Tony vs. Khabib is the Fight We All Need

We are now just over two weeks away from the most anticipated fight of the year, and it can not have come at a better time for fans or the UFC.

Tony vs. Khabib has been near the top of everyone’s “must see” fight list since the two started making their push for the title near the end of 2016. Back then the landscape was a little different. Conor McGregor had just won the lightweight title by putting a beat-down on Eddie Alvarez and everyone was basically battling for the right to get a shot at him.  Some people still consider the timing of McGregor’s jump to boxing a reaction to the fear of defending his belt against real stiff competition like Khabib or Tony (although honestly, it may have just been the 100 Million dollars that made him do it.) Since then, Conor has all but relinquished the lightweight strap and now sits perched high upon his mountain of money, waiting to see how things unfold.

The absence of Conor from the sport, as well as the constant failings of Jon Jones has left a vacuum of charisma and star power.  As a result(either directly or indirectly), the UFC continues to play with the idea of money making “super fights” in order to keep fans interested.  I’m not here to tell you that super fights are bad, because by definition they are not… super fights are “super”. They are fights the fans want to see.  However the problem is, when you start pulling them out of thin air it can really water down the sport.  Fighters jump rank to make a more exciting fight, or worse – come out of retirement, make a quick money grab and then fade right back into retirement and leave other fighters on the roster wondering,”what the hell just happened?”

BUT… this is not that. This is the fight the UFC needs in order to right the vessel. This is a good ol’ fashioned, big-time matchup between two incredibly well-deserving fighters.

Tony Ferguson is on a 10 fight win streak that stretches all the way back to 2012 when he lost by decision after breaking his forearm in the 2nd round of a fight against Michael Johnson. While Khabib has never lost a fight in his entire life, stretching all the way back to some youtube footage of him wrestling a bear as a kid.

Growing up in Dagestan looks… cool.

I know Khabib was just a child, but he is still undefeated now, so I give the bear credit. It did finished the round on top.

Not including the bear – Khabib is 25-0 and absolutely demolishing everyone he faces.  If you need a quick dose of adrenaline just get your free month of FightPass and watch his last 2 fights against Michael Johnson and Edson Barboza.  Looks like he learned a lot from training with bears because those fights are the absolute definition of a mauling. Don’t bother watching any of his other fights in the UFC either. They all look exactly the same.

In stark contrast to Khabib – Tony Ferguson is unorthodox and unpredictable. He’s the most creative fighter you will find in the UFC. His movements are like the erratic brush strokes of a master painter drunk off wine, at the first you think “what is he doing?” but by they end you are asking “how did he do that?”.  Tony’s 10th planet submissions are a work of art, and his striking, both on the ground and on his feet, is something to behold. If you want a fight recommendation, there are a lot to choose from. Five out of his last six fights got “Fight of the Night” bonuses, but since him and Khabib do share some common opponents, I would suggest also checking out his match against Edson Barboza (Poor Edson). That fight is a great example of some of Tony’s awkward attacking styles.

All that being said, I cannot stress enough how satisfying it is that both of these fighters FOUGHT their way to be in this position. Tony might be currently holding the interim belt, but we all know, this is the fight that was meant for that title once Conor went away. No one jumped rank to get here.  No one sat on the sidelines waiting for a weaker opponent. No one stumbled along the way.  They fought who was in front of them and worked their way up the ladder. On April 7th at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, NY we will finally get to taste what’s been stewing in the slow-cooker of the lightweight division for the last 2-3 years. My guess is it’s an all-time classic.

Preview and Predictions to come on fight week.

Another Snowday Coming…


I’m struggling right now between seasonal depression, and my love for a good snow day.

I honestly don’t know if I can take another whole day trapped in my house alternating between playing video games and watching Netflix (I know, cry me a river right?), but at the same time I can’t help but hope for blizzard conditions on Tuesday.  Besides, in my current state of existence, I am already pretty cut-off from the world outside of my job and my gym. Everyday I go from my house, to my job, to the gym, and back home to bed.  It’s like clockwork – and I don’t hate it!  What bothers me though is the feeling that I am sleepwalking through my life.  My everyday routine has become so… routine… that weeks are beginning to fly by faster than they ever have before.  I can go through a full 1 week cycle and not interact with a single new person. Just the same people every day, every week, for weeks on end.

So what does this have to do with the snow?

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UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones Four Fight Preview

Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones at UFC 214

I’m real excited about this fight tonight and even more excited about some of the fights on the undercard, most of which could be a PPV headliner in their own rights. For the sake of my own interest, I’m only going to dish out my thoughts on the 4 fights on the main card that I consider to be headline-worthy. Don’t get it twisted though, this entire card is stacked from Fight Pass Prelims, straight through to the main event.

Let’s get started…

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BJ Penn is embarrassing himself

BJ Penn

BJ… Please stop.

His last two trips to the octagon have been cringe-worthy. Not to mention he has the same weathered/ half-dead appearance that CM Punk had in his MMA debut. His fight style has gone from “explosive accuracy” to “uninspired apathy”.  Who is forcing him to do this, because it looks like he doesn’t want to be there.

Five Reasons Conor McGregor Will Beat Floyd Mayweather

Conor Floyd

There’s no longer a reason to doubt whether or not this fight is actually going to happen. It is clear that both fighters are on board, and Dana White has come out recently saying he would not stop the fight from taking place. Plus the latest reports point to a deal being very close to done for September (maybe?), which was basically confirmed by Conor at a boxing event not long ago.

This leaves money as the only obstacle, and because this will almost certainly be the biggest PPV event since Wrestlemania XIV… Wrestlemania XIV? The start of the Attitude Era? Boston Gardens? New Age Outlaws vs. Cactus Jack and Terry Funk in the first ever Dumpster match? The Undertaker does battle with his brother Kane for the first time ever? Stone Cold defeats Shawn Michaels to begin his reign as WWE champion? C’mon? You don’t know XIV? Anyways…

Bottom line is money will not be in short supply. There could, however, be some disagreements over who should get the larger piece of the pie or how that money should be split among promotions and organizations.  Keep in mind though, as of recently, McGregor is killing Mayweather in PPV sales. Apparently people are just now realizing how Floyd has managed to stay undefeated all these years – Never get hit, and counter effectively. Masterful boxing, but not very entertaining to the average fan.

On the other hand, Conor is a supernova of excitement both in and out of the ring. He is one of the finest trash talkers of our generation, and is able to back it up with knock outs and bloodbath performances. Still, no one seems to be giving him a shot in this match.  Some even ridicule the notion of it ever happening. Well I’m here to tell you, not only will this most certainly happen, but Conor is probably going to walk away with the victory as well. Here’s why…

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My pizza has reached its crust



I’ve come here to report that I am officially out of the pizza game.

This was paradoxically an incredibly easy and difficult decision to make. For one, I love working in the food industry. The fast pace of a kitchen mixed with the artistry of cooking and the human interactions with customers is like nothing I have ever experienced in my myriad of other jobs. There is nothing better than the dinner rush on a Friday night when everyone on the team is clicking and orders keep coming.  You can enter a flow-state where nothing matters except for the prospect of clearing those slips from your view, and your actions become fluid as you work to achieve that goal. Some nights it seems like you know the orders before they come in, and every move you make is done without thinking.

Opposite of that, there is nothing worse than when nothing goes right.  You can’t get ahead, and just when you do – turns out that calzone wasn’t supposed to have cheese, and as you’re fixing it, you burnt those two pizzas in the oven. Dummy. Funny enough, even those nights are why I love the food industry. When I waited tables we called it “getting in the weeds”.  It’s the kind of night where you really get to see what you are made of in a high-pressure situation.

I find a lot of joy and value from experiences like these; the flawless flow of execution, as well as the sigh of relief after you finally bail all the water from a sinking ship. However, it wasn’t Continue reading “My pizza has reached its crust”

Pizza Shop Chronicles

There was a random scavenger hunt this weekend that featured a bunch of things involving the shop.

  • Pictures with the staff
  • Make a pizza
  • Get the delivery guy to sing the National Anthem, which he did not know the words to… (Goddamit Steve)

Fun stuff, ya know?

But one of the tasks on this list was not so fun and it involved the illegal removal of several of my napkin dispensers.

Since the scavenger hunt I am down 2 napkin dispensers. Their absence has not gone unnoticed.  Customers are complaining of greasy fingers with no hope of relief. Old Man Jim, our morning delivery guy, is have a particularly difficult time coping with the loss. Perhaps it is his senility, or perhaps it was just his deep connection to these napkin dispensers, but he is reminded of them every morning… And feels the need to remind me as well.
Shut up Jim. I know the napkin dispensers are gone.