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  1. wandshogun09

    Boxing Thread

    What the fuck? Anyway, here's Brook talking about the Khan thing again. "I will tie one 'and behind me back, I will, and I'll still pop 'im. One o'them brownies. Over. Look at 'im in his last fight. I feel sorry for the kid, I'mer 'urt 'im bad. I'mer 'urt 'im bad." I really like Brook as a fighter but I can't take his trash talk seriously at all with that Keith Lemon accent. At this point I've given up on Brook vs Khan ever happening. And it's clear as day what the holdup is. These roadblocks Khan's putting in the way are really silly now. You'd think them both being signed to Matchroom would make it so much easier to get the fight on but it's never happening, is it? First it was 'Brook will have to come down to 147', Brook agreed. Then it was 'I want to fight Manny Pacquiao instead', then the Floyd vs Manny 2 rumours started up. Now it's this cobblers about rehydration. What the utter bollocks is that? So it's not enough that he wants Brook to boil himself down to 147, now he's expecting him to weigh in again and he can't fully rehydrate after the weigh in. Have I got that right? Madness. It's at the point now where I actually think Khan would lose less face by just saying 'I'm never fighting Brook. Don't ask me again', than these constant excuses. Either way everyone knows he's ducking the fight but at least then he doesn't have to pretend he's up for it or be asked about it again.
  2. wandshogun09

    Boxing Thread

    Yeah, I think Ritson can still make some noise. It wasn't like he got outclassed, Patera just outworked him just enough at crucial points to nick a decision. It was the type of loss that doesn't damage him too much and that he can learn and improve from. As long as he's mentally up for it. The Crawford vs Benavidez show was good. Crawford remains unbeaten. He looked really good throughout, didn't think Benavidez got much done. I had Crawford well up on points but that became redundant as he stopped Benavidez in the 12th with seconds to go. Quality performance again from Crawford. Easily one of the best in the game right now. We need to see him vs Spence or Thurman or Porter or one of those guys. It's getting to where those guys are all going to have to fight each other soon. Welterweight is such a good division at the moment. The undercard was full of highlight reel stuff and excitement. Shakur Stevenson is someone everyone needs to keep an eye on IMO. He's a 2016 Olympic silver medalist. He's far from the finished article but this was my first time seeing him and I thought he looked ace. He took apart the more experienced Viorel Simion in a round here. Moving to 9-0 with 5 knockouts. Simion had never been stopped before and his only losses were to Scott Quigg and Lee Selby, he took both the distance. So Stevenson, at just 21 years old and with less than 10 pro fights, blowing him out in a round is pretty impressive. Mike Alvarado, best known for his couple of wars against Brandon Rios years ago, scored a crushing second round knockout over a guy called Pea Shooter Cannon or something. Knocked him down once then he got up and Alvarado just nailed him and he was out, head bounced off the mat and everything. Oh and there was a guy on the undercard who Bunce highlighted. They didn't show his whole fight but they aired a few clips of it plus some of his other fights and, more importantly, his ring walks. Steve Nelson is his name. He's an army vet apparently. 12-0 with 12 knockouts so far. He looks a bit unpolished and raw at the moment from the snippets they showed but, fuck, he's entertaining. Just look at these from some of his entrances. Here he is being wheeled out as Hannibal Lecter; As Rick James; And Michael Myers; One of his cornerman had a Chucky mask on for that one as well. The 'Filthy' Tom Lawlor of Boxing! I'm already a fan of this guy and I haven't even seen him fight yet.
  3. wandshogun09

    UFC 230: Cormier vs Lewis

    Yeah to be honest Cormier vs Lewis is just a bigger, fatter, blacker version of Khabib vs McGregor. Except the only post-fight riot will be to see who gets to Popeyes first. @Keith Houchen Of course, he's no TildeGuy, our man in the know with more sources than Daddies.
  4. wandshogun09

    UFC 230: Cormier vs Lewis

    Like Eggy said, I don't think this was ever the plan. It can't have been. As you've pointed out the circumstances are far from ideal. I still think the plan was for this card to be headlined by the return of Jon Jones. Helwani says no and of course he's got more info than us lot, but at some point I bet it was the plan. There's no way they said 2-3 months ago when they should've been finalising the MSG main, 'hey fuck it, we'll just wing it. See what happens'. I think they must've been waiting on something. Either the USADA green light for a Jones return or they were hoping for GSP to commit to a fight, something like that. Whatever the plans were, they obviously fell through. The Jones thing was probably a timing issue. Maybe he felt he needed longer to train after such a layoff, and/or Gus was still healing up and needed longer to get a camp in. And it's also probably a timing thing with GSP (if they even approached him) because he'll no doubt have had his eye on the Khabib/McGregor winner and neither of them were going to be on this card on such a quick turnaround. There was definitely a different, bigger plan that fell through though. Because wasn't Rogan almost soiling his pants dropping hints about it on one of the recent shows? All things considered and with the little time they had to work with, this was about as good as we could've hoped for. But it is pretty mad how late they left it and how much they seemed to leave to chance to get a big main event sorted for this. I mean, what if Lewis was too banged up to go again here? Or DC said no. They'd be fucked and we'd still have Sijara Whobanks headlining. They must've chucked some serious dough at DC and DL for this.
  5. wandshogun09

    Boxing Thread

    Really good fight it was as well. Patera was relentless. Ritson blamed it on the bodyshots and that obviously played a big part in how the fight went but I think Patera's non-stop pace was probably just as much of an issue. He was constantly on the offence but also constantly moving and bouncing around. Ritson got back into it in the later rounds but I thought it was slightly too late by then and he needed a knockdown at least. Cracking fight though. Chuffed to see Allen get another win and Buatsi looked a beast again. I'd love to see him end Yarde's little run myself but Fish Eyes don't want that smoke.
  6. wandshogun09

    Bellator 207/208: Fedor vs Sonnen - Oct 12/13

    Yeah, yeah. Course you don't follow him
  7. wandshogun09

    Boxing Thread

    Yeah, the Crawford fight's on Box Nation. Looking forward to seeing Ritson back in there. Who's on the undercard? I know Dave Allen is, Buatsi's on there as well isn't he?
  8. wandshogun09

    UFC 230: Cormier vs Lewis

    I'm stealing that one for the thread tags. Choc Lesnar!
  9. wandshogun09

    UFC 230: Cormier vs Lewis

    Probably not without pissing about on Sherdog Fight Finder or whatever, going through every female flyweight fighters records with a fine toothcomb, cross referencing and MMA mathing the fuck out of them, which is flawed logic anyway. I'm not as arsed about it as you clearly are. Are you Sijara Eubanks? Is that it? Seriously, I don't know what the issue is here. I've said I'm not convinced on Eubanks yet. That's it. If she'd fought Shevchenko and done well, even in defeat, I'd have been on board that she's top level. If she starts Goldberging her way through these flyweights, cool, I'll just be happy we've got another top contender to talk about. Because that division needs them. Looking at the flyweight division now on UFC's site, sure, maybe Eubanks beats a fair chunk of them. But my original point was that I had doubts she'd make the splash our Noah was saying she might back when she was announced for TUF. Based on her losing nearly half her pro fights. Whether she's better than that record suggests or the fighters who beat her are underrated or whatever, the fact is she's already been handed an L twice. That kind of suggests she's not perfect and is as susceptible to defeat as anyone. You can break it down any way you want. I never said she was shit or even that Murphy or whoever were shit. Just that I don't think Eubanks is some world beater. She might go on a good run in the division, because the division isn't that strong - or is it? Maybe you'll tell me that these are actually all female Khabib's in disguise and I'm wildly underestimating them as well? She might do good. But I feel like there'll always be a 3 or 4 better fighters keeping her out of that title mix. Sorry if that's not what you want to hear. God I'm boring myself with this. Can we get back to talking about Derrick Lewis' sweaty balls now?
  10. wandshogun09

    UFC 230: Cormier vs Lewis

    You don't have to explain anything to me. I can make my own mind up who I think is good or not. I know who Lauren Murphy is and I know who Barb Honchak is. Fully aware. I just think Murphy is on a bit of a decline. I'm basing that off her recent results and how she's looked. Either she's dipped in form or she hasn't evolved enough to keep up with the new blood. And not everyone is a top fighter in their division. If we don't base out opinions on how impressive a fighter looks in a fight then we might as well not have an opinion on anything MMA related. Look, I'm not saying Eubanks is a terrible fighter or anything. I just don't believe she's elite. Fuck, maybe she is but she's yet to show it. But if she hasn't shown it yet, then what are we basing it on? Then it's just guesswork to say she's top level. She's beat a Lauren Murphy who I believe is on the slide and Roxanne Modafferi who is hit and miss. They're her best wins. They're good wins but nothing she's done yet has given me reason to have confidence she's hanging with a Shevchenko or even a top strawweight coming up in weight like Jedrzejczyk or whoever. That's all I'm saying. Even if we assume she's one of the best women fighters around, the fact she's lost to Ladd and Chookagian shows she's not likely going on to dominate as she's already come up against two girls who were able to better her.
  11. wandshogun09

    UFC 230: Cormier vs Lewis

    If they were Brazilian it'd be put down to lack of PEDs since USADA came in. Even if there was nowt to base it on other than their nationality. But they're American so that never even gets mentioned as a possibility. Not saying I think either were dirty by the way. Just pointing out the different standards. I'm pretty sure if Rockhold was Brazilian and was floundering a bit like he is, there'd be widespread gossip with the likes of Rogan and Schaub putting it out there with a nod and a wink that he might be a juicehead like they did with Aldo, RDA and Barao. It's silly. I know a lot of guys do cheat and take shortcuts but there are so many reasons why you might dip in form or go on a losing streak in a sport as chaotic and unpredictable as MMA. Coming off PEDs is just one of them but there are so many other factors to consider that are sod all to do with that but they're not as sexy or controversial to talk about. And fair points @weevil on Eubanks. I hope she is that good. I think I've been one of the fairest and least dismissive on here when it comes to women's MMA and I've said myself that you sort of have to judge it differently to the mens game because it's been around a lot less time and the divisions are still growing. I think a lot of the criticisms have been a bit unfair and a lot of it total bollocks. Like people will bash women's MMA for having 'no technique' yet jizz over two fat heavyweights wailing arm punches until they gas or one falls down. You're right that some of these women might have misleading records because of how the divisions lay but looking at Eubanks' record I'm just not convinced. I'm not ready to call her some hot prospect. Her best win to date is Lauren Murphy but Murphy's seen better days. Eubanks' two losses - Aspen Ladd, OK, she looks good. She really stood out to me on the 229 prelims with how she just breezed through Tonya Evinger. Especially as it took Cyborg 3 rounds to get Evinger out of there and Ladd stopped her inside one. Ladd's got my attention. Between amateur and pro she's 15-1 combined with 12 finishes. I'll give Eubanks a pass for that loss. Never really been overly impressed with Chookagian though. She's solid but nothing amazing. If Eubanks was some hidden gem, she probably should've beat Chookagian. That was my point though. I wasn't saying Eubanks was shit. I'm just not convinced she's anything special. There's a middle ground there. Her best win is a declining 35 year old Lauren Murphy. The other two times she's stepped in as a pro with a legit fighter (Ladd, Chookagian) she's lost. Like I said, she looked decent on TUF from what I recall but I'm holding off on declaring her top level. And the fact she's had a couple of instances where she's struggled to make weight is worrying and could hold her back. There was the deadlock cutting episode I mentioned before on TUF and the weight issue was also why she was pulled from the finale against Nicco Montano. She's only fought at flyweight twice out of her 5 pro fights. She's 1-1 as a pro flyweight. And when she went up to 135, she lost to Ladd. I mean I'm not writing her off but the evidence so far doesn't suggest she's going to be some elite fighter at 125 and I doubt she'd have faired well at all against Shevchenko. If she ever gets that fight and wins, or even just hangs with Shev, I'll happily admit I was wrong. But my feeling on Eubanks, right or wrong, is 'decent, middle of the pack' no more, no less.
  12. wandshogun09

    UFC 230: Cormier vs Lewis

    Well they've made a right balls up getting here but they've managed to cobble together a pretty strong lineup in the end. On Saturday 3rd November, the Octagon is back in Madison Square Garden. PPV MAIN CARD Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis - Heavyweight Title Luke Rockhold vs Chris Weidman Jacare Souza vs David Branch Derek Brunson vs Israel Adesanya Sijara Eubanks vs Roxanne Modafferi FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS Shane Burgos vs Kurt Holobaugh Karl Roberson vs Jack Marshman Lando Vannata vs Matt Frevola Jason Knight vs Jordan Rinaldi FIGHT PASS PRELIMS Ruslan Magomedov vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima Julio Arce vs Sheymon Moraes Brian Kelleher vs Domingo Pilarte Lyman Good vs Sultan Aliev Bout order's probably all to cock, I'll update it as and when. Like I say, not a bad card at all. Nowhere near as stacked as the first two MSG shows and it could've been better but, well, it could've been a fair bit worse. And very nearly was. Madison Square Garden. The World's Most Famous Arena. The original MSG was built in 1879. It was rebuilt, renovated and relocated a bunch of times over the next 100-odd years but it's always been where it's at as far as the glitz, the glamour and the big events. The history of MSG is something else. Everyone who was anyone has performed there. From Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Bob Marley, KISS, Madonna, SD Jones, the lot. Sports have also been a huge part of the Garden's rich history. All manner of sports but I'll focus on the three I give a fuck about here. Some snippets from MSG's history with sports of the combat variety... 1951: Rocky Marciano knocked out the legendary but past-it Joe Louis in 8 rounds. Louis never fought again, retiring with a 66-3 record. Marciano retired, undefeated 49-0 record intact, four years later. 1971: The Garden hosted the first Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier fight. Both were unbeaten. Ali was 31-0 with 25 knockouts, Frazier was 26-0 with 23 knockouts. It was the first time two unbeaten boxers had faced off for the heavyweight strap and they called it 'The Fight Of The Century'. An estimated 300 million people watched the fight around the world. It's not as famous as their brutal third fight, 'The Thrilla In Manila' but it's a classic in its own right. Frazier won the fight on points, knocked Ali down in 15th round and handed him his first loss and a nasty swollen jaw to go with it. The second fight in 1974 also took place at MSG, Ali evened the score that night with a decision of his own but the fight was nowhere near as good as their first or third. Not a bad fight but definitely the weak link of their trilogy. 1983: SUPER-SUPER-SUPERFLY! Everyone on here will know all about this one. Here you see Jimmy Snuka taking time out from murdering to hit his signature Superfly Splash on Don Muraco. To young fans today this is no big deal in an era when you regularly see 9 stone weekend wrestlers in trackies diving off high places in school gyms in front of 14 and a half people but back in '83 this shite was unheard of. The match, and more specifically the splash, famously (in wrestling circles anyway) inspired a young Mick Foley who was in attendance that night, to become a wrestler. 1984: "Thunderlips is here! In the flesh, babeeey!" Hulk Hogan, fresh out of the clutches of Verne Gagne and into the WWF, pisses right through the Iron Sheik in a few minutes to become the WWF champion for the first time. Hulkamania was born. 1985: The first WrestleMania. Vince brought out the big guns for this one. His new golden boy the Hulkster on top proving he was never a racist, teaming with Mr fucking T, when T was a mega TV star, in the main event. Crazy times. Celebrities in wrestling is a thing now but it wasn't then. Add Roddy Piper at his bastard heel best, Andre The Giant plus Cyndi Lauper and Muhammad Ali popping in for a cup of tea and you've got quite the event. 1994: A decade later and WrestleMania X. One of my favourites. You had some cack on there but it was far outweighed by the two tremendous matches everyone associates this show with years later. That ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon blew my simple innocent 9 year old mind at the time. And the Bret vs Owen opener is about as close to perfect as a wrestling match gets IMO. 2004: Another decade on at WrestleMania XX and... Ahh shit. OK, it wasn't ALL a bowl of cherries. At the time, as a workrate perv who was just getting balls deep into internet wrestling fandom and Meltzer star rating wankery, this was basically porn to a fan like me. Seeing Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero on top of the wrestling world, on the biggest show ever, in the 'world's most famous arena'...it was some moment. It's all ruined now though. I don't think I could ever watch that post-match bit again, with Nancy and Daniel in the ring. Skipping forward... 2011: This probably isn't one that'll jump out to most. But Miguel Cotto getting revenge against that horrible cunt Antonio Margarito was something I won't forget in a hurry. Cotto's always been one of my all time favourite boxers and, by all accounts, he's one of the nicest, classiest and most hornourable men in a game not known for them. An all-round good egg. So when Margarito bashed Cotto up in their first fight back in 2008 it was hard to watch. And the sour taste got even more sour when Margarito got caught with loaded gloves (Plaster of Paris, if I recall right) later on. A dirty shit of a fighter and he showed no remorse in the buildup to the rematch. Margarito came into the fight with a fucked up eye, he shouldn't have been cleared to fight to be honest. I didn't want to see him go blind or anything but I can't lie that seeing Cotto batter him, stop him and then just coldly staring at him was so satisfying to watch. 2016: After years and years of campaigning and jumping through legal hoops, it finally happened. The state of New York legalised MMA. The UFC brought a monster of a card for their debut at the Garden. In the headliner Conor McGregor made history, knocking out Eddie Alvarez to become the first UFC double champion. The undercard featured Woodley vs Wonderboy for the welterweight title, Jedrzejczyk vs Kowalkiewicz for the strawweight strap, Yoel Romero kneeing Weidman's head into the 17th row before telling Bisping he loved him, and Khabib ripping Michael Johnson's arm off. Quite a night. 2017: The UFC returned to MSG with a second stacked card. This time welterweight GOAT Georges St Pierre returned after a 4 year layoff, going up in weight to submit and dethrone middleweight champ Michael Bisping, cementing his legacy as the best to ever do it even further. Undercard that night saw TJ Dillashaw twat Cody Garbrandt into oblivion, THUG ROSE, THUG ROSE, THUG ROSE scored the shock KO over Joanna Jedrzejczyk to become the 115lbs champ and Paulo Costa wrecked Fatty Hendricks which is always a good time. So with the UFC making the November PPV an MSG tradition, what would the 2018 instalment bring?... It had to be something mega. It just had to be. Months and months out the speculation was rumbling. The UFC made us wait and wait. And the longer we waited, naturally, it only added to the speculation and raised hopes. Would it be Khabib vs Conor? With hindsight, thank fuck it wasn't, eh? Would it be Brock Lesnar? GSP's next fight? Jon Jones' return? Was Cain Velasquez coming back? Nick Diaz? Would it be some mad superfight like GSP vs McGregor? Well in October, just weeks before show time...the UFC finally announced it. Shevchenko vs Eubanks. If only it was that Eubanks. No. It was annnounced that the main event would be a flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks. Who? Sijara Eubanks. Still not ringing any bells? It's OK, Joe Rogan doesn't know who she is either. "No offence but I don't even know who Sijara Eubanks is and...I'm the commentator for the UFC." - Joe Rogan That was his legit reaction when he heard the news on his podcast. Of course, the announcement was met with a mixture of outrage, confusion, laughter, back to confusion, back to outrage. Just such an odd choice. Even shitter was they were sacking off a much better Shevchenko vs Jedrzejczyk fight for this load of old bollocks. The decision was unanimously and universally panned. I didn't see any fucker defending it. Thankfully the UFC listened and scrambled for something, anything else. Now we got this. SHEEEEIIT! Daniel 'DC' Cormier vs Derrick 'The Black Beast' Lewis for the heavyweight title. It's happening. A mismatch on paper? Yes. But I'm so much happier and more invested in this than that shite sandwich we were going to get. And no doubt with this announcement Rogan's gone from this... To this... This is one of those fights that could be awesome or awful or hilarious or a mix of the lot. We last saw DC back in July. As 205lbs champ he went up to challenge heavyweight champ and wrecking ball on a streak Stipe Miocic. Everyone thought DC's only real chance was to outwrestle Stipe but most felt Stipe was just too big and too good and didn't fancy DC's chances. I know I didn't. But he did it. Knocked out Miocic in the first round to become the second only double champ in UFC history. As if that wasn't enough, he was lining up for a colossal fight and payday. Brock Lesnar was in attendance, got in DC's face, shoved him then called everyone a "piece of shit" and fucked off again. The night belonged to Daniel Cormier though. The plan from there was set out. DC was vocal and determined that he was going to retire by the time he hit 40, so by March 2019. The plan was to get two more fights in before then. The Lesnar fight was looking like early 2019 and potential fights at 205 that were rumoured for DC like vs Gustafsson or Romero, DC shot down. With Jones and Lesnar the two obvious choices, yet no clear timetable for either man's return, things went a bit quiet on the Cormier front. Meanwhile Derrick Lewis was plugging away in the heavyweight division. Bad back and all. After a loss to Mark Hunt in June 2017, Lewis bounced back with a stoppage win over Marcin Tybura. Then on the undercard of Cormier's fight with Miocic, Lewis faced off with Francis Ngannou. A fight that looked like a proper Clash Of The Titans going in...turned out it was fucking awful. Lewis won a decision, mostly on account of Ngannou doing NOTHING the whole fight. But the Black Beast rolled on. Back in the win column and still as entertaining as ever outside the cage and on social media etc. His next fight was booked for UFC 229, on the undercard of Khabib vs McGregor. A huge opportunity. He'd be up against 6'7" Russian Alexander Volkov. A horrible matchup on paper for the Beast. As I said in the 229 thread, Volkov had big Derrick outgunned in almost every area from size to speed to technique to youth. And he was coming in off a huge knockout win over Werdum. I really didn't like Lewis' chances. Again, outgunned in every area. Except one. Power. For about 14:30 of the 15 minute fight, Volkov was showing why my prediction was right. He was schooling Lewis while Lewis plodded about looking all sad, dejected and like he just wanted to go home, eat some ribs and throw his wife's legs in the air. He looked well miserable. Then all of a sudden, with just seconds left in a fight he was losing handily... THWACK! Lewis fucking wallops him and that's that. Lewis by KO at 4:49 of the 3rd round. With just 11 seconds to go! Rogan was beside himself. And the post-fight interview was pure gold. Rogan: I'm here with the winner Derrick Lewis. Derrick why did you take your pants off? Lewis: MY BALLS WAS HOT. Rogan: I understand. Rogan: Listen Derrick, you came into this fight the number two contender. With that knockout you're absolutely one of the top guys in line for a shot at the title next. So tell us what you think about that. Lewis: I need to sit my black ass down, do some mo' cardio. Fuck what you talkin' about right now. I ain't tryin' to fight for no title right now. Not with no gastank like that. SHEEEEIIT. But here we are. And you must watch this promo. Now. Don't disrespect the Popeyes. After the ugly scenes at 229, this is exactly what's needed. Rockhold vs Weidman 2 is an interesting one. This rematch was actually supposed to go down in June 2016 at UFC 199. Weidman pulled out with an injury, Michael Bisping stepped in on short notice to fight Rockhold and...you know the rest. If you don't, look it up, it's always worth watching again. Anyway, last time these two met was December 2015. They were co-main under Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor. Weidman was the middleweight champion back then, he was still undefeated and still had that aura as the man who ended Anderson Silva's reign of terror. That night though, he lost his 0. Weidman had a solid enough opening round but made a costly mistake when he tried a reckless spinning back kick that missed. Rockhold pounced on the error and never let him off the hook. He absolutely battered Weidman with ground and pound for the TKO. They've both had their ups and downs since. Rockhold got KO'd by Bisping. They both got brutally knocked out by Yoel Romero. Although Weidman looked good in his most recent fight, submitting Kelvin Gastelum. But even still, that was over a year ago now. Hard to really call this as they're both in a completely different phase of their careers than they were when they first fought. Should be a hell of a fight though. Both men have a lot to prove. They were considered THE two best 185ers on the planet not too long ago. It's a fight you know Weidman especially is going to be well up for as well. Rockhold was not only the first man to beat him, he proper smashed him. And it's on Weidman's turf New York. There's plenty of motivators for Weidman here. Whearas Rockhold, how does he beat Weidman better than he already did last time? Interesting one. Jacare vs Branch is one of the more intriguing yet overlooked fights coming up over the next few months. I like this sort of middleweight tournament feel this card's rocking. We should come out of this show with at least one clear contender, maybe two. Jacare is a beast. I feel like he's definitely lost a step recently, he's 38 now so no surprise, but he's still a fucking handful. He had a cracking fight with Gastelum at UFC 224 in May. Lost a split decision but had his moments and it was one of those fights you wish had 5 rounds. Before that he'd KO'd Derek Brunson in a round. He's a badass. I don't have to tell the story again do I, of him letting his arm break against Roger Gracie in a BJJ match to win on points? OK good I just did. He's an animal. Branch is no fucking joke though. I think he's almost criminally underrated but I kind of understand why because he hasn't yet had those big signature wins on the UFC stage. But he's good, he's really good. He did stop Thiago Santos last time out. And before the loss to Rockhold he'd put together a 11 fight winning streak. Another quality fight here. Look at Rogan he's loving it. On the feet it's a bit of a tossup for me, could see it going either way. On the ground you'd have to favour Jacare against almost anyone but Branch is a Renzo Gracie black-belt himself and that's legit. Really liking this fight. Brunson vs Adesanya is ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH*** for 230. Love this. Really feel like these two have serious potential to be threats to the title down the road with little adjustments here and there. Brunson is another guy who doesn't get the credit he deserves for me. He's got some losses but I think he's capable of more than we've seen so far and even the losses were mostly to elite guys like Whittaker, Jacare, Romero. He's knocked out Machida, Uriah Hall and I thought he beat Anderson. Adesanya is the big hot prospect at 185. Charismatic, tall for the weight, top level striking, tons of Kickboxing experience, undefeated at 14-0 in MMA so far. He looked really good against Brad Tavares last time out. Could be a fantastic fight this. But what I like is I think it's the first real hard test for Adesanya so we should get some questions answered on him here. They've stepped him up gradually so far, it's rare that the UFC are patient moving their prospects along but in this case I think they've done it right. I think it's time for this kind of test now. Let's see what he's got. Can see Brunson's wrestling giving Adesanya real issues here but we'll see. Oh and Sijara 'Who?' Eubanks is still on the card, but not against Shevchenko. The UFC decided to reschedule that Shevchenko vs Jedrzejczyk fight, logic prevails! Sijara Eubanks vs Roxanne Modafferi 2 is what they went with. Their first fight doesn't show on either woman's record. They fought on TUF so it doesn't count on their pro records. Anyway, Eubanks won by decision. She's 3-2 overall in MMA, Modafferi is the much more experienced with a lacklustre journeywoman's record of 22-14. Still can't believe they were seriously going to have Sijara Eubanks headline MSG! Can't say I'm arsed about this fight. All I even remember of Eubanks is that she struggled making weight on TUF, to the point she had to cut her dreadlocks in one episode to hit the weight. I vaguely recall thinking she looked decent in her fights on TUF, and I think it was Noah Southworth on here who was bigging her up, but she can't be that good at 3-2. Shane Burgos vs Kurt Holobaugh is probably going to be an exciting fight from what I remember of these guys' styles. Burgos is 10-1 with his only loss being against Calvin Kattar in a good fight at UFC 220. I recall him doing well before Kattar got him late. Before that he'd gone 3-0 in the UFC. Holobaugh is 17-5, most of his wins by submission and he has a win over Gesias Cavalcante, who was a pretty big name and top fighter in the lighter weight classes years ago. Karl Roberson vs Jack Marshman could be a bit of a standup war. Roberson is 6-1 in MMA. He subbed Darren Stewart last year and his only loss is to Cezar Ferreira. He also went 5 rounds with Jerome Le Banner in a Kickboxing bout in 2015 which, even against an ageing JLB, is an achievement in itself. Wales' Marshman is 22-7 and was a headliner on the UK MMA scene for years. His UFC run hasn't been the most successful, he's gone 2-2, but the losses were to Thiago Santos and Shoeface, no shame there. He had a great scrap with Ryan Janes on the Scotland card last year. Can see this being a good ruck. Lando Vannata vs Matt Frevola will be worth your time because it's Lando Vannata. Patchy UFC record but he's so much fun to watch I hope they keep him around. Frevola is 6-1 and is a Serra-Longo guy. That's about all on him. Ruslan Magomedov vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima is a battle of heavyweight curtain jerkers. I think Magomedov is one of Khabib's teammates. He's 14-1 and has a few names on his résumé like Tim Sylvia and Ricco Rodriguez but he beat them when they were pretty much done and he still couldn't finish them. He's a bit of a decision merchant. He's gone to the cards in his last 6 fights and hasn't fought since 2015. First it was injuries and then USADA popped him and suspended him. De Lima is 15-5-1. Got Von Flued by OSP in his last fight and holds wins over ex UFCer Igor Pokrajac and nutcase Paulo Filho. Julio Arce vs Sheymon Moraes is a bit of a shot in the dark for me. Can't say I've seen much Arce (ooh-er) but he's 15-2 and submitted Daniel Teymur. So not bad. Moraes I'm slightly more familiar with. Mostly because he fought Zabit Magomedsharipov not too long ago. He's 10-2 and seems a decent fighter from memory. Brian Kelleher vs Domingo Pilarte is a fight I'll probably track down if it's not televised. I've quite enjoyed Kelleher in his short UFC stint so far. He first got my attention when he submitted BJJ black belt Iuri Alcantara in a round, which was impressive. On top of that he beat Barao and fought valiantly in a losing effort against John Lineker. Pilarte I know fuck all about. He's 8-1 with 6 finishes. I've got sod all else to go on but Kelleher is nearly always good value so I'll probably seek this one out if it's not on the telly. So there you go. UFC 230. MSG. HOT BALLS.
  13. wandshogun09

    UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor

    Yeah I'd be up for McGregor vs Aldo 2. And like you say, you can work with either result there. A Conor win puts him back in the W column and somewhat rehabs his aura a bit. An Aldo win immediately plunges him right into the title picture at 155 and gears him up for one last run at UFC gold before he retires. It's win-win really.
  14. wandshogun09

    UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor

    I'm with this. Khabib vs McGregor 2 does nothing for me right now. While I don't doubt that it'd be massive now, I think another inevitable one-way arse kicking would really damage Conor. I know his star power and drawing ability has seemed like its got no limit up to now, no matter how much stupid shit he does and despite previous losses, he seems almost bulletproof. Teflon Con. Even this complete thrashing he just took from Khabib, he might've gotten away with it because Khabib's post-fight actions largely overshadowed just how clear cut, convincing and dominating a loss it was. But if they went right to the rematch next and he gets crushed again (and let's be honest if if happens he IS getting crushed again) then you have to think it's going to harm his stock to some degree. No-one stays on the throne forever. The Khabib vs Conor rematch is a huge money spinner in the short term but long term it could very possibly be end of him in the sport, at least as the huge star we've come to know him as anyway. Him getting fucked up twice in a row by the same man would be him done as far as that goes IMO. He'd still be big news if he fought on after that of course, he always will be, but it would surely harm him. I'd like to see him in with someone else next but I have a feeling we'll be seeing the rematch. Which is bollocks as well because he got dominated start to finish. For all the controversy surrounding Saturday night, there was no controversy bell to bell. Outside of a more competitive third, Khabib smashed him. I get the 'business' reasons but there's only so far you can spin that. If I had my way it'd be Khabib vs Ferguson next (FINALLY) and McGregor vs Diaz 3 or something. I don't know. Another thought. Bit left field and it's not what I expect to happen but...do we think there's any chance McGregor drops back to 145 to try to regain that title? McGregor vs the winner of Holloway/Ortega in say Mar/Apr wouldn't offend me one bit and I could swear Conor was saying even before the fight at the weekend that he wanted that 145 belt back at some point. Fuck knows. There's plenty of options. Options that are more interesting than just running back the extended squash match we just saw. But the cynic in me thinks that's exactly what's going to happen.
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