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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: Henry Cejudo Is Trying So, So Hard

God bless little Henry Cejudo. The dude dethroned longtime flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, and suddenly found himself in a division on the cusp of being wiped from the face of the Earth (or at least the Octagon). So what does he do? Since he’s headlining UFC on ESPN+1 this weekend opposite bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, Cejudo goes full on WWE.

At least, that’s what I think he’s doing. I mean, his efforts didn’t exactly translate into perfect execution… but the thought was there.

So here’s a look at the face-offs from today’s pre-fight gathering. Note Cejudo’s gold jacket. Also note that Dillashaw looks like an over-meth’d gypsy from somewhere in Eastern Europe.

I applaud Cejudo for all this. If he loses on Saturday, the flyweight division is surely dead. It might be surely dead even if he wins, but whatever.

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UFC on ESPN+1 Primer: Henry Cejudo Is Trying So, So Hard

God bless little Henry Cejudo. The dude dethroned longtime flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, and suddenly found himself in a division on the cusp of being wiped from the face of the Earth (or at least the Octagon). So what does he do? Since he’s headlining UFC on ESPN+1 this weekend opposite bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, Cejudo goes full on WWE.

At least, that’s what I think he’s doing. I mean, his efforts didn’t exactly translate into perfect execution… but the thought was there.

So here’s a look at the face-offs from today’s pre-fight gathering. Note Cejudo’s gold jacket. Also note that Dillashaw looks like an over-meth’d gypsy from somewhere in Eastern Europe.

I applaud Cejudo for all this. If he loses on Saturday, the flyweight division is surely dead. It might be surely dead even if he wins, but whatever.

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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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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Is Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson II Going to Be Worth It?

When they first clashed at UFC 165 back in 2013, it was an epic fight. And admittedly, challenger Alexander Gustafsson had given then-champ Jon Jones his toughest fight ever.

But the long-awaited rematch is finally happening at UFC 232 on December 29, and since five years – and a lot of “other” things – have transpired in that time, you have to ask: Is the rematch even worth it?

In case your memory is fuzzy, here’s their first fight:

Okay, now that we’re all on the same page, consider the facts.

  • Since losing to Jones, Gustafsson has lost to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Daniel Cormier. The Rumble fight was over shockingly quick, and the Cormier fight was for the belt.
  • Since defeating Gustafsson, Jones has… done a lot of drugs, and got suspended for it.
  • Jones also turned snitch to get his USADA suspension reduced.
  • Five years has past since they fought, and fighters aren’t like wine – they don’t get better with age.

So here we have one of the UFC’s few pay-per-view stars in Jones, fighting the guy who gave him his toughest fight years ago. Now, I’m not saying we’re going to see Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz III, but how good could this fight be?

And looking it at another angle… What if Jones totally smashes Gustafsson. This week one of Jones’ coaches went on about how his fighter is still sharp because of all the layoffs. As per MMAFighting:

“He’s not getting his brains battered in [during his time off],” Gibson explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “He’s not getting concussions, he’s taking care of his body and his mind, and this is such a — at this top one percent, these guys are tough. That’s not an aspect that comes with sparring or anything like that. The time off where we’re not having impact, where his body’s not getting beaten up and broken down, where we’re just continuing to evolve the skill and the technique and the strategy and develop Jon that much more as a martial artist is key. And you said he’s 31, he has a long fight career ahead of him still, and he really feels like this time off has prolonged his career that much more.

It’s likely that’s all crap, but if it isn’t, and Jones wrecks the Swede badly, how many are going to assume that the win is because Jones is a juicer?

Without question, Jones and Gustafsson are elite fighters. And without question, Jones is a screw-up of the highest order. Put the two together for a rematch and what do you have? Either a great fight, or a great fighter with a tainted win, or both.

Again, will it be worth it?

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