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There were no UFC events this past weekend to recap. No earth shattering news stories to retell
and re-examine. It was a relatively slow
week in the world of MMA. So this Monday
instead of one topic, I am going to spitball a little and share what was in my
MMA mind since we last spoke.
The KO heard round
Everyone I know tuned into The Ultimate Fighter this week to
see the KO that Dana White called the among the nastiest he’d seen in the business. It didn’t disappoint. Moments before the first round of a damn good
between Uriah Hall and Adam Cella ended, Hall caught Cella with a spinning kick
that sent Hall to canvas in a heap. He
was unconscious for four minutes, and during that time, Hall ran the gamut of
emotions from elation, to fear, to shame and finally relief.
To see the knockout was amazing, to see Hall’s reaction to it was gripping. To think that you might have permanently injured
or killed someone is a feeling I hope never to deal with. To have to deal with it on National TV is
something more. Hall showed class, sportsmanship and humanity
in the moments following his KO, and that, like his skill, sets him apart from
the rest. He’s a great fighter, and a
solid person. I was relieved to see that
Adam Cella was indeed ok after the knockout and he will return to fight another
day. (Likely at the TUF finale.)
Ronda Rousey and UFC
Primetime score big…..
I’ve never been crazy about Rousey. I feel like she talked her way into the fight
with Miesha Tate, and despite her amazing performances in the cage, she’s still
six fights into a career, and being given the keys to the kingdom. She always came off as brash and unpolished
to me as well…that is until I watched UFC Primetime Rousey vs. Carmouche.
To get insight into how hard she works, her background and
especially to see her vulnerability regarding speaking about her father, it was
an eye opener. Sometimes people are too
quick to form an opinion of someone based off of very little…I am guilty as
charged when it came to Rousey. I might
not be wearing a team Ronda shirt anytime soon, but I will remember there is
always more to the story, and until you have it, making your mind up is just
I am also compelled by Liz’ story and will not miss the next episode. Both women are deserving of being in the first
Women’s UFC fight. They have different
stories, but both need to be told. The
UFC is producing their finest work in this series.
Michael Bisping TRT’d
out of Title Shots times 3…..
Michael Bisping is 0-3 in title elimination fights. Three times he’s been at the cusp of getting
his dream fight with Anderson Silva, and three times he’s been turned
away. What is interesting is in each of
those tries, he was fighting someone who was using an advantage. His opponent had better MMA through
medicine. Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen,
and now Vitor Belfort all fought Bisping while being on Testosterone
Replacement Therapy. You can understand
maybe with Hendo, I mean, he’s 57 years old for goodness sake. What?
He’s not 57? How old is he? 42?
Ok, well, he’s old.
It’s not something I should joke about, because I promise
you Bisping doesn’t find the situation the least bit funny. He’s been on an uneven playing field in a
sport where you’re not just hitting a little white ball, you’re hitting people
in the face, and in turn, being hit. The
fact that TRT has become the festering issue screams for some kind of UFC involvement
in testing and perhaps outlawing the dubious medical advantage. Bisping was on record as saying, “Over the past couple years, and even right
before the fight, I have made my views on TRT very, very clear. I don’t feel
that I need to go into depth about it again right now. All I have to add, about
this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was
caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone
legally. A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone,
so I don't understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption
to then increase testosterone.”
Perhaps the next time Michael earns a title elimination
fight, he’ll not have to fight both his opponent and his opponent’s pharmacist
Josh Barnett, Thanks
but no thanks…..
The Baby Faced…I mean, The Warmaster Josh Barnett looked to
be folded into the UFC after Strikeforce died on the vine, and
despite Dana White never previously liking Josh much, told the press he felt
the deal would get done and Barnett would be in the famed Octagon plying his trade. Not so fast.
Josh and the UFC apparently found one point in the contract they could not work
out to their mutual satisfaction, and when Zuffa sent the latest contract to
Barnett’s people, he said no thanks.
What this means for Barnett is unknown.
He is a talented heavyweight who despite crippling Affliction all on his
own, still can compete at the highest level.
His performance enhancement issues seem to be in his past, but it looks
like for the time being at least, he’ll be looking for work in other
organizations. The likeliest of which
include the World Series of Fighting, or perhaps a stint as a professional
wrestler in Japan. Barnett has a lot of fans; who all want the
talented heavyweight to land somewhere of consequence.