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Fights - There were no major fights, and there will never be any more major fights again (I'll get to this in the news section), so let's look at some Z-grade fights.
K-1 is a kickboxing organization, and I really don't pay enough attention to it. They put on an event this past Saturday, so I decided to watch it, and I realized I need to pay more attention to K-1. The fights were fun and exciting, with lots of finishes. Since the format is only 3x3-minute rounds, the fighters don't waste time and just attack. Here's Part 1 and Part 2 for your viewing pleasure.
Brett Bassett vs Mike Ling
Here's two guys fighting in Jordan, but not for very long. Bassett catches a kick from Ling and drops him with an overhand right.
Paulo Filho vs Murilo Rua
Paulo Filho had a rematch with Murilo Rua in Brazil that was six years in the making. Filho won the first fight by unanimous decision. The years have not been kind to either man, as Filho has battled mental health issues and drug addiction, while even before the first fight, Rua has suffered a lot of brain trauma from multiple knockouts. This fight doesn't go the distance, nor does it make it out of the first round or even minute. There's some controversy about the stoppage by referee Mario Yamasaki, but I'd much rather have an early stoppage than someone like Rua take undue punishment. Of course, to me, the real issue is either man being allowed to fight, but Brazil is crazy about MMA
News - Lots of news items, most of them are pretty depressing for fight fans.
Urijah Faber Sups Upon the Metaphysical Milkshake
Here is former WEC Featherweight champion Urijah "the California Kid" Faber on Rainn "Dwight Schrute" Wilson's van-based talk show, Metaphysical Milkshake, talking mostly about his book, or rather, his "mem-wire", The Laws of the Ring. Urijah is a fairly charismatic guy, and he's not a horrible person, so I'm always happy to see him do well, even if I mock his Team Alpha Male group's methods. And, of course, I can't forget Urijah's vacation experience in Bali that resulted in the line "It takes more than twelve Balinese with weapons to kill the California Kid"
Potential Warning - Semi-Gross Images
Chris Weidman had elbow surgery to remove some animal cracker chunks that somehow got lodged inside his arm, so of course he had to share the photographic evidence. Also included is a picture of Mark Munoz's similar elbow-chunk haul from earlier in the year. Weidman should make a decent recovery to fight for the number one contender spot if there actually are any more UFC fights ever again.
End Potential Gross Images
As for the constant comments about no more UFC, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Jose Aldo have both pulled out of their fights at UFC 153 due to injuries. I fully expect this to continue until all fighters are hurt all the time and this "sport" of MMA is canceled entirely.
Don't forget, TUF 16 premieres this Friday. Luckily everything has already been taped, so it's a thing that we will get to see!