to be cleared to train before the end of the year. Reyes, Walker and Anderson are all pencilled in for upcoming fights, and he holds recent victories over Gusty and Smith. Elsewhere, Oezdemir has lost 3 out of his late 4 fights. Could Rakic be next for him? Or something more interesting?
  19. Plot twist: Blachowicz is now pencilled in to fight Jacare in November.
  20. Another thing to remember is that Gomi fought 10 times in the two year span that I discussed. By contrast, Khabib last 10 fights date back to the simmer of 2012 - a whole 7 years ago. Also, while I agree that the Lightweight division is stronger now and Khabib's run is arguably better, the Lightweight class was still very competitive in the mid-2000s. In addition to the fighters that Gomi faced and beat, there was also Hellboy Hansen, Yves Edwards and Josh Thomson. In fact, two of them competed in the LW GP that Gomi won in 05. Sherdog gave Gomi the fighter of the year award in 2005 over Shogun and Fedor. Jack Slack also described Gomi as the best fighter in the world in early 2007 when he lost to Diaz. I didn't agree with either of those distinctions, but it shows how critically acclaimed he was in some circles. The man was always flawed, he was a massive piss-head, and his career later suffered because he started to believe his own hype and became a wild brawler. However, at his best, which was probably during the LW GP, he was a dynamo. Prime Gomi vs Prime McGregor would have been an amazing spectacle.
  21. I do think some underestimate what Gomi achieved in his prime. These were his best wins between December 2004 and December 2006: Pulver: Ranked 10th at LW at the time LW. Kawajiri: Ranked 1st at LW at the time. Continued to be ranked in the top 5 at LW for 2 years afterwards. Sakurai: Ranked 10th at WW at the time. Was ranked in the top 5 at LW for 18 months afterwards. AurΓ©lio: Ranked 7th at LW at the time. Continued to be ranked in the top 10 at LW for a year or so afterwards. Ishida: Ranked 3rd at LW at the time. Continued to be ranked in the top 10 at LW until mid-2008. He notched up a further 4 wins during this timeframe as well. His only loss in this period came to Aurelio, which he later avenged. I don't think he's a match for Khabib head to head - I think Khabib would maul him. Nonetheless, I do think his resume and activity during this period puts him in the conversation for best lightweight ever. He more or less fought and beat the best lightweights of his time, all in a 2 year timeframe.
  22. I'll always remember Duffee for his fight with Overeem in Japan. Perhaps not the actual fight itself, but the fact that even his own team knew he was going to get battered.............and he did.
  23. Breen on Khabib vs Ferguson/Greatest Lightweight Ever. Full article here - https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2019/9/8/20854994/ufc-242-editorial-on-the-cruciality-of-an-eagle-and-a-boogeyman-khabib-ferguson
  24. I'm conflicted here. I have a soft spot for old Del Boy. Yet, he committed the cardinal sin of telling Cocaine Kalle to fuck off. I mean how could anyone get angry at this man, especially with his funky new hair style:
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