It probably sounds as if I'm downplaying Barboza's abilities which is not what I'm aiming to do. The guy is absolutely frightening but I think facing the very top fighters in the division, he'll probably get beat. I'd love to see Barboza vs Khabib. Barboza is quick and has all sorts of kicks but Khabib has amazing wrestling. If Barboza is able to neutralise the wrestling by timing his knees according to when Khabib shoots in for a double (like he did in his last fight) then he could very well beat him. Khabib has those trips though and is just a bear so it'd be a much more intriguing fight than Barboza vs McGregor for me.
Really looking forward to the Nelson V Jouban fight later. Hope the rest of the card is good but that is the main fight I am wanting to see.
I *********** LOVE GUNNAR NELSON. Honestly, one of my favorite ever MMA fighters. He's so fluid and loose and calm in the standing, he inflicts only the damage he needs to inflict, it's maximum efficiency. Then on the ground he's an absolute joy. He's a mix between a bear and water. He holds you down like a bear but then passes your guard, transitions to mount and your back like water. For me, he's a pure martial artist. The way he thinks and the things he says are absolutely refreshing, all the smack talk from people who have no business running their mouths is exhausting and annoying. It's going to sound sad but one of my favorite things to do in life is to watch this guy fight. He had Jouban badly hurt and instead of inflicting more damage than necessary with punches, he calmly dragged him down to the ground and gave him a chance to tap out without enduring more damage. I'd love to see Nelson vs Magny, Nelson vs Lawler or Nelson vs Condit next, I'd kill to watch these fights
Then you have the stark opposite in the main event where Manuwa absolutely smashes Anderson's face in with one punch Beautiful. It didn't look like a punch that would warrant a reaction from the opponent like that but people often say that its the punches you don't really see coming in hard that do the most damage. Flattened him. Cormier, Johnson and Jones all beat Manuwa comfortably though imo.
Amirkhani was a disappointment for me. Good fight granted, but he looked like he hadn't improved one bit. Had to go to his somewhat sub par wrestling to try and get an advantage and that won't work if he ever faces any of the top fighters in the division.
I feel for Pickett. Heart breaking to see his reaction after the fight. I got quite sad the moment the head kick landed and Brad went down. It is what it is though, credit to his opponent for giving him the respect he deserves and credit to Pickett on a wonderful career.
Big fan of Nelson myself, really impressive win for him. I thought Jouban was going to give him a big test but he made it look relatively simple.
I saw a headline today 'Manuwa shocks Anderson!'...really? Shocks? Who the **** is Corey Anderson for it be a shock Anyway, good win with a big KO for Manuwa, but still a fight and result that doesn't really mean much. Manuwa loses to any of the contenders.
Gunnar was excellent. As said, he's just so calm in everything, his stand up is fluid and slick and he's a master on the ground. Makes it all the more impressive how easily Maia handled him.
Never really a fan of Pickett, but that headkick was sickening. The noise of it! Great strike. Sad way to end, but he's taken some punishment over the years, the right thing to do.
Oh and also it's worth noting that Dan Hardy and John Gooden are SIGNIFICANTLY better than Anik and Rogan/Stann, like it's not even close. The chemistry they have, the knowledge they have and the way they commentate and conduct the post fight interviews are head and shoulders above the other commentating teams. It's a shame that the UFC feel as if they can't use them for American cards because "the american public won't understand their accents." Hardy is much better than Rogan and Gooden is so much better than Anik that it pains me to think that I'll have to sit through more PPV's with Anik at the helm. Jon 'my only role and capability here is to big up the sponsors' Anik.
I remember when Goldberg once called a front kick to the body a "foot jab"
John Kavanagh is floating out the idea of Thompson vs Nelson. I personally think that that's a step too far for Gunni right now. His hands are often kept low which leaves him susceptible to the head kick. I also don't like his chances of taking Thompson down. Still a fight I'd like to watch though.
I like it, would love to see that fight.
My money would be on Wonderboy but it'd be entertaining.
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