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Diaz looked like he was gearing up to be a mall Santa over the xmas period. 

 

Coastal erosion moved quicker than he did.

 

That's the difference between someone who stayed active and someone who didn't care about the sport, he said pre-fight if he lost he'd come back straight away, but he just didn't look like he had the fire for it anymore. I think if he'd have wanted it badly he'd have made WW

 

Round 3 of Volk / Ortega could be the greatest round of MMA I've seen since round 1 of Daley / Diaz back in Strikeforce. Great fight.


Shevchenko is that dominant that she's in a weird position now, there's no one coming up who could pose any threat to her, Andrade is the highest ranked and she's already dealt with her easily, she's already lost twice to Nunes so she can't go up for a super fight - I mean she could fight the winner of Grasso or Calderwood, but you're getting waaaaay down the rankings then to find her a fight with someone she hasn't already whupped.

 

Same for Andrade really, she's already been beaten by Shevchenko, she's ranked number 1, does she just keep fighting contenders until someone beats her and can move on to fight Valentina?

 

Biggy Boy / Blaydes didn't really tell us anything

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Just catching up with it recorded it… just watched Ortega fight, wow! What a warrior! 
 

Yeah Diaz looked to be carrying a little weight, good to see him back but sounds like there’s some underlying issues whether that be contracts signed/money something not right, he did hint at it but didn’t say outright what it was from what I could gather. Still outboxed Lawler though. 

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1 hour ago, robowl4life said:

Still outboxed Lawler though. 

 

I don't know about that.

 

He threw over 339 shots and only landed 150 at a 44% hit rate, Lawler threw 221 and landed 131 at a 59% hit rate.

 

Lawler had more success, hit harder and with more frequency

 

 

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Volkonowski deserves alot of credit.

 

Who else can say they beat Holloway twice, Ortega, Aldo and Chad Mendes.

 

The rise is very McGregor like. McGregor obviously got the company behind him for a meteoric push & was winning in more spectacular fashion but Volks record, as a non wrestler is just as impressive.

 

I'd agree there's something about him which isn't a draw. (Although coming through adversity against Ortega is endearing)

 

The mega fight for him is Henry Cejudo and it needs to happen for both of them, Now.

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28 minutes ago, bigash_swfc said:

Volkonowski deserves alot of credit.

 

Who else can say they beat Holloway twice, Ortega, Aldo and Chad Mendes.

 

The rise is very McGregor like. McGregor obviously got the company behind him for a meteoric push & was winning in more spectacular fashion but Volks record, as a non wrestler is just as impressive.

 

I'd agree there's something about him which isn't a draw. (Although coming through adversity against Ortega is endearing)

 

The mega fight for him is Henry Cejudo and it needs to happen for both of them, Now.

 

I can appreciate him as a fighter what he's done is amazing,  but I hate the guy, I can't even say why or put my finger on why I dislike him, I think he's got the unlikeableness that a lot of Australian sports starts have.

 

Same goes for everyone in that gym, Izzy, Dan Hooker - I couldn't stand George Sotiropoulos back in the earlier days of Aussie mma fighters coming through either, and don't get me started on nearly everyone from the Aussie Team on the TUF Smashes series.  Whittaker does count as he's a Kiwi first🤣

 

Saw an interview with Volk about him giving serious beans to moving up to Lightweight.

 

Andrade is saying she's dropping back down to fight the winner of Rose / Weili too

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On 24/09/2021 at 21:24, Ronio said:

My predictions for ufc226.

 

Cynthia Calvillo split decision.

 

Rozenstruik tko round 2.

 

Diaz win by decision.

 

Shevchenko wins with crucifix in round 2.

 

Ortega wins with a guillotine  in round 3.  

Ortega nearly had the submission with a guillotine in round 3.  Fair play to Volkanovski though for getting through that round.  

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This weeks card was a bit of a slog to get through, all but 1 fight on the main show going the distance and the one that was a finish happened early in the 3rd. Agapova looked dangerous asf, she'll cause problems if she continues to evolve.

 

Never been sold on Dern, always seemed too one dimensional and over reliant, she struggles if she can't get it to the ground. Guess that's why it's MMA and specialists only tend to do so well until the meet the upper echelons and then realise they need to round out.

 

Nasty spinning elbow cut on the Jackson v Rosa fight too, literally weeing blood from his head

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13 hours ago, Gob_Bluth said:

This weeks card was a bit of a slog to get through, all but 1 fight on the main show going the distance and the one that was a finish happened early in the 3rd. Agapova looked dangerous asf, she'll cause problems if she continues to evolve.

 

Never been sold on Dern, always seemed too one dimensional and over reliant, she struggles if she can't get it to the ground. Guess that's why it's MMA and specialists only tend to do so well until the meet the upper echelons and then realise they need to round out.

 

Nasty spinning elbow cut on the Jackson v Rosa fight too, literally weeing blood from his head

 

I didn't catch it and this weeks card doesn't look mega appealing either. 

 

I think we've almost passed the boom for MMA, some of these Apex events seem pointless cards just thrown together.

 

Feels like there's a lack of stars coming through aswell.

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44 minutes ago, bigash_swfc said:

 

I didn't catch it and this weeks card doesn't look mega appealing either. 

 

I think we've almost passed the boom for MMA, some of these Apex events seem pointless cards just thrown together.

 

Feels like there's a lack of stars coming through aswell.

 

I've got the feeling it was decimated by injuries and was meant to be a much bigger card but there were only 9 fights in total in the end.

 

Same for this weekend coming, was meant to be headlined by Miesha Tate vs Katlin Viera, but Tate got COVID, Holm vs Dumont was promoted to main event, then Holm got injured and replaced with Aspen Ladd.

 

That said Julian Marquez is fighting, and I always tune in to watch that guy because as much as he's a fun fight, it's mostly because he follows me on Instagram and commented once on some 12 hour slow cooked ribs I made that I posted 🤣

 

I do agree about stars though, there's been a void since the top guys retired, we've lost legends like GSP, DC & Bisping and they've not really been replaced.

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10 hours ago, Gob_Bluth said:

I do agree about stars though, there's been a void since the top guys retired, we've lost legends like GSP, DC & Bisping and they've not really been replaced.

 

Maybe the Apex is a gift and a curse now, as it served a purpose and allowed fights to continue but maybe its holding fighters back.

 

Get fighters back in front of crowds again, I'm not talking the T Mobile Arena for fight night events, but maybe back at the Hard Rock, The Palms, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay - rebuild the lesser known fighters of the UFC.

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13 hours ago, bigash_swfc said:

 

Maybe the Apex is a gift and a curse now, as it served a purpose and allowed fights to continue but maybe its holding fighters back.

 

Get fighters back in front of crowds again, I'm not talking the T Mobile Arena for fight night events, but maybe back at the Hard Rock, The Palms, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay - rebuild the lesser known fighters of the UFC.

 

I think they're locked into the T Mobile arena for events in Vegas, they signed an exclusive contract that lasted quite a long time, got a feeling it was something like 10 years for 5/6 shows a year and a UFC shop inside the arena.

 

The UFC were never good at building stars themselves, they kind of leave it to the fighters to build themselves but don't shine any light on anyone unless they breakout themselves and can't be ignored

 

 

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7 hours ago, Gob_Bluth said:

 

I think they're locked into the T Mobile arena for events in Vegas, they signed an exclusive contract that lasted quite a long time, got a feeling it was something like 10 years for 5/6 shows a year and a UFC shop inside the arena.

 

The UFC were never good at building stars themselves, they kind of leave it to the fighters to build themselves but don't shine any light on anyone unless they breakout themselves and can't be ignored

 

 

 

I wasn't aware of the T Mobile deal, kinda screwed themselves really.

 

Journo's asked Tom Aspinall "whats next for you" - He said something like "fighting in front of fans, I don't know how I'll react to fighting in front of 25,000 fans"

 

Yeah UFC can't build stars themselves, but I suppose they can help by giving a platform for them to excel. Apex for me, is holding fighters back now, served its purpose.

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54 minutes ago, bigash_swfc said:

Yeah UFC can't build stars themselves, but I suppose they can help by giving a platform for them to excel

 

That's more or less verbatim a Dana White line when he was asked the question about building stars.

 

I get it but it's in the UFC's interest to build stars and not waiting for a fighter to shine somewhere else before they capitalise. 

 

My coach has started a podcast and he was talking about Tom Aspinall (he's got a win over Aspinall you know 😛 ) on episode 3, said he's on a run, he's on fire and they could end up wasting his momentum because they'll more than likely pair him up next against Chris Daukaus, they're both undefeated in the UFC and they'll scratch one out and give them a loss which will set one of their careers back two years, rather than build them both up and have them avoid each other until they're possibly top 5 and looking to challenge for the title. 


Should give his podcast a listen it's great - called the Austincast, just him and his brother talking combat sports

 

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9 minutes ago, Gob_Bluth said:

 

That's more or less verbatim a Dana White line when he was asked the question about building stars.

 

I get it but it's in the UFC's interest to build stars and not waiting for a fighter to shine somewhere else before they capitalise. 

 

My coach has started a podcast and he was talking about Tom Aspinall (he's got a win over Aspinall you know 😛 ) on episode 3, said he's on a run, he's on fire and they could end up wasting his momentum because they'll more than likely pair him up next against Chris Daukaus, they're both undefeated in the UFC and they'll scratch one out and give them a loss which will set one of their careers back two years, rather than build them both up and have them avoid each other until they're possibly top 5 and looking to challenge for the title. 


Should give his podcast a listen it's great - called the Austincast, just him and his brother talking combat sports

 

 

Sounds decent that.

 

I thought Daukaus and Aspinall where on a path of facing eachother but....

 

Credit to them both, Daukaus wants the next level of competition and has just signed to face Derrick Lewis, huge step up for him.

 

Aspinall says he's in no rush. Wants a full stadium for his next fight, whoever it may be against 

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IMO that’s what sets UFC apart. Aspinall and Daukaus should absolutely fight. Ultimately one has to be better than the other. 
 

As a fight fan I want to see the very best, fight the very best. Building a fighter is something I’d expect in the WWE.

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54 minutes ago, 0wl18 said:

IMO that’s what sets UFC apart. Aspinall and Daukaus should absolutely fight. Ultimately one has to be better than the other. 
 

As a fight fan I want to see the very best, fight the very best. Building a fighter is something I’d expect in the WWE.

 

All combat sports build fighters, even the UFC keeps fighters they see with good potential away from potential troublesome fighters, Conor avoiding wrestlers, promising Welterweights not fighting Wonderboy etc etc

 

They'll fight eventually anyway, why waste it as an undercard fight, let them get a few wins and let it headline a PPV, not like Heavyweight is flush with promising talent, they need names to feed to Ngannou 😂

 

2 hours ago, bigash_swfc said:

 

Sounds decent that.

 

I thought Daukaus and Aspinall where on a path of facing eachother but....

 

Credit to them both, Daukaus wants the next level of competition and has just signed to face Derrick Lewis, huge step up for him.

 

Aspinall says he's in no rush. Wants a full stadium for his next fight, whoever it may be against 

 

Big step up for Daukaus, I think the potential upset is there for that one - didn't actually see they'd made that fight

 

They should match Aspinall with Biggie Boi, decent name, winnable fight for him that'll do wonders for his exposure

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Had abit of spare time, I thought I'd compile a list of UFC fights that interest me this month.

 

October 17th 

Julian Marquez vs. Jordan Wright (Both dangerous, don't expect it to go the distance)

Danny Roberts vs. Ramazan Emeev (Have to support the UK guys)

Loopy Godinez will be fighting her 2nd fight in 8 days. 

 

October 23rd 

Marvin Vettori vs. Poulo Costa (Big fight, I'm worried it won't go ahead to be honest. Costa's striking should be too much)

Kris Moutinho vs. Aaron Phillips (Moutinho deserves a watch after not taking a backwards step against Suga O'Malley on short notice)

 

UFC 267 & UFC 268 obviously special events.

 

Can Hooker derail Makhachev (UFC267)

Is Chimaev ready to resume world domination? (UFC267)

Ian Garry UFC debut, former Cage Warriors champion. (UFC268)

If Gaethje and Chandler fight lives up to the hype, can see it being a FOTY candidate (UFC268)

 

Special mentions to Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas, there's afew standout people in this sport, who are ready to grow into even bigger stars. Providing they keep winning, who knows what the future holds for these 2.

 

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5 hours ago, Gob_Bluth said:

I'm looking forward to seeing Jake Hadley get in the cage properly too, he's already annoyed a lot of UFC people 😂

 

He looked good, other british guy on DWCS got absolutely battered.

 

First time I've watched that show, will be watching it again haha

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On 12/10/2021 at 08:40, Gob_Bluth said:

That said Julian Marquez is fighting.

 

Think we jinxed it. 

 

Marquez had a medical condition after making weight, not cleared to fight.

 

The card is extremely weak now.

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