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i don't think they all come in knowing its a problem, Romero for example may have been where he's always been a week out but what they are doing is so extreme that sometimes the body just gives up and says nope, no more.

 

the cuts have to be far less extreme

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Rockhold was so fucked Romero had time to put his other hand on Lukes forehead to tee him up for that. Brutal. Agree with Gotters watching him get ko'd never gets old. Hope he goes upto Light Heavy now and they bring Rumble back for the night.

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Rockhold had the same look Bethe had before Holly nearly took her head off.

 

2 minutes ago, Orion said:

Hope he goes upto Light Heavy now and they bring Rumble back for the night.

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Im no striker but Rockhold has some issues to correct. I hope Whittaker is back relatively soon, to fight Yoel again in Havana.

 

Blaydes did well after getting rocked by Hunt.

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A typically rubbish UFC with a brilliant main event. Rockhold was understandably dazed after the ko but just ignoring Romero when he was, bizarrely, telling him he loved him sums the man up. 

 

Rockhold is done as a contender. He’s moved to gatekeeper status and that is fantastic.

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26 minutes ago, Black Cat Supremacist said:

A typically rubbish UFC with a brilliant main event.

I think im getting UFC fatigue, im not bothered about watching the rest of the card and prelims. Normally id snap them up but its almost a chore. I not sure if its the quality of cards? or too many cards? or lack of interesting fights? As a comparison i re-watched the 2003 Pride MW GP and loved every second and so did my dad. So im leaning toward too many uninteresting cards

 

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UFC 222 looks fantastic as well. By fantastic I mean clearly better than 221 but it’s undoubtedly going to completely bomb as a ppv in the US as it’s just not very good.

 

MAIN CARD (PPV, 10 p.m. ET)

Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya – for women’s featherweight title

Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega

Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve

Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder

Beneil Dariush vs. Bobby Green

John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz

C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Zak Ottow vs. Mike Pyle

Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann

Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead

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3 hours ago, McFly said:

Im no striker but Rockhold has some issues to correct.

 

He’s 33 & his stand-up flaws have always been there, it’s just that they’ve been brutally exposed in his last two losses. I think it’s too late to iron out those fundamental deficiencies. His top game & kicks are phenomenal but because the guy’s such an arrogant dickhead who struts around like he’s some untouchable God of fighting he’s been undone twice now by his shitty striking defence, as overhand lefts counter his right. His head movement going backwards is non-existent & if you’re gonna stand & trade with Yomero in the pocket when you have all the tools & reach advantage to keep him at distance then you deserve everything you get. Don’t like Yomero but I really can’t stand Rockhold at all, so to have two highlight reel knockouts of his head bouncing off the cage like a pinball puts a smile on my face. The guy’s a total twat & I’m so glad he’s been put in his place.

 

A Rockhold-Weidman rematch seems like it could be a good sell. As for Yomero I don’t think the whole missing out on the interim belt thing means all that much. They’ll probably give him another shot at Whittaker anyway. A juiced-up cheater he may be but he’s one scary dude. Easy to forget he’s 40 years old!

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1 hour ago, Black Cat Supremacist said:

UFC 222 looks fantastic as well. By fantastic I mean clearly better than 221 but it’s undoubtedly going to completely bomb as a ppv in the US as it’s just not very good.

 

MAIN CARD (PPV, 10 p.m. ET)

Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya – for women’s featherweight title

Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega

Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve

Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder

Beneil Dariush vs. Bobby Green

John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz

C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Zak Ottow vs. Mike Pyle

Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann

Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead

I want to see all those fights.

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3 hours ago, McFly said:

I think im getting UFC fatigue, im not bothered about watching the rest of the card and prelims. Normally id snap them up but its almost a chore. I not sure if its the quality of cards? or too many cards? or lack of interesting fights? As a comparison i re-watched the 2003 Pride MW GP and loved every second and so did my dad. So im leaning toward too many uninteresting cards

 

In contrast I love just having UFC as an option, but then I don't follow any other sports. For me it's perfect, wake up 7am Sunday morning , sprawl on the sofa for 5 hours and order McDonald's breakfast. I love it.

 

The whole card was actually pretty good and I enjoyed it.

 

Poor rockhold, he was out before the second shot landed.

 

They should make yoel face jacare before Whittaker. Seems fair.

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That sounds familar (bar the McDonalds :) )

 

I barely follow anything else, MotoGP international rugby, anyway ill see how it develops.

 

 

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I stopped watching & following football because (among other reasons) it was just taking up too much of my life & MMA is pretty much the only sport I follow these days apart from the tennis majors.

 

Although I’d like to think I have an above average knowledge & appreciation of the sport & its mechanics, in terms of consumption of the product I guess I’m a casual fan. But what I like about MMA as a fan is that you can choose to only take interest in a handful of fighters & divisions & you then only need to invest time in it when those particular bouts roll round. It’s not an all-consuming monster like football or similar team-based sports & the anticipation & sense of drama when a big fight happens is multiplied ten-fold.

 

For the big events (like Conor fights or 217 for example) it’s become something of a tradition to stay up all night with my two brothers & I really look forward to those big blow-outs say 3 or 4 times a year. I think if I was watching every UFC, Bellator, Rizin & Invicta event then I’d quickly burn out on it. 

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7 hours ago, Gotters said:

oh man that is a sight that will never get old.

 

Rockhold is such an utter cunt. 

 

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Weidman on the left with his arms folded?

 

Pleased Romero won it means no extra interim title floating around.

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I’ve been watching for about 10 years or so. I remember stacked cards full of fighters I’d saw before or ones that had been discussed on various websites. Now even the ppv cards have fighters on them that I’ve absolutely no clue who they are and after watching them I never particularly want to see again. The Fox deal spread the UFC too thin and they’ve haemorrhaged too many names to Bellator.

Bellator aren’t doing well either though as their viewing figures are dwindling. There are not enough quality fighters to support two high profile mma organisations in America. Simple as that. The UFC are in the predicament of needing a new tv deal but not having enough well known fighters to pad out all the cards that will entail. They don’t have a clue how to build themselves a superstar anymore.

I don’t think an answer to the decline in viewership of mma is coming anytime soon. I think it’ll take years if ever for the UFC to be in the ascendancy again. The bubble has burst and it’s their own fault. The Fertitta’s knew it was coming and got out at the right time. 

 

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I think social media is making a dent in all major sports in America. Even the colossus NFL has taken a hit in viewing figures the last 1 or 2 years.

 

Apparently Weidman reckons he should be next for Whittaker...I'd put Kelvin in front of Weidman even though Chris beat him. 

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16 hours ago, Black Cat Supremacist said:

A typically rubbish UFC with a brilliant main event. Rockhold was understandably dazed after the ko but just ignoring Romero when he was, bizarrely, telling him he loved him sums the man up. 

 

Rockhold is done as a contender. He’s moved to gatekeeper status and that is fantastic.

 

You're completely seeing what you want to see there.   Rockhold's eggs were thoroughly scrambled, and Romero's (potentially disingenuous, trolling) approach wouldn't have even registered.

 

Again, I'm flabbergasted that people prefer a pious, homophobic cheat to a guy they consider to be arrogant or cocky.  But internet gonna internet, as always.

 

Great win by Yoel though, and should accelerate Luke's 205 run.  Or retirement.

 

Sad to see Hunt go out like that, but he knows how one dimensional he is by now, and doesn't seem too fussed about it.

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Blaydes did very well to recover after that first round. Props to him for doing what he needed to do. Executed the game plan perfectly.

 

Can we talk about how sick that Kimura was also?? Guy looked very composed.

 

Actually, there were some brilliant fights on the card thinking about and some really classic post-fight interviews in the cage. :D

 

"Im going to head home, fire up my motorbike and drive really fast, make love to my wife like a man does and then consume a reasonable amount of beer"

 

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1 hour ago, schmojo said:

 

You're completely seeing what you want to see there.   Rockhold's eggs were thoroughly scrambled, and Romero's (potentially disingenuous, trolling) approach wouldn't have even registered.

 

Again, I'm flabbergasted that people prefer a pious, homophobic cheat to a guy they consider to be arrogant or cocky.  But internet gonna internet, as always.

 

Great win by Yoel though, and should accelerate Luke's 205 run.  Or retirement.

 

Sad to see Hunt go out like that, but he knows how one dimensional he is by now, and doesn't seem too fussed about it.

 

It’s fair to say both are flawed people so ultimately one of them getting spectacularly ko’d was ideal. Both ko’ing each other at the same time would have been nice but that’s a bit of a big ask. :lol:

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19 hours ago, Black Cat Supremacist said:

A typically rubbish UFC with a brilliant main event. Rockhold was understandably dazed after the ko but just ignoring Romero when he was, bizarrely, telling him he loved him sums the man up. 

 

Rockhold is done as a contender. He’s moved to gatekeeper status and that is fantastic.

 

Bit harsh. I doubt Romero was being totally sincere - and I'm not sure I'd be willing to embrace in that situation, after being KOd by a guy who missed weight. They are both dickheads really.

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3 hours ago, Hellcock said:

Blaydes did very well to recover after that first round. Props to him for doing what he needed to do. Executed the game plan perfectly.

Absolutely.

3 hours ago, Hellcock said:

 

Can we talk about how sick that Kimura was also?? Guy looked very composed.

 

As a guy at the gym said to me last week "you fucking love kimuras" and i do. That was awesome to see that sweep and finish. 

3 hours ago, Hellcock said:

 

Actually, there were some brilliant fights on the card thinking about and some really classic post-fight interviews in the cage. :D

 

"Im going to head home, fire up my motorbike and drive really fast, make love to my wife like a man does and then consume a reasonable amount of beer"

 

:lol: i forget hos name but that was ace, better than 90% of post fight BS.

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Tyson Pedro. Quite an exciting prospect and doesn't take himself too seriously, I seem to recall his walkout song last time was Fantasy by Mariah Carey. Destined to strike fear into opponents...

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2 hours ago, Yobo Ahoy said:

 

Bit harsh. I doubt Romero was being totally sincere - and I'm not sure I'd be willing to embrace in that situation, after being KOd by a guy who missed weight. They are both dickheads really.

 

True although I read earlier that if Rockhold is to have a run at light heavy the writer recommends a change of attitude as well. He just comes across as a complete asshole. Romero is clearly mental but he did take the fight on short notice so didn’t have a full camp. I’d suggest he deserves a little bit of leeway for the weight issue. How he looks like that and doesn’t pop for roids in the build up is amazing though.

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Not sure what to expect from tonights main and co-main. Id normally back Cowboy but after some hard fights and Medeiros being tough as hell i dont know. 

 

If Lewis can get oit of the gates fast he can win but the longer it goes his chances diminish.

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