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  1. Yeah, I feel bad taking the piss really. But every time he's on screen I'm cringing on behalf of Weidman. The worst was after Weidman got beat down by Rockhold. That night Weidman suffered his first loss, he lost his title, he absolutely got battered. And then, as if his night wasn't going bad enough, just to add a bit of salt to his wounds, his old man grabs the microphone from Rogan and shouts "THAT'S STILL MAH BOY!!!" Note the 'oh for fuck's sake Dad' look on Weidman's face here...
  2. @Cousin Jim Bob Just generally being a bit embarrassing again. Mugging for the camera, trying to crowbar his way in when Weidman and his wife were hugging, I think he bellowed "THAT'S MAH BOY!" again and just generally making a show of himself. It's nice that he's so proud of his son and that, but fucking hell. Hopefully Mrs Weidman reminds him to take his tablets next time,
  3. Oh yeah, Chris Weidman's dad. Again.
  4. Back in the Netherlands on September 2nd. FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD Stefan Struve vs Alexander Volkov Germaine De Randamie vs Marion Reneau Rustam Khabilov vs Desmond Green Leon Edwards vs Bryan Barberena FIGHT PASS PRELIMS Marcos Rogerio De Lima vs Saparbek Safarov Nick Hein vs Zabit Magomedsharipov Siyar Bahadurzada vs Abu Azaitar Bojan Mihajlovic vs Abdul-Kerim Edilov Francimar Barroso vs Aleksandar Rakic Islam Makhachev vs Michel Prazeres Nothing special but some decent stuff there and at least it'll be on at a convenient time for us being in Europe. Struve vs Volkov then. Fuck me this is going to look like two giraffes having a scuffle. Struve is 7'0", Volkov is listed at 6'7". Can see this being a lot of fun actually. Struve doesn't really do boring fights and Volkov is a good striker so it should be a crowd pleaser. I've always liked Struve but I can't help thinking all the wars and knockouts early in his UFC career have caught up to him. He's only 28 but he's taken a shitload of punishment already. Got a feeling he's in for some more here but I'd like to see him pull out a win at home. De Randamie vs Reneau should be decent enough. When you look at this though, I just shake my head. In her last fight in February, De Randamie became the first ever UFC women's featherweight champion. She then vacated the belt to avoid fighting Cyborg. That's the truth of it. She announced she was moving back down to bantamweight. Now here she is, co-maining on Fight Pass. She gave up a world title for this. I know she was most likely getting smashed by Cyborg but it's still a weird situation. Oh well. She's fighting Marion Reneau now. Reneau isn't a world beater, and she's 40. I expect De Randamie to win. But you never know, I guess. Reneau does have a good submission game. She subbed Jessica Andrade once upon a time. And De Randamie is no grappler. I'm looking forward to Khabilov vs Green just because I like Khabilov. He's 21-3 and a really good fighter with wins over Jorge Masvidal and Yancy Medeiros on his record. He's won his last four but he's been inactive so far this year. Desmond Green is 20-5 and beat Josh Emmett in his UFC debut in April. Edwards vs Barberena is this card's ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH***. I've become a bit of a fan of Leon Edwards. And not just because he's a fellow Brummie. I think he's a good fighter who's actually a little bit underrated IMO. His submission over Albert Tumenov was a bit of an eye opener and he's also got a KO over Seth Baczynski. He's coming into this one off 3 wins on the bounce. Barberena is best known for ending Sage Northcutt's run as an undefeated prospect. He's a solid fighter with submission skills and he's tough. I could easily see these two stealing the show. Elsewhere on the card... • Saparbek Safarov. He's the nutter who came in on short notice earlier this year and had a wild as fuck brawl against Gian Villante. He got battered but he was fucking granite tough. Just insane and never stopped bulling forward. I've mentioned that fight a few times on here and if you haven't seen it, get that sorted. Not one for the purists but well worth a look. • Nick Hein. You might want to avoid this fight. Hein has been in the UFC for what feels like an age and I couldn't tell you one fight of his I enjoyed. Seems a nice chap but he's dull as dishwater to watch. Every fight looks the same, they all go the distance and you never remember them once they're over. • Siyar Bahadurzada is back. He came into the UFC with a lot of hype a few years ago. He knocked Paulo Thiago (remember him?) out cold in seconds in his debut and everyone believed the hype that this guy was a killer. Then it all fizzled out. Injuries and losses piled up and to be totally honest, I forgot he was even still under contract until I started this post. That's your lot.
  5. Yeah, I liked that team as well. Have those 3 together or put Cormier in for either Cruz or Stann and you're winning. Its taken a little while but I think they've finally nailed the commentary for the most part. Goldy and Rogan were great for that mid-2000s through the Lesnar era etc, and I still don't mind a bit of Rogan in small doses. But I'm over that now. I can honestly say I don't even think I'd miss Rogan if he stopped altogether. After less than a year in the booth, I think DC is way better than Rogan as a colour commentator. And despite the shit Cruz gets about his voice grating, and I get that, I like him better than Rogan as well. Action Man Stann too. They've left Smokin' Joe in the dust for me. And I have to give him his due, Anik has really grown on me as the lead PBP guy. I wasn't a fan when he first came in and he just screamed QVC presenter. But I quite like him now. He works really well with everyone they pair him with. Just keep Todd Grisham the fuck away.
  6. Saturday August 5th in Mexico City. FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD Sergio Pettis vs Brandon Moreno Randa Markos vs Alexa Grasso Rashad Evans vs Sam Alvey Brad Scott vs Jack Hermansson Alan Jouban vs Niko Price Joseph Morales vs Roberto Sanchez FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS Rani Yahya vs Henry Briones Dustin Ortiz vs Hector Sandoval Alvaro Herrera vs Jordan Rinaldi Jose Alberto Quinonez vs Diego Rivas FIGHT PASS PRELIMS Alejandro Perez vs Andre Soukhamthath Martin Bravo vs Humberto Bandenay Decent looking little card, I reckon. Nothing earth shattering and I can't say I'm too familiar with a lot of the Mexican names there but there's a nice mix of stuff on this one. Sergio Pettis vs Brandon Moreno is a potential corker of a main event. One of the more slept on and under the radar fights currently on the schedule for me. And it could well determine the next contender for Mighty Mouse after he mops the Octagon with Ray Borg in September. Pettis is 15-2 and still only 23 years old. Success and name recognition hasn't come as easily for him as it did for his big bro Anthony but he's plugging away and has racked up 3 solid wins in a row. Moreno is also 23 and has a 14-3 record. He's coming in off an impressive 11 fight winning streak, after initially going 3-3 in his first 6 fights. He's on a roll now. He's an exciting fighter to watch, always on the attack and he's a really likeable bloke as well. He submitted Pettis' teammate Dustin Ortiz in his last fight in April so Pettis will be looking to get one back for Team Roufusport but he's up against it going into Moreno's home turf to do it. Should be an exciting fight. Sergio isn't as flashy as his brother and he hasn't really been known for having those barnburners but I think the ingredients are there and Moreno might be just the man to drag him into a bit of a war. Randa Markos vs Alexa Grasso is the co-main. You get the feeling they're hoping Grasso shines here. She's the hometown Mexican girl and they've put her in the co-headlining position despite her suffering her first defeat last time out to Felice Herrig. She hasn't been given an easy rebound fight in Randa Markos though. She hasn't got the best of records at 7-4 but Randa is one of those darkhorse fighters in the division for me who could be a banana skin for a lot of the division on a good night. I could see her giving Grasso problems, to be honest. But regardless it'll probably be a good fight. Rashad Evans vs Sam Alvey, I don't know what to make of this really. Just feels like a really odd fight. Rashad finally dropped to 185 after a rough few fights at 205. And in his middleweight fresh start in March, he dropped a split decision in a weird fight to Dan Kelly. So here we are. He's now got a second stab at it and he's in with Smiling Sam. Rashad really shouldn't be losing this. I like Alvey but he's got no business beating Rashad Evans. The mad thing is though, at this stage I wouldn't be shocked if he did. It makes me sad to admit it but my confidence is shot with Rashad. He just doesn't seem to have it anymore. It's like wants it mentally, he can still get in tremendous physical shape, but something's just not clicking anymore. If he loses to Alvey, man, I think it's time to do the analyst/commentary thing full time. Which is no bad thing IMO, because he's great at it. Alan Jouban vs Niko Price is your ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH*** this time. Jouban is always good value. You can usually rely on him to deliver an entertaining fight as his battles with Matt Dwyer, Belal Muhammad and Mike Perry in the UFC have shown. Don't let his other career as a model fool you, he's a scrapper no doubt. Price I know less about but he certainly looks the part so far. He's 9-0-1 and has finished nearly all his fights. He submitted Brandon Thatch in a round in his UFC debut and he KO'd Alex Morono in his last fight, only to go and test positive for weed and the fight got overturned to a No Contest. I like what I've seen so far though and I reckon him and Jouban could make for a right chaotic ruck. Keep an eye out for this one. Brad Scott vs Jack Hermansson could be alright. Scott's been on a win one/lose one run ever since he got in the UFC. Literally, he's 3-3 now in the big show and he's alternated between wins and losses with each fight. He won his last fight against Scott Askham so, if we go by his UFC form, he's due a loss again here. He's in with Sweden's Jack Hermansson. 15-3 and coming off a first round TKO over Alex Nicholson on the Stockholm card. Nothing else is particularly jumping out at me on this one. Dustin Ortiz has been one of the more entertaining flyweights to watch for me. His fight might be worth a gander. That's about it.
  7. He's definitely got that Simon Phoenix off Demolition Man vibe about him. No fucks given whatsoever.
  8. Really pleased with how Weidman vs Gastelum went. Chuffed to see Weidman snap that losing streak. He needed this badly. It was a strong performance and he got the finish over a really badass younger fighter who was in top form coming in. Interested to see where Weidman goes next now. A Weidman vs Jacare fight wouldn't upset me. And it would put the winner right back in amongst those contender fights again. Enjoyed Elkins vs Bermudez. Good battle and Elkins looks to have turned a corner recently. He looks better than he's ever looked to me. Without looking at his record this was probably his biggest win to date. Wasn't too keen on Cummins vs Villante. It's Cummins. He's just so clumsy and sloppy to watch I can't really get into his fights unless he's catching an arse kicking. Villante got my hopes up when he had him hurt in round one but it came to sod all. Rivera vs Almeida was fucking fantastic! Rivera looks to be the real deal. Really good record and now he's starting to get those impressive signature wins like this one and the one over Faber. He looked great here. Almeida was always going for it though and that made the fight even better. He came on strong in the third but he was already too far down on the scorecard for me and needed a finish that just never came. I liked the little thing between Rivera and Dominick Cruz post-fight. Wouldn't mind seeing that one at all. But fuck what makes the most sense, I really want to see Rivera vs John Lineker next! Or actually, Almeida vs Lineker. Either will do nicely. FS1 Prelims were alright as well. Lyman Good vs Zaleski Dos Santos was a really fun. I don't know how in the fuck Good ate that one flying knee. If you saw it you know what I mean. It landed clean and Good just kind of grinded his teeth and looked pissed off. Real good fight. Action packed and never a dull moment. If it wasn't for Rivera vs Almeida this would've easily been my FOTN. The Cowboy Oliveira knockout was vicious. That was a quality finish for him because LaFlare is no pushover and survived 5 rounds with Demian Maia. I don't like Oliveira. I've always thought he seemed a dick but fair's fair, he's rarely involved in anything dull. Eryk Anders UFC debut was about as successful as he could've hoped for. Natal isn't that good but he's been knocking around for years and he's a name UFC watchers know. Anders KOing him inside a round is a good start to his UFC career. And I didn't see the fight but I was disappointed to see Pepey lost on the Fight Pass bit. From what I read it sounds like it was really one sided as well. This Shane Burgos could be worth keeping tabs on though. He's 10-0 now undefeated and he's probably going to be on a main card next, I'd imagine. Very enjoyable show on the whole, I thought. Two excellent fights in Rivera vs Almeida and Dos Santos vs Good, a feel good hometown win for Weidman in the main, oh and that DC vs Jones interview.
  9. There's always that chance. Although you can't beat Father Time, Mayweather is known for taking good care of himself. I don't think he's someone who abuses alcohol or drugs (just women) and he's not exactly been in a bunch of wars from his fights that we've seen. You can probably count on one hand the amount of really tough fights he's had. Gym wars might be another matter but he's not your typical 40 year old boxer who's had a long career of wars. He's looked after himself. Now eventually, age is going to catch up to him and slow him down. That's just natural. But it hasn't yet and, other than wishful thinking on my part, I don't see why it necessarily would now. He took a similar amount of time off after he beat Ricky Hatton in 2007. He never fought again until 2009 when he came back and just schooled Juan Manuel Marquez. Granted, that was years ago and he wasn't 40 then but it shows that ring rust maybe doesn't effect him as badly as some fighters. And he wasn't fighting an 0-0 boxer back then either. Marquez was smaller and it was seen as a bit of a mismatch but Marquez was still a much more skilled, technical, crafty and trickier boxer to go against than McGregor should be. Floyd trounced him. While he's been out 2 years, he's not the type to sit around on his arse watching telly or letting himself get out of shape. If McGregor ever had any chance of catching him, I guess this is the best chance he's going to get given Floyd's age and time away. But it's still a massive, massive ask.
  10. Good interview with Paulie Malignaggi post-spar here... Is it just me or has he got a bit of a shiner there? Interesting interview. Sounds like they had a good spar and worked some stuff out with the convo after. Reading between the lines a bit, I get the impression that Paulie is pleasantly surprised. It's still going to be a different animal entirely getting in there with Mayweather but it's a positive.
  11. Love this.
  12. I was hoping we'd be getting Rockhold vs Mousasi but obviously that went tits up when Mousasi signed with Bellator. I hope Branch looks better than he did in his last fight and beats Rockhold. Can't stand the slimeball.
  13. I was under the impression that Bunce was one of the ones shitting all over this fight but, fair play, he talked a lot of sense there. It's clear he's not in love with it but he seems to recognise what's what. Nice to see such a range of talking heads on that. Canelo, Golovkin, Hatton, De La Hoya, even Fish Eyes Warren. It was well done. Can't wait for Showtime's stuff to start coming out. GAD can fuck off.