There’s no real way to give somber and serious news a snarky, Fightlinker-esque slant, so I’m just going to deliver it straight: UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario has died.
Del Rosario, as you might have heard, suffered a cardiac incident on November 26, and though many assumed the worst and spread rumors that he had passed, Del Rosario remained alive but unconscious since that time. His passing yesterday marked the end of the 11-2 fighter’s last great, hard-fought battle.
What caused the seemingly healthy 30-year old to have a heart attack? Doctors are now attributing it to a possible congenital heart disorder, which – given that Del Rosario had fought all over the world – was a condition that eluded the medical screening of numerous athletic commissions (and was therefore extremely hard to detect).
Nothing gets consumers in the US riled up at midnight like a black Friday sale. It’s almost to the point that as soon as the sale ends on Friday at midnight, we start training and planning for next years black Friday sale. My fellow Americans, I have terrible news to share. We used to be number 1 in ‘consumer riots,’ but today is a dark day. On November 29 the Playstation 4 went on sale in Germany, and the German video game contingency snatched our rightful title from our cold fall hands faster than a $100 TV flies off the shelf at Walmart on Thanksgiving. Watch as these Germans run through the local “Media Markt” like the zombies in World War Z and take the title away from us in the game we invented. You can’t spell “Consumer Riot” without the letters U and S, and we have less than 360 days to get our title back! In the wise words of Benjamin Franklin “Join Or Die.”
Invicta FC held its seventh installment on Saturday night, going head to head with the World Series of Fighting’s broadcast, and if eschewed tuning into the all-female fight promotion because the 15 pesos fee for the pay-per-view… ha! The joke’s on you, because once against Invicta honcho Shannon Knapp dropped the paywall and everyone got to watch it for free.
Anyway, all mysteries pertaining to Invicta’s invisible revenue streams and improbable survivability aside, the event had some kickass action. Here’s a glimpse at what you missed.
With another successful trip down under, the UFC delivered a heaping dose of fistic entertainment with UFC Fight Night 33. It was a quality card from top to bottom and as usual some interesting story lines emerged and some impressive performances were put on. Let’s take a look at the card from top to bottom and touch on some of the shows moments that stood out.
Where have I seen this kid before?
If Alex Garcia looked familiar to some of you it is with good reason, actually good reasons. For one he was seen in a few of the UFC’s multiple trips up to Montreal to film Georges St-Pierre in UFC countdown shows, Primetimes, interviews, etc. And then there is the fact that this kid Garcia looks, and fights, like a mixture of Hector Lombard and Thiago Alves. Seriously, looking at him you could tell he was seriously explosive, seriously athletic, and seriously skilled. Once the fight happened and he started throwing strikes we knew our suspicions were true. He has great potential with his youth (26), skills, and his gym (Tristar). Keep an eye out for Garcia.
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The World Series of Fighting had their seventh event last night somewhere in the wilds of Canada, but thanks to the miracle of modern television, fans were able to watch what transpired in the cage from the comfort of their own home. However, if you don’t have NBC Sports on your cable box, fear not! Because through the miracle of GIFs, you can have a glimpse of what you missed!
Hey, look, it’s Kalib Starnes – and he’s not running away!
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