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  1. Yeah, Zachary Madsen is his name. Amateur MMA fighter, professional cunt. Proper shithouse move going after a 61 year old man who’s survived a stroke and cancer. I’d never even heard of Dash Wilder before this but that was quite a dig he got in. First fight Travis Browne hasn’t come out a loser in for a good while as well actually.
  2. Back in Canada on Saturday 4th May. It’s Raging Al vs Cowboy. ESPN+ MAIN CARD Al Iaquinta vs Donald Cerrone Derek Brunson vs Elias Theodorou Andrew Sanchez vs Marc-Andre Barriault Brad Katona vs Merab Dvalishvili Cub Swanson vs Shane Burgos Walt Harris vs Sergey Spivak ESPN+ PRELIMS Aiemann Zahabi vs Vince Morales Nordine Taleb vs Siyar Bahadurzada Kyle Nelson vs Matt Sayles Mitch Gagnon vs Cole Smith Arjan Bhullar vs Juan Adams Macy Chiasson vs Sarah Moras Some good stuff on this one. Love the main event, co-main not so much but the undercard, while not ‘must-see’, looks pretty decent to me. Al Iaquinta vs Donald Cerrone is one of those fights that you hear is announced and you just know it can’t be anything short of at least entertaining, with the possibility to be incredible. I realise I’m probably jinxing it now but I genuinely can’t see any way this isn’t a great fight. They both love a scrap. Both are in a good place in their careers at the moment as well. Iaquinta pretty much schooled Kevin Lee in their rematch in December, going 2-0 over the ‘Motown Phenom’. And Cerrone stopped Alexander Hernandez in an excellent fight in January. Obviously there was a lot of talk about a Cerrone vs McGregor fight but balls to that now. This is a brilliant piece of matchmaking. I know the 155 division is logjammed to fuck but this could be somewhat of a title eliminator if circumstances work out. You never know in the crazy world of MMA. Especially in a division that the likes of Khabib, McGregor and Ferguson are in. It’s wide open really. If the Holloway vs Poirier winner comes out of that fight hurt or Khabib sits out longer or McGregor gets done for rape or found killed by Muslims with a bottle of Proper Twelve stuffed up his arse...you get the point. One big name falling out could see the winner of this fight slide in and nab the title shot. All that aside, it’s just a fantastic fight. Big fan of both but I’ve got to admit I’m pulling for Raging Al here. In an era where everyone’s become a gimmick or a parody of McGregor, Iaquinta talking shit yet being himself, and backing it up, has been a breath of fresh air. That’s another thing I really love about this fight actually. These two are both guys who are entertaining but always come across authentic and haven’t become the cringey Conor/Floyd ‘I’m rich, you’re broke’ boring rip-offs so many have over the last few years. Derek Brunson vs Elias Theodorou might be alright but I’m not into it really. I don’t mind Brunson, to be fair. He’s generally decent to watch, finishes most of his wins and was on a real strong run not that long ago. Not quite sure why he warrants a co-main spot though, after getting stopped in his last 2 fights. But it’s only a Fight Night so whatever. Theodorou can piss off though. Smarmy, pouting div. It’s like he bought the Luke Rockhold starter kit but forgot to finish. In fairness, I do get why he’s here. He’s coming off 3 wins and he’s Canadian so he’s going to get high-ish billing on a Canadian card. Fine. He’s dull as fuck though. He won TUF Nations back in 2014, has fought 9 times in the UFC since and I couldn’t tell you one time he was exciting to watch or had a standout performance. He nearly always goes to lacklustre decisions but wins enough of them that he’ll stick around forever. The worst kind of white noise ham and egger. So yeah, I’m hoping Brunson knocks this twat out. Andrew Sanchez vs Marc-Andre Barriault is here for the purposes of highlighting the debut of Barriault. He’s 29 years old, from Quebec, 11-1 record with 8 stoppages and he avenged the loss. He was also the champion at both 205 and 185 for the TKO promotion in Canada where the likes of GSP, Patrick Cote, David Loiseau and Mark Hominick fought early in their careers. He’ll be fighting at 185 here. Sanchez is no world beater but could provide a solid test for Barriault. He’s 10-4 with UFC wins over Khalil Rountree and Markus Perez. He was also giving Anthony Smith some bother before Smith rallied for a comeback KO. Definitely worth a look, this fight. Brad Katona vs Merab Dvalishvili isn’t getting my balls tingling but it’s an OK fight. Katona is Canadian, undefeated at 8-0 and won the DC vs Stipe season of TUF. He was a likeable nerd in the house and looked good in his fights that I’ve seen. Not particularly a finisher but it’s not for lack of trying as he was always going for something if I’m remembering him right. Dvalishvili is 8-4, a Serra-Longo fighter, beat Terrion ‘Koko B’ Ware last time out and went to a split against Frankie Saenz. Cub Swanson vs Shane Burgos is ***WAND’S ONE TO WATCH*** this time. All the makings of FOTN here. Swanson is always a good bet to steal the show. He’s struggled of late, he’s 0-3 in his last 3. They were to Edgar, Ortega and Moicano but still, 3 consecutive losses are 3 consecutive losses. Moicano really did a job on him as well. Dropped and subbed him in a round. At 35 and after some wars, Cub might be on the slide. Or maybe he just came up against 3 killers? This could be a good fight to gauge where he’s at. Burgos isn’t well known but he’s nobody’s pushover. He’s 11-1 with 9 finishes. Armbarred Kurt Holobaugh in his last fight and also beat Godofredo Pepey and Charles Rosa. His only loss was to Calvin Kattar (who’s also a bit underrated, IMO) in a really good fight last year. Really like this fight. Walt Harris is still on this card as far as I know. He was all set to face Alexey Oleynik but Oleynik jumped in to fight Overeem on the Russia show when Volkov dropped out. Harris got a points win over Arlovski at UFC 232 in December but it was overturned to a No Contest after USADA flagged him. It was apparently the old tainted supplements again so he’s back after a 4 month suspension. Aiemann Zahabi vs Vince Morales is a fight I’m interested to see. Zahabi was being talked about as a big prospect when he signed with the UFC. Obviously, some of that is because his brother is Firas, trainer of GSP. But Aiemann was also 6-0 with 6 finishes so there was good reason to be optimistic. He won his UFC debut, moving to 7-0. Then he got knocked the fuck out by a Ricardo Ramos spinning elbow on the Bisping vs GSP undercard at MSG. That was November 2017. Not sure if he was injured or just wanted to focus on training for a bit but he’s back now. And I still think he has lots of potential. Don’t think I’ve seen Morales before but he’s 8-3 with 7 finishes. Nordine Taleb vs Siyar Bahadurzada could be a right banger. Taleb loves throwing down and Siyar is known for his heavy hands. Whenever I see Siyar I immediately think of his UFC debut years ago where he fucking flattened Paulo Thiago in seconds. Proper face planted him. It never really took off for him after that but he’s had his moments. Lost his last fight to Curtis Millender but won his 3 before that. Taleb will be the crowd favourite here though. He’s lost his last 2 and he’s 37 now, so I can’t see him carrying on too much longer but he’ll be fired up for this one. Kyle Nelson vs Matt Sayles is a fight where I have zero knowledge of either man. Looking them up now Nelson is Canadian, 12-2 with 8 finishes. Apparently he fought in the UFC in December. He got TKO’d by Carlos Diego Ferreira. Must’ve missed it. He has a win over ex-UFC/WEC fighter Jonathan Brookins. Sayles is American. 7-2 with 6 TKOs. He’s also fought in the UFC and WSOF. No recollection. Mitch Gagnon vs Brian Kelleher could be a sleeper actually if Gagnon is up to it. He hasn’t fought since late 2016. I remember him being pretty skilled. Not elite or anything but good everywhere, especially the ground. And Kelleher has been good value so far in the UFC. Again, not elite but he’s fun to watch and he goes for it. He did manage to submit BJJ black-belt Iuri Alcantara and decision Renan Barao in the UFC. Arjan Bhullar vs Juan Adams was nearly my ‘one to watch’ actually. Got to love the heavyweights and this one intrigues me. Bhullar is Canadian-Indian, 32 years old with an 8-1 record. He fights out of AKA so he’s in the gym with Cormier, Velasquez, Rockhold, Khabib etc. Cormier has known him for ages actually, going back to their wrestling days. Bhullar had success as an amateur and won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and repped Canada at the 2012 London Olympics. DC speaks highly of him. He hasn’t done anything of note really in MMA yet, and he was submitted by omaplata by Adam Wieczorek in his lone UFC loss. But we’ll see how he looks here. Juan Adams is a big old unit. He’s 6’5” and has to cut down from nearly 300lbs to make heavyweight. He’s only 27 years old, 5-0 with 5 knockouts and was on Dana’s Contender Series. Stopped Chris De La Rocha in his UFC debut in December. And he’s got a strong wrestling background as well, although he didn’t go as far as Bhullar. Looking forward to seeing how this one pans out. Macy Chiasson vs Sarah Moras...meh. This is supposed to be a showcase for Chiasson make no mistake. She won TUF last year and she’s 4-0. Meanwhile, Moras is 5-4 and coming in off back-to-back defeats. I’m not arsed about this but I’d quite like to see Moras scupper plans and spring the upset here. She’s Canadian so the crowd will be in her corner and despite her shit win/loss ratio she’s been in with the likes of Jessica Andrade and Raquel Pennington. So there you have it, Mother Canuckers.
  3. Yeah I wouldn’t say he’s shot. He might be rusty though but his inactivity before and after that whole USADA mess might’ve actually preserved him and we might actually be getting a fresher, healthier Barnett as a result now. If he’d fought 2-3 times a year over the last 5 years who knows what damage he’d have taken by now. It’s probably worked out for the best because while I don’t think he’d hang with the very top of the UFC’s heavyweight division now, he probably does well outside the UFC and he’ll also have more freedom to do the other million and one things he does away from the cage without being restricted by being a UFC emplo...sorry, independent contractor. Did anyone catch that Bloodsport thing Barnett was doing last night? Apparently they had a Frank Mir vs Dan Severn pro wrestling match on there.
  4. Was updating the opening post and noticed MMAJunkie now has the BJ Penn vs Clay Guida fight down as the first fight on the card. As in the very first prelim. The curtain jerker. Maybe it’ll be changed but fuck me, if it stays like that what a fall from grace. That fight would’ve headlined a Fight Night years ago, and even been in a prominent position on a PPV. If it stays in that spot then it’s going to be weird as fuck watching Penn vs Guida fight in front of a load of empty seats.
  5. That might actually be an improvement. If she’s more likely to hand Esparza a L, I’m good with it.
  6. Yeah same. When Fedor signed with Bellator it was those kind of fights I hoped we’d get. Fading legends and name from the same era. Rampage, Wanderlei, the Cro Cop rematch, Mir, Chael. Of course, Cro Cop isn’t an option now but that kind of fight. I made no secret at the time that I hated the Meathead booking. The Bader fight had to happen as it came about through them both advancing in the tournament but I was down on that as well because I just knew how it was most likely to end. Fedor vs Barnett would be cool to see though. Even all these years later, a good decade after it was meant to happen in Affliction, it’s a big fight for Bellator. Probably bigger than anything else they could book for either man right now.
  7. I’d be happy for Hermansson to get the fight. He deserves the spotlight after running through Branch. But man, that’d be a massive comedown going from Romero to Hermansson. It’s a huge blow to this card, losing Yoel. Especially as he was kind of the adopted hometown guy on this card with it being in Florida where he lives and the Cuban/ATT connection there. As for Costa, something is going on with him. Pulled out of the Yoel fight on this card for ‘undisclosed reasons’ is all I can find. Never heard any injury talk and then the USADA accusations. Fuck knows but there’s something we’re not being told. He hasn’t fought since July. That’s quite a lay-off for a young undefeated fighter who’s not injured as far as we know.
  8. I wish he’d just fuck off now the annoying twat. Go and flog that shit whiskey full time, keep his cock away from other women and have an appropriate adult take over his social media from now on. And fuck off.
  9. So Costa goes missing for months when they’re trying to set up the Yoel fight, only to suddenly reappear as soon as Yoel is out of commission? Interesting. Nah seriously, Romero vs Costa was supposed to headline this show originally. Costa pulled out. What’s happened? He couldn’t fight on the 27th but now he can?
  10. Barnett was hinting on Helwani’s show that he’ll be on the London card. Maybe they go Barnett vs Meathead in London and Fedor vs Nelson in New York. Or both at MSG. Or whatever.
  11. Helwani tweeted that Chael Sonnen vs Lyoto Machida is in the works for the MSG show in June. Both clearly past their best but I still like that fight.
  12. And Dana’s gave a statement to Kevin Iole; Funny how Dana (and a lot of the MMA media actually) was silent when Conor was relentlessly goading Khabib but now Khabib’s called him a rapist it’s gone too far? Not that Khabib’s an innocent party in all this, but it seems like all the MMA media has been talking about lately is McGregor’s latest bullshit retirement and what he wants and who he might fight next. The likes of Ariel Helwani and co included. While ignoring the elephant in the room that is these reports on this McGregor sexual assault case. Now he’s casually throwing racial shit about on Twitter it seems it’s got to the point where it can’t be ignored what a cunt McGregor is.
  13. What happened to the days when fighters would just threaten to beat each other into a living death or talk about the intricacies of details of manoeuvres that the other guy didn’t know the names of? Simpler times. Long summers. Hovis music. Them were the days.
  14. Conor McGregor is a fucking embarrassment. I don’t know how anyone can still like and be a fan of him at this point.
  15. I’d have been pitching a tent at that fight announcement a few years ago but Erick Silva just doesn’t seem with it these days. He’s looked off for ages. He had those great fights with Jon Fitch and Matt Brown then his form fell off a cliff and never really came back. It’ll still probably be good, just not quite what it could’ve been.
  16. Only just got around to this. Yeah, Gaethje vs Barboza was short and violent but delivered what we all expected. About as good a fight lasting 2:30 that you’ll see. Felt a bit bad for Barboza because he seems a top man but his baby daughter was born just hours after the fight so he ended the night a winner anyway. Gaethje rolls on. He’ll never be ‘the man’, especially in a division as loaded as 155. But sod it, I’d watch the shit out of him against Khabib. I’d have no doubt Khabib most likely smokes him but Gaethje is the type who is going to make it fun regardless. He either wins a crazy fight or loses a crazy fight. He doesn’t know any other way. I wouldn’t fancy his chances but I’d give him a better shot than McGregor because 1) he’s more of a one shot power hitter than McGregor. 2) he does have that wrestling background to maybe have a little bit of a chance of stuffing a shot or two. 3) he’s not a frontrunner like McGregor. He won’t fold mentally when it gets rough or sheepishly plead ‘it’s only business’. He’ll keep trying until it’s over. Doesn’t matter in the end because it’s surely going to be Khabib vs the Holloway/Poirier winner. So Gaethje vs the Cowboy/Iaquinta winner would do nicely. Hermansson vs Branch was quicker than I expected. This UFC stint just hasn’t panned out for Branch, has it? Weird run really. He managed to stop Thiago Santos but aside from that it just hasn’t gone his way. Hermansson looked good here though. Like David said, he’s gone under the radar due to card positioning and stuff but he’s a solid, awkward fighter and could potentially be a banana skin for a lot of the more recognisable names of the division on a good day. The Emmett vs Johnson KO was nasty. Johnson wasn’t looking bad those first 2 rounds, I also had him up 2-0, but that punch just wiped him right the fuck out. Mad to think Johnson was a fringe contender not too long ago, mixing with the likes of Khabib and knocking Poirier out cold. He’s never been quite the same since the war with Gaethje for me. Emmett is a weird one. He’s got this rep as this massive puncher but before the Lamas KO he was never particularly a knockout artist. The Lamas KO and now this Johnson one show he’s clearly a hitter now though. It’s something he seems to have developed later in his career. I guess he always had the power in there but maybe his timing or technique has improved and that’s why he’s started putting fuckers to bed. Thought that was probably Michelle Waterson’s best performance in the UFC so far. She looked more dominant against Paige VanZant but this was a really strong all-around display from her over 3 rounds. Going forwards, attacking on the back foot, her accuracy, timing, speed, grappling. Everything seemed to click. Kowalkiewicz is struggling now. She sadly seemed to peak with that win over Rose Namajunas a couple of years back, had her moments against Joanna but has stumbled every time she’s been in with a real quality fighter since then. Not sure who gets the next crack at the title at 115. After Rose vs Andrade plays out you’ve got Waterson and the winner of Suarez vs Ansaroff as the obvious choices. I actually think Waterson might get the nod. Suarez is still climbing and establishing herself and Waterson is more of a name than Ansaroff. Paul Craig pulling off the comeback submission in the last minute of the last round again was mad. Scottish Big Nog shit. He did look crap prior to that though. The weak takedown attempts plus his striking looked woeful. Really bad. I like him though. Loved Anik and DC trying to act like they understood a word he was saying in the post-fight too. Prelims weren’t much good really. Although Marina Rodríguez absolutely battered Jessica Aguilar and looked good doing it. I hope Ross Pearson stops soon.
  17. Probably all twats fishing for a like or retweet off McGregor. They should just tweet that they’ve bought a bottle of that Proper 12. He retweets that shite constantly.
  18. Yeah anyone acting like McGregor left Alvarez a shell of himself is talking absolute bollocks. They obviously either missed or ignored Alvarez going to war with Justin Gaethje, taking his ‘O’ and stopping him a whole year after the McGregor loss.
  19. He does look a bit like he’s made up of PS1 graphics, doesn’t he?
  20. Just remembered, how irritating is Mitch Chilson, ONE’s colour commentator/post-fight interviewer? It’s not so much his commentating I had an issue with, although I wasn’t particularly a fan of that either. It’s his screaming in the post-fight interviews that can fuck right off. It got to the point I had to mute him every time. He makes Bruce Buffer’s bellowing sound tolerable. ”YOUUUUU’RE WWWIIINNNEEERRR...AUUUUNG...LLLAAA...NNNN...SAAAAAAAAANG!” While cheesily grinning in the guy’s face. And he did it for every single post-fight interview. Do fuck off, Mitch.
  21. Post-fight stuff. Kash Ali; David Price;
  22. Fowler vs Fitzpatrick was a hell of a fight. Definitely agree it’s the FOTY so far. Proper close fight, both had their moments and their adversity to fight through and in the end that knockdown is what swung it for me. Smith vs Eggington was the one way traffic I expected. I was a bit surprised when this fight was made, to be honest. Eggington gets bashed up by Mwakinyo then one win later he’s in there with Liam Smith? I like Eggington but he just doesn’t have it against that kind of opposition. He seems a good guy and he’s exciting to watch so you want him to do well but blocking punches with your face is not the best recipe for success in boxing, and certainly not for a healthy life after it. And Price vs Ali was an odd fight with Kash Ali going all Andrew Golota. Bit him 4 times! What the fuck? Should be banned for that shit but I guess Tyson wasn’t for gnawing on Holyfield’s ear so that’s boxing for you. Saying that, Kash Ali is obviously nowhere near the attraction Tyson was so it wouldn’t shock me if he got a much harsher punishment. No place for that in the ring regardless. Ugly scenes as Ali was leaving the ring as well; Not a good night for the Brummies.
  23. This was a lot of fun. Really enjoyed it. Shinya Aoki cut through Folayang like butter in the main. He looked like the Aoki I remember the forums raving about around 10 years ago. Got the quick submission, won the title, shouty promo and sent the Japanese fans home happy. Thought Xiong Jing Nan vs Angela Lee was excellent. One of my favourite fights so far this year. Thought Lee was looking really good early on, Xiong was always in it and landing her stuff but Lee was a step ahead for me. The championship rounds is where it really picked up though. How Xiong survived that submission onslaught in the 4th, I don’t know. Christ. Then not only survives, she comes back in the 5th and batters Lee with a fucking barrage of strikes to the body that just took Lee’s soul. Xiong just wasn’t going to be denied here. Absolutely refused to lose. You could tell in the pre-fight video when she was talking about her family and stuff that she was going to be a hard nut to crack mentally. Never saw a full fight of Xiong before this but I’m a fan now on the strength of this fight alone. Same with Lee actually. She’ll be back. She’s only 22 and was going up in weight for this and looked good up until the last round. Great fight. Nsang vs Hasegawa 2 wasn’t quite the slobberknocker their first fight was but it was still exciting. That finish from Nsang was vicious. Just sat Hasegawa down quick. Belingon vs Fernandes 3 was the only letdown on the main card for me. And it wasn’t because it was a bad fight. It was actually looking like it was shaping up to be a potential show stealer but the ending was shit. You never want to see a fight end on a DQ, especially a trilogy decider. They’ll have to go again now. Mighty Mouse vs Wakamatsu was a fun fight. Wakamatsu was more competitive than I expected and actually looked like he had DJ reeling slightly at points, a little bit anyway. But DJ was just too good. That guillotine was nasty. Alvarez vs Nastyukhin was the shocker of the show. Alvarez getting done in a round was not the outcome anyone expected. He must’ve been a massive favourite coming in as well. I wish I’d put a few quid on Nastyukhin now. Not sure if it was a case of Alvarez being a bit shopworn or everyone just overlooking Nastyukhin or what. A disaster of a debut for Alvarez either way. Only caught the end of Yodsanklai vs Souwer but it looked like a hell of a scrap. I’ll have to track it down. So yeah. Quality that was. Nothing bad on it.
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