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Remember When the Middleweight Division Was Compelling?

This weekend’s edition of Octagon goodness takes place in Australia, so of course the UFC has their resident champ from Down Under on the card: Robert Whittaker. Which is fine – Whittaker is tough, he’s skilled, and he more than earned the belt. But his presence as a headliner, opposite TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, is sort of a glaring reminder that the middleweight division… well… it used to be a lot more compelling.

Back in the day, we had Anderson Silva as champ, and he was straight-up ganking people.

Then we had Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping making each other’s lives miserable. Which was good entertainment! But sadly, that whole thread ran out when Georges St. Pierre emerged from retirement to wreck Bisping, before slinking back into the shadows again.

Don’t get me wrong. Whittaker is a decent champ. When not dealing with injuries, he’s active, and he wins.

But his wins are rarely awe-inspiring. In two go-arounds with Yoel Romero, Whittaker took two decisions – and the last one was a close split decision. That does not an exciting division make.

So yeah, UFC 234. Gastelum. Who didn’t get past Weidman, but did at least knock out an old Bisping and decision Jacare. Ho-humm.

When can we have excitement, again?

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Remember When the Middleweight Division Was Compelling?

This weekend’s edition of Octagon goodness takes place in Australia, so of course the UFC has their resident champ from Down Under on the card: Robert Whittaker. Which is fine – Whittaker is tough, he’s skilled, and he more than earned the belt. But his presence as a headliner, opposite TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, is sort of a glaring reminder that the middleweight division… well… it used to be a lot more compelling.

Back in the day, we had Anderson Silva as champ, and he was straight-up ganking people.

Then we had Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping making each other’s lives miserable. Which was good entertainment! But sadly, that whole thread ran out when Georges St. Pierre emerged from retirement to wreck Bisping, before slinking back into the shadows again.

Don’t get me wrong. Whittaker is a decent champ. When not dealing with injuries, he’s active, and he wins.

But his wins are rarely awe-inspiring. In two go-arounds with Yoel Romero, Whittaker took two decisions – and the last one was a close split decision. That does not an exciting division make.

So yeah, UFC 234. Gastelum. Who didn’t get past Weidman, but did at least knock out an old Bisping and decision Jacare. Ho-humm.

When can we have excitement, again?

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Remember When the Middleweight Division Was Compelling?

This weekend’s edition of Octagon goodness takes place in Australia, so of course the UFC has their resident champ from Down Under on the card: Robert Whittaker. Which is fine – Whittaker is tough, he’s skilled, and he more than earned the belt. But his presence as a headliner, opposite TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, is sort of a glaring reminder that the middleweight division… well… it used to be a lot more compelling.

Back in the day, we had Anderson Silva as champ, and he was straight-up ganking people.

Then we had Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping making each other’s lives miserable. Which was good entertainment! But sadly, that whole thread ran out when Georges St. Pierre emerged from retirement to wreck Bisping, before slinking back into the shadows again.

Don’t get me wrong. Whittaker is a decent champ. When not dealing with injuries, he’s active, and he wins.

But his wins are rarely awe-inspiring. In two go-arounds with Yoel Romero, Whittaker took two decisions – and the last one was a close split decision. That does not an exciting division make.

So yeah, UFC 234. Gastelum. Who didn’t get past Weidman, but did at least knock out an old Bisping and decision Jacare. Ho-humm.

When can we have excitement, again?

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Is Amanda Nunes One-and-Done With the Featherweight Division?

Ain’t that something.

Amanda Nunes, the queen of all female bantamweight fighters, moves up a division to fight the super-dominant champ Cris Cyborg. Nunes knocks her out in under a minute, takes the featherweight belt, and… says no mas to the whole 145-pound division thing.

Yup. It looks like the new champ of female featherweights is eschewing defending her title. Instead, she’ll stick to the lower weight classes.

This leaves poor Cyborg out in the cold with no rematch. And if (and when) Cyborg crushes whoever stands in her way of getting that championship back, there will still be a big question mark hanging over her head because of that quick loss to Nunes.

Oh well. Maybe the UFC will sign PFL star Kayla Harrison.

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Midnight Mania! Did a Pair Of Tight Jeans Just Kill a UFC Division?

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Amanda Nunes doesn’t like being fluffy, evidently, as the UFC double champion is having trouble fitting into her wardrobe… but did she just kill the women’s featherweight division over it?

UFC women’s featherweight was always a strange division. Rankings for it never really existed; it was created to showcase one woman: Cris Cyborg, the queen of 145. Amanda Nunes ended Cyborg’s 13-year reign in less than a minute. Afterwards, perhaps out of sheer pettiness, she said she plans on making Cyborg wait two years for a rematch, saying she wants to drop back to bantamweight and defend her belt in that weight class. Dana White also shot down Cyborg’s call for an immediate rematch.

Cyborg, perhaps the only female fighter (possibly excepting Megan Anderson) on the roster who can’t make 135, has one fight on her contract… but only if the UFC offers her that fight before March. Once March comes and goes, she’s a free agent, with stated ambitions to try her hand at boxing. The UFC have shown they are willing to contemplate closing down whole weight classes, with the future of men’s flyweight currently unclear. With Nunes dragging her feet on any possible rematch, could this be the end of the UFC’s strangest division?

The good news here? Nunes’ girlfriend, fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, says she still loves her.


Insomnia

Will this scientific-looking approach to Dillashaw’s brutal weight cut work for him?

According to him, the weight cut is over- the rest is academic.

TJ Dillashaw is the most illustrious veteran of The Ultimate Fighter, ever.

Hindsight is 20/20

Darren Till was excited that Jorge Masvidal wanted to fight him

Leon Edwards wasn’t so pleased with the callout

Oleksandr Usyk could end up being the greatest heavyweight boxer of our time, and he’s not even a heavyweight.

Amateur and professional MMA events have declined year over year in the United States since 2013, when the UFC really began to establish its stranglehold on the sport. That might not be the cause at all, but its definitely an interesting trend.

On that note. the plaintiffs in the anti-trust lawsuit are claiming 99% of fighters were harmed because the UFC was able to pay them less than half of what they would have received in a competitive market. That seems about accurate judging by the effects of the Reebok deal alone.

When you do a book report on the Cliff Notes:

Florida Man headlines, but with Mike Perry’s face, remain the best.

Stipe Miocic is still angling for his rematch with Daniel Cormier

Yeah, this fight poster is pretty amazing.

AJ Agazarm could be a force to watch in MMA

Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov got into it on social media about their scuffle

Johnny Walker is having Too Much Fun

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance”

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How being able to spar today made me feel.

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Tony Ferguson can dance

Why would Dillon Danis pick a fight with Jakie Shields, when Shields beat him in grappling?

Speaking of MMA fighters that are better grapplers than Danis, here’s Garry Tonon:

Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez are the most likely friends you could imagine in MMA

Mike Perry sparring

Cain Velasquez keeps trying to convince us that he’s really coming back. I’m not buying it yet.

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No days off. Can’t wait! #UFCPhoenix @somosdpana

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Jacked Cejudo

Dustin Poirier made it weird

Brian Ortega in a bowtie

Cory Sandhagen found himself a new opponent, UFC newcomer Mario Bautista

Tito Ortiz is a treasure

This is funny by Leslie Smith

Anthony Pettis is still angling for this funhouse scrap with Stephen Thompson

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Derrick Lewis hasn’t gotten his free Popeyes for life ticket yet, even though its ten minutes from his house.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Yair’s elbow was better but I posted so many knockouts I forgot about this gem:

An old classic from MMA pioneer Yves Edwards

Another oldie:

Closing the door with a headkick worked out really well for Arman here

Back and forth

This guy throws down

Just want to let everyone know, Sumo is back.

Old-school heavyweight


Random Land

Geometry

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London’s calling

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Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: You Want to See a Division Killed in a Night?

The UFC is having their inaugural ESPN show later this month, and headlining UFC on ESPN+1 is a match-up between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the UFC keeps the flyweight division alive for another second.

(If Cejudo wins, it’s hard to imagine them keeping the division alive much longer as well, but that’s beside the point.)

You see, the UFC has been shedding its 125-pound male roster like a snake shucking off its skin. And though they haven’t set a firm date on when they’re shutting things down at flyweight, you have to think it’ll be soon.

But nothing will make it sooner like Dillashaw taking the belt from Cejudo. Remember: Cejudo somehow, someway managed to dethrone longtime champ Demetrious Johnson, and since Johnson kind of killed any spark the division might have had, his departure meant the UFC could stop wasting its money on a weight class no one cares about.

Which isn’t to say Cejudo isn’t good – he’s a former Olympian, he’s damn good. But he’d probably move the needle more as a bantamweight… so the UFC is likely hoping that Dillashaw puts an end to the division once and for all by becoming a double-champ.

Will the UFC on ESPN+1 fight be good? Probably.

But being good isn’t going to be enough to reverse course on this ship. Unless Cejudo wins, and does so using heretofore unseen superpowers like telekinesis and teleportation, that division is toast. And if Cejudo loses… it’ll be toast that much sooner.

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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: You Want to See a Division Killed in a Night?

The UFC is having their inaugural ESPN show later this month, and headlining UFC on ESPN+1 is a match-up between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the UFC keeps the flyweight division alive for another second.

(If Cejudo wins, it’s hard to imagine them keeping the division alive much longer as well, but that’s beside the point.)

You see, the UFC has been shedding its 125-pound male roster like a snake shucking off its skin. And though they haven’t set a firm date on when they’re shutting things down at flyweight, you have to think it’ll be soon.

But nothing will make it sooner like Dillashaw taking the belt from Cejudo. Remember: Cejudo somehow, someway managed to dethrone longtime champ Demetrious Johnson, and since Johnson kind of killed any spark the division might have had, his departure meant the UFC could stop wasting its money on a weight class no one cares about.

Which isn’t to say Cejudo isn’t good – he’s a former Olympian, he’s damn good. But he’d probably move the needle more as a bantamweight… so the UFC is likely hoping that Dillashaw puts an end to the division once and for all by becoming a double-champ.

Will the UFC on ESPN+1 fight be good? Probably.

But being good isn’t going to be enough to reverse course on this ship. Unless Cejudo wins, and does so using heretofore unseen superpowers like telekinesis and teleportation, that division is toast. And if Cejudo loses… it’ll be toast that much sooner.

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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: You Want to See a Division Killed in a Night?

The UFC is having their inaugural ESPN show later this month, and headlining UFC on ESPN+1 is a match-up between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the UFC keeps the flyweight division alive for another second.

(If Cejudo wins, it’s hard to imagine them keeping the division alive much longer as well, but that’s beside the point.)

You see, the UFC has been shedding its 125-pound male roster like a snake shucking off its skin. And though they haven’t set a firm date on when they’re shutting things down at flyweight, you have to think it’ll be soon.

But nothing will make it sooner like Dillashaw taking the belt from Cejudo. Remember: Cejudo somehow, someway managed to dethrone longtime champ Demetrious Johnson, and since Johnson kind of killed any spark the division might have had, his departure meant the UFC could stop wasting its money on a weight class no one cares about.

Which isn’t to say Cejudo isn’t good – he’s a former Olympian, he’s damn good. But he’d probably move the needle more as a bantamweight… so the UFC is likely hoping that Dillashaw puts an end to the division once and for all by becoming a double-champ.

Will the UFC on ESPN+1 fight be good? Probably.

But being good isn’t going to be enough to reverse course on this ship. Unless Cejudo wins, and does so using heretofore unseen superpowers like telekinesis and teleportation, that division is toast. And if Cejudo loses… it’ll be toast that much sooner.

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Megan Anderson: Cyborg’s Loss is Good For The Featherweight Division

Megan Anderson believes Amanda Nunes’ clinical KO victory over Cristiane Justino — better known as “Cris Cyborg” — is a positive sign for the future of the 145-pound division.
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Francis Ngannou Realistic About Standing in Heavyweight Division After UFC Beijing Win

Francis Ngannou went from being “The Next Big Thing” in the UFC to being labeled a bust in just a few short fights.
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