UFC is on somewhat of a roll. We had a series of really good cards and that sets the bar pretty high for UFC 190 to follow suit. Luckily the main event is a Ronda Rousey fight. These are always fun. While they last…
Another interesting story this card might tell was captured beautifully in this column on MMAJunkie, and it relates to some very familiar names we have on this card. Think about it. The Nogueira brothers, Antonio Silva, Shogun. Fighters who’ve been around forever it seems. Could this be the last time we see one (or more) of them? How about Rousey? Yes, I said Rousey. She already started mentioning her goal of retiring without a loss. Not that she should feel terribly threatened, but would it not make perfect sense in some ways for her to retire sooner than we may want her to? Young, rich, winner, champion… with Hollywood as a viable option?
Alright. To get back to our business. Let the predicting of UFC 190 coming up this Saturday, August 1st on PPV commence. (All credits go to UFC/Zuffa for all photos.) We ride!
Claudia Gadelha by UD
Antonio Silva by TKO
Stefan Struve by TKO
Dileno Lopes by UD
Fernando Bruno by UD
Mauricio Rua by TKO
and now! the moment millions of MMA fans have been waiting for, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! This is the main event of the evening!
Ronda Rousey by SUB
SHOULD BE ANOTHER GOOD ONE!
Don’t forget to get back here by Monday morning for the after MMAth!
And of course, don’t forget to watch UFC 190 on PPV – This Saturday, August 1st!
The Morning After:
First of all let me say this – UFC, P-L-E-A-S-E, no more 7 fights main cards! And if you must, please don’t make them two TUF finals… The first was sort of OK, the second… not so much. How did I do with my predictions? Let’s review:
1. Gadelha came to work and showcased a superior striking game, mixed with some very nicely timed take downs. Aguilar will shine yet, but that wasn’t her night. 1 for 1.
2. Bigfoot had more to lose in this fight, and at home too. First round was a little nerving but he came out to the second more determined, less hesitant and capitalized on the things that worked for him in the first, namely the knees. Good finish for Silva and no harm’s done to Soa’s career. 2 for 2.
3. I thought Struve would win, but I also thought it would be with a finish. I have all the respect in the world for Big Nog, but Struve should’ve had just a little less than he did. Still struggling to utilize his outrageous reach advantage over everyone in the division. 3 for 3.
4. Here came the first of 2 TUF final fights. I didn’t know either of the four, so that was a real gamble. At least this fight was entertaining, if a little sloppy on technique. 3 for 4.
5. This fight was plain bad. I’m sorry, but even the late finish didn’t save it. The gaping holes in the fighter’s arsenal will be thoroughly exploited by the deepest division in the UFC unless they put in a lot of work in their camps. At one point, Franca had Bruno in a RNC, body triangle applied and arm across the chin. Bruno didn’t even breath too hard. It was really sloppy BJJ work and the fact that positions were lost on both sides at such an ease, to me, was not a case of great skill of the one reversing but a hole in the game of the one who was reversed. They will have a chance to improve. 3 for 5.
6. Two veterans with about a gazillion fights between them. Shogun looked sharper, Little Nog showed unbelievable durability (took at least 5~7 hard kicks to the side of the body). Wasn’t a stellar fight, but was still fun to watch, even while impatience kicked in after this extra long PPV. 4 for 6.
4. Here are a couple of my tweets right after the fight. No need for further talk
What can be said that haven’t been said? Holy F`ing moses. Goat. That is all. #UFC190
— Gil Shalev (@cobainco) August 2, 2015
It’s not fair. Ronda has an inherent advantage over her division. She’s Ronda Rousey and they’re all not. #UFC190
— Gil Shalev (@cobainco) August 2, 2015
5 for 7.