Wednesday, March 19, 2014

After the storm - UFC 171

UFC 171 was one of the latest Ufc and MMA card as of late, one of the most entertaining and one of the most enjoyable for sure. As always I picked a guy (or two) that kind of ran under the radar once again. I was most impressed by 2 guys, one of them is Dennis Bermudez and the other one was Myles Jury. Sure Myles was expected to win over The Dream/ ex-Nightmare, but he picked him apart with speed and technique and I thought he did a much better job than Melendez, even though Melendez' pout was that he is willing to stand with Diego Sanchez and still get the W. In my opinion, that could have gone either way or at least was sort of close. Myles put on a beating, and forget the two fights next to each other, watch earlier Myles Jury fights! The guy just got like 30% better or something. Not sure what happened but he looked much more technical, more confident, a lot more stronger and faster than before and it showed. He made it look easy to whoop Diego's butt even with the alleged food poisoning.
Dennis Bermudez (91% takedown defense) on the other hand just got his 6th win in a row and never even been on A main card/main event. The Guy just derailed Jimy Hettes from becoming one of the most amazing prodigy. Great job on making such a talented guy look bad. I think He way passed his prelims fights and it's about time to get him a top 10 guy. As a matter of fact both guys got a level up. Myles is on a 5 fight winning streak in the UFC, Dennis on a 6 fight streak himself within the UFC. Both guys were part of the Ultimate Fighter reality mma show.
Time to recognize! (Thank you for the photos UFC)
Of course many other amazing fights happened and Johnny Hendricks is the new 170lb Champ! Congrats! That was of course covered in all the mma media possible. I like to pay attention to the guys still somewhat in the shadow. It's time to shine some bright light on these hungry and ambitious fighters.

Myles Jury 155 lb
Dennis Bermudez 145 lb  

Monday, March 3, 2014


Matt Mitrione, what a stud! What an athlete! This guy left football to get hurt for less money.
Always an oddball, always have something to say, always a smirk on his face. He mixes up his facial hair too. I personally love when he grows out a mustache (same with Gabe Gonzaga!) …or when he rocks a Pink Floyd t-shirt. Why? Because he chooses to. Because this Cat seems like a kuku, a weirdo to some, but maaan I am telling you, he has it all! I love guys you can't shove in a category, like him or Roy Nelson, Pat Berry comes at you from weird angles too, not to mention the quiet Gunner Nelson (I promise you it's not the Nelson last name - otherwise we'd never had those famous songs to remember from the group Nelson, not to mention the Diaz Bros and Co. This is not an accident. These guys have something missing perhaps…and this is when I - and many of you - can relate. They guys that look like they barely can keep it together, trouble with the message they project sometimes, communications, privet stuff…could be anything. However! These guys are so insanely talented, defeating the odds from time to time, carry so much talent, it would break most people's back if they have to carry the weigh of excellence. What I'm trying to mumble here is: these guys might have a wheel missing in 'civilian life' but they make it up with a tremendous performance in the arenas - when everything clicks. And when I say they good, they are so good, you won't believe sometimes it doesn't even make sense. How can Meathead move like a lightweight? How come no one can finish Big Country? Or keep up with the pace and boxing with the Diaz brothers? Can it be that these guys just not have it one day, work on it and it just works? Could be. Probably. I guess… then you know it takes such insane work and dedication, besides I think they all have something that you can never learn or teach. Talent and heart.
Matt Mitrione put a big fat, fucking smile on my face one more time, winning on this previous weekend on the Ufc Fight Pass card against the super strong and dangerous (also ex football player) Shawn Jordan who put Pat Berry away like a Christmas decoration after the Holidays. Gone!
Mitrione seemed like he was gonna go out on his shield or secure a victory - which he did - going forward, meeting Jordan in the middle of the octagon, and just went: Ready? Set! Go!
Throwing haymakers that eventually paid off close to the end of the first round. He was fast and moved even faster and better then before if it's possible. He didn't have anything silly to say, just that he didn't follow much instructions from his corner, had a great camp and about the unfortunate loss of his teammate's Guerra's tragedy Again, just proves he can be solid as fuck.
He seemed mature, pretty together, well conditioned and in a great spirit. Most importantly you would not think he just went to China, and sort of executed his opponent in a brutal and dangerous fashion.
Matt's back was against a cage "outside/inside of the Octagon" before his fight and I was so glad to see one of my favorite fighter back in the Win column. Well deserved and if he played it off that well, that nothing was depending on it, I won't mention in details either.
Some of the guys mentioned here might disagree or call me an amateur idiot (which I AM), and even though I a huge fan of these guys, the only thing it matters to me is to write about what I pick up on, and write about honestly, even if it's not that nice, and not so much what others would want to hear. I have no credibility, it's more like honest bullshit:) I'm a fan and I respect these guys more than anything!
Congrats to Matt and can't wait to see him fight again!
Also well deserved "Performance of the Night" bonus!!!

Thank you for the photo UFC!!!