Monday, April 12, 2010

UFC and quick rambles

I scream from my keyboard - "YES!"

Wendy who is in the kitchen and probably thinks I have just received a book contract wonders "What? What?"

"BJ Penn lost!!!"

Other than that, it was a very disappointing UFC.

Could Damian Maia have been any more of a warrior?
Has there ever been a more disrespectful, embarassing champion in the UFC than Anderson Silva?
Could Matt Hughes have had an easier fight?
Could Renzo Gracie have looked more out of shape?
Could the fight between BJ and Edgar been more of a boring kick-boxing match?

The answer to all of these questions is no.

Maia earned my respect. It must suck to be a Gracie these days. They originated MMA and they haven't had a win for years now. Matt Hughes looked okay but it's clear he will never dominate like he used to. It's clear his reign was based on being a huge, good wrestler. The division is stacked with them now. Anderson Silva makes me sick. That performance was just so embarassing to him, to the UFC, and to the fans. The crowd actually started chanting "GSP" in the middle of the fight. GSP wasn't even fighting! BJ lost so that's good, but, I like MMA. The entire BJ fight was a kick-boxing match with neither willing to really "go for it." It was very technical and safe. I don't like technical and safe. I like balls to the wall win big or go home. All credit in the world to Frankie Edgar, but it just wasn't the type of fight I like to see.

There were bright spots of the night. One was Kendall Grove's performance. And he lost. But he did such a brilliant job showcasing submissions and transitioning it was a thing of beauty. I cannot imagine how he did not eventually get a tap. I mean, the first round should have been scored 10-7 he was so dominant and impressive with both his Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. Just a clinic before he got caught with some ground and pound.
Terry Etim vs Rafeal Dos Anjos was also a great, great fight with some great stand-up and ground work by both guys. That's MMA to me.

Chris McMahon just sent me a link that I find very amusing and you'll all see why I can relate to it so well. Well, except for the fact that he's an international best seller.

Just so you know, I am very happy these days. Very, very happy.
Although some days, the banging from the construction going on all around us threatens to drive me insane. They are working on three buildings at once, all around us, and somedays all we hear is the steady beat of hammers determined to drive us mad. Like, right now.


  1. Pardon me for being blunt, but Silva really fucking stunk up the joint! Christ, how many times in your life have you heard the crowd cheer for someone the champ wasn't even fighting? It would be great if GSP had a snowball's chance in hell of actually beating Silva, but I personally don't think he does. And I was a huge fan of Silva hitherto, despite his past indiscretions. He basically lost me as a fan in the second round with all that chest pounding macho posturing bullshit. And talk about phoning it in in the 4th and 5th. Sheesh.

    Maia, for his part, really won me over. I felt terrible for him. I mean, it's bad enough Silva was walking all over him but then towards the end its like he wouldn't even dignify his presence or something. And Maia came out swinging in the 5th, even with a busted nose and swollen left eye and mutilated face. What heart.

  2. I agree with almost everything. I tend to think GSP would have a chance against Anderson Silva.

    Silva was a disgrace.

    Maia won me over as well and one highlight showed him getting a massive, powerful shot in the fifth round to Silva's face that could have knocked him out.

    How hilarious would that have been?

    Maia won me over as well, but I've always liked him.

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