Feb 27, 2015
The card for UFC 184 has gone through a number of changes and most of them weren't for the best. While the card we'll see on Saturday isn't bad by any means, it's not what it once was. That being said what we do have is a solid card featuring a number of the best women fighters the UFC has to offer. It'll also be very interesting to see how well this card does focusing more on women's MMA then we've seen recently. Let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet though; first we need to break down what we'll be seeing Saturday night.
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano
It’s been a long time coming, but finally Ronda will face her long time challenger Cat Zingano. You’d have to be some type zombie cyborg creature to not feel for Cat and all the personal and professional struggles she’s gone through. She has, maybe more so then the others before her, truly earned this title shot. The problem here is that Ronda just seems to be operating on a completely different level then her peers. Every fight she has looked better and better, making it almost impossible to imagine Cat over coming what so many others have failed to do. Factor in that Cat is notorious for starting slow while Ronda actively seeks extremely early finishes and you start to see the writing on the wall. Personally, I really hope Cat can make it out of the first round and really give Ronda a true challenge, but just looking at the fight on paper I think Ronda will be too much. Ronda by armbar round 1.
Picking Rousey: Dr. Law, DJ Mark, Gooms, Kid P
Feb 20, 2015
Boy oh boy has there every been a Fight Night card so over-shadowed by the week's events? If you've been under a rock the last couple days you missed the UFC holding a press conference doing a 180 on drug testing (which was a 180 from their stance to allow the commissions to do all the drug testing. WADA level testing all year round AND a four year ban for first offenses=the UFC is not fucking around. It's only fitting that the week the UFC shows how big their Johnson is, the main event involves two guys who used to do TRT.
Frank Mir vs Antonio Silva
Perhaps because Mir has been in the UFC since I was a junior in high school and Silva is working on his third year with the company, it definitely feels like Mir is so much older than the Brazilian but they're only seperated by a few months. While age may be nothing but a number, fight tape doesn't lie. Frank Mir has not looked good in a fight since the time he broke poor Big Nog's arm back in 2011. He simply isn't a high-level fighter anymore but because he's still a draw he's still getting contender-level opponents. Silva will blitz Mir from the beginning of the fight and make quick work of the former champ. Silva by TKO in first round.
Silva: All of us
Feb 17, 2015
The gang (well half of the gang) comes together to review an action weekend of MMA including UFC Fight Night: Henderson v. Thatch and the respective Bellator and WSOF cards. They focus heavily on Bendo's incredible performance against Thatch before discussing the newly announced Urijah Faber v. Frankie Edgar card. The gang also previews both UFC Fight Night: Mir v. Big Foot and UFC 184: Rousey v. Zingano. All that and another edition of "Stuff We Like."
Feb 13, 2015
What a road we have traveled. Fight Night events are often low on big name value, but usually big on quality fights. Matt Brown was seemingly the perfect main eventer for such a card, but as circumstances seem to go in 2015... no card ends how it started. I won't rehash the whole road we took to get here on this card but an event that once laughably had a main event of Brandon Thatch vs Wonderboy, regains some level of credibility with a former champion inserted in the main slot.
Benson Henderson vs Brandon Thatch
Rising from the ashes of the mess that is this card, is actually a decently compelling matchup. On the one hand, you have a former champion who has had a really great career with wins against big names but is currently riding his first 2-fight losing streak. On the other you have a rising killer that get's guys out of the cage fast. I seldom pick against Bendo, but the change in weight class is a tremendous x-factor here. Thatch is on the larger end of welterweights standing at 6'2 and while Bendo is a large lightweight, he has been more known for his gas tank than his power. Going up in class when you almost never put people away with your strikes does not inspire immediate confidence. Thatch by TKO.
Henderson: Dr. Law, DJ Mark
Thatch: Kid P, Gooms
Feb 10, 2015
The gang comes together to talk about
the end of the world Anderson Silva getting popped for two different steroids. They talk about the impact and the level of depression they're all feeling now. Seriously, we're all pretty bummed. Diaz popped for weed, but we're mostly just annoyed he's going to get suspended. They also preview UFC Fight Night: Henderson v. Thatch. All that and another edition of "Stuff We Like."
Feb 3, 2015
The gang breaks down the results of the fight/dance contest between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. They discuss what comes next or even if there is a next for each of the main event competitors. The gang also discusses the rest of UFC 183 including the biggest win of Al Iaquinta's career along with the weight cutting disasters experienced by Kelvin Gastelum and John Lineker. All that and another edition of "Stuff We Like" in this episode of reasonable length.