UFC 228 has come and gone, and many experts are hailing it as the card of the year, yet I, a son of Dallas, was not there to see it. Why not? Frankly, I didn’t want to see a snoozer of a main event (which we can all admit is what we thought was going to happen, if it even went on as planned given Till’s weight issues), and I also didn’t want to see two old veterans get clobbered for entertainment.
Fortunately for myself and the fans, I was completely wrong on all accounts! Tyron Woodley once again showed that he’s one of the best welterweights competing today (in an entertaining fight no less!) despite a lack of mainstream attention, and both Jim Miller and Diego Sanchez rose to the occasion and turned back the clock (which we will all regret when they inevitably get starched in their next bouts).
So, on this week’s show, Ryan and I delve into the card that was, paying particular attention to what can easily be considered the most fertile division in the UFC right now: strawweight. Between Tatiana Suarez (that’s the girl on top for the judge who got her confused with Carla Esparza), Jessica Andrade, and the rest of the top 10, the future has never looked brighter for women’s MMA.
Getting away from the post-card glow, we touch on some sadder news, in that Fabricio Werdum has been handed a two year suspension for testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites. He’ll be 43 when and if he comes back to the sport, and we can only hope that father time is kind to him both corporally and legacy-wise until then.
Speaking of Werdum going away, Mark Hunt has stepped up to take his spot on the upcoming UFC Moscow card on September 15th. We talk about the card plenty in the show, but I don’t want to write too much right here because I know I’ll butcher spelling all of the fighters’ names. All in all, the fight to watch is going to be Nikita Krylov vs. Jan Błachowicz.
And, I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but there’s a little boxing match going on later on the 15th as well! Some red haired kid named “Canelo” is going to trade fists with a man who’s from a country most Americans probably can’t find on a map in one “GGG.”
Angelo Reyes, lauded boxing coach, recently said that watching this fight is going to make him feel “dirty” due to the controversy from the last one. My thoughts are bring on the dirt! Two world-class fighters in their prime, I’ll watch that any day of the week. Ryan and I are taking the smart money in GGG, but it’s likely not going to be a blowout either way. We can only hope that Adelaide Byrd is safely tucked away somewhere without cable or internet access while the festivities are going on.
From the high of a legitimate sporting event to some Hollywood shenanigans, we then touch on an unfamiliar subject to the show, Halle Berry, who is set to make her directorial debut with an MMA-centered movie aptly titled “Bruised.” If it turns out any better than “Fight Valley,” I think we can all consider it a win.
You can listen to the full show below, and of course, if you have any questions, comments, or ideas for stupid bets we can make on Canelo-GGG this Sat, you can get in contact the show via firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m the “Professor” from the SFLC Podcast. I watch the fights, I give my two cents, and try to improve everyone’s understanding and enjoyment of the crazy sport that is MMA.