It's been a relatively quiet week following UFC 139. Perhaps like Dan Henderson, and Mauricio Rua, we're feeling the sting of battle. Except for combat sports fans, our battle has been waged over the dinner table and within the restroom.
December promises to be relatively busy. Next week Michael Bisping and Jason Miller finish whatever fabricated score they have to settle in what promises a modest amount of relevance for the MW division. Jon Jones will be fighting December 10th, which means instead of talking about Machida, we'll get to read plenty of opinions on whether or not Jones' ego is contributing to global warming. Then it's Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem on the 30th. I don't know what to make of that fight except to say that observers will not look kindly on the loser.
- The Bellator HW fight between Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle made history in its own way. First, some foreground: Prindle is on his back while Thiago is standing right above him, theoretically looking to land some kicks to the thigh as Prindle dangles his legs. Instead Thiago's foot takes the skeeball route to Eric's Prindle's perineum. I can't pretend to know what Thiago was thinking here. What I do know is that Santos' kick couldn't have gone anywhere else. He didn't throw a slapping kick to the thigh, or leg and just accidentally hit pelvic paydirt. Thiago's foot was Pvt. Daniel Jackson and Prindle's "gooch" was a member of Spielberg's German Infantry. It was amazing. Either Santos is kind of an idiot, or just his right leg has epilepsy. It was the worst possible outcome to an already bad tournament that saw its most interesting prospect bow out due to injury after the first round. To be fair to Eric, he posted a picture of his balls on twitter as evidence of the damage. I guess they're swollen (?).
- Patricky Freire is pretty good. He's hell on wheels on the feet, and I look forward to seeing him rematch Chandler. Kurt Pellegrino retired again. Regardless of whether or not he's to be believed, I wish him the best. He had tremendous fights with Alberto Crane, Joe Stevenson, and Thiago Tavares.
- Eduardo Dantes has come a long way since his loss to Masakatsu Ueda. He's a little bit more measured, and his takedown defense has clearly improved. But perhaps the bigger story for fans is seeing Alexis Vila get exposed. I hate that word because it's rarely appropriate, but I do think we've seen what happens when Vila faces someone who knows how to deal with utterly predictable standup. Even Galvao, who is not a world beater by any means, was able to fluster Vila. Alexis is still a quality fighter, but at Flyweight.
- Phillipe Nover was pretty candid in the prefight interviews. Recognizing the utterly silly comparisons Dana White threw on him early on while Nover was in the TUF house, inadvertently drinking Tom Lawlor's urine and beating up Dave "Tenderness" Kaplan, Nover seems at peace with where's he at. That includes being on the receiving end of a lame decision. Marcin Held threw everything at Nover, and while I'd personally give Held the first round, I can't see the argument for the other two. Held was exciting as hell, like a much less talented but more interesting version of Imanari (that sounds weird but what I like that Held is so raw, and doesn't seem like someone who will turn in wretched performances like Imanari). But Nover did a good job of countering, and on most occasions, Held was merely positioning at best. Still, the best fight of the night.
- The KSW 17 card can best be summed up in James Thompson's words. Still, there was legit MMA on with Mamed Khalidov making easy work of Taylor. Khalidov is an interesting fighter with limited competition. That's usually the recipe for empty hype, but Mamed at least has experience against some veterans.
- From the "cover of Sports Illustrated" (I like how this meme is the equivalent of the early UFC announcers claiming Ken Shamrock would be starring in a Hollywood production with Denzel Washington) to a bout with War Machine at Ultimate Warrior Fighting in Pharr, Texas after being chased out of Bellator. My how the mediocre have fallen (no offense to Huerta: he cashed in when he did so more power to him).
- Canelo Alvarez tooled Kermit Cintron. It was a lot different than Canelo's fight with Gomez. Although I think that was much as Alvarez starting slow as it was about Gomez fighting the best possible fight he could have without getting smashed. Cintron is clearly a faded fighter, but he fought well till the end despite his reputation is a mentally weak boxer. The big story here, however, is that Alvarez called out Mayweather. With Manny and his team considering a 4th bout with Marquez, I'm not sure it's inconceivable this bout doesn't happen. Floyd sells. Alvarez sells. The fight would sell. And it's a winnable fight for Floyd. The matchup itself is interesting: Alvarez has the type of crisp thudding power that could theoretically rattle Floyd. Canelo is offensively gifted, not a looney tune like Ortiz, and not washed up: three things I think make him an interesting opponent for Floyd on principle. But as is always the case, it's all about defense and between landing shots on Cintron, and landing on Floyd...well, we're talking the difference between Eric Prindle and Jose Aldo.