Any wrestling fans out there? Cup your hands to your ear, and let the crowd roar.
"The fame is great, but you can't take your foot off the pedal. Everyone wants your title."
Whenever the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) comes to Madison Square Garden, they always pack the card with very good fights from top to bottom. The UFC 244 event this past Saturday night did not disappoint because there were seven KO's or TKO's out of the twelve fights that were in the early preliminary bouts, in the preliminary bouts, and in the main card. Without further ado, let us take a look at the stoppages.
Anyone that's studied a martial art that includes a form of grappling has learned about pressure points, and the weaknesses that every human body shares. When it comes to quick knock outs, though, there are only three things that you can do; great harm to the head, interrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain, or cut off the supply of blood to that same, very-necessary organ. All of these are risky moves, but when they work, they are fight enders. The infamous Sleeper Hold uses the third strategy, and once you know that, it's a fairly simple thing to execute.
Mixed Martial Arts can be an unforgiving sport at times, and while the days of it being "No Holds Barred" are gone, it's just as difficult. The competition seems to be that much stiffer, as big bucks can be made by many a combat athlete. Grappling is definitely a main stay in the sport, and separates it from the striking sports, but can definitely be negated these days. No longer can a grappling superstar dominate, like a Royce Gracie or a Mark Coleman. The 26-year-old McKenzie Dern has a ridiculously good record in JiuJitsu, boasting 22 gold medals in world championship tournaments. The transition to MMA was only natural, where she holds a record of seven wins and, as of yesterday, one defeat. So, how has such a legendary grappler suffered a defeat so early into her career. I think that's due to the direction the sport has headed since Dana White took over the UFC.
Chris Jericho deserves a thank you.
48 hours ago, WWE presented the event, Hell in a Cell, from the state of California. After WWE’s opening week on Fox, and the "Fiend" Bray Wyatt having a strong showing on SummerSlam, there was a glimpse of hope that not only would Bray get a much-deserved push, but things could change in a positive direction, especially with AEW debuting on TNT this past week, too. Competition is always healthy and, in pro wrestling, I find competition to be motivating for both wrestlers and promoters alike.
As a surface level idea, having Rey Mysterio get beat up by the biggest star in the company isn’t a bad idea. However, the execution Brock Lesnar’s beatdown of Rey Mysterio left a lot to be desired. On a night when the former World Heavyweight Champion Mysterio was set to challenge for his first World Championship in nearly a decade against Seth Rollins, his promo was interrupted by Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman.
The WBA, WBC, IBF and the WBO or "Alphabet Soup" as the acronyms have come to be termed, would be considered the 4 major cornerstones of all the Sanctioning bodies out there, the WBA being the oldest. All are international and all have mottoes or slogans that claim or suggest they are unbiased, honest and for the fighter and the betterment of the sport of boxing.
UFC Fight Night 156 from Uruguay was definitely a card worth looking at given the names that were on the card, and while some of those names were unrecognizable due to their "rookie" status within the UFC, there was definitely potential for a strong night.
The journey towards greater political correctness is one I generally support. You don’t get to be racist or sexist anymore? How sad for you.
If you're like me, there's a small handful of names that can make you really want to see a UFC event. Robbie Lawler is definitely one of those names.