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MMA SQUARED: Saturday N-eye-t Massacre (click at your own risk)

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Lets take and uncomfortably closer look at the main event.

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Chris Rini, MMA Squared, Leon Edwards, UFC Vegas 21, eye, eye poke, Belal Muhammad,
Chris Rini, MMA Squared, Leon Edwards, UFC Vegas 21, eye
Chris Rini
Chris Rini, MMA Squared, Leon Edwards, UFC Vegas 21, eye, eye poke, Belal Muhammad,
Muhammad “Remember the Pain” Belal
by Chris Rini

What a bummer. That card embodied what a Fight Night should be: full of action from fighters with potential and veterans keeping them honest. I loved the banger between Charles Jourdain and Marcelo Rojo, old dogs Davey Grant and Rani Yaya refusing to go quietly into the night, and Angela Hill putting in the body work on Ashley Yoder. If was a grand old night until Ya Boi, Erik Anders...

Eryk Anders, knee, DQ, UFC Vegas 21, Chris Rini, MMA Squared,
This is what Chris Rini does on Twitter during the fights.
Chris Rini

One final thought, there was a moment of compassion I caught as Dan Ige and Gavin Tucker awaited the winner’s announcement. Referee Mike Beltran let go of Tucker’s wrist and patted him on the back, keenly aware of the young fighter’s emotional state. We thrash the refs and occasionally laud their good calls, but they see as many dreams die as they see dreams realized. To provide a moment of comfort in the seconds before raising the winner’s hand takes another kind of situational awareness.

UFC Vegas 21, knockout, Dan Ige, Mike Beltran, Gavin Tucker,
Dan Ige, Mike Beltran, Gavin Tucker
by Chris Rini

These charcoal drawings are made during fight night. Take care of yourself and I’ll talk to you Wednesday.
Chris