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UFC 192 Hotpinions: Gustafsson isn't MMA's best Swede; Jouban was robbed

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UFC 192 is a hot topic in the MMA community, and Mookie Alexander has some hot takes to match that.

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A few months ago I did a couple of "Hotpinions" on UFC 190, which drew rave reviews for its brutal honesty, painstakingly accurate assessment, and downright orgasmic sentence structure. Today, I'm bringing this feature editorial back to recap some things that have been simmering somewhere near my frontal lobe over the past few days regarding UFC 192. Daniel Cormier is still the UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones is still the UFC's worst light heavyweight Uber driver, and Islam Makhachev is still asleep.

Disclaimer: These opinions are 100% serious and are all factually based and therefore correct.

The wrong Swede fought Cormier

Alexander Gustafsson adorably tried to beat Daniel Cormier on Saturday night, but didn't get the victory. Two judges gave the fight to Cormier while the third judge awarded Gustafsson a participation scorecard as well as a replica UFC belt. If you were as observant as UFC analyst Joe Rogan, you saw Gustafsson consistently looking towards his corner in the middle of the fight, even to the point where he sometimes turned his back towards Cormier like he suffered a brain disorder that turned him into Swedish Chris Horodecki. In his corner?

The man, the myth-come-reality, the legend - Ilir Latifi.

This is the best Swedish MMA fighter there is in the business and that is without dispute. Just check out this table and tell me where I'm wrong:

Latifi

Stats

Gustafsson

60%

Win % in last 5 fights

40%

3

Stoppage wins in last 5 fights

1

60%

Takedown offense in the UFC

35%

0% (no one has attempted to take him down)

Takedown defense in the UFC

85%

3:02

Time it took to submit Cyrille Diabate

7:41

Latifi holds all of the statistical advantages over his supposedly superior training partner. Not only does Latifi have better takedowns than Gustafsson, but his opponents are scared as hell to even try to take him down. They have one common opponent, Cyrille Diabate, and Latifi finished him more than twice as quickly as Gustafsson did, and relatively speaking, making a Frenchman surrender isn't all that difficult to do.

Daniel Cormier may be the champion, but he needs to prove his mettle by beating Latifi, and I don't think he can do it.


MMA point deductions should be outlawed

My Twitter timeline was oddly mixed about the referee doing a no-warning point deduction after Jessica Eye illegally kneed Julianna Pena to the head while she was downed. Some fans believed it wasn't intentional that Eye fired her knee directly to the head of Pena seconds after getting reversed from an advantageous position, while others thought Eye deserved her deduction.

I side with the outraged party. There is no documented case of intentionally thrown illegal strikes in the history of MMA, aside from when Jon Jones did it to Matt Hamill, because nobody likes Jon Jones. When Babalu choked out David Heath and then didn't let go even after the ref stopped the fight, it was fully unintentional and sometimes a guy's arm gets sleepy when he tries to strangle a dude.

So on that note, here's my revamped point deduction process so that fighters are never unjustly punished for the numerous accidents that are committed. I mean, just because a painful kick to the groin may substantially change the outcome of a contest, doesn't mean there should ever be a punishment befitting of the cause.

  • 1st offense: Referee doesn't make any acknowledgement whatsoever besides "Walk it off!"
  • 2nd offense: Referee alerts offending fighter to "please cease your ways."
  • 3rd offense: Referee repeats self, but in slightly sharper tone.
  • 4th offense: Referee tells fighter to "knock it the f**k off" or else there will be consequences.
  • 5th offense: Referee threatens serious action.
  • 6th-18th offense: Referee continues to issue "last warning."
  • 19th offense: Referee grounds fighter for remainder of the round, but doesn't deduct points or disqualify the fighter because s/he didn't really mean to do it.

Sage Northcutt should've been penalized for excessive celebration

Sage Northcutt dazzled and dominated in his fight against the lightweight-ish Frank Trevino deep on the UFC 192 prelims. The 19-year-old put away Trevino in under a minute, making people who are unfortunately named Sage momentarily proud around the world. In theory, a great performance in front of his home fans who are otherwise miserable watching their various football teams, but consider me one who isn't going gaga over Northcutt's multiple front flips.

In MMA, which is pig Latin for "respect, honor, and humility", you can't act like a braggart and expect to be respected in this community. Northcutt could've very well hurt Trevino's psyche even further, gotten himself seriously injured, blown out his ACL, been sidelined for a year, and shit out of luck as far as that sweet-ass Reebok money fighters get bestowed upon them. All because he wanted to show off like an immature kid acting like he's a teenager. This, along with Stephen Thompson's celebratory moves, is what is turning people away from the sport. The NFL has already curtailed excessive celebration incredibly well due to the point where backpedaling into the end zone is a 15 yard penalty. College football's premature celebrations actually take the touchdown away.

My solution? Change the win to a no-contest. If he doesn't learn how to control his emotions now, he might just actually have fun in this sport.

Alan Jouban's stoppage loss was early

Albert "Einstein" Tumenov E=MC Squared Alan Jouban's ass away in what was the final stoppage of the night once everyone else after him said to themselves, "I can't top that shit." Jouban protested the stoppage furiously after he got up from what some may call a war crime, and I can see his argument. While he was on the verge of death, he wasn't technically dead, so the referee should've given him at least a chance to get to ICU before waiving the fight off. This reminds me of another awful stoppage in boxing, which you can see for yourself in the Cedric the Entertainer narrated video below.