Lyoto Machida's last win just made me more impressed with Chris weidman. Chris took a good number of those kicks along with other strikes from Lyoto like they were nothing. Also that last flurry from Robbie lawler was so scary.
2014 wasn't so bad. 2015 is looking fun. Jones v DC next week, although the rest of the card isn't wonderful.
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I hope it lives up to the hype. Most do not.
Two thoughts percolating...
1) It sets up for the three-fight series, which would be bullshit, as there are other worthy opponents like Gus.
2) Jones destroys Cormier in a way never before seen from Jon. Kinda like that ruckus at the stare-down was akin to the royal beating at the hands of The Beast that unleashes Sing's inner warrior from an ALL TIME favorite movie Kung Fu Hustle. (If you have not watched it, please do...the English voice-over was best ever!)
although the rest of the card isn't wonderful.
I hope it lives up to the hype. Most do not. Two thoughts percolating... 1) It sets up for the three-fight series, which would be bullshit, as there are other worthy opponents like Gus. 2) Jones destroys Cormier in a way never before seen from Jon.
As a long time Jon Jones fan, it is a tough fight to bet or root for, as I respect both fighters. Cormier seems to be the more honest and "real" of the two, where Jones seems just a little fake. Jones has that money bloodline with two brothers in the NFL, and they just seem like a pack of alpha males. Cormier jumped over the entire division, but shit...there is no other matchup I'd rather see, with a Gus/Jones rematch being a close second. I live like 40 minutes from the gym Cormier and Cain train at, so there is a bit of "local" loyalty as well. Both undefeated. I have yet to see Cormier in real trouble. Him talking of taking Jones into the "deep water" when he has a history of trouble keeping the weight off seems a little far fetched. American wrestlers are great at controlling fights, but Jones has wicked elbows in the close range, and has had plenty of time to prepare a game plan A, B and C for any scenario he gets put into. If this fight goes into the 4th and 5th rounds...I'd say Jon wins, but DAMN!!!...this does not get any better. A 35 year old taking the UFC by storm with his fast hands and elite wrestling vs. a 27 year old phenom who fights like no other before him, with a strong corner for coaching and planning. Does not get any better than this, and I'm happy both fighters have no "injury excuses" to fall back on this time. Looking forward to this matchup!
Agree with your assessment. Hope we're not let down. I lived in the San Jose area 20 years ago, and have visited a few times since then. That and the honesty of Cormier were the tipping points for me to root for him.
Got 4 fight cards in the next 5 weeks.
Gus v Johnson
McGregor v Siver
Diaz v Silva
Should be a fun month I'm gonna get back into fighting shape and see if this old body & brain can take the grind.
Main Card (on Pay-Per-View):
Jon Jones (20-1) vs. Daniel Cormier (15-0)
Donald Cerrone (25-6, 1 NC) vs. Myles Jury (15-0)
Brad Tavares (12-3) vs. Nate Marquardt (33-13, 2 NC)
Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1) vs. Louis Gaudinot (6-3)
Hector Lombard (34-4-1, 1 NC) vs. Josh Burkman (27-10)
Preliminary Card (on FOX Sports 1):
Danny Castillo (17-7) vs. Paul Felder (9-0)
Marcus Brimage (7-3) vs. Cody Garbrandt (5-0)
Shawn Jordan (16-6) vs. Jared Cannonier (7-0)
Evan Dunham (14-6) vs. Rodrigo Damm (12-8)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass):
Omari Akhmedov (13-2) vs. Mats Nilsson (11-3-1)
Alexis Dufresne (5-1) vs. Marion Reneau (4-1)
Looks as though you were correct. Pretty underwhelming card. Kind of disappointed.
Yup...aside from the main event, most of the fights were low on action. Went to a "UFC Bar" with some old friends, and that place was standing room only even with the $10 cover charge. Very nice turnout. I'd guess they reached or surpassed maximum occupancy.
Cormier may have won a single round, but it was very close to Jones winning every round. I guess they gave Cormier the 2nd, but it wasn't by much. With a guy with KO power, the fight was exciting all the way through, though. The post-fight interviews and press conference was pretty good as well. Overall it was a great night out, but DAMN...after like 10+ pitchers of Modelo and 3 rounds of Jameson shots...the first half of Sunday was absolutely ruined. Glad that the hangover "broke" in time for the DAL/DET game which was a fun one.
So should I be taking coke during my training camp for my next fight! I've given up the diet version, so maybe the powder version will help ;-)
So should I be taking coke during my training camp for my next fight! I've given up the diet version, so maybe the powder version will help
If you want to train like Jon Jones, absolutely. If you want to fight like Mike Tyson, take it directly before the fight.
Overall this seems pretty overblown. Young rich athletes sometimes party. Doesn't mean they need rehab.
Gotta say I'm loving Cerrone right now, 2 fights in 3 weeks? Dude is insane and it's awesome, but I can't imagine weight cutting twice back to back is safe.
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If I was world champ and probably one of the best fighters ever, I'd play it up heel style. Going into rehab is it's just an occasional social thing (like cigarettes and alcohol) then it's a bullshit move just for public perception. Probably just looking to save sponsor $$$$s. If he does actually have a coke problem, then what's he's done is even more amazing.
This is from an article on Kelvin Gastelum missing weight, emphasis mine:
While at the hospital, Gastelum was rehydrating and taking medication. Farrar had given him a jug of water and gel packs. Later, the UFC doctor had Gastelum drink Sprite to replenish for sugar intake. The weight-cutting process was long over.
Wow. Just wow. So many issues here.
Plus, this was a dude who "'became non-responsive' and began vomiting" a little over 24 hours before a very serious fight. Then a licensed physician gave him some fructose water and then he's cleared to fight.