Best Title Fight of the Year: Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson. I dunno if it’s the best light heavyweight fight in the history of the UFC (that’d require a little dusting off of some DVDs to conclude), but it was certainly a great match and a treat to see a gutsy contender like Gustafsson take the fight to Jones. Even as Jones returned fire with endless head kicks and spinning elbows, Alexander refused to back down and continued slug it out. All most people expected was for him to make it a little competitive and instead he almost took the belt off the champ – through talent and grit, not champion tomfoolery.
Best Reason to Still Hate Jon Jones: It’s a tie between all those kicks to the knee (who does that? Assholes, that’s who) and Jon congratulating himself for his warrior spirit over and over again during his post fight interview. Then there’s more obnoxious God talk, although that only annoys me because I’m a Satanist. You can also hate Jones for simply winning. Fuck him for that.
Best Rationalization for Jones Taking It: If you’re going to be honest about the scorecards on this fight, Gustafsson locked up round 1 while Jones definitely took rounds 4 and 5. Rounds 2 and 3 were close enough that you couldn’t fault the judges for going either way. Because of this you can’t really call it a robbery. You can’t even freak out too much at the judge who gave Jones the 49-46 decision. Gustafsson came out and took the fight to Jones but only really put a stamp on a single round. Next time, I’m sure he won’t make the same mistake.
Best Performance by a Canadian: Mitch Gagnon. We Canadians don’t have a whole lot to celebrate from this card. It’s going to be a long while before people write articles suggesting fighters think twice before agreeing to fight a Canadian in Canada a la the Brazilians. But Mitch Gagnon showed what a fired up Canuck coming back from a long layoff can do. Sure, it was against Some Guy. But it was still entertaining as hell and I ain’t gonna sleep on Gagnon’s next fight.
Worst Performance by a Canadian: Mike Ricci. I’d like to say Francis Carmont because he was so dominant positionally during his fight that he should have been able to do much more than the squat he did. But this award has to go to Mike Ricci for not only having a terrible and boring fight but losing in it as well.
Best Nappy Nap Time Submission: MORE TIES! I’M MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE ‘BEST OF’ FORMAT! But what can I say, there were two sick ass sleeper subs on this card – Mitch Gagnon put Dustin Kimura to sleep and of course Brendan Schaub got his little FU to the BJJ community that disowned him after his Metamoris match by d’arcing Meathead Mitrione.
Tonight is UFC 165 and I’ll be hanging out in the Fightlinker chat from the first Facebook prelims to the final scrap between Jon Jones and Alex Gustafsson. Come join in on the fun and talk shit about all the Canadian fighters! Or show up afterwards for a bunch of post-fight analysis. We’re going full service for this one, so check it out!
PPV CARD (10PM EST)
- Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson
- Renan Barao vs Eddie Wineland
- Matt Mitrione vs Brendan Schaub
- Francis Carmont vs Constantinos Philippou
- Pat Healy vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
FOX Sports PRELIMS (8PM EST)
- Myles Jury vs Mike Ricci
- Ivan Menjivar vs Wilson Reis
- Chris Clements vs Stephen Thompson
- Mitch Gagnon vs Dustin Kimura
FACEBOOK PRELIMS (6:15PM EST)
- Renee Forte vs John Makdessi
- Michel Prazeres vs Jesse Ronson
- Alex Caceres vs Roland Delorme
- Nandor Guelmino vs Daniel Omielanczuk
(Header by the amazing Nixson Sysanga)
This Saturday Alexander Gustafsson attempts to pull another Chris Weidman and use the power of The Secret to defeat Jon Jones. Fuck that Engine That Could with his ‘I think I can! I think I can’ shit. Gustafsson KNOWS he can. Unfortunately for him, I don’t think Jon Jones is gonna spend half their fight goofing around, so positive thinking may only carry the Swede so far. But if what you’re looking for is a game challenger who will bring the fight to Jones, then this could be the PPV you’re looking for. And keep in mind, Jones almost lost his last two fights – via armbar to Vitor Belfort and via that gnarly toe injury to Chael Sonnen.
Cruz blew out his ACL in April of 2012. They shoulda took that title off him the second his first ACL surgery didn’t take in December of 2012. We’re now at the end of 20 fucking 13. And Dominick still has the belt and the bantamweight division is still stuck in a lurch. Will the UFC finally take action? Dana White says ‘probably.’
While White has long said the company wasn’t looking to strip Cruz of the belt, the UFC boss said if the champ can’t keep to that schedule, the winner of UFC 165′s co-feature between current interim champ Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and top contender Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) would likely be granted full champion status.
“The interim champ would become the champ, and then he would defend the title against whoever was next,” White said.
“We’ve never had that conversation with him,” White said. “We’ve said, ‘Listen, when are you coming back?’ The kid has had enough bad things happen to him, and I’m sure is under enough pressure and stress. He hasn’t made a living in two years. That’s how he makes his living, and he hasn’t been able to fight in two years.”
“It’s been two years,” White said. “A lot of people think we’re crazy for holding up the title this long, but it’s a tough thing to do to take a title away from somebody. It’s hard to do.”
Nothing more exciting than an interim title belt quietly becoming a real title belt in between fights. Why the UFC has consistently passed up on the opportunity to do what’s best for the division and put a REAL bantamweight title fight on is beyond me. My bet? Cruz has pictures of Lorenzo Fertitta wearing boxing gloves and fishnets and he’s not afraid to use em.
Yesterday we reported that GLORY had bought the K-1 fight library out from under them. Now K-1 is coming out and saying whoever sold GLORY the rights … didn’t have the right to the rights.
After the deal with Mr. Ishii was finalized, FEG declared bankruptcy in Japan and a lawyer was appointed as a controller for the bankrupted company. This new controller of FEG insisted that FEG still had the copyrights of the K-1 archive footage in their control and sold the “Use Right” of the K-1 archives for an approximate amount of $140,000. K-1 Global had warned FEG’s new controller that K-1 Global does indeed own the rights to this library, but FEG’s new controller refused to listen and went through with the sale.
Now the bankrupted FEG has sold the “Use Right” for $140,000, much less than what K-1 Global initially paid for it, as a nuisance to K-1 Global and to publicly embarrass the company. Essentially, FEG has sold the footage twice now, although it was initially to K-1 Global for a much higher sum. At this time, the bankrupted FEG has sold footage that it no longer owns to GLORY Sports International. K-1 Global has no option right now but to bring this matter to court.
To a certain degree I feel bad for the guys at K-1 Global. It’s become clear that they aren’t just a shell company FEG sold K-1 to in order to duck Japanese bankruptcy courts, so they aren’t responsible for all that super sketchy fighter non-payment that went on at the end of FEG’s reign. But by most accounts they are a poorly organized bunch that doesn’t properly understand combat sports. And everything they’ve done so far backs up those accounts.
Considering K-1 is one of the most important combat sports brands on earth, it’s a travesty that it has ended up in such uncapable hands. FEG screwed everyone over yet again when they sold the name to these guys instead of GLORY. So anything that helps GLORY finish picking up the pieces and unifying kickboxing under one name is good by me. Sorry, K-1 Global.