December 21, 2016 at 11:59 am #64548
You must have loved listening to Paul Craig on Ariel’s show. I was trying to do a Scottish accent all day after that.
Starting to get real amped for Ronda’s return by the way. For Christmas I want her and Holly both to win, so they’re both champions, then Holly drops back to 135 to try and become double champ, Ronda beats her, then Ronda goes up to challenge for the 145 strap for their trilogy fight. Is that too much to ask?
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.December 23, 2016 at 6:12 am #64552
Yeah, dude’s accent is THICK. Certain words are really fun to say, like later is like LAYhur, like the t is completely silent.
Was this on Monday’s show? I’ve had such a disruptive week that I’m really behind on all my stuff this week.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Ronda’s plan is beyond this fight. Was it just time? Is it the money? Nobody’s heard anything from her really, and as you well know, training and skill is important, but the mental part of the game is just as important.
And all that what if after this fight – even more interesting now that Cyborg seems to have tested positive again for something.December 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm #64553
Yeah, they drop the t and put a kind of stop in there instead. I think it’s called a glottal stop. Scouse and Cockney has the same feature I think. So do several of the Polynesian languages we hear a lot of out here in the South Pacific.
I actually like how close to the vest Ronda is playing it. The mystery will only increase the drama of her comeback.
I’m not sure what’s going on with Cyborg but I’m kind of sad for her either way. It’s possible she’s cheated of course, but when you see and heart what she’s been through with the cuts to 140 it feels like she’s both been mistreated by the UFC and had bad advice from her team. Between having several fighters miss weight and what Cyborg has been through this guy Lockhart doesn’t seem as professional as someone like Mike Dolce.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.December 31, 2016 at 12:46 am #64562
I blame Edmond.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.January 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm #64566
I don’t even know who to blame for that. It actually looked like Nunes was fighting someone off the street, with absolutely no training. Amazing stuff.
Chuck Mindenhall on MMA Fighting summed it up pretty well – if Ronda wanted everybody to leave her alone, she got her wish. I can’t see anyone caring if she ever fights again, and she’s not a good enough actress for anybody to care about that either.
I find it extremely sad. I think she shot herself in the foot by not saying anything. And like Chuck said, by staying quiet, she’s made it really hard to root for her.
And Cruz/Garbrandt – at first I was angry at Cody, because as you know, I’m a HUGE fan of Dominick, but as the fight wore on, he really impressed me. And then – if you didn’t watch Dominick’s press conference, it’s a must-watch. He’s got to be one of the most inspirational fighters, period.January 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm #64567
I haven’t seen the pressers yet, but I read Ben Fowlkes’ article comparing the ways Ronda and Dom responded.
There’s a video going round which apparently has Edmond’s corner audio on it in which he hollers repeatedly for Ronda to move her head, and she doesn’t. She has zero head movement at all, right from the get go, even though her coach is apparently screaming his lungs out for it. Weirdly she does attempt to clinch when he hollers to clinch, and she lifts her guard when he hollers to get her hands up.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.January 2, 2017 at 7:35 am #64568
There’s only so many adjustments a fighter can make in the first 48 seconds of a fight. April said that it’s funny that when they showed Ronda before the fight, it was just her hitting a bag or hitting mitts. Did she actually do any active sparring, where someone hit her in the head? If you can’t get hit more than once before you start going into survival mode, well, that’s an issue.
I think it’s a mixture of her earlier opponents buying into the hype or blind luck (Zingano) or her actually being matched up favorably against lesser opponents (nice size advantage over Correia, younger and faster than Alexis Davis, McMann another non-striker).January 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm #64571
I mean he’s hollering for it right from the get go. Pretty much the easiest and most basic striking defense possible aside from running away is moving your head, and Edmond is screeeeeeaming for it. And she just doesn’t respond. Not even that silly body roll stuff Shogun does.
But she does respond to his calls to clinch and to get her guard up. It’s just weird that she responds to some commands but not others. Why wouldn’t it be all or nothing on that count? It makes no sense.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.January 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm #64575
First punch, she knows it’s over. And I thought the same thing, I was like, oh boy. This is going to be worse than Holm. I just think she’s done. She doesn’t really have anything to prove anymore, and even if she did, she probably wouldn’t be able to hang. Her time is over – move on and reinvent yourself.January 30, 2017 at 11:41 pm #64596
I love Cowboy, but I love Masvidal just a little more, so I was happy with that result.
Love Valentina too. Even moreso after that crazy dance. Really looking forward to her rematch with Nunes.
And Ngannou is so much fun to watch. Can’t wait till his next fight. I guess they’ll give him someone like Rothwell, which would be a sweet match up, although I think he wants Werdum.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.February 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm #64601
I think he said Velasquez, which I think may be too much too soon, along with Verdum. I say be careful with him – dude could be a huge star.
Before the Masvidal/Cowboy fight, I was saying that this is not an easy fight for Cowboy, and Masvidal’s no joke. I was trying to think of a loss of his where he actually got beat, you know? Like a one sided loss. And there are none. I think Masvidal’s the real deal, and this showed that he’s up there for a title shot, along with Maia.
I don’t know why, but women’s bantamweight is just not as interesting to me right now. Valentina did look great, but I don’t know – it’s just not grabbing me.February 2, 2017 at 7:26 pm #64604
Masvidal’s blessing and his curse is he knows how not to get beat up, so nobody ever really waxes him, but he also doesn’t have too many superdynamic, ubermemorable wins, so he gets thought of as a journeyman. Even as a fan of him I agree with Dana’s criticism.
Did you see the thing Ariel did with Conor? There’s nothing in particular that he came out with that would’ve been worth paying for (did you see the prices folks were paying for some of those seats?!?), but I still enjoyed the free version.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.February 3, 2017 at 5:49 pm #64606
I agree, but this win was something special. He really should get more respect now, no question.
Re: Conor-talk: I’m sorta losing my patience a little bit. I watched a few minutes of that, and just got bored. That could be because I’m not 100%, but although he is entertaining, I don’t understand why I should care about what he does outside the cage. Like, if he’s not selling me a fight, I’m not sure I care that much. I’ve heard the highlights of what he’d said, and that’s good enough for me.February 4, 2017 at 11:22 am #64607
Yeah, I don’t blame you really. Like you say, because there’s nothing set in his future it was kind of a whole lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. I enjoyed it, but even so, it was a window I had running in the background while I did other stuff.
Meanwhile KZ and Dennis Bermudez are never in boring fights, so I’m stoked for that today, but my secret favourite fight on the card is Andrade vs Hill. Hill is a fun fighter, and talker, but Andrade has looked like an unstoppable killing machine at 115 and I can’t wait to see her do her thing again.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.March 1, 2017 at 12:14 am #64630
Did you hear your boy Johny on Ariel’s show today Robby? He seemed kind of small standing next to former MW Brian Stann getting interviewed after his own MW debut, but it’s top notch to hear him happy and loving the game again.
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