UFC on FOX 9 on Saturday night brought us more than a fair share of decisions (okay, they were somewhat action-packed, so it wasn’t that bad), plus the night ended with some big exclamation points in the form of a choke and a killer knuckle sandwich. So what now for the winners and losers from the event? Hey, I’m glad you asked, because I can see the future.
- Abel Trujillo - As we’ve seen in his last two fights, Trujillo is a bad, bad man. And by that, I mean the dude will skirt the line between ultra-violence and cheating as if the Unified Rules are merely an afterthought to destroying the human being before him. He beat Roger Bowling convincingly, so I see him taking on Sam Stout next. Stout is tougher than a two-dollar steak, skilled on the feet, and experienced enough to teach this borderline d-bag a lesson.
- Cody McKenzie - This guy apparently showed up to fight with no shorts or mouthpiece, and from the looks of him, put zero effort into preparing for his UFC on FOX 9 bout. I see him living under a bridge in the near future, drinking shoe polish while he tries to guillotine himself over and over again.
- Alptekin Ozkilic’s nickname is “Turkish Delight”. Go ahead, put that nickname into Google. I dare you.
- Abel Trujillo’s beating of Roger Bowling was so thorough, afterwards he went back to Bowling’s locker room, rifled through his stuff, and took Bowling’s wallet. AND BOWLING SAID NOTHING.
Georges St. Pierre is leaving us, maybe forever or maybe not, but either way, homeboy is outta here. Yes, that’s some huge, paradigm shift-type stuff – especially since GSP has been fighting in the Octagon since 2004, and fans who’ve come aboard the MMA train since the inception of TUF don’t know a UFC universe without the Canadian atop (or near the top of) the welterweight division. And yes, the dude has grown into both a symbol of what the elite in the sport can be and a tried-and-true pay-per-view bonanza for the UFC . But guess what? He’s gone now, and everything is going to be just fine.
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I am currently on the GSP “special announcement” conference call, so I will give you live updates. Keep hitting “refresh”.
- Right now I’m on hold. The music is placid and generic, like someone on a ton of Xanax playing some interminable concerto.
- Twitter is a-buzz with speculation, and the word on the street is that some Canadian news outlet (“equivalent to ESPN”) is reporting that GSP will be stepping away from the sport for an undetermined amount of time and giving up the belt. I think it’s aliens. Has to be aliens.
- The call is underway.
- GSP: “I’ve talked to Dana and Lorenzo about it. I’ve been fighting for a very long time… I’ve decided I needed to take some time off. I understand that the UFC is a business… so I vacate my title out of respect for the other competitors.”
- He leaves the door open to possibly coming back some day, but right now, homeboy needs “a break”.
- GSP is speaking French now. My French is rusty, but I think he’s surrendering.
- “It is like every fight I am carrying a lot of weight on my shoulders… At one point, it became so heavy that I feel like I can’t carry the weight for myself.”
- And the phone call just disconnected. GSP literally retired and threw the mic down and walked away.
- Dana White announces that Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will be fighting for the vacant UFC welterweight belt at UFC 171 on March 15.
- Also, GSP’s contract is frozen, not matter if he’s out for six weeks or six years. Sorry, Bellator, but hands off!