Life Goes On

I am sure most of the mixed martial arts world is still in shock with both upsets last night: Miesha Tate choked Holly Holm unconscious and Nate Diaz broke Conor Mcgregor’s grandiose attitude. If you read my post yesterday, you saw me predict Nate to win. I also predicted Miesha to pull off the upset as well but I didn’t post about it, only talked with my friends. From now on, I will give 4 fight picks for every fight and break them down as to why I think they will win. As far as life goes on let’s take a look and break that down.

I was very pleased with how humble Conor was in defeat last night. He understands what this game means and he knows that he’s still the Champion of another division. He’s made a ton of money and will continue to make more as he is only 27 and is just getting into his prime. I do think he needs to stay at 145 and if he does decide to jump he needs to stop at 155 and I think most would agree seeing how he gassed last night. I’m interested to see if Conor fights at UFC 200 and who the opponent will be. I just don’t see any other fight besides Frankie Edgar because let’s be honest, I’m not interested in Jose Aldo getting hurt again. So  Conor…the loss is going to be rough on you but life will go on.

Holly, Holly, Holly…

She knew what to stay away from and she did for most of the fight: Miesha’s wrestling! And boy was it good! To be quite honest, Holly was on her way to winning a UD until she was taken down in the 5th and was finished but again she has everything in front of her. She knows the mistakes she made and one thing I can guarantee, is Greg Jackson will fix it. Holly shocked the world when she absolutely steam rolled Rhonda Rousey and even though she lost to Miesha last night, she will will make her way back to a title shot. She has the best striking in Womens MMA by far and with the help of one of the best camps in the world, life will go on.

I will continue to write posts on different topics and like I said, I will give my picks for the fights so be sure and check back. I am going say my record is 2-0 since starting this blog so we will continue to keep track of that as well. Have a great night!

 

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Wedding Crasher?

imageTonight’s fight between Conor Mcgregor and Nate Diaz is gonna be one for the books so let me say that first. I believe it’s gonna be a war from start to finish. Both men have great standup, both men have great chins, and both men have excellent mind sets. But the name of this post is called “Wedding Crasher” because I believe Conor may be the biggest star in MMA history. He’s confident and let’s face it. The man can flat out bang. He’s got 19 wins and 17 of those come by way of TKO and is currently on a 15 fight win streak. Diaz is no slouch either. The Stockton slugger has excellent boxing with his long range and is one of the best BJJ black belts in MMA. His blackbelt is from Ceasar Gracie (enough said).

So let’s get cracking. It’s no secret Conor has dynamite in that left hand but the fact is its been knocking out featherweights. It’s also no secret that The UFC Brass and Conor have a relationship that’s much like a marriage. If Conor wins tonight I’m sure there’s another big fight waiting for him at UFC 200 in July. But that’s where I think Nate Diaz crashes this wedding. Nates going to pose some real problems for Conor tonight. In Conor’s previous fight he’s been the taller and bigger fighter. Not tonight. I think Nate’s height and reach will keep Conor guessing and the later the fight goes I think it favors Diaz. Diaz may not have the one punch knockout power but he certainly throws enough volume to make your face hurt for a few weeks. Call me crazy but in the end I think Nathan Diaz pulls a Vince Vaughn, walks in to the Octagon and crashes this wedding.

Even The Mighty Fall

Oh Rhonda how the mighty have fallen. You get knocked out in, essentially, your biggest fight ever and in the months since you have created even a bigger fall from grace then what actually should’ve happened.

Maybe it was how you built yourself up. You went from an insider UFC star to a world wide phenom complete with your own movie about your life story in basically one year. You challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr stating “I can beat anyone on this planet.” That led to the Marianna’s Trench depression you fell into.

Maybe you felt your whole life was build on one thing: being #1. Undefeated and the darling of your sport and the country in one quick second your glass house was shattered. Along with your jaw.image

Heres the thing Rhonda, people lose. In reality everyone loses the race eventually. It’s all about how long you can run. And in an almost unheard of fashion you almost decided to just stop running.

I understand athletes are humans just like the rest of us and now, more than ever, their weaknesses and vulnerabilities are on display and even accepted. I can never stand behind suicide as an option though. Especially just because you lost a fight.

In the same era of media that mocks Cam Newton for dancing too much and celebrates his failures, complaining that he’s not a good role model and doesn’t fit their mold of how a quarterback should be. I will not applaud Rhonda Rousey for her “Courage” to discuss the depths she fell to.

This is because she is supposed to be a role model as well, for millions and especially little girls all around this world. Is this what we want to portray to our youth? I’ve always been taught growing up through coaches and family that when you get knocked down you get back up. You don’t consider killing yourself because you lost. I’m sorry, but if I had a daughter this would not be the woman I want her to look up to.

There is always redemption, though. Mrs. Rousey you have forced everything around you to crumble. You feel like you’re nothing anymore, you’ve made yourself into the joke you felt you were, and you feel like you lost the biggest fight of your career, but you’re wrong. What you need to know is that your biggest fight is the next one, and the next one and the…