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16 hours ago, Naysonymous said:

Just saw the finish of Chandler vs Ferguson fight.  That’s gonna get replayed for years.  

Yeah it wasn't so much a front kick, like Andersons, it was a proper booting to the face. Insane.

 

10 hours ago, bobontheway said:

Rose :( Jeez

I dunno what she and her team were thinking, at all. I love Rose and was really looking forward to that fight. Esparza is great wrestler, but Rose was so much bigger and more athletic yet seemed terrified of Carla. Rose seemed content to do nothing the steal the round at the last second, Carla was trying to engage but wasn't be allowed. Terrible fight, but I think it was a fair result.

 

Oliviera, just wow.

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I don't post much in here but bloody hell Esparaza won?, holy shit I remember her from the Ultimate Fighter. She was one dimensional and got rinsed when she was actually in the UFC when her wrestling got neutered. 

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49 minutes ago, McFly said:

"Won" is a relative term here, but she did more than Rose for me. Longest time between losing and regaining belt, 7300 days or something.

 

Yeah I watched it just now, and I know everyone says worst fight but even this beats Francis vs Ngannou. 

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Bader Vs Kongo on Friday sucked too, but the Rose / Esparza fight was next level.

 

I missed the weigh-in drama so I was wondering what the hell happened with Oliveira. He has truly elevated himself to next level status - I see Khabib is pushing for Makhachev to get the shot but I'm not sure if he's done enough, I was hoping this might be enough to tempt the man himself to come out of retirement. Instead they all keep blowing smoke up Conor's arse, what a waste of time. 

 

Thought DC's HOF announcement was sweet. To be honest, I was never a major fan of his as a fighter but he was a grafter and you can see it meant a lot to him to get that recognition. 

 

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Further to the sce calibration being off, allegedly, Charlie Olives was only given 1hr to drop weight not the 2hrs mandated by Arizona athletic commission. 

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Crikey Namajunas fight was all time bad. It was well into Severn vs Shamrock or Silva vs Maia staring contests. She just seems to do this occasionally especially against wrestlers. Esparza is going to get wrecked by the winner of Zhang/JJ.

 

Rest off the show had some fun moments to make up for it though.

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Heads up Bellator London event on BBC Three tonight. Main card starts at 9pm. Prelims on now.

 

Main Card:

MVP vs. Logan Storley - Interim Welterweight Title

Lyoto Machida vs. Fabian Edwards

Denise Kielholtz vs. Kana Watanabe

Paul Daley vs. Wendell Giacomo

Luke Trainer vs. Simon Biyong

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Yeesh, thought the main event was going to be a stitch up with the delay before the decision was announced. Not a great fight but the right result at least.

 

And what the hell happened on the undercard? Looked like a murder scene around the iPlayer logo on the canvas. Someone must have been pissing blood.

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MVP has always had abit of a charmed life in Bellator. Too many "showcase" fights against scrubs. He does a few decent wins but Storley showed what a half decent wrestler would do to him. In the UFC he would have faced a murderers row of guys that level and higher.

 

Happy for Semtex to go out with a big KO. He suffers the same faults as MVP with the wrestling but would always fight anyone, anywhere. Shame he got blacklisted from the UFC for lamping Koscheck. Its lead to a fun Bellator run though. Something tells me he isn't done yet tbh. One of those daft bare knuckle companies who pay silly money might try and tempt him.

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Can't think of anybody you'd less want to be on the receiving end of a long swinging uppercut than all natural grass fed former world strongest man Mariusz Pudz - like all brutal KOs you can see the guys feet twitching as he hits the canvas.

 

 

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There hasn't been much going on in here lately, but UFC 276 next week is an awesome card. Volkanovski v Holloway III and Adesanya v Brunson headlining. I wanna put out there now that I think Brunson wins by lay and pray or perhaps tko. No idea about the 145lb belt, there's some great undercard fights including O'Malley v Munhoz and Jim Miller v Cowboy. Robbie Lawler, Sean Strickland and Miesha Tate are fighting too.

 

Overall though I just hope every fight goes as planned with no fight day cancellations or weight cut related issue

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Really hope War Max comes to play and gets the belt back this time around. Arguably he won the first rematch, Verdict had it 48-47 Holloway (rounded up from 46.88) but he needs a finish, or a Kattar-esque beating to win over the judges.

 

Also, worth catching up on UFC Austin if people haven’t. The card had some brutal finishes and was pretty entertaining throughout. DC enjoyed himself on comms for sure.

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I've largely dropped off, but this was the most stacked card I'd seen coming in ages.

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As much as I wanted Max to win, I'm happy to call Alex the FW GOAT at this point. I'm not sure he'd be able to resist Oliveira's ground game, but Max didn't give him anything on that front. Volk is just fast, strong and smart. Fair fucks to the guy. It's a rapidly evolving division, and as Max was my previous GOAT, we could easily see another in the next few years. But maybe let's get Volk to 155 for now.

 

Izzy vs Cannonier was meh. He's like Jones where he talks about dismantling someone and then spars. I completely see the sense and value in not taking damage as champ, just don't make grand promises. If a champ said in a promo: "I will make my money and not get hurt — it's up to you to take it from me.", that wouldn't be a problem at all.

 

Great for Jim Miller, I do wonder if Cerrone will be back, but he's always seemed to have a ton of other irons in the fire.

 

Lastly, I think the whole world rejoiced when Sean Strickland got sparked. Crazy front hook power from Pereira.

 

Having so little representation for the women's fighters on stacked card is pretty fucked up though.

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The whole card up to the main events, bar O'malley/Munhoz was very entertaining. 

 

Volk, put on a masterclass, so much so that it was almost underwhelming.

 

I imagine Periera will be next for izzy, even tho he's unranked. Izzy is great but he hasn't been entertaining for a few fights now.

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As good as he is I just cannot warm to Volk. But that’s my prejudice, feel similar about Namajunas (just don’t buy the whole ‘delicate flower’ horseshit)

 

That said, Volk might fair well at lightweight, given he played rugby at 200lbs+. He’s nothing really left to prove at featherweight, and no one in that division is likely to surpass Holloway as the number one contender anytime soon.

 

As soon as I saw Izzy went to a decision I skipped watching the fight. Absolutely don’t begrudge him a safety-first approach but that’s twenty five minutes I can waste doing something else. He isn’t going to welterweight and isn’t bulky enough to move to light heavy unless he takes 12 months off to get there, so until a new contender arrives out of nowhere, guess we’ll keep getting more of the same.

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I forgot Usman, he's been  good lately. But women's 115lb has been great bar Rose/Esparza but that's very rare.

 

Good to see O'Malley make a point about the shitty ufc gloves.

 

Also bye-bye to Cowboy Ceroone. He's been awesome to watch since WEC but you could tell he wasn't really into it anymore.

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