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.

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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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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Conor McGregor Gets His Rematch Against Nate Diaz at UFC 200

Diaz McGregor

I intend on coming correct with a breakdown of every card in the future, but I just wanted to get this out there as soon as I heard it.  My initial thought was, “why the hell would Conor do this?”  So far from what I’ve read it looks like everyone close to Conor did what any normal, caring, business savvy person would do… They begged him not to take the fight. This is a lose-lose situation for Conor. If he loses again it will seriously damage his dollar value in the UFC, but even if he wins it does almost nothing to help him unless he can win the necessary rubber match that would happen next year.

However, word from McGregor’s coach is that Conor has been “obsessed” with fighting Nate again.  Even Dana White Continue reading “Conor McGregor Gets His Rematch Against Nate Diaz at UFC 200”

The Apple has Fallen: New York Votes to Finally Legalize MMA

It has finally happened. The last chip in the UFC’s rise to prominence has fallen, and it came in the form of a 113-25 vote to lift the 19 year ban on mixed martial arts competition in the state of New York. Apparently there are still a couple potential speed bumps in the way but by the look of things it is basically a done deal. To be clear, I am not here to report the news.  If you want to learn more about the political or financial details of this matter then there are other places you should check out (I suggest this article from Sports Illustrated that outlines just about everything you could ever want to know about those issues). However I do have some thoughts I wanted to share on what is definitely a historic day for the UFC…

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Lets bust this back open

I have two hours a day of untapped potential, maybe 3 if I start waking up earlier. Kicking this blog back off could quite possibly be the scratch for my itch. However, by no means do I plan on returning it back to its original form of a sad Barstool Sports spin-off.  Personally, I had a lot of fun doing that at the time, but now it is just painfully obvious that what I/we (myself and my friend Jimmy) were doing was at best an imitation. This time around will be different… I think?  Either way, there is only one way to find out; Gotta start writing.

At this time in my life I feel like content will not be an issue. There is a fairly well defined vision of where I want this to go, and even though there have been some posts from the old blog that I like, it should probably be deleted or at least archived. Shit, is it painful to look at some of that. Continue reading “Lets bust this back open”