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The MMA Depressed-us: Griffin vs. Franklin

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Zane Simon, Connor Ruebusch, and Phil Mackenzie are back to watch the best of the worst from MMA history. With a focus on the UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, and the WEC.

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A second straight week without a UFC event and I’m not sure if it’s all the food and drink I’ve been consuming, or if the lack of fights are making me delirious. Either way though, the MMA Depressed-us marches forward, filling the void that the UFC has left behind.

As always, we’re trying to watch the worst, most depressing, and singularly uneventful bouts we can, across the UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE, and the WEC (with occasional jaunts into other promotions). This time, we may have failed, however. In a continuation of last week’s Fall From Greatness theme, we watched Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny, Mike Brown vs. Rani Yahya, and then Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin. Griffin vs. Franklin was, indeed, not great. More a sloppy mess of obviously incompatibly sized and powered fighters, but Hendricks/Magny and Yahya/Brown were both pretty okay fights in a vacuum—especially if fans can forget just how closely removed both Brown & Hendricks were from being considered among the best in the world.

Anyway, if you’d like to watch along with us, and keep pace with our growing horror – that we might actually be having a decent time – then pull up each of the three fights on Fight Pass and hit play when Zane counts down. For viewers that don’t have Fight Pass, but do have the fights, they can join in by starting round 1 along with Connor’s prompt.

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