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25Sep/110

Brave New World



UFC 135 was the epitome of the  rise and of the fall.  Not the point at which change begins but when it has ended. A new day has begun and it happened between 11pm and 12am ET on Saturday the 25th of September. Although it promises joy we step into it with trepidation, not from fear of disappointment but from what we are about to leave behind... Spoilers incoming, if you have not seen UFC 135 do not click Continue reading



Jon "Bones" Jones is here to stay. At 24 he is not only the youngest  champion but one that can only be compared to Anderson Silva. He doesn't just win. He dominates. Last night he dismantled the best Quinton "Rampage" Jackson we have seen in a while. And he didn't do it only with athleticism, or skill, or cerebral combat but a with combination of all three. I don't see anyone in the light heavyweight division posing a significant threat. The new generation has arrived, Jon Jones along with the likes of Jose Also (25yr old Featherweight Champion) and Rory McDonald (22yr old Welterweight Contender). These fighters make veterans in the sport look helpless. Anderson Silva has been doing it for years, if you would like a reminder or complete breakdown of his talent click HERE. Is Anderson the greatest of all time? In my opinion... yes... so far. Here is the truly scary part. Anderson is 37 years old, will probably retire soon, and has only looked unstoppable for about 5 years. Jon Jones has a 13 year head start and continues to improve at a faster rate. Think about it.

The future is here:

 O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't! 


-Shakespeare , The Tempest - Act 5, Scene 1

 

 

Matt Hughes should not continue. He has not looked the same after his fight with Thiago Alves three years ago. Yes he has had 3 wins during that time but two of them were anything but impressive. He has been knocked out twice in round one. Last night and against B.J. Penn almost a year ago. Before the fight this Saturday I asked myself why is the fight against Koscheck even happening ? Josh Koscheck is a younger, stronger, and faster fighter.  My prediction was that Hughes would be KO'ed round one and that has happened. Though Hughes did surprise me at first, he used GSP's jab technique and was winning round one. Even that glimmer of hope did not change my mind about the inevitable conclusion. Koscheck hits hard and is accurate. Hughes cannot take damage like he used to. It was only a matter of time. I think he should retire... why? Second half of: Mixed Martial Arts or: How I learned to Stop Clinging and Love a Fighter's Retirement

I would like to keep this in my memory:

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