Another weekend of Canadian MMA is in the books, lots of notable movement so let’s take a look at the big winners and losers from the last week in the Canadian rankings.
So here we are, little over two weeks removed from Ronda Rousey’s devastating loss at the hands of Amanda Nunes. Reports are still coming in but the lack of Rousey’s presence hasn’t caused the world to end, and from the looks of things, it’s not going to.
The modern era of mixed martial artists has stirred the emotions and conversation of fans more than ever before. The injection of polarizing figures like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor seamlessly instill in fans a heavy sense of hate or an overwhelming passion making the landscape transcend farther than its former boundaries.
It took just 48 seconds to answer the most frequently asked question of 2016, and in the main event of last Friday’s UFC 207, reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes answered that question with a convincing TKO victory over former champion Ronda Rousey to solidify her status as the division’s unquestioned queen.
It’s been only a few days clear of the one-year anniversary of Conor McGregor’s precise land of leather upon the cheek of longtime reigning king Jose Aldo at UFC 194. Although his 13-second knockout of a champion who boasted a 10-year unbeaten streak sent a shockwave throughout the MMA community from its newest heir, little was expected of the featherweight division’s state of hostage in the year to come.
Whether it’s hosting marquee events in foreign countries, increasing its presence on social media or adding new divisions, expansion has been the UFC’s focus during the past decade, and elite mixed martial artists have often been the driving force behind that expansion.
Christmas comes early for the citizens of Toronto, but what gifts does it bring for the UFC? Join me in figuring out who got a steaming pile of coal in their stocking as we take a lighthearted look at each main card fight for Unpopular Review: UFC 206!
Fight Network is on the scene at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada for UFC 206: Hollaway vs. Pettis. Follow our live play-by-play, post-fight videos, quotes, reactions and more on-scene coverage.
For the love of Pete, can someone grab 2016 a towel? It’s hemorrhaging crazy moments like blood in a Chris Weidman fight. It’s easy enough to think about how much we’ve gained and lost as a society this year, but in the MMA bubble, it’s almost like we’ve got a completely new, barely recognizable game.
Firmly positioned at the peak of the UFC pyramid following his historic, knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, Conor McGregor has now reached a level of Octagon success that most mixed martial artists don’t even dare to dream of.
There is no measurement applicable to see just how far Conor McGregor’s mental warfare successfully takes him. Even the most collected of fighter’s have been stung by his spit and wit. It is simply due to him is no longer being just a fighter, but a subject, a walking piece of his own thought out destiny and living figure of stardom.
Remember that time I played both sides of McGregor/Diaz II? Yeah, me neither. This time however, I’m laying it all out on the line for my predictions on Saturday’s title fights for Unpopular Predictions: UFC 205 Edition!
Airplane mode is a strange thing. With no connection to the almighty inter-web, cruising over the Atlantic en route to an international fight gala in Vienna, Austria, I decided to begin typing into my phone’s notepad in an effort to get started on an opinion piece I had wanted to get going on for a while.
There are only so many hours in a day. For many people, those hours are hindered by a job that supplements its core period fully. But for Adam Defreitas, there is no core period. There is no choice but to be proficient because he is chasing an aspiration in a day filled to brim with responsibility.
As it should, the progression of Ace Fighting Championship’s Eric Sandy’s amateur mixed martial arts career continues to rise.
Before Jose Aldo suffered a 13-second knockout loss to current UFC featherweight king Conor McGregor that ended his longtime reign over the division at last December’s UFC 194, it was clear the Brazilian’s newest nemesis possessed the power to agitate and annoy Aldo beyond belief.
It will be Greg Desrochers’ one-year anniversary away from the confines of the octagon when he steps foot back onto the ACE Fighting Championship canvas at ACE 6 on Nov. 11. Last year he felt the wrap of the 170-lb championship belt after executing Jonny Tello in the first round with a stunning knockout victory.
The rest of the class is going to get their fill of completely irreverent predictions for 2017’s champions in the second helping of this month’s Unpopular Opinion!
Here’s a spooky question: Anyone want to join me as I stare into my crystal ball for part one of ‘UFC 2017 Champion Predictions?’ Spooky answer: You do!
Imagine being captivated by a moment. Engrossed in the reality surrounding you, but its touch never meets your skin. In this illusory moment you emerge from a tunnel, equipped with mental preparation and physical preparations of going into combat through and through. But once the disillusion of the moment breaks, the overwhelming heaviness of reality collapses in front of you and at that time you are in the octagon. With a simple click and lock, there is no turning back.
With the UFC women’s bantamweight belt around her waist and five title defenses to her credit, Ronda Rousey was the face of women’s MMA when she strutted onto the sport’s biggest stage to face Holy Holm in the main event of last November’s UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.
The magnificent history surrounding the art of wrestling spans as far back as ancient Greece and an appearance at the first ever Olympic Games in 708 B.C. Colossal historical relevance hinges on the sport of wrestling, especially its role in modern combat sports today. But despite these long attained facts, to wrestle is to execute a passion not a career for ACE 6’s Nick Zablocki.
The modern martial artist now emerges into the world of combat sport with a decorated backdrop of experience through various walks of practice. Andy Tiet, ACE Fighting Championship’s undefeated bantamweight, is one of mixed martial arts’ most modern forms of combatants.
This week saw a tremendous advancement in the world of combat sports and mental health.
I looked down at the recording device’s screen as it rolled through the decimals, seconds and milliseconds. Twenty0three minutes and change into the interview. I glanced at the digital clock on my dashboard’s display. I had to be at the gym to train the pros in 38 minutes and was hoping to grab a bite to eat first, which might not happen now. It would be completely alright if that was the case though, as the flow and content of the conversation was indicative of what I anticipated to be great writing material, and that was of far more importance than mere physical hunger.
For as long as most fight fans care to remember, a potential matchup between former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Brazilian legend Cris ”Cyborg” Justino has been considered the best that women’s MMA has to offer, and many still believe that it would rival the most entertaining bouts that the sport has ever seen.
The blueprint of ancient martial arts is a realm dedicated to honing ones craft, whether it is for war, honour or both; the bounty that martial arts offers can only be fully understood with unrivalled commitment. The modern day martial artist however, doesn’t necessarily need to take such a route to embed themselves with an arsenal of skills that will help them survive within the cage.
Between the buzz created from UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic’s opening-round destruction of Alistair Overeem and CM Punk’s painfully unsuccessful MMA debut, it was easy to overlook a seemingly meaningless bantamweight bout between veteran Urijah Faber and relative unknown Jimmie Rivera at last weekend’s UFC 203 in Cleveland.
Stephane Patry is hard to dislike.
There are Patry haters that exist out there in the cynical and vindictive rolling terrain of fight land that peak their gopher heads out from holes now and then and chirp their rumbling offerings.
So it turns out CM Punk lost his first fight. Oh the humanity! Oh the madness! Oh the mfmba-mfph-mhm. Excuse me, I need to remove the foot from my mouth.
Well, I just lost a bet based on ‘hope.’
A simple lunch bet, based on UFC 203’s main card, and it made me think… Hope can deceive, it can be dangerous. But it can truly be a great thing.
Fight Network presents a live broadcast of RFA 43: Camozzi vs. Barnes this Friday, Sept. 9 from 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. The entire main card will be televised live in Canada and 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East beginning at 10 p.m. ET.