man RDA's striking has improved by light years
dude looked ridiculously good
It wasn't a KO in my book, but RDA definitely knocked him silly and could have ended it with ground and pound if the ref didn't stop it. I would have liked to see Benson get a chance to recover, but RDA earned that victory no doubt. I just don't think he was out like RDA said he was.
I would like to see RDA go against Khabib next, but if Khabib is still injured then sure Bobby. I would like to see Bobby Green get Edson Barboza or Michael Johnson.
UFC 177 next week looks in a bad way
BTW, they used a smaller cage last night! I've been calling for this since the WEC merger days. Obviously not for the heavier weight classes, but a smaller cage will negate a lot of the staleness.
Yep, Khabib dominated RDA, completely forgot about that
The Eddie/Cowboy winner most likely gets a title shot
If Cowboy wins, you can't deny that streak, which have all been finishes thus far. I've ******* on Cowboy for getting decimated by Bendo (twice), Nate Diaz, Pettis and RDA but you have to give him credit for fighting every other month which has allowed him to get right back into contendership. He's put together a nice streak and if he defeats Alvarez, Cowboy becomes the logical #1 contender
If Eddie wins you can market it pretty good. Almost like champion vs. champion type
If RDA beats another top 10 guy he has to be the next #1 contender
Yeah when it comes to the fight game, boxing or MMA, you don't always have the most logical matches come to fruition, it's all about the $$$
I will say that if RDA was more "marketable" or if he had at least half the charisma as McGregor, RDA would be next in line
I was calling for Cowboy to fight the winner of RDA/Bendo to have to avenge a loss in order to get the title shot. It's Alvarez instead, I can't be too mad at that. I understand why others would be skeptical about that scenario. Miller and Barboza may not be top 5 guys but they're for sure top 10. Streaks don't mean much to me either but his streak isn't watered down or anything, especially if he were to defeat Alvarez (who has always been top 5 in the world even though he's not been in the UFC)
Dude, that fight was nuts. Love Collard just loves to scrap
They really keep ******* things up with the BS TUF show. Nobody gives no damns about that **** and all it's doing is log jamming the division.
Though now that Pettis is champion, the narrative of his inactivity has shifted. Before, when Pettis was just another exciting contender in the UFC's loaded lightweight division, a 16-month absence could be worked around. Now, his idleness affects every 155-pound fighter under UFC contract, and more than a few restless contenders have already begun grumbling about Pettis holding up the division.
"I don't think these guys are educated whatsoever," Pettis said in response. "The TUF gig is something I didn't choose to happen. The UFC chose that. I'm not going to say no to an opportunity like that. That signs me up for three months filming for that, so that's why the fight got pushed back all the way. I could be ready to fight by August, at the latest. From now to August, if I started a training camp, I could be ready to go.
^That would be a good show if it was on HBO/Showtime just like Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks works great on HBO but when the NFL Network shows replays of it, its not the same cause they censor things. But they may also have trouble getting fighters to agree to it. I know a lot of fighters didn't like doing Primetime. But I agree they need to just let TUF go away.
Anyone else think that maybe its time UFC re-evalutate the idea that a title fight has to be the main event on the card its on? Just look at 178. The title fight between Mighty Mouse and Cariaso is probably the least anticipated fight on the card.