I’m a pretty positive and optimistic guy but lately I’ve been disappointed with MMA, particularly UFC and Strikeforce. The last few shows have been pretty weak. I didn’t order UFC 149 or UFC 150 and I was disappointed that all the potential number one contenders fighting at the UFC on Fox 4 card had already been beaten by the champ.
Fortunately, things are starting to look up in the future.
1. UFC on Fox 5 - Henderson vs. Diaz
Finally, we have another championship fight on Fox. Casual fans don’t seem to care much about a number one contender match. To them, most non-title fights are all the same unless there is a well known guy fighting. Championship fights are different. Everyone can understand when a fight is to determine which guy is the absolute best in their division.
2. Ronda Rousey
Yeah, I’m sick of hearing about her too but you know she’s good for the sport. I compare her to Brock Lesnar in the way she can polarize fans. Regardless of wether you love her or hate her, you’re going to want to watch her fight. The UFC would absolutely love for any of its male champions to possess the kind natural charisma and star power Miss Rousey has.
She also seems to be drawing the eyes of the casual fans, as well. As the resident MMA fan in my circle of friends I’ve gotten questions like, “I saw this blonde female fighter in the ESPN Body’s issue, is she just pretty or can she actually fight too?” and “Do you think this Ronda Rousey chick will be the next Gina Carano?”
Yea, she sure as hell can fight and I think she’ll end up being much bigger than the relatively shy Gina Carano. She’ll be drawing a lot of eyes to WMMA and putting butts in seats for the foreseeable future.
3. Welterweight Contenders
Remember not too long ago when GSP “cleaned out” all the contenders in the WW division? Just like your Ex-girlfriend’s hair, no matter how much you clean you just keep finding more.
Soon we’ll see Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron. The victor of that fight will most likely take on the winner of B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald.
Finally, we have Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann for what will presumably be the next challenger for the WW belt.
That should be plenty to keep the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit busy for a while.
4. UFC 153
The Brazil cards always seem to be good and this one appears to be no exception. We get to watch a brand new episode of Destroyed in Seconds as Jose Aldo takes on Erik “Fire” Koch.
Then we get to see the birth of a new LHW contender as Glover Teixiera massacres an out of shape and unmotivated Rampage Jackson.
Next up, in true Rocky fashion, Jon Fitch will remind the UFC why they shouldn’t throw contenders at him as he lays on Erik Silva and makes more friends in Brazil than Chael Sonnen.
Lastly, Demian Maia will try out his super nifty new standup skills against Rick “The Neverending” Story.
I think we all saw this coming but I’m still excited. Featherweight is a division in serious need of some name power and fresh contenders. Despite what many people are saying, I think Edgar can hold his own against Aldo. At this point, I’d never bet against Edgar in any fight.
The UFC will probably match Edgar up against Chad Mendes or do a number one contender’s bout with Korean Zombie. Any way you slice it, Edgar at 145 will definitely shake things up.